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2020 Renault Captur Is Its Brand’s First PHEV

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French automaker Renault is getting ready to introduce its first plug-in hybrid vehicle, the high-tech Captur crossover, in 2020.

The second-generation Renault Captur has big shoes to fill. The first-generation model, which was launched in 2013, has been Renault’s third best-seller globally, with 232,733 units sold last year alone. And since this will be Renault’s first foray into plug-in hybrid cars, the Captur must set the example for the next cars in the company’s lineup.

Renault will be using the tech introduced by its boss, Carlos Ghosn, during the Paris Motor Show early this month. It’s an all-new plug-in hybrid setup that will make use of the Nissan-developed 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric drive system. The electric system will be tasked to provide the petrol engine with additional torque and power plus an additional 30 miles of all-electric drive.

The power for the electric drive will be supplied by a 9.8kWh battery but there have been no details of the power specs yet from the petrol engine.

This same technology will be used in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. After the Captur gets unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next year, it will be the next-generation Nissan Qashqai’s turn. It will get the same plug-in hybrid system.

The technology, however, won’t be available on Renault’s supermini and biggest seller, the Clio. Instead, the fifth-generation Clio, which is scheduled to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019, will come with a conventional closed hybrid setup that doesn’t require plugging in. Upcoming electrified Renault vehicles will be badged as e-Tech models.

As for its design, the Captur’s profile, shape, and signature grille will remain the same. Every panel will be slightly different, however, and there will surely be new headlights and tail lamps. The cabin will have Renault’s latest dashboard layout—a portrait-style touchscreen infotainment unit smacked in the middle. There is an expected increase in cabin space, too, since the French company plans to stretch out the Alliance B platform.

Photo Source: Auto Express

Volkswagen Planning A New Subcompact Crossover SUV For The US

New Volkswagen crossover SUV will sit below the Tiguan.

New Volkswagen crossover SUV will sit below the Tiguan.

It’s not the T-Cross. It’s not the T-Roc. Volkswagen is planning another subcompact crossover SUV for the American market and it will sit below the Tiguan. From the looks of it, this new crossover will be specifically designed and engineered for the American market, which failed to get its hands on the T-Roc or the T-Cross.

The new crossover SUV should slot below the Atlas and the Tiguan, two of Volkswagen’s latest small crossovers. In this increasingly popular class, the new SUV will compete with the Honda HR-V, the Jeep Renegade, and many others. It should use the MQB platform that was utilized for VW’s entire lineup at this point. Power should come from a turbocharged four-cylinder partnered with either a front- or an all-wheel drive.

The T-Cross and the T-Roc could give some indication of what this new crossover will look like—or at least, how it will be sized. Volkswagen doesn’t think so, though. Most subcompact SUVs in the US measure between 165 and 170 inches long.

Both the T-Cross and the T-Roc are not proper references because of their size. The T-Cross, which is based on the Polo, a hatchback that is smaller than the Golf, is only 161.8 inches long. It is nearly two feet shorter than the Tiguan and shorter than other cars in the same segment.

The T-Roc is sized similarly to the Golf but Volkswagen still does not think this is a good basis for the American-bound VW crossover since it is only 166.7 inches long.

From this, we can surmise that the new VW subcompact SUV for the American market will be larger than the two existing models. You may have to wait a little longer to get your hands on this new model because VW said it won’t be launching next year. It should be ready sometime in 2020.

 

3 Important Things You Should Know About The 2019 Skoda Kodiaq GT

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The 2019 Skoda Kodiaq GT will be exclusive to the Chinese market but it’s worth taking note what the Czech company changed to make this a perfect fit for the auto industry’s largest market.

The Kodiaq GT is destined to be the brand’s flagship product in China but even with the GT badge, it produces a measly 217 horsepower, which is really enough for Beijing’s uber congested highways. So far, all of Skoda’s releases in China have been SUVs—the Kamiq, Karoq, Kodiaq, and Kodiaq GT.

1. Exterior

The Kodiaq GT is, of course, based on the standard Kodiaq. There are a few noticeable changes on the body, though—a wider bonnet and a split, 12-slat, blackframed grille with chrome-plated dual ribs. The LED headlights and LED daytime running lights use the same unit while the fog lamps are placed higher than the conventional setting.

The roofline has a steep slope at the back, which might be a problem for the headroom inside the cabin. There’s also a prominent crease that runs from the headlight to the taillight while the side skirts are dressed in black plastic. The Kodiaq GT has a dynamic side profile, thanks to the merging of the roofline and the flat tailgate.

2. Interior

Inside, the cabin is dominated by the waterfall center console fitted with knobs and buttons that the driver can reach easily. The “Virtual Cockpit” is fully customizable, Skoda said, and the car will always be connected, thanks to a slew of connectivity features such as Wi-Fi access, Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink, Baidu’s Carlife, among others.

3. Drivetrain

The SUV gets a 2.0-liter TSI petrol engine that makes 184 horsepower. That engine is paired with front-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. The same engine is available in a different configuration that makes 217 horses and pairs with an all-wheel-drive setup through a seven-speed transmission.

As for safety features, the Kodiaq GT will come with Blind Spot Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control with stop-go functionality, Front Assist, and many more.

The Kodiaq GT should be priced between $4,000 and $5,000 higher than the standard Kodiaq. Skoda plans to introduce it at the Guangzhou Motor Show this month.

Tesla Under FBI Investigation For “Misstating” Model 3 Production Numbers

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigation electric-vehicle-producer Tesla for possibly misstating information about Model 3’s production going back to early 2017. The FBI is probing documents to see whether Tesla was capable of producing the numbers announced by its CEO Elon Musk in 2017.

The report from The Wall Street Journal, which cited unnamed sources “familiar with the matter,” said that the criminal probe will involve comparing Musk’s pronouncements with the company’s manufacturing capability back in 2017. Specifically, the bureau wants to know if Musk made predictions and projections he knew the company wouldn’t be able to meet.

This news comes after a separate settlement of civil charges between the US Securities and Exchange Commission and Tesla and Musk. According to the same report, the FBI investigation has gained steam since then and has now asked former Tesla employees about the company’s production capability in 2017. The investigation is being headed by the US Attorney’s office in San Francisco.

Tesla Model 3’s production was launched in July 2017 but the company was only able to build 2,700 units in the whole year, including the 793 models it produced in the final week. It was only able to reach its goal of 5,000 units in June of this year but has since eased off that pace.

Bloomberg has its own Model 3 Tracker and it currently estimates that Tesla is building 4,562 units of Model 3 every week, bringing the total produced to 111,315 units.

In an email to Autoblog, Tesla admitted that the Justice Department requested documents pertaining to the public guidance for the Model 3 ramp. It did not specifically address the issue about the FBI probe. The statement said that the company has not received a subpoena, a request for testimony, or any other formal process. The Justice Department did not request additional documents, too.

“Tesla’s philosophy has always been to set truthful targets — not sandbagged targets that we would definitely exceed and not unrealistic targets that we could never meet.”

And while Tesla gets criticized for the delay in reaching its goals, the statement reminded everyone that the company has completed some ambitious goals that most doubted.

 

Top 3 Things We Will Get From The 2020 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo

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The Porsche Taycan all-electric model will have several versions, one of which is certainly going to be an estate or wagon and it will be called the Sport Turismo. What separates the Sport Turismo from the sedan model are the bigger boot capacity, more practical features and more space.

There are a lot of expectations for the Taycan Sport Turismo since it’s technically the only rival that Tesla’s Model S has in this particular segment.

1. Exterior

There will be no crazy design on the Taycan Sport Turismo. From the looks of it, the model will be one of the prettiest wagons ever made and thanks to it being an all-electric and high-performance Porsche, the Taycan Sport Turismo should be a trailblazer in its segment. The front will look like the Mission E-Cross Turismo concept though with a cleaner overall look and lower ride height reduction.

The rear will look similar to the concept, too, but the lights should look like the pairs found on the Panamera or Cayenne models.

2. Interior

The interior will be closer to the Panamera with a bit of the elements found in the concept, which has a total of four screens. The production version might only have two or three screens and it will definitely have more physical buttons than the concept, which has none. For one, it will have a dedicated hazard button, which is mandated by law.

The cabin should be spacious enough for a driver, a front passenger, and two passengers at the rear. But since there won’t be a big transmission tunnel running in the middle, a third passenger at the rear should be able to sit comfortably.

3. Powertrain

The Taycan models will arrive with several power and/or battery pack options. Power outputs will range between 400 and 600 horsepower. The basic Carrera model might only be offered as a rear-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive should come as standard.

The range is pretty good at around 310 miles or 500 kilometers on a single charge. This will be the maximum range for the largest battery pack.

Photos

Here are the photos of the Porsche Taycan from TopSpeed:

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