Cars & Motorcycles

Autocar August 21, 2019

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1 min.
fiat once made clever, bold, small cars – and now looks set to again

THE FIAT CHRYSLER Automobiles group has enjoyed huge success in recent years, with buoyant sales and major growth. But that success has been driven by Jeep and Alfa Romeo (and, in North America, Ram). By contrast, Fiat and Chrysler – the two brands in the group’s name – have withered away. The future for Fiat has long seemed uncertain – until this year’s Geneva motor show when the firm wheeled out the Centoventi electric concept, which combined delightfully retro styling with a clever, thoroughly future-focused, modular concept. As Richard Bremner found out when he took an up-close look at it (p56), the Centoventi taps into Fiat’s proud heritage of bold, innovative design – the sort that led to the original 500 and the Panda. If the eventual production version can maintain…

4 min.
mercedes-amg gt to turn hybrid and four-wheel drive

“The new Mercedes-AMG GT is scheduled to reach UK showrooms in early 2022” Mercedes-AMG is well into the development of a second-generation GT, which is due on sale in 2021 with a hybrid powertrain that will offer increased power and torque. The next iteration of AMG’s supercar will adopt a revised twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine with new mild-hybrid assistance, as well as a transaxle re-engineered to accommodate a fully variable four-wheel-drive system in selected models. That move is set to endow it with significantly greater performance potential than its predecessor. Insiders at Mercedes-AMG’s headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany, suggest a series of driveline innovations will push the power output of future upper-end GT models beyond 650bhp. The innovations will include an electric boosting capability as part of a range of new mild-hybrid EQ…

1 min.
amg lines up 680 bhp gt black series

Mercedes-AMG will crown its current GT range with a long-rumoured Black Series model in the second half of 2020. Spied in prototype form sporting large bonnet vents and a fixed rear wing, the run-out Black Series will feature the current twin-turbo-charged 4.0-litre V8 taken to its limit, with an output of 680bhp mooted by insiders. That should bring the 0-62mph time below 3.5sec and push the top speed beyond 200mph. Expect the price for the Black Series to move towards – and maybe even beyond – the £200,000 mark. SPY SHOT MERC-AMG GT BLACK SERIES…

5 min.
nissan reinvents the juke

Nissan is reinventing its trend-setting Juke crossover for 2020 with an all-new generation. Ahead of that car’s official unveiling in early September, Autocar joined Nissan for a preview of a disguised pre-production model, including a brief stint behind the wheel. The outgoing Juke arrived in 2010 with a design that can be best described as polarising. But that didn’t stop Nissan selling a total of one million Jukes in Europe, with 60,000 sales last year. But it knew the writing was on the wall: the crossover market, which the Juke arguably conceived, is full to bursting. With an abundance of more modern rivals on the scene, Nissan couldn’t afford to rest on its laurels for the second-generation Juke. So it hasn’t. The aim was simple: keep the sense of fun and sportiness…

2 min.
what’s the new juke like to drive?

If you were an avid Autocar reader back in the day, you’ll be acutely aware that the original Juke had dynamic vices to go with its questionable looks. Indeed, during an early test, Matt Prior had to pull over to check the tyres weren’t “massively overinflated”. They turned out to be just fine. It simply rode like an unsaddled mule. Is the new car any better? It’s tricky to tell after our brief encounter of a prototype, which involved following a Nissan official around a loop of Millbrook test circuit’s hill route. There are still nagging doubts. The secondary ride is less jittery over smaller imperfections, but the primary one still feels a bit abrasive over sharper ridges. That said, our car was on 19in wheels, and apparently on 17in rims, with…

2 min.
eqv leads as first posh mpv ev

Mercedes-Benz has launched its new EQV, its second production electric vehicle, as a zero-emission premium MPV. Previously shown in concept form, the EQV has been designed to appeal to fleet and private buyers with a dual focus on practicality and comfort. Mercedes claims a range of 252 miles from a full charge, with power stored in a 90kWh lithium ion battery pack mounted under the floor for enhanced dynamics and maximum interior space. It can be charged from 10% capacity to 80% in less than 45 minutes. Power is sent through a fixed-gear transmission to a front-mounted electric motor producing 201bhp and 267lb ft – enough to propel the 3500kg EV to a 99mph top speed. Regenerative braking maximises range and can be adjusted using paddles behind the steering wheel. With the brake energy…