Whether it was through leaked technical drawings or fanciful renderings of our own making, we’ve been been predicting the coming of an all-wheel drive Toyota Prius for years. It never arrived– until last week’s LA Auto Show, that is, when Toyota took the wraps of the all-new Toyota Prius AWD! Well, it’s not ALL all-new. See, Toyota has been offering an AWD Prius in Japan since 2016. There, the system is called “e-Four” instead of “AWD-e” as it will be called here. Regardless, it works the same way– which is to say: it’s weird. In typical Prius fashion, AWD-e doesn’t have a conventional drive shaft from the front to the back axle. Instead, a second electric motor is installed at the back of the car. That motor provides extra traction to the rear wheels, helping the Prius AWD to cope with low traction conditions at slow speeds, such as leaving a snow-covered driveway in the morning. By all accounts, the system works … [Read more...] about LA 2018: Toyota Launches First AWD Prius
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Toyota showcased a dual-tone, matte finished; off-road focused Toyota Fortuner at the GIIAS 2018 earlier this month. The Fortuner also featured TRD Sportivo parts including a redesigned front bumper, a silver skid plate, side step, a roof carrier with LED lights, rear skid plate, rear spoiler and TRD branding on the sides.While the body colour of the Fortuner is matte grey, it features a white contrast roof and red TRD stripes towards the rear door and bumper. It gets off-road tyres and wheels, which feature red highlights continuing the design theme. There are no changes to the interior of the SUV.The second generation Fortuner which was launched in India in November 2016, and is offered with petrol and diesel engines. The former is a 2.7-liter Dual VVT-i four-cylinder unit (also seen on the Toyota Innova) with 166 PS and 245 Nm of torque, while the latter is a 2.8-liter four-cylinder unit making 177 PS and 420 Nm of torque (450 Nm with an AT). While the petrol gets 5-speed manual and … [Read more...] about Toyota Fortuner TRD Matte Dual-Tone showcased at GIIAS 2018
Maxus, known for its commercial vehicles and the G10 MPV, will be venturing into the pick-up truck market in Malaysia. Weststar Maxus is set to introduce the Maxus T60 pick-up truck here by the end of 2018. This was revealed at the recently concluded 2018 SAIC Motor Overseas Media Tour event in Shanghai. SAIC Motor (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation) is the largest auto company in the world’s largest auto market, and is ranked 41st in the Fortune Global 500 list, with sales of 6.93 million units in 2017. It’s the JV partner of not just Chinese market leader Volkswagen, but second placed GM as well. SAIC Motor’s own brands include Roewe, MG and Maxus. The Maxus T60 made its debut at the Guangzhou Motor Show in November 2016 as SAIC’s first pick-up truck, one that is made to international standards, the company claims. The T60 – under the legacy LDV brand – was launched in Australia in September 2017, and has a five-star ANCAP crash test … [Read more...] about Maxus T60 pick-up truck coming to Malaysia this year, Fortuner-rivalling D90 7-seater SUV possible in 2019
Ford’s flagship vehicle in India, the Endeavour was launched in an all-new in 2016 in India. The SUV will receive a minor facelifted version that will keep the vehicle fresh in the market. According to ACI, the updated Endeavour will be launched in early 2019, which was speculated for a long time. The new version of the vehicle has been spotted quite a few times testing uncamouflaged in the Thailand market. The test model shows that the upcoming vehicle will get minor visual changes. It will get a new radiator grille, new fog lamp housings on the front bumper, a silver finish on the lower bumper and new alloy wheels. The interiors are expected to remain similar to the current version. However, additional equipment like keyless entry with push-start button and so on can be added to make it feel more complete. We may also see an updated infotainment system. The current version of the Endeavour uses the SYNC2 while the newer Ford models have moved to the SYNC3 system, which is … [Read more...] about Ford Endeavour SUV Facelift launch timeline revealed
As announced earlier, the 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has been unveiled in full today, having made its world debut in Thailand – just like the Triton, Toyota Hilux and Fortuner earlier. With all the teasers, leaks and spyshots, there’s a lot that we already know of the new ladder-frame seven-seat SUV. But as it turns out, there’s a lot more to know still. Completely redesigned and built on the second-generation Triton platform, the 2016 Pajero Sport is quite an advanced machine now. Not a rudimentary roofed-in pick-up anymore, it’s not. It now measures in at 4,785 mm long (90 mm more than before) and 1,805 mm high (35 mm lower). Its width and wheelbase stay unchanged, at 1,815 mm and 2,800 mm respectively. On the outside, Mitsubishi’s new “Dynamic Shield” face dominates the front end, while the rear features a set of dramatic vertical taillights. Beautiful of not, that’s up to you to decide, but it’s interesting to note that the … [Read more...] about 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport makes ASEAN debut in Thailand!