The facelifted Euro-spec Nissan Juke has made its first public appearance at the ongoing Geneva show, looking… not very different. In Nissan’s words, “to radically alter the proportions would undermine the Juke’s unmistakable presence,” and we couldn’t agree more.
There are now 370Z-inspired headlamps (now xenons, incorporating LED DRLs as standard), revised tail lamp graphics (now with LED light guides), updated front and rear bumpers, a slightly-changed grille and new 16- to 18-inch alloys. The door mirrors now hold LED indicators and, where fitted, Around View Monitor cameras.
More changes are to be found under the skin. A new 113 hp/190 Nm turbocharged 1.2 litre DIG-T engine replaces the naturally-aspirated 117 hp/142 Nm 1.6 litre HR16DE unit.
Fuel economy and CO2 emissions for the 1.2 litre DIG-T are a claimed 5.5 litres per 100 km and 126 grams per km respectively (2WD, start-stop as standard).
The 1.6 litre DIG-T engine has been enhanced to give more low-end torque. Its compression ratio has been upped from 9.5 to 10.5, and there’re improved low-friction technologies and cooled exhaust gas recirculation. It delivers 190 hp.
The facelifted Nissan Juke 1.6 DIG-T 4WD comes with a six-speed manual as standard; Xtronic CVT optional. In 2WD versions, luggage space is up by 40% to 354 litres, thanks to changes in the boot area. A sunroof is available as an option.
Where tech’s concerned, Nissan Dynamic Control is available on select variants, offering Normal, Sport and Eco driving modes. The latest-gen 5.8-inch NissanConnect touch-screen also features, along with Nissan Safety Shield (Around View Monitor, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection).
The Nissan Juke facelift also introduces a range of personalisation options for outside and inside – you can specify what colour you want your mirror caps, headlamp finishers, bumper inserts, centre console, seats, gear knob, door trim etc. to be in. Also on the Geneva stand is the Juke Nismo RS.
Nothing grabs the attention of Malaysian motorists quite like price hikes or reductions of cars and/or fuel. This new promotion by Volkswagen Group Malaysia (VGM) – up to five years of free fuel – attempts to pull at both our heartstrings at once. Little detail is offered on VGM’s website, though, which piqued our curiosity.
Upon our request, VGM’s clarification of the matter is as such:
This promotion applies to all CBU models (except Polo 1.2 and Polo GTI). Customers get to enjoy free petrol of UP TO five years (model dependent). Calculation is made based on current RON 95 petrol price of RM2.10 per litre (or diesel at RM2.00 per litre), with two basic assumptions: 1) average kilometre per year is 20,000 km. 2) average consumption is according to the combined fuel consumption as per each model (found on the brochures).
So in essence, get a CBU Volkswagen model and VGM would cover the average cost of your fuel usage for up to five years (certain models are entitled to less). The Golf 1.4 TSI, for instance, is claimed to use 5.0 litres per 100 km, so it would need 1,000 litres of fuel to cover the average annual range of 20,000 km. That’s RM2,100 in fuel costs that you’d get back from VGM – for every year of free fuel that is offered.
If you think this is just another way of discounting, it is. But is that such a bad thing?
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Porsche is returning to the top category of the famous endurance race classic at Le Mans and the World Endurance Championships (WEC) with its newly developed 919 Hybrid. The LMP1 prototype, designed for extreme efficiency, is said to be the most complex race car that Porsche has ever built.
The 919 Hybrid serves as a research platform for fundamental technology to be used in future production models, with its combination of two different energy recovery systems and a downsized turbo engine.
The drive system is based on a compact and lightweight 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine. It performs load-bearing functions within the chassis based on its V-construction, which also offers thermodynamic advantages. The petrol engine, which reaches a maximum speed of around 9,000 rpm, features direct injection and a single turbo.
There are also two different energy recovery systems at play. Fundamentally new is the recovery of thermal energy from exhaust gases. An electric generator is used here, powered by the exhaust gas stream.
The second hybrid system is similar to that in the Porsche 918 Spyder road car. Here, a generator on the front axle utilises braking phases to convert kinetic energy into electric energy, which is stored in water-cooled lithium-ion battery packs.
During acceleration, the front generator is operated as a single electric motor and drives the front wheels via a differential. This gives the 919 Hybrid a temporary AWD system of sorts, because the ICE directs its power to the rear axle.
The WEC enters a new era this season. LMP1-H prototypes will now be rated in direct relationship to energy efficiency. Permitted fuel quantity per lap is down by around 30%, while the amount of energy from the obligatory hybrid systems has been significantly increased.
This shifts technology into the limelight, tech that can be useful for future production vehicles. This relevancy is the reason for Porsche’s return to the pinnacle of sports car racing.
But can Porsche’s rookie race car beat the formidable Audi R18 e-tron quattro? It’s a tough ask, but anything is possible in this season of change. WEC 2014 starts on April 20 at Silverstone.
The Peugeot 3008 crossover is getting a little long in the tooth in Malaysia, having been introduced back in June 2010. But as Anol Alias’ JPJ spyshots reveal, it seems the facelift model is due to save the day.
The global-market Peugeot 3008 facelift surfaced last year at the Frankfurt show. As you can see, it eschews the previous gaping mouth for the neater corporate face seen on the 2008 and new 308, incorporating projector headlamps and chrome-surround fog lamps.
Head and tail lamps have been restyled, and those 17-inch ‘Aregia’ alloys are new. Interior changes are limited to new upholstery, new trim on the centre console and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with chromed inserts. We expect the 155 hp/240 Nm 1.6 litre THP unit and six-speed auto to soldier on.
At launch, the original Peugeot 3008 cost RM144k, OTR with insurance – the current price, according to Nasim’s 2014 pricelist, is RM147k. How much for this one, we wonder.
China gets its own facelift model, by the way. Built by Dongfeng-PSA, that one has a different grille, headlamps, fog lamp housings and front apron, not to mention quite a bit of chrome and the addition of roof rails.
Spied testing in the US of A in June last year, revealed for its domestic market a month later and then spotted at JPJ Putrajaya this January, it’s just a matter of time till the Kia Sportage facelift arrives in Malaysia. The time is upon us, as the new SUV is now open for booking, according to local distributor Naza Kia’s website.
Kia’s entry to the mid-size SUV market will be displayed in its latest form at Naza Kia’s World Cup Bonanza Customer Days on March 13 to 16. The sole picture provided shows the new Sportage’s subtly refreshed looks, including its re-designed grille, front bumper and fog lamps. The wheels are also different.
More significant changes are to be found inside. The grey JPJ unit (below) sports a new touch-sensitive head-unit and a twin-binnacle meter cluster with a 4.2-inch colour screen – both replacing the monochrome displays in the outgoing model (shown further down). Kia’s FlexSteer system will make an appearance too.
The recently-launched Kia Optima K5 facelift introduced a longer equipment list than before, at the cost of a higher price tag (RM149,888 over the previous model’s RM143,888). The Sportage looks to be following the same route, so expect the current RM138,888 price to be adjusted to match its enhanced kit count.
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The big news is the massive price drop to RM185,888 on the road with insurance, down from RM223,810 (without insurance) previously. This is due to the switch from the four-wheel drive setup on the top-spec previous car to front-wheel drive.
The Koleos has only been in for a slight nip and tuck this time around, so changes to the exterior are limited to a new Clio-style nose with a larger diamond logo and a new grille design, redesigned 17-inch alloy wheels and a chrome strip on the lower edges of the doors. Only three colours are available locally for the new car – Pearl White, Mars Grey and the Metallic Black seen here.
On the inside, the Koleos gains new trim materials as well as Renault’s new R-Link infotainment system. Featuring a seven-inch touchscreen, the new system comes with voice control, navigation, Bluetooth, USB input and auxiliary jack ports A rear-view camera and a blind spot monitoring system has also been added, while the Bose sound system remains standard.
Apart from the aforementioned drivetrain change, the Koleos remains unchanged mechanically, so under the bonnet remains the Nissan TR25 2.5 litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 170 hp and 226 Nm, connected to a CVT with a six-speed shift mode.
Also unchanged is the safety equipment, so the Koleos retains its six airbags, load limiters for the front and outer rear seat belts, front seat belt pretensioners and Isofix child seat anchorage points on the outer rear seats.
Shown on the cars on display was a panoramic sunroof, which TC Euro Cars said will only be available on the first batch of five units. The specification of the other cars that will be brought in has yet to be determined, but it is expected that the rest of the specification will mirror that of the display cars.
The local introduction of the new Renault Koleos coincides with the launch of TC Euro Cars’ new showroom in Glenmarie, Shah Alam. The new sales facility is part of TC Euro Cars’ aggressive push to expand its network to better cope with growing demand for Renault vehicles locally, increasing the total amount of branches to ten.
The showroom will only display the Koleos as well as the Renault Megane R.S. Red Bull Racing RB8 for now, but it will also add the Fluence and Clio R.S. to its collection when they get their own local launches soon.
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One year after unveiling the original concept, Subaru has revealed a new version of its two-door, four-seater future tech and design showcase vehicle – the Subaru VIZIV-2 Concept – at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
The VIZIV-2 is a next-gen crossover concept that was created to show how advanced technology can further improve the All-Wheel Drive Subaru driving experience, while indicating at a possible future design direction for Subaru’s production vehicles, FHI says. The former is more interesting.
The 4.4-metre VIZIV-2 is powered by a 1.6 litre DIT turbodiesel boxer engine, plus three electric motors. While the diesel engine and front electric motor move the front wheels, two independent motors at the rear channel torque to each wheel, depending on driving conditions. Power is provided by a lithium-ion battery pack and the gearbox is a Lineartronic CVT unit.
The system automatically selects the best time to use each power unit, achieving greater fuel efficiency and max stability and safety. The front/rear motors supply much of the vehicle’s propulsion during low-speed or city driving, while the diesel ICE takes over at higher speeds. Auto start/stop and multiple charging methods – engine power generation, regenerative braking and plug-in charging – further improve efficiency.
VIZIV-2 features a new variation of Subaru’s SI-Drive driving control system. To the original system’s ‘Intelligent’ and ‘Sports’ modes, Hybrid SI-Drive adds an ‘Eco-Cruise’ mode which works in conjunction with the EyeSight driver assist system. Data from EyeSight’s stereo camera is used to optimise engine/motor outputs to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
Sounds promising, but will the next step be a production Viziv or merely a VIZIV-3 Concept?
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The Ghost has evolved. The Rolls-Royce Ghost, that is. Christened the Series II – the same naming convention used for the updated Phantom flagship – the junior Rolls-Royce debuted at the ongoing 2014 Geneva Motor Show with minor enhancements both inside and out.
Plain to see are the redesigned headlights, now infused with LED daytime running lights, which are meant to make it look more distinctive from the front. It certainly works, unless you park it next to a Chrysler 300. Other changes include a new ‘wake channel’ behind the Spirit of Ecstasy and a re-sculptured front bumper.
Inside, the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II gains a few tech upgrades, including on-board Wi-Fi and Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT). The latter was introduced on the Wraith coupe, and uses GPS data to study and anticipate appropriate gearchanges to suit the upcoming road geometry and driving style.
The user interface and navigation system have been updated as well, and now features a BMW iDrive-like touch-sensitive Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller. An optional Bespoke Audio system is also available, in case you want to play music over the unchanged 563 hp/780 Nm 6.6 litre twin-turbo V12 engine.
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If you were seriously wowed by the Lexus LF-NX concept (pictured), here’s some good news – the Japanese luxury carmaker has announced that it will debut the production Lexus NX compact crossover at next month’s Auto China 2014 in Beijing.
According to Lexus, customer feedback from last year’s Frankfurt and Tokyo shows have been positive. The new sub-RX model will be the company’s first foray into the growing premium compact crossover segment.
The car you can eventually buy shouldn’t look as crazy as the LF-NX concept; expect the headlamps, spindle grille, massive wheels and those mad slashes everywhere to be toned down for production.
The NX 200t should debut the company’s upcoming 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo engine – no numbers have been released yet, but we know it has fan spray D-4S fuel injection, a cylinder head-integrated exhaust manifold, a twin-scroll turbocharger and an active wastegate valve.
Some time ago, an NX prototype was spotted testing in Europe by our spies. The car was disguised as a CT 200h, but the higher ride height and high-profile crossover-style tyres gave the game away – see the spyshots in their entirety here.
Reader Adam Shaharel just sent us these pictures of a Ford Fusion in Malaysia. Thanks, buddy! Spotted on the ELITE Highway heading to Shah Alam, the D-segment sedan was caught completely uncovered, which is rare in this day and age. Not that we’re complaining, that is.
The silver sedan looks rather flash under the Malaysian sun, with its dual exhaust ports and twenty-spoke alloy wheels (yes, we counted them) standing out rather well. We can’t quite make out the Aston Martin-esque front grille, but the swept-back headlight and matching tail lamps are clear to be seen.
Ford’s Malaysian distributor, Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), confirmed to us at KLIMS13 – where a Ford Fusion Hybrid was displayed – that the upcoming Mondeo replacement will be badged as the Fusion. Makes sense, really, considering that the Mondeo nameplate never really caught on here.
When it arrives in Malaysia, the Fusion will fit above the Fiesta and Focus in Ford’s Malaysian lineup. It’s not the only car on SDAC’s horizon, of course. As we already know, the Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost is set for an April launch, while the Fiesta ST and EcoSport will be here later in the year. The Transit van, meanwhile, has just been announced.
This funky-looking mini-SUV is the new Jeep Renegade, the American brand’s surprise entry to the B-segment SUV market. The Italian-built Renegade is based on Fiat’s Small Wide platform that also underpins the Fiat 500L.
With this car, the brand is trading heavily on its military heritage. Traditional Jeep styling cues such as the seven-slat grille, circular headlights and square wheel arches give the Renegade a sort of concentrated Wrangler feel, but in a softer, less aggressive way. Thrown into the mix are some nice details like the jerry can-inspired tail lights and red Willys Jeep logos on one of the available wheel options.
The rugged-but-organic look extends to the interior, which features a design language called “Tek-Tonic”. Soft, tactile forms are juxtaposed with rugged details like the Wrangler-esque passenger grab handle. As with the exterior, the interior also features a number of little Easter Eggs such as a topographical map of Moab, Utah – a popular off-roading destination – in a storage tray ahead of the gearlever.
One of the main features of the Renegade’s interior is the My Sky roof system, which Jeep says continues the open-top off-roader tradition that began with the Willys Jeep. It consists of two fibreglass polyurethane panels that can either be removed manually and stowed in the boot or tilt and slide away electrically to open up the roof from the second row forward.
Six Fiat engines will be available with the Renegade – four MultiAir petrols and two MultiJet II diesels. Depending on the engine choice, you can get either a five- or six-speed manual, a six-speed dry dual-clutch transmission or a nine-speed automatic, as well as front- or four-wheel drive (with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system). Suspension is fully independent, with McPherson struts at the front and Chapman struts at the rear.
Like the Cherokee, the Jeep Renegade is also available with a “Trail Rated” Trailhawk variant, which promises proper off-road capabilities. It features a low-range four-wheel drive system, a 20 mm higher ride height, a “Rock” setting on the Selec-Terrain system, 17-inch all-terrain tyres, skid plates and red tow hooks.
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It has been awhile since we last saw the Proton Global Small Car a.k.a. P2-30A on test, so here’s a spy video filmed by our Euro spies showing the GSC in action.
Much is still covered, but seeing the car moving on video gives us a better estimation of its size. The signal lamps are in the inner edge of the headlamp cluster, next to the grille, and we can see bright white LED daytime running lights peeking out from below the headlamps.
There’s one point in the video where the test mule stops and starts again – when it moves off, you can see traction control keeping the wheels in check in the snow. We already know that ESP is part of the package from our previous set of interior spy shots.
The price of RON 97 petrol seems to have gone up another five sen to RM2.90 per litre. The last price change for the premium fuel happened only a month ago, when the price was upped by five sen to RM2.85 per litre.
The price of RON 95 petrol remains at RM2.10 per litre and diesel at RM2.00 per litre. Unlike RON 95 and diesel, the pricing of RON 97 is minimally subsidised and claimed to be derived by market forces, so price changes happen more often than the other two fuels.
The last time RON 97 was priced at RM2.90 per litre was from March 2013, representing a 20 sen jump.
Ford Motor Company and Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) have announced that the Transit commercial van will be officially launched at showrooms early next month. The Ford Transit, which is being assembled at the Inokom plant in Kulim, marks the restart of assembly operations for Ford in Malaysia.
A proven workhorse with over seven million units sold worldwide, the Ford Transit is currently sold in six continents and 116 markets globally. Ford claims that the Transit delivers a best-in-class combination of fuel economy, power and cargo capacity.
The CKD Transit is the fifth-gen van, which only recently made way for a new model in Europe and North America. It will be available in two high roof variants – the 13-seat Passenger Van and the Panel Van 350L – both powered by a 2.2 litre Duratorq TDCi engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
With the Transit on sale, Ford plans to launch a network of specialist commercial vehicle (CV) centres by the end of the year. The Ford CV centres will provide a “world-class standard of aftersales service” as well as extended opening hours to help minimise vehicle downtime and reduce overall cost of ownership for commercial vehicle operators.
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Peugeot Malaysia’s nationwide weekend test drive is back with a big bang! Swing by any Peugeot dealership to enjoy special offers and great savings on the Peugeot 308 Turbo, Peugeot 3008 and Peugeot 408 2.0.
If you’ve been eyeing the Peugeot 308 Turbo, now will be a good time to grab one as it comes with a low financing interest rate of 0.91% per annum for eight years* plus a free sports pack that includes directional smoked bi-Xenon headlamps, semi bucket leather seats in red stitching, carbon-fiber-effect bodykit and more. All this comes at a special price tag of RM121,888.
Customers opting for the Peugeot 3008 SUV will be delighted to know that this SUV is also on offer at RM146,888 with an attractive financing interest rate of 1.55% per annum for eight years*. And if you are seeking a spacious sedan, you will find the Peugeot 408 2.0 waiting for you at a special price of RM95,000.
That’s not all, customers taking part in this weekend’s test drive event will be rewarded with free gifts as well. So, make a date with Peugeot Malaysia from this Friday, March 7 until Sunday, March 9. The three-day test drive programme will be held at all Peugeot Malaysia branches and authorised dealers nationwide.
Apart from the models mentioned above, customers can also try out the other available models including the Peugeot 208, Peugeot 2008 urban SUV, Peugeot 408 Turbo, Peugeot 508, Peugeot 5008 MPV and the Peugeot RCZ. All Peugeot models come with five-year warranty with unlimited mileage together with a 24-hours Peugeot Assistance service, complimentary access to the Peugeot Lounge at Subang Airport and Peugeot Privilege membership.
For more information, please visit the nearest Peugeot showroom nearest to your or call Peugeot Customer Service line at 1-800-88-6292.
* Terms and conditions apply
If you’re a gamer and a petrolhead, then you’d be familiar with Need for Speed. Yes, that game full of fast cars and fast paced action has made it to the silver screen, and we are giving away 50 free passes for you to watch it before everyone else in the country.
This time around, 25 lucky winners stand to join us to watch the special premiere screening of Need For Speed at GSC Paradigm Mall, Petaling Jaya. The premiere screening is scheduled for Wednesday, March 12 at 9:30 pm.
That’s not all, we are looking for three lucky winners to take home some really cool and exciting prizes! Here’s a list of official NFS merchandise up for grabs:
1 X Need For Speed Tool Set worth RM300 each
2 X Need For Speed USB Charger worth RM250 each
3 X Need For Speed Car Shade worth RM200 each
3 X Need For Speed Cap worth RM150 each
3 X Need For Speed T-Shirt worth RM150 each
3 X Need For Speed Koozie worth RM80 each
3 X Need For Speed Keychain worth RM50 each
All you need to do is answer a few simple questions and give us your best slogan to be on your way. The contest ends on Monday, March 10 @ 12 PM (that’s noon) and winners will be notified the following day.
DreamWorks Pictures’ Need for Speed marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption.
Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, Need for Speed captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.
Need for Speed opens in theatres nationwide on March 13. We can’t wait!
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You may have been wondering where the new Toyota Aygo has been, since both Peugeot and Citroen have already revealed their versions of the jointly-developed city car. Well, here it is, and it’s looking, um, rather cross.
Running across the front of the car from the base of the A-pillar to the lower corners of the front bumper is a large “X” graphic which ties in the headlights, the Toyota badge and the split air intake. This gives the car an extremely aggressive look that surely will not be to everyone’s tastes.
Still, it’s at least a striking look, certainly when compared to its siblings. Indeed, much of the bodywork is bespoke to Toyota and as such is much more distinctive than the C1 and 108. The dynamic look is enhanced by the car’s dimensions, which sees the car grow in length by just 25 mm to 3,455 mm, while the car actually sits 5 mm lower at 1,460 mm. The track front and rear is now 8 mm wider.
The interior, meanwhile, is much the same as on the other two cars, with a trapezoidal console taking centre stage. The console houses Toyota’s new x-touch multimedia system, featuring a seven-inch touchscreen and a rear view camera. Aside from controlling the car’s audio, phone, connectivity and vehicle and journey information functions, the system also features a “wide choice” of navigation and social media apps.
Other interior details include an instrument cluster that is dominated by a large central speedometer with an integrated multi-information display, circular air vents on either side of the dashboard and body-coloured door trim like the previous version.
The new Aygo is powered by the same 1.0 litre three-cylinder engine as before but runs at a higher compression ratio of 11.5:1. Power and torque rises slightly to 68 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 95 Nm at 4,300 rpm, an increase of 1 bhp and 2 Nm respectively. Like the previous model, the Aygo is available with a five-speed manual and a five-speed automated manual gearbox, which Toyota says is much improved over the old ‘box.
With these improvements, coupled with a drag coefficient of just 0.29, the Aygo uses less petrol than before – fuel consumption has gone down to just 4.1 litres per 100 km. Meanwhile, carbon dioxide emissions have dropped to just 95 g per km, which means it qualifies for annual road tax (VED) exemption in the UK.
As is the norm with most small cars today, the new Toyota Aygo is also offered with a wealth of customisation options. On the outside, the “X” graphic, rear bumper insert and wheels can all be customised, while inside, the instrument panel, centre console, air vents, shift knob and gearlever surround can also be swapped out.
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So here we go again. You know the relationship between the BMW X5 and X6, yes? The Munich firm has now applied the same formula to the recently-facelifted F25 X3 to come up with this, the all-new F26 BMW X4. It still has four doors, but now with a sloping roofline, BMW calls it a Sports Activity Coupe (SAC).
It’s built on the underpinning of the second-generation X3, with styling derived from Auto Shanghai 2013’s X4 Concept, which our very own Harvinder presented in April last year. Since then, we’ve spotted the mid-sized sporty SUV out testing numerous times, shedding camouflage along the way.
There are no surprises up front, as the new X4 gets the same face as the updated X3. The car pictured here wears the optional M Sport package (in place of standard and xLine visual packs), which again, is similar to the X3 LCI’s kitted-up form. The rear is all new of course, but it stays faithful to the concept.
Up against the measuring tape, the X4 is 14 mm longer than the X3 at 4,671 mm. More importantly, however, it sits 36 mm closer to the ground than the conventional SUV (or SAV in BMW-speak), with the two front seats mounted 20 mm lower than before for a more immersive driving experience.
Despite having a much lower rear deck, the X4 promises ample space for three passengers in the back. For added flexibility, the 40:20:40 split rear bench, which sits 28 mm lower than in the X3, can be folded down (separately, if needed) to expand the 500-litre boot to a 1,400-litre cargo area.
Up front, there’s the familiar X3 dashboard, complete with the optional Drive Touch Controller and centre-mounted Navigation System Professional display. A selection of high-gloss black panels and aluminium trim strips are available, while standard equipment levels are higher than that of the X3.
Six engines variants are announced for now; split equally between petrol and diesel. All equipped with a four-wheel drive system, the engine options mirror what’s offered on the X3 – xDrive20i (184 hp, 270 Nm, 0-100 km/h in 8.1 seconds, top speed 212 km/h), xDrive28i (245 hp, 350 Nm, 6.4 seconds, 232 km/h) and xDrive35i (306 hp, 400 Nm, 5.5 seconds, 247 km/h).
The three diesel options are as such: xDrive20d (190 hp, 400 Nm, 8.0 seconds, 212 km/h), xDrive30d (258 hp, 560 Nm, 5.8 seconds, 234 km/h) and xDrive35i (313 hp, 630 Nm, 5.2 seconds, 247 km/h). Combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the X4 consumes between 5.2 litres per 100 km (xDrive20d) and 8.3 litres per 100 km (xDrive35i).
Moving forward, you can consider this as BMW’s template for future SAC models. As such, the next X6 will sport the same face as the F15 X5 it’s based on, and the same goes to the upcoming X2 model that is to be built on the next-generation X1 platform.
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Audi presented this Audi TT quattro sport concept alongside the production third generation Audi TT and TTS at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. We think this could be a preview of the range topper of the third generation TT – essentially the new Audi TT RS.
While the second gen car used a 340 PS, 450 Nm 2.5 litre five-cylinder turbo engine, the TT quattro sport concept uses a 2.0 litre TFSI EA888 engine like the TT and TTS. The only difference is Audi has tuned the engine way up to 420 PS and 450 Nm, which is significantly higher than the 230 PS, 370 Nm and 310 PS, 380 Nm of the TT and TTS respectively.
If this tune goes to production in the TT RS, it will essentially mean Audi has the Mercedes-Benz AMG 2.0 litre turbo four cylinder beat in terms of power to displacement ratio, while matching it for torque figures. The full 450 Nm kicks in between 2,400 rpm to 6,300 rpm, with over 300 Nm already available from 1,900 rpm. The 100 km/h sprint takes 3.7 seconds.
The EA888 engine is modified with special aluminum pistons with integrated cooling channels and an ultra-high-strength forged steel crankshaft to accommodate the higher power output. The compact thin-wall cylinder crankcase is made of a high-strength cast alloy. The turbocharger is newly developed, featuring optimized mixed-flow technology, producing up to 1.8 bar of boost.
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Mercedes-Benz is readying the high performance version of its new W205 C-Class, as we can see from these spy shots snapped by our European spy phtoographer CarPix. Although it will no longer have a 6.2 litre displacement engine, the C63 brand name will most likely be retained for branding sake. The new car will be powered by a new twin-turbo 4.0 litre V8 engine.
The new V8 shares a modular architecture with the 2.0 litre four cylinder engine found in the A45, CLA45, and GLA45 cars. I suppose that makes sense – a 4.0 litre V8 comprising of 2.0 litre four cylinder blocks installed in a V-bank. But of course that’s oversimplifying it. The new engine is called the M177 and is expected to churn out about 480 horsepower.
We hear that this 4.0 litre V8 will have a higher performance variant codenamed the M178 to be installed in the upcoming Mercedes-Benz AMG GT sports car with a lot more power.