Car lovers unite! The Malaysia Autoshow 2016 happening this weekend from the 10th to 13th November 2016 at the Mines International Exhibition and Trade Centre has begun! With a focus on Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEVs), the Autoshow will see a range of automakers showcasing their latest, including Malaysia's first electric passenger vehicle that is a joint venture between the Beijing Auto International Cooperation (BAIC) and Amber Dual Sdn Bhd.
More than 150 exhibitors of various renowned brands, aftermarket and accessory products will be there for visitors to view in the four day showcase. Those looking to purchase a vehicle should visit the Autoshow as special deals are in line, including RM 200,000 worth of prizes to be won as well as a chance to win a Kia Rio 1.4 Sedan for those who place their bookings at the event. On top of that Mercedes-Benz and Volvo Cars Malaysia will havea live demonstration and taxi rides in their plug-in hybrids which are assembled in Malaysia, namely the C350e and XC90. We have visited the event yesterday, and have highlighted a few of the interesting vehicles to see.
Here Malaysia's very first locally assembled electric vehicle is present, the EV200. Based on the platform of the previous generation Smart Forfour, the design of the vehicle is very similar to the Mercedes-Benz W245 B-Class. Underneath, the EV200 is powered by a electric motor with about 40 horsepower and 102 Nm of torque. The lithium ion battery has a 30.4 kWh capacity that will have a range of about 200 km.
Mazda's flagship SUV, the CX-9 makes an appearance at the autoshow with great looks and that familiar Kodo design on its current fleet of vehicles. The seven seater is certainly stunning on the outside, with new engines to match. Until the official launch which is rumored to be before the end of the year, the full specifications is still unknown, although it is certain that the local market will have the 2.5-litre turbocharged engine producing about 250 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque driven though a six-speed Skyactiv automatic transmission in either FWD or AWD variants.
The Ionic was first previewed at the My Auto Fest 2016 in May earlier this year. Due to be launched officially soon, the rival to the Toyota Prius will be locally assembled in Kulim. As of publication, the hybrid is already open for booking with a price range of around RM 130,000. Powered by a 1.6-litre Kappa GDI engine, it produces 104 horsepower and 147 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The combustion engine is matched with an electric motor with 43 horsepower and 170 Nm of torque all through a six-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. In total, the Ionic's combined power output is 139 horsepower and 265 Nm of torque.
We'll be seeing Honda's seven-seater BR-V very soon, with a slated launch to be early 2017. Specifications wise, the BR-V will have a 1.5-litre single overhead cam i-VTEC engine from the Honda City. Power will be at 118 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque at 4,600 rpm. Space is the main highlight with the BR-V, which is a 50:50 split folding at the third row and a similar 60:40 for the second to allow up to a large 539-litres of boot cargo space. Unfortunately, the preview unit here has the dashboard fully hidden from view, something Honda plans to keep hidden until its official launch.
The Levorg 1.6 GT-S is definitely a rare sight. Here the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine churns out a massive 168 horsepower and 250 Nm from 1,800 to 4,800 rpm through a six-speed CVT with Subaru's renowned AWD system.
Our national carmaker has unveiled the limited edition Iriz here, both of will will have only 2,000 units for sale. It will be available in two variants of a 1.3 Standard or Executive CVT. As seen here, the outstanding designs can be had with a striking blue with red stripes or the white with grey decals. In terms of the powertrain, both are as per Iriz variant, and will be priced at RM 44,450 and RM 49,130 for the Standard and Executive respectively.
The other local electric based Malaysian company has quite an interesting offering in terms of bikes and these two passengered vehicles. With model names Anaig 2000 and Anaig Sport, the three and four wheeled vehicles is slated to be priced at around RM 20,000 and RM 25,000 respectively. What separates the two is that the former is evidently a dual-passengered vehicle driven through bike handlebars while the latter features a steering wheel. Charging the vehicle is through a standard three pin, which takes about 5 hours for a full charge. With a range of about 120 km, top speed is about 70 kmph.
Naza Kia ends this list with the preview of the Grand Carnival. The eight-seater MPV will feature a 2.2-litre CRDi turbo diesel engine that produces 197 horsepower and 440 Nm of torque through a torque converter six-speed auto transmission. If you're looking for boot space, we suppose nothing else beats this at 960-litres with all seats in place and a whopping 4,022-litres once both second and third rows are folded.
The other surprise here is also the facelifted third-generation 2017 Cerato K3 sedan. We assume that the upcoming unit will feature a similar specification to the Australian variant of a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated version which produces 159 horsepower and 192 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm through a six-speed automatic.
What do you think? We recommend that you should see these cars and more in the flesh this weekend. Entrance is RM 10 for adults. Share with us your thoughts in the comments!
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