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Mini Aceman ialah kemasukan terbaru Mini ke dalam segmen SUV subkompak, menawarkan gabungan ketangkasan bandar dan praktikal crossover. Dengan elemen reka bentuk yang dipinjam daripada Cooper hatchback dan Countryman SUV, Aceman mempersembahkan pakej tersendiri dan serba boleh.

Pendirian silangnya ditekankan oleh pelapisan plastik hitam matte, skid plate dan rel bumbung, manakala ciri reka bentuk Mini yang ikonik seperti wraparound greenhouse dan bumbung terapung kekal menonjol. Barisan ini termasuk empat kemasan, Essential, Classic, Favoured, dan JCW, masing-masing dengan sentuhan penggayaan yang unik, dan rim aloi antara 17 hingga 19 inci.

Di bahagian dalam, Aceman menawarkan kabin lima tempat duduk dengan 300 liter ruang kargo, menampilkan skrin sentuh OLED bulat 9.44 inci dan infotainmen Sistem Operasi Mini 9. Mod Pengalaman Mini dan Pembantu Peribadi Pintar “Spike” meningkatkan pengalaman pemanduan, manakala sistem advanced driver assistance memastikan keselamatan di jalan raya.

Dua pilihan rangkaian kuasa elektrik tersedia, dengan Aceman E peringkat permulaan menampilkan pek bateri 40.7 kWj dan motor 181hp, dan Aceman SE yang menawarkan pek bateri 54.2 kWj dan motor 215hp. Kedua-dua model menjanjikan pemanduan yang cekap dan bebas pelepasan CO2 dan memenuhi keperluan dan keutamaan pemanduan yang berbeza.

Mini Aceman dijadualkan mula dijual di pasaran seperti China dan Eropah akhir tahun ini, dengan pengeluaran pada mulanya bermula di China dan berkembang ke kilang Oxford Mini di UK pada 2026. Dengan gabungan reka bentuk ikonik Mini dan teknologi powertrain elektrik, Aceman menyasarkan untuk memberi impak yang ketara dalam segmen SUV subkompak.

Mini has unveiled the all-new Aceman, a fully electric crossover poised to compete in the subcompact SUV segment. As the high-riding counterpart to the Mini Cooper, the Aceman offers a spacious cabin while retaining the urban agility characteristic of the brand.

Distinctive design elements from the Cooper hatchback and Countryman SUV merge into the Aceman’s design, featuring matte black plastic cladding, skid plates, and roof rails for a crossover stance. The iconic Mini design traits, such as the wraparound greenhouse and floating roof, remain intact, with the octagonal grille at the front adding to its character.

The Mini Aceman lineup comprises four trims – Essential, Classic, Favoured, and JCW – each with unique design elements and alloy wheels ranging from 17 to 19 inches. The flagship JCW model stands out with Chili Red accents and exclusive styling cues.

Measuring 4,075mm long, 1,754mm wide, and 1,495mm tall, the Aceman positions itself between the Cooper and Countryman, offering a five-seater cabin with 300 litres of cargo space. The interior resembles the Cooper’s, featuring a 9.44 inch circular OLED touchscreen and Mini Operating System 9 infotainment, including the Intelligent Personal Assistant “Spike.”

The Aceman offers eight selectable Mini Experience Modes, each with distinct graphics and ambient lighting patterns. It comes equipped with advanced driver assistance systems, including twelve ultrasonic sensors and four Surround View cameras.

Power wise, the Aceman offers two electric powertrain options shared with the electric Mini Cooper. The entry-level Aceman E features a 40.7 kWh battery pack and a single electric motor producing 181hp, while the Aceman SE boasts a 54.2 kWh battery pack and a more powerful electric motor delivering 215hp.

The Mini Aceman is set to go on sale in markets such as China and Europe later this year, with production starting in China and expanding to Mini’s Oxford plant in the UK in 2026.

Di medan yang mencabar di Iceland, Mini Countryman S ALL4 yang baru, terutamanya dalam trim John Cooper Works, menunjukkan keupayaan off-roadnya. Di tengah landskap bersalji Iceland, model crossover ini menonjol dengan warna badan Chili Red yang terang dan atap kontras berkilau hitam.

Dilengkapi dengan sistem penggerak empat roda ALL4, Countryman mampu mengatasi keadaan jalan yang mencabar dengan mudah. Sistem kawalan elektroniknya memastikan pengagihan daya pandu yang tepat, memberikan daya tarik optimum di laluan bersalji dan pendakian yang bersalji.

Lebar trek yang meningkat dan roda yang diperpanjang menyumbang kepada dinamik pemanduan dan keselesaan yang ditingkatkan. Casis yang boleh diubahsuai membolehkan penyesuaian berdasarkan permukaan pemanduan, mencapai keseimbangan antara keselesaan dan prestasi.

Di bawah penutup enjin, Countryman mempunyai enjin turbo twin-power 2.0 liter yang kuat, menghasilkan 218hp dan 360Nm tork. Dalam trim John Cooper Works, ia mengambil gaya sport dengan penyebaran hadapan dan belakang yang berbeza, warna Chili Red yang terang, dan atap kontras. Menambah prestasinya ialah enjin hibrid ringan 48V, memberikan rangsangan sementara sebanyak 18hp dalam julat kelajuan rendah.

Di dalam, ia menawarkan tempat duduk yang selesa untuk sehingga lima penumpang dengan penyesuaian individu di tempat duduk belakang. Atap kaca panorama meningkatkan suasana yang cerah, dan dalam trim JCW, tempat duduk kulit sintetik dengan jahitan kontras merah menyumbang kepada reka bentuk dalaman yang sporty.

Dalaman crossover ini mengekalkan skema warna hitam dan merah yang konsisten, dan dengan kapasiti bagasi sebanyak 450 liter, yang boleh diperluaskan kepada 1,450 liter, ia memastikan kepraktisan untuk pelbagai keperluan kargo.

Di jalan berlebar, Countryman memperkenalkan Driving Assistant Plus, membolehkan pemanduan separa automatik tahap 2. Sistem ini membenarkan pemanduan tanpa pegangan pada kelajuan sehingga 60km/jam, dengan syarat pemandu kekal peka terhadap keadaan lalu lintas.

Di tengah landskap mencabar Iceland, Mini Countryman S ALL4 JCW menggabungkan gaya, prestasi, dan keupayaan off-road, menjadikannya pilihan yang ideal untuk para peminat pengembaraan yang mencari pengalaman pemanduan yang unik.

In the challenging terrain of Iceland, where sub-zero temperatures and snow-covered landscapes dominate, the new Mini Countryman S ALL4, especially in the John Cooper Works trim, demonstrates its off-road prowess. Against the backdrop of Iceland’s stunning nature, this crossover model stands out with its visually superior presence, characterised by a bright Chili Red body colour and a glossy black contrasting roof in jet black.

Iceland’s rugged terrain, including deep snow-covered routes and icy climbs, serves as the perfect proving ground for the Countryman S ALL4. Equipped with the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system, this crossover tackles challenging road and weather conditions with ease. The electronic control system ensures precise distribution of drive power between the front and rear wheels, providing optimal traction.

Its slightly increased track width and extended wheelbase contribute to enhanced driving dynamics and increased comfort. The adaptable chassis allows for different adjustments based on the surface and driving environment. The car strikes a balance between comfort and performance, making it ideal for exploring Iceland’s crater-filled landscapes. On well-paved roads and in urban settings, it exhibits agility, thanks to its direct steering and sporty-tuned chassis.

Under the hood, the Countryman boasts a potent 2.0-litre twin-power turbo engine that delivers smooth running, increased output of 218hp, and a maximum torque of 360Nm. Adding to its performance is a 48V mild hybrid engine, providing a temporary boost of 18hp in the low-speed range. This combination results in an exhilarating driving experience on Iceland’s expansive and straight roads.

In the John Cooper Works trim, the Countryman takes on an individual motorsport look, featuring distinctive diffusers at the front and rear. The bright Chili Red color, contrasting roof, and high-gloss jet black side mirrors create a powerful aesthetic. The Mini LED headlights, with the JCW signature, exhibit a minimalist design with two horizontal stripes as daytime running lights.

Inside, it offers comfortable seating for up to five passengers. The rear seats provide individual adjustments in six positions, offering flexibility for either additional legroom or increased cargo space. The panoramic glass roof enhances the bright atmosphere inside. In the JCW trim, synthetic leather seats with red contrasting stitching contribute to a sporty yet comfortable interior.

The crossover’s interior design extends to the dashboard and door trims, maintaining a consistent black and red color scheme. With a 450-litre trunk capacity, expandable to 1,450 litres when the rear seat is folded, it ensures practicality for various cargo needs.

On multi-lane roads, the Countryman introduces Driving Assistant Plus, allowing for partially automated Level 2 driving. The system permits the driver to take hands off the steering wheel up to a speed of 60km/h, provided they remain attentive to traffic conditions.

In the challenging and diverse landscapes of Iceland, the Mini Countryman S ALL4 JCW combines style, performance, and off-road capabilities, making it a compelling choice for adventurers seeking a unique driving experience.

Mini is paving the way for a new era in eco-friendly exploration with the introduction of the all-electric Mini Countryman SE ALL4, a reliable companion that opens doors to adventure. This versatile crossover offers emissions-free mobility on diverse terrains, bolstered by its potent ALL4 all-wheel drive, advanced driving assistance features, partially automated Level 2 driving, and an impressive electric range of up to 433km according to the rigorous WLTP test cycle.

The modern, minimalistic design of the SE ALL4 accentuates its distinct personality with clean lines and broader wheel arches. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, this all-rounder has grown significantly, now measuring 4,433mm in length, 1,843mm in width, and 1,656mm in height. Just for comparison’s sake, the smart #1 has a length of 4207mm, a width of 1822mm and a height of 1636mm. This expansion results in increased interior space, offering up to 1,450 litres of cargo capacity when the rear bench is folded down.

Under the hood, two powerful electric motors deliver a combined output of 313hp and a torque of 494Nm, propelling the SE ALL4 through any terrain. This dynamic duo accelerates it from 0 to 100km/h in a mere 5.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 180km/h. The robust battery boasts an energy capacity of 66.45 kWh.

Rapid charging with DC, peaking at 130kW, takes just under 30 minutes to charge the battery from 10 percent to 80 percent. Customers can optimise the charging process through user-friendly settings accessible via the Mini app. The introduction of the Plug & Charge system allows the vehicle to automatically initiate the charging process at compatible public charging stations, eliminating the need for additional authorisation.

The Mini Countryman SE ALL4, equipped with the Driving Assistant Professional, now enables partially automated Level 2 driving on motorway-like routes, allowing drivers to momentarily remove their hands from the wheel at speeds up to 60km/h, provided they remain attentive and prepared to intervene. The system can also identify suitable gaps in traffic for lane changes and adjust the speed accordingly.

The design underscores its rugged character with vertical body elements. Its striking front grille, distinctive headlights, and sculpted bonnet create an imposing presence. Short overhangs and sleek contours lend elegance to the vehicle’s silhouette.

Aerodynamically optimised light-alloy wheels, some measuring up to 20 inches, along with a sleek body design, contribute to a low drag coefficient of 0.26, enhancing efficiency and extending the range. The C-pillar design, with the model-specific ALL4 logo, supports the extended roofline while visually shortening the rear of the vehicle. The rear features a unified appearance with smooth surfaces and flush rear lights. The vertical orientation emphasises its wide stance, with distinctive Mini LED headlights and taillights adding to its unique appeal.

Four trim variants allow for individual customisation, enhancing different aspects of it with a stylish exterior and interior features. The range now includes the new Vibrant Silver roof colour for the first time, a characteristic Mini contrasting roof option.

The interior combines advanced technology and premium materials. The focal point is a round OLED display, controlling infotainment and assistance systems. The Mini Operating System 9 offers intuitive control via touch or voice assistant.

Mini Experience Modes offer immersive driving experiences with unique lighting graphics in various colours and patterns on the OLED display. Mini Driving Sounds create a distinctive ambience.

Passenger comfort has been elevated, with increased shoulder and elbow space for the driver and front passenger, and additional shoulder width for rear seat passengers. The cockpit boasts a modern, clear look with a two-tone textile-designed dashboard, further enhanced by the panoramic glass roof, infusing the interior with brightness. Redesigned trims offer a range of modern interior concepts.

The central console features a redesigned toggle bar for easy access to vital driving functions, eliminating the need for a gear selector and providing practical storage options. Smartphone storage and wireless charging are readily available, ensuring devices stay connected and powered.

In a bid to push the boundaries of electrification and adventure, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is gearing up to showcase a triumvirate of groundbreaking innovations at the Japan Mobility Show 2023. This display includes an electrified crossover MPV concept, a novel last-mile mobility solution, and the highly anticipated all-new Triton pickup truck.

Electrified Crossover MPV Concept

The electrified crossover MPV concept is a fusion of the best features from SUVs and MPVs, aiming to drive towards a carbon-neutral society. Embracing the theme of “Borderless Adventure,” this concept promises an expansive cabin that exudes openness and offers an exhilarating driving experience. Drivers can seamlessly switch between driving modes, ensuring there are no limits to their adventures.

Boasting high ground clearance and an advanced electric four-wheel drive system, this concept vehicle offers a reliable and enjoyable driving experience across diverse weather and road conditions. Equipped with large-diameter tires, it ensures a secure grip on varying terrains, instilling confidence in drivers to explore uncharted territories.

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Hyundai has a wide range of models, covering virtually every segment of the market. Some models are sold in every market while a few are offered only in certain markets. For some markets, special attention is given as they are big (eg China and India) and justify ‘customising’ models to a small extent.

India gets such attention from some of the global players, especially the Korean ones. There are models which Korean carmakers have developed with the Indian market in mind, and then adapted for other markets.

Soon, Hyundai will add another new model to its range for the sub-continent. Not surprisingly, it is a crossover and it is known as the Exter. At this time, Hyundai has not provided technical details but has released just one sketch of the model which is expected to be launched later this year.

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Polestar, the high-performance electric car company owned by Volvo Cars and Geely, announced last year that it would be launching one new model each year starting with the Polestar 3 in 2022. It’s now 2023 and the next model is the Polestar 4, which is positioned between Polestar 2 and Polestar 3 in terms of size and price. The company estimates launch pricing to be from 60,000 euros (equivalent to RM291,180 today).

Production is planned to begin in Hangzhou Bay, China, from November this year, with the first cars being delivered to customers in the country. A full-scale launch for other markets, including in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, is planned for early 2024 – with sales and production ramping up for these markets through the course of the year.

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Since 2022, Mazda has expanded its line-up of CX crossover SUVs with a greater focus on electrification with a complementary range that has a double-digit designations, with a ‘0’ added. While  the popular CX-5 will remain one of the core models globally, alongside with models such as the compact CX-30, the company has additional models in the Large Product Group.

These models are the CX-50, CX-60 and CX-80 – primarily for the European and American markets, together with the wide-bodied CX-70 and CX-90. Most of the models have been launched in the past year or will be launched this year, with the first in 2023 being the CX-90. This new model, largest in the range, will take over from the CX-9 as the flagship of the brand.

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Words, pictures and even videos cannot convey the same appreciation of a vehicle’s capabilities in the same way as personally driving it, and Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) understands that. To provide the experiences of its products, it has had events where the public can get behind the wheel to take a test-drive in specially prepared courses. To show more extreme capabilities of models like the Triton, they even brought in Dakar Rally champ, Hiroshi Masuoka, to provide ‘taxi rides’.

During the first quarter of 2023, there are opportunities to experience their bestselling model, the XPANDER 7-seater crossover, at the Mitsubishi XPANDER Venture Event. The first one will be held this weekend (January 14/15) at Dataran Karnival, Perkarangan Shah Alam, Selangor. The location is next to the Shah Alam Stadium (click here for directions).

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