Transiting to electric
The biggest news this week is that the best-selling vehicle in the UK in 2021 is getting an all-electric version. It’s not even a car, but the new E-Transit Custom that will have a driving range of up to 236 miles when it arrives here towards the end of 2023. It follows the launch of its big brother electric Transit and will feature DC fast-charging capability and a clever vehicle-to-load system called ProPower Onboard that can charge power tools and other items.
Because everyone wants performance and luxury
Big reveals this week for two major names in luxury SUVs. We’ll start with the new Range Rover Sport, which naturally follows the new Range Rover that made its debut late last year. It’s ditched its bouncer look and instead gone with a more menacing, more Marvel villain look and we like it. Inside it still has lots of luxury, comfort and tech, but interior design boss, Lee Perry, told us at an exclusive preview that it’s all designed to look “faster”. There’s super cool stuff too like carbon fibre panels which are made from chopped up pieces of the material so no two panels are the same in any car anywhere on the planet.
Under the bonnet there will be a choice of petrol or plug-in hybrid powertrains, the latter offering up to 70 miles of pure electric driving. It’s the Sport though so what you probably want to know is that it can hit 62mph from standstill in just 5.4 seconds, although if you want to do it in 4.5 seconds you’ll need the 4.4-litre V8 version. It also has lots of clever stuff like dynamic air suspension, the cool-sounding Stormer Handling Pack and of course, the full off-road capability you expect of any Range Rover.
Then there’s Bentley, which promised us a fifth model in its line-up and then gave us a longer version of the Bentayga. It’s a slightly bigger deal than that of course, because the new Bentayga EWB (extended wheelbase) is the company’s new flagship, replacing the Mulsanne luxury saloon. It gains an extra 180mm in length, which has allowed for even more sumptuous rear seats, clever lighting tech for those reclining in them and a host of other features. Despite all this, we can’t help but feel sad that we have reached the point where a flagship Bentley is an SUV.