日前原廠代號W206備受全球車迷期待的全新《Mercedes-Benz C-Class》才被海外狗仔給捕捉到身上偽裝逐漸退去的最新間諜影像。其實近期海外狗仔也再度捕捉到同樣受到外界高度關注的新世代《Mercedes-Benz GLC》於極圈進行冬季測試的最新間諜影像。
其實原廠代號X254的新世代《Mercedes-Benz GLC》偽裝原型車大約自2020年中起便陸續續被海外狗仔給捕捉到進行測試的身影，而近期測試團隊更移師極圈展開冬季測試任務希望讓在全球幾乎都成為品牌最具人汽車款的《Mercedes-Benz GLC》在未來改朝換代後依舊能夠從容對應寒冷氣候。
此次在極圈所捕獲的新世代《Mercedes-Benz GLC》原型車身上偽裝相較過去並沒有明顯減少，但是從蛛絲馬跡中仍可預期新車將會換上神似新世代《Mercedes-Benz C-Class》的品牌最新設計風格，當然也可能融入部份品牌新世代休旅產品《Mercedes-Benz GLA》、《Mercedes-Benz GLB》的設計元素。雖然目前仍未掌握車內影像，但是外界預期新世代《Mercedes-Benz GLC》座艙可望比照當家旗艦《Mercedes-Benz S-Class》換上更具科技感的鋪陳，當然外界更關注的或許還是新世代《Mercedes-Benz GLC》隨著身形放大將有機會提供三排座椅的實用設定。
另一方面，雖然目前同未掌握新世代《Mercedes-Benz GLC》相關動力資訊，但是外界一般預期導入電氣化科技的2.0升引擎可望成為新世代《Mercedes-Benz GLC》主力配置。至於在外界最在意的發表時程方面，依現行《Mercedes-Benz GLC》在2015年發表隨後於2019年進行小改款動作推測，雖然各家車廠紛紛受到疫情影響而打亂腳步，但是以《Mercedes-Benz GLC》對於《Mercedes-Benz》品牌所扮演的舉足輕重地位，新世代《Mercedes-Benz GLC》仍有很高機會按原先預期於2021年底或2022年初與大家見面。
Bosch is currently developing vehicle computers for all possible automotive applications and their goal is to ultimately reduce the complexity of electronic systems.
The German tech giant has already received several billion euros worth of orders for its computers – 2.5 billion euros since last summer alone. Aside from controlling functions such as driver assistance systems, it will unveil central computers for cockpit functions and body electronics.
“Vehicle computers have huge business potential for Bosch. Even now, our high-performance computers mean that automakers view us as one of their leading engineering and technology partners,” stated board member Harald Kroeger.
The market for these systems is said to be worth about 20 billion euros, and could grow by 15 percent annually between now and 2030.
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In order to meet demand, Bosch’s new Cross-Domain Computing Solutions division, which will handle all the hardware and software engineering for vehicle computers, sensors and control units, will start operations in January 2021.
With Bosch developing computers for cockpit and connectivity functions, driver assistance and automated driving, as well as powertrain and body electronics, it will look to concentrate control over all central vehicle functions using just a handful of high-performance central computers.
One example is the information domain computer currently under development which will assume the tasks done by as many as 10 control units. Right now, some vehicles boast more than 100 control units in total, and such developments will help greatly reduce that number. Of course, less units also means less wiring, and thus fewer costs and less weight.
“Bosch vehicle computers will make it possible to master even highly complex driving functions across individual vehicle domains,” says Dr Mathias Pilin, who will take over the new Cross-Domain Computing Solutions division next month.
With the new generation Note finally up for grabs in Japan, Nissan is now getting ready to start rolling out an all-wheel drive variant of the compact car for the local market.
The Note e-Power AWD features the brand’s e-Power electrified powertrain with two electric motors, one on each axle, which results in improved grip on slippery surfaces, increased output over the two-wheel drive model and better overall performance.
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Unlike a conventional hybrid, where both the engine and the electric motor power the wheels, the HR12DE 1.2-liter naturally aspirated three-cylinder acts solely as a range extender to recharge the battery. The car also features regenerative braking that recuperates the energy during deceleration and stores it in the battery for later use.
Nissan has yet to fully detail the Note e-Power AWD lineup, but it will launch with all the bells and whistles as its two-wheel sibling, including the infotainment system and digital instrument cluster and a selection of driver assistance gear. Nonetheless, they did disclose that it will be available in two grades, the S Four and the X Four. Pricing will start at 2,288,000 yen ($22,106) and 2,445,300 yen ($23,626) respectively.
As for the 2021 Note 2WD that was unveiled last month, it went on sale today in Japan and is available in three trim levels. The range kicks off with the base S, priced at 2,029,500 yen ($19,609), while the mid-spec F and the top-of-the-line X are priced from 2,054,800 yen ($19,853) and 2,186,800 yen ($21,128) respectively.
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