The first Volkswagen model with the GTX label is now here: this abbreviation stands for a new level of sportiness from Volkswagen which will continue the tradition of the successful GTI, GTD and GTE models. The ID.4 GTX is therefore the new top-of-the-range model in the purely electric ID.4 model series. Its two electric motors – one each on the front and rear axles – combine to deliver a maximum output of 220 kW (299 PS) and work together as an electric dual-motor all-wheel drive. This technology offers a high level of driving stability and large power reserves – in short: more driving pleasure. The compact ID.4 GTX will be launched in Europe in Summer 2021. In Germany, it will start at an entry-level price of 50,415 euros, with customers being able to apply for a (net) grant of 7,500 euros.
The new Volkswagen ID. Buzz Interior Design in Candy White and Pomelo Yellow
The new model line’s assistance systems perfect ease of driving and safety. Included as standard in the ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo is the ‘Car2X’ local warning system, which utilises signals from other vehicles and the transport infrastructure to spot hazards in real time. Also included as standard: the ‘Front Assist’ emergency braking function and, in the MPV, the ‘Lane Assist’ lane-keeping assistant. With new software, new assistance functions are also making their way into the ID. family. Available as an option is ‘Travel Assist with swarm data’, which facilitates partially automated driving across the entire speed range and, for the first time, assisted lane-changing on the motorway. Also new: the ‘Memory Function’ for automated parking on a previously saved route.
The new EQE is the second vehicle based on the EVA2 premium-class electric architecture. Engineered from scratch for electric vehicles, it enables what Mercedes-Benz calls “purpose design” and delivers significant benefits in aerodynamics and efficiency. The sporty EQE brings the concept of the business saloon into the future. It has all the essential features of the EQS luxury liner in a more compact package. These include the MBUX Hyperscreen, which is the absolute highlight of the interior. This 56-inch curved screen sweeps across almost the entire width of the cabin, incorporating the instrument cluster, infotainment and passenger display in a seamless design. The section of the MBUX Hyperscreen dedicated to the front-seat passenger is a 12.3‑inch OLED display and control surface. It enables them to watch content such as video streaming or TV while the vehicle is in motion, making journeys more enjoyable and entertaining. The system uses an intelligent, camera-based blocking logic that is able to detect if the driver is looking at the passenger display. If so, the system automatically dims dynamic content. Mercedes-Benz anticipates introducing this feature this year for Mercedes-EQ vehicles sold in the U.S.
The MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW is the new Safety Car for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship race series. As such, it connects the brand’s electrified future with the rich racing history of John Cooper Works. The car was created out of the new MINI Cooper SE as part of an unprecedented collaboration between MINI Design, BMW Motorsport, the FIA and the Formula E.