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2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Sees Massive Price Markups

This comes as no surprise. In fact, it seems to be the new normal in many cases.

It’s all too often that a new and compelling electric vehicle comes to market and is widely unavailable; think Hyundai Kona Electric. Not only are many EVs only sold in specific U.S. states, but many are also limited to small-batch production, at least initially. Since dealers know there are people eager to buy them, they mark up prices significantly.

According to a recent report from CarsDirect, reports are showing that dealers are marking up the Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) by as much as $10,000.

CarsDirect points to anecdotal reports, such as a recent post on Reddit. In the askcarsales subreddit, there are claims of dealers asking for $2,000 to $10,300 over MSRP for the new Toyota PHEV SUV. Another thread on the Rav4World forum mentions a $5,000 markup in addition to a $1,000 deposit. CarsDirect learned that waiting lists for the SUV have as many as 30 people on them in some cases.

The problem with this situation is that we need affordable and compelling EVs for the masses. Many people still see electric cars as vehicles for the wealthy. People that have the money and really want the RAV4 Prime may be willing to pay the premium. This doesn’t leave any vehicles for the masses, and it means that those who planned to by the car at its MSRP will be unable to do so. We’ve already heard of this same situation related to the upcoming Ford Mustang Mach-E all-electric performance SUV.

The 2021 RAV4 Prime carries an MSRP of $39,220. Factor in the $7,500 U.S. federal EV tax credit, as well as state and local credit, and this is a very good value proposition (perhaps even better than the traditional RAV4 Hybrid, based on CarsDirect’s analysis). However, again, many people (especially those who aren’t wealthy) can’t qualify for the federal credit and/or don’t live in a state that offers regional credits.

To give you an idea of how this PHEV may impact your budget, CarsDirect says even at MSRP you could be looking at a $775 monthly payment to finance it or a $577-per-month lease with over $3,000 down. Add $10,000 to MSRP and those numbers will be much higher. You can currently lease a Tesla Model 3 for $371 per month with $4,500. Gas-powered RAV4’s often come with lease deals under $200 per month and/or 0% APR financing for 72 months.

As you can say, some legacy automakers and franchised dealerships are making it nearly impossible for the typical car shoppers to make the switch to an EV.

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2021 Corvette stays under $60,000 and earns its racing stripes

The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has the same starting price of $59,995 as when the redesigned C8 mid-engine Vette launched for 2020. The 2021 Corvette convertible also stays the same at $67,495, including destination, the automaker announced Wednesday.  

For the same price as 2020, the 2021 mid-engine Vette comes with a bit more standard equipment. It also offers new color options and racing stripes. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility highlight the new standard features. Also newly standard is a safety belt monitor that will prevent the driver from shifting out of park into gear if the driver’s seat belt is not buckled. First launched on the 2020 Chevy Traverse as part of Chevy’s Teen Driver safety suite, the function keeps the vehicle fixed in park for 20 seconds or until the driver buckles up. 

More traditional Corvette-minded features for 2021 include two new exterior colors in red metallic and silver metallic, plus a new gray-and-yellow interior combo. Stretching the length of America’s supercar are four dual racing stripes in blue, orange, red, or yellow. There are also three colors of Stinger stripe that only go on the hood. 

Of the performance options and upgrades, magnetic dampers are now available without the Z51 performance package. Ordering opens this month but deliveries aren’t expected until late in the year. 

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What’s New for 2021: Audi

After a robust 2020 that starred performance crossover SUVs and wagons such as the RS6 Avant, Audi turns its attention to updated volume models such as the Q5 crossover and A3 compact sedan for 2021. Volkswagen’s luxury brand also continues to enhance its standard safety equipment and advanced driver-assistance systems across the lineup. 

The core trim levels for 2021 are Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Several Premium Plus models come with standard adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and surround-view camera. 

The biggest news for Audi is the redesign of its bestselling Q5 compact crossover SUV. Most of Audi’s 2021 models will get the automaker’s latest touchscreen infotainment system that’s more responsive and can be updated over the air. The six-figure 2021 Audi RS 7 performance sedan gets the heart pumping with equal parts performance and luxury, but many more Audi fans will be looking toward the entry-level 2021 A3 compact sedan. It will also be sold as an S3 sedan, five-door Sportback, and high performance RS 3, but there are no plans to build the cabriolet again, Motor Authority reports. Audi has not disclosed what A3 variants will come to the U.S. or when. 

Here’s a look at the updates rolling into Audi dealerships for model year 2021, though Audi has yet to disclose news on the R8 supercar or which models will have an RS performance variant.  

2021 Audi A3/S3

U.S. specs have not been revealed so the following is based on what is known for European models:

– 1.6 inches longer with a revised front fascia and more sculpted sides.

2021 Audi A4/S4

2021 Audi S4

– A4 40 power bump from 188 hp to 201 hp; A4 45 from 248 hp to 261 hp.

– All-wheel drive is standard across the lineup. 

– Lane departure warning is standard. 

– Standard wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility, integrated toll transponder. 

– Premium Plus trim standard with adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and a surround-view camera system.

2021 Audi A5/S5

2021 Audi S5 Sportback

– A5 40 power bump from 188 hp to 201 hp; A5 45 from 248 hp to 261 hp.

– All-wheel drive is standard across the lineup. 

– Lane departure warning is standard. 

– Standard wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility, integrated toll transponder.  

– Premium Plus trim standard with adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and a surround-view camera system.

– Available as coupe, hatchback, or convertible. 

2021 Audi A6

– 19-inch wheels with all-season tires are standard.

– Keyless entry and integrated toll transponder are standard. 

– Premium Plus trim standard with adaptive cruise control and active lane control.

– Allroad wagon available with black optic package.

– S6 comes standard with 21-inch wheels with summer tires, Virtual Cockpit Plus with 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and new cabin accents. 

2021 Audi A7/S7

– 20-inch wheels with all-season tires are standard.

– Premium Plus trim standard with adaptive cruise control and active lane control. 

– S7 comes standard with 21-inch wheels with summer tires, Virtual Cockpit Plus with 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and new cabin accents. 

2021 Audi A8

– Standard 22-way ventilated front seats, and surround-view camera. 

– S8 comes standard with 21-inch wheels with summer tires and front heated armrests. 

– A8 60 TFSI standard with Sport style body kit, Matrix-design LED headlights, Valcona leather interior.

2021 Audi E-Tron

– Sportback model adds a coupe-like five-door experience for 218 miles of range, which is 7% more than the E-Tron. 

– A Q4 E-Tron concept presages a production model expected for summer 2021. 

2021 Audi Q3

– Standard “S Line” sport appearance package.

– Standard power front seats with lumbar support, lane-departure warning, progressive steering, shift paddles, and wireless Apple Car Play.

– Premium Plus comes standard with adaptive cruise control and customizable ambient lighting. 

2021 Audi Q5

2021 Audi Q5

– Modest updates to the front with new daytime running lights and larger air intakes.

– 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine boosted 13 hp from 2020 to 261 hp. 

– Standard LED headlights, revised DRLs, LED taillights with dynamic turn signals.

– Standard 10.1-inch touchscreen for infotainment replaces the controller dial in the console and is powered by the latest, quickest, brightest generation of Audi’s MIB 3 system with over-the-air updates.

– Standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and integrated toll transponder. 

– Available plug-in hybrid with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 and electric motor producing 362 hp with all-wheel drive. Range is expected to be 20 miles. 

– SQ5 model carries over. 

– Standard driver assistance features include blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert, active lane control, automatic emergency braking front and rear, and parking sensors.  

2021 Audi Q7

– Standard driver assistance features include blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert, active lane control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic rear emergency braking, driver-attention monitor, automatic high beams, and parking sensors.  

– Premium Plus includes standard Convenience package with heated steering wheel and a surround-view camera system.

2021 Audi Q8

– Standard driver assistance features include blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert, active lane control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic rear emergency braking, automatic high beams, and parking sensors.  

– Premium Plus comes with heated steering wheel.   

2021 Audi R8


2021 Audi TT

– Standard equipment additions on the coupe and roadster include S sport seats in nappa leather, MMI navigation plus, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Audi connect, Bang & Olufsen sound system, and blind-spot monitors. 

– All-season tires are standard instead of summer tires.

– Available 19-inch wheels with summer tires. 

– TT Roadster has standard neck heating.

– TTS Coupe has standard 20-inch wheels with summer tires. 

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2021 Skoda Octavia vRS Mk4 gets new 2.0 TSI, 2.0 TDI engines – sportier looks, full range of safety systems –

The fourth-generation Skoda Octavia line-up has grown once more, with the sporty Octavia vRS receiving two additional powertrain options. Prior to this, the vRS was available as a 245 PS/350 Nm plug-in hybrid, with propulsion coming from an electrified 1.4 litre TSI engine.

But those who want the more traditional vRS experience can now choose between a 2.0 litre four-cylinder TSI or 2.0 litre four-cylinder TDI engines. To start, the 2.0 TSI makes 245 PS (same as the PHEV) and comes with a six-speed manual as standard, while the seven-speed direct shift gearbox (DSG) is optional.

The 2.0 turbodiesel, on the other hand, delivers 200 PS and 400 Nm of torque, and gets a seven-speed DSG as standard. It’s also the only variant here to get the optional all-wheel drive system. The 0-100 km/h sprint is done in 7.1 seconds, and the top speed is 235 km/h. No performance figures have been released for the 245 PS TSI variant, though.

Standard on both variants are progressive steering system and vRS sports suspension, the latter reducing ride height by 15 mm. For a more dynamic performance, there’s the optional Dynamic Chassis Control that offers parametric changes to suspension, damping and steering characteristics depending on the chosen drive mode.

Being a vRS, both new models get numerous black accents on the exterior, such as the radiator grille surrounds, diffuser, air curtains, wing mirror caps and window frames. Also standard are model-exclusive front and rear bumpers, 18-inch alloys (upgradable to 19-inch units), and full LED Matrix headlights.

The cabin gets a similarly sporty treatment, featuring a redesigned three-spoke leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, knurled dials, front sport seats with integrated head restraints (Alcantara upholstery is optional), vRS badging, as well as red or grey contrast stitching. Carbon-fibre inlays on the dashboard further amplifies the sense of sportiness.

For safety, vRS variants get a rather comprehensive suite of safety systems, which include autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, predictive cruise control (works from zero to 210 km/h), blind spot monitoring with exit warning, and Travel Assist system that combines traffic sign recognition, lane assist, traffic jam assist and emergency assist. Collision avoidance assist (with steering correction) and turn assist (detects oncoming traffic when turning at a junction) are available, too.

According to the Czech Republican automaker, vRS variants account for more than 20% of the models sold in Germany, the UK, and Switzerland. Skoda compact model boss, František Drábek said: “No matter which drive concept you opt for as an Octavia vRS enthusiast, Skoda’s vRS models deliver exactly what you would expect: they combine the performance that has been cherished by customers for decades and supreme everyday practicality. All three drive systems are convincing with their consistent power delivery and excellent fuel consumption, and showcase the latest technology in impressive style.”

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Ford shows off 2021 Bronco 'Built Wild' family – three models to kick off the new 'outdoor lifestyle brand' –

Ford has shared family photos of its new Bronco range for the first time. Actually, it’s more than a range. Ford is calling Bronco a new outdoor lifestyle brand, the off-road equivalent to Mustang (both logos feature horses). They’re going for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Jeep brand with this sub-brand, that’s for sure.

The “Built Wild” SUVs that build on the “1966 Bronco DNA and racing heritage” – to be revealed on July 13 across Disney network channels National Geographic, ESPN and ABC in the US – are the Bronco two-door, first-ever Bronco four-door and the smaller Bronco Sport. The Bronco reservation system will open when the 4x4s are unveiled.

“Bronco gave rise to the fun and versatile off-road SUV in 1966, becoming the first enjoyable sport utility vehicle for those who wanted to live, work and play outdoors. Like the original, the all-new Bronco family is engineered to take you to epic places, with capability to deliver confidence on any type of terrain,” said Ford COO Jim Farley.

So what’s this Built Wild thing about? There are three principles, according to Ford. Built Wild Extreme Durability Testing is about elevated torture tests that ensure toughness across thousands of lab, proving ground and real-world extreme challenges in the tough and harsh climates.

Built Wild Capability refers to confidence to go over any-type of terrain (G.O.A.T.), provided by standard 4×4 and an exclusive terrain management system, plus unique Bronco-variant architectures with claimed class-leading levels of capability and suspension technology.

As for Built Wild Innovative Design, Broncos “are the future of off-roading and deliver off-road ingenuity, new design innovations coupled with heritage-inspired DNA, plus new-levels of personalisation that can flatter the novice and challenge the expert adventure seeker.”

If you thought the G.O.A.T. thing sounds cheesy, it’s at least not new. The original Bronco was nicknamed G.O.A.T. by Donald Frey, the Ford product manager who championed both Mustang and Bronco nameplates and challenged engineering teams to deliver “go anywhere roadability”.

Also, Ford dubbed the original 1966 Bronco “a completely new line of sports-utility vehicles” at its reveal in August 1965 – the Blue Oval is now calling that the first reference to “SUVs” from an American carmaker.

The old Broncos all featured a body-on-frame design with short overhangs at both ends, high ground clearance and a short wheelbase. All these gave it agility and good off-road capability. Driven by Rod Hall and Larry Minor, the Bronco captured the overall win at the gruelling 1969 Baja 1000, a victory that no other production 4×4 has replicated in 50 years.

1966 Bronco Exterior

From L-R: 1966 Ford Bronco, 1996 Ford Bronco Eddie Bauer

Of course, the Ford Bronco is no stranger to popular culture, having been featured in more than 1,200 films and 200 songs. With news of the return of the nameplate after nearly 25 years (Ford last made a Bronco in 1996), prices for the old ones have skyrocketed; according to Barrett-Jackson, the average first-generation Bronco sale price nearly doubled from $39,763 to $74,820 in just over three years (the return announcement was made in January 2017).

Interestingly, Ford is also developing “authentic experiences” for its new lifestyle brand. Called Bronco Off-Roadeos, it’s four off-roading and outdoor adventure playgrounds built for all skill levels, with experiences designed to build confidence and inspire Bronco owners to get out in the wild. They will start opening in 2021. Needless to say, Ford is ramping up all-new Bronco merchandise, too, from gear to remote control cars.

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2021 Suzuki Across debuts – PHEV based on the RAV4 –

The Toyota-Suzuki partnership has bore its first fruit. Meet the brand new 2021 Suzuki Across, a C-segment SUV based on the Toyota RAV4. For now, the Across is only available as a plug-in hybrid, sharing the same underpinnings as the popular RAV4 Prime.

Design-wise, the Across gets a more curvaceous fascia with slimmer LED headlights, unique LED DRLs, and a gaping hexagonal radiator grille. This range-topping model sits on dual-tone 19-inch alloy wheels and can be had in six different colours – White Pearl Crystal Shine, Silver Metallic, Attitude Black Mica, Sensual Red Mica, Grey Metallic, and Dark Blue Mica. The rest of the exterior is unchanged from the RAV4.

The cabin is also carried over wholesale, with the only difference being the steering boss with the Suzuki badge. In the middle is a freestanding nine-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, as well as MirrorLink functionalities for compatible smartphones. There’s also smart entry with push start, Optitron instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, and leather seats as standard.

For performance, the Across is powered by the RAV4 Prime’s plug-in hybrid powertrain, which comprises a 2.5 litre A25A-FXS Dynamic Force Atkinson-cycle engine making 176 hp and 228 Nm. The engine is paired with a powerful electric motor to produce a total system output of 302 hp, allowing the SUV to do the 0-100 km/h sprint in 6.2 seconds.

Meanwhile, an onboard high-capacity 18.1kWh (50.9 Ah) lithium-ion battery offers an all-electric range of 60 km (based on the WLTP cycle). It also gets Toyota’s E-Four electronic 4×4 system, which uses an independent 40 kW rear motor that works in tandem with the front motor to provide a front:rear torque distribution between 100:0 to 20:80.

It isn’t short on safety, either. The Across comes with a raft of driving assist functions such as Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) as standard, as well as Road Sign Assist (RSA), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), and Rear Crossing Traffic Alert (RCTA). European sales will commence at the end of September 2020.

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2021 Kia K5 sedan revealed: New name, new look for Kia’s old Optima mainstay

The name won’t be the only new thing for the 2021 Kia K5 when it arrives this summer.

On Tuesday, Kia detailed the 2021 K5 mid-size sedan that will replace the Optima in its lineup. In places around the world, the K5 name was applied to the sedan already although Kia didn’t ship over the name in the U.S. until now.

On top of a new name, the K5 is a wholesale change for the mid-size sedan. The K5 sports a new look and new body that’s longer, lower, and wider than the Optima it replaces. The new car is two inches longer than the Optima, and rides on a wheelbase that’s stretched by 1.8 inches. Kia didn’t say how that translates into the cabin for interior space, although we expect a slightly roomier cabin in the already big mid-size sedan.

On the outside, the new car sports a hawkish grille and headlights that have been pinched compared to the old sedan. The floating roofline has been grounded, although the fastback shape remains the same as the outgoing Optima.

2021 Kia K5

Inside, the new K5 will sport an updated cockpit that boasts an 8.0- or 10.3-inch touchscreen for infotainment with wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility for the smaller screen (the big screen still needs a wire). The touchscreen cants slightly toward the driver and sits atop a wide shelf that spans the width of the car.

The interior steers toward a sportier future for the sedan—same goes for what’s under the hood. Kia will offer the K5 with an all-turbocharged engine lineup that starts with a 1.6-liter turbo-4 that makes 180 horsepower. That’s paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission and front- or all-wheel drive, the latter of which is a first for Kia’s mid-size sedan and available later this year on LXS and GT-Line cars. 

The 1.6-liter turbo-4 will be fitted in LX, LXS, GT-Line, and EX versions of the K5.

In the fall, a K5 GT will be available with a 2.5-liter turbo-4 that makes 290 hp and drives the front wheels only via an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Kia says the GT will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds. The K5 GT gets a Sport+ mode in addition to the standard Normal, Smart, Sport, Snow (when equipped with all-wheel drive) and Custom drive modes that change throttle response, shift points, and steering wheel heft.

In past years, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Optima were available although Kia didn’t say if a hybrid would appear alongside the new K5.

The K5 also adds standard active safety features including automatic emergency braking with cyclist and pedestrian detection, active lane control, and driver attention monitor. Safety extras include blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, and a rear-exit assistance system that locks the doors to prevent passengers from opening a door if a cyclist or other car is approaching the K5 from the rear.

Kia didn’t say how much the K5 would cost, but we should know more closer to its on-sale date this summer. 

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New 2021 Citroën ë-C4 Offers 350 Km (217 Miles) Of WLTP Range

This is the first C-segment (compact) product created over the e-CMP platform.

Berline is the word the French use for sedans. What would you call the new ë-C4, a hatchback or a sedan? Citroën defines it according to the language its press releases are meant to. The English version defines it as a hatchback. The French text names it a “berline.” Whatever you call it, this is the first C-segment car built over the e-CMP platform.

Joking aside, we know “berline” became a word that defines almost any car in French, but its original meaning was related to the most famous three-box type of vehicles for sale. Perhaps the idea is to have something challenging to define correctly. It is worth remembering the Tesla Model S is considered as a sedan, even presenting a hatch.

With a wheelbase of 2.67 m (105.1 in), the compact ë-C4 is 4.36 m (171.7 in) long, 1.80 m (70.9 in), and has a 380 l (13.4 ft³). Despite its crossover looks, the ë-C4 is low: only 1.53 m (60.2 in) tall. That is only marginally taller than the former C4, which was 1.49 m (58.7 in) tall and precisely the same height as the C4 Cactus, which it replaces.

Being longer and lower than its e-CMP platform brothers – such as the Peugeot e-2008 and the Opel Mokka-e – it manages to get more range of the 50 kWh battery pack they all have probably by offering a lower air drag coefficient.

Instead of the 322 km (200 mi) of the Opel and 310 km (193 miles) of the Peugeot, the Citroën offers 350 km (217 mi), always under the WLTP cycle. When you compare the metric system numbers, that is an 8 percent improvement over the Mokka-e and 11.4 percent over the e-2008. Remember, we are talking about a larger vehicle.

The battery pack is not the only thing these three EVs share. They also have the same 100 kW (134 hp) motor and the same governed top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph). Think about them as three different packages for the same filling. Pricing will probably define which one will make most fillings leave the shelves, but the ë-C4 has a very good shot with its more extended range and crossover-like style.

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New 2021 Citroen C4: all-electric e-C4 joins petrol and diesel options

The new-look Citroen C4 abandons its hatchback roots for an SUV-like look, while an all-electric e-C4 joins petrol and diesel powertrains in the line-up

This is the all-new Citroen C4, the first model from Citroen to be offered with the choice of a diesel or petrol powertrain as well as a fully electric option, which will be badged e-C4.  

With the regular hatchback market suffering in the wake of the SUV boom, Citroen has taken a different approach with its new C4. As revealed by Auto Express earlier in the year, the VW Golf and Ford Focus rival has morphed into a crossover.

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Speaking to Auto Express, Citroen’s CEO Vincent Cobée told us how the segment needed reinventing. “I would agree that the C-segment has been a fairly traditional sector and is probably right for changes,” Cobée explained. “One [idea] is to find the proper balance between affordability, versatility and comfort, better access, and better visibility, as there’s probably also a need for more spice in the style.”

The new C4 borrows styling cues from the larger C5 Aircross SUV as well as the 19_19 concept that was revealed as a preview of the future of Citroen design. Its influence can be seen in the head and tail-light design of the new C4. The images also reveal both petrol and electric versions of the C4, and clearly show that whichever powertrain buyers choose, the look of the crossover will be identical, with the exception of blue detailing on the badges of the e-C4.

It measures 4,360 mm long, 1,800 mm wide, 1,525 mm high, making it noticeably larger than a VW Golf. Citroen claims boot capacity of 380 litres across every model, while wheel sizes range from 16 to 18 inches in diameter. 

The cabin is a more gentle redesign of what we can see in today’s C4 Cactus. A new 10-inch digital dashboard and instrument binnacle are obvious, while a redesigned centre console also appears. Wireless smartphone charging as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are also included.

Citroen also claims there are 16 storage compartments dotted throughout the cabin that add up to 39 litres of additional storage.

Citroen C4 and e-C4 engines and powertrains 

The C4 and e-C4 has launched with a total of three petrol, one diesel and one electric powertrain options. However, not all are likely to be made available to UK buyers. 

Petrol options include Citroen’s PureTech 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine in three states of tune: 99, 128 or 153bhp. All models will be front-wheel drive, while the more powerful versions will be offered with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The only diesel option will be a 101bhp 1.5 litre, which can be had with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.

The e-C4 makes use of a 50kWh battery that will power an electric motor, developing 135bhp, on the front axle. Citroen claims the e-C4 can cover 0-62mph in 9.7 seconds, hit a top speed of 93mph and cover 217 miles on a single charge. Using a 100kW fast charging station will replenish the battery to 80 per cent in 30 minutes, while a domestic 7kW wallbox charger takes a little over seven hours. 

One thing Citroen has confirmed is that all C4s will have the firm’s new progressive hydraulic suspension set-up. The car’s springs and shock absorbers work with hydraulic compression and rebound stops, which are designed to gradually slow body movement over bumps and potholes. 

Sales of the new C4 will begin in January, with prices likely to start from around £19,000. The e-C4 should come in at less than £30,000 once the Government’s plug-in car grant has been taken into account.

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2021 Genesis G90 flagship sedan gets more kit, and 50-unit limited edition Stardust edition for Korea –

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The Genesis G90, which surfaced as an unrecognisable facelift in November 2018, goes into the 2021 model year with new equipment and a limited edition Stardust edition.

The G90 is the flagship model of Hyundai’s premium brand, and the 2021 car receives the latest kit and tech from the group. The “entry level” variant will now have Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension and Intelligent Front-Lighting System as standard. The latter is like auto high beam that detects oncoming cars and blocks them from glare.

The 2021 G90 is also now available with the optional Reverse Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist, which warns a driver pulling out of a parking spot when it detects an object or pedestrian behind the vehicle. It can apply emergency braking to avoid a collision. New 19-inch wheels are another option for the latest MY.

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The special edition Stardust edition will be limited to 50 units for the Korean market. Taking inspiration from a star-filled sky above a red carpet event full of flashing camera lights, the Stardust sports a special carbon metal paint with a sparkling pearl effect. The lower half of the limo’s body is in black for a two-tone look.

Inside, the Stardust gets bespoke seats with two-tone leather and metallic pore Ash wood. “The G90 Stardust represents the ultimate form of elegance. In that moment when you arrive at a red carpet event, nothing less is expected,” said Genesis design chief SangYup Lee.

The G90 is powered by a 3.3 litre twin-turbo V6 (365 hp/510 Nm) or a 5.0 litre naturally aspirated V8 (420 hp/520 Nm). Both are paired to an eight-speed automatic an H-TRAC all-wheel drive is optional.

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