The 2022 season of envy and bitterness is upon us, because the unaffordable convertible sports cars are finally hitting the streets. Today we will focus our window-shopping efforts on the all-new and facelifted models that once again will be setting even higher design and performance standards within the class.
Through the years, the major selling points for luxury SUV have been powerful engines, spacious cabins, deafening soundproofing and high-quality materials inside out. Curiously, electric vehicles of the upper market segment easily meet and even outperform these criteria. As evidence, for today we have prepared a lineup of the freshest premium electric SUVs of 2022 that will be putting the final nails into the coffin of internal combustion!
As the election approaches, Germany’s carmakers will face the same challenges as its new leaders: a need to innovate, tackle climate change and reassess its trade relationship with China. How this world-renowned motor industry navigates the road ahead could tell a lot about Germany’s future.
Video timeline: 00:00 - Germany faces numerous challenges 00:49 - Can Germany’s cars reveal its future? (or whatever the title is) 02:13 - Is Germany too reliant on trade with China? 03:46 - Germany’s reluctance to digitalise 05:09 - The race to go electric 06:41 - The future of electric cars 08:17 - What’s in store for Germany’s new leader?
In this week’s episode of ‘The Chiefs’, Monocle’s editorial director Tyler Brûlé is joined by BMW Motorrad’s chief designer Edgar Heinrich. They discuss why the future of the two-wheeler is looking bright and the innovative design process behind the upcoming CE 04.
In this video: the all-new 2021 models from SUV Luxury Class that will be smoothly sailing on the motorways across the globe.
Detailed list of all vehicles that appeared on this #AT_New_Cars video:
BMW iX: http://www.bmw.co.uk/en/all-models/bmw-i/iX/2020/highlights.html Unlike the compact iX3 crossover that is not destined to arrive to the US, the upcoming IX flagship will be the brand’s global EV, built on a dedicated architecture with 118-inches long wheelbase. In terms of size and functionality, the iX is comparable to BMW X5 and X6, offering electric AWD capabilities and lounge-like seating for 5.
Bentley Bentayga: bentleymotors.com/en/models/new-bentayga.html The world’s original ultra-luxury SUV is the current money-maker for the British brand that balances formidable power with hand-crafted perfection of the interior. The new generation of the Bentayga will be sold in three powertrain options.
Acura MDX: acuranews.com/en-US/releases/release-06084e8576c5c1f596d075dacd0164bd-2022-acura-mdx-to-make-world-debut-dec-8 Positioned as a new flagship in Acura’s crossover range, the 4th generation MDX lifts styling cues from the recently refreshed TLX sedan, and just like the former, even offers a performance-focused Type S version.
Genesis GV70: media.genesis.com/NEWS/genesis-previews-second-suv–the-gv70/s/42c832f4-69e3-460b-8039-0efb19e49d15 Genesis is not wasting time when it comes to exploring new market niches, so after barely launching the GV80 SUV, the company is already on track for starting production of the all-new GV70 crossover.
Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 Carlex Yachting Edition: carlexdesign.com/pl/limitowane-edycje/mercedes-benz-g63-amg/yachting-edition The latest version of the AMG G 63 is a true beast and a generously equipped SUV right from the assembly line. However, the Polish-based Carlex Design can make your G-Wagen look posher than a ten-million yacht.
Infiniti QX55: http://www.infinitiusa.com/infiniti-news/blog/infiniti-qx55-crossover-coupe.html Despite the completely shared platform with the QX50, the Infiniti QX55 fastback SUV actually borrows styling cues from the striking mi-size FX model that was in production between 2003 and 2017.
Land Rover Discovery: media.landrover.com/news/2020/11/new-discovery-efficient-powertrains-enhanced-connectivity-and-more-comfort-versatile For 2021, the British carmaker boosts the Land Rover Discovery with new tech, reshuffled powertrain portfolio and a fresher front fascia.
Range Rover 50 Years: landrover.com/explore-land-rover/range-rover-fifty/index.html The fiftieth anniversary of the model is commemorated by commissioning 1970 limited edition units worldwide, each individually numbered and carrying a special “Fifty” script lettering. The Range Rover 50 is based on the highest Autobiography trim.
Genesis GV80: genesis.com/us/en/2021/genesis-gv80.html 2021 Genesis GV80 is making a debut outside of its home market, and as a part of it, arrives to the United States. Here, the mid-size gets a stock 2.5L Turbo inline 4 making 300 horses, but the 3.5L twin-turbo V6 is destined to become the buyer’s favorite mill squeezing out 375 hp through an 8-speed automatic to all four.
Aston Martin DBX: astonmartin.com/en/models/dbx Throughout its existence, Aston has filed for bankruptcy 7 times and in March 2020 was aiming straight for its 8th. But thanks to the combined efforts of Lawrence Stroll and other shareholders, a half a billion pounds cash injection saved the company yet again, so the arrival of the DBX is back on track.
Kia Carnival Hi-Limousine: kia.com/worldwide/vehicles/carnival.do Despite being labeled as a minivan, the Carnival AKA Sedona in its current form looks like a confident 7 seat crossover, or as Kia calls it a “Grand Utility Vehicle”. In South Korea, the fourth generation of the model will be offered in a luxurious Hi-Limousine version.
From a Yanko Design article (June 3, 2020):
This electric motorcycle is designed for long-distance journeys keeping in mind any tough conditions that can come up on the way. The aesthetic has been inspired by the iconic Ural motorcycles with the designer adding his own modern twist on the post-WWII BMW customs…it swaps the traditional passenger cart for a sidecar which will be equipped with tools and essential gear. The extra storage space also includes straps to hold down the cargo or tools you are carrying and with a flat base, there is room for extra batteries too.
We love seeing designers get creative with electric bikes! Each one is unique with its features and our current favorite is this conceptual electric BMW Motorrad blended with El Solitario MC elements that is nothing like we’ve seen before in the e-bike world. It is bringing retro sidecars back with a cool new makeover!
From Classic Driver Magazine (April 18, 2020):
“Astonishing” is the word we are looking to describe this BMW 507. A word we use a lot if it comes to selling classic cars, but only a little few deserve this ‘title’ like this 507 does. When an exceptional model, with an unique story, from what the historical documents are well archieved, it just makes us going crazy. Add matching numbers and -colors tot his list and we are losing it totally. That’s no different with this 507.
Max Hoffman convinced BMW that if they built a competitor to the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, he would sell it profitable in the United States. The BMW was intended to fill the gap between the affordable sports cars like the triumph and MG and the exclusive cars like the Mercedes-Benz 300SL and Ferrari 250 GT California. Though, BMW couldn’t achieve their target price, for what the BMW 507 was even more expensive than the 300SL. BMW found itself in a financial difficult situation and almost went bankrupt. At the end of the day, BMW recovered from this “failure” and the 507 even became a true flagship in the whole history of automotive.
In the ‘50s BMW disposed over all fundamental ingredients which would make the 507 complete. An all-aluminium 3.2-litre V8 engine was placed in a shortened chassis of the 502. This ingenious masterpiece produced no less than 150hp and sounds like a guitar solo in your ears. To save weigt, the body was made of aluminium, which results in a 1280kg’s for a fully finished 507. Besides the phenomenal results, BMW wanted to offer luxury as well. Both aspects are just spot on.
From a Classic Driver online listing:
BMW’s 328 is recognized as one of history’s most important sports cars, and examples are proudly displayed in leading museums such as the Revs Institute and the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. The model emerged victorious in its debut race at the Nürburgring in 1936, won its class at the 1938 Mille Miglia and the 1939 Le Mans, and won the Mille Miglia outright in 1940. With over 200 victories, 328s were competitive until well into the 1950s.
This incredible 328 was purchased in 1945 in Germany by decorated fighter pilot and American Air Corps Commander Edward B. Giller, who was stationed there shortly after the war. Retaining its matching-numbers engine, the 328 here has remained in the Giller family for over 75 years and has never undergone a comprehensive restoration. Offered for sale for the first time since 1945, it is a remarkable piece of history that enthusiasts of preservation-class cars will admire and respect.
Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_328
To read and see more: https://www.classicdriver.com/en/car/bmw/328/1939/724625
‘we believe in the power of choice,’ begins domagoj dukec. as cars embrace new technologies such as autonomous systems, BMW and their designers are ensuring customers are still offered their own ultimate driving experience. in fact, they are actually integrating technology into the background of their designs, from the powertrains to the adaptable furniture and interior fabrics, creating mobility spaces that adapt to your needs. the innovations are there to help and enhance the experience but are free to the user to choose when, where and how it affects their journey. this power of choice is exemplified by BMW‘s two driving modes and vision cars: EASE and BOOST, and the Vision iNEXT and Vision M NEXT.
From a BMWGroupDesignworks.com webpage:
The camper is a light, mobile dome made of FUTURELIGHT™ material and heavy-duty geometry. As the fabric stretches over a geodesic dome, it creates a natural, weather-proof space. Somewhere to sleep after a day of hiking, or a place to take cover when nature is being, well, nature.
The camper is crafted on top of a highly-mobile platform, providing a comfortable cave for two people. The interior includes camping essentials, such as a bed and table, while still providing the feeling of a free space in nature due to its dome structure.
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