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  • Volvo XC90 T5 AWD Momentum in Malaysia – RM374k

    The Volvo XC90 line-up in Malaysia has been expanded to include a lower-spec XC90 T5 AWD Momentum variant. The new addition joins the existing T8 Twin Engine-equipped variants that come in Inscription and Inscription Plus trims.

    Under the bonnet, the new variant sports a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 254 hp at 5,500 rpm and 350 Nm of torque from 1,500-4,800 rpm. An Aisin-sourced AW TG-81SC eight-speed automatic transmission is paired with the mill, and there’s also an all-wheel drive system.

    In terms of performance, the XC90 T5 AWD will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 215 km/h. The claimed combined fuel consumption is rated at 7.9 litres per 100 km, which is more than the 2.5 litres per 100 km of the plug-in hybrid model. Also, the T8-powered cars have a higher output – 407 hp and 640 Nm – due to the hybrid electric powertrain but also an additional supercharger.

    As mentioned at the start, the XC90 T5 AWD comes in Momentum trim, which includes a gloss black grille with chrome frame (Inscription gets a black and matte silver grille instead). Other differences from the Inscription trim include a different rear bumper without the rectangular exhaust outlets and chrome trim around the rear fog lamp and reflector.

    The Momentum also comes without side mouldings at the bottom of the doors, while the wheels are now smaller 19-inch ten spoke turbine alloys with 235/55 profile tyres. You’ll also get LED Illumination headlamps with the brand’s iconic ‘Thor’s Hammer’ daytime running lights, as well as Active High Beam and auto-levelling functions.

    On the inside, the dashboard features Cross Brushed Aluminium inlays rather than Linear Walnut items with the Inscription trim. The T8’s crystal gear knob by Swedish crystal makers Orrefors has been swapped for a regular one, but the diamond-cut engine start/stop button and volume control knob remain as before.

    The equipment list includes a Sensus Connect infotainment system with nine-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10-speaker, 330-watt audio system, 12.3-inch Adaptive Digital Display instrument panel, dual-zone climate control, black leather upholstery, Comfort seats, power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats, second-row air-con vents (B-pillars only) and a reverse camera.

    Safety and driver assistance systems are as per the T8 Twin Engine and include seven airbags, Adaptive Cruise Control, City Safety with Front Collision Warning and Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Aid, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Roll Stability Control and Hill Descent Control. There’s also the Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system.

    As the new entry-level variant in the XC90 range, the T5 AWD Momentum is priced at RM373,888 on-the-road without insurance. That makes it a little more affordable than its T8-powered siblings – RM403,088 for the T8 Inscription and RM413,088 for the T8 Inscription Plus.

  • AD: Naza Automall goes big on rewards this M’sia Day

    A great way to explore our beautiful country is via a holiday road trip, and doing so in an MPV with family and friends is an excellent way to do that. If you’ve been dreaming of rewarding yourself with an MPV for some time, it’s time to make it a reality with big savings from NW Motors.

    From now until the end of September, NW Motors is hosting is ‘Naza Malaysia Day Special Offer Sales’ campaign at the largest showroom in Malaysia, Naza Automall, where you can enjoy exclusive deals on popular MPVs like the Toyota Vellfire, Toyota Alphard, Toyota Estima, Toyota Wish, Nissan Elgrand and many others.

    Even if you’re not looking for an MPV, there’s over 500 vehicles being offered by NW Motors for you to browse and test drive until you find your desired one. Customers who do purchase any vehicle will be rewarded with a stay at a premium Malaysian holiday destination of their choice. Alternatively, you can opt for petrol and shopping vouchers of similar value to the holiday package.

    Last but not least, NW Motors is also hosting a special test drive event this Saturday for customers to experience the vehicles first hand. There will be light refreshments on hand that day as well.

    So, take that leap, purchase your dream vehicle and go on that Malaysian holiday you’ve been longing for. For more information, you can head on over to Naza Automall’s official website, here.

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  • Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic debuts – 306 hp, 400 Nm!

    Mercedes-AMG has finally revealed its much anticipated hot hatch, the brand new Mercedes-AMG A 35 4Matic, ahead of its global debut at the Paris Motor Show next month. It’s positioned as the entry-level model to the AMG family, and slots between the A 250 and upcoming A 45 4Matic in the model line-up.

    Design-wise, it gets the familiar twin-louvre radiator grille that’s finished in silver chrome, AMG Line front apron with flics on the air intakes, as well as a front splitter. Round the side, it sits on 18-inch twin-spoke light alloy wheels shod as standard, but the model here comes with the optional 19-inch AMG wheels. A pair of side sills complete the profile view of this dashing hatch.

    The rear view is dominated by the aggressive rear apron with a new diffuser insert finished in gloss black, complete with dual round exhaust exits. This is similar to what the AMG 43 and AMG 53 get, whereas the top AMG 63 (and the current A 45) feature rectangular exhaust exits. The raised spoiler and A 35 badging complete the look.

    Inside, the cabin is very much the same as that of the standard W177 A-Class, but gets flat-bottomed steering wheel, AMG-specific centre console in piano lacquer finish and sports bucket seats wrapped in black Artico man-made leather. A sportier upholstery with Dinamica microfibre and red contrast stitching can be had, and this includes the red seat belts, red piping and red highlights on the ventilation nozzles as well.

    Also featured here is the dual 10.25-inch widescreen displays (Widescreen Cockpit) with the new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) interface, which replaces the older COMAND system. The A 35 gains three AMG displays that are integrated into the instrument cluster, with the Supersport mode displaying a central, round rev counter and additional information presented in the form of bars to the left and right. Via the AMG menu, the driver can call up various special displays such as Warm-up, Set-up, G-Force and Engine Data.

    AMG Track Pace, which is part of the MBUX ecosystem, is also available as an option. It records more than 80 vehicle-specific data when driving on track, and this includes lap and sector times as well. It even displays your lap times in red or green!

    AMG Track Pace works via GPS and already has the Nürburgring or Spa Francorchamps circuits pre-saved. The displayed map can be switched from 2D to 3D and updated online. It even has a virtual instructor (via the MBUX Augmented Reality function) to help you improve lap times!

    The biggest news here of course, is the performance. Under the bonnet lurks a new M260 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger, producing 306 hp at 5,800- to 6,100 rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 3,000- to 4,000 rpm. In M264 form, the mild hybrid engine (EQ Boost, not available with the A 35) produces 299 hp and 400 Nm of torque in the E 350 Coupe and Cabriolet.

    Power goes out to all four wheels (AMG Performance 4Matic fully variable all-wheel drive) through a seven-speed AMG Speedshift dual-clutch transmission, and it sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. In comparison, the outgoing W176 A 45 gets there in 4.2 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h, and the combined fuel consumption is rated at 7.3 litres per 100 km (NEDC cycle).

    As for the transmission, the gear ratios have been configured for “very spontaneous acceleration” in all speed ranges, and it provides fast shifting without much power loss when shifting up. Standard for the A 35 is the Race-Start function, granting maximum acceleration from standstill. For enthusiasts, the steering-mounted paddle shifters is all you get – no manual gearbox here, folks.

    There’s five AMG Dynamic Select drive modes to choose from, which are Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual and Slippery. The last is simply a program that’s optimised for slippery surfaces, with reduced power and a flat torque curve. Sport+ mode features double-declutching during downshifts, as well as clever exhaust overruns that’s achieved via precise retardation of ignition and injection.

    Other features include a four-piston Monoblock fixed callipers and 350 millimetre brake discs up front, whereas the rear axle gets a single-piston sliding callipers and 330 millimetre discs. Those dimensions are the same as the outgoing A 45, by the way.

    All discs are internally ventilated and perforated to provide better heat dissipation and prevent brake fading, even with extreme use. As usual, the silver-painted brake callipers have black AMG lettering. The Adaptive Damping System however, is a cost option.

    So there you have it, the most affordable AMG model money can buy. What do you think of it? Are you digging the Sun Yellow colour scheme as much as we do? Let us know in the comments, below.

  • BMW Vision iNEXT previews all-electric SUV for 2021

    It’s no secret that BMW has long planned its transition to full electric power, having introduced its future forward range of BMW i vehicles in 2013. Now, it has unveiled the Vision iNEXT concept that shows whats, um, next for the premium carmaker from Munich.

    The Vision iNEXT takes the design language introduced on last year’s i Vision Dynamics sedan concept and repurposes it on a high-riding SUV. Front and centre of this look is the controversial (and ginormous) conjoined double kidney grille, the shape of which is repeated in the side window graphic. In place of a traditional air inlet, this grille now sports a 3D-printed panel hiding the car’s various sensors.

    Flanking the grille are slim headlights that retain the trademark BMW “four-eyed” graphic, while the windscreen sweeps into the panoramic glass roof to make the interior clearly visible on the outside. The aero wheels measure a massive 24 inches and are emphasised by the muscular flared wheel arches. As with many other SUVs, the Vision iNEXT features a blacked-out D-pillars for a trendy floating roof look.

    The whole look is tied together with broad and slender L-shaped tail lights, the rose gold-like Liquid Greyrose Copper paint, typical SUV black cladding and blue accent lights around the grille, side sills and even the rear diffuser. Like the recently-unveiled Audi e-tron, the Vision iNEXT features cameras instead of exterior mirrors, and there are also touch-operated door openers for an even more sci-fi experience.

    Step through the wide opening afforded by the suicide doors and lack of B-pillar and you’ll find an airy, minimalist cabin that BMW says is inspired by the world of furniture. There’s a flat horizontal dashboard, an oblong-shaped steering wheel and a centre console that resembles a modern coffee table, with wooden panelling sitting atop a crystal glass shell and a bronze-coloured base.

    The interior is draped in Purus Rosé, brown and beige colours with bronze highlights, while the rear area is upholstered in ironically petrol-coloured Enlighted Cloudburst Jacquard handwoven cloth. This fabric fades to white as it wraps around the side panels.

    As the Vision iNEXT is designed with both manual and autonomous driving in mind, the cabin features two modes – “Boost” and “Ease”. The former is a straightforward driving position, but in the latter, the steering wheel is retracted and the user interface switches to an exploration mode that provides suggestions of places and events that could be of interest. The front headrests can also be folded back to facilitate more effective communication between those at the front and rear of the car.

    Aside from the displays in the centre and in front of the driver, there are no other controls on the inside, as intelligent projection technology allows virtually any surface to become a control display. The idea is for the car’s technology to become visible only when needed – a philosophy that BMW terms “Shy Tech”.

    This umbrella term includes three key features: the new voice-activated Intelligent Personal Assistant, intelligent materials that incorporate touch controls in the centre console and rear cabin, and the Intelligent Beam that works both as a reading light and an interactive projector. This last function would allow printed materials to be supplemented by images, moving content and graphics, for example.

    The production version of the Vision iNEXT, tentatively dubbed the BMW iNEXT, will go into production in 2021. No technical details have been revealed just yet, but expect the car to feature power and range beyond the 268 hp and 400 km quoted for the forthcoming iX3, as BMW takes aim at the new e-tron and other vehicles in the burgeoning all-electric premium SUV segment.

  • SPIED: Bentley Continental GT plug-in hybrid spotted!

    It looks like another plug-in hybrid Bentley is on its way, and next in line to be electrified are the Flying Spur and Continental GT. This follows the Crewe-based automaker’s venture into the world of electrified motoring, a precedent set by the Bentayga Hybrid, its first ever PHEV.

    Like the plug-in Bentayga and Flying Spur, the charging port is located on the rear left side of the vehicle, but here it’s positioned just above the muscular haunch. This looks a tad neater than the aforementioned duo, where the port is located on the fender. Visually, the Continental GT’s approach is cleaner, and it sits more flush against the body.

    There’s no way of telling what’s lurking under the bonnet of this test mule, but the rumour mill suggests that it could be a 3.0 litre plug-in hybrid petrol V6 shared with the Bentayga Hybrid. Again, no performance figures have been revealed yet, but the same system in the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid produces a total system output of 456 hp and 700 Nm of torque. Expect the Continental GT hybrid to at least match those figures.

    Also to note, the Continental GT rides on VW Group’s MSB platform (shared with the Panamera), potentially giving it access to the top-of-the-line plug-in hybrid system used in the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. There, an electrified 4.0 litre twin-turbo petrol V8 produces a total system output of 680 hp and 850 Nm, which is likely a more suitable powertrain for the Conti GT hybrid.

    At launch, the Continental GT is propelled by a huge 6.0 litre twin-turbo W12 engine that outputs 626 hp and a staggering 900 Nm of torque. It sprints from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 333 km/h. Drive is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

    There’s no word yet on a possible launch date, but expect it to be officially unveiled soon, if not by the end of 2019. A soft-top Continental GTC is also expected to make its debut soon, and it will likely get a plug-in variant as well.

    GALLERY: Bentley Continental GT First Edition in Malaysia

  • Motorcyclist almost loses head to wire trap in bike lane

    A motorcyclist almost lost his head, and his life, after riding into a fishing line strung across the motorcycle lane on the Gombak exit of the DUKE highway. Facebook user Mohamad Afiq Izwan Ismail said the incident occurred at the motorcycle lane exit before the turn-off into Taman Rowther and Taman Koperasi Polis 1, Gombak, said a report in The Star.

    In his Facebook post, university student Mohamad Afiq wrote that he suffered a cut on his neck and his helmet was damaged. “This is not a myth, as it happened to me. There’s some heartless human being who placed this trap near the corner … this is a fishing line, which is rough,” he said.

    Mohamad Afiq added many riders were afraid to use the motorcycle lane at night, for fear of encountering such booby traps and becoming the victim of muggers or worse, losing their life. Speaking to The Star, Mohamad Afiq said he did not expect his post to go viral, saying his intention is to warn other riders in the area to be careful.

  • World Car of the Year 2019 – full list of contenders out!

    The annual World Car Awards is back for the 15th consecutive instalment, and the list of contenders for the World Car of the Year 2019 has been revealed. A panel of 85 international jurors will be driving, evaluating and voting for/against every single model, and the World Car Awards Finals will be staged at the New York Auto Show in April 2019.

    As usual, there will be one overall winner, as well as other winners in the Luxury, Performance, Green and Urban car categories, including a world car design of the year award. Without further ado, allow us to introduce to you the contenders.

    The World Luxury Car of the Year category is comprised of the Audi A7, Audi Q8, BMW 8 Series, Mercedes-Benz GLE and Volkswagen Touareg. The World Performance Car of the Year however, consists of the Aston Martin Vantage, BMW M2 Competition, Hyundai Veloster N, Kia Ceed GT and McLaren 720S.

    In the World Green Car category, there’s the Audi e-tron, BMW i8 Roadster, Honda Clarity PHEV, Honda Insight, Hyundai Nexo, Jaguar I-Pace, Kia Niro EV, Lexus ES hybrid, Lexus UX hybrid, Toyota Avalon hybrid and Toyota RAV4 hybrid.

    Under the World Urban car category are the Audi A1, BMW X2, Kia Soul, Seat Arona and Suzuki Jimny. The rest of the contenders are those named in the table below. Which car do you think will win the coveted World Car of the Year 2019 award, and why? Let us know, below.

  • 2018 Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon in Malaysia – RM123k

    Termed by its maker as a “muscle motorcycle”, the 2018 Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon is now in Malaysia and priced at RM123,000. The basis of the Audace Carbon is the same as the base model Audace, save for some carbon-fibre fittings that differentiate it.

    The entirety of the Audace carbon is murdered out in matte black, set off by the contrasting red paint on the cylinder head covers, front Brembo brake callipers, stitching on the seat and lettering on the wheel rims. Aside from that, the side panels on the fuel tank and the front mudguard are made from carbon-fibre.

    Motive power comes from the 90-degree transverse V-twin, with 1,380 cc producing 96 hp at 6,500 rpm and 121 Nm of torque. The mill is Euro 4 compliant and power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox.

    Power is controlled from the ride-by-wire throttle giving the Audace Carbon ride modes and traction control, along with cruise control in terms of riding aids. The three ride modes on the Audace Carbon are Veloce, Turismo and Pioggia, translating to Sport, Touring and Rain.

    Weighing in at an all-up weight of 299 kg, the Audace Carbon carries fuel in a 20.5-litre tank and seat height is 740 mm, with a 720 mm low seat being an extra cost option. Rolling on an 18-inch wheel in front and a 16-inch hoop at the back, the Audace Carbon uses telescopic forks and twin pre-load and compression adjustable shock absorbers with remote reservoirs for suspension duties.

    Braking is done on the Audace Carbon by twin 320 mm discs and single 282 mm disc, front and rear, respectively, grabbed by Brembo callipers. Orders are being taken for the 2018 Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon at the Moto Guzzi showroom located at The Gasket Alley in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

  • Mercedes-AMG GT 43 4-door Coupe – entry-level GT

    The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe has gone on sale in home market of Europe, and is now also available in GT 43 4Matic+ guise, where it is powered by a version of the turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine in the GT 53 4Matic+. In this form, the GT 43 produces 367 hp between 5,500 rpm and 6,100 rpm, while peak torque of 500 Nm is produced between 1,800 rpm and 4,500 rpm.

    This is complemented by the EQ Boost starter-alternator motor for an additional 22 hp and 250 Nm of torque, and drive is sent to all four wheels via a nine-speed AMG Speedshift TCT 9G transmission. As with the AMG GT 53 4Matic+, the EQ Boost starter-alternator is linked to an electric auxiliary compressor which assists the turbocharger at low revs. The GT 43 4Matic+ does the 0-100 km/h run in 4.9 seconds, and a top speed of 270 km/h.

    On the aesthetics front, the GT 43 4Matic+ is largely identical to its more powerful sibling, the GT 53 4Matic+, which outputs 429 hp and 520 Nm of torque. As such, the GT 43 can also be specified with exterior packages including the Night, Chrome, Aerodynamic and two Carbon-Fibre options. Likewise, the full range of light-alloy wheel options are available for the GT 43, ranging from 19 to 21 inches in diameter.

    The classic AMG-style five spoke alloys on display here are sure to catch attention too. The GT 43 also employs active aerodynamics with the Airpanel air control system in front, along with the extending rear spoiler. Inside, the full range of individualisation options for the GT 4-Door range are available for the GT 43 as well, which includes interior layouts for four or five seats.

    Further options include the AMG Track Pack for those more inclined towards closed circuits, where onboard access to track telemetry is available. In Germany, the Mercedes-AMG GT 43 4Matic+ is priced from 95,259 euros (RM462,206), while the GT 53 4Matic+ is priced from 109,182 euros (RM529,785).

    GALLERY: Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe

  • 2019 BMW Motorrad R 1250 GS and R 1250 RT shown

    Revealed ahead of the official launch in a few months is the 2019 BMW Motorrad R 1250 GS and R 1250 RT, the Munich firm’s update on its legendary boxer twin. Coming in two flavours, the R 1250 GS is a completely new machine for the adventure-touring segment, while the R 1250 RT is intended for high speed, long distance highway cruising.

    New to the venerable boxer engine is BMW’s ShiftCam, a first for BMW Motorrad, which gives variable valve timing to improve fuel consumption and meet emissions standards. Applied on the intake side, the two intake valves open asynchronously, allowing for efficient combustion.

    Also new for the R 1250 is a toothed chain for the cam drive, replacing the previous roller chain. Along with twin-jet injectors, this gives the new 1,254 cc R 1250 engine a power output of 136 hp at 7,750 rpm and a torque number of 143 Nm at 6,250 rpm, eclipsing the previous numbers of 125 hp and 125 Nm of torque from the R 1200’s 1,170 cc boxer.

    Standard in the R 1250’s suite of standard riding aids is Automatic Stability Control (ASC) – traction control, in other words – and Hill Start Control (HSC), which keeps the R 1250 at a standstill without rider intervention when starting off on an incline. Available as an ex-works option is Riding Modes Pro which gives additional riding modes, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), ABS Pro, Hill Start Control Pro and Dynamic Brake Assistant (DBC).

    Full TFT-LCD colour screens now display all the necessary information the rider needs – a 6.5-inch unit in the R 1250 GS and a 5.7-inch display in the R 1250 RT. On the RT, this is supplemented with an analog speedometer and tachometer as well as LED lighting throughout, with LED daytime riding lights being a factory fitted option.

    For rider comfort, the seats on the GS and RT versions of the R 1250 are adjustable and should this prove insufficient, a range of optional seats is available from the BMW Motorrad catalogue. BMW’s in-house custom shop, BMW Motorrad Speziale, also provides a range of custom accessories for both big boxers.

    Riders intending to purchase a R 1250 for next year’s riding season will have the two option for the GS, which are two basic finishes and two style variants – touring and adventure. For the R 1250 RT, there is one basic colour, two style variants and the Option 719 Spezial available.

    With over 700,000 units of the GS-series motorcycle sold since 1980 with the launch of the original R 80 G/S, BMW has set the stage for the adventure bike segment. It can be assumed with BMW’s proclivity for chasing every single market niche, the RS sport-touring and R naked sports versions of the R 1250 will probably not be too far behind.

    GALLERY: 2019 BMW Motorrad R 1250 GS

    GALLERY: 2019 BMW Motorrad R 1250 RT


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