Autocar April 21, 2021

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1 min
renault got the right boss at the right time

IN THE AFTERMATH of Carlos Ghosn’s arrest in late 2018, the dizzying unravelling of the empire he’d created made you question the long-term future of Renault. So complete was his control over the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and so shocking was his downfall that it was hard to see how anyone could repair the damage done to Renault, which by now was firmly ambling along to obscurity in the mid-market. Poor Thierry Bolloré, Ghosn’s immediate successor at Renault, never stood a chance. Yet Luca de Meo arrived soon after, fresh from plenty of success at Seat and seemingly undaunted by a challenge similar in scale to that faced by Herbert Diess to transform Volkswagen after Dieselgate. De Meo has walked into Renault, quickly identified its problems and rapidly developed his hugely ambitious ‘Renaulution’ plan.…

5 min
a6 e-tron heralds new era of mainstream electric audis

The Audi A6 E-tron concept previews a new family of EVs that will be built on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture the firm is co-developing with Porsche, and is set to go into production alongside the existing combustion-engined A6 in 2023. Revealed alongside the Q4 E-tron (see p6) at the Shanghai motor show, the A6 E-tron concept will be the second production car from Audi to use the PPE underpinnings. It will follow the Q6 E-tron SUV, which has not yet been officially shown but which will be revealed in the second half of next year. Unlike the performance-oriented J1 underpinnings of the E-tron GT, the PPE architecture is designed for premium-focused SUVs and lower-slung models in the B, C and D segments. Porsche will first use the PPE for the…

1 min
why this audi really matters

In a decade or so, we’ll look back at the A6 E-tron’s reveal and mark it as the point Audi went mainstream with electric cars. The E-tron served its purpose as a foray into the brave new world of zero-emission motoring, and the new E-tron GT is a seriously impressive machine with no small potential to rewrite the rule book. But those are halo cars that are almost too futuristic, too expensive and, particularly in the case of the GT, too ludicrously capable for the average motorist to ever imagine having one on their drive. In the A6 E-tron, however, we’ve been shown a relatively realistic depiction of the future of one of the most recognisable and popular executive cars on the market. Perhaps Audi was angling for some controversy by bestowing…

4 min
audi unveils q4 e-tron pair with cutting-edge cabin tech

AUDI HAS REVEALED the production-ready Q4 E-tron before UK deliveries of the electric SUV begin during the second half of this year. The Q4 is Audi’s fourth dedicated electric vehicle, following the E-tron, E-tron Sportback and recently unveiled E-tron GT, and the first to be based on parent Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric vehicle platform, as used for the Volkswagen ID 4 and Skoda Enyaq. The Q4 E-tron is produced in two distinct bodystyles. A standard SUV model places an emphasis on overall practicality, while a sleeker, rakish-roofed Sportback takes on a more sporting role. These production versions retain largely the same designs as their respective concepts, with a bluff front end dominated by a blanked-off grille, heavily structured air ducts, angular headlights with LED functionality, a contoured bonnet and deeply etched swage lines…

4 min
eqs is top-rung mercedes ev

“The rear-wheel-drive EQS 450’s electric motor delivers 329bhp and 338lb ft” The Mercedes-Benz EQS, an EV equivalent to the S-Class flagship, features standard-setting aerodynamics, over-the-air software update capability, an advanced interior and a new electric drivetrain that will offer more than 700bhp in its most potent form. UK sales of the new liftback-style luxury saloon will get under way in the second half of 2021, with prices roughly in line with the standard S-Class, starting at around £90,000. The EQS’s new EVA platform, which will also be used on the upcoming EQE, EQE SUV and EQS SUV, has air suspension at each corner and a four-wheel steering system with 4.5deg of rear steering angle on its standard setting. The production EQS stays largely true to the 2019 EQS Vision concept, with a cab-forward profile…

2 min
eqb suv swells merc’s ev ranks

MERCEDES-BENZ’S ELECTRIC car line-up continues to grow with the unveiling of the EQB at the 2021 Shanghai motor show ahead of a planned start to UK sales later this year. Set to rival the Audi Q4 E-tron (p6), it is based on the GLB, alongside which it is produced at Mercedes-Benz’s plant in Kecskemét, Hungary. Full details have yet to be revealed, but Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the top-of-the-range four-wheel-drive EQB 350 4Matic will be among the first variants to hit the UK. It uses two electric motors – an asynchronous unit mounted up front underneath the bonnet and a synchronous unit housed within the rear axle – with a combined output of 288bhp. Other models set to be added to the line-up include the front-wheel-drive EQB 250, running a front-mounted motor with…