Saloon, News

New Volvo S90 to debut in Detroit

Volvo has revealed its new S90 premium saloon, ahead of a North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) debut.

Volvo said the S90 'marks a giant step forward' for the brand better known for its SUVs and estates. Equipped with new technologies, ranging from 'cutting-edge' safety to cloud-based apps and services, the S90 also comes equipped with an advanced semi-autonomous drive feature, Pilot Assist. The system gives gentle steering inputs to keep the car properly aligned within lane markings up to motorway speeds of around 80mph, no longer needing to follow another car. Pilot Assist is another step towards full autonomous drive.

"With the launch of the XC90, we made a clear statement of intent. We are now clearly and firmly in the game. With $11 USD billion of investment over the past five years, we have not only reimagined what Volvo Cars can be - we are now delivering on our promise of a resurgent and relevant Volvo Cars brand" said Hakan Samuelsson, President & CEO, Volvo Car Group.

The S90 will be powered by a T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain and come with 'one of the most luxuriously appointed interiors and connected infotainment systems in the large saloon segment', says Volvo.

"Our idea was to bring something entirely new to this rather conservative segment and deliver a visual expression that exudes leadership and confidence on the exterior. On the inside, we have taken the S90 to the next level, delivering a high-end luxury experience that promises comfort and control" said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Car Group.

The S90 also introduces a world-first function to City Safety - large animal detection - a system capable of detecting large animals such as elk, horses or moose, night or day. The technology offers an intuitive warning and brake support to help avoid a collision.

The Volvo S90 is set to be publicly unveiled at the NAIAS in Detroit in January.

Coupe, News, Supercars, Convertible

Facelifted Porsche 911 Turbo revealed

Porsche has unveiled the facelifted 911 Turbo and Turbo S ahead of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January.

Scheduled to make their world debut at NAIAS in Detroit, the range-topping 911 models now feature 20 hp (15 kW) more power, a 'sharper design and even broader everyday usability'.

The new generation 911 Turbo models adopt 'significant characteristics' borrowed from the latest Carrera models, supplemented by typical 911 Turbo special features, says Porsche. The newly-formed nose with side-mounted airblades and narrow LED front lights with double fillets give the front end a wider look.

In profile, the sports car runs on new 20-inch diameter wheels. On the 911 Turbo S the centre lock wheels now feature seven instead of ten double spokes. Also new are the wheel dimensions for the 911 Turbo: with 9J x 20 rims at the front and 11.5J x 20 rims at the rear, the new wheels are each half an inch wider than previously.

The rear body styling was also 'thoroughly revised' says Porsche with 'eye-catching' three-dimensional style rear lights with four-point brake lights and 'aura-style' illumination, also borrowed from the 911 Carrera series.

The exit openings for the exhaust system at the rear as well as the dual tailpipes were also redesigned as was the grille of the rear engine lid which now features three parts: the right and left sections have longitudinal louvres, and in the middle there is a separate cover for optimised air induction for the engine.

Available in both Coupe and Convertible versions, the twin-turbocharged, 3.8-litre flat-six engine in the 911 Turbo now has an output of 540 hp (397 kW). The 911 Turbo S now develops 580 hp (427 kW) courtesy of new turbochargers with larger compressors.

The engines now also have what is known as a 'dynamic boost function' to 'further raise engine responsiveness in dynamic operation'. The 911 Turbo S Coupe sprints to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds. Its top speed of 205 mph is eight mph higher than before. The 911 Turbo reaches the 62 mph mark in 3.0 seconds, and its top speed is 198 mph - three mph faster than the previous model. At the same time, fuel consumption has been reduced further with the coupes now returning 31 mpg, and the convertibles 30.4 mpg. This represents a gain of approximately two miles per gallon for all versions which has been delivered via 'further advances' in electronic engine and transmission management with revised gear change mappings.

The new 911 Turbo and Turbo S now feature, as standard, a new GT sport steering wheel - 360 mm in diameter and with a design adopted from the 918 Spyder. It includes a 'Mode Switch' - a rotary ring with stepped positions that is used to select one of the four modes Normal, Sport, Sport Plus or Individual. Another new feature of the Sport Chrono Package is the Sport Response button at the centre of the mode switch. Inspired by motor sport, at the push of a button it pre-conditions the engine and transmission for optimum responsiveness. In this state, the vehicle can produce instantaneous acceleration for up to 20 seconds, such as during an overtaking manoeuvre. An indicator in the instrument cluster in the form of a running timer shows the driver the elapsed time.

On sale now, prices for the new Porsche 911 Turbo start at £126,925 OTR or £135,766 OTR for the 911 Turbo Cabriolet. The 911 Turbo S costs £145,773 OTR and £154,614 OTR for the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet.

First customer deliveries are expected at the end of January 2016.

Concept Car, Pick-up, Motorshow

VIDEO: Hyundai unveils Santa Cruz Concept at NAIAS

Hyundai has revealed a crossover truck concept at the Detroit Auto Show. The Santa Cruz is designed to offer more efficiency and manoeuvrability, and is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel delivering 190bhp. The crossover is purposefully compact, focusing on the younger 'urban generation' who live in the city and who face tighter on street parking and  more congestion. Although the concept has four doors and seating for five, Hyundai says its overall footprint is similar to a small SUV.