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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Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept Brings Us Back to Gatsby Era


After teasing us couple of pictures, Mercedes-Maybach finally unveiled its latest concept car, 6 Concept to the world at 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Just like other people have said before its official introduction, it’s a behemoth-luxury coupe. Interestingly, 6 comes up with gullwing-door that reminds us of 1954 Mercedes 300SL.

So, ‘6’ name is taken from the length of the coupe that reach almost 6 meters (5.7 meters in actual). Mercedes’ designers presented a dramatic exterior design. For me, overall the coupe looks good, elegant, luxurious, but too big in dimension (but it’s okay it’s just a concept car). The German carmakers wants to bring us back to Gatsby era when the cars had long engine hood (now it’s a luggage!), muscular, and had sleek exterior design. Take it easy, the giant car doesn’t have boxy form just like its predecessor in 1920s to 1930s.


Up front, we can see thin LED headlights and a giant-chromed grille which unfortunately reminds me of Buick’s waterfall grille. On the trunk hood, there’s a line in the center that enables owner to open it in just left side or right side. From the side, you will realize how long the coupe is. Moreover, you will notice that Mercedes has made the big coupe is so aerodynamic. It’s seen from the sloping line in A- and B-pillar.


The red 24-inch wheels are inspired by Mercedes IAA Concept that made its world debut at 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. At the rear, there’s a simple design featuring horizontal and slim LED taillights. Uniquely, Mercedes’ designers placed drink holder at the back. The rear windows are split by a third LED taillights that flows from roof to rear-end. It reminds me of 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.


Inside, Mercedes calls it ‘360° lounge’. Its name reflects the interior design that flows connecting the dashboard, door trim, and seats. To add luxury look, the 2+2 coupe is given wooden accents and elm for the floor area. Behind the 2-spoke steering wheel, there are dual-circular instrument panel which looks so classic. But Mercedes doesn’t forget about future stuff. So, the German carmaker introduced the active windscreen that will show the driver some important information, such as GPS, speed, and more.

Maybach 6 Concept is powered by four permanent magnet synchronous electric motors each driving a single wheel. Total output is around 750 hp and it can reach 100 km/h in less than 4 seconds. Moreover, its top speed is 250 km/h and its driving range over 500 km with full battery.

So, will Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept be produced in the near future? There’s no information about it. Probably it’s just a concept car. But probably it previews an ultra-luxury coupe from Maybach that will compete with Rolls-Royce Wraith.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Mercedes-Benz

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


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Mitsubishi XM Concept Previews Toyota Avanza Rival


Mitsubishi introduced its latest concept at 2016 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) named XM. The concept car previews the upcoming MPV that sets to rival Daihatsu Xenia, Honda BR-V, Honda Mobilio, Suzuki Ertiga, and Toyota Avanza. Interestingly, the Japanese carmaker combines the flexibility of MPV and the toughness of SUV just like its current model, Delica.

XM itself stands for ‘X’ means crossover and ‘M’ means MPV. At a glance, its exterior design reminds us of eX Concept that made its debut at 2015 Tokyo Motor Show last year. The MPV concept using latest Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield design language. Up front, there are thin LED headlights, vertical LED fog lights on the front bumper, chromed-grille, and chromed bold-line on the front bumper. At the side, we can see wide wheel arches and sculpted line to add tough look for the concept car. Moreover, Mitusbishi’s designers add floating D-pillar to follow latest trend in car industry. And at the rear, the trapezoidal LED taillights are placed in D-pillar.


Inside, white and silver accent are dominating the cabin. The interior design looks good, even though there will be a major change when it will be produced. A three-spoke steering wheel, circular instrument panel, transmission shifter, and LCD screen probably will be redesigned. Mitsubishi said that XM is 7-seater MPV and promised all passenger can feel comfort during the trip, even you sit in the third row.


There’s no information about what’s under the hood. But Mitsubishi mentions that the production version of XM will sit on an all-new platform, will be a Front-Wheel-Drive, and will be powered by a 1.5 liter petrol engine. The production form of the concept car is said to be released in 2017.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Andhika Pradityo

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Posted by on August 14, 2016 in Auto Show, Concept Car


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2017 Daihatsu Sigra & Toyota Calya Revealed


The much-anticipated mini-MPV from Daihatsu and Toyota finally revealed in Jakarta, Indonesia this week (August 2nd). After the unofficial pictures and spy photos has been spread online, the Japanese automakers officially announced its latest MPV to the public. Daihatsu named it ‘Sigra’ which is taken from Sanskrit language and means ‘quick to respond’. Meanwhile Toyota choose ‘Calya’ which means ‘perfect’.


2017 Daihatsu Sigra and 2017 Toyota Calya are LCGC MPV 7-seater that is ready to compete with Datsun Go Panca+. Overall, the twin has similar design and you have to see it carefully to find what the difference between them. Up front, Daihatsu Sigra has a chromed-trapezoidal grille. Below the grille there are fog lights that’s placed horizontally. And Toyota Calya comes up with A-shaped front fascia. Another difference is fog lights which is placed vertically. Its headlights has same design. And at the rear, there’s no difference between both MPV. The taillights looks good but the reflector lights which is placed next to it causing Sigra and Calya looks weird.


Inside, both of MPV have 5+2 configuration. It means that the third-row only be able to accommodate 2 people. From an official picture, I see that the third-row of Sigra and Calya are wider than Datsun Go Panca+. I hope that’s not a fake picture and it means that two adults can sit there comfortably during the trip. Moreover, the carmakers add Rear Air Circulator to increase comfort value.


Under the hood, Daihatsu offers two engine choices. There are 1,0 liter 3-cylinder Dual-VVTi that is mated to 5-speed manual transmission, and 1.2 liter 4-cylinder Dual-VVTi which is mated to 5-speed manual transmission and 4-speed automatic gearbox. And Toyota only offers one engine, 1.2 liter 4-cylinder dual-VVTi.

2017 Daihatsu Sigra and 2017 Toyota Calya will make its world debut at 2016 Gaikindo International Auto Show (GIIAS) this August and will go on sale later this year. How about its price? Daihatsu Sigra starts from around $9,900 to $ 14,500 and Toyota Calya starts from $12,500 to $ 15,000.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Toyota


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Posted by on August 7, 2016 in New Car


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Mitsubishi Teases an MPV Concept Ahead of Indonesia Debuts


After the announcement its plan to develop an MPV for Indonesia market, Mitsubishi just released the first teaser of the people carrier today. The unnamed car is called as a Small Crossover MPV and ready to make its debut at 2016 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) this August.

The compact MPV is build to against the most popular car in Indonesia, Toyota Avanza. The other rivals are Daihatsu Xenia (the twin of Toyota Avanza) and Honda Mobilio. But Mitsubishi said that the car that you will see in the auto show is still a concept. We expect to see the production version at the end of the 2016 or early 2017.

Just like latest Mitsubishi concept cars, the concept car using Dynamic Shield design language as a Mitsubishi’s newest identity. It can be seen from the front side, the line of thin LED headlights, vertical LED fog lights on the front bumper, chromed-grille, and bold lines on the front bumper. Mitsubishi’s designers add wide wheel arches and sculpted lines on the side body so the concept car will look tough.

Japanese carmaker said that it’s a crossover combining the flexibility of MPV and the toughness of SUV. So, don’t be surprised that the MPV has an MPV body and features high ground clearance. Mitsubishi claims that seven people can seat in the car comfortably, thanks to wide dimension and an optimal interior layout.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photo: Mitsubishi

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Posted by on July 23, 2016 in Auto Show, Concept Car


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2017 Mazda Axela/3 Gets Nose Job


After the official photos has leaked a couple months ago, finally Mazda Japan released the official pictures of 2017 3 to the world. Named Axela in China and Japan, the compact car gets facelift considering that its age is 2-year old now. The changes are not much, you have to see it carefully to spot the changes in the exterior and Mazda also added the engine line-up and features.

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The 2017 Axela/3 has a similar exterior design to its predecessor. Mazda’s designers have done minimum changes. Up front, there’s a new fascia, redesigned headlights (for higher variant buyer will get adaptive LED headlights with glare-free high beams and wide-range low beams that can be operated at 40 km/h or higher and 40 km/h or lower). Furthermore, now the fog lights is smaller than its predecessor. And at the rear, the changes are only bigger reflector lights, and new sculpted lines around the reflector lights.


For the interior, buyer will get a new steering wheel and upgraded metal trim on the doors and dashboard. Now, the compact model features electronic parking brake, updated head-up display, driver seat that can save the position and angle of head-up display, and Highway Mode that enables driver to see further distance at 95 km/h or more.


Mazda doesn’t forget about safety system. The updated Axela/3 gets upgraded Advanced Smart City Brake system which can detects pedestrians and vehicles around the car. It uses forward-sensing camera and operates between 4 km/h to 80 km/h. A new technology that buyer can get is G-Vectoring Control (GVC) system. It is a system that varies engine torque in response to steering inputs in order to provide integrated control of lateral and longitudinal acceleration forces. Moreover, the technology provides more effective control in every situation from everyday driving to avoid collision. Latest Mazda Axela/3 is the first model that implemented the system.

Under the hood, for Japan market there is a petrol engine SkyActiv-G 1.5 liter. And diesels are SkyActiv-D 2.2 liter and the newest for JDM SkyActiv-D 1.5 liter turbo. All the engines are mated to 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.


2017 Mazda Axela/3 is available in hatchback and sedan body-type. It’s already sold in Japan. And I expect it will make its debut at 2016 Paris Motor Show this September.

Text: Andhika Padityo

Photos: Mazda

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Posted by on July 17, 2016 in New Car


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2017 Nissan Serena Comes with ProPilot System


Nissan Motor Co. just unveiled the latest generation of Serena in Japan. The mid-size MPV comes up with the new design and latest technology and will go on sale in Japan at the end of August. And it will be followed by other countries later this year.


The highlight of the latest Serena is a new technology that is implemented to the car. Named ProPilot, it’s an autonomous driving system from Japanese carmaker. As we know, the system enables driver to switch driving mode to fully-automatic controlled by system. It’s designed for highway use in single-lane traffic.

The system uses advanced image-processing technology, so ProPilot enables to read the road and traffic situation around the car. Interestingly, the driver just switch the button on the steering wheel to activate or deactivate the system. The system can be operated at 30 km/h to 100 km/h. Moreover, Nissan said that New Serena is the first car with autonomous system in Japan.


For exterior design, the MPV still has a boxy design. But Nissan’s designers try a something new, such as floating D-pillar, thinner A-pillar for better visibility, and two tone color as a standard. Up front, we can see V-Motion grille which now becomes Nissan’s identity, split headlights that makes latest Serena looks like Toyota Vellfire full-size luxury MPV at a glance. At the rear, the taillights is still placed on D-pillar but you won’t see a tall rear lights anymore. Because the car company replaces it with smaller size taillights. To add luxury feel, there is a chrome accent above the number license.


Inside, buyer will get a roomy cabin combined with an elegant design. Moreover, the interior is clean and simple. To get in the car is easier than its predecessor and its rival. Because both the electric sliding doors can be opened by sliding your foot under the door, so you don’t need to put down your stuffs anymore. You have to bring the Intelligent Key to activate the system. The front and the second-row seats get zero gravity feature to add more comfort during the trip.


There’s no major change for the engine, but S-Hybrid model. Now, Serena Hybrid gets Xtronic transmission that adds torque 50 Nm.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Nissan

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Posted by on July 16, 2016 in New Car


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