Next-Gen Hyundai Creta Spotted With Dual-Tip Exhaust

Images of the next-generation Hyundai Creta undergoing testing in India have surfaced online, and this time around the SUV is seed with a new twin exhaust system. Salted to make its India debut at the upcoming Auto Expo 2020, the upcoming new-gen Creta is based on the second-generation Hyundai iX25 and extensively borrows design cues from its global counterpart. Upon launch, the 2020 Hyundai Creta will rival the likes of Kia Seltos, MG Hector, Tata Harrier, Nissan Kicks, and the Jeep Compass.

Powertrain wise, the upcoming Hyundai Creta will come in both petrol and diesel engine options, borrowed from the Kia Seltos. So, the entire range will be BS6 compliant, offering 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel, and the 1.4-litre turbo GDI petrol with an optional 7-Speed DCT (dual-clutch transmission). The three engine types will come with a 6-Speed manual gearbox. The diesel is expected with an option of a 6-Speed torque convertor automatic.

Hyundai Creta will come in both petrol and diesel engine options, borrowed from the Kia Seltos

Here we only get to see the rear section of the car, which sports a set of new taillamps and three C-shaped LED lights. We also get a glimpse of a set of sleeker ORVMs, roof rails, and new alloy wheels. Previous spy shots also gave us a slight idea of its face and design elements like the cascading grille which is flanked by DRls and LED lamps are easily identifiable. Moreover, the next-gen Creta has grown in dimensions but retains the overall curvy silhouette.

The Next-Gen Hyundai Creta new taillamps and three C-shaped LED lights

While we do not get to see the cabin in these images, based on the previous spy photos, the new Creta will come with a heavily updated cabin featuring larger 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment and is likely to feature Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car app. The car will also get a new flat-bottom steering wheel, newly designed dashboard and updated seats and upholstery. The car is expected to sport a 6-airbag top-spec across engines, though side impact protection, dual airbags, ABS (anti-lock brakes) and EBD (electronic brake force distribution) is expected to be standard. Some top trims will also sport a sunroof – along with an inbuilt air purifier, power-adjustable front seats, and Blue Link connected car services.

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BMW Finally Adds Android Auto To Its Full Lineup

The integration is wireless.

If you search for “BMW Android Auto” on Google, one of the first results is a forum thread with someone asking “will BMW ever adopt support for Android Auto?” We finally have the answer to that question as the Bavarian brand has just announced its lineup is getting Android Auto support in mid-2020. The Bavarian company may be late to the AA party, but it is joining it with a wireless integration for models equipped with BMW Operating System 7.0.

Just like with every other brand, the Android Auto integration will allow for easy access to navigation, music, media, and messaging apps on board some of the new Bimmers. One very important piece of information here concerns the fact that the smartphone integration also works with BMW’s fully digital cockpit, as well as its head-up display. Simply put, all the information will be displayed not just on the central screen, but also on an “intelligently adapted form” in the instrument panel and the head-up display.

“Many of our customers have pointed out the importance to them of having Android Auto inside a BMW for using a number of familiar Android smartphone features safely without being distracted from the road, in addition to BMW’s own functions and services,” Peter Henrich, Senior Vice President Product Management BMW, admits. “We will offer this service to our customers starting in July 2020.”

BMW will demonstrate its Android Auto integration for the first time during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January next year. Starting from July 2020, the tech will be available for customers in 20 countries with more likely to be added at a later date.

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Formula 1 teams reject 'very weird and very bad' proposed new Pirelli tires for 2020

Romain Grosjean puts proposed 2020 tires through their paces at Abu Dhabi.

Formula 1 teams unanimously rejected the proposed new tires from Pirelli for the 2020 season following the postseason test in Abu Dhabi.

Pirelli has new tires that are designed to improved close-quarters racing in 2021. A 2020 version with the same overall goal in mind, however, was turned down.

The new construction was designed to work in a wider temperature band. This would have made it easier to go flat-out for longer in races without risking burning up tires early. For Haas F1 Team—a team that struggled most of the season to work the tires properly in 2019—new compounds for 2020 would have been a welcome solution.

However, the 2020 tires tested in Abu Dhabi will now not be introduced. Labeled as a “disappointment” by Sebastian Vettel and described as “very weird and very bad” by McLaren’s Carlos Sainz, teams will continue to use the 2019 rubber for one more year before the introduction of larger 18-inch rims—replacing the current 13-inch rims—in 2021.

Romain Grosjean, Haas driver and a director of the Grand Prix Drivers Association, or GPDA, tested the proposed 2020 rubber and said, “I just have to tell the truth: No, it’s not going to change the problem fully.”

 

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Top Gear's Chris Harris Talks Tesla Cybertruck

“It’s the usual utter nonsense from Mr. Musk … because it looks like a four-year-old designed it.”

Top Gear calls the Tesla Cybertruck the “sharpest design we’ve seen in a very, very long time.” The publication precedes that statement with the word, “literally.” Clearly, this is to say that the all-electric pickup truck has very sharp lines and pointy edges.

Perhaps Top Gear thinks the Cybertruck is sharp in the non-literal sense as well, meaning “watch out,” “pay attention,” or “good looking”?

Top Gear presenter Chris Harris begins his commentary about Tesla, Elon Musk, and the Cybertruck in a way that’s laced with negative words like “nonsense” and “rubbish.” However, he’s also quick to point out that it’s disruptive and that there are definitely people who are into such things. With that said, Harris thinks the design is going to have to be adapted prior to production, primarily due to safety issues. 

Check out the brief interview for more word from Harris. Then, leave us a comment below.

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The Tesla Cybertruck is, literally, the sharpest design we’ve seen in a very, very long time. But what does Chris Harris make of Elon Musk’s latest offering?

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“Here’s to a new decade of enormous change”

The automotive world has changed massively over the last 10 years, but editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks the future is exciting

When we started the 2010s, who’d have thought that, as the decade drew to a close, a great many of our news pages would be filled with electric cars; we’d spend time talking about cars driving themselves; much of our lives would be linked to phones that connect seamlessly with our cars; and a tiny American firm called Tesla would end 2019 as the most talked about (and copied) car company in the world?

The shape of the automotive business has changed massively. Would you ever have guessed in 2010 that Vauxhall and Opel would now be owned by a French company? And that, by the end of the decade, that French company, PSA, would be looking to merge with FCA – which of course didn’t even exist in its current form 10 years ago! Chinese car firm Geely, which had just bought Volvo in 2010, has turned that company into a premium car maker with real clout – and we hope it’s about to do a similar job with Lotus.

Jaguar Land Rover has had a decade of ups and downs (mostly ups, to be fair), while the trials and tribulations of Aston Martin continue; but at least it has a line-up of cars that’s more desirable and diverse than ever.

I could go on, but as you can see, if you’d asked me for my predictions at the end of 2009, I’d have struggled to get any of the above correct! So I’m not going to have a go at predicting how things will shape up over the next decade. Instead I’ll leave it to the words of a man who’s helped bring us some of the best cars we’ve driven over the past 10 years – Nick Rogers, JLR’s engineering chief. “We’ll see more change in the next 10 years than we’ve seen in the past 100,” he told me.

We can’t wait and hope you can’t, either. We also hope you’ll be with us for the journey. In the meantime, thank you so much for your continued support – hugely appreciated. From all of us here at Auto Express, have a great Christmas and a very happy and healthy new year.

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New 2019 Mercedes GLE Coupe: pricing, specs and details

The second-generation Mercedes GLE Coupe has made its debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, and costs from £72,530

The new Mercedes GLE Coupe, first revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, will start from £72,530. It’s a more style-driven, slightly less practical alternative to the regular bodied GLE. Built in Merc’s Tuscaloosa, Alabama factory, it takes the German firm’s SUV count up to eight separate models.

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It grows in size compared to its predecessor, being 39mm longer at 4,939mm from bumper to bumper and now 2010mm wide, sprouting just an extra 7mm widthways. Importantly though, the wheelbase grows 20mm for a bit of extra legroom, but from wheel to wheel it’s around 60mm shorter than the conventional GLE SUV. 

Mercedes claims that shorter wheelbase goes some way to justifying the GLE Coupe, injecting a sportier look and feel to the model. That’s said, from the front the design is unchanged, using the brand’s latest family face and headlight signature. The windscreen is slightly flatter in order to meet the lower roofline, and it feeds into the rakish rear end, complete with new LED taillights, while the boot lid runs flush from the top of the window to the rear bumper.

Mercedes claims that the boot itself sizes up at 655 litres with all seats in place. The back row can fold on a 40:20:40 split to open up a 1,790-litre load bay over two metres in length. Mercedes also claims that the loading sill now sits 60mm lower than before too.

The dashboard carries over from the GLE, using a two 12.3-inch displays to create a totally digitalised cockpit running the brand’s latest MBUX software with “Hey Mercedes” voice control. The centre console itself sits quite high, while grab handles give the GLE Coupe some traditional SUV interior touches. The rear quarter is styled around the slightly tighter packaging brought on by the rakish rear end, while Artico man-made leather upholstery is standard on all models. 

As for engines, from launch the line-up will comprise of two six-cylinder diesels and a six-cylinder, petrol powered, 48-volt mild hybrid AMG performance model. 

The base car for now is badged GLE 350 d, which is priced at £72,530. It uses a 268bhp 3.0-litre straight-six diesel developing 600Nm torque, while the same engine is also served up in the GLE 400 d, albeit uprated to 325bhp and 700Nm. As standard both these models ride on steel suspension but with the GLE’s freshly developed Airmatic air suspension on the options list. 

The new AMG GLE 53 is slightly more expensive at £80,615. It makes use of a 429bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine with 48-volt mild-hybrid assistance, sending power to an all-wheel-drive system via a nine-speed automatic gearbox. It gets sportier styling inside and out, AMG derived air suspension as standard and is capable of full ‘lift off and coast’ running, 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. 

Do you like the look of the new Mercedes GLE Coupe? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…

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The Dutch EV Market Surges Again In November To 18% Market Share

Tesla Model 3 sales went through the roof in November, reaching almost 4,000. December might be 6,000.

Upcoming decrease of fiscal incentives for all-electric cars in the Netherlands (from January 1, 2020) has prompted a significant sales rush towards the end of this year.

In November, new passenger plug-in car registrations doubled to 7,205, reaching a very high 18% market share! None of those numbers are a record, as September and some other months were even better, but it’s really big.

The average market share over the course of 11 months is 11% (43,639 registrations).

Plug-in electric car sales in the Netherlands – November 2019


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The biggest winner of the situation in the Netherlands is the Tesla Model 3, which noted some 3,979 new registrations (55% of all)!

Model 3 is the top-selling car of any kind in the country this year (17,858) with a huge advantage over the second-best Volkswagen Polo (ICE), which noted 12,565 registrations.

The difference to the direct competitors in the mid-size class is tremendous – 3,979 vs 570 (2nd best BMW 3-Series).

The Netherlands has become the biggest market for Tesla Model 3 and Tesla cars in Europe, bigger even than Norway.

Next month, the Model 3 may reach a new sales record (previous is 5,768 in September), as already close to 2,000 were registered during a third of December.

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The Ford Mustang Mach-E Is an SUV Short on Utility

There comes a certain set of expectations when an automaker labels a vehicle an SUV. I’ve heard plenty of talk about whether Ford’s new battery-powered Mustang Mach-E SUV deserves its pony car moniker, but what about the three-letter acronym that tells us how we’re supposed to categorize the thing?

The now-ubiquitous term stands for sport utility vehicle. When I see those letters attached to a car, I expect that car to clear taller obstacles, hold more of my stuff, and haul a heavier trailer than a similarly sized and powered sedan or wagon. We know as well as anyone that search volume for “electric SUVs” is a magnitude larger than it is for “electric crossovers,” but words still have meaning. Right?

Ground Clearance

So how about the Mach-E? In terms of ground clearance, standard Mach-E models have 5.7 inches between their lowest point and the ground, but the high-performance Mach-E GT has just 5.3 inches. To put that in context, a Mustang GT (the two-door sports car with a big V-8 up front) has 5.7 inches of ground clearance—almost half an inch more than its battery-powered SUV-labeled big brother. Call me old-fashioned, but that’s absurd.

If we compare the Mach-E to Ford’s more conventional gas-powered SUVs, it makes sense to look at the dimensionally similar Ford Edge. Standard Edge models have 8.0 inches of ground clearance, and the sport-tuned Edge ST—similar in ethos to the Mach-E GT—has 8.2 inches. The Mach-E is much closer in ride height to the U.K.-spec Ford Focus wagon, which has between 4.5 and 5.3 inches of clearance.

(If you were wondering, Tesla’s recently unveiled Cybertruck has up to 16 inches of ground clearance.)

Cargo Capacity

Comparing cargo capacity, the Mach-E is once again much closer to Ford’s station wagon than to its similarly sized SUV. The Mach-E has 29.0 cubic feet behind the second row or 59.6 cubes with the seats folded down. Because it doesn’t have an engine up front, there’s also a front trunk between the front wheels with another 4.8 cubic feet of space.

Although it’s labeled an SUV, the Mach-E doesn’t have much of an advantage over that Focus wagon in terms of stuff space. The wagon has 21.5 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the rear seats or 58.4 with everything folded flat—only 6.0 cubic feet less than the Mach-E if you include its frunk.

Against the Edge, though, the Mach-E doesn’t compare so favorably. The Edge boasts 39.2 cubes behind the second row or an impressive 73.4 cubic feet of cargo volume with its seats folded flat. Those figures each show advantages of more than 10 cubic feet over the Mach-E.

Towing Capacity

Perhaps Ford is under the impression that electric vehicle buyers and customers interested in towing don’t overlap. I’m not so convinced (and neither is Elon Musk), but either way, the Mustang Mach-E will not be set up for towing in North American markets when it arrives next year.

On the gas-powered side of things, a standard four-cylinder front-wheel-drive Edge can tow 1,500 pounds, and if you spring for an all-wheel-drive Edge ST with the twin-turbo V-6, it’ll tug up to 3,500 pounds. Those aren’t huge numbers, but it’s plenty of capability for towing a smaller boat or camper. Meanwhile, the overperforming Focus wagon will tow up to 1,800 kg—that’s almost 4,000 pounds.

Name Game

So which is the bigger stretch, calling the Mach-E a Mustang or calling it an SUV? If you’re asking me, it’s the latter. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Mach-E. It’s one of very few Ford products I’m excited about right now. It’ll likely make a great daily driver, winter warrior, grocery getter, and maybe even a canyon carver.

My back-seat impressions of the driving experience are optimistic about this car performing like a Mustang should. Just don’t try to fool yourself into thinking it’s any kind of workhorse.

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Revolutionary new car insurance policy will see owners of this car charged for each mile

Tesla motorists could save hundreds of pounds with the new scheme which is said to benefit owners who clock up low mileage. The new By Miles insurance will also offer fully comprehensive cover for Tesla owners including guaranteed repairs from official dealerships for five years.

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Data is taken directly from Tesla vehicles without the need for any extra hardware to be installed in the vehicle.

The new scheme is the first to take information directly from the car without a black box telemetry system present and could see owners make massive savings.

By Miles claims motorists who travel under 7,000 miles could save hundreds of pounds on their existing insurance prices with the scheme.

The group claims car insurance providers have left electric car owners behind as quotes often surpass £2,000 for a simple agreement.

A quote delivered from MoneySuperMarket for a new Tesla Model 3 revealed almost £600 could be saved by using the By Miles technology.

Total car insurance costs were found to be £679.53 with the By Miles insurance compared to over £1,000 for other mainstream insurance providers.

James Blackham, co-founder of By Miles said: Electric and connected cars are the future. The insurance industry needs to catch up and launch policies as smart as the cars themselves.

“Our policy is the first connected car insurance policy in the world, and the first to offer pay-by-mile cover without the need for any external technology like a black box or smartphone. We’re going totally trackerless.

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“Tesla drivers have been getting a raw deal on car insurance, mostly because the old fashioned big insurers don’t understand their cars. But we think Tesla owners should be rewarded for making an eco-friendly choice.”

The company’s over the top data collection does not take into account how a car is driven and motorists are only judged on their overall mileage.

This means motorists are allowed to enjoy their Tesla sports cars on track days or private events without worrying about invalidating their cover.

Motorists can access information about their mileage through the By Miles app and can pay for monthly mileage to avoid charges spiralling.

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The group confirm fully compressive cover is offered including many extra items such as damage or theft to charging cables and electric car batteries.

James Blackham added: “Electric and connected cars are the future. The insurance industry needs to catch up and launch policies as smart as the cars themselves.

“Our policy is the first connected car insurance policy in the world, and the first to offer pay-by-mile cover without the need for any external technology like a black box or smartphone.”

Tesla’s over the air wireless connected cars system helps provide updates and features to models on the move.

However, there have been concerns the wireless connected functionality could be abused by cybercriminals who could hack cars.

Speaking to Express.co.uk cyber expert Asaf Ashkenazi says anyone could access a car with internet features in a security and safety threat.

Tesla founder Elon Musk even raised concerns hackers posed a risk and warned it could be the end of the firm if criminals gained virtual access to their fleet of vehicles.

Tesla’s have dramatically increased in popularity across the UK according to recent SMMT data.

Statistics revealed Tesla’s luxurious Model 3 machine was the highest selling car in August as electric car sales boomed.

Fully-electric models are now up 135.6 percent year-on-year as total sales were boosted to just under 33,000.

November saw massive growth for the electric car market in a massive 228.8 percent rise on data collected twelve months previously.

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ELMS changes rules for Le Mans auto-invites

The European Le Mans Series has announced that the number of automatic Le Mans 24 Hours invitations it grants will depend on grid sizes for the 2020 season.

For the 2019 season, the ELMS offered five auto-invites to the showpiece FIA World Endurance Championship round across its three classes.

The top two teams in the LMP2 standings, along with the title-winning LMP3 squad and the top two GTE outfits, were all granted entry slots for the 2020 running of the La Sarthe classic.

However, next year, the number of invites up for grabs in the LMP2 and GTE classes will depend on how many cars are on the grid.

In LMP2, up to three entries will be available should the size of the grid exceed 17 cars. If it is between 12 and 17 cars, there will remain two entries, while a field smaller than 12 cars will result in only a single entry being offered.

This year, 18 cars contested the series full-time, meaning the third-placed team in the points, Graff, would have earned an automatic entry had this rule been in place.

IDEC Sport and G-Drive Racing earned the two entries for the first and second-placed teams.

In GTE, a grid of smaller than eight cars will result in only a single entry being awarded. A grid of between eight and 11 cars will mean two entries are handed out, while a field of 12 cars or more would mean the top three teams would all earn entries.

This year’s GTE grid featured nine cars, with champion squad Luzich Racing and runner-up Dempsey-Proton Racing earning the two auto-invites.

A single Le Mans invite will remain available to the winning team in the LMP3 class in 2020 regardless of how many cars are on the grid. Eurointernational earned an LMP2 entry for La Sarthe for taking title honours in the baby prototype division this year.

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