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First to five

The Hyundai i30 Fastback is claimed to be real game-changer as the first volume brand to enter the compact segment with a five-door coupe. The i30 Fastback has a sophisticated silhouette featuring typical dynamic sports coupe proportions. Its slim, tear drop inspired, cabin sits on a wide body, giving the car a strong stance while the wide wheel arches and wheel design have been specially developed to perfectly match the i30 Fastback’s shape. Unique 18-inch alloy wheels are available, as well as a 17-inch alloy option. The roof has been lowered by 25 millimetres compared with the i30 five-door, improving aerodynamics and creating a dramatic impression. The i30 boasts best-in-class standard active safety, featuring the latest Hyundai SmartSense technology, including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Driver Attention Warning, High Beam Assist and Lane Keeping Assist always on board. Smart connectivity abounds with an optional eight-inch touch screen of the new-generation navigation system including state-of-the-art features, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both systems enable users to connect their devices to deliver and control music, telephone or navigation functions on-screen.

Customers can choose between different audio options: the standard monochrome five-inch display radio with Bluetooth connectivity or the optional audio system with a five-inch capacitive LCD touch screen and an

Focus on three

Developed with a focus on three core areas – inspiring design, driving dynamics and advanced technology - Mitsubishi’s new mid-sized SUV is available in three trim levels – Eclipse Cross 2, Eclipse Cross 3 and Eclipse Cross 4.

All versions of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross are powered by an all-new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 163hp and 250Nm of torque which available with a six-speed manual or advanced new automatic transmission with Sport mode, manual override and

integrated dynamic rear-view camera. The powertrain line-up of the i30 Fastback consists of two downsized turbocharged petrol engines, which were newly launched in the i30 range. The 1.4 T-GDI turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 140 PS is offered with the six-speed manual transmission or the seven-speed dual clutch transmission, which gives a choice of fully automatic operation or manual gear changes. The 1.0 T-GDI turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 120 PS is offered with the 6MT. All engines come standard with the Integrated Stop and Go (ISG) system for increased efficiency.

improved acceleration.

The driving range has been increased to 378 km (New European Driving Cycle) on a single charge. For those who want to drive their new LEAF further, Nissan will introduce a high-power version with increased motor power and battery capacity at a higher price at the end of 2018.

Three fused

The focal point of Nissan Intelligent Power in the new Nissan LEAF is its e-powertrain, which offers improved energy efficiency and increased torque and power output. Complementing this new drivetrain is the high-tech lithium-ion battery pack, which delivers increased power and energy storage capacity. Along with enhanced energy efficiency, the new e-powertrain delivers a power output of 110 kW. Torque has been increased to 320 Nm, resulting in

paddle shifters, depending on the model. Available with two- or four-wheel drive, the latter offering a choice of three advanced drive modes – Auto, Snow and Gravel.

The cockpit-style driving environment reinforces the focus on driving pleasure. The spaciousness of the cabin is enhanced by slide-and-recline adjustment for the 60:40 split rear seat on all models. To optimise loading comfort and facilitate loads of various sizes and shapes, the rear seat back has eight different recline settings and the base has up to 200mm of travel.

The new Nissan LEAF features three main new intelligent driving technologies. The first is ProPILOT advanced driver assistance system. Used during single-lane driving on the highway, it makes the drive easier, less stressful and more relaxing. The second, ProPILOT Park, could change the way people think about parking. When activated, this technology takes control of all steering, acceleration, braking and gear selection to automatically guide the car into a parking spot making parking stress free and more precise. The third, e-Pedal, allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop simply by adjusting their input upon the accelerator pedal. When the accelerator is fully released, regenerative and friction brakes are applied automatically, gradually bringing the car to a complete stop. The car holds its position, even on steep uphill slopes, until the accelerator is pressed again. The reactiveness of e-Pedal enables drivers to maximize their driving pleasure when the road opens up. The conventional brake pedal must still be used in aggressive braking situations. The new smartphone app allows owners to monitor their vehicle’s state of charge, finding the nearest charging station and pre-heating or cooling the car to the ideal temperature before driving.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has an array of safety features and systems including Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Mitigation, ABS and Active Stability Control - all standard at entry level, priced £21,275 OTR.

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