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 .

 

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.

 

New Mercedes e-Citan (2021): the electric utility shows itself with camouflage

New Mercedes e-Citan (2021) the electric utility shows itself with camouflage

Mercedes’ next utility vehicle is unveiled in an electric version: discover the e-Citan under its camouflage.

Mercedes-Benz previewed the upcoming eCitan with official camouflage photos. The German car manufacturer is developing, with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance , the second generation of the Citan , which should be based on the same platform as the Renault Kangoo that we know in France.

A 100% electric version

Overall, the all- electric variant of this Citan should be identical to the thermal models, with one exception: the three-pointed star badge on the front can be opened and it houses the charging port .

Although not easily seen in these photos, previous images of the e-Citan’s prototypes have confirmed that it will have stylish headlights with integrated LEDs, circular fog lights, sliding rear doors and vertical tail lights. .

In a press release confirming the development of the new van, Mercedes-Benz claimed that “the compact exterior dimensions and, at the same time, the generous space with high storage volume in the passenger compartment open up various possible applications for the small van, especially in urban distribution transport “, adding that” the concept of the vehicle offers comprehensive safety equipment and a high level of driving comfort “.

The Mercedes-Benz e-Citan is expected to be unveiled in the second half of 2021 .

 

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.

 

Cupra Leon (2021): a new hybrid version of 204 hp

Cupra Leon (2021) a new hybrid version of 204 hp

Cupra launches a new and second plug-in hybrid “e-Hybrid” version of its 204 hp Leon.

Electrification continues at Cupra ! A new and second plug-in hybrid version “e-Hybrid” joins the Cupra Leon range . After the 245 hp model launched in autumn 2020, the electrified compact is now also available with a power of 204 hp .

This cavalry is still the result of the combination of a 1.4 liter TSI petrol engine of 150 hp and an electric unit of 115 hp . Like the power, the torque is also revised downwards from 400 to 350 Nm.

Up to 63 km of all-electric autonomy

With the six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission, the newcomer claims a 0 to 100 km / h in 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 220 km / h .

It is also equipped with a 13 kWh lithium-ion battery for a range of up to 63 km according to the WLTP cycle. It can be recharged in just 3h30 using a 3.6 kW Wallbox or in about 5 hours with a 220 V household outlet. CO2 emissions are between 26 and 29 g / km.

By way of comparison, the Cupra Leon e-Hybrid of 245 hp announces for its part 6.7 seconds on 0 to 100, 225 km / h at maximum speed and CO2 emissions of between 29 and 32 g / km.

A price from € 39,790 for the Cupra Leon e-Hybrid

The 204 hp Cupra Leon e-Hybrid will go into production in a few days at the Seat plant in Martorell, Spain. It is already available to order at a price of € 39,790 , against € 41,070 for the 245 hp version. In Sportstourer station wagon, it charges at least € 41,320 (€ 42,600 for the Sportstourer e-Hybrid 245).

As a reminder, the Cupra Leon is also offered in a strong thermal variant of 300 hp (four-cylinder turbo 2.0L, DSG7), or 310 hp in its Sportstourer estate version (4Drive all-wheel drive). Its price: 40,510 €, or 44,700 €

 

Kia EV6 (2021): first images of a new electric SUV!

Kia EV6 (2021) first images of a new electric SUV

Kia has just unveiled the first images of a new 100% electric vehicle. This is an SUV that will be based on the brand new E-GPM platform from the Hyundai group. Its name: EV6.

In the month of January, Kia has announced the launch of seven new models 100% electric by 2027. 7 models will be based on all the new E-GPM platform group Hyundai , dedicated to zero-emission vehicles. And the first of them has already just pointed the end of its hood …

The South Korean manufacturer has indeed broadcast the first images of a vehicle plunged into darkness . At first glance, it should be an SUV with rather dynamic features and a sloping roofline.

More than 500 km of autonomy for the EV6?

The latter will take the name of EV6 and should be equipped with a battery that will offer more than 500 km of autonomy and can be recharged in just twenty minutes. With its world premiere scheduled for the first quarter of 2021, its presentation would now only be a matter of days .

After this model, Kia plans to launch sedans, minivans and other SUVs that will use the same technical basis and the same name with the prefix “EV”.

Kia ambitious in the electric

With this new product offensive, the South Korean brand is targeting a 6.6% market share in the electric vehicle segment in 2025 and 500,000 annual sales worldwide by 2026.

 

Ford: a 100% electric range in Europe in 2030

Ford a 100% electric range in Europe in 2030

Ford is investing heavily in the electrification of its models, and wants to accelerate the production of its electric vehicles, so that by 2030, its entire range is 100% electric in Europe.

The American manufacturer has announced that it has taken a major step in its European transformation, with a return to profitability in Europe in the fourth quarter of 2020, and is investing heavily to electrify its entire range of vehicles, both private and commercial.

Indeed, Ford wants by mid-2026, 100% of its range of passenger cars in Europe to be electrified (hybrid or 100% electric versions), and is already announcing that its entire range will be 100% electric. by 2030 . A full line of electrified utility models will also be offered by 2024, and these are expected to account for two-thirds of Ford utility vehicle sales.

Ford Cologne plant soon to be dedicated to electric vehicles

Globally, Ford has announced that it will invest no less than 22 billion dollars (approximately 18.2 billion euros ) in the electrification of its models until 2025. In Europe, the Ford site in Cologne (Germany ) is the headquarters of Ford of Europe, and also one of its largest production centers in Europe.

This plant will soon be modernized, and will benefit from an investment of one billion dollars (approximately 830 million euros ) in order to transform it into an electrification center dedicated to the manufacture of electric vehicles , a first for Ford. in Europe.

Ford will present in the coming months more details on the transformation of its Cologne plant: its first 100% electric vehicle designed in Europe will be produced there from 2023, with the possibility of a second model under study. With the electric SUV Mustang Mach-E , Ford had already announced its ambitions for the matter, but other projects are also in preparation, such as an electric Ford F-150 pickup , as well as an electric Ford Transit utility which should arrive in 2022.

 

New Citroën C4 (2021): 16% of models produced are electric

New Citroën C4 (2021) 16% of models produced are electric

The new Citroën C4 is manufactured by the Stellantis factory in Madrid, which reports that 16% of the models produced are electric.

Launched a few months ago, the third generation of the Citroën C4 is available in a zero-emission version ( Citroën ë-C4 ) which is powered by a 100% electric motor with 136 hp and 260 Nm of torque, associated with a battery of 50 kWh for an announced range of 350 km.

New Citroën C4: the electric version also produced in Madrid

This model is the first electrified vehicle to be assembled on the lines of the Stellantis factory in Madrid, Spain, which produces all of the new Citroën C4s. In the past, this Spanish site has also manufactured the Citroën C3, C3 Pluriel, C4 Cactus, Peugeot 207 and 207 CC. The director of the production center, Eric Brochard, recently announced that the electric version represents 16% of the Citroën C4 produced .

” Being the production center chosen to manufacture the new generation of Citroën C4 has been an honor and a challenge for the teams that are part of the Center of Madrid. The factory has transformed its infrastructure, technologies and working methods to be able to support one of the most innovative sedans on the market, “commented the manager.

But an engine made in France

If the new compact chevron sedan is manufactured in Spain, its electric motor is produced in France , in Trémery near Metz (57): the Moselle plant of Stellantis, specializing in powertrains, should produce 180,000 this year. copies of this engine called e-GMP, with an acceleration of the pace which should bring it to a volume of 900,000 units per year, by 2025.

 

Renault 5 electric: a price around 20,000 €?

Renault 5 electric a price around 20,000 €

Renault will revive its legendary R5 in the guise of a 100% electric model. Expected in the coming years, this vehicle should be invoiced around 20,000 €.

It was the surprise of Renaulution , the new strategic plan that Renault presented on January 14. She will be the star of the diamond range in the coming years. “She” is obviously the future 100% electric R5 .

Modern interpretation of the legendary R5 which was launched in 1972 and sold more than 5.5 million copies until 1984, the car, which was unveiled as a prototype , has already won over the public thanks to to its neo-retro look , largely inspired by the original R5 (compact and compact look, vertical rear lights, sloping tailgate, wide hips …), and its zero-emission engine .

But for the time being Renault has not yet released any information concerning the technical sheet of the machine. We therefore do not know its power (110 or 135 hp like the Zoe?), Not its performance and even less its range (up to 500 km?).

Cheaper than the Zoe

Obviously, at this point, its price is also a mystery. However Lucas de Meo , the Managing Director of the Renault group, has already announced that in terms of price this R5 ” will be below the Zoe “.

The latter starting today at € 32,500 (R110 Life), excluding bonuses, we can therefore hope to see the R5 attack under € 30,000. At the entry level, it would thus be around € 20,000, once the ecological bonus has been deducted.

Announced replacement of the Zoe

“The Zoe will still be marketed for three or four years until the R5 arrives. The latter will have to play the role that the Zoe currently plays ,” said Luca de Meo.

For the marketing of the series electric R5, which will be manufactured in France at the Renault plant in Douai in the North (59). see you by 2025 …

 

New Tesla Model S (2021): is its “half-steering wheel” approved?

New Tesla Model S (2021) is its half-steering wheel approved

Recently presented by Tesla, the new “Yoke” steering wheel of the Model S and X has caused much ink to flow. But can its new form on the market be approved?

Last week, Tesla unveiled a profound update its 100% electric models: the Model S and Model X . If the exterior has been discreetly restyled, everything changes inside: the interior is now more refined, with a new 17-inch touch screen in landscape mode (and no longer in portrait) supplemented by an 8-inch screen on the back. But it is above all the new steering wheel that we will remember.

Due to its truncated and futuristic shape, which risks complicating driving and maneuvering, but also by the absence of control levers, replaced by only tactile commands, this “Yoke” steering wheel arouses much debate. Indeed, if Tesla relies on the technology and automation of its models to justify the extreme purification of its interior, the question of homologation arises.

New Tesla Model S: the steering wheel is approved in Europe

According to the RDW (Rijksdienst voor het Wegverkeer), the Dutch authority in charge of vehicle administration, this steering wheel complies with the legislation of the Netherlands, and by extension of the European Union. “The shape of the steering wheel is nowhere prescribed in EU or EEC legislation”, assures the instance.

European regulations indicate that a vehicle must be equipped with a steering control, without specifying its shape.

According to the RDW, Tesla’s new flywheel is therefore well authorized in Europe, as are the increasingly common flattened flywheels. This question of certification is also raised by its American counterpart, the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), which has not yet decided on the other side of the Atlantic.

But to overcome any risk of its Yoke steering wheel being banned in certain markets, Tesla has already provided a new, more classic round steering wheel in its boxes … Case to be continued!