Thursday, September 12, 2019
The all-new Cadillac CT4 sport sedan, built on Cadillac’s RWD sedan architecture with all-wheel drive available on all models, is powered by a 237 horsepower 2.0L Twin-Scroll Turbo engine, with three-step sliding camshaft technology along with Active Fuel Management and automatic stop/start, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Cadillac’s new 309 horsepower 2.7L Dual-Volute Turbo engine is available on Premium Luxury and is standard on the with CT4-V rated at 325 horsepower matched with a 10-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Precision Shift. Super Cruise driver assistance, available in calendar year 2020, enables customers to drive hands-free on more than 200,000 miles of compatible highways in the U.S. and Canada, using LiDAR map data, high-precision GPS, a state-of-the-art driver attention system and a network of camera and radar sensors. The driver attention system helps keep drivers engaged by detecting and signaling when drivers need to pay more attention to the road. The 2020 Cadillac CT4 will be available for ordering later this year. Pricing and additional information will be announced closer to the start of regular production.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS, a fully-electric vehicle showing off the futuristic design for EQ models from Mercedes-Benz, has a combined output of over 469 horsepower accelerating this show car from 0-60 mph in under 4.5 seconds with a range of up to 435 miles (according to WLTP). Assuming a charging performance of 350 kW, the show car recharges the battery to 80% in less than 20 minutes.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
The new 2020 Land Rover Defender, in S, SE, HSE, First Edition and Defender X trim levels with Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban accessory packs, is available in 90 and 110 body designs, with up to six seats in the 90 and the option of five, six or 5+2 seating in the 110. U.S. customers will be able to choose between the P300 with a 296 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, or the P400 with a 395 horsepower inline six-cylinder Mild-Hybrid Electric Vehicle powertrain paired with an eight-speed ZF® automatic transmission and twin-speed transfer box, to provide a set of low-range ratios essential for towing or off-road driving when more control is required. The maximum towing capability is 8,201-lbs and a maximum static roof load is 661lbs. The Defender 110 will be priced from $50,925 (including $1,025 destination and delivery charges) in the U.S. and will go on sale in Spring 2020. The Defender 90 body style will be available later in 2020.
The all-new 2020 Hyundai i10, the brand's European city car that debuted in 2008 and is designed, developed and made in Europe, is also the fourth Hyundai model after the i30, i30 Fastback and Tucson to be launched with the high-performance sub-brand N Line version. The All-New i10 N Line offers a 100 horsepower 1.0-liter T-GDi 3-cylinder or 83 horsepower 1.2-liter MPi 4-cylinder engine mated to a five-gear manual transmission. The All-New i10 N Line will be available in Europe in summer 2020.
Volkswagen ID.3 1ST fully electric vehicle, offered in Basic, Plus and Max trim levels, is driven by a 201 horsepower permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor including power electronics and transmission, which have been integrated into the rear axle with a range up to 261 miles. With DC charging, it is possible to recharge enough energy to cover a range of 180 miles within 30 minutes. Volkswagen will offer a guarantee of eight years or 100,000 miles on ID.3 batteries. (All metric numbers have been converted.)
Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e 4MATIC EQ Power mid-size SUV with 315 system horsepower combining a 208 horsepower in-line 4 cylinder gas engine with Mercedes-Benz third-generation plug-in hybrid technology producing an increased all-electric range (NEDC electric range approx. 28-30 miles; EPA electric range TBA). The new on-board charger more than doubles the charging capacity from 3.6 kW to 7.4 kW. The redesigned Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e will go on sale in the U.S. in the first half of 2020. By the end of 2019, Mercedes-Benz will have more than ten plug-in hybrids available globally with an aim of over 20 model variants in 2020.
The Porsche Taycan fully-electric four-door sports sedan will roll out as the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo with the flagship Turbo S version able to generate up to 750 horsepower in combination with Launch Control and overboost for a zero to 60 mph of 2.6 seconds, while the Taycan Turbo can produce up to 670 horsepower for a 3.0 second zero to 60 time to a top speed of 161 mph. The EPA range estimate for North American market is pending for both vehicles. Driving modes available include “Normal”, “Sport”, “Sport Plus”, and “Range” and individual systems can be configured as required in the “Individual” mode. The Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts instead of the commonly used 400 volts for electric cars. Less powerful variants of these all-wheel drive vehicles will follow this year, and the first derivative to be added will be the Taycan Cross Turismo at the end of next year. The Taycan was shown as the Mission E concept and discussed last Fall at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
2020 Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid is powered by a 3.3-liter hybrid engine mated to an all-new 10-speed modular hybrid transmission with up to 5,000 pound towing capacity. With an 18-gallon fuel tank the rear-wheel drive model has EPA-estimated range of over 500 miles with ratings of 27 mpg city/29 mpg highway/28 mpg combined and the four-wheel drive-equipped vehicle has a range of over 450 miles with ratings of 23 mpg city/26 mpg highway/25 mpg combined.
The 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo is now powered by a 434 horsepower 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine mated to a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission and Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive that boosts acceleration by 0.3-second versus the predecessor model enabling a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds to a top track speed of 167 mph, an increase of 3 mph. The same engine is also used in the Cayenne and Panamera model lines and replaces the 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 used in the previous Macan Turbo. Standard equipment now includes Porsche Surface Coated Brakes, which offer an improvement in both stopping power and aesthetics over the brakes of the preceding model. Porsche Active Suspension Management dampers are also standard equipment. Optional height-adjustable air suspension with optimized rolling pistons and new shock absorber hydraulics, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus and the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake are available as extra-cost options. The 2020 Macan Turbo is expected to reach U.S. dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2019. The starting MSRP will be $84,950 (including $1,350 for processing, delivery and handling).
The new 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe, with a 2.4 in shorter wheelbase than its SUV sibling, is powered by a 429 horsepower 3.0- liter six-cylinder in-line engine with 48-volt technology, variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all- wheel drive mated to a AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed automatic transmission. The GLE 53 Coupe has "Slippery", "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport+" and "Individual" drive programs and "Trail" and "Sand" off-road-specific settings.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
The new 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 is powered by a 302 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 8-speed transmission feeding the variable AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive. Acceleration from 0-60 mph takes 5.1 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. The standard RACE START function remains active while the accelerator is kept fully depressed. The Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs enable a variety of driving experiences. The 2021 AMG GLB 35 will celebrate its World Premiere at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month, and will go on sale in the U.S. by late 2020.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Austrian engineer and automotive executive Ferdinand Karl Piëch, grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, former head of Audi, chairman of the executive board (1993-2002) and chairman of the supervisory board (2002-2015) of Volkswagen Group, passed away August 25th at the age of 82 (pictured left in 2009). Piëch gained notoriety for the development of many vehicles including the Porsche 911, Audi Quattro and Bugatti Veyron. Piëch was named the Car Executive of the Century in 1999, was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2014, and in his personal life fathered 12 children with four different women. It was an honor meeting such a car legend at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV will now offer an EPA-estimated 259 miles of range on a full charge, a 21-mile increase over previous model years. Actual range will vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain, battery age and vehicle use and maintenance. The 2020 Bolt EV will arrive in dealerships later this year with a starting MSRP of $37,495 (including destination and freight charges, excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees).