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BYTON unveils electric intelligent SUV concept

It interacts with pedestrians!

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2018 is all about artificial intelligence. We’ve seen smartphones backed by AI, and now, we’re slowly feeling their presence in cars.

China-based company BYTON took the wraps off of their new electric SUV at CES 2018. Considered as a new-generation smart device, the BYTON Concept aims to blur the line between automotive and digital industries.

This intelligent SUV concept communicates with users and pedestrians through its grille. The company calls it Smart Surfaces which consists of LED lights running throughout the panel. It’s still unclear how one can interpret the meaning, but it uses connecting lines and dots that switch between different display modes to interact.

Invisible door handles are the way to go since the electric vehicle uses face recognition cameras to unlock the doors automatically. Not only that, it remembers driver and passenger information to auto-adjust seat angles, entertainment options, and other settings according to user preferences and usage.

Additionally, traditional side mirrors are now replaced with side-view cameras.

Peeking inside through the panoramic sunroof, the interior is set up with a wooden floor, leather seats, and the most eye-catching piece: a 49 x 9.8-inch Shared Experience Display.

This stretched-out monitor replaces the central console of today’s cars. It also supports video and phone conference with advanced machine learning that studies your calendar, locations, and hobbies to provide customized advice on a day’s agenda, for example.

Its platform recognizes voice commands through Alexa Voice plus hand gestures for specific commands.

The BYTON Concept will be available in rear-wheel and four-wheel drive models. Power-wise, the RWD variant will get a 71kWh battery pack that can last for approximately 400km according to the company, while the more expensive 4WD model will be equipped with a 95kWh battery that could run for about 520km. BYTON claims that it can charge its battery from zero to 80 percent in 30 minutes.

This premium smart electric SUV starts at US$ 45,000 and will launch initially in China towards the end of 2019 with the US and Europe slated for a 2020 release.

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Next-gen Ford Everest, Ranger now official in the Philippines

Reserve yours now

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Ford Everest

After a long wait, the next-generation Ford Everest and Ford Ranger have finally arrived in the Philippines.

Alongside the local launch, Ford Philippines also announced that both the Everest and Ranger will come with a 5-year warranty, offering owners coverage for up to 150,000 kilometers of mileage. 

Both the new Everest and Ranger come with a wider track and longer wheelbase, complementing their powerful 2.0L Bi-Turbo or 2.0L Single Turbo engines which are capable of up to a 210PS maximum power and 500Nm maximum torque.

Depending on the variant, customers can enjoy either an 8- or 12-inch digital instrument cluster, and high-resolution infotainment touchscreen with the latest SYNC 4A which can be linked to a 360-degree camera display to help drivers in various situations.

The SUV and pick-up also have selectable drive modes such as Normal, Eco, Tow Haul, Slippery, Mud/Ruts, and Sand, giving owners a reliable vehicle even for off-road driving.

Smarter, safer than ever

As previously reported, the new Everest and Ranger variants sport an impressive list of safety features and driver assist technologies, making them the smartest and safest models yet for the SUV and pick-up.

These includes:

  • Active Park Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (with Stop and Go and Lane Centering)
  • Lane Keeping System with Road Edge Detection
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Evasive Steer Assist
  • Reverse Brake Assist
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • Security Alarm System
  • Child Seat ISOFIX Anchor Points
  • Seven airbags across all variants

They also both have an Intelligent Oil Life Monitor (IOLM), a smart new feature that tells the owner when to have an oil change based on actual engine data, operating conditions, and driving habits.

Pricing, availability

For the full list of next-gen Ford Everest and Ford Ranger models and prices, refer to the lists below.

Variant Price
Everest 2.0L Bi-Turbo Titanium+ 4×4 AT PhP 2,495,000
Everest 2.0L Turbo Titanium+ 4×2 AT  PhP 2,179,000
Everest 2.0L Turbo Sport 4×2 AT PhP 2,089,000
Everest 2.0L Turbo Limited 4×2 AT PhP 1,999,000
Everest 2.0L Turbo Trend 4×2 AT PhP 1,799,000
Ranger 2.0L Bi-Turbo Wildtrak 4×4 AT PhP 1,875,000
Ranger 2.0L Turbo Wildtrak 4×2 AT PhP 1,569,000
Ranger 2.0L Turbo Sport 4×4 AT PhP 1,594,000
Ranger 2.0L Turbo Sport 4×2 AT PhP 1,474,000 
Ranger 2.0L Turbo XLT 4×2 AT PhP 1,374,000
Ranger 2.0L Turbo XLS 4×2 AT PhP 1,273,000
Ranger 2.0L Turbo XLS 4×2 MT PhP 1,198,000
Ranger 2.0L Turbo XL 4×4 MT PhP 1,198,000

Depending on the model, the available colors for each new vehicle include:

  • Ford Everest: Absolute Black, Aluminum Metallic, Arctic White, Equinox Bronze, Meteor Gray, Sedona Orange, Snowflake White Pearl, Blue Lightning
  • Ford Ranger: Arctic White, Absolute Black, Luxe Yellow, Snowflake White Pearl, Aluminum Metallic, Meteor Gray, Blue Lightning, Sedona Orange

Customers may visit the Ford website to reserve. A Ford Island Conquest test drive event is also happening from July 29 to 31, 2022 at Arcovia City in Pasig.

Over PhP 3 million worth of cash discounts and prizes are up for grabs for customers reserving personally at the three-day event.

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Nissan Kicks e-POWER given test drives before Philippines release

Fully electric drive SUV to launch in August

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NISSAN Kicks e-POWER

Ahead of its launch in the Philippines in August 2022, the Nissan Kicks e-POWER was given a test drive by members of the media during a two-day event held at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga.

The hybrid compact SUV features a fully electric motor-driven e-POWER system wherein the wheels run on an electric motor. Separate from this is a gasoline engine whose sole purpose is to charge the lithium-ion battery, which eliminates the need for plug-in charging for hours and leads to an efficient and quiet ride.

The Kicks e-POWER also sports an innovative e-Pedal Step technology; here, drivers will only have to use the accelerator to move forward by stepping down. The car also automatically stops when the pedal is released, without even having to step on the brakes.

Aside from these, the car also features Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility technologies, such as:

  • Rear cross traffic alert (Premium Plus)
  • Intelligent cruise control (Premium Plus)
  • Blind spot warning (Premium Plus)
  • Intelligent emergency braking
  • Intelligent driver alertness
  • Intelligent trace control

Design wise, the Kicks e-POWER has both a modern 8-inch NissanConnect Infotainment System and 7-inch TFT Full Color Instrument Display, on top of its stylish interiors which includes a D-shaped multi-function steering wheel.

The impending release of the Kicks e-POWER in the Philippines is part of Nissan’s long-term goal of electrifying Nissan vehicles by 2030, and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

The car has already been introduced in Japan earlier this year, while it is also available in Singapore as well starting at SG$ 142,800 – or roughly more than PhP 5 million.

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Show & Tell Episode 2: ESR

Better MagSafe accessories by ESR!

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ESR isn’t particularly a new brand. As a matter of fact, we’ve showcased some of their cool accessories in our previous videos including iPad cases as well as MagSafe accessories.

But what if MagSafe can get better? With HaloLock and CryoBoost technology of ESR, your iPhone can get better than before.

Here’s the second episode of our special segment “Show & Tell” featuring the latest ESR products for MagSafe-compatible iPhones.

 

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