Exclusively at CES, Mercedes-Benz is presenting a new MBUX feature for the first time: “Mercedes Travel Knowledge”. This intelligent function evaluates map data and, moreover, its surroundings and provides a lot of information about interesting landmarks along the route, from individual buildings or points of interest to entire cities. The driver or passenger can simply ask a question as they drive past – for example, “Hey Mercedes, what can you tell me about this building?” or “Hey Mercedes, what is the name of the restaurant on the left?” – and the information appears on the respective display as well as spoken by the voice assistant. Thanks to the flexible update concept from MBUX via the cloud, this feature will also be immediately available in the new S-Class in addition to the EQS.
The BMW iX - Interior design - Focus on people
Generous space, a high-quality mix of materials, newly developed seats with integrated headrests and an exceptionally large panoramic glass roof create a luxurious lounge atmosphere on all five seats in the interior of the BMW iX. The completely newly developed architecture in the interior of the BMW iX makes it possible to present a clear and uncomplicated functionality that is entirely focused on the needs and emotions of the driver and his fellow passengers. The absence of a center tunnel made possible by the drive concept underscores the open feeling of space and creates additional legroom in the front seats and in the rear, as well as space for storage and a center console designed like a high-quality piece of furniture. A reduced design language and clearly structured surfaces bring out the spaciousness of the ambience even more intensively. All displays and controls are reduced to the essentials, further enhancing the impression of a tidy interior that invites relaxation. The technology of the BMW iX is used intelligently and only makes an appearance when it is needed. As a result, it is not perceived as complex but can be used intuitively. The interior design conveys a feeling of safety and familiarity and creates a new kind of bond between the occupants and the vehicle. The principle of Shy Tech is implemented in the interior by, among other things, invisibly integrated loudspeakers, filigree air vents, heated surfaces and the projector of the BMW Head-Up Display, which is very homogeneous and almost invisibly embedded in the instrument panel. The hexagonal steering wheel, a rocker switch for selecting gear ratios and the BMW Curved Display as part of the next generation of the BMW Operating System immediately signal a forward-looking form of driving pleasure.
The technical regulations of the Rally2 category provide clear guidelines in various areas of the technical development. For example, the aerodynamics of the new generation ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 widely depend on the road car’s configuration. The best-in-class drag coefficient of the production ŠKODA FABIA gave the engineers of ŠKODA Motorsport the perfect foundation to develop highly efficient aerodynamics for the future rally car. Efficient aerodynamics are one of the most important areas while developing any kind of race car. In Rally2 category, competition variants have to be derived from production models. Thus, engineers face completely different challenges than, for example, their colleagues in single seater racing. When ŠKODA Motorsport began the development of the new generation ŠKODA FABIA Rally2, the respective road car model provided a perfect starting point. The engineers‘ goal was to use the outstanding aerodynamics of the road going ŠKODA FABIA as well for the competition car.
The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is now the most powerful variant in the completely revamped product line, combining a 420 kW (571 PS; Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid models: Fuel consumption combined 2.8 – 2.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 63 – 62 g/km; electricity consumption combined 22.8 – 21.8 kWh/100 km (as of 10/2020)), four-litre biturbo V8 with a 100 kW (136 PS) electric motor. Its all-electric range has been increased by up to 30 per cent thanks to a new 17.9 kWh battery and optimised driving modes. This also applies to the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, where the electric motor is complemented as before by a 243 kW (330 PS; Panamera 4 E-Hybrid models: Fuel consumption combined 2.3 – 2.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 51 – 47 g/km; electricity consumption combined 18.2 – 17.0 kWh/100 km (as of 10/2020)) 2.9-litre biturbo V6, resulting in a system power output of 340 kW (462 PS). The Panamera portfolio is rounded off by the 4S, which delivers 324 kW (440 PS; Panamera 4S models: Fuel consumption combined 9.2 – 8.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 210 – 202 g/km (as of 10/2020)) and also benefits from all the optimised features of the latest model enhancement in terms of chassis, design, equipment and infotainment.