KIA has launched its new Telluride SUV in the region. The Telluride is designed to provide comfortable seating for up to eight occupants and comes packed with a powerful 291 hp 3.8-liter V6 engine. It also offers optional active on-demand all-wheel drive, and an inspiring view of the world.
The Telluride’s sophisticated exterior accents also hint at its interior luxury. Its main design cues include a long, broad hood and wide ‘tiger-nose’ grille at the front, hinting at its significant power. These are matched by bold, stacked headlamps designed to convey power and stability, and inverted L-shaped LED tail lamps.
Elongated Telluride nameplates on the leading edge of the hood and on the tailgate provide a distinctive identity for KIA’s flagship SUV, and, in profile, its upright windshield and clean side profile convey a degree of muscular tension. A sculpted rear skid plate, with integrated twin exhaust tips, reference the car’s off-road ability and power.
Inside, the Telluride’s cabin is designed to continue the impression of upscale exploration. Grab handles are integrated into the center console, suggestive of journeys off the beaten track, while its wide console is finished in premium materials.
The Telluride is powered by KIA’s Atkinson Cycle ‘Lambda II’ 3.8-liter V6 GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine, producing 291 hp at 6,000 rpm and 355 Nm (36.2 kg-m) of torque at 5,200 rpm. Paired with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, the Telluride offers a choice of four drive modes – Smart, Eco, Sport and Comfort.
The Telluride also offers optional active on-demand all-wheel drive (AWD) to maximize driver confidence everywhere. The AWD system enhances the car’s driving performance by actively distributing torque between front and rear wheels depending on road conditions and driver inputs. It utilizes an electro-hydraulic AWD coupling to precisely activate the multi-plate clutch, continuously redistributing power to each axle.
In normal driving conditions, power is distributed according to the drive mode selected. ‘Eco’ and ‘Smart’ modes deliver 100% of the engine’s power to the front wheels in normal conditions, while ‘Comfort’ mode delivers 80% of the power to the front and 20% to the rear wheels. ‘Sport’ mode offers a 65:35 torque split between front and rear axles.
The Telluride also represents the first application of KIA’s new Multi Terrain Control system, enabling drivers to select from three different modes for specific driving conditions: ‘Mud’, ‘Sand’ and ‘Snow’. ‘Snow’ mode limits wheel slip on icy or snowy roads to ensure stability, while ‘Mud’ mode allows for more aggressive torque application while limiting transmission upshift, helping wheels to spin to maintain momentum in mud. ‘Sand’ mode prevents wheels digging into sand by distributing optimal levels of torque to each wheel.
Optional self-levelling rear suspension automatically calibrates the Telluride’s ride height depending on vehicle load, to further optimize control and stability (optional on GT-Line models). Accompanying its fully-independent suspension is a strong, and rigid body structure, with a monocoque shell composed of 59.4% advanced high-strength steel. Engineered to minimize vibrations throughout the body for greater comfort on the road, the rigid body also supports the Telluride’s collision safety performance.
The dashboard is finished in simulated brushed metal and matte-finished wood, while seats can be specified with double-stitched, quilted and extra-padded Nappa leather upholstery. The leather-wrapped steering wheel offers tilt and telescopic adjustment, and is also available with heated elements, as well as optional heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats.
The third-row seats offer a reclining function for passengers, enabling them to find their ideal seating position. The Telluride’s Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system features ceiling vents throughout the car, increasing comfort with a wider spread of airflow to all corners of the cabin, while the second-row is fitted with its own ceiling-mounted climate control panel. Furthermore, the interior is equipped with hooks to keep packs and bags off the floor and away from occupants’ feet.
The KIA Telluride is packed with a suite of advanced technologies, including the KIA ‘DRIVE WiSE’ suite of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), and a long list of standard and optional equipment. As KIA’s flagship SUV, the Telluride features a comprehensive array of ADAS innovations to enhance safety and aid driver confidence. Other features include:
- Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
- Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian detection (FCA)
- High Beam Assist (HBA)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
- Blind Spot View Monitor (BVM)
- Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
- Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
- Parking Distance Warning – Forward and Reverse
- Surround View Monitor (SVM)
The Telluride is also the first KIA SUV to be available with the company’s latest active safety innovations, including Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist Rear (BCA-R). BCA-R uses a camera to track vehicle lane changes and, if it detects an object in the intended path, applies brake pressure to the front wheel on the opposite side to help maintain the previous course. In addition, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA) can apply the vehicle’s brakes if an impending impact is detected, while Lane Following Assist (LFA) is designed to monitor lane markings to help keep the Telluride centered in its lane when Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go is activated. Finally, Safe Exit Assist (SEA) is also available as an option. In certain situations, SEA detects an object approaching from the rear, and overrides attempts to deactivate the Electronic Child Safety Lock until the detected object has passed.
The Telluride is available with KIA’s new 10.25-inch color touchscreen system with rear view monitor and parking guidance, and can be specified with a powerful 630-watt, 10-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system (AM/FM) with Quantum Logic Surround Sound and Clari-Fi technology, which can restore the rich, original sound of music lost during the digital audio compression process.
Nissan Shows Off All-Electric Ariya at Expo 2020
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.
Al Majid Motors Launches the 2022 Kia Cerato
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.
MG Motor Launches MG RX8 Black Edition in the Middle East
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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