The DR Automobiles brand is making its way onto the automotive market, pleasing more and more. It is seen by customers as an excellent low cost alternative, for good quality vehicles. The DR 5.0 model is an SUV that we can place halfway between DR 3.0 and DR F35, which we have already talked about. It is an excellent city crossover, a functional and practical car, easy to handle and spacious.
The characteristics that have contributed to the surprising success of this Made in Italy SUV are few and simple: first of all the presence of simple and genuine elements, able to create a car that follows fashion, but which also brings to mind the models of the past. During the summer the DR 5.0 SUV made sparks on the market, the Molise car in fact, in August, entered the top 10 of the absolute ranking of sales in Italy.
Record sales for DR 5.0
In August, the all-Italian urban SUV totaled 1,540 registrations, rightfully entering the top ten of the best-selling cars in Italy, in tenth place in the overall ranking. For the very first time since the birth of the car manufacturer, a DR model has entered this ranking, one of the so-called “magnificent ten”. That’s not all, because DR 5.0 is also the third crossover after Ford Puma and Volkswagen T-Roc, and the first LPG-powered model.
DR Automobiles is experiencing a very important and very successful moment, with an overall volume (of the DR and EVO brands) of 2,078 units, in August the market share was almost 3% (2.92%) : since the beginning of the year, the total number of registrations has been 13,658 in Italy, and about 1,000 in foreign markets.
The dimensions of the SUV
The successful DR 5.0 car is just over 4.3 meters long, while in width it reaches around 1.8 meters. The height is less than 1.7 meters, while the step exceeds 2.6 meters. The space on board is ample enough for five occupants, with all comfort. The trunk is 340 liters, but with the folding of the rear seats it reaches up to 1,100 liters.
The exterior and interior design
The successful SUV has a look sporty, made even more evident by the rear spoiler. The headlights give the DR 5.0 SUV an aggressive look, but the flowing lines soften the design, as well as lend more aerodynamics. The SUV is available in different colors, to satisfy the needs of all customers.
As for the interior, we find a 9-inch touchscreen that allows access to navigation and infotainment features, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Mirroring Screen. The instrument panel is digital, has a second 7-inch color LCD screen useful for customizing the interface with three different themes.
The very large ergonomic dashboard is practical but essentialto the left of the driver all the controls for managing the windows have been inserted, and on the steering wheel, on the other hand, there are the buttons useful for managing the radio and Cruise Control: in this way the driver can use the controls without danger, always keeping the look on the road.
The cockpit of the DR 5.0 SUV is also very spacious in the rear, it has been specially designed by the House to ensure maximum comfort even during long journeys with friends. The large panoramic roof is certainly a detail that customers particularly like, and enhances the airiness and brightness of the passenger compartment. The internal environment also has character sportythanks to the leather upholstery, but not only, it is also accentuated by the chrome finishes, such as the internal door handles.
The driveability and safety features of the DR 5.0 SUV
The model with turbo engine is the most responsive, but it must be said that all the engines in the range have nothing less than reliability and stability. The car has all the necessary devices to guarantee safe driving for the driver and passengerssuch as the overspeed alarm, rear parking sensors, rear view camera, ABS, EBD, Bosch ESP, ASR, EPS, HHC (help for hill start), EBA (assisted braking), TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system), six airbags and Cruise Control.
The DR 5.0 SUV is also equipped with the keyless system with engine on and off via a single button, climate control, electrically operated sunroof and electrically adjustable driver’s seat in 6 positions.
The engines of the Italian SUV
In the DR 5.0 range there are four different types of engines, to satisfy the needs of all customers. Among these, two models are naturally aspirated and two turbo 6-speed gears, all combined with the dual-clutch DCT automatic transmission. Let’s start with the 1.5 petrol engine with manual transmission, capable of unleashing a total power of 116 HP, with a maximum torque of 136 Nm at 4,700 rpm. Of this engine, the corresponding Bi-Fuel variant is capable of delivering 114 horsepower and a maximum torque of 132 Nm at 4,800 rpm.
As for the variants turbo of the engines, we have a 154 HP 1.5, with maximum torque of 210 Nm at 3,600 rpm and then also the version LPG, capable of unleashing the power of 149 horsepower, as well as a maximum torque of 195 Nm at 3,600 rpm. at the moment the Molise car manufacturer is not yet ready for electrification, but we think it will certainly adapt to the energy transition process that all brands are facing.
As we have seen, however, the LPG models were presented, still convenient for Italian motorists, given that the prices of this gas – as opposed to those of methane (as we have seen in recent days) – are still accessible and have not risen. skyrocketing, despite being higher than before. We make an overview of the engines a gas:
- Ateco 4-cylinder in-line aspirated 116 HP (with 5-speed manual gearbox);
- Ateco 4-cylinder in-line aspirated Turbo with 154 HP (with 6-speed automatic transmission).
And variants petrol / LPG:
- Ateco 4-cylinder in-line aspirated 113 HP (with 5-speed manual gearbox);
- Ateco 4-cylinder in-line aspirated with 149 HP (with 6-speed automatic transmission).
The starting price of the highly successful DR 5.0 SUV from Molise is 18,900 euros for the aspirated petrol version, and reaches up to 22,900 euros for the 149 HP 1.5 turbo variant with automatic transmission. An affordable cost for everyone, for a car that the customer is very pleased with, placing itself in the top ten best-selling models in August 2022.
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