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.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

2019 Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition Coming This Spring


The 2019 Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition SUV is a special value option package with dark 18-inch wheels with 255/60R18 all-season tires, black mesh grille, black roof rails, black door handles and outside rearview mirrors, black front and rear fascia accents, black molded overfenders and unique “Rock Creek” badging on the front doors. Interior changes include special Rock Creek Edition two-tone seating surfaces and badging, high contrast stitching on seats, door, console lid and steering wheel and premium metallic interior trim. Every Rock Creek Edition also features a standard trailer tow hitch and harness and splash guards. Both 4WD and 2WD Pathfinder models feature a 6,000-pound towing capability. It goes on sale this Spring with a package price of $995, a $1,315 savings (versus similar equipment priced separately).

Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition


The Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition will be limited to 3,000 units worldwide, including both soft-top and retractable hardtop models.

2020 Range Rover Evoque Starts At $43,465 This Spring


The next generation 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque compact luxury SUV, available in S, SE, R-Dynamic S, R-Dynamic SE and R-Dynamic HSE, with an additional First Edition model available for the first year only, will be powered by an all-new 48-volt 296 horsepower mild-hybrid (MHEV) powertrain available alongside a 246 horsepower Ingenium four-cylinder gasoline engine. The Range Rover Evoque is priced from $43,645 (including $995 destination/handling charge). The new Range Rover Evoque features ‘ClearSight Ground View’ technology designed to allow the driver to virtually see through the hood and under the front end of the vehicle by projecting a 180-degree view of the ground onto the vehicle’s upper touchscreen. The 2020 Range Rover Evoque will be on sale starting this Spring.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Arrives This Spring


The new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, powered by a 228 horsepower 2.0-liter TSI® engine mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an available seven- speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission. “Normal,” “Sport,” “Eco,” and “Custom” driving mode selections allow drivers to customize dynamic behavior. Standard features include Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. Available features include a sunroof, the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit display with unique GLI graphics, 400-watt BeatsAudio® system, Volkswagen Car-Net® connected vehicle services, SiriusXM® radio, Voice Control, a second USB port, power driver seat with memory and lumbar, ventilated seats, and remote start. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI will be available in two regular trim levels and a 35th Anniversary Edition. It is expected to begin arriving at U.S. Volkswagen dealers in the Spring of 2019.

2020 Subaru Legacy Sedan Arrives This Fall


The all-new seventh-generation 2020 Subaru Legacy sedan, available in Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, Limited XT and Touring XT models, is powered by a 182-horsepower 2.5-liter direct-injection BOXER engine mated to a Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission or a 260-horsepower 2.4-liter direct-injection SUBARU BOXER® engine for new XT models. Standard on all trims is EyeSight Driver Assist Technology with Lane Centering Function. DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System, optional on Limited and standard on both XT trims, uses a dedicated camera and facial recognition software to identify signs of driver fatigue or driver distraction. If the system detects the driver is distracted or dozing off, a warning will display on both the combination meter and 11.6-inch screen to alert driver and passengers. Standard on the Touring XT, the Front View Monitor captures images within the driver’s blind spots in front of the vehicle and displays a 180-degree view on the 11.6-inch display. Also available, LED Steering Responsive Headlamps (Limited, Touring), Reverse Automatic Braking and Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The 2020 Legacy will arrive at Subaru retailers this Fall, with pricing announced closer to the on-sale date.

2019 Cadillac XT5 Sport Package Coming This Spring


The 2019 Cadillac XT5 Sport package, powered by a 310 horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, is a new limited-edition offered on the XT5’s Luxury and Premium Luxury trims and joins the XT4, recently introduced XT6 and Escalade in the Cadillac SUV line-up. The 2019 Cadillac XT5 Sport Edition package is $2,995 on the Luxury trim and $1,995 on the Premium Luxury trim. The Luxury trim’s starting MSRP in the U.S. is $49,490 (including destination) and it will be available for ordering in Spring.

2020 Kia Sportage Gets Refreshed This Spring


The refreshed 2020 Kia Sportage, powered by either a 181 horsepower 2.4-liter GDI or a 240 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, offers a new S trim, standard 8-inch touchscreen for LX, S and EX variants, new headlights with available LED turn indicators, redesigned projector-beam fog lights, available LED headlights with available LED fog lights, and new front grille, bumper, air intake and skid plate. Available driver assist features include Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Smart Cruise Control with Start & Stop and Forward Collision Assist with pedestrian detection. The 2020 Kia Sportage is expected this Spring with limited availability.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

All-New 2020 Silverado HD Goes On Sale This Summer


The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD, the third all-new Silverado in just 18 months, larger in virtually every measure compared to the current HD and available in Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ and High Country trim levels across 22 cab, bed, chassis and driveline configurations, is powered by a new 401 horsepower 6.6L V-8 gas with direct injection mated to a six-speed automatic transmission or a  445 horsepower Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V-8 equipped with all-new Allison® 10-speed automatic transmission boasting a max towing capability to an available 35,500 pounds. The 2020 Silverado HD offers up to 15 unique camera views, including HD Surround Vision, Bed View, a transparent trailer view, and an accessory camera. The lineup includes 2500HD and 3500HD Regular, Double Cab and Crew Cab models offered with standard length and long cargo boxes, as well as two chassis cab lengths. The all-new 2020 Silverado HD goes on sale this summer. Pricing will be released closer to on-sale date.

Monday, February 4, 2019

2019 Honda Passport On Sale Today Starting At $33,035


The all-new 2019 Honda Passport, in Sport, EX-L, Touring and Elite trims powered by a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V6 engine with a 5,000-pound towing capacity, begins arriving at Honda dealerships today starting at $33,035 (including $1,045 destination charge).

Monday, January 28, 2019

2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty Coming Later This Year


The all-new 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty, with a longer wheelbase and taller overall height, is powered by a 445 horsepower Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel engine mated to a an all-new 10-speed Allison automatic transmission. The bigger frame, stronger propulsion and technologies are expected to deliver towing capacity well in excess of 30,000 pounds. The ProGrade Trailering system features available 15 camera views, including a transparent trailer view to virtually see through a trailer in tow. The 2020 Sierra HD goes on sale later this year in 2500HD and 3500HD dual rear wheel and single rear wheel configurations. Pricing and complete specifications will be announced later. Click here to see GMC Sierra overview interview.

Friday, January 25, 2019

BMW 745e Joins Updated 7 Series Line-Up This Spring


The updated 6th Generation BMW 7 Series Sedan adds a new 6-cylinder plug-in-hybrid 745e variant to the turbocharged 6, 8 and 12 cylinder engines in the 740i, 740i xDrive, 750i xDrive, M760i xDrive and M760Li xDrive sedans. The plug-in hybrid model has maximum output of 280 horsepower that includes a 113 horsepower electric motor and a new lithium-ion battery equipped with a hybrid-specific variant of the eight-speed Sport Steptronic transmission incorporating both the electric motor and a separating clutch. With the Driving Experience Control switch set to SPORT mode, the drive duo can unleash a combined output of 389 horsepower. The new plug-in hybrid drive technology enables the BMW 745e xDrive to record a 0-60 acceleration time of 4.9 seconds. The plug-in hybrid model that will be available at the launch of the new BMW 7 Series in Spring 2019.

The new BMW M760i xDrive is powered by a 600 horsepower 6.6 liter V12 engine with a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.6 seconds to a top speed of 155 mph. The BMW 750i xDrive Sedan has a 523 horsepower 4.4-liter V8 engine taking it from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The new BMW 740i and 740i xDrive are powered by a 335 horsepower 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged direct injection straight-six engine for a 740i 0 to 60 mph time of 5.3 seconds while 740i Xdrive does it in 4.8 seconds. All equiped with an eight-speed Sport Steptronic transmission. Available as an optional package in the 750i xDrive and M760i xDrive, the Rear Executive Lounge Seating appointments. The Active Driving Assistant package is standard equipment and includes Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, Lane Departure Warning Blind Spot Detection systems, Speed Limit Info system, Rear Collision Preparation and Cross Traffic Alert. The optional Driving Assistance Professional package adds Extended Traffic Jam Assistant for limited access highways, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Active Lane Keeping Assistant with side collision avoidance, Steering & Traffic Jam Assistant, Automatic Lane Change and Evasion Assistant & Cross Traffic alert.

Nissan IMs Concept


The Nissan IMs concept, with full autonomous drive capability, is powered by a 483 horsepower electric powertrain with dual front and rear electric motors and a 115-kWh battery providing an estimated range of 380 miles on a single charge. In Autonomous Drive mode, the IMs concept's headlights and rear combination light turn blue and the lighting travels continuously from front-to-rear to notify pedestrians and other drivers of its autonomous status. Nissan will launch an additional seven electric vehicles by 2022.

INFINITI QX Inspiration Concept


The INFINITI QX Inspiration concept is a midsize SUV concept with a high performance electrified all-wheel drive powertrain that previews the brand's first fully electric vehicle.

The Lexus LC Convertible Concept


Mercedes-Benz A 220 and A 220 4MATIC Start at $33,495


The Mercedes-Benz A 220 and A 220 4MATIC both feature a 188 horsepower 2.0L inline-4 turbocharged engine mated to a 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission. Standard equipment for the Mercedes-Benz A 220 and A 220 4MATIC includes a Panorama roof and the MBUX multimedia system with intelligent Voice Control, Smartphone Integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a high-resolution widescreen cockpit concept with a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster and 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia display. Also available KEYLESS-GO with HANDS-FREE ACCESS for automatically opening the trunk lid with a kicking motion under the rear bumper. Arriving in U.S. dealerships in early 2019, the Mercedes-Benz A 220 Sedan will start at just $33,495 (including $995 destination and delivery charge) while the A 220 4MATIC Sedan will start from $35,495.