Saturday, September 22, 2018
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition, the first limited-edition model based on the all-new Jeep Wrangler, is based on the Wrangler Sahara model and features Rubicon hood and steel bumpers with removable end caps, 32-inch mud-terrain tires, LED headlights and tail lights, a Moab decal on the hood and 17-inch Rubicon wheels painted in Low-Gloss Black. Standard features include Selec-Trac full-time two-speed transfer case, Passive Keyless Entry, Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential, 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen with navigation, a nine-speaker premium Alpine sound system and all-weather slush mats. The Jeep® Wrangler offers a 285 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and an all-new 270 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine matched to either a six-speed manual transmission or available eight-speed automatic.
The 2019 Subaru BRZ sport coupe is powered by a 205 horsepower 2.0-liter SUBARU BOXER engine mated to a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The BRZ Premium rear wheel drive sports car begins at just $200 more than last model year at $26,680 (including $885 destination and delivery charge). The 2019 Subaru BRZ will be offered in Premium, Limited and new Series.Gray trim levels when it arrives at retailers this Fall.
Friday, September 21, 2018
The 2019 Nissan LEAF, in its second-generation, has a 150-mile driving range at a starting price of $30,885 for the LEAF S (including $895 destination and handling charge), with pricing for all three trim levels unchanged from 2018. For 2019, Nissan LEAF adds standard Rear Door Alert, as described in previous articles on Nissan vehicles. Available technology includes standard e-Pedal, Automatic Emergency Braking, automatic on/off headlights, Nissan Intelligent Key™ with Push Button Start and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System. Every 2019 Nissan LEAF is offered with a limited warranty covering defects in materials or workmanship for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first, for the lithium-ion battery pack.
The 2019 Genesis G70 now on sale in six trim levels with either a 252 horsepower 2.0T inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine or a 365 horsepower 3.3T V-6 twin-turbocharged engine with a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters & rev match, starts at $35,895 (including $995 destination charge).
The BMW iNEXT, a new technology flagship, is slated to begin production in 2021 to set the stage for the BMW Group to offer 25 models with electrified drive systems, 12 of which will be pure-electric by 2025. BMW Vision iNEXT, taking in the possibilities of autonomous mobility, will allow future drivers to choose to either drive themselves (in “Boost” mode) or be driven (“Ease” mode). “Boost” mode uses the electric drive system to deliver a highly dynamic and virtually silent driving experience with zero emissions. In “Ease” mode, the vehicle offers the driver and passengers a space in which to engage in a wide range of activities.
The 2019 Nissan Versa Note hatchback in S, SV and SR. Versa Note SR trim levels, is powered by a 109 horsepower1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, matched with a next-generation Nissan Xtronic transmission, helping achieve up to 39 miles per gallon highway fuel economy. A late 2018 model year update saw the addition of standard RearView Monitor and 7.0-inch color audio system touchscreen display. The Versa Note starts at $16,545 (including $895 destination and handling charge) now at Nissan dealers nationwide.
The all-new 2019 BMW Z4 M40i First Edition Roadster, 3.3 inches longer, 2.9 inches wider and 0.5 inches taller over its predecessor, is powered by a 382 horsepower 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line engine while the BMW Z4 sDrive30i has a 255 horsepower 2.0 liter four-cylinder TwinPower Turbocharged motor, both equipped with a standard eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel. The seventh generation of the iDrive comprises a high-resolution digital 12.3” instrument cluster display behind the steering wheel and a 10.25” center display diagonally across. The 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Roadster will arrive in March of 2019, and the 2020 BMW Z4 M40i Roadster will follow.
The Audi e-tron five-seater, all-wheel drive electric mid-sized premium SUV is Audi's first fully electric production model and measures 193 inches long, 76.3 inches wide and 65.5 inches high. Two electric motors accelerate the e-tron from 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds to a top speed of 124 mph. When equipped with the tow package, the Audi e-tron has a maximum tow rating of 4000 lbs. The e-tron debuts a DC fast charging capability of up to 150 kW available at select high-speed public charging stations, this capability can deliver up-to an 80 percent charge in only approximately 30 minutes. For customers’ residential charging needs, a standard 9.6 kW AC capsule charger (Level 2, 240-volt/40 amps) is provided and designed to deliver a fresh charge overnight. The Audi e-tron is being will arrive in the US during the 2nd quarter of 2019 starting at $75,795 (including $995 destination and delivery charge). Customers are now able to configure their e-tron and reserve their vehicle with a fully refundable $1,000 reservation fee ahead of delivery in mid-2019.
The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder seven-passenger SUV, powered by a 284-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 with Direct Injection Gasoline™ system and Xtronic transmission os offered in 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive and a choice of S, SV, SL and Platinum trim levels and starts at $32,225 (including $995 destination and handling). All 2019 Pathfinder models have a Rear Sonar System, Automatic Emergency Braking and Rear Door Alert system, which can help remind customers of items that may be forgotten in the rear seat.
The 2019 Nissan Armada full-size, 8-passenger SUV, starting at $48,185 (including $1,395 destination and handling charge), is powered by a 390 horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 engine mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission with a towing capacity of 8,500 pounds for both 4WD and 2WD models (when properly equipped). All 2019 Armada models now feature Standard Rear Door Alert designed to help remind customers of items that may be forgotten in the rear seat like pets, valuables, dry cleaning, groceries and more. If the system detects that a rear door is opened prior to driving, and the customer does not open a rear door again at the end of the trip, the system can remind customers that something might be left in the rear seat. Also on the 2019 model is Standard Automatic Emergency Braking and Standard Intelligent Forward Collision Warning. The 2019 Armada is available SV, SL Platinum and Platinum Reserve grade levels and is on sale now.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Volkswagen of America will end production of the iconic Beetle in 2019. To celebrate the Beetle’s heritage, two special models will join the lineup for its last model year, Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL. All 2019 Beetle models, both convertible and coupe, are powered a 174 horsepower 2.0 liter TSI® engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and the EPA-estimated fuel economy rating is 26 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined. Pricing for the 2019 Beetle Final Edition coupe starts at $23,940 (including $895 destination charge) for SE models and $26,890 for SEL models. Beetle Convertible Final Edition pricing starts at $28,190 for SE models and $30,890 for SEL models.
The 2019 Nissan Rogue crossover, Nissan's top-selling model which is on sale now, starts at $25,795 (including $995 destination and handling charge) for the Rogue S front-wheel drive model and is powered by a 170 horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine matched with an advanced Xtronic transmission with standard Sport Mode and Eco switches. Rogue is available with an All-Wheel Drive system or front-wheel drive. Fuel economy is rated at 26 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined for front-wheel drive models. Rogue AWD models are estimated at 25 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLE has a 3.1 inch longer wheelbase than its predecessor with legroom in the second seat row increasing by 2.7 inches to 41.1 inches. The new Mercedes-Benz GLE will offer a 255 horsepower 2.0L Inline-4 turbo engine for the GLE 350 and GLE 350 4MATICand a new 362 horsepower 3.0L inline six-cylinder turbo engine with EQ Boost in the GLE 450 4MATIC. The Integrated-Starter Generator is responsible for functions such as EQ Boost and energy recuperation, while allowing fuel savings that were previously reserved for high-voltage hybrid technology. A camera in the overhead console registers movements of the driver's and front passenger's hands and arms so when a hand approaches the touchscreen or the Touchpad on the center console, the media display changes and individual, elements are highlighted. The system is able to distinguish the driver's hand from that of the front passenger, and therefore knows which seat the massage function is to be activated on, for example. The new Mercedes- Benz GLE will celebrate its World Premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October 2018 and will go on sale in the U.S. in 2019.
The 2019 Lexus UX 200 introduces a new169 horsepower 2.0 liter, four-cylinder engine coupled with a new 10-speed Direct Shift Direct Shift Continuously Variable Transmission while the all-wheel drive UX 250h pairs a 2.0 liter gas engine with a new fourth-generation hybrid drive system engineered specifically for this platform. The 2019 Lexus UX 200 will start at $33,025 (including $1,025 delivery, preparation & handling). The UX 250h will follow in January 2019 with a starting MSRP of $34,000*, adding all-wheel drive, increased power and better fuel efficiency, for only $2,000 more. The F SPORT package is available for both the UX 200 and UX 250h. Urban + X-over (crossover) = UX.
The new 2019 BMW X2 M35i featuring a 302 horsepower 2.0L TwinPower turbocharged engine comes standard with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive technology in conjunction with the 8-speed sport automatic transmission including Launch Control. The BMW X2 M35i is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. The new 2019 BMW X2 M35i goes into production in November for the U.S market.
The new BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance combines a model-specific in-line 286 horsepower 3.0-liter 6-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo engine with a 112 horsepower plug-hybrid drive for a system total of 394 horsepower. Its electrically powered range is now approximately 50 miles, almost three times that of its predecessor. The specs and information refers to European models coming next year while U.S. specific vehicle information will be finalized closer to market launch in 2020 as a 2021 model year.
The redesigned 2019 Hyundai Elantra, now in its sixth generation, is powered by either a 2.0L 4-cylinder or 1.4L Turbo GDI 4-cylinder engine, and starts at $17,985 (including $885 freight charges) for the SE model which is now equipped with rearview camera with five-inch color screen, Bluetooth handsfree phone connectivity, and steering wheel audio controls. The high-volume Elantra SEL is priced at $20,285. SmartSense technologies on the 2019 Elantra include: Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keep Assist, and Driver Attention Warning, which are all standard on the 2019 Elantra SEL trim and above.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
The new Mercedes-Benz EQC, the first Mercedes-Benz model launched under the new product and technology brand EQ and the first fully electric SUV from Mercedes-Benz, is powered by a dual motor electric drivetrain at each axle, with a combined output of 402 horsepower with an estimated electric range of around 200 miles. The EQC supports its driver with five driving programs through DYNAMIC SELECT, each with different characteristics: COMFORT, ECO, MAX RANGE, SPORT and INDIVIDUAL for an individually customizable program. Production of the EQC is set to begin in 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen on the same line as the C-Class Sedan and Wagon, GLC and GLC Coupe.
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL, formerly the long wheelbase three-row, seven-passenger Santa Fe, has a choice of a 185 horsepower 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder GDI engine or a turbocharged 235 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission. The SE FWD model starts at $31,830 (including $980 freight charges) for the SE FWD model.
The 2019 Nissan Frontier mid-size pickup, available in both King Cab and Crew Cab body styles and in 4x2 and 4x4 driveline configurations, along with a choice of a 261 horsepower 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine or a 152-horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine (King Cab only), starts at $19,985 (including $995 destination and handling). The five trim grades are an S (4-cylinder and V6), SV, PRO-4X (4x4 only), Desert Runner (4x2 V6 only) and SL (Crew Cab V6 only). The 2019 Nissan Frontier gets a standard 7.0-inch color audio display touchscreen for S and SV grades and is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide.
Friday, August 24, 2018
The all-electric Audi PB 18 e-tron concept (referring to both to the Pebble Beach venue for the premiere and to the technological DNA it shares with the LMP1 racing car Audi R18 e-tron) uses three electric motors, delivering up to 201 horsepower to the front axle and 603 horsepower to the rear with a maximum output of 670 horsepower, with boosting, the driver can temporarily mobilize up to 764 horsepower. The production version of this groundbreaking e-SUV, named Audi e-tron, will debut in September.
The 2019 Acura NSX is powered by a 573 horsepower Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® twin-turbocharged mid‑mounted V6 engine paired with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission. An electric Direct Drive Motor integrated with the engine and transmission supplements the engine with instantaneous electric torque. Containing two additional electric motors, the front-mounted Twin Motor Unit continuously varies torque, both positive and negative, to the left and right front wheels to enhance handling precision and cornering capabilities. The NSX's Integrated Dynamics System offers Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track modes. The 2019 model starts at $159,300 (including an $1,800 destination charge), an increase of $1,500 over the 2018 model with $4,700 in previously optional content now standard (4-way power sport seats, Satellite-Linked Navigation, ELS Studio® premium audio, proximity sensors and aluminum sport pedals). The 2019 NSX is available for order today with U.S. deliveries slated to begin in October.
The all-new 2019 BMW Z4 M40i First Edition comes with an updated version of BMW’s 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder engine, a BMW M tuned sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers, M Sport braking system and an electronically controlled M Sport rear differential. Full Z4 model details and specifications will be announced on September 18 and the all-new 2019 BMW Z4 30i will arrive in U.S. BMW Centers in Spring 2019 with the BMW Z4 M40i (including the First Edition) arriving in the second quarter.
The all-new 2019 GMC Sierra Denali, the flagship of the next-generation Sierra lineup, is powered by an available 420 horsepower 6.2L V-8 engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and offered as a crew cab has nearly 3 inches of additional rear-seat legroom compared to the previous model. The all-new Traction Select System allows drivers to choose from preset available drive modes that have been tailored for different terrain or weather conditions.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
The all-new 2019 Audi A6 is powered by an all-new 335 horsepower 3.0-liter TFSI® turbocharged V6 engine mated to a seven-speed S-tronic transmission, 30 pounds less than its predecessor. New for 2019, the A6 will come standard equipped with 48-volt Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle system under the rear cargo floor. Power is supplied from the 10Ah battery to a belt alternator starter. Also new for this year’s model is the all-new MMI touch response® system with MMI search based on free text input and natural voice control where drivers can speak requests such as, “I’m cold,” to which the A6 will respond with, “What temperature would you like to set the cabin to?” The A6 processes questions and commands through onboard stored data and information from the cloud. The all-new 2019 A6 starts at $59,895 (including the $995 destination charge).
The 2019 RS 5 Sportback five-door coupe with seating for five, is powered by a 444 horsepower 2.9 liter TFSI V6 biturbo engine coupled with eight-speed Tiptronic® transmission and quattro sport rear differential. Standard systems include Audi pre sense® basic, Audi pre sense city, Audi side assist, Audi pre sense rear with rear cross traffic assist, as well as available adaptive cruise control with stop & go and traffic jam assist, traffic sign recognition, Audi active lane assist and high beam assistant. New for 2019, for assistance in parking scenarios, the RS 5 Sportback also receives available Audi park steering assist that can automatically steer the car into detected parallel or perpendicular parking spaces using ultrasonic sensors located in the front and rear bumpers and on the sides. The RS 5 Sportback is coming to the U.S. market at the end of 2018 starting at $75,195 (including $995 destination charge).
Thursday, August 16, 2018
The 2019 Nissan Sentra, powered by a 124-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to an Xtronic transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission which is also available with the 130 horsepower Sentra S grade. The Sentra SR Turbo and Sentra NISMO feature a 188 horsepower 1.6-liter Direct Injection turbocharged engine. The Sentra NISMO offers a choice of 6-speed manual or specially tuned Xtronic transmission. For the 2019 model year, all Sentra grades (except Sentra S) receive standard NissanConnectSM with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Pricing starts at $18,685 (including $895 destination and handling) for the Sentra S with 6-speed manual transmission.
The refreshed 10th-generation 2019 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe include updated styling, a new Sport trim positioned between the LX and EX for both body styles and standard Honda Sensing® technology which includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ with Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation incorporating Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, and Adaptive Cruise Control. The Sport trim features a high-revving 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC VTEC® engine mated to either a smooth and efficient CVT with G-Shift Control or a slick-shifting 6-speed manual.