Fast Lane: Renault reveals Trezor

Renault Trezor
Audi Q5
Renault’s new South Korean-made Koleos
Renault’s new South Korean-made Koleos PHOTOS: AUDI, MERCEDES-BENZ, MITSUBISHI, RENAULT
Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ

Renault reveals Trezor

Renault reveals Trezor Behold the Renault Trezor, a jaw-dropping electric grand tourer with 260kW and 380Nm on tap.

It hits 100kmh in under four seconds.

A one-piece clamshell roof opens like the lid of a jewellery box to provide access to a red interior with an innovative wooden dashboard developed with French bicycle manufacturer Keim-Cycles.

If only this car makes it to production.

Lighter, roomier Audi Q5

Audi's best-selling sport utility vehicle, the Q5, has shed up to 90kg.

The new model is also roomier, with luggage capacity expanding by 10 litres and more headroom and rear knee room.

It will have one turbo petrol and two turbo diesel engines, with up to 27bhp more power. It rides on a new five-link suspension system, with optional adaptive air suspension.

The Q5 2.0TDI produces 190bhp, while the 2.0TFSI makes 252bhp.

A revised 3.0TDI, coming at a later date, has 286bhp and 620Nm of torque.

Zoe gets 400km range

Renault has rolled out a new Zoe electric hatch that can run 400km on a single charge.

This is the longest range of any mainstream electric vehicle on sale today.

The secret of its long range lies with new batteries made at Renault's Flins plant in France.

Koleos in Singapore?

Renault's new South Korean-made Koleos (above, badged a Samsung in South Korea) will compete in the big-SUV segment.

Renault says it features class-leading space and advanced four-wheel-drive.

Agent Wearnes is in talks to bring the model to Singapore.

Mitsubishi's new hybrid

The next Mitsubishi Outlander could look like this.

The GT-PHEV concept uses a new plug-in hybrid electric system developed for top-end SUVs.

It includes a 25kWh high-density high-capacity battery pack mounted under the floor.

The pack powers three compact and powerful motors - one at the front and two at the rear.

The car also has a 2.5-litre petrol engine.

Bentley fuel delivery

Are Bentley owners too busy to refuel their own cars?

It appears so. The Volkswagen-owned British marque has tied up with American technology start-up Filld - a mobile app-based fuel-delivery service - to trial a fuel delivery system.

To be available first in California, all owners need to do is open the Filld for Bentley app, choose a delivery time and their fuel will be delivered wherever and whenever required.

Google takes on Uber

Google is taking on Uber with a carpooling app developed by its Israeli unit, Waze.

Piloted in Tel Aviv last year, the app will be rolled out in San Francisco, followed by other American cities.

Unlike Uber, Lyft and Grab, the RideWith app matches drivers and commuters who are going the same way.

Charges are said to be far less than what Uber and the like charge, and Google does not take a cut.

The app limits rides to two a day and thus prevents drivers from using it as a secondary source of income.

Observers said this should help Waze penetrate markets unsympathetic to apps such as Uber.

Merc debuts Generation EQ

With Generation EQ, Mercedes Benz shows how its future electric models might look.

In the form of an SUV-coupe, the EQ  is powered by two electric motors, with a variable output of up to 300kW, thanks to scalable battery components.

Mercedes says the permanent all-wheel-drive will have a range of up to 500km.

Merc E-class, Peugeot 3008 get top safety marks

The Mercedes-Benz E-class and Peugeot 3008 emerged with maximum five-star ratings at recent European New Car Assessment Programme crash tests.

The E-class comes with autonomous emergency braking across the range, while the 3008 compact crossover has lane-departure warning.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 08, 2016, with the headline 'Fast Lane'. Print Edition | Subscribe