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.

 

Skoda: an electric compact and entry-level variants to come

Skoda an electric compact and entry-level variants to come

Skoda boss Thomas Schäfer has revealed some details about the Czech brand’s future developments: entry-level variants as well as an electric compact are coming.

In an interview with the German magazine Automobilwoche, the new CEO of Skoda , Thomas Schäfer, announced the brand’s desire to develop in emerging countries. He also gave some details on future models to come.

Skoda: a future electric Octavia on the program

As Mladá Boleslav’s firm launches its new Kushaq SUV in India, and is already present in no less than 100 countries, Schäfer clarified that other markets present interesting opportunities for Skoda, such as North Africa. for example, where the supply of electrified models is still to be developed.

The new Skoda boss has also indicated that electric models should represent 60% of its sales by 2030. To do this, new zero-emission Skoda will soon emerge , with at least one model located under the Enyaq iV SUV , as well as a new electric compact the size of the Octavia .

New entry-level models at increasingly attractive prices

The Czech manufacturer is also eyeing the success of Korean and French brands in Europe: to compete with them, Thomas Schäfer is considering the creation of entry-level versions of the brand’s models, at an even more attractive price. Skoda is in fact the brand of the Volkswagen group most able to occupy this segment, still underexploited by the German company.

 

Porsche Cayman and Boxster: the next generation 100% electric?

Porsche Cayman and Boxster the next generation 100% electric

Launched in 2016, the current Porsche Cayman and Boxster should be renewed in 2023. On this occasion, they could well take the turn of the all-electric …

Porsche boss Oliver Blume said in an interview with British magazine Auto Express that the brand had not yet decided whether the Porsche Cayman and Boxster were going to go 100% electric, while specifying that this hypothesis was quite likely .

According to Blume, “We’re still waiting a few months before making a choice. But I think there is potential for that to happen, and if we make an electric 718 it should be able to be driven like a 911 and all of our stuff. other sports. ”

Porsche Cayman and Boxster: a new generation is well planned

The boss of Porsche added that, despite the fact that many manufacturers are abandoning the sports market, Porsche will not draw a line on the Porsche Boxster and Cayman , which will know a new generation , and this, whether they are driven by thermal or electric motors: “You cannot compare combustion engines to electric motors, but there are a lot of advantages in electrification, because of the torque and the acceleration that you can offer the car” .

Despite everything, the Stuttgart firm will continue to offer thermal engines in its range, which will always be useful for equipping hybrid traction chains, which will be found in particular on the Porsche 911 . As for the future of the future Porsche Cayman and Boxster, regardless of the nature of the engine that will drive them, Oliver Blume assures us that they will be “100% Porsche” …

 

Official: Ford stops the Mondeo!

Official Ford stops the Mondeo

End of career for the Ford Mondeo. Launched in 1993 in Europe and since sold nearly 5 million units, the sedan will cease production in March 2022.

The sentence fell. On borrowed time for several years, the Mondeo is about to bow out . Ford has indeed decided to put an end to the production of its sedan. The American manufacturer will lower the curtain in a year, at the end of March 2022 .

Priority to SUVs …

In difficulty in recent years in Europe and launched in a large and heavy reorganization, the Dearborn firm will abandon the sedan segment , which is currently not very buoyant on the Old Continent, to turn to other more profitable sectors, and in particular that of SUV .

“In 2020, 39% of Ford’s passenger car sales were SUVs and crossovers, eight points more than in 2019,” said the manufacturer to explain its decision.

… and electrification

The focus will also be on electrification with an investment of at least $ 22 billion (around € 18.6 billion) globally. Thus, by mid-2026, 100% of the range of passenger vehicles will be available in a 100% electric or plug-in hybrid version, then 100% will be electric by 2030 .

Five million Mondeo sold since 1993

Launched in 1993 in Europe, where it replaced the Sierra, which won the European car of the year trophy in 1994, the Mondeo has survived the ages over four generations. Available as a SW station wagon, sporty ST versions and even a hybrid, the sedan has sold around five million units to date.

The Galaxy and S-Max continue their hybrid route

The large Galaxy and S-Max minivans , which were also in the hot seat , “will continue to be produced, with full hybrid versions recently unveiled ,” Ford concludes.

 

New Peugeot 308 (2021): imagined as a GTI version

New Peugeot 308 (2021) imagined as a GTI version

Here is what the new Peugeot 308 could have looked like in GTI version if the lion brand had not abandoned its sporting emblem in favor of the PSE badge.

The new Peugeot 308 barely unveiled, we already know that a 100% electric version will see the light of day, but most likely not before 2023.

On the other hand, at this stage, a sports version PSE is more than uncertain. One thing is certain: there will be no new 308 GTI, Peugeot having abandoned its famous sporting crest. This does not prevent some from dreaming …

An independent designer by the name of Kléber Silva has indeed imagined what the new 308 GTI could have looked like. In the image, we thus discover the compact dressed in the straight cut, the famous and unique two-tone color, here available in blue and black.

Exit the GTI, place a PSE

Since 1983, the GTi badge has almost always been part of the catalog of the Sochalian brand , but with the arrival of new CO2 standards that are always more restrictive, Peugeot must now review its plans in terms of sportiness.

As a result, when it comes to vitaminized lionesses, the Peugeot Sport Engineered name now prevails. This new coat of arms is intended for the fiercest models in the catalog. If the first of them, the 508 PSE, manages to convince customers, it is likely that the French brand will decide to decline other models in its range. However, it remains to be seen whether the necessary hybridization will not weigh down the vehicle and make the project more complex to develop. To be continued…

 

Lexus: a new concept announced for March 30

Lexus a new concept announced for March 30

Lexus has just announced the presentation of a new concept car. To find out, meet on Tuesday, March 30 at noon!

At the beginning of February, Lexus announced the imminent arrival of a new concept car which should present the future of the brand and announce a new generation of models.

Almost two months later, we are there. This concept is now about to be revealed. The Japanese manufacturer has just set the date for its first world appearance.

Appointment is therefore given on March 30 at 12 noon . Health crisis requires, its presentation will be done exclusively online.

Hybrid style

Little is known about it, but according to the first images released, it should be a hybrid-styled vehicle, halfway between a sedan, an SUV and a coupe.

Raised ground clearance, high waistline, wide hips. Plunging roofline, steeply sloping rear window are indeed some of its aesthetic features. The whole gives off an impression of power and dynamism.

An electrified engine

The vehicle should be 100% electric or at least electrified and will have a new adaptive all-wheel drive system called Direct4.

It should inspire a first production model to be launched before the end of the year. Others will follow in 2022 and beyond, Lexus already promises.

 

Seat promises an electric city car at € 20-25,000 in 2025

Seat promises an electric city car at € 20-25,000 in 2025

Seat provided an update on its electrification program. The brand notably announced the arrival of an entry-level zero-emission city car in 2025.

Seat announced it last year: the Spanish group, which brings together the Seat and Cupra brands, will invest 5 billion euros by 2025 to electrify its range .

This sum, which is part of the 60 billion euros promised by the Volkswagen group in November 2019 for electrification and the connected car, will not only be devoted “to the implementation of new R&D projects, and in particular to the electrification of the range, but also to the equipment and installations of the factories in Martorell, Barcelona and Componentes, ”Seat said in a press release.

Cupra Born and Tavascan confirmed

Today, the firm details its program a little more. In terms of new models, it confirms the arrival of a first 100% electric vehicle at Cupra , the compact Born , at the end of 2021 , as well as the arrival of a second zero emission model, the Tavascan SUV. , in 2024.

“Our dream will come true: the Cupra Tavascan will become a reality. Based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, it will be designed and developed in Barcelona. It will be marketed in Europe and other markets in 2024,” said Wayne Griffiths , the president of Seat.

“Make electromobility accessible to as many people as possible”

Seat has also and above all announced the launch of a new electric city car in 2025. It will be marketed “around 20-25,000 euros to make electromobility accessible to as many people as possible”, reveals Seat.

“The electric city car is an important project in terms of potential volumes. It represents a major step on the road to sustainable development and in the fight against global warming. It is also the driving force behind the transformation of the Spanish automotive industry. “, added the builder.

The brand’s ambition is to produce 500,000 electric vehicles per year in its Spanish factory in Martorell.

Seat Ibiza and Arona restyled on approach

Closer to us, Seat will launch its restyled Ibiza and Arona this year.

 

Dacia Spring (2021): pre-orders open this weekend!

Dacia Spring (2021) pre-orders open this weekend

Dacia will launch its communication campaign around the electric Spring and open pre-orders on the occasion of the arrival of spring.

“Spring is coming”: spring is coming, in French, this is the theme of the communication that Dacia is doing around its first 100% electric car , the Spring. The low-cost manufacturer of the Renault group will open the order books for the cheapest electric vehicle on the market on Saturday, March 20, on the occasion of the transition from winter to spring.

On this date, you can therefore book your Spring on the manufacturer’s online site. And judging by the success of the latest Sandero , which caused lengthy delivery times , pre-ordering the Spring might be the way to get it as quickly as possible .

The Dacia Spring on the test!

Invoiced less than € 12,500 bonus deducted, the Spring promises electric power at the price of gasoline.

 

Mini will become 100% electric by 2030

Mini will become 100% electric by 2030

Mini joins the list of manufacturers giving up thermal engines: by 2030, the brand will stop selling gasoline and diesel cars to focus on 100% electric models.

After Alpine, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and many others, it is around Mini to join the list of manufacturers who plan to ban thermal engines from their ranges. Mini would thus become the first brand in the BMW group to take the all-electric step .

Mini: a gradual abandonment of thermal models

According to the German site Der Spiegel , Mini will gradually abandon thermal engines, with a timetable spanning the next ten years: its last thermal model will be launched in 2025, and electric models should represent half of its sales by now 2027. Finally, Mini will only market 100% electric cars by 2030 .

With a fairly small range and volumes, as well as the contribution of technological developments from the BMW group, Mini’s turn to electric should be done without difficulty: in fact, Mini already offers a 100% electric model, the Mini. Cooper SE, while an electric version of the Countryman should see the light of day in 2023. But Mini is not at its first attempt, since in 2009 it launched the Mini E, a 100% electric city car project .

This decision is part of the strategy of the BMW group , which aims to accelerate its transition to electric : an approach initiated in 2013 already, with the launch of the i3, while a dozen 100% electric BMW models should be launched by 2025. These should represent no less than 2 million sales. Recently presented, the latest BMW i4 will soon be followed by a 100% electric 5 Series and X1.