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BMW Electric Crossover To Feature Level 3 Autonomy

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We don’t know what BMW’s upcoming electric crossover will be called, but what we do know is that it will arrive with a level 3 autonomy. So, whether or not it’s called the i5, iNext, or something else, the BMW electric crossover has the ability to bring the level 3 autonomy to fruition, which will revolutionize the auto industry.

The SAE International defines level 3 autonomy as “conditional automation.” Basically, it means the car can take over the whole driving mechanics and functions as long as the driver is in the car and ready to take command of the vehicle once required. Unlike level 1 or level 2 autonomy, the human driver can take his eyes off the road under level 3, as well as relax a bit because he doesn’t have to handle the steering wheel either.

The driver would be able to text, make a call, or even read a book under this level 3 autonomy. However, he will be alerted if he needs to intervene and take over the car. It will be the system’s responsibility to decide if it cannot function under the current conditions.

Kevin Marcotte, BMWi’s national manager in Canada, told InsideEVs that the German automaker’s use of level 3 autonomy in its electric crossover is the “next big thing for us in terms of leapfrogging the industry.”  It will be a “major leap” for the autonomous driving technology.

For years, there have been rumors that the German automaker is working on a new electric vehicle—a crossover, some said. The reports about BMW’s use of level 3 autonomy means that any doubts can be put to rest. There is indeed an electric crossover from BMW and although we aren’t sure yet what it’s going to be called, we have a little tidbit in the form of level 3 autonomy.

BMW recently announced its shift to electronic vehicles, including that it’s calling the iNext that will introduce a number of new technologies. Apparently, that will be released in 2021 while the i8 roadster will debut next year. A Mini BEV is reportedly going to be launched in 2019 and the all-electric XBMW X3 will be unveiled in 2020.

 

Hybrid Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade Concept Car Unveiled

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A hybrid model of the Volkswagen Golf GTI was just unveiled during the brand’s fan meet at the Lake Worthersee in Austria. The concept car was made by a group of young VW apprentices.

According to Autoblog, the Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade was created to commemorate the 10 years of Worthersee show builds commissioned by VW. Peter Christ, Head of Automotive Technology Training in Wolfsburg, said that the goal of the project is for the apprentices of the company to learn the complexities of automobile production and to let them gain further experience through the use of digital technologies, application of system technology and electro-mobility.

Power Units

Rechristened as the Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade, the vehicle packs a petrol-fueled engine. The unit is capable of producing a whopping 410 hp. All that power is directed to the front wheels of the car.

Next to that is a 48-volt electric motor. The unit gives the Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade another 16 hp at the rear wheels. There are no details yet about the range of the car’s twin battery at full charge using the all-electric drive system, but the company says it is handy at short distances or in stop-and-go traffic. The regenerative braking technology of the auto provides it an improved energy efficiency.

Combining the petrol and electric motors of the Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade allows it to optimize its performance with an all-wheel drive system.

Design

The Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade is finished in five-tone matte paintwork. The striking Atlantic Blue color in its exterior with decorative strips and contrasting Satin Ocean Shimmer foil paint, blacked out radiator grille, rear spoiler and set of 20-inch alloy wheels make the car very hard to miss on the road.

The interior design of the car features handcrafted black nappa and Alcantara surfaces with blue trim. Basically, every element found in the Volkswagen Golf GTI has been retained, except that the developers of the concept car removed the rear passenger seats to make way for a massive 11-speaker, 1,690-watt sound system.

Top 3 Features of the Audi E-Tron Unveiled at 2017 Shanghai Auto Show

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Not to be outdone by its major German rivals like Mercedes-Benz and BMW, Audi just unveiled its own electric-powered concept car at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. The vehicle is called the e-tron Sportback concept.

The new concept car gives everyone a preview of what to expect from the future crossover coupe models of Audi. It embodies their next evolution in styling, technology and power.

Here are the top 3 features of the Audi e-tron Sportback concept based on its maker’s official website:

1. Exterior

The e-tron offers sporty lines and muscular body in its exterior. Then it is fitted with 23-inch six-spoke 3-D wheels. The measurements of the auto is similar to the Audi A7.

The concept car is further highlighted by futuristic-looking headlamps and taillamps. Even the logo of the auto in its nose is illuminated by LED lights. The lighting system of the vehicle is capable of projecting images in the road to communicate with drivers and pedestrians. Examples of those are a braking indicator or zebra crossing projection. It uses digital animation to do those.

2. Interior

The interior of the concept vehicle is highlighted by Audi’s signature luxurious leather treatment. It is also adorned by high-resolution touchscreens providing information on navigation and other functions of the auto.

3. Power Unit

The e-tron is powered by a 95 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack and three electric motors. The output of the car totals 320 kW, or even up to 370, according to Audi. That allows the vehicle to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds.

The battery of the concept car is capable of covering a distance of 500 km at full charge. Its maker claimed that it can get an 80% charge in just 30 minutes using a fast DC charger.

Photos

Check out the official photos of the Audi e-tron Sportback concept in the gallery below:

Video

Here is a video of the Audi e-tron Sportback concept during its introduction:

3 Main Expectations About the Audi Q8 Sport Concept

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Audi already unveiled the Q8 concept at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January 2017. For the time time, the luxury vehicle brand showcased the Audi Q8 Sport concept at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show.

Check out the 3 things we can expect from the Audi Q8 Sport concept based on a source:

1. Engine

The Audi Q8 Sport concept is highlighted by its high-performance feature. The vehicle may not carry with it the S or RS trim of its brand but its power unit is something to behold.

Beneath the hood of the auto lies a 3.0-liter V6 engine matched with an electronic supercharger. The hybrid unit produces 476 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The configuration of the vehicle allows it to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 4.7 seconds.

2. Design

The Q8 is Audi’s new entry to the full-size luxury sport utility vehicle segment of the market. It is defined by prestige through the use of emotional styling found in the SUV coupes’ of the brand and its main competitors. However, the automaker made sure that its legroom is not compromised. The Q8 is 5.02 meters long and 3 meters in wheelbase.

To distinguish the Q8 Sport concept from its earlier standard version, Audi made some cosmetic changes into it. The one shown in Geneva features larger exhaust tips, blacked out accents in the body to replace the chrome trim, and black honeycomb grille similar to the RS line as an upgrade to the chrome crisscross styling found in the original Q8.

3. Arrival

Audi said that the Q8 concept reflects approximately 95 percent of the things that will be found in its production version. Slight finishing touches will only be incorporated in the final version of the product. Therefore, the Q8 is estimated to reach production stage by 2018. The Q8 Sport is expected to come shortly after its standard model hits the market.

Audi Q8 Sport Concept Images

Check out the official photos of the Audi Q8 Sport concept at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in the gallery below:

5 Things About the SsangYong XAVL Concept SUV

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Korean automaker Ssangyong just unveiled its concept sport utility vehicle at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show. The company calls it the SsangYong XAVL concept.

Here are the top 5 things about the SsangYong XAVL concept that should capture your interest:

1. About the Name

According to Caradvice, XAVL stands for “eXciting Authentic Vehicle Long”. The concept vehicle is the brand’s entry to the mid-size SUV segment in the market.

2. Design

The concept SUV measures 4,630 mm long, 1,866 mm wide and 1,640 mm tall. The vehicle’s wheelbase is at 2,775 mm. The auto carries over the designs of the 2016 SIV-2 and LIV-2 concepts that preceded it.

The cabin of the XAVL can accommodate up to seven passengers. Earlier pictures of the auto released by its maker showed a minimalist approach to its interior design, which is typical to all mid-size SUVs in the market today.

The XAVL bears a sense of ruggedness in its stance, thanks to its sharp body lines, curves, aggressive bumpers and nose, slim lighting system, plus flared wheel arches.

3. Engine

SsangYong revealed that the production version of the concept SUV will carry two engine trims. One is a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel and the other is a 1.5-liter petrol unit. The power of the vehicle will be channeled to an all-wheel drive system and distributed via a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox.

4. Tech

The SsangYong XAVL will house updated navigation, climate control and infotainment systems. The source claimed that its infotainment system will even allow its user to access with their smart home appliances remotely such as the CCTV, security and air conditioning units.

5. Arrival

The production version of the SsangYong XAVL is expected to hit the market before the decade ends.

Photos

Check out the official photos of the new SsangYong XAVL concept SUV during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in the gallery below:

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept Car Shown at the Geneva Motor Show

The Mercedes-AMG GT Concept car was finally unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. From the information, photos and video released by Daimler about the high-performance saloon, there is a lot to be excited about when the production version of the vehicle hits the market.

Check out the features of the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept based on the Global Media Site of Daimler AG:

Exterior

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The Mercedes-AMG GT Concept is the four-door variant of the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car. Significant improvements can be seen in the styling of the concept vehicle compared to its two-door counterpart.

The AMG GT Concept copies many exterior elements found in the AMG GT. However, due to the four-door design of the concept car, it appears more muscular and spacious than its AMG GT sibling. The body lines on the sides are also removed to give way to a smoother body that allows the artistic reflection of light from the vehicle’s surroundings. Then the front grille of the auto adopts the Panamericana design found in the facelifted AMG GT.

Engine

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The AMG GT Concept makes use of the new 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine of Mercedes. The combustion unit is paired with an electric motor to give it a performance boost. According to Daimler, the concept vehicle was able to produce up to 600 kW in its latest testing. The automaker aims to make the zero to 100 km/h acceleration of the car to be achieved in under three seconds.

The four-door AMG GT can be driven using solely its combustion engine. The driver can opt to use its electric motor alone too. To utilize the maximum performance of the car, its operating mode can be set to use both power units to fully take advantage of its hybrid drivetrain.

Photo Gallery

Here are the official photos of the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept:

6 Quick Facts About the Jaguar I-Pace

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The Jaguar I-Pace finally makes it to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Although the electric vehicle is still in its concept form, the photos and information released about it were great so far.

Check out the 6 quick facts about the new Jaguar I-Pace here based on a source:

1. Debut

The I-Pace Concept first appeared at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. It marks its arrival in Europe at the 87th Geneva Motor Show.

2. Power Unit

The electric sport utility vehicle is powered by two 200hp electric motors. The power units generate a total of 400 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The output lets the auto accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just four seconds.

The EV is equipped with liquid-cooled 90 kWh battery with cells from LG Chem. The battery pack allows the SUV to cover a range of more or less 220 miles from a full charge.

The I-Pace also features at least 50 kWh DC fast charging with CCS Combo that takes it to 80 percent charge in just 90 minutes and full charge at around two hours. Jaguar offers an optional 7 kW home charging point too for the convenience of its customers.

3. Exterior

The Jaguar concept EV retained its look when it was introduced in LA last year. The auto resembles the shape of the Tesla Model X but with the styling elements found in the Jaguar F-Pace.

The I-Pace is 184 inches long and 74.4 inches wide. This time, the I-Pace comes in photon red paint finish similar to the image shown above.

4. Interior

The I-Pace offers a lot of space in its cabin thanks to the low positioning of its battery on the front and rear axle. The vehicle has a five-seating capacity. Again, the interior mirrors many things found in the F-Pace.

5. Tech

The notable tech features within the I-Pace include a 12-inch touchscreen, 5.5-inch touchscreen for infotainment and climate control, Wi-Fi hotspot plus improved connectivity for onboard and smartphone apps.

6. Photos

Check out the official photos of the Jaguar I-Pace in the gallery below:

3 Things To Expect From The 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC has been spotted out and being tested. This car is based on the Generation EQ concept shown during the 2016 Paris Auto Show.

Although the test mule in the spy shots was using the body of a GLC Coupe, there were a lot of un-GLC Coupe like with it that ultimately, we deducted this was the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC in hiding.

It Will Use The Modular Skateboard Platform

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Mercedes already confirmed that the new EQ range will use the modular skateboard platform, which means the battery is going to be stored in the floor and an electric motor is mounted on one or two axles. This was proven by spy shots that showed a bare engine bay. Yes, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC isn’t simply a hybrid option. It’s a full-pledged electric SUV. That’s confirmed also by the electric symbol seen on the windshield.

It Will Follow The Generation EQ Concept

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The said concept uses two electric motors that can produce an estimated 400 horsepower. This is paired with an all-wheel-drive system, allowing the car to go 0-to-60 mph in less than five seconds. It’s more likely that the EQC, which is purportedly Mercedes’ first model under this range, will offer a varying degree of power and range.

For now, all Mercedes wants us to know is that the battery can go up to 70 kilowatts-hours. It will have a range of 300 miles on a single charge. The battery is going to be a lithium-ion unit from Deutsche Automotive. The German firm already established a factory to build such batteries. They are extending it to accommodate Mercedes’ next-generation electric cars.

It Will Debut In 2018

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We can expect to see the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC by late 2018 or early 2019. After debuting this, Mercedes will start working to introduce nine more electric cars until 2025. There will be electric sedans and SUVs, and possibly even a sports car.

4 Facts About The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

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Finally, Volkswagen unveiled its 2018 Atlas, a three-row, seven-seater SUV that the German automaker hopes would play a major role in the SUV segment in the United States. This was first previewed in 2013 by the CrossBlue concept.

According to a report, the SUV made its world debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, and will be expected in showrooms in the spring of 2017. Built at the Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Atlas will arrive as a 2018 model.

1. Based on MQB Platform

Similar to the Golf and other Volkswagen models, the Atlas is going to be made from the MQB platform, the largest version available to make a case to be the segment’s most value- and family-oriented SUV. It is expected to go against the Ford Explorer, the Toyota Highlander, the Chevrolet Traverse and the Honda Pilot.

2. Largest Vehicle of VW

With measurements of 198.3 inches in length, 77.9 in width and 69.6 in height, the Volkswagen Atlas is the biggest vehicle in the VW fleet. It has an airy cabin that was almost based on the CrossBlue concept. It features massive knobs, large touchscreen infotainment system, as well as wood trims on the console.

3. Two Powertrain Options

Once launched, the Atlas will have two powertrains. The base is the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 that can produce 238 horsepower. The second option is the 3.6-liter V-6 that can cough up 280 horsepower. Initially, Volkswagen wanted to release a diesel option, but the recent scandal hounding it proved too much for the company. Fuel-conscious buyers need not fret because there might be a hybrid option in the future.

A front-wheel drive will be paired with the inline-4 while the V-6 has an option of an all-wheel drive. The 8-speed automatic transmission will be standard. VW said that EPA ratings will be announced when its nearing market release.

4. A/V Tech is Topnotch

Tech items include Fender audio system with 12 speakers, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto smartphone integration. Safety features include forward collision warning, blind spot and lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.

Top 3 Features Of The Kia Soul First Class Concept

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The Kia Soul First Class concept, which was specifically designed for the 2016 SEMA show, is taking autonomous technology to the next level by pairing it up with luxurious features such as rear facing front seats, a massive rear view screen, in-floor leg rests, and an elegant and comfortable cabin you’ll want to rest in.

Here are the top 3 features of the concept car based on a source:

Exterior

Kia tapped the resources of LUX Motorwerks to give the Soul a unique vision of what’s in the future for SUVs and crossovers. The first step is to bathe the Soul in LUX Electric Blue finish from top to bottom. Then, they also put LED lights that give a mysterious blue glow on the upper and lower grille.

The concept’s Rotiform Monoblock CCV 19-inch wheels are also fitted in Continental all-season tires. The backgrounds of the Kia emblems on the exterior are also painted LUX Electric Blue while the “Kia” lettering remains black. The headlights are getting the same LUX Electric Blue treatment as accents.

Interior

This is called Soul First Class for a reason. The interior is so luxurious it can make you think you’re inside a Bentley or a Rolls-Royce. What modifications this concept lacked outside, it more than makes up for what you can find inside.

What LUX did was to strip off everything out of the cabin and start on a clean canvass. The rear seats now face the back of the car while a new console was installed between the two seats. Each of the passengers will have access to a tablet device that can control and monitor every aspect of the vehicle.

The seats are made with gray leather with diamond stitching while the floor has been equipped with a modern gray wood, giving off that feel of class and luxury. In the rear, you’ll be able to see an entertainment center installed to that floor that has a Mac Mini computer.

Drivetrain

There are no chassis or drivetrain upgrades, but it is expected to have a 1.6-liter, all-aluminum, four-banger that can produce 130 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque. Higher models can offer 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque from a 2.0-liter engine.

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