BMW launches second generation of the PHEV version of its SUV flagship X5

BMW launches second generation of the PHEV version of its SUV flagship X5

The drive portfolio of the new BMW X5 will be extended in the course of 2019 with the addition of a plug-in hybrid system.

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The new BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance combines a model-specific in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology with the very latest BMW eDrive technology.

Consistent progress in the area of plug-hybrid drive has produced a system output now increased to 290 kW/394 hp, a tangible enhancement in terms of electrically powered range and a significant reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 levels as compared to the predecessor model.

The second generation of the plug-in hybrid model combines the purely electrically powered driving pleasure of a BMW iPerformance automobile with the versatility that is typical of a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). In doing so, the new BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance offers optimised qualities in terms of both driving dynamics and efficiency. It does the sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds, more than one second less than the predecessor model.

The top speed when driving on electric power alone is increased from 120 to 140 km/h. Its electrically powered range is now approximately 80 kilometres, almost three times that of its predecessor. The combined fuel consumption of the new BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance drops to 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres, while the relevant CO2 emissions figure is now 49 grammes per kilometre.

These improved levels are the result of a completely newly developed drive technology. It comprises a 3.0-litre and 210 kW/286 hp in-line 6-cylinder engine from the current BMW EfficientDynamics drive family and the latest generation of BMW eDrive technology. An electrical system output of 82 kW/112 hp, a lithium-ion battery with extended storage capacity and further developed power electronics for intelligent energy management give the plug-in hybrid system of the BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance unique performance characteristics as well as an impressive level of efficiency.

Together, the two drive units generate a system output of 290 kW/394 hp along with a maximum system torque of 600 Nm. The combustion engine and electric motor deliver their power to an 8-speed Steptronic transmission of the latest generation and the intelligent all-wheel drive system BMW xDrive. In this way, the drive torque is transferred to all four wheels when driving on electric power alone as well as when using the combustion engine or indeed both drive units: this ensures sporty driving pleasure on the road and supreme off-road performance over loose terrain at all times. The top speed of the BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance is 235 km/h.

Thanks to the high-voltage battery positioned in the underbody area of the vehicle, the centre of gravity is lower than in conventionally powered SAV model variants. The luggage compartment volume of the BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance is only some 150 litres less. When all seats are used, the storage volume is 500 litres; if the rear backrests are folded down, a volume of 1,716 litres is available. The volume of the fuel tank is 69 litres – suitable for long distances.

The new BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance is fitted as standard with a two-axle air suspension and electronically controlled dampers.

In addition to a comprehensive selection of features in the area of intelligent connectivity, new digital services are also offered that are geared specifically towards electromobility. All driver assistance systems developed for the Sports Activity Vehicle as well as high-quality options to enhance comfort and luxurious interior ambience are also available.

The 2019 Mercedes A-Class Saloon goes on sale in the UK

The 2019 Mercedes A-Class Saloon goes on sale in the UK

The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon is now on sale with prices starting from £27,875 for the A 180 d Sport, and £28,095 for the A 200 Sport.

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The A-Class Saloon further expands the best-selling A-Class range, and also showcases the latest in-car technology. It's available in a choice of two trim lines: Sport and AMG Line. A seven-speed automatic gearbox comes as standard.

Like the A-Class Hatchback, every model comes packed with a high specification as standard. The Sport model features twin seven-inch displays including a central touchscreen with MBUX multimedia system with 'Hey Mercedes' voice activation; comfort suspension; DAB radio; 17-inch alloy wheels; Artico and Fléron fabric upholstery; automatic two-zone climate control; Active Lane Keeping Assist; Speed Limit Assist; and Keyless-Go starting function.

AMG Line customers will benefit from 18-inch AMG alloy wheels; AMG bodystyling; Artico and Dinamica microfibre upholstery; and a three-spoke sports steering wheel.

The 180 d uses a 1.5-litre diesel engine, which produces 116 hp and 260 Nm of torque. It delivers up to 68.9 mpg on the combined cycle, and emits 110 g/km of CO2. It has a top speed of 125 mph, and can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 10.5 seconds.

The A 200 is powered by a 1.3-litre petrol engine with an output of 163 hp and 250 Nm. It can deliver up to 51.4 mpg and emits 121 g/km of CO2.

The Advanced Navigation package introduces augmented reality into the onboard satellite navigation. Using a camera located at the top of the windscreen, the infotainment screen overlays the navigation display with the actual road ahead, making for clearer, more obvious navigation. The package includes Traffic Sign Assist which automatically reads road signs, making sure the driver is always aware of the current speed limit.

The new A 220 hatchback features a 2.0-litre petrol engine, with either two-wheel or four-wheel-drive. It produces 190 hp and 300 Nm of torque. It can achieve up to 45.6 mpg on the combined cycle and emits 141 g/km of CO2 (4MATIC: 43.5 mpg and 148 g/km). It's available in AMG Line trim only.

The first deliveries of the Saloon as well as the Hatchback begin arriving from early 2019.

Toyota showcases the new Corolla Touring Sports

Toyota showcases the new Corolla Touring Sports

Joining the new hatchback first revealed in Geneva earlier this year, the new Toyota Corolla Touring Sports will make its first appearance at the 2018 Paris motor show.

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The all-new Corolla features a dynamic design which differentiates between the sporting, compact and dynamic hatchback and the sleek, refined and versatile Touring Sports.

Created and developed in Europe, the Touring Sports' body type makes it a key model for people looking for practicality and style without compromise. The new Touring Sports was styled in Europe at the recently opened Design Centre in Zaventem. Thanks to the adoption of TNGA, the new wagon is no longer merely a variation of the hatchback, but has become a distinctly separate model in its own right.

With a brand new 2.0 litre full hybrid powertrain joining the engine line-up, the new 2018 Corolla model range also marks the debut of Toyota's dual hybrid strategy.

Reflecting the brand's continued focus on hybrid technology, the Corolla Touring Sports will offer customers just one conventional engine, a 116 hp 1.2 litre turbo petrol unit and a choice of 122 hp, 1.8 litre or 180 hp, 2.0 litre hybrid powertrains. This latter is a unique proposition in this segment as no other conventional powertrain can offer the same combination of performance and low emissions.

The improved 1.8 litre hybrid powertrain stands for quiet, intuitive, responsive and self-charging EV technology with low cost of ownership. Whilst continuing to reward customers with all of the above benefits, the 2.0 litre system takes full advantage of the added ride comfort, stability, handling and driving enjoyment inherent in the newly adopted Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-C platform.

The new Corolla features a proven MacPherson strut front suspension system, an all-new multilink rear suspension arrangement, new shock absorber valve technology and, for the first time, the availability of Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS).

Handling and agility are thanks to the low mounting height of the engine, the low hip point of the seats and the location of the hybrid battery beneath the rear seats. In combination, these measures allow the Corolla Touring Sports to have a low centre of gravity.

Largely fitted as standard on High grade models and available as an option throughout the new Corolla model range, a comprehensive range of premium comfort and convenience technology (like a world first 3-D Driver's meter, premium Head-Up Display, JBL GreenEdge Premium Sound System, wireless mobile phone charging or the Toyota Touch Multimedia System) is available to enhance life on board for both the driver and all cabin occupants.

The new Corolla Touring Sports has a wheelbase of 2700 mm and a best-in-class rear seat passenger legroom. To the rear, the Touring Sports design theme showcases muscular rear shoulders, widely spaced, full-LED lamp clusters and a slanted rear windscreen.

The new Corolla Touring Sports features an all-new interior designed to create a spacious, modern and cohesive cabin environment in which new textures, colours and trim combine to offer the highest levels of visual and tactile quality.

The new Corolla Touring Sports has the additional benefits of a front to rear seat couple distance of 928 mm for ample rear seat passenger space, and a generous, 598 litre VDA loadspace incorporating numerous aids for to practicality and convenience.

Mercedes-Benz reveals the fully electric EQC

Mercedes-Benz reveals the fully electric EQC

At the Artipelag art museum, Mercedes-Benz celebrated the world premiere of the new, fully-electric EQC. Dieter Zetsche presented the first Mercedes-Benz model under the product and technology brand EQ to over 600 invited guests.

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As a purely battery-electrically powered vehicle, the EQC stands for an impressive combination of comfort, quality and day-to-day suitability. In visual terms the crossover SUV is the front-runner for an avantgarde electric look.

"The EQC brings design, functionality and service together in a unique way. It offers day-to-day suitable e-mobility in a very special package: the EQC is an electric car, and at the same time 100% a Mercedes," says Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

The EQC impresses with its dynamic performance, thanks to two electric motors at the front and rear axles with a combined output of 300 kW. Thanks to a sophisticated operating strategy, an electric driving range of more than 450 km according to NEDC is possible. EQ also offers comprehensive services with Mercedes me, and makes electromobility convenient and suitable for day-to-day motoring.

The EQC is loaded with advanced driving assistance systems with new tailback management functions. The new electric vehicle has been put under extensive crash test programme and has stringent additional requirements for the battery and all components carrying electrical current.

The on-board connectivity features as well as the in-car infotainment system is powered by MBUX multimedia system, Mercedes-Benz User Experience with numerous EQ specific functions.

The EQC will go into series production at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen while its battery will be sourced from the Daimler subsidiary, Deutsche Accumotive. The EQC is slated to go on sale in the US by 2020.

Updated Nissan Juke goes on sale in the UK

Updated Nissan Juke goes on sale in the UK

Nissan’s Juke compact crossover has gone on sale with a suite of new features and design upgrades in the UK.

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Following its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the Juke benefits from design enhancements to both the exterior and interior. New technology includes the award-winning Bose Personal sound system.

The improvements create a contemporary new look for the Juke's front end. They include a striking new dark chrome V-motion grille, dark headlamp interior and dark turn indicators on the door mirrors. LED fog lamps are now standard from Acenta grade.

Two new 16-inch alloy wheel designs have been added to the Juke range, on Acenta grade and Bose Personal Edition grade. For customers looking to add a dash of design flair to their car, optional 18" alloy wheels on Tekna grade can be personalised with coloured inserts.

Boosting the appeal of the Nissan Juke with music fans is Bose Personal audio. This award-winning automotive sound system delivers an immersive 360° listening experience through Bose digital signal processing and six high-performance speakers.

These include the two pioneering Bose UltraNearfield speakers built into the driver's seat head rest. The system is unique to Nissan and is standard from Bose Personal Edition grade.

Improvements to the interior include the choice of two new personalisation colours – Energy Orange and Power Blue. These further enhance the design of the central console, air vents, door inserts and seat upholstery. Gloss black interior personalisation remains available.

There is also a higher grade of leather on the steering wheel, plus improved visual clarity on the combimeter thanks to a new white-on-black information display.

Ken Ramirez, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan Europe, commented: "The Nissan Juke is the pioneer of the B-segment crossover and is today one of our most established and much-loved models. These new features further extend customer choice, enhancing the distinctive design for which Juke is best known."

Every Nissan Juke comes with air-conditioning, electrically adjusting door mirrors, front and rear power windows, CD audio unit with aux port and LED daytime running lights as standard.

From Bose Personal Edition grade, the Juke comes with the NissanConnect infotainment system, Bose Personal sounds system, rear parking camera, Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button start, electrically folding door mirrors, part-leather seats and automatic headlights.

Flagship Tekna grade adds Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Around View Monitor and full leather heated front seats.

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