Bentley Motors has announced the details of the company’s latest luxury model on its journey to electrification. The introduction of the new Flying Spur Hybrid builds on the success of the third generation Flying Spur, using a highly innovative third powertrain to deliver the most environmentally friendly Bentley to date.
The introduction of the Flying Spur Hybrid establishes a family of Bentley hybrids for the first time, emphasising Bentley’s commitment to its Beyond100 strategy to become an end-to-end carbon neutral organisation and the world’s leading sustainable luxury mobility company.
The latest addition to Bentley’s new hybrid range demonstrates that hybridisation does not compromise luxury or performance. With an unperceivable blend between the internal combustion engine and electric motor, refined serenity is on offer regardless of driving mode or style. The new powertrain combines a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine with an advanced electric motor, delivering a total of 536 bhp (544 PS) and 750 Nm (553 lb.ft) of torque. The new Flying Spur becomes the most efficient Bentley ever, capable of covering over 700 km when fully fuelled.
With high power reserves, superior torque and quick throttle response, the latest hybrid model give little away to the Flying Spur V8 in acceleration, passing 60 mph from a standstill in 4.1 seconds.
Inside the cabin, the automatic Start-Stop switch has been replaced with a control for the three E Modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Mode and Hold Mode enabling the driver to manage the battery usage during a journey. EV Drive mode is engaged as soon as the car is switched on, and maximises the electric driving experience.
The combination of a highly efficient engine and advanced E-Motor delivers the same flexibility and practicality associated with the W12 and V8 powertrains on offer today, achieving a responsive, engaging and supremely refined experience. The new 2.9-litre V6 engine achieves 410 bhp (416 PS) and 550 NM (406 lb.ft) of torque up to 5650 rpm. The engine delivers over 150 bhp per litre, even higher than the Flying Spur V8. The advanced electronic motor is located between the transmission and the engine and provides up to 134 bhp (136 PS) and 400 Nm (295 lb.ft) of torque.
The E-motor is powered by a 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery and can be charged to 100 per cent in as little as two and a half hours. The power electronics convert the energy stored from the high voltage battery to supply the E-Motor or supplement the existing 12v vehicle electrical infrastructure. The combined powertrain propels the Flying Spur Hybrid from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 177 mph. Reduced CO2 values and lower fuel consumption are pending certification and will deliver the most environmentally focused powertrain of the range.
The interior of the Flying Spur Hybrid is a striking combination of the very latest integrated technology, beautiful materials and design prowess, now combined with the features required for a plug-in hybrid vehicle. A dedicated button allows control over the three E Modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Mode and Hold Mode. These give the driver the freedom to choose to either manually or automatically manage battery usage during a journey.
The EV DRIVE mode maximises the electric driving experience and is optimal for in-city driving. Hybrid mode maximises vehicle efficiency and thus is best suited for longer journeys. Finally, Hold Mode balances engine and electric power to hold a high voltage battery charge for later use conserving electric energy. In addition to the standard equipment supplied, customers, can also choose a Bentley branded wall box available as a no-cost option, providing an attractive solution housing the charging unit and storing the charge cables neatly.
The Flying Spur Hybrid has seven Bentley paint colours to choose from as standard. The Blackline Specification offers a contemporary alternative to exterior bright ware including a black version of the optional illuminated electrically deployed Flying B radiator mascot, and for a more contemporary exterior aesthetic. A ‘Hybrid’ badge mounted on the lower front fender, quad oval tailpipes at the rear of the vehicle and a covered universal charging point on the left-hand rear fender denote the new model.
The interior of the Flying Spur Hybrid showcases Bentley’s expertise in creating a modern cabin of unrivalled luxury and innovation. Stylish and unique, the interior features supremely comfortable seats in five hide colours, with Bentley’s ‘Wing’ theme across the lower console and fascia. All Flying Spurs are manufactured at Bentley’s home in Crewe – the world’s first carbon-neutral factory for luxury car production. Customer orders can be taken from summer onwards, and the first customer deliveries are due before the end of 2021.
Udrive Car Rental Service Now Available at Dubai Festival City
Dubai Festival City, Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate’s fully integrated destination and part of Al-Futtaim Group have partnered with Udrive, the car-sharing provider providing pay-per-minute car rental services. With the plan of extending to further locations in the destination and being available to the entire community, the affordable service will cater to Festival Tower tenants and customers in the first phase.
Unlike traditional car rental services in the UAE, Udrive does not require you to book ahead of time and provides the best driving experience with no hassles of monthly fees, deposits, or other financial commitments. Their extensive fleets of cars are always available 24/7 to ensure you never have to worry about anything but driving. The ride covers fuel, parking, insurance making it the service of choice.
Commenting on the partnership, Samer Zabian, Director, Residential & Commercial Property at Dubai Festival City said, “Keeping the convenience of our residents, tenants, customers, and community members is our top priority. Dubai Festival City’s partnership with Udrive is a testament to the group’s vision of enriching people’s lives each and every day. Our goal is to be at the forefront of our customers’ minds and making the commute to our destination hassle-free. We are excited to welcome Udrive to Dubai Festival City and aim to spread the service across other areas in the destination.’’
“Udrive is focused on providing the most convenient commuting solutions to people across the UAE. The partnership with Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate for Dubai Festival City is key to offering more easily accessible parking locations for our shared customers. We are excited about the opportunity this provides and thankful to Al-Futtaim for their commitment to both customer bases,” said Nicholas Watson, Managing Director of Udrive.
Customers can book a drive by simply downloading the Udrive app from the Google Play Store for Android users or IOS Store for iPhone users. Once you have registered, select the car of your choice, complete your booking and enjoy the ride.
Hyundai Shows Off the First Images of Elantra N
Hyundai Motor Company today revealed the first glimpse of Elantra N, the latest addition to its high-performance N range. This is Hyundai Motors’ sixth N brand model, following the unveiling of Kona N in April this year. Elantra N is the high-performance variant of the all-new Elantra model launched in April 2020, distinguishable by its ‘Parametric Dynamics’ design theme that imparts a look of sophisticated sportiness. Hyundai N designers took cues from the curves and lines of a sculpture to give the car a powerful and athletic stance.
“Elantra N is a high-performance sedan that reveals the sportier side of our exceptional all-new Elantra through exciting N brand enhancements,” said Till Wartenberg, Vice President of N brand Management & Motorsport sub-division at Hyundai Motor Company. “We designed it to be a race-proven sportscar with dynamic driving capabilities and style that performance enthusiasts love. I can’t wait to unveil Elantra N, an outstanding addition to the N brand lineup that offers pulse-pounding performance. Stay tuned for the digital world premiere.”
Elantra N’s racecar look can be seen in the bright red N dedicated side sills that not only help boost performance by better channeling airflow, but also create the effect of a lowered chassis. Complimenting the overall exterior styling is a distinctive N-exclusive rear spoiler that counteracts lift by preventing airflow from tumbling over the rear edge, which increases driving stability at high speeds. Additionally, the bold black trim beneath the rear bumper and its dual single exhaust create a different look from the standard model, further underlining the Elantra N’s sporty credentials.
With the introduction of Elantra N, Hyundai Motor now offers a wider range of Elantra models—including the all-new standard Elantra and Elantra Hybrid—for discerning customers to choose. Hyundai Motor will reveal more details about Elantra N in the coming weeks.
Al-Futtaim Toyota Launches the All-New Land Cruiser in the UAE
Al-Futtaim Toyota has launched the new generation of the Land Cruiser in the UAE. The redesigned Land Cruiser 300 Series is the successor to the 200 Series that debuted in 2007. The flagship model of the Land Cruiser series, has in every generation led the way in vehicle evolution while incorporating the latest technologies. The Land Cruiser 300 maintains all-time, best-ever off-road performance as well as setting a new benchmark in on-road performance.
The Land Cruiser 300 is lighter and more powerful – with an overall weight reduction of 200 kg which results in more fuel efficiency, better performance with 409 Horsepower, 650-newton meters of torque, and more responsive handling. The exterior design offers an overwhelming presence and strength through a new overall design language, while the interior is appointed with luxury and functionality that truly sets this generation apart from any other vehicle in its class.
The frontal design language of the exterior uses wide, powerful shapes running horizontally to create a distinctive and authoritative presence. The striking silhouette is defined by sharply contrasting lines, while the bonnet meets a completely vertical grille at a near 90-degree angle, which is matched by the roof and rear back door.
The instant appeal of the interior is reinforced by high sensory quality materials, achieved through meticulous attention to detail. The high-end treatments continue beyond the eye-level, extending across surfaces like the base of the cupholders and the mesh of the integrated door speakers. Customers will enjoy enhanced luggage carrying capacity, ease of use and practicality thanks to the implementation of new fold-flat third row seats. This enhances luggage capacity by 250mm while additional storage spaces beneath the deck board are ideal for a tool set and small items that need to be kept out of sight.
The Land Cruiser 300 maintains its reputation for best-in-class off-road capability, enhancing its ground covering performance with the introduction of multiple innovative technologies. In addition to its existing amazing technologies such as Crawl Control, Multi-Terrain Select and Turn Assist, depending on the grade the new Land Cruiser benefits from either a three Differential Lock system (front, central and rear) or Torque Sensing limited slip differential that is unique in the segment and provides enhanced off-road capabilities on rough terrain.
In addition, the new 3D-Multi Terrain Monitor (3D-MTM) assists the driver in determining the road conditions around the vehicle, a first for Toyota facilitating safer and more confident low-speed maneuvering. A new AUTO mode enhances the capabilities of Multi-Terrain Select by adjusting according to road conditions such as sand, rock, dirt, and mud.
When it comes to the on-road driving experience, Land Cruiser engineers have evolved all areas of this, adopting new systems and improvements to further enhance everyday dynamics, and driving pleasure. The Land Cruiser benefits from an all-new TNGA-F platform and innovative technologies to expand its on-road driving expertise. This includes handling stability and ride comfort – there’s almost no body twist, noise and vibration entering the cabin even when driving on uneven roads.
The all-new suspension setup features double-wishbone suspension at the front and a 4-link rigid suspension at the rear, delivering a higher level of on-road stability and off-road performance. The vehicle’s lightweight, high-strength structure ensures excellent reliability and fuel efficiency. Additionally, the vehicle is available with Adaptive Variable Suspension System (AVS), depending on the grade, which optimally controls the damping force based on driving conditions to ensure refined ride comfort. The all-new Land Cruiser also introduces the All-Wheel Drive Integrated Management (AIM) concept, which delivers integrated control of the vehicle’s drive force, AWD, suspension, braking, and steering systems according to driving conditions to enhance driving pleasure.
The new twin-turbocharged 3.5 Litre, V6 engine provides class-leading driving performance and greatly improved power, torque, and efficiency from a smaller displacement compared to the previous model with almost 50 more Horsepower and 120-newton meters more torque than the previous 5.7L V8 engine. This ensures the Land Cruiser is dynamic and responsive at all speeds, with a satisfying engine sound during acceleration. The new twin-turbocharged engine is paired with Toyota’s most advanced 10-speed Automatic Transmission, developed to enhance driving performance, fuel efficiency, and quietness.
Andy Barratt, Managing Director Al-Futtaim Lexus and Al-Futtaim Toyota said: “Speak to anyone in the UAE and you can be sure that they have a Land Cruiser story to tell. This is a vehicle which is truly embedded in the heritage and history of the UAE and thanks to the passion and loyalty of our much-valued customers, this model has gone from strength to strength. Now with groundbreaking enhancements to the platform and powertrain, an overwhelming exterior presence and an interior appointed with abundant luxury and functionality, we can’t wait for our customers to enjoy the all-new Land Cruiser.”
As with any other Toyota model, safety remains a top priority for the all-new Land Cruiser, which comes with an advanced safety system. This is complemented by Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, an innovative safety technology package that includes a Pre-Collision System (PCS) that introduces new features including Emergency Steering Assist (ESA) and Intersection Turn Assistance to help prevent collisions with vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. The package also includes Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) with Full-Speed Range, Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), and Adaptive High Beam System (AHS).
Available in nine distinctive exterior colors, the all-new Land Cruiser allows customers to express their individuality. These include three newly available colors; Precious White Pearl, with true pearl texture and high brightness; Dark Blue, a high-quality color that reflects urban styling; and Avant-garde Bronze, a rich bronze with a strong presence. Meanwhile, the interior is available in a choice of Neutral Beige, Black, or Dark Red. The vehicle also comes equipped with new 18-inch, or 20-inch alloy wheels.
The Land Cruiser 300 is available at all Al-Futtaim Toyota showrooms across the UAE now, starting at AED 229,900.
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