"FCA Replay" is a weekly recap of some of the major stories at FCA. The top stories for the week of December 4, 2020, include the Ram Truck brand captures the 2021 MotorTrend Truck of the Year award, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica and Ram 1500 are named Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy award winners and the Jeep® brand partners with LEGO Group to introduce a new, one-of-a-kind LEGO Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class - Sensual clarity in a sporty, beautiful design
Set off into a new, even more digital and efficient world and welcome home: the newC-Class stands for both, creating a future-proof comfort zone in all dimensions in times of global upheaval. The new C-Class is the first classic model series from Mercedes-Benz to be electrified throughout, thanks to mild hybrids with 48-volt technology and integrated starter-generator as well as plug-in hybrids. Thanks to a highly efficient battery system, it achieves an electric range of around 100 kilometers (WLTP) as a plug-in hybrid. This is unprecedented in this class. At the same time, it sets standards in sustainability. And because the C-Class is one of the company's highest-volume model series, this consistent electrification has a correspondingly large impact on the CO2 footprint. Technical refinements also include special equipment such as DIGITAL LIGHT and rear-axle steering. The sedan and estate will premiere together, can be ordered from March 30 and will reach sales partners in summer 2021.
The new BMW M3 Competition Sedan and the new BMW M4 Competition Coupé will be presented for the first time. With these two high-performance models in the premium mid-range segment, the hallmark M combination of racetrack-oriented performance and superior suitability for everyday use reaches a level never before attained. Their world premiere in Beijing underlines the growing importance of the Chinese automobile market for the BMW M GmbH product range. The new BMW M3 Competition Sedan and the new BMW M4 Competition Coupé are powered by an in-line 6-cylinder engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and high-revving characteristics, mobilising a maximum output of 375 kW/510 hp and delivering a maximum torque of 650 Nm. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. Both models accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds each.
The most exacting environmental compatibility requirements have been put in place throughout the value chain and for the full life cycle of the BMW iX. The car is currently in the final phase of its series development. At market launch – which will get underway at the end of 2021 – customers will be able to choose from two model variants: the BMW iX xDrive50 and BMW iX xDrive40. The BMW iX redefines the successful Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) concept. It is the first model based on a new, modular, scalable toolkit on which the future of the BMW Group will be built. The development and production of the BMW iX follow an all-encompassing approach to sustainability involving compliance with strict environmental and social standards in the extraction of raw materials, plus the use of electricity from renewable sources and a high proportion of recycled materials in the mix.