The wait is almost over, as UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has confirmed that the all-new A90 Toyota GR Supra will be launched in Malaysia on September 20, 2019, which is tomorrow! First revealed earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, the fifth-generation of an iconic nameplate was developed in collaboration with BMW – the German camp has the G29 Z4 – and was previewed by the FT-1 Concept as far back as 2014. The teaser posted on Toyota Malaysia’s Facebook page doesn’t provide much in the way of details like the powertrain that our Supra will receive, and more importantly the price, so we’ll have to wait for the launch to find out more. In other markets, Supra is available with two engines, starting with a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 197 PS and 320 Nm of torque, or 258 PS and 400 Nm in its most powerful state of tune. The 0-100 km/h sprint time is done in 6.5 seconds and 5.2 seconds respectively. A more likely engine for us is a 3.0 … [Read more...] about A90 Toyota GR Supra launching in Malaysia tomorrow!
There’s just so much to talk about the new Mazda 3. About the car itself, there’s the usual specifications and features, but the main talking points are the fourth-generation car’s looks and price. It’s a CBU import from Japan, and the five variants over two bodystyles (sedan and hatchback) and three trim levels are priced from RM139,620 to RM160,059. That’s a lot of money – D-segment sedan money for a much smaller 1.5L NA-powered car, in fact. It stands no chance against traditional C-segment rivals and even SUVs when it comes to value for money. But that’s not Mazda’s point. The Hiroshima-based carmaker has always been a little left field, and so is this Mazda 3, which the company wants us to consider as a “premium” product. Premium. Does this mean that we should evaluate the 3 with the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and BMW 1 Series in mind? But the 1.5L models start the race with a huge output deficit (over 50 hp, over 60 Nm) … [Read more...] about FIRST DRIVE: 2019 Mazda 3 Hatchback and Sedan
Dual-cab pick-up trucks form a popular vehicle segment, even amongst the urban set, thanks to their utility and road presence. Here, we’ve found a video that has been making the rounds on Facebook, comparing the Mitsubishi Triton Adventure X with its 181 PS/430 Nm 2.4L MIVEC Turbo engine, with the Toyota Hilux 2.8 L-Edition powered by a 177 PS/450 Nm engine. The comparison is set on a runway, so naturally, performance comparisons are in order. The Triton and the Hilux are subject to three exercises: acceleration from 0-100 km/h, overtaking from 80-120 km/h, and braking distance. The 0-100 km/h test runs both trucks simultaneously, and for the overtaking exercise, both pick-up trucks run in tandem; the Triton does its run first, and is then followed by the Hilux. The trio of tests is rounded up with the braking exercise, once again run with both trucks at the same time. The current Mitsubishi Triton arrived at the beginning of this year, with the latest iteration of the … [Read more...] about Mitsubishi Triton vs Toyota Hilux
It’s no secret that Mercedes-Benz has several models planned for its electric vehicle EQ sub-brand that currently includes the EQC and EQV. One such model is the EQB, which has been recently spotted in prototype guise by our spy photographers. Of the two test vehicles caught on camera, the lead car is the most interesting as it is wearing considerably less camouflage compared to its partner. This gives us a better look at the design of the EV, which has a body that is nearly identical to the latest X247 GLB. To differentiate both models, the EQB sports a distinctive pair of headlamps, which feature integrated LED daytime running lights that appear to curve outwards rather than inwards like on the GLB. Additionally, the lack of an internal combustion engine also sees the upper grille being completely closed off on the EQB, and the electric SUV should also receive its own unique bumper design, as the covered lower apron suggests. On the other end, the number plate holder has been … [Read more...] about SPYSHOTS: Mercedes-Benz EQB SUV spotted testing
The next-generation Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid will offer two levels of output when it makes its debut, Volkswagen research and development board member Frank Welsch has told Autocar. “Today’s GTI is 241bhp, so the GTE should also have 241bhp; (this way) the GTE is really a GTE,” Welsch said. There are customers who are content with the current car’s 201 bhp output, so that will be offered alongside the performance-oriented PHEV Golf, and which will appear to be a normal Golf without the GTE trim, he said. This is as electrfied as the Golf range will get; the full battery-electric role goes to the ID.3. This is similar to the product direction taken by Mercedes-Benz with the forthcoming S-Class and EQS, the former continuing to use both internal combustion and electrification, while the latter will be fully electric and based on its own architecture. Visually, the Mk8 Golf sports Volkswagen’s new logo, with the PHEV development car spotted here … [Read more...] about Volkswagen Mk8 Golf