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First pictures: New Ford Tourneo Connect, Citroen C4 spec changes and EV range extension, Regus to install 25kW charging points

First pictures: New Ford Tourneo Connect

Ford has unveiled its new Tourneo Connect, the seven-seater that it described as a “flexible, practical multi-activity vehicle to suit active lifestyles and dual-use customers”.

The new model goes on sale early next year ahead of spring 2022 deliveries, and features distinct Active, Titanium, Trend and Sport versions, as well as four-wheel drive traction for the first time on the Tourneo Connect and two different body lengths both available with seven seats. The seats in the second and third rows, accessed via a sliding rear door, can be folded, tumbled or removed completely, and the front passenger seat folds flat to create a load length of 3.1 metres in the longer L2 version, or 2.5 metres in the L1 model.

Power comes from 114hp 1.5 petrol or either 102hp or 122hp 2.0-litre diesel engines, with the latter available with all-wheel drive as well as front-drive.

EV range extension and spec changes for Citroen C4

Citroen has announced a mild update to its C4 model, including an increase in the real-world range expectation for the e-C4 electric model.

Citroen C4 2021Although the official range remains at a stated 217 miles, Citroen said that technical enhancements should see the e-C4 get closer to the official figure, and spec changes across the range include the Smart Pad Support, a tablet holder that allows passengers to attach a device to the dashboard out of visibility of the driver, is now standard on the entry Sense trim level. Other changes include new light grey alloys for Shine and Shine Plus trim levels, and the 130hp diesel auto and 155hp petrol auto have been dropped from the Sense Plus and Shine trim levels respectively, leaving them available only in higher trim levels to reflect the C4’s richer mix of trim levels.

Regus workspace parent signs deal to install 25kW charging points

IWG, the parent company of flexible workspace providers Regus, Spaces, HQ and Basepoint, has signed a deal with Mer to installed an unspecified quantity of 25kW charging points at “a number of” its locations across the country.

“Now, more than ever, there is a need for businesses to invest in EV charging facilities for their customers, clients and colleagues,” said Mer UK managing director Anthony Hinde. “Those businesses that do – like IWG – will be making a significant contribution not just to accelerating EV adoption, but to helping tackle climate change as well.”

Mer launched in the UK earlier this year, and currently operates almost 300 chargers along with roaming agreements with Zapmap, Octopus Energy, Allstar and Newmotion.

 

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