Renault Kangoo Combispace (2021): info and price of the wagon version

Renault Kangoo Combispace (2021) info and price of the wagon version

Renault presents in detail its new third-generation Kangoo Combispace. Design, equipment, technologies, engines: discover the details, the range and the prices of the family version.

Launched in 1997 and since sold more than 4 million copies, the Renault Kangoo had not been renewed since 2007. This third generation , which the diamond reveals to us in detail after its utility version Renault Kangoo Van , is completely reinvented with a style now more elegant and assertive.

We find there the aesthetic characteristics of Renault , such as its imposing chrome grille as well as the C-shaped light signature of its standard full LED lights . Unlike the utility version, only one length is offered: 4.49 meters, in a five-seater configuration. The color chart offers up to nine shades, including Carmine Red, Cavansite Blue and Terracotta Brown, its launch color.

Renault Kangoo Combispace (2021): a neat interior

Like the exterior, the interior has been completely modernized, with wood and chrome inserts, as well as more neat door trim: the whole is more welcoming , even if certain details such as the position of the gear lever betray the utilitarian origins of the model. Comfort and soundproofing have been improved, while a rubber cockpit liner is available as an option to better withstand different everyday situations.

The new Kangoo can accommodate up to five occupants, with plenty of on-board storage (49 liters), a glove box drawer, and a trunk with a generous volume of 775 liters , which can increase to 3,500 liters once all the seats. folded passengers. The whole thing is rounded off by innovative roof bars, which can change from a longitudinal position to a transverse position very simply and without tools, to meet all loading needs.

Renault Kangoo Combispace (2021): many on-board technologies

The technology is there, with a 4.2-inch or 7-inch instrument cluster screen depending on the version, as well as an Easy Link 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system placed in the center of the dashboard . This is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, and offers up to five USB sockets to connect various mobile devices, completed by a clever swivel smartphone holder, which can be placed on the right or left of the steering wheel.

The driver assistance systems are numerous: statements include adaptive cruise control and speed limiter, warning of safety distances, the holding assistant in the way, parking assistance, reversing camera, the blind spot monitoring, active emergency braking, reading of signs, coupling stability control or even a system for stabilizing the car in the event of strong side winds.

Renault Kangoo Combispace (2021): the engines

Based on the CMF-C platform of the Renault Scenic IV, the new Kangoo offers a range of two petrol engines , with WLTP consumption starting from 6.2 l / 100 km (i.e. 149 g of CO 2 / km):

  • 1.3 TCe 100 hp , with 6-speed manual transmission
  • 1.3 TCe 130 hp , with 6-speed manual or 7-speed EDC dual clutch

The diesel engines are available for their three power levels, starting with WLTP consumption from 5.3 l / 100 km (141 g CO 2 / km):

  • 1.5 Blue dCi 75 hp , with 6-speed manual transmission
  • 1.5 Blue dCi 95 hp , with 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed EDC dual clutch
  • 1.5 Blue dCi 115 hp , with 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed EDC dual clutch

Renault Kangoo Combispace (2021): the range and prices

The controls of the new Renault Kangoo be open from 1 st April 2021: It is proposed from € 24,900 , with a range rather small for its launch, offering just two trim levels and three engines.

  • Renault Kangoo Zen, TCe 100 FAP: 24,900 €
  • Renault Kangoo Zen, Blue dCi 95: 25.900 €
  • Renault Kangoo Intens, Blue dCi 95: 27.400 €
  • Renault Kangoo Intens, TCe 130 FAP: 27,900 €

Produced in France at the Maubeuge plant in the North (59), the new Renault Kangoo will be marketed from June 2021 , and will subsequently be supplemented by a 100% electric E-Tech version , expected for the year 2022.

 

Alpina B8 Gran Coupé (2021): a discreet M8 Competition

Alpina B8 Gran Coupé (2021) a discreet M8 Competition

The German manufacturer Alpina Automobiles is expanding its range with the arrival of the Alpina B8 Gran Coupé, a more discreet and more affordable alternative to the BMW M8 Competition.

Alpina Automobiles is a German manufacturer specializing in the manufacture of models closely derived from those of BMW . To complete its range from above, here is the new Alpina B8 Gran Coupé , which is based on the M850i ​​Gran Coupé and aims to be more elegant and exclusive.

If it is distinguished by its metallic green dress, specific 21-inch rims, Brembo brakes with blue calipers, a quadruple exhaust outlet and a front bumper signed Alpina, this B8 Gran Coupé is fully customizable to taste. customers, especially inside where a wide choice of noble materials are offered, and where there is an Alpina branded steering wheel, backlit door sills and standard digital instrumentation.

Alpina B8 Gran Coupé (2021): a supercharged V8

Under the hood, the twin-turbo V8 of the M850i ​​Gran Coupé has been revised to deliver 621 horsepower and 800 Nm of torque , all transmitted to the four wheels of the xDrive system via an eight-wheel automatic transmission. reports. For comparison, it offers 91 horsepower and 50 Nm more than an M850i, and comes furiously close to a BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé with its 625 horsepower and 750 Nm of torque.

This mechanism allows it to go from 0 to 100 km / h in just 3.4 seconds , with a top speed of 324 km / h (3.2 seconds and 250 km / h for the M8 Competition Gran Coupé). However, this version signed Alpina was cut for the comfort of long journeys, which makes it more of a queen of the Autobahn than of the Nürburgring, with driving modes ranging from Comfort to Sport, to personalize its driving experience.

The Alpina B8 Gran Coupé is offered at a starting price from € 164,150 , which positions it as a distinctive and a little more accessible alternative to the M8 Competition Gran Coupé, which is priced at € 170,700.

 

Hyundai and Forze Hydrogen Racing: hydrogen racing cars

Hyundai and Forze Hydrogen Racing hydrogen racing cars

Hyundai has announced a partnership with Forze Hydrogen Racing, a student team that develops hydrogen-fueled electric racing cars.

The Forze Hydrogen Racing team was created in 2007 at the Delft University of Technology ( Technische Universiteit Delft ), near Rotterdam in the Netherlands, with the aim of promoting hydrogen mobility . It is made up of students who design and manufacture hydrogen-powered electric racing cars, which are then entered into competition.

Hyundai and Forze Hydrogen Racing: the world’s fastest hydrogen racing car

Hydrogen is an energy dear to Hyundai: with decades of experience in the development of fuel cell vehicles, and after the marketing of the Hyundai Nexo and ix35 Fuel Cell , the Korean manufacturer is continuing its investments in the hydrogen, and entered into a partnership with the Forze team and its Dutch students. These will be able to work in collaboration with engineers from the Hyundai Europe technical center , located in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

Forze Hydrogen Racing is currently continuing the development of its Forze IX, which is expected to be finalized in 2022. It is expected to be the fastest hydrogen fuel cell electric racing car in the world by then. Indeed, the Forze IX claims a top speed of 300 km / h, with a 0 to 100 km / h shot in less than three seconds . With a weight of 1,500 kg, it also has all-wheel drive, and to power it, two hydrogen fuel cells with a combined power of 240 kW are available, as well as a supercharging accumulator. offering a maximum power of 600 kW.

 

The Peugeot 208 and 2008 champions of sales in Europe!

The Peugeot 208 and 2008 champions of sales in Europe

Peugeot is off to a good start to the year, with overall sales down compared to 2020.

Peugeot is starting the year on a roll! After the launch of the new Peugeot 308 , the Lion is benefiting from very good sales results in Europe. The Peugeot 208 was the best-selling car in Europe in February 2021, with 18,375 units sold. And it is even the double for Peugeot , since the 2008 finishes second in the standings, with 17,120 sales! Behind, the Volkswagen Golf (3rd, 16.185 ex.) And the Toyota Yaris (4th, 15.467 ex.) Slide. The Renault Clio is sixth in the standings , with 15,349 sales.

Diesel in distress, electrics continue to climb

But overall, February 2021 was not a good month for the auto industry. The sales fell 20% compared to 2021, with 850,000 cars sold in total. Normal, the Covid-19 pandemic had not yet affected the sector at this period in 2020. Diesel continues to decline, and now only represents 27% of new registrations.

Electric and plug-in hybrid side, sales increased by 67% to reach 115,000 copies, or 13.6% of sales. And, unsurprisingly, the market remains dominated by SUVs, which account for 43.6% of sales.

The Top 10 best-selling cars in Europe in February 2021

  1. Peugeot 208 (18.375 ex.)
  2. Peugeot 2008 (17.120 ex.)
  3. Volkswagen Golf (16,185 ex.)
  4. Toyota Yaris (15,467 ex.)
  5. Fiat Panda (15,400 ex.)
  6. Renault Clio (15,349 ex.)
  7. Citroën C3 (15,281 ex.)
  8. Opel / Vauxhall Corsa (14.615 ex.)
  9. Skoda Octavia (14,554 ex.)
  10. Volkswagen T-Roc (13,829 ex.)

New Subaru Outback (2021): the adventurer break arrives in Europe!

New Subaru Outback (2021) the adventurer break arrives in Europe

Two years after presenting it at the New York Motor Show (United States), Subaru is finally launching its new Outback in its European version.

Better late than never. Almost two years after the presentation of its American version at the New York 2019 show, the new Subaru Outback is finally presented in its European version .

A strong character

Based on the new SGP (Subaru Global Platform) platform , this sixth generation does not revolutionize the model. it is still an adventurer station wagon with raised ground clearance (more than 21 cm). However, the fenders have been widened, the black plastic protections around the body are more imposing, the front lights are refined and its grille is enlarged. All this gives it more character.

A tougher, bigger Outback

Side template, Subaru does not specify the dimensions of the machine, but it should announce the same figures as the US version namely 4.86 m long, 1.86 m wide and 1.68 m high, respectively 4, 2 and 7 cm more than the previous generation. The wheelbase would remain fixed at 2.75 m. This growth would obviously benefit the livability but also the trunk volume (hands-free opening), up from 10 liters to 522 liters .

Interior modernization

The interior is being modernized thanks in particular to quality materials and a large 11.6-inch vertical touch screen . Depending on the version, there are also heated and ventilated seats, on-board Wi-Fi or a twelve-speaker audio system.

The newcomer is also full of driving aids with the program: adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance, automatic emergency braking in reverse, lane change assistance, blind spot monitoring or head-up display.

No hybridization under the hood

Finally, under the hood, no hybridization but a 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer , automatically associated with a CVT and all-wheel drive.

The new Subaru Outback will be launched in European dealerships during the month of April. Its prices have not yet been communicated.

 

Toyota Yaris Cross (2021): the Yaris SUV in “Adventure” version

Toyota Yaris Cross (2021) the Yaris SUV in Adventure version

Toyota presents the Yaris Cross Adventure, a more adventurous version of the Yaris SUV whose reservations will open in a few days …

In April 2020, Toyota presented the Yaris Cross, a small 4.18m SUV based on the all-new Yaris . A year later, while the model has still not arrived in dealerships, the Japanese manufacturer today unveils a new version .

It takes the name of Adventure and reinforces the adventurer side of the Yaris Cross with specific design elements.

A more adventurous model than the “classic” Yaris Cross

Its front face, in particular, has been revised to show more robustness . There is also a skid plate under the rear bumper, silver-colored roof rails and 18-inch alloy wheels in a dark gray finish.

On board, this renewed personality is underlined by black lacquered trim elements and a black headliner. The wraparound imitation leather seats benefit from a specific design and a golden color line extends from the dashboard to the storm doors to add a touch of refinement and originality.

Always 100% hybrid

Less novelty on the other hand under the hood since like all Yaris Cross, this “Adventure” version will be powered by a hybrid engine combining a three-cylinder 1.5L petrol unit and a 59 kilowatt electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery for a total power of 116 horsepower . All in two or four-wheel drive (intelligent all-wheel drive AWD-i).

Reservations open in April

Manufactured at the Toyota plant in Valenciennes-Onnaing , in the North of France, the new Toyota Yaris Cross will be available for online reservation at the beginning of April 2021 . First in the “Adventure” version and with the limited launch “Première” series.

Offered during the first twelve months of marketing, the latter will be particularly well equipped since it will receive as standard equipment specific 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a motorized tailgate with hands-free opening, a head-up display, a panoramic roof , an 8-speaker JBL audio system and semi-autonomous parking aid.

It remains to know the prices …

The first deliveries are expected at the time of the official commercial launch in September .

 

New Jeep Compass (2021): presentation on April 6!

New Jeep Compass (2021) presentation on April 6

To your agendas! Jeep announces the presentation of a new Compass for April 6!

Get ready, a new Jeep model is coming! The American manufacturer has just announced the imminent presentation of the new … Compass .

Launched in 2007 and renewed in 2016 with a new and second generation, the SUV will be given a makeover in a few days. Its world premiere is scheduled for April 6 !

Jeep changes everything!

“The new Jeep Compass is a brand new model, totally evolved in all its features and contents, including style, technology, safety and functionality,” Jeep announced in a short press release.

The brand adds that ” the name is the only thing that will not surprise you “.

Renewal especially inside

Announced in January by the special “80th Anniversary” series , which celebrates Jeep’s 80th anniversary in 2021, the revised and corrected Compass should notably benefit from a completely redesigned interior , with a more modern dashboard, a larger central screen and improved finish quality.

 

Mercedes EQS (2021): first photos aboard the future 100% electric S-Class!

Mercedes EQS (2021) first photos aboard the future 100% electric S-Class

Mercedes unveils the interior of the EQS, a large and luxurious 100% electric sedan which will notably inaugurate a digital dashboard … 141 cm wide!

The veil continues to rise on the Mercedes EQS . A few days after having released “camouflaged” photos of its large and luxurious 100% electric sedan, the German manufacturer today unveils its interior.

A 141 cm wide XXL screen

And as expected, the model, a sort of electric S-Class, dazzles its eyes by notably inaugurating, as an option, a new XXL-sized digital instrument panel called Hyperscreen MBUX , or literally “hyper-screen”. This giant concave screen with haptic feedback measures 141 cm and covers the entire width of the dashboard , from the driver to the front passenger.

EQS heals the senses

Among the other novelties, Mercedes also announces two sound universes , “Silver Waves” and “Vivid Flux”, which can be selected on the central screen but also deactivated. The driver and passengers can thus be greeted acoustically as soon as they approach the vehicle and board it. A corresponding surround sound also accompanies EQS exiting and locking.

Still on the auditory side, the brand also offers new “Energizing Comfort” programs which offer soothing sounds called “forest glade”, “whisper of the ocean” and “summer rain”.

The olfactory perception has not been forgotten either with the presence of a large HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter which is able to remove not only fine dust and pollen from the outside air, but also dioxide sulfur and nitrogen oxides.

Confused, Mercedes also promises that the EQS will be equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) and a large head-up display corresponding to a 77-inch screen . Finally, the firm claims for its sedan an aerodynamic efficiency coefficient (Cx) of 0.20 .

480 hp and 700 km of range for the EQS?

The technical sheet, it still remains a mystery. The EQS should, however, develop a power of around 480 hp and 760 Nm of torque , which could allow it to swallow the 0 to 100 km / h in 4.5 seconds. It should also have a 100 kWh battery that will guarantee it a range of 700 kilometers .

Presentation in April, launch in August

The first model to be based on the modular Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA) for luxury electric vehicles, the Mercedes EQS will be produced at the “Factory 56” site of the Sindelfingen plant in Germany. It will be presented in April and launched in Europe in August .

 

Audi Q4 e-tron (2021): not yet unveiled but already in production!

Audi Q4 e-tron (2021) not yet unveiled but already in production

Audi has just launched production of its future 100% electric compact SUV, the Q4 e-tron, although the model has not yet been unveiled …

Audi is wasting no time with its Q4 e-tron . While it still has not presented its new 100% electric compact SUV , the German manufacturer has already started production !

The first copies of the model have indeed taken place on the assembly lines of the plant in Zwickau , Germany, including the Volkswagen ID.4 , also manufactured locally.

Audi Q4 e-tron produced at Volkswagen plant in Zwickau

“The inter-brand collaboration in Zwickau once again demonstrates the enormous potential for synergy we have with the Volkswagen Group,” commented Peter Kössler, member of the Audi board for production and logistics.

“The on-schedule production start of the Audi Q4 e-tron is a testament to the excellent teamwork, both among Volkswagen colleagues and those at Audi. Our compact electric SUV is undoubtedly a true Audi. which will impress our customers with its quality and ease of use on a daily basis. ”, he added.

Audi Q4 e-tron: what we already know

The Audi Q4 e-tron will be unveiled to the public in mid-April and launched in European markets in summer 2021 . We already know that the SUV will measure almost 4.60 m long and that it will be based on the modular electric platform MEB of the Volkswagen group.

Its interior having already been unveiled , we also know that it will have its own atmosphere with in particular a three-dimensional dashboard, a new generation of touch-control steering wheel and a voice-controlled multimedia system where the screen measures 10.1 at 11.6 inches.

 

Peugeot: from the 301 to the 308 III, a look back at the history of the Lion’s compact sedans!

Peugeot from the 301 to the 308-III a look back at the history of the Lions compact sedans

Discover the very long history of Peugeot’s compact sedans, from the 301 from 1932 to the 308 III from 2021!

Few car families will have had such a long career: 89 years , between the release of the Peugeot 301 in 1932 and that of the Peugeot 308 III in 2021 ! Over the decades and the many turmoils encountered by the automobile and Peugeot in the 20th and 21st centuries, the compact sedan of the Lion has been transformed. A look back at the history of a family of models that defined the French manufacturer.

Peugeot 301: 1932 – 1936

The Peugeot “300” lineage began in 1932 with the Peugeot 301 . Family Compact and popular , it adopts some of the technique of the 201 but innovates by becoming one of the first cars equipped with independent suspension at the front . As a result, better handling and less vibration in the steering wheel.

Peugeot 302: 1936 – 1938

With its rounded curves and headlights integrated into the grille, the Peugeot 302 is reminiscent of the popular 402, with which it shares a technical base. As was customary at the time, it receives many different bodies, including one that has remained legendary: the 302 Darl’mat , a sporty roadster with pretty lines, engaged in competition.

Peugeot 304: 1969 -1980

After the Second World War, times are hard for Peugeot and the Lion must concentrate on a very reduced range. The compact sedan segment was then abandoned, or in any case taken over by the 403 . It was not until 1969 that Peugeot returned with the 304, a sedan with modern lines inspired by the 504 . Sold more than a million copies, it will be available in coupe, convertible and many other versions.

Peugeot 305: 1977 – 1988

In 1977, the 304 became 305 and gained in passing ten centimeters and more modern engines. Above all, it now also takes the place of the 404 , which will not be replaced by a 405 before 1987, hence the increasing dimensions.

Peugeot 309: 1985 – 1994

Strange, this passage from the Peugeot 305 to the 309! It must be said that the 309 has had an atypical history : it was not expected to become a Peugeot! Indeed, it was developed as a Talbot, replacing the Talbot Horizon . But Peugeot then decides to end the Talbot brand and it becomes the Peugeot 309. Despite everything, it remains an important car in the history of the “300 lineage”, since it is the first Peugeot compact . After the 309, all models in this segment of the brand will also be compacts.

Peugeot 306: 1993 – 2002

From the 309 to the 306 , the style takes a leap forward. The hatchback look of the compact is now fully assumed, while the lines are softer, to fit in with the times. We can see the inspiration of the 205 , which hit the mark in France. The style is also signed by the prestigious Pininfarina. She shares her technique with the Citroën ZX . The 306 S16, the sporty version, then developed 167 hp. The 306 is a great commercial success, with more than 2.8 million copies sold.

Peugeot 307: 2001 – 2008

New generation, new style revolution at Peugeot ! The 307 grows, especially in height, and gains the large grille and tapered headlights typical of Peugeot of the early 2000s. Offered with a wide range of diesel and petrol engines, it is also available in many versions, including the Coupé. convertible 307 CC , very fashionable at the time. Still a great commercial success (3.8 million copies worldwide), in 2002 it received the title of car of the year.

Peugeot 308 I: 2007 – 2013

Visually, the Peugeot 308 I has changed little compared to its predecessor. We discover the typical muzzle of the Peugeot of the time, but the proportions remain similar. The RCZ sports coupe will resume its technical base, and the GTi name is back . But sales are disappointing, with around 1.4 million copies sold.

Peugeot 308 II: 2013 – 2021

With the second generation of Peugeot 308 , it is only the name that does not change . Exit the look of compact with a very high roof, return to a more classic profile . Above all, with the city car 208, it embodies a complete change of image for Peugeot, which wants to go upmarket. The style is more consensual, while the interior takes a big step forward . It adopts the now famous i-Cockpit already seen on the 208, with its small steering wheel and its counters to see above. It is also the first Peugeot to use the EMP2 platform, which is still relevant today. It won the title of car of the year in 2014 .

Peugeot 308 III: 2021 –

Peugeot has great ambitions for the third generation of the 308 : to attack the German premium ! The dimensions are up, the look more statutory with a long, very horizontal hood. Now also available in plug-in hybrid versions, it should not know on the other hand of sporting variation . Available in the second half of 2021, it will be assembled at the Mulhouse plant in France.