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Road Test: Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe (2018)

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The Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe is the coupe version of the Q50 sedan. The base model is a turbo 4-cylinder, then there are two turbo V6 engines available with either 300hp or 400hp. The Infiniti Q60 Red Sport is the more powerful version and puts the power to all four wheels through a 7-speed automatic transmission.

The Q60 is a premium sports coupe that takes some design cues from the company’s newer vehicles. The Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe variant we received features some curvy muscular lines and comes packed with a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine. It offers 400 horsepower at 6,400rpm and 475Nm of torque at 1,750rpm.

The Q60 is an all wheel drive vehicle and comes packed with a bevy of hi-tech features such as Intelligent Cruise Control, Direct Adaptive Steering that constantly fine-tunes steering performance with up to a claimed 1,000 adjustments per second and an electronically controlled Dynamic Digital Suspension.

The vehicle also comes equipped with a suite of driver assistance and safety technologies, such as Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Lighting. Based on the Q60 2.0T, this one has more everything you would need – more power, more speed and more comfort.

It accompanies LED headlights, employing ‘light guide technology’ to spread light evenly on the road ahead. The Q60 also features the newly-designed 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels as standard. The Red Sport 400 come with wider wheels and tires at the rear for an aggressive stance and improved handling and grip.

The wheel gaps, which are the spaces between tires and wheel arches, are tighter than before. The second-generation of Infiniti’s Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS) is an advanced ‘steer-by-wire’ system that has undergone significant re-tuning to enhance steering feel and feedback without compromising comfort.

The Q60 driver can choose from seven personalised modes to customize steering performance according to their preferred driving style. Developed to work in tandem with DAS, an all-new electronic suspension system, Dynamic Digital Suspension (DDS), monitors the vehicle’s body roll, pitch and bounce rate to deliver a secure ride by further reducing unwanted steering feel and vibrations.

The Q60 includes safety technologies such as around view monitor, intelligent cruise control with distance control assist, lane departure prevention, blind spot intervention, moving object detections and lots more. In addition to these safety technologies, the Q60 includes other driver-assistive features such as the Adaptive Front Lighting System and Active Lane Control.

The Q60 is a great looking vehicle – it’s athletic and aggressive-looking, but at the same time, it’s got some curves to it. The front grille and the headlight makes it an excellent-looking vehicle. The interiors is also cohesive with the exterior. The materials used are top quality.

The central console on the dashboard is something that does not quite fit well with the overall look and feel of the Q60. The central console is divided into two parts – the upper part is used for navigation and the other half below it is used for as a menu control. Overall, I found the central console software to be a bit laggy.

The speaker system on this one is a Bose Performance Series Audio System with Advanced Staging Technology, Centerpoint 2.0 Surround, AudioPilot 2.0 Noise Compensation, and 13 speakers (featuring door-mounted metal/aluminum speaker grilles). Folding rear seats and a 341-litre boot mean it is relatively practical.

Driving around in the Q60 is actually kind of refreshing. The ride is butter smooth. The Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 has the proper performance chops, two-door luxury appointments, and stunningly fresh looks to win over many.

Price: AED 235,000

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Nissan Shows Off All-Electric Ariya at Expo 2020

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Nissan is moving towards sustainable mobility with the first regional showcase of its stunning all-electric Ariya crossover car that is targeted towards the mass market. The Japanese company unveiled its all-new electric vehicle on 14th October, 2021, at the Let’s Move event at Dubai Exhibition Centre, Expo 2020 Dubai. “As Expo 2020’s Official Automotive Partner, Nissan is strongly committed to championing more sustainable transportation,” the company said.

Thierry Sabbagh, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East, said, “It’s a really exciting moment for us as a brand because our partnership with Expo started three years ago and we have been a part of the entire development, whether it is of the site or also of all the plans that have been set. And today, the partnership between Expo and Nissan is very natural. Because today, when we look at the pillars of Expo, whether on Sustainability, on Mobility, and on Opportunity, I can tell you that Nissan’s strategy is very much based on that.”

Joni Paiva, Divisional Vice President of Nissan Motors, said, “When you align Nissan’s purpose to drive innovation to enrich people’s lives and you look at Expo 2020’s purpose [and theme], ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, these two visions align extremely well, especially when you use the subthemes of Expo 2020 of Sustainability, Opportunity, and Mobility.”

Sabbagh said that unlike other electric vehicles currently available on the market, the new Ariya is made to appeal to people of all backgrounds, rather than target a niche audience only. He added, “Nissan as a brand has always brought products to the market that have very high demand and have always really been very much the best when it comes to the technology, to the innovation. And definitely, this is part of our passion. When we bring products to the market, we want to ensure that people from different categories, and from different aspirations, are able to drive our product. And definitely, I don’t see a difference with the Nissan Ariya, once it is fully launched in the markets. I will definitely be convinced that this will be available and offered to customers with different needs and also different profile customers.”

“The Ariya will drive the beginning of the Nissan NEXT transformation journey, a forward-looking plan building on the brand’s reputation for innovation, craftsmanship, customer focus, and quality,” the company said.

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Al Majid Motors Launches the 2022 Kia Cerato

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Bringing the latest innovations in a compact car to life, the 2022 Kia Cerato is now available at Al Majid Motors, the exclusive distributor of the KIA range of vehicles in the UAE. The latest edition of one of the world’s best-selling compact cars, the Kia Cerato blends together a sporty character with a firm foundation of powerful performance.

Swift suspension and responsive drivetrain, along with spacious interiors that set the car apart by an enriched dashboard, metallic trim, and sleek design, and aerodynamic contours, make the 2022 Cerato a head-turning vehicle. Available in 1.6-liter gasoline engine and available in four-door sedan or five-door hatch-back variants, the new Cerato is capable of doing much more than just deliver an exceptional driving experience for you — it is designed to bring the best out of a driver.

The 2022 Cerato also comes equipped with higher trim levels, the extensive smart audio system features with Android Auto and Apple Car Play, and wireless charging options, giving you the power to stay connected to all that matters. Additionally, a vivid 8-inches color LCD touchscreen ensures smooth navigation and the rearview camera features dynamic guidelines for easier parking.

Other features include a wireless charging tray, smart trunk, remote engine starting, and Power Driver Seat. Safety-wise, Kia Cerato is loaded with Kia’s safety features viz all-four disc brakes, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), six airbags, ESC, and Front and Rear warning system. A smart and ideal option for those searching for a compact car, the 2022 Kia Cerato is an ideal choice. Price starting from AED 67,000 till AED 82,000, it is now available across the UAE at all Al Majid Motors showrooms.

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MG Motor Launches MG RX8 Black Edition in the Middle East

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MG Motor has revealed a new special edition of its popular seven-seater SUV the MG RX8 in the Middle East this September. The MG RX8 Black Edition introduces a bolder, more assertive look to the range, with a raft of all-black interior and exterior style changes in comparison to other RX8 models. Customers can now purchase the car from the MG distributor in their area. The Black Edition model confidently displays a sleek, stylish black exterior look, that evidently makes it stand apart from other models in the range.

The bold new look is supplemented by black side mirror covers, side mouldings, door handles and roof rails, and rounded off by the Black Edition badge and black chrome finish exhaust and bumper at the rear. The MG RX8 is also powered by an electric side-step that is triggered when you open the door to ensure stepping in and out of your car is convenient. Stunning midnight black 20” alloy wheels further elevate the limited edition RX8’s style.

Naturally, the black theme extends to the cabin. The interior of the spacious seven-seater MG RX8 Black Edition is clad in high-quality all-black leather, provided by German company ‘Bader’, one of the leading premium leather suppliers in the motoring industry. The highest trim (LUX) comes with ventilated seats to ensure passengers experience nothing but the best comfort. The MG RX8 is robust and spacious, its ample wheelbase and large third-row space clearly set it apart from the competition in its segment.

With MG’s newest model, customers can embody who they are by doing what they love without any compromise. Tom Lee, Managing Director of MG Motor’s Middle East operations, commented: “The MG RX8 is a 7-seater flagship that continues to play a leading role as customer’s favourite MG model ever since its introduction to the region. We continue to work very hard with our partners to deliver the best and most exceptional MG products our customers deserve, and that caters to their needs here in the region. We are confident that with an exclusive special edition from the MG RX8 – in an all-black trim with 13 unique upgrades – customers will experience individuality, exclusivity as well as uniqueness in this special edition.”

MG’s seven-seater SUV, the RX8 is a flagship model that is extremely well equipped and spacious. A truly capable 4×4, the RX8 offers a real-time 4×4 Torque on Demand (TOD) System, as well as an advanced 4WD system with six different driving modes. The RX8 is powered by an efficient 220HP 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that features Net Blue Technology and develops a maximum torque of 360Nm. It is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle-shift gear change.

The car also offers wireless phone charging and smartphone connectivity with Apple Carplay and Android Auto enable to a 10-inch colour touch-screen. The car offers a ‘theatre-style’ seating design that incorporates a shallow front-to-rear gradient that means passengers in the third-row benefit from an exceptional view with unrivalled 884mm of legroom (the largest third-row space in its class).

The MG RX8 Black Edition is now available for sale across the Middle East. This comes at an extremely exciting time for the brand in the region, where it has seen sales rocket over the past couple of years. The car will be available in one trim at $28,900.

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