Germany automaker Audi has just taken the wraps off the facelifted 2015 Audi A7 Sportback range including the current range-topping S7 Sportback. Featuring a host of subtle visual changes while also packing more power than ever before, the facelifted A7 and S7 Sportbacks are even more special than the outgoing models.
2015 Mercedes-Benz V-Class
Launched in Munich, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz V-class will be sold in Europe from this spring, and it’s possible that it will eventually be offered in the U.S., too. While the decision on the 2015 V-class has yet to be taken, it is clear that its Vito working-class brother will come to these shores to complement the bigger Sprinter.
The new luxury MPV offers two equipment lines, an Exterior Sports package and an Interior Design package for each line, two wheelbase options, three body lengths from 4985 mm to 5370 mm and a huge range of optional extras, making it perfect for families or luxurious VIP or hotel shuttle.
Under the hood, the V-Class will offer a 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine in three output levels: the V200 CDI with 136PS (134hp) and 330Nm; the V220 CDI with 163PS (161hp) and 380Nm; and the V250 BlueTEC with 190PS (187hp) and 440Nm. The last two versions return an average fuel economy of 5.7l/100km (41.3mpg US / 49.6mpg UK) and 6.0l/100km (39.2mpg US / 47.1mpg UK) respectively.
The interior of the new V-Class features high-quality appointments and reflects the style of Mercedes-Benz passenger car models. It thus very clearly embodies the unmistakable Mercedes-Benz passenger car design philosophy of ‘sensual clarity’. The typical contrasting interplay of organic surfaces and clear lines, along with warm and cool colour tones, conveys an exceptional sense of harmony and serves to underline the high-class feel of the vehicle.
The heated and cooled captain’s chairs are comfortable and supportive, with full electric adjustment, while the adjustable armrests help to give a relaxed feel at the wheel. Visibility from the driver’s seat is good, and there are front and rear parking sensors plus four cameras that give the V-Class driver a 360-degree view of what’s going on around the vehicle…
2015 Kia Sedona
The Korean automaker Kia has revealed the 2015 Sedona before the van’s official public unveiling at the upcoming 2014 New York Auto Show. A new engine, a fully redone interior and new styling on the outside make this Kia relevant in a market where if never really competed against the top players.
2015 Honda FCEV
Honda has promised a new fuel-cell powered car for 2015, previewing the potential styling of the eco-friendly car with its FCEV. Improving on power, efficiency, passenger space, and design over the Honda FCX Clarity, the 2015 FCEV develops over 100kW from its fuel-cell stack, cladding it in an aerodynamically creased body shell and promising 300 miles of range.
The power density of the fuel cell stack is now 3 kilowatts/liter, an increase of 60 percent, with the stack size reduced 33 percent compared to the one in the FCX Clarity. Despite the smaller size, the stack yields more than 100 kW and by charging a lithium-ion battery enables the FCEV to drive more than 300 miles on a single fill of hydrogen.
While featuring sweeping character lines, the Honda FCEV Concept lines are designed to create an ultra-aerodynamic body and ample passenger space with seating for five passengers.
It’s not clear if Honda will lease its new fuel cell vehicle, but Toyota has already confirmed it’s willing to sell its own fuel cell vehicle, though a previous cost estimate of around $50,000 is looking unlikely…