Wednesday, January 19, 2022

New MG ZS EV 2022 450m Road Trip Part 1

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The new Long Range ZS EV from MG has arrived! It's powered by a new 72.6kWh battery, and has new styling and new tech:

 

As is our wont, we like to showcase the capabilities of BEV's, so when and where we can, a road trip is planned in order to do so. As luck would have it, we had received invites to the official opening of Silverstone's Lap of Lights Festive Event. Held on their legendary Formula 1 Grand Prix race track, the Lap of Lights gives you the chance to experience their Chistmas Lights Trail.

The new ZS EV is - technically - a facelift, although SAIC have really listened to their customers, and the new model has had some improvements.

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INEOS Grenadier M1 First Look & Prototype Off Road

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The Grenadier by INEOS - conceived in the United Kingdom, engineered in Austria and built in France.

 

Right now, it's on tour - and it's aim is to test this 4x4 over multiple terrains and over a million miles in order to prove that this workhorse is capable of anything. One of it's stops was Duncombe Park in North Yorkshire, and Ben got the chance to see the Grenadier up close in it's natural habitat.

During the test day, Ben was able to passenger in one of their prototypes as it was put through its paces off road:


It will be available with the choice of two BMW engines, a diesel and a petrol, both 3 Litre and both 8 speed automatic. The diesel tops the torque, producing 550 Newton meters, with the petrol producing 450.

With just a small variety of trim levels available, what sets the Grenadier apart is how you can make it your own with the myriad accessories available, including a winch, snorkle, safari windows and an exterior ladder. The interior floor mats even have built in drain valves if you opt for the heavy duty option. Honestly, it's quite a lot of fun just playing with the configurator on their website.

All 5 seats are Recaro's, offering lots of comfort as well as style - match this with the wipeable fabric option, and you have a no nonsense utility vehicle that offers stylish practicality. And to clarify, practicality is a key factor in the design of this 4x4, with switches that are designed to be used when your hands are cold and wet, or when you are wearing gloves.

At the moment, the Grenadier is available as a 5 seater station wagon and a 2 seater utility wagon, with plans to follow it up with a 5 seater utility wagon, and a double cab pick up. Some might scoff at the £48,000.00 plus starting price (all prices TBC) but if you are still using your Grenadier as a workhorse 30 years after buying one, you might well end up having the last laugh.

 

It's right up there, ready to compete with their nearest competitors (as well as some of their higher priced rivals) as it aims to take the place of the discontinued Land Rover Defender.

 

 

 

 

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Highway Code 2021 Update - Has It Created a Hierarchy of Road Users?

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Updates to the Highway Code have been announced today, which - when implemented - will mean that pedestrians and cyclists have more rights on the road than motorists.

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New VW Golf GTE MK8 2021 Review

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The fab Mk8 Volkswagen Golf GTE, powered by a 1.4 T engine and 110ps electric motor which is coupled to a 6 speed DSG, is this the best Golf ever?

 

The GTE retails for around £40,000 and is well worth the money, it's fun, fast and fancy, gets good mpg too.

 

#golfgte #gtemk8 #newgolf

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Kia XCeed Review

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The Kia Xceed builds on the fantastic Ceed hatchback, raises it's ride height, adds fastback looks and some funky styling, and there you have it a Kia Ceed SUV.

Our model is a hybrid and in the 3 trim, the powertrain is a combo of a 1.6GDI T engine and an electric motor coupled to a 6 speed DCT, and offers a 3 figure mpg.

Our model costs around £31,000 and offers a SUV with good handling, punchy acceleration and a smooth ride.

 

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Suzuki Ignis Hybrid Review

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The Suzuki Ignis a quirky ultra compact SUV, with a lot to love.

We have the SZ5 AllGrip meaning we have the top of the range model with 4x4 and some fancy extras too, one being dual camera brake support.

It's a fun vehicle with a Khaki paint job and accents in black and the roof. It's versatile, practical and relatively well equipped and with the uprated hybrid it's more economical and punchier to even though it has a smaller, engine.

It handles well and power is good, however it can be loud underload, economy wise, Ben couldn't get it belowe 50mpg. 

£18,399 on the road, a bargain.

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2021 Kia Sorento Review

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The all new Kia Sorento has landed and it really is something special, and rather different to the original 2002 utilititarian SUV.
 
We have the 3 meaning we get 19's and auto leveling suspension, as well as a ridiculous amount of standard equipment too.
 
The powertrain in our model is 2.2 CRDI TD with an 8 speed DCT automatic box.
 
The latest Sorento is completely new, meaning new platfom, new styling, new smart stream engine made from aluminium and even a new terrain mode.
 
Our model retails for just over £41k, and yes you can also get a hybrid.
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