Volvo is well on its way to electrifying its entire lineup, and its first-ever mass-produced electric car is just around the corner.
According to British magazine , the electric car will draw inspiration from the Volvo 40.2 concept (pictured), a design study that served as a preview of the company’s new 40-Series models, particulary the S40 and V40.
It will look nearly identical to the 40.2 concept, retaining its edgy, semi-sedan and semi-crossover look, and ride on Volvo’s modular Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform that also underpins the XC40. Henrik Green, head of the company’s research and development team, revealed that its battery-electric powertrain will offer up to 310 miles (approx. 500 km) of range, making it a “long-range” EV like the Tesla Model 3.
And just like Tesla’s cars, the 310-mile figure corresponds to the biggest, most expensive battery pack you could get. A smaller, more affordable pack delivering a lower range will be also available, though it’s expected that only a few buyers will choose it.
Green was quoted by Autocar as saying:
“We are coming from a history of always driving around with tons of range from a petrol tank. As generations grow up only knowing electric vehicles, I believe they will settle around a convenient battery size, what they need for one day. But in the transition time, a lot of people used to having a long range will pay for having a long range on electric vehicles.”
Volvo’s first electric car goes on sale sometime in 2019. Stay tuned for additional information as they are released.
New, 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Ups Its Small Car Game
An all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback has materialized sporting Mercedes-Benz’s latest design language and technology and premiering its new MBUX infotainment system.
Unveiled at an event in Amsterdam, the fourth-generation A-Class retains the same overall shape of its predecessor but features fewer creases and new LED headlights that are slimmer. The hood slopes at a steeper angle into a pointier snout, while the rear looks wider for a sleeker appearance.
A drag coefficient of just 0.25 and optional active grille shutters are said to make the Mercedes hatchback the most aerodynamic model in the compact class.
While the exterior doesn’t deviate too much from the previous model, the interior has been completely overhauled and is “a class” above (pun intended). Like the new G-Class, it adopts the look and feel of the S-Class and all other modern Mercedes cockpits, omitting the traditional cowl in favor of an unbroken wing-shape dashboard that’s highlighted by dual displays. Lower trim levels get a 7.0-inch screen, while premium packages come with 10.25-inch panels.
The new A-Class is the first model to offer Mercedes-Benz new MBUX multimedia system, which uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn the driver’s preferences. It is also available with head-up display, Car-to-X communication, the Vehicle Tracker and the Mercedes Me app collection.
In Europe, power is provided by the choice of two gasoline engines — 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and the 2.0-liter turbo making 163- and 221 horsepower, respectively — or a diesel mill with 114 ponies. All models come equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Despite being the smallest and most affordable Mercedes you can get, the new A-Class offers nearly all of the S-Class’ active safety and assistance systems.
The new Mercedes-Benz appears to be a very high-quality and promising subcompact, but it won’t be offered in America. Canada will get it, but just not the Good Ol’ U.S.A.
Americans have made it clear with their wallets that they don’t like hatchbacks, so they’ll have to settle for the sedan version of the A-Class.
Fisker EMotion Goes After Tesla Model S With 400-Mile Range, Super-Fast Charging
Back from the grave and still gunning for Tesla, Fisker used the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show to debut the striking EMotion, a midsize electric car that takes direct aim at the Tesla Model S with a driving range of over 400 miles and ultra-fast charging.
The EMotion is Fisker’s second attempt at an electric car after the original Fisker Karma failed to take off. Unlike the Karma, which was a range-extended electric vehicle featuring a gasoline engine as backup, the EMotion is pure-electric and offers far more range.
Unique Butterfly doors that can be opened via the driver’s smartphone provide access to an interior that has enough roof for either four or five passengers and features a large iPad-like screen for infotainment duties. Rear seat passengers get to enjoy a 27-inch screen and an electrochromic glass roof that can easily switch from transparent to fully tinted with the push of a button.
If leather seats aren’t your thing, Fisker also offers a vegan option.
The company hopes to disrupt the EV market with a solid-state battery that it produced in collaboration with Sakti3. Although the EMotion is said to have a range of 400+ miles, the ‘breakthrough’ battery technology can supposedly deliver a range of more than 500 miles on a single charge and has reduced charging times of as low as one minute.
Lidar sensors provide level 4 autonomous driving capability, while top speed is reached at 161 mph.
The Fisker EMotion is priced at $129,000 in the United States and is slated to go on sale in 2019. Would you choose it over a Tesla Model S or any other electric car?
You Can Now Have Amazon Music In Your Audi
Audi has added Amazon Music connectivity in some of its 2017 and 2018 models, notably the A3, A4, A4 allroad, Audi Q7, R8, TT and 2018 models of the Audi Q5 and A5
Users can stream Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music via the German automaker’s MMI system and MMI connect mobile application, giving you access to up to 40 million songs.
The driver uses the interface to make song selections, scroll through the playlists and stations, browse new releases and charts and search the music library.
Those with an active Audi Connect Prime subscription can also get remote vehicle services with their Audi connect mobile application, including Speed, Curfew and Valet Alerts, as well as remote lock and unlock capability and online car finder.
No more having to use Bluetooth or USB connections, which are becoming relics by the day.
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