Top automotive news of the week: major car launches, limited edition BMW and Honda motorcycles, “Royal” X50, and much more

A lot has happened this week, especially in the Malaysian car market. With so many new launches, it’s surely an exciting time. Let’s take a look at the main events that happened in the market in the past week, followed by some international news.

Launch of the all-new 2022 Ford Ranger: The new ranger finally made his Malaysian debut. The stunning Ford pickup is offered in seven variants namely XL MT, XL AT, XLT MT, XLT AT, XLT Plus and WildTrak. With a price range of RM 108,888 to RM 168,888; the Ranger is available in two engine choices – 170hp/405Nm 2.0-litre mono-turbo and 210hp/500Nm 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel.

Launch of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EBQ350 4MATIC: Mercedes-Benz Malaysia launched three EQ models in the country this week, one of which is the EQB350 4MATIC with an estimated starting price of RM330,000. The Seven-seater SUV is powered by a twin motor that delivers a maximum power of 292 PS and 520 Nm of torque. The electric vehicle can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 160 km/h.

Mercedes-Benz EQB350 4MATIC - MY launch

Launch of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQC400 AMG Line 4MATIC: Mercedes-Benz Malaysia range now includes first-ever all-electric EQC. With an estimated price of RM390,000, the EQC400 AMG Line 4MATIC is the automaker’s first all-electric production car. The car’s twin-motor configuration develops 408hp and 760Nm of torque and helps the EV complete the sprint of the century in 5.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 180km/h.

LAUNCH of the EQC400 AMG range

Launch of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS450+: Malaysia now has the First-ever fully electric Mercedes-Benz EQS in the EQS450+ version. Priced at RM698,888, this EV comes with a single electric motor powered by a 107.9kWh lithium-ion battery. In terms of performance, the electric motor develops 333 hp and 565 Nm; 0-100km/h: 6.2s; top speed: 210 km/h, range: 782 km.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

Launch of Perodua Alza 2022: One of the major launches of the week and probably of the quarter is Perodua’s minivan, the Alza. Based on the Toyota Avanza, the new Alza is offered in three variants – X, H and AV. With its price starting at RM 68,000 and going up to RM 75,500; all versions are powered by the same naturally aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine developing 105 hp and 138 Nm of torque.

Perodua Alza 2022: Buy or skip

Limited-edition BMW 320i M Sport and 330i M Sport unveiled: This week BMW Malaysia has unveiled two limited edition special edition models – the 320i M Sport and 330i M Sport. Both feature several new features and are locally assembled. With a standard two-year warranty, the 320i M Sport and 330i M Sport are priced at RM262,800 and RM304,800 respectively. Both limited-edition BMWs are powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four engine developing 184hp/300Nm in the 320i and 258/400Nm in the 330i. The transmission option remains common with the 8-speed automatic.

BMW 320i M Sport and 330i M Sport limited edition

Custom Single Proton X50: Proton’s special devison, Automotive Conversion Engineering (ACE) customized one X50 for HRH Tengku Laksamana Selangor Tengku Sulaiman Shah Al-Haj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alha. Adorned in shiny gold paint with two distinctive black stripes, the car is fit for royalty.

Custom Single Proton X50

Indian Motorcycles Malaysia announces tentative prices for two models: Indian Motorcycles has announced tentative pricing for the Indian FTR1200 and Indian FTR1200 S Race Replica. They are priced at RM 125,000 and RM 145,000 respectively. Both bikes are set to launch in November this year and reservations are currently open.

    Indian FTR1200 and Indian FTR1200 S Race Replica Provisional Price

The 2022 Yamaha NMax gets new color options: Yamaha Malaysia offer the 2022 NMax in two vibrant colors – Matt Green and Matt Blue. Priced at RM9,498, the new NMax is powered by a 155cc SOHC VVA single-cylinder engine developing a maximum power of 14.9PS and a maximum torque of 14.4Nm.

2022 Yamaha NMax Color Options

International Updates

The all-new Honda Civic Type R unveiled: Celebrating 25 years of iconic existence in the automotive industry, Honda has unveiled the new City Type R which features a more mature look than its predecessor. On the outside, it features a large rear spoiler, vented bonnet, large wheels, red Honda badge, 19-inch matte black alloys and a historic championship white paint job exclusive to the Type R. Inside, the car features the typical Type R red trim on the seat and carpet. It’s powered by the proven 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.

    Honda Civic Type R unveiled

The 2023 Porsche Taycan gets a software update: Porsche has announced a new software update for the Taycan 2023. This update will not only improve the performance of the car, but also improve its charging efficiency and comfort level. In case you were wondering, the update is completely free.

Porsche Taycan 2023 Software Update

Launch of the all-new Nissan X-Trail in Japan: Nissan introduced the 4th generation X-Trail in Japan. The car features a new design language, a redesigned platform and a high level of quietness in the cabin. It is powered by a 2nd generation e-Power hybrid system with a gasoline mill (serves as a generator to produce electricity). Its spec kit includes – Nissan Safety Assist 360, adaptive LED headlights, 12.3-inch Advanced Driver Assist display, Bose premium audio system, 10.8-inch head-up display and more.

New Suzuki Grand Vitara unveiled: The all-new Suzuki Vitara SUV was unveiled in India this week. Conceptualized, developed and engineered by Suzuki, it will be manufactured in India.
Developed as a global flagship SUV, it showcases the best of the brand’s work, whether it’s design, technology or performance.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS Club Sport

Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport sold out: Built in collaboration with Manthey Racing, the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 celebrates the team’s 25th anniversary. Limited to just 30 units, the car is now completely sold out. It is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine developing a maximum output of 690 hp. The transmission is sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed PDK gearbox.

That’s all for the moment. Stay tuned with Zigwheels for the latest updates on local and international automotive and motor related news.

Also read: Perodua Alza 2022: buy or skip?

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