Electric cars are quiet, clean and dynamic - but do they offer the same level of safety as a classic four-wheel drive vehicle on a slippery road surface? The Volvo XC40 is perfect for answering this question. With the premium compact SUV, the customer can choose between a wide variety of engines and drive concepts: combustion, mild and plug-in hybrids as well as a fully electric version, front-wheel drive, mechanical all-wheel drive and, with the Pure Electric model, all-wheel drive by means of electric motors on the front and rear axles. The Volvo XC40 is the latest addition to the model range and has risen from scratch to number two in the brand's internal sales ranking. It combines typical SUV advantages such as a raised seating position and good space with an attractive lifestyle appearance, high functionality - and a versatile range of drives. The series underlines its pioneering role in the field of electrification: The Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 AWD is the brand's first fully electric model.
The BMW iX - Expressive, vertical kidney as an intelligence surface
The expressive, vertically oriented BMW kidney is at the center of the vehicle front. Since the electric drive of the BMW iX requires only a small supply of cooling air, the BMW kidney is completely closed. Instead, it assumes the digital function of an intelligence surface. Camera technology, radar functions and other sensor technology are seamlessly integrated into the BMW kidney and are located behind a transparent surface. The BMW iX kidney, developed and produced at the BMW Group's Lightweight Design and Technology Center (LTC) in Landshut, Germany, is the symbol of intelligent mobility, designed with a high level of technological effort. It assumes the role of an innovative and multifunctional high-tech design for advanced driver assistance systems, with which the BMW iX paves the way to automated driving.
IED presents the new concept vehicle designed in collaboration with Suzuki, to combine the two different souls of the Japanese manufacturer in a single model On the one hand, the four wheels, functionality, efficiency, practicality of compact dimensions; on the other, two wheels, synonymous with sporting spirit, high performance and emotions. For over a century, Suzuki has embodied these two opposing souls with the production of cars and motorcycles, but is it possible to combine these two worlds in one vehicle? The European Institute of Design presents Suzuki Misano, the new concept vehicle designed in collaboration with Suzuki. Result of the thesis project of the twenty-four students of the Master in Transportation Design of IED Turin, Misano is the answer to the Japanese manufacturer's question: a style model capable of intertwining the philosophy of Japanese automotive design with a design that embodies pure passion, style and fun, as in the best Italian tradition.
The new 2.0-litre four-cylinder P400e plug-in hybrid offers a smooth and refined drive, producing a combined 404PS and 640Nm of torque from its 300PS petrol engine and 105kW electric motor, with an impressive 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds (0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds). A 17.1kWh lithium-ion battery, located under the boot floor, can be charged to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes†† using a fast DC charge point, or 1 hour 40 minutes using a standard 7kW wallbox. With zero tailpipe emissions in electric mode, an impressive real-world all-electric range of 53km (33 miles), fuel economy of up to 2.2 litres/100km (130.2mpg) and CO2 emissions from just 49g/km, the Range Rover Velar is now even more sustainable by design.