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Mercedes-AMG’s Upcoming Four Door Will Make Hybrids Cool, Like 800HP Cool 29
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in AMG, Hybrids, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes Scoops, PHEV, Scoops on 12 29th, 2017


Mercedes-AMG’s yet-unnamed four-door coupe will spark a new war with its arrival in late 2018 in the hyper-saloon segment.

Our spies spotted a pair of prototypes being tested in cold-weather conditions, with the cars still being covered under a light camouflage wrap.

The first dedicated four-door model from AMG is planning to offer a series of new, performance-focused plug-in hybrid powertrains under the EQ brand, producing up to 805hp. The colossal power figure will be combined with a 31-mile driving range on electric power alone according to the latest reports.

This will not only position it directly against the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, but it will also make it the most powerful saloon on the market. The four-door AMG will feature wider tracks compared to the current E63 AMG but it will sit closer to the ground and of course have a lower and unique roofline for that coupe-like vibe.

Mercedes-AMG’s upcoming Panamera rival will be initially launched with the same 604hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that the E63 is using, paired to a nine-speed automatic gearbox and the configurable all-wheel drive system.

The latest reports talk about the new Mercedes AMG making a possible debut at the Geneva Motor Show this March, with sales to begin later in 2018 and the plug-in hybrid versions to arrive in 2019.

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Bentley Bentayga V8 Reportedly On Track For Mid-2018, PHEV To Follow 29
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Bentley, Bentley Bentayga, PHEV, Reports on 12 29th, 2017


Bentley is apparently looking to expand the Bentayga’s range by adding a couple of new versions.

The first variant is expected to be launched in July 2018, according to AutoMotorUndSport, and it will be powered by a V8 petrol unit.

Slotting in the Bentayga lineup under the diesel option, it might use a version of the VW Group’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo unit that currently powers the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus. All three are underpinned by the same MLB architecture, so using it in the Bentley, too, makes perfect sense.

In addition to the new V8 engine, the Bentayga will also get a plug-in hybrid powertrain that’s expected to combine the 3.0-liter supercharged V8 and electric motor of the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid. The exact output is unknown, but its German counterpart makes do with 416PS (410hp) and 590Nm (435lb-ft) of torque, so we expect something similar for the Bentayga PHEV.

Note: Bentley Bentayga Diesel pictured

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2019 BMW 740e iPerformance To Receive A More Power Electric Motor And New Batteries 28
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 7-Series, PHEV, Reports on 12 28th, 2017


The BMW 740e iPerformance offers an impressive blend of luxury and fuel-efficiency but fans might want to hold off on buying the sedan as a new report is suggesting the 2019 model will receive some pretty significant upgrades.

BMW Blog says sources have informed them the updated model will have a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine, an upgraded electric motor, and new batteries which have a higher energy density. Specifications remain unconfirmed but the report claims the model will produce around 390 hp (290 kW) and have a longer electric-only range.

The updated model could be called the 745e iPerformance and it is expected to be offered with a wireless charging system like the 530 iPerformance.

Besides the updated powertrain, the 7-Series is expected to receive a new digital instrument cluster called “Live Cockpit.” The display is reportedly similar to the one used on the 8-Series and Z4 concepts.

The 2018 740e xDrive iPerformance starts at $90,700 and it features a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine, a 9.2 kWh lithium-ion battery, and an electric motor that develops 111 hp (82 kW) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque. This setup enables the car to produce a combined output of 322 hp (240 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. The car can also accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds and travel up to 14 miles (22 km) on electricity alone.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Coming With 7 Gasoline And Four Diesel Engines 28
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, Electric Vehicles, Geneva Motor Show, mercedes, Mercedes A-Class, Mercedes A45 AMG, Mercedes AMG, PHEV, Reports on 12 28th, 2017


More technical details are starting to emerge on the next generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class, prior to its public premiere scheduled for the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

By catching a shotgun ride in a prototype in northern Sweden, and chatting with the brand’s chief of compact vehicle testing, Jochen Eck, Autocar has learned that the upcoming hatchback will be offered with a choice of 9 powertrains in total.

These include the newly developed 1.3-liter gasoline unit that can already be found on the Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic, and another lump that’s commonly present on various cars made by the French company: the 1.5-liter dCi diesel, in the A160d model.

The list also counts two performance versions of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, dubbed AMG A35 and AMG A45, with the former believed to use a 2.0-liter turbo’d mill rated at some 340hp, whereas the latter will allegedly churn out in excess of 400hp. Additionally, plug-in hybrid and electric versions of the car are also expected to arrive.

Beyond the new powertrains, the next generation models also benefit from additional sound deadening foam in the body structure to help reduce the noise and vibration levels, and it will also get two suspension sets, depending on the chosen variant. Lesser models will come with a new torsion beam setup, while more powerful ones will feature an updated multi-link that debuted on the current A-Class.

Elsewhere, engineers and designers have improved visibility by making the pillars thinner and rear side windows larger, and the car also gets an additional 30mm (1.18in) added to the wheelbase length.

Mercedes-Benz could actually unveil the next-gen A-Class earlier than the Geneva Show next March, but nevertheless, the event is where the new compact model will celebrate its public debut.

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All-Electric Version Of Volvo’s New V40 Will Come With Two Battery Sizes 27
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in CMA, Electric Vehicles, PHEV, Reports, VOLVO, Volvo V40 on 12 27th, 2017


Volvo is reportedly planning a replacement for the V40, its contender in the compact hatch segment that goes against the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, among others.

Expected to incorporate design elements from the 40.2 Concept that was shown last May, it will, according to AutoExpress, be underpinned by the same architecture as the new XC40 and will likely retain the same wheelbase length as well, thus making its interior more spacious than the current model’s.

Adopting the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) will give the new V40 access to a variety of engines. These include the D3 and D4 four-cylinder diesels alongside the T4 and T5 petrol units.

Moreover, since the platform has been developed with electrification in mind, the Swedish company’s compact hatch will go down the electrification route as well, with plug-in hybrid and pure-electric versions of the car, similar to those of its SUV sibling.

Volvo’s new hatch will also be offered with “at least two different battery sizes”, Volvo’s chief of R&D, Henrik Green, told the British publication, adding that “the base variant will be more cost-efficient, but with a slightly limited range”, whereas the “bigger option” will have “a higher price, but more range and more power”.

Although it’s unclear when exactly Volvo plans to introduce the successor of the compact hatchback, we’re probably looking at either 2019 or 2020.

The zero-emission variants of the XC40 and V40 won’t be the brand’s first fully-electric products underpinned by the CMA architecture, as this role is reserved for the Polestar 2 performance saloon, which is expected to arrive in the second half of 2019.

Note: Volvo 40.2 Concept Saloon pictured

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Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Joins The Family From $24,950 24
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Hyundai, hyundai ioniq, PHEV, prices on 12 24th, 2017


Hyundai is gunning for the Toyota Prius with its new Ioniq, and it’s doing so with a more varied range of powertrain options.

Already offered in standard hybrid and all-electric variants, the Korean automaker is now rolling out its dedicated electrified vehicle as a plug-in hybrid as well.

The PHEV packs the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine as the plug-less version, Rated at 104 horsepower, it comes mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and paired with an electric motor good for another 60 hp or so – a significant increase over the existing hybrid’s 43-hp electric motor.

Exact specifications are apparently still to be confirmed, but Hyundai has already released pricing and energy ratings for the US market. The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid starts at $24,950 and peaks at $28,300 for the Limited version. (For reference, the standard Ioniq Hybrid started the 2017 model year at $22,200, and the Ioniq Electric at $29,500.)

Regardless of trim level, buyers can expect 29 miles of all-electric range, 650 miles of combined range, and EPA-estimated ratings of 52 miles per gallon (using both motors) and 119 MPGe on electric power alone.

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China Planning To End Local Subsidies For Electric Vehicles 23
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in china, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, PHEV, Reports on 12 23rd, 2017


China will, allegedly, instruct local governments to stop giving out incentives for electric cars and other clean-energy vehicles, as it is looking into ways to discourage protectionism between the country’s different provinces.

The Chinese Ministry of Finance wants to implement its plan as early as next year according to Bloomberg, which cites inside sources.

China’s existing program entitles cars that can run at least 155 miles (250km) on a single charge to a $6,653 (44,000 yuan) incentive from the central government, while local authorities can provide no more than the 50 percent of the central subsidy.

The problem lies in the way local governments carry out their end of the program, with some car makers complaining of unfair treatment for companies based in other provinces and complaining that local governments make it tougher or more time consuming to receive funding approvals outside their home city.

If the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers’ prediction turns out to be true, sales of “green” vehicles in the world’s largest car market might increase as much as 50 percent in 2018, to more than 1 million cars in 2018, from an estimated 700,000 this year.


Note: NIO ES8 Pictured

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Mercedes Collaborates With Linkin Park To Make Electrified AMGs Sound Better 23
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, celebrities, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes AMG Project One, Mercedes CLS, PHEV, Reports on 12 23rd, 2017


Mercedes-AMG is cooperating with Linkin Park, alongside other experts in different fields, to make sure that their upcoming electrified models not only look good and go like stink, but sound the part, too.

It’s unknown at this point how the American rock band will help Merc’s Affalterbach-based performance division, but the tie-up was confirmed by AMG chief Tobias Moers, who recently spoke on the topic with WheelsMag.

“You know Linkin Park? I started to talk with these guys about what is their interpretation of electrified sound. We’ve had a cooperation with Linkin Park for years. We’re really close”, Moers said.

“We started off years ago. We established a team doing artificial sound, and we worked together with games specialists, we worked together with film artists doing sound for films. We sell emotions, and sound is really a crucial part of emotion, so what we do is work on artificial sounds, because you have to”, added the Mercedes-AMG’s head honcho.

The Project One hypercar that uses technology derived from Formula 1 is paving the road for Mercedes-AMG’s electrified future. It boasts a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 and four electric motors that deliver a total combined output in excess of 1,000 horsepower. The first units of the German exotic will arrive in 2019, with production being capped at 275 examples, all of which have been spoken for.

Alongside the hypercar, Mercedes-AMG is also said to be prepping an electrified version of the new-gen CLS. Expected to be named the AMG 53, it will slot between the 43 and 63 grades and will, allegedly, combine the 3.0-liter inline-six of the 43 models with an electric motor for a max output of 429hp.

Note: Mercedes-AMG Project One pictured

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Is Audi Killing Off The R8 In 2020? 22
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi R8, Audi RS4, Audi RS5, Audi RS6, Audi RS7, Audi S6, Audi S7, Audi S8, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, PHEV, Reports on 12 22nd, 2017


After giving it a deep thought financially, Audi reportedly have concluded that pulling the plug on the R8 is the best thing to do.

The news comes from Automobile magazine which says that the Germans will axe the R8 in 2020, when the successor of the current Lamborghini Huracan, which also shares its platform and engine with the R8, will come into the picture.We’ve reached out to Audi for a comment and will update this story when we hear back from them.

More worryingly, according to the same story, Audi have allegedly decided that the replacement of the R8 E-Tron is a no-go either. That’s not all, because plans for what should have become the brand’s hypercar, supposedly powered by four 1.2-liter Ducati bike engines, delivering 1000hp, and known internally as the Scorpion, have been shelved as well.

The new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that powers the RS4 and RS5 is almost at its full potential too, which is apparently the 470PS (463hp) mark, or 20PS (20hp) more than the performance models mentioned above. However, it’s believed that a plug-in hybrid version will throw in an 116PS (114hp) electric motor, although it’s unclear yet which cars will adopt it.

Performance versions of the A6, A7, and A8 are just around the corner, and the RS6 and RS7 are expected to use the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that powers the Porsche Panamera Turbo and Bentley Continental GT, without any electrification. However, this report contradicts a previous one that gave insight into a more extreme version of the RS7, which should come with a PHEV powertrain, combining the aforementioned internal combustion unit with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.

It’s not clear what will power the S6 and S7 versions, but we’re likely looking at a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine that should at least match the current models’ output of 450hp, whereas the new S8 might arrive with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 lump.

An RS version of the upcoming Q8 is also expected at the turn of the decade, possibly powered by the same 650PS (641hp) 4.0-liter twin-turbo found in the Lamborghini Urus.

The cherry on top of the cake is reportedly Audi’s own version of the Porsche Mission E, which is due in 2019, as a modern interpretation of the Audi Quattro with seating for five.

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Is Audi Killing Off The R8 In 2020? 22
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi R8, Audi RS4, Audi RS5, Audi RS6, Audi RS7, Audi S6, Audi S7, Audi S8, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, PHEV, Reports on 12 22nd, 2017


After giving it a deep thought financially, Audi reportedly have concluded that pulling the plug on the R8 is the best thing to do.

The news comes from Automobile magazine which says that the Germans will axe the R8 in 2020, when the successor of the current Lamborghini Huracan, which also shares its platform and engine with the R8, will come into the picture.We’ve reached out to Audi for a comment and will update this story when we hear back from them.

More worryingly, according to the same story, Audi have allegedly decided that the replacement of the R8 E-Tron is a no-go either. That’s not all, because plans for what should have become the brand’s hypercar, supposedly powered by four 1.2-liter Ducati bike engines, delivering 1000hp, and known internally as the Scorpion, have been shelved as well.

The new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that powers the RS4 and RS5 is almost at its full potential too, which is apparently the 470PS (463hp) mark, or 20PS (20hp) more than the performance models mentioned above. However, it’s believed that a plug-in hybrid version will throw in an 116PS (114hp) electric motor, although it’s unclear yet which cars will adopt it.

Performance versions of the A6, A7, and A8 are just around the corner, and the RS6 and RS7 are expected to use the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that powers the Porsche Panamera Turbo and Bentley Continental GT, without any electrification. However, this report contradicts a previous one that gave insight into a more extreme version of the RS7, which should come with a PHEV powertrain, combining the aforementioned internal combustion unit with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.

It’s not clear what will power the S6 and S7 versions, but we’re likely looking at a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine that should at least match the current models’ output of 450hp, whereas the new S8 might arrive with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 lump.

An RS version of the upcoming Q8 is also expected at the turn of the decade, possibly powered by the same 650PS (641hp) 4.0-liter twin-turbo found in the Lamborghini Urus.

The cherry on top of the cake is reportedly Audi’s own version of the Porsche Mission E, which is due in 2019, as a modern interpretation of the Audi Quattro with seating for five.

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Electrified 2018 Mercedes A-Class Spotted Hiding In The Snow 21
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Hybrids, mercedes, Mercedes A-Class, Mercedes Scoops, PHEV, Scoops on 12 21st, 2017


It’s already known that Mercedes is planning to offer both a plug-in hybrid and an all-electric version of the new A-Class and this is our first look on what seems to be the former.

At first glance, the prototype looks just like another A-Class test car but there are small details that betray its electrified nature.

Things like the “Hybrid” sticker on the windshield are the biggest telltale sign but once you look closely, you’ll find two fuel caps, one on each side, and of course there’s the big warning sign that says “High Voltage” thrown at the rear seat.

Our spies even looked under the rear of the car to see if they can spot the exhaust and they couldn’t, which raised some questions whether this was a plug-in hybrid or a full electric car. We’re still leaning to the former however, mostly because of the two fuel caps.

The new generation of the A-Class will adopt a 48-volt electrical architecture and the plug-in hybrid version will most likely offer a 31-mile (50km) all-electric range as teased by the official interior images Mercedes released a couple of weeks ago.

We also know that Mercedes is planning on using the new turbocharged 1.3-liter petrol engine that was co-developed with Renault-Nissan in the A-Class.

Mercedes will pull the wraps off the brand-new A-Class at the Geneva Motor Show in March, with the US-bound A-Class sedan to follow shortly after.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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Jeep Boss Hints At More Hybrids And China-Specific Model For 2018 19
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in china, Jeep, PHEV, Reports on 12 19th, 2017


The head of Jeep has revealed some new details about the company’s future lineup.

Speaking to The Detroit Free Press, Mike Manley confirmed the company will launch an all-new model in China next year that was designed specifically for the local market. Manley declined to discuss the model but there’s little doubt he’s talking about the Grand Commander which was previewed by the Yuntu concept earlier this year.

While the concept had a bold design, renderings from the European Union Intellectual Property Office revealed the production model will have a tamer styling. Notable changes include a less aggressive front bumper and more traditional headlights.

The model is expected to debut at the Beijing Auto Show and it could be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The company could also offer an eco-friendly variant sometime in the future.

Speaking the latter, Manley hinted the plug-in hybrid Wrangler could be just the tip of the iceberg. As he explained, “Our approach is always to bring that technology to bear on the markets when we see the markets develop and demand begins to grow, and that clearly is beginning to happen so in the Jeep lineup you will see electrification in the coming years.”

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Toyota Dives Into The EV Race, Announces More Than 10 New Models By Early 2020s 19
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, Hybrids, PHEV, Reports, TOYOTA on 12 19th, 2017


Toyota has laid out its plans for the near future, saying that it will launch more than 10 electric vehicles worldwide by the early 2020s.

The Japanese carmaker was one of the last major players to enter the EV race, as it was focusing more on widening the range of their hybrid models.

The importance of Toyota’s EV-focused strategy is huge, as the company is the second biggest spender in R&D across the automotive industry.

Toyota will launch its first battery-electric model in China before entering other regions, including Japan, India, the US and Europe. Additionally, every model in the Toyota and Lexus range by 2025 will be available either as a dedicated electrified model or have an electrified version.

By 2030, Toyota expects to sell more than 5.5 million electrified vehicles, including more than 1 million battery-electric and fuel-cell models. From now on, no future Toyota model will be developed without at least an electrified version.

More hybrids are coming too, with the company to further develop the Toyota Hybrid System II, which is used in the current Prius; some models will get a more powerful version of it while others will receive a simpler hybrid system in order to meet specific customer needs.

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Porsche’s Battery Suppliers Can’t Keep Up With Demand For Hybrid Panamera 16
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, PHEV, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Reports on 12 16th, 2017


It’s not just Porsche that was surprised by the increased demand for the hybrid Panamera; its battery suppliers didn’t see it coming either.

Following the news that 60 percent of all second-gen Panameras sold are hybrids, Reuters reports that the German car maker is pushing its battery suppliers to their limits.

Gerd Rupp, head of Porsche’s Leipzig factory where the Panamera is assembled, said: “At present we are able to meet customer demand well”, though he conceded that “there are limits, because we are dependent on the capacities of battery suppliers.”

“We had originally projected different volumes (of battery systems needed),” Rupp commented. “The effects can be seen in longer delivery times of currently 3-4 months for Panamera hybrid models.”

Furthermore, Porsche expects demand to rise even further as the plug-in Panamera launches in the US and China, the model’s two biggest markets.

The Leipzig factory is the strongest candidate for manufacturing the all-electric Mission E, according to Porsche’s exec: “The chances for producing a fully-electric Porsche in Leipzig are good,” he said, predicting a decision in the first half of 2018, but building it there would require “a larger three-digit million-euro” investment in an all-new body shop.

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Toyota And Panasonic Pondering Whether They Should Jointly Build Batteries 14
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, PHEV, Reports, TOYOTA on 12 14th, 2017


Toyota and Panasonic announced their agreement to “begin studying the feasibility” of a joint automotive battery business.

The collaboration would build on an existing partnership between the two companies, as Panasonic already provides the batteries for Toyota’s electrified models.

The goal is to build prismatic batteries, instead of cylindrical ones, that are safer and bigger in capacity for use in Toyota’s future electric models as well as EVs from other manufacturers.

Panasonic is the world’s largest battery supplier for EVs, holding 29 percent of the market. Toyota on the other hand has partnered with Mazda and Denso to accelerate the development of EV parts.

The two companies will consider details of this new collaboration, focusing on improvements in battery performance, price and safety, as well as a stable supply capacity to further accelerate the development of electrified vehicles.

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