As part of CES 2023, Sony Honda Mobility, established by Sony and Honda respectively, unveiled its Afeela automotive brand.
A somewhat strange name for a car is derived from the word feel – to feel. In order to “feel” everything that happens on the road and in the cabin, the car will have as many as 45 different sensors at its disposal. And for communication with people, a long LED strip is provided between the headlights. She will “communicate” with the help of light.
Interestingly, despite such a large number of sensors and cameras, only the second level of autonomy has been announced so far, but with plans to move to the third level.
If Honda is responsible for the automotive component, then Sony is responsible for the entertainment. Smart car technology will be based on the capabilities of Qualcomm Snapdragon chips, and the graphical user interface will be implemented on the basis of Unreal Engine from Epic Games.
The first Afeela (which looks like a large electric hatchback designed for five) will be assembled in the US at Honda’s Ohio facility. Pre-orders will begin to accept in 2025, real sales will start in 2026. Probably, the company will do without dealers: it was previously said that Sony Honda Mobility is going to sell cars online.
Mazda is preparing another flagship seven-seater crossover. Mazda CX-80 will receive an in-line 6-cylinder engine
Mazda just a few days ago declassified the CX-90 crossover – and now the web has already appeared details about the next flagship model, the CX-80.
If the CX-90 is the flagship, how can the CX-80 be the flagship? It’s simple: the CX-90 is a model for the US market, but the CX-80 will be the top model in Japan and Europe. He, as the name implies, will replace the CX-8. The CX-80 will be 4950mm long and the new model will be 25mm longer, 45mm wider and 10mm taller than the CX-8. Inside there will be three rows of seats.
The base for the CX-80 will be a 2.5-liter gasoline four-cylinder engine. There will also be a 3.3L inline-six diesel engine, a “mild” diesel hybrid and a plug-in hybrid powertrain borrowed from the CX-4.
The premiere of the Mazda CX-80 is expected this fall.
This Geely crossover can accelerate to 100 km / h in 3 seconds. Zeekr X quality images
The Chinese resource Autohome has published high-quality images of the Zeekr X compact electric crossover (Zeekr brand is owned by Geeky). It will be the brand’s third model after the Zeekr 001 premium hatchback and the Zeekr 009 minivan.
The Zeekr X has some things in common with the Zeekr 001, but in general the crossover has received an individual look. Of the features – the absence of door handles, frameless windows, “muscular” sidewalls and a straightened roofline for more headroom for rear passengers.
The Zeekr X will be based on the Geely SEA (Sustainable Experience Architecture) platform, which is also used by Volvo. Despite its compactness (dimensions – 4450 x 1836 x 1572 mm), the car will be quite spacious inside, as the wheelbase is 2750 mm long. For comparison, the current Hyundai Santa Fe with a length of 4785 mm has a wheelbase of 2765 mm.
What will be the traction batteries and electric motors – one can only guess for now, but Geely has already officially announced that the Zeekr X will accelerate to 100 km / h in 3 seconds.
Chery’s latest flagship. Huge crossover Chery Tiggo 9 showed live
Chery has published official photos of the flagship crossover Chery Tiggo 9 in white, which is undergoing winter testing.
Despite the fact that the formal presentation of the novelty has not yet taken place, the company has already revealed almost all the details about the car, which will become Chery’s largest crossover.
Dimensions Chery Tiggo 9 will be 4780 x 1920 x 1700 mm with a wheelbase of 2800 mm. He will receive a large radiator grille with vertical slats, retractable door handles, parking sensors on the front and rear bumpers, a solid rear lamp.
Salon can be 5-and 7-seater. Chery compares the interior of the Tiggo 9 to that of a Mercedes-Benz. The car will receive a dual screen, consisting of a 12.3-inch full-featured instrument panel and a 12.3-inch central control screen. The new car will be equipped with a steering wheel with touch buttons, an electronic gearshift mechanism, an independent climate control system for rear passengers, heated rear seats, side vents, a rear sun visor and other options.
Chery Tiggo 9 will be equipped with two types of motors. The 254 hp SQRF4J20 is installed in the Tiggo 8, Tiggo 8 Pro and Tiggo 8 Plus. The second motor, numbered SQRF4J20C, has a power of 261 hp. and installs Exeed TXL, VX and LX.
In China, the car will go on sale in May at a price of $21,800.
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