Engines with Tony Conlon: New sheet metal arrivals are only 222 good to be true |  Meath Chronicle

Engines with Tony Conlon: New sheet metal arrivals are only 222 good to be true | Westmeath examiner



Between a lack of semiconductors – which in itself has led to a shortage of cars – a war, high fuel costs and Covid, crystal balls are looking to try to determine what the next six months will entail, a risky employment.

What I do know, however, is that there will be more new cars on the Irish market in the second half of this year.

Mercedes-Benz: During the second half of the year, the pace will not be slowed down in new model introductions at Mercedes-Benz. Twelve new arrivals are planned, including facelifted versions of the popular A-Class and B-Class, along with high-performance Mercedes-AMG A35 and A45 models in each case.

A new AMG SL will also appear, the high-performance version of a model that is generally considered one of motoring’s most iconic creations.

To continue with the AMG history, other newcomers will be an AMG GT 4-door Coupé and AMG-branded versions of the newly introduced EQE and EQS – a Mercedes-AMG EQE 43, EQE 53 and EQS 53 AMG. And to round off the year comes the expected arrival of the new GLC SUV that was recently unveiled to international media.

Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland, said that on arrivals in the second half of the year, the brand’s model range in Ireland will be completely updated with a heavier than ever concentration of all-electric, plug-in electric and mild hybrid model choices.

BMW: In September, the order books will be opened for the first BMW M3 Touring ever, a model that is said to mix flashy performance with everyday practice.

Powered by a 510 hp 3.0-liter straight six-engine engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, the Tourer will be exclusively available in competition form with M xDrive four-wheel drive from € 147,160.

Volkswagen: Volkswagen has introduced its new ID.5 E-SUV Coupé Tech and a top model with twin-engine four-wheel drive GTX in time for 222 sales.

Prices from 69 185 € and 78 410 € respectively, I had a short spin in both models that show premium standards and have groundbreaking technologies as their lighting system. The estimated WLTP distance for the electric models is 520 km for Tech and 490 km for GTX.

Range Rover: The new Range Rover Sport has recently been unveiled at Land Rover dealerships around the country for potential customers to see.

Allegedly the most desirable, advanced and dynamically capable, a static view of the large SUV showed the sporty luxury DNA of the redefined model.

Price from € 114 150 for 3.0 16 PHEV 433bhp Dynamic SE model, other models include six-cylinder electric hybrids with expanded range, a potent V8 and mild-hybrid six-cylinder petrol and diesel Ingenium engines. A pure electric version will be introduced in 2024.

Citroen: Citroën has announced details of its facelifted C5 Aircross SUV.

After undergoing significant design improvements as part of the latest product update, the new C5 Aircross has a redesigned front end that includes a new design language and interpretation of the brand logo; it also has new taillights and lavish new interior seating.

The facelifted version of this SUV, which has been the best-selling Citroën passenger car in Ireland since 2020, will be available with a selection of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid power systems. The first models have arrived in Ireland for the 222 registration period.

The facelifted C5 Aircross will be available in six different color options including the new Eclipse Blue option which changes hue based on the external light exposure.

Inside, the car has a fully customizable 12.3 ”digital display. There is also a newly designed infotainment system on a 10 ”touch screen (My Citroën Drive) which comes as standard from the second trim level.

The new C5 Aircross is equipped with the latest generation of Citroën Advanced Comfort seats and the Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension, which is exclusive to Citroën and improves the absorption of defects in the road.

The luggage volume is said to be a record for the segment: from 580 liters to 720 liters in the petrol and diesel versions and from 460 liters to 600 liters for the hybrid version. Aircross also offers a wide range of latest generation technologies and 20 driver assistance systems

Colin Sheridan, CEO of Citroën Ireland, recently said he was pleased to have “secured a strong production allocation based on our seasonal variation in July”.


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