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STUNNING ULTRA-LUXURY CROSSOVER SUVs TO DAZZLE THE AUTO MARKET IN 2019

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Though, we’re still in 2018 there is already excitement over what 2019 will hold for the automotive luxury SUV industry. The biggest market for new car buyers, the crossover and SUV market, will see many new introductions for the 2019 model year. Here are those that will dazzle the market in style, elegance and performance.

GENESIS GV80 SUV

The Genesis brand represents the luxury class of the Hyundai Motors. As part of competing effectively in the luxury auto market, Genesis is considering launching some aesthetic, elegant vehicles in the coming year 2019. One of those stylish brands will be the Genesis GV80 SUV.

The GV80 will be the very first SUV from the luxury brand. At the most recent New York Auto Show in March 2018, a glimpse of how the vehicle will look like was shown.

With sleek and stylish design lines that provide appeal to all who view it, as you can easily distinguish it’s a premium ride. Inside, you’ll find many conceptual features that provide standout luxury from premium finishes, to a 22-inch long full infotainment display that is narrow and unique, plus a 23-inch wheels on the outside, and a console that separates the second-row seats.

Auto lovers are certainly intrigued by the Genesis GV80 concept, and are looking forward to the full-fledged model making its way to showrooms in 2019.

MASERATI LEVANTE TROFEO

Maserati took the wraps off a more powerful, V8 version of its Levante SUV at the New York International Auto Show. The 2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo is powered by a twin turbo 3.8-liter V8 producing 590 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque.

The Trofeo is said to accelerate to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 187 miles per hour. Among the distinguishing exterior design cues are a piano black grille insert, carbon fiber splitter and other aerodynamic elements. The raised hood features functional vents and the Levante Trofeo rides on 22-inch alloy wheels. Inside there are sport seats covered in Pieno Fiore natural leather.

In addition to fitting the Trofeo with a more powerful engine, Maserati also retuned the suspension and adapted the Q4 all-wheel drive system to handle the additional output. The drive modes on the Levante have also been upgraded to include launch control and a track-oriented “Corsa” mode to complement the Normal, Sport, I.C.E. and Off Road settings. The Corsa mode improves engine response, opens the exhaust valves on acceleration, quickens shifts from the 8-speed automatic, lowers the ride height and optimizes the shock settings on the magnetic ride suspension.

An even more exclusive version of the 2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo will be the limited run first edition models which includes a Grigio Lava gray matte exterior paint scheme, matte finish 22-inch wheels and red brake calipers.

ASTON MARTIN DBX

The 2019 Aston Martin Dbx handles like a hatchback, looks like a crossover, built by a company that prides itself on SUVs. It’s competent, whatever you want to call it, and that’s what matters. The 2019 Aston Martin Dbx lets down safety shoppers with relatively poor crash-test results. It overcompensates with features: leather, navigation, a tow package, and forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking.

With its better than average exterior, the 2019 Aston Martin Dbx can be given a 6 for styling. We still like the 2019 Aston Martin Dbx pert sheet metal, six model years into its life span. It’s an urban running shoe, trading off some ground-hugging lines for a tall roofline, a strike thrown right down the middle between rugged SUV and darty liftback.

Swoopy lines say everything you need to know about the 2019 Aston Martin Dbx performance. It acts more like a zippy hatchback than crossover SUV, especially when it’s fitted with the more powerful turbocharged engine. Offers a simple system that splits power between the front and rear wheels, and can move power between them as wheelslip is sensed. The 2019 Aston Martin Dbx Concept can clamp its front brakes individually to simulate torque-vectoring, and to help the crossover corner more effectively. The 2019 Aston Martin Dbx has a deep, heavily sculpted dash.

THE NEW 2019 LAMBORGHINI URUS i.e. THE CROSSBRED BULL

Wild styling and ferocious performance will combine to help the Urus make its own indelible mark on the SUV world. With a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 packing 641hp under its stubby hood, Lamborghini estimates a zero-to-62-mph time of 3.6 seconds and top speed of 190 mph. An all-wheel-drive system features a locking center diff, while an air suspension keeps the ride civilized. Enormous carbon-ceramic brakes should provide great stopping power.

The new 2019 Lamborghini Urus is christened the crossbred bull. Astonishment has always been what a Lamborghini does best. Lambos drop jaws, dilate pupils, inspire goosebumps, and knock frontal lobes back into the parietal lobes. They are impractical, intemperate, impossible to see out of, and get stupid hot inside, but, damn, look at and listen to them. The new 2019 Urus is the first Lamborghini that does none of those things. It’s the counter-Countach; A crossover.

A lot of the interior is pure exotic-car theater, but it’s from the driver’s seat that the Urus feels most like other Lamborghinis. Yeah, you’re sitting upright and relatively high, but it’s easy to suspend one’s disbelief and pretend that the engine isn’t in the wrong place and that there aren’t three too many apertures. Surrounded in contrast-stitched microsuede and carbon fiber, it’s as much X-Wing fighter as family hauler.

And compared with basically any other SUV, this is a blisteringly fast beast. Lamborghini claims that zero to 62 mph takes only 3.6 seconds and that the Urus will reach a top speed just shy of 190 mph, which makes it the fastest production SUV on the market.

FERRARI SUV

Ferrari’s new SUV is coming, and it could use hybrid V8 power when it arrives in either 2019 or 2020. Ferrari CEO, Sergio Marchionne, has been slowly revealing more information about it and Ferrari’s developments in general. It’s got the Lamborghini Urus firmly in its sights.

The latest information comes from Marchionne’s press conference at the 2018 Geneva motor show, where he said ‘I’ve been clear on the topic that we’re going to embrace electrification – we are going to make it the mainstay of our offerings.’

ROLLS ROYCE CULLINAN

Soon to be seen pulling up to the red carpet is Rolls-Royce’s very first SUV, named after the largest diamond ever found. It boasts a twin-turbo 6.7-liter V-12; an electrified powertrain is rumored to join the lineup later. An eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are standard as is a suspension that adjusts height automatically using a road-scanning camera. Sporting rear suicide doors, an opulent cabin, and classic Rolls styling.

The 2019 Cullinan breaks a lot of new ground for Rolls-Royce. It is the first Rolls to have all-wheel drive, the first with a hatchback, and—in a more modest step forward—the first to use touchscreens for its infotainment system. Yet all that fades into insignificance next to the most obvious difference between this and every other vehicle Rolls has made throughout its 112-year history: This is the company’s first SUV.

 

 

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Changan- To disrupt Ghana’s Automobile Market!

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June, 2019 marked the official press launch of Changan in Ghana. A brand that has dominated China’s automobile industry since its inception. The launch took place at Stallion Motors Ghana LTD Office (Stallion Group) located at Obetsebi Lamptey circle  where a range of Changan vehicles were unveiled for all present to witness. These vehicles looked very astonishing and with prices starting from as low as $12, 999 equivalent in Ghana cedis, one will say these brand of Changan SUVs and saloon cars will definitely disrupt the automobile sales industry in Ghana as they have very good model line-up for SUV’s and Sedan with 5 years or 100,000 kms warranty.

History of Changan Automobile

The first thing we may think about when buying a new car is safety and a long lasting feature, whether for personal use, family or an organisation, and that is precisely what Changan stands for; Cháng – long lasting/forever (长) and ān (安) – safe/secure that makes Cháng’ ān (长安).

Changan has been in the Chinese Automobile Industry for 153 years with 33 over years’ experience in building and selling passenger car vehicles. This brand can boast of being an early leader in the Chinese auto industry and currently a top selling Chinese automotive brand sitting confidently amongst the top four automobile groups in China.

Founded in Shanghai in 1862 by Li Hongzhang, the brand’s mission is to pioneer auto culture and benefit human life with a vision to build world’s leading automobile enterprise that later moved to Chongqing in 1937.

Changan has over 33 years’ experience in car-making since it started auto business in 1984 and produced their first batch of small size vehicles in China, and became one of the top four Chinese automobile manufacturing groups in 2009 with a total sales volume of Changan brand vehicles exceeding 10 million in 2014 and a sale volume exceeding 1 million in 2015 for Changan brand passenger vehicles.

All over the globe Changan has a footprint; 12 global production bases (3 under construction) and 32 vehicle and engine plants. Changan has 6000 sales and service stations covering 60 countries, with 150,000 professional service staff providing consumers with pleasant experience anytime, anywhere. The company also uses over 20 APPs and WeChat official accounts for customer service to ensure immediate response to customers. The brand also partners with other top vehicle manufacturers like Suzuki (1993), Ford (2001), JMC (2004), Mazda (2005) and PSA (2010) to deliver the best vehicles.

The Research and Development of Changan Automobile

Research and Development (R&D) is key for Changan hence an R&D network is established in Chongqing, Beijing, Hefei and Hebei of China, Turin of Italy, Nottingham of UK, Detroit of USA, and Yokohama of Japan. A world class talent team made up of over 90,000 employees, including 10,000 R&D personnel globally (6,000 dedicated to Changan brand) and over 400 senior experts from 15 different nations. 13 of them are included in China’s Recruitment Program of Global Experts. Changan attracts the largest number of experts among Chinese auto companies.

Changan’s unique R&D strength is ranked number 1 in the Chinese automobile industry for 8 years. The styling and package, structural design and performance development, test validation and evaluation, simulation analysis and prototype process forms the digitalized coordination capability and project management capability to support five core strength.

It is assuring to note that, Changan vehicles go through several field and laboratory tests such as crash safety, NVH, master ESP, TCS, VVT, TCT, ICCS and other advanced technologies. The cars have also gone through extreme climate tests in extremely low temperature of -52℃ in Russian snowfield and China’s north border Mohe, extremely high temperature of 50℃ in Turpan and Middle East dessert, an altitude of over 5200m in Qinghai-Tibet plateau and a performance test in extremely high-dust land (120mg/cm³).

Changan has the largest dynamic ground with the most comprehensive functions and highest precision in Asia. A 2 billion RMB investment that built a 224-hectare Changan comprehensive proving ground.

In addition to this, Changan very much believes in the era of smart technologies. Changan 2015 car models have assisted driving, and have upgraded to half automated driving in 2018. Plans are far advanced to have fully automatic driving Changan vehicles by 2025 and beyond. A smart vehicle R&D team with 1500 engineers will be setup to develop technology and products in smart connectivity.

For the past 3 years, Changan has penetrated the African market and now has an assembling plant in Nigeria. Seeing the success chalked in Nigeria, the team has brought the top class vehicles to Ghana; 5 powerful SUVs and 1 smart looking saloon car.

The Changan Brands

Changan’s brand pride comes with a hi-tech and fashionable design. These astounding cars are efficient, clean, safe and smart.

Changan has successfully launched a series of classic products; CS75, CS35, CS15, Raeton, Eado, Alsvin, CX70, Oushang and has more than 8500 customers across the world choosing Changan every day.

Available in the Ghanaian market is CS95, CS75, CS55, CS35 ( available in Luxurious & Distinguished model), CS15 in SUV’s and sedan range has Alsvin  V3 & Eado models.

CS95 in Simplicity…

This model has a simple design appearance but has all the essential elements with extraordinary functions. The car has a succinct visual language and powerful to the core. An absolute high performance full size SUV!

The CS95 is equipped with Blue Core 2.0L turbo GDI engine, has maximum output 171 kW at 5000-55000 rpm and maximum torque 360 Nm at 1750-3500 rpm. The tyres are 245/60 R18, 245/55 R19 and wheels a two-tone aluminium alloy. It also has a fuel tank capacity of 64 litres. Along with dozens of advanced technology, the CS95 is built to have high performance, low fuel consumption, low emissions and high quality harshness (NVH) performance.

It offers supreme comfortability as the design adopts classic design concepts and methods from a couple of industry top brands and the NVH performance of the deep-sea mute is also adopted. The Changan CS95 is a large multipurpose city SUV with seven seats.

The Timeless Beauty, CS75

This urban design CS75 is a beauty that will have customers enjoy being the focus of the car. The front Grille has a rugged styling; suggesting power and performance, a streamline waistline that suggests powerful performance, and the chrome plated trim elements really shimmering to give it that classy look.

The electronic parking system (EPB), electronic power-assisted steering (EPS), and electronic stability control facilitate easier driving and is equipped with a Changan 1.8L turbocharged Blue Core engine paired with an Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission running on a 58 litres capacity fuel tank.

CS75 has all the cool tech! It is equipped with the user friendly in call interconnection system, all-around service, remote control system, voice recognition, push-to-talk, built-in hard disk music player, iPod Music play, phone projection, application store, emergency rescue service and anti-theft tracking function.

Safety is a top priority in all Changan vehicles so the CS75 also has automatic parking, 6 airbags, and several safeguards like; electronic parking system, tyre pressure monitoring system and a 360 panoramic system.

Such pulchritude!

Obsidian CS55!

Think hot volcanic lava cooling down sturdily and later becoming a unique glasslike rock. That’s the inspiration for this Changan model. Changan’s design philosophy and strategy was applied here, it was designed and developed by Changan’s European design team who were truly inspired by nature.

CS55 get its red appearance by using an advanced triple layer coating process that gives the car its smooth texture. The red metal layer is made up of bright aluminium powder. To put the final touch, a Nano-level material colour spray is applied. The body of the car has a dynamic rhythm, talk about the diving waistline together with the chrome trim below the windows, the blue whale tailed C column and suspending roof design model on the side line of the vehicle body just gives a different feel to the whole CS55. The lights are gorgeous as well, high-quality LED lamps and obsidian-profile 3D trail with LED tail lights. It has 18-inch two-tone stylish wheel hub, a dual-coloured floating roof.

On the inside is a different look all together; it has an x element capsule shaped panel. Sitting elegantly on it is the 8-inch LCD control screen, it has stylish keypads and chrome details. It integrates the in call system, rear view camera (carried on some vehicle models), panoramic image (carried on more premium models), GPS, ADAS functional switching and other smart technology, thus truly realising touch-and-go.

The car is enjoyable, very spacious and offers comfort too. Another fascinating tech in the CS55 is the independent temperature control; the intelligent air conditioning makes it possible to have different temperatures in different areas. It allows you to independently control the temperature in driving seat, passenger seat and the backseat. A PM 2.5 filter and Plasma Generator is also fitted in the car.

The engine is the new Blue Core 1.5T DVVT DOHC all-aluminium alloy engine. Efficient fuel consumption is achieved with the Bosch STT to stop the engine when at a standstill and automatically ignite again when moving again. Under typical urban driving conditions, this gives fuel savings between 5-15%. It’s also equipped with Aisin new 6AT transmission, CS55 possess advanced gear technology, and offers rapid gear shifts and quick control functions as well as contributes to a strong fuel economy.

An intelligent and secure car with Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-warning Assistant Braking, Hill Descent Control, Hill-start Hold Control, Automatic Parking Assistance, 360 Panoramic System and several other advanced technologies that make this car exceptionally different!

CS35 Extraordinaire!

This model is indeed nifty. The CS35 has a stylish front fascia with simple yet sharp lights, shield-shaped chrome plated air inlet grille, a push-button, dual-mode, anti-pinch power sunroof, chrome plated window trim strip, a dynamic V-shaped aluminium alloy hub, eagle-eye crystal headlamp, eagle beak ribbon taillight and chrome plated double exhaust tips.

Every journey with this car promises to be enjoyable and comfortable. This car speaks luxury and comfort with its fashionable two-tone seats design. A cool central control that has a UI interface display showing clearer icons, night mode, and air conditioning status. It also has a sophisticated instrument panel with a bold ice blue look and backlit gauges and TFT display provides driver information with style and is virtually sound proof; low noise, vibration, and harshness

CS35 is simultaneously powerful and environmentally friendly. The fuel-saving equipment such as an intelligent generator with OAD technology, electric thermostats, and a variable displacement compressor, boosts performance while reducing fuel consumption. Isn’t that extraordinarily efficient?!

The engine is an all-aluminium alloy engine, Blue Core 1.6L DVVT DOHC, uses Aisin SS-II manual-auto all-in-one 5-speed manual transmission and a start-stop technology fuel-saving system. It also has extraordinary features like the Electronic Power-Assisted Steering, Automatic Parking Assistance and all-round safety features.

This particular model is  assembled in Nigeria.

Vibrant Alsvin V3

The Alsvin V3 is powerful with a feel young vibe. This car wants its user to feel young and be different!

A dynamic and family friendly sedan equipped with a new generation 1.5 litres Blue Core engine and Aisin SS-II automated manual transmission. It’s also using advanced technologies such as keyless entry, one-button start, electronic power system, professional chassis adjustment, flat rear floor, and 40 dB idling noise are some of the advanced features.

This model of Changan is very comfortable and spacious. The booth is surprisingly spacious for a saloon car. It also has great safety technology installed like the reverse camera at the rear.

At the press launch of Changan’s range of vehicles, the Brand Head, Mr. Manish Daryanani said the brand is building an image of vitality, progress, quality, and fashion, with passenger cars as the focus hence the promotion of Changan brand image in all aspects through high level platforms and events. He also made emphasis that Changan is here to stay with the hope of bringing customers both safety and happiness.

The Stallion Motors Ltd, located at Plot A1 & A2, Obetsebi lamptey Circle, is the authorized distributor for Sales & After-sales Service  in Ghana.

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