Monthly Archives: February 2019

Ahead of making its full debut at the Geneva Motor Show, SsangYong have teased us with a first look at their new, fourth-generation Korando.

Whilst full details haven’t been disclosed, we do know that the new model has been redesigned – and to good effect to our eyes. The headliners of the new look are the headlights and the new grille, which give the little SUV a look of purpose.

SsangYong have paired this with a refined interior and added enhanced driver assistance, safety systems and mobile connectivity. Seating will be four-way adjustable, and there will be a 9″ infotainment screen and a 10.25″ full colour LCD cluster that can also accommodate navigation instructions.

Powering the new model will be a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol and an update on the 1.6 diesel equivalent at launch – with an EV to follow.

Further details will become apparent after the big reveal at the Geneva Motor Show.

Chief among the updates to Volvo’s range-topping SUV is an energy recovery system, that works with the existing combustion units and will wear the new ‘B’ badging.

The flagship XC90 can offer an 15% increase in fuel frugality and emission reductions, and the new brake-by-wire system works in conjunction with the energy-recovery system.

These new powertrains join the T8 twin-engine PHEV version of the XC90, which is subtly refreshed on the exterior, with new alloys, exterior colours and an updated grille at the forefront of the updates.

Safety features include blind spot information system, automatic city braking that recognises pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. So drivers will be helping save the polar bears in more ways than one… Oncoming lane mitigation still remains, having been introduced on the XC60, and the cross traffic alert technology also now works with the autobrake function.

The XC90 is also now compatible with Android Auto, joining Apple CarPlay, and the Sensus infotainment system also integrates Spotify in places throughout the XC90 range.

The 2020 model year version will enter production in Sweden this May, with UK orders opening in mid-March. Full pricing will come in due course, with first deliveries anticipated to be late in Q2 of this year.

Jeep have let loose the pricing for the new JL Wrangler that will be hitting the UK showrooms this year.

The range starts at £44,865 for a two-door Sahara Wrangler with a 2.2-litre MultiJet II diesel, worthy of 200bhp and fitted, of course, with four-wheel drive as standard. The petrol equivalent incorporates the new 2.0-litre 272bhp GME unit, and has the same starting price as the diesel.

For an extra £1,500 you can upgrade the petrol Sahara to a four-door, but the more practical diesel is £500 dearer still.

Overland models cost £46,865 or £48,365 for two or four door models, regardless of which engine they use, and the same goes for the Rubicon variants.

All Wrangler models will be available with Jeeps 5-3-5 warranty, servicing and roadside assistance initiative.

Jeep have also recently announced that they will be making a pick-up variant of the JL, called the Gladiator, which we can expect to arrive by next year.

Land Rover have introduced a new variation of the Range Rover Sport – the HST – which features a new, 400bhp petrol V6.

The unit is helped by a mild hybrid system, that includes a 48-volt supercharger system that reduces turbo lag but can pair impressive performance with 30.5mpg – which isn’t bad for a fast Rangey.

The 3.0-litre Ingenium unit is paired to an electric motor that harnesses energy during deceleration and stores it in the 48-volt battery, to then be re-used through torque assist and reduce the CO2 emissions of the engine by reducing its workload.

Other features include start-stop functionality, to reduce emissions in heavier traffic, whilst the special edition HST model also has bespoke badging and carbon fibre trim on its bonnet. Like many recent Land Rover special editions, the colours on offer are Santorini Black, Fuji White, Indus Silver, Firenze Red and Carpathian Grey.

Inside, there is a new colour pattern featuring suedecloth and HST badging. The new edition also features JLR’s safety features, which include advanced cruise control and high-speed emergency braking. There is also, of course, the latest version of the Terrain Response four-wheel drive system.

On the market now, the HST pricing begins at £81,250 on the road.

The Range Rover Velar has turned heads and won awards for being achingly pretty and smartly suave. But that’s changed a little bit with the introduction of the new SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition, that comes with five-litres V8 beneath the sleek bonnet.

That big supercharged heart beats out 542bhp and propels the Velar from stationary to sixty in 4.3-seconds and will reach its terminal velocity at 170mph. To cope with the uncouth power, the Velar has been equipped with uprated brakes and suspension, alongside bespoke calibration for everything from the powertrain to the safety systems, to marry up the injection of the performance with the smooth and cosseting ride synonymous with the Range Rover nameplate. There is also a transmission tunnel undertray to improve aerodynamics of the vehicle.

A project brought to fruition by the JLR SVO team, there are several visual clues that distinguish the Dynamic Edition from its siblings – just in case the V8 soundtrack gets missed. These include a revised front bumper with bigger air intakes to cool the braking system along with feeding the engine. A new grille and lower side mouldings add distinction to the Velar and the rear bumper has been revised to accommodate the rather sizeable quad exhaust pipes. On that topic, the custom sports exhaust system is 7.1kg lighter than the standard pipes.

At each corner of the Dynamic Edition you’ll find lightweight 21-inch alloys, with those at the front paired with 395mm brake discs and the rears a mm larger. The calipers are four-piston variants at the front and sliding calipers at the rear, all of which are painted red and are emblazoned with the words ‘LAND ROVER‘.

Interior enhancements have also been bestowed upon the Dynamic Edition, as it is still a SVAutobiography model, and must behave as so. There’s no centre tape on the steering wheel, nor carbon fibre bucket seats. Twin-stitched quilted Windsor leather adorns the seating – which in the front is 20-way adjustable and both heated and cooled – a textile unique to this model. The colour options for the leather are Ebony, Cirrus, Vintage Tan and Pimento. Oh, they also have massage functionality as standard.

Drivers will steer the vessel with a unique sports steering wheel, which has a contoured rim and aluminium shift paddles. An optional carbon fibre pack will add sporty snippets of the lightweight material.

Available in six exterior colours (Firenze Red, Santorini Black, Corris Grey, Fuji White, Indus Silver and by special order Satin Byron Blue), all of which come with a contrasting black roof as standard.

The SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition Velar costs from £86,120 on the road in the UK – and will only be on sale for a single year.