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  • BMW Concept X2 unveiled at Paris

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    When BMW prefaces a new model name with “Concept”, it is a near-certainty that the production model will soon follow; enter the BMW Concept X2. Confirmed technical details are scarce, although the Concept X2 here wears 21-inch wheels, and test mules have been spotted winter testing in Sweden earlier this year.

    Just as the X4 and X6 are “coupe” versions of the X3 and X5 respectively, the Concept X2 previews what will be a coupe version of the front-wheel-drive X1, making it the fourth FWD BMW when it arrives; it will be based upon the same UKL platform which underpins the X1, F45 2 Series Active Tourer and F46 2 Series Gran Tourer.

    “The BMW Concept X2 combines the fast-moving body language and low-slung proportions of a coupe with the robust construction of an X model. This is a sporty vehicle with a bold character, and it allows us to open up some fascinating new design possibilities for the BMW brand,” says Karim Habib, head of BMW Design.

    As with the aforementioned FWD models, the concept car is expected to come to production with developments of three- and four-cylinder engines currently in the BMW Group line-up. In the case of these FWD models, transmission can be expected to be by the eight-speed Aisin unit sending drive to the wheels, either the fronts or all four depending on variant.

     
  • BMW Motorrad Street Air Dry – airbag riding jacket

    It cannot be denied that motorcycling is a dangerous sport, more so in traffic conditions with so many distracted drivers paying more attention to their handphones. In an effort to improve riding safety, BMW Motorrad is introducing the Street Air Dry by Alpinestars riding jacket, with an airbag system.

    Designed to work in conjunction with the Alpinestars airbag system vest, the Street Air Dry jacket offers upper-body protection in the event of a crash. Upon detecting a crash situation, the airbag inflates within 25 milliseconds and protects the back, kidneys, chest and shoulders.

    The system is designed to be stand-alone, and does not require pairing with the motorcycle or other sensor systems to work. Sensors are placed close to the rider’s body, and allows for the rider to easily switch between bikes, without the need to change modes when switching between on- and off-road riding.

    Available from October 2016, the BMW Motorrad Street Air Dry jacket comes in both male and female cutting, and is meant for use on road and dirt. Adapted from Alpinestars Tech-Air motorcycle airbag system, the airbag vest is designed to be worn only with a compatible jacket like the Street Air Dry.

     
  • Volkswagen I.D. concept previews new electric vehicle – 600 km range, on sale in 2020, autonomous in 2025

    Autodesk VRED Professional 2016 SP1

    Autodesk VRED Professional 2016 SP1

    Just over a week after the first anniversary of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions cheating scandal, the embattled carmaker is presenting itself in a new light. The first product of Wolfsburg’s transformation process is the new Volkswagen I.D. concept car, which heralds a new generation of electric vehicles and is planned to go into production in 2020.

    The pearly white I.D. features a very minimalist design that shows off a completely new design language for compact EVs, with a hexagonal motif showing up in the front bumper, headlights and C-pillar, while a black tailgate visually completes the panoramic roof. Blue highlights also abound, including the tyres.

    Autodesk VRED Professional 2016 SP1

    Autodesk VRED Professional 2016 SP1

    Inside, the car carries the brand’s open space concept, with a touch interface controlling the car’s features. Despite being shorter than a Golf, the I.D. has Passat levels of interior space, thanks to the placement of the electric motor on the rear axle, plus a floor-mounted battery.

    Drivers enter and start the car not with a conventional car key, but with their smartphones acting as a ‘digital key,’ with each driver assigned a Volkswagen ID that stores stores information such as seat and climate control settings, radio stations and playlists, sound system settings, contacts and navigation settings.

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    Big promises are being made about the new car – based on a new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) platform, the I.D. is claimed to be able to deliver a range of around 600 km with a 170 PS electric motor. Despite this, it’s said that the I.D. will have a price comparable to a Golf with equivalent power.

    What’s more, 2025 will see the implementation of a new fully-autonomous I.D. Pilot mode, activated by touching the VW badge on the steering wheel. In this mode, the wheel retracts, giving an increased impression of space.


     
  • Lexus UX Concept – previewing a new compact SUV

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    Lexus has debuted its UX Concept in Paris. Designed by Toyota’s European Design Centre, ED2, the company says the vehicle explores the design direction for an upcoming compact SUV. Indications of the UX, expected to slot under the Lexus NX were already there earlier in the year – back in February, it was revealed that Lexus had trademarked the name in Australia.

    The automaker says the design study presents a strongly differentiated identity that is meant to appeal to a progressive, urban audience living in a connected environment. It signals the intention to attract a wider range of buyers – in this case younger, ever-connected urban customers, or Urbanites – to the brand for the first time.

    Measuring in at 4,400 mm long, 1,900 mm wide and 1,520 mm tall, with a 2,640 mm-long wheelbase, the four-seater concept’s exterior is finished in a newly-developed Immersive Amethyst colour.

    Design novelties include a see-through A-pillar made up of transparent polycarbonate fins attached to an aluminium member and a unique 21-inch wheel and tyre fusion design, with the tyre wall embossed in such a way that it looks like the spokes of the wheel continue into the rubber, presenting the wheel and tyre as a unified form rather than separate elements.

    Inside, the UX Concept showcases a host of tech, and these are led by the company’s Kinetic Seat Concept, which attempts to rethink the way car seats are designed and constructed. All the switchgear in the car is electrostatic, and housed under transparent covers.

    Also on, electro-chromatic windows, and the door mirrors are replaced by e-mirror camera housings far slimmer than conventional mirror housing, with left and right e-mirror images displayed on internal screens.

     
  • Audi RS3 LMS – TCR class race car, 2.0 TFSI, 330 hp

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    You’ve seen the new Audi RS3 Sedan, now drool over its race car sister. Audi Sport customer racing has unveiled the Audi RS3 LMS that will hit the tracks in 2017, broadening its race car range.

    “Audi has been active in motorsport on the highest level for generations. With the Audi R8 LMS, Audi Sport customer racing, in a very short time, managed to build a successful customer sport program alongside the factory commitments in the WEC and the DTM. The R8 LMS has since become the market leader in its segment. We have the same plans for the RS3 LMS, which offers customers an attractive opportunity to get started in fascinating Audi racing,” said Stephan Winkelmann, MD at Audi Sport.

    The Audi RS3 LMS is being developed for the TCR category which is relatively new. In addition to an international TCR series, with some of its races being held as part of the F1 support programme, more and more national racing series for TCR touring cars are being founded. Even major endurance events such as the 24 Hours of Nurburgring now include TCR classes.

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    “The TCR market has even larger potential than that of the GT3 category. In 2016, there were ten TCR series with races in 18 countries, and more and more series are being added. With the TCR version of the RS3 we’re also reaching countries where no GT3 races are held,” said Chris Reinke, head of Audi Sport customer racing.

    “The costs for a TCR race car are very low. In terms of support and parts supply, they’ll benefit from the experiences we’ve been gathering with the Audi R8 LMS since 2009, which our GT3 customers have come to appreciate,” he added.

    You wouldn’t have guessed, but the RS3 LMS has less power than the road car, and is slower too. No 2.5L five-pot here as it’s powered by the group’s proven and race-ready 2.0 TFSI engine, tuned to make 330 hp here. 0-100 km/h is completed in 4.5 seconds and top speed is around 240 km/h.

    The race car’s extensive safety package includes an FIA-conformant safety fuel tank, a racing safety cell, the PS3 safety seat, FIA safety nets on both sides of the seat and a rescue hatch in the roof like the one used in the Audi R8 LMS.

    Audi Sport customer racing will start delivering the first RS3 LMS cars to customers this December, before the major TCR racing series open in 2017. It’s priced at 129,000 euros (RM599,312) including VAT for the TCR version with a sequential six-speed racing transmission and 99,000 euros (RM459,906) for a clubsport version.


    GALLERY: Road-going Audi RS3 Sedan

     
  • 2017 Audi Q5 unveiled – bigger, lighter than before

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    Static photo, Colour: Garnet red

    After months of spyshots and teasers, we finally get a good look at the new 2017 Audi Q5. The popular SUV has been unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, and promises to be bigger, more spacious and lighter than before – and with more technologies on board.

    How much lighter? Built on a revised MLB Evo platform, the new Q5 is up to 90 kg lighter than before, thanks to the use of steel with maximum tensile strength as well as aluminium in the mix. This is despite the new car being larger in almost every dimension, at 4.66 metres long, 1.89 metres wide and 1.66 metres tall, with a wheelbase of 2.82 metres.

    The design is pretty much as you’d expect – the proportions are more or less identical to the outgoing model, and Audi has sprinkled some design touches from the bigger Q7. At the front, there’s the massive flat singleframe grille, with a thick frame that is joined to the trapezoidal headlights – available in either LED or Matrix LED with sequential indicators.

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    Static photo, Colour: Florett silver

    Along the side, the Q5 gets an undulating shoulder line reminiscent of the A5, with strong haunches that reference the quattro all-wheel drive system. The rear end will be instantly familiar to anyone who’s owned a current Q5, although the LED tail lights get a more angular look, and a new diffuser insert integrates the exhaust exits. Four-cylinder models boast an aerodynamic drag coefficient of 0.30 Cd.

    As on newer Audis, there are new design and sport equipment lines, with the former getting contrasting grey exterior trim to give a more rugged look, and the latter sporting these parts in full body colour. Also available are the design selection line, S line exterior package and the S line sport package, and buyers can choose from 14 different exterior colours, as well as wheels ranging from 17 to 21 inches in diameter.

    Inside, the Q5’s horizontal dashboard design is shared with the A4, A5 and Q7, although it doesn’t get the full-width air vent design of the others; the new steering wheel also has a smaller centre boss. Options include the 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit display, MMI navigation plus with an 8.3-inch screen and MMI touch (larger touchpad with haptic feedback on models with an automatic gearbox) and a head-up display.

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    Interior

    Like the Q7 and A4, the Q5 has a self-learning personal route assist function in the navigation system, which can learn the driver’s preferred route and suggest optimised route planning.

    Other new features include an Audi connect module with LTE and a WiFi hotspot, an Audi phone box with Qi wireless charging, a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system, Audi smartphone interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support and the Audi tablet from the Q7, used as a rear-seat entertainment device.

    Audi claims the new Q5 surpasses the old car and its competitors in key interior dimensions. The boot is 10 litres larger than the outgoing model, at 550 litres, and it can be expanded to 610 litres depending on the position of the optional reclinable and sliding rear seat. Alternatively, you can fold the 40:20:40-split rear seats to boost cargo room to 1,550 litres. There’s a variable folding mat and an optional handsfree tailgate too.

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    Dynamic photo, Colour: Florett silver

    The Q5 comes with a number of new driver assist and safety systems, with Audi pre sense city with autonomous braking fitted as standard. Other features include adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, Audi active lane assist, cross traffic assist rear, exit warning, collision avoidance assist, turn assist, fuel-saving predictive efficiency assistant, park assist, traffic sign recognition and hill descent assist.

    Engines include a redeveloped 252 hp 2.0 litre TFSI petrol engine that delivers a fuel economy figure of 6.8 litres per 100 km. On the diesel side, the 2.0 litre TDI is available in 150 hp, 163 hp and 190 hp flavours, while a revised 3.0 litre TDI V6 produces 286 hp and a thumping 620 Nm.

    Those engines are mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox, a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission or, on the 3.0 TDI, an eight-speed automatic. The last two have a fuel-saving freewheeling function, activated either using the gearlever or the paddle shifters.

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    quattro with ultra technology

    Quattro all-wheel drive with ultra technology, which disengages the rear axle when not needed, is standard on the 163 hp and 190 hp 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TFSI mills, and an option on the base 2.0 TDI. All models get torque vectoring, and the 3.0 TDI with permanent quattro can also be optioned with a sport rear differential that distributes torque optimally between the rear wheels.

    Under the skin are new five-link suspensions and a new electromechanical power steering system, with dynamic steering with variable ratios available as an option. Also available are adaptive damping and – a first for the Q5 – full adaptive air suspension. The Audi drive select has up to seven drive modes, including the new lift/offroad and allroad modes.

    Built at a new plant in Mexico, the Q5 will arrive in Europe in early-2017, with the base Q5 2.0 TDI 163 hp quattro S tronic model priced at €45,100 (RM209,360).

     
  • Audi RS3 Sedan – 400 hp 2.5 TFSI five-cylinder, 4.1 sec

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    Audi has revealed the new RS3 Sedan at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the first compact Audi sedan to wear the RS badge. The centrepiece here is without doubt the engine, a new 2.5 TFSI unit that’s the most powerful five-cylinder engine in the world.

    The 2.5 TFSI now makes 400 hp (33 hp more than its predecessor) and 480 Nm of torque available between 1,700 to 5,850 rpm. With that much grunt on tap, the little Audi sedan does the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 4.1 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h but Audi will up this to 280 km/h on request.

    With its light-alloy crankcase, the five-pot is 26 kg lighter than before. It employs a dual injection into the intake manifold and into the combustion chambers, as well as the Audi valvelift system for variable control of the exhaust valves. The result is optimal power development at a reduced consumption level. Also, one will get the unique five-cylinder sound that comes from having the ignition alternate between directly adjacent cylinders and widely spaced ones.

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    The motor is paired with an S tronic seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that transmits power to the quattro permanent AWD. Its electro-hydraulic multi-plate clutch distributes the drive torque variably between the axles. The electronic control combines superior stability with a high level of driving pleasure, Audi says. The sportier the driving, the faster and more often will a large share of the torque reach the rear axle.

    Quattro management is integrated in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, as are the steering, S tronic, engine management and the adjustable exhaust flaps. The driver can choose between Comfort, Auto and Dynamic modes. The same is true for the optional RS sport suspension plus with adaptive damper control.

    Wheel-selective torque control, an intelligent software feature of the ESC, rounds off the work of the AWD. In fast cornering it slightly brakes the inside wheels, which are under a reduced load. This way it can transmit greater lateral power, making handling more fluid and stable. In addition, the RS-tuned ESC comes with a sport mode for controlled drifting. It can also be fully deactivated.

    RS3 Sedan owners also get to enjoy a chassis that has progressive steering, a four-link rear axle, a tight setup and 25 mm lower ride height. The front brake discs are 370 mm in diameter (310 mm at the back), while eight-piston calipers with large-area linings provide optimal deceleration. Carbon fibre ceramic front discs are optional. 19-inch wheels and 235/35 tyres are standard.

    Visually, one can tell the RS3 Sedan apart by the Singleframe grille with its 3D honeycomb grille and quattro logo along the bottom. Underneath, a blade extends across the width of the front into the side air inlets, where it forms narrow funnels for better air flow through the wheel arches. LED headlights are standard, with matrix LEDs as an option.

    The front track of the RS3 is wider by 20 mm over the regular A3 Sedan, and 14 mm wider at the back. A fixed spoiler lip on the boot lid, a diffuser insert with vertical struts and the large oval tailpipes are cues at the back. RS-specific paint colours are Nardo Gray and Catalunya Red.

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    The dark interior welcomes occupants with illuminated door sills bearing the RS3 logo. Black Nappa leather sport seats with RS logos on the backrests are standard, but one can also opt for more contoured RS sport seats with integrated head restraints. Their covers are also diamond patterned and colour-perforated. The RS sport leather steering wheel is flattened at the bottom, while inlays at the instrument panel and at the doors complete the sporty atmosphere.

    MMI navigation plus with MMI touch is available, along with an an electrically extending seven-inch screen. The centrally-positioned driver information system includes a boost pressure indicator, an oil thermometer and a lap timer. The fully digital Audi virtual cockpit with its 12.3-inch screen is optional. It comes with a special RS screen that moves the tachometer to the centre, flanked by tyre pressure, torque and g-force info.

    In the entertainment column, one gets the Audi phone box, which inductively charges a smartphone and connects it to the car antenna via near-field coupling for optimal reception. The Bang & Olufsen audio is a 705-watt, 14-speaker item.

     
  • Aston Martin DB11 lands in Malaysia, from RM2 mil; new Wearnes showroom opens in Kuala Lumpur

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    British sports car manufacturer, Aston Martin has just opened its new showroom in Kuala Lumpur on Jalan Pinang, opposite the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The opening coinciding with the Malaysian arrival of Aston Martin’s latest, the DB11, which first broke cover globally at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.

    “Malaysia is a significant market for Aston Martin in the region, and thus multi-million dollar investment is a testament to the brand’s strong presence an growth in Asia. Following the success of our partnership with Wearnes in Singapore, we are delighted to extend the relationship to Malaysia,” said Patrik Nilsson(pictured, left), president of Aston Martin Asia Pacific.

    Open six days a week with Sundays available upon appointment, Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur is a 4,747 sq ft facility which cost RM3.5 million to complete, and has space to accommodate up to five display cars in the showroom. In the centre of the facility is a space where customers can have their cars specified to their selection via the Q by Aston Martin personalisation service.

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    As the first product to emerge from Aston Martin’s ‘Second Century’ plan, the new DB11 is the first of recent Astons to sport a forced-induction powerplant, here featuring a 5.2 litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine producing 608 PS at 6,500 rpm and 700 Nm of torque at 1,500 to 5,000 rpm.

    Paired with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, the powertrain makes the DB11 Aston Martin’s “fastest and most accelerative ‘DB’ model” in history, with a century sprint time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 322 km/h.

    The powerplant is housed beneath a one-piece, forward-hinged clamshell bonnet, which is also home to a wider, more prominent grille as well as a pair of LED headlamps with daytime running lights. Further along, more exterior design flourishes are present, where a highly labour-intensive roof structure runs a steep arc from the A-pillar to the C-pillar.

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    Round the back, the rear end of the DB11 sports LED tail lights of a restyled Vanquish fashion, while the Aston Martin Aeroblade channels air via intakes located at the base of the C-pillar towards slots in the rear deck lid to reduce lift around the rear. The rear deck lid will deploy a small active spoiler, should more downforce be required.

    Rolling stock for the DB11 are 255/45R20 front and 295/35R20 rear tyres, specially developed and aptly named Bridgestone S007. Braking is handled by 400 mm discs and six-piston monobloc calipers in front, and 360 mm disc with four-pot calipers at the back. Chassis, suspension, steering and electronics have all been reworked, while active Bilstein dampers and Active Brake Torque Vectoring complement the roadholding ensemble.

    Inside, the DB11 is clothed in a revised interior design language, while Aston’s partnership with Mercedes-Benz appears here. A full-colour 12-inch TFT LCD display serves as the instrument cluster, while a second centrally-mounted eight-inch TFT screen is dedicated to the car’s Mercedes-sourced COMAND infotainment system. Controlling the infotainment system is done via a rotary control with an optional touchpad.

    DB11 allocation for this year has already been spoken for, with the global waiting list stretching into the second half of 2017 for orders placed now. The Aston Martin DB11 starts from “around RM2 million” including local taxes, but the final price after customisation can be substantially higher, as is the case with automobiles at this level of luxury.

     
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet launched in Malaysia – C200 RM359k, C250 RM389k, C300 RM444k

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    Alongside the SLC roadster, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has also pulled the covers off the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet today. The launch of the roofless variant completes the local C-Class lineup – or at least, as complete as it can be without the wagon bodystyle.

    It’s quite a pricey proposition – the C 200 AMG Line retails at RM358,888, the C 250 AMG Line at RM388,888 and the C 300 AMG Line at RM443,888, making them between RM50,000 and RM55,000 more expensive than the equivalent coupés, and more than RM100,000 dearer than the locally-assembled (CKD) sedans. All prices are on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of a four-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

    The cabrio is essentially a droptop version of the coupé, retaining much of the same unique design cues, including door mirrors that sit on the door tops, S-Class Coupé/Cabrio-esque two-piece LED tail lights and a low-mounted number plate recess. All models get the AMG Line package that includes aggressive front and rear bumpers, deeper side skirts and a ‘diamond’ grille with chrome pins.

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    Inside, the dashboard is shared with the sedan, but the longer doors get redesigned door cards with shorter decorative trim (now in a brushed metal finish as opposed to following the centre console trim) as well as leather trim that now runs the full length of the doors. The massive bucket seats are also unique to the cabrio, and the car is now a strict four-seater.

    The fabric roof opens and closes in 20 seconds, and is operable at speeds of up to 50 km/h. When folded, it encroaches into the boot space, which shrinks from 360 litres with the roof up to 285 litres.

    Kit on the C 200 includes LED High Performance headlights, 18-inch five-spoke AMG alloy wheels, Artico faux leather upholstery, piano black interior trim, ambient lighting, illuminated door sill plates, power-adjustable front seats with memory, the base Audio 20 CD infotainment system, Garmin Map Pilot navigation and a reverse camera.

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    All models gain Active Park Assist, Agility Control suspension, the Dynamic Select system, Pre-Safe and Active Brake Assist. The C 250 adds on LED Intelligent headlights, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, full-leather upholstery and sports suspension.

    Stepping up to the C 300 nets you 19-inch AMG multispoke alloys, Keyless-GO, open-pore black ash wood trim, an analogue clock, Air Balance fragrance system, a COMAND Online navigation system and a Burmester surround sound system.

    Power comes from the same 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the sedan and coupé, but the cabrio receives the newer nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission instead of the 7G-Tronic Plus seven-speeder on the others. The C 200 gets 184 hp at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm from 1,200 to 4,000 rpm, while the C 250 nets 211 hp and 350 Nm. The C 300 tops the list with 245 hp and 370 Nm.

    GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz C 250 AMG Line Cabriolet


    GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz C 300 AMG Line Cabriolet

     
  • Mercedes-Benz SLC launched in Malaysia – SLC200 at RM398,888, SLC300 AMG Line at RM468,888

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    Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has launched two new convertible models at Zouk Club this evening. Leading the charge is the Mercedes-Benz SLC, which takes over the mantle from the SLK as the three-pointed star’s offering in the small roadster segment.

    Pricing for the baby SL starts at RM398,888 for the SLC 200 and RM468,888 for the SLC 300 AMG Line. Both prices are on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of a four-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

    Looks familiar? That’s because the SLC is essentially an extensive facelift of the SLK, with the new moniker the result of a range-wide restructuring of model nomenclatures. The front end has been redesigned with reshaped headlights (LED Intelligent headlights on both models, with twin projectors) flanking a new “diamond” grille, while a more aggressive triple air intake arrangement has sprouted underneath.

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    At the back, there are LED tail lights and a new rear valence insert with integrated exhaust exits. Both models get 18-inch alloy wheels – five split-spoke rollers on the SLC 200, two-tone AMG multispoke items on the SLC 300 – but only the SLC 300 gets the sportier AMG front and rear bumpers, the Night Package with gloss black trim and chrome pins on the grille.

    Not much has changed inside, with the addition of a larger COMAND central display (from 5.8 inches to 7.0 inches), a new AMG-style flat-bottomed steering wheel, a new colour multi-info display and a stubby gearlever from the AMG A 45 being the only discernible changes. The SLC 200 receives dark aluminium trim with a carbon fibre-like pattern, while the SLC 300 gets gloss black interior trim panels.

    Elsewhere, the folding metal roof has been revised and now operates at speeds of up to 40 km/h, and there’s also a new semi-automatic boot separator that works with the Keyless-GO system on the SLC 300 – the latter automatically goes into the lower position when the roof is being stowed, if it was left in the upper position for increased luggage space before setting off.

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    Standard equipment on the SLC 200 include a sports package with sports suspension, an AMG Line leather upholstery, a memory package for the seats, steering column and mirrors, manual air-con and Airguide wind deflectors. Other features include Audio 20 CD infotainment with Garmin Map Pilot navigation and Apple CarPlay, a reverse camera, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, Pre-Safe and Active Brake Assist.

    The SLC 300 adds Keyless-GO entry, Nappa leather upholstery, Thermotronic dual-zone automatic climate control, Magic Sky Control electrochromic panoramic roof, a Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system and COMAND Online navigation.

    Both cars are powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, mated to a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. In the SLC 200, the blown mill makes 180 hp at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque between 1,200 and 4,000 rpm (0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds, 237 km/h top speed); the SLC 300 gets the full 245 hp and 370 Nm (5.8 secs, 250 km/h).

    GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz SLC 200


    GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz SLC 300 AMG Line

     
 

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