Suzuki presents the new VITARA HYBRID 1.5 140V, the latest evolution of the model that inaugurated the compact SUV category in Italy in 1988. This version brings the 1.5 140V hybrid engine to its debut, alongside the popular 1.4 48V variant. The new propulsion system blends the adventurous spirit of the original VITARA with the needs of today's motorists, who are increasingly attentive to efficiency and respect for the environment, as well as comfort and performance. With this new model, the electrification process of the Suzuki range, which began in 2016 with the Baleno Hybrid, has come to completion and enters a new phase. The Suzuki hybrid 140 Volt technology that debuts with VITARA HYBRID 1.5 140V will play an increasingly important role in the near future and will also be offered on other models, allowing to comply with the increasingly stringent European regulations on emissions. VITARA HYBRID 1.5 140V is only available with AGS automatic transmission, both with front-wheel drive and 4x4 AllGrip all-wheel drive and is offered in the only exclusive Starview trim.
Volkswagen ID.4 Design preview in Blue dusk
The ID.4’s exterior has athletic proportions for an ultra-modern appearance. Its clear, flowing design is inspired by nature and guarantees very good aerodynamics with a drag coefficient of 0.28.Its basic version already features headlights that are almost completely equipped with light-emitting diodes while its tail light clusters have been fully equipped with this technology. As the top-of-the-range version, interactive IQ.Light LED matrix headlights are even more progressive: they welcome drivers with swivelling lens modules and generate an intelligently controlled main beam. These headlights have been paired with the new 3D LED tail light clusters. Their tail light is particularly homogeneous and lights up in an intensive red. The large wheels with a diameter of up to 21 inches underline the vehicle’s character.
In order to improve efficiency, only the rear electric motors are engaged as long as the Audi e-tron S2 and the e-tron S Sportback are operating in normal driving mode. The front electric motor flashes into action when the driver demands more performance, or predictively before traction subsides. Electric all-wheel drive is now enhanced with electric torque vectoring: Each of the rear electric motors sends the drive torques directly to the respective wheel via a single-speed transmission; there is no more mechanical differential. Need-based regulation takes just milliseconds and can manage very high drive torques. Drivers experience the excellent agility and traction of the electric S models in particular when challenging them on curvy roads. Their character has a stronger emphasis on the rear end and is even sportier than that of the technical basis. If the ESC stabilization control is set to “sport” and the Audi drive select dynamic handling system is set to maximum performance in “dynamic” mode, the drive layout facilitates a high level of transverse dynamics and, upon request, controlled drifts as well. When approaching the physical limit, the unloaded front wheel on the inside of the curve is decelerated slightly via the wheel brake to prevent slip and further refine handling. The sharp dynamism, high level of precision, and uncompromising safety are based on the close networking between all control units that manage the drive and suspension systems.