BMW has unveiled the updated 2024 BMW X5 and X6 crossovers, which received a slightly redesigned interior and a new turbocharged inline-six engine.
Both models have new front and rear bumpers, as well as a new grille that can light up if you opt for the M Sport Pro package, and slimmer signature BMW headlights.
Standard BMW X5s get new silver accents including roof rails and underbody protection, while those with an M Sport or M60i trim level get a special body kit that includes an “octagonal front end”.
Inside, too, there are changes, the most obvious of which is the introduction of BMW’s curved display and Operating System 8. The larger panel combines a 12.3-inch instrument cluster display and a 14.9-inch infotainment display. BMW is proud to say that the new setup “offers a significant reduction in the number of buttons and controls” that not all drivers will appreciate.
The facelift brings a new gear selector and updated ambient lighting. All trim levels get the Comfort Pack as standard, as well as sport seats.
BMW X5 buyers can choose between xDrive30d, M60i or xDrive50e. The first is an inline six-cylinder diesel that has been upgraded for efficiency and features a 48-volt mild hybrid system with a total output of 294 hp. The BMW X5 M60i also gets a 48-volt system but combines mild-hybrid technology with a 523-hp 4.4-liter V8. with electric motor and battery 25.7 kWh. The range on electricity is now about 110 km.
BMW X6 buyers are offered the same 30d or M60i powertrains as the X5. You can’t have a plug-in hybrid, so instead there’s the xDrive40i mild-hybrid, with the X6’s new inline-six petrol engine that makes 375bhp.
Prices for the X5 start at £66,230, while the facelifted X6 starts at £72,430 in the UK.
Babyark smart child car seat unveiled with military-grade technology and multiple sensors
Introduced a child car seat that was created by Frank Stephenson Design in collaboration with Babyark, an innovative baby safety technology company. Its design is inspired by the egg.
The child seat is constructed with a carbon fiber frame and military-grade energy-absorbing technology that sets it apart from virtually all other child seats on the market. It also includes the SafeCoil steel-based cushioning system that gently slows the seat forward during an accident. An advanced side impact protection system has also been implemented.
Another addition to the safety of the child seat is a set of 14 sensors in the base that constantly monitor a wide range of parameters, such as whether the seat is correctly installed, and can also tell the owner if the child is properly secured. Accelerometers and gyroscopes can also register the force of any collision and notify users when the seat can be reused.
After working in the automotive industry, I always wanted to go beyond the simple design of car shapes. Safety standards and design in the industry have changed significantly, and yet we easily neglect the technology needed to keep children safe. Babyark’s breakthrough business approach and its open design, inspired by the protective forms of nature around us, aims to embrace passengers and provide safety and luxury for users.
BYD Han EV 2023 became a super hit: 5,000 cars sold in 4 hours
BYD has unveiled the updated 2023 BYD Han electric sedan, which is priced between $30,400 and $43,400. The 2023 version has several improvements and updates, including the new Glacier Blue color.
Alongside the 2023 Han EV, the 2023 Tang DM-i (PHEV) was introduced. In the first 4 hours, 8196 pre-orders were issued for cars. A source inside the company told CarNewsChina that about 5,000 pre-orders were placed for BYD Han 2023.
BYD Han EV 2023 is equipped with atmospheric lighting, heat pump air conditioning, improved sound and heated steering wheel for the flagship model. The entire series also features aluminum alloy suspension as standard.
The car supports 5G networks, iPhone smartphones as a key, as well as the blind spot monitoring function for the Noble equipment with a range of 605 and 705 km. Transmission options remain the same, with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions available. The front-wheel drive version has a maximum power output of 244 hp and a 0-100 km acceleration time of 7.9 seconds.
The front-wheel drive versions of the BYD Han EV 2023 are available in 506 km, 605 km and 715 km versions. The total power of the all-wheel drive version is 516 hp, and the acceleration time to 100 km/h is only 3.9 seconds. The power reserve for the all-wheel drive version is 610 km.
The previous version of the model was released at the beginning of last year.
170 hp, spacious interior, 13.2-inch screen and 6 l/100 km for only $12,750. Chinese sedan Changan Yida was even a little cheaper than expected
Changan revealed the cost of different versions of the Changan Yida budget sedan – and it turned out to be even a little cheaper than previously reported.
There are three complete sets, but all of them with a 1.5-liter engine of the Blue Whale family with a capacity of 170 hp. and 7-speed “robot”. The simplest version is priced at $12,750, the mid-range version costs $14,100, and the top one is only $15,700. It is one of the most affordable and spacious sedans in its category in China. And from other pluses, one can note modern design and good equipment already in the database.
Changan Yida dimensions are 4770 x 1840 x 1440 mm, and the wheelbase length is 2765 mm. Judging by the photo, the space in the rear seats is almost like in a business class car.
Already in the base, Yida has a multifunction steering wheel, a digital instrument panel with a 10.25-inch screen and a media system with a vertically oriented 13.2-inch screen, cruise and climate control. The top version, of course, has all the possible options, including a panoramic roof, a surround view system, adaptive cruise control, electrically adjustable and heated seats, and wireless phone charging.
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