New hot version of the Merna with AWD to be released soon
An official statement from Erin this afternoon confirmed that a new 'X-tuned' version of their family hatchback was on the way, and that a full reveal would be coming shortly.
Called the 'X-AllDrive', it will sit alongside the current X-Eco, offering more "more power and better performance" than its sibling, and will be all wheel drive. It will be the first time Erin has built an all wheel drive hot hatch since the 1994 Merna XR.
While little detail was given away at the press conference, a spokeswoman revealed that we could expect 0-60 times in the 5 second region, a top speed of over 150 mph and a sub 1400kg curb weight.
She said "While the X-Eco was designed to offer hothatch performance with high fuel economy and excellent practicality, the X-AllDrive will be a far sharper, more traditional affair, exchanging comfort for performance".
Inevitably, the question of whether it was being made to compete with the C2000R came up, to which the response was: "No".
It seems that the X-AllDrive is aiming to target other, slightly less extreme vehicles in the market, with likely rivals including the Maesima Prova ST-R range, Zavir Luna Sportivo, Montes Urban RS, variants of the Komodo Phyton, Dimension Rift SSP and sports trims of the Adenine Cadence. To say the least, it's a crowded market, which means Erin's latest contribution to the confused world of the hot-hatch will have to stand out.
We can expect the X-AllDrive to appear at the Detroit Auto Show, along with the upcoming Visto Mk 5.
- Splendid Auto Monthly, January 6th 2017