Welcome to our weekly new model roundup, we have some new important and exciting models. Let’s get on with it.
Tiny Dynamite Audi.
After months of testing under camo, the second generation Audi A1 has been revealed, bigger now comes exclusively in five-door unlike it’s predecessor. Based on the MQB A0 platform, which it shares with the VW Polo and Seat Ibiza, it will be offered in 1.0-litre three-cylinder, 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines, mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox and an S-Tronic gearbox. As always from Audi the interior is simplistic and a bit more swanky and sporty, now featuring an in-dash display screen rather than the popping up screen on the previous model. The exterior continues the sporty theme applying Audi’s newest grille and the car, sleek profile and a compact sporty look. This will sure give Mini Cooper some sleepless nights. Verdict: We certainly love it here at CT.
Chevy Blazing Heat
Picture a Camaro, Equinox and Santa Fe. got it? well your mash up those will yield the new Chevrolet Blazer! Sharp lines and an edgy design, the Blazer is one good looking SUV, certainly a design departure from Chevy’s current models with its athletic profile and a bit daring lines. It’s a welcome back for the old new Chevy, powered by naturally aspirated 2.5 four cylinder engine and a 3.6 V6 engine. Inside the Blazer is a modern dash layout with air-vent positioned below the display screen and dials, neatly placed cup holders and overall a very well executed design. Verdict: Again, just like the A1, We love it!
Viva Volvo S60
The Swedish carmaker has pulled the wraps off its newest S60 sedan model, looking like a shrunken S80 with inspired by the Polestar 1 Hybrid Coupe featuring the distinctive C-shaped taillights. To be available with T5 and T6 engines and no diesel option, as Volvo sees their future cars electrified. The interior is a familiar place if you have seen the XC60 and the XC40 crossover, neat, minimalistic and featuring Volvo’s Vertical display touchscreen. Verdict: Bring on the Polestar performance model and give us the keys. Sporty!
What’s all the Rush?
Well, Toyota SA is appearing to be bringing the Rush compact crossover model to our market, in what is basically a Daihatsu Terios, the Rush will likely slot in above the Avanza but below the CH-R and the Rav4. Powered by a 1.5 litre 4 cylinder petrol with outputs 77kW and 136 Nm of torque using a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed autobox. There will be no diesel option however. It should be popular considering the shift towards SUVs and the fact that it’s a Toyota and can carry 7 people. Verdict: Let’s walk around it and give it a look to be convinced of our view.
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Porsche take a bite a Rimac stake
In Porsche’s quest and ambition to produce and market some electrified cars, they have announced that they have struck a collaborative partnership with Rimac Automobilli, a Croatian EV Auto Company by buying a 10% stake. Lutz Meschke says “By developing the purely electric two-seater super sports cars, like the ‘Concept One’ or ‘C Two,’ as well as core vehicle systems, Rimac has impressively demonstrated its credentials in the field of electromobility,” The deputy chairman of the executive board and member of the executive board for finance and IT at Porsche continued to say “We feel that Rimac’s ideas and approaches are extremely promising, which is why we hope to enter into close collaboration with the company in the form of a development partnership.” Verdict: Well if you are already supplying technology to carmakers such as Aston Martin and Koenigsegg and have a model that can sprint from 0-100km/h in 1,85seconds, then there is credentials and grounds for Porsche to even consider this percentage stake in the company. Great stuff!
That’s all the juice for this week, till next week. Keep well and drive safe.