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Adaptive cruise control
Honda NSX
9-speed automatic transmission
Audi’s virtual cockpit provides an immersive experience.
LED lamps
      • October 16, 2016
      • The future on the move
      • Technology has made the car more than just a mode of transportation. The automobile is where lifestyle needs are increasingly met

Yang

WE ALL know that a car is more than just a car. Especially in Singapore where an entry-level Toyota can cost as much as a brand new two-room HDB flat in Punggol.

Naturally, we have come to expect all the creature comfort, and bells and whistles that were previously only found in top-of-line models.

If you are in the market for a new car, these are some of the niceties that you might want to look out for:

9-speed transmissions

More is better, which is why cars such as the all-new Mercedes-Benz E-class tout a 9-speed automatic transmission. Besides providing better performance, thanks to closer-spaced ratios, fuel economy is also improved, thanks to lower engine revs at highway speeds.

Hybrid powerplant

The new $900,000 Honda NSX shows that hybrid power has arrived in the supercar arena and is sexy to boot. There are a total of three electric motors in the NSX that help it blast its way to 100kmh in just 2.9 seconds.

Heads up display and virtual dashboards

Want to feel like a fighter pilot? Cars with HUD (Heads Up Display) includes the Mazda 6 that puts pertinent information in your line of sight so you can concentrate on the road ahead.

Find it oddly distracting? Check out Audi’s virtual cockpit.

A high-resolution 12.3-inch display allows you to select between Infotainment mode (dominated by a central window displaying information such as media source and route guidance; while the rev counter and speedometer are displayed as small round elements), and the Classic mode, which focuses on the instruments.

Park assist

The Infiniti Q30 uses a combination of 12 sensors to help you guide your car safely into a lot. And if that is not enough, it can also automatically park itself (parallel or reverse in) while you enjoy a 360-degree virtual view displayed on the 7-inch touch screen display located on the centre console.

Cooling and massaging seats

For the ultimate ride, check out the Kia Forte, which features air-conditioned, ventilated front seats.

Want to have ventilated rear seats? The Lexus LS460 is top of our list.

LED headlamps and tail lamps

LED lamps allows the front of the vehicle to be moulded in a more aggressive manner due to the lower profile and more efficient space utilisation.

Besides providing better aesthetics, LEDs used in brake lights also light up faster then conventional bulbs, which can give other motorists that extra split-second reaction time.

LED lighting is also increasingly used in cabin lighting, like the new Mercedes-Benz E-class, which allows the driver to choose from a range of 64 colours.

Active cruise control

Most models in Audi’s extensive line-up can be fitted with adaptive cruise control, which is capable of automatically accelerating and braking in a speed range of 0 to 250 kmh. 

Traffic jam? No problem, it can even bring the vehicle to a complete stop and move off again.

The Mercedes Drive Pilot features Active Lane Keeping Assist and Evasive Steering Assist, which can assist a driver who has decided to swerve in a dangerous situation to avoid a pedestrain by providing extra steering torque.

Premium entertainment

Big name audio manufactures such as Bose, Bang & Olfusen and Mark Levinson have worked with various car brands to ensure the best possible reproduction of your favourite tunes.

These premium sound upgrades are often music to the ears but tough on the wallet.

Worth the extra dough? Let your ears do the “test drive”.

The Bose system in the new Mazda MX-5 features nine speakers, including a pair in both the driver’s and passenger’s headrest, to deliver superior sound even with the top down.

The Bose system also features two unique EQ settings customised for topup or top-down listening that automatically toggles when the fabric roof latches into place.

Turbo power

Turbocharged engines deliver more power — and much more torque — than their normally aspirated counterparts, thanks to the turbocharger forcing much more air/fuel mixture into the combustion chamber.

Honda’s foray into turbocharged engines in Singapore comes in the form of a 1.5-litre iVTEC turbocharged engine. The DOHC four-cylinder comes in two states of tune (173 and 150hp), one for the new Civic and the other in the Jade RS.