Next-generation Ford Ranger pick-up teased ahead of 2022 launch

Next-generation Ford Ranger pick-up teased ahead of 2022 launch

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Ford is pushing the fourth-generation Ranger through the final stages of development and has teased the new pick-up ahead of its global release in 2022.When it arrives it will be another model born of a platform sharing deal between Volkswagen and Ford for commercial vehicles, meaning that in essence it will be a Volkswagen Amarok twin. VW’s pick-up truck will also be renewed in 2022. Ford is still putting the new Ranger under extensive testing off and on-road. The brand says that Ranger prototypes have covered the equivalent of 1.25 million kilometres (around 770,000 miles), with half of those miles racked up with the pick-up bed at maximum capacity. “There really is no replacement for real-world testing to really see how it stands up to years of customer use,” said chief Ranger…
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New 2022 Range Rover: Land Rover’s flagship SUV to be revealed tonight

New 2022 Range Rover: Land Rover’s flagship SUV to be revealed tonight

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The all-new fifth-generation Range Rover is due to be revealed from 8.40pm this evening, although leaked images of what could be Land Rover's latest flagship SUV are circulating on social media and may offer up an early glimpse at the new car’s styling inside and out.Numerous spy shots of the Mercedes GLS and BMW X7 rival have pointed to an evolutionary design language. Based on these images that would certainly tally with the similar front-end shape, grille and headlight arrangement as used on the current generation Range Rover family. The surfacing appears far smoother than before though.The car’s imposing two-box profile remains, as does a strong shoulder line and a new interpretation of the vertical detailing found on the front door near the A-pillar. The rear end of the car transforms though, with what…
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‘ULEZ is expanding and I suspect the Greater London area to be next’

‘ULEZ is expanding and I suspect the Greater London area to be next’

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First, don’t kid yourself that London’s soon-to-be-extended ultra-low emission zone and its unjustifiable £12.50 daily charge are solely problems for beleaguered Londoners. This, remember, is a scheme designed to either restrict certain drivers’ freedom of movement (wherever they’re from), rob them of up to £4,000 per year, or more likely, a bit of both. So it’s a nightmare for countless millions of motorists who are required to drive into or near to the capital’s centre for work, education, family, healthcare and other valid reasons. Second, guess how much the ULEZ will grow when it’s “expanded” on Monday 25 October? I reckon a 10-per-cent expansion might be fair. A doubling would be harsh, but understandable in view of the greed of politicians such as Labour’s London Mayor Sadiq Khan plus others in…
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London ULEZ: the Ultra Low Emissions Zone explained

London ULEZ: the Ultra Low Emissions Zone explained

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The London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) made a big impact when it was implemented in April 2019, initially covering the same geographical area as the London Congestion Charge Zone. Now, even more drivers are affected, as the zone has expanded to cover the entire area of London within the North Circular and South Circular roads.Owners of affected cars have to pay a daily charge to drive into the zone, which, unlike the Congestion Charge Zone, operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.The ULEZ was introduced in London to cut emissions of nitrous oxides and particulates in the city with the aim of improving air quality.But what is the ULEZ charge, what area does it cover and which types of vehicle are affected? We answer these questions and more in our ULEZ guide…
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New SEAT concept turns the Ibiza hatch into a car-sized nightclub

New SEAT concept turns the Ibiza hatch into a car-sized nightclub

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It seems SEAT’s engineers still have a bit of pent-up energy from the coronavirus lockdown, as they’ve converted the Ibiza supermini into a tiny mobile nightclub.The Spanish brand enlisted the help of DJ Woody Cook for the concept, and drew inspiration from the notoriously party-prone island after which the hatchback is named.Music is the most important part of any nightclub, so SEAT has mounted a set of mixing decks on the dashboard ahead of the front passenger. They’re connected to the Ibiza’s 300-watt Beats audio system – and the track being played is displayed on the car’s 9.2-inch infotainment screen.Other additions include some extra LED lights and strobes for the cabin, and a built-in mocktail bar for the Ibiza’s boot, with a full complement of bar equipment and drinks.SEAT has…
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Struggling SsangYong to be sold for just £170 million

Struggling SsangYong to be sold for just £170 million

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Korean brand Edison Motors is expected to buy out SsangYong for a rather measly £170 million, with the deal set to be finalised by the end of October.During the past year, the company has struggled to make ends meet and, after failing to meet the repayments on one of its loans, it started looking for a bidder to take over the business.Currently, Edison Motors is known for building electric and plug-in hybrid buses, but the firm has plans for expansion, with a line-up of electric passenger cars due for launch by 2030 – the first of which will be on the road as early as next year.Edison Motors has big aims, with a stated aim of “overtaking Tesla Motors”.The company’s first EV, called the Smart S, is designed to tackle…
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New 2022 Mercedes SL to be revealed on 28 October

New 2022 Mercedes SL to be revealed on 28 October

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Mercedes is set to pull the wraps off the all-new AMG-developed SL roadster on 28 October.  The new top-flight grand tourer is set to be the first SL created by the brand’s AMG performance division. It will be offered with four-wheel drive, a stiffer body structure and, potentially, a thumping 800bhp electrified powertrain.We’ve already spied a pre-production example of the new SL ahead of the official release, revealing a design with clear AMG influence. Familiar features include the same Panamericana radiator grille as the Mercedes-AMG GT and the company’s trademark square exhausts, which are found on everything from the E 63 saloon to the GLS 63 SUV.The previous SL’s long bonnet and relatively short tail is a design theme that continues in the new car, although Mercedes has ditched the previous…
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New Mercedes EQE SUV to rival BMW iX and Tesla Model X

New Mercedes EQE SUV to rival BMW iX and Tesla Model X

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The new all-electric Mercedes EQE SUV is being prepared for release next year, and our spies have captured a pre-production model testing in Germany. The heavy camouflage conceals much of the car’s styling details, but it’s evident that the EQE SUV will draw from the design language of Mercedes’ other EV offerings - in particular the EQC SUV and EQS saloon. We can pick out that the front facia is rounded and smooth, featuring a swooping grille design and integrated headlight arrangement similar to other EQ models. The front grille will house radars and sensors for the EQE SUV’s driver assistance technologies, with cooling airflow provided by a shallow vent below the main grille.The catest car we've spotted has a set of low-drag wheels with a diamond-cut finish and the steeply-raked windscreen should also aid…
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New 2022 Mercedes-AMG EQE spotted wearing minimal camouflage

New 2022 Mercedes-AMG EQE spotted wearing minimal camouflage

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The new Mercedes-AMG EQE - AMG’s second all-electric model - has been caught on camera in minimal disguise. This new performance variant of Mercedes’s mid-size electric saloon is expected to go on sale next year, as a new rival for the BMW i4 M50 and Tesla Model 3 Performance in the growing electric performance saloon market. Mercedes hasn’t released any official information about the AMG EQE, but the company has filed trademarks for the EQE 43, 53 and 63 nameplates, suggesting that it could be available with a choice of three power outputs.If Mercedes-AMG’s electric range follows the same pattern as its combustion-engined models, the outputs for each of these models will be shared across the line-up. No precedent has been set for this though, and while the AMG EQE 53 will…
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One-off Renault 4L unveiled to celebrate classic car’s 60th birthday

One-off Renault 4L unveiled to celebrate classic car’s 60th birthday

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It’s the original Renault 4’s 60th anniversary this year. To celebrate the occasion, Renault has teamed up with the French designer Mathieu Lehanneur to create a one-off version of the classic, with a rear canopy inspired by a hotel suite and an all-electric powertrain.The Renault Suite Nº4 (as Lehanneur calls it) is the same size as the classic estate, but the rear of the car has been replaced with a polycarbonate bubble that contains a flat, natural wood floor. Meanwhile, the front seats have been trimmed in a blend of velvet and chenille – supposedly to mimic the design of a French hotel.On the roof, there’s a set of transparent solar panels that not only let light pass through them and into the cabin, but also charge the EV’s battery…
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