The fifth-generation 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee, in Laredo, Altitude, Limited, Overland, Trailhawk, Summit and Summit Reserve trims, adds its first electrified Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe with a new 375 horsepower plug-in hybrid powertrain. The 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 with two electric motors and eight-speed automatic transmission is available on Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit and Summit Reserve looks to deliver an estimated 25 miles of all-electric range, 57 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) and a combined driving range of more than 440 miles. The new off-road Trailhawk, powered by the 293 horsepower all-aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, standard on all models, features standard all-terrain tires, integrated off-road camera, Quadra-Lift air suspension with up to 11.3 inches of ground clearance, improved approach, departure and breakover angles and the Quadra-Drive II active transfer case with rear eLSD and Selec-Terrain. The 357 horsepower 5.7-liter V-8 engine is available on Overland, Trailhawk, Summit and Summit Reserve. The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee will arrive in Jeep dealerships in North America in the fourth quarter of 2021. The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe is scheduled to arrive in North America early in 2022 and in global markets later that year.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
The 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe (pictured above) and Suburban (pictured below) is powered by a 355 horsepower 5.3L V-8 as the standard engine on LS, LT, Z71, RST and Premier models. The optional Duramax 277 horsepower 3.0L turbo-diesel is available on all models except Z71. All engines are mated to a standard 10-speed automatic transmission with push-button electronic shift. The 420-horsepower 6.2L V-8 engine is now available on the RST, Z71 and Premier. The 6.2L engine is standard on the High Country.
New for 2022, additional technology, including more mechanical options including available electronic limited slip differential, infotainment improvements and additional standard active safety features Front and Rear Park Assist and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning now standard on all trims. A new, larger 12.3-inch-diagonal configurable digital instrument cluster is now standard on 2022 Tahoe and Suburban for LT trims and above. The 2022 Tahoe and Suburban will begin production in October.
The 2022 Jeep Wrangler Willys joins Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Rubicon 392 as models available with 35-inch tires in Xtreme Recon Package and is priced at $40,930 (including $1,495 destination charge). Customers can order the Xtreme Recon Package on the Jeep Wrangler Willys 293 horsepower 3.6L eTorque starting in October. Production will start in December.
The 2022 Honda Passport, powered by a 280-horsepower V6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission and i-VTM4™ all-wheel drive with true torque vectoring available on all grades (standard on TrailSport and Elite), is refreshed with a new, more rugged exterior design and offers a Passport TrailSport trim. TrailSport is equipped with new 18-inch diameter wheels, while EX-L and Elite receive newly designed 20-inch wheels. The 2022 Honda Passport is expected to begin arriving in dealers this Winter.
The new 2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Special Edition, offered in LE, XLE, sporty XSE, limited and Platinum trims, is available in the Cement or Midnight Black Metallic exterior colors and features a standard Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive System and increased ground clearance. The Woodland Edition, and any 2022 Sienna equipped with the Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive System, achieves an EPA-estimated 35 combined MPG. (Sienna models with front-wheel drive get EPA-estimated 36 combined MPG.) The new-generation Sienna combines a standard hybrid powertrain with AWD, which is available as an option on all model grades. The 2022 Sienna Woodland Edition comes exclusively in the 7-seat configuration with Super-Long-Slide second-row captain’s chairs. It comes with a tow hitch and 3500-lb. towing capability.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
The new 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline series, powered by a 440 horsepower twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost® engine delivers a maximum towing capability of 9,300 pounds. Available features include Road Edge Detection, Intersection Assist, Reverse Brake Assist, Evasive Steering Assist and Active Air Dam. The 2022 Ford Expedition will go on sale in the first quarter of 2022.
The all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is powered by the standard 389 horsepower i-FORCE 3.5L twin-turbo V6 engine or the available 437 horsepower i-FORCE MAX powertrain both mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Two different four-door layouts are available, as well as various bed lengths including a 5.5-foot bed, 6.5-foot bed and an 8.1-foot bed. The new Tundra has a maximum towing capacity of up to 12,000 pounds and a max payload capacity of 1,940 pounds. The all-new Tundra will go on sale later this year, and pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.
The new 2022 Acura RDX, powered by a turbocharged 272-horsepower 2.0-liter VTEC® 4-cylinder paired with a 10-speed automatic with standard Sequential SportShift paddle shifters, gets a retuned suspension and Integrated Dynamics System and ther RDX A-Spec® is now available with Advance Package. Standard tech now includes wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, and Amazon Alexa built-in. A hand-crafted limited-production 2022 RDX PMC Edition will be available at launch. The 2022 RDX will begin arriving at Acura dealers nationwide in early November.
The all-new 2022 Audi Q4 e-tron comes in the Q4 50 e-tron and its Sportback variation offering quattro four wheel drive, powered by 295 horsepower dual asynchronous motors with an EPA-estimated range of 241 miles while the Q4 40 e-tron arrives equipped with a 201 horsepower rear-wheel drive single asynchronous electric motor. There's a standard 10.25-inch Audi virtual cockpit and a 10.1-inch center stack MMI touch display. The Q4 e-tron starts at $44,995 (including $1,095 destination charge) with an anticipated potential federal tax credit up to $7,500.
The 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback, powered by a 158-horsepower2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission, starts at $23,915 (including $1,015 destination charge) while the Civic Hatchback EX-L with a 180-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to a CVT starts at $27,615. All 2022 Civic Hatchbacks include Honda's new next-gen driver and front passenger airbags and an expanded Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assistive and safety technology that adds Traffic Jam Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and the Lane Keeping Assist System. A rear seat reminder and rear seatbelt reminder are also new and standard across the lineup.
The new 2022 Kia Sorento Turbo Plug-in Hybrid 3-row SUV has a 66.9 kW electric motor and a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that combine to produce 261 horsepower delivering an EPA-estimated 32-mile all-electric driving range with an EPA-estimated total range of 460 miles for an EPA-estimated 79 MPGe combined rating. The 2022 Sorento Turbo Plug-in Hybrid will start at $46,165 (including $1,175 destination and handling charge) for the SX and $49,065 for the fully loaded SX-Prestige (SX-P). The Sorento PHEV may be eligible for a $6,587 Federal Tax Credit, as well as various state incentives, including single rider carpool lane access in California.
The 2022 Mazda CX-5 will have refreshed exterior styling on all models, Mazda intelligent Drive Select (Mi-Drive) drive mode selection and i-Activ all-wheel drive standard across the entire CX lineup in the U.S. market. The turbo models will receive additional styling enhancements that help further distinguish it from non-turbo models.
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Automotive innovator Heinz Prechter left us over 20 years ago. Prechter founded the American Sunroof Company (now ASC Incorporated) in Los Angeles. Here's his story told more than 30 years ago.
Sunday, September 12, 2021
The all-new 2022 Subaru WRX, powered by a new 271 horsepower 2.4-liter turbocharged Subaru BOXER® engine that is paired with either a 6-speed manual transmission or new automatic transmission. The WRX has an available high-definition tablet-style 11.6-inch SUBARU STARLINK® Multimedia system and latest generation EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. The WRX adds a new top-of-the-line GT trim with a new automatic transmission, the Subaru Performance Transmission, as standard. The 2022 WRX will be available at Subaru retailers in early 2022.
The new 2022 Chevrolet Silverado, powered by a 420 horsepower 6.2L V-8 engine mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission, gets updates that include the first-ever Silverado ZR2, a 13.4-inch-diagonal touchscreen standard on LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, ZR2, LTZ and High Country and available Super Cruise hands-free driver-assistance technology with trailering on High Country. Also new for 2022 is a stronger version of the 2.7L Turbo High-Output engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. ZR2 max payload is 1,440 pounds and the conventional trailer weight rating is 8,900 pounds. Additional safety features such as HD Rear Vision Camera8 and Buckle to Drive are standard across the lineup for the new 2022 Silverado models. The refreshed Chevrolet Silverado arrives at dealerships in Spring 2022.
The all-new 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross, based on the ever-popular Corolla sedan and powered by a 169 horsepower four cylinder 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence engine paired with CVT, is coming to dealerships this October in L, LE and XLE trim levels with a starting MSRP of $23,410 (including $1,215 destination and handling) for the front-wheel drive base grade. Every Corolla Cross is capable of towing up to 1,500 lbs. The estimated MPG is 32 combined for the FWD model and an estimated 30 combined MPG for the AWD model.
The Mercedes-EQE, the second model to be based on the electric architecture following the 3.5 inch-longer EQS sedan, will start with the 288 horsepower EQE 350 and a second model that will be announced at a later date with more versions to follow. The battery has a usable energy content of 90 kWh, and a range of up to 409 miles. The staggered global launch will begin mid-2022.
Saturday, September 11, 2021
The 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV, in its fifth-generation with a redesigned front fascia along with new safety and convenience features, is powered by a 182 horsepower 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER® engine teamed with a Lineartronic® CVT and Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive delivering up to 33 mpg EPA-estimated highway fuel economy and offering up to 3,000-lb. towing capacity and features standard Trailer Stability Assist. The 2022 Forester is offered in Base, Premium, Sport, all-new Wilderness (pictured above), Limited, and Touring trim levels and starts at $26,320 for the Base model when it arrives at Subaru retailers in October.
The new Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition, powered by a 518 horsepower 5.0-liter supercharged engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, to celebrate the 25th James Bond film, No Time To Die, ahead of its world premiere later this month, will be limited to just 300 buyers around the world. The 2022 Defender V8 Bond Edition features an extended black pack with 22-inch Luna Gloss Black alloy wheels, signature Xenon Blue front brake calipers and a ‘Defender 007’ rear badge. The new Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition is priced from $115,950 (includes $1,350 destination and delivery).