High­lights of KLIMS’18

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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.

Toy­ota Camry

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).

Toy­ota Vios

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.

Pro­ton X70

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 Mus­tang

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 X-Con­cept

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.

Nis­san LEAF

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.

Kia Cer­ato

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).

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