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Review: Range Rover Velar 2.0L P250 SE R-Dynamic
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Review: Range Rover Velar 2.0L P250 SE R-Dynamic

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Launched in Malaysia last year, the Range Rover Velar was developed to fill the gap between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. 

Offered in three variants in Malaysia, the Velar is offered here with two powertrain options – a 2.0L Ingenium aluminium engine producing 250 PS and 365 Nm, and a much more powerful 3.0L Ingenium aluminium engine which kicks out 380 PS and 450 Nm of torque.

Priced between RM529,800 and RM723,000, the Velar has gone through some minor updates for the model year 2019, which include the addition of new graphics in the infotainment system, as well as the inclusion of Apple CarPlay system.

Besides these two updates, things remain pretty much unchanged since the model made its Malaysian debut.

So, in order to find out what it has to offer, and how it fares against its competitors like the Porsche Macan and the Jaguar F-Pace, which also happens to be the Velar’s sibling which shares the same underpinnings, we took the Velar for a spin.

The variant which we tested was the Velar 2.0L P250 SE R-Dynamic, which is priced at RM555,471 on the road without insurance.

Among the notable features on the Velar P250 SE R-Dynamic includes:

  • 20-inch 10 spoke 'Style 1032' wheels with Satin Dark Grey finish
  • Matrix LED headlights with Signature Daytime Running Lights
  • Powered gesture tailgate
  • Auto-dimming, power fold, heated door mirrors with approach lights
  • Perforated grained leather seats with Suede cloth bolsters
  • 10-way seats with driver memory (including rear armrest and power recline)
  • Smartphone Pack
  • Meridian™ Surround Sound System 825W with 17 speakers
  • Navigation Pro
  • Interactive Driver Display
  • Rear View Camera
  • Drive Pack
  • Park Pack  

Powering the Velar 2.0L P250SE R-Dynamic here is a 2.0-litre Ingenium aluminium engine which produces 250 PS and 365 Nm of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics. Thanks to the powertrain, the Velar P250 is able to do the century sprint in 6.7 seconds, and hit a top speed of 217 km/h.

Our Rating

  • Design: 4.5/5 – Definitely one of the best looking SUVs in the market
  • Driving Dynamics: 3/5 – Excellent for daily use, but not as athletic as the Macan
  • Comfort: 4/5 – Seats, upholstery, and trims are made of premium materials
  • Convenience: 4/5 – Features like the powered boot and the button to fold the rear seats make it very family friendly.
  • Space: 4/5 – There’s ample space for 5 occupants, and a big boot.

 

Ups & Downs

  • Plus: Gorgeous design, plenty of storage space, luxurious interior, excellent off-road abilities
  • Minus: 2.0L engine can be noisy at times, no Android Auto yet, Touch Pro Duo system takes time to get used to

Verdict

The Range Rover Velar appeals for those who want something that is bigger than the Evoque, but smaller and cheaper than the Range Rover Sport. If performance and athleticism is your priority, the Velar falls short behind its closest competitor, Porsche Macan. However, if sheer presence and practicality is what you’re looking for in this price range, the Velar will tickle you at the right spots. 

All-New BMW (F93) M8 Gran Coupe Unleashed – 600 HP, Track Mode
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All-New BMW (F93) M8 Gran Coupe Unleashed – 600 HP, Track Mode

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Just months after revealing the 8 Series Gran Coupe in all its beautiful glory, BMW has pulled the covers off the most hot-blooded versions of its four-door sportscar: the (F93) M8 Gran Coupe (GC) and M8 Competition Gran Coupe (Comp. GC).

Developed alongside the two-door variants of the new M8 and the M8 GTE endurance racecar, the M8 GC has undergone intensive testing at BMW’s Miramas and Arjeplog test centres, and fine-tuning at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit to deliver trademark BMW “M” division dynamic performance, agility, and precision.

Under the hood is a high-revving 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 engine (similar to that of the F90 M5) which develops 600 hp in the M8 GC and 625 hp in the Comp. GC, torque is identical in both cases, delivering 750 Nm between 1,800 rpm and 5,800 rpm. Cooling and oil supply systems have been optimised for track use, while an electronically controlled sports exhaust system promises quite the soundtrack at full tilt.

The engine is mated exclusively to BMW’s ‘M Steptronic’ 8-speed automatic transmission which distributes power to all four wheels through the company’s M xDrive all-wheel-drive system linked with the Active M Differential. Choice of three powertrain modes: 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD with pure rear-wheel drive and deactivated VSC mode. The M8 Comp. GC additionally has three main drive modes: Road, Sport, and Track.

In terms of performance, the M8 GC will complete the century sprint in 3.3 seconds, Comp GC gets there a smidge quicker at 3.2 seconds.

The chassis has also received some tweaks to cope with the additional power, the M8 receives an array of extremely stiff mountings connecting the suspension to the body, likewise electronically controlled dampers and electromechanical M Servotronic steering are all standard fare. For ten first time also, the new integrated braking system enables two different brake pedal application settings: Comfort and Sport.

Note too. that the M8 GC and M8 Comp. GC have a slightly longer wheelbase, at 200 mm longer than that of the two-door variants of the M8.

In terms of aesthetics – the M8 GC and Comp. GC receives subtle design elements such as blacked out Kidney Grille and side gill garnish at the front and gloss black spoiler and rear apron round the back. The M8 GC is supplied as standard 20-inch ‘M’ light-alloy wheels.

On the inside, the M8 GC receives exclusive M Sport seats, trimmed in a unique Bi-colour leather trim, and seat belts. Elsewhere, the M8 GC receives an ‘M’ leather steering wheel, newly designed gear selector lever, and redesigned graphics for the instrument cluster, Head-Up Display, main infotainment control display.

The new BMW M8 Gran Coupe and new BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe will celebrate their world premieres at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2019. The earliest market launches are slated for April 2020, when the BMW M8 GC will go up against the likes of the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-AMG GT four-door Coupe.

2019 Toyota Corolla Officially Launched – From RM 128,888
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2019 Toyota Corolla Officially Launched – From RM 128,888

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After a month or so of teasing, UMW Toyota has finally officially launched the all-new Toyota Corolla in Malaysia. The model is available in two variants – the 1.8E and the 1.8G – which are priced at RM 128,888 and RM 136,888 respectively, on-the-road without insurance.

As we mentioned in previous articles, this all-new model sits on the critically-acclaimed TNGA platform which first made its way to our market underpinning the C-HR, and eventually the Camry as well. The platform promises better ride comfort and handling, which you can read about in our quick review soon.

Overall, the car is 10 mm longer, 5 mm wider, and 45 mm lower, while maintaining the same wheelbase at 2700 mm as the previous model. While not being the outright largest in the segment, it also isn't the smallest either and there's a reasonable amount of space for all occupants.

Compared the previous generation, there is only one engine carried over – a naturally aspirated 1.8-litre inline-four engine that produces 139 PS and 173 Nm of torque – which is paired with a slightly revised CVT-type automatic transmission.

No matter which variant you choose, you can be sure of a pretty generous list of options. The 1.8E variant gets these items as standard:

  • Keyless Entry and Start
  • 16-inch Alloy Wheels
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Automatic Halogen Headlights
  • Autofold Mirrors
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • 4.2inch TFT Multi Information Display
  • 6.8inch Touch Screen
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • PowerAdjustable Driver Seat
  • Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control
  • 7 Airbags

If you spring for the higher-spec 1.8G, the main attraction is the Toyota Safety Sense package that includes a wealth of integrated safety systems such as the pre-collision system (PCS), lane departure alert (LDA) with steering assist,  lane tracing assist (LTA), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and the Blind Spot Monitor (BSM).

In addition to that, you get the following items:

  • Paddle Shifters
  • 17-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic BiLED Projector Headlights
  • Reverse Link for Side Mirrors
  • Automatic Wipers
  • Optitron Meters
  • 7inch TFT Multi Information Display
  • DualZone Automatic Climate Control
  • Leather Seats
  • Electrochromic Rear View Mirror
  • Wireless Charger
  • 3D Panoramic View Monitor
  • Digital Video Recorder (Front and Rear)
  • Electronic Parking Brake

There will be five exterior colours to choose from – Celestite Gray Metallic, Silver Metallic, Attitude Black, Red Mica Metallic, and White Pearl Crystal Shine (for an additional RM 800). There will also be a five year, unlimited mileage factory warranty as part of the purchase price.

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Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 Style Variant Launched In Malaysia – RM223,888
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Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 Style Variant Launched In Malaysia – RM223,888

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Mercedes-Benz Malaysia today announced the expansion of the GLA model lineup with the introduction of the GLA 200 Style variant.

Priced at RM223,888 on the road without insurance, the GLA 200 Style is now the most affordable GLA variant, followed by the GLA 200 Night Edition (RM248,888), GLA 250 AMG Line (RM274,888), and of course, the range-topping Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 which asks for RM413,888.

Powering the GLA 200 Style is the same 1.6-litre 4-cylinder turbo engine as the GLA 200 Night Edition producing 156 hp and 250 Nm of maximum torque, and paired to the engine is the 7G-DCT transmission which enables the car to go from 0 -100km/h in 8.1 seconds.

Key exterior features include 18-inch twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, additional high-gloss inserts on the radiator trim, as well as a chromed beltline trim strip and load sill guard.

On the inside, the GLA 200 Style comes with Artico leather and Macapa fabric seats that are finished with a pattern inspired by tyre tracks, and an infotainment system which includes an 8-inch display and supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.  

Where safety is concerned, there is Attention Assist, Active Brake Pre-Safe system, Active Parking Assist with Parktronic, as well as LED High Performance headlamps.

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Here's All You Need To Know About The New Mazda CX-5 - New Turbo Variant, From RM137k To RM181k
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Here's All You Need To Know About The New Mazda CX-5 - New Turbo Variant, From RM137k To RM181k

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After much anticipation, the updated 2019 Mazda CX-5 has been officially launched in Malaysia, featuring a new turbocharged variant, as well as other enhancements.

There will be five variants available:

  • CX-5 2.0G 2WD Mid – RM137,379
  • CX-5 2.0G 2WD High – RM154,379
  • CX-5 2.5G 2WD High – RM167,770
  • CX-5 2.2D 2WD High – RM172,532
  • CX-5 2.5G 4WD High Turbo – RM181,770

*Prices indicated are on the road without insurance

As mentioned above, the big news is the addition of the addition of the turbocharged 2.5-litre variant to the line-up which is the new range-topping model.

Here to replace the previous range-topping 2.2-litre AWD Diesel variant, the new CX-5 2.5L Turbo is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine which makes 228 hp and 420 Nm of maximum torque. Paired to the engine is a 6-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic gearbox and Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel drive system.

The 2.0G variants on the other hand, are powered by the same 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 162 hp and 213 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, while the 2.2D diesel variant comes with a 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine which kicks out 178 hp and 450 Nm of torque.

In terms of features, the entry-level 2.0G 2WD Mid variant gets:

  • LED headlights
  • 17-inch tyres
  • Bulb DRLs
  • LED fog lights
  • LED rear combination taillights
  • Automatic wipers
  • One-touch power folding side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Black door pillar garnish
  • Dual exhausts
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Keyless ignition
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Fabric seats
  • Gun Metallic dashboard trim
  • 4.6-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster display
  • Dual zone air conditioning
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Three 12-Volt power outlets
  • Front seats with manual adjustment
  • 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Mazda Connect Infotainment system with Voice command
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Reverse Camera

The 2.0G 2WD High variant gets more features like:

  • Signature LED headlights
  • Signature LED rear combination taillights
  • LED DRLs
  • Keyless entry
  • Piano Black door pillar garnish
  • 10-way powered driver's seat
  • 6-way powered passenger's seat
  • Memory function for driver's seat
  • Leather seats
  • Front parking sensors
  • 360 View Camera
  • Walk Away Lock
  • Adaptive front lighting system
  • Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Driver Attention Alert (DAA)
  • Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection (front only)
  • Powered tailgate

Moving up the ladder, the 2.5G 2WD High variant gets even more:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • 7-inch TFT Display at Center Meter
  • Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection (front and rear)

Last but not least, exclusive to the 2.2D 2WD High and 2.5G 4WD High Turbo variants are features like:

  • Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
  • Lane Keep Assist (LKAS)
  • Heads-Up Display (2.5 Turbo only)

Offered in 8 colour options (Soul Red Crystal, Machine Gray, Snowflake White Pearl, Deep Crystal Blue, Sonic Silver, Meteor Gray, Jet Black, Arctic White), the new Mazda CX-5 comes with a 5-year or 100,000 km warranty, along with a free maintenance package.

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