Tuesday, March 19, 2019
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 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 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.
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'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.
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.
Monday, March 4, 2019
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.
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.