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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Toyota Avalon Gets More Aggressive, Boasts New Tech at Detroit

Toyota has undoubtedly heard cries from customers and journalists alike bemoaning its boring sedans. But no more. The 2019 Avalon is following in the 2018 Camry’s footsteps by going sporty. The new Avalon ditches the dull styling for some excitement as it moves into its fifth generation.

Toyota calls the Avalon its “mid-premium sedan” and has packed the car with loads of luxury features, more technology like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and made its Toyota Safety Sense P suite of active safety systems even more powerful. Improved powertrains include a reworked 3.5-liter V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission, along with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with Toyota’s newest hybrid system and CVT transmission.

There are four trim levels available: the XSE, Touring, XLE, Limited. Hybrid models come in XLE, Limited, and XSE grades.


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“The swankier trims, the Touring and Limited, come with real wood and aluminum interior accents and fancy stitching on the leather seating”

The swankier trims, the Touring and Limited, come with real wood and aluminum interior accents and fancy stitching on the leather seating. The latest Entune 3.0 system now includes a Wi-Fi hotshot, Toyota Remote Connect with smartwatch and Amazon Alexa connectivity, and the return of the Qi wireless charging system. An available JBL sound system pumps 1,200 watts through 14 speakers over a 7.1-channel surround sound system.

Toyota also addresses the Avalon’s fun-to-drive factor. Adaptive dampers are standard (a Toyota first) and offer variable control over the suspension’s movements in conjunction with drive moves.

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“Compared to the outgoing Avalon, the 2019 model has a 2.0-inch longer wheelbase, is 0.8-inches wider, and has shorter overhangs by 0.4 and 1.0 inches in the front and rear, respectively.”

The 2019 Avalon rides on the same Toyota New Global Architecture as the 2018 Camry, but is larger for more interior room. Compared to the outgoing Avalon, the 2019 model has a 2.0-inch longer wheelbase, is 0.8-inches wider, and has shorter overhangs by 0.4 and 1.0 inches in the front and rear, respectively.

As for the Toyota Safety Sense suite, it includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Back Guide Monitor. Optional safety equipment includes the Panoramic View Monitor (360-degree bird’s eye camera view) and Rear Cross Traffic Braking.


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“Toyota hasn’t announced pricing for the 2019 Avalon, but we expect it to start around $34,000”

Toyota hasn’t announced pricing for the 2019 Avalon, but we expect it to start around $34,000. It will begin arriving in showrooms in the late spring of 2018.

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PostHeaderIcon Acura Swings For The Fences With 2019 RDX – New Look, New Tech, Extra SUV

The 2018 Detroit Auto Show is now officially hitting its stride, and amid a flurry of high-riding utility vehicle debuts, Acura is joining the fray with its brand-new third-generation RDX compact luxury SUV. The Japanese automaker is calling it the “most extensive Acura redesign in more than a decade,” unveiling the five-passenger in “prototype” form, even though this thing looks pretty much good to go in terms of production status. Overall, the updates cater to American buyers in a big way, adding in extra inches for the size, as well as new technology like a True Touchpad Interface, and new styling to boot. Inspiration comes from Acura’s latest Precision Concepts in terms of exterior aesthetics and interior layout, which is sure to get the attention of stateside buyers, and Acura boasts the 2019 model year is the “quickest, best-handling RDX ever.” The updated RDX will hit dealers by mid-2018, but until then, read on for more info.

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The Full Story

What Does It Look Like?


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“The new RDX offers much more of that classic SUV character thanks to its bigger, bolder features, especially in the fascia”

With the continued growth and popularity of the SUV and crossover segment here in the States, it’s no surprise Acura has gone to such great lengths to keep the RDX feeling fresh, especially when you consider the solid sales numbers the nameplate has posted over the last five years or so.

So what makes the 2019 RDX standout in the segment? For starters, the styling just got a major improvement. This is the first model to “fully embody Acura’s new design language as envisioned in the Acura Precision Concept,” and overall, we think it offers much more of that classic SUV character thanks to its bigger, bolder features, especially in the fascia. Up front, we also find Acura’s Jewel Eye LED headlights and a diamond pentagon grille insert.

On the subject of looks, Acura is offering customers a new A-Spec trim level, and although it doesn’t actually affect, you know, performance, it does give the SUV extra regression in the styling department. Going forward, Acura says each of its core models will come with the option for A-Spec gear.

What’s Under The Skin?


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“The 2019 RDX comes packing with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which features a mono-scroll turbocharger, double overhead cams, and a VTEC variable valve system”

Behind the restyled grille, the 2019 RDX comes packing with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which features a mono-scroll turbocharger, double overhead cams, and a VTEC variable valve system. The ’four replaces the outgoing model’s SOHC 3.5-liter V-6, and despite its smaller displacement, it manages to create roughly 40 percent more low-end twist.

Once again, FWD is standard, while AWD is optional. Go for the extra grip, and you’ll also get a handling-enhancing torque vectoring system, complete with a new rear diff with a big upgrade in torque capacity. The gearbox is also new, with Acura replacing the older six-speed unit with a segment-first 10-speed automatic.

Complementing the oily bits is a lighter, stiffer body. The exterior dimensions have grown as well, measuring in with an extra 1.2 inches overall, 2.5 inches more wheelbase, and a shorter front overhang. Managing it all is a new, optional adaptive suspension system that takes cues from the Acura NSX with multiple drive modes, including several sport modes.

What’s It Like In The Cabin?


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“The big news inside the cabin is a fresh infotainment system Acura calls the True Touchpad Interface”

The big news inside the cabin is a fresh infotainment system Acura calls the True Touchpad Interface. Basically, this system mates touchscreen and remote interface elements into a single unit via a 10.2-inch high-definition display, a new operating system, sharper graphics, and a new voice recognition system as well. Look for the system to eventually find its way into the rest of the Acura stable.

More broadly speaking, the RDX’s interior was redesigned to reflect the Acura Precision Cockpit concept seen previously, and best characterized by the large, vertically oriented center console controls.

Up top, there’s a huge panoramic sliding moonroof as standard across the line, which Acura boasts as the biggest in its class. There’s also more space inside thanks to the longer wheelbase, while front-seated passengers get to enjoy heated and ventilated front seats and 16-way power adjustment. Finally, a host of premium materials solidify the RDX’s claims to opulence, and include Napa leather, brushed aluminum, and open-pore Olive Ash wood.

Clearly Aimed At The States


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With the popularity of the SUV and crossover segment continuing unabated here in the U.S., this extensive update for the 2019 RDX makes a lot of sense. Indeed, the automaker says it was “designed, developed and manufactured in America,” and it shows, touching each of the areas U.S. consumers care about the most.

All told, we’re predicting a good amount of success with this one.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Veloster Gets Much-Needed Redesign, but What’s with the Lancer Evo Face?

Launched back in 2011, the Veloster quickly turned from a rather exotic-looking hatchback into the unfortunate, forgotten child of the Hyundai family. The coupe-style three-door gained very few updates during its first generation and there were plenty of rumors that Hyundai was thinking about giving it the axe. But the Koreans eventually decided to keep the nameplate alive brought the redesigned, second-generation model at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show.

Although far from revolutionary, the Veloster is a fresh take on the design, having borrowed the company’s recent styling language with sportier cues. The front fascia boasts the biggest changes, with more angular headlamps, a larger grille with honeycomb mesh, and an aggressive lower bumper. But while it’s definitely appealing to look at, it reminds me a bit too much of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. I know, they’re far from identical, but the narrow top grille, and angular headlamps that become slimmer toward the center and the way the hood meets with the nose makes me thing Mitsubishi when I look at it.

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New Tech, Same Turbo Engine


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“The new infotainment system features standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay”

Fortunately, the rear still has that authentic Veloster vibe to it and the diffuser and center exhaust on the Turbo model gives it a menacing stance. The asymmetrical layout with two doors on the passenger side was carried over.

The interior is also brand-new and looks modern and fresh (although I must say I still like the first-gen V-shaped center stack and dashboard). The new infotainment system with the seven-inch display features standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and the options list includes SiriusXM Radio and next-gen Blue Link LTE-powered connectivity. The optional eight-inch display includes all of the above plus HD radio, smartphone integration, and an Infinity premium audio system. A heads-up display system is also available.


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“Two engines are offered, starting with a 2.0-liter, Atkinson-cycle four-pot rated at 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque”

Two engines are offered, starting with a 2.0-liter, Atkinson-cycle four-pot rated at 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. It might not sound like much, but it’s a 15-horsepower and 12-pound-foot increase over the outgoing 1.6-liter mill. More powerful comes from the turbocharge, 1.6-liter GDI unit with 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet. If it’s sounds familiar, it’s because I’m talking about the same engine in the outgoing model. A bit disappointing, don’t you think? However, Hyndai says that the new Veloster will have better handling. And the bigger news is that we’re getting a higher performance N model in the U.S.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe Hits Detroit as the Most Powerful Two-Door E-Class Yet

Mercedes-Benz used the 2018 Detroit Auto Show to introduce a new line of AMG-badges cars. The new series is dubbed E53 and its main feat is that it has a hybrid engine, which makes it the first electrified production model line from Affalterbach. The new E53 lineup includes three model for now, one of which is the E-Class Coupe. It’s called the Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe and in the absence of a full-blown E63 version, it’s the most potent E-Class Coupe to date!


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“While it's nowhere near as aggressive as the E63, it stands out in the lineup thanks to a few unique features”

Debuted alongside identical variants of the CLS and E-Class Cabriolet, the AMG E53 Coupe bridges the gap between the already familiar E43 and E63 designs. While it’s nowhere near as aggressive as the E63, it stands out in the lineup thanks to a few unique features. Up front, the diamond radiator grille with individual pins was replaced by a twin-blade design finished in silver chrome and a black lattice mesh in the background. The outer air intakes and the side skirts have also been revised, together with rear apron and the tailpipe trim, now finished in high-gloss chrome. There’s a new trunklid spoiler too, available either in body color or exposed carbon-fiber.

The interior features the big 12.3-inch display for the infotainment and instrument cluster as standard and all the fancy tech seen in the regular E-Class Coupe, but the AMG badge adds a few extras, starting with the AMG Performance steering wheel in Nappa leather. The two-door also employs sports seats, AMG-specific upholstery design, red seatbelts, and trim elements in either carbon-fiber, glass fiber, or matte silver. The steering wheel can be optioned up with wood inserts in piano lacquer or Dinamica microfiber grip areas. New upholstery options are also available, including combinations in black/saddle brown, black/white, black/classic red, designo titian red/macchiato beige and designo titanium grey/black.


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“The AMG badge adds a few extras, starting with the AMG Performance steering wheel in Nappa leather”

Motivation is provided by a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six engine with an EQ Boost starter-alternator. The latter not only increases fuel economy, but it also boosts engine output. The configuration is not new, having been launched on the CLS four-door coupe in 2017, but it’s the first time it’s being offered on another model. The six-cylinder engine cranks out 435 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, significantly more than the most potent E-Class Coupe version available right now, the E400. The latter delivers “only” 328 horses and 350 pound-feet. The EQ Boost provides an additional 22 horses and 184 pound-feet, taking total output to an impressive 457 horsepower and 568 pound-feet.


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“The EQ Boost provides an additional 22 horses and 184 pound-feet, taking total output to an impressive 457 horsepower and 568 pound-feet.”

A nine-speed AMG Speedshift transmission and 4Matic all-wheel-drive system routes the power to the wheels, enabling the E53 Coupe to hit 62 mph from a standing start in 4.4 seconds, more than a half-second quicker than the E400 4Matic, to go with a top speed of 155 mph. Other features include five Dynamic Select drive modes, independent AMG Ride Control+ suspension, AMG speed-sensitive steering, and compound braking system.

Stick around for a full debut on this car.

References

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PostHeaderIcon All-New 2019 Ram 1500 Steals The Show at Detroit

The 2019 Ram 1500 is making big waves at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show thanks to an all-new design that departs from years past, a swanky new interior with the segment’s first 12-inch touchscreen, a completely new frame, revised suspension designs, and a new mild hybrid system on both the 3.6-liter V-6 and 5.7-liter V-8.

Starting with the frame, Ram managed to cut weight by 100 pounds yet make it stronger thanks to its 98-percent composition of high-strength steel. Overall, nearly 225 pounds has been cut from the truck. Aluminum is used extensively in the unseen parts. The transmission crossmember, steering system, front suspension, and even the engine mounts are made from the lightweight yet strong material. The tailgate also uses an aluminum skin.


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“On trucks not equipped with the active air suspension and the Rebel, the air dam lowers by 2.5 inches at speeds above 35 mph.”

Aerodynamics are improved thanks to a segment-first active air dam. On trucks not equipped with the active air suspension and the Rebel, the air dam lowers by 2.5 inches at speeds above 35 mph. The active grille shutters return from the outgoing truck, too.

Inside, the Ram 1500 boasts a high-class interior regardless of trim level. Each trim takes inspiration from different hammers – yes, hammers – Ram says represents the different customers the trim levels are geared for. The big news, of course, is the massive 12-inch touch screen running a new version of FCA’s Uconnect software. The screen is basically two 8.4-inch screens stacked vertically and can run two separate applications or operate in a full-screen mode. The 12-inch system is standard in the range-topping Limited and available in the Laramie. The 8.0-inch and 7.0-inch systems fill the lower trims.


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“Each trim takes inspiration from different hammers – yes, hammers – Ram says represents the different customers the trim levels are geared for”

The crew cab model is nearly 4.0-inches longer than before, allowing for reclining rear seats. A completely flat load floor is finally included, and the in-floor storage bins return, too.

Under the hood are revised versions of the familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. Both come with mild hybrid systems called eTorque that use a large electric motor to help twist the crankshaft via a belt-drive system. The motor also acts as the starter for the auto start/stop system and also recharges the Ram’s 48-volt battery pack during braking. The battery is a briefcase-sized unit located along the cab’s bulkhead.


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“Both engines come with mild hybrid systems called eTorque that use a large electric motor to help twist the crankshaft via a belt-drive system”

The 3.6-liter V-6 is rated at 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. The 5.7-liter V-8 is rated at 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. While the same as the outgoing truck, the fuel economy is said to be much improved. Ram hasn’t announced those numbers, yet.

A new 4×4 Off-Road package is now available on nearly every trim. It comes standard with part-time 4WD, an electronic locking rear differential, a one-inch suspension lift, and 32-inch all-terrain tires. It can be had with or without the four-corner air suspension. It also includes hill-descent control and the same off-road-biased rear suspension geometry as the Rebel.


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“The 2019 Ram 1500 can be ordered starting in late January and will arrive in showrooms by the end of Q1 2018”

And speaking of the Ram 1500 Rebel, it returns for 2019 with 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires on 18-inch wheels, skid plates, and a one-inch suspension lift. Changes include the availability of the Quad Cab, the air suspension as an option rather than standard, a locking rear differential, and new Bilstein shocks.

The 2019 Ram 1500 can be ordered starting in late January and will arrive in showrooms by the end of Q1 2018. Pricing has not been announced at this time, but shouldn’t be long before Ram released the information.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Ranger Returns To America With a Vengeance

Six years. That’s how long it’s been since we had the Ford Ranger in our lives. It took some time and a set of fortuitous circumstances, but after waiting since 2011 for the Ranger to make its comeback in the U.S., Ford finally delivered. The Ranger is back, and it’s looking to reclaim its status as one of the best and most popular entry-level pickup trucks in the market.


“Aesthetically, the U.S.-bound Ranger bares some similarities to its global-spec T6 counterpart.”

It feels great to finally get the Ford Ranger back. Now we can forget about all those jokes from our friends all over the world who have never seen a world without the Ranger in their markets. In fact, international markets have had the Ranger since 1998. Its success in those markets continues to make it relevant after all these years. Now we’re getting it back, and the world is better for it.

Aesthetically, the U.S.-bound Ranger bares some similarities to its global-spec T6 counterpart. The dimensions are similar, and the overall presentation makes it a chore to determine one from the other. That’s not to say that they’re identical because they’re not. The U.S.-spec Ranger makes use of a number of styling cues that help make it stand out, including a bulging power dome hood that adds a more aggressive look to the front section and a blacked out front grille with thinner horizontal bars than the ones found on the current model. The interior also gets its own set of goodies, specifically a thick steering wheel and a high-tech instrument cluster with a pair of LCD displays.


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“In terms of power, the returning Ranger will use a 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four engine”

In terms of power, the returning Ranger will use a 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four engine. The automaker hasn’t given a specific power rating, but the EcoBoost isn’t a new engine so we already have an idea of what it’s capable of. A different version of the same engine sits under the hood of the 2018 Ford Mustang. That bad boy produces 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

Regardless of what kind of power the Ranger’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost has, the important thing is that the model itself is back in our lives. Welcome home, Ford Ranger. You’ve been missed.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Blitzkriegs Detroit!

Mercedes-Benz has finally debuted the all-new G-Class SUV at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. While Mercedes had already released the official information on the G-Class just prior to the show, this is our first time getting a hands-on look at the new icon.

The new G-Class is longer, wider, and of course, more luxurious than the outgoing model. The interior borrows some of the design and high-tech features from the E-Class and S-Class sedans, meaning the G will finally be worth its €107,040.50 ($131,470) asking price. Outside, the G-Class wears a familiar aesthetic that keeps the vehicle grounded in its heritage. It’s like the Jeep Wrangler – the designers couldn’t change it beyond recognition.

The G-Class also retains is amazing off-road capability. In fact, Mercedes even increased the G’s performance. A new “G-Mode” is like a silver bullet button that puts the SUV’s systems into the right settings for tackling treacherous terrain. The front, center, and rear locking differentials, combined with different settings for the traction control, throttle response, and ABS are all included.

Initially, power comes from a 4.0-liter V-8 making 422 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque from 2,000 to 4,750 rpm. More engines are expected in the future. A nine-speed automatic comes standard. Mercedes says the 2019 G-Class will achieve 21.2 mpg combined. And as mentioned, the price starts around $131,470 here in the U.S. and will go on sale starting in June in Europe with North America to follow.

For more on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, check out our coverage below.

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Happy Thursday: Next-Gen Mercedes G-Class Leaks With No Camo


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PostHeaderIcon New Ford Mustang Bullitt Is Mean and Green in Detroit

Rumored to make a comeback for many years now, the Ford Mustang Bullitt returns in its third iteration at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Based on the facelifted version of the sixth-generation Mustang, the new Bullitt arrives just in time for the movies’ 50th anniversary. Launched almost a half-century after Steve McQueen created the coolest car chase in movie history, the new Bullitt came to Cobo Center alongside the original car from 1968.

Showcased in a metallic dark green color that mimics the shade of the original model, the new Bullitt follows in the footsteps of its fourth- and fifth-generation-based predecessor, sporting an understated look, a number of exclusive features, and a retuned drivetrain. On the outside, it gets subtle chrome accents around the grille and front windows, a unique black grille, and the obligatory Torque Thrust wheels, this time around in 19-inch size. A set of red Brembo calipers completes the look, but it also gets the aerodynamic extras that come with the Performance Package. Color options are limited to the classic Dark Highland Green and Shadow Black.

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Understated but More Powerful


“The standard seats come from the Mustang GT, but owners can upgrade to the optional leather Recaro units”

The cabin is equally understated, with upgrades including the 1960s-inspired white cue ball shift knob and green accent stitching on the seats. The standard seats come from the Mustang GT, but owners can upgrade to the optional leather-wrapped Recaro sports units. The 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster, which was launched with the facelift, features a unique Bullitt welcome screen that starts in green with an image of the car instead of the pony. A heated leather steering wheel is included as standard.

Additionally, Ford offers an optional Bullitt Electronics Package that includes navigation, driver memory seats and mirrors, upgraded sound system, and Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert.


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“Output has been increased compared to the standard 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of the Mustang GT”

Under the vented green hood lurks the familiar 5.0-liter V-8 “Coyote” engine, but output has been increased compared to the standard 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of the Mustang GT. Specific figures aren’t yet available, but Ford says the new Bullitt will benefit from at least 475 horses and 420 pound-feet of twist. Expect it to hit 60 mph a tenth-second than the regular GT, so we could be looking at a 3.8-second benchmark. Top speed is also higher, up to 163 mph from the standard 155 mph.

The Bullitt comes with a manual transmission as standard, but it features a number of drivetrain upgrades on top for the revised engine. It sports an active valve performance exhaust with new Black NitroPlate tips retuned for signature burble, a new Open Air Induction system, and an intake manifold from the Shelby GT350. The optional MagneRide semi-active suspension system optimizes driving performance.

The new Mustang Bullitt is due to hit showrooms this summer, but pricing information is not yet available. We should know more as we review the pony car later this week.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes Debuts New AMG Series with CLS53 Model

Mercedes-Benz is making big waves with the brand-new G-Class at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but the German firm also launched a new AMG series at the U.S. event. The new AMG line wears the 53 designation and debuts on three cars, one of which is the CLS four-door coupe. Introduced a couple of month back, the third-generation CLS was expected to gain a traditional AMG CLS63 version, but it seems we will have to wait a while longer for that model. Instead, we now get to have a look at the CLS53. As you might have already guessed, the CLS53 will slot between the regular CLS and the upcoming beefed-up CLS63.

Unlike the usual 63-badged Mercs, the CLS53 sports a rather subdued look, with only a handful of details setting it apart from the regular model. Up front, the twin-blade radiator grille in silver chrome, previous a V-8 version feature, is the only tell-tale sign. The grille behind also features a black lattice pattern instead of the familiar diamond layout. The profile is highlighted by slightly more dynamic side skirts and new wheels in 19- or 20-inch designs, while the rear fascia gains a revised apron, twin tailpipes in high-gloss chrome, and a spoiler available in carbon-fiber. The 4Matic models gets a few extras, like additional side air curtains, mirrors positioned on the doors (like on AMG GT models).

Exclusive Appointments and up to 457 Horsepower


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“Inside the cabin, you'll find exclusive appointments and materials and an extended list of options”

Inside the cabin, you’ll find exclusive appointments and materials and an extended list of options. Highlights include a AMG Performance steering wheel, sports seats with red safety belts, AMG badges, and trim elements in carbon-fiber, glass fiber, or matte silver. Options include Artico leather and Dinamica microfiber, Nappa leather, or Designo upholstery in Macchiato Beige/Magma Grey, Black/Bengal Red, or Espresso Brown/Magma Grey.

The AMG CLS53 gets its juice from a beefed-up version of the standard model’s twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six engine. This means it also gets the EQ Boost features, which turns it into a mild hybrid. The mill is rated at 435 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, a 73-horsepower and 15-pound-foot increase over the regular model. EQ boost adds an extra 22 horses and 184 pound-feet for a total of 457 horsepower and a whopping 568 pound-feet. That’s only 106 horses less than what the upcoming CLS63 is expected to get. And an extra 15 pound-feet of twist. Awesome!


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“Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes only 4.5 seconds, while top speed is rated at the usual 155 mph.”

All that oomph travels to the wheels through a nine-speed, AMG Speedshift transmission and a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes only 4.5 seconds, while top speed is rated at the usual 155 mph.

Stay tuned for a full review of the new CLS53 model.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Gives the 2019 Silverado a Proper Diet

Chevrolet promised to turn heads at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and it did just that with the introduction of the 2019 Silverado. There’s a lot to unpack about Chevy’s all-new, half-ton pickup truck, and one of the most interesting developments about it has to do with its weight. It may not seem like it in on the surface, but the new Silverado, among other things, is 450 pounds lighter than the current model.


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“Chevy’s going to point to the combination of using aluminum and steel on the truck’s body as the biggest reason behind the Silverado’s loss in weight”

Chevy’s going to point to the combination of using aluminum and steel on the truck’s body as the biggest reason behind the Silverado’s loss in weight. There’s a good reason for that because a number of body panels in the truck are made from aluminum, including the doors, hood, and tailgate, Together with the lightweight material, Chevy also used steel in the development of the new pickup, including seven different grades of steel on the underlying safety cage.

The shift to this mixed-material use is a body that now weighs 88 pounds (40 kg) lighter than the current model while also offering 10 percent greater torsional rigidity. The use of mixed materials also has an effect on the pickup’s all-new suspension. Take the front independent short/long arm suspension, for example. According to Chevy, not only are the new forged-aluminum upper control arms lighter, but they also provide better wheel alignment than the stamped component they replace. The redesign extends to the live-axle rear suspension, which now includes new carbon-composite second-stage springs on LT models. The addition of these springs helps save 12 pounds per side compared to the steel springs that are used in the current model.


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“The 2019 Chevrolet now weighs somewhere in the vicinity of 4,000 pounds, 450 pounds less than the current model”

As it is, the 2019 Chevrolet now weighs somewhere in the vicinity of 4,000 pounds, 450 pounds less than the current model, which carries a base curb weight of around 4,500 pounds for the Regular Car trim. It’s not the sexiest development attributed to the new Silverado — it also gets a new engine, in case you’re wondering —but it is significant in improving the pickups all-around versatility.

By comparison, the base curb weight of the existing Ford F-150 sits at 4,560 pounds while the Ram 1500 tips the scales at a heavier 5,083 pounds. A lighter pickup truck has the makings of a more versatile pickup truck, a strategy that Chevrolet is adopting with the new 2019 Silverado. Combine that with the presentation of the pickup and all its other new features and you have a new Silverado that’s looking to make a statement in the half-ton pickup segment.


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“A lighter pickup truck has the makings of a more versatile pickup truck, a strategy that Chevrolet is adopting with the new 2019 Silverado.”

Consider this a warning shot aimed at the feet of Ford and Ram. The 2019 Silverado is now lighter on its feet. Care for a response, Ford and Ram?

References

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Keeps Teasing The New Veloster

First hitting North American shores back in 2011, the Veloster is Hyundai’s sporty little three-door hatchback, offering a nice combination of fun and practicality in a modestly affordable package. Now, there’s an updated model just over the horizon and Hyundai is teasing it big time, with the latest refresh shown in a brief 15-second clip composed of quick shots of the front and rear panned against a shadowy background.

Although brief, the video does seem to reveal that the 2019 model year won’t be a huge break from what we’ve seen before, with the updates mostly centered on bringing the Veloster’s aesthetics up to par with the rest of the automaker’s current lineup. There’s still a three-door body style, with one door for the driver and two for the passenger side, plus a low stance and bubbly profile. However, Hyundai does mention that the A-pillars were moved rearwards to give the car a longer look.

Draped over the body panels, we find a blazing orange paint job, although black was also added to the top portions of the car, suggesting a two-tone paint scheme above the window line. In front, the fascia gains a sharper headlight design, with lower daytime running light accents set in LEDs. The central intake uses a hexagonal shape, and there’s a lower splitter element acting as underspoiler for the chin. Smaller side intakes were added to the bumper corners, and while they don’t look functional, they still lend the thing a cool design element thanks to their upward-swinging wing pieces.

In the corners, the wheels use an aggressive turbine design, while higher up, there are decently flared fenders. There’s also a few character lines stretching up into the profile, while black offsets are used for the side skirts and side-view mirrors.

The rear end gets a chunky bumper design with a center-mounted dual-tip exhaust, while the hatch gets a roof spoiler. The rear bumper also comes with a diffuser element for added aero points. Finally, a new taillight design wraps up into the flanks.

In terms of the oily details, expect a front-mounted 1.6-liter engine, turbocharged to produce 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Once again, muscle is routed exclusively to the front axle.

Look for a full reveal of the 2019 model year Hyundai Veloster next week at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Passat GT

Launched all the way back in 1973, the Passat is one of Volkswagen’s most iconic models, up there with the Golf and the Beetle. But unlike the Golf, the midsize has yet to gain a higher performance GTI version. Even the tiny Polo got the infamous red stripe, but for some reason, VW kept the Passat away from this badge. It doesn’t really seem as this would change anytime soon, but Volkswagen just introduced something similar in the United States. Developed based on extensive feedback from U.S. customers and dealers, the Passat GT is pretty much a GTI model without the massive power and the chassis upgrades.

Visually, the GT is heavily based on the Golf GTI. Not only it sports the iconic red stripe on its front grille, but it also has a number of blacked-up out features that give it a more menacing look. The interior was upgraded too and received quite a few extra standard features. Things aren’t as spectacular under the hood, where we can find the same VR6 engine as in the regular range-topping model, but the Passat GT benefits from a retuned suspension for a sportier ride. Based on the R-Line version, the Passat GT is a limited-run model, but Volkswagen had nothing to say about production figures. Let’s find out more about it below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Passat GT.

What makes the Volkswagen Passat GT special

  • Red stripe on the grille
  • Standard LED lights
  • Blacked-out features
  • R-Line bumper
  • Read spoiler
  • Dual exhaust
  • Piano black trim
  • Fake carbon-fiber
  • Heated seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • 3.6-liter VR6 engine
  • 280 horsepower and 258 pound-feet
  • Sporty suspension

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“While most special-edition Volkswagens barely stand out from the pack in terms of exterior features, the Passat GT has quite a few extra features to brag about”

While most special-edition Volkswagens barely stand out from the pack in terms of exterior features, the Passat GT has quite a few extra features to brag about. The first thing that catches the eye is the red accent stripe on the upper grille and headlamps. Reminiscent of the iconic Golf GTI, the stripe also adorns the lower frame of the grille. The front fascia also sports a honeycomb grille with a “GT” badge and a bumper from the R-Line model, which features black accents and sportier side intakes. Additionally, it gets standard LED headlamps and daytime running lights.

Onto the sides, there’s black window trim and black mirror caps, as well as two-tone multi-spoke wheels. The red brake calipers add a dash of color from behind black-and-silver rims. The lowered ride height gives the sedan a sportier stance. The rear section received its fair share of upgrades too, starting with the black spoiler and the smoked LED taillights. The bumper comes with slim black trim, just like the lower door sections, while the standard exhaust pipe was replaced with a dual configuration. Four exterior colors are available for this model: Pure White (pictured), Reflex Silver, Platinum Grey, and Deep Black.


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“The sporty theme continues inside with piano black trim on the center console and fake carbon-fiber on the lower dashboard”

The sporty theme continues inside with piano black trim on the center console and fake carbon-fiber on the lower dashboard. The headliner is also black for an almost all-black layout. The aluminum door sills feature “GT” badges. The seats are wrapped in black leatherette (yup, that’s not real leather unfortunately) with Moonrock Gray inserts and white contrast stitching. Extra standard features compared to the regular Passat include a leather steering wheel, eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and heated mirrors

The 6.3-inch infotainment display comes standard with Bluetooth, voice control, and Volkswagen’s Car-Net App-Connect technology that offers compatible smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.

Under the hood, the Passat GT packs the company’s familiar 3.6-liter VR6 engine. The unit cranks out a solid 280 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful Passat available in the United States. All that oomph travels to the wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Despite being this powerful, the GT still returns good economy, being rated at 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. A sportier suspension setup provides a more dynamic experience behind the wheel.


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“The Passat GT is expected to arrive at dealers in the second quarter of 2018 with a start price of $29,090”

The Passat GT is expected to arrive at dealers in the second quarter of 2018 with a start price of $29,090 (not including the $850 destination fee). That’s a $6,095 premium over the base model, but at the same time, it costs $2,560 less than the range-topping Passat SEL Premium.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda Insight

Introduced in late 1999, the Honda Insight was the first production to feature the company’s then-new Integrated Motor Assist system. It was also the first hybrid launched in North America, arriving in showrooms seven months before the Toyota Prius. Production ended in 2006, after only 17,020 units built, with plans to roll out a replacement in 2009. The second-gen model arrived on time, but this time as a five-door hatchback. The Insight was discontinued for the second time in 2014, mostly due to slow sales. Come 2018 and Honda wants to revive the nameplate with a modern design and drivetrain, and a pre-production prototype is set to break cover at the Detroit Auto Show.

“The Honda Insight is anticipated to receive fuel economy ratings competitive with the best hybrids in the segment, with styling that will have universal appeal inside and out and best-in-class passenger volume,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice resident of American Honda. The redesigned Insight will join four other electrified Hondas, including the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, Electric, and Fuel Cell, and the Fit EV. Most specs are still being kept under wraps, but Honda did unveil a few details about the car’s design and technology. Let’s find out more about it in the review below. And remember to stay tuned for an update from the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the Honda Insight.

Exterior

  • Employs Honda’s new styling language
  • New, sleek fastback design
  • Muscular fenders
  • LED lights
  • Production-ready body

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“The side view is a bit more generic than the exotic-looking Clarity”

The new Insight was designed around the company’s recent styling language, so it looks pretty familiar, especially when compared to the new Clarity and the Accord. The angular headlamps, the large grille that’s narrower at the bottom, and the aggressive bumper vents are features we can find on several other Honda models. On the other hand, the grille has a unique design with the “flying wing” insert placed at the top and running into the headlamps.

The side view is a bit more generic than the exotic-looking Clarity, in the sense that it doesn’t have the sharp beltline running through the door handles. However, the Insight benefits from significantly more muscular fenders front and rear and a swoopy beltline that makes it stand out.


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“Honda went with a fastback sedan design for the new Insight”

The rear is a significant departure from the previous generations. While both its predecessors had hatchback configurations, Honda went with a fastback sedan design for the new Insight. The roof become sleek as it descends toward the rear fascia, while the decklid is rather short. But unlike most modern fastbacks, there’s no tailgate.

The rear fascia itself looks modern and fresh. The taillights are large and have sizable LED strips, but become narrower on the trunk lid. The small spoiler integrated above adds a bit of character. The rear bumper is as simple as they get, but the black insert with chrome trim in the lower area gives the Insight a sportier feel. Overall, it’s an exciting design that integrates the Insight into current Honda lineup.

Interior

  • Clean dashboard design
  • 8-inch infotainment screen
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Premium features
  • Optional leather seats
  • Optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • New driver-assist features

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“The interior looks familiar and shares some features with existing Honda models”

High-resolution photos of the cabin aren’t yet available, but Honda did release a couple of renderings. Much like the exterior, the interior looks familiar and shares some features with existing Honda models, but it does have a few unique styling cues. The dashboard is particularly interesting, with the A/C vents in the center stack and on the passenger side connected by a slim black and chrome strip. Not only it gives the cabin a premium look, but it also gives it a more organic, two-tier layout. The eight-inch infotainment screen is position just below the center A/C vents, with more controls underneath. The configuration is clean and uncluttered and follows current trends.

The steering wheel has a somewhat flat bottom and a few controls for both hands. The digital, seven-inch instrument cluster looks modern too and includes features specific to hybrid models.


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“The longer wheelbase will make the new sedan the roomiest Insight yet”

Honda says that the new Insight will have many premium features. However, things perforated leather seating, Apple CarPlay, and Andoid Auto will be optional. It also promises smartphone-like features and functionality plus customizable app tiles and home-screen shortcuts for the new infotainment system. The Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates should make updating the unit a breeze.

Tech-wise, it will also include Honda LaneWatch on EX and above trims and Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistance technologies as standard equipment. The latter will add Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and new Traffic Sign Recognition.

The longer wheelbase will also make the new sedan the roomiest Insight yet. Honda claims it will provide class-leading passenger space and a full-size trunk thanks to the batteries being located under the rear seats. 60/40 split rear seats are available on the options list.

Drivetrain

  • 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine
  • Lithium-ion battery pack
  • New electric motor
  • Combined mileage of 50 mpg
  • Class-leading output

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“Honda claims that the Insight will deliver class-leading power”

There aren’t many drivetrain details to run by as of this writing, but Honda claims that the Insight will deliver class-leading power. This isn’t hard to achieve though, as the competition isn’t overly powerful. While the Toyota Prius has a total system output of 121 horsepower, the Chevy Volt provides 149 horses and the Hyundai Ioniq cranks out 139 horsepower.

As for fuel economy, Honda anticipates a combined mileage of 50 mpg. This figure puts it below the Prius’ 56 mpg and the Ioniq’s 58 mpg, but above the Volt’s 46 mpg.

Motivation is provided by Honda’s third-gen two-motor hybrid system, which includes a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine and lithium-ion battery pack. Specs aren’t yet available, but I’ll be back with an update from the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

Prices


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Pricing is still a mystery right now and it’s been too long since Honda had an Insight model in showroom to attempt an estimate. But it’s safe to assume that it won’t be significantly more expensive than the Toyota Prius and the Hyundai Ioniq. With the two priced from $23,475 and $22,200, respectively, the Honda Insight should fetch less than $25,000 before incentives and options.

Competition

Toyota Prius


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Introduced for the 2016 model year, the latest-generation Toyota Prius is already almost three years old. And unlike the Insight, it still sports a unique design that sets it apart from any other Toyota out there. And it’s still a hatchback by design. The interior looks pretty high-tech too, and the centered instrument cluster enhances this feeling. The Prius uses the same 1.8-liter, Atkinson-cycle as its predecessor, but the unit is now more efficient thanks to numerous upgrades. It also features a new exhaust gas recirculation system, an active grille shutter, and reduced friction. The four-cylinder is paired with a new electric motor and a battery pack. The gas mill cranks out 95 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque, while the electric motor generates 71 horses and 120 pound-feet. Total system output is rated at 121 horsepower. Fuel efficiency has increased by 10 percent in the new model, which returns up to 58 mpg city, 53 mpg highway, and 56 mpg combined. Pricing starts at $23,475.

Read our full story on the 2017 Toyota Prius.

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid


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The Ioniq was born out of Hyundai’s desire to give the Prius a run for its money. And, on paper, it seems that the Korean brand did a good job. Design-wise, the Ioniq isn’t as “weird” as the Prius, but it has a similar notchback layout and plenty of sporty cues. It looks surprisingly exciting for a hybrid, especially when compared to the old Prius and Insight. Inside, you’ll find a modern layout with soft touch surfaces, a decently large infotainment display, and loads of tech. Under the hood, the Ioniq brings together a 1.6-liter Kappa GDi gasoline engine with an electric motor and a six-speed, dual-clutch transmission (unlike the Prius, which uses a CVT). The gas engine is rated at 104 horsepower and 108 pound-feet of torque, while the electric motor adds an extra 43 horses. Total output is rated at 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet, more than you get from the Toyota Prius. As far as efficiency goes, the Ioniq can return up to 54 mpg in the city. Pricing starts at $22,000, making it the most affordable proposition on this list.

Read our full review of the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq.

Chevrolet Volt


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Redesigned for the 2016 model year, the second-generation Volt gaining a much more attractive exterior design and a surprisingly premium interior with standard rear-vision camera and a heap of safety features, including lane keep assist with lane departure warning, side blind zone alert with lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, front automatic braking, and advanced park assist with front and rear park assist. However, the Volt is a bit different in how its drivetrain operates because it uses a small gasoline engine as a range-extending generator. The electric motors generate 149 horsepower and 294 pound-feet of torque and return an all-electric range of 50 miles. When the battery is depleted, the 101-horsepower, 1.5-liter engine kicks in to extend the range. Overall mileage, including fully charged batteries and a full tank of fuel, is estimated at an impressive 420 miles. But there is a downside to the Volt: it’s significantly more expensive than the competition, retailing from $33,220 before Government rebates. However, if you’re eligible for the full incentive, the sticker for a base model can drop to as low as $26,000.

Read our full story on the 2017 Chevrolet Volt.

Conclusion


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Needless to say, Honda’s strategy for the Insight has been rather awkward up until now. While Toyota built the Prius continuously since its introduction in 1997, Honda discontinued the Insight twice. But the Japanese hybrid returned with massive improvements the first time and it seems that the second revival is again a significant departure from its predecessor. It’s too early to draw a conclusion with the production model still a few months (if not a year) away, but the Detroit Auto Show should provide more information on this Toyota Prius competitor. Stay tuned!

  • Leave it
    • * Still a prototype
    • * Tough competition from Toyota and Hyundai

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PostHeaderIcon We Already Know What it Looks Like, But Mercedes is Teasing the Next-Gen G-Class SUV Anyway

Give Mercedes-Benz credit for this: no amount of leaked images will spoil it by teasing the upcoming Mercedes G-Class. We’ve already seen the all-weather SUV running roughshod in a snowy landscape. Now, it’s taking its marauding madness to the sand dunes with a new teaser photo that shows next-to-nothing except for a peek at the front section of the SUV.

The lack of identifiable body bits doesn’t really matter anymore because the aforementioned leaked photos gave the jig up. We know that the new G-Class will keep its iconic look. With the exception of a few bits and pieces, the new G-Class will remain identifiable to anybody who sees it. That’s not to say that the SUV will be completely the same. Looks aside, this is a new model that’s packing plenty of new tech features and the latest in state-of-the-art technology. The interior, in particular, boasts a reconfigured layout and a new digital instrument cluster, among other niceties.

We’ll leave the technical details for Mercedes to reveal, but the new G-Class is shaping up to be another German masterclass in robust off-roading. The SUV is scheduled to make its debut at the North American Auto Show in Detroit next week. Before that, a third and final teaser will be unveiled on January 14. It doesn’t matter now since we already know what the G-Class looks like, but in keeping with the theme of the first two teaser photos, we’re guessing that this one takes place in a jungle. Perhaps even outer space? No, that’d be too much.

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PostHeaderIcon Kia Forte

Introduced in 2008 as a brand-new nameplate, the Forte has already made a name for itself in the affordable compact car market. And while it might not be as popular as the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, the Forte was Kia’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S. in recent years and of only 15 cars to earn the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ rating for 2018. Not bad for an automobile that had nothing to brag about a decade ago. Almost six years old as of early 2018, the second-generation Forte is living its final months on the market, with a redesigned model set to break cover at the Detroit Auto Show. Details are still under wraps, but Kia released a bunch of design sketches to keep us busy until the event kicks off next week.

Based on these renderings, the Kia Forte will gain a massive makeover. As is always the case with design sketches, the sedan might not be aggressive in real life, but even if we ignore the exaggerated styling cues, the third-gen Forte is one sexy compact. The interior looks promising too thanks to its clean design and near-premium class features. There’s still a lot left to discover about the car that’s trying to give the all-popular Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic a run for their money, but until we can find out more at the Detroit Auto Show, let’s have a closer look at Kia’s design sketches below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Kia Forte Sedan.

Exterior

  • Sportier exterior design
  • Stinger-inspired cues
  • New “tigernose” grille
  • Clean side view
  • Diffuser-like element around back
  • LED lights

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“The renderings show a significantly sportier design up front”

The renderings show a significantly sportier design up front with every important design cue given a serious makeover. The new styling is clearly inspired by the hot Kia Stinger, but the Forte is by no means as aggressive as its bigger sibling. The “tigernose” grille is indeed based on the Stinger’s, having a narrower center section and more angular outer edges. The previous grille looks mild by comparison. The headlamps are also new. No longer connected to the grille, they also become slimmer toward the fenders, which gives the car a sportier look. The bumper boasts a larger center vent with integrated foglamps, while the side intakes bigger than the Stinger’s. Needless to say, the new Forte is gorgeous to look at based on these renderings.

The profile sports the same clean design as its predecessor, but there are quite a few changes to talk about. For starters, the beltline seems to be dead straight from front to rear, whereas on the outgoing model it ascends from the front fenders toward the trunk lid. The window trim is more symmetrical now and has a more pronounced Hofmeister Kink-like element on the quarter window. Like any rendering, there are a few features you should ignore for the production model, like the large wheels, the low-profile tires, and the missing door handles.


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“Unlike the front fascia, the rear bears no resemblance to the Stinger”

Unlike the front fascia, the rear bears no resemblance to the Stinger. However, it’s significantly different than the outgoing Forte. The taillights are sleeker and have a unique LED layout, while the bumper has fake triangular vents on the each. There’s also a diffuser like element underneath, but it remains to be seen if this feature will go into production. The trunk lid is rounded off by a small spoiler and a horizontal strip between the taillights, which appears to be borrowed from the Sportage SUV.

In all, the Forte Sedan looks quite appealing in these renderings, but not everything you see here will make it on the production. Maybe Kia will use some of the sporty features on the range-topping model, but expect the entry-level trim to have a milder design. Still, it a welcomed upgrade over the current model.

Interior

  • Clean dashboard design
  • Uncluttered center stack
  • Big infotainment screen
  • Premium-like features
  • Two-tone upholstery
  • Contrast stitching

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“The bulbous center stack and the cheap-looking dashboard of the current model were ditched in favor of a cleaner, more modern layout”

Kia published only one rendering of the interior, and its more of a sketch rather than a detailed image, but it’s enough to get a good glimpse of the new cabin. And it’s entirely different from the outgoing model. And unlike the exterior, it doesn’t borrow too many features from other models.

The awkward-looking, bulbous center stack and the rather cheap-looking dashboard of the current model were ditched in favor of a cleaner, more modern layout. There are round A/C vents at the corners, a thin stripe stretching across the center stack and the passenger side, and a large infotainment screen on top.

The control layout is limited to just a few knobs, a massive improvement over the outgoing model, which had an ugly clutter of buttons below the display. The steering wheel looks cleaner too, while the door panels have a two-tone design with contrast stitching. Yup, it seems that the new Forte Sedan is moving up the premium ladder.

Drivetrain

  • Four-cylinder engines likely
  • More powerful turbo 2.0
  • At least two drivetrain options

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“The new Forte should get updated versions of the current 2.0-liter powerplants”

Kia had nothing to say about the engine lineup, but it’s possible that the new Forte gets updated versions of the current 2.0-liter powerplants. While the base models use a 2.0-liter, Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder rated at 147 horsepower, the more expensive trims come with a 2.0-liter four-pot rated at 164 horses. The sedan also gets a turbocharged, 1.6-liter Gamma GDI mill that generates 201 horsepower, but only in hatchback configuration. It would be cool for Kia to offer the twin-turbo, 2.0-liter four-banger from the Stinger in the Forte, but that’s not very likely to happen. At least not with the Stinger’s 255 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

I will update this section with specs from the Detroit Auto Show so make sure you stick around for more info.

Prices


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The new Kia Forte should come with a mild price increase over the outgoing model, which retails from $16,800. The redesigned model will probably cost at least $17,500 in base LX trim, while the S will fetch a bit more than $20,000. The range-topping EX version should cost around $22,500 before options.

Competition

Toyota Corolla


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The new Forte Sedan will go against a few tough competitors, starting with the Toyota Corolla, the world’s best selling car since the 1990s. Redesigned most recently in 2013, the Corolla may be a little old compared to the upcoming Forte, but it remains a popular choice in the United States and Europe. But while it may be reliable and efficient, the Corolla feels a bit dated inside the cabin and the fact that it’s limited to just one engine in the U.S. makes things easier for Kia. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder is rated at either 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque or 140 horses and 126 pound-feet, so the Forte should win the horsepower battle with the range-topping model. Mileage varies between 27 to 28 mpg city and 35 to 36 mpg highway depending on drivetrain, but Kia should be able to top that given that the outgoing Forte is already good for up to 37 mpg on the highway. Pricing for the Corolla starts from $18,550 for the base model and goes up to $22,730 for the range-topping trim.

Read our full review of the 2017 Toyota Corolla.

Honda Civic


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The Honda Civic is the second-most popular car in this niche and, unlike the Corolla, it’s brand-new for 2018 and boasts a sportier, more modern appearance. It’s also slightly larger than the competition and comes with a solid convenience and tech package. Motivation comes from three different engines, starting with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. More oomph comes from the more expensive trims, which get juice from the turbocharged, 1.5-liter four-pot with 174 horses and 162 pound-feet. The tiny powerplant is found in the Si model too, rated at 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet. The Si also enables Honda to rise above the competition as neither Toyota, Kia, Hyundai or Chevrolet offer similar power ratings. Pricing starts at $18,840 for the base model, while the Touring trim retails from $26,700. The higher performance Si variant fetches $24,100 before options.

Read our full story on the 2017 Honda Civic.

Volkswagen Jetta


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A new-generation Jetta will be unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show and based on Volkswagen’s renderings, it will be aimed at a more premium market and it will have a decidedly sporty design. Which makes it the perfect competitor for the new Forte. Unfortunately, there isn’t much information beyond the design sketches, but it appears it will have a fancy-looking interior and a couple of turbocharged engines, with the range-topping model likely to arrive with more than 200 horsepower. Pricing will start from close to $19,000, which will make it the most expensive of the bunch. The performance-oriented GLI model will probably fetch close to $30,000.

Read our speculative review of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta.

Conclusion


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It’s too early to jump into conclusions with nothing more than a few design sketches to run by, but it’s pretty obvious that the new Forte is a significant departure from its predecessor inside and out. And judging by the Stinger-inspired exterior design and the fancier interior layout, Kia could also be looking to move the Forte higher in the market, probably next to the Volkswagen Jetta. We will find out more at the Detroit Auto Show.

  • Leave it
    • * Production model might not be this aggressive
    • * Tough competition

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PostHeaderIcon Leaked: 2019 Ram 1500 in All its Glory

Much has been speculated about the upcoming, all-new 2019 Ram 1500. It’s a huge player in the half-ton pickup segment and a big moneymaker for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Thankfully, the speculation can end, at least concerning the truck’s front-end appearance. This photo was leaked on Reddit. It clearly shows the 2019 Ram 1500 in all its glory as it just rolled off the assembly line.

While this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Ram’s face, this is by far the clearest shot we’ve seen. The new grille style, the intricate headlights, and the new bumper design are all plainly visible.
We’ve also seen spy shots of the Ram’s side badges’ new location on the hood, but again, this is the first time we’re seeing how the truck looks as a whole. The photo also reveals the trim level badge will remain on the door.

Ram’s tilting towing mirrors are present on this particular truck, suggesting it is optioned for heavier towing. The smallish wheels support that theory. We fully expect Ram to keep the 1500’s multi-link coil spring rear suspension, however. The setup has become an endearing trademark of the truck thanks to its softer, less truck-like ride. Ram seems to have no problem letting Ford and GM fight for bragging rights in the half-ton towing battle. It knows the average 1500-series consumer will appreciate the ride more than towing capability.

This unprecedented early glimpse at the 2019 Ram 1500 won’t be important for long. Ram is set to officially debut the truck at next week’s 2018 Detroit Auto Show. At that point, Ram will announce details on the interior, powertrain, and the slew of other updates we’re expecting will be included.

You won’t want to miss the debut, so stick around to TopSpeed.com for that and all the other breaking Detroit Auto Show news and debuts.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Edge ST

Performance versions of SUVs and crossovers are just dumb. To put outlandish power in a top-heavy vehicle originally designed to haul people and cargo across foreboding terrain is simply asinine. In the last year, we’ve seen Chevrolet launch the Tahoe RST, Jeep launch the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and Dodge debut the Durango SRT. Now Ford is getting into the game. Just a single day after teasing a new ST-badged model, Ford has debuted the Edge ST – yes, you read that right.

It’s a 2019 Edge crossover with a 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 making 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque mates to an eight-speed automatic transmission and turning all four wheels. It rides on an ST-tuned suspension and offers optional performance braking package. How crazy is that?

But really, how crazy is that? In reality, it’s not. Think back to the late 1960s when muscle cars developed from ordinary sedans and coupes. Automakers like Ford (and all the various divisions under General Motors and Chrysler) stuffed increasingly powerful V-8s into cars that, just a few years prior, wouldn’t be out of place in your grandmother’s driveway. It seems the same is becoming true for SUVs. These mommy-mobiles are turning into the 21st century’s version of the Ford Torino, Dodge Dart, and Chevy Impala. And who doesn’t love a vehicle that can pull double duty doing family errands and tearing up the autocross course? Maybe performance SUVs aren’t so dumb after all.

Let’s see how the 2019 Ford Edge ST stacks up.

Setting the Stage

Okay, so what’s this all about? Well, the Edge ST isn’t just a badge-engineered crossover with a new engine. Rather, Ford handed the project over to its in-house skunkworks team, Ford Performance. These are the same folks responsible for the F-150 Raptor, Focus ST, Focus RS, Mustang GT350 and GT350R, and the mighty Ford GT supercar. The 2019 Edge ST is Ford Performance’s first SUV, so the stakes are high and reputations are on the line.

Exterior

  • More aggressive front & rear fascias
  • Shares updates with the standard 2019 Edge
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Optional 21-inch wheels with performance tires

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“The grille is blacked out with the same mesh seen on other Ford Performance models and the lower apron gets the same black-fin treatment found on the Mustang GT350 and Focus RS”

The Ford Edge is undergoing a mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year, so the ST version benefits from the changes. The front and rear fascias have been updated for a more modern look while retaining Ford’s six-sided grille. The Edge ST takes this new, sharpened design and turns it to 11. The grille is blacked out with the same mesh seen on other Ford Performance models and the lower apron gets the same black-fin treatment found on the Mustang GT350 and Focus RS.

Down low, the Edge ST rides on standard 20-inch wheels, while 21-inch wheels with performance tires are optional. The rocker panels have a more aggressive design, too, much like the other street-biased Ford Performance vehicles.

At the rear, the lower fascia has dual exhausts with squarish tips finished in satin chrome. A trailer hitch receiver is also present, meaning the Edge ST is functional for more than just going fast.

Interior

  • Updates from 2019 Edge appear in ST trim
  • ST brings deeply bolstered front seats & ST badges
  • New rotary shifter
  • Tons of built-in connectivity features
  • A slew of available safety features

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“The seats are thickly bolstered for more support during turns”

The 2019 model year brings changes to the Edge’s interior, too. The biggest change is the center console. Gone is the conventional gear shifter – replaced by a rotary knob seen elsewhere in the Ford lineup. The cup holders are now larger and have more room for odds and ends. A wireless charger for smartphones and two USB ports now resides in the hidden storage bin below the HVAC controls.

The ST model sees these improvements, but also gets ST and Ford Performance logos scattered around. The seats are thickly bolstered for more support during turns. They are leather trimmed with cloth center sections. White contrast stitching adorns the seats, as well as the leather inserts on the door panels.

The Edge offers an available 12-speaker B&O Play audio system with an 8.0-inch infotainment screen with the new Ford+Alexa app. It allows for greater voice commands that even extends to smart home controls connected to the Internet.

Every Edge comes standard with FordPass Connect, a smartphone connection point that allows owners to control various functions like starting the engine, locking and unlocking the doors, and finding their Edge on a GPS map – all from their phones from anywhere in the world. Imagine being able to monitor your vehicle parked at the airport from a hotel room in Europe. Nice. The 2019 Edge also includes a Wi-Fi hotspot with bandwidth for 10 devices.

Drivetrain

  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6
  • 335 horsepower & 380 pound-feet of torque
  • New eight-speed automatic transmission
  • AWD is standard on ST
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Available performance brake package

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“The ST comes standard with AWD that’s been tuned for gripping both dry and slippery surfaces.”

Of course, the biggest news here is the POWAR!. Ford uses its familiar 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 to make an impressive 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. A new eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters replaces the old six-speed gearbox. The ST comes standard with AWD that’s been tuned for gripping both dry and slippery surfaces.

But this isn’t the first time the Edge came with EcoBoost power and AWD. The Sport trim on the 2015 and newer Edge came with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost making 315 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic shifted gears and AWD spun all four tires. The Sport was undoubtedly sportier than the Edge’s less spirited trims, but it wasn’t a performance hound. The porky 4,400-pound crossover needed 5.6 seconds to hit 60 mph and 14.2 seconds to run the quarter-mile, passing the line at 98 mph, according to Car & Driver.

However, the new ST tries to fix the Sport’s weight issue by adding more power and spicing up the suspension. The ST has 20 more horses and 30 more pound-feet, while a Sport Mode in the transmission keeps the twin-turbo spinning in the meaty section of its power band. Throttle response is sharpened, too, and the gearbox will rev match ahead of downshifts. The Edge ST’s 0-to-60 mph time hasn’t been announced, but we’re expecting the added power and sport-tuned eight-speed auto to really help. We’d guess the 60 mph will happen in 5.0 to 5.2 seconds.

“The ST has 20 more horses and 30 more pound-feet, while a Sport Mode in the transmission keeps the twin-turbo spinning in the meaty section of its power band”

Ford also tuned the suspension and traction control for more fun in the corners. While the traction control won’t completely turn off, (Ford says to prevent roll-overs) the Sport Mode allows for more wheel slip and sliding. Ford didn’t specify the exact changes made with the suspension setup but says the ride, handling, grip, and braking metrics all meet targeted goals.

Other mechanical upgrades include a water-cooled transfer case and the available performance brake package. The transfer case is the gearbox that intercepts power going to the front wheels and sends it to the rear wheels, giving the Edge ST its full-time AWD system. Interestingly, the performance brake package only adds larger (13.6-inch) rotors to the rear wheels and colors all four brake calipers in red paint.

Fuel economy hasn’t been estimated by the EPA, but we’d speculate the added power is negated by the two extra gears in the new eight-speed automatic transmission, so we’d estimate the 2019 Edge ST could still achieve the 2015 – 2018 Edge Sport’s 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.

Safety Technology


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Included in the updates for 2019, the Edge ST can be optioned with a slew of active and passive safety systems. These include Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; blind spot monitoring with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-Keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist. New for 2019 is Post-Collision Braking, Evasive Steering Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering.

The standard array of safety tech includes AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and Curve Control and 911 Assist.

Pricing


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Ford has not released the pricing specs on the 2019 Edge ST. Don’t expect any information until closer to launch, either. Ford says the new Edge and Edge ST models will arrive in showrooms sometime during the summer of 2018, so we won’t have long to wait.

Currently, the 2018 Edge Sport starts at $40,675. Expect a sizable price increase from that figure, so Ford could start the 2019 Edge ST around $45,000 without optional equipment.

The Competition

We chose these competitors because they are SUVs with recently new performance packages, not because they directly compete within the two-row compact crossover segment.

Chevrolet Tahoe RST


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The RST, or Rally Sport Truck, version of the Tahoe is just arriving at showrooms as 2018 gets started. It combines a few parts General Motors has laying around, including the Chevy Tahoe, the powerful LT1-derived 6.2-liter V-8, the new 10-speed automatic, a cat-back performance exhaust from Borla, and a big brake package from Brembo. The RST is the first time the current-generation Tahoe has used any other engine besides the 5.3-liter V-8. It’s also the first time the Borla exhaust and Brembo brakes come as “standard” in an option package. Last but not least is GM’s fantastic Magnetic Ride Control that reads the road and adjusts the dampers’ firmness and responsiveness.

The 6.2-liter V-8 kicks out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, though Chevy says the Borla exhaust adds another seven to 10 horsepower at the rear wheels. It also adds up to 28 percent more sound at certain engine speeds.

Technically, the RST is just an appearance package on the Tahoe. It costs $2,630, but it opens up the Tahoe to the optional 6.2-liter Performance Pack – another $2,820 package that brings all the performance goodies. Added to the cost of the Tahoe, the RST equipment makes this three-row SUV rather expensive at $79,000. Ouch! A little secret though, buying a GMC Yukon Denali with the 6.2-liter and ordering the brakes and exhaust results in a less-expensive copy of the Tahoe RST – even down to the Magnetic Ride Control.

Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

Dodge Durango SRT


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The current Durango has been around for a while and Dodge apparently thought it needed a kick. Having come off the high of debuting the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk, Dodge figured it would be fun to shoehorn the 6.4-liter (392) Hemi V-8 between the Durango’s unibody subframe.

The result is a 475 horsepower, three-row SUV with 470 pound-feet of torque twisting all four wheels through a full-time AWD system and an eight-speed automatic transmission. A sport-tuned suspension offers a crisper ride than even the 5.7-liter-powered Durango R/T, while still preserving the big SUV’s ability to tow 8,700 pounds! A unique front fascia with its “mail slot” grille and Hellcat-inspired hood give it a menacing appearance.

Pricing is more reasonable than the Tahoe RST. The 2018 Durango SRT starts at $62,995, though with options, the cost rises into the low $70,000 range.

Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT.

Conclusion


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The Ford Edge ST is an exciting, if not odd, addition to the Blue Oval’s lineup. It combines the Edge’s good people-hauling ability with Ford Performance’s sport-tuned suspension and powerful 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine.

While performance SUVs and crossovers might not make perfect logical sense, it’s in keeping with the spirit of early muscle cars from the late 1960s. More power, better handling, upgraded brakes, and more aggressive styling inside and out – that’s the exact recipe used by Detroit’s Big Three. Now, it will be interesting to see who exactly buys the Edge ST or whether it will live up to the reputation and brand image of Ford Performance and the ST badge. It will also be interesting to see if the 2019 Ford Edge ST sell for big money as a collectible piece of SUV performance history in some 50 years.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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    • * Only marginally more powerful than outgoing Edge Sport
    • * Heavy at an estimated 4,400 pounds
    • * Likely rather expensive

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan Teaser Hints at a Futuristic but Traditional Concept for the Detroit Auto Show

The North American International Auto Show will play host to a new Nissan concept that the Japanese automaker is now promoting through a handful of teaser videos ahead of its debut in Detroit. The first of three teasers was recently released, and to no one’s surprise, it didn’t reveal much, other than saying that the concept uses “tradition” as a “bridge to the future.” You can go in a lot of different directions speculating what this concept is, but based on what the teaser video shows, it could be a future interpretation of a traditional Nissan model. A futuristic Nissan GT-R, perhaps?


“The video did include buzz phrases like “strength used to protect” and “tradition is a bridge to the future” so these could be hints on what we can expect from this model.”

It’s hard to tell at this point what Nissan’s teasing with this teaser video. I watched it a few times already, and while I did notice hints of a traditional car — the side profile and the taillights of the concept were shown — there’s very little to go by in terms of concrete information. The video did include buzz phrases like “strength used to protect” and “tradition is a bridge to the future” so these could be hints on what we can expect from this model.

What we’re certain of is that the concept has something to do with Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility campaign. That much was clear when the campaign’s slogan flashed at the end of the video. It’s hard to imagine the concept being the Nissan IMx because that model already made its debut at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show last October. I don’t see Nissan spending thousands of Benjamins creating a teaser campaign on a concept that we already know about.


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That puts the onus on a new concept vehicle that will carry similar characteristics as the IMx, most notably the various tech and mobility systems that Nissan plans to install in its current and future models. If I’m a betting man — I’m not — I’m putting money on a sedan concept that will feature plenty of new-age techs similar to the ones we saw in the IMx. Whatever the case may be, the concept’s reveal will happen in Detroit in the coming weeks so we’ll have an answer soon. In the meantime, there are two more teaser videos that will drop before then. Keep an eye out for those too.

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PostHeaderIcon China’s GAC Motor is Bringing Compact Sedan andElectric Concept to the Detroit Auto Show

Rumors about certain Chinese carmakers planning to come to the U.S. have been flying around for years, but nothing has happened as of early 2018. However, there are signs that we may soon get vehicles made in Asia. Trumpchi, a brand owned by GAC Group, is supposed to begin selling an SUV in North America in 2019, while GAC itself has already tested U.S. waters with a couple of concepts at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Fast forward 12 months and GAC is bringing another batch of new vehicles to Detroit.


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“The state-owned company will be showcasing two new cars in Detroit next week, starting with the GA4, a compact sedan marketed under the Trumpchi badge”

The state-owned company will be showcasing two new cars in Detroit next week, starting with the GA4, a compact sedan marketed under the Trumpchi badge. The four-door is still a mystery at this point, with the only information available being that it rides on a platform developed in-house. The second vehicle on the list is the Enverge, an aggressive-looking electric car aimed at a young audience. The teaser shot shows a coupe-like crossover with slim headlamps and massive wheels, but the rendering is probably exaggerated compared to the actual show cars.

Finally, we will see a range of Trumpchi models that are already available in China. First up is the GS8, a midsize SUV that will become the first Chinese vehicle sold in the U.S. It’s powered by a 2.0-liter turbo engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and an all-wheel-drive system. The GA8 luxury sedan and the GM8 minivan will also be on display in Detroit. The GA8 could go against the Volvo S90 and Genesis G80, while the GM8 could provide competition for the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey.

We will find out more about these vehicles as the Detroit Auto Show kicks off next week so make sure you stick around for updates.

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PostHeaderIcon An Onslaught Of New Japanese Cars To Debut At The Detroit Auto Show

With so many Japanese brands building cars in the U.S. over the past few years, it’s a funny thing to think about that old rivalry between imports and domestic makes in this country. But indeed, that rivalry will be on full display at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, which is slated to kick off in just a few week’s time. Heading the list of debuts will be the traditional collection of crossovers and SUVs, but concepts, hybrids, and even a sedan or two will join them on the show floor this year, each vying for attention on the home turf of Ford and General Motors. As such, we’ve collected five of the biggest debuts hailing from the Land of the Rising Sun that are worthy of your attention in the following list. Let us know your favorites in the comments below.

Continue reading to learn more about the debuts headed to the Detroit Auto Show.

2019 Acura RDX


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Introduced in 2007 and updated with a second generation in 2013, the popular compact RDX is destined for a third generation soon, possibly dropping at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. So far, we’ve only got a collection of spy shots and not much else to go on, but we still expect Acura to provide the crossover with substantial updates for the exterior styling, a complete overhaul for the interior, and a downsized replacement for the standard 3.5-liter V-6 currently residing up front. A turbo four-cylinder would work just fine, we think.

Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Acura RDX.

2018 Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept


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It looks as though Infiniti is bringing something rather special to Detroit this year, pulling the sheets on a new concept dubbed the Q Inspiration. Details are scant as of this writing, but we’re thinking it’s a possible preview of Infiniti’s forthcoming Q90 flagship. What’s more, the lack of any exhaust tips could mean electric motivation, or even the introduction of new hybrid technology, with AWD provided for extra grip. At the very least, we know the Q Inspiration will present four seats inside with high-end luxury and tech features, not to mention the latest evolution of Infiniti’s design language, which, according to the limited pictures in hand, looks pretty good.

Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept.

2018 Lexus LF1 Limitless Concept


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Lexus is also getting in on the design study action in Detroit by introducing the new LF1 Limitless Concept. This time around, the car in question is a crossover, but details are once again a bit murky, limited to just a single teaser image. However, at this point, we do know the LF1 will get novel lighting front to back, a huge glass panel for the roof, and headrest-mounted digital screens for rear-seated passengers.

2019 Toyota Avalon


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Now heading into a freshened fifth generation, the full-size Avalon will make its first appearance in Detroit. So far, Toyota has teased us with a few close-cropped shots, whetting our appetite with details like a new taillight housing. Power options will likely include a V-6 making roughly 300 horses, but either way, if the new Avalon is as good as the 2018 Camry that dropped last year, things are looking up for Toyota.

2019 Honda Insight


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Heading back to dealer lots after a four-year hiatus, the Insight is set to make its return in Detroit this year. Previewed last month with a prototype model, Honda says the revamped green machine will get an “innovative two-motor hybrid system” for motivation, as well as mpg figures that are “competitive” with other hybrids currently on the market. Sounds great, but will it have better luck this time around?

Read the full story here.

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$20,100.00 (9 Bids)
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2014 Ford F-150 2014 FORD F-150 STX SUPERCREW LIFTED 5.0L 35" TIRES 57K #D30166 Texas Direct
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2017 Ford Mustang GT 2017 Ford Mustang GT - Performance Pack + ROUSH SUPERCHARGED 670hp!!
$37,855.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jan-20-2018 9:23:58 PST
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$2,025.00 (14 Bids)
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