"Stellantis Spotlight" is a weekly recap of some of the major stories at Stellantis. The top stories for the week of February 19, 2021, include the first glimpse of the Maserati Grecale SUV, Canadian auto journalists name the Ram 1500 the best full-size pickup and Alfa Romeo honors its Passione for Italian design.
Defined Dynamics – the design of the Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback concept
Philipp Römers, Audi Designer, exclusively reveals the design secrets behind new concept car.
With its robust appearance and functional versatility, the new BMW X1 embodies an authentic experience of freedom and independence in day-to-day driving and on longer journeys. The interior’s progressive design and sophisticated ambience, and the much broader selection of standard equipment compared to the outgoing model, serve to underline its deeply embedded premium character. At launch in October 2022, there will initially be a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines. These will link up with a seven-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch as standard, and their drive power will be channelled to the road via either the front wheels or the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system, depending on the model. This starting quartet will immediately be followed by the all-electric BMW iX1 xDrive30 as well as by a pair of plug-in hybrid models and another two conventionally powered variants with 48V mild hybrid technology. The new BMW X1 will be built at BMW Group Plant Regensburg, where models with combustion engines, plug-in hybrid systems and all-electric drive will all roll off a single assembly line for the first time. The BMW iX1 will bring the experience of locally emission-free driving pleasure to a vehicle segment enjoying worldwide growth, making it accessible to a very wide target audience. The compact SAV powered by the latest BMW eDrive technology will therefore give a major boost to the accelerated ramp-up of electric mobility. The improvements in sustainability compared to the predecessor model can be partly attributed not just to the wide-ranging electrification measures, but also the increased use of green energy, both for production and in the supply chain, and the greater quantities of secondary raw materials and natural materials used.
Like all current Volkswagens, the new Golf R Variant is optimally networked with its owner or user. The basis for this is provided as standard by the digital instruments (“Digital Cockpit Pro”) with a ten-inch display, the “Ready 2 Discover” infotainment system (10.0-inch touchscreen) and the multifunction sports steering wheel. Important: All infotainment systems belong to the third generation of the "modular infotainment kit" (MIB3). They are all linked to an online connectivity unit (OCU) that is equipped with an eSIM. OCU and eSIM enable access to a constantly growing range of online-based functions and services that are provided via the brand's own “Volkswagen We” ecosystem. Of course, the new Golf R Variant is also prepared for the spectrum of “We Connect” and “We Connect Plus”.