Wednesday, May 31, 2023

All-New Alfa Romeo Tonale Starts At $49,090 Now

The all-new Alfa Romeo Tonale powered by a 180 horsepower 1.3-liter MultiAir turbocharged four-cylinder engine driving the front wheels, with a high-voltage Belt Starter Generator mounted to the engine, combines with a 15.5-kWh lithium-ion battery that drives a 90-kW electric motor on the rear axle for a total 285 horsepower output. The electric range is 33 miles and MPGe rating is 77.  The total range of the Alfa Romeo Tonale with a full battery charge is 360 miles. Combined fuel economy is 29 MPG. The Veloce trim starts at $49,090 ( including $1,595 destination charge). Alfa Romeo Tonale is shipping to dealerships now.

2024 Colorado ZR2 Bison

The all-new 2024 Colorado ZR2 Bison is powered by a 310 horsepower 2.7L Turbo High-Output powertrain mated to an 8-speed automatic providing a 1,050 pound payload and 5,500 pound towing capacity, ground clearance of 12.2 inches, power-locking front and rear differentials and multimatic DSSV dampers. Chevy Safety Assist is standard and includes Automatic Emergency Braking, Front pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Following Distance Indicator, Forward Collision Alert and IntelliBeam auto high beam control. 

2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray Starts At 105,690 Later This Year

The first-ever electrified 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray with all-wheel-drive is powered by a 495 horsepower 6.2L LT2 Small Block V-8 engine complemented by an electric motor that channels an additional 160 horsepower through the front wheels via a 1.9 kWh battery pack, which is located between the seats. In total, E-Ray produces a combined 655 horsepower from both the electric motor and Small Block V-8. The 2024 Corvette E-Ray goes on sale later this year with an MSRP of $105,690 (including $1,395 destination freight charge) for the 1LZ coupe and $112,690 for the 1LZ convertible model.

2023 Range Rover Sport SV Starts At $85,075 Now

The new 2023 Range Rover Sport SV is powered by a 626 horsepower 4.4-litre Twin-Turbo mild-hybrid V8 gas engine. SV-tuned settings are applied to the Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, All-Wheel Steering, Torque Vectoring by Braking, Configurable Dynamics and Active Locking Rear Differential. Range Rover Sport adds a new 542 horsepower plug-in electric hybrid to the line-up with the new P550e powertrain offering an EV range of up to 51 miles. The Range Rover Sport family of vehicles starts at $85,075 (including $1,475 destination/handling charge) now. The new Range Rover Sport SV is initially being reserved for select clients globally, with the invitation-only SV EDITION ONE specification.

2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Starts At $44,405 This Summer

The 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander is powered by a 265 horsepower 2.4L turbo gas engine with an EPA-estimated 24 combined MPG for XLE FWD, a 245 horsepower 2.5L hybrid with an EPA-estimated 36 combined MPG for the XLE FWD, or a 362 horsepower Hybrid MAX engine with with an EPA-estimated 27 combined MPG and 5,000 pound towing capacity. All three powertrains come with Sport, Eco, Normal drive modes while Multi-Terrain Select has Mud & Sand, Rock & Dirt, Snow modes on the gas AWD and Hybrid MAX powertrains. Standard on the Grand Highlander is a 12.3-inch touchscreen displaying Toyota’s latest Audio Multimedia system. The 2024 Grand Highlander will have a starting MSRP of $44,405 (including $1,335 delivery, processing and handling fee) for the gas engine models, $46,005 for the hybrid and $55,375 for the Hybrid MAX powertrain when it hits dealerships this Summer.

Aston Martin DB12 Coming InThe 3rd Quarter

The new Aston Martin DB12 is powered by a 680 horsepower 4.0 Twin-Turbo V8 engine, an increase of 34% compared with the outgoing DB11, taking it to a top speed of 202mph. Power is fed through an 8-speed automatic transmission. DB12’s bonded aluminum structure has seen a 7% increase in global torsional stiffness thanks to changes to a range of underbody components, the engine cross brace, front and rear undertrays, front crossmember and rear bulkhead. The all-new suspension system features new intelligent adaptive dampers and an electronic rear differential which is linked to the car’s Electronic Stability Control system. DB12 can be ordered with a Carbon Ceramic Brake option. First deliveries are scheduled to begin during Q3 2023.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

2024 BMW 5 Series Starts At $58,895 In October

The new BMW 5 Series has grown in length by 3.4 inches to 199.2, in width by 1.3 inches to 74.8 and in height by 1.4 inches to 59.6 and the wheelbase has been increased by 0.8 inches to 117.9 inches. The BMW 530i, starting at $58,895 (including $995 destination and handling) and 530i xDrive starting at $61,195, are powered by a new generation 255 horsepower 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine mated to an 8-speed STEPTRONIC transmission with shift paddles. 

The BMW 540i xDrive, starting at $65,895 is powered by a 375 horsepower 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine, an increase of 40 horsepower over the previous generation. Production starts in November 2023. The BMW i5 eDrive40 (pictured above), with an estimated 295-mile range, starts at $67,795 and has a maximum power output of 335 horsepower. The BMW i5 M60 xDrive with a 590 horsepower electric drivetrain starts at $85,095.The electric motor on the rear wheels generates a maximum power output of 335 horsepower, while the motor at the front axle produces 257 horsepower. 

The seats in the new BMW 5 Series Sedan have been redesigned with sport seats standard equipment. Multi-contour seats are standard on i5 M60 xDrive and optional on other models. The global market launch of the new BMW 5 Series will begin in October 2023 and coming to the US in 2024 is a plug-in hybrid system.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC


2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC 

2024 Volkswagen Atlas Starts At $39,075 In Q3

The refreshed seven-seater 2024 Volkswagen Atlas, powered by a 269 horsepower four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine, will offer six trim levels, including two Peak Edition trims, while Atlas Cross Sport will offer five trim levels. The Atlas will start at $39,075 (including $1,350 destination charge) and the 2024 Atlas Cross Sport at $38,065 when arriving at U.S. dealers in Q3 of 2023.

2024 BMW 7-Series New Variants Arrive Starting This Summer

The seventh generation 7 Series will offer the 483-horsepower 750e xDrive plug-in hybrid and the single-motor, rear-wheel drive i7 eDrive50, while the 6-cylinder 740i can now be ordered with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. And the new BMW Operating System 8.5 will be introduced in certain models starting in July. 

The 2024 750e xDrive pairs a 308 horsepower TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter 6-cylinder internal combustion engine with a 194 horsepower GEN5 electric motor mounted in the transmission delivering a maximum system output of 483 horsepower. The 750e xDrive will provide an estimated purely-electric range of over 35 miles (estimated range according to preliminary BMW AG tests based on the EPA’s test procedure standards). The 2024 BMW 750e xDrive will carry a base price of $107,995 (including $995 destination and handling) when it enters the US market in the Fall of 2023.

Also in the third quarter of 2023, the dual-motor, all-wheel drive BMW i7 xDrive60 and i7 M70 xDrive will be joined by the single-motor, rear-wheel drive i7 eDrive50. The single GEN5 motor drives the rear axle with 449 horsepower. The 2024 BMW i7 eDrive50 will start at $106,695 (including $995 destination and handling) when it goes on sale in the fall of 2023. Range and performance figures will be released closer to market launch.

The 375 horsepower BMW 740i will be available with xDrive starting with July production. The 2024 BMW 740i xDrive will carry a base price of $100,395 when it arrives in the third quarter of 2023.

2023 Mercedes-AMG SL 43 Starts At $111,050 This Summer

The 2023 Mercedes-AMG SL 43 2+2-seater, based on a completely new vehicle architecture, is powered by a 375 horsepower AMG-enhanced 2.0-liter turbocharged M139 engine featuring an electric exhaust gas turbocharger via the 48-volt electrical system, which also feeds the belt-driven starter-generator and is mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT® MCT 9G transmission with wet start-off clutch and rear-wheel drive. There are five AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes "Slippery", "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport +" and "Individual". Arriving in U.S. dealerships this Summer, the 2023 Mercedes-AMG SL 43 starts from $111,050 (excludes $1,150 destination and delivery charge.

BMW Concept Touring Coupé

BMW Concept Touring Coupé is powered by a six-cylinder in-line engine.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

2024 Lexus LC 500 Starts At $98,850 In June

The 2024 Lexus LC 500 Convertible (above), with the new Bespoke Build option, is powered by a 471 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 paired with a Direct-Shift 10-speed automatic transmission. New to the interior this year, is a standard 12.3-inch high-definition touchscreen display and Parking Assist and a Panoramic View Monitor. The Bespoke Build option allows customers to configure their vehicle with a mix of performance and styling components like the wheels, roof and exterior/interior trim and colors. With this offering, the Bespoke Build option is now available across the entire 2024 LC 500 lineup. The convertible starts at $106,350 (including DPH) and is expected to go on sale in June 2023. The 2024 LC 500 hardtop starts at $98,850 MSRP (including $1,150 DPH). 

The LC 500h, which starts at $102,150, has combined net system output of 354 horsepower with the Multistage Hybrid System utilizing the power from a V6 engine and the electric motor amplified by the 4-speed automatic transmission. The LC 500h uses a compact, lightweight lithium-ion battery that fits between the rear seats and the luggage compartment and has a high-power density, with its 84 cells producing 310.8 volts. Both models are expected to go on sale in June. 

2023 Ram 1500 Havoc Edition Coming This Spring

The new 2023 Ram 1500 Havoc Edition, with Baja Yellow exterior color, with black exterior accents and off-road focused interior content, is powered by a 5.7-liter HEMI® eTorque V-8 engine. The Ram 1500 Rebel Havoc Edition is available in extremely limited quantities at a starting price of $72,205 (including $1,895 destination) later this Spring.

2024 Nissan GT-R and GT-R NISMO Coming This Spring

The 2024 Nissan GT-R (left), with redesigned front and rear fascias, rear wings and other body elements to increase aerodynamic downforce and reduce drag, is powered by a 565 horsepower 3.8-liter V6, 24-valve, twin-turbocharged engine mated to a standard 6-speed dual-clutch transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for manual control. The 2024 Nissan GT-R goes on sale in limited numbers this Spring at select U.S. Nissan dealers starting at $122,885 (including $1,895 destination and handling). 

The 600 horsepower 2024 GT-R NISMO (above right), available with a NISMO Appearance Package that includes exclusive RAYS® wheels with red accents, a clear coat applied to the carbon fiber hood and an exclusive engine cover also adds a front limited-slip differential to improve the driving experience. A new rear wing sits atop swan neck-style supports and has a surface area almost 10% larger than previously. The 2024 GT-R NISMO goes on sale this Summer starting at $222,885.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

2024 Ford Ranger Coming Late Summer

The redesigned 2024 Ford Ranger® powered by a standard 270 horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine and more powerful available 315 horsepower 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 mated to a 10-speed automatic SelectShift® transmission with an available electronic shift-on-the-fly 4x4 system. The maximum available towing capacity of 7,500 pounds and maximum available payload capacity of 1,805 pounds. Inside  a standard 8-inch digital instrument cluster or available full-screen 12.4-inch cluster with a standard 10.1-inch or available 12-inch center touchscreen with Ford’s SYNC®4A system. The 2024 Ford Ranger orders begin later this month with availability beginning late Summer and late Fall availability for the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

2024 GMC HUMMER EV Omega Edition Starts At $139,995 1st Half of 2024

The 2024 GMC HUMMER EV Omega Edition all-electric truck is a limited edition vehicle available exclusively on the 3X trim for both the 2024 HUMMER EV Pickup and SUV. With a Neptune Blue Matte exterior paint color, pricing for the HUMMER EV Omega Edition Pickup starts at $149,995 for the 24-module battery and the SUV with 20-module battery will start at $139,995. The Omega Edition is expected to begin rolling out of Factory ZERO in the first half of 2024. 

MINI Cooper Electric Starts Production in November

The new MINI Cooper Electric, in its fifth generation, has an output of 135 kW and battery capacity of 40.7 kWh while the MINI Cooper SE has 160 kW and 54.2 kWh battery capacity. Production begins in November 2023.

2024 Acura Integra Type S Starts At $51,995 Next Month

The 2024 Acura Integra Type S, available for limited reservations, is powered by a 320 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter VTEC® engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and starts at $51,995 (including destination fee). Integra Type S offers a flexible 5-door liftback design. Buyers will have the opportunity to reserve one of the first 200 production units on May 11th before it officially begins arriving at dealerships next month.

2024 Kia Carnival MPV Starts At $34,565

The 2024 Kia Carnival MPV, a carryover model with minor packaging changes, is powered by a 290 horsepower 3.5L V6 GDI engine with a 3,500-lb. towing capacity, and a starting price at $34,565 for the LX trim. Standard features include hands-free power sliding doors and available hands-free power tailgate with auto closing, one-button all-door open/close functionality, and modular second- and third-row seat flexibility, including second-row center multi-function free mode seats. For the 2024 model year, the All-Auto Up/Down & Safety Power Windows were removed from the EX trim, but remain standard for the SX and SX Prestige.

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Test Drive: 2023 Toyota Sequoia Platinum

The all-new 2023 Toyota Sequoia in its third-generation hit the roads last summer in 5 trim levels  powered by a 437 horsepower twin-turbo V6 hybrid i-FORCE MAX engine coupled with a 48 horsepower motor generator mated a 10-speed automatic transmission. The base SR5 trim starts at $59,860 (including $1,495 delivery, processing, and handling fee). Above the SR5 are the Limited starting at $66,260, Platinum (above) starting at $72,460, TRD Pro starting at $77,560 and the new top-of the line Capstone grade starting at $76,860. The all-new Sequoia offers up to a 9,520-pound maximum towing capacity, a 26 percent increase over the previous generation model. The Platinum 4X4 in this test drive review has a price of $79,000. Toyota has sold 6,192 Sequoias year-to-date through the end of April.