• The All-New ŠKODA KAMIQ, the third model to join ŠKODA‘s SUV line-up, went on sale this week. The ‘city’ SUV sits below the larger KAROQ and KODIAQ and currently comprises three trim levels; S, SE, SE L, with the sportier Monte Carlo trim arriving later next year.

    The KAMIQ S starts off at £17,700 OTR and comes complete with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and tail lights, air conditioning, Swing infotainment system with DAB and 6.5-inch touchscreen display and ŠKODA e-Call. Customers opting the SE model,  which starts from £19,135 OTR, benefit from 17-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured bumpers, Bolero infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen display and Wireless Smartlink for Apple CarPlay. SE models also come with rear parking sensors, cruise control and light and rain sensors.

    SE L models are priced from £21,180 OTR and add 18-inch alloy wheels, Amundsen infotainment system with satellite navigation and 9.2-inch touchscreen display, keyless engine start/stop and Blind Spot detection.

    Four engine options are available from launch; three petrol and one diesel. The petrol engine line-up features two 1.0 TSI units with outputs of 95PS and 115PS, and a 1.5 TSI motor that generates 150PS. Both the 115PS and 150PS units can be specified with a seven-speed DSG gearbox. The single diesel engine is a 1.6 TDI unit that develops 115PS, which can also be specified with a seven-speed DSG gearbox.

 

  • Another SUV on sale this week is MG’s latest flagship vehicle, the MG HS.

    Sitting above the compact SUVs, the MG ZS and all-electric ZS EV, the HS is pitched as a large, 'affordable luxury’ SUV with a ‘sporty exterior and a family friendly interior with soft-touch materials used throughout’.

    The MG HS is powered by MG’s latest 162PS turbo petrol engine in all three versions; Explore, Excite and Exclusive. All versions are available with a six-speed manual transmission with a seven-speed DCT transmission available as an option on Excite and Exclusive versions.

    Exclusive DCT versions also include a steering wheel-mounted ‘Super Sport’ button, which engages the car’s Sport mode and illuminates the interior’s red ambient lighting.

    Prices start at £17,995 for the Explore and go up to £24,496 OTR for the Exlusive.

  

  • After an initial roll-out to US customers, UK Tesla owners have now started to receive Tesla’s biggest software update to date, Software Version 10.0.

    Available for free via an over-the-air (OTA) update, Tesla says they have ‘raised the bar for what people have come to expect from their cars with new entertainment, gaming, music, and convenience features designed to make your car much more capable, as well as making time spent in your car more fun.’

    Highlights include ‘Tesla Theatre’, which allows user to use the centre display to access Netflix and YouTube when the car is parked, as well as the popular ‘Cuphead’ video game being added to the ‘Tesla Arcade’. Spotify has also been added to the cars available music services, as well as a new “Car-aoke” feature, which comes with a large library of music and song lyrics.

    One feature from the 10.0 update that UK customers still need to wait for however is the latest ‘Smart Summon’ function, which is currently US-only. With Smart Summon, customers who have purchased ‘Full Self-Driving Capability’ or ‘Enhanced Autopilot’ can enable their car to navigate a car park and come to them or their destination of choice, as long as their car is within their line of sight. Tesla says they are still working on bringing this feature to the UK.

 

  • Toyota is set to reveal an early glimpse of the second-generation Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) at the upcoming 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.

    First introduced in 2014, the Toyota Mirai was the world’s first commercially produced hydrogen-powered car and has a driving range of around 300 miles, with refueling only taking a few minutes with no emissions other than pure water.

    Since launch, around 10,000 Mirai have been sold worldwide and Toyota has actively supported the development of hydrogen fuel infrastructure in key markets worldwide.

    The next-generation Toyota Mirari is scheduled for launch in 2020, in which Toyota are targeting a 30 per cent increase in the driving range through improvements to the fuel cell system and the use of larger on-board hydrogen tanks.