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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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Peugeot 408 e-THP launched in Malaysia – RM144k

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The new 2016 Peugeot 408 was previewed in April, but nowadays marks its official launch in Malaysia. Available in a sole e-THP variant, the locally-assembled (CKD) C-segment sedan makes its debut right here some two years after it made its planet debut in China – but the Malaysian-spec model had a number of modifications because then, adding some decision products from its 308 hatch sibling, as nicely as a handful of goodies of its own.

We’ll get to the most critical item first – the 408 is priced at RM143,888 on-the-road with insurance coverage. Purchasers get a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty (three years from the factory, two years extended), plus complimentary 24-hour Peugeot Assistance service and access to the Peugeot Lounge at Subang Airport.

The 408’s lineage is clear to see from the front – it is naturally a derivative of the 308, with the identical “fanged” complete-LED headlights and a related front bumper style as the hatch. Variations include chrome slats on the grille, with the lion badge now inset, rather of getting located on the bonnet as on the 308.

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Fitted here are 17-inch alloy wheels, featuring the exact same “Rubis” turbine design and style as on the base 308 THP Active, alternatively of the Chinese market’s multispoke things. At the rear, Malaysian models are identical to Chinese ones, with C-shaped LED tail lights and dual trapezoidal exhaust exits.

Most of the changes from the Chinese sedan take place inside. Out goes the traditional dashboard layout, replaced by the 308’s avant-garde design with a little-diameter steering wheel, an i-cockpit instrument cluster perched high up the dash, and twin centre air-con vents that flank the 9.7-inch centre show rather of sitting above it.

The electrically-adjustable seats (manual on the 308) function complete leather upholstery as an alternative of Alcantara centres on the high-spec 308 THP and fabric on the Active, and contains the massage function from the upper model. Elsewhere, regular kit includes keyless entry, push-button commence, auto lights and wipers, dual-zone automatic climate handle, rear air-con vents (not available on the 308), a six-speaker sound system with Arkamys 3D and a Wise Park Help II program.

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Safety kit consists of six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability manage and a blind spot data technique. However, the vehicle doesn’t get the prime 308 THP’s Driver Assistance Pack, which contains Dynamic Cruise Handle, Emergency Collision Alert and Emergency Automatic Braking.

Below the bonnet, the 408 carries Peugeot’s ubiquitous 1.6 litre Turbo Higher Pressure (THP) direct-injected 4-cylinder engine that develops 165 hp and 245 Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Quickshift technology. The “e” in the engine’s e-THP moniker refers to the car’s automatic engine commence-stop feature that makes its debut in Malaysia on the new 408.


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2016 Jaguar XF launched in Malaysia, from RM450k

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Teased in March and earlier this month via its Facebook page, Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia has lastly launched the new Jaguar XF in the country, and the auto tends to make its nearby debut in two variant forms, the XF Prestige and XF R-Sport, priced from RM450,000 and RM460,000 (on-the-road, without insurance coverage) respectively.

The second-gen XF made its debut at the 2015 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) last March and began going on sale later in the year. The new automobile – which measures in at 4,954 mm lengthy, 1,987 mm wide and 1,457 mm tall – is lighter, more spacious, far more strong and a lot more fuel efficient than its predecessor, which has been about considering that 2007.

Styling cues – inspired by the smaller XE – consist of a prominent front grille, slim headlights and an F-Variety-inspired rear end. The new car also functions a glasshouse that stretches additional back that makes it possible for it to retain its characteristic coupe-like roofline, but had improved on the outgoing modelís lack of rear headroom.

Even though the new car is seven millimetres shorter and 3 millimetres lower than the old one particular, the wheelbase is actually 51 mm longer at two,960 mm, delivering what Jaguar says is class-major rear space.

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Numbers-sensible, row-two occupants gain 15 mm more legroom, 24 mm more kneeroom and up to 27 mm much more headroom. Weight-wise, it is up to 190 kg lighter than the very first-gen model, variant-dependent.

Some interior elements – notably, the dashboard – also share the identical design styling as the XE, which was launched here in January. The novel swivelling centre vents have been replaced with a lot more standard units, although the ones on the side have been retained.

As standard, the Malaysian XF comes with an eight-inch touchscreen for its new quad-core InControl Touch Pro infotainment system as properly as a 5-inch instrument panel show with analogue dials – the new 12.three-inch TFT LCD virtual instrument cluster, taken from the XJ, is available as an option. Also regular match is an 80-watt Jaguar Sound System.

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Both XF variants – which tip the scales at 1,590 kg – are powered by a 2. litre i4 turbocharged and direct-injected petrol engine providing 240 PS at 5,500 rpm and 340 Nm from 1,750 to 4,000 rpm, and the mill is mated to an eight-speed electronic automatic transmission with Jaguar Sequential Shift.

Normal gear consists of bi-xenon headlamps with LED J-Blade DRLs, two-zone climate manage, JaguarDrive Manage, 10-way adjustable front seats and cruise handle. Each rear-wheel drive models come with All-Surface Progress Control (ASPC), a sort of low-speed cruise manage that ensures optimum traction in adverse conditions.

The Prestige variant features items such as 17-inch lightweight 15-spoke wheels, perforated leather seats, metal scuff plates with Jaguar script and a multi-function soft-grain leather steering wheel.

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Devoted bits on the XF R-Sport contain a sport suspension, 18-inch Helix 10-spoke wheels and a R-Sport bodykit. Also on, an R-Sport branded multi-function soft-grain leather steering wheel and R-Sport branded metal scuff plates.

As for safety kit, the Malaysian-spec XF comes equipped with six airbags, DSC, traction control, brake assist, a rear-view camera and rear Isofix mounts (two, outer seats) – according to the folk at JLR Malaysia, purchasers can tick the box for an optional safety pack, which involves products such as Lane Preserve Assist and Park Assist.

The XF is offered in 10 exterior colours (two as-standard solid paints, and eight optional metallic shades), and purchasers can pick from six optional wheel choices, in 19- and 20-inch variations. The auto comes with Jaguar Care, an exclusive programme that comprises a 5-year warranty, five-year servicing and three-year roadside help.


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Citroen C4 Picasso THP 165 launched in Malaysia – five-seater, shorter than Grand C4 Picasso RM148,888

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Like the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, but really feel that the RM186k price is a bit steep, or you do not need to have seven seats? Effectively, it’s very good news, as Naza Euro Motors has launched the shorter five-seater Citroen C4 Picasso these days at the IOI City Mall.

1st up, the cost – even though the GC4P is priced at RM185,888, the C4 Picasso is priced at just RM148,888 on-the-road with insurance, a enormous RM37,000 saving more than its larger sibling. Inclusive is a five-year limitless mileage warranty.

Boasting both a shorter wheelbase and a shorter rear overhang, the C4 Picasso measures four,428 mm extended, 1,826 mm wide and 1,625 mm tall, with a wheelbase of two,785 mm. By comparison, the GC4P is 4,597 mm long and has a wheelbase of 2,840 mm all other dimensions are identical.

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Aside from being smaller sized, the C4 Picasso also has distinctive styling cues to differentiate from the GC4P. The front end gets a larger reduced grille along the sides, the integrated roof rails are gone, replaced by C-shaped chrome window surrounds. At the rear, the funky C-shaped tail lights have been ditched for a lot more conventional Mk6 VW Golf-esque items, albeit still retaining Citroen’s 3D effect LED light signature.

Carried over from the petrol GC4P is the familiar Prince turbocharged and direct-injected 1.six litre four-pot in THP 165 guise with 165 PS and 240 Nm, mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. As such, it accelerates from -one hundred km/h in 9.3 seconds on the way to a prime speed of 210 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at five.six litres per one hundred km on the European combined cycle, while emitting 130 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre.

Apart from the two fewer seats and decreased dimensions, what else do you shed by paying so a lot much less? Nicely, the C4 Picasso misses out on the GC4P’s 18-inch “Python” alloy wheels (17-inch “Anaconda” items are as an alternative fitted), amber/black full Nappa leather upholstery (swapped for grey element leather and black Ondulice fabric seats), panoramic roof and 360-degree surround view system.

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However, it retains adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime operating lights and tail lights, a powered tailgate, keyless entry and begin, a massage function for the front seats, a powered, extendable ottoman for the front passenger, a seven-inch touchscreen navigation system sitting beneath a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, a reverse camera, Park Help with front and rear parking sensors, Active Cruise Handle as effectively as dual-zone auto climate handle in front and air vents for the second row with dual-zone blower control.

In terms of safety, the C4 Picasso is identical to the GC4P – the complete list of gear contains six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake help, stability manage, traction control, hill begin assist, blind spot monitoring, active seat belts and ISOFIX kid seat mounts on all three rear seats.

The Citroën C4 Picasso is obtainable in 3 new colours – Bleu Kyanos (blue), Gris Aluminium (grey) and Rouge Rubi (red), joining the existing Noir Onyx (black) and Blanc Banquise (white) hues of the GC4P.


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Mercedes-AMG C 63 S launched in Msia, from RM699k

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At long final, here is the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 S appropriate right here in Malaysia. It has been announced, spied, teased, and now, we lastly get to report to you live from its regional launch occasion.

Only the a single variant is in attendance these days, and that is the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S – the far more potent of the two W205 C 63 sedans that were revealed to the planet more than a year ago. If you’re questioning where the typical version of the C 63 is, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) tells us that you might place your bookings for it, but rates have yet to be confirmed. And yes, it will be cheaper.

Speaking of prices, the mighty C 63 S has been given a price of RM698,888 (OTR with out insurance), even though the even more dressed-up Edition 1 variant demands a RM25,000 premium, at RM723,888. Comparatively, the BMW M3 sedan is priced at RM730,800.

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As you ought to currently know, the C 63 is as strong and brutal as it gets in the W205 C-Class family. On the outside, the 4-door Mercedes-AMG wears a drastically far more aggressive appear than the standard C 250 Exclusive, C 250 AMG and the C 200 Avantgarde variants we have in Malaysia.

The front-finish sees the C 63 adorn the signature AMG styling, featuring the AMG twin-blade front grille with a central 3-point star, and a deep front apron that if you look closely adequate, forms the letter ‘A’ – a mark exclusive to AMG models, initial seen on the E 63.

The AMG bodystyling also brings with it flared front wheelarches, even though the rear is also equipped with typical AMG rear bumper in carbon-fibre, bootlid spoiler and quad exhaust suggestions. Surprisingly, apart from the front and rear bumpers, the only other exterior bits in carbon-fibre run alongside the reduced sides of the automobile.

And just in case you had been asking yourself – yes, we’ve counted – there’s a total of 10 AMG badges visible on just the exterior of the car (such as the tailpipes, front grille, wheels, rear).

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia says that several wheel options are accessible for the C 63 S. The striking 19-inch AMG nine-dual Y-spoke wheels in a higher-sheen chrome finish, or a matt-black finish, with Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubbers measuring 245/35 up front and 265/35 at the back that you see right here – price alternatives in other markets – have already been incorporated in the C 63 S’ RM698,888 cost tag.

And if it’s much more stopping energy that you crave, MBM says that the C 63 S can be had with the optional high-efficiency ceramic composite braking technique for the front axle. The ceramic discs have a diameter of 402 mm, and you will also be able to spot them by the “AMG Carbon Ceramic” lettering on the gold brake calipers. The normal brakes are fitted here, even though, with MBM not revealing the price tag of the optional brakes.

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As aggressive as the C 63 S might appear on the outdoors, it is what’s beneath the bonnet that truly sets this monster apart from its standard C-Class siblings, and even its direct competitors, in a lot of approaches.

Powering the Mercedes-AMG is the brand’s extremely own, hand-produced 4. litre biturbo V8 engine, codenamed the M177. Closely linked to the M178 four. V8 biturbo discovered in Affalterbach’s flagship sports auto, the AMG GT, the C 63 S is capable of a whopping 510 hp at 5,500 to 6,250 rpm, and 700 Nm of torque at 1,750 to six,250 rpm.

Transmission smart, the C 63 S sends its energy to the rear wheels via an AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed sports automatic transmission. And simply because this is the S version, there’s also a Race mode accessible from the AMG Dynamic Pick switch. Selecting the Race mode sends all of the car’s systems (suspensions, steering, throttle, shift map) into complete attack mode.

What that translates to on the road is a -100 km/h time of just 4. seconds with the Race Commence (launch control) function, on towards a top speed of 250 km/h. If you opt for the optional AMG Driver’s Package, the latter can be upped to 290 km/h alternatively.

To aid tame all this power, the C 63 S is equipped with a three-stage adjustable AMG Ride Manage sports suspension as common. Another distinctive item for the much more potent S model is its electronic rear axle locking differential – the typical C 63 gets a mechanical diff.

Step inside the four-door AMG, and you are instantly reminded that the comforts and luxuries of a leading-spec C-Class are all accounted for, only improved upon for the necessary athleticism of the C 63.

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The dashboard is upholstered in a black Artico man-created leather with topstitching in crystal grey, while running across the face of the dash is a brushed aluminium trim element that runs behind the totally free-standing show screen.

Additional controls for the air-conditioning and show screen are positioned where they’ve usually been in the W205 C-Class, surrounded by a wholesome amount of carbon-fibre. Do also take note of the AMG-specific IWC design and style analogue clock tucked in among the reduce deck of switches.

The W205’s touchpad cum palm rest is familiar, but features added switches for the AMG Dynamic Choose and different other AMG-certain controls. The multifunction show screen within the instrument panel also feature a number of unique AMG features such as a lap timer, and other performance gauges.

The upholstery for the standard-incorporated Functionality seats (optional in other markets) made available for the C 63 S is in Artico man-produced leather/Dinamica microfibre with AMG badges on the headrests. The Performances seats offer improved lateral assistance and heavily contoured buckets and a reduced seating position.

What about the C 63 S Edition 1? Well, it couldn’t make it in time for the launch occasion, but with a confirmed price tag of RM723,888, let’s go more than what’s in shop, on leading of every thing we’ve told you about the C 63 S so far.

For starters, the RM25,000 premium over the regular C 63 S allows you a selection of six diverse exterior paint finishes: polar white, designo diamond white bright, iridium silver metallic, palladium silver metallic, obsidian black metallic, and the AMG-specific finish, designo iridium silver magno (below).

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Where the exterior kit is concerned, the Edition 1 package brings with it a spoiler lip in higher-gloss black, a Evening package that contains chrome-plated exhaust tailpipes, red highlights for the radiator grille, exterior wing mirrors and matte black wheels, plus side sports stripes in matte graphite grey above the side sill panels.

The interior is also treated to a host of Edition 1 upgrades, including red designo seat belts (also fitted to the common vehicle here), Edition 1 lettering on the steering bezel in silver chrome and door centre panels in diamond-pattern black nappa leather with red contrasting topstitching. The dashboard trim can be had in either red pepper carbon-fibre or light longitudinal-grain aluminium.

So, which will it be then – this, or the BMW M3?

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