Category Archives: Hybrid

Refreshed Toyota Yaris Cross

In 2021, Toyota launched a subcompact crossover SUV, the Yaris Cross, which over time became one of the most popular vehicles in Europe. Now a refreshed edition of this model has arrived, which will now only be available with a hybrid powertrain.

The design of the Yaris Cross has not changed much, and the new thing is that customers can now choose new body colors, Urban Khaki and Juniper Blue. Toyota engineers have done everything this time to reduce noise and vibration. A dynamic engine mount was added to the left side of the engine, a resonator was installed on the intake pipe, the internal muffler was changed from a single-layer to a three-layer construction, another layer of felt was added to the upper hood muffler, and thicker glass.

Inside, the new patterned upholstery stitching and decorative lines on the dashboard and doors match the green body color. Also, Platinum Pearl White and Silver Metallic bi-tone colors are available as exclusive options. There are also screens that are among the largest in the class in terms of size, so they are available in 7 or 12.3-inch diagonals for the driver’s instruments and 9 or 10.5 inches for the multimedia touchscreen, depending on the equipment package. The 12.3-inch screen displays dials, information and graphics, and the driver can customize the display to suit their mood or type of journey with four style options: Smart, Casual, Sporty and Tough.

The biggest change is the Hybrid 130 option powered by a 1.5-L engine with 116 hp (85 kW) or 130 hp (96 kW). It sits on a set of exclusive new 18-inch dark grey/machined five-spoke alloy wheels.

Source: Toyota


2025 Jeep Avenger 4xe

The smallest model offered by the American car company Jeep, which is produced in the Polish production facilities of the Stellantis group, the Avenger 4xe, will be available to customers in Europe with AWD from the summer and will also offer a greater ground clearance, which will please all off-road enthusiasts.

The crossover from the B segment was only offered with FWD until now, and with the introduction of the new AWD version, Jeep has expanded the offer. It is powered by a 1.2-L three-cylinder turbo gasoline engine combined with a mild hybrid system with two electric motors, totaling 135 hp (101 kW). Power is sent to all wheels via a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It reaches 62 mph (100 km/h) in 9.5 seconds with a top speed of 195 km/h (121 mph). It should be noted that at speeds of up to 30 km/h, the torque distribution between the axles is always in the ratio of 50:50, which will be best noticed on surfaces with less grip. On asphalt roads, the Avenger at speeds of 30 to 90 km/h uses only the front axle, and if necessary, the rear-mounted electric motor that controls the rear axles will automatically engage.

Jeep Avenger 4xe is equipped with multilink suspension, the distance between the floor and the ground can be increased by up to 21 centimeters, which ensures an even better off-road experience, but also passing through water whose depth does not exceed 40 centimeters. There are also roof racks, hook preparation and waterproof materials on the seats.

It should be noted that this model will not be offered in the United States, while customers in Europe can buy it from the second half of the year.

Source: Jeep


2025 Mercedes-AMG CLE 53 Cabriolet

Summer is almost here and Mercedes-AMG has revealed a new Cabriolet edition from the current CLE-Class, the Mercedes-AMG CLE 53. It is the most powerful version of the luxurious four-seater.

The most powerful CLE Cabrio is equipped with new bumpers with larger air flow openings and widened fenders with a larger wheel track by 5.8 centimeters at the front and 7.6 centimeters at the rear. It is mounted on 19″ or 20″ wheels, and there are several optional AMG packages for accessories on the body, which contribute to the personalization of the car in addition to the several offered roof colors.

In the cabin, plenty of luxury and the finest materials. In addition to the folding roof, the interior of the car is equipped with an 11.9-inch display multimedia system with an adjustable tilt (which cancels the reflection of sunlight), a neck heater and an Aircap system to eliminate noise and air turbulence. With the optional AMG Performance package, customers can also choose better profiled seats.

The 4.85-meter-long car is powered by a 3.0-L 6-cylinder turbo gasoline engine assisted by a 48-volt mild hybrid system with 449 hp (335 kW) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque. The same powertrain is used by the recently revealed AMG CLE 53 Coupé. The engine is paired with a 9-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT automatic transmission that sends power to all wheels (4Matic+). It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds (only 0.1 second slower than the Coupe version) with an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

Source: Mercedes-AMG