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New Renault Koleos facelift: prices announced

Luke Wilkinson 2019-09-16 16:40 The facelifted Renault Koleos is here with refreshed styling, a reworked interior, a pair of new diesel engines and a base-price of £28,195 Renault has launched a revised version of the Koleos SUV, priced from £28,195. Updates for the new model include tweaked exterior styling, a revamped interior with an upgraded infotainment system and a pair of new diesel engines. First deliveries are due to arrive this November. Two trim levels are available. The base-model Koleos ICONIC comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a seven-inch infotainment system, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, automatic dual zone climate control, cruise control and a two-stage reclining rear bench seat. It’s also offered with heated and cooled cup holders and an auto-dimming rear view mirror. • Best SUVs on sale in 2019 The range topping Koleos GT-Line is priced from £30,195 and adds 19-inch alloy wheels, a larger 8.7-inch portrait infotainment system, ..

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2020 Jaguar XF spotted testing ahead of 2020 release

Alex Ingram 2019-09-16 16:30 Updated Jaguar's XF saloon has already been spied before its unveiling next year Jaguar is putting the final touches to an updated version of its XF saloon, and we’ve spied the firm’s BMW 5 Series rival testing ahead of its release next year. The extra cladding and camouflage wrap surrounding the car in these photos make it difficult to spot the revisions from the outside. However, if it follows the trend of the recently-refreshed XE saloon, we’d expect the facelift to be fairly subtle: slimmer headlights, new LED graphics and tweaked bumpers are likely to cover the extent of the changes. • Best executive cars The biggest changes are likely to occur on the inside. Each recent Jag has benefitted from a massive boost in tech; the new infotainment system, known as Touch Pro Duo, combines a 10.2-inch central screen with a secondary display below to control climate functions. The traditional dials are also replaced, with a customisable digital instrum..

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Death of the manual handbrake: 30 per cent of new cars have manual handbrake

Hugo Griffiths 2019-09-16 16:32 Fresh research uncovers only three in 10 new cars have a manual handbrake, with JLR, Lexus, Mercedes and Porsche going electric-only The manual handbrake is becoming an endangered species on the new-car market, with 70 per cent of current models coming only with an electronic parking brake with no manual option, new research has revealed. And some manufacturers - namely Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes and Porsche - have ditched the mechanical handbrake across their entire model lineup, meaning it’s electronic or nothing if you want a car from these brands. • Electronic parking brakes: what are they and how do they work The trend for replacing manual handbrakes with electronic ones is increasing, too: back in 2018 37 per cent of cars had a manual handbrake, with just 30 per cent having one today. Dacia and Suzuki are among the car makers to continue to offer a manual handbrake across their ranges, but with seven out of 10 new cars come standard w..

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Sharing in-car camera footage with parents could cut young driver crash rates

Tristan Shale-Hester 2019-09-16 15:30 Researchers suggest dash cams that let parents to see how their children drive could reduce young driver crash rates The use of in-car cameras that allow parents to see the way their children drive could cut accident rates among young people, new research has suggested. When dash cams are used in conjunction with black box technology – specifically, accelerometers which record high G-forces when a car is driven in an erratic or dangerous manner – young people drive more carefully if they think the data may be shared with their parents. • The history of the driving test In a report entitled ‘Keeping Young Drivers Safe During Early Licensure’, commissioned by the RAC Foundation, Dr Bruce Simons-Morton says the technology essentially gives parents a permanent presence in their children’s cars. This helps deal with the catch-22 situation young drivers often find themselves in, where they need to drive on the road to get more experience, but in doin..

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New McLaren GT 2019 review

Image 1 of 34 Image 1 of 34 17 Sep, 2019 (All day) Richard Ingram The new 612bhp McLaren GT arrives to take on the Bentley Continental GT and Aston Martin DB11, but how does it compare to its rivals? The distinguished GT moniker isn’t a new concept for McLaren. In 2016, the firm added the 570GT to its Sports Series range – offering a more comfortable and more practical take on its entry-level supercar. But now McLaren is attempting to forge a little more separation between its Sports, Super and Ultimate Series cars by adding a fourth pillar to the range. Launching with the self-titled McLaren GT, company bosses are remaining coy about where this model may take the brand in the future. • Best supercars on sale Using an updated version of McLaren’s carbon tub and a tweaked version of the familiar 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, the GT is also sits on bespoke suspension with proactive damping control. There’s a new steering set-up, new brakes, and new tyres, too. Image 2 of 34 Image 2 o..

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New 163bhp Abarth 595 Pista announced for 2019

Luke Wilkinson 2019-09-16 12:00 Fiat’s performance sub-brand introduces a new mid-range version of the Abarth 595, named the Pista Abarth has revealed yet another hot Fiat 500 derivative - the new 595 Pista. It’s a better-value, better-equipped version of the 595 Turismo automatic, introducing a range of previously optional performance and cosmetic upgrades as standard. Prices start from £19,135, representing a £1,060 saving over the equivalent Turismo. The 595 Pista is powered by the same turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as the Abarth 595 Turismo, albeit with the addition of a revised Garrett turbo. Abarth’s active Record Monza exhaust system is also included as standard – a feature which isn’t available on the Turismo. Power and torque figures stand at 163bhp and 230Nm respectively. • New Abarth 595 Esseesse review The engine sends its power to the front wheels via Abarth’s MTA five-speed paddle-shift transmission. Performance figures are yet to be confirmed, t..

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New Fiat 500X Sport: prices announced

Luke Wilkinson 2019-09-13 16:00 Fiat has confirmed the 500X Sport will have a starting price of £22,500 Fiat has announced that the new 500X Sport will have a base-price of £22,500 in the UK. The sporty trim for the Italian brand’s compact crossover features a range of racy exterior design cues, a revised suspension system and an updated interior. The Fiat 500X Sport is offered with a choice of two petrol engines. The entry-level model comes with a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit developing 118bhp, while the range- topping variant comes with a turbocharged 1.3-litre four-cylinder with 148bhp. • Best small SUVs and crossovers on sale now Both engines’ power are sent to the front wheels. The less powerful engine comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while the latter unit features a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Adaptive dampers are fitted to the more potent model, improving the handling without compromising ride comfort, Fiat claims. Exterior styling re..

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New Mercedes A 250 e 2019 review

Image 1 of 18 Image 1 of 18 13 Sep, 2019 11:00pm Richard Ingram With a claimed economy figure of over 200mpg, the new plug-in Mercedes A 250 e is arguably the pick of the range It'd be somewhat crass to suggest the only reason Mercedes has added a trio of plug-in hybrid versions to its small car range is to help it meet upcoming and ever-stringent emissions legislation. Yet mass-market cars like the new A-Class PHEV will significantly reduce the company’s overall CO2 rating, allowing it to avoid some fairly significant fines. Cars like these also have the potential to usher sizeable tax benefits to those considering buying one when order books open next month. • Best plug-in hybrids on sale right now Mercedes has beaten its rivals to the punch. No other car in this class – aside from the now defunct Volkswagen Golf GTE – offers a useable all-electric range, let alone one of more than 40 miles on a single charge. BMW will add a PHEV version to the new 1 Series range in the n..

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Hotter Tesla Plaid powertrain tested in Model S mule

Luke Wilkinson 2019-09-13 15:15 A Tesla Model S prototype has set a new lap record at Laguna Seca, during testing for its new Plaid powertrain Tesla is currently developing a hotter, three-motor electric drivetrain for the Model S, in a bid to keep its saloon competitive with the recently launched Porsche Taycan. The firm’s CEO, Elon Musk, announced on Twitter that the new powertrain will go on sale next year, priced “less than its competitors.” The American brand’s Model S Plaid development mule recently set a new lap record for four-door vehicles at the Laguna Seca race track, with a claimed time of 1:36.555 minutes – making it a second quicker than the previous record holder, the Jaguar XE SV Project 8. Tesla released a video of the lap on its Twitter account after the event. • Best electric cars on sale now Tesla’s Plaid powertrain will also eventually be available on the Model X and the Tesla Roadster, although Musk confirmed it won’t be offered on the Model 3 or Model Y. We e..

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Tesla tests hotter Plaid powertrain with Model S mule

Luke Wilkinson 2019-09-13 15:15 A Tesla Model S prototype has set a new lap record at Laguna Seca, during testing for its new Plaid powertrain Tesla is currently developing a hotter, three-motor electric drivetrain for the Model S, in a bid to keep its saloon competitive with the recently launched Porsche Taycan. The firm’s CEO, Elon Musk, announced on Twitter that the new powertrain will go on sale next year, priced “less than its competitors.” The American brand’s Model S Plaid development mule recently set a new lap record for four-door vehicles at the Laguna Seca race track, with a claimed time of 1:36.555 minutes – making it a second quicker than the previous record holder, the Jaguar XE SV Project 8. Tesla released a video of the lap on its Twitter account after the event. • Best electric cars on sale now Tesla’s Plaid powertrain will also eventually be available on the Model X and the Tesla Roadster, although Musk confirmed it won’t be offered on the Model 3 or Model Y. We e..

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