One of Ford’s best-selling SUVs for a reason, the Escape’s popularity is born of its reputation for great fuel economy, versatility, and technology aimed at helping customers, and it stands proudly as an integral part of Ford’s SUV lineup. The new Ford Escape delivers an even more technologically advanced, refined and affordable sports utility vehicle (SUV), making driving simpler, safer, more enjoyable – even irresistible – for the ever-growing number of SUV customers in one of the most competitive segments in the Middle East.
The new Escape offers Ford’s sophisticated SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, innovative driver assistance technologies, an ergonomic and comfortable interior, and powerful and efficient engines including Ford’s twin-scroll turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-litre four cylinder EcoBoost® engine, which produces 242 PS and 366 Nm of torque.
A 2.5-litre iVCT Duratec automatic petrol engine with 171 PS and 230 Nm of torque is also available, with each engine variant mated to a six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
The new Escape also features Ford’s Perpendicular Parking technology that helps drivers park hands‑free in spaces alongside other cars; an enhanced version of the Active City Stop collision avoidance system; and Ford’s Adaptive Front Lighting System for optimized visibility in low light. Further advanced technologies include Hands-Free Lift-gate and Ford Intelligent All Wheel Drive (AWD).
Nissan today launched the new 2017 GT-R across the Middle East, the latest iteration of Nissan’s flagship performance vehicle, boasting a revised look both inside and out as well as major driving performance enhancements and more power. The 2017 models represent the most significant changes made to the GT-R since it was introduced in 2007, with Nissan also announcing the immediate availability of its GT-R NISMO in the region.
The new GT-R’s exterior gets a complete makeover across the front end. The new chrome matte finish “V-motion” grille represents one of Nissan’s latest design signatures. It has been enlarged to provide better engine cooling and features an updated mesh pattern. A new hood, which flows flawlessly from the grille, has been significantly reinforced, contributing to stability during high-speed driving. A freshly-designed front spoiler lip and front bumpers with finishers situated immediately below the headlamps give the new GT-R the look of a pure-bred race-car, while generating high levels of front down-force.
Volvo Trucks is back with yet another spectacular Live Test. During the breath-taking ride, the Volvo FH tows the paraglider up a steep mountain road and under the narrow opening of an overhanging bridge. The tight space calls for high precision driving at a constant cruising speed without any room for error. The test was set up to demonstrate Volvo Trucks’ unique power-train, fitted with I-Shift Dual Clutch, enabling excellent performance whilst at the same time considerably lowering fuel consumption.
“Driving on high gears and securing seamless gear shifting is an important factor for fuel efficiency. The I-Shift Dual Clutch enables smooth driving whilst staying in high gears and low revs,” says Staffan Wendeberg, Product Manager FH and Long Haul at Volvo Trucks.
From its crisp, clean contours to its timeless style, the A4 is beautifully crafted front to rear, while details like the diamond-inspired Singleframe grille and available full LED headlights prove that being on the leading edge is a winning proposition.
At 4.73 meters long and with a wheelbase of 2.82 meters – the new Audi A4 has a confident stance on the road. A prominent horizontal line on the front and rear emphasizes the car’s width. The flowing design with concise lines communicates the sporty elegance of the brand. The Single-frame grille is wide and low; the optionally available headlights in LED and Matrix LED technology (including dynamic turn indicators) make technology a visual trademark.
Innovative lightweight construction, pioneering engines or a highly intelligent energy management are the best examples: The innovations of the BMW Efficient-dynamics engineers set new standards. In the BMW 7 Series, they unite in masterful perfection. The result is the optimum combination of driving comfort, dynamics and efficiency.
Whether the goal is maximum performance or minimum fuel consumption – for BMW, the focus is always on delivering quintessential BMW driving pleasure. BMW Efficient-dynamics is the strategy developed by BMW to minimize fuel consumption and CO2 emissions while simultaneously increasing dynamics and driving pleasure. It is a comprehensive technology package that encompasses the engine, energy management and the vehicle concept – and comes with every BMW.
The AMG GT Roadster, comes with 469 horsepower (a modest jump from the 456 hp made by the base AMG GT coupe) and 465 lb-ft of torque from a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 — that’s enough to get the car from 0–60 mph in 3.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 188 mph.
For those who want something a little bit more “turned-up-to-eleven,” Merc also has the AMG GT C Roadster, which gets more output and torque (550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft) as well as a wider rear end that makes room for larger wheels and an active rear axle steering system brought over from the AMG GT R that lets the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front. According to the Mercedes press release, it gives “significantly higher agility and increased driving pleasure with less steering input” — though the more usable benefit is a reduced turning circle.
Both convertibles have a fabric roof (available in black, beige, and a gorgeous red) that can open or close in around 11 seconds and it can do it while the car is going 30 miles per hour. Unnecessary and ridiculous? Probably. Awesome nonetheless? Abso-fricking-lutely. Also awesome? The Burmester sound system has a “special aperture in the right wheel arch” that holds a subwoofer and transmits the low notes throughout the entire car.
We recently spent some time with the updated 2017 Highlander to discover the cool ways the crossover is different from the 2016 model—and also how it has remained the same.
As the designated driver for most road trips, I don’t spend much time in third-row seats. Still, when Toyota provided a 2017 Sienna beside a 2017 Highlander, I had to try both family-mobiles. No surprise here, the overwhelming winner for space in the third-row seats is the Sienna. I couldn’t believe how much space was back there, but my comfort level went from mildly uncomfortable to unbearable in the Highlander. That’s to be expected, though, as the Highlander is about 8 inches shorter than the Sienna, which has more interior space overall.
One in every two cars carrying the insignia of Daimler’s in-house hot-shop from Affalterbach, Germany, is sold in the U.S.; the greater Los Angeles area alone is AMG’s eighth-largest market in the world. That sales success has largely been built on the back of the 63 and 65 series cars, immensely powerful V-8 and V-12 versions of C-Class and bigger sedans, coupes, convertibles, and SUVs. But Daimler wants more people to share the AMG love. Enter the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43. Same AMG flavor, just fewer calories. And a cheaper price tag. Call it AMG-lite, if you will.
For its second model year, the 2017 CX-3 benefits from just a few minor trim and equipment changes. There’s been some fancy-wheel democratization, as the mid-level Touring trim now receives the snazzy 18-inch wheels that were previously included with only the top Grand Touring model. Active safety technology became a bit more accessible, too, as Mazda dropped the cost of the i-Activsense package offered on the Grand Touring (adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, automated emergency braking, and more); it now costs $1170, $750 less than before.