After announcing its new EQ line of electrified vehicles, Daimler has finally unveiled the first models to wear the EQ badge, and they are not Mercedes-Benz.
Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the Smart EQ fortwo and forfour nightsky editions bring the smart marque into the new EQ sub-brand. Both feature EQ’s signature blue paint finish, as well as Brabus-designed exterior components that include a unique front spoiler, side skirts and roof-edge spoiler.
Their interiors continue the two-tone theme and boasts a Brabus dashboard and upgraded shift knob, handbrake lever, door sills and sport pedals
Dr. Annette Winkler, CEO of smart, stated:
“smart is electric, innovative, intelligent and totally unique, or in three words each: ‘smart EQ fortwo’ and ‘smart EQ forfour. With the smart EQ fortwo and forfour, we are putting the first products from the Mercedes-Benz Cars EQ family on urban roads and showing how much fun electric mobility can be.”
The Smart EQ fortwo and fortwo cabrio nightsky editions go on sale in Europe in spring 2018, while the EQ forfour follows a few months later.
New Lexus UX Unveiled , arrives in December
Toyota’s luxury division has bolstered its SUV-crossover lineup with a compact CUV, the new Lexus UX.
Debuting at the 2018 Geneva Motor show and billed as a ‘gateway model’ for new urban customers “in a dynamic and growing” segment, the UX is essentially a Toyota C-HR but, fortunately, looks more expensive and upscale inside and out.
It rides on Lexus’ new GA-C (Global Architecture – Compact) platform — a variation of the Toyota New Global Architecture — and measures five inches shorter than the Lexus NX crossover at 177 inches (4,495 mm) long, which should make it easier to fit into those tight city parking spaces.
The exterior adopts many of the larger sibling’s styling cues such as the polarizing spindle grille and sculpted panels, though the full-width taillights are distinct. The interior is also an upgrade over the C-HR, featuring new seats, new materials, new tech and more refinement.
The Lexus UX launches in two flavors — UX 200 and UX 250h. The UX 200 gets it power from a new 168-hp 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that’s mated to a CVT, while the UX 250h pairs the same engine with a new fourth generation hybrid drive system that produces 176-hp. A new E-Four system grants the UX 250h all-wheel drive capability by using an additional electric motor on the rear axle.
The new Lexus UX goes on sale in December 2018.
Range Rover SV Coupe – An Expensive Two-Door SUV For The Rich
Jeep Wrangler aside, when was the last time you saw a two-door SUV? Back in the late 90s? Early 2000s maybe? Well, Land Rover feels it’s been too long since we’ve had one and has prepared a two-door Range Rover specifically for a very few individuals with deep pockets.
We say a “very few” individuals because only 999 examples of the Range Rover SV Coupe will be made, with each costing £240,000 in the UK. And what does all that money get you? The finest Land Rover Range Rover has to offer, of course.
The Coupe’s silhouette is unmistakable, but without a good look at the side, you probably wouldn’t notice the absence of two doors. Other distinct exterior touches include unique side vents, a modified grille design, and Range Rover’s first-ever 23-inch wheel option.
Ride height has also been lowered by 8 mm and the suspension retuned to give the SV Coupe a sportier look and ride.
Things are extra special inside, where we find unique semi-aniline leather front seats with a gradated diamond quilt design and the choice of three elegant wood veneers and four front-to-rear contrast interior color options. A range of single-tone interior colors is also available.
Want to make your ride even more special? Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations gives you access to 100 more paint colors, unique ‘match to sample’ hues with a range of finishes; contrast stitching; headrest embroidery; door handle and tread plate engraving; and semi-precious metal badging.
The Range Rover SV Coupe is the fastest full-size Range Rover to date, thanks in large part to a 5.0-liter Supercharged V8 that produces 557 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. It is capable of hitting 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) from a standstill in just 5 seconds and a top speed of 165 mpg (266 km/h), which are impressive figures for such a large vehicle.
Notwithstanding the fact that two-door SUVs have never truly been popular (the two-door Jeep Wrangler doesn’t sell near as well as the four-door Wrangler), does the Range Rover SV Coupe make you want to see more two-door SUVs? Share your impressions in the comments below.
Bentley Bentayga SUV Goes Hybrid, But Why?
Bentley has introduced a plug-in hybrid version of the Bentayga as part of the Volkswagen Group’s shift towards electrification. The company bills it as the world’s first luxury hybrid,” but is it really?
There is no argument, however, that the Bentayga hybrid is Bentley’s “first step towards electrification” and its most efficient vehicle to date. Power is provided by a plug-in hybrid powertrain consisting of a new V6 gas engine that’s mated to an electric motor that also serves as a generator, allowing the large SUV to travel purely on electricity for over 31 miles (50 km) in the European cycle. It takes up to 7.5 hours to charge the battery using a domestic household socket and just 2.5 hours with a quick charger.
Visually, the Bentayga plug-in hybrid looks almost identical to the gasoline-powered Bentayga models, with a “hybrid” badge on the tailgate, front doors and sill plates being the most conspicuous exterior differentiator.
There story is a little bit different inside, where the auto-stop/start button has been replaced with a hybrid-themed drive mode selector with three driving modes — EV, Hybrid and Hold. The first two modes are self-explanatory; the Hold mode maintains the battery’s state of charge in all operations.
The Bentley Bentayga was likely a result of regulatory requirements rather than genuine interest from the company’s wealthy clients, who are generally not swayed by fuel-efficiency or gas prices. Sales begin in the second half of 2018.