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VIDEO: First Impressions of the All-New Proton Iriz!

You’ve seen the pictures, you’ve read up on the specs, now let our editor give you his first impression of the all-new Proton Iriz!

VIDEO: The all-new Proton Iriz Launched in Malaysia!

  Protons Global Small Car (GSC) has finally been revealed and is named Iriz! Take a closer look at this Myvi fighter and tell us what you think! More details on the Proton Iriz HERE! 

VIDEO: The 22nd Indonesia International Motor Show!

  Here’s a quick look at what went down at this years Indonesian International Motor Show!

VIDEO: Renault Megane R.S. 265 Sport Facelift Launched In Malaysia

Can you spot the differences in this facelift? For the full specs and price details, read our launch report HERE! 

VIDEO: All-New Mercedes-Benz C-Class Debuts in Malaysia

The all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is here and it’s looking good! For more details on the car, check out our full report HERE!

VIDEO: All-New 2014 Perodua Axia Launches in Malaysia!

It’s finally here! For more details on the Axia – check out our full list of specs HERE! 

VIDEO: 2015 Jaguar XE – The Reveal

Taking a reveal to the next level! The 2015 all-new Jaguar XE is looking sleek!

VIDEO: Mitsubishi Red Peak Challenge At Tesco Mutiara Damansara

Motors Malaysia demonstrated to the public the capabilities of Mitsubishi’s 4×4 models, namely the ASX, Triton and the Pajero Sport. MORE HERE!

VIDEO: 2015 Volvo XC90 Crash Test!

Is the Volvo XC90 really as tough as it’s said to be? Watch the crash test video above and find out! As the Volvo XC90 just made it’s global debut and it’s really something special. More information and details HERE!

VIDEO: 2014 Ford EcoSport SUV Launches in Malaysia!

Sime Darby Auto Connexion has finally launched its all-new 2014 Ford EcoSport SUV. More details HERE! 

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2014 Great Wall M4 Quick Review: A Cheap & Cheerful SUV For The Times?

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The 2014 Great Wall M4 crossover made headlines earlier this year by earning the title as the first car to receive the EEV incentive in Malaysia. Set to be assembled in Gurun, Kedah, the base model carries a starting price of around RM47k, while the range topper costs RM60k. While the car hasn’t officially been launched yet, Great Wall Malaysia has already started taking orders for its latest offering prior to its scheduled launch sometime next month.

The upcoming M4 will compete in the B-segment SUV market, but in terms of size, it is slightly smaller compared to its competitors like the 2014 Peugeot 2008 and 2014 Ford Ecosport.

With such an affordable price tag, you can think of it as a substitute to our own Perodua Kembara, which was popular among city folks as well as those who needed it to for some minor off roading duties such as getting in and out construction sites.

Great Wall Malaysia recently gave us a chance to take a manual variant of the imported (CBU) M4 that was brought in specifically as a preview to the media and public, for a short spin around Setia Alam. Before we move on to our first impression, let’s have a look at the specs and basics.

2014 Great Wall M4 Engine, Gear Knob, Paddles

Engine and mechanics

Powering the M4 is a humble 1.5-litre VVT four-cylinder engine that outputs 105hp and 138Nm of torque. It can be paired with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automated manual transmission (Shiftronic).

For now, the B-segment model will be only offered in a front-wheel drive guise. According to the people at Great Wall, the reason for not offering an all-wheel drive version is because one’s not available in right-hand drive form yet.

From what we hear, the M4’s engine is built with design borrowed from Mitsubishi, while the six-speed automatic gearbox is sourced from Germany. On the other hand, the platform of the car is designed in house by the Chinese carmaker.

2014 Great Wall M4 Interior Highlights

Features and equipment

As far as creature comforts go, you do get quite a lot of kit for the price you pay. Equipment such as a multifunction steering wheel, a tilt adjustable steering column, split fold rear seats and electrically adjustable side mirrors with integrated turn signals is standard on all variants.

Opting for the top of the Premium variant will buy you leather seats, a reverse camera, an around view camera system, automatic air-conditioning, GPS based car locator and a rear view mirror that doubles up with a smart-tag function. A special high-five for the around view monitor and smart-tag rear-view mirror!

Another plus point of the soon-to-be-launched Great Wall M4 is its safety. Four-wheel disc brakes, front seat belt reminders, ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), front and rear fog lamps, top tether child seat fixing points as well as two airbags are standard across the board.

The car shown in the pictures is the mid-range Comfort variant M4, but as stated before, it’s a CBU unit for now. The same variant when locally assembled will get minor interior upgrades that include a touchscreen infotainment with navigation and Bluetooth controls on the steering wheel. You can refer to the full spec sheet HERE to get a better idea of each variant’s specification.

2014 Great Wall M4 Exterior Highlights

First impressions

The M4’s styling can’t be said to be pretty or handsome, but it is unique, and will therefore attract some attention. If you were to remove all the badging, its design is easily mistakable for something a bit more local, or Japanese even.

The fit and finish as well as the panel gaps however are not perfect. For example, there is a large opening under the wiper panel, which may allow water leakage into in the engine bay. The panel gap around the rear door and wheel arch is also quite large. We hope that Great Wall rectifies these problems on the locally-assembled units, although, we’re not too sure how much can be done.

Apart from a few minor things, there isn’t much to complain about here. The cabin design is on par with what its segment competitors have to offer, and we quite liked the digital fuel and temperature gauge. As expected, hard plastics are everywhere, but do bear in mind the sort of prices you’re paying here.

The humble 105hp 1.5-litre takes time to bring the car up to speed, but sustaining momentum isn’t a problem. The high clutch biting point plus the vague gear shift feel makes low speed manoverability slightly tricky but you will adapt to it after a few minutes. We will report on the six-speed automatic variant when we manage to get our hands on it.

2014 Great Wall M4 Interior

Having tested it from both the front and rear seats, we found out that the Great Wall M4 actually rides quite well. It was fine at absorbing minor road undulations, while being composed when taking corners. The carmaker has also done a great job at giving the steering just the right weight.

Head and leg room at the rear is decent, but it will not be ideal for someone who is around or more than six feet tall. The boot space however is very shallow, due to the placement of the spare wheel.

2014 Great Wall M4 Side Profile

Should you buy one?

Overall, we were quite impressed with the M4 compact SUV. It may have its weaknesses about it, but all things considered (price), it’s not a bad deal at all. It feels solid and packs similar equipment and safety feature as its price rivals, but offers a high-riding SUV seating position, SUV body style, and with that, a lot more spaciousness.

It’s hard to say for sure, especially with this being an imported unit out of China (CBU), but the signs are good so far. We’ll have to wait a while longer for the CKD unit to arrive before making a more accurate assessment outside of saying that it all looks very good on paper, for now.

AD: MICHELIN Latitude Sport 3 – The Tyre Of Choice For Performance Oriented SUVs

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Already the tyre of choice for the Porsche Macan and BMW X5, Michelin Malaysia’s recently-launched MICHELIN Latitude Sport 3 will offer discerning owners of prestige SUVs the pleasure of enjoying the maximum performance from their vehicles without compromise.

This third generation of MICHELIN’s on-road SUV tyre is the culmination of a 12-year-long partnership between MICHELIN and Porsche in developing these specific types of tyres. Since the first-generation Porsche Cayenne was launched in 2002, MICHELIN tyres have been the choice for Porsche’s benchmark-setting SUV models.

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The reason why the MICHELIN Latitude Sport 3 tyre has been selected by the world’s most-admired carmaker to factory-equip their flagship models is because under the MICHELIN Total Performance philosophy, the tyre combines all of the performance features that are demanded of the SUVs’ driving experience and appreciated by their drivers.

Any manufacturer can produce a tyre that excels in only one or several areas of tyre performance, but very often this leads to compromise in other areas. The difference between a good tyre and a poor tyre is its ability to maintain a high level of performance across all areas.

For example, while the MICHELIN Latitude Sport 3 delivers a very high level of grip, it is also very economical to run.

The tyre’s central rib design in its groove ensures maximum torque transfer when braking or accelerating, as well as improving steering precision. Handling and braking on wet roads is maintained at a very high level thanks to MICHELIN’s Innovative Thread Compound and a higher void ratio that’s 10 percent more than before.

At the same time, this high level of performance achieved made no compromise of the tyre’s service life and fuel economy.

Thanks to its variable thickness sipes, the MICHELIN Latitude Sport 3 reduces rolling resistance by minimizing tyre deformation, a common area where energy is lost.

Also, its innovative tread compound integrates silica with the latest-generation elastomers to reduce energy-consuming heat build-up, thus improving fuel efficiency.

Although the MICHELIN Latitude Sport 3 is designed for on-road SUVs, it still features a double layer casing for improved robustness.

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This uncompromising level of balanced performance in all areas of concern, areas that are in theory irreconcilable is what the MICHELIN Total Performance philosophy is all about.

The new MICHELIN Latitude Sport 3 combines power and control and meets user requirements by delivering optimal safety (shortening wet-road braking distances by 2.7 meters compared with the previous-generation tyre), reducing fuel consumption and improving total mileage.

MICHELIN Latitude Sport 3 is already available in Malaysia in sizes ranging from 18 to 21 inch.

Find out more about MICHELIN Latitude Sport 3 today and locate your nearest retailer here www.michelin.com.my.

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