Saturday, September 29, 2012

Mazda MX-5 GT Concept, 2012

  •  Mazda MX-5 GT Concept, 2012

The Mazda MX-5 GT Concept has been inspired by Mazda's podium winning MX-5 GT race programme and its debut at Goodwood is to test customer reaction to a high performance version of the iconic sportscar. Built by race specialists Jota Sport, the Mazda MX-5 GT Concept produces 205bhp from a normally aspirated 2.0-litre Mazda petrol engine which is mated to the car's standard manual gearbox. Suspension has been uprated to improve handling and is adjustable for different track conditions, aerodynamic assistance comes from a carbon front splitter, a rear diffuser and boot spoiler. The exhaust note has been enhanced with a sports exhaust system with a central tailpipe. Recaro seats enhance the driver stability and the interior features a number of carbon enhancements that help reduce weight. For customers who want to acquire the car for track use, it comes equipped with road slicks and body-coloured roll hoops behind the seats.

Joining the Mazda MX-5 GT Concept on the stand was the Mazda Takeri sedan concept, a close indication of the design direction of the future Mazda6, along with the recently launched all-new Mazda CX-5 compact SUV, the first car to adopt Mazda's revolutionary SKYACTIV technology which improves fuel economy and reduces CO2 emissions without compromising driving enjoyment.

Mazda has entered the World's fastest and most powerful MX-5 in the Goodwood hillclimb. Sponsored by SMH Fleet Solutions, Jota Aviation, Total Lubricants and Mazda Financial Services, the Jota Sport Mazda MX-5 GT4 is currently contesting the 2012 British GT Championship and took third in class at Brands Hatch this weekend. Competing against Lotus, Aston Martin, Ginetta and Ferrari racecars, the MX-5 GT boasts a top speed of 160mph and a 0-60 time of just three seconds, making this a very special MX-5.

Drivers for the Goodwood Festival of Speed are regular Mazda racers Mark Ticehurst and Owen Mildenhall and kart racer Jade Paveley, who at just 19 years-old, is one of the youngest drivers at the festival.
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Friday, September 28, 2012

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, 2013

  • Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, 2013

The Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) has unveiled an enhanced and improved 2013 Outlander Sport compact crossover utility vehicle (CUV) at the 2012 New York International Auto Show.

Beginning in July 2012, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will be built in the United States at the company's advanced automobile manufacturing facility in America's heartland in Normal, Illinois. The updated, American-made Outlander Sport models produced in the U.S will not only supply Mitsubishi dealers in the states but also be shipped to foreign markets. The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will begin shipping to US dealerships in early August 2012 with a starting MSRP of $19,170.

With composed handling, a comfortable ride and roomy seating for 5 adults, this stylish crossover is currently the best-selling car in Mitsubishi Motors' North American model lineup.

The 2013 Outlander Sport features numerous design and feature improvements for the new model year:
  • Front Fascia - Redesigned front bumper section; New grille styling; New fog lamp design.
  • Rear Bumper - New rear bumper design.
  • Side Sills - Side sills now black in color to match the lower sections of the redesigned front & rear bumpers.
  • Handsome 18-in. alloy wheels now standard on all on all trim levels for the 2013 model.
New interior fabrics; New chrome accent molding for the front doors; New All Wheel Control (AWC) push button switch.

Revised rear multi-link suspension for improved handling and ride comfort.

        Enhanced Continuously-Variable Transmission (CVT) calibration for improved acceleration performance and smoother shift feeling.

    Exterior Color Availability
        New hues White Pearl and Quick Silver join Laguna Blue, Labrador Black Pearl, Mercury Gray and Rally Red.

Fresh Face, Same Exceptional Value
The entire front fascia of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has been completely made over versus last year's model. The signature pronounced, trapezoidal grille opening and recessed fog lamp housings are still present, but now feature a new, more simple and clean shape. Another appealing detail is the new chrome trim surrounding the outer perimeter of the recessed fog lamps.

Likewise, the rear fascia has been refreshed to complement the new look of the front fascia.

The highly-stylized front/rear fascia makeover - along with new black-colored side sills - enrich the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's already athletic-looking aesthetic demeanor, further separating Mitsubishi's compact crossover from its more mundane peers.

With an impressive EPA fuel mileage rating of 31 highway mpg, and the availability of either front- or all-wheel drive, the stylish 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a compelling choice for young families or active individuals that combines the space and versatility of an SUV with the outstanding ride quality and improved fuel economy of an exceptionally engineered car.

Standard equipment on all Mitsubishi Outlander Sport models includes stylish 18-in. alloy wheels; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls; Electric Power Steering (EPS); FUSE Handsfree Link System™ that allows voice-activated operation of an iPod® and a cell phone, remote keyless entry; eye-catching rear LED combination tail lamps; heated outside mirrors; steering wheel-mounted audio controls; and air conditioning with micron filter. Among the included safety features are driver knee airbag; Hill Start Assist (HSA); Active Stability Control (ASC); Traction Control Logic (TCL); anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; and an advanced front air bag SRS with passenger weight and driver's seat position sensors, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, and curtain side air bags with roll-over sensors.

The top-flight SE version adds further luxuries such as a dynamic 6 speaker premium audio system with SiriusXM™ satellite radio with 3-months subscription service; heated front seats; one-touch Start/Stop (OSS) engine switch; climate control system with full-auto air conditioning; rain-sensing wipers; super-wide beam xenon head lights and FAST key passive entry system.
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Jeep Grand Cherokee UK Version, 2011

  •  Jeep Grand Cherokee UK Version, 2011

Almost two decades ago, Jeep invented the premium SUV (sport-utility vehicle) segment with the introduction of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. More than 4 million worldwide sales later, Jeep has comprehensively honed this winning formula and is now delivering the ultimate combination of Jeep 4x4 off-road capability and on-road refinement with the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

New Jeep Grand Cherokee has been designed on a new platform to deliver premium on-road performance while maintaining the Jeep brand's legendary four-wheel drive, torque-on-demand two-speed transfer case for extraordinary off-road capability and durability.

The new vehicle also offers significantly lowered emissions and improved fuel economy (up to 39 mpg) with its new turbocharged 3-litre V6 CRD engine, together with a world-class interior providing luxury, comfort and enhanced safety. Despite its rugged, trail-tested off-road capabilities, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee is a sophisticated, luxury SUV that can easily be driven on an everyday basis by anyone.
In the UK, new Jeep Grand Cherokee is available in two versions, Limited and Overland, both of which are powered by an all-new 237bhp 3-litre V6 turbodiesel.

Exterior Design and Dimensions
The all-new Grand Cherokee features a muscular and athletic new look with a high waist line and a steeply raked windscreen. A low drag coefficient illustrates the efficient aerodynamic shape of the vehicle.

The contemporary design language is nevertheless unmistakably Jeep, and is instantly recognisable thanks to the classic trapezoidal wheel arches together with the familiar Jeep seven-slot grille.
In terms of dimensions, although the car is approximately 7cm wider and 7cm longer than the model it replaces, the wheelbase has been stretched by over 13cm to give extra boot space, and more specifically, extra rear leg-room.

With regard to the cargo area, new Jeep Grand Cherokee offers up to 782 litres of space with all the seats in place - 11% more than the previous model; and the tailgate is power operated on the Overland version. Notwithstanding the amount of luggage space available, a full size spare wheel is carried.

The new Jeep also features short front and rear overhangs for much improved approach, departure and breakover angles and consequent superior off-road capability. The front spoiler is removable for when the terrain gets really tough, giving an extra four degrees of approach angle.

The Interior Design
A world-class interior has been achieved thanks to fine materials and elegant appointments, while maintaining a focused attention to detail with high quality interior fit and finish throughout.

Premium materials such as real wood, leather, chrome accents, LED lighting, and premium seating deliver a strong impression of refinement and luxury - expressive design, quality of materials; the precise fit of all panels… these elements also contribute to enhanced noise isolation.

New, soft-touch materials are used at key 'touch points' throughout; including doors, consoles and armrests.
The quality of the seat upholstery is another important feature of the world-class interior. Both front seats are heated and ventilated with eight-way power assistance and four-way lumbar adjustment, with a memory system on the driver's side. In fact, the front seats feature an all-new structure with enhanced bolster contours for improved comfort. The moulded shape of the upper seat shoulder area adds to the look and feel of the seating, while the 12-degrees reclining rear seats, (60/40 split folding), together with the longer platform, enhance comfort for rear passengers who have over 100mm of additional rear legroom.

Interior Equipment
Alpine Premium Sound System
The standard equipment Alpine Premium Audio System creates a full, realistic sound experience using a high-powered 12-channel, 506-watt amplifier powering nine speakers and a subwoofer. Optimally placed throughout Jeep Grand Cherokee's cabin, this surround-sound speaker system delivers an unparalleled aural experience. This premium audio system allows everyone onboard to hear music precisely as the artist intended it.

Media Centre
The Media Centre features an AM/FM radio, CD/DVD player, satellite navigation system (standard on Overland) that's controlled via a 6.5-inch touch-screen, and a 30GB hard drive. Owners can store up to 6700 tracks on the hard drive and upload music and photos through the USB port or from a CD/DVD. The system includes a single-disc CD player, and can also play DVDs when the vehicle is stationary and the transmission is in Park. Uconnect Bluetooth® with voice commands means that the sound system, sat nav and mobile phones can be operated hands-free.

iPod Interface
With the iPod Control, most iPod-compatible devices can be connected directly to the vehicle's audio system using the iPod control cable. The iPod can then be operated through the Media Centre sound system or via the steering wheel-mounted controls. While connected, the system even charges the iPod.

Keyless Enter-N-Go
As long as the vehicle's ignition keys are somewhere on the driver's person (maybe in a pocket or a bag) the vehicle picks up signals from the transponder and unlocks it, when the driver touches the door handle. It also activates the push-button starter: the driver just presses the brake pedal and pushes the button to start.

The vehicle's equipment can also be activated without starting the engine. Without a foot on the brake, the driver pushes the button once; pushes twice to turn on the heating/air conditioning and instrumentation; or three times to turn it off again.

CommandView panoramic sunroof (standard on Overland)
The front roof panel opens rearward, providing additional light and fresh air to front seat passengers. This front glass panel features an express one-touch open and close operation. The rear glass panel, which is fixed, provides extra light and visibility for rear seat passengers. A standard one-touch power sun-shade may be extended to cover the tinted glass panels when closed.

The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee is the very first vehicle in the market to be built on this brand new platform. The structure was co-developed with Mercedes-Benz and will be used in next generation Mercedes vehicles. With an increase of 146% in overall torsional stiffness, it is now much stronger and more durable than before. As a result, noise, vibration and harshness levels have been drastically improved, giving much better on-road and off-road ride quality. The new platform engineering brings improvements in the following key areas:
    Overall agility
    Cornering ability
    Steering precision

The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee tips the scale at 2,272kg, which is 38kg less than the outgoing model and represents a considerable achievement when the increase in dimensions is taken into account.
Outstanding touring attributes are another Jeep Grand Cherokee forte. The maximum towing capacity with a braked trailer is a class-topping 3,500kg, which includes an anti-sway damping system featuring a neutral position for flat towing.

Legendary 4x4 Capability
The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee offers the new Quadra-Lift air suspension system, (standard equipment on Overland versions). Quadra-Lift air suspension system features five height settings for optimum ride performance:
  • Normal Ride Height (NRH): 8.1 inches of clearance offers improved fuel economy and improved aerodynamics during on-road driving
  • Off-road 1: Lifts the vehicle an additional 1.3 inches for added height in clearing obstacles (9.4 inches)
  • Off-road 2: Delivers legendary Jeep off-road capability and provides an additional 2.6 inches of height for 10.7 inches of ground clearance
  • Park Mode: Lowers the vehicle 1.5 inches from NRH for easy entry/exit and roof rack loading. NRH and Park mode are driver-selectable, giving the driver control over vehicle ride height
  • Aero Mode: Lowers the vehicle 0.6 inches from NRH. Aero mode is controlled by vehicle speed and adjusts for optimal performance and fuel economy

Quadra-Lift adds up to 4.1 inches of lift span that is supported by four-corner air springs that provide a cushioned, premium ride. It operates automatically, or may be controlled manually via console controls. Quadra-Lift enhances the ride quality and takes the Jeep Grand Cherokee another leap forward. It's a first-class closed system with a stored air reservoir for a faster response and no lift-time deterioration.

Driver benefits are numerous, and include:
    Ease of entry/exit for passengers
    Easier cargo loading and unloading
    Improved off-road capability by increasing ground clearance, approach, departure and breakover angles
    Improved on-road ride comfort
    Improved fuel economy at motorway speeds - automatically lowering vehicle height to reduce aerodynamic drag

In addition to the Quadra-Lift air suspension system, the all-new Selec-Terrain traction control system (standard equipment on both Limited and Overland), lets customers choose the appropriate off-road setting for the optimum experience on all terrains. This feature electronically coordinates up to 12 different powertrain, braking and suspension systems, including throttle control, transmission shift, transfer case, traction control and electronic stability control (ESC).

Selec-Terrain, coupled with the all-new Quadra-Lift air suspension system, offers drivers an adjustable suspension span that delivers world-class capability. The system's control dial allows the driver to choose from five driving conditions in order to achieve the best all-terrain driving experience.

    Sand/Mud: Traction control and Quadra-Lift operate with sensitive response to wheel spin, and torque is tuned for optimal performance
    Sport: Provides enhanced on-road fun-to-drive capability
    Auto: Automatically adapts to any on- or off-road situation
    Snow: Vehicle traction adjusts for ultimate performance over snow-covered roads
    Rock: Quadra-Lift air suspension system raises to maximum height (10.7 inches) and the transfer case, differentials, and throttle coordinate to provide low-speed control

With the front air dam removed, and the available Quadra-Lift air suspension system, the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee features a 34.3-degree approach angle, (compared to 32.3 on previous model), a 29.3-degree departure angle (compared to 27.5 on previous model) and 23.1-degree breakover angle (compared to 20.4 on previous model).

The all-new front and rear independent suspension features isolated front and rear suspension cradles. Variable-rate rear springs deliver improved on-road handling and comfort that complement the vehicle's off-road capability. The new multilink rear suspension features lower control arms and camber/tension links that individually control cornering, bump and braking forces. This is regarded as the optimum set-up for ride comfort and handling stability. The compact design of the system also allows the spare tyre to be stored inside the vehicle as opposed to underneath. Anti-roll bars are features on both axles.

Go Anywhere 4x4 Systems
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee employs a 4x4 system called Quadra-Trac II® which features a two-speed transfer box with low ratio gears and an electronically controlled clutch that allows variable torque distribution.

Quadra-Trac II's two-speed transfer case uses input from a variety of sensors in order to determine tyre slip at the earliest possible moment and take corrective action. The system uses Throttle Anticipate to sense quick movement in the throttle from a stop and maximises traction before slippage occurs. When tyre slippage is detected, as much as 100 percent of available torque is instantly routed to the axle with the most traction. Selec-Terrain is standard with Quadra-Trac II.

The drivetrain is further enhanced with sophisticated stability, hill assist and hill descent control systems featuring Brake Traction Control Systems on both axles (BTCS). BTCS uses the brakes to act on any wheel that is slipping, and allows additional torque transfer to those wheels with traction.

In addition, Hill Descent Control allows smooth and controlled descent on rough or slippery terrain without the driver having to touch the brake pedal. It applies the brakes to each wheel individually to slow the vehicle down and maintain driver control on steep slopes.

Meanwhile Hill Start Assist helps drivers make a hill start by keeping the brakes on for a short period of time after a driver's foot is removed from the brake pedal. If the throttle is applied when the driver's foot is removed from the brake pedal, the brakes are released.

Jeep first showed the Euro 5-compliant V6 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine, available in the Jeep Grand Cherokee for the UK and Europe, at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The new CRD engine is more powerful, more fuel efficient and produces lower emissions than its predecessor.

Built by VM Motori and developed together with Fiat Powertrain Technologies, this new engine produces maximum horsepower of 177 kW (237bhp) at 4,000 rpm and torque of 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) at 1,800-2,800 rpm. This translates to 10 per cent more power and eight per cent more torque than the engine it replaces.

Even with its improved performance, fuel economy for the new 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine is 34.0 mpg (8.3 L/100km) on the combined cycle, an improvement of 19 per cent over the previous diesel engine. CO2 emissions (combined cycle) are also reduced by 20 per cent, now at 218 g/km.

From a retail perspective the improvement in CO2 emissions represents a saving of £1,220 in current VED taxation over a five year period compared with the outgoing model.
The V6 turbodiesel engine is fitted with new-generation, 1,800-bar injectors along with new MultiJet II technology, developed and patented by Fiat Powertrain, which made its debut in 2009 on the 1.3-litre diesel engine in the Fiat Punto Evo.

Engine Block Structure
The new engine features a compressed graphite iron, 60-degree block with aluminium cylinder heads and a two-piece structural aluminium oil pan. Bore is 83 mm (3.27 in) and stroke is 92 mm (3.62 in) for a total displacement of 2987 cc (182 in3). Bore spacing is 96 mm (3.78 in).

The engine is compact and lightweight, with overall dimensions of 695 mm (27.36 in) in length, 729 mm (28.7 in) in width and 697.5 mm (27.46 in) in height. Weight of the new engine, including ancillaries, is 230 kg (507 lbs).
The engine block features a notably stiffened crankcase construction, including a bedplate that provides a rigid and stiff carrier for the crankshaft. This in turn helps reduce overall noise from the lower reciprocating assembly and contributes to significant improvements in lowering overall noise, vibration and harshness.

Adding to the structural rigidity of the block, the two-piece aluminium oil pan has been designed to provide strength and contribute to the quietness of the engine. The lower pan has been reinforced for off-road use. Crankcase capacity is 7.7 litres.

Cylinder heads are constructed of aluminium and feature a chain-driven, dual overhead-camshaft design with four valves per cylinder. Intake valves measure 28 mm (1.1 in), and exhaust valves are 24.5 mm (0.96 in) in diameter. Combustion-chamber volume is 24.68 cm3 (1.51 in3).

A forged-steel crankshaft is supported by four main bearing journals fitted with four-bolt main bearing caps incorporated into the bedplate. Externally balanced, the crankshaft measures 442.2 mm (17.41 in), reducing the overall packaging requirements of the engine. Connecting rods, with an overall length of 162.9 mm (6.41 in), are constructed in cast iron.

Lightweight, cast-aluminium pistons are designed to provide minimal friction. The compression ratio of the new diesel engine is now 16.5:1, reduced from 18.1:1 on the previous model, contributing to cleaner combustion and providing more power.
All main bearings are a lead-free design for reduced environmental impact during construction and later recycling of the engine.

Engine Performance Features
The induction system includes swirl control to optimise combustion. Fitted between the intake system and the combustion chamber, swirl control effectively provides an ideal air/fuel mixture at all engine speeds.

Precise fuel delivery is through a 1,800-bar common-rail fuel injection system. Thanks to the new MultiJet II technology, which makes use of a special balanced solenoid valve, the new injector is capable of making up to eight injections per cycle with the possibility of managing the two main injections in a single modular profile (IRS - Injection Rate Shaping). This guarantees a reduction in consumption and polluting emissions of approximately 2% compared to a traditional injector and ensures a drastic reduction in noise levels.

The new 3.0-litre diesel engine utilises a single Garrett VGT 2056 turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. Compact and lightweight, the turbocharger provides near-instant response and includes an air-to-air intercooler.

Fuel Economy and Emissions
Fuel economy for the Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine is rated at 27.4 mpg on the urban cycle and 39.2 mpg on the extra-urban cycle. For the combined cycle, the fuel economy is rated at 34.0 mpg. At motorway cruising speeds, 700 miles can easily be achieved on a single tank of fuel. The engine is designed to run on EN590 ultra-low-sulphur diesel fuel.

For this power unit, cast-iron exhaust manifolds are utilised. Additional emissions controls include a close-coupled diesel oxidation catalyst and standard diesel particulate filter. Euro 5 emissions are met through an exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) system that includes an EGR valve with DC motor and a high-performance EGR cooler with bypass valve.

Combined cycle CO2 emissions are now 218 g/km. Not only is the engine more frugal and environmentally-friendly, but it also delivers outstanding performance, providing the new Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 0-62mph time of 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 126mph.

Safety and Security
Thanks to the immensely stiff new platform featuring advanced Multi-Stage front airbags and side curtain airbags as well as supplementary side airbags, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee provides unprecedented levels of safety for all passengers.

All of the following equipment comes as standard on both trim levels:
  •     Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System
  •     Thatcham Category 1 Alarm and Immobiliser
  •     Active head restraints
  •     Advanced Multi-Stage front airbags
  •     Side curtain airbags
  •     Supplementary side airbags
  •     Anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes
  •     Centre rear 3-point seat belt
  •     Child seat upper tether anchorages
  •     Electronic Stability Control
  •     Enhanced Accident Response System
  •     Traction Control
  •     Front seat mounted side airbags
  •     Laminated front door glass
  •     Power locks
  •     Rear fog lamps
  •     Anti-sway damping system

The top-of-the-range Overland version possesses exclusive and state-of-the-art features, which are options on most of the Jeep Grand Cherokee's rivals:
  •     Uconnect navigation system with Media Centre 6.5" touch screen display and 30GB hard drive
  •     Blind-spot and rear cross path detection (Overland only)
  •     Adaptive cruise control (Overland only)
  •     Forward collision warning (Overland only)
  •     Quadra-Lift air suspension

Safety and Security Summary
Both UK versions of the new Grand Cherokee are fitted with Thatcham Category 1 alarm and immobiliser systems, and the main safety and security features also include Active Head Restraints, advanced multi-stage airbags, Electronic Stability Control with ABS and ERM (Electronic Roll Mitigation), Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Bi-Xenon headlamps, ParkView rear back-up camera, Trailer Sway Control which reduces trailer sway and improves handling in adverse towing conditions; rain-sensing wipers, ParkSense front and rear park assist system; SmartBeam headlamps and a system called EARS which, after an accident, turns on the interior lights, unlocks the doors, turns on the hazard warning flashers and initiates fuel shut-off.

The latest safety and security features are also available, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Ready Alert Braking, Rain Brake Support, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection.

This specification features a high degree of equipment in all areas: comfort, capability, in-car entertainment, technology, design and luxury:
  •     Quadra-Trac II 4WD system
  •     3.0 CRD V6 237bhp
  •     Thatcham Category 1 Alarm and Immobiliser
  •     Selec-Terrain™ system
  •     Bi-Xenon HID headlamps with headlamp washers and auto-levelling
  •     Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
  •     Air-conditioning with dual zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)
  •     Media Centre with 6.5" touch screen display and 30GB hard drive with 6700 song capacity
  •     Keyless Enter-N-Go
  •     18" Alloy wheels
  •     Fog lamps
  •     Illuminated entry
  •     Hill Descent Control
  •     Hill Start Assist
  •     Bright exhaust tailpipes
  •     Uconnect Bluetooth with voice command
  •     iPod connector with remote USB port
  •     ParkSense front and rear park assist system
  •     ParkView rear back-up camera
  •     Leather trimmed seats
  •     Heated front and rear seats
  •     Power 8-way driver and passenger seat memory
  •     Power tilt / telescopic steering column
  •     Alpine surround sound system (9 speakers and subwoofer)
  •     Tyre pressure monitoring display
  •     Power folding multi-function door mirrors

Limited - Options
This trim level can be further enhanced with the following options:
  • Rear DVD with single sunroof
  • CommandView panoramic sunroof
  • Performance pack (20" wheels with 265/60 R20 performance tyres, performance brakes and sports suspension)
  • Navigation & Luxury pack (Uconnect navigation system, heated steering wheel and power liftgate)
  • Deep-tint sunscreen glass

The standard equipment on the Overland reaches unparalleled levels for the segment, using the most refined materials together with advanced technological features. On top of the Limited specification, the Overland model adds the following items:
  •     20" alloy wheels
  •     Performance brakes with sports suspension
  •     Cargo net
  •     Door courtesy lamps
  •     Premium Nappa leather trimmed seats with contrast stitching
  •     Ventilated front seats
  •     Leather covered dashboard
  •     Dark wood interior trim inserts
  •     Deep-tint sunscreen glass
  •     Power liftgate
  •     Heated steering wheel
  •     Quadra-Lift™ air suspension
  •     CommandView panoramic sunroof
  •     Overland interior detailing
  •     Uconnect navigation system
  •     Blind-spot and rear cross path detection
  •     Adaptive cruise control
  •     Forward collision warning

The Jeep Grand Cherokee range starts from £36,795 OTR with the 3.0 CRD V6 Limited, while the flagship Overland starts from £43,995 OTR. Optional special paint on all models comes at £670 RRP, while prices for the other options are as follows:
  •     Rear DVD with single sunroof (Limited): £1,700 RRP
  •     Rear DVD with single sunroof retrofit (Overland): £700 RRP
  •     CommandView panoramic sunroof (Limited): £1,200 RRP
  •     Performance pack (Limited): £2,000 RRP
  •     Navigation & Luxury pack (Limited): £1,500 RRP
  •     Deep-tint sunscreen glass (Limited): £350 RRP
The Jeep Grand Cherokee represents an attractive proposition not only to those who are seeking a naturally capable off-roader, but also to those who want to travel in a modern luxurious, yet refined vehicle with an all-new and distinctive design, without compromise.

The new Grand Cherokee has been designed to enhance Jeep's traditional go-anywhere, do anything reputation by utilising the latest in cutting-edge technology to create a class-leading vehicle that can overcome the most demanding of challenges.
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

BMW 3-Series Touring, 2013

  •  BMW 3-Series Touring, 2013

The new edition of the BMW 3-Series Touring makes its mark in the premium sports estate segment with its hallmark BMW dynamic prowess, enhanced practicality and versatility, and a range of standard equipment features assembled to meet the challenges of everyday life. The new car's larger interior is extremely versatile and designed to adapt to everything its customers' modern, active lifestyles can throw at it. In this role, the new BMW 3-Series Touring convinces equally as both a sporty, elegant and dynamic way to eat up the miles and a comfortable and spacious vehicle for sports and leisure pursuits.

Its harmonious proportions ensure the new BMW 3-Series Touring appears from every angle as if cut from a single mould and proves that impressive practicality and dynamic design need not be mutually exclusive. The sweeping silhouette with smoothly sloping roofline, side windows extending well back to the rear and a powerful rear end all combine to create a distinctive Touring character and highlight the huge potential of the new BMW 3-Series variant at first glance.

Leading the way: more space for luggage and clever details.
With 97 millimetres added to the car's overall length and 50 millimetres to its wheelbase, the new BMW 3-Series Touring offers extra room for passengers and luggage alike. Plus, this space can be adapted for a variety of uses, allowing the new car to turn its hand to a range of activities. A 35-litre increase in capacity (to 495 litres) means the load compartment can offer more space than any of the Touring's rivals. Standard equipment designed to meet the challenges of everyday life, such as the 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat bench, the automatic tailgate with separate rear window opening, the stainless steel protective strip on the comfortably low loading sill (62 centimetres from the ground), the separate partition net and a luggage compartment cover that stows away neatly into an underfloor compartment highlight the ability of the new BMW 3-Series Touring to adapt as required to the situation at hand.

Made-to-measure options like the adaptive attachment system with variable plug-in elements for the load compartment floor, the hands-free tailgate opening function as part of the Comfort Access option, and the electrically pivoting trailer coupling further enhance long-distance comfort and make it even easier to transport a variety of gear.

Alongside its extra practicality and versatility, the new BMW 3-Series Touring also benefits from enhanced ride comfort, the availability of the new Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line equipment packages, and the materials and colour concept familiar from the recently introduced BMW 3-Series Sedan. An optional M Sport package will also be available from launch.

The range kicks off with the BMW 328i, 330d and 320d Touring.
Agility and dynamic performance are among the other qualities which set the new BMW 3-Series Touring apart. Customers can choose from three refined, economical and punchy engines at launch, all of which boast BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. Alongside the new four-cylinder petrol unit developing 180 kW/245 hp and revised 2-litre diesel with 135 kW/184 hp, the line-up also includes an optimised six-cylinder diesel producing 190 kW/ 258 hp that combines sporty dynamics with significantly reduced fuel consumption and emissions. All engines fulfil the stipulations of the EU5 exhaust standard, while the 320d diesel unit can be further optimised to meet EU6 specification, if desired. The Driving Experience Control switch with ECO PRO mode, meanwhile, opens up extra fuel-saving potential for all engine variants.

A sporty six-speed manual gearbox sends power to the rear wheels in the four-cylinder models. And BMW also offers an innovative eight-speed automatic transmission - fitted as standard in the six-cylinder diesel model - as an option. A further option is the eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifts on the steering wheel. Both transmission variants link up with the fuel consumption-reducing Auto Start-Stop function.

Advanced suspension technology, featuring a large number of light-alloy components and new tuning, the torque steer-free Electric Power Steering, an up to 40-kilogram lighter overall weight and finely-balanced axle load distribution set the seal on the car's dynamic concept. State-of-the-art electronic control systems enhance the dynamic potential of the new BMW 3-Series Touring and help to ensure it displays the perfect combination of sporting prowess and ride comfort. The new Touring can be ordered with M Sport suspension or the Adaptive M Sport suspension as an option.

Design: Athletic elegance, dynamic proportions and flexible space for passengers and luggage.
The BMW 3-Series range has always been a beacon of sports performance, elegance and dynamic flair. The new BMW 3-Series Touring adds extra practicality and versatility to these qualities. Its larger interior can be adapted for a wide range of uses and ticks all the boxes for a modern and active clientele. The sweeping silhouette with smoothly sloping roofline, side windows extending well back to the rear and a powerful rear end combine to create a distinctive Touring character and highlight the huge potential of the new BMW 3-Series variant at first glance. Its harmonious proportions ensure the new BMW 3-Series Touring appears from every angle as if cut from a single mould and proves that impressive practicality and dynamic design need not be mutually exclusive.

With 97 millimetres added to the car's overall length and 50 millimetres to its wheelbase, the new BMW 3-Series Touring offers extra room for passengers and luggage alike. Moreover, this space can be adapted for a variety of uses, allowing the new car to turn its hand to a range of activities. A 35-litre increase in capacity (to 495 litres) means the load compartment can offer more space than any of the Touring's rivals. Standard equipment designed to meet the challenges of everyday life, such as the three-way split/folding rear seat bench, the automatic tailgate and the neatly stowable luggage compartment cover underline the versatility of the new BMW 3-Series variant. As well as its extra practicality and versatility, the new estate car also offers customers the enhanced ride comfort, new equipment lines and materials and colour concept of the recently launched BMW 3-Series Sedan.

The design of the new BMW 3-Series Touring is identical to that of its new Sedan sibling as far back as the B-pillar. That means the Touring also has an expressive front end headlined by precise lines and multifaceted surfaces. The 37-millimetre wider track accentuates the car's sporting appearance. Striking twin headlights with LED accent lights form a visual unit with the slightly forward-slanting BMW kidney grille and reinforce the car's sense of width and athletic presence. Two larger outer air intakes below the headlights lend further stylistic substance to the new Touring's sporting character.

The most prominent design feature remains the BMW kidney grille. Here, the defined contour lines of the bonnet converge and give the front end an even lower and more dynamic appearance.

The new BMW 3-Series Touring cuts a sporty and elegant figure from the side as well. Its flowing silhouette lends the car a feeling of inherent dynamism before it so much as turns a wheel, while the long, slightly curving roofline and large windows shine the spotlight on the Touring's extra space and enviable practicality. The car's athletic overall impression is further emphasised by the steeply raked D-pillars, the angle of the rear window and the subtly wedgeshaped geometry of the window surfaces. The roofline - which slopes downwards slightly to the rear and is extended visually by a spoiler - and the "Hofmeister kink" counter-swing at the foot of the D-pillar also generate a sense of dynamic tension. The finely judged balance between the greenhouse and the body lends the new BMW 3-Series Touring a sporty, elegant and nimble look, while the rear lights extend well into the sides of the body and combine with its flowing lines to create a harmonious transition between the flanks and rear section.

The rear of the new BMW 3-Series Touring also boasts a convincing blend of sporting elegance and modern practicality. The horizontal lines and L-shaped lights set far to the outer edges accentuate the broad face of the wheels and the 48-millimetre wider track. Two integrated bars of LEDs allow a slim light design and ensure they maintain a recognisably BMW appearance both day and night. The positioning of the lights at the outer edges of the rear underline the car's hunkered-down stance on the road. The large tailgate cut-out and curved rear window, which can be opened separately, allow optimum access to the load compartment. And the wide aperture and low boot sill make loading and unloading bulky items that much easier.

The 97-millimetre increase in the new BMW 3-Series Touring's length and its 50-millimetre longer wheelbase add 17 millimetres to the knee room enjoyed by the rear passengers and nine millimetres to the headroom on offer. And the extra space makes it even easier to get in and out of the car. In the front door pockets, meanwhile, larger stowage compartments can accommodate one-litre drinks bottles. Added to which, two large drinks holders are now integrated into the centre console. If desired, the cup holders can be swapped for an oddments tray, which is stored in a designated area of the glove compartment when not in use.

Drivers and passengers alike can be safe in the knowledge that the new BMW 3-Series Touring will perform the tasks expected of it flawlessly. A wide range of options when it comes to increasing load space, intelligent details to optimise practicality and impressively user-friendly operation provide the platform for the sports estate to showcase its qualities with authority and assurance. A 35-litre increase in its load capacity - to 495 litres - gives the new BMW 3-Series Touring class-leading figures in this area as well. Seven standard crates of bottled drinks or three golf bags, for example, can be loaded in over the boot sill (just 62 centimetres off the ground), which is protected by a stainless steel strip.

Handy qualities: practicality and versatility from the top drawer. Standard-fitted securing lugs, a pair of coat hooks, a luggage net and a strap hold cargo safely in place, while a storage tray under the load compartment floor and a deep stowage compartment on the left-hand side of the boot accommodate all kinds of small items. The luggage compartment cover can also be stowed away under the load compartment floor, allowing it to be kept in the car even when not in use. Also part of standard specification is a separate partition net, which can be employed in a variety of ways even when the rear seat backrests are folded down (40:20:40). The large through-loading facility allows the car to carry four adults and several pairs of skis or snowboards, for example, at the same time.

In addition to the increase in load-carrying capacity - indeed, the usable space between the wheel arches has also grown in size - the Touring variant also makes a persuasive case for itself with its high degree of versatility. The folding rear seat bench can be split 40:20:40 as standard, allowing load capacity to expand up to a maximum of 1,500 litres. Folding down all the backrests creates an almost level load compartment floor with a smooth transition to the sides of the interior. The generously sized tailgate aperture makes it easier to load in bulky items, which means that even household white goods can be transported in the BMW 3-Series Touring, if required.

The new BMW 3-Series Touring comes as standard with electric tailgate operation. A touch of the button on either the remote control key, the A-pillar or the tailgate itself opens up full access to the load compartment, while pressing the button on the lower edge of the tailgate closes it again. The boot can also be opened remotely using the Smart Opener feature available as part of the Comfort Access option. Here, a short movement of the foot under the centre of the rear bumper is all it takes to raise the tailgate.

The new BMW 3-Series Touring comes as standard with a rear window that opens separately from the tailgate. The window is unlocked electrically via a button on the rear window wiper arm and opened by hand. This practical function makes it easier to load and unload smaller items of luggage - especially when space is tight, as the rear window does not open out to the rear. These details all bear witness to the remarkable versatility and practicality of the new BMW 3-Series Touring. Its high level of adaptability makes it an excellent match for active customers who enjoy a wide range of leisure pursuits and therefore place a wide variety of demands on their car. In this capacity the new estate makes a compelling case for itself both as a sporty and elegant way to eat up the miles and a comfortable and spacious load-carrier for sports and leisure pursuits.

Another boost to long-distance comfort and ease of transportation is provided by the optional storage package, which comprises a host of features for the passenger compartment and a variety of neat and practical additions for the load compartment as well. These include a storage net on the left-hand side of the tailgate, a reversible floor section with a dirt channel and protective coating on the underside, and an adaptive attachment system. The latter consists of an aluminium telescopic rod which allows the load compartment to be divided up according to need - and in so doing offer a far greater number of variation options than systems with fixed attachment rails. When it is not in use, the attachment system can be stowed in the storage tray under the loading floor. Also available as an option are aluminium roof rails and an electrically operated panoramic roof with a large glass surface area. Added to which, the new BMW 3-Series Touring can be fitted with a trailer coupling, which pivots out and back in again electrically, as required. This neat and practical solution not only gives the sporty estate an extra string to its bow as a tow vehicle, but also allows modern bicycle racks to be fitted easily to the rear of the car.

Elegant practicality brings life to the whole interior.
The interior of the new BMW 3-Series Touring is identical to that of its recently launched Sedan sibling. The cockpit's clear driver focus ensures that all the key functions are as easy as possible to lay a hand or finger on. Extremely clear circular instruments with a Black Panel display and the freestanding iDrive monitor in cutting-edge flatscreen design enhance the air of functional elegance. The iDrive Controller, within easy reach on the centre console, and the armrest - with optional fore/aft adjustment and folding function - between the front seats round off on an exceptionally high level of user-friendliness and luxury. High-quality material combinations and unbeatable build quality shape the premium ambience inside the new BMW 3-Series Touring. A large number of colour and upholstery variants offer scope for a broad spectrum of combinations, and all the trim surfaces can be combined in their basic configuration with a choice of one fabric and two leather shades. As well as the basic trim level, customers also have a choice of three other equipment lines and an M Sport package with which to tailor the appearance of the car to their own tastes. The Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line embody different takes on the car's character. The carefully coordinated features brought together for each Line extend beyond purely exterior design elements to include material and colour options. As far as premium perception, design harmony and expressiveness are concerned, the scope of the new BMW Lines extends well beyond equivalent packages in the class.

Sport Line: The Sport Line adds extra depth to the dynamic repertoire of the BMW 3-Series Touring with a selection of eye-catching exterior features in high-gloss black. Eight black kidney grille slats in a chrome-coloured surround lend the front end a particularly sporty and alert look. The black inserts in the front apron draw extra attention to the air intakes and wheel arches. 17 or 18-inch light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design (18-inch items are bicolour) provide an additional dose of sportiness, while free optional high-gloss black exterior mirrors and matching paintwork for the B-pillars add further design flourishes. The exhaust tailpipe embellisher, also in black-chrome, adds the finishing touch to the sporty exterior design. Once inside, contrasting black and red accents lend a sporty and exclusive flavour to proceedings. Red trim rings, red scales in the circular dials, red stitching on the sports steering wheel and a base trim strip in high-gloss black with coral red accent strips all underline the sporting ambience of the cockpit. The standard sports seats can be specified in a choice of three upholstery variants and four colours.

The ignition key for Sport Line versions of the new BMW 3-Series Touring is identified by its black finish and red detailing.
Luxury Line: Discreet high-gloss chrome touches lend the exterior of the BMW 3-Series Touring a particularly elegant and exclusive appeal. The front end stands out with its 11 chrome kidney grille slats, for example. And two slightly offset chrome trim strips in the front apron air intakes and a high-gloss chrome trim strip running horizontally above the air scoop add further attractive touches. In contrast to the Sport Line, the window frames and weather strip are trimmed in chrome. Special 17 or 18-inch light-alloy wheels in multi-spoke design accentuate the stylishness of the Luxury Line. From the rear, this take on the Touring can be identified by an exquisite, high-gloss chrome trim strip above the rear apron and a chrome tailpipe embellisher. Chrome elements - such as the surround for the radio and air conditioning units - also catch the eye inside the Luxury Line Touring. High-gloss wood strips, seats with distinctive stitching and a choice of two upholstery materials in four classically elegant colours highlight the exclusiveness of this variant. The ignition key for Luxury Line versions of the new BMW 3-Series Touring has chrome detailing.

Modern Line: Exterior trim elements in satin-finish aluminium underline the forward-looking aesthetic of the Modern Line, while the BMW kidney grille with 11 slats and the double trim strips in satin-finish aluminium for the air intakes continue the theme. Elsewhere, 17 or 18-inch turbine-style light-alloy wheels lend a fresh angle to the exterior design of the BMW 3-Series Touring. The light-coloured dashboard and a steering wheel in dark oyster create a very special ambience. Leather upholstery or cloth-leather combinations in oyster or black and a choice of four trim surfaces with accent strips in pearl-effect chrome ensure an appealing interplay between materials. The optional unique three-dimensional structure for the surface of the wood, meanwhile, lays on a whole new feast for the fingertips. The oyster-coloured ignition key for Modern Line versions of the new BMW 3-Series Touring comes with matt silver detailing.

M Sport package: The optional M Sport package gives the new BMW 3 Series Touring a fresh shot of adrenaline that spreads beyond its exterior and interior design. As well as the all-new aerodynamic package including numerous body components and the BMW Individual High-gloss Shadowline trim, the exclusive optional exterior paint shade Estoril Blue metallic ensures an unmistakably sporty appearance, underpinned by 18 or 19-inch light-alloy wheels in hallmark M design and, inside the car, by features such as M door sill finishers, the new-design M leather steering wheel, an M driver's footrest and an M Shortshifter (in models with a manual gearbox). The driver and front passenger can settle into Hexagon Anthracite cloth/Alcantara sports seats with royal blue contrast stitching offered exclusively as part of the M Sport package. Trim elements in Aluminium Hexagon with accent strips in either Estoril Blue matt or high-gloss Black round off the interior. Technical features of the M Sport package include M Sport suspension and the optional M Sport brakes with contrasting blue paint finish.

The pinnacle of driving pleasure and dynamic performance: Sporty power delivery, outstanding efficiency and enhanced longdistance comfort.

Three punchy, refined and economical engines will be available for the new BMW 3-Series Touring from launch, all of which use the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. Alongside the new four-cylinder petrol unit powering the BMW 328i Touring and the revised 2-litre diesel under the bonnet of the BMW 320d Touring, an optimised six-cylinder diesel unit imbues the BMW 330d Touring with sporty dynamics yet significantly lower fuel consumption and emissions. All engines comply with the EU5 exhaust standard, while the 320d diesel unit can be further optimised to meet EU6 specification, if desired.

A sporty six-speed manual gearbox sends power to the rear wheels in the four-cylinder models. BMW also offers an innovative eight-speed automatic - fitted as standard in the six-cylinder diesel model - as an option. Both transmission variants link up with the fuel consumption-reducing Auto Start-Stop function.

Advanced suspension technology, featuring a large number of light-alloy components and new tuning, the torque steer-free Electric Power Steering, a low vehicle weight and finely-balanced axle load distribution set the seal on the car's dynamic overall concept. All of which means the new BMW 3-Series Touring combines enhanced comfort with the sporty handling characteristics owners have come to expect.

BMW 328i Touring: four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology sets the benchmark for driving dynamics and efficiency.

In keeping with the dynamic overall theme of the new BMW 3-Series, this innovative turbocharged engine offers plenty of power and performance, responsive acceleration, powerful torque, a high rpm ceiling and low weight. The cutting-edge four-cylinder unit lays on unbeatable driving pleasure and also comes with lower fuel consumption and emissions than its predecessor. The upgrade in power and efficiency is chiefly down to the use of BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which works using innovative solutions such as High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, twin-scroll turbocharging, Double-Vanos variable camshaft timing and Valvetronic variable valve timing. Added to which, this engine has a particularly light and compact construction, thanks in part to its all-aluminium crankcase. This has obvious benefits for driving dynamics: the reduced load on the front axle gives the sporty BMW estate even greater agility and further improved steering and cornering characteristics.

The 1,997 cc BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine generates maximum output of 180 kW/245 hp at 5,000 rpm. This petrol-powered unit uses Twin Scroll Turbo technology to maintain peak torque of 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) from 1,250 rpm to 4,800 rpm. These statistics translate into unbridled dynamic performance; the new BMW 328i Touring sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.0 seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The engine responds instantly to every request from the driver for quicker progress and produces vigorous and almost linear power delivery from just above idle all the way into the higher reaches of the rev range.

In the EU test cycle, the new BMW 328i Touring records average fuel consumption of only 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres (41.5 mpg), allowing it to better the economy of the outgoing 160 kW/218 hp BMW 325i Touring by a full 10 per cent. The same applies to its CO2 emissions, which come in at a suitably modest 159 grams per kilometre. Technical progress is equally in evidence with the new eight-speed automatic transmission, which can claim an improvement of up to 11 per cent in fuel economy over its predecessor (6.5 litres / 43.4 mpg imp and 152 grams of CO2).
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Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG, 2012

  •  Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG, 2012

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG is the most powerful SLK of all time. Its new AMG 5.5-liter V8 engine featuring cylinder shutoff combines the ultimate in performance with the lowest possible fuel consumption. With a peak output of 415 hp and maximum torque of 398 lb-ft, the 2012 SLK55 AMG is poised to outperform all of its direct competitors. High-performance driving is ensured thanks to the AMG sports suspension with Direct-Steer system, Torque Vectoring Brakes and 3-stage ESP®, as well as the AMG high-performance braking system. The 2012 SLK55 AMG will arrive in U.S. showrooms in early 2012.

Forming part of the third-generation of the SLK launched in June 2011, the new AMG model catches the eye at first glance: distinctive AMG light-alloy wheels, exclusive AMG body styling with AMG spoiler lip and two chrome-plated twin tailpipes at the rear complement the classic roadster proportions, while adding a distinct athletic touch. The expressive design of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG is both eye-catching and unmistakable.

The Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG is the perfect embodiment of the new AMG brand claim of "Driving Performance": in the compact high-performance Roadster segment there is nothing to compare to its combination of tangible driving dynamics, superior sportiness, unique high-technology and low fuel consumption. The SLK55 AMG accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).

Helping to set new fuel efficiency standards for V8's, the 5.5 liter engine combines low consumption figures with superior power delivery and the typical exhaust growl which only a large-displacement eight-cylinder engine can produce.

In line with its "AMG Performance 2015" strategy, the new V8 engine continues to reduce both the fuel consumption and emissions of new models over the next few years - while reaching new heights with the central brand claim of "Driving Performance". At the same time, AMG is also demonstrating its social responsibility with the M152 engine.

New naturally aspirated eight-cylinder closely related to the V8 biturbo
The new M152 is based on the AMG M157 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine presented in 2010, which powers the E63 AMG, CLS63 AMG, S63 AMG and CL63 AMG. Numerous design features are identical, such as the displacement, bore/stroke, distance between cylinders, ECO stop/start system and direct gasoline injection technology. Distinguishing features versus the M157 include the new intake air ducting, new cylinder heads, the modified valve drive, an adapted oil supply system and an optimized crankcase.

Exclusive combination of advanced technologies
The high-tech M152 motor dazzles with a combination of advanced technologies which is unequalled anywhere in the world. No other gasoline engine features direct injection at a pressure of 2,900 psi, spray-guided combustion and piezo injectors, all in conjunction with map-controlled cylinder shut-off, an all-aluminum crankcase with "spectacle" honing, fourvalve technology with continuous camshaft adjustment, a high compression ratio of 12.6:1, a stop/start system and generator management - while revving to a maximum speed of over 7,000 rpm. All of these features lead to high thermodynamic efficiency which is essential for high fuel efficiency and low exhaust emissions. Using a large-displacement, naturally-aspirated eight-cylinder engine with cylinder shut-off resolves the trade-off between high output/torque delivery and low fuel consumption figures.

The AMG Cylinder Management
The AMG Cylinder Management cylinder shut-off system - developed completely by Mercedes-AMG - significantly improves efficiency: cylinders two, three, five and eight are cut off under partial load, which lowers fuel consumption considerably. In similar form, this technology is also used in the 750-hp V8 engines used in Formula 1. As efficiency also plays a major role at the pinnacle of motor racing, two or four of the eight cylinders are cut off e.g. when cornering at slow speed, during Safety Car laps or for pit stops.

The cylinder shut-off function is available over a wide engine speed range from 800 to 3,600 rpm if the driver has selected transmission mode "C" - Controlled Efficiency. The AMG main menu in the instrument cluster informs the driver whether cylinder shut-off is active, and whether the engine is currently running in four or eight-cylinder mode. No less than 170 lb-ft of torque is still available in four-cylinder mode - enough power to ensure plenty of acceleration in most driving situations. As soon as the driver has a need for more power and leaves the partial load range, cylinders two, three, five and eight are activated. The switch from four to eight-cylinder operation is immediate and imperceptible, leading to no loss of occupant comfort. At an engine speed of 3,600 rpm the activation process takes no more than 30 milliseconds.

Valves closed, fuel delivery and ignition deactivated
Cylinder shut-off is made possible by the intelligent engine management system, with 16 hydraulically compensating actuators and a sophisticated oil supply system in the cylinder head. The compensating actuators are integrated into the cylinder head, and keep the intake and exhaust valves of cylinders two, three, five and eight closed when cylinder shut-off is active. At the same time their fuel supply and ignition are deactivated. This not only enables the loadchange losses of the four deactivated cylinders to be reduced, but also increases the efficiency of the four remaining cylinders. This is because the operating point is transferred to the higher load range. The actuators are compact and lightweight, allowing taut valve train operation and engine speeds up to 7,200 rpm.

All-aluminum crankcase with Silitec cylinder liners
The crankcase of the new AMG 5.5-liter V8 engine features a diecast allaluminum construction. The low (dry) engine weight of just 412 lbs is the result of uncompromising lightweight construction methods. The bearing covers for the main crankshaft bearings are grey cast iron, and are bolted to the crankcase, as well as on the sides, for high rigidity.

The piston rings are carbon-coated to minimize internal friction and reduce wear. Cast-in Silitec cylinder liners ensure low friction for the eight pistons. Unique "Spectacle" honing is another measure to reduce friction and therefore fuel consumption: in this sophisticated and complex process, the cylinder liners receive their mechanical surface treatment when already bolted in place. As honing would no longer be possible with the cylinder head installed, a jig resembling spectacles is bolted to the crankcase. The cylinder liners distort as if the cylinder head were in place, and are only then given their mechanical surface treatment. As a result, any static distortion of the cylinder liners caused by tightening the cylinder head bolts can be completely eliminated.

Other measures to optimize efficiency:
  •     weight-optimized cast aluminum pistons with special piston skirt coating
  •     special ventilation holes in the crankcase
  •     oil pump with electrically controlled pressure stage
  •     separate oil pump for cylinder shut-off as a controllable, low-friction vane cell pump
  •     engine cooling using especially efficient cross-flow principle
  •     electronically controlled fuel pressure, fully variable and demand-related between 1,450 and 2,900 psi

The forged crankshaft of high-grade 38MnS6BY steel alloy rotates in five main bearings, has eight counterweights and has been optimized with respect to torsional rigidity, inertia, low rotating masses and a long operating life. A twomass viscous damper mounted at the front reliably eliminates vibrations. Each connecting rod journal on the crankshaft carries two forged, cracked connecting rods.

Four-valve technology with variable camshaft adjustment
Perfect charging of the combustion chambers is provided by large intake and exhaust valves, four per cylinder. The exhaust valves, which are subject to high thermal loads, are hollow and sodium-cooled. Four overhead camshafts operate the 32 valves via low-maintenance, low-friction cam followers. The infinitely variable camshaft adjustment within a range of 40 degrees on the intake and exhaust sides adapts to engine load and engine speed, leading to high output and torque values. This also provides consistent idling at a low speed. Depending on the engine speed, valve overlap can be varied for the best possible fuel/air supply to the combustion chambers and efficient removal of the exhaust gases. The variable camshaft adjustment is carried out hydraulically via four pivoting actuators. These are electromagnetically activated and controlled by the engine control unit. The camshafts are driven by three high-performance silent chains, which have considerable advantages in terms of noise comfort compared with cylinder roller chains.

Controlled Efficiency stop/start function as standard
The Controlled Efficiency stop/start function further contributes to the low fuel consumption. This system is standard equipment on the Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG and active in the fuel economy transmission mode "C". Once the driver brakes to a stop e.g. at a red traffic light, the V8 engine is automatically switched off. Once the brake pedal is released or the accelerator is depressed, the engine is immediately restarted and the car is able to move off quickly. Intelligent technology provides a comfortable and immediate starting procedure: a crankshaft sensor recognizes the direction of rotation and registers the resting position of all eight pistons. For an automatic engine start, the cylinder with the most favorable piston position receives an injection of fuel into its combustion chamber. The precise piezo-electric injectors greatly assist this process, as they make especially fast starts possible. The M152 always starts in eight-cylinder operation.

A framed "ECO" symbol in the AMG main menu shows the driver that the Controlled Efficiency stop/start function is active. When cylinder shut-off is active, the driver is informed by the symbol "ECO4", while "ECO8" stands for eight-cylinder operation. In the two more performance-oriented driving modes "S" (Sport) and "M" (Manual), the stop/start function is always deactivated. If required, the driver can also switch it off while in "C" mode as well. In this case neither a "stop/start" nor an "ECO" symbol appears.

Alternator management helps to save fuel
An alternator management system makes a further contribution to fuel economy: whenever the V8 engine is in overrun or when braking, kinetic energy is used to charge the battery rather than wasted as heat. In all other operating modes a combination of onboard network and alternator management enables the electrical system to be kept at a low voltage.

New AMG sports exhaust system with integrated exhaust flaps
AMG is premiering a new sports exhaust system featuring an exhaust flap on each side. This technology resolves the trade off between an emotional exhaust note during spirited driving and a more discreet engine sound in the partial load range. The main focus of the sound design was to achieve a perfect synthesis of perceptible performance and the long-distance comfort that is a hallmark of Mercedes.

Each of the two rear silencers has a flap which is variably activated on a logiccontrolled basis depending on the driver's power requirement and the engine speed. At low loads and engine speeds below 2,000 rpm the flaps remain closed. This causes the exhaust gases to cover a longer distance and flow through an additional damping element, so that the engine sound is pleasantly subdued and disruptive frequencies are effectively suppressed - resulting in a mellow tone especially in four-cylinder operation when cylinder shut-off is active.

When the driver accelerates, the flaps open at an angle of 15, then 30 and up to 50 degrees so that some of the exhaust gases cover a short distance while the remaining follow the longer, acoustically dampened path producing a sonorous engine note. Under full load at higher engine speeds in eight-cylinder mode, both flaps are fully opened so that the occupants are able to enjoy the distinct muscular sound typical of an AMG V8. This emphasizes the performance potential of the 415 hp naturally aspirated AMG eight-cylinder engine.

The two-pipe AMG sports exhaust system with two chromed twin tailpipes has a pipe diameter of 2.56 inches from the manifolds to the pre-silencer. The diameter is reduced to 2.36 inches from the pre-silencer to the rear silencers.

Effective emissions technology with new catalytic converter boxes
Low exhaust emissions, compliance with country-specific standards and a characteristic engine sound - the requirements for the exhaust system of the new, naturally aspirated AMG 5.5-liter V8 engine were multiple and complex. The 2012 SLK55 AMG complies with the current Euro-5 emission standard, as well as meeting all the requirements of the US market (LEV-III standard, On- Board Diagnosis II).

Air gap-insulated manifolds ensure a rapid catalytic converter response. For efficiency and to save space, this design has a tandem catalytic converter housing on each side of the vehicle: adjacent to the firewall, two thin-walled ceramic substrates are grouped into each housing. This setup makes the previous, additional underbody catalytic converters unnecessary. The two ceramic substrates differ to ensure rapid and efficient emissions control: the front one is coated with palladium, while the rear one has a bimetal coating of palladium and rhodium. One lambda sensor per row of cylinders is located in front of each catalytic converter housing, and there is a lambda diagnostic sensor between each of the two thin-walled substrates.

Highly variable: the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC
Power is transferred to the rear wheels by means of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission which features three transmission modes: "Controlled Efficiency" (C), Sport (S) and Manual (M). The automatic rev-matching function when downshifting as well as the brief, precisely defined interruption of ignition and injection when upshifting under full load shorten shift times and increase emotional appeal. A double turbine torsional damper with centrifugal pendulum adapts to engine speed and helps minimize vibrations in four-cylinder operation as well as enhances comfort.

Perfect combination: highly expressive driving style and comfortable cruising
The AMG sports suspension with Torque Vectoring Brakes and AMG Direct- Steer system provides both impressive lateral dynamics as well as agile handling. Looking for a highly aggressive driving style or comfortable cruising? The new Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG is able to offer both. Independent suspension struts with stiffer spring/damper tuning, torque strut bearings on the front axle featuring higher rigidity, stiffer stabilizers at all four corners as well as a more negative camber on the rear axle result in high cornering speeds and low body roll in fast S-shaped bends.

In critical cornering conditions, the Torque Vectoring Brakes produce a defined rotational movement of the vehicle about the vertical axis in fractions of seconds, through selective brake actuation at the rear wheel on the inside of the bend. This results in the SLK55 AMG steering into the turn precisely and under full control, without any compromises where performance is concerned. Complementing this feature is the AMG Direct-Steer system which enhances handling and agility compared with the standard steering, while also reducing the amount of physical effort required when parking. A new power steering pump helps to reduce fuel consumption by using energy only when the driver is actually steering. In addition, the AMG Direct-Steer system has a parameter function adapted to match the AMG sports suspension. This results in optimum response from the central position, outstanding road feel and sharp handling in all driving situations.

The AMG-exclusive 3-stage ESP® gives individual control choices at the touch of a button: the ESP® button in the center console allows the driver to choose between "ESP ON", "SPORT Handling Mode" and "ESP OFF". The AMG highperformance brake system has internally ventilated and perforated brake discs on all wheels, measuring 14.2 in. x 1.4 in. at the front and 13 in. x .9 in. at the rear. The system is characterized by outstanding responsiveness, short stopping distances and excellent fatigue resistance.

Optional AMG Handling Package for even greater driving dynamics

The optionally available AMG Handling Package enhances the vehicle's sportiness even further. It comprises an AMG Performance suspension with stiffer tuning, an AMG rear axle differential lock, two-piece brake discs at the front and a three-spoke AMG Performance steering wheel finished in premium leather with Alcantara® inserts in the grip areas.

Unmistakable: uniquely styled design and appointments
Classic roadster proportions with typical AMG design characteristics as well as a hint of the SLS AMG -are striking visual highlights of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG. The AMG designers have complemented the exciting basic forms of the long hood, the greenhouse positioned well to the rear and crisp rear section with typical AMG styling at the front, sides and rear. The new AMG front apron has large air inlets and AMG-specific LED daytime running lights. Inspired by the SLS AMG super sports car, the wide radiator grill features a large, centrally-positioned Mercedes star. In the case of the SLK55 AMG, the slats in the front apron and the lower cross strut are painted in a high-gloss black finish. Darkened clear-lens headlamps and darkened bicolor tail lamps also come as standard exclusively on the top-of-the-range V8 model. Bi-Xenon headlights with Active Curve Illumination are also available as an optional extra.

The vent grilles with chrome-plated fins in the front fenders are not only reminiscent of the SLS AMG, but also evoke memories of the famous Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s. The "V8 AMG" lettering beneath the grilles highlight the top-of-the-range eight-cylinder model from the rest of the SLK model series. AMG-specific, distinctively styled side sill panels continue the design of the front apron through to the new rear apron. With its own unique shape, black diffuser insert with three fins as well as the two chromeplated twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system, it gives a distinctive finishing touch to the vehicle. The spoiler lip on the trunk lid, painted in the vehicle body color, reduces lift at the rear axle and thereby increases driving stability at high speeds.

Inspired by the SLS AMG: high-quality, stylish interior
Functional, stylish, high-quality: the interior design of the Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG is also reminiscent of its bigger brother, the SLS AMG Roadster. Associations with the super sports car are evoked courtesy of the four air vents in the style of jet engines, as well as the center console finished in brushed aluminum. Placed in the center of the dashboard is an AMG-specific analog clock featuring an IWC design. The AMG Performance steering wheel, with its flattened top and bottom sections, also boasts metal trim, aluminum shift paddles and grip areas finished in perforated leather. The clearly-arranged AMG instrument cluster is positioned perfectly in the driver's field of vision and features four circular instruments, distinctive dials and the AMG main menu. The button for the transmission modes C, S and M is also located in the center console.

The AMG sports seats feature optimized lateral support and premium leather upholstery with AMG badges in the backrests and standard AIRSCARF necklevel heating system.

Magical: the panorama roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL
The standard retractable hardtop opens and closes in less than 20 seconds, transforming the open-top Roadster into a closed-top Coupe with rigid roof at the touch of a button. Alternatively, a panorama roof panel in tinted polycarbonate can also be chosen. The third variant is a world premiere - the panorama roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL. This glass roof switches to light or dark as required at the press of a button. When activated it is virtually transparent, offering an open-air experience even in cold weather. In its dark state the roof provides welcome shade and prevents the interior from heating up from the sun's intense rays. In other words: a comfortable atmosphere at the touch of a button.

The frames of the three roof variants are made of magnesium. This makes each roof around 13 lbs lighter than in the previous model, giving the car a lower center of gravity - which benefits its agility. A comfortable alternative to the standard wind-stop is the new AIRGUIDE pivoting wind-stop. It consists of pivoting transparent plastic wings which are attached to the back of the rollover bars. The advantage: no installation or removal effort required.

Exceptional position: modern assistance systems on board
The 2012 SLK55 AMG sets new standards when it comes to safety: a whole host of the latest assistance systems support the driver and help secure the new AMG Roadster's exceptional position in its segment. Standard equipment includes new, fiber-reinforced roll-over bar, two-stage driver and front passenger airbags, headbags, thorax airbags, knee airbags, seat belt tensioner with belt force limiters, NECK-PRO crash-active head restraints, three-stage ESP® and also ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection.

Further assistance systems are available on request:
  •     DISTRONIC PLUS: this proximity control system automatically maintains a set distance from the vehicle ahead, braking the Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG to a stop if necessary and also accelerating the Roadster again.
  •     The PRE-SAFE® Brake detects the acute danger of a rear-end collision and prepares for autonomous braking. The system is active at speeds of between 19 and 124 mph when moving vehicles are detected in front of the car.

Three generations: the SLK made by AMG
The 2012 SLK55 AMG is already the third generation of the exclusively dynamic Roadster model made by AMG. It all started in 2001 with the SLK32 AMG. Its supercharged AMG V6 engine with a displacement of 3.2 liters produced 349 hp and maximum torque 332 lb-ft - as such, the SLK32 AMG was the most powerful vehicle among the competition.

At the end of 2004 this was followed by the Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG. With its AMG 5.5-liter V8 engine, which developed 355 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, it also took the lead in its segment. No other vehicle in this class offers a large-displacement eightcylinder engine - and Mercedes-AMG has remained consistently true to this philosophy with the successor model. The new 2012 SLK55 AMG will celebrate its U.S.
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