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Jeep Avenger Makes History

Jeep has made history by introducing the all-new Avenger, the brand’s first-ever electric vehicle, and being named European Car of the Year 2023. This marks the first time a Jeep brand vehicle has received this prestigious award in the competition’s 60-year history.

The Avenger is a testament to Jeep’s commitment to innovation and sustainability, offering a range of up to 400 km in the WLTP cycle (or about 300 km in real-world conditions) from its compact and efficient 54 kWh battery. The powertrain consists of a single electric motor that delivers 115 kW and 260 Nm of torque, and while it may be smaller in size, it is designed to meet the demands of city-dwellers and not just those who are seeking rugged off-road adventures. Though, a 4×4 off-road version is expected to arrive in 2024.

The exclusive 1st Edition, a fully-equipped launch version, was an instant hit at the Paris Motor Show in October 2022, selling 8,000 units following its launch. The entire Avenger range is available to order in Europe, with deliveries expected in the second quarter of this year. In European countries where government incentives are in place, the new Avenger EV can be had for an entry price of around €30,000 (less than R 600,000). With no such incentives In South Africa, and with the government actively discouraging EV adoption with higher import duties than ICE vehicles, as well as an ad valorem tax on EVs, should Stellantis decide to bring the new Avenger to South Africa, expect to see a sticker price well over R1 million.

BMW i Vision ‘Dee’ Blurs the Lines of Reality and Virtuality

BMW shared its vision of the future digital experience at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023 in Las Vegas, with the debut of the BMW i Vision Dee, a futuristic mid-size sedan with a new and pared-down design language. The name “Dee” stands for Digital Emotional Experience, which aims to create an even stronger bond between people and their cars going forward. BMW’s Head-Up-Display extends across the full width of the windscreen, providing a glimpse of the next vehicle generation. BMW has also refined its use of colour-change technology, with the ability to change from black to white, and curate its exterior in up to 32 colours.

BMW’s Mixed Reality Slider, in combination with the advanced Head-up Display, is the digital highlight and central operating control of BMW i Vision Dee. Using shy-tech sensors on the instrument panel, drivers can decide how much digital content they want to see on the advanced head-up display. The five-step selection ranges from analogue, to driving-related information, to the contents of the communications system, and augmented-reality projection, right up to entry into virtual worlds. In parallel, dimmable windows can also gradually fade out reality.

BMW i Vision Dee is the next step on the road to the Neue Klasse, which will have the advanced Head-Up-Display extending across the width of the windscreen from 2025 onwards.

Suzuki Unveils Its First All-Electric SUV Concept

Suzuki took centre stage at India’s Auto Expo 2023 by unveiling its first all-electric SUV, called the Suzuki eVX. This concept SUV combines Suzuki’s 4×4 DNA with the latest features available in battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). 

The exterior is designed to be instantly recognisable as a Suzuki SUV and aims to carry forward the brand’s 4×4 legacy into the new electric era to deliver an authentic Suzuki SUV driving experience. The Suzuki eVX is set to join a line-up of globally popular Suzuki SUVs in 2025 that offer both traditional internal combustion engines and modern hybrid propulsion. 

The eVX will be fitted with a 60-kWh battery system and electric motors, promising an electric-only range of 550 km as measured in the Modified Indian Driving Cycle (MIDC), or approximately 300 km, using the EPA protocol. 

Suzuki Auto South Africa will closely study the final development and its feasibility for the South African market, and will provide more information on this at the global rollout of the production version of the Suzuki eVX from 2025 onwards.

Peugeot Reveals Futuristic Inception Concept

Peugeot’s Inception Concept electric sedan is a futuristic wonder packed with features that will blow your mind. Steer-by-Wire technology replaces the steering wheel with a Hypersquare control with digital electric controls replacing mechanical links. The new-generation i-Cockpit and Hypersquare control system revolutionise driving with an intuitive way of operating the car.

The car is designed on one of the four future Stellantis Group “BEV-by-design” platforms, specifically created for electrification, set to introduce Peugeot’s future starting in 2023. The new “BEV-by-design” native electric platforms will also introduce AI-powered technological modules: STLA Brain, STLA SmartCockpit and STLA Autodrive. 

The 100% electric Peugeot Inception Concept is equipped with 800V technology and a 100kWh battery with a range of 800 km on a single full charge. With remarkable consumption of only 12.5kWh per 100 km, the battery charges the equivalent of 30 km of range in one minute, or 150 km in five minutes and can be recharged by induction without needing a cable.

The car is powered by two compact electric motors, one at the front, and the other at the rear, making it a four-wheel drive vehicle with a combined power of close to 500 kW, and acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in less than three seconds. 

Overall, the Peugeot Inception Concept has all the markings of a game changer. We can’t wait to see it on the road.

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