449 hp, mileage 1315 km on a full tank, acceleration to 100 km / h in 5.3 s, 2 kW of sound, 6 seats and 5.2 meters of dyne. The Li Auto L9 crossover is presented in China, and it has already caused an unprecedented stir
In China, a very interesting crossover is presented – Li Auto L9. This is not just a big, but a very large car – the length is 5218 mm, and the wheelbase is 3105 mm. In fact, this is an analogue of the Mercedes-Benz GLS and BMW X7, not only in terms of dimensions, but also in terms of equipment. But at the same time, his fuel consumption is like that of an average passenger car. And the price is more than acceptable – taking into account the dimensions and equipment.
The car is 1998 mm wide and 1800 mm high. The Li Auto L9 is driven by two electric motors with a total power of 449 hp. The power reserve is quite sufficient for a large and heavy car to accelerate to 100 km / h in just 5.3 seconds.
But electric motors are only part of the power plant of the car. The second part is a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that charges the traction battery, with which the electric motors are connected. The capacity of the traction battery is 44.5 kWh, on pure electricity the crossover is able to travel up to 215 km (based on measurements in the CLTC cycle). Well, on a full tank, Li Auto L9 is able to drive up to 1315 km – with an average consumption of 5.9 liters per 100 kilometers. It is possible not to mention such a trifle as an air suspension, which allows you to increase the ground clearance by 8 cm.
And now about the equipment that will make marketers from BMW and Mercedes scratch their heads thoughtfully. Take at least the central panel. It has two screens with a diagonal of 15.7 inches each. The resolution is higher than in most laptops – 3K. The steering wheel has a small screen with a diagonal of 4.8 inches. It’s not touch sensitive, but customizable. However, one could do without it, since the car has a large projection display.
The Li Auto L9 has six separate seats, all of which are heated and electrically adjustable, while the first and second row seats are ventilated and equipped with a built-in massager. What else is inside? For example, atmospheric lighting with a choice of one of 256 colors, an audio system with 21 speakers with a total power of 2160 watts, two wireless phone chargers, as well as cup holders on the second row with cooling and heating.
A large OLED screen is mounted on the ceiling behind the first row seats for passenger entertainment. It is controlled by voice and gestures: six microphones are placed inside the car and several 3D ToF time-of-flight cameras are installed.
Li Auto L9 is equipped with an autonomous driving system that relies on 25 sensors to work. These include lidar, 11 cameras (six 8-megapixel and five 2-megapixel), millimeter wave radar and 12 ultrasonic sensors. Two Nvidia Orin-X single-chip systems with a total performance of 508 TOPS are responsible for processing the data of this entire arsenal. The car has collision avoidance and automatic parking systems.
The Li Auto L9 is already available for order in China with a $750 deposit. Pre-orders will be accepted until July 15, and test drives will start on July 16. Deliveries of commodity cars should begin before the end of August. The cost of the car is $68,720. But owners of Li Auto One are promised discounts of $1,500 to $4,485. It is not surprising that at such a price and parameters, the car caused an unprecedented stir: the company’s servers collapsed under the influx of visitors almost immediately after the announcement.
The car didn’t even have back seats. Oddities of the base 2024 Toyota Tacoma
Yesterday we talked about the Toyota Tacoma 2024, which entered the US market, and today details appeared about its simplest version – the SR. It turned out that with a one and a half cabin there are no more seats in the back. At all.
The current Tacoma with the exact same body has seats. Even though they are folding, they are there. The Takoma 2024 doesn’t even have reclining seats: all the space behind the seats can only be used for transporting things. But this solution looks rather strange for a one and a half cabin.
At the same time, the Tacoma SR 2024 received an improved media system with an 8-inch screen and support for wireless (!) Apple CarPlay and Android Auto protocols, and the database already has a set of security systems Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 (for comparison, for its analogue in Chevrolet Colorado has to pay almost 2.5 thousand dollars extra).
The most important innovation is under the hood: replacing the 2.7-liter naturally aspirated engine with 159 hp. came a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine with 228 hp. The dynamics have become better, but you will have to operate the manual transmission: in the basic version it is a manual transmission.
Prices in the USA range from 33 to 38.5 thousand dollars. The top-of-the-line 2024 Tacoma SR will have a full cab with a back seat, all-wheel drive, and even a 270-horsepower engine. (still the same 2.4-liter), but the gearbox is still manual.
This is the BMW X3 2025 with different nostrils. The new product was shown in high-quality images
The German automaker has been criticized for the design of its cars in recent years, and according to spy photos of the 2025 BMW X3 that surfaced this fall, the manufacturer has changed some elements.
The following images were created by Sugar Design based on photos of the prototype. There are fewer lines visible on the body of the new model, and the handles are located flush with the body.
The front grille may be perceived differently by fans. The nostrils will become larger, and they will abandon the traditional vertical slats in favor of glossy black plastic. The fenders and headlights have changed, which are similar in shape to the headlights of the X1 and the new 5 Series.
A test prototype has revealed that the new X3 will feature LED taillights that are radically different from the current model’s taillights, and Sugar Design has shown what they could look like.
Powered by petrol and diesel engines (for markets outside North America), as well as hybrid powertrains, the model is rumored to continue using an updated version of the current CLAR architecture. The all-electric iX3 is expected to ride on BMW’s Neue Klasse platform.
The next-generation X3 is expected to be unveiled in mid-2024.
Toyota abandoned the corporate logo, replacing it with a blue dot on cars equipped with hybrid powertrains
Since 2009, Toyota has used a blue halo on its T badge on vehicles equipped with hybrid powertrains. The new Camry doesn’t have that badge, despite being a pure hybrid.
Instead of a blue accent on the badge, the Toyota Camry gets a blue dot on the trunk next to the letters HEV. Toyota confirmed that the new circle is intended to symbolize “the happiness of people living on earth and the desire to pass it on to the next generation.”
The new blue circle will replace the previous prominent badge on new Toyota hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles, a company representative who spoke with Motor Trend confirmed. Those changes start with models like the Camry, Crown and the automaker’s best-known hybrid, the Prius.
Other electrified cars like the RAV4, Venza and Corolla have retained the blue badges, but only because they haven’t been updated yet. Soon a blue dot will also appear on them.
It’s all part of the automaker’s “Beyond Zero” marketing campaign, which involves using electrified vehicles to “go beyond carbon neutrality with our products” and “have a positive impact on our planet and society.”
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