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734 hp, 4WD, over 1,000 km on a single charge and 0-100 km / h in 2.9 seconds. GAC Aion LX Plus crossover finally goes on sale in China

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Earlier this week, prices were announced for various versions of the GAC Aion LX Plus electric vehicle, which is now on sale in China.

Recall that buyers are offered three versions with a power reserve of 600 to 650 km, available at a price of 45 to 65 thousand dollars, as well as a top-end version for 72.3 thousand dollars, which drives more than 1000 km without recharging, according to the Chinese test cycle. passenger cars (CLTC). By the way, the real power reserve was checked by the Chinese edition, which you can read about in one of the previous notes.

The car received a storage battery with a capacity of 144.4 kW • h. It is made with GAC’s proprietary elastic sheet technology, which also makes it 20% smaller and 14% lighter than conventional batteries. The energy density is 205 Wh / kg. The Aion LX Plus is powered by two electric motors that deliver 734 hp. to all four wheels via a two-speed gearbox. This allows the LX Plus to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in just 2.9 seconds.

734 hp, 4WD, over 1,000 km on a single charge and 0-100 km / h in 2.9 seconds.  GAC Aion LX Plus crossover finally goes on sale in China

734 hp, 4WD, over 1,000 km on a single charge and 0-100 km / h in 2.9 seconds.  GAC Aion LX Plus crossover finally goes on sale in China

The vehicle features three RoboSense laser rangefinders, a large 15.6-inch screen for the infotainment system, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon SA8155P SoC. The cabin features a 10-speaker Alpine audio system and white Napa leather seats.

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Presented crossover Ford Territory

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Presented crossover Ford Territory

Ford has introduced a new Territory crossover, which is a shortened version of the Chinese Equator Sport, but their equipment and engine range are different.

The Ford Territory comes standard with cruise control, blind spot monitoring, a 12-inch infotainment system display and a 7-inch instrument cluster, as well as push-button start, keyless entry and six airbags.

Presented crossover Ford Territory

In the older version, a rear-view camera, wireless charging, power seat adjustments for the driver and front passenger, ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, a panoramic VistaRoof and automatic high beams are available.

All versions received one 1.8 EcoBoost turbo engine with 187 hp. with 320 Nm of torque. Gearbox – 7-speed “robot” with two clutches, front-wheel drive only.

Presented crossover Ford Territory

The cost of Ford Territory in Mexico ranges from 29 to 35 thousand dollars.

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Vertical Aerospace conducted manned tests of an electric tiltrotor, which they plan to use in an air taxi

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Vertical Aerospace has conducted the first flight tests of the VX4 eVTOL, which is planned to be used in the same.

Vertical Aerospace conducted manned tests of an electric tiltrotor, which they plan to use in an air taxi

Many companies have been developing flying taxis in recent years. They are often battery powered and fly by an electric motor, as this reduces noise, eliminates harmful emissions and greatly simplifies the maintenance of engines and transmissions.

Now Vertical Aerospace has tested its version of the air taxi. The engineers were so confident in the design that the first test flight took place in manned mode. During it, the prototype only slightly lifted off the ground, and therefore the company did not publish a video. The VX4 eVTOL is a tiltrotor – that is, it takes off vertically like a helicopter, after which it turns the propellers and continues to fly like an airplane.

Vertical Aerospace conducted manned tests of an electric tiltrotor, which they plan to use in an air taxi

In total, 8 propellers are installed on the experimental tiltrotor, of which 4 are used only during takeoff and landing and are folded in cruising mode. Vertical Aerospace claims a top speed of 325 km/h and a range of over 161 km. Thus, the tiltrotor will not only be able to fly around the city, but also allow you to travel in a small region, and is also capable of performing some light regional duties. The developer claims to have received more than 1,400 conditional pre-orders from a range of airlines, tour groups and other operators. This is a lot: for comparison, only about 1,000 civilian helicopters are produced per year.

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BMW XM supercrossover unveiled – the first ever M-hybrid

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BMW XM supercrossover unveiled the first ever M hybrid

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the BMW M division, the German manufacturer has unveiled the new BMW XM hybrid super-crossover. This is BMW’s first plug-in hybrid with the M prefix.

BMW XM supercrossover unveiled - the first ever M-hybrid

The new BMW XM is built on a hybrid platform, which consists of a 4.4-liter V8 petrol engine with 489 hp. with 650 Nm of torque and a 196 hp electric motor. The car received an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission.

Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes 4.3 seconds, and the maximum speed is limited to 250 or 270 km / h, depending on the configuration. The battery with a capacity of 25.7 kWh allows the crossover to drive on pure electricity up to 88 km.

BMW XM supercrossover unveiled - the first ever M-hybrid

The BMW XM is a full-size luxury crossover with a length of 5.1 meters and a wheelbase similar to the BMW X7 (3.1 mm). In the exterior of the new model, the emphasis is on golden details: rims, glass edges, grille trim and other body elements.

The interior of the car has a five-seater configuration (2 + 3). The BMW M multifunctional seats are upholstered in real leather and feature ambient lighting. A total of four trim options will be offered to choose from.

BMW XM supercrossover unveiled - the first ever M-hybrid

Production of the BMW XM will start in December this year, and in the spring of 2023 it will be available from dealers around the world. The main markets for new items will be the United States, China and the Middle East.

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