Weekly wrapup: 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor 2.0L coming soon, DS4 & Toyota Innova Zenix spied, and much more

Weekly wrapup: 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor 2.0L coming soon, DS4 & Toyota Innova Zenix spied, and much more

Though we didn’t see any car or motorcycle launches this past week, however, the auto industry got several other supporting elements. For instance, the new Proton 3S center, Lexus's first eco-friendly outlet, and much more. The international auto arena, on the other hand, saw the arrival of several interesting models like the 2023 BMW 5 Series, the fully-electric i5, and the BMW i7.

Local auto news

DS4 spied in Malaysia

DS4 spied

Recently the current-gen DS4 was spotted on Malaysian roads, so does it mean it is coming to the local market soon? Well, nothing can’t be said for sure, however, if it does, it will appeal to both the traditional hatch and crossover buyers.

2023 Ford Ranger Raptor 2.0L diesel coming to Malaysia on June 9

2023 Ford Ranger Raptor

The ongoing 3.0L biturbo V6 petrol Ford Ranger Raptor will soon be joined by a new diesel version. The upcoming 2023 Ranger Raptor 2.0L diesel version will generate 210 PS and 591 NM of torque and will be paired with the 10-speed transmission. The upcoming model will be launched at the MRANTI Open Space opposite Pavilion Bukit Jalil. Also, the first 300 bookings will come installed with a Kenwood dash cam system recording at quad-HD in the front camera and full HD for the rear camera.

Smart #1 EV retail sales to commence from Q4 2023

Smart #1 EV retail sales

Edaran Otomobil Nasional is the official dealer for smart EVs in the country and the dealership will start selling the smart #1 this year.

BMW High Voltage Expert Certification in Malaysia

BMW High Voltage Expert Certification

With more and more EVs entering the market, we need specialists to take care of the new breed of vehicles. Taking matters into its hands, BMW Group Malaysia is now training technicians specializing in EVs with its BMW High Voltage Expert Certification programme.

Lexus's first co-friendly outlet open

Lexus Klang

Lexus has expanded its footprint in Malaysia with the launch of a new showroom with Lexus Klang that began operations back in January. The new outlet is operated by PCM Klang Motor and is said to be the automaker’s first eco-friendly center in the country.

2023 Toyota Innova Zenix spied in Malaysia

 2023 Innova Zenix

The 2023 Innova Zenix was recently spotted in Malaysia wherein the car was seen transported on a truck. This could be a sign of the three-row MPV coming to Malaysia soon.

Volvo EVs now up for sale via the online platform

Volvo ‘Online Sales’ platform

Volvo Car Malaysia launched its ‘Online Sales’ platform last year with an aim to sell cars directly to its customers. Now, taking this initiative to the next level, the luxury car maker offers its full Pure Electric Line-up on the said platform.

Proton gets a new 3S center

new Proton 3S center

Atiara Johan, the award-winning authorized dealership of Proton cars in Malaysia, has launched a new 3S Centre in Puncak Jalil. Named Jaya Johan Sdn Bhd, the new premium facility offers end-to-end service to customers. It is Atiara Johan Group’s third Proton outlet in addition to its existing 1S and 4S Proton centers in Puchong.

International news

Limited-edition Polo GTI Edition 25 unveiled

Limited-edition Polo GTI Edition 25

The Polo GTI has turned 25 years old and to celebrate the occasion Volkswagen has introduced the new limited-edition Polo GTI Edition 25. Limited to just 2,500 units, the special edition Polo GTI comes with specially-tuned suspension which lowers the car by 15 mm. Powering the model is the same, tried and tested 207 hp/ 320 Nm 2.0-litre turbo inline-four engine. The drive is sent to the wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Lexus GX to debut on June 8

2024 Lexus GX

On Jun 8, 2023, Lexus will unveil the 3rd gen Lexus GX off-road luxury SUV. The official teaser image reveals the car’s exterior elements including tail lights connected via an LED light bar, a squared-out design profile, a boxy-shaped side mirror, full-LED headlights, and signature Nike-esque DRLs.

BMW 5 Series & i5 “First Edition” unveiled

BMW 5 Series & i5 “First Edition”

After unveiling the all-new BMW 5 Series and i5, BMW has introduced a ‘Special Edition’ version of the car. Limited to Japan, both the ‘First Edition’ 5 Series and ‘First Edition’ i5 are available for purchase. The automaker is offering 200 units of the 523i “First Edition” and 100 units of the i5 eDrive40 “First Edition”.

Rolls-Royce Dawn discontinued

Rolls-Royce Dawn discontinued

It is official, Rolls-Royce will end the production of the Dawn convertible, thus making room for the production of the Spectre EV. The Dawn convertible was the brand’s final internal combustion engine powered convertible. However, with the car no longer in the picture, it leaves only Cullinan, Phantom, and Ghost with the brand’s twin-turbo V12 engine.

Electric Mercedes-Benz CLA & electric GLC to debut next year

Electric Mercedes-Benz CLA & electric GLC

According to Automotive News reports, Mercedes-Benz will soon reveal the fully-electric version of CLA along with an all-new version of the EQC, known as ‘electric GLC’. The CLS is said to have about 643 km of range and arrive in the US in 2024. The ‘electric GLC’ on the other hand will be EQC’s successor.

2023 BMW 5 Series and fully-electric i5 unveiled

2024 BMW 5 Series and i5

BMW has finally unveiled the 8th generation 5 Series which is joined by a new fully-electric variant, the i5 sedan. The latter joins the automaker’s ever-expanding EV line-up and will surely make a huge impact in the segment.

BMW i7 gets a new variant

BMW i7

The German automaker has added a new variant to its all-electric luxury sedan, the i7. The BMW i7 lineup already includes two variants - the xDrive60 and the xDrive70 and the latest one to join the range is the eDrive50 which will be slotted under the above two mentioned trims.

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