폭스바겐이 현지 시각으로 지난 4일, 신형 골프 R(The new Golf R)을 전세계 최초 공개했다. 골프 R은 브랜드 역사를 통틀어 가장 성공적인 모델인 골프 라인업 중 가장 강력한 모델이다. 유럽에서는 이미 320마력(235kW)의 신형 골프 R 사전계약이 지난 5일부터 시작됐다.
골프 R은 상시 사륜구동, 독보적인 역동성, 독창적인 디자인과 최신기술 탑재 등 해당 세그먼트에서 항상 새로운 기준점을 제시해오며 ‘골프 클래스’를 만들어낸 상징적인 모델이다. 이 같은 전통은 신형 골프 R에서도 이어진다.
신형 골프 R에는 폭스바겐 최초로 R-퍼포먼스 토크 벡터링(R-Performance Torque Vectoring) 시스템이 결합된 새로운 사륜구동 시스템이 탑재될 예정으로, 영민하게 연결된 이 시스템을 통해 새로운 차원의 역동적인 드라이빙을 가능하게 한다.
8세대 신형 골프를 기반으로 탄생한 이번 신형 골프 R은 스포츠카로서 골프의 큰 잠재력을 한층 더 부각시켰다. 컴팩트 클래스의 아이콘이자 전 세계적으로 이미 3,500만대 이상 판매된 골프는 이번 신형 R 버전 모델 추가로 90마력(66kW)부터 최대 320마력까지의 출력 범위를 갖추게 되었으며, 파워트레인 역시 가솔린(TSI), 혁신적 트윈 도징 시스템이 적용된 디젤 (TDI), 천연가스(TGI), 48V 마일드 하이브리드 시스템 (eTSI), 플러그인 하이브리드 모델 등 다양한 선택이 가능하다.
신형 골프 R은 현재까지 출시된 골프 파생 모델 중 가장 강력한 퍼포먼스를 자랑하는 모델이다. 주행 기술에 있어서도 현재까지 골프 브랜드로 출시된 제품 중 가장 뛰어난 기술력을 탑재하고 있다. 골프 R로서는 다섯 번째 버전인 이번 신형 골프 R은 단 4.7초 만에 100km/h까지 가속하며 최고 속도는 전자적으로 제한된 상태에서 250 km/h에 이른다.
R-퍼포먼스(R-Performance) 패키지를 옵션으로 선택할 경우 최고 속도를270km/h로 높일 수 있다. 420Nm(환산: 42.8kg/m)에 이르는 강력한 최대 토크, 최첨단 구동 기어, 동급 최고 수준의 사륜구동 시스템 등 최신 기술들이 더해져 동급 모델에서 경험하지 못했던 새로운 수준의 드라이빙 성능을 제공한다.
골프R에는 새로운 사륜구동 시스템이 첨단 러닝 기어와 결합되어 탑재되 오너들에게 극강의 민첩성과 드라이빙 즐거움을 제공한다. R 퍼포먼스 토크 벡터링이 적용된 사륜구동 시스템은 주행 환경과 설정에 따라 4개의 구동 휠에 가변적으로 엔진 출력을 분배하는 제어 센터의 역할을 한다. 단순히 후륜에 출력을 배분하는 것이 아니라, 양쪽 후륜에 각각 최적화된 구동력을 전달하여 코너링 시 차량의 민첩성을 크게 높일 수 있다.
세계 최초로 탑재되는 VDM(Vehicle Dynamics Manager)는 전자식 차동 제한장치(XDS) 및 어댑티브 섀시 컨트롤 (DCC)과 같은 다른 기어 시스템과 연결된다. 서로 다른 시스템들의 긴밀한 통합 덕분에, 새로운 골프 R은 최적의 구동력과 최고의 정밀도로 운전자가 진행하고자 하는 방향으로 정확히 제어되는 정교한 핸들링을 제공한다.
한편, 신형 골프 R은 독일 뉘르부르크링 노르트슐라이페에서 최종 튜닝 과정을 거쳐 R-퍼포먼스 패키지와 결합할 경우 "스페셜"로 알려진 뉘르부르크링 서킷 전용 드라이빙 모드를 적용할 수 있다. 새로운 사륜구동 시스템을 포함, 모든 핵심 구동 매개변수가 전설적인 레이스 트랙에 최적으로 세팅 되어 있으며 이에 따른 내부 테스트 드라이브 기록은 7단 DSG 변속기를 기본으로 장착한 골프 R의 경우 이전 모델보다 뉘르부르크링 노르트슐라이페 랩당 최대 19초(07:51분) 더 빠르다.
기존에는 수동변속기만 있어서 한정된 수요에 만족해야 했지만 이번 자동변속기 도입으로 저변을 더 확대할 수 있을 것으로 기대합니다.
단순히 변속기만 바꾼 것이 아니라, DCT를 잘 아우를 수 있는 요소까지 업데이트해 넣어 상품성이 나아졌습니다.
고성능 N의 우수한 주행성능과 짜릿한 주행 감성에 신규 변속기 적용으로 새로운 차원의 운전의 재미까지 더한 현대차 벨로스터 N이 새롭게 태어났다.
현대자동차가 국내 첫 고성능 브랜드 모델인 벨로스터 N에 8단 습식 더블 클러치 변속기(N 8-Speed Wet Double-Clutch Transmission, N DCT) 사양을 추가하고 기존 수동변속기 모델의 상품성을 개선한 ‘2020 벨로스터 N’을 출시한다고 21일 밝혔다.
특히 이번에 추가된 N DCT 사양은 다양한 특화 기능을 통해 현대차의 고성능 N이 추구하는 브랜드 철학인 ‘운전의 재미(Fun to Drive)’와 △코너링 악동(Corner Rascal, 곡선로 주행능력) △일상의 스포츠카(Everyday Sports Car) △레이스 트랙 주행능력(Race Track Capability)이라는 3대 고성능 DNA(핵심 요소)를 새로운 차원으로 구현해 냈다.
더블 클러치 변속기는 수동변속기를 기본으로 클러치를 추가하고 전기식 클러치 작동 장치(액츄에이터, Actuator)를 적용해 운전자의 클러치 조작 없이 변속을 자동화함으로써 자동변속기의 편리함과 수동변속기의 효율 및 직결감 향상에 따른 역동적인 주행감을 모두 확보할 수 있어 스포츠 주행을 지향하는 차종에 적극적으로 탑재되고 있다.
이번 ‘2020 벨로스터 N’에 추가된 8단 습식 더블 클러치 변속기는 기존 건식 더블 클러치 변속기와 달리 클러치의 작동 과정에 오일을 사용해 윤활 성능과 냉각성능을 크게 높여 높은 토크를 발휘하는 엔진에 대응이 가능하도록 한 것이 가장 큰 특징이다.
‘2020 벨로스터 N’은 이와 같은 특장점을 갖춘 N DCT를 추가 적용함으로써 최고 출력 275마력(ps), 최대토크 36.0kgf·m를 발휘하는 N 전용 고성능 가솔린 2.0 터보 엔진의 폭발적인 성능을 최대한 이끌어냈다. 정지상태에서 100km/h에 도달하는 시간은 수동변속기 사양 대비 0.5초 단축된 5.6초에 불과하다(당사 연구소 측정 결과, 런치 컨트롤 사용 조건).
더불어 8단으로 다단화를 통해 연비를 개선하고 보다 부드럽고 빠른 변속이 가능하도록 해 높은 성능과 함께 부드러운 주행 감각, 효율성까지 모두 갖췄다.
또 N DCT 적용 모델에는 기존 수동변속기 모델에 적용되고 있던 각종 고성능 기술에 N DCT만의 특화 기능을 더해 마치 레이싱 게임과 같은 경험을 제공함으로써 ‘운전의 재미’라는 고성능 N의 철학을 더욱 강화했다.
대표적인 N DCT 특화 기능으로 △변속 시 가속감을 강화한 ‘N 파워 쉬프트(N Power Shift, NPS)’ △트랙 주행이나 와인딩 같은 역동적인 주행 상황에 최적화된 변속 패턴을 자동으로 구현해 최고 성능을 내도록 하는 ‘N 트랙 센스 쉬프트(N Track Sense Shift, NTS)’ △’오버부스트(Overboost)’ 기능을 포함해 일정 시간 동안 엔진과 변속기의 최대 성능을 끌어올려 일시적으로 극한의 주행을 가능하게 하는 ‘N 그린 쉬프트(N Grin Shift, NGS)’ 등을 탑재했다.
이외에도 기존 벨로스터 N에 적용하고 있던 △주행 중 변속기 단을 낮추는 경우 순간적으로 엔진 회전수를 조정해 변속을 부드럽게 하고 빠른 재가속이 가능하도록 한 레브 매칭(Revolution Matching) 기능 △정지 상태에서 출발 시 엔진 토크 및 휠 스핀 최적 제어로 최대의 가속 성능을 제공하는 런치 컨트롤(Launch Control) 등을 N DCT에 맞춰 최적화했고 △주행 모드별 변속 패턴 차별화 △수동변속기와 흡사하게 조작 가능한 DCT 특화 수동모드 △상황에 따라 다양하게 연출되는 배기음 강화 등 다양한 특화 기능을 담았다.
N DCT를 추가한 ‘2020 벨로스터 N’은 각종 주행 관련 기능을 운전자의 취향이나 선택에 따라 인포테인먼트(Infotainment) 장치를 통해 설정할 수 있도록 한 ‘N 그린 컨트롤 시스템(N Grin Control System)’을 개선 적용한 것도 특징이다.
그리고 각종 기능이 작동하는 순간 또는 작동 조건이 갖춰지지 않은 경우 이를 운전석 계기판(클러스터)을 통해 알려줌으로써 운전자가 즉각적으로 인지하고 제어할 수 있도록 해 마치 자동차와 일체화된 것 같은 느낌을 경험할 수 있게 한다.
‘2020 벨로스터 N’은 무선 업데이트를 지원하는 최신 8인치 내비게이션을 포함한 신규 인포테인먼트 장치를 기본 적용한 것은 물론 지능형 안전 기술(현대 스마트 센스)을 선택사양으로 추가해 상품성을 높였다.
특히 △전방 충돌방지 보조(FCA) △운전자 주의 경고(DAW) △차로 유지 보조(LFA) △차로 이탈방지 보조(LKA) △하이빔 보조(HBA) △후측방 충돌 경고(BCW) △후방 교차 충돌 경고(RCCW) 등 동급 최고 수준의 지능형 안전 기술을 선택할 수 있도록 해 고성능 N의 브랜드 철학 3대 핵심 요소 중 하나인 ‘일상의 스포츠카’로서 높은 안전성과 편의성을 확보한 가운데 벨로스터 N의 폭발적인 주행성능을 누릴 수 있도록 했다.
더불어 정통 스포츠카에 적용되는 머리 지지 부위(헤드레스트) 일체형 스포츠 버켓 시트인 ‘N 라이트 스포츠 버켓 시트(N Light Sports Bucket Seats, 약칭 ‘N 라이트 시트’)’를 선택사양으로 추가, ‘레이스 트랙 주행능력’을 갖춘 벨로스터 N의 역동적인 주행 감성을 더욱 높일 수 있도록 했다.
N 라이트 시트는 앉는 부위에 고급 합성소재인 ‘알칸타라’를 적용해 고급감과 밀착력을 높였으며 허리 측면 지지 부위(사이드 볼스터)와 허벅지 측면 부위의 높이를 높여 급격한 곡선 주행 시에도 운전자의 몸을 안정적인 자세로 주행에 몰입할 수 있도록 했다.
이에 더해 시트의 무게도 기존 일반 시트 대비 두께를 줄이고 무게를 약 1.1kg을 감량했으며, 시트의 중앙 상단 부분에 새겨진 N 로고는 차량 탑승 시 점등(룸 램프와 연동)되는 기능을 갖춰 색다른 즐거움을 선사한다.
‘2020 벨로스터 N’의 가격은 무선 업데이트가 지원되는 8인치 블루링크 내비게이션 포함한 신규 인포테인먼트 장치 및 고객 선호도가 높은 멀티미디어 패키지(8인치 디스플레이 오디오, JBL 프리미엄 사운드 시스템, 하이패스) 기본화로 2944만원부터 시작한다(개별소비세 1.5% 기준).
N DCT 패키지는 △N 전용 8단 습식 DCT △패들 쉬프트(Paddle Shift)와 △DCT 전용 변속 프로그램을 포함해 250만원으로 책정됐으며, N DCT 특화 고성능 기능의 활용을 극대화하기 위해 △엔진 출력 강화(250→275마력) △고성능 ‘피렐리(Pirelli)’ 타이어&19인치 알로이 휠 △전자식 차동제한장치(E-LSD, Electronic-Limited Slip Differential)인 ‘N 코너 카빙 디퍼렌셜’ △N 전용 고성능 브레이크(N로고 캘리퍼 포함) △능동 가변 배기 시스템 등으로 구성된 퍼포먼스 패키지(200만원)와 함께 선택해야 한다(단 선택사양 가격은 모두 개별소비세 5% 기준, 개별소비세 인하에 따른 실구매 가격은 선택사양 구성 및 최대 인하 한도에 따라 달라짐).
현대차는 ‘2020 벨로스터 N’을 출시하면서 더 많은 고객들이 고성능 N의 감성을 누릴 수 있도록 다양한 판촉 이벤트도 진행한다.
먼저 기존 벨로스터 N 수동변속기 모델을 보유한 고객의 추천으로 N DCT 패키지 적용 모델을 구매할 경우 추천인에게는 20만원 상당의 N 전용 커스터마이징 브랜드 ‘N 퍼포먼스(N Performance)’ 파츠몰 쿠폰, 신차 구매 고객에는 20만원 할인 혜택을 제공한다.
또 4월 24일까지 N DCT 패키지 적용 모델을 구매한 고객 선착순 1000명을 대상으로 추첨을 통해 △N 라이트 시트(5명) △알칸타라 인테리어 패키지(10명) △현대모터스튜디오 고양 상설 전시 관람권 2매(100명)를 제공하며, 4월 30일까지 N DCT 패키지 적용 모델 계약 고객 중 30명을 추첨해 현대차가 운영하는 드라이빙 아카데미 ‘벨로스터 N 클래스’에 참가할 수 있는 혜택을 제공한다(단 6월 30일까지 출고 시 혜택 적용, 상세 내용은 현대차 홈페이지 참고).
현대차는 벨로스터 N은 현대차의 고성능 철학을 전달하는 동시에 보다 많은 고객에게 운전의 재미를 선사하기 위해 탄생한 자동차라며 성능과 편의성을 모두 만족시키는 N DCT 적용으로 더 많은 고객이 또 다른 운전의 재미를 체험할 수 있을 것으로 기대한다고 밝혔다.
현대차가 주장하는 센슈어스 스포티니스 디자인 철학을 반영했다고 합니다. 솔직히 이게 어떤 건지는 잘 와닿지 않긴합니다만. 나름 느낌은 살렸네요.
국내 판매가 되지 않는게 아쉽긴 합니다.
High Wycombe, 25 February 2020 – The all-new i20 will have two digital screens, new colour combinations and bold, full-width horizontal blades across the front interior of the vehicle. Hyundai revealed these details and more in a new image of the car’s interior ahead of its world premiere at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show.
The cockpit of the all-new i20 feels wide and airy. One of the most prominent design features are the horizontal blades stretching left-to-right across a high, prominent dashboard, which contain the air vents. The elegantly-sculpted doors, inspired by shapes found in nature, give it a sensuous feel. Integrated ambient lighting technology allows for a pleasant light at night, and the colour accents match throughout the interior.
The all-new i20 is available with three different interior trims: Black Mono and Black & Grey.
Two 10.25’’ screens for upgraded connectivity The all-new i20 features two digital screens to accommodate its upgraded connectivity features. Behind the steering wheel is a 10.25-inch digital cluster with a key colour that changes based on the selected drive mode – blue for Normal, green for Eco, and orange for Sport. To the right of the steering wheel, mounted high in the visual centre is a 10.25-inch centre AVN (audio/video/navigation) touchscreen.
Integrated into the AVN touchscreen are a range of new connectivity features never before seen in the i20, including Hyundai Bluelink Telematics. Among these are Hyundai LIVE services, which include real-time traffic and weather data, information about nearby fuel stations including fuel prices and parking spaces, and online voice recognition. Further Bluelink services include Find My Car, remote lock services, navigation to local points of interest, vehicle alarm information, and maintenance reports.
In addition, the all-new i20 is fully compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car Play, wireless in combination with the 8” Display Audio. A wireless charging pad is available as well.
A new Bose audio system consisting of eight strategically-placed speakers, including a subwoofer, delivers a premium-quality sound.
첫번째로 2020 폭스바겐 8세대 신형 골프 GTI와 골프 GTD 대형 사이즈 사진들입니다.
245마력짜리 터보 엔진에 전자식 DSG 기어를 결합해 스포티한 주행성을 자랑합니다.
GTD는 고성능 디젤 버전이죠
200마력의 출력과 400Nm의 묵직한 토크뿐만 아니라 연비도 만점에 가깝습니다.
Première of the new Golf GTI, GTE and GTD – Volkswagen brings sports icons into the digital age
Three new Golf models, three characters
Petrol, hybrid and diesel. Golf GTI* and partially electric Golf GTE* now with identical output; Golf GTD* is highly efficient over long distances
Innovision Cockpit. Golf GTI, GTE and GTD always feature the digital instrument cluster and 10-inch infotainment system
Always on. We Connect services bring streaming, Internet Radio and other online features on board the GTI, GTE and GTD
Pulse of the digital world. New start-stop button pulses red before the engine starts
Charismatic design. New bumpers, new roof spoiler, new diffuser and new lettering
Light as chrome. The Golf GTI, GTE and GTD will be equipped with an illuminated radiator grille bar as standard for the first time
LEDs in an X-shape. Five strikingly arranged LEDs create the fog lights in the bumpers (optional)
Icon – the 8th generation. The new Golf GTI is a pure, efficient, high-tech, compact sports car for the digital age
Turbocharged petrol engine. The GTI engine generates 180 kW (245 PS). It powers the unmistakeable, original version of the compact sports car
Quicker gear shifts. DSG with new shift-by-wire gearbox features unique characteristics in the Golf GTI
Light output with style. LED headlights and LED tail light clusters, exterior and interior background lighting
GTI charisma. Open front bumper with GTI wings and honeycomb grille, GTI diffuser with tailpipes on the left and right
Motorsport features. Striking black side sills form a line with the front splitter and rear diffuser
GTI steering wheel. New multifunction leather sports steering wheel with touch controls, perforated leather and GTI clasp in chrome/red
GTI for a new age. Digital Cockpit and 30-colour background lighting including GTI-specific mode
Electrified sports car. New performance plug-in hybrid combines electrical sustainability with vast, dynamic performance
Turbocharged petrol engine with electric motor. The 180 kW (245 PS) Golf GTE has reached the performance level of the Golf GTI
Zero local emissions. Battery with 50% more energy capacity (13 kWh) extends electrical range to around 60 kilometres
All-electric start. The performance plug-in hybrid drive in the Golf GTE starts on electrical power alone, with zero emissions
Predictive hybrid control. The sophisticated electronics of the GTE incorporates GPS and route data into powertrain control
DRIVE (optional). Travel Assist provides Golf GTE drivers with active steering, accelerating and braking (up to 210 km/h)
GTE – distinguishing features. GTE with no visible tailpipes (GTI has a tailpipe on the right and left, GTD has double tailpipe on the left)
GTE instruments. Digital Cockpit and Infotainment system with GTE-specific efficiency and range displays
Endurance athlete. High efficiency levels of the new GTD engine enable very long ranges
Turbocharged diesel engine. 147 kW (200 PS) of power and 400 Nm of torque are the vital statistics of the most powerful Golf with a TDI engine
Double SCR catalytic converter. Twin dosing significantly reduces nitrogen oxides (NOx) generated by the TDI compared with the engine in the predecessor model
Always automatic. New Golf GTD launched onto the market with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) as standard
LED headlights as standard. GTD has option of illuminated radiator grille fin which merges into the LED headlights
GTD insignia. Air intake grille in honeycomb design, red brake calipers, illuminated radiator grille and red pulsing start button
GTD interior. Background lighting with 30 colours and new Digital Cockpit provide extra GTD ambience
Digital GTD. New touch and slide surfaces, screens and shift-by-wire
THE NEW GOLF GTI, GOLF GTE and GOLF GTD
Wolfsburg, March 2020. A car becomes an icon when its design DNA and character remain recognisable for decades. It is also important for an icon to provide fresh ideas in order to cope with the challenges of our time. Just like the Golf GTI. For 44 years, Volkswagen has been reinventing this icon of sporty, compact cars while retaining the original concept – generation after generation. The eighth reinterpretation of the Golf GTI is now celebrating its debut. Newly designed and engineered – fully digitalised and networked. A Golf GTI that is fit for the modern era. The Golf Mk1 from 1976 has long evolved into a vehicle family. This was followed in 1982 by the first Golf GTD with a turbocharged diesel engine, and in 2014 by the first Golf GTE to feature plug-in hybrid drive. And so it stands to reason that a new Golf GTD and a new Golf GTE are celebrating their world premières alongside the new Golf GTI. Three Golf variants, three characters, three efficient and clean drive systems – but one design and specification philosophy.
GTI. The new Golf GTI is an agile, raw, efficient and high-tech compact sports car for the digital age – with 180 kW (245 PS).
GTE. With a system output of 180 kW, the new Golf GTE is just as powerful as the Golf GTI. The hybrid drive is designed for sporting performance and combines electrical sustainability and zero-emission distances of around 60 kilometres with a great dynamic performance.
GTD. The new Golf GTD is a real endurance athlete. In this variant an output of 147 kW (200 PS) has been coupled with very long fuel ranges.
Dynamic front end. The design of the new, sporty Golf models embodies unadulterated charisma. The standard LED headlights are positioned low down and form a striking crossbar in conjunction with the radiator grille. Towards the top of the bonnet a narrow line spans the front end – red in the case of the GTI, blue for the GTE and silver for the GTD. All are typical insignia just like the red radiator grille frame on the first Golf GTI. Once the daytime running lights are activated – when the driver approaches with the key (optional) – an LED strip in the headlight mirrors the red, blue or silver line. As standard, the radiator grille is illuminated as a continuation of the LED strip for the first time. This creates the completely new, unmistakable headlight design of the Golf GTI, GTE and GTD. Another striking and unmistakable feature is the typically large, one-piece lower air intake grille in a honeycomb pattern. It is framed on the outside by a black application, with a striking wing-like design on the sides. The new GTI insignia also include the optional fog lights which are now integrated into the air intake grille in an X-shape.
Striking outline. The side section features the eye-catching, standard 17-inch Richmond alloy wheels, unique to the GTI. 18-inch or 19-inch rims are available on request. Painted red: brake calipers of the new, sporty Golf models. The GTI and GTD also carry a signet with the respective lettering on the side of the front wing panel. The GTE does not boast this feature but instead has an extra supply connection on the passenger side for charging the battery. All three models feature wider side skirts sills in black – with a splitter design similar to that found on racing cars. The sills come together to form the front spoiler and the rear diffuser. An individualised spoiler extends the roof line at the very top of the outline. The dominant design element of the side section is the C-pillar, a characteristic element of all versions of the Golf. It visually propels the vehicle body forwards and transposes the iconic graphics of the original Golf and GTI into the modern era.
Superior rear end. The new Golf has a powerful shoulder section and striking rear end design. This also benefits the new, sporty models, which are fitted with LED tail light clusters as standard. The GTI, GTE or GTD lettering is now positioned centrally under the Volkswagen emblem rather than on the driver side as it was before. The roof spoiler is extended rearwards and merges with the black edging around the rear window, making the Golf GTI, GTE and GTD appear even flatter than the less powerful models. At the bottom, the sporty diffuser distinguishes the new versions from the other versions of the series. They are also differentiated by the tailpipes of the exhaust systems – the GTI has one tailpipe on the left and one on the right, the GTD has a double tailpipe on the left, and there is no tailpipe in sight on the GTE.
Dynamic insignia. Ever since the first Golf GTI made its debut, this car has been like a perfectly fitting pair of jeans. Right from the outset, Volkswagen created distinctive, dynamic insignia with the multitude of interior details – the sports steering wheel featuring three silver double spokes and recessed Wolfsburg emblem, the gear knob in the shape of a black golf ball, GTI sports seats in tartan with black side bolsters – all of which are considered classic design pieces.
A nod to the past, a nod to the future. Although Volkswagen is enhancing the digital and networking capabilities of the eighth-generation Golf – and with it the GTI, GTE and GTD – to an unprecedented extent in order to future-proof the range, many of the original insignia can still be found on board. However, the sports steering wheel of yesteryear has been transformed into a new multifunction leather sports steering wheel with touch controls and an optionally integrated Travel Assist button to help the powerful Golf models reach a top speed of 210 km/h while Travel Assist is engaged. The three silver spokes have been retained – in the GTI, the interior of the central spoke has a red finish, while the GTE and GTD have blue and silver finishes respectively. The classic checked pattern of the sports seats is also retained. The new checked design is called Scalepaper. The seams of the grey and black design are red in the GTI, blue in the GTE and light grey in the GTD. Red, blue or black are also used for all decorative seams and edging, depending on the model.
Fit for the modern age. The Innovision Cockpit extends upwards upon opening the doors in the Golf GTI, GTE and GTD. It is a fusion of the top-of-the-range version of the 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit (digital instruments) and the 10-inch navigation system. The visual and functional blend of the two screens creates a new and consistent, digital architecture. The background lighting, which also comes as standard, embeds the displays and all other illuminated interior areas (dash panel, door trim, storage compartment with interface for mobile telephone, footwell) in a spectrum of 30 configurable colours. The Golf GTI, which is equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, features a brand new GTI gear knob. The GTI is available with an optional, automatic 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG); the GTD comes exclusively with this DSG. The GTE features a 6-speed DSG developed for hybrid drive. The models equipped with a DSG are generally shift by wire; the DSG gear lever itself has been designed specifically. The functionality of the standard start/stop button for the drive systems of the three sporty Golf models has been customised – once the doors have been opened, it pulses red until the drive system has been started.
Basic equipment. In general, every new Golf is fitted with assist systems including the Lane Assist lane keeping system, Front Assist Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring, XDS electronic differential lock and Car2X (local communication with other vehicles and the traffic infrastructure). Standard digital instruments and an infotainment system to suit the mobile We Connect and We Connect Plus online services and functions that have been integrated here. A multifunction steering wheel, single-zone automatic climate control (Climatronic), the Press & Drive comfort start system, a Bluetooth provision for mobile telephone, LED headlights, LED tail light clusters, LED daytime running lights, LED reading lights and two USB-C ports. This range of equipment is once again extended significantly for GTI, GTE and GTD.
Enhanced equipment. On the exterior, the equipment outlined here is supplemented by 17-inch alloy wheels, a customised front section, a grooved rear diffuser, a standalone roof spoiler, the corresponding model logos, individual tailpipe systems, red brake calipers and sill extensions. The functions include sports running gear (only GTI and GTD; 15 mm lower) and the Keyless Access locking and starting system and associated lighting. In the interior, the top-of-the-range version of the Digital Cockpit (multiple screen configurations) and the 10-inch navigation system merge to form the Innovision Cockpit. The colour and graphics of the Digital Cockpit correspond to the respective model. In many other details, as is the case with the exterior, the Golf GTI, GTE, GTD are also differentiated by the specific colours assigned to the respective drive system – red (GTI), blue (GTE) and silver (GTD). All pedals are made of stainless steel.
GTI with turbocharged petrol engine. The new Golf GTI is powered by a 180 kW (245 PS) 2.0-litre turbocharged injection engine (EA888 evo4). The maximum torque is 370 Nm. The four-cylinder engine is coupled with a 6-speed manual gearbox (MQ350) as standard. A 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DQ381 DSG) is available as an option.
GTE with plug-in hybrid. The plug-in hybrid drive of the Golf GTE essentially consists of a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine (EA211 TSI) with 110 kW (150 PS), the hybrid module with an electric motor (85 kW), a 6-speed DSG (DQ400e) and a new lithium-ion battery. The powertrain delivers a maximum power output of 180 kW (245 PS) and a maximum system torque of 400 Nm. Compared with its predecessor, the all-electric range has increased significantly to now around 60 km. Volkswagen’s engineers have achieved the increase in range by improving the Golf’s aerodynamics and managing to increase the energy content of the battery by 50% to 13 kWh. It can be driven at speeds of up to 130 km/h in all-electric mode. When the battery is sufficiently charged, the Golf GTE always starts in all-electric E-MODE. The drive switches to Hybrid mode if the energy capacity of the battery drops below a certain level or if the speed rises above 130 km/h. In Hybrid mode, the driver has the option of maintaining the state of charge using three symbols on the Infotainment system screen (the equal sign “=”), increasing it (up arrow “Ù”) or reducing it to a defined level (down arrow “Ú”). This makes it possible to drive into an urban destination area under electric power and with zero emissions, even at the end of a longer journey, if so required. Whenever route guidance is active in the navigation system, the battery manager also predictively takes into account road and topographical data to ensure the set battery energy is available when you reach your destination. During this process, battery use is adapted on the basis of the route data in order to achieve an optimum electrical range.
GTD with turbocharged diesel engine. The long-distance sports car features a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine (TDI) with an output of 147 kW (200 PS). The Golf GTD engine (EA288 evo series) generates an impressively high maximum torque of 400 Nm. The TDI already delivers this power at very low engine speeds. As with all the turbocharged diesel engines in the new Golf, the GTD’s drive system is linked to two SCR catalytic converters connected in series (SCR = Selective Catalytic Reduction). This new twin dosing SCR system with dual AdBlue injection greatly reduces nitrogen oxide emissions compared with its predecessor. Volkswagen offers the Golf GTD with a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DQ381 DSG) as standard.
Improved comfort and dynamics. Volkswagen has developed and perfected the running gear of the Golf GTI, GTE and GTD with the combination of a McPherson front axle and a multi-link rear suspension. A new driving dynamics control system known as the Vehicle Dynamics Manager is used for the first time. The system controls both the XDS function and the lateral dynamics components of the regulated dampers (optional DCC). This significantly increases the spread between maximum comfort and maximum dynamics, and the vehicle benefits from significantly sharpened driving dynamics as a result.
DCC adaptive chassis control.DDC adaptive chassis control continuously reacts to the road surface and driving situation while taking account of various elements including steering, braking and acceleration manoeuvres. By means of the set driving profile mode, the driver can influence the reduction in body motion as desired. The required damping is calculated for each wheel and adjusted at the four shock absorbers within fractions of a second. Consequently, DCC always provides the highest level of driving comfort and ensures ideal driving dynamics in combination with the driving dynamics manager. In the latest DCC generation, the vehicle setup can be extended in INDIVIDUAL mode to go beyond the existing range of the fixed COMFORT, ECO and SPORT modes. The driver can accurately set and store their personal driving profile using a digital slider. Beyond the COMFORT setting, the body is “decoupled” from the road surface as much as possible, thus boosting driving comfort. Beyond the SPORT setting, there is an extended setting range with maximum damping for minimised body movements and extremely direct handling for that unadulterated GTI, GTD and GTE feeling.
아우디가 개발 중인 4세대 A3 사진입니다. 소형 해치백 스타일인데 벤츠 A클래스, BMW 1시리즈와 비슷하죠
요즘 많은 메이커들이 위장막 차를 마케팅 수단으로 활용하고 있는데, 아우디도 그 대열에 합류했네요
아직 정식 출시 전임에도 기자 시승회를 열과 사진도 발표했습니다.
신차를 기다리는 대기 수요를 잡기 위한 전략이겠죠.
차량에 대한 정보는 아래 더보기를 확인해주세요
Ingolstadt/Ponta Delgada, February 7, 2020 – Roads considered challenging enough to be a test of mettle for thoroughbred competition cars on the Azores rally have been chosen to provide a baptism of fire for the quattro system underpinning the all-new Audi A3. Journalists have been able to assess the dynamic capabilities of all-wheel-drive versions of the advanced new compact hatchback on these roads, which snake around the island of São Miguel in Portugal’s Azores archipelago, ahead of the car’s world public debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.
Pure emotion: the original thought In a place where volcanoes once created a whole chain of islands and where there is a high level of volcanic activity, Audi is demonstrating the core of its DNA: quattro drive. The all-wheel drive system fittingly makes its first appearance in one of the most emotive versions of the fourth generation A3, and represents the latest stage in the evolution of this successful technology, which in Audi models with transverse engine installations is based around an electro-hydraulic multi‑plate clutch.
Managed by precisely tuned software, the system not only maximises stability, grip, and driving pleasure, but is also extremely efficient. Supported by the adaptive suspension and the progressive steering, it delivers composed, surefooted and incisive driving characteristics that impress over tight winding roads and varied mountain and valley stretches in particular.
Intelligent regulation: the quattro drive in detail The clutch is located at the end of the prop shaft, in front of the rear axle differential – a position that benefits the axle load distribution in particular. Inside is a package of plates that operate in an oil bath. Its metal friction rings are arranged behind one another in pairs – one ring of each pair is rigidly meshed with the clutch housing, which rotates with the prop shaft; the other ring is meshed with the short output shaft to the rear axle differential.
Audi tailored the electronic torque distribution control specifically to suit the new A3 and integrated it in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system. It takes the data of the suspension sensors into account and detects not only the driving conditions and road properties but also the driving style. The control unit uses this data as a basis to calculate a torque distribution that provides optimum efficiency and passes the value on to the clutch. This is particularly efficient.
The all-wheel drive distributes the torque with full variability between the front and rear axles. During normal driving operation, the majority of the engine’s power is transmitted to the front wheels. When driving off or when the front axle has little traction, the clutch diverts the torque at lightning speed: In this case, an electric axial-piston pump is activated, which applies up to 44 bar of hydraulic pressure to the clutch plates. The more the clutch plates are pressed together by this pump, the more drive torque is transmitted to the rear axle – the maximum is 100 percent. The clutch can already transmit part of the torque to the rear axle when the driver begins to make quicker turns of the steering wheel during more challenging driving. As soon as the driver accelerates, the torque presses the A3 into the corner. During load changes, the distribution of torque allows precise turning into the bend, which further increases driving dynamics.
Full control: the Electronic Stabilisation Control The wheel-selective torque control, a software function of the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC), perfectly complements the latest quattro system. When the new Audi A3 negotiates a corner at high speed, the program applies the brakes slightly to the two wheels on the inside of the bend. The difference in drive forces on both axles turns the car into the bend, allowing it to follow the steering angle precisely. This makes the handling even more agile, fluid, and safe.
The perceived response of the quattro drive is also changed in the three functional modes of the ESC. This allows the traction and driving stability to be adapted to the driver’s request. If the ESC has to regulate, its adjustments are gentle and virtually imperceptible. Maximum power transmission is ensured in ESC ON mode. This means that acceleration is safe and stable and performed with as little wheel slip as possible. By selecting Sport mode, the driver can drift on surfaces with a low coefficient of friction, such as snow, in a controlled, safe manner. The greater wheel slip in this case provides increased driving pleasure. In ESC OFF mode, the amount of possible wheel slip is virtually unlimited.
Variable in every situation: the progressive steering Due to their design, conventional steering systems always require a compromise between directness and comfort. The electromechanical progressive steering that will be a feature of more performance-oriented versions of the new Audi A3 solves this conflict. Its toothed rack and pinion have a special shape and toothing. This results in different gear ratios depending on the steering angle. When the steering wheel is turned quickly during faster driving, it is smaller and the steering is very direct. This decreases the steering effort in urban traffic and while manoeuvring and increases the level of comfort considerably.
On twisting roads, the progressive steering facilitates an even more spirited driving style. The steering wheel has to be turned just 2.5 times between locks; the steering ratio in the centre position is 14.3:1. The power assistance is in perfect harmony with this character and adapts to the driving speed. At low speeds, it is higher in order to enable easier manoeuvrability; as the speed increases, the power assistance is decreased continuously. This allows the driver to experience reassuringly weighty steering feel even when driving at high speed on the motorway.
The progressive steering is equipped with a highly efficient electromechanical drive that supplies power only when it is needed. It works together closely with various assist systems, such as the adaptive cruise assist, the collision avoidance assist, and the park assist.
New damper technology in the compact model: the adaptive suspension Comfortably soft or sporty and taut? Both are possible with the suspension with adaptive damper control which will be available for selected models in the new range. Three damper settings ensure that the driver can experience the spread of the driving characteristics and enjoy particularly agile handling. Sensors measure the vertical acceleration of the body structure and the relative movement of the individual wheels in relation to it. The control unit processes its signal in a matter of milliseconds and continually adapts each damper to the condition of the road, the driving situation and the driver’s requests. The dampers include electromagnetically actuated valves that can be regulated extremely quickly and in a highly energy-efficient way. Depending on their position, they allow the hydraulic fluid to flow faster or slower, which changes the characteristics of the dampers between a soft setting for long distance ride pliancy and a firmer footing for faster A and B-road driving.
The driver can switch the basic damper settings between the three modes comfort, auto and dynamic in the Audi drive select system, which will be a standard feature of the majority of models in the new A3 range. Overall, Audi drive select offers a total of five modes – comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency, and individual – accessed via a physical button located near the gearshift or selector lever. If the driver selects the “individual” setting, they can freely specify their personal preferences to a great extent.
As well as the damper control, Audi drive select can also influence the operating characteristics of the throttle, steering and, where fitted, the S tronic transmission and quattro drive. Its setting also impacts on comfort and safety systems including the automatic air conditioning, matrix LED headlights, seat belt tensioners and adaptive cruise control, where these are fitted.
8세대 모델이죠. 골프는 원래 홀수 세대에서 뼈대를 바꾸고 짝수에선 파워트레인 등을 변경하죠.
이번엔 짝수세대여서 파워트레인 최적화와 몇가지 기술적인 진화를 이뤘습니다.
폭스바겐이 24일, 골프의 탄생지인 독일 볼프스부르크 본사에서 8세대 신형 골프(The all-new Golf)를 공개했다.
새로운 세대가 출시될 때마다 소형차 시장의 새로운 표준을 제시해온 골프가 약 7년 만에 완전히 새롭게 돌아왔다. 이번 8세대 신형 골프 역시 ‘완전한 디지털화, 연결성 그리고 직관적 운영‘이라는 키워드 아래 해치백 시장의 새로운 장을 열게 됐다.
폭스바겐 그룹의 헤르베르트 디이스(Herbert Diess) 회장은 “골프는 지난 45년 간 전 세계 시장에서 3천 5백만대 이상 판매된 유럽에서 가장 성공한 모델이다. 글로벌 자동차 시장은 이번 신형 골프가 제시할 새로운 기준에 대해 높은 기대와 관심을 나타냈다“라고 말했다.
폭스바겐 승용차 브랜드 COO인 랄프 브란트슈타터(Ralf Brandstätter)는 “신형 골프는 완전히 달라졌지만, ‘시간이 지나도 변치 않는 가치를 제공하는 것(Timeless)‘이 근본적인 컨셉인 만큼, 이번에도 그 본질은 잃지 않았다. 골프는 지난 수십 년간 폭스바겐 브랜드를 정의해온 기원이라고 할 수 있는 모델이며, 모든 사람들이 새로운 기술을 사용해볼 수 있도록 지속적으로 발전해왔다“라고 말했다.
앞서 설명했듯이, 골프는 지속 가능한 모빌리티를 많은 사람들에게 제공해왔다. 신형 골프는 한 걸음 더 나아가, 모든 기능이 운전자에게 스스로 설명이 가능한 디지털화를 이루어냈다. 폭스바겐 디자인 총괄 클라우스 비숍(Klaus Bischoff)은 “신형 골프의 운전자는 갈수록 복잡해지는 환경에서도 차량을 직관적으로 조작할 수 있다“라고 말했다. 실제로 신형 골프의 모든 디스플레이와 컨트롤은 디지털 방식으로 작동되며, 새로운 계기판과 온라인 인포테인먼트 시스템이 터치 버튼과 터치 슬라이더 방식의 디스플레이 환경에 결합되어 있다. 좀 더 풍부한 정보를 제공하는 윈드쉴드 헤드업 디스플레이는 옵션 사양으로 선택 가능하다.
역사상 가장 진보적인, 5가지의 하이브리드 엔진 라인업 제공
폭스바겐은 폭스바겐 모델 최초로 신형 골프에 5가지의 하이브리드 엔진 라인업을 도입해 본격적인 하이브리드 캠페인을 시작한다. eTSI 엔진에서 벨트 스타터 제너레이터와 48V의 리튬 이온 배터리 그리고 가장 최신의 효율적인 TSI가 결합된 48V 마일드 하이브리드 시스템이 신형 골프에 최초 적용된다. 이 시스템을 통해 소모량이 최대 10%까지 감축되었으며(WLTP 기준), 매우 민첩하고 편안한 움직임을 자랑한다. 폭스바겐은 110마력(81kW), 130마력(96 kW), 150마력(110kW), 3가지의 eTSI 모델을 선보일 예정이다.
더불어 2가지 버전의 플러그인 하이브리드(PHEV) 모델인 GTE 모델도 제공된다. GTE 모델은 204마력(150kW), 245마력(180kW), 두 가지 버전으로 출시되며, 두 버전 모두 13 kWh 리튬이온 배터리를 탑재해 최대 60km까지 무공해 전기주행이 가능하다.
효율적인 가솔린 엔진과 연료 소비량을 최대 17% 낮춘 디젤 엔진
신형 골프는 TSI, TDI, TGI 버전의 모델도 옵션으로 선택 가능하다. 각각 두 가지 버전의 4기통 가솔린 엔진(90마력/66kW, 110마력/81kW), 4기통 디젤 엔진(115마력/85kW, 150마력/110kW)과 130마력(96kW)의 TGI 모델이 제공된다. 새로운 TSI 엔진 라인업은 혁신적인 TSI 밀러 연소 과정(TSI Miller combustion process)을 포함한 여러 요소들을 통해 특히 낮은 연료 소비량과 배출량을 자랑한다. 혁신적인 트윈 도징 시스템(두 개의 SCR 촉매변환기)을 채택한 TDI 엔진은 질소산화물 배출량을 80%까지 낮췄으며, 전 세대 대비 연료 소비량을 최대 17% 감축시켰다.
24시간 연결된 향상된 커넥티비티와 Car2X 시스템 기본 적용
신형 골프의 다양한 기능들은 서로 연결되어 있을 뿐만 아니라 온라인 연결장치(OCU; online connectivity unit) 덕분에 차량 외부의 세계와도 연결이 가능해 향상된 커넥티비티를 제공한다. 통합 eSIM기반의 기본적인 온라인 연결 장치는 “위 커넥트(We Connect)” 및 “위 커넥트 플러스(We Connect Plus)” 온라인 기능 및 서비스들과 연결된다.
더불어 신형 골프는 Car2X 시스템이 폭스바겐 모델 최초로 기본 적용되어 새로운 수준의 안전성을 자랑한다. Car2X 시스템은 반경 800m 이내의 주변 차량 및 교통 인프라로부터 교통 관련 신호를 받아 디스플레이를 통해 운전자에게 사전에 잠재된 위험을 경고해주며, 이러한 경고를 Car2X 시스템을 장착한 다른 차량에게도 공유한다. 신형 골프는 이를 통해 군집 지능을 통한 한층 더 높은 수준의 교통 안전이 실현 가능함을 보여준다.
한편, 골프는 1974년 1세대 골프가 첫 출시된 이후, 지난 45년간 진화를 거듭해 온 폭스바겐 역사 상 가장 성공적인 베스트셀러로, 출시 이후 누적 판매대수는 무려 3천5백만대 이상에 이른다. 이번에 공개된 8세대 신형 골프는 올해 12월 독일 시장부터 출시될 예정이다.
폭스바겐에서 저가형 모델을 담당하고 있는 체코 브랜드 스코다가 새로운 소형 해치백 스카라(Scala)를 공개했습니다.
폭스바겐 소속이 되면서 가성비 갑 브랜드로 떠오른 스코다죠. 이번에도 폭스바겐 MQB A0 플랫폼을 활용해 상품성을 높였습니다.
스카라라는 이름은 계단을 뜻하는 라틴어에서 가져왔다고 하네요.
골프와 많은 부분을 공유하기에 유럽에선 현대 i30급입니다. 스코다의 새로운 디자인을 적용했고 가솔린과 디젤 터보뿐만 아니라 CNG 엔진까지 총 5가지의 엔진을 사용합니다.
출력은 90에서 150마력 사이가 되고 풀 LED 헤드램프와 테일램프를 적용하는 등 저가형이지만 최신 유행폼을 거의 다 수용했습니다.
With a new character, new technology and a new name, the ŠKODA SCALA completely redefines the compact car segment for the Czech brand. The fitting name ‘SCALA’ comes from the Latin for ‘stairs’ or ‘ladder’. The hatchback combines an emotive design with a high level of functionality as well as state-of-the-art connectivity, and transfers the sensational design language of the VISION RS concept study into a production vehicle for the first time. A selection of five engine variants is available, with power outputs ranging from 66 kW (90 PS) to 110 kW (150 PS). In addition, the SCALA offers a high level of active and passive safety, full-LED headlights and tail lights, plenty of space for luggage and passengers, as well as numerous Simply Clever features. It will be launched onto the market in the first half of 2019.
Press texts, infographics, footage and photos are available in the interactive press kit at ŠKODA Storyboard.
ŠKODA CEO, Bernhard Maier, said, “We are starting a new chapter in ŠKODA’s compact car range with the new ŠKODA SCALA. It is an all-new model that sets benchmarks within its segment in terms of technology, safety and design. The SCALA perfectly embodies the ŠKODA-typical ‘smart understatement’. We’re convinced that the SCALA has the best chance of redefining the A segment for ŠKODA.”
By launching the SCALA, ŠKODA is taking several steps in development at once and is completely repositioning itself in the compact car segment. With its excellent connectivity, high-quality equipment and exquisite materials, it perfectly represents the brand’s set of values, which are suitably encapsulated by the term ‘smart understatement’. The SCALA thereby also appeals to a target group of younger, design-focused Internet users, who also attach importance to enjoying the ŠKODA-typical generous amount of space, the largest boot in the segment and great value for money.
Highlights of the new ŠKODA SCALA at a glance:
Exterior design: The ŠKODA SCALA is the first ŠKODA to implement the next development stage of the brand’s design language, and is doing so in a very emotive and authentic way. It is the first ŠKODA production vehicle in Europe to bear ‘ŠKODA’ in block lettering across its tailgate instead of the ŠKODA logo – and it does so with confidence. Alloy wheels measuring up to 18 inches create dynamic accents; the unique, extended rear window available in the Emotion package gives the ŠKODA SCALA its own style.
Interior design: The new interior is based on the VISION RS concept study. It combines ergonomics and emotiveness with a ŠKODA-typical generous amount of space and the largest boot in the segment. Just like the front door trims, the instrument panel with its central touchscreen positioned high on the dashboard also features a high-quality, soft-foam surface with a new specific texture resembling crystalline structures. A pleasant atmosphere is created by the ambient lighting, warm hues and contrasting coloured stitching on the seat covers, which are optionally available in a Suedia microfibre. As options, the heated windscreen and heated steering wheel provide additional comfort.
Engines and chassis: Three 1.0-litre or 1.5-litre TSI engines and a 1.6-litre TDI produce power outputs ranging from 70 to 110 kW (95 to 150 PS). The 1.0 G-TEC delivering 66 kW (90 PS), which is designed to run on environmentally friendly natural gas (CNG), will follow later in 2019. The five efficient turbo engines fulfil the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard, of course. The Sport Chassis Control is available as an option – a chassis that can be switched between ‘Normal’ or ‘Sport’ modes via Driving Mode Select.
Assistance systems: Many of the ŠKODA SCALA’s assistance systems have previously only been seen in higher vehicle segments. The optional Side Assist function shows if a vehicle is approaching from behind and wants to overtake or if it is in the blind spot up to 70 m away – 50 m further than in Blind Spot Detect. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which can be used at speeds of up to 210 km/h, and Park Assist are also optional. Lane Assist and Front Assist with City Emergency Brake come as standard.
Technology and safety: The SCALA features LED headlights and tail lights as standard, full‑LED versions are available as an option and – for the first time in a ŠKODA – come with dynamic rear indicators. The car features up to nine airbags, including a driver knee airbag and, for the first time in the segment, optional rear side airbags. In the event of an impending collision, the optionally available proactive occupant protection system Crew Protect Assist automatically closes the windows and tensions the front seat belts in good time.
Infotainment: The optional Virtual Cockpit features a 10.25-inch display – the largest in the segment. Infotainment systems from the third generation of the MIB modular infotainment matrix come with a screen size ranging from 6.5 inches up to 9.2 inches. The touchscreen is positioned comfortably high on the dashboard in clear view of the driver and front passenger; the optional ŠKODA Sound System features a subwoofer and ten speakers. Using lots of new ŠKODA Connect mobile online services, the car can be locked and unlocked via a mobile phone and the infotainment system software or maps can be updated, for example. The SCALA is always online thanks to a built-in eSIM with LTE connection.
Simply Clever: The ŠKODA SCALA comes with numerous Simply Clever features, including – for the first time in this segment – an electric tailgate incl. Tip-To-Close function and a retractable tow bar, which can be electrically unlocked at the push of a button in the boot.
New ŠKODA design language – more emotive and dynamic than ever
The ŠKODA SCALA: design concept of the spectacular VISION RS has now been transferred into a production car
Modern appearance with sculptured, clearly defined surfaces and precision details
Optionally available extended rear window, ‘ŠKODA’ lettering on the tailgate
The new ŠKODA SCALA is the first production model to demonstrate the next development stage of the brand’s design language, which will also shape the car manufacturer’s future models. New sculptural shapes, dynamic design features as well as precision-designed details lend the SCALA a distinct identity. The new compact car is ŠKODA’s first production vehicle in Europe to bear ŠKODA lettering across its tailgate instead of the brand’s well-known logo.
ŠKODA Head of Design, Oliver Stefani, said, “The SCALA is an important step in the further development of the ŠKODA design language. Not only is it a car that is practical and within reach for everybody – as you’ve come to expect from our cars – but it’s also visually extremely powerful, sporty and very emotive.”
With its perfect proportions, clearly defined surfaces, flowing lines and advanced aerodynamics, the new ŠKODA SCALA comes across as modern and sporty. The front is striking with an upright radiator grille, a large air inlet underneath and side Air Curtains. The ŠKODA-specific tornado line makes the vehicle look longer and is in perfect harmony with the car’s dynamic roofline. The aerodynamically optimised roof spoiler and the sporty diffuser underneath the bumper shape the wide rear.
Extended rear window bears ‘ŠKODA’ lettering
As an alternative to the standard tailgate, the car can be ordered with an extended rear window. In this case, the ‘ŠKODA’ lettering is featured on the window itself. In addition to the extended rear window, the Emotion package comes with a large panoramic glass roof including an electrically retractable sunblind as well as full-LED headlights and tail lights.
LED technology provides visual highlights
Innovative LED headlights and tail lights also shape the ŠKODA SCALA’s appearance and showcase the brand-typical crystalline features, which are emphasized by the ŠKODA Crystal Lighting lettering. The headlights are narrow and tapered; the razor-sharp designed tail lights with rear fog light shine in the brand-typical ‘C’ shape. The SCALA is the first ŠKODA to offer dynamic rear indicators as an optional extra. The indicators are divided into individual LEDs. When the driver turns the indicators on, they flash outwards in a sweeping motion. The dynamic indicators are easily noticeable by road users, even in bad weather – an important contribution to improved road traffic safety.
Aerodynamically optimised alloys of up to 18 inches
The range of wheels available for the ŠKODA SCALA starts with 15- and 16-inch steel wheels. Furthermore, there are numerous alloys ranging between 16 and 18 inches to choose from. The 16‑inch Hoedus, 17-inch Propus and 18-inch Vega Aero wheels are new to the line-up. All three come in gloss black and have been aerodynamically optimised to make the car more streamlined.
New interior concept provides generous amount of space
The ŠKODA SCALA incorporates the interior design language of the VISION RS concept study
The largest boot in the segment with a volume of 467 l
The first ŠKODA with free-standing screen positioned high on the dashboard in clear view of the driver
Exquisite Suedia microfibre seat covers and soft, comfortable surfaces with specific texture
The new concept for the ŠKODA SCALA’s interior combines ergonomics and emotiveness with a ŠKODA-typical generous amount of space and a 467-litre boot – the largest in the segment. Furthermore, the SCALA is the first ŠKODA to feature the latest generation of infotainment systems with a free-standing screen positioned high on the dashboard in clear view of the driver; in addition, the optional Virtual Cockpit features the largest display in the segment. Added to that are new decorative trims and exquisite materials such as the soft plastic surfaces with a specific texture.
The emotive design language of the VISION RS concept study has been transferred into the interior of a ŠKODA production car – the ŠKODA SCALA – for the first time. With the optional Virtual Cockpit featuring a 10.25-inch display – the largest in the segment – the driver has the SCALA’s innovation in direct sight at all times. The emotive design language of the exterior is seamlessly continued on the redesigned instrument panel. A characteristic line frames the free‑standing screen positioned high on the dashboard in clear view of the driver and echoes the shape of the bonnet. It also forms an ergonomic hand rest for operating the touchscreen.
New surface texture, warm hues and ambient lighting
The dashboard, with its new, extensive decorative elements, and the front door trims feature a high‑quality, soft-foam surface with a new specific texture resembling crystalline structures. This will shape the ŠKODA brand’s style in future. The ambient lighting with a white or red light, the warm hues and contrasting coloured stitching on the seat covers provide a pleasant feeling of spaciousness. As an option, the seat covers are available in an exquisite Suedia microfibre. To provide additional comfort, the ŠKODA SCALA can be optionally equipped with a heated windscreen, heated steering wheel and heated rear seats.
Plenty of space thanks to a long wheelbase
In the brand’s typical style, the ŠKODA SCALA offers a very spacious interior, which comes close to that of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA. This is thanks to its long wheelbase measuring 2,649 mm, which allows for a generous rear kneeroom of 73 mm. The elbowroom in the rear is 1,425 mm; at 982 mm, the rear headroom is the most spacious in this segment. The ŠKODA SCALA has a boot capacity of 467 l – also giving it the largest boot in its segment. This increases to 1,410 l with the rear seats folded down.
Low weight, plenty of space and numerous assistance systems thanks to modular transverse matrix
The ŠKODA SCALA is the first of the car manufacturer’s vehicles based on the state-of-the-art modular transverse matrix MQB A0
The long wheelbase of 2,649 mm allows for plenty of space despite compact dimensions
Excellent maximum drag coefficient (cd) from 0.29 thanks to flowing shapes and aerodynamic finesse
The new SCALA is the first ŠKODA based on Volkswagen Group’s state-of-the-art MQB A0 platform. The MQB is a uniform basis for numerous different cars. The modular transverse matrix makes extremely flexible and efficient production possible, thus allowing numerous innovative assistance systems from higher vehicle segments to also be offered in the compact car segment.
The advantage of Volkswagen Group’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) is that the installation position of the transverse engines, which are tilted slightly forward, and the distance from the middle of the front wheels to the pedals are always the same. This allows for uniformity in the front end across all models and plenty of space in the interior’s front section. Other dimensions such as wheelbases, track widths, wheel sizes and seat positions are variable. Engines, transmissions, steering and chassis components can all be used in a modular way and combined in various ways. The MQB significantly contributes to keeping the weight down thanks to its use of modern designs and high-strength steel.
MQB platform adjusted for theŠKODA SCALA
Thanks to the large number of MQB models, it is possible to not only offer innovative assistance and safety systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control or proactive occupant protection system Crew Protect Assist in higher vehicle segments, but also in smaller models. ŠKODA has made comprehensive adjustments to the platform for the new SCALA, which include using the longest possible wheelbase and rear overhang. The result is a typical ŠKODA – extremely spacious combined with compact external dimensions. This is predominantly thanks to the long wheelbase of 2,649 mm within a total length of 4,362 mm. The new compact car has a width of 1,793 mm; its height is 1,471 mm.
MQB contributes to excellent aerodynamics
The modular transverse matrix also helps to streamline the car – the ŠKODA SCALA has an excellent drag coefficient (cd) from 0.29. Just like other ŠKODA models based on the MQB, the new compact car also uses underbody covers for better air flow. In addition, there’s a choice of three newly developed alloy wheels that come with air-directing vanes. The body of the ŠKODA SCALA offers less air resistance thanks to its smooth and streamlined body components; Air Curtains guide the air around the sides of the front bumper in a controlled manner. The water channels on the windscreen are aerodynamically optimised and the engine cooling features optimised air-guiding parts. On the roof spoiler, little built-in finlets improve the aerodynamics.
Five engines and optional adjustable chassis
Three TSI petrol engines and one diesel provide power outputs ranging from 70 KW (95 PS) to 110 kW (150 PS)
A 1.0 G-TEC with environmentally friendly CNG (compressed natural gas) drive will follow in 2019
Optional Sport Chassis Control allows the customer to choose from two different chassis set‑ups
The new ŠKODA SCALA comes with a choice of five different engines. They all feature direct injection as well as a turbocharger and, of course, fulfil the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard. For the SCALA, ŠKODA is offering three petrol engines with a cylinder capacity of 1.0 or 1.5 litres as well as a 1.6-litre diesel. A 1.0 G-TEC that is designed to run on environmentally friendly natural gas (CNG) will follow later in 2019. All engines come with brake energy recovery and Stop/Start technology; the 1.5 TSI is also equipped with Active Cylinder Technology (ACT).
The top-of-the-range 1.5 TSI engine enables the ŠKODA SCALA to deliver 110 kW (150 PS) and achieve maximum torque of 250 Nm. This engine’s distinctive feature is its Active Cylinder Technology (ACT), which shuts down the two middle cylinders when engine load is low, thereby reducing fuel consumption. It does this automatically and virtually without the driver noticing. The four-cylinder engine is paired with a manual 6-speed gearbox as standard, but is available with a 7-speed DSG as an option. The two other petrol engines each have three cylinders and a 1.0-litre capacity. The power of the entry‑level 1.0 TSI, which produces 70 kW (95 PS), is transferred by a manual 5-speed gearbox. The 1.0 TSI with a power output of 85 kW (115 PS) comes with a manual 6-speed gearbox as standard, but can be fitted with an automatic 7-speed DSG as an option. All of the petrol engines are equipped with a petrol particulate filter.
70 kW / 95 PS
85 kW / 115 PS
110 kW / 150 PS
85 kW / 115 PS
66 kW / 90 PS
standard ○ optional - not available *available later in 2019
Euro 6d-TEMP-compliant diesel engine and a particularly eco-friendly 1.0 G-TEC
The four-cylinder 1.6 TDI has a power output of 85 kW (115 PS) and generates 250 Nm of torque. Fitted with an SCR catalytic converter with AdBlue injection and a diesel particulate filter as standard, it fulfils the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard. In this efficient diesel engine, a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard controls the traction; a 7-speed DSG is available as an option. The 1.0 G-TEC, which delivers 66 kW (90 PS) and provides the most environmentally friendly way to drive the ŠKODA SCALA, will follow in 2019.
Optional sports suspension with a choice of two chassis settings
With its standard chassis set-up, the new ŠKODA SCALA already exhibits safe and agile driving characteristics. However, customers can opt for the new Sport Chassis Control, which offers both customisation options and sportiness. The chassis is 15 mm lower and, in addition to Normal mode, has a Sport mode with firmer characteristics for the valve-reversible shock absorbers. This results in a sportier experience; the driver has a more intense connection to the road. Drivers can switch between the two chassis settings via the menu for Driving Mode Select, which comes in combination with Sport Chassis Control. Driving Mode Select also affects the responsiveness of the steering and engine as well as the transmission, and offers a choice of four modes: Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual.
Very high level of safety and new assistance systems
Up to nine airbags and the proactive occupant protection system Crew Protect Assist provide a high level of passive safety
A wealth of assistance systems from higher vehicle segments
The first vehicle in its segment to come with LED headlights and tail lights as standard
Numerous passive safety systems and assistance systems that were previously only available in higher segments make the new ŠKODA SCALA one of the safest vehicles in the compact car segment. As a first in its segment, the SCALA is equipped with LED technology for the headlights and tail lights as standard, with a full-LED version available as an option.
Christian Strube, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development, said, “The new ŠKODA SCALA is one of the safest cars in its segment. Volkswagen Group’s incredibly flexible modular transverse matrix allows new assistance systems – which have so far only been available in higher vehicle segments – to be offered in the compact car segment, either for the first time or in enhanced variants. In addition, the ŠKODA SCALA also provides a high level of passive safety with up to nine airbags and proactive occupant protection system, Crew Protect Assist.”
In the event of an impending collision, the optional proactive occupant protection system Crew Protect Assist quickly and automatically closes any open windows and pre-tensions the front seat belts. Following an accident, Multi-Collision Brake prevents the vehicle from rolling any further in an uncontrolled manner.
Innovative LED technology for the headlights and tail lights
To make driving safer and provide better vision in the dark and in poor weather conditions, the ŠKODA SCALA is the first in its segment to come equipped with innovative LED technology for the dipped beam and daytime running lights as well as for the tail, brake and rear fog lights as standard. In the optional full-LED version of the headlights, a bi-LED module is used for the dipped and high beam; three additional LEDs are used for the cornering lights. The daytime running lights and indicators are provided by a narrow LED strip in the upper part of the headlight unit, and illuminated needle-like crystalline LED structures along the bottom of the unit catch the eye. The full-LED version of the tail lights also comprises the reversing light as well as – for the first time in a ŠKODA – dynamic indicators. The indicators are made up of individual LEDs. When the driver uses the indicator, these LEDs illuminate one after another, sweeping from the inside and towards the outside of the car. The dynamic indicator is very easy to see by other road users, even in poor weather conditions. It thereby provides an important contribution to increased road traffic safety.
Side Assist warns the driver of vehicles approaching from behind up to 70 m away
Thanks to two radar sensors at the rear of the car, the optional Side Assist detects vehicles approaching from behind and wanting to overtake or that are in the car’s blind spot. The driver is informed of this using an LED signal on the inside of the wing mirror housings (this way, the warning is even more noticeable for the driver). While the existing Blind Spot Detect has a range of up to 20 m, Side Assist can detect vehicles up to 70 m away and thus also effectively warns the driver of hazardous situations on motorways and dual carriageways. Rear Traffic Alert is an integral part of Side Assist. It warns the driver about objects moving behind the vehicle when reversing.
Lane Assist and Front Assist withCity Emergency Brake as standard
Lane Assist and Front Assist with City Emergency Brake are included in the ŠKODA SCALA’s standard equipment. Using a camera, Lane Assist recognises lane markings and helps the driver to keep the car in lane. Front Assist, which includes the City Emergency Brake and Predictive Pedestrian Protection functions, monitors the area in front of the car while driving in the city, thereby helping to prevent accidents. The optional Driver Alert fatigue detection system emits a warning when it recognises that the driver’s concentration is waning. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is designed for use during long journeys on the motorway. At speeds of up to 210 km/h, it automatically adjusts the speed of the car based on the vehicles ahead and, in combination with a DSG, can even brake the car until it stops. Within three seconds of being stationary, ACC is also able to automatically make the car pull away again.
The optional rear-view camera and Park Assist, which automatically manoeuvres the SCALA into and out of parallel and bay parking spaces, lend the driver a hand when parking. The system comes equipped with Manoeuvre Assist – if the sensors detect a dangerous obstacle in front of or behind the car during parking, the car brakes automatically. Auto Light Assist is also available as an option. This uses a camera to detect oncoming traffic as well as vehicles travelling ahead of the SCALA and automatically dips the headlights.
Always online thanks to the new ŠKODA Connect generation including new Infotainment Apps
Innovative online functions thanks to the flexible system of new Infotainment Apps
Emergency Call and Proactive Service free of charge due to eSIM and LTE now being standard features
Customisable Virtual Cockpit and a navigation system with the largest displays in the segment
Along with the new interior concept, which appears for the first time in the SCALA, ŠKODA has also equipped the new model with the latest digital technology. The optional Virtual Cockpit, which can be flexibly configured to suit the driver’s needs, features a 10.25-inch display – the largest in the compact car segment. The infotainment systems’ central touchscreens each measure up to 9.2 inches and thus also set a benchmark within the segment. And thanks to its built-in eSIM, which comes as standard, the SCALA is the first ŠKODA to be always online. It also offers Emergency Call and Proactive Service to all customers. The Infotainment Apps are now available for the top-of-the-range Amundsen infotainment system.
The optional Virtual Cockpit can be individually customised and offers the driver a choice of five different views. These range from the Classic layout – displaying both a large speedo and the rev counter in the style of round, analogue instruments – to the Basic, Modern and Sport layouts as well as the Extended layout, which integrates the map from the Amundsen navigation system on a large scale. In addition, in its different configurations the Virtual Cockpit also displays relevant vehicle and driving data, radio stations, active assistance systems or navigational information.
New modular infotainment systems
The top-of-the-range Amundsen infotainment system as well as the Bolero and Swing systems belong to the latest-generation of the infotainment systems. The free-standing central display, which is part of all systems, is positioned high on the dashboard in clear view of the driver. The Amundsen system currently always comes paired with the Virtual Cockpit and offers a 9.2-inch display with a glass front. The system can be navigated using the touchscreen as well as voice or gesture commands.
Other features include 3D navigation, a 64-GB SSD hard drive used for maps, Internet access and an optional Wi‑Fi hotspot. The Bolero infotainment system features an 8-inch glass display and comes with Bluetooth connection and SmartLink+ technology. Wireless SmartLink+ technology is an optional extra, allowing wireless connection to smartphones. Both the Amundsen and Bolero systems are equipped with a total of eight speakers in the doors as standard.
The ŠKODA Sound System is optional, and provides an additional speaker in the centre of the dashboard, a subwoofer in the boot and an amplifier for a particularly impressive sound. The Swing infotainment system is the base system for the ŠKODA SCALA and offers a 6.5-inch display and four speakers in the front, to which four speakers in the rear as well as a Bluetooth connection and SmartLink+ can be added. The Phonebox, which provides wireless connection to the car’s aerial and inductive charging, is available as an option for all infotainment systems.
Always online with access to new Infotainment Apps thanks to an eSIM as standard
The SCALA is the first ŠKODA to be always online. What’s more: due to the latest generation of mobile online services, it offers a new and flexible concept for individual Infotainment Apps, allowing the customer to benefit from various online options and additional features. The built-in eSIM establishes a high-speed, LTE Internet connection, meaning there is no longer any need for an additional SIM card or a tethered connection via a smartphone.
For the first time in a ŠKODA, the eSIM, which supports the Emergency Call and Proactive Service functions, comes as standard. Emergency Call, which is mandatory in the EU, automatically makes an emergency call in the event of an accident, but can also be activated manually at any time. If an accident occurs, the Proactive Service relays the vehicle’s position as well as information about its status. Apart from that, it can archive information about the car’s status as a one-off or at regular intervals and it keeps the ŠKODA SCALA in contact with the garage, allowing service notifications to be relayed or service appointments to be scheduled.
The software for the infotainment system and the navigation map can now also be automatically updated ‘over the air’, as frequently as desired. It is also possible to download additional Infotainment Apps.There is therefore no need to visit a garage.
Remote access, online navigation and voice recognition
The ŠKODA SCALA’s online services package includes a wealth of infotainment features, such as remote vehicle access and selected Infotainment Apps from new ŠKODA InCar Shop – which can be conveniently accessed via the car’s central touchscreen. These Infotainment Apps include a weather app capable of displaying weather conditions for the whole of Europe, and a news app, which allows users to set up a news feed subscription from the SCALA’s infotainment touchscreen.
Additional apps will come in the future, which will also be backward compatible. The integration of Online Traffic Information in real time allows the Amundsen navigation system to provide more accurate and reliable route suggestions and estimated journey times. Compared to the system’s previous generation, these suggestions and estimations are now also populated more quickly. In the event of a traffic jam alternative routes are calculated and updated in real time.
The parking and petrol station functions, which display available spaces or current fuel prices and can amend the navigation system’s route guidance accordingly, are now also backed by online data. The ŠKODA SCALA’s online and offline functions seamlessly merge into each other and the passengers do not have to switch between them manually. In addition, access to the ŠKODA Server helps to improve the infotainment system’s new voice control feature, allowing it to understand complete sentences as well as dialects.
The newly designed ŠKODA Connect app for mobile phones and smartwatches or the ŠKODA Connect web portal provide Remote Access and enable for the ŠKODA SCALA to be locked and unlocked remotely (Remote Lock/Unlock). It is also possible to check whether all windows are closed from a distance. In addition, car owners can conveniently call up information while on the go or at home in the living room, and find out how much fuel is left in the tank, or view and archive other vehicle and driving data such as the car’s mileage or the speeds it has travelled at.
If set to do so, the SCALA can also send push notifications should it be stolen, leave a predefined area or exceeds a certain speed, for example. Remote access also provides information about where the car is parked. And makes it possible to activate the SCALA’s horn and indicators at the touch of a button, allowing the car to be found more quickly in a large car park. Furthermore, based on the current traffic conditions, the app can also remind the driver to set off in good time for their preplanned journey.
In ŠKODA InCar Shop, customers can also select additional data bundles. These data can be transferred via the SCALA’s Wi-Fi hotspot to any of its passengers.
Typically ŠKODA: Simply Clever features and new details
ŠKODA is expanding the range of brand-typical Simply Clever features on offer in the compact car segment
Optional electric tailgate makes it easier to access the large boot
The ŠKODA SCALA is the first in its segment to offer an electrically retractable tow bar
A ŠKODA always comes with a variety of Simply Clever features. The Czech brand is well-known for its clever details that make day-to-day life that little bit easier for its customers. And in typical ŠKODA style, the new ŠKODA SCALA also provides a wealth of Simply Clever features – and not only the classics like the ticket holder on the A-pillar on the driver’s side, the umbrella compartment (incl. umbrella) in the driver’s door or the ice scraper in the fuel filler flap with a tyre tread depth gauge.
The ŠKODA SCALA is the first in its segment to come with an optional electric tailgate, which can be opened and closed at the push of a button thanks to the integrated Tip-To-Close function. It can also be closed by lightly pulling on the opened tailgate, thus making it easier to use the large boot. The boot can also be fitted with storage nets, a false boot floor, cargo fasteners and a boot barrier net as optional extras. Also new for the segment is the electrically retractable tow bar, which can be unfolded at the touch of a button in the boot.
SelectedSimply Clever features
Integrated funnel in the lid of the windscreen washer tank
Ice scraper in the fuel filler flap with a tyre tread depth gauge
Two front and rear USB ports
Ticket holder on the A-pillar on the driver’s side
Folding backrest on the front passenger seat
Folding tray tables on the front seatbacks
Pull-down rear centre armrest with tray function
Resting position for the rear seatbelts
Multimedia holder (incl. slot for keys and coins)
Umbrella compartment (incl. umbrella) in the driver’s door
Storage nets on the inside edges of the front seats
High-vis-vest storage in every door
Waste bin in the door trim
Cargo fasteners in the boot (storage compartments under the boot floor)
Net on the underside of the parcel shelf
Electric tailgate incl. Tip-To-Close function
Electrically retractable tow bar
Bag hooks in the boot
Adjustable false boot floor
Boot nets to secure loose items
Double-sided boot liner
Boot barrier net
Vertically retractable parcel shelf behind the rear seats
1.0리터 직분사 터보 엔진을 장착한 2018 기아 리오(내수명 프라이드) GT 라인 고화질 사진들입니다.
국내에선 단종의 설움을 겪었지만 유럽에선 나름 좋은 반응을 이끌고 있는 주인공이죠.
효율과 성능을 겸비한 3기통 1.0 터보 엔진은 최고출력 99마력과 118마력으로 나뉘며 1,500rpm부터 171Nm의 토크를 냅니다. 변속기는 7단 듀얼 클러치입니다.
118마력 버전의 경우 0-97km/h 가속시간이 9.8초로 뛰어난 편입니다.
Kia's 1.0-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct-injection) engine is offered in Rio for the first time and heads a three-engine line-up which shows improvements in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions over the outgoing Rio.
The new engines showcase Kia's advanced engine technology capabilities through downsizing, turbocharging, direct fuel injection and weight reduction, and feature a number of detailed engineering solutions to minimise throttle lag – the delay between the driver pressing the accelerator and the turbocharger delivering boost – and reduce internal friction.
It joins revised versions of Kia's 1.25-litre and 1.4-litre petrol engines.
The 1.0-litre T-GDi engine is available with either 99 or 118bhp, in both cases with 171Nm of torque across a wide rev band, starting at only 1,500rpm, for effortless driveability. The engine is available with either a 5-speed or 6-speed manual gearbox and on the ‘GT-Line’ is available with a seven-speed DCT automatic. The 99bhp powered version has fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of 56.5mpg and 114g/km, while the sparkling 118bhp version is not far behind, with 55.4mpg and 117g/km. The respective 0-60mph acceleration times are 10.3 and 9.8 seconds, and both versions have a top speed of at least 116mph.
The 1.25-litre petrol engine develops an unchanged 83bhp and 122Nm of torque, and has fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 51.4mpg and as low as 125g/km. This easy-going entry-level power unit is ideally suited to urban driving, but is far from out of its depth at highway speeds. It can accelerate from 0-60mph in 12.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 107mph.
The final option is a new-to-Rio multi-point injection petrol unit with a capacity of 1.4 litres and power and torque outputs of 98bhp and 133Nm. Economy is 49.6mpg, as with the 1.4 in the previous Rio, with CO2 emissions of 131g/km. The 0-60mph and top speed figures are 11.8 seconds and 109mph.
This engine is also available with a six-speed automatic gearbox for the convenience of drivers who spend most of their time in heavy traffic or who prefer an auto box. In this configuration, economy and CO2 emissions are improved to 45.6mpg and 143g/km (‘2’ grade) or 51.4mpg and 144g/km, while the performance figures are 0-60mph in 12.5 seconds and a top speed of 114mph.
All manual versions of the new Rio have Kia's Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine stop-start system to eliminate tailpipe emissions and fuel consumption while stationary in traffic. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard with the lesser-powered T-GDi engine and the 1.25 unit, while all other manual models have six speeds.
Smoother, sharper, stronger and safer
The Rio relies on a similar suspension system to its predecessor, with independent MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear, but there has been extensive work to enhance comfort and driver enjoyment.
Much of this is due to the stiffer body shell of the latest Rio, which is made of 51 per cent advanced high-strength steel compared with 33 per cent in the outgoing car. The stiffer the body shell, the less the suspension has to compensate for flexing under load. Advanced high-strength steels also contribute towards weight reduction, as vital sections of the body construction do not need to be as thick. Kia has a goal of reducing the average weight of car bodies by five per cent by 2020, based on 2014 figures.
The Rio has more rigid front struts than its predecessor and a raised torsion beam to improve stability; revised springs and shock absorbers to improve compliance and comfort; vertical rear shock absorbers and front shock absorbers with advanced new valve technology for more consistent responses; and a repositioned power steering gearbox which results in improved feel when the steering wheel is in the straight-ahead position. The overall effect is more immediate handling responses and greater confidence for the driver.
A stiffer body shell also enhances crash safety by keeping the passenger cell intact in an accident while the front, rear and side crumple zones absorb impact energy. This is supported in the Rio by a raft of active safety and advanced driver assistance systems. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) mitigate against skids when cornering or accelerating on surfaces with uneven levels of grip, and all models apart from the entry-level grade have Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) City/Pedestrian and Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) fitted as standard – this is an option on the Rio ‘1’. Kia's Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist system employs a long-range radar which detects other vehicles which then works alongside a camera which detects pedestrians ahead to help bring the Rio to a halt. The Lane Keep Assist System alerts the driver if the Rio is about to stray from its lane without the indicators having been activated. The system can also provide steering input to stop the vehicle straying from its lane.
A new feature – Straight Line Stability – senses any difference in applied brake pressure between the right and left of the car and intervenes to keep it straight. Another new feature is Cornering Brake Control, which delivers asymmetrical brake pressure when braking in tight curves to counter loss of traction. All versions of the Rio also have Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines.