In Europe, the three-door i30 will be offered with the same engine and transmission lineup as the five-door and station wagon models, which includes a 1.4-liter and 1.6-liter diesel and gasoline units with outputs ranging from 89-hp (90 PS) to 126-hp (128 PS).
Mercedes-Benz EQC Electric SUV Is Sold Out For 2019
This is a good problem to have in the automotive industry if you’re not starved for cash.
Mercedes-Benz has sold out of its first production run for the EQC all-electric SUV, and it likely won’t be able to keep up with demand until after 2021 or later.
The order book for the EQC opened in 2018, but deliveries began in 2019.
“We are sure that we will not be able to meet the demand in 2019 and probably not by 2020,” Mercedes-Benz CEO Dieter Zetsche told German news outlet . “But we do everything we can to achieve the maximum capacity.”
The EQC joins the Tesla Model X and Jaguar F-Pace, and Audi e-Tron in the growing premium electric SUV segment. Its not clear how many units will be built in 2019 or 2020, making it difficult to determine how it compares with the Model X, but the German automaker limited its production due to concerns about warranty costs.
EQC aside, Mercedes-Benz has lofty goals for the electric car segment and plans to field at least 10 electric vehicles by 2022.
Bentley Bentayga Speed Nabs “World’s Fastest SUV” Title
The luxury SUV can launch to 62 mph in under 4 seconds.
Bentley proudly boasts that, with a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h), the Bentayga Speed is the world’s fastest production SUV.
The 6.0-liter W12 engine found in the standard Bentayga has been tweaked to put out 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, providing enough propulsion to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in just 3.9 seconds.
It’s worth noting that the 641 hp, V8-powered Lamborghini Urus is actually lighter and more powerful yet has the same top speed. The fact that the two SUVs are closely related makes us think there were some politics behind this head-scratching outcome.
In addition to the extra power, the Bentayga Speed provides a more dynamic driving experience than the regular Bentayga thanks to a retuned Sport mode and a stiffened suspension, while the exhaust note is throatier.
Designer gave the exterior a performance-theme characterized by dark-tint headlights, blacked-out grilles, a tailgate spoiler, and unique 22-inch wheels available in three finishes. Inside, one finds contrast stitching on the diamond-quilted upholstery and Alcantara trim, the first time the material has been used in a Bentayga.
The Bentley Bentayga Speed goes on sale in the second half of 2019 after making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
Mercedes-Benz Fears Public Transportation Will Replace Cars
The German automaker doesn’t want to build trams.
Mercedes-Benz design boss Gorden Wagener believes the seemingly inevitable rise of car-sharing programs in cities could deal a substantial blow to the mainstream car segment, and this is a trap he doesn’t want the company to fall into.
Speaking to , the executive stated that while car-sharing is important for Mercedes-Benz, it shouldn’t entirely replace vehicle ownership. In fact, he predicts that many drivers will still want to own a car in the foreseeable future.
“For rich people, safety and security matter. Lots of people want privacy, security, and so on. They love having their own thing that can be driven autonomously but also manually,” Wagener noted.
Mercedes operates Car2Go, a car-sharing program that provides those who signs up access to a CLA or a GLA. Although the service works well for city dwellers who occasionally need a car to run infrequent errands, Mercedes wants to ensure a future in which there are still cars that people aspire to own.
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