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Al-Futtaim Launches the New LEXUS NX



In line with its customer-centric approach and effort to meet the growing and diverse aspirations of discerning drivers in the UAE, Al-Futtaim Lexus has announced the launch of the all-new Lexus NX. The second generation of the luxury mid-size crossover further raises the bar for performance, comfort, and safety to redefine the segment, and opens the next chapter for the Lexus brand.

With the launch of the first-generation RX in 1998, Lexus created a new category of luxury crossover and has been a leader in the realm ever since. In 2014, Lexus launched the NX, which was well-received by customers, thanks to its agile driving performance and powerful design, and has gone on to sell over one million units in more than 90 countries across the globe.

The all-new Lexus NX heralds’ new directions in exterior and interior design and comes with a new electrified powertrain, bringing a quantum leap in dynamic performance to deliver a more rewarding connection between driver and machine with the Lexus Driving Signature. The introduction of the model also marks the debut of a brand-new multimedia platform that takes connectivity, information, and convenience to the next level. In addition, the all-new vehicle benefits from the expansion of the scope and functionality of the next-generation Lexus Safety System+ to help guard against an even wider range of accident risks and bring greater peace of mind to drivers in the region.

Quality was ensured by the implementation of ‘digital development’ to evaluate the design structure under various conditions using computer models. Professional racing drivers also conducted test drives at the Shimoyama test course to thoroughly train the vehicle’s body structure and inherit and evolve the Lexus driving flavor. The ideal cockpit space has been redefined as the contact point between the driver and vehicle, aiming for a design that enables a deeper, more intuitive connection and allows for more precise control of the vehicle.

The NX also comes equipped with the brand new industry-leading connected-car solution, the Lexus Connect App, which enables the owner to connect to their Lexus via smartphone and provides a more convenient and comfortable, and safer driving experience. Lexus Connect lets owners enjoy many features in their vehicle remotely from the comfort of their home or on the go. The app enables owners to remotely start the vehicle, set the climate control to their preference and lock or unlock doors, close windows, and locate their vehicle at any time. Delivering the ultimate convenience, the service allows them to view the dashboard remotely to check the statistical driving data as well as their trip history to understand their driving behavior for ensuring enhanced safety in the future.

Andy Barratt, Managing Director for Al-Futtaim Lexus, commented, “We are thrilled to launch the all-new Lexus NX in the UAE, announcing the beginning of Lexus’ next chapter of excellence. The vehicle is designed to meet the diverse lifestyles of our customers with a comprehensive upgrade and complete renewal of the model’s key strengths. The introduction of the electrified model, which is also a prominent feature of our upcoming model lineup, underlines Lexus’ commitment to promoting the realization of a carbon-neutral society. The sophisticated new design and enhanced driving performance add to NX’s appeal, while a wealth of new technologies ensures every journey is safer, more connected, and more enjoyable. I’d like to thank our loyal customers in the UAE for continually inspiring us as we strive to create amazing experiences by transforming performance into passion and technology into imagination.”

The next chapter for Lexus centers around four pillars, namely Design, Lexus Driving Signature, Electrification, and Advanced Technology. The all-new NX plays a key role in leading the brand forward by embodying all of these aspects:

  • The NX has been redesigned from the inside out. Every exterior surface has been reimagined. The signature spindle grille has been refined in the front. And, the most notable expression of future Lexus design is the elegant new block LEXUS rear badging and full-width tail lamp.
  • Lexus Driving Signature results from an entirely original approach to vehicle development. This ensures a uniquely Lexus experience where each vehicle exhibits a direct, linear driving feel that is consistent across the lineup.
  • For the second-generation NX, Lexus doubles down with an additional electrified option, a 2.5-liter hybrid electric powertrain.
  • Advanced Technology abounds in the all-new NX. Drivers can stay in touch with the intuitive features of Lexus Interface, such as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. At the same time, occupants enjoy greater peace of mind, thanks to class-leading safety features such as the Lexus Safety System+.

The all-new Lexus NX is built on Lexus’ Global Architecture K (GA-K) platform, which guarantees a more rewarding driving experience. A low center of gravity and new front MacPherson strut suspension system, which features double wishbones with trailing arms at the rear, contributing to the vehicle’s outstanding stability and handling to create exceptional ride comfort.

The hallmark Lexus spindle grille at the front of the vehicle plays an integral role in its design, with an upright position that dispenses with its chrome frame. Smooth lines flow back to accentuate the long bonnet, adding form and volume to the body as it flares broadly through to the muscular rear wings. The front design features four projectors LED headlights incorporating Lexus’ first slim Adaptive High-beam System (AHS).

In contrast, the L-shaped daytime running lights positioned above the headlights have a fade-out function when the driver activates the indicators. The long front-end contrasts with a condensed rear section that is distinguished by new L-shaped all-LED light clusters and Lexus’ signature blade lighting in a bar spanning the vehicle’s width. On the tailgate, the Lexus emblem has been replaced with the ‘LEXUS’ name to create a modern, simple look that further strengthens the vehicle’s visual identity.

The all-new NX is the first model to feature Lexus’ Tazuna concept for the driver’s cockpit, an approach that was initially revealed in the Lexus LF-30 electrified concept car. Taking its name from a Japanese word describing a rider’s use of the reins to control a horse, Tazuna focuses on delivering direct, intuitive control of the vehicle by following the principle of ‘hands on the wheel, eyes on the road.’ It also raises the quality of the driving experience by making the driver feel confident and in command of their vehicle and surroundings. To help keep the driver’s attention focused on the road ahead, the multi-information display (MID), multimedia screen, gauges, and meters are grouped so they can be easily read at a glance.

The steering wheel features a modern design that will be adopted on other new-generation Lexus models and has been precision engineered by Takumi craftspeople to provide the best grip feel and enhance the driver’s feeling of control and connection with the car. The shift lever was made as compact as possible while fitting snugly in the hand at an ideal angle. While the driver experiences the focused, engaging environment created by the new Tazuna cockpit design, passengers enjoy a greater sense of space with elevated levels of comfort, quality, and attention to detail that are quintessentially Lexus, evoking the feeling of a luxurious lounge.

Inside, drivers can create an oasis with nature-inspired Thematic Ambient Illumination, an optional feature that bathes the NX interior in a choice of 14 themes. Each theme has been carefully selected to express a full range of emotions and evoke a feeling of comfort, with themes including Rain Forest, Waterfall, and Sunset. In addition, there are 64 different ambient lighting colors to choose from.

The all-new NX’s inviting interior lets drivers and passengers enjoy a host of advanced features for a refined cabin experience. These include a new 14-inch touchscreen multimedia system – a Lexus first – that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7-inch color multi-information display (MID), a wireless charging system for smartphones, and a Climate Concierge to ensure the cabin temperature is precisely adjusted to suit each occupant. The system uses S-Flow control to recognize which seats are occupied and directs heating or cooling performance accordingly while taking into account the temperature setting, cabin temperature, ambient temperature, and the effect of sunlight through the windows.

The vehicle also offers SmartAccess with a push-button start, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson Clari-Fi 2.0 sound system, a panoramic roof with movable outer sliding glass for the front section, and an extended rear section to provide more light for rear-seat passengers. It comes complete with an 8-way adjustable power driver seat, as well as ample luggage space, thanks to the 60:40 split-folding rear seats. Additionally, the 2022 Lexus NX adds the convenience of a hands-free electrically powered backdoor, which is activated via a foot-operated system that can be used when the user’s hands or arms are full.

Complementing the all-new NX’s distinctive design is a thrilling drive personality imbued by two powertrain options. A newly developed inline 4-cylinder, 2.4 L turbocharged engine that produces 275 hp and 430 nm of torque ‎is mated to a new 8-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission (8AT). Meanwhile, the new hybrid-electric system combines two power sources consisting of a 2.5-liter petrol engine and two electric motors producing 188 hp and 234 hp, respectively. These offer a combined power of 240 hp and can deliver 239 nm and 391 nm of torque, respectively. The hybrid-electric system is also mated to a Direct Shift Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that provides the lowest fuel consumption value of 21.5 km/L while delivering a new level of driving pleasure.

The all-new Lexus NX hybrid-electric model can be driven entirely on electrical ‎power with zero fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions, or by combining the power generated from both the petrol ‎engine and two electric motors, depending on the vehicle’s speed and customer’s driving behavior. ‎Its hybrid-electric batteries are continuously charged by either the petrol ‎engine or when decelerating and braking, eliminating the need to plug in a power cord. A host of advanced technologies ensure the hybrid-electric model drives like any other conventional vehicle and ‎does not require special fuel.

As with any Lexus vehicle, safety is a top priority for the all-new Lexus NX. Drivers can enjoy complete peace of mind, thanks to the Lexus Safety System+, which is an advanced safety and driver assistance system that includes a Pre-Collision System (PCS) with new features and expanded detection range, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Emergency Steering Assist (ESA), and Daytime Pedestrian Detection (DPD).

The system also includes all-speed range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) with two new features, namely the Turn Signal Control (TSC) that makes highway overtaking safer and smoother by providing an initial increase in acceleration when the driver has engaged the turn signal, and the Curve Speed Reduction (RSR) that suppresses vehicle speed when entering a bend and offers additional acceleration upon exiting the bend. Drivers also benefit from Lane Tracing Alert (LTA), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Advanced Driver Assistance (ADAS), and Adaptive High-beam System (AHB).

In another world-first, the new Safe Exit Assist (SEA) feature uses the Lexus-first e-latch system combined with a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) to help prevent accidents. The system works by detecting traffic or cyclists approaching from the rear and automatically cancels door opening if an occupant tries to open the door to avoid a collision. The vehicle also includes comprehensive safety features designed to protect its occupants, including three SRS airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Parking Assist Monitor (PAM), Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), Active Cornering Assist (ACA), Drive-Start Control (DSC), Panoramic View Monitor (PVM), and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), among many others.

Further adding to its stylish visual appeal, the 2022 Lexus NX comes in a refined range of color options that allow discerning owners to customize their vehicles according to their tastes. Customers can choose from nine distinctive exterior colors, including two new colors, namely Sonic Chrome and Madder Red. Meanwhile, the interior comes in four elegant colors, including brand-new Black & Rich Cream and Hazel options, together with Dark Rose and Black. Three newly developed wheel designs have also been introduced in 20-inch size to further express the driving feel pursued by the Lexus brand.

For those seeking to experience the ultimate in thrilling responsiveness, the all-new NX is also available in an F Sport version. Engineered for exhilaration, the F brand DNA has trickled down from the legendary LFA, which represents the pinnacle of refined performance. The NX F Sport model boasts exclusive interior and exterior features, including a distinctive ‘F’ mesh-pattern grille in Piano Black, new front and rear bumper designs with larger side vents cut into the front bumper, black roof rails, and 20-inch alloy wheels with a 10-spoke design inspired by the wheels used on Lexus’ LC flagship coupe.

The cabin comes with Dark Spin Aluminum ornamentation, a unique meter, bolstered sport seats, a newly developed steering wheel, and aluminum pedals and scuff plates. Owners can choose from a range of ten exterior colors that emphasize the vehicle’s sportiness, including two that are exclusive to the NX F Sport model, namely Heat Blue CL and White Nova GF. The interior is available in Flare Red, White, and Black variants.

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EVLAB Intros UAE’s First Electric Vehicle Marketplace App



EVLAB, the multi-brand electric vehicle start-up, has made adopting a sustainable lifestyle easier for drivers in the UAE with the launch of the EVLAB App, an all-in-one mobility app to rent, lease and host their EVs in the UAE with phase 2 to include buy and sell electric vehicles (EVs) available in the Middle East. EVLAB’s new one-stop marketplace app addresses a growing desire among consumers in the Middle East to make a switch to sustainable mobility solutions. Electric vehicle sales have seen rapid growth in the region, with an increase of 72 per cent during 2020 alone.

In line with the goals of COP28, EVLAB is committed to reducing CO2 emissions and fostering sustainable mobility in the Middle East, striving to play a pivotal role in catalyzing positive transformation. The new platform supports the UAE’s Net Zero 2050 strategic initiative, which is a national drive to achieve net-zero emissions and make the Emirates the first nation in the MENA region to do so. The app also complements other sustainability initiatives in the country, including the Dubai Green Mobility Strategy 2030, which has resulted in the installation of more than 1,000 public charging stations across the UAE.

The EVLAB App allows eco-conscious drivers to browse a unique collection of electric vehicle brands available in the Middle East and take advantage of EVLAB’s expertise to understand the benefits of electric vehicles and make a seamless transition to sustainable transportation. Drivers can consider short-term rentals, leasing or hosting their electric vehicles through a seamless and hassle-free user journey.

The booking process is straightforward with easy navigation using the rent, lease, host and chat tabs on the homepage. Users can filter options based on brand preferences and features, such as performance and range, to save time and effort in finding an electric vehicle that suits their requirements and budget. All the listed cars and their hosts are vetted to guarantee authenticity and quality of service by the owners. In phase 2, electric vehicle owners can also conveniently sell their vehicles on the platform with guidance from EVLAB’s experts at every step of the way.

“With the accelerated pace of climate change, the adoption and transition to e-mobility is inevitable. At EVLAB, our ongoing goal is to consistently reduce emissions, and we are proud to say that we have successfully saved a cumulative total of 76,174 kilograms of CO2 to date and will further reduce with the EVLAB app. The all-in-one EVLAB App complements our EVLAB website with a broader range of functionality and services to make the eco-mobility journey easier for drivers in the region. The app allows users to rent, lease and host their electric vehicles seamlessly in a safe and trusted marketplace. As battery technology is rapidly evolving, the range of electric vehicles today will become obsolete in two to three years, so this model of renting and leasing becomes more attractive than buying. Consumers will have the additional ease of choosing their preferred electric vehicle based on their budget and lifestyle by selecting from a variety of options, including performance, acceleration, range, and charging times,” said Kevin Chalhoub, CEO and Founder of EVLAB.

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Hyundai Launches the All-Electric IONIQ Range



Hyundai Motor Middle East and Africa Headquarters unveiled its sustainability and electric mobility plans at a media event held at the SEE Institute in the Sustainable City, Dubai. The event featured the debut of Hyundai’s electric car range under the IONIQ sub-brand, showcasing the IONIQ 5 and IONIQ 6 models.

Bryan Park, Head of Hyundai Motor Company Middle East and Africa Headquarters, emphasized Hyundai’s commitment to humanity’s progress through pioneering electric technologies. He stated, “Today, we are proud to launch our sustainable strategy and our confident direction towards electric mobility, aligning with the ambitious plans of Middle East countries for emissions-free transportation.”

Suliman AlZaben, Director of Hyundai UAE, expressed pride in Hyundai UAE’s role in the electric revolution, highlighting the company’s dedication to providing environmentally friendly, innovative, and efficient transportation.

The event included a hands-on experience for attendees, enabling them to drive the IONIQ 5 and IONIQ 6 fully electric cars. The IONIQ 5, inspired by Hyundai’s ’45’ EV concept, boasts a unique exterior design, spacious interior, and sustainable features. Its 531-litre trunk space and eco-friendly materials, including recycled PET bottles, emphasize Hyundai’s commitment to sustainability.

The IONIQ 6 Electrified Streamliner, a new addition to the IONIQ lineup, was also introduced. With an estimated electric range of over 610 km, this model showcases Hyundai’s advanced technologies, personalized interior space, and fast charging capabilities.

IONIQ 6’s interior, leveraging the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), prioritizes comfort with Dual Color Ambient Lighting, Relaxation Comfort Seats, and a customizable driving experience through the EV Performance Tune-up system. The vehicle supports both 400-V and 800-V charging infrastructures, allowing for an 18-minute charge from 10% to 80% with a 350-kW charger.

Notably, IONIQ 6 is the first Hyundai model to feature Over-the-Air (OTA) Software Updates, allowing drivers to enhance controllers for electric devices, autonomous driving, and more, ensuring a safer and more convenient driving experience. The advanced driver assistance systems, including Highway Driving Assist 2 and Smart Cruise Control, prioritize safety on the road.

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Inter Emirates Motors Intros Four Electric Vehicles (EVs) From MG Motor



Inter Emirates Motors has announced the introduction of four innovative electric vehicles (EVs) from MG Motor, marking a significant stride in bolstering sustainable mobility across the United Arab Emirates. The introduction of MG4, MG Marvel R, The New MG ZS EV, and MG HS PHEV to the UAE market brings forth a suite of vehicles that seamlessly blend performance, efficiency, and eco-friendly technology, catering to a diverse range of consumer preferences and driving needs.

The recently launched MG4 is a compact electric hatchback that is set to redefine sustainable mobility in the United Arab Emirates. The MG4 Electric is not just a vehicle; it’s a statement on wheels, offering a Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) design, ensuring optimal weight distribution and a nimble driving experience.

The MG4 is powered by an E-Motor that promises 180kW power and features 3-Level Energy Recovery, presenting a perfect amalgamation of performance and efficiency. With its sleek design, interactive ambient light with 64 colours, a 12-inch full virtual dashboard, and a 10-inch touchscreen, the MG4 is a testament to MG Motor’s commitment to providing technologically advanced vehicles without compromising on style or performance.

Mohamed Ali Khalfan Al Dhaheri, Managing Director of Inter Emirates Motors, stated, “The introduction of the MG4 to the UAE market marks a significant milestone for both Inter Emirates Motors and MG Motor. This vehicle is not only a testament to the innovative spirit of MG Motor but also aligns seamlessly with the UAE’s vision for sustainable and technologically advanced mobility solutions. We are incredibly excited to offer our customers not just the MG4, but three more vehicles that perfectly blend performance, technology, and sustainability.”

The MG Marvel R Electric, a mid-sized SUV, is equipped with a large module cell pack solution, ensuring a longer range and employs hair-pin winding technology in its electric motors, guaranteeing an efficient and powerful driving experience. The MG ZS EV, a practical and well-equipped small electric family car, introduces a new long-range version, offering an impressive range at an affordable price, making electric driving accessible to a wider audience.

Lastly, the MG HS PHEV combines the best of both worlds with its plug-in hybrid technology, offering various interior colour options, ambient light, a driving mode selection with a Super Sport button, and sport synthetic leather seats, ensuring a comfortable and dynamic driving experience.

These models are pivotal in aligning with the UAE’s vision towards sustainability and reducing carbon footprints. With the UAE’s robust infrastructure for EVs and a growing emphasis on adopting green vehicles, these models from MG Motor represent not only a luxurious and technologically advanced driving option but also a step towards eco-friendly mobility.

Hisham ElSahn, General Manager of Inter Emirates Motors, added, “The addition of the MG Marvel R, MG ZS EV, and MG HS PHEV to our portfolio underscores our dedication to providing diverse and sustainable mobility solutions. These models are equipped with cutting-edge technology and provide efficient, yet powerful performance, ensuring that our customers in the UAE experience the future of driving, today.”

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