Fast Lane: Carry more with Opel Zafira Tourer

Opel Zafira Tourer.
Opel Zafira Tourer. PHOTO: OPEL
Ssangyong Tivoli XLV.
Ssangyong Tivoli XLV. PHOTO: SSANGYONG
Mercedes-Benz E-class Estate.
Mercedes-Benz E-class Estate. PHOTO: MERCEDES-BENZ
Audi A5.
Renault Twingo GT.
Renault Twingo GT. PHOTO: RENAULT
Ford Ka+.
McLaren 675LT Spider.
McLaren 675LT Spider. PHOTO: MCLAREN
Ford Fiesta ST-Line.
Ford Fiesta ST-Line. PHOTO: FORD

Carry more with Opel Zafira Tourer

Opel has adopted a more traditional MPV look for its new Zafira Tourer. The new car offers more functionality, though. In five-seat configuration, it has up to 1,860 litres in cargo capacity. The car has more than 30 storage possibilities in the cabin.

Additionally, it has an integrated bicycle carrier that will accommodate four bikes. Most impressively, the tailgate can still open when the bike carrier is fully loaded.

The car should arrive later this year.

Tivoli XLV coming soon

Ssangyong's Tivoli XLV is a stretched version of the compact crossover. It has up to 720 litres of cargo space and is available with a 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine paired with a six-speed autobox. Available in two-wheel- and four-wheel-drive, the car will be in Singapore soon.

Sportier Mercedes-Benz E-class Estate

The new Mercedes-Benz E-class Estate has a cargo volume of up to 1,820 litres. And despite a sportier roof line, the headroom and elbowroom in the rear are said to still be the best in their class.

The wagon is also available with a third, folding bench seat for children. But if it is performance you are looking for, you might want to wait for the Mercedes- AMG E43 Estate.

Lighter, more powerful A5

Audi has unveiled its new A5. The car has shed 60kg in body weight, making it the lightest body in its class.

With a longer wheelbase, it offers more interior space as well as more stowage. Engines include two turbocharged petrols and three turbodiesels producing 190bhp to 286bhp.

Audi says these are up to 17 per cent more powerful and as much as 22 per cent more efficient.

There is also turbocharged V6 in the S5 Coupe, which delivers 354bhp and sprints from 0 to 100kmh in 4.7 seconds.

Renault Twingo in a GT

Renault will unveil a hot version of its small city car, Twingo, at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed in England from June 23 to 26.

The rear-wheel-drive Twingo GT boasts 110bhp from its tuned engine and a revised manual gearbox. It has a stiffened suspension and variable-rate steering.

Ford Ka+ with storage

Ford has unveiled its new Ka+ five-door hatchback. The subcompact provides space for five occupants plus 21 storage spaces - all within a car that measures less than 4m. It is powered by a new 1.2-litre turbo engine.

Vitara in two-wheel-drive

Suzuki's new Vitara is available in two-wheel-drive in Singapore.

Last week, it was retailing at $97,900, with free six-month road tax, a choice of rear spoiler or centre armrest console, and preferential interest rate. But with the latest COE premiums skyrocketting, the car is now priced from $105,900.

Carbon-fibre spin on 675LT Spider

McLaren will make 25 MSO Carbon Series LT - a car based on the 675LT Spider, but wrapped in gloss carbon-fibre.

In addition, the car comes with McLaren Track Telemetry pack, which includes three track cameras. Its front wings also feature GT3-inspired functional louvres.

The MSO Carbon Series LT features about 40 per cent more carbon-fibre parts than the 675LT.

Citroen's new suspension system

Citroen will soon have a suspension system with two hydraulic stops ¡- one for rebound and one for compression.

In cases of slight compression and rebound, the spring and shock absorber work together to control vertical movement without needing the hydraulic cushions.

But in cases of severe compression and rebound, the hydraulic stops cushion the end of travel. Unlike a conventional mechanical stop, which absorbs the energy then partially returns it, the hydraulic cushion absorbs and dissipates the energy. As a result, there is no rebound.

Ford gets sporty with ST-Line range

Ford has taken a leaf out of Audi's books by launching ST-Line - a range of models with more sporty styling and tuning. The Fiesta ST-Line and Focus ST-Line are the first to feature sport suspension, unique body kits, alloy wheels, sport seats, steering wheel and interior details.

Their engines are also more powerful, with the 1-litre turbocharged producing up to 140bhp (Fiesta ST-Line) and 1.5-litre turbo with up to 182bhp (Focus ST-Line).

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2016, with the headline 'Fast Lane'. Subscribe