The All-new 2022 Lexus NX: A New Era of Luxury


Introducing another time of extravagance, Lexus is accepting charge, natural innovation, execution, and plan. The all-new 2022 Lexus NX conveys a considerable rundown of firsts, including the all-new Lexus Interface interactive media framework planned in light of the North American market.

With a lower focus of gravity and more grounded position, the all-new NX epitomizes incredible plan, natural development and vast utility. The most striking update is the presentation of Lexus Interface, the coordinated interactive media and advanced help on the discretionary 14-inch touchscreen show. It offers accessible over the air refreshes, remote charging and untethered advanced cell association with the client’s novel profile. This is combined with the presentation of standard Lexus Safety System+ 3.0, in addition to Blind Spot Monitor. Furthermore, Safe Exit Assist and the imaginative Digital Latch framework are intended to make leaving the vehicle securely considerably more easy.

“The all-new Lexus NX sets another norm in the extravagance hybrid market with class-driving advancements in jolted powertrains, infotainment, driving elements, styling and security,” said Vinay Shahani, Lexus VP of promoting. “The 2022 NX incorporates the most mechanical vehicle changes since we dispatched Lexus 32 years prior. With the all-new Lexus Interface mixed media framework and an assortment of adjustable highlights, NX is an energizing initial phase in a progression of 20 all-new or refreshed Lexus vehicles by 2025.”

Amazing Design for the Future

From the refined shaft grille to the new full-width edge taillamps and LEXUS back badging, the all-new 2022 Lexus NX emanates an amazing message to those moving toward the extravagance hybrid. At the front, the refreshed grille example and casing make a more coordinated feel to the body of the vehicle. Comprised of tall U-formed squares, the axle grille is intended for a three-dimensional impact and makes a feeling of profundity while communicating a solid impression. Outlined on top by the L-molded daytime running lights (DRL), the discretionary three-projector headlamps make offset with a more quelled impression.

In the back, the Lexus logo has been updated to make a high level and present day articulation. The utilization of the L image has been supplanted by another, bound together LEXUS logo situated at the focal point of the vehicle. A full-width cutting edge back blend light (like the Lexus UX and IS). furthermore, a L-molded light on the back bumper are isolated to make the articulation remarkable to the NX. The light bar lights are continually enlightened around evening time to work as a taillight and enlighten the back brand signature.

Visitors can choose from an assortment of new NX tones to suit their taste, including Redline, Cloudburst Gray and Grecian Water. For colors select to F SPORT models, the range incorporates Ultra White, Obsidian and Ultra Sonic Blue Mica 2.0.

Driver-Focused Cockpit Design

The NX’s driver-focused cockpit has been carefully planned with an attention on associating the driver to the vehicle. The 7-inch Multi Instrument Display (MID) and discretionary 10-inch Head Up Display (HUD), both NX firsts, are intended to pass on vehicle data, alarms and updates, inside the driver’s view. The MID’s single meter design is made more noticeable by a high – definition screen. Most driving-related capacities are focused on the directing wheel to take into consideration natural activity while keeping the driver’s eyes out and about.

In the middle stack, the standard 9.8-inch touchscreen puts a variety of interactive media highlights inside simple reach. The discretionary 14-inch contact screen, a first for NX, conveys a vivid mixed media experience. Dial controls stay for much of the time utilized capacities, similar to environment control and media volume. Solace highlights, for example, warmed seat choice, are presently more promptly available. All improvements join to make a more easy to use, advanced in-vehicle experience.

Driving Performance – All-New NX 350 2.4 Turbo Engine

The new lower focus of gravity and improvements in vehicle unbending nature consider a higher strength 2.4 super gas motor on the NX 350. The new 8-speed transmission gives the gas-controlled NX the vibe of an exhibition vehicle with the higher point of view of a hybrid utility vehicle. This is made conceivable by upgrades to torsional inflexibility through laser peening welding and the expansion of high unbending nature froth, both Lexus firsts. The twin hood lock, additionally a brand first, adds front parallel flexural unbending nature and improves the streamlined features of the vehicle.

The energizing super gas-controlled motor flaunts an expected 275 strength and 317 lb. ft. of force. Joined, these outcome in a 0-60 season of 6.8 seconds, a half-second speedier than the past model.

Furthermore, the NX 250 gives a normally suctioned gas motor to balance the alternatives for visitors inspired by a 2.5-liter 4-chamber gas motor with turn over/stop usefulness. With an eight-speed transmission, this model is accessible in both FWD and AWD choices. Conveying an expected 203 drive and 184 lb. ft. of force., joined outcomes in 0-60 times of 8.2 seconds (FWD) and 8.6 seconds (AWD) individually.

Execution and Range with the NX 450h+ Plug-In Hybrid

In a first for Lexus, the new module half breed vehicle (PHEV) framework rejuvenates Lexus Electrified through execution and the mark quietness of a PHEV model. The NX 450h+ has a maker assessed a day and a half reach on electric force just, made conceivable by the recently grew, high-limit lithium particle battery. The framework accomplishes the EV yield identical to a 2.0-liter motor. When joined with the recently evolved mixture transaxle, a 2.5-liter inline 4-chamber motor follows through on the presentation extravagance visitors are looking for with an expected 6.0 second 0-60 time.

A high-yield, high-effectiveness framework intended to diminish power misfortune while changing over from AC influence to DC influence, results in more limited charging times. Utilizing the most extreme charging current of 240V, the Lexus NX module cross breed can be completely energized in roughly over two hours when furnished with the discretionary 6.6 kW Expedited Onboard Charger. With the standard 3.3 kW on board charger, energize time goes somewhat to four-and-a-half hours.

The NX450h+ utilizes an electronically controlled, full-time AWD framework for a sure, lively driving experience. Improving front and back force dispersion as per the driving conditions, the driver can handle the vehicle as planned. Reciprocally, the NX AWD gives invigorating yet rich control to ordinary to forceful driving styles.

Prescient Efficient Drive couples with the route framework, masters driving propensities, predicts the normal street ahead and dissects continuous traffic reports to improve charging and releasing of the half breed battery. The more miles the NX is driven, the more information is accumulated to help upgrade fuel utilization. The framework likewise utilizes aggregated information about a driver’s conduct to foresee when and where the vehicle is probably going to back off or stop. For instance, when the NX approaches an area where the driver has eased back or halted before, and the driver delivers the gas pedal, Predictive Efficient Drive increments regenerative slowing down, permitting more effective energy to be recuperated and re-energized into the crossover battery.


Half breed Combines Performance and Fuel Economy

With the all-new Lexus NX 350h, visitors can have both extraordinary execution and mileage. With a joined 239 strength (a 20 percent increment over the current model) and noteworthy producer assessed a day and a half (an increment of 6 MPG over the current model), the NX crossover brings an incredible exhibition that shows the brand’s mixture administration. Visitors will likewise see the speedier 0-60 time with 1.5 seconds shaved off the time from earlier ages at 7.2 seconds.

The Lexus Hybrid Drive framework combines the D4-S fuel infusion 2.5-liter 4-chamber gas motor with two high-force electric drive engine generators for solid speed increase and passing execution. Rather than move gears and a driveshaft to the back tires, the AWD framework utilizes a second, free electric engine to drive the back tires when it identifies it is expected to help keep up ideal footing.

Lexus Interface: An All-New Elegant, Intuitive and Desired Connected Multimedia System

The all-new, North American-created Lexus Interface interactive media framework permits the NX to flawlessly coordinate and explore life’s exciting bends in the road. The eye-getting standard 9.8-inch touchscreen gives natural innovation at the tenants’ fingertips. The screen’s new Human Machine Interface (HMI) upgrades client connection through sight, contact and voice, while adjusting openness needs. A discretionary 14-inch touchscreen boosts the involvement in incorporated programmed environment control capacities.

Lexus Interface additionally fuses another Virtual Assistant created with a human-focused methodology. The Virtual Assistant is proposed to be the essential way visitors connect with the new sight and sound framework. Planned with double mouthpieces, improved clamor abrogation, seat identification and speaker area abilities, the framework empowers a voice-first methodology permitting front seat tenants an extended and intuitive experience to get to route, media, telephone and certain vehicle settings, for example, environment control and window opening/shutting.

With the omnipresent utilization of advanced mobile phones, an instinctive and straightforward visitor experience is presently conceivable with Lexus Interface. With the Lexus Interface User Profile highlight, the driver’s customized settings and experience can be held in the cloud and open in a hurry in other Lexus Interface prepared vehicles. When a profile is made in the Lexus App, visitors can utilize a Bluetooth handheld gadget, shrewd key or manual login to get to it.

An expansion of the User Profile highlight, Digital Key permits visitors the capacity to bolt/open and start/stop their vehicle through their cell phone when inside Bluetooth nearness. The Digital Key can be imparted to up to seven extra visitors, making a consistent encounter for clients enlisted on the Lexus App.

The Lexus Interface local route framework was planned easily of utilization and utilitarian magnificence as a primary concern. Highlighting 100% cloud ability and incorporated Google POI information, the framework permits quicker and more precise headings and planning. Over-the-air (OTA) refreshes offer ongoing updates for planning, and improved media encounters. The local route is additionally accessible to inhabitants with or without an organization association. Disconnected mode recognizes when the vehicle is close or entering a region with low network and downloads pertinent guides and administrations ahead of time.

For 2022, the Lexus NX additionally includes standard remote Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capacity. Visitors can accuse and stream remotely of the new discretionary remote charger which can be stowed away to amplify capacity.

Improved Safety in light of All Passengers: Lexus Safety System+ 3.0

The all-new NX will come furnished with the most recent Lexus Safety System+ 3.0. for extra true serenity in specific situations including:

  • Risk Avoidance Emergency Steer Assist – helps support collision avoidance within the lane by providing gentle braking and steering operation.
  • Left Turn Oncoming Vehicle Detection/Braking – designed to provide a warning and automatic braking if the driver turns left in front of an oncoming vehicle.
  • Right/Left Turn Oncoming Pedestrian Detection/Braking – designed to provide a warning and automatic braking if a driver turns left or right in front of an oncoming pedestrian or cyclist.
  • Oncoming Vehicle Detection added to the Pre-Collision System – designed to alert the driver, and, potentially activate automatic emergency braking to help avoid a frontal collision.
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with Curve Speed Management – maintains a cruising speed in alignment with the flow of traffic while managing speed on curves.

The accompanying will be added to the current Lexus Safety System highlights for NX:

  • Road Sign Assist – displays select road sign information in the instrument panel.
  • Pre-collision System – provides the potential to detect a preceding vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist in low-light situations.
  • Lane Assistance – designed to provide an audible alert if an inadvertent lane departure is detected.
  • Intelligent High Beam– provides greater visibility for drivers with added illumination when the road ahead is clear, then temporarily switches to low beams when it detects the headlamps or taillamps of vehicles ahead.
  • Road Sign Assist – uses a built-in camera to help provide road sign information in the instrument panel or even on the available Head-Up Display. The system can also alert the driver of certain detected signs that otherwise might have been missed.

The all-new Digital Latch framework empowers ways to open easily at the dash of a catch when entering or leaving the vehicle. What’s more, by checking the climate, Safe Exit Assist makes the driver and travelers aware of keep away from the danger of coincidental contact with vehicles and cyclists, guaranteeing safe openings and closings. The new, discretionary Digital Mirror gives an address perspective on issues behind the vehicle.

Enlightening the Way: Inside and Out

The 2022 NX follows through on the brand’s notable inside lodge commotion decrease with extra updates made to diminish outside sound and outside interruptions. Inside, drivers can make a desert spring with nature-roused Thematic Ambient Illumination, a discretionary component that washes the NX inside in a decision of 14 subjects and 64 shadings. Each has been painstakingly chosen to communicate vaporous feelings and bring out nature-enlivened sentiments, with subjects including Rain Forest, Waterfall, and Sunset.

Recently planned standard warmed front seats and discretionary warmed back seats add solace all through the lodge. Visitors will likewise see expanded head and legroom with the reception of the Lexus GA-K stage. Extra room has been included the back payload region.

Inside seat and control center tones incorporate Black, Black with Rich Cream, Palomino, and Rioja Red NuLuxe. All ornamentation has been overhauled. The Stippled Black on the section model radiates a painstakingly orchestrated speck design with fluctuating thickness to make a feeling of front-back development. Dark Open Pore wood adds a lavish touch to the Luxury model. Recently created Black Prism, a high level looking Piano Black surface, includes a three-dimensional fractal that is step by step cut all the more thickly toward the back so it changes its demeanor with advances of daylight, making a cutting edge feel.

In a first for the NX, the all encompassing moonroof gives both the front and back travelers the capacity to see the sky with simply the press of a catch. Its smooth coasting opening and shutting movement gives simple stargazing or extra wind stream on a bright day.

F SPORT Handling: Performance and Style

Accessible with both the super and PHEV powertrains, the F SPORT Handing model turns up the driving elements with an energetic vibe that is enhanced by the Active Variable Suspension (AVS), and front and back execution dampers. Elite to the F SPORT family, Dark Graphite Aluminum ornamentation, an exceptional meter, sport situates, a recently evolved directing wheel, and aluminum pedals and scrape plates all put it aside. With punctured inside trim in Black and Circuit Red NuLuxe, the game roused materials are coordinated on the seats, guiding haggle console. The F SPORT Handling model can add the Luxury bundle, which brings the 14-inch touchscreen, interesting headlamps and 64-shading inside enlightenment.

A devoted F SPORT grille and front/back guards establish an intense first connection. The 20-inch gleam dark aluminum wheels are outlined by shading key overfenders increment control allure and add to the lively appearance. Finished off with dark rooftop rails and light opening toppings (DLO), elite F SPORT tones incorporate Ultra White, Obsidian and Ultrasonic Blue 2.0.

The all-new 2022 NX will begin creation in the second from last quarter of 2021. Estimating will be declared nearer to the discounted date.


Introducing Jaguar Land Rover’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle

Introducing Jaguar Land Rover’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle

Introducing Jaguar Land Rover’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle

Today’s reveal follows the news that from 2020 all new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will be electrified and marks the next step on the Great British company’s electrification journey.

In addition to efficient PHEV options, every Range Rover Sport has an enhanced design and new consumer technology. The flagship SVR now delivers 575PS, making it the fastest Range Rover to date. This is an SUV driven to another level of dynamic capability, with breadth of appeal and desirability like no other.

The British-designed, engineered and built Range Rover Sport has sold more than 732,000 since it was introduced in 2004. Its unrivalled mix of refinement and exhilarating performance has starred on TV and in movies around the world.

The latest Range Rover Sport is Jaguar Land Rover’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Badged P400e, the new model provides sustainable performance by combining a 300PS (221kW) 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with a 116PS (85kW) electric motor. The 404PS (297kW) total available power output [1] – available through the permanent four-wheel drive system – delivers 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds (0-100km/h in only 6.7 seconds) and a maximum speed of 137mph (220km/h). With an impressive 640Nm of torque, the new powertrain mixes dynamic and sustainable performance with traditional Land Rover capability, comfort and refinement.

Thanks to its electrified powertrain, Range Rover Sport P400e emits only 64g/km on the NEDC combined cycle and offers an all-electric range of up to 31 miles (51km) without the petrol engine running. For the first time Land Rover customers can experience zero-emission, near-silent off-road luxury with uncompromised all-terrain capability as well as entry into areas with restrictions for air quality, including most congestion charging zones.

Introducing Jaguar Land Rover’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle

Drivers can select from two driving modes to best suit their needs:

1. Parallel Hybrid mode (the default driving mode) – combines petrol and electric drive. The driver can optimise battery charge or fuel economy by utilising one of two charge management functions:

> SAVE function – prevents the battery charge dropping below a pre-selected level.

> Predictive Energy Optimisation (PEO) function – entering a destination in the navigation system enables the feature, which utilises in built GPS altitude data for the selected route, to intelligently combine the electric motor and petrol engine to maximise fuel economy.

2. EV (Electric Vehicle) mode – enables the vehicle to run solely on the electric motor using the energy stored in the battery, the ideal solution for quiet, zero emission journeys.

The motor is powered by a 13.1kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery. Land Rover engineers delivered a set-up that maximises interior space and provides ideal weight distribution. The 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine is longitudinally mounted, with the 85kW electric motor housed in the ZF automatic eight-speed transmission at the centre of the vehicle alongside the 7kW on-board charger.

When rapid charging, a full charge can be achieved in as little as 2 hours 45 minutes at home using a dedicated 32 amp wall box. The battery can be fully charged in 7 hours 30 minutes using the 10 amp home charging cable supplied as standard.

With significant changes under the skin, the exterior has evolved to harmonise and modernise the design, making the Range Rover Sport look more dynamic without changing its character.

At the front, the striking new design is enabled by intelligent Pixel-laser LED headlights, sitting alongside a redesigned grille. This is complemented by a new bumper with a more aggressive profile. The new PHEV derivative also includes access to the 7kW on-board charger hidden behind the Land Rover badge on the right of the grille.

Inside the cabin the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, called ‘Blade’ by its developers, is the most advanced ever created by Jaguar Land Rover and is truly state-of-the-art. Two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens form the centrepiece of the minimalist cabin, blending a futuristic, elegant feel with an intuitive, engaging interface and unrivalled functionality.

In-car connectivity is enhanced with up to 14 power points, including a domestic plug socket to keep laptops and other devices topped up. The introduction of the Jaguar Land Rover Activity Key also brings new levels of convenience to the Range Rover Sport, allowing customers to lock and unlock their vehicle without the need to carry a key fob – ideal for outdoor pursuits.

The new Range Rover Sport has been enhanced with further technologies for greater comfort and convenience:

> Gesture sunblind: opened and closed by an advanced gesture control system that senses an occupant’s hand movement. All it takes to open the blind is a rearward swipe in front of the rear view mirror, and forwards to close

> Advanced Tow Assist: takes care of the difficult counter-steering required to position trailers accurately when reversing. The driver can simply guide the trailer into the desired space using the rotary controller for the Terrain Response 2 system

> Pixel-laser LED headlights: advanced technology provides greater luminance and intelligently blanks sections of LEDs to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers

Those looking for the ultimate performance SUV will relish the potent new SVR derivative, which takes the Range Rover Sport into new territory. Power is up to 575PS, delivering the 0-60mph sprint in only 4.3 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds), while bold design revisions and the increased use of carbon fibre construction make the new SVR more dramatic, faster and more agile than before.


GLC F-CELL goes into preproduction: world’s first electric vehicle with fuel-cell/battery powertrain

GLC F-CELL goes into preproduction: world's first electric vehicle with fuel-cell/battery powertrain

GLC F-CELL goes into preproduction: world's first electric vehicle with fuel-cell/battery powertrain

At this year’s IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Mercedes-Benz is presenting preproduction models of the new Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL as the next milestone on the road to emission-free driving. Under the technology designation EQ Power, the latest electric model (destined for subsequent series production) is set to combine innovative fuel-cell and battery technology in the form of a plug-in hybrid: in addition to hydrogen, the all- electric variant of the popular SUV will also run on electricity. Intelligent interplay between battery and fuel cell, along with short refueling times, will in future make the GLC F-CELL a vehicle of high everyday practicality and also suitable for long-distance motoring. With 4.4 kg of hydrogen on board, the preproduction model produces enough energy for a range of up to 437* km in the NEDC. F-CELL drivers will also benefit from a range of up to 49 km in the NEDC thanks to the large lithium-ion battery. An output of 147 kW guarantees both dynamic performance and locally zero emissions driving pleasure. In unveiling the preproduction vehicles of the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL, Daimler is taking another important step as part of its systematic “CASE” strategy.

Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, emphasizes: “Our many years of experience with fuel-cell technology pay dividends in the new GLC F- CELL: its long electric range, short refueling times and everyday practicality of an SUV will make it the perfect vehicle. This is made possible by the compact construction of our fuel-cell system. Another genuine world first is the combination with a large additional lithium-ion battery, which can be conveniently charged using plug-in technology.”

Fuel-cell technology is a firm element of Daimler’s powertrain strategy. Under the EQ product brand, the company is pooling its know-how related to intelligent electric mobility while offering a comprehensive e-mobility ecosystem of products, services, technologies and innovations. EQ is therefore a key part of the company’s strategy for the mobility of the future, known at Daimler as “CASE.” The four letters stand for the strategic future pillars of networking (Connected), autonomous driving (Autonomous), flexible use (Shared & Services) and electric drive systems (Electric), which are being systematically further developed and intelligently combined by the company. Between now and 2022, Daimler intends to bring out ten battery-electric vehicles, globally, with the GLC F-CELL representing an important landmark.

Unique: two electric energy sources

The vehicles unveiled at the IAA represent a world first in which a fuel-cell-operated electric car uses a lithium-ion battery as an additional energy source that can be externally charged by means of plug-in technology. Through intelligent interplay, the two energy sources drive the electric motor while offering locally zero emissions driving pleasure. The long range, short refueling time, an output of 197 hp and the latest generation of assistance systems with powertrain-specific features demonstrate, based on the models on show, that the GLC F-CELL will be a family- friendly electric vehicle of high everyday practicality.

For this world first, the Mercedes-Benz engineers cooperated closely with partners from the Daimler competence network to develop a completely new fuel-cell system. Compared with the B-Class F-CELL, which has been on the market since 2010, the overall drive system offers around 40 percent more output. The fuel-cell system is around 30 percent more compact than before, can for the first time be housed entirely in the engine compartment and is installed on the usual mounting points like a conventional engine. Also, the use of platinum in the fuel cell has been reduced by 90 percent. This conserves resources while lowering the system costs – with no compromises in terms of performance.

The lithium-ion battery in the preproduction vehicles on show has a gross capacity of 13.8 kWh and additionally serves as an energy source for the electric motor. For the first time, it can also be charged externally using plug-in technology. An intelligent operating strategy in combination with the fuel-cell/battery system offers maximum efficiency and comfort. Just like the drive motor, the powerful storage battery is space-savingly installed in the rear of the SUV. By means of the 7.2 kW on-board chargers, it can be conveniently charged from a standard household power socket, a wallbox or a public charging station. The charging time is around 1.5 hours if the full capacity is used.

Two carbon-fiber-encased tanks built into the vehicle floor hold around 4.4 kg of hydrogen. Thanks to globally standardized 700 bar tank technology, the supply of hydrogen can be replenished within just three minutes, which is about the same amount of time it takes to refuel a car with an internal combustion engine.

The F-CELL vehicles on show at the IAA are powered by an asynchronous machine with an output of 197 hp and a torque of 258 lb-ft. As the electric drive requires no propeller shaft, this makes room for one of the two hydrogen tanks, while the second tank is installed under the rear seat bench.

GLC F-CELL goes into preproduction: world's first electric vehicle with fuel-cell/battery powertrain

Coordinated: operating strategy with unique variety of combinations

Like the GLC Plug-in Hybrid, the fuel-cell variant comes with various operating modes and drive programs. The drive programs of the GLC F-CELL will include ECO, COMFORT and SPORT. ECO is optimized for low consumption. COMFORT is geared not only for comfort, but also provides ideal climate control. SPORT optimizes the hybrid powertrain for sporty performance.

While the drive programs change the behavior of the car and therefore the driving experience, the operating modes influence the interplay between fuel cell and high- voltage battery. The combination of drive programs with operating modes is presented for the first time in this form in a fuel-cell vehicle.

Freedom of choice: four operating modes HYBRID – F-CELL – BATTERY – CHARGE

The innovative plug-in fuel-cell powertrain combines the advantages of both emission-free technologies and, thanks to its intelligent operating strategy, constantly ensures that the use of both energy sources is optimally adapted to the particular operating situation.

In HYBRID operating mode, the vehicle draws power from both energy sources. Power peaks are handled by the battery, while the fuel cell runs in the optimum efficiency range. The intelligent operating strategy means that the characteristics of both energy sources can be ideally exploited.

In F-CELL mode, the state of charge of the high-voltage battery is kept constant by the energy from the fuel cell. Driving almost exclusively on hydrogen is the ideal mode if the intention is to keep the electric range in reserve for certain driving situations.

In BATTERY mode, the GLC F-CELL runs all-electrically and is powered by the high- voltage battery. The fuel-cell system is not in operation. This is the ideal mode for short distances.

In CHARGE mode, charging the high-voltage battery has priority, for example in order to recharge the battery for the maximum overall range prior to refueling with hydrogen. This mode also creates power reserves for uphill or very dynamic driving.

In all operating modes, the system features an energy recovery function, which makes it possible to recover energy during braking or coasting and to store it in the battery.

Safety first: getting there safely

Daimler applies extremely high safety standards in all its vehicles. This is true of both vehicles with a conventional internal combustion engine and also those with an alternative drive. This means that the vehicles comply with all legal standards and regulations. However, the internal safety requirements for Mercedes-Benz vehicles go one step further. The battery and all hydrogen-containing components are governed by particularly stringent safety standards typical of Mercedes. Alongside safety in the event of a crash, all Mercedes-Benz vehicles undergo additional component tests at system level that go far beyond the usual tests. The powertrain components and hydrogen tanks of the F-CELL preproduction vehicles are space-savingly and safely housed in the engine compartment as well as under the floor.

Like all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the fuel-cell vehicles, too, are exemplary in terms of active and passive safety. With Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, Lane Tracking Package with Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist, Parking Package with 360° camera or COMAND with traffic sign recognition, the GLC F-CELL will come with safety and comfort built in as standard.

Self-assured: with the DNA of a genuine Mercedes

The GLC F-CELL models on show at the IAA demonstrate the high expectations on a Mercedes-Benz and all Mercedes-Benz brand values in terms of comfort, sustainability, safety, quality and design. When it comes to loading capacity and occupant comfort, the electric SUV will offer excellent everyday practicality. The only differences will be a minimal step in the luggage compartment, familiar from the GLC Plug-in-Hybrid, and the slightly raised rear seat bench due to the positioning of the hydrogen tanks. Climate comfort in the GLC F-CELL will also be totally on a par with that in a conventional vehicle. Automatic air conditioning with pre-entry climate control as well as heated seats and mirrors are included as standard. At cooler temperatures, the vehicle will make energy-efficient use of the waste heat from the fuel cell in order to optimize the energy balance of the vehicle.

The series-production vehicle, like the preproduction models, will be equipped with coil springs on the front axle and with single-chamber air suspension with integral automatic level control on the rear axle. This means that, even when the vehicle is carrying a load, there is no change in spring travel on the rear axle, which guarantees balanced vibration characteristics with a virtually constant natural frequency of the body, including when the vehicle is loaded.

Unmistakable: Touches in the style of EQ Power

The F-CELL models on display at the IAA embody the current Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of Sensual Purity. The design premises include features that emphasize the special status in general and within the GLC family in particular. These design premises are the formal on-road attributes and the technical modifications to the exterior and interior as well as the control and display concept.

Blue touches on the radiator grille and light-alloy wheels, side skirts and rear bumper on the one hand, as well as classy style wraps with F-CELL inscription on the other, provide a clearly visible indication of the fuel-cell drive. Specifically styled bumpers, with an enlarged air inlet at the front, as well as aerodynamically optimized 20-inch wheels are the hallmarks of the vehicles on show at the IAA.

The interior impresses with its high-grade look & feel and flowing forms as a reinterpretation of contemporary luxury. The center console features elegant trim with flowing lines exuding unique exclusivity in a piano-lacquer look or versatile modern wood surfaces.

Precision-styled details and the choice of authentic materials by using open-pore wood as trim and a high proportion of wool and linen for the fabric covers, make for an agreeable ambience while contributing to the classy overall impression of the interior.

The cockpit will be further enhanced by the instrument cluster in the form of a full display with 12.3-inch diagonal. Information from the COMAND system is presented on the 10.25-inch central display. The menus and indicators on the displays are geared to the functionality of the combined fuel-cell/battery powertrain. The new-type design style clearly differentiates the fuel-cell vehicle from the conventional GLC.

New in the GLC F-CELL is the multifunction touchpad with handwriting recognition, which celebrates its world debut at the IAA in the unveiled preproduction vehicles. This newly developed feature allows telematics functions to be controlled by single- or multi-finger gestures (so-called Multitouch). The touchpad thus offers a full- function and innovative input option over and above LINGUATRONIC in combination with COMAND. The touchpad also makes it possible to enter letters, numbers and special characters by means of handwriting. Further control options are offered by Touch Control buttons on the left and right of the steering wheel as well as by voice control.

Timed to perfection: on the road to series production

Daimler is systematically working to prepare for series production of the Mercedes- Benz GLC F-CELL. With the current test fleet, the Mercedes-Benz engineers are taking the final key steps on the road to production start-up. Market-specific sales concepts, including a rental model, are being evaluated at present. Like the conventionally powered GLC, this family-friendly SUV of high everyday practicality will be produced in Bremen.

During development and production of the innovative fuel-cell drive, Daimler is able to call upon its global competence network. The centerpiece of the technology, the fuel-cell stack, was developed in Vancouver, Canada, together with partner Ford in the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC) joint venture. Production takes place directly nearby at Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell (MBFC). The entire fuel-cell unit and the hydrogen storage system were developed by the Daimler subsidiary NuCellSys in Kirchheim/Nabern in Baden-Württemberg. The Daimler parent plant in Untertürkheim is responsible for fuel-cell system assembly, also in Nabern. The hydrogen tank system, consisting of carbon-fiber-encased tanks, is produced at Daimler’s Mannheim plant, while the lithium-ion battery comes from the wholly owned Daimler subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE in Kamenz, Saxony.

Infrastructure is key

A nationwide infrastructure is essential for the success of electric mobility.
The spread of both charging stations and hydrogen filling stations is proceeding apace around the world. Whether at home, at work, on the road or when shopping: there are various ways to supply electric vehicles with power. Also when it comes to H2 infrastructure, progress is constantly being made. Together with its partners in the H2 Mobility joint venture, Daimler has already drawn up a concrete action plan. The network of H2 filling stations is scheduled to reach 100 by the end of next year. By 2023, there will be a network of up to 400 hydrogen filling stations. Similar infrastructure projects are being promoted in Europe, the USA and Japan.

Systematic approach: Daimler opts for electric mobility with fuel cell

It all began back in the 1980s, when Daimler researchers turned their attention to cold combustion. In 1994, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the first fuel-cell vehicle to the global public – the NECAR 1. Many further vehicles followed, including the A-Class F-CELL fleet. In 2011, special attention focused on the F-CELL World Drive, the first round-the-world journey in fuel-cell vehicles. In 2015, the F 015 Luxury in Motion concept car presented an F-CELL plug-in hybrid drive system, designed for 1,100 kilometers of zero emissions motoring. To date, fuel-cell vehicles from Mercedes- Benz, including the B-Class F-CELL and the Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid urban bus, have together covered over eighteen million kilometers, thereby demonstrating the maturity of the powertrain concept. The next technological advance is now imminent: the GLC F-CELL.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL will celebrate its World Premiere at the 2017 Frankfurt International Auto Show in September, and will go on sale in the U.S. by the end of 2019.


Bentley Exp 12 Speed 6E Concept: The Luxury Electric Vehicle

Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept

Bentley Motors is sharing its ambition to define the electric luxury segment with the EXP 12 Speed 6e concept at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show.

Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept

Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said:

“The EXP 12 Speed 6e is a concept to show that Bentley is defining electric motoring in the luxury sector, with the appropriate technology, high quality materials and refinement levels you’d expect from a true Bentley. This concept enables us to engage with luxury customers and gather feedback on our approach.

“Bentley is committed to offering an electric model in its future portfolio and we are interested to receive feedback on this concept,” Dürheimer concluded.

The Luxury of Electric: Effortless, Exclusive and Exhilarating

Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept

An all-electric Bentley will not compromise the quality, refinement and high performance levels expected of the luxury brand. These renowned Bentley characteristics such as immediate, effortless surge of torque and grand touring range will be combined with new high performance technology such as rapid inductive charging and state-of-the-art on board concierge-style services for an effortless ownership experience.

Bentley’s vision is for customers to benefit from high-speed inductive charging and provide a range sufficient for grand touring requirements. An electric Bentley would, for example, be able to drive between London and Paris or Milan and Monaco on a single charge and the on board experience will be enhanced for both driver and passenger thanks to the integration of state-of-the-art technology.

A fusion of cutting-edge technology and beautiful materials is evident right throughout EXP 12 Speed 6e’s luxuriously appointed cabin, ensuring that the brand’s use of technology is not cold or emotionless. The entire central console, for example, is hewn from a solid piece of elegantly curved glass encompassing a high-definition OLED screen. All of the car’s principle onboard controls are accessible from here, including navigation, entertainment and climate control.

Handmade, cut-glass sections on the steering wheel contain the controls for media, communications, navigation and car set-up. There are also two buttons featured at the top of the cut-away steering wheel, one offering an instant performance boost and the other the ability to limit speed, in urban areas for example.

The passenger, meanwhile, has their own control panel on the front fascia with access to social media, email and entertainment.

Exquisite copper elements around the gear selector, Bentley Dynamic Drive dial and in the door veneer panels are integrated into the cabin to highlight the electric performance potential of the concept’s advanced new powertrain.

The car’s intelligent infotainment system is the central brain to access many real world services using connected-car Apps.

Designing the Future of Luxury

On the outside, the iconic Bentley mesh grille features a complex 3D geometry and smoked finish with copper highlights that identify the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e as a fully electric vehicle. When the car is running the ‘6e’ logo illuminates in a striking, vibrant white.

The exterior design is an expression of muscular, athletic surfaces inspired by contemporary architecture, the natural world and the aerodynamic shapes of aircraft fuselages.

It represents a natural evolution of Bentley’s design DNA and signifies future design direction, taking the famous powerline and haunch to new levels of drama and tension. When combined with muscular proportions and an athletic stance through the use of a short front overhang, long bonnet, low grille and wide rear, the exterior styling hints at the high-performance potential of the car.

The twin bonnet scoops act as highly effective heat sinks that supply additional cooling to the battery and powertrain.

The wing mirrors – which are cameras rather than traditional reflective glass – are exceptionally sleek and were inspired by the sculptural form of stealth aircraft fuselages.

When rapid inductive charging is not available, EXP 12 Speed 6e can be connected to a mains AC power supply via the auxiliary charging point, subtly concealed behind the rear number plate.

A Commitment to an Electric Future

Bentley believes that the concept will open discussions with luxury car buyers of the future – millennials, members of Generation C and the rising affluent in developing economies – to understand the desired expectations from a future electric luxury car ownership experience.

The luxury brand’s electric car strategy includes the introduction of PHEV models across the Bentley model range over the next few years, starting with the Bentayga in 2018.