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SUVs and Crossovers From the 2018 Detroit Auto Show

By | January 16, 2018

SUVs and crossovers aren’t just surging in popularity — the vehicles are becoming flagship models and often garner more excitement than sedans. Some SUV concepts even preview the future design direction for automakers, a task once reserved for cars. The 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit showcased the latest SUV and crossover debuts from automakers, including a turbocharged, all-wheel-drive rocket and an unstoppable off-roader.

Keep reading to see what SUVs and crossovers made their debuts at the 2018 Detroit auto show.


Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept

The LF-1 Limitless concept is a preview of the Lexus’ next flagship vehicle, a sporty-looking crossover with a stretched hood and long dash-to-axle ratio. Revealed in Detroit, the LF-1 shares the same GA-L platform that the LS and LC ride on but is taller, wider, and offers 8.5 inches of ground clearance. The platform is versatile enough for gasoline, hybrid, electric, and fuel cell powertrains. However, don’t expect three rows in the production version—Lexus plans to keep the LF-1’s production version a two-row machine.

To save space, drive, park, and reverse buttons are located on the bottom of the steering wheel, and activating Sport mode and various AWD modes are done by gesture control. We expect to see the production version of the LF-1 Limitless concept in production by 2021 with a starting price around $75,000.























2019 Lamborghini Urus

Making its North American debut, Lamborghini’s first-ever SUV is bold and fast, just as we’d expect from the exotic supercar maker. Under the hood is a 650-hp, 627-lb-ft 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 backed by an eight-speed automatic that delivers power to a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. Lamborghini claims that the five-seater (which can also be a four-seater) can hit 62 mph in a very quick 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 186 mph. Stopping the Urus is a braking system consisting of 10-piston front calipers clamping down on 17.3-inch carbon-ceramic rotors and four-piston rear calipers clamping on 14.6-inch rotors.

For improved performance, the Urus will come equipped with rear-wheel steering, an adaptive air suspension, and active anti-roll stabilization. Like most Lamborghinis, the Urus is very customizable, offering 14 exterior colors, 15 interior leather colors, six interior Alcantara colors, hexagon or ribbed seat quilting, various interior trim choices, embossed headrests, exhaust tips in four finishes, multiple caliper colors, and a selection of wheel designs in 21-, 22-, and 23-inch sizes.






















2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Mercedes-Benz’s unstoppable off-roader enters a new generation featuring a redesigned interior, a new independent front suspension, a new nine-speed automatic transmission, a new G-Mode driving mode, increased interior room, an improved on-road ride, and a revised powertrain layout for greater off-road capability. The SUV still retains its standard 416-hp, 450-lb-ft 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, three fully locking differentials, and the four-wheel-drive system with low-range gear reduction.

The 2019 G-Glass will come well equipped with 19-inch wheels, a Burmester Surround Sound system, a 12.3-inch center display, a moonroof, leather upholstery with heated seats, three-zone climate control, a 64-color ambient lighting system, and LED headlights. The Mercedes can be optioned with a widescreen cockpit (an additional 12.3-inch instrument panel display), an adjustable suspension, a rear-seat entertainment package, 20-inch wheels, and an AMG Line Exterior package. Expect to see the entry-level G550 model hit showrooms in late 2018.




















2019 Ford Edge and Edge ST

Ford unveiled the refreshed Edge lineup in Detroit, but the big news is the all-new performance-driven Edge ST model that packs a potent 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that produces 335 hp and 380-lb-ft of torque. That tops the Edge Sport’s output by 20 hp and 30 lb-ft. A new eight-speed automatic transmission routes power to the standard all-wheel-drive system with selectable traction control. Like other ST models, the sport-tuned suspension should provide fun handling dynamics and the optional performance brake package will likely offer good stopping power. A new Sport mode, wheel-mounted paddle shifters, larger seat bolstering, and available 21-inch wheels (20-inch wheels are standard) complements the Edge ST’s sportiness.

The refreshed non-ST Edge is powered by a standard 250-hp EcoBoost 2.0-liter turbo-four engine and receives more technology,

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Video Details the 2019 Ford Ranger Inside and Out

By | January 15, 2018

The North American market has been Ranger-less for far too long, allowing the Toyota Tacoma and GM Colorado/Canyon twins to rule the midsize truck segment. Returning for the 2019 model year, the Ford Ranger gets a fresh start in the U.S., and below we have Detroit editor Alisa Priddle giving you all the highlights in this exclusive video.

In the video, Priddle explains how the 2019 Ford Ranger rides on the same platform as the global Ford Ranger–but uses different sheetmetal–and sports a steel body, not an aluminum body like the F-150’s. At its launch, the Ranger will be powered by an EcoBoost 2.3-liter turbocharged I-4 engine backed by a 10-speed automatic. No manual transmission option will be offered. Engine output has yet to be released but we expect a similar rating to the 2.3-liter EcoBoost found in the Ford Explorer that makes 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Ford is keeping a tight lid on future powertrains, but don’t be surprised to see a turbodiesel alternative and a hybrid powertrain down the line.

The Ranger will come in three trims, XL, XLT, and Lariat, all with unique grilles and optional LED headlights. Body styles include supercab and supercrew cab with four full-size doors.

A terrain management system, a similar system found in the Raptor, includes four drive modes: Normal, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, and Sand. A new Trail Control feature acts like a low-speed, off-road cruise control that can be set to 1 mph during very challenging parts of the trail. The FX4 off-road package has upgraded tires, a steel front bash plate, off-road-tuned suspension, reinforced skidplates, and Trail Control and Hill Descent Control. A two-speed transfer case and electronic locking rear differential are optional.

Driver assist safety features include blind-spot detection with trailer coverage, collision warning, lane keep assist and warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. Sync 3 will be available with an 8.0-inch touchscreen.

Pricing should start below $25,000 and will be announced soon before the truck goes on sales in early 2019.

Click the video below to learn more about the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger.

2018 BMW X2 Makes Auto Show Debut in Detroit

By | January 15, 2018

With the C-pillar mounted BMW Roundel gleaming in the spotlights, the all-new 2018 BMW X2 made its global debut in Detroit. The latest crossover to join the automaker’s X lineup, the X2 precedes the upcoming X7 flagship model. The X2 is the sportier version of the X1 but does not have the fastback design of the X4 and X6 models.

The X2 is priced higher than the X1 and shares the same wheelbase but is 3.2 inches shorter and 2.8 inches lower. Inside, the cabin looks much like the X1’s interior but the X1 offers more cargo room and slightly more passenger room than the X2.











The BMW X2 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 engine that produces 228 hp from 5,000-6,000 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque between a low 1,450 rpm and 4,500 rpm. BMW claims a quick 0-60 mph time of 6.3 seconds thanks to the standard xDrive all-wheel-drive system and eight-speed automatic transmission.

The X2 xDrive28i starts at $39,395 and can be ordered in Convenience or Premium tiers (not trims) which add more features. The sport-infused M Sport X Design starts at $44,045 and is offered in the Premium tier only. Both models can be ordered with the Driving Assistance and Dynamic Handling packages.








Options include a wireless phone charger, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a Harman Kardon surround sound system, Apple CarPlay connectivity, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control with the Active Driving Assistant. The M Sport X Design can be optioned with an M rear spoiler and M Sport suspension. The standard 6.5-inch center display can be upgraded to an 8.8-inch touchscreen and the standard 18-inch wheels are upgradable to 19- or 20-inch wheels.

Expect to see the 2018 BMW X2 compete against rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, and Audi Q3 when the crossover hits showroom floors this spring.

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Toyota Gazoo Racing to Enter Lexus LC in 24 Hours of Nürburgring

By | January 12, 2018

Toyota Gazoo Racing will be competing in the 46th running of the 24 hours of the Nürburgring endurance race this year in a Lexus LC race car. The event will be held at the infamous raceway from Saturday, May 12, through Sunday, May 13.

The Nürburgring 24 endurance race is an annual event held in central Germany on one of the most grueling and well-known tracks in the world, the Nürburgring Nordschleife race track.

Entering its twelfth consecutive year, Toyota Gazoo Racing uses race cars built by Toyota employees and raced by a team of Toyota’s mechanics and engineers.

This year marks the first time the Lexus LC competes and the race car will be using advanced developmental technologies that are destined for future production vehicles. These include body technology (reducing weight, increasing rigidity), driver assistance, aerodynamic, engine, and suspension development.

Competing in the SP-PRO class, the LC’s engine is a modified version of the 5.0-liter V-8 found in the production LC and the race car will be equipped with Bridgestone tires.

Four drivers will be piloting the Gazoo Racing Lexus LC. Takeshi Tsuchiya is the chief driver, along with three younger drivers: Takamitsu Matsui, Naoya Gamo, and Yuichi Nakayama.

“The race car we are currently developing, the Lexus LC, is still in its infancy and finally beginning to take its first steps,” said chief driver Tsuchiya in a release. “It will be some time before it can properly stand by itself, but it will be well worth the effort, and I’m delighted to actually be involved in Toyota’s efforts towards ‘making ever-better cars’ for the future. As the drivers, the four of us will work together to bring the company’s goals to fruition.”

Recently, Toyota Gazoo launched a GR Sport Series sub-brand (GR stands for Gazoo Racing) in Japan and unveiled the GR Super Sport Concept, a car closely related to Toyota’s TS050 Hybrid LMP1-class race car.

Source: Toyota

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Harman Debuts Digital Cockpit Concept at CES

By | January 10, 2018

Harman is best known for its variety of premium audio brands, with some of the most advanced automotive sound systems on the market. With help from its new owner, Samsung, the company is going beyond audio and has unveiled its new Digital Cockpit platform at CES, a flexible and scalable multi-display interior made for a connected lifestyle.

Available in standard and premium configurations, the platform can integrate the instrument cluster with the center console and steering wheel controls into a single center screen that displays all important vehicle information and features.

 

The Digital Cockpit can incorporate any devices that are a part of the driver’s connected lifestyle. Using Harman’s Ignite Platform, the user experience can be personalized through virtual personal assistants, portable profiles, augmented reality, and more. In the future world of shared mobility, this is intended to make drivers feel like the car is theirs. Additionally, the Android OS can be integrated on four different screens.



The system can also automatically access subscription services through the driver’s smartphone and use the Bixby virtual personal assistant that can take commands through voice, touch, gesture, and context-based triggers.

The Digital Cockpit is scalable and will be made available for every automotive segment. Harman and Samsung are also developing an in-car 5G connectivity system and multi-band antenna for fast and reliable data communication.

Source: Harman

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Ford Integrates Waze Traffic and Navigation App Into Sync 3

By | January 10, 2018

The in-car navigation system is becoming less of a necessity thanks to new smartphone connectivity systems like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that make it easy to display real-time navigation apps like Google Maps and Apple Maps on the vehicle’s center screen.

Announced at CES 2018, Ford is giving its customers even more alternatives to the onboard nav system by integrating the Waze traffic and navigation app directly into the automaker’s Sync 3 infotainment system. This allows Ford customers to plug in their Waze-equipped smartphone into the USB port and have the app displayed on the center touchscreen display, allowing users to operate the app through the larger touchscreen and hear route information and alerts through the vehicle’s speakers.

All Waze features will be accessible through Ford’s integration including Talk to Waze, a voice-command feature, and HOV route support.

“With the flexibility of our SYNC 3 software and AppLink, customers can easily use Waze to get all the traffic and navigation help they need – on a big screen and without having to fiddle around with their phones while driving,” said Don Butler, executive director of Connected Vehicle and Services, in a release.

Once the capability is launched in the coming weeks, Ford vehicles (2018 model year) equipped with Sync 3 version 3.0 or greater will have the option to run Waze on the center touchscreen. In order for other Sync 3 equipped Ford vehicles to enable Waze functionality, owners can update their system via an over-the-air update or through the USB port. Android smartphone users can currently use Waze through the Android Auto smartphone connectivity feature.

Ford also released the Ford+Alexa app at CES and plans to integrate iHeartRadio and WebEx functionality into Sync 3 soon.

Source: Ford

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SEL First Test: Refreshed but Lacking

By | January 6, 2018

Straight to the point: I don’t care much for the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. It simply is outclassed by most of its rivals—and in a few months, Mitsubishi will have a better, similarly priced sibling on the same showroom floor. Although Mitsubishi has updated the Outlander Sport for the 2018 model year with new technology—the subcompact’s strongest point—the rest of this crossover has more clouds than silver linings.

Aesthetically, the Outlander Sport received an updated front grille, a new rear fascia and chrome garnish, and a new center console design and shift lever. New technology includes a standard 7.0-inch center touchscreen with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone connectivity. The 2018 Outlander Sport also now offers a new Touring package for the top SEL trim. It consists of new driver-assist features such as emergency automatic braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beams, and niceties such as the panoramic glass roof (not a moonroof) and the Rockford Fosgate premium audio system.




It’s refreshing to see emergency automatic braking added to the Outlander Sport. Some automakers overlook this safety feature on some of their entry-level models (the Honda HR-V, Buick Encore, and Audi Q3, for instance). Fortunately, I never witnessed this feature in action, but in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, the system avoided both a 12- and 25-mph frontal collision, earning the highest rating of Superior. The new lane departure warning system operated appropriately during my observations.

The resolution on the 7.0-inch touchscreen display is sharp but attracts a lot of glare. However, you might forgive that flaw because the infotainment system, equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, is quick and works well. If your smartphone has Siri, the system defaults to that for voice commands instead of the less accurate factory one. Unfortunately, when using Bluetooth calling or voice commands, the audio only comes from the front passenger-side speaker and at a low volume, hard to hear when driving sometimes. The nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system is welcomed and provides plenty of thump, but the big subwoofer reduces cargo space by about 1.6 cubic feet.




Another area where the Outlander Sport performed well was at the track, thanks in part to its 2.4-liter I-4, which produces adequate power, 168 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque. The Outlander Sport is quicker than rivals such as the Honda HR-V and Jeep Renegade in both 0–60 and quarter-mile times, and it brakes shorter from 60 mph, as well (118 feet). The good throttle response makes it feel quicker than the 8.5-second 0–60 mph suggests, but the crossover slows at speed, something associate road test editor Erick Ayapana noted. Braking distance and feel are good, but according to Ayapana, “The Outlander seemed to pull to the right under hard braking. Not sure if that’s specific to this tester or endemic of all Outlander Sports. Otherwise solid brake feel.” When put on our figure-eight handling course, the Outlander Sport was about even with the other two subcompacts, but road test editor Chris Walton didn’t have an easy time around the course. “This is one of those vehicles that wants to do only one thing at a time: Brake, corner, or accelerate, but never a combination of those three,” he said. Walton also noted slow and vague steering feel but was happy with the well-controlled body roll and quick-responding CVT.

A lot of what happened on the track translates to the street. The 2018 Outlander Sport has plenty of grunt off the line, but at highway speeds I found myself having to go wide-open throttle when merging or passing vehicles. Due to the nature of the CVT and not enough sound deadening, wide-open throttle is loud and harsh, adding a lot more NVH than most would want. Activating Sport mode through the shifter only makes things louder and harsher and doesn’t even improve acceleration time. If you hit a twisty stretch of road, expect the handling dynamics to be that of your average crossover, not that bad but not fun. Ride comfort is good considering the short wheelbase, but large road undulations really upset the small crossover. Braking feel and power is good.




Subcompacts aren’t known for their cargo and passenger room, and the Outlander Sport is no exception, offering 21.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 49.5 cubic feet with the seats down. That’s less than the HR-V’s 23.2 and 57.6 cubic feet, respectively, and slightly less than the Renegade’s 50.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. Passenger volume is also less than the above rivals, up to 97.5 cubic feet in the Outlander Sport (95.6 with the glass roof) and up to 100.1 cubic feet for both the HR-V (higher trims have 96.1) and the Renegade (with the standard roof). The differences, though, are quite minimal—a subcompact is called a subcompact for a reason.

The Outlander Sport performs OK in crash test safety scores, earning a four-star overall safety rating out of five stars from the NHTSA. The Mitsubishi fared better in IIHS testing, receiving the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the small-overlap front crash test. The HR-V received the highest five-star rating from the NHTSA and scored the same as the Outlander Sport in IIHS crash testing. The Jeep Renegade also had a four-star overall safety rating and scored the same results in IIHS crash testing,

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Car Compare: 2018 Subaru Forester and 2018 Subaru Outback

By | December 26, 2017

The Forester and Outback nameplates are well-known in the U.S. for their ruggedness and capability, thanks in part to generous ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive. Even though one is a crossover-like wagon and the other is a crossover, the two Subarus have more in common than you’d think besides seating five and having four doors. If you’re set on a Subie and torn between the Forester and Outback or if you’re just curious on how the two popular Subarus compare, keep reading to find out which is more powerful, affordable, versatile, efficient, and safer.

This car comparison is based on our extensive knowledge and understanding of the automotive market but not necessarily on recent driving experience.


Performance Advantage: Forester

When it comes to available engine upgrades, the two Subarus have different approaches. The Forester’s available 2.0XT model is powered by a 250 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-4 with 258 lb-ft of torque. On the Outback, a 3.6R model is powered by a 256-hp, 247-lb-ft 3.6-liter flat-6. Between the Forester 2.0XT and the Outback 3.6R, the Forester is quicker and stops shorter than the Outback. A 2017 Forester 2.0XT we tested hit 60 mph in a quick 6.8 seconds and the quarter mile in 15.5 seconds at 90 mph during Motor Trend testing. A 2015 Outback 3.6R hit 60 mph in 7.3 seconds and the quarter mile in 15.7 seconds at 91.2 mph. The Outback stopped from 60 mph in 129 feet, longer than the Forester’s 115 feet.

The base engine for both vehicles is a 2.5-liter flat-4 that produces 170 hp in the Forester, an additional 5 hp in the Outback, and 174 lb-ft of torque in both applications. With the base engine, the Forester hit 60 mph in 8.7 seconds, beating the Outback’s time of 9.4 seconds.


Cargo Advantage: Outback

This is a close one, but the Outback barely ekes out the victory here with more cargo space behind the second row with 35.5 cubic feet (versus 31.5-34.4) and a slightly lower liftover height of 27.9 inches as opposed to the Forester’s 28.6 inches. For long objects, the Outback’s total cargo length of 77.7 inches tops the Forester’s by 5.8 inches, thanks to the long wagon body. Nobody wants the rear hatch slightly propped open when hauling a long load. However, the Forester does win in maximum cargo volume (rear seats folded down) with 74.7 cubic feet of volume, in comparison to the Outback’s 73.3 cubic feet. Get a Forester with the big moonroof, however, and total cargo capacity shrinks to a still useful 68.5 cubic feet.


Interior Room and Outward Visibility Advantage: Tie

Front and rear legroom are nearly identical in both vehicles. Even so, the Outback’s wider body allows for 1.6-2 more inches of hip room and a bit more shoulder room. When it comes to outward visibility, the Forester wins thanks to its larger windows, but the Outback still provides good visibility when compared to many modern-day crossovers.


Towing and Off-road Advantage: Tie

The Outback wins in towing with a maximum capacity of 2,700 pounds in comparison to the Forester’s 1,500 pounds. Ground clearance is even at a high 8.7 inches, but if you plan to trek on more than your average dirt trail, the Forester has a higher angle of approach, a higher angle of departure, and a higher breakover angle. In other words, the Forester can transverse more rugged terrain without damaging the undercarriage. Both vehicles use Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system for optimum traction on or off-road.


Safety Advantage: Outback

In terms of crash test results, the Outback has received the highest award designations from the IIHS and NHTSA. The 2018 Outback is considered a 2018 Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS for earning the highest crash test score of Good in all six crash evaluations. The Outback also received the highest score of Good and Good+ for the headlights and LATCH evaluations, respectively. The highest rating of Superior was issued for the front crash prevention test because the Outback avoided collisions in 12- and 25-mph front crash prevention tests, thanks to the EyeSight package of safety tech.

The 2018 Forester is considered a 2018 Top Safety Pick but missed the “+” designation because the crossover received the second-lowest rating of Marginal for the new passenger-side small overlap front crash test but received the highest rating of Good for the rest of the crash evaluations. The second-highest rating of Acceptable was issued for the headlights and LATCH evaluations. The Forester also received the highest rating of Superior for the front crash prevention test by avoiding collisions in 12- and 25-mph front crash prevention tests, thanks to EyeSight. The EyeSight package of driver assist safety features becomes optional on the 2.5i Premium trim and is standard on the Touring trims for both Subaru vehicles. In NHTSA testing, both vehicles received the highest five-star overall safety rating, but the Forester received a four-star rating for the frontal crash test, less than the Outback’s five stars.


Fuel Efficiency Advantage: Forester

When comparing the base 2.5-liter engine, both vehicles have an EPA rating of 28 mpg combined city/highway, but the Forester’s 26/32 mpg city/highway rating just beats the Outback’s 25/32 mpg rating.

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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross First Drive: Reinvention

By | December 22, 2017

A thick, smoky haze blanketed Santa Monica. The beach and coastline were not visible. The Santa Ana winds were howling—slanting palm trees and fueling wildfires just a few miles north.

Those apocalyptic surroundings only made the media drive of the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross all the more interesting.

Mitsubishi hasn’t had a new product in years, and it is betting big on this compact crossover. It’s a cruel fact of a cutthroat industry: The automaker’s lineup is not very competitive, and executives hope to change that with the Eclipse Cross. They wouldn’t let a fire get in the way. Masks were handed out as product experts gave presentations. Photographers scrambled to stay ahead of the ash.

The Eclipse Cross fills the space in between the company’s best-selling smaller Outlander Sport and the larger and more expensive Outlander. It has the same wheelbase and width as the Outlander Sport and has a mere 1.5 inches more overall length—which raises the question whether there’s enough room in the lineup for two similar-sized vehicles with such a large price gap.

The Eclipse Cross is designed to be the sportier-looking, fun-to-drive alternative to the Outlanders. Designers hit the styling mark with the sloping roof, high beltline, raked rear window, and a thick body line. Mitsubishi’s signature Dynamic Shield grille, tubular-LED taillights, and large fenders lend to the sporty styling. It’s an attractive design from the front and profile. The rear end, however, is another story. The split rear window will get mixed opinions, but it stands out in a sea of similar crossovers.




But does the sporty design carry over into driving character? Mitsubishi didn’t invite us to Santa Monica for the beach, smoke-choked air, and famous pier. They set us up right next to the hills of Malibu, which provides some of the best twisting, climbing roads in America. Scenic canyon carving made up most of the drive. After driving the not-fun Outlander Sport, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, I couldn’t forget the brand’s sports car heritage. It takes guts to borrow the name of one of the iconic coupes of the 1990s and slap it on a crossover.

After cruising north on Pacific Coast Highway, we turned onto Topanga Canyon and the fun began. From the first turn-in, I knew this was no Outlander Sport. That’s a relief. As the twisty canyon road continued, I found some initial body roll, though plenty of grip followed—nothing extraordinary but one of the better-handling utes in the segment. In certain cornering situations, the Cross felt momentarily unsettled, but product planners took careful notes regarding our impressions of these preproduction models. Expect the Eclipse Cross to be tweaked before going on sale in March.

An all-new engine powers the Eclipse Cross—a 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo-four that produces 152 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. A CVT with eight simulated gears backs the engine and routes power to the front wheels (only in the base trim) or to Mitsubishi’s S-AWC all-wheel-drive system. The powertrain provides plenty of power with decent throttle response for daily driving, but it feels a bit shy on torque. It’s a definite improvement over the 2.4-liter I-4 found in the Outlanders.

The AWD system did a fine job providing grip coming out of corners, but like most AWD crossovers, understeer quickly ruins the party (or saves your butt). Not watching the road because of the beautiful scenery, I found out that the Eclipse Cross does well under quick trail-braking. I have no complaints about the brakes—the power, feel, and travel is acceptable for a crossover.

The Eclipse Cross comes equipped with Mitsubishi’s best-ever budget-minded interior. It’s not the best in class, but it’s much better than those in the Outlander and Outlander Sport. Most noticeably, Mitsubishi designers created a much quieter interior. The steering wheel and some of the switchgear are shared with the Outlanders, but overall, the quality is much better. The new-to-Mitsubishi touchpad did a better job of navigating the infotainment system than expected.

The Eclipse Cross lineup consists of four trims. The base ES trim starts at $24,290 and comes standard with front-wheel drive. But the S-AWC system—with Auto, Snow, and Gravel modes—is available for $600; it’s standard on other trims. Standard features for the ES trim include 16-inch wheels, foglights, LED running lights, LED rear combination taillights, Bluetooth, automatic climate control, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, and a USB port. That’s pretty good out of the gate.








The LE trim adds black 18-inch wheels, SiriusXM radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and dual USB ports. It takes moving up to the SE trim to get standard blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and features such as heated front seats and keyless entry. LED headlights, a head-up display, and a multiview camera system are standard on the SEL trim.

The Eclipse Cross introduces a new service called Mitsubishi Connect, which consists of automatic collision notification, emergency services, and alarm notification, among other things. The Remote Services package can remotely start the crossover, adjust the climate settings, lock the doors, honk the horn, turn on the lights, find your car in a parking lot, and offer parental controls. It’s standard on the SE and SEL trims and free for two years—it’s $99 a year after that.

The Eclipse Cross’ biggest problem could be pricing. A $24,290 starting price is not that low, especially for a brand that is not known for superior build quality.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV on Summer Tires: When Electricity Meets Grip

By | December 11, 2017

Just two weeks into my new job at Motor Trend, I joined testing director Kim Reynolds at a meeting he arranged for members of the Orange County Tesla Owners Club to see the all-new and not yet released (at the time) Chevrolet Bolt EV. After the Tesla owners poked and prodded the Bolt and went for rides with Reynolds behind the wheel, he tossed me the keys and said to take it for a drive. I had no idea what to expect—I was new to EVs.

Turning onto the Pacific Coast Highway, I was immediately impressed with the Bolt’s instant power, quickness, quietness, and surprisingly, its handling. The heavy weight of the battery pack mounted low into the Bolt’s floor gives the hatchback a low center of gravity, resulting in very nimble and fun handling dynamics. This gave me enough confidence to plow through an empty corner at a high rate of speed as if I was driving a sports car. Bad idea! Still green behind the ears, I failed to factor one thing into the equation: tires. Unfamiliar with EVs at the time, I did not know about the low-resistance, hard tires that these vehicles usually come equipped with. In this case, the Bolt EV had Michelin Energy Saver A/S Selfseal Green X tires on. As I turned the wheel entering the corner, I was greeted by not only the unholiest of tire squealing noises but also a frightening amount of understeer.

After I returned the Bolt EV to Reynolds and gave him a PG version of what had just happened, it clicked—what if this car had high-performance summer tires on instead? Not only would grip significantly increase, but that dreaded high-pitch squealing that happens when low resistance tires lose grip should also vanish. When mentioning this to Reynolds, he quickly reminded me that EVs have low resistance tires for a reason, and grippy summer tires would negatively affect the Bolt’s driving range. I wanted to quantify that assertion. Fortunately for me, a few months later Chevrolet gave us the keys to our new long-term Bolt EV. After some convincing, we acquired a set of summer tires for the Bolt EV from Tire Rack—BFGoodrich G-Force Sport Comp-2 ultra-high-performance (UHP) tires—and strapped them on.

Driving Experience

Even before hitting the road with the newly installed BFGoodrich summer tires, I immediately appreciated one thing: the new look of the Bolt EV. The more aggressive-looking tread of the summer tires results in quite a cool look for the tall hatchback. Hitting the road with the newly installed ultra-high-performance tires, I noticed something new: tire noise, and lots of it. Compared to the factory tires, the summer tires are much louder. Once you get going, an obvious whirling sound enters the cabin, only getting louder with speed. If equipped, turn that Bose sound system up. Features editor Scott Evans, who chaperones our long-term Bolt EV, also noticed that “it seems especially noticeable because of how quiet EVs inherently are. I found it bothersome at first because the car was so quiet for the first six months, but I’m getting used to it. The quietness of the interior was a high point of the car for me, and it’s hard to give it up.”

Ride quality also takes a hit, but that’s to be expected because UHP tires have much firmer sidewalls when compared to the factory units. With the Michelin low-resistance tires on, the Bolt is comfortable and rides well, thanks to the cushy sidewalls. Evans also noticed the decreased ride quality. “It’s not brittle or harsh, but it’s much more like a serious sport sedan ride-wise than the everyday commuter it was,” he said. “With the quality of L.A.’s roads, this is a trade-off big enough to give me a bit of pause. Perhaps there’s a summer tire option with a taller sidewall?” A firmer ride might not bother some, but it’s something to consider depending on the quality of your local streets and highways.








With sound and ride quality out of the way, let’s get to the fun stuff. Handling and the overall fun-to-drive factor have increased tenfold. When wanting to drive spiritedly, the Bolt’s factory tires were very limiting in two ways: lack of grip and fear of that dreadful tire squeal that low-resistance tires are known for. If the UHP summer tires were equipped when I took that fast turn on my first drive, there would have probably been zero understeer. When UHP tires lose traction, it is a much quieter and less annoying sound. Additionally, if you find yourself at a stop and turning in either direction in a hurry, expect tire slippage and squealing as soon as you crank the wheel and hit the throttle with the factory tires on (although this will not happen when accelerating quickly in a straight line).The UHP tires shine in the corners. A good example is on the many highway ramps in L.A., as Evans explains: “Just commuting, I notice it every day on the freeway cloverleaves. The stock tires gave up fairly quickly and made a lot of noise, especially when you tried to go to power as you unwind the steering wheel. Now, it turns in sharper, grips much better midcorner, and puts the power down while exiting.” The summer tires also allow the Bolt to enter a corner faster, brake later, and maintain a higher rate of speed through the corner, and it gives you a lot more confidence than you would normally have on the factory set of tires. Additionally, if you want to pass up that slow Prius on the street quickly,

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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Priced at $24,290 for Crossover Fans

By | December 4, 2017

During the Eclipse Cross’ North American debut, Mitsubishi announced pricing, power, and details on the new Mitsubishi Connect service. Mitsubishi’s new 1.5-liter turbocharged I-4 powers the Eclipse Cross and produces 152 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, less horsepower but more torque than the Outlander’s standard 2.4-liter naturally aspirated I-4 that is rated at 166 hp and 162 lb-ft. However, that is more power than rivals such as the Nissan Rogue Sport and the Honda HR-V. A CVT is the only transmission choice; front-wheel drive is standard on the base trim, but all others receive all-wheel drive.

With a starting price of $24,290, the Eclipse Cross starts only $500 under the larger Outlander and about $3,000 more than the similarly sized Outlander Sport. This was expected because the Eclipse Cross is supposed to fill the space between the Outlander and Outlander Sport. The Mitsubishi’s MSRP puts it above the Rogue Sport’s and HR-V’s starting prices. Trim levels include the base ES, LE, SE, and the top SEL trim.








The Eclipse Cross will be the first Mitsubishi vehicle to offer Mitsubishi Connect services. Like other connected services offered by other manufacturers, Mitsubishi’s is a subscription-based service. It offers a Safeguard package, which includes automatic collision notification, SOS emergency assistance, information assistance, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance, alarm notification, and a mileage tracker. The Mitsubishi Connect Remote services package works through a mobile device app and consists of remote climate control, remote door lock/unlock, remote horn, remote lights, a car finder, and parental controls.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be available in dealerships starting in March 2018 and will come with the automaker’s generous 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and five-year/60,000-miles new vehicle limited warranty.
























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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Starts at $24,290

By | December 1, 2017

During the Eclipse Cross’ North American debut, Mitsubishi announced pricing, power, and details on the new Mitsubishi Connect service. Mitsubishi’s new 1.5-liter turbocharged I-4 powers the Eclipse Cross and produces 152 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, less horsepower but more torque than the Outlander’s standard naturally aspirated 2.4-liter I-4 that is rated at 166 hp and 162 lb-ft. However, that is more power than rivals like the Nissan Rogue Sport and the Honda HR-V. A CVT is the only transmission choice and front-wheel drive is standard on the base trim but all others receive all-wheel-drive.

With a starting price of $24,290, the Eclipse Cross starts only $500 under the larger Outlander and about $3,000 more than the similarly sized Outlander Sport. This was expected because the Eclipse Cross is supposed to fill the space between the Outlander and Outlander Sport. The Mitsubishi’s MSRP puts it above the Rogue Sport and HR-V’s starting price. Trim levels include the base ES, LE, SE, and the top SEL trim.








The Eclipse Cross will be the first Mitsubishi vehicle to offer Mitsubishi Connect services. Like other connect services offered by other manufacturers, Mitsubishi’s is a subscription-based service that offers a Safeguard package that includes automatic collision notification, SOS emergency assistance, information assistance, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance, alarm notification, and mileage tracker. The Mitsubishi Connect Remote services package works through a mobile device app and consists of remote climate control, remote door lock/unlock, remote horn, remote lights, car finder, and parental controls.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be available in dealerships starting in March of 2018 and will come with the automaker’s generous 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and 5-year/60,000-miles new vehicle limited warranty.

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100K Club: 8 L.A. Auto Show Debuts That Cost at Least $100,000

By | December 1, 2017

Every auto show needs a list of high-dollar reveals, whether its large and luxurious sedans, very fast sports cars, or vehicles that can do both. The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show had some jaw-dropping debuts including the hyper-expensive AMG hypercar and the most powerful production Corvette ever. Even though many of us can’t afford $100,000+ vehicles, we can appreciate their looks, performance, and features for when we imagine driving them.


2019 Corvette ZR-1 Convertible

The most powerful production Corvette goes topless for the L.A. Auto Show. Chevrolet revealed the 2019 Corvette ZR1 convertible along with the North American debut of the ZR1 coupe. Under the hood is the familiar 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 but tuned to produce a whopping 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque. That’s 101 hp more than the Z06 and 117 hp more than the last (C6) ZR1. Chevrolet claims a top speed of 210 mph, making it the fastest production Corvette ever. With a curb weight of only 3,560 pounds (60 more for the convertible), it’s safe to say that the ZR1 will be an outrageous sports car. Although, what everyone is really waiting for is the upcoming mid-engine Corvette. The coupe starts at $119,995 and the convertible at $123,995.


















2019 BMW i8 Roadster

One of the coolest-looking plug-ins on the market just became even better with the addition of a roadster model. The BMW i9 Roadster made its debut at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show along with the updated i8 coupe. The Roadster’s soft top can open in less than 16 seconds and operates at speeds up to 31 mph. Unlike the 2+2 seating configuration in the coupe, the Roadster is only a two-seater. A new battery pack with an increased capacity of 11.6 kWh is now equipped offering an additional 12 hp and 18 miles of all-electric driving range (up from 15 miles). The 1.5-liter turbocharged I-3 engine still produces 228-hp and 236 lb-ft, and combined power output is now at 369 hp and 420 lb-ft. BMW claims the Roadster can hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, and the coupe can hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. Both models have an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. The coupe has a starting price of $146,395, and BMW tells us that the Roadster will be north of $150,000.









2018 BMW M5

BMW’s full-size sport sedan is back and more powerful than ever and with all-wheel-drive. The automaker’s xDrive AWD system routes 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque to the wheels, produced from a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8. However, an enthusiast-preferred two-wheel-drive mode is possible on this particular xDrive system. BMW claims the new M5 is the quickest M-vehicle ever and can hit 60 mph in a blazing 3.2 seconds (thank you, AWD) and reach the quarter mile in just 11.1 seconds. With the M Driver’s package, the M5 can reach a top speed of 189 mph. To help put all that power down properly, BMW revised the M5’s double-A-arm front suspension and five-link rear suspension, widened the track, thickened the anti-roll bars, and added a new steel X-brace. The optional Variable Damper Control system features electronically controlled shocks with three modes. BMW announced the starting price of $103,595 at the L.A. Auto Show.









AMG Project One

There are a few hypercars out in today’s market but none like the Mercedes-AMG Project One, an F1-derived hypercar. For starters, the hybrid powertrain consists of turbocharged V-6 with a very small displacement of just 1.6 liters—a similar unit used in the F1 race cars—and shares the same block and heads. Unlike the F1 version that revs to 13,500 rpm, the Project One’s engine still revs to a sky-high 11,000 rpm. A small electric motor mounted on the shaft of the turbocharged keeps the turbo spinning at all times for instant throttle response. A second motor mounted on the engine’s crankshaft delivers an additional 161 hp when extra power is needed. Two additional 161-hp electric motors are connected to the front wheels for a combined total system output of about 1,000 hp. According to AMG, the Project One will have a top speed greater than 217 mph and can hit 124 mph in less than 6 seconds, faster than the Bugatti Chiron. Expect a starting price of about $2.7 million for this exclusive hypercar.









2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo

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8 Cool Things About the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS

By | November 30, 2017

Mercedes saved the best for last at its Los Angeles Auto Show press conference. After showing the updated S-Class cabriolet, talking about its EQ electric vehicle brand, and the U.S. reveal of the AMG GT4 race car and AMG Project One hypercar, the German automaker’s the third-generation 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class made its debut. Beauty and style were commonly used adjectives during the presentation, but this four-door coupe is much more than that. Mercedes packed the CLS with a new straight-six engine and plenty of neat technology and luxury.


The New Inline-Six Engine

Mercedes-Benz finally brings back the straight-six engine after a long absence, making the automaker one of the few that still uses an inline-six engine. The 3.0-liter I-6 produces 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, thanks to a combination of turbocharging and a small electric motor. An integrated starter generator and a 48-volt onboard electrical system called the EQ boost assists the engine when accelerating by adding 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque for a short amount of time. Driving without the gasoline engine, or “sailing,” is possible, and the system supplies the battery with power through high-efficiency recuperation. This allows for improved fuel efficiency and plenty of immediate power.


Edition 1

A limited production Edition 1 model comes standard with the Copper Art interior concept that includes black pearl Nappa leather with copper-colored accents, copper-colored contrasting topstitching on the center console, seats, armrests, dashboard and door linings, and a unique diamond grille with matt chrome pins. Edition 1 badged floor mats and chrome lettering on the center console are also included. Based on the AMG line, the exterior features LED headlights, 19-inch multi-spoke AMG light alloy wheels in black, and Edition 1 lettering on the front fenders. An IWC analog clock with an exclusive face and a high-gloss black with chrome surround key fob are also included.


Neat Safety Tech   

The new 2019 Mercedes CLS is full of new safety tech from the S-Class, but here are just a few interesting ones. In the event of a lateral collision, the Pre-Safe Impulse Side feature will rapidly inflate the appropriate seat’s side bolster in an effort to move the passenger 2.75 inches away from the impact zone in order to help reduce the load of the accident. Pre-Safe Sound helps prevent hearing loss in the event of an accident by omitting a short interference signal that triggers the ear’s protective reflex called the stapedius reflex. The standard car-to-x communication (also referred to as V2V) system acts as a receiver and transmitter of warning messages and driving conditions from other vehicles, allowing drivers to “see” hazards much farther ahead. With the help of the Comand navigation system (if equipped), the route-based speed adaptation system will automatically reduce the CLS’ speed in anticipation of upcoming roads bends, junctions, roundabouts, toll booths, and exit roads. The Active Speed Limit assist automatically adjusts the vehicle’s speed when the identified speed limit changes.


It’s Now a Five-Seater

Unlike the previous two generations, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS is now a five-seater. Even though Mercedes designed the rear seats to have the same appearance as the front seats in order to create a single-seat impression, the new CLS does, in fact, have a middle seat. It might be small and not very noticeable, but it’s there.


Energizing Comfort   

This feature links many comfort systems together including climate control, the fragrance system, surface and steering wheel heating, lighting, music, and the seat’s heater, ventilation, and massaging functions to create a specific environment in the cabin. There are six settings that can be selected: Refresh/Freshness, Warmth, Vitality, Joy, Comfort/Well-Being, and Training (three training modes include muscle relaxation, muscle activation, and muscle balance). Each setting adjusts all comfort systems to the mood or needs of the driver and helps to increase driver performance and well-being, according to Mercedes.


Ambient Lighting (in the Air Vents)

Like many Mercedes-Benz vehicles, an impressive 64-color ambient lighting system is available and provides additional interior customization for the occupants at the touch of a button. On the 2019 CLS, the ambient lighting extends to the air vents, providing a high-tech and modern interior look. In addition, the ambient lighting in the air vents briefly changes to red (warner) or blue (colder) depending on how you adjust the climate control. This is one of many standard features in the redesigned CLS.


 Dual-Screen Cockpit

The highlight of the interior is the optional dual-screen cockpit, which consists of two 12.3-inch high-resolution screens (one in the instrument cluster and one in the center stack) that are merged together to form a very large widescreen display beneath a single continuous glass panel. The instrument panel screen displays crisp gauges and important reconfigurable driver information, and the center stack screen displays the latest version of Mercedes’ Comand infotainment system. The fully digital cockpit can be configured into three selectable styles: Classic, Sport, and Progressive. The two screens create quite a remarkable look in an already striking interior.














































































 

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Toyota FT-AC Concept Aims for Subaru’s Turf

By | November 30, 2017

Toyota, known for popular off-road vehicles such as the 4Runner, Land Cruiser, and the discontinued FJ Cruiser, is getting ready to venture into Subaru’s turf with its next off-roader, the Future Toyota Adventure Vehicle (FT-AC). Making its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show and building off the FT-4X concept from earlier this year, the FT-AC is a compact crossover that “is perfect for those outdoor enthusiasts who want to dial up the adventure on their weekend getaways.” This is not a rugged body-on-frame SUV but instead a capable crossover with some cool, unique features.

Just by looking at the concept, most will be able to see how this vehicle has been designed for off-road use, thanks to the large fender flares, skidplates, huge roof rack, all-terrain tires, and integrated bike rack. That’s right—the back of the FT-AC features a retractable bike rack integrated into the rear bumper. Even more impressive, the vehicle’s foglights can be removed and used for portable lighting; you can even attach them to your bike for a night ride.

The exterior mirrors feature integrated infrared cameras that can also be removed and mounted off of the vehicle. An integrated Wi-Fi hot spot automatically uploads the recorded footage to a cloud-based storage system, where it can be edited and then posted using a mobile device. The system also has the capability to livestream footage.

The large safari-style roof rack holds plenty of gear but also features front LED lights that provide extra visibility at night and can even act as a flash for the integrated cameras. Like the front LED lights, the rear-facing LED roof rack lights can assist during nighttime adventures and can be controlled using a mobile device. If you find yourself off the beaten path, a GPS system will help you get back on track.

Although still a concept, the FT-AC should come equipped with a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system, a variable terrain-response system, and the ability to lock any of the four wheels. We expect the crossover to be powered by a small turbocharged four-cylinder engine and likely an available hybrid powertrain. The concept is built around a long wheelbase with a wide track and is pictured in Prospect Green with Fortress Gray accents.

The FT-AC could be a preview to the upcoming redesigned RAV4 crossover. Or it could hint at an off-road crossover that is similar in size to the RAV4 but has a higher price tag thanks to its added capabilities.

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Toyota FT-AC Concept Wants You to Venture Off-Road

By | November 30, 2017

Toyota, known for popular off-road vehicles such as the 4Runner, Land Cruiser, and the discontinued FJ Cruiser, is working on its next off-roader, dubbed the Future Toyota Adventure Vehicle, or FT-AC. Making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show and building off the FT-4X concept from earlier this year, the FT-AC is a compact crossover that “is perfect for those outdoor enthusiasts who want to dial up the adventure on their weekend getaways.” This is not a rugged body-on-frame SUV but instead a capable crossover with some cool, unique features.

Just by looking at the concept, most will be able to see how this vehicle has been designed for off-road use, thanks to the large fender flares, skidplates, huge roof rack, all-terrain tires, and integrated bike rack. That’s right—the back of the FT-AC features a retractable bike rack integrated into the rear bumper. Even more impressive, the vehicle’s foglights can be removed and used for portable lighting; you can even attach them to your bike for a night ride.

The exterior mirrors feature integrated infrared cameras that can also be removed and mounted off of the vehicle. An integrated Wi-Fi hot spot automatically uploads the recorded footage to a cloud-based storage system, where it can be edited and then posted using a mobile device. The system also has the capability to livestream footage.

The large safari-style roof rack holds plenty of gear but also features front LED lights that provide extra visibility at night and can even act as a flash for the integrated cameras. Like the front LED lights, the rear-facing LED roof rack lights can assist during nighttime adventures and can be controlled using a mobile device. If you find yourself off the beaten path, a GPS system will help you get back on track.

Although still a concept, the FT-AC should come equipped with a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system, a variable terrain-response system, and the ability to lock any of the four wheels. We expect the crossover to be powered by a small turbocharged four-cylinder engine and likely an available hybrid powertrain. The concept is built around a long wheelbase with a wide track and is pictured in Prospect Green with Fortress Gray accents.

The FT-AC could be a preview to the upcoming redesigned RAV4 crossover. Or it could hint at an off-road crossover that is similar in size to the RAV4 but has a higher price tag thanks to its added capabilities.

Source: Toyota

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Land Rover Shows Off Updated 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography

By | November 29, 2017

Land Rover unveiled the refreshed 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The SVAutobiography’s 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 now pumps out 557 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, up from last year’s 550 hp and 502 lb-ft. Land Rover claims a very quick 5.2-second 0-60 mph time.

Not just made for performance, the long-wheelbase Range Rover features Executive Class Rear Seats that offer a healthy 46.8 inches of legroom, 22-way power adjustable seats with a hot stone massage function, 40-degree recline capability, and heated calf and footrests.

The center console extends to the rear seats and houses a refrigerator compartment capable of holding four 20-oz bottles. A control hub on the center console operates the new power close rear doors and power-deployable tables. Dual 10.0-inch rear monitors and 4G Wi-Fi connectivity should keep rear passengers entertained.

The Range Rover stays versatile with the standard Terrain Response off-road system and the available Power Deployable Veneered Loadspace Floor that makes loading and unloading cargo easier. The passenger-side rear seat can fold down in order to accommodate long items placed in the cargo area.

Inside, the SVAutobiography is available with a new seat design upholstered in Poltrona Frau leather, illuminated aluminum door sills with SVAutobiography script, two new exclusive veneers, five revised interior color combinations, and the new InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system that features two 10.0-inch touchscreen displays in the dashboard.

The exterior is differentiated by a unique grille design with chrome inserts, accents in a Bright Atlas finish, a unique rear bumper with integrated metal exhaust finishers, and a new 22-inch wheel design that is exclusive to the SVAutobiography.

All this speed and luxury comes at a steep price, $208,895 is the starting price for the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography. That’s not far from the V-12 powered Mercedes-AMG G65‘s starting price of $223,695 (the G63 starts at a much lower $142,795) but lower than the Bentley Bentayga’s price that starts north of $230,000.

Expect to see the luxuriously fast SVAutobiography in dealer showrooms in early 2018.




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The Redesigned 2018 BMW M5 Starts at $103,595

By | November 29, 2017

BMW announced the starting price for the redesigned 2018 BMW M5 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Breaching the six-figure mark, the powerful M5 will start at $103,595. That’s just under the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S sedan’s starting price of $105,395 and well above the Cadillac CTS-V’s base price of $87,490.

The sixth-generation M5 will be the first M5 to feature BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system, and fortunately for enthusiasts, the system has a two-wheel-drive mode. Under the hood is 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 churning out an impressive 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque and backed by an eight-speed automatic. That’s close to the E63 S’ 603 hp and 627 lb-ft produced from its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 but less than the Cadillac CTS-V, which makes 640 hp and 630 lb-ft from its 6.2-liter supercharged V-8.

BMW claims the 2018 M5 is the quickest M vehicle to date, hitting 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and finishing the quarter mile in 11.1 seconds. Also impressive is the claimed 189-mph top speed with the optional M Driver’s package. That tops the V-12-powered M760i, which hit 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and completed the quarter mile in 11.7 seconds in Motor Trend testing, making it the quickest BMW sedan we have ever tested.

The M5 comes standard with M compound brakes with blue six-piston front calipers and is available with M carbon-ceramic brakes with gold-painted calipers and larger front rotors. Helping keep the weight off is a carbon fiber reinforced polymer roof and a lightweight exhaust system.

Expect to see the 2018 BMW M5 on showroom floors in the spring of 2018.

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Land Rover Shows Off Updated 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography in L.A.

By | November 29, 2017

Land Rover unveiled the refreshed 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The SVAutobiography’s 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 now pumps out 557 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, up from last year’s 550 hp and 502 lb-ft. Land Rover claims a very quick 5.2-second 0-60 mph time.

Not just made for performance, the long-wheelbase Range Rover features Executive Class Rear Seats that offer a healthy 46.8 inches of legroom, 22-way power adjustable seats with a hot stone massage function, 40-degree recline capability, and heated calf and footrests. The center console extends to the rear seats and houses a refrigerator compartment capable of holding four 20-oz bottles. A control hub on the center console operates the new power close rear doors and power-deployable tables. Dual 10.0-inch rear monitors and 4G Wi-Fi connectivity should keep rear passengers entertained.

The Range Rover stays versatile with the standard Terrain Response off-road system and the available Power Deployable Veneered Loadspace Floor that makes loading and unloading cargo easier. The passenger-side rear seat can fold down in order to accommodate long items placed in the cargo area.

Inside, the SVAutobiography is available with a new seat design upholstered in Poltrona Frau leather, illuminated aluminum door sills with SVAutobiography script, two new exclusive veneers, five revised interior color combinations, and the new InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system that features two 10.0-inch touchscreen displays in the dashboard. The exterior is differentiated by a unique grille design with chrome inserts, accents in a Bright Atlas finish, a unique rear bumper with integrated metal exhaust finishers, and a new 22-inch wheel design that is exclusive to the SVAutobiography.

All this speed and luxury comes at a steep price, $208,895 is the starting price for the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography. That’s not far from the V-12 powered Mercedes-AMG G65‘s starting price of $223,695 (the G63 starts at a much lower $142,795) but lower than the Bentley Bentayga’s price that starts north of $230,000.

Expect to see the luxuriously fast SVAutobiography in dealer showrooms in early 2018.

Source: Land Rover

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Honda Recalls 800,000 Odyssey Minivans For Possible Seat Tipping

By | November 27, 2017

Honda has initiated a voluntary recall on approximately 800,000 previous-generation Odyssey minivans (2011-2017 model years) in the United States for second-row seats that could tip forward under braking if not properly latched. Honda will initially advise owners on the issue and repair the problem once a solution is approved.

The Problem: If a second-row seat is not properly latched after a side-to-side adjustment or after reinstalling a removed seat, the seat may tip forward under moderate to heavy braking and can potentially cause injury to the occupant. However, this will not happen if the seat is properly latched to the floor. Forty-six cases of minor injuries related to the problem have been reported to Honda.

The Fix: Honda is still investigating the issue and has yet to announce a repair. For the interim, Honda will mail out a notification to owners with detailed instructions on how to properly install and position the second-row seats and will post a video to owners.honda.com detailing the proper operation of the second row. Once a repair is approved, Honda will mail out a second notification advising owners to visit a local dealer in order to have the issue fixed free of charge.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Honda is recalling certain 2011-2017 Honda Odyssey minivans, and the issue potentially affects 806,936 units.

Source: Honda, NHTSA




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