Ahead of it’s official debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March, Mercedes has given us a little gift in the form a video revealing the all new V-Class.
The V-Class is a full size MPV that is naturally aimed at families, shuttle drivers or tour guides and soccer moms – the perfect way to drive around 8 kids.
Mercedes’ new baby offers you all the function of a MPV, alongside some serious luxury and smart, innovative technology. Some of it’s key features include a system that helps to keep the car straight while driving ins throng crosswinds, a touchpad control system for infotainment purposes, a (very handy) 360-degree camera and additional parking aids, and, believe it or not, a system that will detect if the driver is nodding off on those long road trips. Very, very clever. (more…)
Ford has provided more details about their North American C-Max. The vehicle made its first appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show and reports say it will make an appearance at the North American International Auto Show as well. The company reveals that the C-Max favors dynamic styling rather than following the typical MPV look.
Few years back, no one talked about the Auto Expo New Delhi, but since India is the next big market to automakers, this year’s event has gained a lot of importance. For India MPV is still a rarity and the first of its kind to make its debut as a concept was the Suzuki R3 which was designed in a modest time of nine months. The R3 comes with six individual seats and those seats can be folded away to increase the cargo space. There are no sliding doors to be found and the rearward opening doors making things easier for the passengers. The exterior is boxy and it has a bulky rear portion. At the fascia is a combination of high-intensity lighting with LED accents and the LEDs can also be found at the back. The engine choice is still a mystery but that will gain importance only if Suzuki is keen to take this MPV to the production facility. The prototype has an engine that is mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
Peugeot 5008— As much as we love new models coming on the market, if you’re a guy sitting on a pile of cash and need to decide on what to buy, it’s probably the hardest thing in the world. Check out the new Peugeot 5008, a new 7-seater compact MPV model that gives the feeling of space and openness. Mostly intended for families, the new 5008 features a head-up display, a distance alert system and Snow Motion technology for better traction on snowy surfaces.
The car is somehow roomy. It has a 4.53 meters long and 1.64 m tall, offers a panoramic glass roof, comes with a total cargo volume of 2506 liters and an 823 liters trunk. As for what’s under the hood, the new diesel engines got our attention. There are two light-sipping 1.6 liter HDi variants, and two new 2.0 liter HDi’s each with 150 and 163 bhp, respectively.
Not a bad choice eh?
At first we called it Minispace and then we called it StreetLounge but now we know for sure that the C3 based minivan from Citroen will adopt the Picasso name. It will be first seen by the eyes of the mere mortals that don’t work for Citroen, at the Paris motor show. But until then let’s review some of the tech details, shall we?
We will have a 4.08 m long MVP, 1.62 m tall and 1.73 m wide with a luggage compartment that will hold up to 500 l. It will be presented in 4 engine options: 2 turbodiesels 1.6-litre HDi, one with 90 bhp, the other with 110 bhp, and two petrol, 1.4-litre, generating 95 bhp, and the top-of-the-line 1.6-litre, rolling out 120 bhp.
Since it uses the Peugeot 207 platoform, the new C3 Picasso will be produced in South America, especially in Brazil. Actually the Brazil model is a 206 with a 207 front end and better suspensions. Neat trick Peugeot pulled out of their hat.
Let’s hope they will pull out a trick to make the C3 Picasso to be sold.
A new facelifted Citroen C8 is ready to be sold early this year and will come with better engines and improved styling features. Lets start with the looks. The large MPV features enlarged chevron motifs in the centre of tauter radiator grill lines, more pronounced grille rim, chrome door handles and painted body protectors. With the restyled front end and rear chevrons and with translucent lights, the new Citroen C8 is much more imposing than before. It has a 2.82 meter wheelbase and can hold from 225 litres to 2,948 litres of cargo, or up to 8 people in three rows.
Inside, there’s more black than before on the door wood trims, the steering wheel, the dashboard arch, the mats and the carpet, while the small chrome finishings on the door handle, gear lever and air vent creating a pleasant atmosphere.
Now that you can have it visual in your head I think it’s important to know that it uses the new Hdi diesel engine that Citroen has on their C5 and C6 models that gets 173 bhp (125 kW) and 273 lb/ft of torque at 1,500 rpm and has a 6-speed manual transmission. There will also be a 6-speed automatic transmission (for some countries only) later this year.