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2018 Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain is Ready to Fight Allroad and Cross Country on Dirty Road

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After Volvo introducing the latest V90 Cross Country last week, now it’s Mercedes’ turn to reveal a new wagon AWD to the world. Named E-Class All-Terrain is the first-ever crossover wagon from German carmaker. And as everyone knows that it is prepared to with Audi A6 Allroad and Volvo V90 Cross Country.

Based-on the newest generation of E-Class Estate, the All- Terrain comes up with masculine look. The All-Terrain is 29 mm higher than the regular E-Class Wagon. Moreover, the driver can lift its ground clearance up to 156 mm thanks to air suspension Air Body Control. The bigger wheels make the car looks tough.

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Mercedes’ designers have done some changes for styling aspect to meet the theme of the car. Up front, the AWD station wagon has two-fin grille with a big three-pointed-star logo in the center that has become identity of Mercedes SUVs line up. Furthermore, the automaker added black plastic cladding, a front skid, and a rear skid. There’s no change at the rear part. The LED taillights design are still the same to its sibling.

In order to be able to handle off-road, Mercedes’ engineers put 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system to the E-Class All-Terrain. Moreover, the driver can choose All-Terrain driving mode in Dynamic Select when the road gets worse and the system will adjust the ESP, Active Yaw Control, lifting the chassis by 20 mm at speed up to 35 km/h. Interestingly, the All-Terrain mode has special indicator in the display. It will show steering angle, vehicle level, the angle of slope, the angle of inclination, the accelerator/brake position, and a compass.

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For the powertrain, Mercedes offers E220d with 2.0 liter diesel producing 194 hp. Its performance can reach 100 km/h from zero in 8 seconds. Another choice of engine is E350d six-cylinder diesel will be launched later. Both engines will be mated to a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission as a standard.

2018 Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain will make its world premiere at 2016 Paris Motor Show and to go on sale in Spring 2017.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Mercedes-Benz

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2016 in Auto Show, New Car

 

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2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country is a Perfect Getaway Wagon

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When I see a station wagon in the street, I think the owner must be likes to shop a lot so he/she needs a big luggage space. Or maybe he/she has to bring many stuffs in their everyday activity. But how about an AWD station wagon like Audi A6 Allroad, Subaru Outback, or Volvo Cross Country models? I guess maybe the owner likes to take a vacation running away from the boring activities in his/her office.

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And if you like an AWD station wagon (so do I!), and planning to buy it next year, then you have a new choice from Volvo. Yes, the Swedish carmaker just introduced the New V90 Cross Country to the world this week. According to the company, the latest Cross Country model is the getaway car.

Based-on the latest generation of V90, the all-terrain model gets some changes to looks tougher and it can be differentiated to its sibling. Just like other Cross Country models from Volvo, the rugged estate has a front skid, plastic cladding in every wheel arches, and a rear skid plate. Furthermore, the automaker raise its ground clearance. The result is the Cross Country has 218 mm which means that 65 mm higher than the regular V90 and 33 mm higher than its rival, Audi A6 Allroad.

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Inside, it has similar design to S90 and V90. Buyer will get a luxury interior with high quality material. For the features, the AWD wagon still has a panoramic roof, CleanZone which will filter particulates and odours, closing the air intakes if pollutant levels rise, speakers from Bowers & Wilkins to produce the best sound for your favorite musics, 9-inch touchscreen with navigation system, 12.3-inch TFT display in the center cockpit, Pilot Assist; a Volvo’s semi-autonomous system, and more. Moreover, the estate features Hill Descent Control, All Wheel Drive system (of course!), and 5 driving modes such as, Comfort, Eco, Dynamic, Off Road, or Individual. Individual Mode enables you to setup your own mode based-on your driving style.

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Volvo hasn’t released any information about its engine line up. But probably, it will have the same engine as V90. It means that V90 Cross Country to get D4, D5, T5, and T6 engines with power output starts from 190 hp to 320 hp.

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country is expected to go on sale in early 2017.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Volvo

 

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2016 in New Car

 

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2017 Daihatsu Move Canbus Is Just For Women

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In making a car, carmakers also doing some research to know how much people need it. And probably Daihatsu has taken a further step when develop a car. Yes, because its latest car has a specific demographic who will buy this car. The 2017 Move Canbus is the newest derivative from the legendary Move. And the Canbus is specified for women. I don’t know whether a man can buy it, too or not.

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Interestingly, the kei car comes up with retro-styling and at glance it reminds me of Volkswagen Microbus Concept. Up front, to add classic-look Daihatsu’s designers put circular headlights that feature LEDs. The trapezoidal grille makes the car more attractive. Just like its brother, Daihatsu Tanto, Canbus also features two sliding doors for easier access. Meanwhile at the rear, the circular taillights is combined with clear-background turn signal and reverse lights.

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Inside, just like other Daihatsu models, Canbus presents a simple interior design. Buyer can choose color for the cabin such as, Fine Mint, Mist Pink, Mild Mocha, and Beige. And for those who likes black, the Japanese automaker offers Black Interior Pack. Unfortunately, the company places the instrument panel in the center of the cockpit which in my opinion isn’t right.

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Daihatsu provides many storage in Move Canbus. You can find it behind the three-spoke steering wheel, front passenger’s dashboard, below the instrument panel, glove box (even hypercars has it),  below the steering wheel, driver’s seat side, center console, behind the front seats, door pocket, and under the rear passenger’s seats.

The minicar is equipped with features such as, an 8-inch touch screen display, a rear camera that is ready to assist the driver parking the car, a navigation system, 6-speaker, 3-spoke steering wheel with button operations, bi-Angle LED headlights, and LED fog lights.

2017 Daihatsu Move Canbus is powered by a 660cc petrol engine that produces 52 hp at 6,800 rpm and 60 Nm of torque at 5,200 rpm.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Daihatsu

 

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2016 in New Car

 

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2018 Peugeot 5008 Transforms Into a 7-Seater SUV

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A mid-size MPV from Peugeot, 5008 has been released since 2009 and now the second-generation is ready to be launched. But it’s no longer an MPV. Because the French company transforms it into a 7-seater SUV. We think the automaker follows the trend where SUV is the third best-selling vehicle in Europe.

The new 5008 is built on PSA’s Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP 2). The SUV comes up with Peugeot’s latest design language. Up front, the oval headlights features LED Daytime Running Lights. And to add luxury-look, Peugeot’s designers put chrome accents in the grille. In the center there’s a brand’s logo, a standing lion with ‘PEUGEOT’ lettering above it. And at the rear, the black color is combined with body color. The LED taillights feature claw-shaped that becomes carmaker’s newest signature with dark background.

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And for GT and GT Line types there are some changes. At the front, you can see full-beam LED headlights featuring redesigned LED Daytime Running Lights. The headlights are divided into two clusters thanks to a line that flowing from the bottom of front bumper. Special stuffs for GT variants are 19-inch wheel (17-inch for non-GT) and Black Diamond roof.

The New 5008 has 640-liter in luggage capacity. But when you fold the third-row seats it can increase up to 1,060-liter. And if all the passenger seats were folded, you can carry objects which has up to 3.2 meters in length.

Buyer can get complete safety systems when you buy the 5008. Distance Alert will warn if there’s any possibility collide with other vehicles or pedestrians. And if there’s no response from the driver, the mid-SUV will activate Automatic Emergency Braking System (AEBS). Other stuffs are Smartbeam Assistance which will switch between the main and high beam automatically, Active Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Monitoring, Speed Sign Recognition, and Speed Suggestion system.

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Under the hood, buyer can choose between petrol and diesel engine. For the petrol, the second-generation of 5008 has 1.2 liter producing 130 hp, and 1.6 liter with 165 hp. And for the diesel powertrain Peugeot offers 1.6 liter produces 100 hp and 120 hp, and 2.0 liter with 150 hp or 180 hp. The transmission buyer can choose 5- and 6-speed manual gearboxes or 6-speed automatic gearbox.

As an SUV, new 5008 is a Front-Wheel-Drive. But Peugeot’s engineers put Advanced Grip Control system for extra traction. The system offers five driving mode, including Normal, Snow, Mud, Sand, and ESP Off.

2018 Peugeot 5008 will make its world premiere at 2016 Paris Motor Show and to go on sale in Spring 2017.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Peugeot

 

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2016 in Auto Show, New Car

 

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Say Vítejte to 2017 Skoda Kodiaq

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The much-anticipated SUV from Skoda finally revealed in Berlin, Germany on September 1st. Named Kodiaq, it is the first ever SUV from Czech carmaker. The company seems want to take an advantage from SUV segment that’s always enthused around the globe.

‘Kodiaq’ name is taken from the largest brown bear, Kodiak. The mid-SUV is built on MQB Platform which means that shared platform with SEAT Ateca and the upcoming Volkswagen Tiguan XL. Previewd by Skoda Vision S Concept that made its debut at 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Kodiaq comes up with style that not too far from the concept version.

Up front, now the headlights are bigger and features L-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights. Skoda’s designers keep the fog lights which are placed right below the headlights just like its concept. Compared to the concept version, the radiator grille in production form is bigger and features chrome accents to add luxury look. And I don’t know why when I look at to Kodiaq from side, it reminds me of the first generation of Audi Q7.

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Meanwhile at the rear, maybe I need more time to like it. Yeah, the carmaker took the inspiration from the concept. Maybe the taillights isn’t everyone’s taste. How about its dimension? According to Skoda, the Kodiaq is 4,697 mm long, 1,882 mm wide, 1,676 mm tall (including roof rail), and 2,791 mm wheelbase. Moreover, Skoda claims that the SUV is the best-in-class luggage capacity from 720 liter when seats aren’t folded, and increase to 2,065 liter when seats are folded. And for towing capacity the automaker said that it can tow a trailer weighing up to 2.5 tons.

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In the cabin, Skoda promises the comfortable and roomy interior. The interior length is 1,793 mm, elbow room is 1,527 mm in the front and 1,51o mm in the rea, headroom is 1,020 in the front and 1,014 mm in the rear, and rear legroom is 104 mm. The large display in the instrument panel is split into 2 equal sections, for the driver and for the passenger. Interesting!

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Skoda Kodiaq comes up with many hi-tech features, such as Area View system, Front Assist with City Emergency Brake, the optional Predictive Pedestrian Protection system, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, Blind Spot Detect and Rear Traffic Alert. And a 6.5-inch screen will be displayed Skoda Connect that integrates Infotainment Online services, Emergency Call (eCall), Remote Access and for the first time, the integration of SmartGate in the SmartLink all-in-one app – alongside Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. Furthermore, Skoda also offers Phonebox as an optional that will allow you to charge your mobile phone wireless using Qi standard.

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Under the hood, there are two diesel engines TDI and three petrol engines TSI with 1.4 liter and 2.0 liter. The output ranges are from 125 hp to 190 hp. All the powertrain feature a Stop-Start system, brake energy recovery and a powerful thermo-management system, contributing to low consumption despite the mighty power delivery. For the gearbox, there’s a 6-speed manual transmission, a 6-speed DSG, and the latest a 7-speed DSG.

For those who like in going off-road, you don’t need to worry because Skoda supplies te SUV with off-road system. You just touch a button, the chassis, engine management, and brakes will adjust its operation due to difficult terrain.

2017 Skoda Kodiaq will make its world premiere at 2016 Paris Motor Show this September.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Skoda

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2016 in Auto Show, New Car

 

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Citroen CXperience Concept is Ready for Paris

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Citroen just revealed its latest concept car, named CXperience Concept whic will make its world debut at 2016 Paris Motor Show this September. It’s a big saloon with hatchback-style at the rear. According to carmaker, CXperience Concept showing off if its current design language is implemented to a big and luxury sedan.

Combining its newest design language and the latest trend for concept cars, the concept car looks futuristic. Up front, the ultra slim LED headlights are placed following the engine hood design. The triple LED fog lights are bigger and ready to help you during night driving. At the rear, the exterior design looks busy with sculpted lines here and there. The C-shaped taillights are surrounded by C-shaped lines that comes from rear wheel arches.

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Inside, Citroen announced that the interior is inspired by architecture, decoration and furnishings, the cabin of CXperience Concept is a work of clean, contemporary lines. To easier access, the French company removed B-pillar and featuring suicide doors in the concept car. The cabin shines so bright thanks to yellow color that you can see in the seats, dashboard, center console, and door trim. The company said that yellow symbolizes fresh and optimistic mindset. Meanwhile walnut woods are used for dashboard, door trim, center console, headrest, and backrest.

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When you sit behind the wheel, you will see clean and simple design. A unique steering wheel is ready to take anywhere you want. In the center cockpit, there’s a 19-inch display which will show many information about the car itself, navigation, and entertainment. And for rear passengers there is a tablet that will allow them to adjust seats, climate control, and entertainment.

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Citroen CXperience Concept is powered by petrol-electric hybrid engine. It can produce between 250 hp and 300 hp, and the car can be driven will all-electric mode up to 60 km. The powertrain is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. To add comfort during journey, the French automaker developed Citroen’s Advanced Comfort program using a new and innovative suspension setup with hydraulic cushion.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Citroen

 

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2016 in Auto Show, Concept Car

 

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Cadillac Escala Concept Describes Future Design Direction

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Mercedes-Maybach isn’t the only automaker which introduced newest concept car at 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Among the classic cars, General Motors (GM) revealed its latest concept car to the crowd. The American carmaker choose Cadillac as a luxury brand that perfectly match to the event. Cadillac unveiled Escala Concept, a four-door luxury sedan which is bigger than Caddy’s current flagship, CT6.

‘Escala’ name is taken from Spanish which means ‘scale’. According to company, the sedan previews design direction and technologies that will be implemented to the upcoming models. Furthermore, it can be a preview to the much-anticipated and the real flagship which is ready to compete with Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, and Mercedes S-Class.

The luxury sedan comes up with a brand new exterior design. Built on CT6’s platform, Cadillac’s designers deleted the ‘tear effect’ at the front and replace it with slim Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) headlights. The fog lights are placed vertically at the edge of front bumper. Another change is grille now comes up with dark theme and silver accent on the edge. Personally, I prefer Cadillac keep the chrome accents to add luxury look. Meanwhile the black color grille that we see in Escala is match for V-Series high-performance model.

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From side, you will see that Cadillac tries something new with a liftback design. There’s no sculpted lines that will make the car looks complicated in this area. The black color combines with silver 22-inch wheels making the 4-door looks elegant. Meanwhile at the rear, there are thin OLED taillights and detail lines which makes the car a little bit fat.

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Just like its exterior design, Escala’s cabin is minimalist and sleek, but still looks elegant thanks to highly polished wood, leather, light fabrics, and polished metals which is used for some materials. For the car’s information, it will be displayed digitally. The driver won’t see the analog gauge cluster anymore. The buttons that usually placed in the center cockpit isn’t exist anymore in this car. Because you can access the information via OLED touchscreen.

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Under the hood, Cadillac’s engineers put a V8 twin-turbocharged 4.2 liter producing 500 hp. The engine is rumored to be implemented in hotter version of CT6.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Cadillac

 

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2016 in Auto Show, Concept Car

 

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