The world of automobiles has not stopped advancing even during the pandemic. Although vehicle sales have declined, producers have been preparing for better times in the meantime.
The most striking evidence is the news from the “kitchens” of several producers that we are going to mention.
After a forced break, the BMW Group has got down to work. There has been some news about launching the production of up to five new models in Dingolfing on the first day of July. The novelty models include sporty BMW 4 Series Coupé (pictured), to which is added the revamped BMW 5 Series Sedan, including the BMW M5 and BMW 5 Touring versions. Cars with 4- and 6-cylinder engines also offer efficient 48-volt mild-hybrid technology. The new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo will enchant their owners with comfort when traveling on longer routes.
They are also working on the arrival of top versions of the BMW M3 Sedan BMW M4 Coupé, created in the BMW M GmbH department.
The arrival of the Flagship
You can expect a new car model, exclusively developed for CUPRA, at the beginning of fall. It is called Formentor, which is the name of a cape on Mallorca. The vehicle will be available with a wide portfolio of engines, up to the 2.0 TSI petrol (228 kW/310 hp). In 2021, there will also be a plug-in hybrid drive with a 180 kW (245 hp) maximum system power and approximately 50 kilometers of electric range. The elegant crossover integrates innovative security assistance systems and state-of-the-art digital connectivity. It is targeted on the trendy segment of CUVs, which is expected to increase continuously in the future.
Attack on Emotions
Citroën has introduced a brand new model that combines elements of a hatchback and a crossover coupe. It should stylistically support emotions, within the cabin it conveys comfort and plenty of room. All this includes practical on-board functions, modern technologies, and electronic assistants. The chassis is also to receive comfortable Progressive Hydraulic Cushions, the space under the front hood is occupied by economical petrol and diesel engines, there will be a purely electric version of the ë-C4.
The second generation Opel Mokka also enters the fresh range of crossovers. An interestingly stylized car is shorter compared to the “one”, but the cabin offers better space options, the luggage space (350 l) is large enough. The carmaker presented the Mokka-e model, the electric car has rechargeable batteries with a capacity of 50 kWh. The electric motor (100 kW/136 hp, 260 Nm) can drive the vehicle on a single charge to a distance of 322 km. However, models with conventional combustion units will also be available. It is planned that the first vehicles will reach customers at the beginning of next year.
An Unmistakable Language of Designers
The new Kia Sorento will offer customers an efficient and at the same time a dynamically stylized body. Beneath it will be state-of-the-art technology, whether it concerns the propulsion, safety, and assistance elements. A hybrid version with a 1.6 T-GDi engine and electric motor (169 kW/230 hp; 350 Nm) will be available as part of the drives, and a plug-in hybrid version (195 kW/265 hp) should be added by the end of the year. There will be a 2.2 CRDi diesel engine with mild-hybrid technology (148 kW / 202 hp; 440 Nm), combined with 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. The novelty is to offer the crew greater comfort and better driving characteristics.
Text: Peter Stano, photo: BMW, CUPRA, Citroën, Opel, Kia