• BMW announced the latest addition to its 5 Series plug-in hybrid range this week, the BMW 545e xDrive Saloon.

    Featuring a 3.0-litre straight six-cylinder petrol engine and four-wheel drive, the 545e has a maximum system output of 394 hp with 600 Nm of torque. Top speed is 155mph and the car can travel up to 87mph on electricity alone. The BMW 545e xDrive accelerates 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds.

    Using a 400V lithium-ion battery and the same powertrain from the X5 xDrive45e, the 545 xDrive has a maximum range of 33 miles (WLTP) and emits CO2 between 38-54g/km.

    Prices for the BMW 545 xDrive Saloon will start from £54,945 and goes on sale later this year.

 

  • BMW also announced it is in the early stages of development of the New BMW M3 Touring.

    For the first time ever, the M3 will be available as a 5-door estate and will feature a 6-cylinder M TwinPower turbo engine, complete with wide axles, large front air intakes and four exhaust tailpipes at the rear in an all-new body design.

    The Saloon version of the BMW M3 Saloon will be revealed next month, along with the New BMW M4 Coupé thereafter. In 2021, BMW will then release the M4 Convertible and further down the line, the M3 Touring.

 

  • Audi has revealed the new Audi S3 Saloon and Sportback.

    The New S3 models feature a 2.0 TFSI engine with 310PS and a 400Nm torque peak, with updated S-specific sport suspension and quattro four-wheel drive. 0-62mph takes 4.8 seconds in both variants and are limited to a 155mph top speed.

    Returning up to 39.2 mpg (WLTP) and has a reduced CO2 output of as little as 178 g/km. Each model comes complete with high-tech features such as Audi’s valvelift system (AVS), which adjusts the lift of the intake valves as required to ensure optimum combustion chamber filling, and comprehensive thermal management measures, helping strike a balance between performance and efficiency, as does the seven-speed S tronic with quick gear shifts and economic freewheeling functionality.

    Prices for the New Audi S3 Sportback start from £37,900 and the S3 Saloon from £38,465. First deliveries start in the Autumn.

 

  • Hyundai Motor Company announced this week the launch of its new IONIQ brand dedicated to battery electric vehicles.

    Hyundai first introduced the term IONIQ, which fuses “ion” and “unique”, when it announced Project IONIQ, a long-term research and development project focused on eco-friendly mobility. Based on the project, Hyundai in 2016 introduced a vehicle named IONIQ, the world’s first and only model to offer a choice of three electrified powertrain options – hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid and battery electric – within a single body type. Now, IONIQ represents Hyundai’s growing commitment to sustainability and innovation and will be instrumental in achieving the company’s clean mobility goals.

    Hyundai will be launching a range of numerically named EVs under the new brand, with the even numbers used for saloons and the odd numbers for SUVs. The first model under the IONIQ brand will be the IONIQ 5, a midsize CUV, launching in early 2021. The IONIQ 6 saloon will then be introduced in 2022 and the IONIQ 7, a large SUV, in early 2024.