Joining the improved 122hp 1.8-litre hybrid, is the new 184hp 2.0-litre Hybrid Dynamic Force system to give customers a choice of highly-efficient hybrid powertrains, with C02 emissions starting from 109 g/km for the 1.8-litre system and from 118 g/km on the 2.0-litre Hybrid Dynamic Force System. (WLTP standard)
Additionally, the new Toyota C-HR is equipped with a new multimedia system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
Head- and tail-lights are upgraded to premium LED technology, with the daytime running lights (DRLs) and indicators combined into one frontal projector emitting a single smooth line above the main beam. At the rear, the new combi lamps are connected by a gloss black spoiler creating a single clean shape. New Toyota C-HR features the introduction of the 2.0-litre Hybrid Dynamic Force powertrain. Generating 184 hp, this system blends enhanced driving performance with high efficiency.
An improved 1.8-litre hybrid system is also available, providing C-HR customers the choice of two different hybrid options. Dynamic upgrades include a modified EPS tuning for improved steering feel. The 2.0-litre hybrid even benefits from a new suspension design that improves ride comfort whilst retaining the Toyota C-HR’s excellent handling capabilities. All variants also feature an upgraded NVH pack to further reduce cabin noise.
The new C-HR debuts a new multimedia system that upgrades Toyota’s connectivity offer. This system now allows full smartphone integration and supports even the latest versions of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also supports ‘over the air’ map updates to allow customers to seamlessly drive with the latest versions of European road maps.
The all-new Partner Crew Van will add a second row of three seats, cleverly integrated with a sliding and folding mesh bulkhead to offer a vehicle that has flexible space for up to five people or additional load capacity.
The all-new Partner Crew Van offers a conventional van load area with the rear seats folded down providing a load space of up to 3.5m3 and a maximum load floor length of 2,000mm. This can be extended further to 3,050mm by folding the front passenger seat down to form an extension of the load floor and using the through-loading hatch in the mesh bulkhead for longer items. This increases the overall loadspace size to 4.0m3.
With the rear seats in use, the all-new Partner Crew Van provides a 1.8m3 load space with a maximum load floor length of 1,450mm. The all-new Partner Crew Van has a maximum gross payload of 850kg*.
The all-new Partner Crew Van is based on the Partner Van Professional with equipment including air conditioning, rear parking sensors, cruise control with variable speed limiter, an alarm, one-touch electric windows, DAB radio, Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
The all-new Partner Crew Van is expected to appeal to van users who regularly transport crew and equipment to work sites and others who need the flexibility of a dual-purpose vehicle.
Three power options are available with all-new Partner Crew Van: PureTech 110 6-speed manual, BlueHDi 100 5-speed manual and BlueHDi 130 EAT8 8-speed automatic. All three engines feature Stop & Start technology to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in stop/start traffic. The PureTech 110 features PEUGEOT’s award-winning 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. The other two are diesel-powered options that use the Euro 6d-TEMP compliant 1.5-litre BlueHDi engine, while the more powerful BlueHDi 130 engine provides an automatic option using PEUGEOT’s EAT8 8-speed automatic transmission.
The all-new Partner Crew Van is available to order now with production starting in January 2020.
*Figure based on a European base specification vehicle including oil, water, lubricants, tools, spare wheel and a 90% full fuel tank. The weight of driver and/or passengers is not included.
The advance of electric cars constitutes the biggest change in the history of the automobile. For the first time in over a century, cars move without a petrol or diesel engine in the engine bay and have a battery in the floor, changing the car at its core.
It also means cars no longer need tailpipes or a large grille for cooling purposes, while the removal of an internal combustion engine creates extra room for even more storage space under the front hood.
At the same time the fully electric XC40 retains all the features that have made it one of Volvo Cars’ best-selling models. It also embraces the elegant, Scandinavian design language that has defined Volvo’s rebirth and combines good looks with utility and functionality.
“The roots of Scandinavian design are based on visual clarity and the reduction of element. The XC40 is a great example of this,” said Robin Page, head of design at Volvo Cars. “Its bold, instantly recognisable design is now even sleeker and more modern in the all-electric version. Without the need for a grille we have created an even cleaner and more modern face, while the lack of tailpipes does the same at the rear. This is the approach we will explore more and more as we continue down the road of electrification.”
A unique, covered front grille in body colour creates a distinct visual identity at the front of the car, made possible by the fact that an electric car needs less air flow for cooling purposes. The grille also neatly packages the sensors for the new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensor platform.
Eight exterior colours, including a brand new Sage Green metallic option, allow drivers to personalise their electric XC40, while a contrasting black roof comes as standard. Two new 19” and 20” wheel options provide further opportunity for personalisation.
Inside, a brand new driver interface specifically designed for electric cars keeps drivers up to date on relevant information such as battery status, while the interior design package features sporty styling details as well as carpets made of recycled materials.
The battery-powered XC40, first previewed in the electric 40.1 Concept vehicle of 2016, is also an example of smart Volvo engineering. Based on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which was designed from the outset with electrification in mind, the battery pack is integrated into the floor of the car without affecting interior space.
This means the wealth of suitable and functional storage space around the cabin remains in place as one of the major attractions of the XC40. An ingenious and radical new approach to interior design provides XC40 drivers with, among other things, more functional storage space in the doors and under the seats, a fold-out hook for small bags and a removable waste bin in the tunnel console.
Unique to the electric XC40, a special front load compartment (or ‘frunk’) located under the front hood provides around 30 litres of extra load space because an electric motor takes less space than a combustion engine.
Volvo Cars will reveal more details about the fully electric XC40 in the coming weeks, before it will be first shown to the public on October 16.
The Ford Puma Titanium, available from £20,845 ($25,640), features segment-first driver and passenger lumbar massage seats as standard, in addition to advanced wireless charging. The Ford Puma Titanium First Edition, available from £22,295 ($27,423), features comfort and safety technology packs including Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear View Camera, Heated Seats and Heated Steering Wheel. Available with 1.0l EcoBoost Hybrid 125PS mHEV, the Puma Titanium also features exclusive exterior and interior details and finishes that complement the model’s seductive design.
“Our stunning new Ford Puma will be first offered in a range of exclusive first editions incorporating the latest and best technology usually reserved for large executive cars,” said Lisa Brankin, Passenger Vehicle Director, Ford of Britain. “Alongside our new mild hybrid powertrains, best-in-class loadspace and striking design, the new Ford Puma offers exceptional comfort and technology for compact crossover customers.”
Puma First Editions are also available in ST-Line X trims, adding sporty interior and exterior design cues and sports suspension, alloy pedals, full digital instrument cluster and LED headlamps. Starting from £25,195 ($30,990), ST-Line X First Edition includes Handsfree Power Tailgate, 18” alloy wheels and 10-speaker B&O Premium Audio, available with 1.0l EcoBoost Hybrid 125PS or 155PS mHEV.
Puma ST-Line X First Edition Plus is available to order from £27,345 ($33,634) with 1.0l EcoBoost Hybrid 155PS, adding Panorama Roof and 19” alloy wheels.