The new Mercedes-AMG SL, based on a completely new 2+2-seater vehicle architecture developed by Mercedes-AMG, is powered by an AMG 577 horsepower 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine in the top model SL 63, and a 469 horsepower version in the SL 55 mated to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission equipped with AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive technology and active rear-axle steering as standard. The SL now has an electric soft top instead of the previous metal vario-roof. Compared to the previous model series, the torsional rigidity of the body shell structure increased by 18 percent while the transverse rigidity is 50 percent higher than the AMG GT Roadster. At a later date, a Performance hybrid drive will be offered.
Friday, October 29, 2021
The all-new 2022 Toyota GR86, available in GR86 and GR86 Premium trims, is powered by a 228 horsepower 2.4-liter, horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine combined with either a 6-Speed M/T or 6-Speed A/T transmission. Seven airbags are standard on all models, now including a driver’s knee airbag for 2022. Arriving at Toyota dealerships in December starting at $28,725 (including $1,025 delivery, processing, and handling fee).
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
The 2023 Kia Sportage arrives in its 5th generation 7.1 inches longer while taller and wider by a half inch than previous generation on a 3.4-inch longer wheelbase and powered by a new 187 horsepower 2.5-liter I-4 engine mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. The 2023 Sportage is available in LX, EX, SX, SX-Prestige and the all-new X-Line and Sportage X-Pro trim levels. There are eight standard Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, including newly available features such as 360° Surround View Monitor with 3D View and live feed Blind-Spot View Monitor within instrument cluster. An available dual panoramic curved display connects a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen. Like the Sorento, the Sportage will also be available in a hybrid version. Details on other powertrains will be revealed at a later date, while gasoline variants are anticipated to go on sale in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2022.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, 3.6 inches wider than the Stingray on which it is based, is powered by an all-new 670 horsepower 5.5L LT6 naturally-aspirated V-8 engine mated to a 8-speed DCT transmission. The Z06 rigid structure so stiff that there is no variance in the suspension calibrations between the coupe and hardtop convertible model. The 2023 Corvette Z06 production begins in Summer 2022.
Monday, October 25, 2021
The all-new 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid pickup, powered by an all-new 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle hybrid engine and electronic continuously variable transmission, delivers an EPA-estimated rating of 37 mpg combined and an EPA-estimated range of more than 500 miles on a single tank of gas. Maverick Hybrid is expected to start shipping in December with the first customer deliveries expected in January 2022 so required state and federal emissions certification can be completed.
The 2022 Honda Civic Si is powered by an updated high-output 200-horsepower VTEC® 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission with standard rev-matching system. Civic Si has an 8 percent increase in torsional rigidity and a 13 percent increase in bending rigidity compared to the outgoing Si. Like the 2022 Civic Sedan, the new Civic Si also benefits from a 0.5-inch wider rear track for additional stability, and a 1.4-inch longer wheelbase. Standard on Civic Si is the new Honda Sensing® suite of active safety and driver-assistive technologies that uses a new single-camera system providing a longer, wider field of view than the previous radar-and-camera based system.
The 2023 Land Rover Discovery Metropolitan Edition seven-seat family SUV, powered by a 355 horsepower 3.0-liter Ingenium six-cylinder powertrain with an 8,200lb towing capacity, featuring 48V mild hybrid technology, is available to order now from $76,650 (including $1,350 destination and delivery). Features include bright Atlas detailing for the grille, Discovery lettering, Hakuba Silver lower bumper inserts, 22-inch Diamond Turned alloy wheels with Gloss Grey detailing and Black Land Rover brake calipers. Standard features inside include a head-up display, heated steering wheel, powered and heated third row seating, a front cooler compartment and four-zone climate control.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
The all-new 2022 Lexus LX 600, its fourth generation, powered by a 409 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo gasoline engine mated to a Direct Shift-10AT, is lighter by 441 pounds compared to its predecessor and its body rigidity is increased for its body-on-frame build. The all-new LX features Multi-Terrain Select, which allows the driver to select from Auto, Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow and Rock modes to support off-road driving conditions. Crawl Control allows LX to move forward or in reverse at one of five driver-selected low-speed settings: LO, MIDL, MID, MIDH and HIGH. Crawl Control intuitively orchestrates the engagement and disengagement of engine output and hydraulic braking pressure to help reduce tire slippage and optimize chassis behavior. The Lexus Interface has a 12.3-inch upper touchscreen with added 7-inch lower touchscreen. It is scheduled to arrive at U.S. dealers in the first quarter of 2022.
Maserati celebrates its racing history with the F Tributo Special Edition, F for Fangio, the driver who made his mark and Tributo, meaning in homage or tribute. Available on Ghibli and Levante (pictured) in two exclusive colors, Rosso Tributo and Azzurro Tributo, and arrives at dealerships in the United States and Canada this month.
The fourth-generation 2022 Toyota Highlander, available in either front-Wheel Drive or All-Wheel Drive, is powered by a 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine teamed with an eight-speed automatic transmission equipped to tow 5,000-pounds and includes Trailer Sway Control which uses the Vehicle Stability Control to help control unwanted trailer movement. The 2022 Highlander L FWD starts at $36,420 (including $1,215 destination, processing, handling fee). The Hybrid Bronze Edition (pictured), is powered by a 243 total hybrid system horsepower 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine with two electric motors delivering up to an EPA-estimated 36 combined MPG and a towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds and will be offered at $45,095 for the FWD variant and $46,695 for the AWD variant. The Highlander Hybrid offers selectable NORMAL, ECO and SPORT driving modes plus the EV mode, which allows electric-only driving at low speeds for short distances. Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.5+) is standard across all grades.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
The 2022 Kia Forte compact sedan comes with new front and rear design elements available in FE, LXS, GT-Line and GT trim levels, and is powered by a 147 horsepower 2.0-liter MPI I-4 engine mated to a Intelligent Continuously Variable Transmission on the FE, LXS, GT-Line trims and a 201 horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter GDI I-4 engine with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission or 6-speed manual transmission on the GT model. New package offerings include LXS Technology, GT-Line Technology, and GT Technology, each with a unique combination of tech and ADAS systems including Lane Following Assist, Navigation-Based Smart Cruise Control, Highway Driving Assist, and Safe Exit Warning. A larger 4.2-inch color TFT LCD cluster is standard on all trims with a newly available 10.25-inch widescreen navigation display.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
The all-new Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid crossover SUV, powered by a twin-motor Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system with a motor at the front and another one at the rear of the vehicle, is scheduled for launch in the U.S. in the second half of calendar-year 2022.
The Genesis GV60, a high-performance electric vehicle, is powered by a 77.4kWh battery giving the standard 228 horsepower RWD model a maximum driving range of 280 miles per charge. The standard 318 horsepower AWD model is equipped with a 217 horsepower motor for its rear wheels and a 101 horsepower motor for its front wheels for a maximum driving range of 248 miles per charge. Innovations include Face Connect, Fingerprint Authentication System, Over-the-Air Software Update, and Digital Key 2 enable drivers to interact with their vehicle. Safety and convenience features include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Safe Exit Assist, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, Driver Attention Warning, rear side monitor, High Beam Assist, Smart Cruise Control, Navigation-Based Smart Cruise Control, Lane Following Assist, Highway Driving Assist 2, Rear View Monitor), Surround View Monitor, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, Parking Distance Warnings for the front, side and rear, Rear Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Remote Smart Parking Assist.