Sime Darby Motors

  • Sime Darby Motors looking to fill large number of positions for BYD business, operations to begin soon?

    Earlier this week, Sime Darby Motors (SDM) announced that it had inked an agreement with BYD to distribute the Chinese automaker’s electric vehicles (EVs) in Malaysia. While it was not revealed as to exactly when BYD-related operations were due to begin in the country, an indication that SDM is gearing up to move quickly on this front comes from a recruitment ad the company put out the same day the announcement was made.

    Spotted on its LinkedIn page, the ad is calling for jobs to be filled in a number of positions, ranging from that for a head of sales to sales personnel/consultants and finance as well as IT personnel, with the closing date for applications set for October 5, hinting that things could be up and running before the year is out.

    The question is how soon the cars that will be coming here will appear. It’s already confirmed that the Atto 3 and e6 EV models have been confirmed for Malaysia. The former, which is also known as the Yuan Plus in China, is an all-electric crossover that features a front-mounted electric motor rated at 204 PS (201 hp or 150 kW) and 310 Nm of torque.

    The Atto 3 is already on sale in Singapore and Australia, and is due to make its market debut in Thailand next month. In Australia, the car is available in two Blade LFP battery configurations, the first being a 49.92 kWh unit offering 345 km of range (WLTP, 410 km in NEDC), while the other is a 60.48 kWh unit rated for 420 km (WLTP, 480 km in NEDC).

    The SUV supports AC charging (Type 2 connection) up to 6.6 kW (taking 9.5 hours to get the battery from to 100% from zero) as well as DC fast charging (CCS2 connection) at a max of either 70 kW or 80 kW (corresponding to battery capacity) – the higher input allows for a 0-80% state of charge (SoC) to be reached in just 45 minutes.

    Meanwhile, the e6 is a five-seater electric MPV that is already on sale in Singapore and Thailand. In Singapore, the second-gen offering features a 71.7 kWh Blade LFP battery that powers a front-mounted electric motor, which offers 95 PS (94 hp or 70 kW) and 180 Nm in the way of output. This provides the car with a top speed of 130 km/h.

    The e6 has a WLTC-rated city range of up to 522 km, and the Blade battery which can be recharged via an AC input (Type 2 connection) at a max of 6.6 kW in 12 hours. That’s for the Thailand spec version. With a 40 kW AC onboard charger, as found on the Singapore car, a full AC charge takes 1.8 hours. There’s also support for DC fast charging (CCS2 connection) at 60 kW, which sees a shorter charging time of 1.5 hours.

    GALLERY: 2022 BYD Atto 3

    GALLERY: Second-generation BYD e6 (Singapore market)

    GALLERY: Second-generation BYD e6 (Thailand market)

     
     
  • BYD e6 coming to Malaysia – five-seat EV MPV; Blade LFP battery; up to 450 km range; priced from RM160k?

    Yesterday, it was announced that Sime Darby Motors (SDM) had signed a distributorship agreement with China’s BYD to sell the latter’s electric vehicles (EVs) in Malaysia. In an official release, SDM confirmed two models that will be coming to our market, namely the Atto 3 and e6.

    We’ve already prepared a separate post if you’d like to know more about the Atto 3, which you can check out here. In this post, we’re focusing on the e6, which is a fully electric MPV currently in its second generation (the first-generation model made an appearance here back in 2017) that is based on the Song Max, albeit equipped with the Chinese carmaker’s in-house Blade lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery.

    In Singapore and India, the e6’s battery has an energy capacity of 71.7 kWh that is good for a range of between 520-522 km (WLTC city) or 415 km (WLTC combined). The MPV is also sold in Thailand, where it is listed to have a 70-kWh battery for 500 km of range (NEDC) or an estimated 450 km according to the WLTP cycle – the WLTP figure is preferred as it more closely reflects real world driving.

    The difference in battery capacities could be due to the local distributor’s decision to list the gross or usable energy capacity, with the former being the higher figure. Regardless, the Blade battery juices an identical front-mounted electric motor rated at 95 PS (94 hp or 70 kW) and 180 Nm of torque, which allows for a top speed of 130 km/h.

    As for charging, the Singapore spec sheet lists two options, with the e6 capable of handing an AC input (Type 2 connection) of 40 kW – a full charge takes 1.8 hours. There’s also support for DC fast charging (CCS2 connection) at 60 kW, which sees a shorter charging time of 1.5 hours.

    Meanwhile, the e6 sold in Thailand and India both support the same DC input mentioned above, but the AC charging rate is just 6.6 kW, with a full charge taking 12 hours instead. In India, the e6 can be optioned with the more powerful 40-kW AC onboard charger for the higher-spec GLX.

    If you’re curious about the MPV’s size, it measures 4,695 mm long, 1,810 mm wide, 1,670 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,800 mm. For context, the e6 occupies a slightly larger footprint than the current Proton Exora that is 4,615 mm long, 1,809 mm wide, 1,691 mm and with a wheelbase of 2,730 mm.

    BYD e6 Singapore spec sheet; click to enlarge

    BYD says the e6 is five-seater with a turning radius of 5.65 metres and a boot space of 580 litres when the rear bench is not folded down. The MPV’s chassis gets MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link rear setup, and in the markets mentioned, 17-inch wheels are standard (paired with 215/55 profile tyres). Compared to the Song Max, the e6 has a closed off grille instead of a slatted one for differentiation.

    In terms of equipment, available for the e6 are halogen projector headlamps, LED DRLs, LED taillights, a powered tailgate, leather upholstery, a five-inch TFT instrument display, a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, keyless entry and start, automatic air-conditioning with rear vents, an electronic parking brake and electric power steering.

    BYD e6 Thailand spec sheet; click to enlarge

    For safety, the spec sheets reveal four airbags, a tyre pressure monitoring system and an array of passive safety systems (ESP, VDC, traction control, hill start assist, ABS, EBD and brake assist). There’s no mention of any active safety systems like autonomous emergency braking (AEB) in any of the three markets.

    On the matter of pricing, the e6 retails for 1.39 million baht (RM170,855) in Thailand, inclusive of the country’s 7% value-added tax (VAT), while over in India, the MPV starts from 2.915 million rupees (RM166,104 or 29.15 lakh rupees). As for Singapore, the e6 meets the country’s A1 band of the Vehicle Emissions Scheme (VES), so it qualifies for a SGD25,000 rebate (RM80,906), bringing its price down to SGD156,000 (RM504,678) inclusive of certificate of entitlement (COE).

    BYD e6 India spec sheet; click to enlarge

    If we consider Thailand and India’s pricing, the e6 could be priced around the RM160,000 mark when it is launched here. Of course, that’s just our speculation and we’ll have to wait for the model be launched here to see what SDM is charging for it – hopefully it arrives in time to take advantage of current EV incentives.

    For now, the company has not indicated when the e6 will go on sale in Malaysia and if there will be more than one variant. Based on the specifications of the MPV in other markets, are you looking forward to its arrival? Let us know in the comments below.


    GALLERY: Second-generation BYD e6 (Singapore market)

    GALLERY: Second-generation BYD e6 (Thailand market)

     
     
  • 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor launching in Malaysia on October 7 – 3.0L turbo V6 petrol or 2.0L turbodiesel?

    Sime Darby Auto ConneXion (SDAC) has confirmed that the all-new Ford Ranger Raptor will make its Malaysian launch debut on October 7, 2022. This comes after the company revealed previously that the performance-focused pick-up truck would arrive in the fourth quarter of this year – a red unit was even brought out on stage during the launch of the normal Ranger line-up in July.

    The previous, first-generation Ranger Raptor was powered by a 2.0 litre EcoBlue twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine with 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque, which is paired with a 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive system.

    In its latest form, the second-generation model gets a 3.0 litre twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 petrol engine that is lifted from the Bronco Raptor. The mill is mated to the same 10R80 and 4WD system and churns out 397 PS at 5,650 rpm and 583 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm, with this powertrain being standard for the Ranger Raptor in most markets.

    However, the carmaker has said that the turbodiesel will continue to be offered in selected markets where the V6 isn’t appropriate. We’ll have to wait until the launch to confirm which engine we get, but in Australia and Thailand, the Ranger Raptor gets the V6.

    Engine talk aside, the Ranger Raptor will come with a strengthened chassis to deal with all the abuse thrown at it, including unique mounts and structural reinforcements. The suspension also gets a redesign to incorporate lightweight aluminium upper and lower control arms, with updated adaptive Fox dampers that reduce friction by around 50% compared to the outgoing model.

    The four-wheel drive system also gets a new electronically controlled two-speed transfer case and both axles receive locking differentials. Last but not least, the pick-up truck is styled to match with highlights being a vented bonnet, flared wheel arches, skid plates and chunky tyres to go along with the design changes already found on the latest-generation Ranger.

    If you want to be among the first Malaysians to witness the Ranger Raptor in action on a Baja-inspired track near the Sepang International Circuit, SDAC welcomes you to register for the public launch set to take place from October 7-9 on its website. You’ll also be able to get up close with the Ranger Raptor as well as the regular Ranger variants and the latest Everest at the event.

    GALLERY: 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor

     
     
  • BYD officially coming to Malaysia with Sime Darby Motors as distributor – Atto 3 SUV, e6 MPV EVs first

    It’s now official. Sime Darby Motors (SDM) will sell BYD electric vehicles (EVs) in Malaysia after it was announced today that both parties have signed a distributorship agreement. This comes after it was reported earlier this month that SDM was in talks with the Chinese carmaker.

    Two BYD models that have been confirmed for Malaysia include the Atto 3 and e6. The former, which is also known as the Yuan Plus in China, is an all-electric crossover that features a front-mounted electric motor rated at 204 PS (201 hp or 150 kW) and 310 Nm of torque.

    The Atto 3 is due to go on sale in Thailand next month and has already made its way to customers in Australia, where it is available with two BYD-developed Blade EV batteries. The first is a 49.92 kWh unit offering 345 km of range (WLTP, 410 km if NEDC), while the other is a 60.48 kWh unit rated for 420 km (WLTP, 480 km if NEDC).

    The EV crossover supports AC charging (Type 2 connection) up to 7 kW as well as DC fast charging (CCS2 connection), the latter at a max of either 70 kW or 80 kW corresponding to battery capacity – the higher input allows for a 0-80% state of charge to be reached in 45 minutes.

    As for the e6, it is an MPV that can already be purchased in Singapore. Currently in its second generation, the e6 features a 71.7 kWh battery that powers a front-mounted electric motor providing 95 PS (94 hp or 70 kW) and 180 Nm. The WLTC-rated city range is 522 km with the Blade battery, which can be recharged via an AC input (Type 2 connection) at a max of 6.6 kW in 12 hours, or with a DC charger (CCS2 connection) at up to 60 kW in 1.5 hours (40 kW takes 1.8 hours).

    “In line with our commitment to encourage EV adoption amongst Malaysians, we are pleased to welcome BYD to our stable of world-class brands, enabling us to continue growing our EV pipeline of models,” said Andrew Basham, managing director of SDM.

    “BYD is the world’s leading manufacturer of new energy vehicles and this partnership will bring BYD’s expertise to the Malaysian market through a wide range of EV models. Our collaboration with BYD is one of the steps Sime Darby Motors is taking towards our aim of becoming a leader in EV. This is also aligned with the Malaysian government’s push towards low carbon mobility,” he added.

    Meanwhile, Liu Xueliang, general manager of BYD Asia Pacific Auto sales division, said, “Malaysia is a key market for our expansion, as there are vast opportunities for the EV ecosystem to grow and evolve. Given its proven track record and well-established presence in the automotive sector in the Asia Pacific region, we look forward to partnering with Sime Darby Motors to serve Malaysia’s growing EV demand.”

     
     
  • Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia bags regional Retailer of the Year Award 2021/22 – third win since 2018

    Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia (JLRM) has been awarded the Retailer of the Year (Asia Pacific) title at the regional Jaguar Land Rover Retailer Awards 2021/22. It’s the third time JLRM has clinched the award.

    Alongside the award, JLRM was named the category winner in the aspects of marketing, customer service, and sales. JLRM has set a new milestone with their win, and the second consecutive one having won it in 2020/21. JLRM marked its first award in 2018/19.

    Jeffrey Gan, managing director, retail and distribution, Sime Darby Motors Malaysia said, “In line with Sime Darby Motors’ drive to bring world-class services to customers, this award reflects JLRM’s continued commitment to be at the top of its game in the luxury car segment. Furthermore, as an international award, it celebrates the performance and capabilities of the talent pool cultivated by Sime Darby Motors, on par with the highest global standards.”

    The annual awards involve Jaguar Land Rover retailers from 13 countries across the region and recognises top performers for outstanding customer service. The nominees for the awards are evaluated based on their performance in marketing, sales and customer service, staff training, and retailer presentation.

    Syed Ahmad Muzri Syed Faiz, managing director of JLRM said, “We are truly humbled to receive this honour for the third year. In fact, the same core leadership and team have driven JLRM over the past three awards. This is indeed a testament to the great teamwork, dedication, and commitment of the JLRM team, especially from customer service, sales, and marketing.”

     
     
  • BMW 530i and 530e M Sport get M Performance Parts limited edition package from Auto Bavaria – 30 units


    Auto Bavaria is offering a limited edition run of the G30 LCI BMW 5 Series which comes with various M Performance Parts as well as other free gifts.

    Only 30 units of the G30 LCI will be offered with this package, – both the 530e M Sport and the 530i M Sport are available.

    The following are what’s included in the package:

    • BMW M Performance High Gloss Black Kidney Grille
    • BMW M50 Years Wheel Cap
    • BMW M Performance Carbon Fibre Mirror Cover
    • BMW M50 Years Emblem (Front and Rear Bonnet)
    • BMW M Performance Carbon Fibre Steering Cover
    • BMW LED Door Lights Projector
    • BMW Gloss Black Air Duct Trims (Left and Right)
    • BMW M Performance Set of Paddle Shift
    • BMW M Performance Floor Mats
    • BMW Advanced Car Eye 2.0 dashcam
    • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
    • Sttoke Ceramic Reusable Cup
    • Complimentary tinting

    How much will it cost? You’ll be paying RM362,800 for the BMW 530e M Sport plug-in hybrid or RM420,800 for the BMW 530i M Sport. This price includes all of the above plus the five-years unlimited mileage warranty + free scheduled service add-on package.

    Just to compare, the regular 530e costs RM358,217 while the 530i costs RM402,800 – priced with the same 5 years warranty and service upgrade. All prices quoted in this story include SST.

     
     
  • 2022 Ford Everest launched in Malaysia – 3 variants, 2.0L single- and bi-turbo diesel, RM264k to RM309k

    Two months after introducing the all-new 2022 Ford Ranger, Sime Darby Auto ConneXion (SDAC) has officially launched the 2022 Ford Everest in Malaysia. The third-gen SUV – which competes against the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and Isuzu MU-X in the ASEAN region – goes on sale here in three variant forms. These are the 2WD Sport, 4WD Trend and 4WD Titanium.

    The new seven-seater, which was unveiled in March this year, measures in at 4,914 mm long, 1,923 mm wide and 1,841 mm tall, with a 2,900 mm-long wheelbase. The track has also been increased by 50 mm to help deliver a more controlled ride on the tarmac.

    Styling-wise, the front end features a mix of horizontal and vertical elements, some familiar from the Ranger and Raptor. Cues include C-clamp daytime running lamps, first seen on the Maverick, and a grille styled along the lines of the standard Ranger. The latter is finished in black on the Sport, while the Trend and Titanium’s horizontal accents are dressed in chrome.

    The Sport and Trend are equipped with LED headlamps with manual levelling, while the Titanium gets matrix LED projector headlights with auto high beam. The front fog lamps are LED units, while the rear features integrated full-width LED tail lamps.

    Viewed from the side, strong shoulder line gives the Everest a muscular shape, and the wider track further adds to the SUV’s presence. As for wheels, the Sport and Titanium get 20-inch alloys (with 255/55 profile tyres), while the Trend comes equipped with 18-inch units (and 255/65 rubbers).

    Elsewhere, new roof rails allow the Everest to support static loads of up to 350 kg and dynamic loads of up to 100 kg on the roof, allowing the SUV to carry bikes, canoes, cargo pod or a roof-top tent.

    For Malaysia, the Everest gets two engine and drivetrain options, the mills being the familiar Single-Turbo and the Bi-Turbo 2.0 inline four-cylinder diesels as seen on the Ranger. The Sport variant comes with the 2.0 Single-Turbo, which offers 170 PS at 3,500 rpm and 405 Nm from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

    The Trend and Titanium are equipped with the Bi-Turbo unit, which provides 210 PS at 3,750 rpm and 500 Nm from 1,750 to 2,000 rpm in the way of output. This is partnered with the automaker’s 10R80 10-speed SelectShift automatic, which on the Titanium gets a novel e-Shifter. Both variants also come with a two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case, also known as a part-time 4WD system, with an e-locking rear differential.

    In terms of drive modes, the Sport offers four – Normal, Eco, Tow/Haul and Siippery, while the 4WD variants add on two more, these being Mud/Ruts and Sand. As before, the Everest’s technical ability remains high. It continues to have a water wading ability up to 800 mm, and a maximum braked trailer towing capability of up to 3,500 kg.

    Inside, the cabin has been given a complete rework, with Ford saying that plenty of thought has been put into the function and feel of the interior, with inspiration taken from modern homes and by introducing improved materials and premium finishes as well as ambient lighting to the cabin. Attention has also been paid to making the interior quieter, making it easier for front row occupants to talk to passengers in the second and third row.

    As standard, the Everest comes with leather upholstery, ebony interior trim, eight-way adjustable powered front seats, an eight-inch TFT digital instrument cluster, wireless Qi charing and an electronic parking brake, among others. Both the Sport and Titanium come with a hands-free powered tailgate.

    A SYNC 4A system handles all matters related to communications, entertainment and information, with a large portrait-oriented touchscreen (10.1-inches on the Sport and Trend, and a 12-inch unit on the Titanium) handling presentation duties, with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support and an eight-speaker audio system also in the mix.

    As for space, there’s now more elbow, leg and shoulder room in the front and back. and access to the third-row 50:50 split seats are now easier thanks to 60:40 second-row units that slide further forward than before. Both rear rows have also been designed to fold flat to offer improved cargo carrying ability, with those on the Titanium being powered. There is more storage area for occupants, and power outlets in all three rows allow device charging for all on board.

    In terms of active safety, the Everest gets seven airbags, ABS, EBD, electronic stability control (ESC) with traction control, emergency brake assist (EBA), hill descent control, hill launch assist, roll-over mitigation and adaptive load control.

    As for driver assistance features, the Sport and Trend come equipped with emergency stop signal, turn assist, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and a reverse camera. The Titanium adds on a range of advanced driver assistance systems including blind spot information system (BLIS), lane departure warning (LDW), high beam assist and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

    Also on are adaptive cruise control with stop and go and lane centering, Active Park Assist 2.0, rear cross traffic alert and reverse brake assist and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, dynamic brake support and pre-collision assist.

    Seven colours are available for the Everest, and these are Absolute Black, Aluminium Metallic, Arctic White, Equinox Bronze, Meteor Grey, Sedona Orange and Lightning Blue, the last only for the Sport.

    The 2022 Ford Everest is priced as follows (all on-the-road, without insurance):

    • Everest Sport – RM263,888
    • Everest Trend – RM281,888
    • Everest Titanium – RM308,888

    GALLERY: 2022 Ford Everest Titanium

    GALLERY: 2022 Ford Everest Trend

    GALLERY: 2022 Ford Everest Sport

     
     
  • 2022 Hyundai Creta facelift spied in Malaysia – Indonesian-made 1.5L B-SUV launching here soon?

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    Creta apa ni? Hyundai Creta facelift, bro. Reader JJ Chang spotted this unfamiliar SUV on our roads and while he did not disclose the location, the background looks like Tanjung Tokong. Thais holidaying in Penang like the Shinawatras? Nope, the car has Malaysian number plates.

    We contacted Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) but the distributor declined to comment on the Creta. It’s safe to assume then that HSDM does indeed have plans for this B-segment SUV, although we’re not sure if it will culminate in market introduction.

    Pricing is always an issue when it comes to non-national mass market brands introducing new products here. It’s hard to match modern day Perodua in content and equipment when you have higher cost and lower volume. But at least the Creta is made in Indonesia (since January 2022), and can be brought in via AFTA, ASEAN’s free trade area rules with lower duty. The HMMI-made Creta has since been launched in Thailand.

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    The Creta is Hyundai’s B-segment crossover for emerging markets, based on the Kia Seltos and positioned below the more compact European-flavoured Kona in the lineup. This is the facelifted second-generation model, sporting a full-width Parametric Jewel grille like the latest Tucson. This means the LED daytime running lights are neatly hidden within the grille, with the main LED headlights sitting independently on the bumper.

    On the sides, you’ll find prominent fender creases, plus a silver roof and C-pillar trim that creates a “floating roof” effect without the roof being in another colour. Those split triangular taillights are very distinct, weird even. The car you see here has its Hyundai and Creta rear badging taped up, which is strange as the front logo is naked.

    Looks a bit like the Perodua Ativa from certain angles? At 4,315 mm long and 1,790 mm wide, the Creta is 250 mm longer and 80 mm wider than the Perodua, which means it’s a fair bit larger. The 2,610 mm wheelbase is 85 mm longer than the Ativa’s. The Creta’s dash has a waterfall-style design, like on the Tucson and Santa Cruz. It’s rendered in a nice two-tone in this unit, which also has light-coloured seats.

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    Thai-spec cars get an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, a 10.25-inch digital instrument display, Qi wireless charger, automatic air con with rear vents and a comprehensive safety package. The latter includes six airbags and Hyundai’s SmartSense driver assist suite including door opening warning. The higher of the two specs (SEL) adds on LED and ambient interior lighting plus a panoramic sunroof.

    Under the Creta’s hood is a 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated engine producing 115 PS at 6,300 rpm and 144 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. Power goes to the front wheels via an Intelligent Variable Transmission (iVT), Hyundai name for CVT. In India and Indonesia, the SUV also comes with a six-speed manual gearbox.

    The Creta is priced from 949,000 baht to 999,000 baht in Thailand, which translates to RM115,749 to RM121,848. What do you think of the Hyundai Creta at those prices? For reference, the base 1.5L NA Honda HR-V is priced at RM114,800, and the range goes all the way to RM140,800 for the RS e:HEV hybrid.

    GALLERY: 2022 Hyundai Creta facelift, Indonesia spec

     
     
  • Land Rover Defender 90 launched in Malaysia – short-wheelbase 3-door L663, 2 engines, from RM838,800

    Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia (JLRM) has announced the availability of the 2022 Land Rover Defender 90, the three-door, short-wheelbase version of the L663-generation modern Defender. The 90 joins the five-door 110 that was launched here in October 2021.

    As with the Defender 110, the 90 comes with two Ingenium engine choices. The P300 2.0 litre turbo-four makes 300 PS and 400 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm to 4,000 rpm, and there’s a P400 3.0 litre inline-six pushing out 400 PS and 550 Nm of torque from 2,000 rpm to 5,000 rpm.

    The P400 is badged as a MHEV, with a mild hybrid system incorporating a 48-volt electric supercharger, a belt-integrated starter motor and a 48-volt lithium-ion battery to store captured energy. Both engines are mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. The Defender 90 P300 and P400 are priced from RM838,800 and RM1,098,800, respectively (before road tax, registration and insurance).

    It’s a Defender, so off-road capability is guaranteed. Like the 110, the SWB 90 has a maximum wading depth of 900 mm and is equipped with a twin-speed transfer box. There’s also electronic air suspension with adjustable height – this ranges from access height of 40 mm below the normal ride height, to an extended height of up to 75 mm. There’s actually an additional 70 mm of ride height lift for extreme off-roading, for a total of 145 mm over standard.

    Adaptive Dynamics with adaptive dampers evaluates body movements up to 500 times per second, and this data is used to optimise control and comfort. Of course, there’s Terrain Response, which adds on a Wade mode to the menu make it six presets (Normal, Mud and Ruts, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Sand and Rock Crawl are the other modes).

    LR’s latest Electronic Vehicle Architecture (EVA 2.0) supports over-the-air (OTA) software updates as well as the new Pivi Pro infotainment system. A 3D surround camera provides 360-degree visibility, off and on-road, including augmented on-screen visualisation when using Wade Sensing and LR’s ClearSight Ground View transparent bonnet tech.

    The Defender 90 is available in five colours including this very nice shade of Pangea Green. It also comes with 170 individual accessories, the largest range ever produced for a Land Rover model. Of the lot, I find the exterior side-mounted gear carrier boxes to be very cool, like panniers on touring bikes.

    Once again, the Land Rover Defender 90 is priced from RM838,800 for the P300 and from RM1,098,800 for the P400 MHEV. Buying official from JLRM gets you the Land Rover Care programme, which includes a five-year warranty, five years of free service and three years of roadside assistance.

    The Defender may be synonymous with off-road toughness and go-anywhere ability, but this new 90 is so cute. Just look at the thing, aiyo. It’s no longer a tool, but a luxury product, and the prices reflect the change. Check out the five-door Defender 110 here, which do you prefer?

    GALLERY: Land Rover Defender 90 P300 in Pangea Green

     
     
  • Sime Darby Motors confirms ongoing talks with BYD to be Chinese EV specialist’s Malaysian distributor

    Sime Darby Motors (SDM) is in talks with China’s BYD to be the latter’s official distributor in Malaysia. The auto division of conglomerate Sime Darby told The Edge that it is currently in “initial discussions” with BYD, the Shenzhen-based EV specialist.

    “We are in initial discussions with BYD, which are ongoing. Should there be pertinent developments, this will be announced as and when appropriate,” SDM said when contacted by the business publication.

    “SDM continues to grow our line-up of EVs via our partnerships with global brands. Besides BMW, other EVs in our portfolio include the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Hyundai Kona Electric, Porsche Taycan and Volvo XC40 (Recharge Pure Electric), with many other models in the pipeline. EV sales remain encouraging and we continue to see an increase, with orders outstripping allocation,” it added.

    Word is that SDM will be bringing in 2,000 units of BYD’s EVs into Malaysia by the end of 2022, and another 10,000 units next year, but the auto group did not comment on this speculation. Sime Darby Motors is already the distributor for BYD in Singapore via their Vantage Automotive Limited subsidiary.

    If you’ve been hearing a fair bit about BYD these days, it’s because the Warren Buffett-backed Fortune 500 company – which was into EVs way before it became trendy – is expanding into Thailand, which will be its base for exports to ASEAN and even Europe. BYD has purchased a piece of land in Rayong for its factory, and its new Thailand distributor, Rever Automotive, is set to launch its first CBU model on October 10.

    That car is the BYD Atto 3, of which deliveries recently started in Australia. The Extended Range variant will debut in Thailand next month at around 1.2 million baht (RM146,809) and the Standard Range will launch at the end of 2022, possibly at the Thailand International Motor Expo.

    The neat-looking electric crossover features a front-mounted 204 PS/310 Nm electric motor, which is good for 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. The Standard Range comes with a 49.92 kWh battery offering 345 km of range (WLTP, 410 km if NEDC), while the Extended Range gets a 60.48 kWh unit that’s rated at 420 km (WLTP, 480 km if NEDC). The in-house Blade EV batteries support AC charging (Type 2 connection) up to 7 kW as well as DC fast charging (CCS2).

    For the latter, the Standard Range can take in 70 kW max, while it’s 80 kW for the Extended Range, the higher input allowing for 0-80% state of charge in 45 minutes. One can also charge appliances via V2L (vehicle-to-load) at up to 2.2 kW. Click on the links above for more on BYD’s Thailand move.

    What do you think of the BYD Atto 3? Currently, the Hyundai Kona Electric e-Lite at RM156,538 – duty-free but with SST – is the most affordable EV in Malaysia, and the Atto 3 could possibly undercut it in price.

    GALLERY: BYD Atto 3

    GALLERY: BYD Seal

     
     
 
 
 

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