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Autocar October 09, 2019

Autocar is the car nut’s weekly fix, delivering you a unique mix of the latest news, opinion, features, first drives of new cars and in-depth road tests – all complemented by the best photography in the business. No other magazine covers the subject you love with such enthusiasm, insight and quality every week of the year. Autocar stands for the highest quality in car journalism – and is rewarded with access to the best new cars and the biggest news stories before any of the opposition which we share with you, our readers, every week.

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United Kingdom
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English
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Haymarket Media Group Ltd
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ariel’s atom 4 is brilliantly simple and simply brilliant

THE CAR INDUSTRY is facing up to an unprecedented number of ‘big issues’ at the moment, posed by the rise of electrification, tough emissions regulations, autonomy and other factors. It’s a fascinating, exciting time to be involved in the industry – but sometimes you find yourself wishing for a simpler era, one without the complex implications of fleet CO2 targets, five levels of autonomy and complex safety requirements to decipher. Thankfully, there are companies such as Ariel producing cars such as the Atom 4. The firm’s spaceframe special is a lightweight, no-nonsense, back-to-basics machine made purely for the thrill of driving – and it’s all the better for it. It’s the subject of our road test this week (see p32), and – spoiler alert – our testers handed it an ultra-rare…

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range rover ev to be most road-biased land rover yet

“The new EV is expected to sit between the Evoque and the Velar in terms of overall size” Land Rover is gearing up to launch its first fully electric Range Rover model, a low-slung luxury crossover that will be twinned with the Jaguar XJ and is due to go on sale in late 2021. With the revived Defender now unveiled as a true off-road flagship model, the British firm can strengthen its focus on electrification, a key area of investment in Jaguar Land Rover’s Charge and Accelerate programmes designed to restructure the business following recent heavy losses. The new EV, first revealed by Autocar in 2017 and once known under the working name Road Rover, is being developed as the brand’s most road-focused model yet, albeit retaining more off-road capability than rivals. It…

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when co2 targets mean more than sales

The electric crossover project is certainly an exciting one, and no doubt JLR’s bean counters have been encouraged by the relative success of the Jaguar I-Pace in Europe. But this remains a vehicle that needs to be made to ensure the brand meets impending emissions targets without incurring hefty fines, rather than being a model that’s likely to give JLR a much-needed volume boost. What’s more important is the execution of the product, not only so it’s competitive with the ever-growing range of electric SUVs from premium rivals, but also as a demonstration that JLR can still deliver an outstanding, well-engineered car that is unaffected by the brand’s recent financial difficulties. Land Rover’s engineers must at least attempt to translate some of the I-Pace’s impressive on-road dynamics to a Land Rover EV,…

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eight-seat 130 model to join defender range; plans for pick-up axed

LAND ROVER ISN’T resting on its laurels following the new Defender’s unveiling, with the three-door 90 and five-door 110 models set to be joined by a larger, eight-seat 130 variant in the coming years. First reported by Autocar earlier this year after a brand presentation was leaked, the 130 is destined to be revealed in the second half of next year before its launch in 2021. Despite the model’s badge, it will share its wheelbase length of just over three metres with the 110, meaning no costly platform extension is required. Instead, Land Rover is set to boost the car’s rear overhang to allow it to offer up to eight seats. It will be around 5.1 metres in length, making it 342mm longer than the 110 version and around 50mm shorter…

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hot renault zoe rs due within the next three years

RENAULT IS SET to launch a hot Zoe RS within three years as it looks to lead the way for electric performance vehicles. Autocar first reported a Zoe RS in 2017, after the creation of the 460bhp Zoe e-sport concept car. Renault product planning boss Ali Kassai said: “Society is changing so fast. We need to find a way to make passion of performance cars socially acceptable. I believe Renault is best placed to find that way because of our history as a leader in EVs and one of the historic players in performance cars.” He continued: “It will happen the day when the technology road blocks are removed. This means high performance but also sustainability of performance and making economic sense.” Asked how soon we might expect a hot electric Renault, Kassai said:…

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mini renault ev targets europe

Renault’s budget all-electric City K-ZE small car is to be upgraded for European sale. It could be badged as a Dacia and is likely to kick-start the group’s future shared mobility initiative. The Renault Group’s official line is that “it will announce a variant of K-ZE, adapted to Europe, as an entry point into zero-emissions-in-use mobility” and it wouldn’t confirm or deny the use of Dacia branding when questioned. The K-ZE is a small A-segment SUV, keenly priced from £6900 in China to attract younger buyers. According to Renault’s head of electric vehicles, Gilles Normand: “A special version of the K-ZE will come to Europe.” The European version is likely to have safety equipment upgrades and possibly a small improvement to its official NEDC range of 155 miles. The limited range enables Renault to…