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Proton’s first ever SUV, which is based on the Geely Boyue, will apparently be ready by the fourth quarter this year, according to a report by The Malaysian Reserve. A source told the publication that the SUV is only expected to be ready for driving tests in October 2018, once the right-hand drive conversion and the necessary certification from relevant authorities are completed. “The process will include a certification from the NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) and SIRIM (Scientific and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia) before it can be released to the market. The process will take one year at least, to obtain these certifications,” the source explained to the daily. In any case, the timeframe is in line with what the company said last year. The Boyue, after making its first appearance here in June 2017, is required to undergo a lengthy conversion and market adaptability process, and possibly a slight redesign as well. “Any products that we will bring from Geely and from elsewhere outside Malaysia, it will take time, because predominantly these products are left-hand drive, so to convert to right-hand drive will take some time,” DRB-Hicom managing director, Datuk Seri Syed Faisal Albar said back in September. “The level of the CKD programme that we are going to have for new products will also have to be detailed out, and this will include the RHD conversion and local components that are supposed to be produced here,” Albar added. As for Proton, the rebadged Boyue is one of the initiatives under Proton’s turnaround programme and part of its holistic strategic plan on the road back to profitability. In terms of pricing, the daily’s source said it will be set within the affordable range. “The Geely Boyue is currently priced around RM68,500 (110,000 yuan) in China, while competitors such as the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 are sold at over RM100,000. But its (the rebadged Boyue’s) features, affordable price and attractive design will be a game changer to the SUV market,” the source claimed. The report also said that Proton’s plant in Tanjung Malim will be able to support production of the Boyue by middle of this year. To recap, the Boyue – designed by former Volvo designer Peter Horbury – is a five-seat C-segment SUV measuring 4.5 metres long. In China, it is offered with a range of engines, including a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated unit (139 hp/178 Nm) and a 1.8 litre turbo making 163 PS and 250 Nm. The said turbo mill can be had with either a six-speed manual or automatic, but the latter receives a higher 180 PS/285 Nm tune. The Boyue also offers an impressive list of equipment like an eight-inch display screen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, as well as safety kit that includes lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. Fancy one? Find out what we think of the Geely Boyue in our first impressions review, or watch the video below for a quick tour around the turbocharged model.
If you’ve not heard of the Haval H6, you’re probably not alone. In fact, if you didn’t even know that Haval was a thing, you’re still probably in the majority. The Chinese maker and its medium-sized H6 SUV are here to compete with the big players. The H6 fights in the largest segment of the SUV market, against the likes of the Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Trail and all of those other very impressive, family friendly offerings. With two trim levels available, and aggressive pricing on both the entry-grade Premium and top-spec Lux tested here, the Haval H6 seemingly has something to make it stand out in the Australian market, offering customers who want a lot of car for their cash an alternative to the entry-level grades of the mainstream Korean and Japanese players. But in the midst of fierce competition, ever-sharpening prices and the continually expanding equipment lists of base model SUVs, is there really a place for this Chinese model? Until recently, the Haval H6 definitely offered truly good value for money. At launch it arrived with a base price of $31,990 drive-away for the entry-level Premium and $34,990 drive-away for this Lux version. But since then, there has been a lot of new model activity in the medium-SUV segment, and some hallmark players have added kit and dropped prices to boost sales and maintain relevance. The Premium comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, fog-lights, auto headlights and wipers, laser puddle lights, heated auto-folding side mirrors, tinted glass, roof-rails, cruise control, mood lighting, stainless-steel scuff plates, electric driver’s seat adjustment, fabric seat trim, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and push-button start, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia unit with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and USB input. The Lux adds a panoramic sunroof, heated front and rear seats, power-adjustable passenger seat, fake leather trim, its sound system gains a sub-woofer, and it has better headlights - xenon units with auto levelling - plus 19-inch wheels. There are seven colours to choose from, six of which are metallics that attract a $495 premium. Buyers can even choose between a range of different coloured interiors; the Premium has the choice of black or grey/black, while the Lux has black, grey/black or brown/black. And there are deals to be had. The H6 Premium can now be had at $29,990 drive-away with free sat nav (usually $990 more) and a $500 gift card. You’ll get the Lux for $33,990 drive-away. The H6 doesn’t have sat nav fitted as standard in any spec, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto phone mirroring technology isn’t available at all. Safety kit is respectable, if not class-leading, with a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, six airbags, dual ISOFIX child-seat attachment points (and three top-tether hooks), and blind-spot monitoring included in both variants. It doesn’t look very much like the other models in Haval’s range, and that’s a good thing. The H2, H8 and H9 all have the rounded edges of yesteryear, where the H6 is sharper, smarter, more sophisticated. It looks more European than Chinese, to my eye. The proportions of the Haval H6 are quite fetching - the brand, cheekily, labels it the H6 Coupe in its home market. It has lines in the right places, a shapely silhouette and a pert backside, all of which combine to give it a certain presence on the road. It is more stylish than a few of its class compatriots, that’s for sure. And the Lux model rolls on 19-inch wheels, which certainly help in that regard. The interior, though, isn’t as amazing, despite looking inviting. There’s a lot of fake wood and hard plastic, and it doesn’t have the ergonomic intelligence of the better SUVs in the class. The swooping roofline makes for difficult rearward vision, too, with a letterbox rear windscreen and thick D-pillars.
Hyundai took the wraps off the U.S.-spec 2019 Santa Fe crossover at the 2018 New York auto show, and the utility vehicle destined for our market packs a long list of standard active driver assistance features in addition to the first-ever optional diesel engine. The all-new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe will be sized similarly to the outgoing Santa Fe Sport while the three-row Santa Fe will be a carryover from the current generation called the Santa Fe XL. A new three-row crossover with seating for up to eight passengers will slot above the Santa Fe with a new name. In terms of exterior dimensions, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is 2.8 inches longer and 0.4 inch wider than the outgoing Santa Fe Sport and rides on a wheelbase that’s 2.6 inches longer. Sporting Hyundai’s latest crossover design language, the 2019 Santa Fe has an aggressive look that some may find controversial with its split headlight clusters and new cascading grille. Under the hood, the familiar 2.4-liter I-4 with 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque will be standard while a 2.0-liter turbo-four that Hyundai estimates will generate 235 hp and 260 lb-ft is optional. The 2.2-liter turbodiesel I-4 will arrive in 2019 and is expected to make 190 hp and 322 lb-ft. All three engine options will come paired exclusively to an in-house-built eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive comes standard while all-wheel drive with an electronic active control system between the front and rear axles is optional. Opting for all-wheel drive also replaces the torsion beam rear suspension in the front-drive model with an independent, multi-link setup. With the gas engines, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe will seat up to five passengers; however, diesel-powered examples will offer an occasional-use third row, bringing seating capacity up to seven. You do take a small hit to cargo capacity because diesel-powered Santa Fes with the third row have a max volume of 70.7 cubic feet versus the two-row model’s 71.3 cubic feet. Hyundai’s latest infotainment system will be standard on the 2019 Santa Fe, complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and a 7.0-inch touchscreen on lower trims (higher-grade models get a larger touchscreen). Available options include an 11-speaker Infinity audio system, a head-up display, a 360-degree camera system, and navigation. All 2019 Santa Fes will come standard with Hyundai’s Smart Sense suite of active drive assistance features. This includes high beam assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, driver attention warning, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alert. New additions include rear automatic emergency braking and the safe exit system, which prevents the door from opening if the car detects a vehicle approaching from behind. The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is expected to go on sale by August of this year. Source: Hyundai Subscribe now : https://goo.gl/M7yJtf Follow us Facebook : https://www.fb.me/4drivetime twitter : https://twitter.com/4Drivetime
Range Rovers are synonymous with both luxury and comfort. But when a pedestrian Range Rover, or even an upscale Autobiography, just won’t do, there’s a step above them all: the SVAutobiography. This top Range Rover model has been around for a couple seasons, but it gets some serious upgrades for 2018. The cabin has been redesigned with dual 10-inch touchscreens and a new infotainment system. And the SV Autobiography receives a unique front seat design for added comfort, plus special veneers and color themes. But it’s the second row where the experience gets especially sweet. We spent a few minutes in the rear seats and they are supremely comfortable. Land Rover says there’s nearly 4 feet of legroom thanks to the long wheelbase, and the thrones recline up to 40 degrees. There's even an extra level of padding that makes them softer than any seat we’ve felt in a Rover. The center console is beautifully finished and houses tables that deploy electronically, along with a refrigerated compartment for drinks. Even the rear doors are electrically operated. And yes, there are two more 10-inch screens with 4G Wi-Fi capability. The luxury-focused, long-wheelbase flagship was developed within Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations, so it’s plenty quick too. Under the hood of this $207,900 Rover is a 557-hp (up 7 over last year) 5.0-liter supercharged V8 paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Land Rover says 60 mph comes up in just 5.2 seconds. And for something this big, heavy and lavishly appointed, that’s seriously brisk.
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New Spy Shots of the Changhe Q7, a mid-sized SUV for China with a big shiny grille, black pillars, and a think roof. The Changhe Q7, not to be confused with the Audi Q7, will debut on Friday on the Guangzhou Auto Show and launch on the Chinese car market in December.
Changhe Auto is a subsidiary of Beijing Auto (BAIC). Changhe’s new cars are aimed at buyers in second and third tier cities. They are largely based on exiting Beijing Auto platforms but with some unique design features, and they are cheaper than Beijing Auto’s offerings. The Changhe Q6 is based on the Beijng Auto BJ20.
The Q7 comes with a giant 12 inch touch screen, much bigger than the screen inside the BJ20. Buttons under the screen look very hip. The instrument panel seems fully digital. Power comes from a 1.5 turbo with 150 hp, mated to a six-speed manual or a CVT. Price for all this pretty will start around 90,000 yuan or $13,580.
Proper roof rails, chrome strips above and under the windows, pretty lights, black wheel arches, and an invisible exhaust pipe.