Saturday, April 20, 2019

Kia Stinger GTS Coming This Spring


The special edition Stinger GTS, Kia’s highest performing sport sedan, available in either D-AWD or RWD and limited to production of 800 vehicles, is powered by a 365 horsepower 3.3-liter V6 twin turbo engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and is expected to start around $44,000 for RWD and around $46,500 for D-AWD (excluding destination and handling charges). Stinger GTS is expected this Spring.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Kia HabaNiro Concept Autonomous EV


The Kia HabaNiro concept is a fully-electric, all-wheel drive, four-seat compact crossover utility vehicle powered by two electric motors, fore and aft with an All Electric Range of more than 300 miles at level-five autonomous mode. When HabaNiro’s part-time level-five autonomous driving system is engaged the steering wheel and instrument panel retract forward to provide more room for the front occupants.

Volkswagen Tarok Concept


The Volkswagen Tarok concept is a compact pickup measuring 193.5 inches that can carry loads up to 73.2 inches long with a pickup bed that extends into the cab. The rear seats are unlocked and folded using a mechanism that is quick to operate. Alongside the Atlas, the Tarok concept is one of the largest MQB-based Volkswagen vehicles designed to date with a payload of 2,271 pounds. The Tarok is powered by a 147-horsepower 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive.

Lincoln Corsair Coming This Fall


The all-new Lincoln Corsair two-row SUV is powered by a standard 250 horsepower 2.0-liter engine or an available 280 horsepower 2.3-liter engine mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission and offers a choice of three new Lincoln interiors: Beyond Blue, with its vivid blue and white palette, Cashew, a rich tan and black blend, and Medium Slate, a soft gray with touches of Ebony. Drive modes are: Normal, Excite, Slippery, Deep Conditions and Conserve. The all-new Corsair will be built at Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, arriving in dealerships this Fall.

2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD Diesel Available Now


The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD featuring the 168 horsepower Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter sequential twin turbocharged diesel engine delivering an EPA estimated 27 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 28 mpg overall is available now for $42,045 (including $1,045 for destination and delivery), and comes in Jet Black, Snowflake White Pearl, Soul Red Crystal and Machine Gray Metallic colors.

2020 Toyota Highlander Arrives In December


The fourth-generation three-row 2020 Toyota Highlander, 2.36 inches longer than before, offers a  295-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a Direct Shift 8-speed automatic transmission or the new-generation 240 horsepower hybrid powertrain with a 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. The gas version has a manufacturer-estimated 22 MPG combined fuel economy and the Hybrid 34 MPG combined fuel economy. Trim levels are a new L grade, then layering amenities and technology in LE, XLE, Limited and the top-of line Platinum. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 comes standard and includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beam, Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, with Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Parking Support Braking and Intelligent Clearance Sonar available depending on the model grade. On V6 models, the available towing package enables a 5,000-pound towing capacity. The 2020 Highlander also comes standard with ToyotaCare, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance, for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and 2 years of Roadside Assistance, regardless of mileage. The Highlander gas model will arrive in December 2019 and the Highlander Hybrid in February 2020.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

2020 Subaru Outback Goes On Sale This Fall


The all-new 2020 Subaru Outback in its sixth-generation offers a 260 horsepower 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine or the standard naturally aspirated 182 horsepower 2.5-liter BOXER engine, with direct injection, paired with a Lineartronic CVT featuring an 8-speed manual mode function. The 2.4-liter turbo delivers a 3,500-lb. towing capacity, while the 2.5-liter provides more than a 600-mile range on a single tank. Manufacturer’s estimated fuel economy is 26/33 mpg city/highway for the 2.5-liter and 23/30 mpg city/highway. The 2020 Outback has as standard the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Active Torque Vectoring, Vehicle Dynamics Control and X-MODE with Hill Descent Control. Pricing for the 2020 Outback will be announced closer to this Fall’s on-sale date.

Mercedes-Benz GLS Will Be Longer When It Arrives By Year's End


The new Mercedes-Benz GLS, with a 2.4 inch longer wheelbase than its predecessor, is the largest SUV from Mercedes-Benz, coming in both the GLS 580 4MATIC with a 483 horsepower electrified V8 engine featuring EQ Boost, a 48-volt onboard electrical system with an integrated starter generator, and the GLS 450 4MATIC powered by a 362 horsepower 3.0-liter inline-6 turbo engine with EQ Boost. Both engines are mated to a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. The seats in the third row are fully-fledged seats that are suitable for people up to 6.4 feet tall, are heated for the first time and can be lowered into the floor to increase the trunk space, while the second row seats fold flat. The Executive Rear Seat Package includes a 7-inch Android tablet in its own docking station in the second row's larger luxury center armrest. The center console also offers a wireless charging compartment for smartphones and additional USB ports. The all-new Mercedes-Benz GLS will go on sale in the U.S. by the end of the year.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Coming In October


The all-new eighth-generation 2020 Hyundai Sonata offers a 191 horsepower 2.5 GDI engine (with an expected combined EPA estimated fuel economy of 33 mpg) and a 1.6 T-GDI engine, both mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Advanced Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go and optional Highway Driving Assist. Production of the 2020 Sonata starts in September at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and retail sales begin in October.

2020 Hyundai Venue Arrives In The 4th Quarter


The all-new 2020 Hyundai Venue, the most affordable Hyundai SUV, is powered by a 1.6-liter engine with 6-speed manual or Smartstream IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission) and estimated to deliver up to 33 miles per gallon (City/Highway combined). Venue offers Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Driver Attention Warning and Rear Collision Cross-Traffic Warning. Venue will be built in Ulsan, Korea and will arrive in Hyundai dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year.

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Debuts In New York


The 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO is powered by a 600 horsepower 3.8-liter V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. Carbon fiber exterior parts have resulted in a total weight savings of 23 pounds in addition to nearly 44 pounds of reductions from other upgrades and new components.

2019 Porsche 911 Speedster Concept Coming Later This Year


The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept, derived from the 911 GT3 models, is powered by a naturally-aspirated 502 horsepower 4.0 liter flat-six engine available exclusively with a GT Sport six-speed manual transmission, and goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds to a top track speed of 192 miles per hour. The 2019 911 Speedster is planned to be available for order on May 7th and is expected to reach U.S. dealers in late this year.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

All-New Third-Generation 2020 Nissan Versa


The all-new third-generation 2020 Nissan Versa is powered by a 122 horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with the Xtronic transmission or a 5-speed manual. Standard in the 2020 Versa is remote keyless entry, push button start and power windows. Features like heated front seats, Automatic Climate Control, Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM are also availablealong with Nissan Safety Shield 360 that helps provide front, side and rear safety monitoring and intervention technologies. Standard safety features include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning and High Beam Assist. Available equipment includes Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intelligent Driver Alertness and Intelligent Cruise Control.

2019 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition


The new 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition customizes Classica roadster models with dark exterior and interior accents that create a sporty appearance for $995 on top of the starting price of $25,190. Interior features include matte gray accents, Urbana leather/microfiber seats along with a wrapped instrument cluster hood and instrument panel. The Urbana Edition will offer another option for Fiat 124 Spider Classica, Lusso and performance-tuned Abarth customers. The roadster comes standard with a 164 horsepower 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine available with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission.

2019 Audi TT RS Starting At $67,895 This Spring


The 2019 Audi TT RS, powered by a 394 horsepower 2.5-liter TFSI® turbocharged five-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, is refreshed with redesigned front and rear fasciae, enhanced technology offerings and additional packages and trims, providing drivers increased personalization options. Tech updates for 2019 include standard Audi phone box, which not only charges compatible smartphones wirelessly, but can also connect compatible phones with the vehicle’s antenna to help optimize signal.The refreshed 2019 TT RS will join the Audi Sport model line this Spring starting at $67,895 (including $995 destination charge).

Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Coming Late This Year


The new Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 four-door coupe is powered by a 302 horsepower 2.0L Inline-4 turbo engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and variable all- wheel drive. The AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs are "Slippery,""Comfort,""Sport,""Sport +"and "Individual"enable a wide range of vehicle characteristics from comfortable to dynamic. The CLA 35 also comes with voice control, activated with the words "Hey Mercedes" and recognizes and understands nearly all sentences from the fields of infotainment and  vehicle operation, even if they are expressed indirectly. Customers can choose "Classic", "Sport"and "Supersport" fully digital instrument cluster AMG display styles. The new Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 will be available in U.S. dealerships starting late 2019.

2020 Lexus RC F Coupe Starts At $64,750 Soon


The 2020 Lexus RC F coupe, powered by a  472 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine, is lighter due to the removal of excess aluminum on the underside of the manifold, a smaller compressor for the air conditioning system and a redesigned carbon fiber and aluminum bumper reinforcement. Pricing for the 2020 RC F starts at $64,750 not including destination. The 2020 RC F Track Edition starts at $96,650 not including destination. Both the 2020 Lexus RC F and the RC F Track Edition (pictured above) have started production and will be available at dealers soon.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

2020 Ford Escape Unveiled


The completely redesigned new 2020 Ford Escape will be powered by one of two EcoBoost® engines or the all-new hybrid powertrains that targets an EPA-estimated range of at least 400 miles per tank with the standard front-wheel drive hybrid getting an estimated range of more than 550 miles. There's a new 250 horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, available on the Titanium model and when properly configured, rated to tow 3,500 pounds. The all-new 180 horsepower 1.5-liter EcoBoost is standard on S, SE and SEL, and when properly configured, rated to tow 2,000 pounds. The SE Sport and Titanium models come standard with Ford’s fourth-generation hybrid propulsion system, which includes an all-new 198 horsepower 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle hybrid engine and electronic continuously variable transmission. The plug-in hybrid variant, available on every trim level except S and SE Sport, projects a range of at least 30 miles in electric-only mode. Escape comes standard with Ford Co-Pilot360™, and offers driver-assist features such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane-Centering.

2020 Toyota Yaris


The 2020 Toyota Yaris, offered in mono-spec LE and XLE grades, has a wheelbase nearly 2.4 inches longer than the previous Yaris Liftback model and powered by a 106 horsepower 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine mated to a 6-Speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode that delivers an estimated 40 MPG highway fuel economy. The 2020 Yaris Hatchback comes equipped as standard with a Low-speed Pre-collision Safety System scaning the road ahead for potential vehicle collisions. Also standard is a Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist and Brake Override System.

The Yaris Adventure subcompact pickup version with a 52.3-inch bed has a payload of 297 lbs., will make its debut in its native environment of the 2019 New York International Auto Show.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Arriving This Month


The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, powered by a 268 horsepower 2.0-liter TSI® engine paired with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, starts at $36,840 (including $995 destination fee). The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon will be available in SE, SEL, and SEL Premium trim levels with 4Motion all-wheel drive available on every trim level.  The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon with eight airbags, including knee airbags for front passengers, and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is expected to arrive at U.S. Volkswagen dealers this month.

2020 Mercedes-AMG A 35 Sedan


The new 2020 Mercedes-AMG A 35 Sedan rides on a 107.4 in wheelbase and is powered by a 302 horsepower 2.0L four-cylinder turbo engine mated to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-Speed Transmission riding on the AMG suspension with the variable AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs that change the response of the engine and transmission from comfortable to dynamic are "Slippery", "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport +" and "Individual".

2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupes Coming This Fall


The new 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is powered by a 335 horsepower 3.0-liter mono-turbo V6 and the Cayenne Turbo Coupe by a 541 horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine and comes with a large panoramic fixed glass roof and is also available with a carbon fiber roof as an option. Rear passengers sit 1.18 inches lower than in the Cayenne for plenty of headroom. All Cayenne Coupe models will come standard with the Sport Chrono Package and eight-way Sport Seats in the front. The new Porsche Cayenne Coupe starts at $76,550 (including $1,250 for delivery, processing and handling) and the Cayenne Turbo Coupe at $131,350 when they arrive in U.S. showrooms for the 2020 model year in the Fall of 2019.

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Coming Late This Year


The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe, powered by a new 255 horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo engine is the next generation, redesigned SUV that will go on sale in the U.S. by late 2019. Driver assist features include Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC® and Active Steering Assist to keep a safe distance and steer while Active Brake Assist automatically brakes if the driver fails to see oncoming traffic. The redesigned GLC Coupe will celebrate its World Premiere at the New York International Auto Show in a few weeks.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Tesla Model Y Seven Passenger SUV Coming Next Year


The Tesla Model Y, a fully electric, 7 passenger, all-wheel drive SUV with a 280 mile (EPA est.) range is capable in rain, snow, mud and off-road and comes with an expansive all-glass roof. All new Tesla cars come wit full self-driving capability, enabling automatic driving on city streets and highways pending regulatory approval, as well as the ability to come find you anywhere in a parking lot. Emergency braking, collision warning and blind-spot monitoring come standard on the Model Y, which is capable in rain, snow, mud and off-road, has an expansive all-glass roof. Each second row seat folds flat independently, creating flexible storage for skis, furniture, luggage and more. The liftgate opens to a low trunk floor for easy loading and unloading. Standard range production is expected to begin early 2021 with prices starting at $42,700.

Mercedes-AMG GT 53 Starts At $99,995 Now


Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4-door coupe is powered by an AMG-enhanced 429 horsepower 3.0L Inline-6 Turbo Engine with EQ Boost and Electric Auxiliary Compressor that utilizes stored electric power from the 48V battery through an Integrated-Starter-Generator, a powerful electric motor that combines the functions of a starter and an alternator. GT 53 features include: AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9- Speed transmission, AMG Performance 4MATIC+ fully variable All-Wheel Drive, AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive modes, AMG Ride Control Sport Suspension and electronically-deployable rear spoiler. The GT 53 4-door coupe will start at $99,995 (including $995 destination and delivery charge). The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 Coupe with a 577 horsepower 4.0L V8 biturbo engine starts at $137,495 and the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S Coupe with a 630 horsepower 4.0L V8 biturbo engine starts at $159,995.

2020 Cadillac XT6 3-Row Crossover Arrives This Month


2020 Cadillac XT6 three-row crossover, powered by a 310 horsepower 3.6L V6 engine matched with a nine-speed automatic transmission, featuring direct injection, Active Fuel Management and Stop/Start technologies with a starting price of $53,690 (including destination charge), for the Premium Luxury FWD model. The lineup also includes the XT6 Sport, with standard Sport Control AWD, which starts at $58,090. Features include HD Rear Vision Camera with Remote Wash, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Front and Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Safety Alert Seat, and Rear Seat Reminder. Cadillac will begin accepting orders of the 2020 XT6 this month.

2020 Hyundai Sonata On Sale Soon


The eighth-generation 2020 Hyundai Sonata four-door-coupe is lower, wider and longer than its predecessor and offers an array of features, such as Hidden Lighting Lamps. The new generation Sonata is scheduled to go on sale later this month. 

Cadillac CT5 Sedan Debuts At New York Show In April


Cadillac's first-ever CT5 sedan, offered in Luxury and Sport models, is powered by either a 2.0L Turbo and available 3.0L Twin-Turbo engine paired to a standard 10-speed automatic transmission. More to come at next month's New York International Automobile Show.

Lagonda All-Terrain Concept


The Lagonda All-Terrain Concept is a near future study that continues the evolution of a design language that could be seen in production Lagonda models as soon as 2022.

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV


Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV powered by 201 horsepower motor with 100 kWh capacity delivers a range of up to 249 miles and with rapid charging enables a range of 62 miles within just fifteen minutes. The Concept EQV, with a top speed of 99 mph,  is a fully-electric vehicle concept which can easily be converted to a 7 or even 8-seater with the addition of individual seats or seat benches. By 2022 the whole Mercedes-Benz Portfolio, from the compact car to the large SUV, is planned to be electrified.

Mazda CX-30 Coming This Summer


The Mazda CX-30 compact crossover SUV, the second model in its new-generation lineup, will be rolled out to global markets, with sales starting from Europe this summer.

Monday, March 4, 2019

First-Ever 2020 BMW X3 M SAV and 2020 BMW X4 M SAV Coming Soon


The first-ever 2020 BMW X3 M Sports Activity Vehicle and the first-ever 2020 BMW X4 M Sports Activity Coupe (shown above) are powered by a 473 horsepower 3.0 liter 6-cylinder M TwinPower Turbo engine, or an available 503 horsepower engine in the Competition versions and mated to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic and three shift modes. Both the X3 M and X4 M accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, while the Competition models hit the 60 mph mark in 4.0 seconds. The top speed of all models is electronically limited to 155 mph. If the optional M Driver’s Package is specified, the limit rises to 174 mph for the X3 M and X4 M and up to 177 mph for the Competition models. Standard equipment consists of Cruise Control with braking function along with Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, while Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and distance information and the Driving Assistant (including Speed Limit Info, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Collision Prevention, Lane Change Warning and Lane Departure Warning) can be specified as options. Driving Assistant Plus includes the Steering and lane control assistant, the Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection, the evasion aid and the Crossroads warning, Wrong-way warning and Front Cross Traffic Alert. There's Parking Assistant Plus for maneuvering into parking spaces. Production begins in April 2019.

Volkswagen ID. BUGGY Shown In Geneva


The Volkswagen ID. BUGGY, the next member of the ID. concept family, uses a modular electric drive matrix chassis integrating a 62kWh lithium-ion battery into the floor and a 201-horsepower electric motor in the rear to give it an expected range of 155 miles on the WLTP cycle. The concept car sprints from zero to 62 mph in 7.2 seconds to a maximum electronically controlled speed of 99 mph. While the ID. BUGGY concept car is a pure 2-seater, it can also be converted to a 2+2-seater and an additional electric motor could be added to the front axle in order to make four-wheel drive possible. The open concept car is 160.0 in long, 74.4 in wide and 57.6 in high with a 104.3 in wheelbase and 9.4 in ground clearance.