The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class: four wheeled luxury reinvented…

Mercedes-Benz S-Class, in hightech silver

A new S-Class redefines the benchmark of luxurious motoring. This time, the high-tech innovations are centered around driver and passengers. We name a few of them: The second generation of MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) débuts in the new S-Class. Not less than five(!) screens are installed. New 3D driver display for the first time allows spatial perception of the scene with a real 3D effect thanks to eye-tracking. There is also a very large head-up display with augmented reality content. When navigating, for example, animated turn-off arrows (“fishbones”) are virtually and precisely projected onto the road lane.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class interior: leather siena brown

Using cameras in the overhead control panel and learning algorithms, MBUX Interior Assist recognizes and anticipates the wishes and intentions of the occupants. It does this by interpreting head direction, hand movements and body language, and responds with corresponding vehicle functions. For example, if the driver looks over his/her shoulder towards the rear window, Interior Assist automatically opens the sunblind.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class, interior: leather siena brown

The active ambient lighting with around 250 LEDs is now integrated into the driving assistance systems, and is able to reinforce their warnings visually.

The latest generation of the Driving Assistance Package has new and numerous improved functions. One example is the intelligent compliance with speed limits.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class, exterior: hightech silver

The new S-Class is also easy to manoeuver:  Thanks to rear-axle steering (optional), the S-Class is as manoeuvrable as a compact car in the city. The steering angle at the rear axle is up to ten degrees. The turning circle is reduced by up to two metres.(!)

Mercedes-Benz S-Class DIGITAL LIGHT

More than 50 electronic components in the new S-Class can be updated with new software over-the-air (OTA). These include the entire MBUX infotainment system, the driver display, the driving assistance systems and the MULTIBEAM LED and DIGITAL LIGHT lighting systems. You don’t need to visit your dealer for this anymore…

The S-Class is also safer than ever. When a side impact with another vehicle threatens, the vehicle body can be raised by the E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL suspension (optional) within a few tenths of a second.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class, interior: leather nappa black/carmin red

It is expected that from the second half of 2021 the S-Class will be able to drive in conditionally automated mode with the new DRIVE PILOT (optional extra), in situations where traffic density is high or in tailbacks, on suitable motorway sections …in Germany.

The revolutionary headlamp technology DIGITAL LIGHT (optional extra) allows completely new functions, e.g. the projection of marking aids or warning symbols onto the road ahead. In each headlamp, DIGITAL LIGHT has a light module with three extremely powerful LEDs with light that is refracted and directed by 1.3 million micro-mirrors. The resolution is therefore more than 2.6 million pixels per vehicle.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class, exterior: hightech silver

When the new S-Class is launched, six-cylinder in-line petrol and diesel engines in various output classes will be available, with a V8 engine with integrated starter generator (ISG) and a 48-volt onboard electrical system to follow shortly afterwards. A plug-in hybrid with an all-electric range of around 100 km will follow in 2021.

Of course, books can be written about this new S-Class; We will in the near future, describe some of these new technical and electronic breakthroughs in more detail…

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New Kia Sorento PHEV revealed…

In the premium SUV market, Kia shows its mettle. Alongside the Sorento Hybrid, here comes the plug-in hybrid version, combining the 13.8 kWh battery pack and 66.9 kW electric motor with 1.6-litre T-GDi engine and six-speed automatic. Besides all the power and eco-friendliness, it should be remembered that the fourth-generation Sorento has an innovative platform designed from the outset to accommodate electrified powertrains.

This means generous cabin and luggage space and both five- and seven-seat layouts. These new generation electrifieds are popular: In the first half of 2020, electrified models – including mild-hybrid, parallel hybrid, battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles – accounted for around one in four of all Kia vehicles sold in Europe.

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Clean power

The PHEV Sorento boasts the 1.6-litre T-GDi (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine, which, on its own, produces up to 180 ps and 265 Nm torque.

The engine is paired with a high-capacity 13.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack and an electric motor which produces 66.9 kW and 304 Nm torque.

Combined, these powertrain components enable the Sorento Plug-in Hybrid’s powertrain to produce up to 265 ps and 350 Nm torque. More than enough here. Power is sent to all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. The transmission allows the full power of the engine and motor to be transferred in parallel.

The new model represents Kia’s first use of an independent battery pack water-cooling system in a PHEV, ensuring optimal heat management and efficiency for the high-voltage battery pack. For the 66.9 kW electric motor, the rotor benefits from a new two-stage lamination process to reduce noise and vibration levels.

The engine features Kia’s latest ‘Smartstream’ innovations, including Continuously Variable Valve Duration technology, which regulates the duration that the intake valves open and close depending on driving conditions.

Practical

The dedicated platform also offers plenty of cargo space: up to 809 litres (for seven-seat models) or 898 litres (five-seat models) with two rows of seats in place. In seven-seat models, with all seven seats in place, boot space is 175 litres (compared to 179 litres for its Hybrid counterpart).

Visually, Sorento Plug-in Hybrid models retain the same modern exterior design as other variants in the line-up, with ‘eco plug-in’ badges and a charging port on the rear quarters standing out as the only points of differentiation.

Inside, the cabin also remains largely unchanged, although the 12.3-inch fully-digital instrument cluster is redesigned, with new graphics and dials to provide drivers with a clear picture of the powertrain’s status. It enables drivers to keep track of the battery’s state of charge, as well as the flow of electric and gasoline power through the powertrain. The 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system also features new functionality to enable drivers to easily locate vehicle charging points on-the-go.

Premium infotainment tech and driving aids…

The touchscreen infotainment system enables full, seamless smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. A powerful 12-speaker BOSE® surround-sound audio system is also available, delivering a more immersive sound to all passengers, as well as a cabin Mood Lighting system, with up to 64 colours for users to choose from.

The Sorento Plug-in Hybrid offers a range of Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) technology with pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle detection and FCA Junction, which detects vehicles at junctions when turning; Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM); Surround View Monitor (SVM) and Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA); Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA); Smart Cruise Control with Stop&Go (SCC) and Navigation-based SCC (NSCC), and so much more. It even helps you with parking in tight spaces…

We are eagerly awaiting a first drive with this new Kia Flagship. In the meantime, here are some photos…

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The new Coyote UP brings you even more safety…

Sitting snugly on your dashboard, the new Coyote UP has an interactive voice assistant… you just say “Hey Coyote!”

Experienced drivers treasure it: the Coyote driver assistant. This unique device, which sits snugly on your dashboard in your live of view, is now better than ever. In the beginning of this year the European manufacturer Coyote introduced their latest model, the Coyote UP, which has two new features: a voice assistant for improved safety behind the wheel, and their patented “Predictive Safety technology”. We explain you here more about it. Just read on!

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The Coyote UP embodies an new generation…

Times evolve, and the expectations of the customers too. Good reasons for the Coyote engineers to develop unique extra features, such as their own voice assistant which is able to understand requests in ordinary language. This language feature is interactive: it allows drivers to raise and confirm alerts without taking their eyes off the road or removing their hands from the wheel, using the simple phrase ‘Hey COYOTE!’

Your safety-bringing companion on the road…

Other new features have been incorporated into COYOTE UP:

A 3.5 inch touch screen that is discreet and easy to read.

A single physical button that simplifies interactions with the device.

Excellent visibility at night

A new interface that is simple, ergonomic and intuitive.

Automatic mode change between day (white background) and night (black background) which prevents dazzling the driver.

and equally during the day…

Last but not least, there is this so-called “Predictive Safety technology. ”

Based on an algorithm that analyses community data which have been made anonymous, this Predictive Safety feature contributes to better hazard identification and awareness.

It wars you of dangerous curves ahead and idicates the safe speed…

At each bend in the road that has been identified as dangerous*, the driver receives a contextual alert which provides a recommended speed for taking the bend safely. 

Predictive Safety allows members of the Coyote community to:

1.Negotiate bends confidently 

2.Drive with knowledge of what lies ahead 

3.Manage their speed even better 

This free feature will be initially implemented through a software update on all Coyote UP and NAV+ products during the first quarter of 2020.

Coyote’s unique strength: its user community.

In addition to the new voice functionality and Predictive Safety, the device incorporates all the technology developed by COYOTE. Road alerts and hazards will be reported in real time by the community of over 1.6 million users in Belgium.

The screen displays maximum recommended speed and any disruptions on the route ahead. COYOTE once again offers an ad-free service so as not to distract users. Personal data transmitted by its user community remain anonymous and are not used for commercial purposes.

Coyote aims to contribute to road safety by providing precise, reliable and real-time alerts to its members as well as to its various partners, including the Federal Police. Its information is actually also made available on several platforms: connected devices, applications, on board systems in cars (partnerships with Renault, PSA Peugeot-Citroën and Parrot) and various interfaces specifically developed in the context of public and private partnerships. 

Made in Europe, for its European users…

Coyote operates in eight European countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Poland. The Coyote community has 5.5 million members in Europe, including 1.63 million in Belgium.

The European user community is very important to COYOTE, and has played a central role in the product’s design: through their feedback and the needs they have identified, our loyal customers and ambassadors have worked alongside COYOTE to co-create this new device.

COYOTE manufactures the COYOTE UP in France (it is designed in the Paris region and Bordeaux; assembled in partner factories in Caen and Rennes).

This European user community is very important to COYOTE, and has played a central role in the product’s design.

We unpacked our Coyote UP, further user experiences soon!

The COYOTE UP is available from 13 January 2020 on the website http://www.coyotesystems.be at a price of €229 including VAT. The device is also available in Coyote stores and at all the usual points of sale.

We have now unpacked our COYOTE UP, and will soon report on our user experiences!

More soon, stay posted!

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