Sabtu, 26 September 2015
New Civic is designed based-on Civic Concept that made its debut at 2015 New York Auto Show. Compared to the concept, the production version comes up with more elegant design. Of course, Honda’s designers have done some changes in the some parts of its exterior. Up front, Honda redesigned its headlights that features LED headlights. The chrome accents are on the grille and above the headlights. At the rear, the C-shaped taillights is taken from concept version.
The new chassis features a revamped strut front suspension and a new multi-link rear suspension mounted to an ultra-rigid rear subframe, while other notable changes include variable gear ratio steering, beefier front and rear stabilizer bars, standard 4-wheel disc brakes and the application of Honda’s Agile Handling Assist brake-torque vectoring technology.
Under the hood, Honda offers new engines, The first powertrain is a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder turbo (this is the first ever Honda with turbo in the US) which produces 173 hp. It means that 30 hp more power than current 1.8 liter engine. Another engine is a 2.0 liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder producing 158 hp. For the gearbox, if you bought 1.5 liter, you only get a CVT transmission, but if picked 2.0 liter you can choose a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT transmission.
Honda Civic’s latest features is a 7-inch HD Display Audio touchscreen that runs both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. After launched the sedan, Honda is expected to release Coupe, Si, 5-door hatchback, and Type R to compete with Ford Focus RS.
The British automaker was caught testing the facelift of Mulsanne on public road. According to Carscoops, 2017 Bentley Mulsanne likely to get squarer and wider front-end, more upright grille, redesign headlights, three big air intakes in the front bumper, and a long wheel-base version (LWB). The ultra-luxury sedan is expected to make its debut at 2016 Geneva Motor Show, next March.
Moreover, the Bentley Mulsanne will get derivatives. Bentley’s CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer told Automobile Magazine, “Wait for the next motor shows to come and what we have to announce, but I can tell you that we are taking close care about the Mulsanne. Mulsanne will get further derivatives, and we are going to enlarge this beautiful flagship model line.”
Report said that the first derivative of Mulsanne would be a Mulsanne Grand Convertible that is expected to make its world premiere at 2016 LA Auto Show and to be launched in early 2017.
Thanks to: Carscoops
The EV Concept is designed by Italian designer, Zagato. The exterior design is unique. Yeah, I said that it was ugly when I saw it for the first time. But I saw it for awhile and it’s not that ugly or even weird (at least it has own design). Up front, we can see boomerang-shaped headlights and chromed-rounded grille. At the rear, there’s the same shape taillights like the headlights.
How about its performance? Thunder Power offers two electric powers, 308 hp and 429 hp. The more horsepower version can reach 100 km/h from zero in under 5 seconds and it’s claimed that its top speed is up to 155 miles per hour. Its driving range is more than 600 km, thanks to 125 kWh battery that is placed in the floor which is is based on unique high-energy-density lithium-ion cell technology.
Porsche’s designers give the Mission E a fresh exterior design.No more rounded headlights at the front. It is replaced by four headlights with laser Matrix technology that is adopted from Audi. The concept car has suicide door and it means that Mission E doesn’t have B-pillar. Meanwhile at the rear, Porsche said that it had typical sport car architecture. At this part, we can see LED taillights that sweeps away from left to the right. A three dimensional ‘PORSCHE’ badge makes Mission E looked more interesting.
Inside, Porsche shows a futuristic interior styling. Just like, E-Tron cabin there are no buttons anymore and replaced with touchscreen displays using OLED technology. There are two layers 3D display. The first layer is driver’s display and the second is a holographic display that places from center cockpit to front-passenger side. The second layer displays media, navigation, climate control, contacts, and vehicles. Interestingly, the concept car features instrument that can be operated by eye-tracking, gesture control, and even hologram. And the 3-spoke steering wheel feels classic in a good way when I see it for the first time.
Porsche Mission E uses two PSMSs (Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors) which can produce total output 600 hp and its driving range up to 500 km. The car with all-wheel-drive and all-wheel-steering system can reach 100 km/h from zero under 3.5 seconds. Furthermore, it can reach 200 km/h less than 12 seconds! The most impressive thing about this car is charging time. It can reach 80% only in 15 minutes, thanks to the first ever 800-volt drive system in the car’s industry.
Clean, simple, sleek and roomy probably are the right words to describe the interior of the concept car. Say goodbye to the complicated buttons on the center cockpit. Audi replaces it all with touch screens which has OLED technology. Just like Audi’s latest cars, the E-Tron Quattro comes up with virtual cockpit display that will inform the driver about map, battery status, range driving, and even music that is playing. At least but not least, the crossover concept has 615 liters of luggage.
The car with drag coefficient of 0.25 has 95 kWh battery capacity and 3 electric motors that drives front axle (1 unit), and rear axle (2 units). Total output is 429 hp, but while boosting it can produce 496 hp for short periods. Furthermore, it has 800 Nm of torque and its performance from 0 km/h to 100 km/h is 4.6 seconds. Meanwhile, its top speed is electronically-limited up to 210 km/h and its driving range is 500 km.
The battery can be charged using current DC electrical with 150 kW output and it takes around 50 minutes until it’s fully-loaded. The concept study also brings autonomous driving technology which is equipped with radar sensors, a video camera, ultrasonic sensors, a laser scanner, and central driver assistance controller (zFAS). Audi claims that the technology is nearly ready for production cars. I expect to see it in next-gen Audi A8.
At 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show everyone was surprised when Jaguar unveiled C-X17 Concept. It was an SUV concept that previews the first ever utility vehicle from British carmaker. And two years later, at the same event Jaguar introduced the production-spec of its first SUV, called F-Pace. So, why Jaguar builds an SUV? Ian Callum, Design Director of Jaguar said that The world was telling them in no uncertain terms this is what they wanted.
The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace is built-on Jaguar’s Lightweight Aluminum Architecture. The exterior design is almost the same like other Jaguar cars (I’m a little bit disappoint because I hope a brand new exterior styling). Up front, the LED headlights has the same shape like 2016 XF and it features LED Daytime Running Lights, too. Other Jaguar’s typical part on the exterior are a big grille and big air dams is featured in this SUV. And at the rear, you can see LED taillights that has same shape like in latest XF and F-Type. Overall, even though I’m a little bit disappoint and F-Pace is looked like XF SUV, it still has nice exterior styling. Even, it’s better than Bentley Bentayga.
For the powertrain, Jaguar offers gasoline and diesel engines. The entry level is 2.0 liter diesel producing 177 hp, 2.0 liter gasoline with 237 hp, 3.0 liter diesel produces 296 hp, 3.0 liter gasoline with two option maximum outputs, 335 hp and 375 hp. The car is offered with RWD or AWD system. For the body structure, Jaguar announced that it has 80% aluminum too keep light. It means that F-Pace is the only SUV with aluminum-intensive monocoque in the segment.
To be able driving off-road, Jaguar immerses torque-on-demand all-wheel-drive system which is claimed as the most sophisticated and has the highest torque capacity. It has IDD (Intelligent Driveline Dynamic) that you can find in F-Type AWD. IDD retains rear-wheel drive agility and handling character but can seamlessly transfer torque to the front wheels to get extra traction on all surfaces and in all weathers. Jaguar F-Pace also get Land Rover’s technology, like Adaptive Surface Response (ASR), developed from the Terrain Response technology. Integrated into Jaguar Drive Control, ASR identifies the type of surface and optimizes the mapping of the powertrain and Dynamic Stability Control system.
It’s built on the modified MLB-Evo platform that has been used on the latest Audi Q7. Bentley’s designers seems took some inspirations from the concept version. Up front, there are small LED Daytime Running Lights that also serves as turn signal and bigger LED headlights.Bentley’s typical grille with diamond accent still on the car. When I saw it from the front side at a glance it’s like a Continental GT SUV. But it’s still looked good and elegant. At the rear, we can see the production version is slightly boxier than EXP 9 F. Its LED taillights comes up with smaller dimension than the concept. The twin-exhaust prove that this is a fast SUV.
Let’s go to the interior. I never doubt the Bentley quality material for its cabin. And Bentayga is one of them. It features ultra-luxury cabin with handcrafted woods, metal trims, and sumptuous leather. All seats are available with contrast stitching and diamond accent. Moreover, the front seat is equipped with 22-way adjustment, 6-program massage, heating system, and ventilation. The SUV also gets an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a 60 GB hard drive, a removable 10.2-inch Android tablet Bentley with 4G connectivity, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for rear passengers, 3-choice audio systems, a 1,950-watt unit from Naim with 18-speaker, and other luxury and optional features.
If you are an anti-mainstream man/woman, you can choose Bentley’s Mulliner Bespoke Program. It offers personalization things for your Bentayga. You can choose 90 exterior colors, 15 carpet options, 7 handcrafted veneers, 15 choices of interior trim, and several alloy wheel options in size from 20 to 22 inches.
Under the hood, Bentley put W12 6.0 liter gasoline engine. The powertrain also equipped with twin-turbocharged, producing 600 hp, 900 Nm of torque, and mated to 8-speed automatic transmission. Bentayga can reach 0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and its top speed up to 301 km/h. Bentley claims that its SUV is the fastest and the most powerful SUV in the world.
For adventure stuff, Bentley offers Drive Dynamic Mode as a standard, with an optional Responsive Off-Road Setting. It provides 8 driving modes plus a computer-controlled, adjustable air spring, with four ride heights.
Toyota’s designers change some exterior elements, so it’s looked more production-ready. Up front, C-HR II isn’t looked weird like Juke, even though it still a concept car. Its headlights get redesign and now features LED Daytime Running Lights. The 3-point LED fog lights is replaced with boomerang-shaped. Big changes are on the side section. Now, C-HR II comes up as a four-door crossover, not two-door anymore. But Toyota cleverly disguises the rear doors with thin windows and bulging rear wheel-arches. And the line design of the study car is look alike its rival, Juke. And at the rear, we can see the busy design language with so many details and sculpted lines here and there. To be honest, at a glance it looked like Nissan Gripz Concept.
Overall, the C-HR II exterior styling is ready for production,especially at the front section. Meanwhile, at the side and rear I expect some major changes, including bigger windows for rear passengers and more simple design at the rear. For the best handling and control, Toyota developed the concept car on Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. I expect to see the production version of C-HR II at 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Its exterior design is looked aggressive and sporty. At the front, there are boomerang-shaped LED headlights which is accompanied by fog lights that is placed below the headlights and V-shaped grille which is now be a identity for Nissan. Gripz comes up with no B-pillar which means that it has suicide doors. But the doors have different way to open. The front is Lamorghini-like scissor doors, meanwhile the rear is luxury sedan-like doors. The car with 22-inch tires has a busy design language at the rear section. There are boomerang-shaped LED taillights, matte black Kamm tail gives the concept a ‘codatronca’ effect, and dual chromed trapezoidal exhausts.
I hope the rumor that Gripz will replace Z, is really a rumor. Because the concept car is perfectly match to preview next generation of Juke.
IAA’s exterior styling is like the combination between CLS and F 015 Concept. At the front, its design reminds me of F 015 Concept. It can be seen from its unique-shaped headlights which has the same form like the previous concept. The concept car has an aerodynamic line from the front to the rear. The C-pillar line is designed to be a coupe-like. Its design reminds me of Audi A7 and the concept’s design could be the preview of next CLS-Class. At the rear, Mercedes’ designers put a unique design featuring thin LED taillights that sweeps away from left to right.
As the name suggests, the 4-door car shows the latest aerodynamic technology. Mercedes said that IAA Concept had active aerodynamic features. When you drive at 80 km/h, the mode changes automatically from Design Mode to Aerodynamic Mode. First, the fin in the front bumper retracts by 60 mm to improve flow along the underbody. Furthermore the flaps in the front bumper extends by 25 mm and rearwards by 200 mm to improve airflow around the front-end and the front wheel arches.
The active wheel rim change their cupping from 50 mm to 0. And the most interesting part of active aerodynamic feature is when the rear-end extending its size up to 390 mm. The result is its coefficient of drag 0.19. It means that the lowest in the world today.
The concept car isn’t all about the aerodynamic thing. The German carmaker put the autonomous feature to the study car. Mercedes deploys many sensors and modules which allow autonomous driving and car-to-X communication. This feature enables communication between IAA and other vehicles on the road or even with other sources of information. Mercedes IAA Concept comes with petrol engine that is combined with plug-in hybrid which has total output 275 hp and its top speed is electronically-limited to 250 km/h. I hope the aerodynamic tech can be implemented in next-gen Mercedes’ car, at least for its upcoming supercar.
Koeru’s dimension is almost the same as the old CX-7. It has 4,600 mm long, 1,900 mm wide, and 1,500 mm high. Meanwhile its wheelbase is 2,700 mm. The concept car can accommodate up to five passengers and equipped with MZD Connect a new generation smartphone-based connectivity system. And the concept is immersed NVH-suppressing technology for a smoother and quieter ride. Moreover, it features latest SkyActiv engine that is said to be fuel efficient.
The electrohydraulic fabric roof can be folded in 17 seconds and you can do it while driving up to 50 km/h. Interestingly, the fabric top is offered in 3 different colors: black, brown, and red. Lamborghini claims that Huracan Spyder has 1,542 kg weight, and 2.53 kg/hp for power-to-weight ratio. Under the hood, Lamborghini using V10 powertrain 5.2 liter produces 602 hp. The engine is equipped with cylinder-on-demand and stop-start technology to pursue fuel efficiency, and mated to 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Its performance is 3.6 seconds to reach 100 km/h from zero and its maximum speed is 324 km/h.
2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 will go on sale in 2016 and the first delivery will begin in spring 2016. How about the price? Before taxes, is around $210,111.
The Ferrari’s engineers worked on magnetorheological dampers to guarantee maximum sportiness without compromising on comfort. And the new SSC2 Side Slip Angle Control system will help a non-professional driver to control the beast. Under the hood, there’s a V8 3.9 liter powertrain producing 661 hp and 760 Nm of torque. 488 Spider can reach 0 km/h to 100 km/h in seconds and 200 km/h in 8.4 seconds.
Under the hood, Alfa Romeo just unveiled Quadrifoglio Verde (QV) type which has V6 3.0 liter turbocharged and tuned by Ferrari engineers. The powertrain can deliver up to 503 hp. And its performance is 3.9 seconds to reach 100 km/h from 0 km/h. The company also announce that the Giulia performance at Nurburgring circuit that spends 7:39 lap time. It’s surprisingly fast and it means that Giulia is fastest in the saloon class. Even it’s 13 seconds faster than BMW M4. The Italian company is reported preparing for smaller engines (petrol and diesel).
The exterior design, you can recognize it as an Alfa Romeo from distance. Its triangle grille is still at the front fascia that features aggressive and sporty design. Moreover, there are headlights that’s integrated with LED Daytime Running Lights. Its headlights design with narrow design making the Giulia’s face looked grumpy. The car looks muscular, thanks to sculpted lines that are placed on the hood. At the rear, we can see LED taillights and quad-exhaust. Overall, seems like Alfa Romeo wants to introduce its new design language that is combined with its traditional identity. Alfa Romeo Giulia will go on sale early 2016 with price starts from $70,000 to $90,000.
Minggu, 13 September 2015
Porsche just revealed the facelift of its iconic model, 911. The changes are including a re-tuned chassis, flat six-cylinder with turbocharged engines, and a new infotainment system. Overall, the significant changes are in the technical part. But the German automaker has done some changes on the exterior sector.
On the exterior design, we can see that now latest 911 features 4-point LED Daytime Running Lights surrounding the headlights. Porsche’s designers have removed the fog lights on the front bumper leaving the sleek chrome accents alone. Furthermore, the sport coupe gets a redesigned front bumper and bigger air dams. At the rear, now the two-door car gets redesigned 4-point LED taillights, a restyled rear bumper, and new rear lid with black-colored vertical lines. For the 911 Carrera, Porsche put dual-exhaust, meanwhile 911 Carrera S gets quad-exhaust.
Inside, the interior looks more elegant featuring a redesigned steering wheel. A new system is put to 2016 911, called Porsche Communication Management that will be displayed in 7-inch multi-touch display. It offers more function and easier to use.
Now, 2016 911 has 10 mm lower the ride height chassis, thanks to re-tuned PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) and it can improving stability during fast cornering. Moreover, to enhance comfort and better body connection during dynamic driving, Porsche’s engineers put new shock absorbers with wider spread characteristic.
For the engine, 911 Carrera gets bi-turbo 3.0 liter flat six-cylinder producing 365 hp and 450 Nm of torque plus mated to PDK transmission. The fuel consumption is around 13.5 km/liter. And for its performance, 911 Carrera with PDK and Sport Chrono Package can reach 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and its maximum speed is 295 km/h. Meanwhile, 911 Carrera S gets the same engine but it can produce 414 hp and 500 Nm of torque. Its fuel consumption is around 12.9 km/liter. The performance-wise, 911 Carrera S with Sport Chrono Package can reach 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and hits 308 km/h for maximum speed.
2016 Porsche 911 will make its debut at 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show next week and will be released on December 12th in Germany.
Las Vegas was chosen by Toyota to introduce the fourth generation of Prius this week. Yes, finally the hybrid car from Japanese automaker official shows its new face to the world. Toyota promises that the latest Prius is to be more fun, and 10% more efficient than its predecessor.
Like what rumors have said before, the new hybrid car adapts many Toyota Mirai’s design cues. To be honest, the result is weird and ugly. Even Mirai is looked much better than the 2016 Prius. Up front, we can see that boomerang-shaped LED headlights are so dominant. Moreover, the front bumper features sharp lines on the edge making it more weird. From the side, Toyota prefer to keep liftback shape which has become its identity since the second-generation.
At the rear, its exterior design is still weird. Its LED taillights sweeping away from the top to the bottom near the rear bumper. Toyota announced that the latest Prius is built on New Global Architecture. The company claims that this new platform allows lower center of gravity, stronger passenger compartment, and new double-wishbone rear suspension. The automaker said that the four-door car was 2.4 inches longer, 0.6 inches wider, and 0.8 inches lower than the previous generation.
As everyone knows that Prius never be a fun-to-drive car. But now, Toyota promises that the new Prius is more fun-to-drive. Moreover, Toyota claims that 2016 Prius is 10% more efficient than its predecessor. So, I expect its fuel consumption is around 55 miles per gallon. And Toyota announced that they will launch an ‘Eco’ model later. For safety equipment, Toyota put Toyota Safety Sense. It is a package of driver assistance electronics such as pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and prevention and adaptive cruise control.
2016 Toyota Prius will make its debut at 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show next week.