Thursday, October 3, 2019
The mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible, priced $7,500 more than entry 1LT Stingray coupe, is the first-ever hardtop Corvette convertible and is powered by the next-generation 495 horsepower 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine paired with Chevrolet’s first eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The two-piece top, powered by six electric motors, can be activated at speeds up to 30 mph and retract in as few as 16 seconds. A body-colored roof is standard, while Carbon Flash metallic-painted nacelles and roof are optional. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe goes into production at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly in late 2019, with the convertible following in late first-quarter 2020.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
The 3rd generation BMW X5 M Sports Activity Vehicle and X6 M Sports Activity Coupe are powered by a 600 horsepower twin-turbocharged S63 V8 engine with the Competition models producing 617 horsepower and mated to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with M shift paddles and offering both automatic and manual shift modes with three selectable levels of programming controlling shift speed and sharpness. Intelligent connectivity allows the M Steptronic to adapt its shift strategy according to the route and driving situation by working with the standard Navigation System and if equipped, combining this data with information from the Active Cruise Control system’s radar sensor to shift proactively to the correct gear for upcoming road conditions. Pricing begins at $106,095 for X5 M (including $995 destination fee), $115,095 for X5 M Competition, $109,595 X6 M and $118,595 for X6 M Competition. Market launch is set for Spring of 2020.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Scott Brown FCA Group PR West Manager takes us through the attributes of the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon that offers off-road capability with a body-on-frame design, front and rear five-link suspension system, solid axles and electronic lockers. The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon starts at $43,290 (including $1,495 destination charge) and is powered by either a 285 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine or a 270 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or available eight-speed automatic. The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon has an approach angle of 44 degrees, breakover angle of 27.8 degrees, departure angle of 37 degrees and a ground clearance of 10.9 inches and features next-generation Dana front and rear heavy-duty axles, off-road rock rails and the Rock-Trac NV241 two-speed transfer case with a 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio. Wrangler Rubicon also includes electric front and rear locking differentials and disconnecting front sway bar.
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Friday, September 27, 2019
The 2020 Dodge Charger SXT RWD, powered by the standard 292 horsepower Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 working with a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission delivers up to 30 mpg on the highway and starts at $31,390 (including $1,495 destination charge). Charger GT RWD, powered by a 300-horsepower Pentastar V-6 paired with the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, starts at $33,390. Charger SXT AWD, powered by the standard 292 horsepower Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 working with a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, starts at $35,090. Charger R/T, powered by a 370 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 mated to the standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, starts at $37,890. Charger Scat Pack, powered by a 485 horsepower 392 HEMI V-8 mated to the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, starts at $41,490.
Charger Scat Pack Widebody, powered by the 485 horsepower 392-cubic-inch HEMI V-8 engine mated to the TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission, starts at $47,490. Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, new for 2020, and powered by a 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V-8 starts at $71,140. The 717-horsepower Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition starts at $75,635.
2020 Dodge Charger models will start arriving in Dodge//SRT dealerships early in 2020.
The 2020 Nissan TITAN full-size pickup has been redigned and is powered by a 400 horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 gasoline engine mated with a new 9-speed automatic transmission with a larger final gear ratio. New all-LED lighting has been added to the pickup bed, while the rear exterior design includes new LED lights and tailgate finishers. Features include Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, standard Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Around View Monitor, Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Driver Alertness, Traffic Sign Recognition and Nissan’s Rear Door Alert. The 2020 TITAN, in King Cab and Crew Cab body configurations comes in S, SV, PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve trim levels and goes on sale in early 2020.
The 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid is powered by Honda's third generation 212 horsepower two-motor hybrid-electric powertrain comprised of a 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC® Atkinson-cycle engine with 40-percent thermal efficiency and an electric propulsion motor with 232 lb.-ft. of torque. New to the Accord Hybrid for 2020 is an updated Acoustic Vehicle Alert System warning of pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users whenever the car is operating on electric power only (unless in Park). Collision Mitigation Braking System™ with pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and Traffic Sign Recognition are standard. The 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid begins arriving in dealer showrooms tomorrow with a starting price of $26,400 (including $930 destination and handing).
2020 Hyundai NEXO fuel cell SUV, available in California, with 161 peak horsepower has an estimated driving range of 380 miles for the NEXO Blue model, and 354 miles for the Limited trim. NEXO Blue models have estimated MPGe of 65 city, 58 highway and 61 combined, while NEXO Limited models have an estimated MPGe of 59 city, 54 highway, and 57 combined. NEXO refueling time can be achieved in as little as five minutes. NEXO offers Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Following Assist, Driver Attention Warning, High Beam Assist and Remote Smart Parking Assist. RSPA enables NEXO to either autonomously park or retrieve itself from either a parallel or perpendicular parking space with or without a driver in the vehicle. The RSPA system can even autonomously back NEXO into a parking spot with a touch of a key fob button by the driver. For 2020, a newly-available cargo cover, front passenger window auto-up/down and rear privacy glass are now standard on Blue models.
The 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric SUV, the brand's first compact electric crossover for the U.S. market, is on an all-new CUV platform and will offer an enhanced premium navigation system and a battery warmer system. Powered by a 201 horsepower permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor supplied by a 64 kWh lithium-ion battery develops 291 lb.-ft. of torque distributed to the front wheels. The battery system is liquid-cooled and operates at 356 volts. The Kona Electric has a 258-Mile EPA-estimated range, with the EPA-estimated MPGe of 132 city, 108 highway, and 120 combined. Kona Electric battery is covered by Hyundai’s 10-year, 100K mile battery warranty.
The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder seven-passenger SUV, with either 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive in S, SV, SL and Platinum trim levels is powered by a 284 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 with Direct Injection Gasoline™ system and Xtronic transmission and standard maximum towing capacity up to 6,000 pounds starts at $32,675 (including $995 destination and handling).
The 2020 Nissan Armada full-size SUV, which adds a new 22" Wheel Package with 22x8-inch 14-spoke forged aluminum-alloy wheels and offers heated outside mirrors standard on all grade levels, is powered by a 390 horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 with standard 8,500-pound towing capacity in both 4WD and 2WD configurations. The 2020 Armada is available in SV, SL, Platinum and Platinum Reserve trim levels in 4x2 or 4x4 drive configurations, starts at $48,095 (including $995 destination and handling).
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.