BMW, Dodge, Alfa Romeo, Geely, Porsche and Lotus

BMW, Dodge, Alfa Romeo, Geely, Porsche and Lotus

A new saloon from BMW, Dodge’s new offering for muscle car enthusiasts as well as competitively priced offerings from Chinese brand Geely are some of the latest cars to hit the regional market this month. For EV enthusiasts, there’s also the Emeya, an all-electric GT from British sports car maker Lotus that was unveiled in New York.

This is how they organize themselves.

Top 5 for BMW

BMW unveiled its latest 5 Series along with the all-new i5 at a glittering event in Dubai this month.

The covers came off these performance cars at Nikki Beach, marking the eighth generation of the line since its launch in 1972.

The 5 Series sits in the middle of BMW’s saloon offerings, certainly for those who find the 7 Series too intimidating.

There are several different versions available, with the zippiest of the bunch being the i5 M60 xDrive, which will hit 100kph in 3.8 seconds and produce 820Nm of torque.

BMW sees the launch of this new series as representing a major step forward for a more sustainable future as they continue to offer modern vehicles.

Prices start at Dh299,000.

Durango without chains

Dodge has reintroduced the Durango GT to the Middle East, making it the perfect fit for muscle enthusiasts who need something big enough to haul the family around.

The latest version is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine, which mobile phone fans will be happy to hear, will haul up to 2,812 kg.

The Durango is a big, seven-seat, three-row affair, so you might be able to ditch the trailer with a bed inside.

Prices start at Dh199,900.

Alfa Romeo on the list

Alfa Romeo’s all-new models, the Giulia and the Stelvio, each debuting in the GCC, were launched by the manufacturer this month.

This is the brand’s official regional lineup for 2024, and motoring fans got to experience it first-hand at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

All come with 2.0-liter engines of varying capacities, but the turbocharged Tonale, a luxury crossover, leads the trio, representing what Alfa calls its evolution into a new era of mobility.

At the same time, Alfa says that the Tonale saloon, Giulia saloon and Stelvio, another crossover, are known to be new benchmarks in agility, responsiveness and precision.

Prices start at Dh199,900 for the Tonale, Dh239,900 for the Giulia and Dh265,900 for the Stelvio.

Good morning, Monjaro

Chinese car brands continue their car forays into the Middle East market, with the latest arrival coming in the form of the Geely Monjaro.

Built in the country’s Hangzhou region, the car is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and looks distinctively sharp, with its sleek and sunken grille.

The Monjaro, the brand’s flagship SUV, is the most advanced vehicle it has ever offered, but remains competitively priced compared to the many other vehicles it rubs shoulders with in the UAE’s forecourt.

Prices start at Dh123,900.

Porsche is heating up with the new Cayennes

Porsche revealed its latest Cayenne models, the S and Turbo GT, at an event in Dubai this month.

The brand says the new arrivals feature the most extensive upgrades in the range’s history, with improvements to the powertrain, chassis, all-round design and technology.

The new bonnet is joined by a more muscular set of wings, giving it a more athletic stance than previous models, and grunt comes from a revised version of the brand’s much-loved 4.0-litre V8.

Prices start at Dh452,200 for the S and Dh811,400 for the Turbo GT.

The powerful lotus is ready to rock

New York played host to the launch of the Emeya, Lotus’ first ever GT.

The car is an electric tourer with performance specs – it’ll do 0-100kph in 2.8 seconds, which should knock the socks off almost everything else on the road today.

It has four doors too, so you can actually fit people in it, which is always refreshing in a car at this speed.

There’s no firm word on the Emeya’s cost yet, but we should get a better idea as its initial production approaches in 2024.

Updated: 30 September 2023, 4:02 AM