Fast Lane: Latest E-class coming

Mercedes-Benz E-class.
Mercedes-Benz E-class.PHOTOS: MERCEDES-BENZ, HYUNDAI, KIA, INFINITI, VOLKSWAGEN, AUDI

Latest E-class coming

The latest model of the popular Mercedes-Benz E-class has been revealed and should reach Singapore by the second half of this year. It looks like a bigger version of the C-class and will have new technology such as automatic lane-changing.

Its wheelbase has grown by 65mm to 2,939mm and its overall length by 43mm to 4,923mm, making it almost as large as S-class cars of the past. It will come with two engine choices for a start: the E200 with a four-cylinder petrol engine and the E220d with an all-new four-cylinder turbodiesel engine.

More variants will be added, including an E350 plug-in hybrid. The most powerful diesel variant will boast a six-cylinder engine with 258bhp and 620Nm.


Plug-in hybrid from Hyundai

Hyundai’s plug-in hybrid Ioniq (above) has a 105bhp 1.6-litre high-compression direct injection engine that is said to boast the highest thermal efficiency of 40 per cent. Combined with an electric motor that generates 47bhp and a dual clutch transmission , it promises to be an efficient and sporty drive.


Kia’s new full-size SUV

Kia has pulled the wraps off a full-size SUV called the Telluride (above) at the North American International Auto Show. The seven-seater is based on an existing platform. Its front doors and rear-hinged back doors swing open 90 degrees in opposite directions, creating an expansive and inviting portal into the panoramic interior. It is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain, with a 3.5-litre V6 paired with an electric motor to make 400bhp that goes to all four wheels. Although technically a concept, it looks production-ready.


Autonomous technology from this year

The Renault-Nissan Alliance will launch more than 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology in the next four years. They will be available in the United States, Europe, Japan and China through 2020. The technology will be installed in mainstream, mass-market cars at affordable prices. This year, it will introduce “single-lane control”, which allows cars to drive autonomously on highways, including in heavy, stop-and-go traffic. In 2018, it will launch vehicles with “multiple-lane control”, which allows cars to change lanes on their own. By 2020, it aims to have a fully autonomous model.


Sports coupe from Infiniti

Infiniti’s Q60 sports coupe (above) is powered by a 3-litre twin-turbo V6 that puts out 400bhp. It is a rear-based all-wheel-drive. A rear-wheel-driven 2-litre four-cylinder variant making 208bhp is also available.


Measure of driver alertness

Accidents caused by tired, distracted or over-stimulated drivers may become a thing of the past, thanks to new technology unveiled by Harman International Industries that measures increases in pupil dilation to assess a driver’s mental workload. The proprietary eye and pupil tracking system measures high cognitive load and mental multitasking in the driver’s seat, and signals the car’s other safety systems to adapt to the driver’s state.


New Volkswagen hybrid concept

Volkswagen’s new Tiguan GTE Active Concept (above) is a plug-in hybrid all-wheel-drive that is powered by a 150bhp petrol engine and two electric motors making 40kW and 85kW, respectively. It can operate on battery mode alone for up to 32km. It has a diesel beating range of 928km


New Audi A4 Allroad

Audi’s new A4 Allroad quattro (above) has 34mm more ground clearance than the Avant version. Engine choices include both turbocharged petrol and diesel units, with all-wheel-drive in all variants. It is up to 90kg lighter than the previous A4 Allroad and comes with adaptive suspension with damper control (optional) and eight-speed Tiptronic transmission available for the first time in this model.

Christopher Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 16, 2016, with the headline '(No headline) - CTFAST16'. Print Edition | Subscribe