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2018 Hyundai Kona Quick Drive Review: Korea-Spec Taste of What is to Come

Full disclosure: Our first drive of the all-new 2018 Hyundai Kona subcompact SUV lasted about 8 minutes. So this drive review won’t ask more than 8 minutes of your time to read. Another disclaimer: We were in Seoul, and the prototypes we drove were Korea-spec. The Kona is a global car that engineers say will have different suspension, steering, and general dynamics depending on the region where it is sold. In presentations as part of the global premiere of the vehicle in Seoul, it was described as having nimble driving for Korea, comfort for the U.S., and fun for Europe. Steering…Read entire story

FIRST LOOK: 2017 Ford Ranger 2.2 FX4 video review

FIRST LOOK: 2017 Ford Ranger 2.2 FX4 video review

The Ford Ranger FX4 was launched in April this year to serve as the pick-up truck’s flagship 2.2 litre model, just as the Wildtrak is to the 3.2 litre line-up. The new variant offers plenty of Wildtrak-like equipment (but not quite the full package), commanding a price of RM121,888 – that’s a near-RM7k premium over the 2.2 XLT, but well under the full-fat Wildtrak’s eye-watering RM140k price tag. On the outside, it gets a piano black grille with matching side mirrors and door handles, along with unique 18-inch wheels in grey and a sticker job on the front bonnet, along the sides and the tailgate. The FX4 also features a blacked-out sports bar and roof rails, while a…Read entire story

DRIVEN: Honda Accord 2.4 VTi-L facelift – more shine

DRIVEN: Honda Accord 2.4 VTi-L facelift – more shine

While SUVs and MPVs have taken away much of the D-segment sedan’s glam and dominance, the arena continues to be an important one for carmakers to be in, especially so for Japanese brands because it remains the pinnacle of standard warfare before things move higher into the sub-brand realm. As such, a lot of it is bragging rights to be leader of the pack. Which is what the Honda Accord happens to be – the ninth-generation made its local debut in 2013, and last September, the facelift arrived in the country to continue the game. Since its debut right into February this year, the…Read entire story

Subaru BRZ review

Subaru BRZ review

The Subaru BRZ is one of the best kept secrets of the auotmotive world. Developed alongisde the near-identical Toyota GT86, it’s an affordable back-to-basics front engined, rear-wheel drive 2+2 sports coupe. For 2017, Subaru has given the evergreen BRZ a mid-life facelift, equipment upgrade and distilled the trim options down to just one – SE Lux. The exterior design tweaks are subtle, apart from the old school aerodynamic wing at the rear. Elsewhere, there’s a new front bumper, LED headlights and 10-spoke 17-inch alloys. You can choose from five colours, though Subaru’s iconic WR (World Rally) Blue Pearl is surely the one to go for. Inside, a 4.2-inch LCD colour display is added to the…Read entire story

2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo First Look: Practical Panamera

2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo First Look: Practical Panamera

Rich folks accustomed to sending the luggage ahead can now send more of it more swiftly with a new cluster of model variants being added to the Porsche Panamera constellation. They’ll go by the moniker Sport Turismo, and they’ll be distinguishable from the outside by their shooting brake profile, which involves a longer roofline, a larger rear quarter window, a fatter D-pillar, and a more upright but still rakish hatch glass. That hatch now drops well down into the bumper, so the Louis Vuittons only have to be hoisted 24.7 inches up onto the cargo deck. There’s a bit more space on that deck now—18.3 cubic feet versus the faster-backed Panamera’s 17.4 with the rear seats up; 49.1 (45.7 for…Read entire story

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet First Look

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet First Look

Mercedes is rounding off its complete overhaul of the E-Class with a new cabriolet model bound for U.S. dealerships later this year. The convertible now offers all-wheel drive and receives many of the same updated technologies as its siblings. Like the E-Class sedan, coupe, and wagon, the cabriolet has grown in size. It’s now 5.0 inches longer, 2.9 inches wider, and 1.4 inches taller than its predecessor while also expanding 4.4 inches in the wheelbase. Up front, you’ll notice the automaker’s new diamond-block grille, and in the rear slim taillights contribute to a sleeker rear design. The model still features a fabric soft top, which the automaker says can be opened and closed in 20 seconds while driving at speeds up to…Read entire story

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT First Look

A new Hyundai Elantra GT arrives at dealerships this spring, just in time to compete with the Chevrolet Cruze hatch and the Honda Civic hatch. The model features updated powertrains and a new look that distinguishes it from other entries in the Hyundai lineup. Based on the next-generation Hyundai i30, the Elantra GT was designed with European styling in mind, Hyundai says. The new model eschews the horizontal-slatted grille of the previous model and adopts a brand-new cascading grille design. Slender new lights complement a sleek, long hood and a short rear overhang. The automaker says the Elantra GT is lower, wider, and longer than the previous generation. Once again, the Elantra GT will offer a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. But this unit, which …Read entire story

2018 Ford Mustang Convertible First Look: The Blue Oval’s Refreshed Droptop

Ford said the top would come off soon. Literally days after revealing updates for the 2018 Ford Mustang along with pictures of the coupe, the automaker today has released the first images of the convertible. Among the changes for the 2018 Mustang are a new face with a lower hood and narrower headlamps that some have suggested give the car a droopy look. Designer Melvin Betancourt said the new vents, front fascia, a lower valance, new upper and lower grilles, LED headlamps and smaller but brighter fog lamps make the car fresh. The rear also has been updated with tweaked taillights that mimic the headlight’…Read entire story

McLaren 570GT review

McLaren 570GT review

The McLaren 570GT is like no other McLaren. With chassis, suspension, steering and styling tweaks, extra luggage space and more creature comforts, it’s the most practical and comfortable McLaren ever. Maybe it’s just me, but I struggle to distinguish between McLaren models, but with the 570GT there’s an obvious giveaway. Just to the rear of the panoramic glass roof sits a ‘piano lid’ glass hatch, or ‘touring deck’ as McLaren has dubbed it. Open it up and it would be exaggerating to call it cavernous, but that extra 220 litres, added to the 150 litres under the front bonnet, means that the GT is instantly more useable than its …Read entire story

Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge First Look: Rolling on Carbon

These days most of the fancy brands with entry prices well up in the six-figure range take a pass on the Detroit auto show held in Cobo Hall. They do, however, always show up for the gallery event. It’s held the Saturday night before press week, so the local 0.1 percenters can use their Christian Louboutin Camilla Boreale Strass Pumps to kick some tires. It was here (the morning after) that we first encountered a Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge coupe and learned that, like a similarly sporty and fastbacked ponycar we’ve covered heavily, the Black Badge Wraith also rolls on carbon-fiber wheels. The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R’s carbon-fiber rims weigh about 15 pounds less than…Read entire story

2017 Bentley Continental Supersports First Look

Take that, Ferrari. Move over, Porsche. The Bentley boys lay it on the line: With a top speed of 209 mph, the 2017 Bentley Continental Supersports is, they say, the fastest four-seat Coupe — and fastest four-seat Convertible, should you choose the topless option — in the world. Making it all happen is a carefully massaged version of the multi-point injected 6.0-liter W-12 engine. With a completely revised top end, larger turbochargers, freer-breathing intercooling and exhaust systems, a strengthened crank, new connecting rod bearings, and new main bearings, the mighty Bentley twelve now develops 700 hp at 6,000 rpm and a thumping 750 lb-ft of torque from 2,050 rpm to 4,500 rpm. That’s 79 hp and 160 lb-ft more than the engine developed in the original Supersports Coupe, …Read entire story

Audi Q8 Concept First Look: Getting in on the Fastback SUV Game

Audi had a lot of metal to show at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, but the Q8 e-tron concept was the debut that stole the spotlight. The coupe-inspired crossover closely previews a production model slated to arrive sometime next year, built on the same modular platform that underpins the Audi Q7. The automaker says the Audi Q8 concept is a mix of coupe-like styling with a few elements harkening back to the vintage Ur-quattro as well. For starters, the wide C-pillar is reminiscent of the Ur-quattro, as is the taillight design with a red light bar that stretches across the rear deck. Up front, the Q8 concept showcases a bold eight-sided grille with each point connecting to lines in…Read entire story

DRIVEN: Proton Ertiga – taking it out on the road

DRIVEN: Proton Ertiga – taking it out on the road

No shame in rebadging, if it serves up a solution that would otherwise take too long – and too much – to accomplish. Such is the case with the Proton Ertiga, which features the Suzuki MPV with the same name as its donor. It’s the first vehicle to come about from the collaboration with the Japanese manufacturer, carried over virtually wholesale for deployment in this market. As has been mentioned before, the idea behind the compact MPV’s introduction is simple enough. While the automaker has the Exora, not everyone needs a big people mover, and cost is always a paramount consideration at this level. With most simply wanting as many seats for as little…Read entire story