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PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Porsche Panamera Turbo S vs Mercedes-AMG E63S

It’s always fun to watch cars like this lineup and shoot it out. Who do you think will win?

PostHeaderIcon Kia’s Updated Sedona is Pretty Much About Revised Options and a New Transmission

The Kia Sedona is a decent minivan – there’s no doubt about that. But, Kia’s idea of updating the Sedona is nothing short of laughable. First, Kia did update the front fascia to be more in line with its current lineup, but outside of that, the only good thing that comes outside aside from new wheels are redesigned exterior lights. If you want LED headlamps you need to pony up for the higher trim levels while you have to jump up to the EX if you want the new power sliding door button. Outside of a new instrument cluster inside, the interior only sees updates on the options list while under the metal there’s a new transmission that’s supposed to be more efficient.

PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: What’s Inside a Mercedes S-Class Seat

The Mercedes S-Class is regarded by some as the Pinnacle of all luxury Saloons. It’s got the style, luxury, technology (and the price tag) to find itself in the hands of those who refuse to settle for anything but the absolute best. Technology is a big part of this, and the S-Class has plenty of it, making even something as simple as a seat complex and beyond functional. With the most recent facelift of the S-Class, Mercedes took technology to a whole new level, and the seats got their own dose of upgraded technological goodness, leaving some to wonder just what the hell is beneath the skin.

After all, the seats of the S-Class perform quite a duty. They have heating and ventilation, adjustable back and lumbar support, and there’s even some active and passive safety features all encased under all of that plush leather. That’s cool and all, but have you ever wondered what’s really under there? To perform all of these various functions, there have to be fans, airbags, motors, and heating elements, right? Well, you could say there’s a lot, and since What’s Inside got their hands on an S-Class seat, you can see all of it for yourself without tearing into a seat that will probably cost you $10,000 to replace.

Check out the video below!

PostHeaderIcon GMC Sierra

General Motors first launched the GMC Sierra back in 1998, following it up with the upscale Denali trim level a few years later. Now, the latest 2019 model year is bringing with it a generational changeover, debuting in a live event in Detroit and broadcast on the Internet. Previewed in the range-topping Denali and SLT trim levels, the latest Sierra gets a variety of cool new features and technologies, including improved utility for the light-duty half-ton with a MultiPro tailgate and carbon fiber bed, plus new styling to help it stand out a bit more from its mechanically identical cousin, the Chevrolet Silverado.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 GMC Sierra.

2019 GMC Sierra Exterior

  • Looks bigger, bolder
  • New grille design
  • C-shaped headlights get LEDs for DRLs
  • Optional 22-inch wheels
  • MultiPro tailgate offers new functionality
  • Carbon fiber bed adds toughness, cuts weight
  • 63 cubic feet of space for short box
  • Larger exterior dimensions

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“The new exterior design makes the truck appear bigger and bolder than before, especially in front with the new chrome grille.”

As you might expect from any generational changeover, the 2019 model year for the GMC Sierra brings with it a significant aesthetics update. The new exterior design includes a host of changes that make the truck appear bigger and bolder than before, especially in front, where we find a new chrome grille that’s larger than that of the outgoing model, with a huge, polished surround and several vertical tiers for the reflective inserts. The hood is also taller, with a rounded top that gets a few sinewy muscle lines leading back into the windshield. Further down in the fascia is a new design for the headlight housings, which maintain the traditional C-shape of the older models, but now stand taller and use squared projectors. There’s also a new design for the taillights. Adding an extra premium touch are the LED lighting elements, which were added to the daytime running lights, taillights, and fog lamps as well.

In the corners, buyers will have a chance to equip optional 22-inch wheels. These large and in charge rollers use an aluminum construction and feature an Ultra Bright finish on Denali models, plus a darker finish with chrome accents on SLT models. Finishing touches include a large Denali badge added to the tailgate, now using a bolder block typeface.

Beyond the fresh looks, the 2019 model year GMC Sierra also gets a new, rather novel design for the tailgate. Check it out in the following promo video:


“Beyond the fresh looks, the 2019 GMC Sierra also gets a new, rather novel design for the tailgate.”

It’s almost like another tailgate was added to the original tailgate, sort of like a tailgate inception if you will. GMC is calling it the MultiPro, and frames it as “the most innovative pickup tailgate ever.” The automaker also says the MultiPro underwent “more testing and validation than any tailgate in GM’s history.”

Why so much work for a tailgate? Well, users can configure it into six different positions, offering loads of unique features as a result, such as second-tier loading, new load-stop solutions, and a standing workstation, not to mention providing easier access to stuff in the bed with a step-up entry and egress.

The MultiPro tailgate has a weight capacity of 375 pounds, and uses two buttons for operation and the inner gate release, plus it includes a hand hold spot to make it easier to walk up and down. The MultiPro tailgate is equipped as standard on the SLT and Denali trim levels.

Next up on the list of new practicality features is a carbon fiber bed (note, this is a true carbon bed, not just a bed liner). Dubbed the CarbonPro, GMC boasts that the composite box offers the best-in-class dent, scratch, and corrosion resistance, calling it “the most durable pickup box in the segment.” The CarbonPro replaces the standard steel inner panels with the popular lightweight material, shaving off around 62 pounds in the process. The CarbonPro will be offered later in the model year.


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“Dubbed the CarbonPro, GMC boasts that the composite box offers the best-in-class dent, scratch, and corrosion resistance.”

“In 116 years of making GMC pickup trucks, our industry-first carbon fiber box is the toughest and most durable pickup box we have ever made,” says vice president of Global GMC, Duncan Aldred.

Furthermore, the 2019 GMC Sierra is said to offer the best-in-class cargo volume, with upwards of 63 cubic feet on the short box model. Additionally, there are now more tie-downs on offer, as well as a 110-volt outlet. If you forego the carbon bits, you’ll get a traditional bed made from roll-formed, high-strength steel, now with 50 percent added strength this time around.

Finally, the next-gen GMC Sierra is larger dimensionally, measuring in with a taller height and a longer wheelbase. It even has larger tires than the outgoing model.

2019 GMC Sierra Interior

Best-in-class headroom and legroom in front

Materials include leather, open-pore wood trim, and dark-finish aluminum

Multi-color heads-up display

Rear Camera Mirror

Full suite of safety tech

Denali gets 8.0-inch screen with nav


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“If you’re looking for upscale treatment stuffed into a truck package, the Denali is the one to get.”

As we dive into the improvements found inside the cabin of the 2019 GMC Sierra, let’s begin at the top and work our way down. With that in mind, we’ll kick things off with the premium Denali trim level, followed by the next-best SLT trim level.

Indeed, if you’re looking for upscale treatment stuffed into a truck package, the Denali is the one to get. In addition to offering the best-in-class headroom and legroom in front, the Denali also gets lots of premium materials throughout, such as leather upholstery for the seats, open-pore wood trim on the center tunnel, and dark-finish aluminum on the center console. The leather uses a large-pebble grain and contrast stitching, which means it’ll look and feel fantastic.

New for 2019, the Sierra crew cab offers an extra 3 inches of rear legroom. The outboard seats also fold down and get discrete storage compartments that can house important items like laptops or tablets, and there is a higher seating position this time around as well.

In a segment-first, the 2019 Sierra gets a multi-color heads-up display, which can be customized to display the data of your choice. The display is measured at 3.0 inches in height and 7.0 inches in width. The 2019 Sierra is also offering a segment-first Rear Camera Mirror, which projects a feed from the tail-mounted camera into the rear-view mirror in the cabin. The Camera Mirror helps drivers see around obstructions, such as tall rear-seated passengers or large cargo in the bed, using a high-resolution camera that can be manipulated with a tilt and zoom feature as desired. Buyers can also get a regular reflecting mirror if desired.


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“Technology features include an available suite of safety stuff, such as a Side Blind Zone Alert, Pedestrian Detection, and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking.”

Further technology features include an available suite of safety stuff, such as a Side Blind Zone Alert, Pedestrian Detection, and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking. There is smartphone-esque tile app operation for the infotainment system, which is based on the GMC IntelliLink platform. Denali models come with a standard 8.0-inch infotainment screen with navigation. There’s also improved voice recognition, and an available surround-view vision feature with a bird’s eye perspective, which is great for when you’ve got a trailer and need to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

2019 GMC Sierra Drivetrain

  • 6.2-liter and 5.3-liter V-8’s updated
  • New 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel
  • More efficient this time around
  • Available 10-speed automatic transmission

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“In addition to updates to the 6.2-liter and 5.3-liter V-8s, there's also an all-new 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder turbodiesel option.”

New for the 2019 model year, the GMC Sierra comes proper with an expanded powertrain lineup. In addition to updates to the
6.2-liter and 5.3-liter V-8s, there’s also an all-new 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder turbodiesel option.

Let’s start with the ‘eights, which arrive with the latest start/stop technology to help save a few bucks at the pump, as well as Dynamic Fuel Management that will deactivate up to seven of the cylinders when cruising to up mpg even further.

Exact power levels for the engines have yet to be revealed, but we’re expecting modest improvements over the current 5.3-liter’s 355 horsepower and the current 6.2-liter’s 420 horsepower.

Now to the diesel six-cylinder, which hails from GMC’s Duramax lineup, which also includes powerplants found in the Sierra HD and Canyon.

As for transmission options, a 10-speed automatic gearbox is offered on the 6.2-liter and 3.0-liter diesel engines. The 5.3-liter is expected to get the same eight-speed automatic as the outgoing model.

2019 GMC Sierra Chassis And Functionality

  • ProGrade trailer system is standard on higher trims
  • Full suite of trailering technology
  • Available adaptive ride control
  • Extra aluminum cuts 360 pounds

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“The 2019 model year comes with a new ProGrade Trailering System as standard on Denali and SLT trim levels.”

While fancy grilles and the latest technology are all well and good, at the end of the day, the GMC Sierra is still a workhorse kind of machine. To that end, the 2019 model year comes with a new ProGrade Trailering System as standard on Denali and SLT trim levels. The system includes a Trailering App, which offers up useful things like a pre-departure checklist, maintenance reminders, a trailer light test, trailer electrical diagnostics, and a trailer tire pressure and temperature monitor. Several of these features can also be had on the MyGMC app, which offers iOS and Android support.

The rest of the trailering technology suite includes features like Hitch Guidance, Hitch View, and an Auto Electric Park Brake. Further electronic assistance can be had with the available side-view cameras and trailer-mounted high-definition camera, and there’s also Trailer Theft Detection, which will send you a text if your trailer is detached without your permission.

The Denali can also be had with Adaptive Ride Control, which uses a variety of sensors to monitor parameters like road conditions and chassis response, and can be used to adjust the damper settings in as little as two milliseconds.

The 2019 GMC Sierra is also lighter this time around, with aluminum used for the doors, hood, and tailgate. All told, the latest Sierra is 360 pounds lighter than the outgoing model.

2019 GMC Sierra Prices


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Sales for the 2019 GMC Sierra commence this fall. Exact pricing details are expected for release closer to the on-sale date. For reference, the current SLT trim level starts at $47,000, while the Denali trim level starts at $55,000.

2019 GMC Sierra Competition

Ford F-150


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When it comes to competition, it doesn’t get much more robust than the best-selling vehicle in the world. But that’s precisely what the 2019 GMC Sierra is up against when it comes to the Ford F-150. The iconic Blue Oval just got a refresh last year, gaining a tweaked exterior style, new safety tech bits, and a few new upgrades under the hood as well. Base models come equipped with a 3.3-liter V-6, while the turbo 2.7-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter get more power. A 10-speed automatic arrives as standard on all models except the base one.

Read our full review of the 2018 Ford-F-150.

Ram 1500


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Ram is also in on the action in this space, with an all-new Ram 1500 revealed recently for the 2019 model year. Offering features like a Uconnect infotainment platform and 5.0-inch screen, plus Bluetooth support, a ParkView back up camera, and electric park brake, there’s plenty of tech on board, while the best-in-class V-8 towing up to 12,750 pounds and a max payload of 2,300 pounds keeps it doing the work you need. There’s also available active suspension and loads of premium cabin touches to keep it comfortable.

Read our full review of the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500.

Conclusion


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“We’ll have to see where the competition goes next, but so far, the 2019 GMC Sierra makes for a rather enticing package.”

While having a truck that can handle all the big jobs is important, having one that’s comfortable at the the same time is most definitely appreciated. GMC knows this, and the next-gen Sierra brings the goods in a number of areas to entice buyers.

“The heritage of the GMC brand is rooted in full-size trucks, of which the Sierra is our cornerstone, without SLT and Denali models contributing 87 percent of our total crew cab sales,” said vice president of Global GMC, Duncan Aldred. “The next generation Sierra caters to those unique customers who demand a premium, innovative truck that supports their professional and personal passions.”

In the realm of “don’t work harder, work smarter,” we’re really liking the new MultiPro tailgate. On paper, it’s a pretty clever idea, and we’re eager to try it out in person.

We’re also really liking the available carbon fiber bed. Saving weight while adding toughness makes a lot of sense, plus it just looks really cool.

Toss in the new turbodiesel powerplant, and things are looking good for the Sierra.

Of course, we’ll have to see where the competition goes next, but so far, the 2019 GMC Sierra makes for a rather enticing package.

  • Leave it
    • * Some of the features could be seen as a bit “gimmicky”
    • * Heavy competition
    • * Premium upgrades could make for a rather pricey truck

References

GMC Sierra


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GMC Debuts The 2019 Sierra, Goes Upscale And High-Tech


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Read our full review on the 2017 GMC Sierra.


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Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.


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Read more GMC News.


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Read more New York Auto Show news.

PostHeaderIcon SsangYong Musso Pickup Comes to Attack European Market

SsangYong isn’t typically the kind of automaker that makes a splash at an event like the Geneva Motor Show. But don’t tell that to the Korean automaker because not only is it in attendance in Geneva, it also brought with it a new pickup that’s looking to take a bite out of the European pickup market. The model is called the Musso, the same name the automaker uses on its affordable SUV. The new Musso pickup is a vehicle of its own, though, and its bringing loads of features on the table.


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“The Korean hauler isn’t concerned about comparisons to more established models in its segment”

No one’s going to mistake the SsangYong Musso for a Ford Ranger, but no one really should. The Korean hauler isn’t concerned about comparisons to more established models in its segment. It’s concerned about making its own impression to consumers. On that note, the Musso pickup draws plenty of similarities to SsangYong’s Rexton SUV. Both models use the same architecture, and the pickup takes advantage of that with a body-on-frame construction that’s made primarily out of high-strength steel.

Functionally, the Musso has its share of useful features. It has a load deck with a rear for that folds flat, providing enough space for prospective owners to use. The design isn’t an issue for the model, either. It doesn’t generate any “wow” reactions, but it’s still good enough to get some attention. The interior is also well-prepared. The design is clean and direct to the point. The dash has a nice look to it, where it hosts a centrally mounted 8.0-inch touchscreen that comes standard across the entire range. There’s also DAB radio, Bluetooth, and MP3 connectivity. Opt for higher-grade versions, and you can score Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


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“Overall, the new SsangYong Musso pickup has the chops to be a solid pickup in the market.”

On the performance side, the Musso has a lot to offer. The existing 2.2-liter turbo diesel unit now produces 181 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The numbers are impressive, but so is the fact that they represent an increase of five horsepower and 15 pound-feet of torque compared to the previous iteration of the e-XDi220 unit that SsangYong built from the ground up internally.

Overall, the new SsangYong Musso pickup has the chops to be a solid pickup in the market. It’s not going to dominate the sales charts by any means, but it does bring a lot to the table, something that most people will agree is the most important part of being a pickup.

References


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Read more Geneva Motor Show news.


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Read more SsangYong news.

PostHeaderIcon GMC Debuts The 2019 Sierra, Goes Upscale And High-Tech

We just got the rundown on the new GMC Sierra, courtesy of a live-streamed debut event showing off the core SLT trim level and premium Denali trim level. Upgrades include new gear for towing, hauling, safety, and convenience, plus there’s a new diesel engine option as well. Read on for all the details.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“Dimensionally speaking, the 2019 Sierra is larger is every way. It's longer overall, it's got a longer wheelbase, it's wider, and it's taller. It even has bigger tires.”

The all-new next-gen Sierra is here, and so far, it looks like GMC did things right.

Let’s start with styling and aesthetics, where the front end goes big on the chrome details. The traditional C-shaped are in place with LED lighting elements, and the taillights get LEDs as well. The front overhang is now shorter, while the Denali gets a new three-dimensional grille design. The Denali also gets 22-inch aluminum wheels with a shiny Ultra Bright finish, while the SLT gets 22-inch aluminum wheels in a dark finish.

Dimensionally speaking, the 2019 Sierra is larger is every way. It’s longer overall, it’s got a longer wheelbase, it’s wider, and it’s taller. It even has bigger tires.

No doubt the larger exterior dimensions help the 2019 Sierra achieve its larger cabin space as well, which GMC says offers the best-in-class head and legroom in front. The seating position is higher, while the crew cab model gets an extra 3 inches of rear legroom. A rear seat-back storage compartment also provides an out-of-view space for important items, such as a laptop. Buyers looking for more plush surroundings can get into “the most premium Denali ever,” which now offers hand-stitched leather, real aluminum trim, and, in a model first, open-pore wood.


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“One of the most useful bits of tech is a new rear-facing camera that provides a live feed in the rear-view mirror, which is useful to see around obstructions like cargo and passengers.”

The list of tech is long, and includes a heads-up display with 3-inch by 7-inch dimensions. The Denali also gets a standard 8.0-inch infotainment screen with navigation. The Sierra now offers additional connected features, with smartphone-like operation for the UI. One of the most useful bits is a new rear-facing camera that provides a live feed in the rear-view mirror, which is useful to see around obstructions like cargo and passengers. Drivers can also adjust parameters like the tilt and zoom for an even clearer view. Further safety stuff includes pedestrian detection, surround vision, and side blind zone alert, plus a full trailer assist tech suite, which can monitor things like trailer tire temperature and tire pressure.

The new Sierra is now over 300 pounds lighter than the preceding model, thanks in part to an aluminum hood and gate. An adaptive ride height helps you grab the hitch, while the Denali gets a standard adaptive suspension set-up.

There’s a larger, stronger cargo box too, measuring in at 7 inches wider than before. Options include an industry-first carbon fiber bed, which GMC is calling the CarbonPro. This composite cover saves around 62 pounds and offers “best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance.” Look for it on the options list later in the year.


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“Getting stuff in and out of the bed is now easier thanks to the new configurable tailgate, which comes as standard equipment on the SLT and Denali.”

Getting stuff in and out of the bed is now easier thanks to the new configurable tailgate, which comes as standard equipment on the SLT and Denali. Dubbed the MultiPro tailgate, it offers multiple tiers and six unique positions (step-ups, standing workstation, and more) to ease loading and unloading, and can even hold up to 375 pounds.

Engine options include a 5.3-liter V-8 and a 6.2-liter V-8, both of which come with start/stop

tech and individual cylinder management. There’s also a new 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder turbodiesel.

Both the 3.0-liter and 6.2-liter are mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Sales will kick off this fall. Look for more info when the 2019 GMC Sierra makes its auto show debut at the New York Auto Show on March 26th.

References

GMC Sierra


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Read our full review on the 2017 GMC Sierra.


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Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.


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Read more GMC News.


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Read more New York Auto Show news.

PostHeaderIcon GMC Debuts The 2019 Sierra, Goes Upscale And High-Tech

We just got the rundown on the new GMC Sierra, courtesy of a live-streamed debut event showing off the core SLT trim level and premium Denali trim level. Upgrades include new gear for towing, hauling, safety, and convenience, plus there’s a new diesel engine option as well. Read on for all the details.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“Dimensionally speaking, the 2019 Sierra is larger is every way. It's longer overall, it's got a longer wheelbase, it's wider, and it's taller. It even has bigger tires.”

The all-new next-gen Sierra is here, and so far, it looks like GMC did things right.

Let’s start with styling and aesthetics, where the front end goes big on the chrome details. The traditional C-shaped are in place with LED lighting elements, and the taillights get LEDs as well. The front overhang is now shorter, while the Denali gets a new three-dimensional grille design. The Denali also gets 22-inch aluminum wheels with a shiny Ultra Bright finish, while the SLT gets 22-inch aluminum wheels in a dark finish.

Dimensionally speaking, the 2019 Sierra is larger is every way. It’s longer overall, it’s got a longer wheelbase, it’s wider, and it’s taller. It even has bigger tires.

No doubt the larger exterior dimensions help the 2019 Sierra achieve its larger cabin space as well, which GMC says offers the best-in-class head and legroom in front. The seating position is higher, while the crew cab model gets an extra 3 inches of rear legroom. A rear seat-back storage compartment also provides an out-of-view space for important items, such as a laptop. Buyers looking for more plush surroundings can get into “the most premium Denali ever,” which now offers hand-stitched leather, real aluminum trim, and, in a model first, open-pore wood.


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“One of the most useful bits of tech is a new rear-facing camera that provides a live feed in the rear-view mirror, which is useful to see around obstructions like cargo and passengers.”

The list of tech is long, and includes a heads-up display with 3-inch by 7-inch dimensions. The Denali also gets a standard 8.0-inch infotainment screen with navigation. The Sierra now offers additional connected features, with smartphone-like operation for the UI. One of the most useful bits is a new rear-facing camera that provides a live feed in the rear-view mirror, which is useful to see around obstructions like cargo and passengers. Drivers can also adjust parameters like the tilt and zoom for an even clearer view. Further safety stuff includes pedestrian detection, surround vision, and side blind zone alert, plus a full trailer assist tech suite, which can monitor things like trailer tire temperature and tire pressure.

The new Sierra is now over 300 pounds lighter than the preceding model, thanks in part to an aluminum hood and gate. An adaptive ride height helps you grab the hitch, while the Denali gets a standard adaptive suspension set-up.

There’s a larger, stronger cargo box too, measuring in at 7 inches wider than before. Options include an industry-first carbon fiber bed, which GMC is calling the CarbonPro. This composite cover saves around 62 pounds and offers “best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance.” Look for it on the options list later in the year.


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“Getting stuff in and out of the bed is now easier thanks to the new configurable tailgate, which comes as standard equipment on the SLT and Denali.”

Getting stuff in and out of the bed is now easier thanks to the new configurable tailgate, which comes as standard equipment on the SLT and Denali. Dubbed the MultiPro tailgate, it offers multiple tiers and six unique positions (step-ups, standing workstation, and more) to ease loading and unloading, and can even hold up to 375 pounds.

Engine options include a 5.3-liter V-8 and a 6.2-liter V-8, both of which come with start/stop

tech and individual cylinder management. There’s also a new 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder turbodiesel.

Both the 3.0-liter and 6.2-liter are mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Sales will kick off this fall. Look for more info when the 2019 GMC Sierra makes its auto show debut at the New York Auto Show on March 26th.

References

GMC Sierra


2014 GMC Sierra 1500 - image 524785

Read our full review on the 2017 GMC Sierra.


2019 Chevrolet Silverado - image 753280

Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.


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Read more GMC News.


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Read more New York Auto Show news.

PostHeaderIcon Nissan Officially Teases Terra SUV Ahead of Beijing Debut

Nissan is expanding its lineup of body-on-frame vehicles as part of its “M.O.V.E to 2022” initiative to increase its frame-based sales by 40 percent by 2022. A major cog in the overall plan is this, the Nissan Terra. It’s a seven-passenger SUV based on the Navara pickup truck. In fact, the Terra is expected to share almost all its components from the Navara, including its frame and drivetrain. It is already clear the cabin and overall design theme is mirrored between the truck and SUV.

The 2018 Terra will make its official debut at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show in April, along with most of its details. Expect price and fuel economy to come later. Sales will begin in China this spring, with other Asian markets following soon after, including Australia.

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“Adding the family-friendly Terra SUV will certainly help keep sales trending northward toward Nissan’s 40-percent goal in 2022.”

Ashwani Gupta, senior vice president for Nissan’s frame and Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) business, said, “Nissan’s frame and LCV business is seeing steady growth, and with our ambitious midterm plan and growing product lineup, we’re confident that this growth will continue. It is an exciting time for Nissan. We have the Nissan Terra arriving soon, the award-winning Nissan Navara is now in 133 markets worldwide, and more drivers are purchasing our LCVs around the world.”

Nissan’s LCV division has already witnessed a marked improvement over the last year. In 2017 alone, sales increased seven percent over 2016. Adding the family-friendly Terra SUV will certainly help keep sales trending northward toward Nissan’s 40-percent goal in 2022.

About the 2018 Nissan Terra


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“The Terra’s bones and design theme are clearly shared with the Nissan Navara pickup”

The Terra’s bones and design theme are clearly shared with the Nissan Navara pickup. That’s just fine as pickups and body-on-frame SUVs are extremely popular in the Asian Pacific market.

The Terra utilizes the Navara’s independent front suspension with MacPherson struts and the multi-link coil spring rear suspension holding a solid axle. The multi-link system will provide a smooth ride for on-road driving, yet offer good off-road capabilities and respectable towing and payload numbers.

The powertrain for China is expected to be the Navara’s 2.3-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder. The engine puts out 188 horsepower and a respectable 332 pound-feet of torque twisting between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm. Nissan will likely offer both the six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic transmission options, too. Rear-wheel-drive will come standard, with four-wheel drive optional.


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“Inside, the Terra’s cabin is basically a carbon copy of the Navara’s.”

Inside, the Terra’s cabin is basically a carbon copy of the Navara’s. The three-spoke steering wheel offers redundant controls, while dual-zone climate controls, push-button starting, and touchscreen infotainment system set comfort levels high. The Terra has a 2+3+2 seating arrangement, giving room for seven people across the three rows. Naturally, the second and third rows will fold flat for increased storage room.

The Ford Everest and Chevrolet Trailblazer SUVs will be the Nissan Tera’s biggest and most equal rivals. All three SUVs are based on one-tonne pickups popular in the Asian Pacific markets, with the Everest sharing its bones with the Ford Ranger and the Trailblazer sharing its underpinnings with the Colorado. Sadly, Nissan has made no indication that neither the Navara pickup nor the Terra SUV will make their way to U.S. shores, despite Ford bringing the Ranger and Ranger-based Bronco SUV. Chevy, like Nissan, seems to have zero interest in bringing the Trailblazer to North America.

Stateside, the Navara pickup would carry the Frontier nameplate while the Terra could easily be branded the Xterra. In fact, we’ve heard rumors Nissan is looking “very, very closely” at reviving the Xterra nameplate. In a story we published in December 2017, we quoted Michael Bunce, Nissan’s senior VP of product planning for Nissan North America, as saying:

“[Xterra] is a great asset in terms of a name and a badge. It’s on the shelf right now, but it’s something we could utilize in the future. Through devices they’re [millennial males] becoming more isolated and they want to reconnect with friends, family, outdoors. And a vehicle is an expression, a way to do that. We’re doing a lot of work in the space to understand that customer very well.”


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“Regardless of whether the Terra arrives here, the SUV will be incredibly important to Nissan’s future.”

In other words, it seems Nissan is sincerely considering a body-on-frame SUV like the Terrain the U.S., and it seems incredibly feasible to make it happen.

Regardless of whether the Terra arrives here, the SUV will be incredibly important to Nissan’s future. Ashwani Gupta says, “Nissan’s frame and LCV business is seeing steady growth, and with our ambitious midterm plan and growing product lineup, we’re confident that this growth will continue. It is an exciting time for Nissan. We have the Nissan Terra arriving soon, the award-winning Nissan Navara is now in 133 markets worldwide, and more drivers are purchasing our LCVs around the world.”

We will publish all the Terra’s details once the SUV officially breaks cover in Beijing this April, so stay tuned to TopSpeed.com.

References


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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Nissan Terra.


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PostHeaderIcon How We’d Spec It: 2019 Ram 1500

Ram has made a massive splash in the half-ton pickup segment with its all-new 2019 Ram 1500. It debuted at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show in January and is expected to arrive in showrooms by the end of the first quarter. That’s an impressively quick turn-around time as this processes normally takes six months to a year with most vehicles. Nevertheless, we’re restless to get our hands on the pickup.

In the meantime, we’re left dreaming of the ideal build configuration for an average American. Modern pickups offer literally thousands of possible cab, bed, engine, and trim combinations. Here, we’re shooting for that middle-class family who might tow a small boat to the lake on the weekends, haul sports equipment in the bed, and carry those 2.5 kids to their various extracurricular actives – all while staying within a reasonable budget.

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The Configuration


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“Crew Cab pickups are extremely popular these days and for good reason”

Crew Cab pickups are extremely popular these days and for good reason. They offer room for five to six people, have rear seats that fold away for storage of larger items, and still have a large enough cargo bed for most users. As such, we’d definitely opt for the Crew Cab for this build.

As for trim level, we’d opt for the Laramie. It lands slightly above average in the scale of trims, offering more standard equipment than the Big Horn but less than the Western-themed Laramie Longhorn and the range-topping Platinum. For those with a slightly more conservative budget, the Big Horn would still work nicely.

And speaking of price, this comparison will unfortunately not include MSRPs or package pricing. That’s because Ram hasn’t released the numbers as of this writing. Nevertheless, we can guesstimate the final price based on the outgoing 2018 model.

Exterior

“In addition to the Crew Cab configuration and five-foot, seven-inch cargo bed, we’d also opt for the incredibly handy RamBox system”

In addition to the Crew Cab configuration and five-foot, seven-inch cargo bed, we’d also opt for the incredibly handy RamBox system. The integrated storage boxes are watertight, lockable in conjunction with the doors, illuminated inside, and have a drain plug for evacuating water after they’ve been used as a cooler.

The Laramie trim comes standard with 18-inch aluminum wheels, which are just fine. On top of that, we’d pick Blue Streak Pearl as the paint color, just as something a bit more exciting than gray, black, or white.

Interior


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“Ram has two big option packages for the Laramie: the Level 1 and Level 2 Equipment Groups.”

The Laramie trim level comes standard with leather seats with a front bench seat. This means there is room for six people, which for some families, is a necessity. For those who would rather have the extra storage space, Ram has the front bucket option. The integrated center console that accompanied the bucket seats has space for hanging file folders, cup and coin holders, and even an optional wireless phone charger.

Ram has two big option packages for the Laramie: the Level 1 and Level 2 Equipment Groups. Level 1 adds things like automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a remote tailgate release, and a CD Player.

Level 2 adds even more goodies like a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, heated second-row seats, a rear under-seat storage compartment, the wireless phone charger, and the lovely 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system with navigation. Naturally, Level 2 also includes all the features in the Level 1 package.

Drivetrain


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“The 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie will initially be available with only the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8.”

The 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie will initially be available with only the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. That’s fine with us since the engine kicks out an impressive 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. Better still, customers can also get the Hemi with Ram’s new eTorque system, the mild-hybrid addition that helps with low-end power while offering an improvement in fuel economy.

The standard transmission is the new, next-generation TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic. Customers do have a choice between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. Since most people never venture off the pavement, we’d stick with rear-wheel drive and save on fuel economy and the initial purchase price.

Ram offers three rear axle ratios: the standard 3.21, a 3.55, and a 3.92. We’d stick with the 3.21 since towing and drag racing aren’t on the agenda. This ratio will also greatly help with fuel economy. We would, however, spend the extra money on the Anti-Spin differential. This will help with all-weather traction. Last but not least, we’d opt for the 33-gallon fuel tank, which gives the Ram an impressive cruising range.

To save on cost, we’d skip the four-corner air suspension option.

Pricing


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Like we mentioned, Ram has not announced pricing for the 2019 model. So, in order to get an understanding of how much out specific configuration might cost, we’re looking at the outgoing model from 2018.

Configured with the same cab, bed, and drive type, the 2018 model starts at $42,095. Upgrading from the 3.6-liter V-6 to the 5.7-liter V-8 costs $1,450, though that cost might be baked into the 2019 model since the 3.6-liter doesn’t appear to be available. The Anti-Spin Differential is a $435 upgrade, the up-sized fuel tank costs $405, the Convenience Group adds $545, and the RamBox another $1,295.

On the inside, the removing the front bench seats for the buckets costs $695, while getting navigation programmed on the 8.4-inch Uconnect system costs another $795. Ram charges $345 for the CD player – something that comes included in the 2019’s Level 1 Equipment package.

The total price comes to $49,955, including the options and Ram’s $1,395 destination fee. Now, according to Ram’s Build And Price website, there is $7,500 in discounts on the 2018 model, which brings the price back down to $42,455. Of course, we don’t expect to see such hefty discounts in the first few years of the new Ram’s lifecycle, so the final price will likely be higher. Add to that the inevitable increase in price Ram will charge for the new truck.

Conclusion


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While not cheap by any means, this configuration offers the best of both worlds – swanky tech, leather seats, a powerful V-8, and tons of interior space while not cresting beyond the $50,000 mark.

What do you think of this build? What would you do differently? Let us know in the comments.

References

Ram 1500


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Read our full review on the 2019 Ram 1500.


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PostHeaderIcon Visual Comparison: 2018 BMW X4 vs 2018 Mercedes GLC Coupe

BMW has high hopes for the X4 now that the new coupe-crossover has been unveiled. The new midsize model will now be tasked to compete against a bevy of rivals in its segment, none more important than the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe. An endless amount of debates should ensue now that both models are here. Which one performs better? Which one handles better? These questions are a few of the many that we can expect in the coming months. Those, and which of the two looks better. We’ll try to piece together what we can to answer that last question, though, off the bat, don’t blame us if we can’t arrive at a consensus. The BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe do look alike in a lot of ways.

External Measurements


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Front

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Now that we’ve gotten out of the way, it’s time to look at the front section of both coupe-crossovers. The first thing you’ll notice is that both models follow the design template of their respective brands. It is worth mentioning, though, that the X4’s front design is more balanced than the GLC Coupe. The front elements on the Merc look a little too compact as if Mercedes couldn’t find enough space to fit the headlights, grille, bumper, splitter, and intakes all together. The X4, on the other hand, has space for components to breathe. Look closer at the lines on the hood. The ones on X4 are more spaced out than the ones in the GLC. Maybe that helps with the illusion of balance in the BMW, but it works much better than it does on the Mercedes.

Side

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This angle is where it becomes to difficult to tell the two models apart. Both the X4 and GLC Coupe were designed as hybrids between a coupe and a crossover, and you can see that with how long the roof swoops down to the rear in a coupe-like fashion. It’s remarkable to see how the angle of the roof is almost identical to one another. Even the shoulder lines are positioned almost in the same area. The Merc’s body line does streak from just under the door handles while the Bimmer’s appears to hit the front door handle before creating enough space at the back.

The GLC also benefits from having a more pronounced lower line and more prominent side skirts. On the other hand, the front fender on the X4 sticks out a little more, and I like the wheel design on the on the X4 more than the one on the GLC. The Bimmer also has its trademark shark fin sitting on the roof. But other than that, I can’t blame you if you end up confusing one for the other.

Rear

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Even though both models still look similar in shape, there’s a lot of differentiation between the X4 and the G-Class Coupe in this section. The taillights are different, and while both models have a dual exhaust setup, the ones on the G-Class are bigger and sit further apart compared to the X4. Part of that is probably because the diffuser on the Bimmer is more pronounced compared to the one on the Mercedes.

In that vein, the X4 is also sportier in terms of design. Its rear lines are more aggressive, the spoiler is bigger, and the extra wing near the roof is a feature that the Merc doesn’t have.

The G-Class Coupe, on the other hand, doesn’t have as many body lines in the rear as the X4. There’s not a lot about its rear section that stands out when you line it up against the X4. The Mercedes G-Class looks decent in this section, but the X4 laps it with its own design. The latter is sportier and more aggressive to look at, which is exactly what coupe crossovers are supposed to look like.

References

BMW X4


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Read our full review on the 2019 BMW X4.

Mercedes GLC


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Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.


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Read more BMW news.

PostHeaderIcon Visual Comparison: 2018 BMW X4 vs 2018 Mercedes GLC Coupe

BMW has high hopes for the X4 now that the new coupe-crossover has been unveiled. The new midsize model will now be tasked to compete against a bevy of rivals in its segment, none more important than the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe. An endless amount of debates should ensue now that both models are here. Which one performs better? Which one handles better? These questions are a few of the many that we can expect in the coming months. Those, and which of the two looks better. We’ll try to piece together what we can to answer that last question, though, off the bat, don’t blame us if we can’t arrive at a consensus. The BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe do look alike in a lot of ways.

External Measurements


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Front

left
right

Now that we’ve gotten out of the way, it’s time to look at the front section of both coupe-crossovers. The first thing you’ll notice is that both models follow the design template of their respective brands. It is worth mentioning, though, that the X4’s front design is more balanced than the GLC Coupe. The front elements on the Merc look a little too compact as if Mercedes couldn’t find enough space to fit the headlights, grille, bumper, splitter, and intakes all together. The X4, on the other hand, has space for components to breathe. Look closer at the lines on the hood. The ones on X4 are more spaced out than the ones in the GLC. Maybe that helps with the illusion of balance in the BMW, but it works much better than it does on the Mercedes.

Side

left
right

This angle is where it becomes to difficult to tell the two models apart. Both the X4 and GLC Coupe were designed as hybrids between a coupe and a crossover, and you can see that with how long the roof swoops down to the rear in a coupe-like fashion. It’s remarkable to see how the angle of the roof is almost identical to one another. Even the shoulder lines are positioned almost in the same area. The Merc’s body line does streak from just under the door handles while the Bimmer’s appears to hit the front door handle before creating enough space at the back.

The GLC also benefits from having a more pronounced lower line and more prominent side skirts. On the other hand, the front fender on the X4 sticks out a little more, and I like the wheel design on the on the X4 more than the one on the GLC. The Bimmer also has its trademark shark fin sitting on the roof. But other than that, I can’t blame you if you end up confusing one for the other.

Rear

left
right

Even though both models still look similar in shape, there’s a lot of differentiation between the X4 and the G-Class Coupe in this section. The taillights are different, and while both models have a dual exhaust setup, the ones on the G-Class are bigger and sit further apart compared to the X4. Part of that is probably because the diffuser on the Bimmer is more pronounced compared to the one on the Mercedes.

In that vein, the X4 is also sportier in terms of design. Its rear lines are more aggressive, the spoiler is bigger, and the extra wing near the roof is a feature that the Merc doesn’t have.

The G-Class Coupe, on the other hand, doesn’t have as many body lines in the rear as the X4. There’s not a lot about its rear section that stands out when you line it up against the X4. The Mercedes G-Class looks decent in this section, but the X4 laps it with its own design. The latter is sportier and more aggressive to look at, which is exactly what coupe crossovers are supposed to look like.

References

BMW X4


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Read our full review on the 2019 BMW X4.

Mercedes GLC


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Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.


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Read more BMW news.

PostHeaderIcon The Range Rover Sport Seriously Climbed Heaven’s Gate

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport has already established itself as a do-it-all SUV that can tackle the roughest of terrains. Still, the folks over at Land Rover probably didn’t feel too confident about adding its ability to conquer China’s daunting Dragon Road in Tianmen Mountain in any one of the SUV’s brochures. Nobody’s done the challenge before because it’s thought to be impossible. The road itself is notorious for its 99 turns, but if that isn’t enough, it culminates with a 999-step, 45-degree angle concrete staircase that leads to the absolutely mesmerizing Heaven’s Gate rock formation. Eager to prove everyone wrong, Land Rover went to China to see if it could make history. Well, it was either that or disaster. Either way, it made for quite the stunt.


To achieve the impossible feat, Land Rover tapped Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Ho-Pin Tung to sit behind the wheel of the Range Rover Sport and drive it up the perilous seven-mile Tianmen Mountain Road. The SUV was also outfitted with reinforced tires in order to withstand the punishment they were going to take, not only on the mountain road but also on that uphill ascent up the 999 steps that led to Heaven’s Gate. If the stunt itself wasn’t dangerous enough on the surface, Tung also had to deal with the distinction of being the first person to ever climb up the steps that led to Heaven’s Gate in a car. It certainly didn’t help that the steep incline meant that the smallest of errors would’ve sent Tung and the SUV crashing down the steps with a high probability that the SUV would turn into a heap of metal once it reached the base.


Then again, Land Rover wouldn’t perform this stunt if it didn’t think it would accomplish it. Against all odds, Tung managed to complete the mission, driving the car up the perilous mountain road and up the 999-step staircase in 20 minutes and 47 seconds. More importantly, it achieved the feat without any incident, turning it into a record run in the process because nobody’s ever done it before. It’s hard to imagine any automaker trying to make a run at Land Rover’s time given how dangerous the stunt was. If you don’t believe it, consider listening to Tung’s reaction when he completed the stunt. ”I’ve experienced Formula E, Formula 1 and won at the 24 Hours of Le Mans but this was, without doubt, one of the most demanding driving challenges I’ve ever faced,” he said. Hard to argue with the man.

References

Land Rover Range Rover


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Read our full review on the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover.


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PostHeaderIcon Dodge Durango SRT By Mopar

SUV fans have been clamoring for a beefed-up version of the Durango SRT ever since Dodge launched the Challenger Hellcat. But it has yet to happen as of 2018. And I really don’t think that it will change anytime soon. Jeep is already offering the Cherokee Trackhawk above the SRT model, and I’m pretty sure FCA doesn’t want a re-bodied version of this model with a Dodge badge. But, if you’re not a Cherokee fan and you want a Durango SRT with a few special features, you’re going to have to settle for the Mopar upgrade that was unveiled at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

Mopar-made bundles for the Dodge Durango is nothing new; we’ve seen them in the past. But these new packages are a bit more comprehensive and include updates for both the exterior and interior, as well as the drivetrain. There’s no extra power to talk about, and this might be disappointing for some, but the performance exhaust and suspension are just enough to set Durango SRT apart from its standard siblings. And the body stripes and carbon-fiber trim add a certain degree of sportiness you don’t get in many SUVs.

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What makes the Dodge Durango SRT By Mopar special


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“The dual-center stripes remind me of high-performance Mopars from the golden era of muscle cars”

These new Mopar features don’t turn the Durango into a more aggressive SUV, but they add a sportier twist to the already beefed-up SRT. Visually, it’s the “go-fast” stripes that catch the eye. Running across the entire length of the vehicle, but around the big NACA duct vent on the hood, the dual-center stripes remind me of high-performance Mopars from the golden era of muscle cars. It’s safe to say that this is what Dodge was aiming for all along. Five color options are available, including Bright Blue, Flame Red, Gunmetal Low Gloss (metallic), Low Gloss Black, Sterling Silver (metallic). The black stripes seem to have a carbon-fiber-like pattern, which is really cool.

Interior upgrades aren’t extensive either. Mopar only offers a new SRT Interior Appearance Group, which features a premium-wrapped instrument panel, Dinamica soft-touch headliner, and accent paint on speaker trim rings. The bundle also adds authentic carbon-fiber trim on the dashboard and the door panels. Far from impressive, but at least the SRT already comes with a wide range of exclusive features.


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“The Durango SRT can be fitted with a new performance lowering spring kit enhances high-speed cornering”

Under the hood, the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine remains unaltered at 475 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, but it gets a performance exhaust system for improved flow and a more aggressive sound. Made from chromium stainless steel for improved corrosion resistance, it also uses stainless steel band-style clamps for tight seals, and welded and polished four-inch tips for sportier performance. Dodge doesn’t say whether the new exhaust actually improved horsepower figures, but it will definitely make your Durango sound meaner.

Finally, the Durango SRT can be fitted with a new performance lowering spring kit enhances high-speed cornering stability and consistency. The new springs lower the SUV by an average of 15 mm (0.6 inches) closer to the road, which improves handling. Performance gains include less rear-end squat during acceleration, less nose-dive under braking, and reduced body roll while cornering.

So how much do these updates cost? The stripes will set you back $1,195, while the interior upgrade fetches $2,495. The performance exhaust comes in at $1,850, while lowering spring kit is very affordable at $325. Overall, it will cost you $5,865 to Moparize your Durango SRT. This converts to a final sticker of $68,860 for the SUV.

References

Dodge Durango


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Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT.


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Read more Dodge news.


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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Mercedes-Benz has debuted its third-generation Sprinter van in Duisburg, Germany, appropriately at a portside warehouse. This marks the first all-new Sprinter since 2006 and represents a huge leap forward for the utility vehicle. The van sports a new exterior design, a classy interior with touches from the E-Class, and Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system that recently debuted at the 2018 Consumer Electronics show. What’s more, the Sprinter is going electric with the eSprinter variant. Preliminary specs say it uses a 41.4 kWh battery pack with a range of roughly 100 miles.

The Sprinter has enjoyed a very successful run since its introduction in 1995. The van is currently sold in 130 markets and has a lifetime sales figure exceeding 3.4 million. Just last year, Mercedes sold 200,500 Sprinters globally. The new 2019 model replaces the aging second-generation Sprinter, which has been around since 2006. Unfortunately for the U.S., the new Sprinter won’t arrive until late 2019, likely making it a 2020 model.

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Exterior

– * New design

– * Upscale appearance

– * Double sliding doors on cargo models

– * Large barndoor-style rear doors


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“The new 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has a new face, along with several updated details”

The new 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has a new face, along with several updated details. The new front end has a taller, more distinguished face. The bumper extends nearly halfway up the grille and the new headlights are more compact and carlike. Lower trim levels have a black plastic bumper, while upper models have a body-colored bumper. Upper trims also get swanky LED headlights with LED daytime running lights shaped after Mercedes’ typical “eyebrow” design. Fog lights are an option, too.

Thanks to the taller grille and more upright bumper, the hood is actually flatter than before. The new look is likely to help with crashworthiness. Nevertheless, the driver will have an unobstructed view forward through the massive windshield.


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“Around back, the rear doors are now very minimalists due to that missing character line from before”

Things don’t change much around the Sprinter’s sides. That’s actually by design, though. Mercedes wanted to keep the dimensions and overall shape the same so aftermarket upfit companies will need very little modifications to their equipment. Examples include wall-mounted shelving, dividers for the cab and cargo space, and other clever storage options. The stylized character line found on the outgoing Sprinter is gone, however. The van’s new sides look cleaner and less cluttered than before.

Around back, the rear doors are now very minimalists due to that missing character line from before. The Mercedes logo has also been moved; it’s now located below the windows rather than incorporated into them. New, more stylized taillights are more upscale than the segmented and blocky taillights on the outgoing model.

Interior

– * Upscale interior with E-Class cues

– * New MBUX infotainment system

– * Available wireless phone charging

– * Available 360-degree camera system

– * Up to 600 cubic feet of cargo space

– * Hauls up to 12,125 pounds of cargo


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“While improved, the outside’s changes pale in comparison to the 2019 Sprinter’s new interior”

While improved, the outside’s changes pale in comparison to the 2019 Sprinter’s new interior. The new dash takes after the E-Class by using several of the same switches and controls, along with the turbine-style air vents. Even the power seat adjustment buttons look pulled from a premium luxury sedan – and even the passenger side gets memory settings on upper trims.

Aside from looking nice, the new van also includes some cutting edge technology. The optional infotainment system is the new Mercedes-Benz User Experience, or MBUX, infotainment system. It has voice recognition like many modern smart devices. Simply say “Hey Mercedes” or just “Mercedes,” and the infotainment system will begin listening for commands. The 10.25-inch HD screen includes 3D mapping that’s aided by an Nvidia graphics chip.

The system also receives updates automatically and over the air. A 360-degree camera system can be had, too, making the large van much easier to drive in tight spots. Other optional safety equipment includes Blind Spot Assist, pedestrian detection, and Mercedes’ Crosswind Assist. Autonomous safety tech includes adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.


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“The 10.25-inch HD screen includes 3D mapping that’s aided by an Nvidia graphics chip.”

The driver gets to view a rather large, full-color information screen in the gauge cluster. it offers trip computer information, vehicle parameters, audio info, and turn-by-turn directions from the navigation system. Of course, the screen can be configured by the driver.

The steering wheel is also very “E-Classy” it features touch-sensitive controls that operate the driver information screen, along with other buttons that control the audio, phone connectivity, and cruise control. Push-button starting is standard.

Lower trims make use of a less glamours radio head. It only has a small LCD screen with radio information and a clock. Interestingly, Sprinters equipped with the manual transmission have the shifter placed on the center console in what is otherwise a storage compartment. It’s not too dissimilar from the outgoing Sprinter’s design.

In the business end of things, the Sprinter remains very similar to the outgoing model. As mentioned, that’s a great thing for aftermarket upfitter companies that sell custom-fit shelving and other equipment for the Sprinter. Cargo models offer dual sliding doors for nearly limitless access. Both sliding doors and the rear access are wide enough for a standard shipping pallet. The Sprinter has a maximum cargo volume of 17 cubic meters, or 600 cubic feet and will carry 5.5 metric tons, or 12,125 pounds. That’s impressive.


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“When it comes to hauling people rather than cargo, the Sprinter can be optioned with up to 18 seats in the rear, making for a total of 20 occupants.”

When it comes to hauling people rather than cargo, the Sprinter can be optioned with up to 18 seats in the rear, making for a total of 20 occupants.

More amazingly, the Sprinter is offered in more than 1,700 variants with different cab, body lengths, drivetrain options, payload capacities, roof heights, trim, and other options.

Powertrain

– * U.S.-spec Sprinter now offer four-cylinder gasoline engine

– * Four- & six-cylinder turbodiesel options

– * New eSprinter with 41.4 kWh battery & 100-mile range


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“The big powertrain news is the new eSprinter version.”

Mercedes was pretty quiet on powertrain details at the launch. We do know both four- and six-cylinder turbodiesel options will be prevalent. Here in the U.S., the Sprinter will debut with a four-cylinder gasoline engine – a first for the U.S.-spec Sprinter. Those turbodiesel engine options will follow. Both automatic and manual transmission options will be available, too. Mercedes will also continue to sell the 4×4 version with its 4WD powertrain, lifted suspension, and off-road tires. The bulk of U.S. Sprinters will have rear-wheel drive.

The big powertrain news is the new eSprinter version. The van will use a 41.4 kWh battery pack that offers a range of roughly 100 miles. Mercedes says those figures are subject to change as the van is still in development. This isn’t Mercedes’ first all-electric van, though. The compact Vito van got an eVito version back in November of 2017. Mercedes is still taking orders for the eVito and will begin shipping them later this year. The eSprinter is expected several months after the standard 2019 Sprinter makes its European debut in showrooms.

Pricing


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As with most new vehicle debuts, Mercedes did not discuss prices. However, Robert Veit, managing director for Mercedes-Benz USA, spoke with Trucks.com and said the new model will actually have a sharp decrease in pricing thanks to the newly available gasoline engine. According to Dave Sullivan, manager of product analysis for the AutoPacific consulting firm, told Truck.com that prices could drop by $3,000 to $4,000.

Aside from the decreased cost of manufacturing for a gasoline engine, the decrease in price will help the Mercedes better compete with the Ford Transit and Ram ProMaster. Both the Ford and Ram are priced below the current Sprinter’s base MSRP of around $34,000.

The Competition

Ford Transit


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The Ford Transit might be relatively new to U.S. shores, but Ford has sold the van globally for decades. Replacing the outdated Econoline van in 2014. Like other “Euro van” configurations, the Transit has a cab-forward design that allows for a short nose. This both allows for maximum use of the wheelbase for cargo room, but also makes for a high, commanding view of the road for the driver.

Here in the U.S., the Transit comes with three engine options. The base is Ford’s 3.7-liter V-6. The humble engine makes 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Those fond of gasoline but want something more powerful will like the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. That engine kicks out 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Diesel fans will like the 3.2-liter inline-five turbodiesel. It makes 185 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Regardless of engine, every Transit comes with a six-speed automatic transmission that powers the rear wheels.

Prices for the 2018 Ford Transits start at $32,285. Three wheelbases, three roof heights, three trim levels, and the choice between the cargo and passenger model make the Transit incredibly customizable. Not to mention, Ford offers a cut-away version, too.

Read more about the 2018 Ford Transit.

Ram ProMaster


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Like the Mercedes and Ford, the Ram ProMaster is a globally available “Euro van” that offers maximum cargo space with a low load floor and a cab-over design. However, the Ram ProMaster name is an American thing. Before FCA was formed, the van was the Fiat Ducato. It still uses that name outside the U.S., though all but the badge is basically the same. Like the others, the ProMaster is available in a nearly limitless number of sizes and configurations.

Powering the U.S.-spec ProMaster is the familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. In this application, it makes 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 was available until the EPA’s lawsuit with FCA over diesel emissions, however, it seems the EcoDiesel’s future is still bright.

Prices for the 2018 Ram ProMaster start at $29,995 for the cargo version and $34,345 for the passenger model.

Read more about the 2018 Ram ProMaster.

Conclusion


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The new 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van is a huge leap forward for Mercedes commercial vehicle division. The updates and innovative in-dash technology aren’t only new for the commercial van segment, but break ground for the entire auto industry. Count on seeing much more of the Mercedes MBUX system over the coming years, for sure.

While U.S. customers will have to wait until late 2019 for the updated van, the wait seems worthwhile. That’s especially true for the new eSprinter electric version. It marks the first full-size commercial van to make the leap to an electric drivetrain. Sadly, that model will require an even longer wait.

On a related note, we’re expected to see these changes reach the Freightliner Sprinter in the near future, too. Freightliner in under the Daimler umbrella and sells its rebadged version of the Sprinter van in the U.S.

  • Leave it
    • * Won’t arrive stateside until late 2019
    • * Base four-cylidner gasser probably weak

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PostHeaderIcon Tuscany Brings Two Modified Ford F-150s to 2018 Chicago Auto Show

Ford didn’t limit itself to regular production vehicles at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Rather, it invited Tuscany to participate in the fun. Tuscany is an independent aftermarket coachbuilder that contracts with Ford to upgrade trucks with special packages and performance modifications before selling them at Ford dealerships and covered under Ford’s new-vehicle warranty.

Well, Tuscany brought two Shelby-branded trucks to the show – both of which are lifted 4WD modes, but with very different personalities.

Continue reading for more on the trucks.

2018 Ford F-150 Shelby by Tuscany


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“The biggest upgrade, however, is found under the hood”

This truck started life as a 2018 F-150 Super Crew with the Lariat trim package and 5.0-liter V-8. Tuscany then modified the brand new truck by adding a BDS suspension lift, 20-inch wheels wrapped in BFG All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires, upgraded Fox Racing Shocks, and several unique pieces of bodywork that include a new wire-mesh grille, functional ram air hood scoop, fender flares, Shelby graphics, and a tonneau cover.

The biggest upgrade, however, is found under the hood. Tuscany added a Shelby supercharger and high-flow fuel injectors to the 5.0-liter V-8. It takes the relatively docile 395 horsepower and cranks it to 755 horsepower. Combined with the 10-speed automatic transmission and stout 3.73 final drive ratio, this truck can undoubtedly move.


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“This particular conversion costs $46,470 – and that’s on top of the F-150’s cost.”

While we’re not terribly big fans of the outlandish exterior upgrades, the extra horsepower is unquestionably a big plus, especially considering the upgrades don’t void the F-150’s warranty. For those who really like the truck, Tuscany sells its upgraded F-150s through local Ford dealerships. Be prepared to pony up some hefty cash, though. This particular conversion costs $46,470 – and that’s on top of the F-150’s cost. This particular truck originally cost $61,495 and now costs a whopping $107,965.

2018 Ford F-150 Shelby Baja Raptor by Tuscany


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“Tuscany had its way, however, and now the truck looks like a Hot Wheels model.”

Like the truck above, this truck started life as a convention 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor with nothing special about it. Tuscany had its way, however, and now the truck looks like a Hot Wheels model.

The truck rides on a Shelby suspension lift with 18-inch alloy wheel sand BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM tires. The Raptor’s front bumper is replaced with a Shelby steel bumper with LED off-road lights and shackle mounts. The hood also gets the Tuscany touch with the functional ram air hood scoop.

Tuscany added Shelby graphics to the rocker panels, along with Amp Research power running boards. The bed also got plenty of attention thanks to a sports bar with off-road lights and mounts for two spare tires. The rear bumper is also steel with LED lighting and shackle mounts for off-road recovery situations. Red and white Shelby decals adorn the windshield, rear fenders, and tailgate for that one-off look. Inside, the truck features embroidered leather seats with the Shelby Baja Raptor logo.


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“This particular conversion costs $49,295 on top of the truck’s original MSRP of $68,165”

Of course, Tuscany didn’t leave the Raptor’s 3.5-liter high-output EcoBoost V-6 alone. It took the twin-turbo V-6 from 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque to a whopping 525 horsepower and 610 pound-feet of torque.

Naturally, such modifications don’t come cheap. This particular conversion costs $49,295 on top of the truck’s original MSRP of $68,165. That brings the grand total to a spit-take worthy $117,460. Ouch!

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PostHeaderIcon Butthurt Alert: Ram Superbowl Commercial Sparks Outrage

As expected, Super Bowl LII had its fair share of commercials. There were some good ones, and there were some bad ones. None of them, though, were as controversial as the Ram commercial that used a portion of Martin Luther King Jr’s speech. To say that it wasn’t well-received would be an understatement. It was panned, criticized, and obliterated for using the speech as a means to sell Ram trucks, a clear misinterpretation of the actual message of King’s speech. But given what we’ve come to know since, was it really a case of insensitivity on Ram’s part or was it all a big misunderstanding of the ad’s real purpose?


I understand the initial negative response towards the commercial. I found it a little too self-serving myself, not because I thought Ram was intentionally using the message of King’s speech in a bad light, but because it was doing it — indirectly, at least — to peddle its products.

It’s come to light since the ad drew backlash that the Estate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., through its manager, Eric D. Tidwell, made the decision to allow King’s sermon to be used in the ad. “When Ram approached the King Estate with the idea of featuring Dr. King’s voice in a new ‘Built To Serve’ commercial, we were pleasantly surprised at the existence of the Ram Nation volunteers and their efforts,” Tidwell said in a statement to The Washington Post.

“We found that the overall message of the ad embodied Dr. King’s philosophy that true greatness is achieved by serving others,” Tidwell added.


Unfortunately, the King Center, which was founded by his wife, Coretta Scott, tweeted that center and its chief executive, Bernice King, the youngest of King’s children, did not approve the use of King’s speech in the commercial. “Neither @TheKingCenter nor @BerniceKing is the entity that approves the use of #MLK’s words or imagery for use in merchandise, entertainment (movies, music, artwork, etc) or advertisement, including tonight’s @Dodge #SuperBowl commercial,” the tweet said.

Clearly, someone from King’s side dropped the ball there. If the estate gave the go-signal to use the speech, why wasn’t his family notified of the decision?

For its part, FCA defended the commercial, saying that it “worked closely with the representatives of the Martin Luther King Jr. estate to receive the necessary approvals and estate representatives were a very important part of the creative process every step of the way.”

Regardless of what you think, the commercial will live in infamy now, even if it probably wasn’t the intention.

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PostHeaderIcon All-New Ram 1500 Gets the Full Mopar Treatment

It’s been a busy 2018 for the all-new Ram 1500, hasn’t it? In the six weeks that we’ve had of 2018, we’ve seen the Ram 1500 make its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show, star in the most controversial ad in Super Bowl LII, and get decked out in full Mopar garb. The last of these happenings took place at the Chicago Auto Show where Ram and Mopar showed off the many ways you can customize your Ram 1500. From expected accessories to those that aren’t available on the market yet, there are over 200 Mopar accessories available for the Ram’s new heavy-duty pickup.


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“The most obvious place to begin is the two-inch lift kit. It’s a modest increase, but it does provide extra clearance for the pickup”

Where do I even start? The most obvious place to begin is the two-inch lift kit. It’s a modest increase, but it does provide extra clearance for the pickup. That clearance will be useful if you want to go big with those 35-inch tires. The rubbers are wrapped around 18-inch Mopar wheels that are beadlock-capable. This means that the tires stay attached to the rims like a clingy spouse even when they’re aired down to lower pressures. Mopar’s also giving the Ram 1500 fender flares and full-length off-road cast aluminum running boards to further showcase its rough and rugged appearance.

Open the doors to the pickup’s interior and you’ll be greeted by a cabin that’s dressed in premium black Katzkin leather seats with matching Rebel Red stitching on the seats, door trim, and center console. The same stitching is also used on the Ram head logo on the seatbacks. The cabin also claims brushed aluminum door sill guards and Mopar all-weather floormats with higher sidewalls and deeper channels as its own.


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“Mopar’s also giving the Ram 1500 fender flares and full-length off-road cast aluminum running boards”

Move to the pickup’s bed and you’ll see an item that technically isn’t available yet. It’s a lifestyle Ram Rack that can be mounted to utility rails that are already in place in the bed. We first saw this equipment at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show and while it’s still not available today, the company said that it’s arriving in the “near future.” I suppose that estimate isn’t that long for a piece of equipment that will offer plenty of use to future owners.

Speaking of components that aren’t available yet, the new Ram Airflow cold-air intake is also coming in the “near future.” Unlike the Ram Rack, the new cold-air intake is all about working in concert with the pickup’s 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine. The system is also versatile enough that it can work on any hood application, provided that the Hemi V-8 is sitting in the engine bay. It’s also designed to work seamlessly with a Mopar performance exhaust system. Ram didn’t say if the cold-air intake is capable of adding more power to the Hemi.


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As extensive as the showcase upgrades are on the Flame Red 2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn Sport 4×4 that’s sitting in Chicago, those components are just a handful of Mopar’s entire catalog for the all-new pickup. Makes you wonder then what the 1500 will look like if all available Mopar components are added to it. I don’t think it’s possible because there’s bound to be some overlap, but I’d like to see somebody give it a go.

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PostHeaderIcon FCA Showcase Mopar Accessories for 2019 Ram 1500 in Chicago

The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 pickup hasn’t been debuted more than a month but Mopar already has accessories ready for the truck’s launch into showrooms. The long list includes wheels, tires, side steps, bed-mounted storage racks, and even performance accessories.

Mopar, Chrysler’s famed parts and accessories division that dates back to the 1920s, worked in-house with Ram’s engineers and designers to develop the accessories to work with the truck. Customers can buy the parts alongside their pickup at any Ram dealership and have them installed before final delivery with the price rolled into the vehicle financing. Best of all, the parts and accessories are covered under the Ram’s warranty. And since accessories like the high-flow air intake and cat-back exhaust are designed and installed by Ram, they do not void the truck’s warranty.

Of course, we’ve seen Mopar do this before. The most recent example is the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL. Mopar showcased over 200 parts at the 2017 SEMA show weeks before Jeep officially debut the Wrangler JL.

Continue reading for info on the Ram’s Mopar accessories.

Mopar or No Car


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“The truck was fitted with a two-inch suspension lift, 35-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires on 18-inch faux beadlock wheels”

Ram displayed several of Mopar’s 200-plus accessories on a Flame Red 1500-series Big Horn 4WD truck at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. The truck was fitted with a two-inch suspension lift, 35-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires on 18-inch faux beadlock wheels, black fender flares, and black aluminum running boards not too dissimilar from the Ford F-150 Raptor’s.

Adding to the functionality is the “Ram Rack” cargo system. The slidable hoops mount to the inside of the bed rails and will carry extra large items like kayaks and cargo baskets. Other exterior upgrades include a fold-out step under the rear bumper for easy access to the bed and racing stripes that accent the 2019 Ram’s new hood design.


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“Performance wise, Mopar is offering a cold-air intake and stainless steel cat-back exhaust for the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8.”

Inside the truck, Mopar fitted the interior with Katskin leather with red contrast stitching and the Ram’s Head logo. All-weather rubber floor mats protect the carpet from getting soaked with wet shoes or stained from muddy boots.

Performance wise, Mopar is offering a cold-air intake and stainless steel cat-back exhaust for the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. No performance gains were specified, but the extra airflow will certainly add to the Hemi’s 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. Interestingly, the cold-air intake shaped so it fits within the “power dome” of the Ram’s new hood. It looks really slick. The cat-back dual exhaust is also form-fitted to match the cutouts in the rear bumper.

The 2019 Ram 1500 is expected to arrive in showrooms by the end of Q1 2018, so we won’t have to wait long. Best of all, these Mopar accessories will be available on day one of sales.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Transit Connect Gets Diesel Engine in Chicago

Ford’s smallest van, the Transit Connect, has just received a facelift at the 2018 Chicago Motor Show. Exterior updates are mild and interior upgrades are mostly about new tech and options, but there’s big news under the skin, in the form of a brand-new diesel engine.

The outer shell of the van remained largely unchanged on the sides and around back, but the front fascia now sports the company’s latest corporate face. The large grille seen in the newer models found its way on the Transit Connect, as did slightly bigger headlamps, and a revised, sportier bumper. Inside the cabin, there’s a reshaped dashboard with a cleaner center stack, with a 6.5-inch touchscreen floating on top. The display is optional though. The instrument cluster now has a digital information center. Ford now offers wireless charging, with Waze compatibility to be introduced soon.

Moving over to tech, the Automatic Emergency Braking system comes standard with the segment-exclusive Pre-Collision Assist. The optional Adaptive Cruise Control system makes highway driving easier by automatically slowing the vehicle when radar detects traffic ahead. The available Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert rounds off the driver assist package. Continue reading to find out about the engine lineup.

Keep reading for the full story.

Class-Exclusive Diesel Option


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“The 1.5-liter EcoBlue engine is estimated to return at least 30 mpg on the highway”

The updated Transit Connect is actually available with two new engines, but the diesel is by far the more interesting choice. A class-exclusive feature, the oil burner displaces 1.5 liters and goes by the name EcoBlue. It pairs to a new eight-speed automatic transmission and it’s estimated to return at least 30 mpg on the highway. The engine is already available in the European version of the EcoSport crossover, so we already know from there that it has aluminum block and heads, water-to-air cooling, and a variable-geometry turbo. The unit is rated at 120 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque.

The other mill is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline unit with direct injection and Auto Start-Stop as standard equipment. It too comes mated to the all-new eight-speed automatic, but other data is not available as of this writing. Ford says that the van will have a towing capability of 2,000 pounds when paired with the available trailer tow package.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Transit Connect Gets Diesel Engine in Chicago

Ford’s smallest van, the Transit Connect, has just received a facelift at the 2018 Chicago Motor Show. Exterior updates are mild and interior upgrades are mostly about new tech and options, but there’s big news under the skin, in the form of a brand-new diesel engine.

The outer shell of the van remained largely unchanged on the sides and around back, but the front fascia now sports the company’s latest corporate face. The large grille seen in the newer models found its way on the Transit Connect, as did slightly bigger headlamps, and a revised, sportier bumper. Inside the cabin, there’s a reshaped dashboard with a cleaner center stack, with a 6.5-inch touchscreen floating on top. The display is optional though. The instrument cluster now has a digital information center. Ford now offers wireless charging, with Waze compatibility to be introduced soon.

Moving over to tech, the Automatic Emergency Braking system comes standard with the segment-exclusive Pre-Collision Assist. The optional Adaptive Cruise Control system makes highway driving easier by automatically slowing the vehicle when radar detects traffic ahead. The available Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert rounds off the driver assist package. Continue reading to find out about the engine lineup.

Keep reading for the full story.

Class-Exclusive Diesel Option


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“The 1.5-liter EcoBlue engine is estimated to return at least 30 mpg on the highway”

The updated Transit Connect is actually available with two new engines, but the diesel is by far the more interesting choice. A class-exclusive feature, the oil burner displaces 1.5 liters and goes by the name EcoBlue. It pairs to a new eight-speed automatic transmission and it’s estimated to return at least 30 mpg on the highway. The engine is already available in the European version of the EcoSport crossover, so we already know from there that it has aluminum block and heads, water-to-air cooling, and a variable-geometry turbo. The unit is rated at 120 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque.

The other mill is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline unit with direct injection and Auto Start-Stop as standard equipment. It too comes mated to the all-new eight-speed automatic, but other data is not available as of this writing. Ford says that the van will have a towing capability of 2,000 pounds when paired with the available trailer tow package.

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