Fast Lane: New VW Golf, GTI and New Refurbished Jaguar E-Pace Arrive, Automotive News
New Golf, GTI is coming
The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf is here, with two variants on offer.
A Golf 1.5 eTSI – in three trim levels – has a 150 hp / 250 Nm engine, with a 48-volt mild hybrid system and cylinder cutoff.
The other is a GTI, with a 2-liter engine developing 245 hp and 370 Nm.
The new Golf benefits from an ultra-modern interior. Prices start at $ 125,900 for the 1.5 and $ 205,900 for the GTI.
Lamborghini will have an electric model before 2020
Lamborghini, known for its fuel-hungry and fire-breathing racers, will have a full lineup of hybrid models by 2024.
The application of lightweight carbon fiber materials will compensate for the weight of the batteries.
The brand has devoted more than 1.5 billion euros to this transition.
It will have its first fully electric model in the second half of the decade.
BMW 2 Coupe ready to sizzle
The new BMW 2 Series Coupé is in its final testing and will soon go into production, which means it should hit our shores by next year.
Its unique selling points include a rear-wheel drive setup, a powerful inline-six engine (374 hp for the M240i xDrive), an extremely torsionally stiff body, and a chassis designed for agile and dynamic driving.
The new compact two-door range will also include an M variant.
VW develops an electric stable
Volkswagen’s electric ID4 lineup has grown, with City and Style variants with Pure and Pure Performance battery and engine choices.
The City version delivers 52 kWh and 148 hp and a range of 341 km. The Style variant has 170 hp in service with the same 52 kWh battery and its range is 338 km.
Previous versions offer 77 kWh Pro Performance batteries with 204 hp.
The ID4 will arrive in Singapore next year.
Hydrogen minivan to debut soon
Vauxhall (here known as Opel) will add a hydrogen-powered van to its line of battery-powered electric vans. It will have a range of nearly 400 km and a cargo volume of up to 6.1 cubic meters.
Vauxhall is in talks with corporate fleet owners ahead of its UK launch at the end of the year. The right-hand drive versions will be rolled out from 2023.
Sister brand Opel will also offer this model for sale.
The hydrogen-powered van, which fills up in just three minutes, is powered by a 45 kW fuel cell, while a 10.5 kWh lithium-ion battery, located under the front seats, provides peak power dynamic when needed and stores the recovered energy.
The most expensive McLaren in the colors of the Gulf
The extreme McLaren Elva is on display here – in the colors of the Gulf oil company, which is its racing partner.
The Gulf livery is inspired by a similar design that appeared on the McLaren F1 GTR, a vehicle that was instrumental in McLaren’s victory at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The roofless and windshieldless Elva also offers options for right-hand drive and with roof and windshield.
It would cost over $ 5.5 million down the road.
The British sports car maker also offers a 720S in Gulf colors, hand painted in 20 days.
Baby Jag with 1.5 liter 3 cylinder engine
Jaguar’s refurbished E-Pace compact crossover has arrived.
With a refreshed exterior sporting a new grille flanked by LED headlights, and an upgraded interior with a new infotainment system, it’s available with mild hybrid technology. It also has an over-the-air software update.
Prices for a 160bhp, 1.5-liter, three-cylinder front-drive turbo with an eight-speed automatic start at $ 189,999.
Skoda refines the Kodiaq SUV
Skoda has renovated the Kodiaq. Its grille is straighter, with a revised hood and higher.
The bumpers have been redesigned to give a cleaner appearance while the central air intake has been enlarged. The headlights are now LEDs.
The rear bumper has a distinctive diffuser while the tailgate features a new spoiler that extends further. The rear lights are also LEDs.
Inside, the Kodiaq has a new two-spoke steering wheel, while the SportLine and vRS variants get a three-spoke wheel.
Classic Opel electric drive
Opel has relaunched the classic Manta as an electric car.
The Manta GSe ElektroMOD is a unique model created to showcase Opel’s heritage and new electric steering, and marks the 50th anniversary of the Manta.
Its four-cylinder engine is replaced by a 108 kW electric motor, while its four-speed gearbox is retained for the chance to manually shift into an electric car.
It has a range of 199 km. By 2024, Opel will offer an electrified variant across its entire range.