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  • 2019 Mazda CX-5 estimated pricing revealed – from RM135k; top-spec 2.5 Turbo GLS AWD from RM177k

    It has been a few days since full specifications of the new 2019 Mazda CX-5 were revealed, and we now have estimated pricing for the updated SUV. Buyers will get to choose from five variants – 2.0 GL 2WD, 2.0 GLS 2WD, 2.5 GLS 2WD, 2.5 Turbo GLS AWD and 2.2D GLS 2WD – all of which are detailed here.

    Before proceeding further, it’s important to list out the available exterior body finishes, as they do have an impact on pricing. There will be eight offerings here – Arctic White, Jet Black, Meteor Grey, Sonic Silver, Deep Crystal Blue, Soul Red Crystal, Machine Grey and Snowflake White Pearl – with the last three deemed as premium metallic colours.

    The line-up starts with the 2.0 GL 2WD, which is expected to retail at RM134,721 if the Arctic White solid body colour is chosen, or RM138,500.20 for the other colours, with the exception of the premium options, which costs an additional RM3,000 (applicable for all variants). Included in the pricing is a five-year/100,000 km factory warranty and free maintenance package.

    Next up, the 2.0 GLS 2WD goes for RM154,753.20, while the 2.5 GLS 2WD is priced at RM166,470.40. Meanwhile, the sole diesel option, which is the 2.2D 2WD GLS, is set at RM170,294.80. The range-topper in the new CX-5 line-up is the 2.5 Turbo GLS AWD, which has an estimated price tag of RM176,899.40.

    A range of optional accessories is also offered here, including Skytint safety tint film for RM1,900, illuminated sill plates for RM310, navigation function for RM1,270, and leather seats (applicable for the base variant only) for RM2,900.

    The closest competitor to the CX-5 is undoubtedly the Honda CR-V, which comes in four variants (the limited-edition Mugen version notwithstanding), priced from RM138,308 to RM163,191. There’s also the venerable Proton X70 that starts from RM99,800 and peaks at RM123,800. If you were in the market for a C-segment SUV, which of the three would you pick? Or is there something else on your mind?

    GALLERY: 2019 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo GLS AWD

  • Honda Road to 900k campaign – second winner announced, grand finale on Sept 28-29 at Bukit Jalil

    Honda Malaysia (HM) has announced the second winner in its Road to 900,000th Unit Milestone Campaign, which will see lucky Malaysians win nine Honda models. Lim Hong Ngee from Setapak, KL, has won a new Honda HR-V and will drive away in his new SUV at the grand finale event later this month.

    Lim walked into dealership Sri Utama Auto just to try his luck. “I am very excited that I will be the owner of a new HR-V, which is my second Honda SUV. I particularly like the sporty exterior design and spacious interior as well as the convenience that it provides for family travel. Overall, I am very happy and looking forward to driving my new Honda car,” he said.

    With two new cars already finding lucky winners (the first one was a Civic), there are still seven more Hondas to be given away, including three via contests organised by Astro Radio, Tealive and Unifi.

    HM has also announced that the grand finale event of the Road to 900,000th Unit Milestone Campaign will be held on the September 28-29 weekend at the open car park of Bukit Jalil National Stadium. Entry is free and all are welcome. There will be food, games, family activities and a public preview of the 2019 Honda Civic facelift, which is now open for booking.

    “We are arranging a grand finale to celebrate the significant achievement with Malaysians as well as present the nine Honda cars to the lucky winners. On behalf of Honda Malaysia, I would like to invite all Malaysians to celebrate this meaningful occasion with us and join the activities at the grand finale, which are specially arranged for Malaysians, from kids to adults. At the event as well, we will be previewing the new Civic to the public,” said Toichi Ishiyama, HM’s MD and CEO.

    How to win? We hear you. No purchase is needed, although buying a Honda won’t harm your chances, of course! Check out the ways to participate in the video below. Good luck and see you there at the grand finale.


  • PACE returns to Setia City Convention Centre – get the best deals on premium cars this Nov!

    We at are glad to announce the return of our very own Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE), co-sponsored with Michelin. PACE is the ultimate sales-driven car expo focusing on premium vehicles from brands such as Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Volkswagen and Volvo.

    The event will be held at the Setia City Convention Centre from November 2-3, 2019, and will run from 9am till 7pm on both days. You can look forward to test driving and purchasing your dream car – whether new or pre-owned – at PACE, and you’ll also get to mingle with us, the writers, to share thoughts.

    At PACE, you will be able to drive away with your preferred premium automobile with additional goodies from us, starting with a RM2,180 voucher for the first 150 new car bookings made, and we are also giving a RM500 voucher for the first 50 pre-owned car bookings made.

    On top of that, there’s also a RM500 3M tinting voucher, RM680 voucher for a premium Babel Fit gym membership, RM500 Reebonz shopping voucher and a RM500 Kuziq Glanz car detailing voucher awaiting you*

    If that isn’t enough, ten customers with confirmed purchases, i.e. approved loan, will stand to chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 worth RM3,699 as part of our lucky draw, and we have 10 units of the smartphone up for grabs. To top it all off, a lucky draw will win one lucky customer (also confirmed, with approved loan) the grand prize, which is a free holiday for two worth RM25,000!

    Our co-sponsor Michelin is one of the global leaders in tyre development, passionately innovating to make mobility safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. It offers a wide variety of quality tyres, ranging from the eco-friendly Energy XM2+ and highly efficient Primacy 4, to the ultra high performance family of Pilot Sport 4, Pilot Sport 4 SUV and Pilot Sport 4 S.

    During the inaugural PACE last year, 214 cars worth over RM50 million were sold over two days, with 180 units being brand new cars and 34 were from the pre-owned selection. One lucky car buyer was also named the lucky draw grand prize winner, taking home a free holiday worth RM25,000.

    Click here for more details on PACE 2019. We will announce car promotions from participating brands later on, but for now, block your calendar for PACE this year, and we can’t wait to see you there!

    *These promotions are valid for all bookings made at PACE on November 2 and 3, 2019, and are limited to the first 150 bookings.

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  • Mercedes-Benz EQS, W223-generation S-Class to get Level 3 self-driving, distinct design languages: report

    The forthcoming flagships from Mercedes-Benz, the W223-generation S-Class and the fully electric EQS will certainly pack plenty of new technology, and now the German manufacturer’s range-toppers have been reported to bring a new level of driver assistance when they make their debuts.

    Level 3 autonomous operation, where regulations allow its use, is defined as ‘eyes-off’ technology which enables the driver to safely turn their attention away from driving tasks and only require the driver to intervene when asked to by the computer.

    “Details will take us a couple more months. Still, we are targeting (it), but we have to go through homologation. Some others tried it and found issues, but that’s the development target for the new S-Class, Level 3, so let’s see next year,” said Mercedes-Benz group research and development board member Markus Schäfer to Car Advice.

    As the forthcoming EQS will be a purely electric model, would it be right to say that the next S-Class is going to steer clear of the full-electric driveline direction? “That’s a fair assumption,” Schäfer said. The EQS will essentially serve as the flagbearer for the marque’s EQ sub-brand of electric vehicles, whereas the S-Class will continue to top the conventionally-powered, partially electric line-up for its more traditional customers.

    The Sonderklasse needs to be “at the vanguard of the automotive industry, thus it is the symbolic representation of our purpose, our meaning, our raison d’etre. It’s the reason we get up in the morning,” said Daimler chairman Ola Källenius.

    “It is going to have its own design language. The one-bow design is not just a vision, it’s what you’ll see in the final product,” said Schäfer of the EQS, adding that this is a design language with proportions that can only be used on a platform like this where structures such as the firewall are located differently compared to a normal car’s. More will come from this platform, which can be scaled for more derivatives, Schäfer added.

    The Concept EQS previews the marque’s design direction for the rest of its all-electric range, while the S-Class will continue to wear a shape that will be more in line with its traditional customer base. Sources suggest that the W223-generation S-Class will be unveiled next year, while the EQS could only arrive a year after that.

    GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show

    GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS press images

  • 2019 Toyota Corolla officially goes on sale in Japan – three body styles; 1.8 NA, 1.2 turbo, 1.8 hybrid

    The 12th-generation Toyota Corolla has been launched in Japan, and just like in Europe, three body styles will be offered there – Corolla (sedan), Corolla Touring (wagon; previously known as the Corolla Axio and Corolla Fielder) and the Corolla Sport (hatchback).

    In its domestic home market, both the Corolla and Corolla Touring share the same front end as the Levin sold in China (we get the European look), while the Corolla Sport looks identical to hatchback versions of the C-segment model found in Europe and the United States.

    Interestingly, the Corolla models sold in Japan feature a stylised “C” badge at its nose instead of a regular Toyota one, although you’ll still find the mark of the carmaker at the rear as well as on the wheel caps.

    That’s not all, as the Japanese versions of the Corolla sedan and wagon have different dimensions from their international counterparts. In the case of the Corolla, it measures 4,495 mm long (-135 mm compared to overseas models), 1,745 mm (-35 mm), 1,435 mm tall (no change) and with a 2,640 mm wheelbase (-60 mm).

    As for the Corolla Touring, it shares almost the same dimensions as its sedan sibling, although it is slightly taller at 1,460 mm. Compared to overseas models, the JDM wagon is 155 mm shorter in overall length, 45 mm narrower and has a wheelbase that is 60 mm shorter. There are no JDM-specific dimensions for the hatchback.

    In terms of engine options, the range starts of with a 2ZR-FAE 1.8 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol unit (140 PS and 170 Nm), which is mated to a Super CVT-i with seven virtual speeds driving the front wheels. This powertrain is available only for the Corolla and Corolla Touring.

    Next up, there’s the 8NR-FTS 1.2 litre turbocharged four-pot (116 PS and 185 Nm), which can be paired with either a Super CVT-i with ten virtual speeds or a six-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT).

    All models can get this engine with front-wheel drive and a manual transmission, but only the Corolla Sport is available with the CVT in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations.

    Lastly, Toyota offers a hybrid powertrain based on the Atkison-cycle 2ZR-FXE 1.8 litre four-cylinder engine (98 PS and 142 Nm), with a 53 PS/163 Nm electric motor and 6.5 Ah nickel-metal hydride battery. An e-CVT is the sole transmission here, with front-wheel drive available for all body styles, while all-wheel drive (E-Four) is limited to the Corolla and Corolla Touring.

    Pricing for the Corolla in Japan starts from 1.936 million yen (RM74,844), and rises all the way to 2,997,500 yen (RM115,864).

  • G20 BMW 3 Series CKD – 330i, same specs, RM289k

    Six months after the local debut of the G20 BMW 3 Series, BMW Group Malaysia has announced the introduction of the CKD locally-assembled version. The seventh-generation sports sedan continues to be offered in sole 330i M Sport form, with the same amount of equipment as the fully-imported (CBU) unit.

    The identical kit list does mean that the price has come down a fair bit, with the car now retailing at RM288,800 on-the-road without insurance – a full RM40,000 less than before. A five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, a five-year free maintenance package and a two-year tyre warranty is included.

    On the outside, the M Sport appearance package, the mid-range adaptive LED headlights and LED fog lights remain standard fare, as do the 18-inch Style 790 M double-spoke Orbit Grey alloy wheels, shod with run-flat tyres. Inside, you’ll find the range-topping BMW Live Cockpit Professional infotainment system, featuring a 10.25-inch centre screen and a 12.3-inch fully-digital instrument display with a reverse-direction rev counter.

    Linked to the new BMW Operating System 7.0, the system can be operated via the iDrive rotary controller, the centre touchscreen or the Intelligent Personal Assistant voice control. The cabin is dressed in either Black or Cognac Vernasca leather, Tetragon Aluminium trim and black headlining.

    Standard equipment includes keyless entry, push-button start, handsfree bootlid opening, triple-zone climate control, cruise control, power-adjustable sports seats with driver’s side memory, 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats, Qi wireless smartphone charging and a 10-speaker, 205-watt HiFi Loudspeaker sound system. There’s also the BMW Digital Key function for selected Samsung smartphones.

    As far as driver assists are concerned, the 330i continues to be offered with the Parking Assistant, including a a reverse camera and the new Reversing Assist system that will help you reverse out of a tight spot by recalling the way you came in. Unfortunately, there are still no other assists of any kind, not even autonomous emergency braking, so those of you who were holding out for this vital safety feature will be disappointed.

    Under the bonnet sits the latest version of BMW’s B48 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine, making 258 hp at 5,000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 1,550 to 4,400 rpm. Paired with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, it goes from zero to 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds and delivers a fuel consumption figure of 5.8 to 6.1 litres per 100 km. Passive M Sport suspension is still fitted here, with the newfangled lift-related dampers.

    With the introduction of the CKD model comes a change in which the BMW ConnectedDrive Services are offered. The individual functions, which include BMW Online, Remote Services, Concierge Services, Apple CarPlay and the car’s Intelligent Personal Assistant and Digital Key features, now come with a three-month trial period, instead of the complimentary one-/three-year free subscriptions offered on the CBU model.

    One-year subscriptions are priced at RM299 for the Connected Package, which bundles in BMW Online, Remote Services and a Connected+ feature, while Concierge Services are priced at RM399. Apple CarPlay is RM513 a year and the Digital Key is RM370 a year. There’s no pricing for the Intelligent Personal Assistant on the ConnectedDrive store as yet.

    Available colours for the CKD version are Alpine White, Black Sapphire and Mineral Grey. The Portimao Blue you see on this CBU unit will be available in January, while Sunset Orange will be offered from March.

    GALLERY: CBU G20 BMW 330i

  • SPYSHOTS: 2019 Perodua Axia Style gets spotted

    Perodua recently began order taking for the new 2019 Axia, which will include a new Style variant that gets crossover-inspired styling in the same light as the Volkswagen CrossPolo, Hyundai i20 Active and Honda WR-V.

    While the national carmaker has yet to provide official photos, we now have a very good idea of just what the variant will look like, thanks to these photos from The Ajerul.

    Based on what we can see, the Style will feature black plastic cladding all around the lower edges of its body, including on the wheel arches to give it a crossover-esque look. This look is further emphasised by the front and rear “skid plates,” a 15 mm taller ride height as well as black rails on the vehicle’s roof.

    The variant also comes with 15-inch five-spoke wheels, and while there are no interior shots here, we do know the variant will get unique “denim” fabric for the seats.

    Beyond these cues, we also spot styling revisions that will be applied to the rest of the Axia range, with the front receiving the most changes. The new grille is reminiscent of that found on the second-generation Myvi facelift, with a black bar running across its entire width – the Style gets a unique dotted insert.

    The projector headlamps appear to be carried over from before, albeit smoked (as seen here), although it isn’t known if these are specific to the Style. Some of the cues mentioned were also seen in a video ad promoting the Big Stage 2019 concert on Astro Gempak over the weekend.

    At launch, the Axia line-up will include the E, G, GXtra (new), Style (new) SE and Advance, all powered by a 1KR-VE VVT-i engine with 67 hp and 91 Nm of torque. Only the base E variant gets a five-speed manual transmission, while the rest are fitted with a four-speed automatic instead.

    By far the biggest update here is the addition of the Advanced Safety Assist 2.0 suite of system on the range-topping Advance, along with Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) from the GXtra onwards. The model’s airbag count remains at two as before.

    Estimated pricing for he new Axia is from RM24,090 to RM43,190, with the Style being around RM38,890. We’ll have complete details of the new Axia when it is officially launched but for now, what do you think of the Axia Style’s look?

  • Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ – 30 units, RM16 mil

    It’s been a few weeks since Bugatti took a modified Chiron to a record top speed of 490.484 km/h (304.773 mph), becoming the first carmaker to break through the mythical 482.803 km/h (300 mph) barrier. Well, it’s now time to party at the Atelier in Molsheim, and this is the gift to celebrate the record.

    Called the Chiron Super Sport 300+, the special edition model was recently presented to a select group of customers in conjunction with the company’s 110th anniversary celebrations. It won’t come cheap, as the starting price is from 3.5 million euros (just over RM16 million), and there’s just 30 units up for grabs, with first deliveries slated from mid-2021.

    “After the incredible speed record of more than 300 miles per hour, which we were the first series manufacturer to achieve, we’re now offering our customers the Super Sport 300+ – a very special edition model and the fastest Bugatti ever,” said Stephan Winkelmann, president of Bugatti.

    “But the Chiron Super Sport 300+ is more than just the fastest series production sports car in the world. It is a testimony to Bugatti’s technical refinement, masterly workmanship and enormous attention to detail,” he added.

    The car itself looks almost identical to the prototype that performed the top speed run, with a carbon-fibre shell and orange accents. The front end retains the brand’s iconic horseshoe grille, but with more aggressive air intakes and circular vents just above the wheel arches.

    More significant differences from a regular Chiron can be seen at the rear, with a much longer decklid that requires a bespoke engine cover. Besides the longer tail, the new exhaust tailpipe configuration sees the outlets being stacked on top of one another, resulting in a redesign of the rear diffuser that generates a sufficient amount of negative lift by itself.

    Bugatti adds that the wing, which has been brought further forwards, can consequently remain retracted in Top Speed mode. For power, there’s an 8.0 litre quad-turbo W16 engine (nicknamed Thor), which puts out 1,578 hp (1,600 PS), and is paired with a standard seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel-drive system.

    On the inside, black carbon, leather and Alcantara in Beluga Black dominates the interior, with Jet Orange highlights to mirror the exterior. In selected areas, you’ll find “Super Sport 300+” lettering to highlight the model’s exclusivity, including on the door sills with LED lighting.

    GALLERY: Bugatti Chiron top speed run

  • 2019 Perodua Axia teased in video ad ahead of debut

    The official introduction of the 2019 Perodua Axia is around the corner, and ahead of its debut, the updated hatchback has been partially revealed via a video ad, which was aired during the Big Stage 2019 concert on Astro Gempak over the weekend.

    The video teases the car in quick fashion, and we get to see the face of the new SUV-inspired variant called the Axia Style, albeit through a partial glimpse. The model features SUV-style black plastic cladding around the fenders (which can be seen very very briefly in a frame) and lower body, with silver painted sections at the lower front and rear bumpers that mimic skid plates.

    The Style’s front end is dressed with black carbon-textured stickers, and the model also gets a unique dotted grille insert and an exclusive Style colour, in this case orange. Also finding its way on are decorative black roof rails. The Style sits taller than the rest of the range by 15 mm, as a result of 15-inch alloys (an inch up) and thicker tyres, along with the the aforementioned roof rails.

    Inside, the Style features seats upholstered in a unique “denim” fabric, which has a “fish scale” pattern and contrast stitching. The automaker is expecting the Style to do well, anticipating that 20% to 25% of total Axia sales will come from it.

    The Axia has been around since 2014, and received a midlife facelift in early 2017. Versions up to now have had two unique faces, a normal one and a sportier one for the SE and Advance, but all Axia variants now share a common face with the 2019 update, with trim denoting the differences of each.

    The outgoing Axia range had four trim levels (E, G, SE, Advance), but this will now be expanded to six with the addition of GXtra and Style variants. No changes to the running gear – the 1KR-VE 1.0 litre three-pot VVT-i mill continues on with 67 hp and 91 Nm, and it’s available with either a five-speed manual or four-speed auto transmission.

    Safety-wise, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) makes its debut in the Axia, available from the GXtra up, while the automaker’s Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0 safety suite also finds its way on, although only on the range-topping Advance variant.

  • 2019 Honda ADV 150 scooter arrives in Philippines

    Launched at the 2019 GIIAS show in Indonesia, the 2019 Honda ADV 150 adventure scooter is scheduled for its public unveiling in the Philippines this week. This was reported by Top Gear Phillipines via its motorcycle editor Aris Illagan who writes the Moto Sapiens section.

    A photo has appeared on Honda Philippines social media showing the silhouette of the ADV 150 with a teaser tagline that it is being launched soon. Consequently, photos have appeared on various Philippines social media sites showing ADV 150s being unloaded at a dock and inside information obtained by Top Gear Philippines has confirmed this.

    The ADV 150 is powered by a 149.3 cc, single-cylinder SOHC mill, producing 14.5 PS at 8,500 rpm and 13.8 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm with Idling Stop. Taking styling cues from its larger sibling, the Honda X-ADV, the ADV 150 is fed by Honda’s PGM-Fi and power is transmitted via an automatic gearbox and belt drive.

    There are two versions of the ADV 150 in Indonesia, the Combined Braking System (CBS) version and the ABS variant, which are priced at 33.5 million rupiah (RM9,908) and 36.5 million rupiah (RM10,795), respectively. Braking is done with hydraulic discs, the front disc using a two-piston calliper while the rear is stopped with single-piston unit.

    Seat height on the ADV 150 is set at 795 mm while weight is 132 kg for the CBS model and the ABS ADV 150 comes in at 133 kg. Fuel for the ADV is carried in a 8-litre tank and a 28-litre storage space is found under the seat.

    Inside the cockpit is a monochrome LCD meter that closely resembles the units installed on the X-Adv and the CRF1000L Africa Twin. LED lighting is used throughout the ADV 150 and the manually adjustable windshield has a high and low position.

    In Indonesia, the ADV 150 is sold alongside the Honda Vario 150 eSP and PCX 150 scooters, which are priced from 23.6 million rupiah (RM7,002) and 28.9 million rupiah (RM8,574), as well as the SH150i, retailing for 39.9 million rupiah (RM11,838). So, it looks like our ASEAN neighbours Indonesia and Philippines are getting the ADV 150 well before Malaysia, which begs the question, when will it be our turn?


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