29 September 2016
28 September 2016
The reveal was made on a Guinness World Record-beating Lego model of London’s Tower Bridge made from 5,805,846 Lego bricks, beating the previous record by 470,646 pieces. It’s the tallest Lego structure ever built at 42.6’ high.
The car is longer, narrower and taller than the outgoing Disco, and is designed to hold seven people comfortably, according to its designer Gerry McGovern.
Powertrain offerings will include a version of the 2.0 Ingenium engines developed by Jaguar Land Rover and used in a number of the recent models from both brands.
In the occupant safety category, the E-Class scored 95pc, against the 80pc cutoff level. For child safety the car was awarded 90pc (75pc), in pedestrian protection it scored 77pc (60pc), and is assistance systems the car garnered 62pc (50pc).
Two ENCAP ‘Advanced’ awards were also made for the Pre-Safe and Attention Assist safety technologies, which are beyond the requirements for 5-star ratings.
The tyre is claimed to be the first summer tyre to be independently certified for winter use.
Although we don’t get the summer/winter extremes which pertain in mainland Europe countries, changes in temperature can mean that ordinary summer tyres are not as safe in winter even here.
In cold weather, a standard summer tyre’s composition will harden, meaning the tread will not grip as well. This applies at varying rates below 7degC, a temperature which is common even in an Irish winter.
In some countries, like Germany, motorists are required to change to winter tyres after a certain date. In other countries, where there aren’t such rules, most drivers don’t bother.
The CrossClimate tyre can mean not having to think summer/winter. It uses an innovative compound that grips the road in all conditions; an energy-efficient, under-tread layer with low heat build-up properties; and a unique ‘V’- pattern tread with varying ‘vee’ angles and self-locking, variable-width sipes that act like claws in snow to enhance traction.
Two other lengths are available in the range, which has a starting price of €20,495.
Power options include 1.6 diesels with 95/115hp options, and 2.0 diesels in 120/150/180hp outputs. The higher outputs in each case are for Combi/Shuttle variants of the ProAce.
The Combi/Shuttle variants can carry up to nine people.