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2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan and Wagon Unveiled

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The unveiling of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan and wagon went ahead despite the cancellation of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle made its digital debut at the Global Media Site of Daimler.

The new E-Class features a minor facelift giving it a fresher look. The range also upgrades its tech and engine configurations that include a plug-in hybrid model.

Cosmetic Upgrades

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The E-Class gets subtle styling upgrades on its front. The front grille of the car is now downward-inclined while its high-performance variant, the Mercedes-AMG E53 features more defined vertical slats in its Panamericana grille. The lights of the auto are thinner too compared to the current model, and the headlamps are already in full LED. The available exterior paints for the vehicle include Graphite Grey, Mojave Silver, and Cirrus Silver.

Powertrains

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The Mercedes-Benz E-Class was introduced in its E350, E450, and E350e trims. Sitting on top of the hierarchy of the range is the Mercedes-AMG E53.

The E350 comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine producing 255 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The plug-in hybrid E350e gets the same unit combined with a 90 kW electric motor. In full-electric mode, the car peaks at 121 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Combining the combustion engine and the electric motor yields a total of 315 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

The E450 is equipped with a 3.0-liter inline-six engine with a mild-hybrid configuration. Thanks to the addition of the EQ Boost, the overall output of the auto is 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

The most powerful trim, the AMG E53, carries a 3.0-liter turbo inline-six engine. The unit delivers 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque distributed via a nine-speed automatic transmission. The high-performance E-Class sedan sprints from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds while the wagon does that in 4.6 seconds. The top speed of the vehicle is electronically-limited to 155 mph.

Tech

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Going inside the E-Class reveals a new set of upholstery, and its cabin is highlighted by two large displays measuring 12.3 inches each. The infotainment system has the new MBUX software integrated into it that can recognize voice commands.

The additional safety features of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class include hands-off detection for the steering wheel, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, active steering, active blind-spot assist, auto emergency braking and 360-degree cam with an extended side-view monitor.

BMW i4 Teased Before the 2020 Geneva Motor Show

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BMW is set to launch its new green car at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show next month. The electric vehicle will be called the BMW i4 Concept and it boasts more than 300 miles of electric range at full charge.

Many have been eagerly anticipating a barrage of EVs from BMW starting with the i4 and i5 after the i3 made its debut seven years ago. However, it’s only now that the luxury brand has released a follow-up to its electric car.

BMW still refers to the i4 as a concept but it should be noted that the car is already due for release in the market next year. Therefore, what we will be seeing in Geneva will most probably embody all the things that the production version will offer.

The automaker claims that the i4 will be equipped with an 80 kW battery. The unit will allow the EV to reach up to 373 miles in full charge. The figures were derived from the more lenient WLTP cycle used outside the US, so it’s EPA estimate will still be somewhere above the 300-mile mark. That makes the electric car a worthy adversary to the Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2 in the market. The company said that the battery of the i4 can be charged up to 80 percent in only 35 minutes using a 150 kW fast charger.

The electric motor located at each axle of the i4 will let it produce a total of 523 hp, which is enough to propel the auto from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds. Meanwhile, its top speed will likely be limited to 120 mph.


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Top 4 Expectations from the Fourth-Generation Audi A3 Sportback

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The fourth-generation model of the Audi A3 Sportback is making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The compact car is geared to compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and CLA, as well as the BMW 2 Series.

Details about the A3 Sportback are still under wraps since we’re still a few days away before the big unveiling in Geneva. However, thanks to teasers and sources within the automaker’s ranks, we already have an idea of the things to expect from the auto.

Better Design

Based on the teasers of Audi, the A3 Sportback will get a larger and more aggressive-looking front grille. The bumpers are sportier too while both the headlamps and taillights of the vehicle appear to be sleeker than the outgoing model. Moreover, the body lines of the car seem to be more detailed and sharper than the current version.

Eco-Friendly Interior

The latest teaser from Audi reveals that the upholstery and carpet of the A3 will be utilizing recycled materials. Each car has recycled materials coming from approximately 100 plastic bottles.

The eco-friendly material will be offered in a variety of colors to cater to the varying preferences of buyers. Among the offerings include car covers in Torsion steel gray complete with yellow stitching, and then another comes in Puls two-tone black and silver with Rock Gray threads. The company is also planning to include a black and red-themed version of the interior in the future.

Performance

Information about the engine of the A3 Sportback is still scarce but its maker boasts that the car will have improved driving dynamics that include a new damper technology and adaptive suspension. Furthermore, the auto will be offered in an all-wheel-drive system.

Not US-Bound

Unfortunately, the Audi A3 Sportback will not be sold in the U.S. soil. Only the sedan variant of the car will be offered in the country.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 Shown Ahead of Geneva Motor Show

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The wraps of the second-generation Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 compact sport utility vehicle were just removed. The unveiling of the auto happened before its scheduled debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Performance

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The AMG GLA 45 is equipped with the same 2.0-liter turbo inline-four power unit found in the Mercedes-AMG A 45 and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45. Same as its low-stance siblings, the engine of the SUV has an output rated at 382 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. The power goes to the 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system and managed through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The setup lets the SUV sprint from zero to 62 mph in mere 4.3 seconds. Meanwhile, the maximum speed of the auto is electronically-limited at 155 mph.

The upcoming Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 S will be topping the output of the newly-released SUV model with its output totaling 415 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

Exterior

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The AMG GLA 45 distances itself from the standard Mercedes-Benz GLA with its Panamericana-styled front grille, new forged wheels, black accents, more aggressive front bumper, and AMG badges. The aero elements mostly copy the ones found in the AMG A 45 and AMG CLA 45.

Interior

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Entering the compact SUV reveals twin digital displays on the dashboard with the MBUX multimedia system integrated on it. The software allows the driver to issue voice and gesture commands to the infotainment system of the auto. Furthermore, the AMG GLA 45 is fitted with all the goodies found in the AMG A 45 and AMG CLA 45 like the multi-function steering wheel, jet turbine-inspired air vents, and aluminum accents.

Lastly, the upholstery is covered in black MB-Tex and Dinamica leather with red stitching, red seatbelts, and carbon-fiber trim. Through the optional AMG Performance Package, buyers can add MB-Tex Neva Grey and Black upholstery with aluminum accents plus more leather options.

Pininfarina Battista Hypercar Catches Everyone’s Attention in Geneva

The new Pininfarina Battista is now the world’s most powerful road-legal hypercar. The new vehicle overtakes the likes of Koenigsegg and Hennessey Performance in terms of speed. The unit is also highlighted by its all-electric powertrain.

The Pininfarina Battista was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The new hypercar produces 1,900 hp from its four electric motors made by Rimac Automobili. Each electric motor is assigned to each wheel of the auto. Its whooping performance is complemented by the carbon fiber materials used in its body as well as an active rear wing.

The enormous output and lightweight construction of the Pininfarina Battista launch it from 0-60 mph in only 1.9 seconds. Automobili Pininfarina, the maker of the Battista, claimed that the vehicle is even faster than the acceleration of an F-16 jet. On the other hand, the car’s max speed is capped at 217 mph.

It should be noted that the battery of the auto also comes from Rimac. In full charge, the electric range of the vehicle can go as far as 280 miles.

The other key technical details about the Pininfarina Battista are still under wraps. However, its maker informed us that its production will start in 2020. Only 150 samples of the hypercar will be made, and each unit will carry a price of $2.2 million.

Automobili Pininfarina is based in Germany. The company is owned by Mahindra Group, an Indian multinational conglomerate. Pininfarina CEO Michael Perschke confirmed that 40 percent of the car’s global construction is already reserved. In the US, it is already close to 70 percent. They expect to sell all Pininfarina Battistas after the 2019 Pebble Beach car show in August.

2019 Peugeot 208 GTi Hot Hatch To Come In Pure EV Form

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We’ve been pretty excited with the 2019 Peugeot 208 GTi hot hatch when it was introduced, but it looks like there’s another reason to party. According to the French automaker, it is lining up a pure electric form of the 208 GTi hot hatch. The electric vehicle (EV) variant will sit alongside the petrol version when both are introduced at next spring’s Geneva Motor Show.

The arrival of an EV form will mean Peugeot will switch to a new architecture, preferably the Common Modular Platform or CMP, which offers much-improved efficiency, cheaper build costs and, crucially, the scope for pure-electric variants.

This is not really a surprise since we’re expecting that an EV form will come. Earlier, Peugeot announced that the next 208 will arrive in two versions: the CMP (also known as the EMP1) and the e-CMP. However, what’s surprising to us is the fact that the electric 208 will also be offered as a GTi.

Peugeot head Jean-Pierre Imparato spoke to Auto Express and said that full details of the cars will be revealed in March, just in time for the show in Switzerland. He added that each time the brand comes up with a new model, it will be offered in an electrified form, so it will still be up to the buyers to choose the powertrain they want.

A pure EV form is being offered in the GTi version because Imparato does not want “to generate [a] difference between EV and combustion-engined models.” Aside from this tidbit, Peugeot is also working on manufacturing and developing high-performance vehicles with electrified powertrains.

Just last year, it has been revealed that the French company is developing a 300-bhp hybrid version of the 3008. There are also other concepts, though the most notable is the 308 R Hybrid.

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3 Things To Know About The 2018 Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept

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It has been years since we last saw Subaru come up with a new model as it has been busy showcasing new design features under the Viziv name. After introducing the first concept in 2013, Subaru has launched a new one every year since then. This latest concept is called the Subaru Viziv Tourer and it was introduced during the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

1. Exterior

Just like its predecessor, the Viziv Tourer will use the company’s new Dynamic X Solid design language, though this one is a bit more aggressive than past concepts. In front, there’s the same hexagonal grille but the headlamps are sharper and the fender vents have muscular surrounds. There’s an aggressive splitter on the lower bumper that’s made from carbon fiber, as well as the wheel arch inserts and the side skirts.

There are no door handles and the side mirrors have been replaced by cameras. The overall profile is that of a sporty hatchback with a sloping roofline and quarter windows.

2. Interior

We don’t know anything yet about the interior of this new concept from Subaru, though we heard that it has a four-seat layout for maximum comfort. This configuration, of course, will remain with the concept as this could not be carried over to a production model. We all know that wagons and hatchbacks must provide seating for five passengers, at the very least.

Tech features include the EyeSight system, a new radar system, and a new GPS and navigation system. All of these would work to give the car semi-autonomous driving assistance and eliminate accidents.

3. Drivetrain

The Tourer will be a gasoline-only vehicle. It will be powered by a boxer engine, but that’s as far as we’re able to know. The Japanese automaker has yet to reveal output details of that said engine. Interestingly enough, Subaru chose to keep hybrids and electric engines out of this concept. Some Viziv concepts were hybrids, but the Tourer will only be running on gasoline.

Top 4 Reasons for You to Buy the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe

What happens when you combine the winning formulas of the Mercedes-Benz CLS and the Mercedes-AMG GT? You get the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. This is the reason why there was so much hype surrounding the high-performance car’s world premiere and why it was flocked by people since the press days of the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

Mercedes is yet to reveal the pricing of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. However, it is already given that it will be very expensive considering it will take on the $85,000 to $194,800 Porsche Panamera. What we know so far is that it will roll out for buyers in mid-2018.

So why should you spend your hard earned cash for it? Here are four reasons why you should put the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe in your checklist if you are looking to buy a high-performance luxury car:

1. Unique Addition to the Mercedes-AMG GT Family

The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe successfully makes itself stand out from the Mercedes-AMG GT family with its distinct four-door feature. The rest of its siblings from the base GT going up to the GT R have two-door designs.

2. Athletic and Classy Design

The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door is defined by its long bonnet, Panamericana front grille, squinting Multibeam LED headlamps, jetwing front bumper design, huge air ducts, thin taillights, rear diffuser, low greenhouse, retractable rear wing, quadruple exhaust tips, and a combination of AMG performance wheels and tires. On the other hand, its curvaceous and smooth exterior is an excellent manifestation of Mercedes’ “Sensual Purity” design philosophy.

3. Luxurious Aura

The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe also carries the DNA of the Mercedes-Benz CLS. If you strip away all the Mercedes-AMG GT elements of the four-door high-performance car leaving only its shell, it can be noticed that its form is all too similar to the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53. That’s because both are riding on the E-Class platform.

The interior of the two only vary in layout but you can find that most of the tech within the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe are just spiced up versions of the ones found in the E-Class and CLS. However, the arrangement of the controls of the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe follows its AMG GT siblings.

4. Performance

The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe is available in three performance configurations and its power is governed by an AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission. It starts with the Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4MATIC with 3.0-liter inline-six that can deliver 435 hp combined with EQ Boost providing it an extra 22 hp, and 520 Nm of torque. Next is the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 4MATIC equipped with a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine capable of delivering 585 hp and 800 Nm of torque.

The top trim of the range is the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+. It has the engine of the AMG GT 63 4MATIC but with an upgrade that lets it produce 639 hp and 900 Nm of torque. The auto can reach speeds of up to 310 km/h, and its 0-100 km/h acceleration can be achieved in merely 3.4 seconds.

Photos

Check out the official photos of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe in the gallery below:

Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe: One of the Most Awaited at Geneva Motor Show

One of the most anticipated cars in the 2018 Geneva Motor Show is the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. The car is the production version of the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept shown at the same auto show last year.

As its world premiere draws near, Mercedes-Benz has been releasing teasers of the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe to further build up hype for it. Above is a video preview giving us a glimpse of the primary styling features of the auto. It provides us a lot of idea what to expect from the vehicle without giving away everything. The 23-second clip ends with a shot of it from above, which display the car with all its four doors open.

We also learn from the video that the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe possesses the biturbo V8 engine of AMG. Then, it carries a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system of Mercedes, which provides more traction to the high-performance car. The official specs of the vehicle’s power unit are not yet available but it should be somewhere in between the output offered by its two-door sibling called the Mercedes-AMG GT R.

Going back to the concept form of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, its maker earlier promised us an output of somewhere around 800 hp. However, that comes with a hybrid setup. So far, there is no indication that the V8 combustion engine of the car’s production version is now paired to electric motors. That would probably come later though in the top trim of the model.

Photos

Here are some official teaser images and spy shots of the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe:

Update

An image of what appears to be the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe just came out just after the release of its teaser video. The leaked image shows the entirety of the car without any camo.

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Bentley Bentagya Mulliner Debuts at the Geneva Motor Show

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Bentley just showcased the Bentayga Mulliner at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show. The luxury sport utility vehicle is highlighted by its high level of customization and powerful engine within its hood. Its maker said the production of the auto will only be limited.

Here are the key features of the Bentayga Mulliner according to Bentley Motors:

1. Exterior

The Bentayga Mulliner is characterized by its two-tone paint, chrome details and massive 22-inch Paragon wheels. The SUV is in every way the personification of luxury with its exquisite design offering smooth surfaces and lighting effects at night that include LED Welcome lamps in its entry points as well as Bentley wings illuminating the ground to announce its strong presence in the scene.

2. Interior

Going inside the Bentayga Mulliner will reveal a spacious cabin with four-seating capacity. The seats adjust in 18 ways to provide absolute comfort to its occupants.

The two-tone theme continues in the vehicle’s high-quality leather surfaces. The wood trim on the panels also accentuate the opulence of the auto. Moreover, the ambient lighting system of the SUV help set the mood in its internal environment.

Buyers can choose from a pack of color combinations as well as materials to be used in the interior design of the Bentayga Mulliner. Among the other notable elements inside the auto are bottle cooler, champagne flutes, Naim audio system, 20 speakers and head-up display equipped with navigational plus driving assistance packages.

3. Engine

Beneath the hood of the Bentayga Mulliner is a 6.0-liter W12 engine. The power unit packs 600 bhp at 5,000-6,000 rpm and 900 Nm of torque at 1,350 rpm. The acceleration time of the SUV from zero to 100 km/h is at 4.1 seconds. Its max speed can reach up to 301 km/h.

Official Photos

Below are the official shots of the Bentley Bentayga Mulliner during its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show:

 

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