"FCA Replay" is a weekly recap of some of the major stories at FCA. The top stories for the week of December 25, 2020, include the addition of Sport Value to the 2021 Fiat 500X lineup, Alfa Romeo's 2021 lineup with Giulia and Stelvio, Chrysler Pacifica wins a Family Fun award and a contribution to grow Detroit's east side.
The Audi e-tron GT - classic principles and a new perspective
Sportiness and comfort - these are the two classic design principles of a Gran Turismo. The design of the Audi e-tron GT takes up this idea and adds a new perspective: sustainability plays an important role, especially in electromobility. This starts in thinking and is expressed through the design. Visible evidence of the sustainability drive is the optimized aerodynamics of the e-tron GT. Its low cw value of 0.24 increases efficiency and ensures a longer range. These basic ideas are also reflected in the interior of the e-tron GT. For example, the instrument panel - which typically faces the driver in sporty Audi models - rests in a spacious interior design characteristic of a comfortable and dynamic touring sports car. At the same time, the e-tron GT3 demonstrates that sustainability is an important aspect of the electric Gran Turismo with its leather-free design package, which is largely made from recycled materials.
The design of the new Audi RS 3 is even more dynamic and powerful than that of its predecessor. In the front, the wide RS bumper, the redesigned Singleframe with its distinctive honeycomb grille, and the large air intakes give the compact sports car an expressive appearance. From 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, up to 290 km/h top speed, RS Torque Splitter, semi slicks, and specific RS driving modes – the new Audi RS 3 offers driving dynamics of the highest caliber and the best numbers in its segment. Equipped with a 294 kW (400 PS) five-cylinder, the high-performance engine delivers rapid acceleration with a highly intoxicating sound. The power unit now delivers 500 Nm of torque and responds even faster. Visually, the RS 3 demonstrates its sporty DNA with a widened body, RS sports exhaust system, and cockpit displays like those found in race cars.
Chevrolet expanded its electric vehicle portfolio with the introduction of the new, all-electric 2022 Bolt EUV, alongside the redesigned 2022 Bolt EV. Distinguished by unique exterior designs, including an SUV-like proportion for the new Bolt EUV, each is propelled by the proven technology that helped make the Bolt EV the industry’s first affordable, long-range electric vehicle — and both are part of General Motors’ plan to launch 30 new EVs globally by 2025. Along with broadening the brand’s electric vehicle lineup, the Bolt EUV will also be the first Chevrolet vehicle to offer Super Cruise1, the industry’s first true hands-free driver assistance system for enabled roads. Chevrolet is also making charging more convenient with a new Dual Level Charge Cord, which, for many customers, will eliminate the need to purchase a separate charger for their home. It has a changeable plug that allows the customer to plug into a standard 120-volt three-prong outlet for Level charging and a 240-volt outlet for Level 2 charging up to 7.2 kilowatts. The new Dual Level Charge Cord is standard with Bolt EUV and is available for Bolt EV. For maximum Level 2 charging speed, both vehicles are now capable of 11 kW Level 2 charging, but separate charging equipment (not included) is required.