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  • G80 BMW M3, G82 BMW M4 get M Performance parts

    With the debuts of the latest G80-generation BMW M3 and the G82 BMW M4 come the suite of M Performance parts for the latest two- and four-door exponents of the German marque’s high-performance M division, which have also become available for sale.

    The range of parts made available for both the sedan and coupe encompass both exterior and interior, where the former stands to offer benefits in weight savings and aerodynamics, while the latter offers personalisation of the vehicles’ cabins with carbon-fibre and Alcantara.

    Starting with the exterior, the M Performance bodykit is comprised of a front attachment and a front splitter made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), and M Performance Aero Flicks, or dive planes. On the side profile, CFRP air breathers and side skirts help add to the cars’ visual length.

    The rear end gets a CFRP rear diffuser combined with the M Performance titanium silencer and the carbon/titanium tailpipe trim module with a ceramic coating and matte black finish, while a choice of rear winglets and bootlid-mounted spoiler top the exterior’s visual augmentations. The exteriors of the M3 and M4 can be outfitted with M Performance Motorsport decal set, which are tailor-cut the fit each bodystyle.

    The M3 and M4 can be specified with the M Performance sport coilover suspension system, that offers infinitely adjustable ride height between that is between five to 20 mm lower than the ride height on the base M models. The recommended default is set to 10 mm lower than the standard cars’, while damper adjustment is unchanged.

    There isn’t a full big-brake kit on offer here, though the M Performance range does offer sport brake pads that guarantee shorter braking distances, better response characteristics and high thermal resistance, says BMW, adding that drivers who plan to regularly take their M3 or M4 to the track will benefit from the improved braking performance.

    The M Performance range for both the G80 M3 and the G82 M4 also feature forged alloy wheels sized up to 21 inches in diameter, in mixed diameters and widths front and rear. The wheel range here starts with the M Performance 963M Y-spoke forged alloy wheel finished in Frozen Gunmetal Grey and M Performance script, measuring 19 inches and 20 inches front and rear respectively, fitted with mixed-width tyres.

    This is joined by the choice of the M Performance 1000M cross-spoke forged alloy wheel, that can be specified in a matte Gold Bronze or matte Jet Black with M Performance script. These measure 20 inches and 21 inches front and rear respectively, and as with the 963M wheel design, are sized for mixed-width tyres front and rear. For those who encounter winter climates, a 19-inch double-spoke 829M winter wheel set is available, and these are designed for easy cleaning.

    Both the M3 and M4 also get to be optioned with M Performance interior parts. The M Performance door sill with CFRP insert and M Performance coloured script add visual motorsport flair, and these can be complemented with M Performance CFRP matte-coated interior trim as well as Alcantara upholstery. Constrast stitching in M colours add to the highlights, while M Performance front and rear floor mats liven up the base of the cabin.

    Certainly, the hot seat does not miss out, as the driver gets an M Performance carbon-fibre-trimmed steering wheel with Alcantara grip zones and a blue 12 o’clock centre marker strip. The helm can additionally be specified with M Performance shift paddles, which offer a carbon fabric surface instead of the standard chrome-finished items for an even more personalised touch.

    Further M Performance aesthetic is offered with the M Performance slide set for the LED door projectors, from which the BMW M logo and other M Performance motifs can be projected. The car key can be outfitted with the M Performance key wallet, finished in Alcantara with a carbon-fibre insert and protects the key from scratches and damage. Also available is an indoor car cover with unique design features.

    At launch, the G80 M3 and G82 M4 arrives with rear-wheel-drive and a six-speed manual gearbox in standard 480 hp form, or an eight-speed automatic transmission in 510 hp Competition guise. The latter can be optioned with the M xDrive all-wheel-drive from next year, where an electronic multi-plate clutch varies output between the front and rear wheels, while the Active M differential manages torque on the rear axle.

    GALLERY: G80 BMW M3, G82 BMW M4

    GALLERY: G80 BMW M3 Competition

    GALLERY: G82 BMW M4 Competition

  • Dewan Negara passes Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2020 – heavier penalties for reckless, drunk driving

    Harsher penalties are in store for those charged for driving recklessly and while under the influence of drugs and alcohol now that the proposed amendments to Sections 41 to 45 of the Road Transport Act 1987 have been passed by the Dewan Negara.

    Tabled by deputy transport minister Hasbi Habibollah, the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2020 was approved yesterday with the support of the majority of senate members, Bernama reports. During the winding up of the debate on the bill, he said the objective of the amendments was to make the law a strong deterrent measure against such behaviour. “Hopefully, this will have a positive impact on road safety and the safety of all road users,” he said.

    In all, the bill contains 15 amendments, which adopt heavier penalties as previously proposed. Among them is the amendment to Section 41 of Act, with the fines and maximum jail term for those convicted of causing death due to reckless and dangerous driving being increased to RM20,000 to RM50,000 and/or a five to 10 year jail sentence from the previous RM5,000 to RM20,000 fine and/or a jail term of two to 10 years.

    Amendments have also been made to Section 44 of the same act. Now, those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent of causing death are set to face a jail term between 10 and 15 years and fined between RM50,000 to RM100,000, and they will also be disqualified from holding a driving licence for a period of 10 years for the first offence.

    For a subsequent offence, the jail sentence will be between 15 to 20 years and the maximum fine will further be increased to RM150,000. Previously, the maximum jail time was 10 years and the maximum fine was RM20,000.

    The penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent of causing injury without death have also been increased. Those convicted for this will face a seven to 10 year jail term and a fine from RM30,000 to RM50,000 for the first offence. A subsequent offence will see penalties being increased to a 10 to 15 year jail term and a RM50,000 to RM100,000 fine.

    Also amended in the bill is the prescribed limits of alcohol as detected through breathalyser, urine and blood tests. Under the new law, the limit of alcohol content is now 22 microgrammes in 100 ml of breath, 50 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood and 67 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of urine, levels which are in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) standards.


  • 2021 Range Rover Velar gains some styling changes, new P400e plug-in hybrid variant with 53 km EV range

    The Range Rover Velar has been given some updates for the 2021 model year, with significant changes involving its powertrain line-up and list of available technologies. Order taking for the revised Velar has already begun in the United Kingdom, with prices starting from 46,110 pounds sterling (RM243,747).

    There aren’t any styling changes externally, but the Velar mirrors the Jaguar F-Pace by introducing a new plug-in hybrid variant called the P400e. This comes with a 2.0 litre Ingenium turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 300 PS and 400 Nm of torque, which is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

    An electric motor rated at 143 PS (105 kW) and 275 Nm, along with a belt-integrated starter generator (BISG), are also part of the system, which altogether, provides 404 PS and 640 Nm. According to Land Rover, the P400e takes 5.4 seconds to get from zero to 100 km/h, but it’s the efficiency that’s more important, as it has a claimed fuel consumption of just 2.2 l/100 km (45.4 km/l) while emitting as little as 49 g/km of CO2.

    Powering said electric motor is a 17.1-kWh lithium-ion battery mounted beneath the boot floor, which provides up to 53 km of electric-only range. The P400e comes with a seven-kW onboard AC charger, and when plugged into an appropriate domestic wallbox or public charger – rated at seven kW or higher – via a Type 2 connector, it’ll take one hour and 40 minutes to get from 0-80% state of charge (SoC).

    If that’s too much time taken away from your life, the PHEV also supports DC fast charging up to 32 kW with a CCS connector, whereby the same run from 0-80% SoC takes just half an hour. For those who prefer not to plug their Velar into anything, Land Rover also offers the model with a selection of 3.0 litre Ingenium turbocharged straight-six petrol and diesel engines, which boast 48-volt mild hybrid technology.

    On the petrol front, there’s the P340 and P400, with the former producing 340 PS and 480 Nm, enabling a century sprint time of 6.3 seconds. Meanwhile, the P400 serves up 400 PS and 550 Nm for a 0-100 km/h time of 5.5 seconds.

    The oil burner here is the D300, which makes 300 PS and 650 Nm, but is the slowest of the bunch, requiring 6.5 seconds to complete the century sprint. Land Rover says a smaller, four-cylinder Ingenium diesel mill will be introduced to the Velar later on as the D200, which will also get the same mild hybrid tech. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic and four-wheel drive.

    On the inside, the Velar gets the new Pivi and Pivi Pro infotainment systems like those used on the F-Pace. The dual-screen hardware is retained here, but with significantly improved graphics and new software for a better user experience, which is further backed by improved responsiveness thanks to Jaguar Land Rover’s new underlying Electrical Vehicle Architecture (EVA 2.0).

    Like many other infotainment systems, there are plenty of connected services available at the user’s fingertips, along with access to over-the-air updates. Beyond the new infotainment systems, the Velar also gains Active Road Noise Cancellation to create a more serene cabin, while an air filtration system works with the existing air ionisation feature to filter out PM2.5 particulates so passengers breathe cleaner air.

    Land Rover also offers the second-generation Activity Key, which is water-resistant and shock-proof, and now incorporates an LCD watch. This can be used to replace the standard key fob when necessary, say when you’re going kayaking or hiking.

    Other notable changes include a more elegant steering wheel design with a smaller centre boss and revised touch buttons, along with a stubby gear selector instead of a rotary dial found in previous Velar models.

  • Toyota Gazoo Racing Young Talent Development Program finds, nurtures M’sian motorsport prospects

    UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) today announced the Gazoo Racing Young Talent Development Program, which aims to identify and nurture young Malaysian racing talent between the ages of 14 and 20 who are transitioning from karting and sim-racing to saloon car racing.

    The programme scouted and drafted six young racers (based on their karting and sim-racing accomplishments, overall performance and level of commitment) to be coached before being provided with the opportunity to compete in Season 4 of the Toyota Vios Challenge series.

    They are sim racers Mika Hakimi, 17 and Naquib Azlan, 20; and karters Amer Harris, 17, Jwan Hii, 18, Putera Adam, 14, and Troy Eimann, aged 16.

    “One of the principal achievements of the Toyota Vios Challenge has been its ability to not only attract young racers but giving them an equal opportunity to excel competing alongside more experienced racers,” said Akio Takeyama, Gazoo Racing Malaysia’s chief motorsports officer.

    “In three seasons of the Toyota Vios Challenge, we have noticed a stream of young drivers making their way into the series. Affordability and cost of participation has certainly played a significant part in this but its one-make race format has also provided young drivers as well as newcomers with a fair and level playing field in terms of racing as they compete against more experienced drivers. This and the combination of having to drive in a super competitive environment has resulted in an accelerated learning curve,” he added.

    Successful examples include the crowning of 16-year-old Hayden Haikal as the Sporting Class champion in Season 3 with another teen driver, 18-year-old Bradley Benedict Anthony clinching second place overall in what was only his first year of saloon car racing. Both were karters making the transition to saloon car racing.

    Takeyama said the Gazoo Racing Young Talent Development Program underlined UMWT’s continued investment and commitment towards the development of Malaysian motorsports.

    Takeyama, whose day job is deputy chairman of UMWT, says that the past three seasons of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival and Toyota Vios Challenge one-make race was about bringing motorsports to the masses, cultivating greater awareness, interest and appreciation in motor-racing. The concept of racing on street circuits not only made racing even more accessible to the general public, but it provided drivers with a unique challenge that placed emphasis on precision driving.

    The six young racers drafted into the programme will undergo training both on and off the track under the guidance of instructors at the Gazoo Racing School beginning this month. They must satisfy a number of criteria before being certified competent to race. The racers must also fulfil all conditions for the issuance of a national competition license by the Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM). Congrats and all the best, guys!

  • Flux Business Class launched – hassle-free company car subscriptions starting from RM1,805 per month

    Car subscription service Flux is opening itself up to commercial customers with a new offering called Flux Business Class. The product provides businesses with a cost-competitive and hassle-free way of adding to their company car fleets, it says, with neither the credit burden and maintenance costs of buying a car outright, nor the expense and inflexibility of a lease.

    Flux is providing one-, two- and three-year subscription plans with no downpayment, enabling companies to get a car without expending any unnecessary cashflow (there’s also no start fee, unlike the consumer offerings). As usual, monthly payments include insurance, road tax, maintenance and wear-and-tear costs.

    One big benefit of Business Class, Flux says, is the fact that it is an off-balance sheet expense, so businesses won’t have to declare their cars as assets – meaning that they can claim a greater tax deduction. The company will also continually refresh the fleet to ensure customers can continue to reap the benefits throughout the subscription period.

    Flux will also provide a courtesy car when required and manage maintenance and documentation renewals. Another advantage for commercial customers is the ability to have a single account and online bill for the entire fleet, with the option to pay via either a corporate card or direct debit. Car usage and health analytics and 24-hour roadside assistance are also offered.

    Customers will be able to choose from a range of new and pre-owned vehicles from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, Honda, Toyota, Kia, Peugeot, Nissan, Volvo, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, Isuzu and Ford. Flux has also added Protons to the fleet recently and plans to expand with new units of the X70 and the forthcoming X50. Various body styles are being offered, with monthly payments starting from RM1,805 for a sedan, RM2,135 for an SUV, RM3,405 for an executive sedan, RM3,140 for an MPV and RM2,458 for a pick-up truck.

    Business Class customers will get their own account manager that will provide a proposal and a quotation when they sign up. Once they agree, the concierge will deliver the car to the home or office and start the subscription. For more information, visit the official website. What do you think – is this a worthwhile option for corporate consumers? Sound off in the comments after the jump.

  • Carsome launches store selling used cars on Shopee

    Fresh from launching its B2C online marketplace and flagship store, Carsome now has an official store selling used cars on Shopee. We’ve seen OEMs selling new cars and merchandise on the e-commerce platform before, but this is the first time anyone is selling used cars there.

    What this means is that consumers can now browse and purchase a selection of used cars on Shopee. All the cars listed in Carsome’s official store on Shopee come with full specification and photos in various angles. Most importantly, the cars are Carsome Certified, which means that they come with a one-year warranty and a five-day money back guarantee – that’s right, a money back guarantee, which you can read in full here.

    Carsome Certified cars have gone through the company’s 175-point inspection, the same one it uses when purchasing your car for resale. This ensures that the cars have not been in major accidents, and do not have structural or flood damage.

    “We are proud to work with Shopee, who have been very supportive in our endeavour to reshape and elevate the used car buying experience through digitalisation,” said Carsome co-founder and group CEO Eric Cheng.

    “The launch of Carsome’s store on Shopee is also just in time for our upcoming 10.10 Shopee Brands Festival. Carsome will gain exposure from the increased customer traffic to the platform and by leveraging it, bring about the awareness that users can now experience a new way of shopping for quality used cars,” said Ian Ho, Shopee’s regional MD.

    Here’s an opening promo. Shopee users can purchase a RM500 cash voucher at a promotional price of RM199, and use it to pay downpayment for selected cars.

    Those who purchase a car on Shopee will also get free merchandise for test drives, a RM500 discount for those who have previously sold their cars to Carsome, and a referral scheme with combined cash rewards of RM800. A simple search for “Carsome” on Shopee should take you to the official store.

    We caught up with Cheng and fellow co-founder Teoh Jiun Ee last month and found the startup to be in very good health. Last year was Carsome’s best ever year with 40,000 cars worth RM1.2 billion handled across the region – besides Malaysia, Carsome operates in Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore.

    Now, one would be forgiven for thinking that Covid-19 has dampened prospects for the company, but it is actually well on track to double 2019’s 40k total this year. That bullish stance is in-line with the big boom the used car sector is currently enjoying. Click on the links to read more and also check out our used car buying guide.

  • Garrett files for bankruptcy protection amid pandemic struggles, dispute with former parent firm Honeywell

    Automobile components supplier Garrett Motion stated earlier this week that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, as it struggles with debt amid the Covid-19 pandemic as well as a dispute former parent company Honeywell over asbestos liabilities.

    Known for its turbochargers, Garrett has entered into a ‘stalking horse’ purchase agreement with private equity firm KPS Capital Partners for US$2.1 billion (RM8.74 billion). This agreement implies that any other bids to come in must be higher than the offer made by KPS, and is subject to court approval, Automotive News reported.

    Garrett Motion is seeking court approval for $250 million (RM1.04 billion) debtor-in-possession financing facility, according to Automotive News, and the auto parts manufacturer expects to continue operations without interruption throughout the reorganisation process. Its largest customer is Ford, which accounted for 12% of sales in 2019, according to Garrett’s annual report.

    The company’s struggles have been compounded by inheriting what it claims to be former parent company Honeywell’s liabilities related to asbestos exposure claims, the report said.”The financial strains of the heavy debt load and liabilities we inherited in the spin-off from Honeywell – all exacerbated by Covid-19 – have created significant long-term burden on our business,” Garrett CEO Olivier Rabiller said in a statement.

    On the other side, Honeywell said Garrett was pursuing a bankruptcy “to avoid the legitimate and reasonable financial commitments” the company assumed as part of its spin-off in 2018. “Garrett always has been capable of fulfilling those obligations with the assets it received in the spinoff,” Honeywell said in a statement according to Automotive News.

  • 2021 Kia Sorento for the US – three-row SUV offered with four powertrains, six- or seven-seat layouts

    Following the debut of the fourth-generation Kia Sorento in March, the three-row SUV has now been announced for the United States. Expected to go on sale later this year for the 2021 model year, the Sorento will be offered in five trim levels – LX, S, EX, SX and SX-Prestige – with pricing to be revealed later on.

    The latest Sorento rides on Kia’s N3 platform, which is said to offer better torsional rigidity (12.5% higher) and a lower body-in-white weight of 5.6% at just 56 kg. Key to these improvements is the use of steel and aluminium in the construction process, along with a greater percentage of Advanced High-Strength Steel and hot-stamped steel components.

    Said body has grown by 10 mm in each direction, as the SUV now measures 4,810 mm long, 1,900 mm wide and 1,695 mm tall. The wheelbase also gains an additional 35 mm to now span 2,815 mm, which provides more interior space.

    As for the look of the new Sorento, it is undoubtedly a bolder design compared to its predecessor. A lot more angular in appearance, highlights include a “tiger nose” grille at the front that flow neatly into slim LED headlamps with L-shaped daytime running lights.

    Down the flanks, cues such as the fender gills and “shark” fin that rises from the window line add to the visual drama, along with vertical taillights and sculpted tailgate around back. If that isn’t enough, the lower apron of the rear bumper sports a black insert with a contrasting surround.

    The interior is equally a big of a departure from the third-generation model, with vertical air vents that appear to be mimic the exterior taillights. Prominently displayed on the dashboard is a 10.25-inch touchscreen display on higher-end trims, with lesser ones receiving a smaller eight-inch unit instead.

    The display works with the car’s infotainment system, which can be specified with UVO Link telematics for various connected services, along with a 12-speaker Bose premium sound system. A first for a Kia SUV is an available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that taps into the car’s Blind View Monitor so you get a live video view of adjacent lanes when you activate the turn signal.

    Other features mentioned include automatic climate control with rear vents, up to eight USB charging ports, a wireless charging pad, Rear Occupant Alert, plus wheel sizes ranging from 17 to 20 inches. Kia is also offering two seating layouts, with the first being the conventional 2-3-2 with a second-row bench, or a 2-2-2 option that gets two captain’s chairs instead.

    Also available as an option is the X-Line package, which serves to imbue some ruggedness into the Sorento. With it, owners get an additional inch (25 mm) of ride height to 8.3 inches (211 mm), along with exclusive exterior details and a bridge-type roof rack. It also includes standard torque-on-demand all-wheel drive with a centre-locking differential and downhill descent control.

    On the mention of mechanicals, the Sorento for the US market comes with four powertrain options, including two electrified options. At the base of the range is a 2.5 litre GDI four-cylinder that makes 191 hp and 247 Nm of torque, which comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission, with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive – the latter includes torque-vectoring via a centre-locking differential.

    Moving up, there’s the turbocharged version of the 2.5 litre GDI that makes 281 hp and 422 Nm. This mill gets a fancier eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission instead, also with the option of FWD and AWD. The added grunt allows for a maximum towing capability of 1,588 kg (3,500 pounds).

    On the electrified side of things, the Sorento can be ordered with a hybrid powertrain that consists of a 1.6 litre turbocharged GDI engine and a 59 hp (44 kW) electric motor integrated into six-speed automatic gearbox. The front-wheel drive hybrid variant powers the electric motor via a five-kWh battery, with the whole system delivering 227 hp.

    The final powertrain on the list is a plug-in hybrid, which also uses the turbo 1.6 litre GDI and six-speed auto, but with a more powerful 90 hp (66.9 kW) electric motor. Kia claims up to 48 km (30 miles) of all-electric range from an eight-kWh battery, and unlike the aforementioned hybrid variant, this one is all-wheel drive with 261 hp.

    Lastly, there are 16 “Kia Drive Wise” Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) that are available for the Sorento, with standard ones being Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with pedestrian detection, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Following Assist.

    Add-ons that come with higher-end variants or specified packages include Blind Spot Collision Avoidance, cyclist detection for FCA, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Parking Distance Warning-Reverse, Parking Collision Avoidance Assist, Navigation Based Smart Cruise Control-Curve, Highway Driving Assist and Safe Exist Assist.

    2021 Kia Sorento with X-Line package (US market)

    2021 Kia Sorento SX (US market)

  • Proton X50 ‘tuned for Malaysian roads’ – 1.9 million km, 75,000 hours of testing; validation still ongoing

    More info on the Proton X50 from the recent City Preview event is trickling in, in addition to what we’ve shared with you from the media preview in Tanjung Malim last week. We’ve seen the X50’s claimed fuel consumption figures, and now here’s another claim – one with regards to the testing that went into the new model.

    It’s no secret that the Proton X50 is essentially a right-hand-drive Geely Binyue a.k.a. Coolray in some markets. But the Proton X50 is the first RHD version of the B-segment SUV, and as we’ve seen with the Geely Boyue-to-X70 conversion, there’s a fair bit more to be done than just flipping the steering wheel. The X50 has 406 parts that are different from the Binyue, for instance. Local content is 40% at launch.

    It has now been revealed that the Proton spent 75,000 man hours on testing the X50, and has completed 1.9 million km of local road testing of the SUV, which is claimed to be “tuned for Malaysian roads”. We’ve been told that it’s not the full-blown “Proton Ride and Handling” package but minor adjustments on the Binyue, like what they did for the CKD X70.

    Why are we still seeing camouflaged mules running around despite the X50’s launch being just around the corner? We posed the question to X50 vehicle programme executive Mohd Haizam Bin Ghazali (basically, he’s the man in charge for all things X50, like a programme manager) and he confirmed that test cars are still piling on the miles.

    Mohd Haizam explained that while production of the X50 started in mid August in Tg Malim, Proton has not completed the development of the car, and there’s still work to be done. The X50 test mules that are still on the road are the continuation of reconfirmation activities, and there’s also some validation work to be completed. Also still running are audit cars for quality. More on the work behind Geely-to-Proton, LHD-to-RHD conversions here.

    Also mentioned at the City Preview customer event is that the Adaptive Cruise Control function – which allows the car to follow, stop and turn autonomously, keeping you in lane with steering assist – works at speeds of up to 150 km/h, just like on the X70 Premium.

    The top 1.5 TGDi Flagship version of the X50 comes with the full ADAS pack that includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane centring assist, lane keeping assist, auto high beam and blind spot monitoring with a door opening warning. There’s also a parking assist system that enables autonomous parallel and perpendicular parking moves, something even the X70 Premium doesn’t have.

    We’ve already covered the X50 extensively from the media preview that happened last week, and you can check it out here. Below are the spec-by-spec differences that we know so far. Bear in mind though that all the images you see here are of the range-topping Flagship – Proton has yet to reveal the other variants in the metal.

    2020 Proton X50 1.5T Standard
    Gets as standard:

    • 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder MPI engine
    • Around 150 PS and 226 Nm of torque
    • Seven-speed (wet) dual-clutch automatic transmission with manual mode (no paddle shifters)
    • Four airbags (front and side)
    • LED headlamps and DRLs
    • 17-inch alloy wheels
    • Quad exhaust pipes
    • Full carbon fibre-print bodykit
    • Fabric seats
    • Rear air con vents
    • Digital instrument cluster
    • Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment unit
    • Reverse camera
    • Electronic parking brake with auto brake hold

    2020 Proton X50 1.5T Executive
    Adds on:

    • Six airbags (front, side, curtain)
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Automatic headlamps
    • Front fog lamps
    • Leatherette seats

    2020 Proton X50 1.5T Premium
    Adds on:

    • Tyre pressure monitoring system
    • 18-inch alloy wheels with red brake callipers
    • Powered driver’s seat
    • 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit
    • 360-degree camera

    2020 Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship
    Adds on:

    • 1.5 litre turbocharged direct injection three-cylinder engine
    • 177 PS and 255 Nm of torque
    • Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS)
    • Dual-tone exterior (black roof and pillars)
    • Panoramic sunroof

    GALLERY: 2020 Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship

    GALLERY: 2020 Proton X50 colour options

    GALLERY: 2020 Proton X50 official images

  • 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line – now with sportier looks

    The eighth-generation Hyundai Sonata gets a sportier bit of kit with the arrival of the N Line variant, bringing a host of performance-inspired changes to the four-door’s interior and exterior, a year on from its debut.

    The added sportiness in its styling on the outside comes from the N Line-badged cascading grille that is now accompanied by a more aggressive front bumper with a larger set of air intakes, while N Line side skirts and 19-inch alloy wheels on 245/40 tyres continue the theme for its side profile. At the back, the sportier look is completed by a redesigned rear bumper with a black lower section, quad exhaust outlets and diffuser.

    The theme continues to the interior of the Sonata, where N Line cues include dark chrome trim, sports seats for the front occupants, as well as red signature N Line contrast stitching for the upholstery, while the driver also gets metal-trimmed pedals.

    Technical details for the Sonata N-Line have not been mentioned by the manufacturer, though the sportier-trimmed four-door is expected to get a hike in power and torque outputs from its engine.

    This is tipped to improve upon the 191 hp and 245 Nm from the 2.5 litre naturally aspirated Smartstream GDI unit in the standard model, and Hyundai America’s director of public relations, Jim Trainor previously told Autoblog that the Sonata N-Line with “at least 275 hp, and probably a lot more.”

    The logical candidate from within Hyundai’s current range is the 2.0 litre Theta T-GDI turbocharged inline-four that makes 275 hp and 353 Nm of torque in the Veloster N. The current range of engines for the Sonata is comprised of the above 2.5 litre NA engine, and a 1.6 litre T-GDI turbocharged direct injection unit that makes 185 hp and 241 Nm of torque.

    The basic Sonata styling draws inspiration from the Le Fil Rouge concept of 2018, and the production four-door measures 4,900 mm long, 1,890 mm wide, 1,445 mm tall and a wheelbase of 2,840 mm. The standard car boasts of a drag coefficient of 0.27, with aerodynamics aided by a flat underfloor and finned tail lamps.

    Inside, a 10.25-inch infotainment screen and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster offers visual information within a new dashboard layout compared to the previous generation, and gear selection is accessed through shift-by-wire buttons instead of a conventional gear lever.

    Other interior equipment in the standard Sonata also includes a Bose Premium sound system, sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats along with navigation, while he Hyundai Digital Key employs near-field communication to allow a phone or digital device to unlock the car.

    On the safety front, the standard Sonata Line gets Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Advanced Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go, accompanied by Highway Driving Assist, Blind-Spot View Monitor and Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Safe Exit Assist.


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Last Updated 19 Sep 2020