Highlights of KLIMS’18
Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT) to produce 181PS and 430Nm of torque.
It has a six-speed automatic transmission and also, a Super Select 4WD II with Offroad mode.
Safety features include Forward Collision Mitigation, Ultrasonic Mis-acceleration Mitigation System, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Warning with Lane Change Assist and Automatic Highbeam.
It also has seven airbags, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, active stability with traction control, hill-start assist, hill descent control, trailer stability assist and brake override system as well as rest reminder functions.
Honda HR-V RS
The new HR-V RS variant gets a new exterior featuring Honda’s Signature design, the “Solid Wing Face” concept with new LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights and rear combi LED guide lights.
This new variant comes with 18-inch dualtone alloy wheels, sporty design front grille and new front and rear bumper.
New detailing such as a dark chrome outer handle, black chrome license garnish, sport black side sill and even mesh fog garnish provides a fresh feel to the RS variant.
The engine remains unchanged, with the HR-V RS powered by a 1.8L SOHC i-VTEC mill linked to a CVT.
But upping its performance is the new Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) steering system for sportier driving.
Honda claims the driver get the best of two worlds - quick and nimble steering feel in city driving condition and stable steering feel on the highway.
The SUV also comes with paddle shifters, 8-way driver power seat, sports pedals and Honda LaneWatch - a camera system mounted on the passenger side mirror to minimise blind spots..
Safety features include six airbags, Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Hill Start Assist (HSA) and a multi-angle rear-view camera.
Completely redesigned for the eigth generation, the new Camry 2.5V is a fully imported model from Thailand.
Deliveries start in December, and it is priced at RM189,900 (with SST, without insurance) with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty.
Powering the Camry is a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder DOHC all-aluminium petrol engine with Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence on intake and exhaust sides), mated to a six-speed ECT automatic transmission.
Maximum power output is 184PS at 6,000rpm and 235Nm at 4,100rpm.
No hybrid variant will be available.
The new Camry has Toyota Safety Sense that includes Pre-collision System, Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) as well as Automatic High Beam (AHB).
The new Vios, available in three versions sporting the same 1.5-litre Dual VVT-i four-cylinder petrol engine as before (107PS/140Nm), is now available for pre-order from RM77,200.
It comes with a CVT and is due to appear in showrooms by March next year.
The new Vios is longer and wider than before and is derived from the current Yaris hatch for the Asean market.
There are changes to the front and rear, with the cabin updated along with a steering wheel taken from the Corolla Altis.
While the exterior of the Vios is mostly new, it is built on the previous generation model’s platform.
In terms of dimensions, the new Vios is 5mm longer (4,415mm) and 30mm wider (1,730mm) than the outgoing model, while maintaining the same height (1,475mm) and wheelbase (2,550mm).
The standard kit includes seven airbags, Hill-start Assist Control and automatic air-conditioning.
Depending on variant, additional kit includes blind spot detection, panoramic camera, a dashcam, lane departure warning and paddle shifters.
All versions of Proton’s first SUV are powered by a 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol direct injection engine, producing 181hp at 5,500rpm and 285Nm from 1,700-4,400rpm.
A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.
This is also the first Proton to use voice recognition technology. It has nine speakers with power amplifier and subwoofer.
To cater to phone addicts, six USB ports are available.
The X70, based on the Geely Boyue, will be available in four variants: Standard 2WD, Executive 2WD, Executive 4WD and Premium 2WD.
The entry-level X70 will get 17-inch alloy wheels, halogen headlamps, fabric seats, an 8-inch touchscreen head unit and a rear view camera.
The Executive 2WD variant gets better kit like 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps with daytime running lights, faux leatherette seats, a driver’s powered seat and a 360-degree camera system.
The flagship Premium 2WD variant gets Nappa leather seats, front powered seats, a panoramic sunroof and Advanced driver assistance systems like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS).
The X70 will be launched and its prices revealed on Dec 12 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
Ford distributor Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) specially flew in the new Ford Mustang for KLIMS’18.
The Mustang is a cultural icon and the world’s best-selling sports car for three years straight.
The new Mustang, which will arrive in Malaysia next year, is sleeker and faster with engine and suspension enhancements.
It now features more refined aerodynamics, and has LED lighting technology.
The Mustang’s 5.0-litre Ford V8 engine now delivers 450PS and can sprint from 0-100 kph in 4.3 seconds with a new 10-speed automatic gearbox.
Also, the Mustang’s six-speed manual transmission now features rev-matching technology that delivers smoother, faster downshifts accompanied by a “blip” of the powerful engine.
Its fun-to-drive character is optimised with a new MagneRide adjustable suspension and selectable Drive Modes.
Driver assistance technologies include PreCollision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Keeping Aid.
A contemporary interior features softtouch materials and a 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster.
Perodua unveiled a concept vehicle called X-Concept that hints at its future direction.
The futuristic vehicle in hatchback guise features an LED-illuminated grille with Perodua logo, low-set Y-shaped LED headlamps, dynamic pulse turn indicators and rear-hinged back doors.
The car also does not have a B-pillar to make entry and exit easier.
Designed by local talents for the tech-savvy generation, the X-Concept has an advanced-looking dashboard that has a TFT instrument panel, a 12.9-inch central touchscreen and a flat-bottom steering wheel.
“The X-Concept is the manifestation of Perodua’s vision of the future where cars are lifestyle statements first, means of transportation second, and bristling with connected technology,” said Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh.
Hyundai Santa Fe
The latest Hyundai Santa Fe is due to arrive in Malaysian showrooms in the first quarter of 2019, and will be offered in Executive and Premium variants.
Prices are estimated at RM188,000 onwards and the SUV comes with a 300,000km or five-year (whichever is first) warranty and a 50,000km or three-year free service deal.
Powertrain options are a Theta II 2.4 MPI petrol engine with a six-speed automatic transmission or a R22 VGT turbodiesel with an eight-speed automatic.
The seven-seater comes with the new Hyundai signature cascading grille design with slim LED headlights.
Aside from creating a spacious interior, the new Santa Fe’s longer wheelbase together with shorter overhangs create an elegant profile.
Inside, the Santa Fe feels upmàrket with high quality materials and improved ergonomics.
The second row seats come with onetouch folding to allow easy entry to the third row.
The new Santa Fe also has Rear Occupant Alert that prevents instances of children or pets being forgotten and left behind in the car.
Features include six airbags, vehicle stability control, hill start assist, downhill brake control, electric parking brake with automatic hold, smart power tailgate, 7-inch LCD virtual cluster, wireless phone charger, and a floating type 7-inch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) presented the new Nissan LEAF electric car, which has a e-POWER system that promises greater intelligent power for more efficiency and even includes ProPilot autonomous driving technology.
When activated, ProPilot enables the LEAF to follow the vehicle ahead at a preset distance and keeps the car centred in the lane (even around a gentle curve).
ProPilot also allows a full stop based on the traffic flow, and picks up speed when traffic moves again.
With a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, it now delivers a longer driving range of up to 400km (380km according to New European Driving Cycle) on a single charge, and outputs 110kW of power and 320Nm of torque, improving acceleration and driver enjoyment.
Also, its innovative e-Pedal allows the driver the simplicity of accelerating, decelerating, stopping and even holding the car’s position, by using the accelerator pedal alone.
Along with excellent aerodynamics, the low, sleek profile includes signature boomerang-shaped lamps and a V-motion flow in the grille.
Naza Kia Malaysia brought in the third-generation Kia Cerato (called Forte in some markets), following its world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
The Cerato has sleek and dynamic styling cues inspired by the Kia Stinger fastback sport sedan.
Like the Stinger, Forte’s long hood and short deck lend it an overall fastback-like shape.
The new Cerato has a 428-litre boot, and is also a bigger car, as it is longer and wider, and provides more headroom.
In the United States, it has Kia’s first Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) which was designed to address the rubberband-like feel of a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Kia Motors engineers built the IVT with adaptive style shift logic with a chain-type belt instead of push belt, a first in the compact class.
This results in smooth and linear acceleration, and a more enjoyable and sporty driving experience.
Also, steering feel is upgraded compared with its predecessor, thanks an enhanced Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS).