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VW T-Cross Small SUV Coming This Year, Could Debut At The Paris Auto Show 20
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, Paris Auto Show, PHEV, Reports, SUV, VW on 01 20th, 2018


Following the introduction of the T-Roc last year, Volkswagen is now putting the final touches on an even smaller crossover, called the T-Cross.
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Lamborghini Development Director Hints At An Electrified Aventador Successor 19
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Lamborghini, Lamborghini Aventador, PHEV, Reports on 01 19th, 2018


The Lamborghini Aventador was unveiled nearly seven years ago at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and now attention is starting to turn to its successor.
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Electric AMGs Are Coming But Not Before Launching New 805HP Hybrids 18
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in AMG, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, PHEV, Reports on 01 18th, 2018


It goes without saying that since all the major car makers are planning an army of electric vehicles for the near future, performance brands like Mercedes AMG are going to dive into the action sooner or later. It’s inevitable.
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Kia Telluride Full-Size SUV Concept Reportedly Heading To Production 16
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Kia, Kia Concepts, PHEV, Reports, SUV on 01 16th, 2018


Kia’s new Forte might have just made its debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but the Korean automaker is also working on another, totally different, project as well.

This project is the production version of the Telluride Concept that debuted a couple of years ago in Motor City, as confirmed to GoAuto on the sidelines of the Detroit Show by the brand’s President and Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, who simply said: “yeah, we are working on that car, actually”, when asked about it.

The Telluride (production name unconfirmed) will sit at the top of the firm’s SUV range, above the Sorento, and it will be offered in North America and other markets, according to Kia Europe’s Chief Designer, Gregory Guillaume.

“I could imagine that there are other markets that would be interested in taking it… apart from America, so there could be other markets that are interested. For example, the one we used to have before the Mohave, it was pretty popular in Russia and those countries.”

However, “Europe doesn’t make much sense”, Guillaume said, adding that “it is a more difficult segment for us. We are pretty good with Sorento with large SUV in Europe”, and right-hand drive markets such as Australia are currently under the question mark. It also remains unknown when it will be launched or where it will be manufactured.

The concept displayed by Kia in 2016 was underpinned by the same architecture as the Sorento, but it had a larger footprint, a boxy exterior design and a minimalistic cabin. It also had a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combined a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine and an electric motor for a total of 400 horsepower, which might be one of the options available for the production version.

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Kia Telluride Full-Size SUV Concept Reportedly Heading To Production 16
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Kia, Kia Concepts, PHEV, Reports, SUV on 01 16th, 2018


Kia’s new Forte might have just made its debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but the Korean automaker is also working on another, totally different, project as well.

This project is the production version of the Telluride Concept that debuted a couple of years ago in Motor City, as confirmed to GoAuto on the sidelines of the Detroit Show by the brand’s President and Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, who simply said: “yeah, we are working on that car, actually”, when asked about it.

The Telluride (production name unconfirmed) will sit at the top of the firm’s SUV range, above the Sorento, and it will be offered in North America and other markets, according to Kia Europe’s Chief Designer, Gregory Guillaume.

“I could imagine that there are other markets that would be interested in taking it… apart from America, so there could be other markets that are interested. For example, the one we used to have before the Mohave, it was pretty popular in Russia and those countries.”

However, “Europe doesn’t make much sense”, Guillaume said, adding that “it is a more difficult segment for us. We are pretty good with Sorento with large SUV in Europe”, and right-hand drive markets such as Australia are currently under the question mark. It also remains unknown when it will be launched or where it will be manufactured.

The concept displayed by Kia in 2016 was underpinned by the same architecture as the Sorento, but it had a larger footprint, a boxy exterior design and a minimalistic cabin. It also had a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combined a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine and an electric motor for a total of 400 horsepower, which might be one of the options available for the production version.

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Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 Shows Its Stylish Exterior In Official Teaser 15
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, Detroit-Auto-Show, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes CLS, Mercedes Videos, new cars, PHEV, video on 01 15th, 2018


The new Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic+ is about to be unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but until then, we get to catch a glimpse of it in an official film.

Building upon the third generation of the car, it gets a more aggressive design over the lesser versions, such as the AMG badges all around, tweaked bumpers on both ends, boot lid spoiler, and a quad exhaust system, alongside a few sportier touches made to the cabin.

Mercedes-AMG continues to keep the CLS 53’s specs close to its chest, but it’s believed to come with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 3.0-liter straight-six engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, developing up to 430hp. Moreover, the ‘4Matic+’ moniker reveals that it gets the company’s all-wheel drive system, probably similar to the one of the new E63 models.

In this form, the automaker states that it returns 28 US mpg (33.6 UK mpg / 8.4 l/100 km) on average, and emits 200 g/km of CO2.

Moreover, the new Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 won’t slot between the 43 and 63 variants as it was initially expected, as the latter will be kept away from the third-gen car to make room for the AMG GT 4, so what we’re looking at here is the new range-topping model.

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Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 Shows Its Stylish Exterior In Official Teaser 15
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, Detroit-Auto-Show, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes CLS, Mercedes Videos, new cars, PHEV, video on 01 15th, 2018


The new Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic+ is about to be unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but until then, we get to catch a glimpse of it in an official film.

Building upon the third generation of the car, it gets a more aggressive design over the lesser versions, such as the AMG badges all around, tweaked bumpers on both ends, boot lid spoiler, and a quad exhaust system, alongside a few sportier touches made to the cabin.

Mercedes-AMG continues to keep the CLS 53’s specs close to its chest, but it’s believed to come with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 3.0-liter straight-six engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, developing up to 430hp. Moreover, the ‘4Matic+’ moniker reveals that it gets the company’s all-wheel drive system, probably similar to the one of the new E63 models.

In this form, the automaker states that it returns 28 US mpg (33.6 UK mpg / 8.4 l/100 km) on average, and emits 200 g/km of CO2.

Moreover, the new Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 won’t slot between the 43 and 63 variants as it was initially expected, as the latter will be kept away from the third-gen car to make room for the AMG GT 4, so what we’re looking at here is the new range-topping model.

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Mercedes GLC 350e PHEV Priced From $49,990 In The U.S. 11
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in mercedes, Mercedes GLC, PHEV, prices, Reports, USA on 01 11th, 2018


Mercedes might have given up on diesel engines in the United States but its plug-in hybrid lineup continues to grow as the company has released pricing information for the 2018 GLC 350e.

Car and Driver reports the model will go sale this summer and a listing on the company’s website reveals pricing will start at $49,990. That’s $7,940 more than the GLC 300 4MATIC but the crossover is eligible for a $4,460 federal tax credit which lowers the difference to $3,480.

In return, buyers will receive a nicely equipped crossover that features LED lighting units, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a power liftgate. The model also has privacy glass, a rearview camera, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Moving into the cabin, drivers will sit behind a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and find themselves surrounding by natural grain brown ash wood trim. Other highlights include a 14-way power driver seat, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch display.

Power is provided by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack. This setup enables the crossover to produce a combined output of 320 hp (238 kW) and 413 lb-ft (559 Nm) of torque. In terms of performance, the all-wheel drive model can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 6.2 seconds.

Mercedes hasn’t released fuel economy data but the crossover’s battery can be recharged in less than 2.5 hours. The model also has a number of eco-friendly features including a haptic accelerator pedal which pulses twice in ECO mode to let drivers know they can “save fuel without reducing performance by letting up on the gas.” The GLC also has a radar-based regenerative braking system which automatically adjusts itself to recuperate as much energy as possible.

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Facelifted BMW 2-Series Active And Gran Tourer Unveiled, Can You Tell What’s Different? 10
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, BMW 2-Series Gran Tourer, Galleries, new cars, PHEV, prices, UK on 01 10th, 2018


BMW has given its two compact MPVs, the 2-Series Active Tourer and 2-Series Gran Tourer, a lot of updates for the new MY.

The facelifted models feature a few modest styling tweaks compared to the current ones, which include a larger kidney grille, more generous air intakes at the front, new LED fog lamps, and tweaked lighting units on both ends.

Customers can choose from one of the 13 exterior colors available, including the new Jucaro Beige and Sunset Orange, in addition to a wider selection of light alloy wheels, with six new designs, ranging between 16 and 19 inches in size.

Longer seat cushions make the front seats more comfortable, and there are plenty of new materials to select, alongside different combinations in cloth, cloth/Sensatec, Alcantara and Dakota leather.

BMW ConnectedDrive Services and the latest-gen iDrive infotainment system, with navigation, voice control, and iDrive operation with touch-sensitive interface, can be found inside as well.

BMW has also made the cockpit of the two minivans more driver-oriented, by tilting the center console towards them. Users will also notice that there’s a new electronic selector lever in variants fitted with the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox or 8-speed auto.

The former is available for the first time in the 2-Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer, and gets a longer ratio 7th speed for improved economy on long journeys. This transmission joins the already available 8-speed automatic, and 6-speed manual.

Petrol and diesel engines feature various modifications, producing between 109PS (107hp) and 231PS (228hp), boasting improved fuel-efficient. The units also emit less CO2 than before, from 112 to 147 g/km, depending on the model. Moreover, all diesels now feature a particulate filter, and four-cylinder oil burners get two turbochargers.

The BMW 2-Series Active Tourer 225XE iPerformance PHEV remains part of the offering, and it still churns out 224PS (221hp) and 385Nm (284lb-ft) of torque. It needs 6.7sec to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h (62mph), and adds a few kilometers to its zero-emission range, from 41km (25 miles) to 45km (28 miles).

Driver assistance systems include the Traffic Jam Assistant, which keeps the vehicle in its lane at speeds of up to 60km/h (37mph), and Active Cruise Control, both part of the optional Driving Assistant Plus package.

BMW is asking at least £25,840 ($34,992) for the entry-level 2-Series Active Tourer 216d, while the 225xe model can be had from £34,485 ($46,699) in the United Kingdom. The 2-Series Gran Tourer, on the other hand, stretches between £27,705 ($37,518) for the 216d, and £31,435 ($42,569) for the 220i.

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Facelifted BMW 2-Series Active And Gran Tourer Unveiled, Can You Tell What’s Different? 10
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, BMW 2-Series Gran Tourer, Galleries, new cars, PHEV, prices, UK on 01 10th, 2018


BMW has given its two compact MPVs, the 2-Series Active Tourer and 2-Series Gran Tourer, a lot of updates for the new MY.

The facelifted models feature a few modest styling tweaks compared to the current ones, which include a larger kidney grille, more generous air intakes at the front, new LED fog lamps, and tweaked lighting units on both ends.

Customers can choose from one of the 13 exterior colors available, including the new Jucaro Beige and Sunset Orange, in addition to a wider selection of light alloy wheels, with six new designs, ranging between 16 and 19 inches in size.

Longer seat cushions make the front seats more comfortable, and there are plenty of new materials to select, alongside different combinations in cloth, cloth/Sensatec, Alcantara and Dakota leather.

BMW ConnectedDrive Services and the latest-gen iDrive infotainment system, with navigation, voice control, and iDrive operation with touch-sensitive interface, can be found inside as well.

BMW has also made the cockpit of the two minivans more driver-oriented, by tilting the center console towards them. Users will also notice that there’s a new electronic selector lever in variants fitted with the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox or 8-speed auto.

The former is available for the first time in the 2-Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer, and gets a longer ratio 7th speed for improved economy on long journeys. This transmission joins the already available 8-speed automatic, and 6-speed manual.

Petrol and diesel engines feature various modifications, producing between 109PS (107hp) and 231PS (228hp), boasting improved fuel-efficient. The units also emit less CO2 than before, from 112 to 147 g/km, depending on the model. Moreover, all diesels now feature a particulate filter, and four-cylinder oil burners get two turbochargers.

The BMW 2-Series Active Tourer 225XE iPerformance PHEV remains part of the offering, and it still churns out 224PS (221hp) and 385Nm (284lb-ft) of torque. It needs 6.7sec to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h (62mph), and adds a few kilometers to its zero-emission range, from 41km (25 miles) to 45km (28 miles).

Driver assistance systems include the Traffic Jam Assistant, which keeps the vehicle in its lane at speeds of up to 60km/h (37mph), and Active Cruise Control, both part of the optional Driving Assistant Plus package.

BMW is asking at least £25,840 ($34,992) for the entry-level 2-Series Active Tourer 216d, while the 225xe model can be had from £34,485 ($46,699) in the United Kingdom. The 2-Series Gran Tourer, on the other hand, stretches between £27,705 ($37,518) for the 216d, and £31,435 ($42,569) for the 220i.

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2018 VW Passat Gets More Standard Features, £22,605 Starting Price In The UK 7
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, PHEV, prices, UK, VW, VW Passat on 01 7th, 2018


Volkswagen has updated the entire Passat range slightly for the new MY by adding new standard features both inside and out.

Pricing starts at £23,625 ($31,978) for the entry-level saloon powered by a 1.4-liter TSI petrol engine that makes 125PS (123hp) and works together with a 6-speed manual gearbox, whereas the most affordable estate adds a £1,020 ($1,381) premium.

Changes operated across the range include the addition of LED headlights at no extra cost on the SE Business, GT, Alltrack, and R-Line trims, and the brand’s App-Connect system, offered as standard on all versions of the car, which mirrors the screen phone onto the infotainment system after users link it via a USB cable.

Elsewhere, the SE Business now benefits from three-zone climate control, color multi-function display, multi-function computer, and heated front seats as standard, with the latter also added to the R-Line and Alltrack models.

Volkswagen’s challenger to the likes of the Ford Mondeo and Opel/Vauxhall Insignia continues to be offered in two body styles, saloon and wagon, and with a wide variety of petrol and diesel engines, mated to either a 6-speed manual and a 6- or 7-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox.

The top-of-the-line GTE Advance model exceeds the £40,000 ($54,143) mark in Britain, and comes with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that makes a combined 218PS (215hp).

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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Likely Getting Diesel-Electric Hybrid 6
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in diesel, Geneva Motor Show, Hybrids, mercedes, Mercedes C-Class, PHEV, Reports on 01 6th, 2018


In a surprising move, Mercedes-Benz has reportedly decided to offer the updated C-Class with a diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain.

According to Autocar, this version of the revamped C-Class will be named the C400d EQ Power and feature a zero-emission range of up to 31 miles (50km). Moreover, it will be joined by a new petrol-electric version, called the C400 EQ Power.

Both will use an updated version of the electric motor used on the current petrol-electric C350e PHEV that’s delivering an extra 41hp to the wheels, in addition to a tweaked charging system, which will provide quicker charging times, according to undisclosed sources that are familiar with the issue.

The rest of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class models will benefit from new 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol and diesel units, with extra power and lower CO2 emissions.

Diesels will churn out 148hp, 192hp, and 241hp in the C200d, C220d, and C300d, respectively. One of the petrol options will get 188hp in the C200 EQ Boost that’s named that way to highlight the implementation of a mild hybrid setup with a 48V electric architecture that adds an extra 17hp of electric boost for short periods of time, and a belt-driven alternator.

The upcoming C300, on the other hand, doesn’t have a hybrid function, but comes with 255hp, up 13hp compared to the current car, thanks to increased turbo boost pressure.

At the higher end of the range, the C43 models are believed to retain the 3.0-liter V6 engine, but with a minor power boost, whereas the top-of-the-tine C63 will get an updated version of the 4.0-liter V8 with new twin-scroll turbochargers.

Depending on the selected model, the facelifted C-Class will come with either a 6-speed manual or a new 9-speed automatic gearbox that replaces the 7-speed auto offered on the current models.

Styling changes to the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class are expected to be discreet, with modified lighting units, bumpers, and a new diamond pattern grille insert on AMGs. The range-topping versions will get Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus headlights as seen on the E-Class and S-Class.

The facelifted Mercedes-Benz C-Class is expected to mark its first public debut in March, at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

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Bentley To Reveal Plug-In Hybrid Bentayga In Geneva 5
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Bentley, Bentley Bentayga, Geneva Motor Show, PHEV, Reports on 01 5th, 2018


Bentley will lift the covers off the new plug-in hybrid version of the Bentayga SUV at the Geneva Motor Show this March.

This will be the first model ever to be offered with an electrified powertrain by the British luxury car maker, expanding at the same time the range of powertrain options the Bentley Bentayga can be had with.

Bentley has promised to offer a plug-in hybrid version of every model in the range, with the Bentayga plug-in hybrid expected to feature a similar powertrain as the one used in the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid, Automotive News reports.

Porsche’s electrified powertrain pairs a 2.9-liter V6 with a 136hp electric motor for a combined output of 462hp, enabling the plug-in hybrid Panamera to travel on electric power alone up to 48km (30 miles).

The Bentley Bentayga is now available with two engine choices, including a V8 diesel and the range-topping W12 versions. The company will add a turbocharged V8 option in the range in the coming weeks, with the new plug-in hybrid model to go on sale in the second half of the year.

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Aston Martin CEO Open To A Tesla Roadster Rival, Says PHEVs Don’t Make Sense 4
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in ASTON MARTIN, Electric Vehicles, PHEV, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Roadster on 01 4th, 2018


Aston Martin has a lot on its plate but that hasn’t stopped CEO Andy Palmer from revealing he’s open to a high-performance electric vehicle that would compete with the upcoming Tesla Roadster.

When asked about the possibility of offering an electric vehicle that is smaller and faster than the Vantage, Palmer told Auto Express “It’s possible.” When went on to say “There are various challenges involved in making an EV, and the one everyone focuses on is the battery – the management system and the chemistry involved.” However, he said companies such as Aston Martin are really good at other issues that affect electric vehicles including “weight, aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance.”

As Palmer explained, this experience “puts us at an advantage over other brands who are making some big claims – such as Tesla, with a lightweight roadster.”

Besides talking about a potential Tesla rival, Palmer said Aston Martin won’t offer plug-in hybrids because they add too much cost and complexity. Instead, he would rather “spend my engineering dollar on going to what, after all, will be the final goal: pure-electric vehicles.” Despite this, the company has plans for mild-hybrids which use 48V technology.

In related news, Aston Martin announced it sold 5,117 vehicles last year and this is the first time since 2008 they have surpassed the 5,000 unit mark. The company expects that success to continue as the Vantage will go into production this year and it will be joined by a replacement for the Vanquish.

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Aston Martin CEO Open To A Tesla Roadster Rival, Says PHEVs Don’t Make Sense 4
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in ASTON MARTIN, Electric Vehicles, PHEV, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Roadster on 01 4th, 2018


Aston Martin has a lot on its plate but that hasn’t stopped CEO Andy Palmer from revealing he’s open to a high-performance electric vehicle that would compete with the upcoming Tesla Roadster.

When asked about the possibility of offering an electric vehicle that is smaller and faster than the Vantage, Palmer told Auto Express “It’s possible.” When went on to say “There are various challenges involved in making an EV, and the one everyone focuses on is the battery – the management system and the chemistry involved.” However, he said companies such as Aston Martin are really good at other issues that affect electric vehicles including “weight, aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance.”

As Palmer explained, this experience “puts us at an advantage over other brands who are making some big claims – such as Tesla, with a lightweight roadster.”

Besides talking about a potential Tesla rival, Palmer said Aston Martin won’t offer plug-in hybrids because they add too much cost and complexity. Instead, he would rather “spend my engineering dollar on going to what, after all, will be the final goal: pure-electric vehicles.” Despite this, the company has plans for mild-hybrids which use 48V technology.

In related news, Aston Martin announced it sold 5,117 vehicles last year and this is the first time since 2008 they have surpassed the 5,000 unit mark. The company expects that success to continue as the Vantage will go into production this year and it will be joined by a replacement for the Vanquish.

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