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Mitsubishi Outlander ‘naturally aspirated’ dihentikan di Jepun, fokus untuk PHEV

Menurut laman sesawang Mitsubishi Motors Jepun, varian Mitsubishi Outlander biasa yang gunakan petrol sudah dihentikan produksinya di Jepun. Oleh itu, yang tinggal hanyalah Outlander hibrid elektrik ‘plug-in’ (PHEV) yang dijual di sana. Walaupun ia mengejutkan sesetengah pihak, langkah ini sejajar dengan pelan perniagaan tiga tahun “Small but Beautiful” pembuat kereta tersebut (dari 2020 ke 2022) yang berfokus kepada memperkuatkan barisan model mesra alam jenama itu – melibatkan PHEV dan EV anta


Nov 1, 2020

Naturally-aspirated Mitsubishi Outlander discontinued in Japan, stronger focus on PHEV

The regular petrol-powered variants Mitsubishi Outlander has been discontinued in Japan, according to Mitsubishi Motors' Japanese website. Only the Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) remains on sale there. While it may seem like a surprise to some, this is in line with the carmaker's 'Small but Beautiful' three-year mid-term business plan (from 2020 to 2022) that focuses on strengthening the brand's eco-friendly model lineup of PHEVs and EVs, among others. Also, this means that an


Oct 30, 2020

Honda City 1.0L Turbo, engine review: Should Malaysians demand for this new engine?

As you might have already know, the latest fifth generation Honda City has just gone on sale in Thailand earlier this year. Honda's B-segment sedan will now one-up its chief rival the Toyota Vios with an all-new 1.0-litre turbocharged engine. The latest Honda City is not expected to be launched in Malaysia until 2021. Thailand remains the only market in the world to sell it, to be followed by India in the second half of 2020, and the rest of world starting 2021. This means that we can't give you


May 26, 2020

Why is ETCM so generous in giving the Malaysian-spec all-new 2020 Nissan Almera a turbo engine?

It is official – the upcoming all-new 2020 Nissan Almera for Malaysia will be getting a turbocharged engine, replacing the outgoing model’s naturally-aspirated unit. On the surface, it appears that Edaran Tan Chong Motor, the official distributor of Nissan vehicles, has wisen up and decided to give Malaysians a better powertrain than before. But is that really the case? Well, the actual reason is due to the fact that ETCM does not have any other engine option to offer in the all-new Almera. Let


Sep 4, 2020

India's Nissan Kicks gets a 1.3L Mercedes-Benz engine, 158 PS/254 Nm

Nissan India has just launched the 2020 Kicks – now fitted with a new 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Codenamed HR13DDT, the new turbocharged petrol engine is the same engine found in the Mercedes-Benz A200. The 1.33-litre turbocharged petrol engine was co-developed with Mercedes-Benz and the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance. In the Kicks, the engine is tuned to deliver 158 PS and 254 Nm, hooked up to a 6-speed manual or CVT-type automatic. With the 1.3-litre turbo petrol under the hood,


May 19, 2020

2019 Mazda CX-5, 2.0L, 2.5T, 2.2D, which engine to pick?

(Model | Gallery) The 2019 Mazda CX-5 boasts the most engine choices for any SUV sold in Malaysia. From the naturally aspirated 2.0 and 2.5-litre SkyActiv-G petrol to the innovative 2.2-litre SkyActiv-D turbodiesel as well as the soon-to-be-launched 2.5-litre turbocharged SkyActiv-G petrol. “2.0L underpowered lah”, “2.5L road tax expensive lah”, “Diesel very noisy lah” are not uncommon remarks from shoppers who are looking at a CX-5. Price point and features aside, here’s a guide on which engine

Adrian ChiaAdrian Chia

Sep 10, 2019

2021 Nissan X-Trail engine details revealed

Nissan X-Trail It looks like the all-new Nissan X-Trail is highly likely to soldier on with its predecessor's 2.5-litre QR25DE powerplant, albeit with improved horsepower, torque and with better fuel efficiency, based on a leaked internal corporate document. The technical documentation states the 2.5-litre unit will see an increase of 10 PS and 12 Nm of torque. However, figures may vary from market to market, depending on state of tune, local fuel quality and emissions control regulations.. Our

Zamil SyaheerZamil Syaheer

May 5, 2020

No more 231 PS turbocharged engine for all-new 2021 Toyota Harrier, this is why

The previous generation XU60 Toyota Harrier was quite a car. The 2.0-litre VVT-iW 8AR-FTS turbocharged 231 PS / 350 Nm was the best turbocharged 4-cylinder engine on the market, until it was pulled off the showroom floor. Among all force-induction four bangers, the 8AR-FTS revved and pulled most like a naturally-aspirated engine. Dynamically, it was superior to the entry Mercedes-Benz GLC 200. It’s not that the GLC is bad, but if you are shopping for one, stick only to the GLC 250 (re-designated


Apr 8, 2021

2020 Honda City - Why we'd rather have the 1.5L NA engine over the 1.0L Turbo

Honda engineers have actually published their research on the 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged engine that made its way into the 2020 Honda City in Thailand. With such insights, we thought we'd share our view on it. The 1.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine was first introduced in the European Honda Civic hatchback. Mechanically, the powertrain is identical to the one in the turbocharged Honda City. With that established, let’s crack on. There were 3 goals during the development of this engine: Superior


Jul 29, 2020

Perodua Ativa's (D55L) 98 PS 1KR-VET turbo engine - what other cars have it?

As anticipation grows over the 2021 Perodua Ativa, lots have been said about Perodua's newest upstart - especially in terms of its powertrain. In case you didn't already know, the turbocharged engine and CVT combo will be Perodua's first, but it's seen reliable use powering other models. What other cars share this engine? Codenamed 1KR-VET, the 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder mill found in the Ativa was first introduced in 2016, and is currently shared by a couple of very toughly-named car


Feb 23, 2021

Next-gen Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ to get N/A 2.4L engine with 220 PS/240 Nm

A common complaint for the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ, or some call them the Toyobaru, is that it lacks power. This is a rather controversial topic because some are adamant that it isn’t about the straight-line performance, it’s all about the fun, twisty bits. However, it seems feedback from both sides have been taken into consideration. According to Best Car, the next generation Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ will use a larger, 2.4-litre naturally aspirated flat-four engine that makes 220 PS and 240 Nm of


Apr 24, 2020

Malaysia-spec 2021 Hyundai Elantra to get 1.6L 123 PS engine and CVT, first for Korea

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra is bound to reach Malaysia. A teaser was dropped by Hyundai Malaysia some time ago, and another one has been dropped to confirm that it will feature Hyundai’s new CVT-type transmission, the Hyundai IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission). Hyundai’s IVT aims to simulate the driving experience of a car with sequential gears. 8 virtual gears are incorporated to avoid the typical CVT experience. Different from typical CVTs, a chain belt is used instead of a metallic belt. Th


Nov 27, 2020

All-new 2020 Nissan Almera to get turbocharged engine in Malaysia!

While Honda Malaysia is busy teasing the all-new City on Facebook, Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) is quietly working on the all-new 2020 Nissan Almera with some hidden surprises. According to sources familiar with the matter, the Malaysian-spec, all-new 2020 Nissan Almera will be fitted with the same engine as its Thai sibling – the 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine that does 100 PS and 152 Nm. This engine is mated exclusively to a CVT-type automatic. With the new turbocharged engine i


Aug 3, 2020

All-new 2020 Honda City debuts in Singapore: New 1.5L DOHC engine, from SGD 93k

The official distributor of Honda vehicles in Singapore, Kah Motor, has just introduced the all-new 2020 Honda City. Prices start from SGD 92,999 for the 1.5 SV variant, while the 1.5 RS variant costs SGD 95,999. Codenamed GN2 (Thai-spec cars with the 1.0-litre turbo are GN1), the Singapore-spec Honda City is imported (CBU) from Thailand. Unlike its Thailand counterpart and its 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, Singapore units are fitted with a new 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated DOHC petrol e


Aug 28, 2020

India’s 2020 Honda City’s gets a new 1.5L DOHC engine, likely for Malaysia

Following its global debut in Thailand late last year, India is set to be the second market to introduce Honda’s latest B-segment sedan. As expected, the Thailand market Honda City’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder VTEC Turbo engine is not offered. Instead, India will get a regular 1.5-litre naturally aspirated i-VTEC engine, an engine which we are more likely to get. The new petrol engine adds Double Overhead Cam (DOHC) valvetrain. The current outgoing (Malaysian market) Honda City uses the familiar,


Jun 18, 2020

Indonesian-specs 2021 Perodua D55L to get 1.2L engine option

While the 2021 Perodua D55L steadily gains hype in Malaysia, our neighbours have a better idea of things to come - information about the Indonesian-spec Toyota Raize and Daihatsu Rocky have come about online. In a way or the other, it gives us a peek of things to come - remember that the D55L (actual name is uncomfirmed) is based on the Toyota/Daihatsu twins. Powertrain details Although their names are not spelt outright, our colleagues at Autofun Indonesia understand that the 'A250' and 'A251'


Feb 15, 2021

The 2021 Perodua D55L could get a turbocharged Axia engine with 98 PS and 140 Nm

Set to be introduced in early-2021, the Perodua D55L is Perodua’s upcoming B-segment SUV that is expected to feature a number of firsts for the company. Perhaps the most important change for Perodua is the possible introduction of a turbocharged engine in the D55L – a first for Perodua. Codenamed 1KR-VET, the Perodua D55L’s engine is essentially a turbocharged Axia engine. The 1KR-VET was first fitted to the Japan-market Daihatsu Thor in 2016, before finding its way to the Daihatsu Rocky/Toyota


Nov 12, 2020

The all-new 2020 Honda City for Malaysia will see a price hike, no turbo engine

The all-new 2020 Honda City has just made its global debut in Bangkok yesterday. It comes with a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine. Prices in Thailand have dropped by around 2 to 10 percent, depending on variant, but that’s mostly because the cleaner emissions 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine now consumes just 4.2-litre/100 km under the UNECE R101 test cycle, with CO2 emissions just under 100 g/km, thus qualifying it for lower excise duties - down from 20 percent in the pr


Nov 26, 2019

Mild-hybrid Mazda MX-30 confirmed for Japan - new e-SkyActiv-G engine

When the Mazda MX-30 made its world debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, the car, which is based on the CX-30, was presented as Mazda’s first series production fully electric vehicle, and that it will go on sale sometime in 2021. However, many have speculated that the MX-30 won’t exist as an electric-only model range, and that a hybrid model will eventually join the MX-30’s variant line-up. A small capacity rotary-type range extender engine was also speculated to complement the electric-only vari


Aug 4, 2020

2021 Honda City Hatchback goes to Indonesia with 1.5L engine, Malaysia soon?

The 2021 Honda City Hatchback made its global debut in Thailand last November, and we've learnt that its now heading to Indonesia. Along with that, there's hints of its possible specs when the car comes to Malaysia. The City's Hatchback's specs was spotted on Indonesia's Samsat website (think of it as our Road Transport Department, JPJ). The site lists a particular vehicle's recommended price list next to its name and from there we can get a brief idea of the specs of a car. Which is where the i


Jan 4, 2021

Let's take a look at Mazda’s electrified rotary engine, launching in 2022

What you see here, is a photo of Mazda’s upcoming rotary engine, mentioned alongside Mazda’s upcoming straight-six engine due for 2022, during the company’s second quarter financial results briefing. As you know, Mazda built its name on the back of rotary engines. It’s the only manufacturer to succeed in producing and improving on Dr. Felix Wankel’s inherently flawed design. While Audi (NSU Ro80), Mercedes-Benz (C111 Concept) gave up on it, Mazda was the only manufacturer who persevered and solv


Nov 10, 2020

Mitsubishi Xpander’s 1.5L MIVEC engine, is it powerful enough?

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia has previewed the highly-anticipated 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander in Malaysia. Prices of the Xpander will be announced in November and it will rival the Honda BR-V, Perodua Aruz, and Toyota Rush. Like its core rivals, the upcoming Mitsubishi Xpander is powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine. Codenamed 4A91, this naturally-aspirated petrol engine is good for 105 PS and 141 Nm. It also gets MIVEC variable valve timing on the intake and as well as timing chain. The 4A9-se


Oct 26, 2020

Here are 5 cars that sound better than modern F1 cars

To a lot of people, engine noises are just… noise. But car enthusiasts are an odd bunch. We derive pleasure from listening to the orchestra made up of pistons (or triangular rotors). So we've narrowed down our top-5 best sounding cars of all time, all of which sound even better than current Formula One cars. Lexus LFA You can’t talk about best sounding cars without mentioning the Lexus LFA. The naturally aspirated 4.8-litre V10 engine makes 560 PS/480 Nm and sings all the way to 9,000 rpm. Yamah


May 28, 2020

2020 Honda City RS previewed in Malaysia! Honda Sensing, LaneWatch, new i-MMD engine

As you know, Honda Malaysia is gearing up for the world premiere of the all-new 2020 GN series Honda City RS i-MMD. Headlining the all-new City are features such as the new 1.5-litre i-MMD engine (new 1.5-litre DOHC engine is also available), Honda LaneWatch and even Honda Sensing. i-MMD stands for intelligent Multi-Mode Drive system. It is a 1.5-litre two-motor full hybrid that replaces the previous one-motor i-DCD. Compared to the previous i-DCD hybrid engine in the outgoing generation City, t


Aug 24, 2020

Look hard enough, and you will see the all-new 2022 Mazda 6’s inline 6-cylinder engine

At yesterday’s financial update briefing by Mazda Motor Corporation for the second quarter of financial year ending March 2021, Mazda gave a sneak preview of its upcoming inline 6-cylinder engine, which is rumoured to make its world debut in the all-new 2022 Mazda 6. News of Mazda developing a new inline 6-cylinder engine is not new, as it was first announced in May 2019. Yesterday’s announcement however, recapped Mazda’s to produce a front-engine, rear-wheel drive (FR) large size Mazda model wi


Nov 10, 2020

A closer look at the 2020 Honda City with a turbo engine that we won’t get (yet)

We are here at the 2019 Thailand International Motor Expo. The highlight of the show is of course, the all-new 2020 Honda City. Viewed in metal, the all-new Honda City looks really good, which is a surprise because initial impressions from the press photos weren’t great. Like many of today’s cars, the all-new Honda City’s exterior styling cannot be appreciated in a two dimensional photo. The all-new City’s Civic-esque styling has a lot of edgy, sharp character lines that can only be appreciated


Nov 28, 2019

New Proton X50 engine designed to last for 15 years or a distance of 350k km

The highly anticipated Proton X50 was finally publicly unveiled last week and although some mistakes were made on our part, we’re still very much excited to see how it drives. Besides having Proton’s trademark ride and handling on the hot crossover, another thing to look forward to would be the brand-new 1.5-litre 3-cylinder port injected engine. Proton labels this engine as a multi-point injected (MPI) engine – perhaps an homage to the Iswara which was badged as an MPI in the UK? The Proton X50

CY FoongCY Foong

Sep 24, 2020

Toyota RAV4's price confirmed! From RM 203,880, Dynamic Force engines, Toyota Safety Sense

After the official specifications of the all-new 2020 Toyota RAV4 were leaked earlier, UMW Toyota has now announced the full price list of the SUV. The RAV4 is set to launch on 18th June 2020. The range-topping Toyota RAV4 powered by a 2.5-litre A25A-FKS Dynamic Force naturally aspirated petrol engine (shared with the Lexus ES 250) will have an asking price of RM 223,880 (inclusive of 10 percent sales tax). The 2.5-litre engine produces 207 PS and 243 Nm and is mated to a Direct Shift 8-speed co


Jun 10, 2020

Nissan MID4 was a mid-engine AWD Ferrari fighter that failed to fly

While many car fans recognise the legend of the first Honda NSX and how it beat the mighty Ferrari, it was another Japanese carmaker that first gave the Italian stallion a scare. Nissan produced not one, but two supercar concepts that were ready to fight against the Italian but sadly pulled the plug. With reports of Nissan looking to launch a mid-engine 3.0-litre V6 flagship sports car in 2024, we decide to take a look back at Nissan’s first attempts at a flagship sports car, the MID4 concepts.

CY FoongCY Foong

Jan 24, 2021

Will Geely make a 2-cylinder engine next? This is CEVT powertrain boss’ answer

At a recent virtual meeting with Dr. Håkan Sandquist, director of powertrain strategy at the Geely-Volvo Car jointly owned powertrain specialist CEVT AB, we posed a question to the person who lead the development of the Proton X50’s three-cylinder 1.5 TGDi and 1.5 MPI, will Geely go smaller than 3-cylinders? Beyond the 1.5-litre 3-cylinder, Geely also has a 1.0-litre three-cylinder for the Chinese and European market. So how small is too small? The simple answer is that 2-cylinder engines are un


Jan 3, 2021