Wednesday, December 30, 2020

2021 Nissan LEAF and LEAF PLUS Starting At $32,545 Now

The all-electric 2021 Nissan LEAF, with a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery and 110-kW motor producing 147 horsepower and delivering up to 149 miles of range in S and SV trims, starts at $32,545 (including $925 destination and handling). The extended-range LEAF PLUS (pictured), with a larger-capacity 62-kWh lithium-ion battery and 160 kW motor producing 214 horsepower delivers a range up to 226 miles in S PLUS, SV PLUS and SL PLUS trims, starts at $39,145. Both the LEAF and LEAF PLUS can be charged up to 80 percent in 40-45 minutes using the quick charge port. Also available is a portable charging cable that can be plugged into either a 120-volt outlet or any 240-volt outlet, eliminating the need to have a level 2 charger installed in your home. Every 2021 Nissan LEAF is offered with a limited lithium-ion battery warranty8 covering defects in materials or workmanship for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first, for the battery pack. Nissan also provides a limited warranty against battery capacity loss below nine bars of capacity as shown on the vehicle’s battery capacity level gauge for the first eight years or 100,000 miles for all models.

Monday, December 21, 2020

All-New 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Starts At $110,850 First Half of 2021

The all-new 2021 Mercedes-Benz S 500 4MATIC, powered by a 429 horsepower electrified six-cylinder in-line engine, will start from $110,850 (including $1,050 destination and delivery charge). The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S 580 4MATIC, with a 496 horsepower electrified V8 bi-turbo engine, will start from $115,150. Both vehicles are equipped with an EQ Boost integrated starter generator, which provides a further 184 lb-ft of torque as well as up to an additional 21 horsepower for short periods for acceleration and power delivery. Interior elements include a 12.8" OLED multimedia touchscreen display in the center console, rapid-heating and ventilating multi-contour front seats with massage and comfort headrests, powered side rear sunshades, wireless smartphone integration and wireless charging in the front, toll gate transponder, soft close doors and air balance cabin fragrance system. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class will arrive in U.S. dealerships in the first half of 2021.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

2021 Range Rover Evoque Starts At $44,350

The 2021 Range Rover Evoque, powered by a 246 horsepower 2.0L Turbocharged Ingenium Gas I4 engine, starts at $44,350 (including $1,050 destination and delivery). The new Pivi Pro infotainment system, underpinned by a new Electrical Vehicle Architecture first introduced on the New Land Rover Defender, can personalize the driver’s experience based on habits and preferences learned over time. The new navigation system uses self-learning algorithms to optimize routing, while the Smart Voice Guidance even knows to remain quiet when the driver is travelling on regular routes, to minimize interruptions. The next-generation of driver assistance and customer convenience systems includes a new standard 3D Surround Camera, plus available Rear Collision Monitor. A new optional Advanced Cabin Air Filtration system is designed to help filter out fine particulate matter, allergens, strong odors, and displays interior and exterior air quality information.

2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo

The 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo mid-engine sports car, powered by a 237 horsepower 1750cc turbocharged engine with direct-injection, dual intercoolers and variable-valve timing mated to a 6-speed Alfa twin-clutch transmission, starts at $79,995 U.S. MSRP (excluding destination), with only 33 units to be produced for North America. The 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo, achieving 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds to a top speed of 160 mph, marks the final production run of the 4C Spider for North America.

2021 Nissan Murano Starts At $33,605 Now

The 2021 Nissan Murano, powered by a 260-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC V6 connected to an advanced Xtronic transmission in either front-wheel drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, is on sale now with a starting MSRP of $33,605 (including $1,095 destination and handling) for the Murano S front-wheel drive model. Murano is also available in SV, SL and Platinum trim levels.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

2021 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Coming In March

The 2021 Subaru WRX, powered by a 268 horsepower 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged BOXER engine with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring, comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and available Sport Lineartronic® CVT (automatic transmission) with manual shift modes, and starts at $28,420 (including $925 destination & delivery). Both the 2021 WRX Premium and Limited with the optional Sport Lineartronic CVT feature SI-DRIVE and Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. SI-DRIVE is a powertrain performance management system that allows the driver to tailor the vehicle’s driving characteristics by choosing from among Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp modes using a switch on the steering wheel.

The 2021 Subaru WRX STI, with a 310-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine, starts at $38,170. The WRX STI performance technology includes Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Active Torque Vectoring and Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control. Both models begin arriving into Subaru retailers in March 2021.

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Starts At $27,775

The 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata, powered by a 181 horsepower Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter engine with a Skyactiv-MT six-speed manual transmission, starts at $27,775 (including $945 for destination and handling) as early as this month. The powertrain can be configured with a Skyactiv-MT six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Trim levels are the MX-5 Sport, Club and Grand Touring. Standard i-Activsense safety features include Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Smart City Brake Support and Lane Departure Warning System.

2022 Acura MDX Arrives In February Starting at $47,925

The fourth-generation 2022 Acura MDX, powered by Acura’s new 290 horsepower 3.0-liter V6 Turbo engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, gets its most radical design transformation yet adding the Precision Cockpit all-digital instrument display, Amazon Alexa Built-In, and Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. The new MDX has an all-new platform, body and chassis double wishbone front suspension, and multi-link rear suspension. The 2022 MDX will arrive at dealers Feb. 2 starting at $47,925 (including $1,025 destination charge). MDX Type S, powered by Acura’s new 3.0-liter V6 Turbo engine and fourth-generation Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™, is set to arrive late Summer 2021.

Aston Martin DBX Bowmore Edition

The Aston Martin DBX Bowmore Edition celebrates the brand’s partnership with single malt whisky distillery, Bowmore, with only 18 to be built before they are delivered to customers at a private lifestyle experience in Scotland. Launched in 2019, DBX is a 5-seater SUV powered by a 542 horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. The Q by Aston Martin DBX Bowmore Edition is on sale globally now and customer deliveries will take place in Q4 2021.

2021 Nissan Armada

The 2021 Nissan Armada, powered by a 400 horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 engine with a standard 8,500 lbs. maximum towing capacity, adds an integrated Trailer Brake Controller with tow hitch receiver and Trailer Sway Control for the first time. The new Armada features Nissan Safety Shield® 360 with Intelligent Lane Intervention, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Blind Spot Intervention. A 3rd row seat power-folding feature is standard on Platinum grade. Armada SL and Platinum models are also available with optional 2nd row captain's chairs and a removable 2nd row console. The 2021 Nissan Armada is available in SV, SL and Platinum models in 2WD and Auto 4WD drive configurations. An S grade will be available at a later date.

2021 Nissan Kicks Gets News Exterior and Interior

The 2021 Nissan Kicks front wheel drive compact crossover, available in S, SV and SR trims and powered by a 122 horsepower 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System paired with an Xtronic transmission, gets new exterior and interior styling and features standard Safety Shield 360 which includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, radar-based Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, High Beam Assist and class-exclusive Rear Automatic Braking. Fuel economy ratings are 31 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Turbo-Diesel Available Soon

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Turbo-Diesel, powered by the 277 horsepower 3.0L Duramax inline-six turbo-diesel engine, offers an EPA-estimated 28 highway, 21 city and 24 combined mpg in rear-wheel-drive models, which also have a maximum towing up to 8,200 pounds, and 26 highway, 20 city and 22 combined mpg for four-wheel drive models. The 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel is available on the LS, LT, RST and Premier trims with an MSRP of $995 over the base 5.3L V-8 gas engine. It is also available in the High Country trim as a $1,500 MSRP decrease over the standard 6.2L V-8 gas engine. The first customer deliveries of the 2021 Tahoe and Suburban with the available 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel are expected to begin before the end of the year.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo Starts $31,000

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo will deliver 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque with premium (93 octane) fuel, or 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque with regular (87 octane) fuel. Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel drive with off-road traction assist and Skyactiv-Drive quick-shifting, six-speed automatic transmission with sport mode are standard on all turbo models. CX-30 2.5 Turbo starts at $31,000 (including $1,100 for destination and handling), the CX-30 2.5 Turbo w/ Premium Package at $33,400 and the CX-30 2.5 Turbo w/ Premium Plus Package at $35,000. 

Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition Coming Late Next Summer


The Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition joins the Mustang Mach-E GT stable, pumping out 480 horsepower, it delivers an EPA-estimated range of 235 miles. Mustang Mach-E GT and GT Performance Edition will be available late next Summer.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus Arrives In Early 2021

The new 2021 Lincoln Nautilus is powered by a 250 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine or an available 335 horsepower 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine with standard Auto Start-Stop capability and an 8-speed transmission. The new Nautilus comes standard with Lincoln Co-Pilot360™ and available Lincoln Co-Pilot360™Plus which features a 360-degree camera with a front sensing system, Adaptive Cruise Control with stop-and-go and lane-centering technology, Distance Alert/Distance Indication and Enhanced Active Park Assist and Evasive Steering Assist. The new SYNC® 4* system is displayed on a 13.2-inch screen. The Lincoln Way™ app allows clients to start and drive their Lincoln using their compatible smartphone with no traditional key necessary. Nautilus will arrive in dealerships early next year.

Friday, November 20, 2020

2022 Subaru BRZ Coming Next Fall

The all-new, rear-wheel drive 2022 Subaru BRZ sports car, on a 101.4-inch wheelbase and offered in Premium and Limited trims, is powered by a new and more powerful 228 horsepower 2.4-liter horizontally opposed engine available with either a standard six-speed manual or an available six-speed automatic with a new Sport mode designed for more aggressive driving. The BRZ will go on sale early Fall of 2021.

2021 Nissan Sentra On Sale Now Starting At $20,335

The 2021 Nissan Sentra, in its eighth generation and completely redesigned inside and out a  year ago, is powered by a 149-horsepower, 2.0L 4-cylinder engine and starts at $20,335 (including $925 destination and handling charges). For 2021 Apple CarPlay® integration and Android Auto™ is standard equipment on all trims.

Honda Civic prototype Previews 2022 Civic Coming Next Spring

The 11th-generation Honda Civic prototype gives a glimpse of the model lineup that will include an all-new Sedan, Hatchback, Si and Type R with a new chassis, more powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains,  full digital dash, multiple new features and technologies and further advances in active and passive safety features and performance. The all-new 2022 Civic arrives in late Spring 2021.

INFINITI QX55 Arrives In Spring 2021

The all-new INFINITI QX55 SUV, powered by a 268 horsepower Variable Compression Turbo four-cylinder engine, will be available in LUXE, ESSENTIAL, and SENSORY trim levels. The all-new QX55 arrives in the U.S. and Canada in spring 2021, with other key markets to follow shortly after.

2021 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon 392 Goes On Sale Q1 2021

The 2021 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon 392, with 10.3 inches of ground clearance, is powered by a 470 horsepower 6.4-liter V-8 engine mated to the crisp-shifting TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and Selec-Trac full-time active transfer case. Off road, the Trail Rated Wrangler Rubicon 392’s powertrain meshes with heavy-duty wide track Dana 44 axles, a 3.73 final drive ratio, transmission torque converter lockup control, a 2-inch lift and standard 33-inch tires on 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 goes on sale in the first quarter of 2021.


2021 Toyota Mirai, All-New Generation Goes On Sale Next Month

The all-new, second-generation 2021 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV), will offer multiple grades for the first time, XLE and Limited, and is based on Toyota’s premium rear-wheel drive platform. Mirai comes equipped with Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which can be activated above 30 mph and is designed to perform vehicle-to-vehicle distance controls down to 0 mph and resume from a stop. The 2021 Mirai goes on sale in December.

BMW iX Arrives In Early 2022

The BMW iX, BMW’s new technology flagship, is comparable with the BMW X5 in length and width and is almost the same height as the BMW X6 and will have an output of around 500 horsepower aiming is to deliver a lower combined electric power consumption figure which equates to a range of 300 miles according to the EPA’s FTP-75 test procedure. The battery can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent capacity in under 40 minutes. In just ten minutes, enough energy can be fed into the battery to increase the car’s range by around 75 miles. The BMW iX goes into production at BMW Plant Dingolfing in the second half of 2021 and is scheduled to arrive on U.S. shores in early 2022. 

2021 Lexus LS Starts At $77,025 This Month


The 2021 Lexus LS sedan powered by a 416 horsepower 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission on the LS 500 that will begin arriving at dealerships in late this month, with a starting MSRP of $77,025 (including $1,025 delivery, processing & handling charge). LS 500h models, powered by a 354 horsepower Multistage Hybrid System that combines a naturally aspirated Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with two electric motor/generators powered by a lithium-ion battery, are expected to arrive at dealerships in early 2021, and pricing will be announced closer to that time. The new 12.3-inch multimedia touchscreen provides additional control options for driver and passenger. 

2021 Land Rover Discovery Starts At $55,250

The 2021 Land Rover Discovery is powered by either a 296 horsepower 2.0L Turbocharged engine in the 2.0L S and 2.0L S R-Dynamic models or a 355 horsepower 3.0L Turbocharged I6 MHEV engine in the 3.0L S R-Dynamic and 3.0L HSE R-Dynamic grades. The Discovery 2.0L starts at $55,250 (including $1,350 destination and delivery charge). The New Discovery has a completely redesigned center console housing a 48 percent larger 11.4-inch full HD touchscreen and ClearSight Ground View technology, providing drivers with a view of the obscured ground directly beneath the front of the vehicle using the central touchscreen and a combination of forward-facing cameras.

2021 Sonata N Line Starts At $34,195 This Month

The 2021 Sonata N Line, powered by a 290 horsepower Smartstream 2.5-liter turbocharged engine mated to a new N Eight-Speed Wet Dual-Clutch Transmission to a SEL Plus trim Sonata is priced at $34,195 (including $995 in freight charges). Features include N front and rear fascias, rear spoiler, panoramic sunroof, glossy black side mirrors and window surround, N dual exhaust with quad tips, N badging and full LED taillights.

2021 Nissan Versa On Sale Now Starting at $15,855

The 2021 Nissan Versa, the third generation, is powered by a 122-horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with an Xtronic transmission or available 5-speed manual  in the S (5-speed manual or Xtronic transmissions), SV (Xtronic) and SR (Xtronic) models. The Nissan Safety Shield® 360 system, standard on Versa SV and SR grades, includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Other available technology includes Intelligent Driver Alertness and Intelligent Cruise Control. Starting at $15,855 (including $925 destination and handling), the 2021 Versa compact sedan on sale nowat Nissan dealers nationwide.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

2021 Nissan Maxima Starts At $37,915

The 2021 Nissan Maxima, in SV, SR and Platinum trim levels and powered by a 300-horsepower 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 engine mated to an Xtronic transmission, starts at $37,915 (including $925 destination and handling). The 40th Anniversary Edition package is priced at $2,125 on top of the fully equipped Maxima Platinum grade, which has an MSRP of $43,145.

2022 Volkswagen Golf R Coming In Late 2021

The new 2022 Volkswagen Golf R, with a newly developed torque vectoring 4Motion all-wheel-drive system and a Vehicle Dynamics Manager, is powered by a 315 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine mated to a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. The suspension has been retuned specifically for the vehicle, starting with an 0.8-inch lower ride height than the standard Golf. The car features a strut-type front and a multi-link rear suspension. The car will go on sale in the U.S. as a 2022 model during the latter part of 2021. 

2021 Jeep® Gladiator Willys Starts At $36,760 Now

The new 2021 Jeep® Gladiator Willys is a Jeep Gladiator variant, powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that offers a limited-slip rear differential, rock rails, 32-inch mud terrain tires and black accents. The Willys name goes back more than a hundred years and became Kaiser Jeep in the 1950s. Gladiator Willys is available on Sport and Sport S model. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Willys, available on Sport and Sport S models, has a starting MSRP of $36,760 (including $1,495 destination) and is available now.

2021 INFINITI Q60 Arrives Before Yearend

The 2021 INFINITI Q60 sports coupe, powered by a 300-horsepower, 3.0t twin-turbo V6 engine in the 3.0t PURE and Q60 3.0t LUXE, starts at $41,650 for rear-wheel-drive models and $43,650 for models equipped with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. The 400-horsepower Q60 RED SPORT 400 available in Rear-Wheel or All-Wheel Drive starts at $58,100 for RWD models and $60,100 for AWD models. The 2021 INFINITI Q60 will arrive in dealerships across the U.S. before the end of the year.

2021 Jaguar E-PACE Starts At $42,045

The 2021 Jaguar E-PACE compact SUV is restyled and offered with a choice of a 246 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged Ingenium engine paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission or, on the 300 Sport, a 296 horsepower powertrain thanks to mild-hybrid technology. The focal point of the interior design is the curved 11.4-inch HD touchscreen integrated into the central instrument panel. All E-PACE models have JaguarDrive Control featuring Comfort, Eco, Dynamic, and Adaptive Surface Response modes, which can be chosen manually by the driver based on the road conditions. Pricing for E-PACE starts at $42,045 (including $1,050 destination and delivery) for P250 AWD, $47,145 for P250 SE, and $51,045 for 300 Sport.

2021 Volkswagen Arteon Starts At $38,190 In The 4th Quarter

The new 2021 Volkswagen Arteon is powered by a 268 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® shifting with 4Motion® all-wheel drive available on the midlevel trim and standard on the top trimline. The DCC® adaptive damping system is standard, as is the XDS® cross-differential lock at the front and rear, improving vehicle dynamics and handling. The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon, equipped with a redesigned cockpit and an available 30-color ambient lighting system, will be available in three trim levels starting at $38,190 (including $1,195 destination fee) and is expected to begin arriving at Volkswagen dealers in Q4 2020.

Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 Starts At $161,550 By Yearend

The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600, powered by 550 horsepower a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine with EQ boost and a 48-volt onboard electrical system, is capable of rocketing from zero to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. The Maybach GLS has a 4-seat configuration with two individual executive rear seats, a center armrest and available folding tables. All seats are heated and ventilated and offer active multicontour adjustment with massage functionality. A 5-seat configuration is also available. The Mercedes- Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC arrives in U.S. dealerships in late 2020 priced from $161,550 (includes $1,050 destination and delivery charge).

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Hybrids Coming In 2021

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV with a freshened design motif, is powered by a choice of a 191 horsepower 2.5-liter direct-injected and multi-point injected four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission (replacing the former 2.4-liter engine), an estimated 277 horsepower 2.5-liter direct-injected four-cylinder turbocharged engine coupled with an all-new eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission (replacing the former 2.0-liter turbocharged engine), or a 225 horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged hybrid electric powertrain variant with six-speed automatic HEV-tuned transmission and HTRAC® all-wheel drive. 2021 Santa Fe also receives a new 10.25-inch widescreen full-touch navigation system and an available 12.3-inch fully-digital instrument gauge cluster. The Santa Fe Hybrid model will arrive in the first quarter 2021 and a Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid model will arrive later in 2021.

2021 Honda Accord Starts At $25,725 Now

The 2021 Honda Accord, powered by a 192-horspower 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo® engine on the LX, Sport, Sport SE and EX-L grades, while Accord Sport 2.0T and Touring are available with a 252-horsepower, 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo®, starts at $25,725 (including $955 destination charge). The 2021 Accord Hybrid (above) is powered by a 212 horsepower two-motor hybrid system with a top fuel economy rating of 48 mpg and starts at $27,325. The Accord Sport SE is new to the lineup for 2021 (replacing Accord EX 1.5T) with Sport trim.

2021 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Plug-In Hybrid Starts At $52,995

The 2021 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e (above), A7 55 TFSI e and A8 60 TFSI plug-in hybrid electric vehicles contribute to Audi's anticipated goal of 30% of its U.S. portfolio electrified by 2025. The 2021 Audi Q5 TFSI e is powered by a 362 horsepower 2.0-liter TFSI engine and electric motor mated to a a seven-speed S tronic transmission to all four wheels with quattro® all-wheel drive with ultra® technology. The 2021 Audi A8 TFSI e is equipped with a 443 horsepower six-cylinder engine combined with its electric motor equipped with standard quattro® all-wheel drive and an eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission. All three vehicles come with a 14.1 kWh battery pack that sits under the rear cargo area and are equipped with an integrated heat pump that uses battery heat to efficiently warm the cabin. Their onboard 7.7 kW charger allows them to replenish battery power from empty to 100% in just 2.4 hours when using a 240-volt outlet. The Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Premium starts at $52,995 (including $1,095 destination charge), the Audi A7 55 TFSI e Premium Plus starts at $75,945 (including $1,045 destination charge) and the Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e starts at $96,945 (including $1,045 destination charge).

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

2022 GMC HUMMER EV Edition Coming Late Next Year

The 2022 GMC HUMMER EV Edition, the first fully electric addition to GMC’s lineup, is powered by three separate motors within two Ultium drive units delivering a GM-estimated 1,000 horsepower and GM-estimated 11,500 lb-ft of torque enabling an estimated 350+ miles of driving range on a full charge, based on preliminary testing. GM estimates 0-60-mph performance in approximately 3 seconds. A 13.4-inch diagonal infotainment screen and 12.3-inch diagonal driver information center display convey vehicle performance and driver awareness information. Production begins in late 2021, at GM’s Factory ZERO Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center, a nearly 40-year-old facility repurposed and retooled with a $2.2-billion investment devoted to electric vehicle production. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

2021 Acura MDX - All-New Early Next Year

The fourth-generation 2021 Acura MDX, with an all-new light truck SUV platform, will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with i-VTEC® valvetrain connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The upcoming MDX Type S will feature a 355 horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine powering Acura’s fourth-generation SH-AWD® system. The MDX Prototype debuts Acura’s all-digital Precision Cockpit™, replacing physical gauges with a customizable 12.3-inch driver’s meter. The new MDX will arrive at dealers early next year with the MDX Type S to follow in Summer of 2021.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

2022 Volkswagen Taos Compact SUV Coming Next Summer

The all-new 2022 Volkswagen Taos is 175.8 inches long which is 9.3 inches shorter than the Tiguan, with a wheelbase of 105.9 inches, width of 72.5 inches and height of 64.4 inches. The Taos is powered by a 158 horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that currently powers the Jetta sedan. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission in the front-wheel-drive model, while models with 4Motion® all-wheel drive get a seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission. There will be S, SE, and SEL trim levels with pricing to be announced ahead of the launch in the Summer of 2021.

Monday, October 12, 2020

2021 Audi R8 Coupe and Spyder RWD Starts At $144,195 This Winter

The 2021 Audi R8 rear wheel drive Coupe and Spyder become the newest members of the R8 2021 model line, joining the R8 V10 quattro Coupe and Spyder, powered a naturally aspirated 532 horsepower 5.2-liter FSI V10 engine mated to a seven-speed S tronic® dual-clutch transmission. The R8 RWD weighs less than its all-wheel drive counterpart due in part to the loss of components such as the prop shaft, front axles, multi-plate clutch, and front differential. 2021 Audi R8 V10 Coupe RWD starts at $144,195 (including $1,495 destination charge but not $1,700 gas guzzler tax ($2,100 gas guzzler tax on performance models), sales taxes, title, options, and dealer charges). The 2021 Audi R8 V10 Spyder RWD starts at $156,395. The soft-top in both R8 Spyder models features an electrohydraulic drive system to raise and lower the roof in about 20 seconds, at speeds of up to 31 mph. The roof was developed with lightweight construction in mind, and weighs only 97 pounds. The 2021 R8 V10 performance and R8 V10 RWD Coupe and Spyder will be available in dealerships this Winter.

2021 Honda Ridgeline Coming Early Next Year

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline, set to launch early next year, is powered by a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter direct-injected VTEC® V6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Available on Sport and RTL, and standard on RTL-E and Black Edition is Ridgeline’s i-VTM4® torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system, which automatically sends up to 70 percent of the engine’s 262 lb.-ft. of torque to the rear wheels and continuously apportions 100 percent of that torque between the left and right rear wheels based on driving conditions at each wheel. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline has standard 1,580-pound payload capacity and up to 5,000-pound towing capacity.

2021 Jaguar XF In RWD and AWD

2021 Jaguar XF is powered by a 246 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine available with either rear- or all-wheel drive. The 296 horsepower variant is exclusively paired to an all-wheel drive system for enhanced traction. Both engines routing power through an 8-speed automatic transmission. The new XF also includes Auto Vehicle Hold that holds the brakes when XF is stationary, until the driver depresses the accelerator to drive away. JaguarDrive Control features selectable Comfort, Eco, Rain-Ice-Snow and Dynamic modes and the new interior has a centrally mounted 11.4-inch HD touchscreen. The variant choices are: XF P250 S RWD, P250 SE RWD, and P300 R-DYNAMIC SE AWD. 

Monday, October 5, 2020

2021 Lexus IS 300 and 350 F Sport Start At $40,025 This Month

The 2021 Lexus IS 300 rear wheel drive, powered by a 241 horsepower 2.0-liter, turbocharged and intercooled inline four-cylinder engine equipped with an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission, will have a starting MSRP of $40,025 (including $1.025 delivery, processing & handling). The IS 300 AWD is powered by a 260 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine through a six-speed automatic transmission. The 350 F SPORT (above) is the only the 350 and F Sport IS model, coming with a starting price of $43,925 in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and powered by a 311 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 paired with the eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission for the RWD and a six-speed automatic for the AWD version. The new IS will be available with larger 19-inch wheels. For 2021, the Pre-Collision System, which includes Frontal Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Detection and Bicyclist Detection, features an enhancement to the single-lens camera and millimeter-wave radar elements to expand the response range. The starting price of the 350 F SPORT is $43,925. The new 2021 IS is expected to arrive in dealerships this October.

2021 BMW X2 Special Edition Package For An Extra $3,550

The 2021 BMW X2 Sports Activity Coupe special edition, powered by a 228 horsepower 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine mated to an 8-Speed Sport automatic transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters, offers the M Sport X exterior package and Edition M Mesh trim package on X2 sDrive28i and xDrive28i models for $3,550. The special edition includes M Sport X exterior package, M Mesh kidney grille, choice of metallic paint including Brooklyn Grey Metallic, new 19-inch M Aerodynamic Style 919M wheels with orange or black highlights, interior Edition badging and M Sport Seats with leather upholstery. The MSRP for the 2021 X2 sDrive28i is $37,595 (including $995 destination) and $39,595 for the X2 xDrive28i.

Friday, October 2, 2020

All New 2nd Generation 2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible

The all new 2nd generation 2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible, starts at 54,095 (including $995 destination) for the new 430i Convertible and $56,095 for the 430i xDrive Convertible which are powered by a 255 horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder BMW TwinPower turbocharged engine mated to an 8-speed transmission with new Sprint function. The M440i Convertible starts at $64,995 and the M440i xDrive Convertible at $66,995 are powered by a 382 horsepower 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder BMW TwinPower turbocharged engine also paired with an 8-speed transmission with new Sprint function. The new 2021 4 Series Convertible is 5.2-inches longer (5.3-inches for M440i models), 1.0-inches wider and 0.1-inch higher. It also has a 1.6-inch longer wheelbase than its predecessor while the front track has grown by 1.5-inches. Standard displays are an 8.8-inch center touchscreen control display and a 5.1-inch color display between the instrument gauges. Selecting the optional Live Cockpit Professional upgrades the displays to a 10.25-inch center touchscreen control display and a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument display.

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe and Sportback Start At $76,145

The 2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe (above) and Sportback are powered by a 444 horsepower 2.9-liter V6 TFSI® bi-turbo engine paired with an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission directing the power of the engine to the permanent quattro all-wheel drive which takes the RS 5 Coupe from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and 3.8 for the Sportback to a top track speed of 155 mph, or to 174 mph with the Ascari launch edition for both variants. New for 2021, the RS 5 Coupe and Sportback are available in the Ascari and Black optic launch editions. The 2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe starts at $76,145 (including $1,045 destination charge), RS 5 Sportback at $76,445, RS 5 Coupe Ascari launch edition at $96,645, RS 5 Sportback Ascari launch edition at $96,945, and the Audi RS 5 Coupe and Sportback Black optic launch editions start at $88,445. In addition to exterior design changes, 2021 updates include as standard, Matrix-design LED headlights with Audi laser light, and LED taillights with dynamic turn signals and animation. The standard LED lighting plus package offers more than 30 different color combinations for greater customization of the interior. The new MIB 3 infotainment system offers drivers a 10.1” touch screen and enhanced computing power.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV Starts At $39,995 Before Credits In Q1

The all-new 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV will first be offered with an 82kWh (gross) battery and a rear-mounted AC permanent-magnet synchronous motor with 201 horsepower with an estimated range of 250 miles with a full charge on the EPA cycle. An electric all-wheel-drive variant with 302 horsepower will follow later in 2021. The ID.4 comes with three years of fast charging with Electrify America at no additional cost and can be charged with both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) fast-charging capability. The 11 kW onboard charger allows the ID.4 to charge the battery 33 miles in about one hour, and charges to full in around seven and a half hours at a home or public Level 2 charger. At a DC fast-charging station, with 125 kW charging, the ID.4 can go from five to 80 percent charged in about 38 minutes. The ID.4 starts at $39,995 for the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro (available in the first quarter of 2021), before a potential Federal tax credit of up to $7,500 is applied. With those credits, the entry price of ID.4 is on par with the 2021 Tiguan SEL.  For qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit, the monthly lease payment for a 36-month lease with 10,000 miles a year, is $379 per month with $3,579 due at signing, excluding tax, title, license, options and dealer fees. Starting later in 2021, the ID.4 AWD Pro ($43,675) will be available. In 2022 when production starts in the U.S., Volkswagen plans on offering a localized version of the ID.4 priced around $35,000.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Coming In Early 2021

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT two-door models are powered by a 523 horsepower AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo engine, 54 more horsepower than before, mated to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed transmission and reaching 60 mph 0.2s quicker, in 3.7 seconds. Standard equipment now includes AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with adaptive damping adjustment, electronic limited-slip differential on the rear axle, AMG high-performance composite braking system and red painted brake calipers. The "Stealth Edition" also joins the lineup for model year 2021 for both AMG GT variants. The new 2021 AMG GT Coupe and Roadster will arrive at US dealers in early 2021.

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line High Performance Sedan

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line high-performance sedan, follows the launch of Sonata and Sonata Hybrid in 2019.