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RM700k German SUV Battle – BMW X7 VS Porsche Cayenne

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BMW Group Malaysia just introduced the locally assembled X7 xDrive40i Pure Excellence last week with an estimated asking price of RM708,000. Believe it or not, the CKD version is actually about RM150,000 cheaper than the previous fully imported X7.

Interestingly, the new price tag actually makes the X7 about RM10,000 cheaper than a fully loaded Porsche Cayenne which now comes with the Enhanced Premium Package and a few options which can be had for a total of RM718,702.

In case you’re wondering what we mean by a “fully loaded” Cayenne, below is the list of the standard and optional features which can be had for the aforementioned price:

What you get in a standard Cayenne
Additional goodies that bring the price to RM718k

Therefore, if you have a budget of slightly above RM700,000, you actually have two solid options here, so let us dive into what these premium German SUVs have to offer.  

Dimensions

The X7 is essentially a seven-seater SUV which sits right on top of BMW’s SUV range. Measuring 5,151 mm in length, 2,000 mm in width, 1,805 mm in height with a wheelbase length of 3,105 mm, the X7 is a behemoth that actually makes the 7-Series look small.

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The 2021 Porsche Cayenne on the other hand, is a five-seater SUV that measures 4,919 mm in length, 1,983 mm in width, 1,696 mm in height, with a 2,895 mm-long wheelbase.

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Obviously, the X7 is the bigger model here due to the two additional seats. So, if a seven-seater is what you need, look no further than the X7, but if you are alright with five seats and want something slightly smaller and easier to manoeuvre than the X7, the Cayenne may tickle you in the right places.

Powertrain

Powering the X7 is a turbocharged straight-six petrol engine making 340 PS and 450 Nm of torque, which is sent to all four wheels via a an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. The powertrain package enables the X7 to accelerate from naught to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds while hitting a top speed of 245 km/h.

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Further complementing the powertrain are features like air suspension, the Executive Drive Pro package with active anti-roll stabilisation, Dynamic Damper Control, Integral Active Steering, and BMW’s rear-wheel steering system.

As for the Porsche Cayenne, power comes courtesy of a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine making 340 PS and 450 Nm of torque which is actually identical with the X7’s outputs. Mated with an 8-speed Tiptronic S automatic gearbox, the Cayenne which is equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in less than six seconds.

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Fitted with mixed tyres and rear-axle steering for the first time, the Cayenne’s on-road capabilities are further improved by active all-wheel drive as standard, Porsche 4D Chassis Control, three-chamber air suspension and the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) electronic roll stabilisation system. For the first time, the Cayenne is also available with electric rear-axle steering.

Features

On the exterior, the BMW X7 features a generous dose of chrome, 21-inch wheels, BMW Laser lights, LED fog lamps, anti-dazzle side mirrors, as well as hands-free tailgate opening function.

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As for the interior, the X7 is all about the “Taukay” life, with leather upholstery everywhere, screens for the second row occupants, soft-closing doors, powered window blinds, BMW Connected Package Professional, a 12.3-inch BMW Live Cockpit Professional digital speedometer, and Parking Assistant Plus with Reversing Assist and an around-view monitor.

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The BMW Live Cockpit Professional with BMW Operating System 7.0 combines the fully digital, user-configurable 12.3-inch instrument cluster with an equally large central Control Display with touchscreen functionality.

The X7 is also fitted with the voice-controlled BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant and BMW Gesture Control. Other highlights include the Welcome Light Carpet feature, five-zone air conditioning, a Harman Kardon Surround Sound System with 16 loudspeakers and electric roller blinds for side windows.

While there is 325 litres of luggage space with all the seats up, it can be maximised up to 2,120 litres with the backrests folded down. Last but not least, driver assistance gizmos include Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and Integral Active Steering, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning, Front Collision Warning with brake intervention, Parking Assistance Plus, and Reverse Assistant.

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Meanwhile, the Porsche Cayenne is not as “bling” as the Beemer. In fact, things quite the opposite with the Porsche’s exterior, with key features being the 21-inch RS Spyder wheels, body-coloured wheel arch extensions, and LED lights with Porsche Dynamic Lighting System (PDLS).

What about the Cayenne?

Inside, there is a Bose premium audio system, Porsche emblems on the seat headrests, electric roll-up sun blinds, four-zone air conditioning, ambient lighting, 14-way powered front seats, an ioniser, soft-close doors, as well as a two-tone leather interior.

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Those who want more sportiness can opt for the black tailpipes, LED Matrix lights with PDLS, matte black Porsche emblems, black wheel arch extensions, as well as black roof rails. With all of these features installed, the on the road price of the fully loaded Porsche Cayenne stands at RM718,702.

Warranty and Road Tax

The BMW X7 xDrive40i comes with a five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty and a free scheduled service programme, along with other services like roadside assistance and accident hotline, the BMW Group Loyalty+ mobile app with privileges card, and BMW Service Online.

The Porsche Cayenne on the other hand, comes with a four-year warranty program and free maintenance package, which includes complimentary service, labour and parts.

If we are to compare both the SUVs’ warranty programs, BMW actually covers you for a longer duration versus the Porsche, but Porsche’s free maintenance package for four years is a major plus point which somewhat makes it up for the one year difference between both models.

Since both models are powered by 3.0-litre turbocharged engines, the road tax price should be the same due to the similarity in the displacement level.

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While both are undeniably quick and well equipped, the X7 will clearly appeal more to those who are all about luxury and want more attention. Just look at that grille.

The Porsche however looks stealthier, drives quicker, and is more performance oriented. That being said, if money was no issue, which one would you go for?

Is it top-notch luxury, or is it downright sportiness?  

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New “Technology-Rich” Nissan Compact SUV Teased in Indonesia

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Nissan today announced that it will be launching its newest “technology-rich” compact SUV in Indonesia very soon.

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A teaser image of the compact SUV, showing nothing more than the headlights and daytime running lights, was shared on the brand’s official social media pages in Indonesia.

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Although the name of the compact SUV is yet to be revealed, the lights clearly indicate that it is the Nissan Magnite B-segment SUV which just made its global debut in India in October.

Besides that, some of you may remember that Nissan also referred to the Magnite as a “technology-rich” SUV in India when it was revealed.

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Sharing the same CMF-A platform as the Renault Tiber, the Nissan Magnite, which is expected to be launched in various markets from January 2021 onwards, measures less than 4 metres long, meaning that it will be smaller than the Nissan Kicks that is expected to be launched in Malaysia next year.

Plus, the Magnite is also being referred to as a global model by Nissan, which means that it could still find its way to Malaysia, but nothing is confirmed for now.

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On the exterior, the Magnite comes with all-LED front light package which includes the noticeable L-shaped daytime running lights that sit below the stylish slim LED headlamp, as well as an edgy grille featuring Nissan’s new brand logo.

On the inside, the Nissan Magnite promises to offer a high seating position and wide shoulder space between the driver and front passenger. Nissan says that rear passengers will get to enjoy a level of knee room that is usually found in vehicles one class above.

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An 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto joins the first-in-class 7-inch thin-film-transistor instrument screen.

Powering the Nissan Magnite is an all-new, 1.0-liter turbocharged engine and probably a CVT which sends power to the front wheels. Complementing the powertrain are features like the 205 mm ground clearance, Hill Start Assist, silver front and rear bumper skid plates, functional roof rails, as well as Nissan’s 360-degree Around View Monitor.

2021 Nissan Magnite

To ensure it can handle the rigors of any road, the Nissan Magnite has been tested at Nissan’s Tochigi Proving Ground in Japan, where vehicles like the Nissan GT-R and the upcoming Nissan Ariya crossover EV have been put through their paces.

Whether the list of features will be the same in Indonesia, and whether this model will make it to other markets remains unknown for now, so watch this space for more updates.

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Say Hello to the New Nissan X-Trail – Looks Gempak or What?

2021 is going to be a massive year for Nissan, as not one or two, but at least five new models including the Altima, Versa, Sentra, Titan, and the 400 Z, are all set to enter production, and eventually try to take over the world.

And out of the lot, the first redesigned model to be unveiled is none other than the all-new X-Trail, which is also known as the Nissan Rogue in the USA.

On the exterior, the 2021 Nissan X-Trail adopts signature Nissan design elements such as the floating roof and an evolved V-motion grille, and adds new features such as the unique headlight shape and “U-shape” bodyside highlights.

New multi-level LED headlights with an expanded illumination area are standard on all 2021 X-Trail grade levels and accent the powerful front grille design.

The body itself measures 1.5 inches shorter and 0.2 inches lower than the previous generation X-Trail, adding to the look of strength while also enhancing driving manoeuvrability.

Key aerodynamic features include “3D” tire deflectors in the lower front fascia, an active grille shutter to control air flow into the engine compartment, special A-pillar shaping, underbody covers to manage air flow under the vehicle and a unique “air curtain” that precisely directs air flow from the front to the sides of the X-Trail.

Inside, the redesigned cabin offers a very premium look and feel from what we can see, with features like front and rear leather-clad Nissan Zero Gravity seats, three interior colour choices, a split one-touch fold-down rear seat with remote fold feature, a reconfigured rear cargo area, easy-to-wash cargo liner and floor mats, redesigned Divide-n-Hide, Motion Activated Liftgate, new electronic shifter design, as well as extra storage space under the new “floating” center console.

The long list of additional technology includes standard Push Start Button, Rear Door Alert, Easy Fill Tire Alert, NissanConnect with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant, as well as Audio Streaming via Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, Google Assistant, and SiriusXM Radio.

The range-topping version on the other hand, will get goodies like 12.3-inch Digital Dashboard meter display, a head-up display, heated rear seats, ambient lighting, wireless charging pad, ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link, Bose Premium Audio System, Nissan Door-to-Door Navigation and more.

As for the engine, Nissan says that every 2021 X-Trail will feature a standard 2.5-litre DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine with Nissan’s Direct Injection Gasoline system. Horsepower is rated at 181 hp which is an increase of 11 hp. Torque is increased by 8 Nm to 245 Nm.

Further complementing the package is an Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, 5 drive modes (Off-road, Snow, Standard, Eco and Sport) a Vehicle Motion Control system, and a new Rack Electric Power Steering with a quick gear ratio.

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KPDNHEP buys 55 Perodua Aruz and save money

The Malaysian Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has purchased 55 units of the Perodua Aruz AV, marking the seven-seater SUV’s entry into the government sector and the model’s first fleet deal. A delivery ceremony was held today at the ministry’s headquarters in Putrajaya, where KPDNHEP Secretary-General Datuk Muez Abdul Aziz symbolically handed a mock key over to KPDNHEP Director of Enforcement Dato’ Haji Iskandar Halim Haji Sulaiman.

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“We thank KPDNHEP very much for choosing the Perodua Aruz and in doing so, supporting the Malaysian automotive supply eco-system, as over 90% of the Aruz’s components are locally sourced. The same is true of all our current models,” Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Zainal Abidin Ahmad said.

With over 23,000 units already sold out of over 33,000 bookings received to date since its launch in January, the Perodua Aruz is Malaysia’s best-value SUV as well as her best-selling SUV so far this year.

“We understand KPDNHEP’s enforcement officers often take long road journeys in the course of duty. The Perodua Aruz is durable, dependable, spacious, practical, easy to drive and due to its many seating configurations, very versatile. Not forgetting conveniences such as the built-in toll card reader, integrated dash cam, HDMI, Smart Link, Bluetooth and navigation.

“With Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0, six airbags and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), the Perodua Aruz has a maximum five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating. It is also an Energy-Efficient Vehicle (EEV) with a best-in-class rated fuel efficiency of 15.6 km/l, contributing to its low running costs,” Dato’ Zainal said.

“Factor in Malaysia’s largest vehicle service network and we are confident that KPDNHEP will find a faithful, useful and delightful companion in the Perodua Aruz,” he added.

Last July, Perodua hosted an engagement session with KPDNHEP in a move to curb imitation Perodua-branded products and parts in the market, becoming one of the first carmakers in Malaysia to take such an initiative.

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This New PAJERO SPORT Will Do Well In Malaysia

MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORPORATION (MMC) a few months ago unveiled for sale in Thailand a revised PAJERO SPORT. There is still no ‘word’ from Mitsubishi Malaysia on the possible introduction of this 7-seat SUV in Malaysia as the possible asking price puts it a little higher over the current segment leader, the Toyota Fortuner. For Malaysia, Toyota leads in this segment and with Chevrolet, Nissan and Ford not active in this segment, it would seem like a good idea for Mitsubishi to challenge the Fortuner….or at least try and see.

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This new PAJERO SPORT adopts a more refined, powerful appearance, complemented with a refreshed interior that delivers quality and comfort. Easy-to-read 8-inch color LCD meter is newly adopted, and the Power Tailgate allows users to open and close the tailgate with a smartphone.

PAJERO SPORT is one of MMC’s global strategic models and has approximate 77,000 units sold globally in fiscal 2018. Manufactured at Laem Chabang plant of MITSUBISHI MOTORS (Thailand) Co.,Ltd., the company’s local production and distributor, the new PAJERO SPORT will eventually be sold in some 90 countries including the Philippines and Australia.

Fused with sedan-like comfort and functionality, the new PAJERO SPORT inherits the PAJERO series off-road capability, reliability and durability in a mid-size SUV.

It was redesigned with the theme of Elevate your Journey. It features more powerful yet refined exterior, high quality and comfortable interior with advanced functions. The new PAJERO SPORT is created to meet the drivers’ desire for exploration and adventure.

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Exterior design accentuates wide, sculptured and powerful appearance

The MITSUBISHI MOTORS’ signature Dynamic Shield front view design concept has been further evolved on the new PAJERO SPORT while securing good visibility, emphasizing the sense of wideness with the headlights continuing from the front grille and the combination lamps at the bumper corners. The higher bonnet of the vehicle exhibits a deeper front face, while a more solid, powerful chrome part design projects a more refined, sophisticated appearance.

Advanced and convenient new components

Easy-to-read 8-inch color LCD meter, and 8 inch Smartphone-Link Display Audio (SDA). Power Tailgate (safety mechanism included) with a new hands-free feature.

MITSUBISHI Remote Control offers a number of functions that facilitate ease of access. It will send notification to the driver’s smartphone to lock the doors via the app when the driver leaves the vehicle with the doors unlocked.

The Power Tailgate can be opened or closed by smartphone. In addition, the tailgate reservation system can be preset by smartphone anywhere, which enables the driver to open or close the tailgate automatically when he/she approaches or leaves the vehicle. The keyless operation system is effective between the vehicle and within Bluetooth* operating range.

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High quality and comfortable interior

Refreshed floor console and soft padded interior door handles enhance the overall interior look with quality and comfort. Storage tray that sits under the floor console can be accessible from left and right sides. New AC power outlet added on the existing USB plug at the console rear panel improves usability for all passengers.

Integrated vehicle performance 

The 2.4L MIVEC turbo diesel and an 8-speed automatic transmission delivers excellent environmental and smooth performance.

Enhanced safety features with the addition of Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) functions.

The new PAJERO SPORT retains the Super-Select 4WD-II system that delivers optimal traction for all surfaces and confidence-inspiring handling characteristics. The off-road mode with a newly designed switch on 4WD models elevates all-terrain performance and self-extraction capability through the integrated control of engine output, transmission settings and brake power.

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Pickup trucks getting to big for parking spots

Pickup truck drivers are finding it increasingly hard to give other cars enough room when they park due to modern trucks getting wider by a foot on average despite car park spaces remaining the same size as the 1980’s. This leads to frustration among drivers and can result in angry notes being left on windscreens, as well as many bumps and scrapes in tight car park spaces.

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However, if parking spaces were made bigger there would be less available car park spaces for drivers to use, which would also cause an inconvenience as there are more cars on the road than ever before, all battling for somewhere to park.

Our vehicles have definitely bulked up over the past few years. They’re as much as 25% wider than they were when many car parks were built ­ and the most recent town council guidelines on space size date right back to the 1990s, when cars were definitely slimmer. There has been a huge surge in big 4x4s and SUVs and they’re all trying to cram themselves into our shrinking car parks.

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Proton X70 PRO will be the most connected SUV when it is launched in 2020

The current Proton X70 is selling faster than they cane ship them here from China and soon the local assembly will start and we will see sales continue to rise as Malaysians fall back in love with Proton. meanwhile, Proton partner, Geely has just launched the facelift version in China and its called PRO. This latest version was fully unveiled to the public at a design seminar in Hangzhou this week and will be equipped with an updated version of the GKUI.

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A week prior, at the launch of the GKUI19 Geely Smart Ecosystem and China’s first independently developed dedicated vehicle chipset, the E01, the Bo Yue PRO was announced to be Geely’s first model to receive the new hardware. The addition of the GKUI19 and E01 chipset has essentially put a “super brain” into the Bo Yue SUV. To match its enhanced intelligence, comprehensive improvements to the original Bo Yue SUV have been made including power and design.

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The intelligence upgrade has put the Bo Yue PRO one step closer towards being a true mobile terminal envisioned in Geely’s mobility ecosystem, in which vehicles become a third living space for its passengers rather than just a mere tool of transportation. With the GKUI19 empowered by its dedicated E01 chipset, the Bo Yue PRO transforms into a mobile entertainment system, a control hub for smart devices at home or in the office, a mobile phone, and a mobility service provider.

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Speaking at the design seminar, head of Geely Design China, Guy Burgoyne said “We had to go even further than the original class-leading Bo Yue, which was known for the “three G’s”. Good to use, Good performance, and Good intelligence. The Bo Yue PRO has evolved in all dimensions, conveying greater confidence with an ever evolving design language. This new model is an upgrade in all aspects, confidently redefining the segment for a lifestyle inspired premium SUV.”

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The Bo Yue PRO comes with either a 1.8TD turbo direct injection engine matched to a 7 speed wet dual clutch transmission or a 1.5TD turbo direct injection engine matched to an Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission. Both powertrain combinations meet the stringent China National 6B emission standards. The 1.8TD has been recalibrated from the previous version used in the original Bo Yue to offer a maximum power of 135kW and max torque of 300 N•m, an increase of 15 N•m. The 7DCT transmission has an efficiency of 97%, helping reduce fuel consumption by 1L per 100km over the original Bo Yue. The 1.5TD engine was jointly developed by Geely and Volvo, offering a maximum power of 130kW and max torque of 255 N•m.  The Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission is widely used in high-end models featuring fast shift response and reduced fuel consumption.

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The Bo Yue PRO upgrade in technology is matched with a more mature design combining modern Chinese aesthetics with a technology orientated approach.  The Bo Yue Pro’s front fascia was given a more aggressive look with a raised hood and a more pronounced grill. Geely’s iconic Expanding Cosmos grille has grown larger, more pronounced, and impactful. The Expanding Cosmos grille is flanked by accentuated deep-set intelligent LED headlamps. The signature “Leaping Cat” design influence seen in the original Bo Yue stance and proportion now holds its head higher, prouder, more confident. Deep functioning air intakes stretches across the exaggerated horizontal width, enhancing the SUV aerodynamic performance.

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From the rear quarter, the Bo Yue PRO’s design clean and logical featuring Geely’s distinctive chrome strip that stretches towards the outer edges into the rear lamps. The three-dimensional Chinese fan inspired twisting rear lamps perfectly represent the combination of technology and culture.

After listening to consumer feedback from across our global markets, Geely has moved to lower the load height of the rear tailgate, giving more space to users and allowing for easier loading and unloading of personal items.

The interior of the Bo Yue PRO has been made more spacious with a harmonious and elegant design.  Air vents stretch from both sides of the instrument panel and push into the doors, enhancing the perceived transverse space.  Fluid interlacing layers fold and twist to help enhance visual depth throughout the cabin. The most eye-catching feature is the two HD central infotainment panel and full LCD instrument panel which seamlessly integrate into the high tech dashboard with ambient lighting that emulate wood grain textures.

The new Bo Yue PRO is a comprehensive upgrade in terms of design, intelligence, and power, opening the door to the 5G “Internet of Everything” era. The model represents Geely Auto’s determination to be the leader of intelligent connected vehicles. The model will be fully launched later in the quarter. Pre-sale booking for the Bo Yue PRO has opened in the Chinese market.

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Mercedes-Benz EQC Priced From Euro 60k  

What Is The Range?

With its seamless, clean design and colour highlights typical of the brand, the Mercedes-Benz EQC is a pioneer for an avant-garde electric look while representing the design idiom of Progressive Luxury. In combination with the extensive services and a range of 445 – 471 km (NEDC), it makes electric mobility convenient and suitable for everyday use. The charismatic EQC impresses with the sum of its attributes.

With its effortlessly superior driving impression, high level of acoustic comfort and exciting driving dynamics, the EQC displays all the brand’s hallmark attributes – the Mercedes of electric vehicles.

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How Much?

Prices for the Mercedes-Benz EQC start at €71,281 (including VAT and local European delivery costs) for the already generously equipped base version. Its net basic price of less than €60,000 (for export before delivery and taxes) makes it eligible for an environmental bonus in Germany – regardless of individual equipment.

Start of production? 

The first EQC has just rolled off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. There it is being produced on the same line as the C-Class Saloon and Estate as well as the GLC and GLC Coupé – digitally, flexibly and sustainably. Production of vehicles with various drive systems can be adapted variably and efficiently in line with market demand. This approach is an ideal way to ensure the best possible use of capacity at the plant, and guarantee high Mercedes-Benz production and quality standards.

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Digital solutions such as sophisticated mobile devices, driverless transport systems and the ‘paperless factory’ assist the assembly team. Production staff are irreplaceable, even in the age of electric mobility. The use of Big Data and artificial intelligence assists with predictive maintenance, for example. This means the fact that the company made investments in maximum flexibility and hi-tech equipment offering trend-setting Industry 4.0 solutions at an early stage is paying off.

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When the body, suspension and powertrain come together in automobile assembly, this is referred to as the “marriage” – in the case of the EQC this is when the two powerpacks are installed in the body. One major innovation is the so-called battery joining centre. The second “marriage” takes place here: This is where the EQCs are recognised as electric models with the help of data tags attached to the body, and equipped with a battery. The body is suspended from a carrier and deposited on a frame. Support arms raise the battery to the vehicle’s floor from below. An employee monitors the automatic bolting in place.

Battery production network

Alongside Bremen, the Sino-German production joint venture Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd. (BBAC) will start production of the EQC this year – for the local market in China. As it does for the C-Class and the GLC, Bremen acts as the centre of competence for production of the EQC in other locations. BBAC is part of the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars. Other production locations for future Mercedes-Benz EQ models are the Mercedes-Benz plants in Rastatt (Germany), Sindelfingen (Germany), Tuscaloosa (USA) and Hambach (France).

The batteries for EQC production in Bremen are produced by wholly owned Daimler subsidiary Accumotive at its site in Kamenz (near Dresden) and delivered partly charged. These batteries are kept near the production line and then delivered to the line flexibly on demand using driverless transport systems. Local battery production is a major success factor in the electric initiative of Mercedes-Benz Cars. The production network for the mobility of the future is well positioned.

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Evoque PHEV variant for Malaysia after NAP 2018 arrives

The Evoque joins the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover in offering plug-in hybrid (PHEV) options and it might just come to Malaysia if the National Automotive Policy 2018 (NAP) gives incentives for PHEV and low emission vehicles.

For this new Evoque PHEV, Land Rover will add a 300-volt plug-in hybrid will toward the end of next year. It will have an electric motor mated to a new 3-cylinder petrol engine that will reduce CO2 emissions to below 45 grams per km.

The Evoque’s all-wheel drive versions will be available with a 48-volt mild-hybrid that adds a belt-driven starter-generator to capture energy lost in braking and add electric assistance under acceleration.

The engine will also shut off below speeds of 17km/h to save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions. The most fuel efficient mild-hybrid diesel version has CO2 emissions of 149 g/km, Land Rover said.

Electrification is key to reducing JLR’s CO2 levels below the agreed 135 g/km average needed to avoid fines when the European Union introduce tougher CO2 emissions limits for new vehicles in 2020/21.

JLR’s average European emissions are currently at 178 g/km, the company said earlier this year. JLR said last year every new model will come with electrified options from 2020 onwards.

The most powerful option is a petrol version with an output of 296 hp. The Evoque will continue to be available with a 9-speed automatic gearbox. This new Evoque is not bigger than the model it replaces and features almost identical footprint. However, thanks to Land Rover’s new mixed-metal Premium Transverse Architecture, it provides more room for the passengers, especially at the back. The cargo space is some 6% larger at 610 liters growing up to 1,430 liters with the rear seats folded. Look out for its arrival here in Malaysia in the coming months.

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This is a brand NEW Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover’s highly-anticipated luxury compact SUV, the New Range Rover Evoque, has been revealed in London’s creative East End with a high-energy display which saw a number of vehicles driving across digital skylines around the globe.

Having pioneered the luxury compact SUV market, with global sales of over 772,096 and more than 217 international awards, the new Range Rover Evoque is a sophisticated evolution of the original. Combining unrivalled Range Rover heritage with cutting-edge technology – designed, engineered and manufactured in Britain – it meets the needs of today’s customers. Tech firsts include ‘see through bonnet’ technology and a rear-view mirror that turns into an HD screen displaying a camera feed of what’s behind the vehicle.

The compact footprint is almost identical at 4.37m, yet built on Land Rover’s new Premium Transverse Architecture, there is more interior space than before. A longer wheelbase yields 20mm extra rear kneeroom and an increase in small item stowage – the larger glove box and centre cubby can now fit tablets, handbags and bottles with ease. The luggage space is 10 per cent larger (591 litres) as well as much wider and easily fits a folded pram or set of golf clubs, with space increasing to 1,383 litres when the flexible 40:20:40 second-row seats are folded.

The new architecture has been developed for electrification, with a 48-volt mild-hybrid available at launch and a plug-in hybrid model offered around 12 months afterwards. The mild hybrid powertrain is a first for Land Rover and works by harvesting energy normally lost during deceleration thanks to the engine-mounted belt-integrated starter generator, storing it in the under-floor battery.

 

At speeds below 17km/h (11mph), the engine will shut off while the driver applies the brakes. When pulling away, the stored energy is redeployed to assist the engine under acceleration and reduce fuel consumption. The result is a refined, quiet and efficient drive in built-up traffic heavy areas, in addition to efficiency savings.

The lowest emitting CO2 derivative is the 143g/km front wheel drive, manual transmission with 150PS Ingenium diesel engine.

The most popular all wheel drive, automatic transmission vehicles, come with a choice of four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. This is where the 48-volt mild-hybrid system is used to reduce CO2 emissions to as lows as 149g/km and fuel economy from 50.4mpg (5.6l/100km) (based on NEDC Equivalent test procedure).

An even more efficient plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and three-cylinder petrol Ingenium engine will also join the range.

Every bit a Range Rover, the compact SUV combines all-terrain capability with all-weather assurance. New Evoque features All-Wheel Drive, as well as a second-generation Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect to enhance efficiency and Adaptive Dynamics to deliver the optimum balance of comfort and agility. Terrain Response 2 – technology first found on full-size Range Rover – automatically detects the surface being driven on a adjusts the set-up accordingly, while Evoque can now wade through water up to 600mm (previously 500mm).

Combining all-terrain capability with on-road composure, the Evoque’s new MacPherson Hydrobush front and Integral Link rear suspension and Adaptive Dynamics technology deliver not only improved refinement and stability in all conditions, but enables the agile handling that makes Evoque ideal for the tight city streets of many countries around the world.

The famed Range Rover command driving position has jumped into the digital age, with a segment-first ‘ClearSight rear-view mirror’ that transforms into an HD video screen. If rear visibility is compromised by passengers or bulky items, the driver simply flicks a switch on the underside of the mirror and a camera feed from the top of the car displays what is behind the vehicle in crisp high definition. The screen provides a wider (50-degree) field of vision and superior visibility in low light.

There is a reversing camera as standard on all models, alongside a suite of advanced driver assistance systems. This includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist, which centres the vehicle in the lane based on road markings as well as maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

Active safety features such as Lane Keep Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Driver Condition Monitor are all available to keep occupants safe.

Evoque is the first Land Rover with Smart Settings, which uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn the driver’s preference and acts as an onboard butler. In addition to seat position, music and climate settings, Evoque can also control steering column preferences to maximise comfort.

Land Rover also collaborated with a number of fashion and technology brands to bring the design, innovation and sustainability characteristics of the New Range Rover Evoque to life.

This interior textile is made from recycled polyester microfibres, from items such as plastic bottles – in fact the equivalent of 53 plastic bottles go into each vehicle specified with these seats

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