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2017 Perodua Axia facelift to be launched quickly?

Is there a 2017 Perodua Axia facelift coming about soon? Data circling on the Net and social media platforms suggest that this is extremely a lot the case (that is the present auto in the pix above, by the way). New attributes for the refresh consist of a new front and rear bumpers as well as a new projector headlamp unit.

The Axia, which was introduced in September 2014, is also set to get a new engine selection, with the 1. litre VVT-i unit from the Bezza sedan generating its way on to the hatch. Inside, the vehicle will now feature a smart entry method and push begin ignition, though these are said to be only accessible for the SE and Advance variants.

Also finding its way on to the refreshed Axia is a new DVD multimedia navigation system with Mirror Link for Android mobile phones, and the info also suggests that the rear tailgate will function a new opening mechanism.

Elsewhere, the obtainable exterior colour palette remains unchanged, with the existing shades Lava Red, Midnight Blue, Ebony Black and Glittering Silver (all metallic) as effectively as Sunflower Yellow and Ivory White (both solid) continuing on. Even so, two colours obtainable at present for the Common E and G variants, Cherry Blossom and Lemongrass Green, are stated to have been dropped.

No details as to no matter whether there are any revisions to the variant line-up. At present, the Axia range is made up of the Normal (E and G grades), SE and Advance models. By the appears of it, we’ll locate out quickly enough.

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Toyota Corolla Altis facelift now on sale, from RM121k

Particulars and rates obtaining been revealed considering that last month, the new facelifted Toyota Corolla Altis has ultimately gone on sale. The ubiquitous C-segment sedan gains a new look and massively improved standard safety kit.

First up, the rates, which start off at RM120,900 for the 1.8E, increasing up to RM123,900 for the 1.8G and RM138,900 for the top-of-the-variety 2.0V – the exact same costs as before. All costs are on-the-road inclusive of insurance and a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

Exterior-sensible, there’s a redesigned front finish – reshaped headlights flank a slimmer grille, with a thicker chrome trim. The front bumper has also been reprofiled and gets a wider air intake for a a lot more aggressive appear. Meanwhile, the rear of the automobile receives new LED tail light graphics and a thinner chrome rear garnish.

Inside, the Corolla Altis gains a mildly-restyled dashboard with round corner air vents, a new centre console and new air-con controls. The multifunction controls on the steering wheel have also been revised, whilst the instrument cluster has been provided new graphics.

Normal kit involves automatic halogen headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, front and rear fog lights, keyless entry, push button start off, single-zone auto air-con, an acoustic windscreen, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, fabric seats, 60:40 split-folding rear seats and a common radio/CD/USB head unit.

The 1.8G gains auto-folding door mirrors, leather upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity and an Optitron instrument cluster with a 4.two-inch colour multi-info show. Step up to the two.0G and 1 gains LED projector headlights, 17-inch alloys, sports seats with eight-way energy adjustment for the driver’s seat, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, cruise control and steering wheel paddle shifters.

Safety-sensible, all models now get seven airbags (like a single for the driver’s knees), ABS with EBD and brake assist, Automobile Stability Control (VSC) and ISOFIX rear child seat anchors. That is a enormous jump from the outgoing model, which had two airbags as normal only the two.0V received VSC, and you had to spend an extra RM3,900 for the Added Safety Package to get seven airbags.

Mechanicals remain mainly unchanged – you get a decision of either a 1.eight litre 2ZR-FE Dual VVT-i four-cylinder petrol engine producing 139 PS at 6,400 rpm and 173 Nm at 4,000 rpm, or a two. litre 3ZR-FR unit churning out 145 PS at 6,200 rpm and 187 Nm at 3,600 rpm. Both mills are mated to a CVT with a seven-speed virtual ratio function and a new Sport mode. The suspension has been retuned for a far more refined ride.

Choices incorporate a RM6,137 Value Package that adds a DVD-AVX infotainment system, a reverse camera, a digital video recorder, illuminated scuff plates and Toyota Premium Safety and Solar window tint, along with a RM1,272 upgrade to a navigation system with smartphone connectivity, HDMI, WiFi and an Internet browser. There’s also an aerokit that expenses RM2,438, or RM3,710 when bundled with the navigation technique.

Browse complete specifications and equipment of the facelifted Toyota Corolla Altis on CarBase.my.

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SPYSHOTS: Porsche 991 GT3 facelift, undisguised

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Spotted testing earlier, the upcoming, facelifted version of the Porsche 911 GT3 is now seen with no disguise, and right here we can see that it adopts the sharper, a lot more square-reduce front bumper therapy from the Cayman GT4, whilst the indicators have been updated to the slimline, straight units on the revised 911 models, for each Carrera and Turbo model ranges.

The rear end also gains the revised, 3-dimensional tail light assembly, and even though this upcoming GT3 retains the outgoing, pre-facelift model’s centrally-mounted exhaust, there are minor detail modifications to the rear bumper as properly the principal, complete-width crease line is more pronounced, while the exit ducts seem much more square-reduce, in line with the revised bumper design and style at the front.

The huge news with the facelifted 991-generation GT3 is encore look of the manual transmission – a six-speed unit derived from the restricted-run 911 R particular, which, along with a restricted slip differential, will handle driveline duties with the three.eight litre, naturally aspirated flat-six, which is anticipated to also obtain a slightly energy hike beyond the current car’s 475 hp.

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Lexus IS facelift – minor change goes on sale in Japan

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The Lexus IS facelift has gone on sale in Japan, half a year right after the minor alter made its debut at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. The FR sports sedan is accessible in IS 350, IS 300h hybrid and IS 200t turbo types.

The third-gen IS, which already has a bolder face than most, gets a more aggressive front end thanks to big air intakes on the new bumper. There’s also an evolution of the Lexus spindle grille and new headlamps. The latter is a lot more pronounced than ahead of and extend inward, resulting in a shape that accentuates the distinctive ‘tick’ DRLs.

The new grille folds back at a greater point, altering its leading and bottom proportions. The engine hood has been reshaped to match. The F Sport grille gets a special ‘3D’ F-mesh pattern, with black metallic coating that incorporates functional brake ducts. These brake ducts supply a sense of continuity with the side garnishes that boost the vehicle’s aerodynamics.

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At the back, there are much more pronounced L-shaped LED lights that are now triple layered (previously double), and new rectangular chrome exhaust guidelines (was round). Ten-spoke 17-inch wheels with new styles and bright machine finishes are normal, while two new colours – Deep Blue Mica and Graphite Black Glass Flake – have been added to the catalogue.

A range of cabin improvements can be found. The multimedia display screen has grown from seven inches to ten.3 inches, and an ‘Enter’ button has been added to the side of the Remote Touch Interface (RTI) on the centre console, making the program less complicated to use. The audio and AC-control panel has been refined to match within the knee bolsters (old ‘winged’ design susceptible to poor match), with a new hairline-finish surface to boot.

Other alterations are stitching on the meter binnacle, revised dials, new cupholders, a new and larger leather-wrapped palm rest with stitching for the RTI and new markings for the dash analogue clock. There are also additions and changes to the interior colour choices. The base Lexus Premium Audio sound program now gets 10 speakers (up from eight), while the Mark Levinson alternative has been retuned for a much more precise and 3D sound.

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Also retuned is the suspension method. Improved shock absorbers are in location, and the front suspension’s reduced arm is now in aluminium, which benefits each rigidity and weight. The bushes have been revised, all for much better ride comfort and handling stability. There’s also a new “Customize” mode in the driving mode choice, which as its name suggests, makes it possible for the driver to customise a powertrain/chassis setting to his liking.

On the security front, the IS now involves “Lexus Security Program +”, which integrates pedestrian detection function with collision avoidance, Lane Departure Alert (with steering controls), Automatic Higher Beam and radar cruise handle.

No modify beneath the hood for the three.5 V6, two.five hybrid and two. turbo variants. The IS 300h is the only one particular with an AWD alternative in Japan, whilst the other people are rear-wheel drive only. Study our assessment of the IS 200t.

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2018 Ford Mustang facelift to get 10-spd auto – report

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Time for a facelift already? Quickly, as production of the current Ford Mustang began in July 2014, generating the pony automobile much more than two years old now. An Autocar report says that the refreshed S550 will surface in 2018, and it will come with a 10-speed automatic gearbox.

Presently, the Mustang ships with six-speed transmissions (each manual and auto) for both the two.3 litre EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine and the 5. litre naturally-aspirated V8. It is not known however if the smaller engine will also get the 10-speed transmission, which currently function in versions of the Chevrolet Camaro.

The new gearbox isn’t confirmed for Europe however, but the report adds that its sources are convinced that the ten-speeder will almost certainly be added to European cars a number of months later. There will not be a V6 model to sit amongst the 4- and eight-cylinder models in Europe, as is the case in the US.

The report’s source said that it’s most likely Ford will make an announcement on the Mustang facelift at the Los Angeles auto show in November, or at the Detroit motor show in January subsequent year.

This is the very first Mustang to go global and have a appropriate-hand-drive version, and it has been an unqualified good results. The world’s ideal-promoting sports automobile has sold strongly in the UK considering that it arrived there final year – the waiting list now stretches to May possibly 2017. Ford UK sold 2,400 units of the Mustang among January and August this year, which is around half the volume of the Fiesta ST and 1,000 units a lot more than the Concentrate RS.

The Mustang is available in Malaysia, also. Launched in June, it is priced at RM489k for the EB and RM599k for the GT V8.

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GALLERY: 2016 Toyota 86 facelift – JDM at the kaikan

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The 2016 Toyota Technology Media Occasion for Asian markets may have centred around the company’s security initiatives and environmental efforts, but the world’s number 1 carmaker – led by automobile enthusiast Akio Toyoda – has of late acquired a sporty spirit.

“Fun to drive” has been a catchword more than the past handful of years, and no other model in the range embodies that line far better than the Toyota 86. The facelifted hachi-roku went on sale domestically in July right after it first surfaced at the New York International Auto Show in March, and a red unit sat proudly at the entrance of the Toyota Kaikan showcase in Toyota City. We obliged.

The RWD coupe appears familiar, but is thoroughly revised, claims its maker. “We overhauled everything – primarily as a result of technological feedback from the 86’s participation in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring – and repeatedly tested the car on roads all over the world as we manufactured each and every single portion,” mentioned chief engineer Tetsuya Tada.

“The new 86 has been perfected to such an extent that, from the moment the steering wheel is gripped and the automobile accelerates away, each driver will be capable to recognize its evolution,” the CE added.

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The 86 gets a heavily revised front bumper with a reduce nose, a wider grille opening and fins on the new fog light bezels. Full-LED headlights are standard-match on all models – integrating LED indicators that have been previously discovered on the bumper – whilst LED fog lights can be discovered on GT and GT Limited trim levels.

On the profile, the faux vents on the wings have been redesigned, with the new 86 badge (boxer piston motif is gone) moved reduced down the fender. Also included are new 17-inch machine-finish alloys, new LED tail lights and a revised rear bumper with a wider diffuser insert. You’d also have noticed the new wing, also observed on the refreshed Subaru BRZ.

Inside, the new steering wheel is the most apparent change, with buttons on the GT and GT Limited. Also only accessible on the prime two trim levels is a revised instrument cluster with a four.2-inch show that shows G force, energy/torque curves and a stopwatch, amongst other info. The tacho has also been reconfigured so that the quite best of the meter says 7,000 rpm – exactly where the engine produces max energy.

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Elsewhere, GT and GT Limited cars gain carbon print trim on the energy window switch surrounds and AC panel, whilst the GT Limited – as seen right here – gets “Grand Luxe” suede-like trim on the dashboard and door cards, plus Alcantara on the seats.

Under the curvy hood, the two. litre boxer engine gets revisions to the intake and exhaust system, which bring an added seven PS and seven Nm for 207 PS at 7,000 rpm and 212 Nm of torque among six,400 and six,800 rpm. That is for the six-speed manual automobiles the 6AT variant soldiers on with the exact same figures.

To increase rigidity, the quantity of spot welding points on the rear pillars have been elevated – in concert with the revised springs and dampers, this provides elevated steering response and ride comfort, which can be improved further by opting for the optional Sachs dampers.

GALLERY: Toyota 86 GT Limited facelift at Toyota Kaikan

GALLERY: Toyota 86 facelift official photos
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SPIED: W222 Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift interior – centre touchpad to replace COMAND rotary knob?

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The W222 Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift has been spied after again, this time, with significantly less camouflage than prior to. The new S-Class’ interior can now be noticed clearly – showing off quite a few new products to note.

But before we get in to the cabin, a look at the exterior of the vehicle reveals a front grille that may possibly seem strange, or new to some. No, it isn’t a new item to the S-Class – it is just one that has been previously been reserved for the model’s V12 variants, and the Mercedes-Maybach range.

We also get a clear appear at refreshed S-Class’ new Multibeam LED headlamps – the brand’s latest headlamp tech is also featured on the W213 E-Class, and made its debut on the facelifted CLS. The front bumper is also heavily disguised, suggesting that Mercedes-Benz could be hiding a new appear under all this masking.

Moving inside, a new steering wheel can be seen, and is clearly one particular that has been influenced by the new W213 E-Class. Touch-sensitive buttons have been added, even though the shape itself is all new – thoughts the reality that it isn’t very the finished product just however. The massive pair of 12.three-inch display screens on the existing S-Class have been modified to look like a single massive central show screen that runs the length of the dash.

The biggest revelation here issues the COMAND rotary dial, or rather the lack of it. The palm rest cum touchpad has been redesigned. The palm rest itself has been flattened into a basic touchpad-like surface, while the rotary dial has been deleted for excellent. Another noticeable item right here is the engine push-begin button, which, like the new E-Class, seems to be a committed push button, and not a removable keyhole cover like it is now.

So, what do you feel of Merc’s selection to delete the COMAND rotary dial, folks?


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Mercedes S-Class 2016 facelift coming with even far more tech

The new BMW 7 Series has only just established itself as the gadget-freak luxury auto of choice, but Mercedes is most likely to up to ante with the 2016 S-Class. The posh saloon will get some mild updates and new features thrown in for the second half of next year.

We’ve spotted a barely disguised prototype of subsequent-year’s S-Class on the road, showing that exterior updates will likely be restricted to redesigned LED lights front and rear. We may also see new alloy wheel styles and fresh colours, but the S-Class is still a reasonably new shape.

Inside there’s a bit more for Merc engineers to hide. That big digital instrument cluster looks set to develop additional for subsequent year, with what seems to be new attributes hidden behind a cloth. We never know for certain what to anticipate from the refreshed display, but the latest COMAND program will debut and gesture manage is attainable.

Count on even a lot more gizmos for rear-seat passengers to play with, also, but the greatest alter is set to be in the type of new driverless safety systems. We know Mercedes is establishing new ‘intelligent drive’ autonomous tech for its subsequent E-Class, and the S-Class must receive this method as well.

In a comparable vein to Tesla’s new Autopilot function, a mixture of radars, cameras and sensors will generate a digital image of the car’s surroundings and allow it to navigate itself down motorways and in site visitors. Automobiles will also be able to communicate with every other, and even take evasive action from a crash. A remote parking technique could also debut.

Anticipate mild efficiency and overall performance boosts across the petrol, diesel and plug-in electric engine range. We’ll get the full specifics of Merc’s plans for the S-Class sometime subsequent year.

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Mercedes A-Class facelift 2015 overview

This, think it or not, is the updated Mercedes A-Class. Look for the diamond-pattern front grille, different rear light clusters, re-sculpted bumpers front and rear, and integrated tailpipes in order to spot one particular, even though if it is a diesel model like this A220 d, there’s an less difficult giveaway in the form of the boot badging.

The A-Class has been brought into line with the rest of the Mercedes range nomenclature, which means the diesels are no longer CDIs but alternatively bear the ‘d’ suffix. As the Mercedes has often been a handsome vehicle, the mild alterations do little to spoil its kerb appeal.

The Mercedes’ interior also looks small different from the pre-facelift cabin, even though it’s fine in terms of match and finish – that awkward freestanding display screen in the centre of the dash aside. Mercedes claims £1,one hundred of further gear for list cost increases of a mere £350, so even entry-spec SE vehicles get Media Interface, 16-inch alloys, a reversing camera, Artico upholstery and other items to make them feel premium. Invest yet another £995 and Sport trim adds 17-inch wheels, Dynamic Pick, a larger eight-inch display and climate control, while AMG Line cars (£1,295 on Sport) upgrade the alloys to 18s and bring in AMG bodystyling with lowered suspension.

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Even so, for £595, two-mode selective damping can be fitted on AMG Line, restricted Motorsport Edition and A250 AMG models. This lets you select in between Comfort and Sport modes, despite the fact that as it is appropriately adaptive, the program can differ the settings on the fly according to how the car is becoming driven at the time. And it is this that tends to make the A-Class a more attractive car than it was ahead of.

In Comfort mode, the A220 d makes a a lot better job of soaking up road imperfections before they reach the car’s occupants. There’s still an underlying feeling of slightly firm secondary ride traits, but all round the Mercedes is far more comfy on especially craggy roads than it has ever been before. The seats are comfier also and aside from wind noise emanating from the A-pillars at speed, the A220 d is a superb motorway cruiser.

It is a shame the 2.1-litre turbodiesel hasn’t been subjected to some updates although, as it remains a louder, coarser unit than rival 2.-litre engines from Audi and BMW. It’s muscular sufficient, helped by the facelifted vehicle gaining an further 7bhp to stand at a maximum of 175bhp delivered between three,600- and 3,800rpm. But if you make a decision to rev it out to four,000rpm, it becomes incredibly vocal and strained in its delivery. We also saw just 42.8mpg from the A220 d for the duration of a comparatively unstressed drive, so we’d hope that as the engine frees up the Mercedes may get closer to the brochure numbers.

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Running costs must be impressive, although, as even the automatic-only A220 d sits in Band B for VED, amounting to £20 a year. Its Advantage-in-Kind rate is just 19 per cent, but stay away from specifying £1,500 4Matic all-wheel drive unless you genuinely require it as that moves CO2 emissions up to 124g/km (Band D, £110 per annum) and drops quoted economy to 58.9mpg.

If you need even more parsimony, Mercedes gives a reduced power 2.1 (134bhp) in the A200 d and a 1.six-litre turbodiesel for the A180 d (108bhp). These two are anticipated to be the very best sellers in the variety, as the A180 d manual can dip as low as 89g/km CO2 with 80.7mpg, although the A200 d automatic on 16-inch wheels emits 99g/km with 74.3mpg.

There’s no doubt the A-Class has been improved by the mid-life facelift and it’s now up there with the Audi A3 challenging for class honours. At far more than £28,000 in the UK, the A220 d is not a cheap vehicle but it does feel like a higher top quality solution in most departments – the noisy 2.1-litre diesel aside.

We’d undoubtedly suggest opting for the selective damping (if you go for 1 of the prime-spec vehicles) as it offers superb ride quality for the baby Mercedes.

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