BMW gives a sneak peak of the 2019 X5

BMW gives a sneak peak of the 2019 X5

The fourth generation of the BMW X5 represents the embodiment of a familiar Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) with the ability to venture off road combined with dynamic driving pleasure.

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The BMW X5 will be built at BMW Plant Spartanburg in the US. Its worldwide market launch will begin in November 2018.

The new V-8 engine in the BMW X5 xDrive50i (not available in Europe) and a host of chassis systems making their debut in a BMW X model, such as two-axle air suspension, Integral Active Steering and the Off-Road package. The highlights of its significantly expanded suite of driver assistance systems are the Driving Assistant Professional and Parking Assistant Plus with Reversing Assistant.

In addition, the new BMW X5 hosts the unveiling of the BMW Live Cockpit Professional (fitted as standard), which allows the display and control system to be geared even more precisely to individual driver needs.

A wheelbase 42 mm longer than its predecessor's (now 2,975 millimetres), a 36 mm increase in vehicle length (to 4,922 millimetres), an extra 66 mm of width (now 2,004 millimetres) and a 19 mm increase in height (to 1,745 millimetres) give the new BMW X5 both an imposing appearance. 22-inch light-alloy wheels will be offered (as an option) – a first for a BMW model.

Folding down the 40:20 : 40 split rear seat backrest increases boot capacity from 645 litres to a maximum 1,860 litres. A third row of seats for two additional passengers can be ordered as an option. The optional two-axle air suspension allows the loading sill to be lowered and the boot cover can now be lowered electrically into the load compartment floor.

The new BMW X5 will be available from launch with a choice of one V-8 and three six-cylinder in-line engines. All options will be teamed up with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission and will meet the EU6d-TEMP exhaust standard.

The task of maximising traction, agility and directional stability in the new BMW X5 falls to its intelligent all-wheel-drive system. The latest generation of BMW xDrive is now able to split drive torque between the front and rear wheels even more efficiently as the situation demands. The SAV comes as standard with Dynamic Damper Control.

The driver assistance systems available for the new BMW X5 are Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, the Steering and lane control assistant, Lane Change Warning and Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Assistant, Lane Keeping Assistant with side collision protection and evasion aid, Crossing traffic warning, Priority warning and Wrong-way warning.

The new BMW Operating System 7.0 display and control concept is making its debut in this latest generation of the BMW X5. The BMW Connected personal mobility assistant is on hand to provide seamless connectivity between the car and digital devices. The new BMW X5 is also the brand's first model that can be unlocked by the BMW Digital Key via a smartphone.

Kia launches Niro EV at Busan Motor Show

Kia launches Niro EV at Busan Motor Show

Kia Motors has revealed its all-new Niro EV at the 2018 Busan International Motor Show in Korea. With a range of 450 kilometres, the Niro EV combines driving enjoyment with eye-catching design, and crossover utility with a zero-emissions powertrain.

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In addition to the Niro EV, Kia Motors also unveiled two other vehicles at the Busan International Motor Show. The Kia SP Concept, first unveiled at the 2018 AutoExpo in India hints at Kia's future SUV design vision. The Kia Stinger GT Wide Body makes its Korean debut, following its introduction at the 2017 SEMA show in Las Vegas in the US.

Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe, commented: "The Soul EV, Kia's first globally-sold electric vehicle has proven to be popular among European buyers, with growing interest in zero-emissions vehicles. The Niro's new all-electric powertrain rounds off a trio of low-emissions powertrains available to European buyers, alongside the current hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. A combination of cool crossover design and advanced powertrains led to more than 28,000 Niro sales across Europe in 2017, making it one of our best-selling models. The Niro EV further demonstrates the progress Kia has made in delivering comfortable, practical and fun-to-drive vehicles that lead the way in zero-emissions driving."

Following the Busan Motor Show, the Niro EV will go on sale in Korea during the second half of 2018, and will be introduced to other markets including Europe in due course.

Peugeot reveals the 508 SW estate

Peugeot reveals the 508 SW estate

Peugeot has unveiled the all-new SW version of the Peugeot 508, thus bringing its offering into the highly competitive D-segment estate car market.

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At 1.42 m in height and 4.78 m long, the all-new Peugeot 508 SW's new proportions give it a dynamic body shape, stylised by smooth, flowing lines and a sleek, low roof. The design is enhanced further by exterior details, including frameless doors, full LED headlights and the vertical visual signature of the opalescent LED daytime running lights.

Peugeot 508 SW has a total load space capacity of 1780 litres. Of this total volume, 530 litres comes from the boot (with luggage cover closed), designed to be simple in shape and entirely practical, with hands-free, powered tailgate.

Pierre-Paul Mattei, Peugeot 508 Product Design Director, said: "We wanted to design a unique SW with a very strong personality that was perfectly situated at the heart of its segment. The secret of the rear structure performance in terms of compactness and rigidity is the sensible and practical boot with an extremely sleek design. Similarly, the frameless doors provide the perfect response to accessibility in a vehicle with a very low roof line."

Alongside the latest generation Peugeot i-Cockpit, providing all the information essential for the road ahead, the driver can enjoy the latest in-car sound system with a top of the range hi-fi system designed by Focal, with 10 loud-speakers fitted.

Technological advances also come into play to provide a wide range of latest-generation driving aids ensuring the Peugeot 508 SW meets Euro NCAP criteria.

New features for the range include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Lane Keeping Assist and a Night Vision system which utilises an infra-red camera to detect living beings in front of the vehicle at night time or in low-visibility conditions to maximise safety.

The vehicle is built on the EMP2 platform making it an average of 70kg lighter than the outgoing generation while the new eight-speed EAT8 automatic transmission with electric gear lever and one touch control is an option.

The two new petrol options, a 180 S&S EAT8 and 225 S&S EAT8 are based on the PureTech 1.6-litre engine. Four diesel options are based on the BlueHDi 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre; a 130 S&S BVM6, 130 S&S EAT8, 160 S&S EAT8 and 180 S&S EAT8. The petrol engines are certified to Euro6d-TEMP and diesel engines are certified to Euro6d-TEMP-EVAP.

In the second half of 2019, the range will be supplemented by an efficient Plug-in Hybrid petrol powertrain with an extended ZEV range of 50 km (WLTP cycle). The batteries will be located under the row 2 seats to preserve the roomy boot.

The all-new PEUGEOT 508 SW will be unveiled at the next Paris Motor Show and will be available in the UK from January 2019.

Hyundai Tucson to get a 48V Mild Hybrid diesel powertrain

Hyundai Tucson to get a 48V Mild Hybrid diesel powertrain

It is the first model in the company’s line-up to offer the new technology that contributes to the brand’s commitment to a cleaner future.

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It will be launched across Europe in the summer. In addition to the upgraded powertrain portfolio, all Tucson engines meet the new Euro 6d Temp emission standards. The New Tucson also offers a major design update and a wider range of advanced technology and convenience features, having been the best-selling Hyundai in Europe in 2016 and 2017.

"With our new mild hybrid powertrain system for our best-selling model, we are further expanding the company's electrification strategy to make clean technologies accessible for even more customers," said Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. "It will be available in combination with more engines in the future, as part of our highly diverse mix of electrified solutions."

The 48V mild hybrid powertrain system is available in combination with the 2.0-litre diesel engine. The technology designed for electrification comprises a 0.44 kW/h 48-volt lithium-ion battery, a Mild Hybrid Starter Generator (MHSG), an LDC converter (Low Voltage DC/DC) and an inverter. Under acceleration, the MHSG supports the engine with up to 12 kW and thereby reducing fuel consumption. The system switches automatically between mechanical use of the engine and energy recuperation.

The MHSG assists the combustion engine by discharging the battery to reduce engine load with light acceleration or to provide additional torque to the engine under strong acceleration. During in-gear deceleration and braking, energy is recuperated to recharge the battery. In this way, the system significantly improves the engine's fuel economy and CO2 emissions without sacrificing maximum driving pleasure.

With this technology, Hyundai aims to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 7% combined with the manual transmission in NEDC conversion.

By spring 2019, the 48V mild hybrid technology will be available with new Smart Stream 1.6-litre diesel engine in the New Tucson.

Audi showcases new Q8 flagship SUV

Audi showcases new Q8 flagship SUV

The Audi Q8 is said to combine the elegance of a four-door luxury coupé with the practical versatility of a large SUV.

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Richly equipped, comprehensively connected and tough enough for off-road duty, it is a confident companion for business and leisure. The Audi Q8 is 4.99 metres long, 2.00 metres wide and 1.71 metres tall, the SUV coupe is wider, shorter and lower than its Q7 sister model. With a wheelbase of nearly 3.00 metres, it offers a spacious interior which comprises a three-seat system in the rear with longitudinally adjusting upon request. With the seatbacks folded down, the luggage compartment under the power rear hatch holds up to 1,755 litres.

With an imposing Singleframe in octagonal design, the Audi Q8 is the new face of the Q family. The brawny radiator grille stands upright and, together with the spoiler that has been drawn toward the front and the large, highly contoured air inlets, emphasizes the self-confident look. The elegantly sloping roofline terminates in gently inclined D-pillars and rests against the quattro blisters above the wheel arches, which house up to 22-inch wheels.

Standard LED headlights illuminate the road, with HD Matrix LED technology available as an option. Here both the three-dimensional signature of the daytime running lights and the taillights have a digital character. A light strip connects the units at the rear. Q8 owners can use the myAudi app on their smartphone to activate various lighting functions and experience them from the outside.

The purely mechanical centre differential transfers the forces to the front axle and rear axle at a ratio of 40:60 as standard. When required, it transfers the majority to the axle with the better traction. That plus as much as 254 millimetres of ground clearance, short overhangs and hill descent control means the Audi Q8 can keep going even after the pavement ends. The suspension with damper control is standard.

All drive systems are particularly efficient thanks to the new mild hybrid technology (MHEV). The 48-volt primary electrical system incorporates two important technology modules: a lithium-ion battery and a belt alternator starter. During braking, it can recover up to 12 kW of power and feed it back into the battery. The MHEV technology enables long coasting phases with the engine deactivated and a start-stop range that begins at 22 km/h.

On the German market, the Audi Q8 comes standard with the top-of-the-line infotainment system, MMI navigation plus. It includes the Audi connect data transfer module with the LTE Advanced standard and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The navigation system recognises the driver's preferences based on previous journeys and therefore can make intelligent suggestions. The online services from Audi connect add predictive features to the route planning process. This lets the two Car-to-X services for traffic sign information and hazard information benefit from the swarm intelligence of the Audi fleet.

The central driver assistance controller continuously computes a differentiated model of the surroundings and uses this to manage the assistance systems. The required data are obtained depending on the selected options, from up to five radar sensors, six cameras, twelve ultrasound sensors and the laser scanner.

The Audi Q8 launches on the European market in the third quarter of 2018.

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