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4 Oct 23

Monthly review October 2023: 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, the Munich Mobility Show kickstarted the unveiling of new car models, while no month passes without a Chinese newcomer in the world of fleets.

Audi - Q4 E-tron

Quicker charging, more power and sportier suspension. That’s, in a nutshell, the facelifted Q4 e-Tron. Audi has tweaked all the details and mounted a new electric motor in the back with advanced cooling to enhance efficiency. Range grows with some 25 kilometres, while the output of the base model rises with no less than 80 hp. Standard equipment has improved, too.

 

Denza - D9

Raising its ambitions, Chinese EV maker BYD wants to embark in Europe with its luxury brand Denza. With a zero-emission driveline in MPV dimensions the D9 fills a gap which the legacy brands have abandoned. From a battery pack of 100kWh, it draws a range of 612 kilometres (according to the Chinese testing cycle CLTC). There’s room for seven passengers and a plug-in hybrid alternative is on the cards.

 

Lotus - Emeya

Aiming at executives of SMEs, the Emeya is a performance sedan to rival the Porsche Taycan. It packs 918 hp and can hit 0-100 km/h in under three seconds. Charging happens fast, too, with a peak rate of 350 kW to tap 150 kilometer of range in just five minutes. Refilling the 102kWh pack from 10 to 80% takes only 18 minutes. The actively scanning suspension must strike an unprecedented balance between comfort and road-holding.

 

MINI - Cooper

Representing a new era for the brand, the new Mini Cooper is electric and sits on a dedicated EV architecture, leaving a choice between a 40.7kWh and a 54.2kWh battery pack. The exterior mixes classic looks with modern details, but the interior, with a curved dashboard and the first circular touchscreen in the industry, really shines. It’s three-door only. The combustion-engined version will use the current underpinnings.

 

MINI - Countryman

Alongside the Cooper, Mini also released the Countryman - which shares its engines and platform with the BMW X1. Next to three petrol units, ranging from 167hp to 296hp, an all-electric version also joins the range. It has a single and a dual motor from the same 64.7kWh battery pack. Their biggest Mini in the range has grown considerably, which enhances its corporate appeal.

 

PEUGEOT - e-3008

The new 3008 swaps its MPV style for a coupe-like SUV stance and is based on an electric-first platform, which can still accommodate hybridized ICE options. The standard range from the 73kWh battery pack is 525 kilometres, with a long-range option lifting the distance in between charges to a stunning 700 kilometres. With intelligent aero and optimized engineering, the e-3008 aims for the crown of the most efficient cross-over BEV.

 

SKODA - Kamiq

The refreshed Kamiq receives bolder styling cues and brings bigger digital screens to the inside, boosting the options list. Rather unusual for a facelift, the interior has been upgraded with eco-friendly materials based on plant fibers and recycled plastics. A more enhanced package of ADAS systems is now standard, while the engine line-up remains status quo.

 

VOLKSWAGEN - Passat Variant

Still a fleet favourite, the new Passat will be offered exclusively in an estate version. The new model must offer a more refined drive, boosted connectivity, state-of-the-art driving assistance, and an unprecedented range of 100 kilometres of zero-emission driving for the plug-in hybrid versions thanks to a bigger battery. Don’t expect an all-electric version, that’s up to the ID.7.

VOLKSWAGEN - Tiguan

As the company's most popular model worldwide, the new Tiguan ups the stakes with more space and comfort and two plug-in hybrid drivelines which offer 100 kilometres of zero-emission range - it's the same technology as the new Passat including the option of fast-charging at 50kW. The interior features a central display up to 15 inches with enhanced connectivity. Conventional petrol and diesel units remain available. 

Want to read the review of last month? Click here

Image source: Audi, Denza, Lotus, Mini, Peugeot, Skoda, Volkswagen

Authored by: Piet Andries