Monthly review February 2024: new car and van models
Stay up to speed with Fleet Europe’s Monthly Review featuring new car and van models that will hit your fleet shortlist soon. Last month, updating was the name of the game, with many important fleet models receiving their mid-career facelift.
BYD - TANG
The BYD Tang EV is getting an upgrade just a year after its European launch. Its new 108 kWh battery boosts the range to 530 km (from 400 km), with enhanced charging capabilities (up to 11 kW AC and 190 kW DC). The improvements must give the seven-seater Chinese SUV a more competitive arm length to the best-selling Tesla Model Y.
Ford - KUGA
The Ford Kuga, a top-selling PHEV in European fleets, sports a new look with a revamped grille, LED headlights, and updated rear lights. It features enhanced interior tech, including a larger infotainment screen and more advanced driving aids. The plug-in hybrid's power increases from 225 to 243 hp, accelerating to 100 km/h 2 seconds faster while maintaining a 70 km zero-emission range on its 14.4 kWh battery. Additional options include a self-charging hybrid and a mild hybrid.
Ford Pro - TRANSIT CONNECT
The Transit Connect is Ford’s version of the Volkswagen Caddy Cargo. But, unlike its German sibling, features a plug-in hybrid powertrain with up to 110 km electric range and fast charging. Powertrain alternatives include a 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine. Key features are a high payload capacity (820 kg), an impressive cargo volume of 3.7 m2 (L2), and a version with a flexible second row for switching between goods and people transport.
Hyundai - BAYON
The facelifted Hyundai Bayon's enhancements include Over The Air navigation updates, optional multi-color LED interior lighting, and second-generation eCall for emergencies. Aesthetically, changes are subtle, with a connecting LED strip at the front inspired by the bigger Kona. There’s no strong accent on electrification but a mild hybrid assistance on the 100 hp 1.0 T-GDi petrol engine.
NamX - HUV
The Afro-European startup NamX introduces some detailed specs on the HUV, a hydrogen-powered car with a unique twist: a V8 engine that burns hydrogen, partly stored in interchangeable capsules and home-delivered by subscription. Offering two models, the GT and GTH, the HUV combines traditional driving spirit with zero emissions. However, its combustion process and the green hydrogen production present efficiency challenges.
Porsche - MACAN
Porsche has unveiled its first electric SUV, the "new Macan," in two variants: Macan Turbo and Macan 4. Both models use a 100 kWh battery, offering ranges of up to 613 km for Macan 4 and 591 km for Turbo. This marks a significant move from Porsche's best-selling combustion model to electric. The Macan, introducing the specific PPE platform, maintains Porsche's design ethos, with a few surprises in its appearance designed to benefit range.
Toyota - bZ4X
Toyota's latest update to the all-electric bZ4X SUV focuses foremost on convenience and comfort. Key improvements include a revised battery heating system for faster charging in cold weather, a new radiant heater for more energy-efficient interior warming, and a safety feature to prevent rear collisions. The high-end model now offers a digital key compatible with smartphones.
Volkswagen - GOLF
Volkswagen celebrates the Golf's 50th anniversary with version 8.5, featuring a new infotainment system, redesigned front and rear, and efficient drive systems, including plug-in hybrids with 100 km electric range. It integrates reworked features like a more intuitive touchscreen, IDA voice assistant with ChatGPT, and, as the icing on the cake, options for easier parking and maneuvering.
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