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Archive for the ‘Geneva Motor Show’ Category

PostHeaderIcon The 2020 BMW 3 Series Touring to Debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March

Just as the hype was dying down after the 2019 BMW 3 Series’ launch at the Paris Motor Show, BMW has reignited interest in its latest new model. As per a report from L’Automobile Magazine, the German automaker will be unveiling 3 Series Touring at the Geneva Motor Show in March of next year. Actually, it’s not that much of a surprise because the touring has been sold for almost as long as the sedan.

PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4

Although critics initially derided the Gallardo as a copout for the Italian automaker, offering two fewer cylinders and a smaller on-road presence than the rest of the lineup, the “baby Lambo” quickly silenced the naysayers by selling well over 7,000 units in its first five years of production. Its performance was so impressive, the higher-ups from Sant’Agata Bolognese decided to usher in a new go-faster version for 2008, upgrading the Gallardo with fresh aesthetics and improved performance. The result was dubbed the LP560-4, and once again, customers flocked to dealers, catapulting the nameplate to the top of Lambo’s list of all-time bestsellers.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2008 – 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4.

PostHeaderIcon Seat Leon Cupra Evo 17

Although overshadowed by the Volkswagen Golf, its platform sibling, sales-wise, the Seat Leon has been the more powerful race car in various series around the world. The TCR is one of them, having been set up after Seat designed the Leon Cup Racer, also the car that was used as a template for aerodynamic regulations. The increasingly popular series is still dominated by the Leon, which received an update in 2017.

Renamed the Leon Cupra Evo 17, the Spanish race car is more aggressive than ever. The hatchback sports bigger wheel arches, just like the Volkswagen Golf GTI TRC, a massive rear wing, and the copper highlights we’ve seen on recently unveiled Cupra road models. The Leon will continue to race in the TCR International Series, where it will face competition from Audi, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Opel, Volkswagen, and many more carmakers.

Continue reading to learn
more about the Seat Leon Cup Racer Evo 17.

PostHeaderIcon Škoda Kodiaq Scout

The Skoda Kodiaq Scout represents a remarkable achievement for the Czech automaker. Lost in the madness that is the crossover and SUV segments, the Kodiaq Scout manages to create a little niche of its own. It’s not as premium as a BMW X1 or an Audi Q2. It doesn’t even have the status and name recall of volume models like the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5.Instead, the Kodiaq Scout sits in a sweet point that covers the different needs customer have for the segment. Essentially, it’s compact SUV with enough space, functionality, and practicality. It even costs a pittance, at least relative to the other models already mentioned. You may not want to hear from Skoda, but the Kodiaq Scout is making a loud impression.

Continue reading to learn more about the Škoda Kodiaq Scout.

PostHeaderIcon Lotus Exige Type 49 and Type 79

The third-generation Lotus Exige is six years old as of 2018 and a bit long in the tooth. A brand-new model is underway, but the Brits are keeping things interesting for the current model by building all sorts of special editions. At the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lotus paid tribute to two of its most iconic race cars with the Exige Type 49 and Exige Type 79.

Both cars celebrate the company’s past glory in Formula One. The Exige Type 49 marks 50 years since Graham Hill won both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships in the Type 49, while the Exige Type 49 marks 40 years since Mario Andretti did the same with the Type 79. The former race from 1967 through 1970 and won two championships, while also scoring podiums in each season. The Type 79’s career was a bit shorter, from 1978 through 1979.

Both Exige models were crafted by Lotus Exclusive, the brand’s recently established bespoke division. Let’s find out more about them below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lotus Exige Type 49 and Type 49.

PostHeaderIcon Lotus Exige Type 49 and Type 79

The third-generation Lotus Exige is six years old as of 2018 and a bit long in the tooth. A brand-new model is underway, but the Brits are keeping things interesting for the current model by building all sorts of special editions. At the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lotus paid tribute to two of its most iconic race cars with the Exige Type 49 and Exige Type 79.

Both cars celebrate the company’s past glory in Formula One. The Exige Type 49 marks 50 years since Graham Hill won both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships in the Type 49, while the Exige Type 49 marks 40 years since Mario Andretti did the same with the Type 79. The former race from 1967 through 1970 and won two championships, while also scoring podiums in each season. The Type 79’s career was a bit shorter, from 1978 through 1979.

Both Exige models were crafted by Lotus Exclusive, the brand’s recently established bespoke division. Let’s find out more about them below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lotus Exige Type 49 and Type 49.

PostHeaderIcon Add Geneva to The List of Auto Shows That Volvo Is Not Attending

Volvo is continuing to step away from attending auto shows after announcing its intention to skip the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The move is seen as the latest sign that the Swedish automaker is ready to completely drop the auto show model in favor of hosting its own events anytime it has a new model to unveil. That’s now the plan with the new S60 sedan, which the company is unveiling later this month at the opening of its new production facility in Charleston, South Carolina.

PostHeaderIcon Tata H5X Concept

Tata Motors might not be a big name in Europe and the U.S., but it one of the most important carmakers in Asia. Founded in 1945, Tata is now selling a wide range of cars and commercial vehicles, but it’s better known for owning Jaguar Land Rover, which it purchased from Ford in 2008. The Indian company is now trying to expand in markets outside Asia, and it’s joining the bigger, global auto shows with new concept cars. One such vehicle is the H5X, which was launched at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show as a preview for an upcoming crossover.

Tata says that the H5X “provides a glimpse of the future generation of Tata Motors SUV’s in terms of design, technology, and sheer capabilities” and that it sports the brand’s upcoming design language, called the Impact 2.0. It’s also the first vehicle based the new Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture, which developed in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover. Local media says that the production version will be aimed at crossovers like the Jeep Compass and the Mahindra XUV500 in India. But needless to say, the H5X will probably hit global markets as Tata’s first truly contemporary crossover sometime in 2019.

Continue reading to learn more about the Tata H5X Concept.

PostHeaderIcon Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept

While it hasn’t introduced many brand-new models in recent years, Subaru was pretty busy showcasing new design features and technologies with a range of concepts under the Viziv name. The first one arrived in 2013, and since then Subaru has launched a new Viziv design each year. The latest iteration, known as the Viziv Tourer Concept, broke cover at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and it features a five-door body layout.

Naturally, the Tourer shares many design features with previous Viziv concept cars. It also shares upcoming driver-assist technologies that we will find in production models starting 2020. But unlike some Viziv concepts, which featured hybrid powertrains, the Tourer uses a boxer engine only. The concept could preview a hatchback or wagon version of the WRX, but it could also be an early preview of the next-generation Outback.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept.

PostHeaderIcon Giugiaro GFG Sibylla EV Concept

Responsible for some of the greatest automotive designs, Giugiaro lost its place in the spotlight in recent years. But, even though it stopped working with the big automakers outside the Audi Q2 and some Chinese cars, Giugiaro rolled out a few spectacular concepts recently, including the Parcour and the Zerouno. The Italian firm introduced yet another in 2018. It’s called the GFG Sibylla, it’s fully electric, and it was developed in cooperation with Envision, a Chinese company specialized in wind turbines, energy management software, and energy technology services.

Created to celebrate Giorgetto Giugiaro’s 80th birthday, the GFG Sibylla uses Envision’s EnOS energy IoT platform, which allows the car to become intelligently integrated into the wider energy ecosystem. In short, it’s integrating EV charging into the electricity grid, a system that other automakers have been studying for quite a few years now. The Sibylla name was chosen accordingly, as it references a figure from Latin mythology endowed with the ability to provide answers and predict the future. It is also a tribute to Giorgetto’s mother, named Sibylla. Let’s find out more about the concept car in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Giugiaro GFG Sibylla EV Concept.

PostHeaderIcon Giugiaro GFG Sibylla EV Concept

Responsible for some of the greatest automotive designs, Giugiaro lost its place in the spotlight in recent years. But, even though it stopped working with the big automakers outside the Audi Q2 and some Chinese cars, Giugiaro rolled out a few spectacular concepts recently, including the Parcour and the Zerouno. The Italian firm introduced yet another in 2018. It’s called the GFG Sibylla, it’s fully electric, and it was developed in cooperation with Envision, a Chinese company specialized in wind turbines, energy management software, and energy technology services.

Created to celebrate Giorgetto Giugiaro’s 80th birthday, the GFG Sibylla uses Envision’s EnOS energy IoT platform, which allows the car to become intelligently integrated into the wider energy ecosystem. In short, it’s integrating EV charging into the electricity grid, a system that other automakers have been studying for quite a few years now. The Sibylla name was chosen accordingly, as it references a figure from Latin mythology endowed with the ability to provide answers and predict the future. It is also a tribute to Giorgetto’s mother, named Sibylla. Let’s find out more about the concept car in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Giugiaro GFG Sibylla EV Concept.

PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Le Fil Rouge

Hyundai is ready to look at the future as it reinvents itself and the Le Fil Rouge Concept is a display of how the Korean brand sees its destiny. It’s all-electric, it’s sleek, and it’s luxurious. How a model like this would wear a Hyundai badge and not a Genesis badge is a complete mystery, but the point is that Hyundai has high hopes and extreme desires. You can already see that the exterior is attractive and commanding, but inside you’ll find wood, unique styling, and heaps of technology. Oh, and like all cool-guy concepts these days, it has suicide doors as well. What else does the concept offer as far as vision goes and how much will make it to production? Let’s find out.

PostHeaderIcon Lagonda Vision Concept

Under Aston Martin ownership since 1947, Lagonda stopped making production cars in 1990, with a handful of models unveiled after the Aston Martin Lagonda sedan was discontinued. Rumored to make a comeback in the late 2000s, Lagonda finally returned to the market in 2014, when the limited-edition Taraf sedan was introduced. Four years have passed, since and Lagonda has now unveiled the Vision Concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

A futuristic vehicle with a sleek, shooting brake-like design, the Vision Concept sports a luxurious, four-seat interior that’s ready to give Rolls-Royce and Bentley products a run for their money. Like many modern concepts, it also has autonomous drive and uses a zero-emission drivetrain. More importantly, Lagonda says that the Vision Concept previews a production model that’s scheduled to hit the assembly line in 2021. The upcoming model will have an SUV body style and will borrow styling features from the Geneva show car. Until Lagonda gives us more info on the production model, let’s have a closer look at this intriguing concept vehicle.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lagonda Vision Concept.

PostHeaderIcon Renault EZ-GO

Renault has been big on the whole EV self-driver thing for the past few years now, pulling the sheets on several SYMBIOZ concepts back in 2017. The EZ-GO is the latest follow-up, offering the same drivetrain and autonomous tech as before, but with an extra dash of shared mobility services and connected features to boot. The result is a vision of the future of urban mobility, promising improvements to both energy efficiency and quality of life.

Continue reading to learn more about the Renault EZ-GO.

PostHeaderIcon Tata E-Vision Concept

Tata Motors isn’t very well known outside of its own market, but if it manages to turn out production models from its most recent concepts, it could find itself in the limelight. The 45X Coupe and H5X Concepts weren’t bad, but it’s almost like we’re watching the brand grow a little bit at a time, and you’ll think the same thing once you take a good look at the Tata E-Vision – an electric concept that has the looks to put some serious hurt on some of the big boys, if Tata can ever actually bring it to the market.

PostHeaderIcon The Eadon Green Zeclat Is One Seriously Strange Geneva Debut

This year’s Geneva International Motor Show was chock-full of debuts, both amazing, and terrible, but it also offered plenty of weirdness as well. Case in point – the Eadon Green Zeclat, a British-born, French-inspired sports car with all-American underpinnings. So what exactly is going on here?

Continue reading to learn more about the Eadon Green Zeclat.

Eadon Green Zeclat


“What makes the Zeclat truly outstanding is its styling, which takes inspiration from the famous French coach builders of the ‘30s.”

Eadon Green is a high-end boutique custom carmaker based out of the U.K. Although it has a relatively short history attached to its resume, the company jumped onto the world stage just last year with the debut of the Black Cuillin at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Based on the Rolls-Royce Wraith, the Black Cuillin stunned audiences with its retro good looks and modern underpinnings, finding a nice balance between new and old. Unfortunately, Eadon Green
declared it as a one-off that would never see full-time production, disappointing well-heeled buyers looking to add the stylish two-door to their collection.

Luckily, there’s a new model on the table. It’s called the Zeclat, and this time around, it’s a whole lot faster. Not only that, but you might even be able to buy one, if you’ve got the bank to back it.

However, before we get into the performance side of things, lets delve into what makes this thing truly special – the styling. Like the Black Cuillin, the Zeclat receives one very unusual old-school aesthetic, with a wide, low stance, long, curving fender lines, and an extended, pointed tail.

For those well versed in automotive history, the look should conjure one word – elegance. That’s because the Zeclat was inspired by the great French coach builders of the ‘30s, with Eadon Green acknowledging names like Figoni & Falaschi, Bugatti, Chapron, and PourTout as major influences in the final design.


The Eadon Green Zeclat Is One Seriously Strange Geneva Debut - image 773892
“For those well versed in automotive history, the look should conjure one word – elegance.”

You could call it Art Deco if you like, something similar to the likes of the Morgan Aero 8.

Even the paint job is a bit out there. The example you see pictured here is draped in a hue dubbed “petrol,” with a shimmering glint that shades between blue and purple depending on the angle and the lighting.

Eadon Green is offering six different wheel designs to buyers, each of which is wrapped in Michelin pilot Super Sport run-flat summer tires. Winter tires are also offered, while custom wheel designs are available upon request.

Moving into the cabin, the Zeclat is replete in high-end features. Both heating and cooling features are offered for the seats, with carbon fiber, piano-black lacquer, and polished aluminum making the materials.

The hand-stitched leather upholstery is of particular importance to the brand, as explained on its website: “Eadon Green are sticklers when it comes to leather,” the automaker states. “Our interiors are tailored using hides from Bridge of Weir Leather, a fine Scottish company established in 1905, who tan only the finest hides, sourced from the best British heritage breeds.”

Upholstery colors include a variety of standard hues, but buyers can get theirs in a custom color if desired. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included in the infotainment spec.

While the styling and interior options might suggest the easy cruising nature of an old-time classic, the Zeclat is actually very, very fast.


The Eadon Green Zeclat Is One Seriously Strange Geneva Debut - image 774986
“While the styling and interior options might suggest the easy cruising nature of an old-timey classic, the Zeclat is actually very, {very} fast.”

The body is made from lightweight carbon fiber, and comes punctuated by a variety of vents and cooling elements for the engine, brakes, and transmission. It’ll even make some usable downforce at speed, and the company reports it intends on putting the Zeclat into the wind tunnel for some proper aero tweaks in the future.

Under the long, flat hood line lies a 6.2-liter V-8 pumping out a whomping 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, all of which arrives free of any kind of power adder. Yep, ditch the turbos and superchargers and hybrid systems on this one – it’s all atmosphere.

Properly motivated, the Zeclat will rage up to 60 mph in a mere 3.6 seconds. If you’re not in the mood for rage, you could also simply cruise, and the active fuel management system will deactivate four of the cylinders for extra mpg.

Routing the output to the rear is an eight-speed automatic gearbox. There’s also a seven-speed manual transmission with active rev matching and automatic throttle blips as a no-cost option.

The bones of the machine consist of an aluminum frame and carbon-nano-composite panels, which, in conjunction with the unique packaging of the transaxle, give the Zeclat a near 50/50 front-to-back weight distribution.


The Eadon Green Zeclat Is One Seriously Strange Geneva Debut - image 774978
“Helping it corner is Magnetic Selective Suspension Control as standard, with short/long arm aluminum double wishbones in the corners.”

Helping it corner is Magnetic Selective Suspension Control as standard, with short/long arm aluminum double wishbones in the corners. A dry-sump lubrication system keeps the engine purring even when slinging through the corners.

Throwing the anchor are standard steel brakes from Brembo, with 14.6-inch rotors in front and 14.4-inch rotors in the rear. The calipers are finished in black as standard, but you can also get them in a red, blue, or yellow finish for a little extra outlay. Eadon Green is also offering custom colors, if desired.

The optional performance package tosses in new suspension pieces and upgraded brakes, with 15.5-inch carbon ceramic discs in front and 15.3-inch carbon discs in the rear.

Multiple drive modes help to dial in the experience, ranging between Sport mode for spirited driving, and Tour mode for a more relaxed demeanor. There are five driving modes total, each of which performs adjustments to the steering, throttle response, and electronic traction control.

Final touches include live data recording if you want to head to the track, as well as a heads-up display and digital readout that measures the cornering forces.


The Eadon Green Zeclat Is One Seriously Strange Geneva Debut - image 773891
“If all that sounds a little familiar, it’s because the Zeclat is basically a Chevrolet C7 Corvette Grand Sport under the skin.”

If all that sounds a little familiar, well, it should. You see, the Eadon Green Zeclat bases its interior spec, infotainment gear, and oily bits on the Chevrolet C7 Corvette Grand Sport. The 6.2-liter under the hood is the highly celebrated Chevrolet LT1, while that cabin layout is obviously all-‘Vette, plus some nicer materials.

According to an interview with Road & Track, Eadon Green founder Felix Eaton says the company could make as many as 25 units annually for the Zeclat. If all 25 are indeed snatched up, pricing would be set at around 550,000 pounds ($776,127 at current exchange rates, 03/22/2018), although it could jump to 1,000,000 pounds ($1,411,140 at current exchange rates) if production is limited to just five units total.

References


2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport - image 667635

Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport.


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Read more Geneva Motor Show news.

PostHeaderIcon The Eadon Green Zeclat Is One Seriously Strange Geneva Debut

This year’s Geneva International Motor Show was chock-full of debuts, both amazing, and terrible, but it also offered plenty of weirdness as well. Case in point – the Eadon Green Zeclat, a British-born, French-inspired sports car with all-American underpinnings. So what exactly is going on here?

Continue reading to learn more about the Eadon Green Zeclat.

Eadon Green Zeclat


“What makes the Zeclat truly outstanding is its styling, which takes inspiration from the famous French coach builders of the ‘30s.”

Eadon Green is a high-end boutique custom carmaker based out of the U.K. Although it has a relatively short history attached to its resume, the company jumped onto the world stage just last year with the debut of the Black Cuillin at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Based on the Rolls-Royce Wraith, the Black Cuillin stunned audiences with its retro good looks and modern underpinnings, finding a nice balance between new and old. Unfortunately, Eadon Green
declared it as a one-off that would never see full-time production, disappointing well-heeled buyers looking to add the stylish two-door to their collection.

Luckily, there’s a new model on the table. It’s called the Zeclat, and this time around, it’s a whole lot faster. Not only that, but you might even be able to buy one, if you’ve got the bank to back it.

However, before we get into the performance side of things, lets delve into what makes this thing truly special – the styling. Like the Black Cuillin, the Zeclat receives one very unusual old-school aesthetic, with a wide, low stance, long, curving fender lines, and an extended, pointed tail.

For those well versed in automotive history, the look should conjure one word – elegance. That’s because the Zeclat was inspired by the great French coach builders of the ‘30s, with Eadon Green acknowledging names like Figoni & Falaschi, Bugatti, Chapron, and PourTout as major influences in the final design.


The Eadon Green Zeclat Is One Seriously Strange Geneva Debut - image 773892
“For those well versed in automotive history, the look should conjure one word – elegance.”

You could call it Art Deco if you like, something similar to the likes of the Morgan Aero 8.

Even the paint job is a bit out there. The example you see pictured here is draped in a hue dubbed “petrol,” with a shimmering glint that shades between blue and purple depending on the angle and the lighting.

Eadon Green is offering six different wheel designs to buyers, each of which is wrapped in Michelin pilot Super Sport run-flat summer tires. Winter tires are also offered, while custom wheel designs are available upon request.

Moving into the cabin, the Zeclat is replete in high-end features. Both heating and cooling features are offered for the seats, with carbon fiber, piano-black lacquer, and polished aluminum making the materials.

The hand-stitched leather upholstery is of particular importance to the brand, as explained on its website: “Eadon Green are sticklers when it comes to leather,” the automaker states. “Our interiors are tailored using hides from Bridge of Weir Leather, a fine Scottish company established in 1905, who tan only the finest hides, sourced from the best British heritage breeds.”

Upholstery colors include a variety of standard hues, but buyers can get theirs in a custom color if desired. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included in the infotainment spec.

While the styling and interior options might suggest the easy cruising nature of an old-time classic, the Zeclat is actually very, very fast.


The Eadon Green Zeclat Is One Seriously Strange Geneva Debut - image 774986
“While the styling and interior options might suggest the easy cruising nature of an old-timey classic, the Zeclat is actually very, {very} fast.”

The body is made from lightweight carbon fiber, and comes punctuated by a variety of vents and cooling elements for the engine, brakes, and transmission. It’ll even make some usable downforce at speed, and the company reports it intends on putting the Zeclat into the wind tunnel for some proper aero tweaks in the future.

Under the long, flat hood line lies a 6.2-liter V-8 pumping out a whomping 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, all of which arrives free of any kind of power adder. Yep, ditch the turbos and superchargers and hybrid systems on this one – it’s all atmosphere.

Properly motivated, the Zeclat will rage up to 60 mph in a mere 3.6 seconds. If you’re not in the mood for rage, you could also simply cruise, and the active fuel management system will deactivate four of the cylinders for extra mpg.

Routing the output to the rear is an eight-speed automatic gearbox. There’s also a seven-speed manual transmission with active rev matching and automatic throttle blips as a no-cost option.

The bones of the machine consist of an aluminum frame and carbon-nano-composite panels, which, in conjunction with the unique packaging of the transaxle, give the Zeclat a near 50/50 front-to-back weight distribution.


The Eadon Green Zeclat Is One Seriously Strange Geneva Debut - image 774978
“Helping it corner is Magnetic Selective Suspension Control as standard, with short/long arm aluminum double wishbones in the corners.”

Helping it corner is Magnetic Selective Suspension Control as standard, with short/long arm aluminum double wishbones in the corners. A dry-sump lubrication system keeps the engine purring even when slinging through the corners.

Throwing the anchor are standard steel brakes from Brembo, with 14.6-inch rotors in front and 14.4-inch rotors in the rear. The calipers are finished in black as standard, but you can also get them in a red, blue, or yellow finish for a little extra outlay. Eadon Green is also offering custom colors, if desired.

The optional performance package tosses in new suspension pieces and upgraded brakes, with 15.5-inch carbon ceramic discs in front and 15.3-inch carbon discs in the rear.

Multiple drive modes help to dial in the experience, ranging between Sport mode for spirited driving, and Tour mode for a more relaxed demeanor. There are five driving modes total, each of which performs adjustments to the steering, throttle response, and electronic traction control.

Final touches include live data recording if you want to head to the track, as well as a heads-up display and digital readout that measures the cornering forces.


The Eadon Green Zeclat Is One Seriously Strange Geneva Debut - image 773891
“If all that sounds a little familiar, it’s because the Zeclat is basically a Chevrolet C7 Corvette Grand Sport under the skin.”

If all that sounds a little familiar, well, it should. You see, the Eadon Green Zeclat bases its interior spec, infotainment gear, and oily bits on the Chevrolet C7 Corvette Grand Sport. The 6.2-liter under the hood is the highly celebrated Chevrolet LT1, while that cabin layout is obviously all-‘Vette, plus some nicer materials.

According to an interview with Road & Track, Eadon Green founder Felix Eaton says the company could make as many as 25 units annually for the Zeclat. If all 25 are indeed snatched up, pricing would be set at around 550,000 pounds ($776,127 at current exchange rates, 03/22/2018), although it could jump to 1,000,000 pounds ($1,411,140 at current exchange rates) if production is limited to just five units total.

References


2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport - image 667635

Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport.


maker logos - image 763348

Read more Geneva Motor Show news.

PostHeaderIcon Toyota Aygo

Developed in partnership with Citroen and Peugeot and launched alongside the C1 and 107 (later renamed the 108), the Toyota Aygo needed just a few years to become one of the most appreciated vehicles on the mini car market. Praised for its bold styling, agile handling, peppy three-cylinder engine, and rock-solid reliability, the Aygo is among the most popular of small hatchbacks in Europe. Redesigned in 2014, the second-generation Aygo received its mid-cycle facelift at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

With a redesigned front end, new wheels and paint options, the Aygo is sportier than ever design-wise. The interior carries over mostly unchanged, but Toyota added new upholstery and a more premium look on the options list. More importantly, it refined the car’s suspension and the steering in order to fix some of the complaints it received from customers and outlets in recent years. But is it enough to give the competition a run for its money? Let’s find out in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Toyota Aygo.

Exterior

  • Aggressive front end
  • 3D “X” element
  • More angular features
  • Revised headlamps
  • New wheels
  • New paint options
  • Redesigned taillights

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“Up front, the city car looks like a brand-new one, sporting revisions all over the place and a sportier stance”

Although just a facelift to existing Aygo, the update is quite comprehensive design-wise. Up front, the city car looks like a brand-new one, sporting revisions all over the place and a sportier stance. The aggressiveness comes from the more angular lines in the bumper and the sharper headlamps, both of which are new.

The “X” that defines the current Aygo has been redesigned too. Previously a two-dimensional graphic finished in black (other color options were available too), now it’s a three-dimensional element that modifies the car’s front fascia significantly. The 3D look is complemented by new headlamps that have more angular edges and a revised cluster with new LED daytime running lights. The latter are now integrated under the plastic cover, having been moved from their previous location on the bumper. New triangular grilles placed below make the headlamps seem a bit larger and give the Aygo a more aggressive look.


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“Around back, the new taillights showcase a more modern cluster with an S-shaped LED strip”

The lower section of the “X” nose frames the front grille, which also has a revised shape. The most notable change is that the foglamps now have their own triangular sockets in the bumper. The ornamentation beneath the lights can be had in either black, gloss-black, or silver.

The profile of the updated Aygo is pretty much the same, which isn’t surprising for a mid-cycle facelift. Only two key differences can be spotted upon close inspection. Toyota introduced new wheel designs, including a black-painted, multi-spoke model, and the taillights now have more prominent outer lenses that are visible from the side. Around back, the new taillights showcase a more modern cluster with an S-shaped LED strip and revised upper brake lights and lower reverse lamps. Not only wider but now they also lack the chrome background that made them look cheap on the outgoing model. Everything else remains as before.

Of course, the Aygo gets a few new exterior colors too, including a metallic purple that makes it look like a full-fledged Kei car. And it’s cute too.

Interior

  • New instrument cluster graphics
  • New seat fabrics
  • New premium upholstery
  • Body-colored trim
  • Reduced noise and vibration

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“While the exterior looks pretty new, especially up front, the cabin carries over with almost unnoticeable changes”

While the exterior looks pretty new, especially up front, the cabin carries over with almost unnoticeable changes. The instrument cluster is the only thing that gained touch-ups, but only in the form of three-dimensional graphics and a new illumination color. Toyota also says that most grades have new seat fabrics, which is evident in the photos, but the seats are the same as the outgoing model. A new upholstery color in Quartz Grey and Piano Black is described as “more premium.” Like the outgoing model, the cabin gets body-colored trim around the A/C vents, on the upper door panels, and the gearshift knob. The floor mats also have accents that match the exterior. In this case, the black and grey are combined with metallic purple, which gives the interior a cool, youthful vibe.

“Toyota also reduced noise and vibration in the cabin”

Toyota also reduced noise and vibration in the cabin by adding sealing and sound absorption materials to the dashboard, front pillars, doors, and rear deck.

But despite the lack of major changes, the Aygo is actually a pleasant little car on the outside, and the tech package is decent, to say the least. There’s a very nice touchscreen on the center stack for the infotainment system, and the HVAC controls are grouped in a small console underneath. There’s a USB port as standard, as well as a rear view camera. Most plastic elements still look cheap, but given the price, it’s not exactly an issue. Overall fit and finish is good though, and trunk space is pretty good for this segment.

Drivetrain

  • Three-cylinder engine
  • 71 horsepower
  • 69 pound-feet of torque
  • 0 to 62 mph in 13.8 seconds
  • Top speed rated at 100 mph
  • Fuel economy at 72.4 mpg combined
  • Revised suspension
  • Improved steering software

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“For 2018, the three-cylinder engine was further updated to meet new European emissions standards”

The first-generation Aygo was launched with two small-displacement engines. The gasoline option was a 1.0-liter three-cylinder rated at 67 horsepower and 69 pound-feet of torque, while the diesel version used a 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 54 horses and 96 pound-feet. The redesign from 2014 saw Toyota drop the diesel and add a 1.2-liter gasoline unit from PSA instead. The 1.0-liter mill, shared with many other Toyota models, as well as the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108, continued with certain upgrades.

For 2018, the three-pot was further updated to meet new European emissions standards and gained a bit more power. Revised in order to achieve an ideal balance between power and fuel economy, the 1.0-liter engine delivers more torque at lower engine speed. It also features a new dual fuel injector system, a higher compression ratio, new low-friction components, a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system, and an improved balancer shaft for less vibration at idling speed.


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“The small unit cranks out 71 horsepower and 69 pound-feet of twist”

Performance-wise, the small unit cranks out 71 horsepower and 69 pound-feet of twist. That’s only two extra horses and no improvement in the torque department. Hitting 62 mph from a standing start takes 13.8 seconds, while top speed is rated at 100 mph. Granted, these figures are far from impressive, but we’re looking at a city car that’s supposed to deliver outstanding fuel economy before everything else. And there’s good news in this department, with Toyota claiming that fuel consumption has improved from 68.9 to 72.4 mpg combined on the British cycle. This figure is still subject to homologation, but we’re looking at an extra 3.5 mpg, which is nothing to sneeze at.

The improved engine is backed by revised suspension setup and an improved steering software, both of which enable the Aygo to react quicker and more precise to driver inputs.

Prices


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Pricing information for the updated Aygo is not yet available, but the sticker should increase by much compared to the outgoing model. The three-door version retails from £9,255, while the five-door variants starts from £9,655, so expect both to remain under £10,000. The most expensive Aygo as of this writing is the X-Claim Limited Edition, which comes in at £14,195.

Competition

The city car market is actually pretty packed in Europe, with several models available. The competition includes the two French cars that share underpinnings with the Toyota, the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108, but options also include the Volkswagen Up!, Skoda Citigo, Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto, and the Fiat Panda. The latter is the best-selling minicar in Europe, with almost 190,000 units delivered in 2017.

Citroen C1 / Peugeot 107


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The Citroen C1, the Peugeot 107, and the Toyota Aygo have been sharing underpinnings since 2005. The C1 was redesigned around the same time as the Aygo, gaining a fresh design inspired by larger Citroens (and even the more expensive DS models. Also available in three- and five-door configurations, the C1 is highly customizable for a vehicle this size, being available in eight body colors and even two-tone paint schemes. It can also be ordered with the Airscape soft-top, a foldable top similar to the Fiat 500C. The interior is extremely similar and comes with the same color-matched trim as the Aygo. Similarities continue under the hood, where the C1 has the same 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine in the same specifications. Pricing starts at £9,120, but the range-topping C1 Airscape retails from £12,185 before options.

The same applies for the Peugeot 108, known as the 107 until the 2014 overhaul. While the French mini sports its own design features on the outside, it’s identical to the Aygo and the C1 on the inside, save for minor upholstery and equipment changes. It also uses the same 1.0-liter three-cylinder powerplant. The 108 starts from £9,120 in base trim and goes up to £13,735 before options in GT Line specs.

Hyundai i10


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The i10 arrived two years after the C1/107/Aygo trio was launched, but it’s already a popular choice among European customers. The small Korean car was redesigned in 2013 and received an extensive facelift for the 2017 model year. In addition to the more appealing design, which isn’t as exotic as the Aygo’s though, it also gained a big upgrade in the technology department, now featuring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a seven-year free subscription to LIVE Servies for real-time traffic and local weather. All three features are unique to this segment. Hyundai also added Front Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning, two safety features usually found on larger models, but both are optional on most trims. Two engine options are available, starting with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder rated at 66 horsepower and 69 pound-feet of torque. More oomph comes from the 1.25-liter four-cylinder, which cranks out 87 horses and 88 pound-feet of twist. The three-pot is also available with bi-fuel technology, mixing gasoline and LPG. Pricing for the i10 starts from £8,995, which makes it the most affordable of the pack.

Read our full review on the 2017 Hyundai i10

Conclusion


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Needless to say, minicars aren’t the most attractive vehicles you can buy today. Their designs are far from spectacular and their equipment packages aren’t as fancy as the bigger models. But things have started to change recently and the revised Aygo is among the mini cars that actually stand out design-wise. Sure, you get better equipment with the latest Hyundai i10, but if you want a city car that looks somewhat exotic, you can’t go wrong with the Aygo. Reliability is a big plus too, as the Aygo is as solid as any other Toyota out there.

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    • * The Hyundai i10 comes with better tech
    • * It can become expensive in higher trims

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept

Back in 2015, Porsche unveiled the Mission E concept, an all-electric super sedan that featured drivetrain technology developed for the 919 Hybrid race car. It didn’t take long for Porsche to confirm a production model and the test cars spotted on public roads began to fuel everyone’s dreams of a premium competitor for the Tesla Model S. While the Mission E is still under development, Porsche wants to expand its all-electric lineup with a different model. It’s based on the Mission E design- and drivetrain-wise, but it’s aimed at the booming crossover market. It’s called the Mission E Cross Turismo and previews a production model that will surely become the Porsche Cayenne of the electric market.

Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the Mission E Cross Turismo is a sporty crossover that combines elements seen on the Mission E sedan, the Cayenne, and the Panamera Sport Turismo. Yes, it’s a shooting brake that rides as high as a crossover, and it previews a competitor for the Tesla Model X. Porsche has already confirmed that a production model is underway, with the release date set sometime in 2019. It’s still one year away, but at least it’ll be here sooner than the Mission E, which took at least three years to become reality. And, by the looks of things, the Cross Turismo concept looks ready to go into production for the most part.

Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept.

Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept Exterior

  • Based on Mission E sedan
  • Shooting brake body style
  • Crossover ride height
  • Sporty stance
  • SUV-like cladding
  • More utilitarian design

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“While it has the ride height of a crossover, it’s not as tall as an SUV. It’s pretty much a shooting brake on stilts”

Heavily based on the spectacular Mission E concept, the Cross Turismo concept is almost as aggressive as its sedan sibling. The body style itself is an interesting idea. While it has the ride height of a crossover, it’s not as tall as an SUV. It’s pretty much a shooting brake on stilts, a design you don’t too often, not even in the world of concept cars.

Design-wise, it borrows a host of features from the sedan. Up front, we can see a similar hood and headlamps arrangement. The former is almost as muscular as the Mission E, but it stands out by means of extra lights at the bottom. The headlamps are a bit wider but have the same four-point LED cluster as the previous concept. The bumper is not as aggressive though. The vertical vents are smaller, while the center intake has a more utilitarian look. Of course, the Mission E’s big splitter is gone.

Although still sculpted as on a sports car, the fenders now have black cladding and house wheels wrapped in what seem to be proper off-road tires. The dark blue rims have an offset spoke design, but they actually look ready to go into production. The profile has quite a few design cues that set the crossover apart from the original Mission E car. Not only it sports conventional side mirrors, but it also has conventional doors, with the rear ones opening the traditional way. The roof is obviously taller than on the Mission E, but the Cross Turismo looks quite sporty when compared to the Cayenne.


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“The rear brings together features from the Mission E and the shooting brake version of the Panamera”

The rear brings together features from the Mission E and the shooting brake version of the Panamera. We can see the familiar taillights tripe with “Porsche” LED lettering in the middle and a sleek spoiler atop the trunk lid. The trunk lid itself has a rather small opening area at the bottom, which makes me think that practicality wasn’t a priority for this concept. The Mission E’s menacing diffuser was replaced by a more utilitarian lower bumper section, but the new element is nothing to sneeze at. The Cross Turismo look more like a race car than any other production crossovers out there. It even has three fins on each side of the blue-painted center element, although they’re small and not visible from every angle.

All told, the Cross Turismo is a hot, sporty crossover that puts anything else in this class to shame. Now let’s see if the production model retains these sexy features.

Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept Interior

  • Tall dashboard
  • Wide center console
  • Four displays
  • Four-seat layout
  • Sporty seats
  • State-of-the-art tech

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“The dashboard is significantly taller and somewhat closer to what a production model would get”

Unlike the exterior, the interior of this concept car is actually unique. Sure, it does have the clean, ergonomic design of the original Mission E, but the layout is far from similar. The dashboard is significantly taller and somewhat closer to what a production model would get. And almost the entire width is made out of displays. The instrument cluster is rather big and seems to have a simple, uncluttered display when showing vital data like revs, speed, and battery status.

Two more screens are placed in the dash. The one above the center console seems to act like an infotainment unit, showing smartphone-like menus and music tracks. The one to the right, which enters the passenger-side area, shows live images of another Porsche and could be a display for multimedia entertainment. Either way, the two displays are so close to each other that it looks as if the dash has one long screen from the steering wheel to the A/C vent in the corner. Somewhat similar to the layout seen in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

The center console is also wider in this vehicle, but it makes sense, as crossover usually get this features. The touchscreen display was also revised here, and the upper section has a steeper angle compared to the rest. The concept provides seating for four people, with individual seats in the rear as well. The seats have an interesting four-piece design, with the shoulder rests designed as individual elements. A massive sunroof that runs almost the entire length and width of the roof allows natural light to enter the cabin.

Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept Drivetrain

  • Drivetrain from Mission E
  • Two electric motors
  • More than 600 horsepower
  • 0 to 62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds
  • More than 300 miles of range

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“The concept gets its juice from two permanent magnet synchronous motors”

Porsche didn’t have much to say about the drivetrain, but it confirmed that the concept gets its juice from two permanent magnet synchronous motors. The layout is likely similar to the Mission E sedan, which in turn is based on the drivetrain used in the Porsche 919 Hybrid race car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.Even the total system output is similar to the Mission E at “more than 600 horsepower,” and Porsche claims a similar acceleration time from 0 to 62 mph of “less than 3.5 seconds.” Getting to 124 mph takes less than 12 seconds.

The German manufacturer also claims that “the level of continuous power is unmatched by any other electric vehicle,” with “multiple accelerations being possible in direct succession without loss of performance.”


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“The crossover should also be able to travel for more than 300 miles on a single charge”

Based on other data we know about the Mission E, the Cross Turismo should also have all-wheel-drive and Porsche’s Torque Vectoring, which automatically distributes torque to the individual wheels. The crossover should also be able to travel for more than 300 miles on a single charge, which places it above the Tesla Model X, good for 295 miles in its most efficient version. In addition, the brand’s innovative 800-volt charging port — double the voltage of today’s EVs — charges the battery to 80 percent of its capacity in around 15 minutes.

Conclusion


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Needless to say, the Mission E Cross Turismo looks and sounds a lot like the Tesla Model X competitor we’re expecting for quite some time. And the good news is that Porsche says that a production model of this concept car will make its premiere in 2019. Both the design and the performance figures hint that this crossover will have what it takes to give the Model X a run for its money in all but one department. The P100D model needs only 2.9 seconds to hit 60 mph, which is more than a half-second quicker than the concept car. On the other hand, the Cross Turismo should offer at least 20 extra miles of range. But many of these figures could change until production begins and it’s not out of the question of Porsche to develop a more powerful GTS model at a later date.

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    • * Still not as quick as the range-topping Model X
    • * Likely very expensive

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PostHeaderIcon SsangYong Musso

The pick-up market seems to be really heating up overseas, and South Korean automaker SsangYong is capitalizing on the growing segment with the introduction of the updated 2018 Musso at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. In case you were unaware, SsangYong has been making 4×4 vehicles for more than six decades, and enjoys its position as South Korea’s only SUV and 4×4 specialist manufacturer. As such, the Musso pick-up joins SsangYong’s new flagship Rexton SUV to bolster it’s rough-and-ready portfolio.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 SsangYong Musso.

2018 SsangYong Musso Exterior

  • Looks bigger and bolder
  • Chrome embellishments on the grille
  • Flat-black lower cladding
  • Sharp headlights
  • Available 20-inch wheels

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“The range-topping trim level comes equipped with appropriately large 20-inch wheels with a chrome finish.”

SsangYong says the exterior styling of the Musso was inspired by “the dignified motion of nature,” or more concretely, the company’s latest design language, otherwise known as Nature-born 3 Motion. The aesthetic looks to offer rugged good looks that help it stand out as a capable, near-premium vehicle.

Let’s start in front, where we find chrome embellishments that stretch across the grille insert, adding an extra sense of width to the stance. The “shoulder wing” grille design is carried over from other models in the make’s lineup, stretching between the headlights in a hexagonal shape.

There’s also flat-black coverings along the lowest edge, which continue around into the profile and to the rear. The headlight housings are sharp, leading into the front fenders with a pointed outer edge.

Moving to the profile, we find additional character lines leading to the rear. These add a sense of muscle-bound strength, with sinewy details that visually increase the Musso’s exterior dimensions.

The doors get a new design feature meant to cover the sills and lower portions of the body, thus ensuring passengers don’t track in dirt from the flanks of the vehicle. The range-topping trim level comes equipped with appropriately large 20-inch wheels with a chrome finish.

When viewed from the rear, the Musso gets a tall, boxy stance, a characteristic enhanced even further thanks to the the tall taillight housings.

2018 SsangYong Musso Interior

  • Seats five comfortably
  • New interior design looks more upscale
  • Reduced NVH levels
  • Optional Nappa leather upholstery
  • DAB radio and Bluetooth as standard
  • 8.0-inch infotainment screen
  • Available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

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“The 2018 model arrives with an all-new interior design that’s meant to mimic the premium feel of a top-shelf SUV.”

Step up into the cabin of the Musso, and you’ll find a five-seater layout, with two passengers in front and three fitting onto the rear bench.

In terms of available space, the Musso looks to be pretty solid for the segment. It’s also rather upscale in terms of appointment and refinement. The latest 2018 model arrives with an all-new interior design that’s meant to mimic the premium feel of a top-shelf SUV, while still being durable enough to stand up to the rigors of normal use in a pick-up truck model.

To help underline its premium approach, the 2018 Musso includes the option for Nappa leather upholstery on the seats for the range-topping trim level. Heated front seats with a ventilation feature are also offered on “most” models.

Another crucial factor to the vehicle’s refined feel is the level noise, vibration, and harshness levels, or NVH, and the Musso delivers on this front thanks the the inclusion of eight individual body mounts, polyester wheel-arch linings, updates to the engine bay seals, and larger rubber engine mounts, all of which should help to take away the bouncy ride and noisy cabin that’s so common among pickup models. Further wind noise reduction comes courtesy of fourfold door seals and aero-efficient wiper blades.

On the infotainment front, the Musso gets DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity as standard across the range. All models excluding the base model come with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto smartphone support, as well as an 8.0-inch infotainment screen and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Electric windows, central locking, and air conditioning are also included as standard, as is a six-airbag safety system.

2018 SsangYong Musso Drivetrain

  • 2.2-liter turbodiesel
  • Same engine as the Rexton
  • Makes as much as 310 pound-feet of torque
  • Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
  • Standard 4WD
  • High and low ratios

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“The Musso gets the same engine spec as the previously released Rexton SUV – a 2.2-liter turbodiesel making 310 pound-feet.”

Behind that long chrome line in the grille, the Musso gets the same engine spec as the previously released Rexton SUV. Dubbed the e-XDo220, this 2.2-liter turbodiesel powerplant is rated at a maximum of 180 horsepower at 4,000 rpm. When equipped with the automatic transmission option, maximum twist comes to a very decent 420 Nm (310 pound-feet) of torque between 1,600 and 2,600 rpm.

Buyers can get theirs with either a six-speed manual gearbox, or an Aisin six-speed automatic unit. Both connect to a standard 4WD system for the extra grip and go when you need it.

This standard 4WD system uses 2WD when fuel efficiency is preferred over extra grip, disengaging the front wheels to drive the rear axle full time. If extra drive wheels are needed, the system engages the front wheels “electronically as required.” The drivetrain also comes with a high and low ratio, which is what you want when doing all those traditional pick-up activities.

2018 SsangYong Musso Chassis And Capability

  • Body on frame construction
  • Made from high-strength steel
  • 1 tonne payload, 3.5 tonnes towing
  • Fits standard Euro pallet in the bed
  • Rear electric outlet

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“In terms of hauling, the Musso gets a bed that’s big enough to fit a full-sized Euro pallet in back.”

Under the skin, the 2018 SsangYong Musso utilizes a body on frame construction, which is a classic architecture used in a variety of workhorse and off-roading applications. In fact, it’s the same architecture as the Rexton SUV.

The quad-frame design is made from high-strength steel with a 1.5 Gpa-grade rating. A total of 81.7 percent of the underpinnings of the Musso are made from the stuff.

In terms of hauling, the Musso gets a bed that’s big enough to fit a full-sized Euro pallet in back. It also comes with a standard 1-tonne (2,205-pound) payload and a 3.5-tonne (7,716-pound) towing capacity. Pretty standard stuff for the segment, but it’s spot on for a model like this.

Finally, the rear cargo area comes with a few details that really help out when you’re at the job site, such as a 12-volt/120-watt outlet to power whatever you need to get the job done. There’s also a few rotating hooks and strap-downs to help secure the load.

2018 SsangYong Musso Prices


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The 2018 SsangYong Musso is scheduled to arrive in U.K. dealers this June. When it does, it’ll come with a price tag under the 20,000-pound mark. Three trim levels will be offered, and each will come with a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty.

2018 SsangYong Musso Competition

Ford Ranger


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While just now making its return to the U.S. market after a seven-year absence, the Ranger has been doing its thing overseas for a while now. In the U.K., you can get it with one of two power options, including either 2.2-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder, or a more potent 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel, with 158 horses from the ‘four and 197 horses from the ‘five. Both 2WD and 4WD are on the table. While not necessarily the most frugal option, the Ranger still has what it takes to get the job done all the same.

Read our full review on the 2019 Ford Ranger.

Mitsubishi L200

The next competitor we’ve got lined up comes from Mitsubishi, which offers the L200 with a few different options for the cab and drivetrain. Either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic routes the output, which gets created by a 2.4-liter MIVEC diesel powerplant. The engine can be had in two different levels of tune, including 178 horsepower and 151 horsepower. There’s also a variety of options on the table to make it more capable on the job and more comfortable in the cabin.

Conclusion


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The Musso (the name means rhinoceros when translated into english) is a nameplate that’s been working for the automaker since the ‘90s, and so far, it’s worked pretty well. Now with the segment heating up, it makes sense for SsangYong to double down on all the things that make this model shine.

The styling is definitely improved, while we’re liking the new interior spec too. The powertrain also looks like it’ll get the job done without breaking a sweat. Most importantly, though, the Musso does all this at a very reasonable price point. All told, this is one stout competitor in the pick-up segment.

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    • * Competition is heating up
    • * Alternatives might have it beat on interior fit and finish

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End Date: Saturday Nov-3-2018 9:19:44 PDT
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$3,050.00 (18 Bids)
End Date: Monday Oct-22-2018 17:59:45 PDT
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$2,500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Oct-26-2018 18:18:07 PDT
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$1,575.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Oct-24-2018 15:34:09 PDT
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$7,877.77 (16 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Oct-27-2018 7:02:29 PDT
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1955 Chevrolet Other Pickups deluxe cab 1955 chevy truck 3100
$6,153.00 (25 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Oct-25-2018 17:11:36 PDT
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$520.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-21-2018 15:57:40 PDT
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1946 Chevrolet Other Pickups automobile
$12,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Oct-25-2018 18:38:58 PDT
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$15,000.00 (8 Bids)
End Date: Friday Oct-26-2018 17:45:00 PDT
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1971 Chevrolet Corvette 454 COUPE 1971 CORVETTE 454
$15,100.00 (33 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-21-2018 18:00:40 PDT
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1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Matching # 302 Rotissere Resto Build Sheet + Orig Docs
$30,000.00 (21 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Oct-25-2018 13:34:28 PDT
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End Date: Friday Oct-26-2018 17:04:21 PDT
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1953 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1953 Chevrolet 3100 Advance Design Short Bed
$1,525.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-21-2018 19:15:00 PDT
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1965 Chevrolet C-10 Custom 1965 Chevrolet C-10 6ft step side, 355 engine, AC, CD ,BT complete resto in 04
$12,500.00 (29 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-21-2018 19:26:24 PDT
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1955 Chevrolet Other Pickups 3100 1955,1956,1957,1958,1959 Chevy 3100 Custom
$25,950.00
End Date: Wednesday Oct-24-2018 14:25:15 PDT
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