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I will try my best to provide detailed info on various cars and what is like to live with them, I have already produced a few for Jaguar-car-forums, I will do my best to be unbiased, but it will be hard for some cars. I will re-produce press releases and copy from other motoring news.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Volvo continues it's expansion with a new facitlity In Bagalore India to build the XC90 to start.

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, announced today that it will start vehicle assembly operations in India in 2017. This positions the company for further growth in the fast-expanding premium car segment in India. 
The assembly operations will be located near Bangalore in southern India and focus on models based on Volvo’s SPA modular vehicle architecture. The first Volvo model to be assembled there is the XC90 premium SUV. Additional models slated for local assembly will be announced at a later stage. 
In establishing its assembly operations, Volvo Cars is working together with Volvo Group, the truck, bus and construction equipment manufacturer, and will make use of Volvo Group’s existing infrastructure and production licenses near Bangalore. No further contract and financial details will be disclosed. 
“I am pleased that as of this year we will be able to start selling Volvos that are Made in India,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “Starting vehicle assembly in India is an important step for Volvo Cars as we aim to grow our sales in this fast-growing market and double our market share in the premium segment in coming years.”
“We are delighted to announce the commencement of an assembly unit,” said Tom von Bonsdorff, Managing Director, Volvo Auto India. “It’s a sign of the company’s strong commitment to India.” 
Volvo’s decision to start assembly in India and market its vehicles as ‘Made in India’ fits well with a similarly named initiative launched by the national government several years ago, which seeks to highlight and promote Indian manufacturing prowess. 
While the Indian premium market is still relatively small, it is forecast to grow rapidly in coming years. Volvo currently has a premium segment share of close to 5 per cent, and aims to double this by 2020. In 2016, Volvo sold more than 1,400 cars in India, an increase of 24 per cent compared with 2015. Year-on-year sales growth in the first four months of 2017 amounted to more than 35 per cent. 

Android and associated apps debut on the Audi SUV showcar at Google I/O.

Android and associated apps debut on the Audi SUV showcar at Google I/O
  • New, open system architecture for in-car infotainment
  • Fully integrated HMI solution featuring Android presented on the Q8 sport concept technology platform
  • New streaming services include Spotify, Google Play Music and Google Assistant
  • Vast Android community knowledge allows accelerated development of future in-car apps
Audi is presenting its concept of a next generation infotainment system with fully integrated Android platform at the renowned Google I/O developer conference, starting today, 17 May. This world premiere opens up new perspectives, which will allow the development of connectivity services to be greatly accelerated.
With 7,000 attendees on site, and millions worldwide via the internet, the three-day Google I/O gathering at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, is considered as the largest and most important developer conference in the software industry worldwide. 
One of the exhibits features Android as a seamlessly integrated solution for in-car infotainment applications, which is being developed by the Android Open Source Community and its millions of members.
The Audi Q8 sport concept technology platform, which Audi is presenting at Google I/O, already has Android on board. The new functions, including the streaming service Spotify, Google Play Music and Google Assistant all run on the large MMI touch display in the centre of the dashboard. The information is also visible in the Audi virtual cockpit in the driver’s direct field of view.
This marks the first time the new services have been fully integrated into Audi’s brand specific infotainment system. While the navigation map continues to use the Audi-typical HERE database, the driver can also choose to navigate with Google Maps. A message centre for incoming messages and calls round out the new services in the show car.
The seamless integration of Android harbours tremendous potential. Android is the world's most popular mobile platform with more than 1.4 billion active users worldwide. 
The open Android community’s immense breadth of expertise and creativity can speed up the development of new applications. New apps can quickly find their way into the cars as additional connected services, for example, if they fulfill the requirements of Google and Audi. 
The foundation for this is the Android platform. Other customer advantages alongside shorter update cycles include a significantly greater diversity of services as well as broad international availability.
When people are able to pursue any activity they want in the car of the future, the integrated Android system will enable them to use the entire world of Smartphone apps in the car.

BMW Enters May with a range of updates on many of its cars form 1-Series to the i8.

  • New 520i and 525d engines join BMW 5 Series Saloon line-up.
  • BMW 5 Series Touring: three new engines and additional specification.
  • BMW 725d – the first four-cylinder 7 Series Saloon in its history.
  • Updates to BMW 1 Series and 3 Series, including addition of new M Sport Shadow edition to line-ups.
  • New BMW 2 Series Coupé and Convertible.
  • Exclusive BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition.
  • New upgrades to BMW Navigation now available on a wide range of models.
New 520i and 525d engines join BMW 5 Series Saloon line-up.
The award-winning BMW 5 Series Saloon is to have its engine line-up bolstered with the arrival of two four-cylinder engines from BMW’s modular engine family.


A new entry level car in the guise of 520i will come at the same time as the 525d, both developed from units featuring an extremely lightweight, thermodynamically optimised all-aluminium construction. Thanks to their unrivalled BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, they combine maximum power with exemplary efficiency and comply with the EU6 emissions standard.



The petrol 520i is a four-cylinder 1,998cc powerplant that employs TwinScroll turbocharging, High Precision Injection, Double-VANOS variable camshaft control and Valvetronic fully variable valve timing. It produces 184hp and 290Nm, enabling a zero to 62mph time of 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 146mph. However, official fuel consumption is still a highly impressive 52.3mpg*, while CO2 emissions are as low as 124g/km.



The four-cylinder BMW 525d diesel engine has an output of 231hp and maximum torque of 500Nm, resulting in a 6.6 second zero to 62mph time and a 155mph top speed. Fuel consumption comes in at 64.2mpg, resulting in CO2 emissions of just 116g/km.

Model

Power  
(
hp)
Torque (Nm)
0 – 62mph
(Seconds)
Top Speed (mph)
Combined
(mpg)
CO2Emissions (g/km)
From
(£ OTR)
BMW 520i
184
290
7.8
155
52.3
124
TBC
BMW 525d
231
500
6.6
155
64.2
116
£41,580
* Fuel consumption and range figures are provisional and based on the EU test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified. 


Both engines are mated to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission and both are available in SE or M Sport specification.



The optional Driving Assistant Plus package – which drivers can entrust with important but monotonous tasks and enables automated driving in certain situations such as traffic jams, slow-moving traffic or on long journeys – has also been enhanced by the addition of a Lane Change Assistant feature.



Also new to the 5 Series Saloon is the availability of the BMW Individual programme, which enables buyers to express their character and own a vehicle that is truly unique to them. With myriad customised features and handcrafted details – including exclusive interior trim finishers, exterior paints and interior upholsteries – the chosen BMW can become an impressive expression of an owner’s personality.



Prices for the engines begin at £41,580 OTR and are available to order now.



BMW 5 Series Touring: three new engines and additional specification.
Like its Saloon counterpart, the BMW 5 Series Touring also receives an updated engine line-up and additional new features.



In the case of the Touring, the new 520i powertrain replicates the output of the Saloon, but the zero to 62mph sprint takes 8.2 seconds, while official fuel consumption is 48.7mpg and CO2 emissions are 132g/km.



Similarly, the 525d has a zero to 62mph time of 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 155mph, while a 60.1mpg fuel economy figure and 124g/km are equally impressive.



The Touring range also adds a 520d xDrive option, with an intelligent all-wheel drive system that not only supplies the familiar handling benefits of all-wheel drive in adverse weather conditions, but also enhances the agility of the driving experience. In addition, BMW xDrive can now be combined with Integral Active Steering, as well as lowered sports suspension. 

This 2.0-litre diesel powerplant, with BMW TwinPower Turbo and common rail injection produces 190hp and 400Nm, resulting in a 7.9-second time in the zero to 62mph benchmark test, before going on to a 137mph top speed. The xDrive’s transfer case in the new BMW 5 Series Touring also works more efficiently, helping to keep fuel consumption to a minimum, with 57.6mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 129g/km.

Model

Power  
(
hp)
Torque
(Nm)
0 – 62mph
(Seconds)
Top Speed (mph)
Combined
(mpg)
CO2Emissions (g/km)
From
(£ OTR)
BMW 520i
184
290
8.2
146
48.7
132
TBC
BMW 520d xDrive
190
400
7.9
137
57.6
129
£41,035
BMW 525d
231
500
6.8
155
60.1
124
£43,780
Like the 5 Series Saloon, buyers of the Touring can also now access the BMW Individual programme to add bespoke elements to their car, while there are also additions to the collection of alloy wheels available to customers.


The new BMW 520d xDrive model is available from £41,035 OTR.



BMW 725d: the first four-cylinder 7 Series Saloon in its history.
For the first time since its introduction in 1977, the BMW 7 Series will be offered with a 1,995cc fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, badged 725d or 725Ld.



These diesel models feature a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry and latest-generation common-rail direct injection, which generates injection pressure of up to 2,500 bar. The diesel exhaust systems operate using BMW BluePerformance technology, which combines close-coupled particulate filters and oxidation catalysts with a NOx storage catalyst. Exhaust gas after treatment in all diesel models is performed with the aid of SCR technology, including a water-cooled metering module for the AdBlue fluid, which serves to cut nitrogen oxide emissions still further. AdBlue can now also be replenished from special pumps at filling stations, allowing the reservoir to be topped up more quickly and conveniently.



The 2.0-litre 725d and 725Ld Saloons, which are mated to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox, produce 231hp, resulting in a zero to 62mph time of 6.9 seconds (7 seconds in the case of the 725Ld) and a top speed of 152mph. And despite this impressive performance, the engines still return fuel consumption figures of 61.4mpg (60.1mpg in the 725Ld) and CO2 emissions of 122g/km (123g/km in the 725Ld).

Model

Power 
(hp)
Torque
(Nm)
0 – 62mph (Seconds)
Top Speed (mph)
Combined
(mpg)
CO2Emissions (g/km)
From
(£ OTR)
BMW 725d Saloon

231
500
6.9
152
61.4
122
£61,300
BMW 725Ld Saloon

231
500
7.0
152
60.1
123
£65,250
M Sport models in the BMW 7 Series Saloon range will now receive an M Sport leather steering wheel, while the Driving Assistant Plus package (an option on all but the M760Li xDrive V12, in which it is a standard feature) now includes Lane Change Assistant as one of its semi-autonomous driving capabilities.


With impressive fuel economy and low CO2 emissions, the BMW 725d and 725Ld appeals to private, company and fleet buyers alike. For those customers involved in chauffeuring services, BMW UK has created a bespoke package to keep business running smoothly at all times. The BMW Chauffeur Programme includes benefits such as a three-year unlimited mileage warranty, 24/7 emergency service and BMW Fast Lane Service, which ensures service and maintenance tasks are completed within 90 minutes. BMW 7 Series chauffeuring customers will have the additional benefit of complimentary UK Driver Training as well as a free Trackstar Stolen Vehicle Tracking system. This features journey management and an app enabled locating service that comes with a one year subscription.



Prices start from £61,300 OTR for the new BMW 725d and £65,250 OTR for the BMW 725Ld Saloon. Both are available to order now.



BMW 1 Series updated with new interior details.
The BMW 1 Series Sports Hatch receives updates to the model range in July 2017, including a redesigned interior.



Enhancements include a completely redesigned dashboard with Sport and M Sport models, featuring a decorative stitching line that, along with new trims, adds to the premium feel of the cabin. Also contributing to an upgrade of the interior are Pearl chrome accents on the window switches, air vents, glove box handle and around the redesigned cup holders, which have a new sliding cover. The new 1 Series also features the latest indicator and wiper stalks, with revised functions and design, in line with the new BMW 5 and 7 Series models.



All new 1 Series models are also now fitted with the latest generation of BMW’s ID6 Navigation which features Live Tiles and enhanced graphics. On models fitted with Professional Navigation (as part of Professional Media package), the larger 8.8-inch display also features BMW Touch functionality and, with the optional Full Black panel display (standard on M140i models and the Professional Media package), the dials now feature a new Black optic display with 3D-effect dials.



Servotronic steering is now fitted as standard. This adjusts the amount of steering assistance to suit the speed the car is travelling at, enhancing driver comfort at low speeds and improving vehicle stability at higher speeds.



The range of available colours has been increased, with the addition of Sunset Orange and Seaside Blue metallic paint, while a Cognac Dakota leather is now available as an interior trim.



New Shadow Edition added to BMW 1 Series line-up.
Now topping the trim levels is the new BMW M Sport Shadow Edition. This features all the specification from the popular M Sport Plus package (M Sport braking system, Harman Kardon loudspeakers, sun protection glass). Additional standard equipment includes cruise control, rear park distance control and extended lighting) along with a wide array of unique additional features. These include black kidney grilles, dark chrome tailpipe, 18-inch M light alloy wheels in Jet Black or Bi-Colour, darkened LED headlights and smoked rear lights.



The BMW M Sport Shadow Edition is priced at just £1,900 more than the cost of M Sport model, prices start from £26,440 OTR.



New BMW 2 Series Coupé and Convertible.
July 2017 sees the arrival of the new BMW 2 Series Coupé and Convertible, with interior and exterior changes, plus specification upgrades.



The BMW 2 Series Coupé was launched in 2014, with the 2 Series Convertible following in early 2015. Both have proved extremely successful models, offering customers a unique-in-class rear-wheel drive platform, dynamic BMW styling, plus a wide range of engines and models.



Building on this success, the 2 Series Coupé and Convertible now feature an updated exterior design, an all-new dashboard and instrument cluster, along with enhanced specification on all models.



Exterior changes include new LED headlights as standard, with the hallmark four corona ring LED daytime running lights. With LEDs emitting a whiter light that is closer to daylight this represents a step change in lightning technology for owners. In addition, all models (excluding the M240i and M2) will receive LED front fog lights as standard.



The front bumper of the SE and Sport models are redesigned and feature a new air-intake design, while all models gain enlarged kidney grilles with a more prominent chrome surround. These changes, along with the new standard LED headlights subtly enhance the exterior design of the new 2 Series Coupé and Convertible models.



The rear of the new 2 Series Coupé and Convertible models now feature new LED tail lights with redesigned LED light bars. The rear of Sport models also features a new bumper with sculpted design and high-gloss black trim.



New standard alloy wheels are now available with Sport and M Sport models. Sport models gain the new double-spoke 17-inch light alloy wheels, burnished and finished in Orbit Grey: M Sport cars receive Ferric Grey double-spoke 18-inch M light-alloy wheels, which were previously a £175 option. Customers can also choose from new exterior colours Seaside Blue metallic, Sunset Orange metallic and Mediterranean Blue metallic.



The cabin of the new 2 Series Coupé and Convertible now feature an all-new instrument panel, centre console with sliding cup holder cover and pearl chrome accents. The new interior features a premium decorative stitching line on Sport and M Sport models along the top of the instrument panel and the new instrument cluster features a Black Optic display with 3D effect dials, which is standard on M Sport and M240i models, but an option with other cars in the line-up.



The new interior also comes with the latest-generation iDrive software on the standard BMW Navigation and BMW Professional Navigation. The large 8.8-inch screen on the latter navigation system is also equipped with BMW Touch Control for the first time, offering drivers the choice of iDrive with Touch pad, voice control and touchscreen to interact with the system.



The standard specification of all new 2 Series Coupé and Convertible models also includes Servotronic steering, which enhances the driving experience at all speeds, while Active Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop&Go function is now available as an option with most engines.



To complete the new interior, a range of new interior trims and upholsteries is now available, including Corner Sport cloth and Cognac Dakota leather upholstery.



The new BMW M2 has also been updated, with LED headlights as standard, a full LED rear light cluster with new sculpted design, the all-new dashboard from the BMW 2 Series Coupé, Black Optic display instrument cluster, plus Professional Navigation with a new interface, BMW Touch control, faster loading speeds and Live Tiles on the main menu.



Prices start from £24,300 OTR for a BMW 2 Series Coupé 218i SE model and are available to order now.



New BMW 3 Series Saloon and Touring: equipment upgrades.
From July 2017, all new BMW 3 Series Saloon and Touring models will receive enhanced standard equipment. This includes LED headlights and fog lights that not only improve the visibility at night and in poor conditions, but also adds to the visual style of the vehicle. The trademark Corona rings give the new 3 Series an unmistakable BMW light signature. This feature was previously only standard on M Sport models.



All new BMW 3 Series models are fitted with the latest generation of software for the BMW Navigation system, which features Live Tiles and enhanced graphics. On models fitted with Professional Navigation, the larger 8.8-inch display also features BMW Touch functionality for the first time in a 3 Series model.



An optional Digital Cockpit is also now available for £295, in combination with Professional Navigation, which visually enhances the interior of the new BMW 3 Series. On Sport, M Sport and M Sport Shadow Edition models, the instrument panel also features a decorative stitching line that adds to the premium feel of the interior.



Servotronic steering has also been introduced to the standard offering and other additions to the new 3 Series optional equipment include a new Carbon Aluminium interior trim, a new Sunset Orange metallic exterior colour and the choice of Cognac Dakota leather for the interior upholstery.

M Sport Shadow Edition available with 3 Series Saloon and Touring models.
The new BMW 3 Series Saloon and Touring model line-ups are also augmented by the addition of a new M Sport Shadow Edition.



Adding a plethora of features to the existing M Sport specification, Shadow Edition models combine the elements of the M Sport Plus package – M Sport braking, sun protection glass, a Harman Kardon loudspeaker system, high-beam assist and full black panel display – plus unique features such as darkened LED headlights, smoked rear lights, black kidney grilles, black mirror caps, dark chrome tailpipes and exclusive 19-inch M light alloy wheels in Orbit Grey Bi-Colour.



M Sport Shadow Edition models are priced at £1,900 over M Sport cars. Prices start from £33,150 OTR for a BMW 320i M Sport Shadow Edition.



Exclusive BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition.
From July, just 15 limited-edition versions of BMW’s i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, called Protonic Frozen Yellow, will be offered in the UK.



This special-edition BMW i8 sports an exclusive Protonic Frozen Yellow with contrast accents in Frozen Grey metallic. This is complemented by 20-inch light alloy wheels with a unique matt finish, along with hubs finished in matt aluminum. The ‘i8’ embossing on the front head restraints and the door sill strips, bearing the lettering ‘Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition’, lend an additional special touch to the interior’s natural aesthetic. 

Amido Black BMW i Spheric full leather, with a yellow highlight, flows through the interior, including yellow contrast stitching to the dashboard and centre console. The gear selector lever and central iDrive controller with black ceramic detailing, the grey- coloured seat belts and the specially designed floor mats with leather piping and yellow contrast stitching add the finishing touches to the cabin’s highly individual styling.



The BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition is priced at £116,250 OTR and will be available to order for a limited period only up to the end of 2017.



New upgrades to BMW Navigation now available on a wide range of models.
A number of models across the BMW model range will also benefit this summer from upgrades to the ID6 software for the BMW Navigation system, as seen on the new 5 Series Saloon and Touring models.



The BMW M3 and M4 performance models, 3 Series Gran Turismo, and X5 and X6 SAVs that have Professional Navigation fitted as standard, or as an option, will all receive software upgrades. These include interactive widgets showing live content, Live Tiles with enhanced graphics, improved menu layout and processing speeds, along with BMW Touch Control functionality for either an 8.8-inch or 10.25-inch screen, depending on the model. This drivers the choice of iDrive with Touch pad, voice control and touchscreen to interact with the system.

The ultra track day road car has been released by Chevy as the Camaro ZL1 1LE.

The ZL1 1LE — the ultimate Camaro track-day model — leads the 2018 Camaro lineup, taking the track-focused 1LE legacy to an unprecedented level. With racing-based suspension and aero technologies, as well as Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tires,* the ZL1 1LE represents the most extreme track-focused Camaro to date.
The new ZL1 1LE Extreme Track Performance Package (order code A1Z) will cost $7,500, bringing MSRP of the 2018 ZL1 1LE to $69,995, which includes the $995 destination freight charge.
“In the long, storied history of Camaro performance, there’s never been another model that matches the capability of the ZL1 1LE,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet cars and crossovers marketing director. 
“With the addition of the new 650-horsepower ZL1 1LE, the Camaro lineup is more diverse and exciting than ever, offering customers the ability to select and personalize their ultimate performance car.”
Additional ZL1 1LE highlights include:
  • Downforce-producing aero: Unique features include a carbon fiber rear wing, specific air deflectors and dive planes on the front fascia that produce grip-generating downforce to help the car stick harder and drive faster in turns.
  • Adjustable suspension: Racing-derived, lightweight Multimatic DSSV® (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) dampers front and rear offer exceptional wheel and vehicle control. The front-end ride height is adjustable, along with the caster geometry. The rear stabilizer bar also offers three-way adjustability.
  • Wheels and tires: New, specific lightweight forged aluminum wheels are an inch wider but an inch smaller in diameter, front and rear, than standard ZL1 wheels and are used with new Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires that deliver max lateral grip of 1.10g. The overall footprint grows approximately 10 percent over the ZL1, but the wheel-and-tire package weighs about 3.3 pounds (1.5 kg) less per corner.
  • Lighter weight: The lighter wheels and dampers, along with thinner rear glass and a fixed-back rear seat, contribute to an approximately 60-pound (27 kg) lower curb weight than a standard ZL1 Coupe. 
  • Supercharged performance and more: The power behind the ZL1 1LE is the 650-horsepower, supercharged LT4 engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission featuring Active Rev Match. Brembo brakes are also included, along with dual-zone automatic climate control, Bose premium audio system, heated/ventilated front seats and heated steering wheel.
Camaro for 2018
The Camaro lineup is offered in LS, LT, SS and ZL1 models, which are available in coupe and convertible body styles. The performance-oriented 1LE package is offered on LS, LT, SS and ZL1 coupes, with track-focused content specific to each model.
In addition, on SS models the 1LE package is now available with the uplevel 2SS trim (late availability).
The Redline Edition package returns for 2018, offering a distinctive, personalized appearance that includes black front and rear bowtie emblems, red-accented grille, hash mark graphic, decklid blackout graphic, dark-finish taillamps, black outside mirrors, 20-inch black aluminum wheels with red accents and more. It is available on LS, LT and SS models.
The 2018 Camaro lineup goes on sale this summer.

MINI moves it's range forward with a host of additional equipment and technology.

  • MINI model range updated with enhanced cockpit instrument design
  • More precise fuel level display, and new control system for MINI Driving Modes and MINI Head-Up Display
  • Introduction of Apple CarPlay on MINI Countryman and MINI Clubman
  • Alertness assistant introduced on MINI 3-door Hatch, MINI 5-door Hatch and MINI Convertible
The MINI brand is further enhancing the appeal of its model line-up in summer 2017 with a range of new design, functionality and infotainment improvements. 
From July 2017, all new MINI models will feature an enhanced cockpit instrument with a new night design and a fuel level display that offers greater precision. Operation of MINI Driving Modes and MINI Head-Up Display will also be revised. In a brand first, MINI Clubman and MINI Countryman will offer Apple CarPlay and an alertness assistant will be introduced on MINI 3-door Hatch, MINI 5-door Hatch and MINI Convertible models.
Apple CarPlay for MINI Clubman and MINI Countryman.
MINI Countryman and MINI Clubman customers who choose Media Pack XL or MINI Tech Pack will now benefit from Apple CarPlay preparation included. This new functionality allows MINI customers a range of new intelligent connectivity and infotainment options.
Apple Carplay integration offers customers a convenient, wireless connection to compatible Apple iPhone apps, including iMessage, Phone, Apple Music, Apple Maps and selected third party apps. Apps are displayed and operated on the 8.8” high resolution MINI central display, and controlled using either the MINI Touch Controller or the touchscreen.
New cockpit displays: night design in white and fuel level display offering greater precision.
As of July 2017, the cockpit instrument on the steering column of all current MINI models will offer improved clarity and an enhanced graphics display. At night time, the numbers and letters will appear in white rather than orange in future. This new colour scheme will also apply to the Head-Up Display whilst driving in the dark. Individual height setting for the Head-Up Display will now be stored in the personal profile on the vehicle key, as will the settings for the exterior mirrors and the electrically adjustable seats.
The new fuel level display on the right-hand section of the cockpit instrument features an enhanced and more precise display, making it easier to read fuel level details.
New operation for MINI Driving Modes and MINI Head-Up Display.
Operation of the MINI Driving Modes will be modified in all current MINI models as of July 2017. Changing from the standard setting to SPORT mode or GREEN Mode and will now be facilitated by means of a toggle switch positioned underneath the air conditioning controls. Head-Up Display controllers will be managed from a separate menu item in the MINI operating system from July 2017 onwards.
A lertness assistant now available across the range.
The alertness assistant will be introduced on the MINI 3-door Hatch, MINI 5-door Hatch and MINI Convertible as of July 2017, enhancing safety on lengthier trips. Included with the optional MINI Visual Boost screen, MINI Navigation or MINI Navigation XL, the system continuously analyses how the vehicle is driven. If the distance covered or the driver’s behaviour indicates that the driver may be losing concentration, the system encourages the driver to take a break with a graphic displayed on the central display screen.