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 .

 

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.

 

Renault Taliant (2021): the new small saloon with a diamond trunk

Renault Taliant (2021) the new small saloon with a diamond trunk

Renault has unveiled the Taliant, a new small notchback sedan … which will never be offered in France since it is intended for so-called “emerging” markets.

Box sedans are not dead! If in France this type of bodywork is no longer really popular, elsewhere it still manages to attract customers. This is particularly the case in so-called “emerging” markets.

Renault therefore logically exploits the vein and unveils the Taliant in Turkey. The latter replaces the Symbol , a sort of Dacia Logan notchback decked out with the diamond that was until now sold in some international markets.

A real personality

And little surprise, unlike the Symbol, this new Taliant is not content to be a simple rebadged Logan . She has her own personality.

Based on the CMF-B platform already used for the new Logan (and the Clio V in particular), the Taliant sports specific taillights and displays the look of the latest Renault models, notably with a “C” shaped light signature.

What about the interior and the engines?

The interior has not yet been revealed to him but should however be modeled on that of the Sandero and Logan 3. We also do not know what will be the engines that will animate the beast but it is still a safe bet that the diamond mark will rely, among other things, on its 3-cylinder 1.0 TCe petrol.

The Taliant will never see France

The Renault Taliant is due to be marketed in Turkey in mid-2021 . It will then be launched on other markets, notably in Asia and Latin America, but will never arrive in France .

 

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.

 

New Mercedes C-Class (2021): the sedan goes into production!

New Mercedes C-Class (2021) the sedan goes into production

Mercedes has just started production of the new C-Class at its plant in Bremen, Germany. The sedan’s order book will open on March 30.

Let’s go for the new Mercedes C-Class ! Unveiled on February 23, the fifth generation sedan has just entered production .

Produced in Germany and soon also in China and South Africa

The first copies of the model have rolled out in recent days from the Mercedes plant in Bremen, Germany, where the all- electric GLC , GLC Coupé and EQC are also assembled .

“Our team in Bremen has done an excellent job over the past few months. Despite the challenges imposed this year, our employees have successfully managed the start-up of the new C-Class and at the same time have provided unwavering support to our colleagues from the other Class C factories. We are proud of this and are already looking forward to seeing further installations in Bremen in 2021 “, said Michael Friess, Site Manager and Plant Production Manager.

After Bremen, the fifth Class C of the name will subsequently also be manufactured in Beijing, China, and at the East London site in South Africa .

The new Class C displayed at around € 42,000?

Revamped on the outside (increased dimensions, new more dynamic headlights at the front, more tapered LED lights at the rear …), modernized on the inside (large vertical touch screen, instrument cluster. Digital …) ), more technological than ever (latest generation of the MBUX multimedia system, numerous driving aids …), and electrified under the hoods (petrol and diesel engines with 48 V light hybridization and plug-in hybrid version), the new Mercedes C-Class will arrive in concession in summer 2021.

Its order book will be open from March 30 and prices should start around € 42,000 . The station wagon version could ask for around € 1,200 extra.

 

Peugeot 308 (2021): here is the third generation of the Lion star!

Peugeot 308 (2021)here is the third generation of the Lion star

The Peugeot 308 is growing and moving upmarket!

We have been waiting for it for months, here is finally the third generation of the Peugeot 308 ! The rival of the Renault Megane and Volkswagen Golf is getting a facelift in 2021, and is taking the opportunity to move upmarket again .

As you will remember, in 2013 the 308 II launched the revival of the lion brand, alongside the 208. More consensual design, widely revised interior, the 308 was an immediate success , notably winning the coveted title of Car de the Year in 2014.

Sober look and increasing proportions

For this 308 III, Peugeot has therefore chosen evolution rather than revolution , it is logical. We instantly recognize the lines of the sedan, which are now modeled on the new Peugeot look and in particular the restyled 3008 . Refined headlights, “fangs” on either side of the grille, a long, very horizontal hood, the sedan is very much like the brand’s star SUV. Behind, we find the large black transverse bar already seen on the 208, and the three claw fires.

The proportions evolve , and participate in this more statutory look: the 308 gains 12 cm in length (4.37 m), including 55 mm in the wheelbase, which augurs well for a beautiful interior space at the rear. It also gains 5 cm in width, and loses 2 cm in height. The silhouette becomes more slender . The platform remains the EMP2 , but the latter has been extensively reworked.

Last change very visible on the outside: the new lion crest appears for the first time on a production car. It sits in the middle of the grille with a large format, and is even repeated on the fenders , like a Ferrari!

A second central screen!

But it is probably inside that the changes to this Peugeot 308 are most visible. The desire to move upmarket is obvious . We find the now usual layout of modern Peugeot, with the famous i-Cockpit and its counters which can be read over the small steering wheel. The instrument cluster is fully digital as standard from the Active Pack finish, and with 3D effect on the GT.

The central screen is positioned lower to be more easily reached by the driver. It measures 10 inches in series. But the great novelty of the 308 is located just below: a second small central screen contains what Peugeot calls the ” i-toggles “: configurable shortcuts that allow you to quickly adjust certain functions of the main screen. A system reminiscent of the dual screens found in some German, with the Audi Q8 for example. Unpublished by a general practitioner for the general public!

Up-to-date equipment

The i-toggles will not be standard, but will be available from the Allure finish. And good news for all-tactile allergies: Peugeot retains the piano keys . Simplified and located under the i-toggles, they still control some important functions, such as air conditioning or warnings for example.

The new Peugeot 308 is obviously full of high-tech , with many driving aids. Adaptive cruise control from a standstill is obviously part of the game, but there is also a semi-autonomous driving , with lane change and “speed optimization according to the curve of the turn”, all up to 180 km / h. 308 owners will also have access to a 360 ° parking camera , a heated windshield, automatic emergency braking, full LED matrix headlights … What to have fun by digging through the list of options !

Peugeot 308: the engines

From its launch, the Peugeot 308 will be available in 4 engines . First, there are plug-in hybrids: a Hybrid 180 (150 hp gasoline + 110 hp electric), and a Hybrid 225 (180 hp gasoline + 110 hp electric). Both are capable of 60 and 59 km of 100% electric range (WLTP cycle) respectively.

There are then two gasoline , three cylinders 1.2 L of 110 and 130 hp, the latter being able to benefit from the EAT8 automatic gearbox. Only one diesel is available (in automatic gearbox and 6-speed manual gearbox), a 1.5 L four-cylinder producing 130 hp. And the electric? Peugeot specifies that the platform allows the creation of a 100% electric motor at this level, without specifying whether it is planned to market any. To be continued …

What prices for the Peugeot 308 (2021)?

Another interesting rumor: the potential arrival of a PSE sports hybrid version , which could exceed 300 hp. It will move!

On the price side, the move upmarket should not have too much impact on prices. Where the current generation starts at 24,650 €, we expect this 308 III around 26,000 € . The new Peugeot 308 will be available in the second half of 2021, and will be produced in France at the Mulhouse plant. A SW station wagon version is expected later.

 

BMW M2 CS (2021): a G-Power preparation gives it 660 horsepower

BMW M2 CS (2021) a G-Power preparation gives it 660 horsepower

The German preparer G-Power unveils four kits to optimize the performance of the BMW M2 CS, with a power of up to 660 horsepower.

As BMW continues to develop the next generation of the sporty little M2 , which has already been surprised during road tests, G-Power presents four power kits for the current BMW M2 CS .

The first ” GP-500 ” kit offers software optimization accompanied by a crankshaft protection flange, offering the six-cylinder 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine a power of 500 horsepower and 650 Nm of torque , a gain of 50 horsepower and 100 Nm compared to the stock engine.

BMW M2 CS (2021): more powerful than a Ferrari 458 Speciale

The ” GP-540 ” kit brings a stainless steel exhaust line as well as a new engine mapping, this time bringing the power to 540 horsepower and 680 Nm of torque , while the ” GP-570 ” kit adds to it. a downpipe to gain 30 horsepower and 40 Nm additional, or 570 horsepower and 720 Nm of torque in total.

The ultimate stage ” GP-660 ” brings new injectors as well as more efficient turbos, allowing to draw no less than 660 horsepower and 800 Nm of torque , which makes the BMW M2 CS more powerful than a Ferrari 458 Speciale, this one already displaying an honorable power of 605 horsepower for 540 Nm of torque.

The price charged by G-Power to achieve such a level of performance is € 18,226 incl.VAT in Germany, and you can also opt for a few additional options like 20 inch forged rims, carbon fiber body kit, engine cover orange carbon fiber or several specific sport steering wheels.

 

Audi e-Tron GT (2021): all prices, range, equipment

Audi e-Tron GT (2021) all prices, range, equipment

Discover all the prices, range and equipment of Audi’s new 100% electric sports sedan: the e-Tron GT, the announced rival of the Tesla Model S.

Unveiled on February 9, the Audi e-Tron GT , a 100% electric sports sedan, 4.99 m long (1.96 m wide, 1.41 m high and 2.90 m wheelbase) Dedicated to compete with the Tesla Model S , is already available to order on the French market.

Two models: e-Tron GT or RS e-Tron GT

Two models are offered : the e-tron GT , powered by two electric motors (one on each axle) for a total power of 476 hp and 630 Nm of torque (up to 530 hp for a maximum of 2.5 seconds thanks to in Boost mode), and the RS e-Tron GT , with 598 hp and 830 Nm (up to 646 hp in Boost mode).

In both cases, Audi installs an 86 kWh lithium-ion battery between the axles for a range of 488 km for the e-Tron GT and 472 km for its RS version (WLTP cycle). Its 800 volt technology allows fast direct current charging with a power of up to 270 kW. Charging from 5 to 80% takes less than 23 minutes.

Two finishes

Range side, for both models, two finishes are available : the basic version and the “Extended” version for the e-Tron GT, and the basic version as well as the “S Extended” level for the RS e-tron GT.

Entry-level, the e-Tron GT has 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, 3-zone automatic air conditioning, a panoramic glass roof and heated front seats as standard. . To this the “Extended” level adds 20-inch rims, LED Laser projectors, ventilated pro sports seats, a reversing camera, an induction charger for smartphones, a Bang & Olufsen audio system and an adaptive air suspension.

The RS e-Tron GT is sportier on the outside and inside thanks to its black aesthetic pack (bumpers, singleframe grille, side sills …) and its 20-inch rims. It also has a multifunction sports leather steering wheel, Audi pre sense front with pedestrian detection and a lane departure warning system. The “S Extended” finish adds four steering wheels, perforated leather with the choice of red or gray quilted stitching, red brake calipers and parking aid.

Produced at the Audi factory in Böllinger Höfe, at the Neckarsulm site in Germany, the e-tron GT quattro is available from € 101,500 and the Audi RS e-tron GT from € 140,700.

All prices of the new Audi e-Tron GT

Discover the prices of the Audi e-Tron GT and its radical RS version below.

  • e-tron GT: 101,500 €
  • e-tron GT Extended: 122,000 €
  • RS e-Tron GT: 140,700 €
  • RS e-Tron GT S Extended: 156.200 €

 

Toyota Mirai (2021): the price of the new hydrogen sedan from 67,900 euros

Toyota Mirai (2021) the price of the new hydrogen sedan from 67,900 euros

Toyota has just opened the order book for its new generation of hydrogen sedan, Mirai.

This Wednesday, February 10, 2021 marks the start of the marketing in France of the new and second generation of Toyota Mirai . The Japanese fuel cell hydrogen sedan is priced at 67,900 euros in the Lounge finish and at 74,900 euros in the top-of-the-range Executive finish. A price still (very) high even if the automotive giant announces a price 15% lower than the first generation launched in 2014.

Bonus of 3,000 euros, arrival in spring

Remember that the Toyota Mirai is eligible for an ecological bonus of 3,000 euros. Toyota explains that the model can already be ordered “in dealerships located near a hydrogen charging station”. The first vehicles will be delivered next spring.

The new Mirai is longer and lower than its predecessor at 4.98 meters long and 1.47 meters high. The wheelbase has been lengthened by 14 cm to reach 2.92 meters. The novelty can accommodate five people on board against four previously.

Technically, the Mirai (174 hp) is now a rear-wheel drive with 50/50 weight distribution between the front and the rear.

Range: 650 kilometers

This new Toyota Mirai (2021) claims a hydrogen storage capacity up 20%, energy recovery increased by 43% and hydrogen consumption down by 10%. The manufacturer announces to have gained 30% of autonomy, or 650 kilometers (WLTP combined cycle) on a full … The latter being carried out in 5 minutes. Remember that currently, the number of infrastructures remains low ( 92 stations open in the territory ).

 

Ford Mondeo (2022): an electrified crossover for the next generation

Ford Mondeo (2022) an electrified crossover for the next generation

For its next generation, the Ford Mondeo should abandon its classic sedan silhouette, to transform into an electrified crossover.

Originally launched in 1993, the Ford Mondeo is one of the models that contributed to Ford’s success. Nearly thirty years and four generations later, it is now time for the Mondeo to modernize itself, and to offer a more contemporary silhouette to customers eager for SUVs and raised crossovers, in a context where sales of traditional sedans and minivans are at their lowest.

Ford Mondeo (2022): a more muscular crossover silhouette

According to the British magazine, the future Ford Mondeo should adopt the name “Mondeo Evos”, in reference to the Ford Evos concept car of 2011, a coupe with sharp lines. It should be based on Ford’s C2 platform , which also equips the Focus and Kuga, and should offer thermal and plug-in hybrid engines.

These images already offer us a nice overview of the lines of this future Mondeo, with a higher trim, a more imposing grille, as well as a two-stage LED light signature. The stern is marked by the presence of an imposing tailgate, making it possible to offer a more slender silhouette while preserving a generous trunk volume . And even if its interior is not known, unsurprisingly, technology and modernity should be at the rendezvous.