Minggu, 19 April 2015

NY Show 2015 Highlights: Lincoln Continental Concept

Ford’s luxury brand, Lincoln, has struggled to keep on track. Its latest models get positive reaction from public. Just like Cadillac, Lincoln needs a flagship car, too. Actually, it has a flagship named Continental but its sales and production has been stopped since 2002 due to slow sales. And at 2015 New York Auto Show, Lincoln brings back Continental to the crowd. Introduced ad a concept car, Lincoln said that they planned to release it in 2016.

Its exterior design is clean and good, even though its line reminds me of Bentley Continental. But overall, it’s still a nice concept car. Up front, there’s a brand new face of Lincoln design language. It comes up with regular chromed grille and LED headlights with laser-assist high beam. From side, we can see the door handles now using E-Latch technology that is tucked discretely. Lincoln said that the tech made opening and closing the door easier and quieter. The car’s interior features Venetian leather seats and door panels, Alcantara seat inserts and armrests, satin headliner, and shearling wool carpet. Lincoln Continental Concept brings EcoBoost engine V6 3.0 liter. I can’t wait to see it in production form.

NY Show 2015 Highlights: 2016 Cadillac CT6

Cadillac’s gun to fight Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, and Mercedes S-Class finally revealed at this year’s New York Auto Show. Named CT6, the four-door sedan is a masterpiece and flagship product from Caddy. As a luxury car, CT6 brings a lot of new technologies and features. Its exterior design reminds me of the latest Caddy CTS. For me, it’s okay. It looks good and perfect in its big body. Cadillac’s designers put some differentiation with longer LED Daytime Running Lights that is seen like tears. At the rear, we can see an elegant and simple design accompanied by LED taillights.

Inside, the sedan has a nice interior design and high quality material. It gets wood trim everywhere and the best quality of leather. Rear passenger will get adjustable seats which are heated and cooled. Other features including quad-zone climate controls, 34-speaker Bose audio system, streaming rearview mirror, and 10.2-inch display that shows off CUE that can be controlled via touchpad or touchscreen.

NY Show 2015 Highlights: Honda Civic Concept

There’s a surprise from Honda. Without preview or just a teaser, the Japanese brand introduced Civic Concept. So, this is a concept car that previews the 10th generation of Civic that will be released this fall in USA. Looking at the green concept car, it might be the most dynamic and sporty Civic ever. Up front, the designers put aggressive ‘face’ accompanied by LED headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights, and black honeycomb grille. At the rear, we can see unique LED taillights that becomes a part (likely, it won’t be featured in production version). There are also rear spoiler, rear diffuser, and a single big exhaust that make the coupe more dynamic.

According to Honda, the production model will be offered with 1.5 liter VTEC plus Turbo that is mated to 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT. That’s a good news for the fans. And I’ve got another exciting news that the bodystyles of next generation Civic are not only sedan and coupe, but also 5-door hatchback! Moreover, American Honda said that they planned to release Si Coupe and Type-R Hatchback. “The New Civic will be, flat out, the most dynamic, the most technologically advanced, the most refined and stylish Civic we’ve ever made. In every way, this will be an epic Civic,” said John Mendel, Executive Vice President of American Honda. I can’t wait to see the latest Civic, then.

NY Show 2015 Highlights: 2016 Kia Optima

Chevy Malibu rival from South Korea also made its debut at 2015 New York Auto Show. Yeah, I talk about 2016 Kia Optima. The fourth generation brings all-new exterior design that is looked more premium and mature than its previous generation. At a glance, the latest generation design look like its predecessor. But if you look carefully, then you notice that Kia designers redesigned the headlights which now features LED Daytime Running Lights. The chromed Tiger nose grille still be a Kia’s identity. At the rear, the company prefer to keep its line design just like the previous generation. But the LED taillights and rear bumper get redesign.

In the cabin, we can see a few changes. It means that the interior design almost unchanged. Kia offers 6-speaker stereo as a standard feature. But if you are an audiophiles, Kia has an interesting option 14-speaker Infinity. Moreover, there’s an 8-inch screen that shows UVO infotainment system. The system integrates with both Android Lollipop and iOS 8. 2016 Kia Optima is powered by naturally-aspirated 2.4 liter 4-cylinder produces 185 hp and 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbocharged makes 274 hp. Those engines are mated to 6-speed automatic transmission. Another option for the engine is 1.6 liter 4-cylinder with turbocharged produces 178 hp and mated to the first 7-speed dual clutch transmission from Kia.

NY Show 2015 Highlights: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

After got suffer because of its slow selling, Chevrolet Malibu is back. It comes up with brand new design, more efficient, new features, and new connectivity. Now, Malibu is 91 mm longer and 136 kg lighter than its predecessor thanks to high-strength steels. Its new exterior design is sleeker and more aggressive. At a glance, the mid-size sedan reminds me of its bigger sister, the full-size sedan Impala. Up front, Chevy’s designers put expressive headlamps, and typical dual-port grille. From side, the sculptured lines from A-pillar to C-pillar make the car muscular. At the rear, its design is totally different with Impala. It has elegant LED taillights and more dynamic looked thanks to use of dual-exhaust.

If Malibu exterior brings aggressive and dynamic theme, then its interior gives us more elegant and luxury atmosphere. Brown and beige dominate the cabin color. At the center cockpit, there’s 7-inch or 8-inch touchscreen that will display Chevrolet MyLink system. Behind the three-spoke steering wheel, there’s an interactive instrument panel that will show the driver car condition. Meanwhile, 2016 Chevrolet Malibu offers 4-cylinder engine 1.8 liter produces 160 hp, 2.0 liter with 250 hp output, and hybrid version 1.8L with two electric motors that can make 182 hp.

Chevrolet debuts Teen Driver Monitoring System in 2016 Malibu. The system can mute the audio and disconnect any paired device to the car when front-seat occupants are not wearing safety belts. The tech provides audio and visual warning when the driver drive the car over speed limit. The system lets the parents see how their son or daughter drive the Malibu.

Sabtu, 18 April 2015

NY Show 2015 Highlights: 2016 Mercedes GLE-Class

Last year, Mercedes announced that they will change the nomenclature to their product, including M-Class that transforms to GLE-Class. At 2015 New York Auto Show the German automaker introduced the new name of its mid-size luxury SUV and the new face (facelift). Its exterior design is almost the same with GLE Coupe. But Mercedes designers added some changes to differentiate between the real SUV and the crossover. Front, the change is only in the grille that now comes with more elegant design and two horizontal lines. Meanwhile its headlights has the same design with the SUV-Coupe.

From the side, the coupe-like line is replaced with boxy line design just like regular SUV. At the rear, the automaker redesigned the bumper, the dual-exhaust, and LED taillights. Inside, its cabin design is completely the same with GLE Coupe. It means that buyer will get thick steering wheel and a large infotainment display in the center cockpit. In the engine sector, there’s almost no change. But Mercedes added a plug-in hybrid option V6 3.0 liter twin turbocharged produces 328 hp. It’s accompanied by an electric motor that has 114 hp output. If conventional engine and electric motor work together, it can produce 436 ponies and 650 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to 7G-Tronic transmission.

NY Show 2015 Highlights: 2016 Range Rover SVAutobiography

Do you think the latest Range Rover is not quiet fancy? If so, let’s take a look to 2016 Range Rover SVAutobiography that made its debut at 2015 New York Auto Show. This is the most luxurious SUV from British car company and the first car which is made by Jaguar-Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operation (SVO). There’s no change on the exterior design. Now, the luxury SUV has Graphite Atlas and chromed grille and SVAutobiography badge near the LED taillights. Land Rover offers two-tone body color option, that combines Satorini Black upper body with 9 other color choices for lower body.

Inside, you can see premium material and unique trim finishes in solid aluminum and noble wood. Rear passenger will get luxurious seating, a chiller compartment, and powered deplayable table. The SVAutobiography brings Range Rover SVR engine, V8 5.0L supercharged produces 548 hp. The powerful engine is mated to 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. 2016 Range Rover SVAutobiography will go on sale this summer.
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