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This Is What The R-Design Treatment Brings To The Volvo V60

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Volvo is bringing the R-Design treatment to its 2019 Volvo V60 wagon, making it the top-tier trim for the lineup. The R-Design treatment will also enhance the wagon’s performance and will provide a sportier exterior look for the car.

The R in R-Design stands for “refined” and it is Volvo’s range-topping performance trim. If you want to shell out for the R-Design trim, the price starts at $46,558.

The Volvo V60’s angular grille lost its chromed vertical blade-like element for the V60 R. In its place is a different design wrapped in glossy black with the central air intake in the nose protruding struts that connect to the protruding lower lip. The whole theme verges on the car being completely blacked out. This was made possible by the side intakes that are now without their shiny bits.

The profile is finished by bigger 18-inch alloy wheels with a diamond-cut finish. There are also black door mirror housings, window frames, integrated roof rails, and twin tailpipe surrounds. If you want the 19-inch alloy wheels, you need to go for the R-Design Plus package which adds another interesting feature—dark-tinted rear windows.

Inside, the R-Design has proper bucket seats with cushion extensions and multi-directional lumbar support. The steering wheel, the gear stick, and the pedals are all sporty, though they could not compete with a Honda Civic Type R. The technology involved are the two-zone climate control, automatic headlights with the active high beam, 12.3-inch driver’s information display, and a powered tailgate.

In terms of performance, the R-Design brought in a stiffer and more responsive chassis. The suspension is stronger because of the stiffer spring and the anti-roll bars have been thickened.

We will wait for Polestar to tweak with the engine options but for now, let’s be contented with two diesel engines—one that can make 150 horsepower and the other one can produce 190 horsepower. There’s also the T5 gas engine that can churn out 250 horsepower.

Porsche Bids Diesel Goodbye

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Volkswagen Group’s luxury auto brand Porsche is officially ditching diesel engines, marking a new generation of luxury vehicles offered with either electric or hybrid engines. The move came a year after the brand hinted at giving the diesel the ax and shifting its focus to electrified vehicles.

In a statement, Porsche said there was a shift in “consumer demand,” though 12 percent of its global sales last year were vehicles with diesel engines. This might look like a huge chunk of the market that Porsche is willing to sacrifice, but the brand is confident that its electric and hybrid offerings will more than make up for the perceived loss.

A whopping 63 percent of Porsche Panamera sold in Europe are hybrids, which clearly signals the growth in this segment.

This is the latest blow to the diesel engine in Germany since the so-called Dieselgate that rocked the Volkswagen Group in 2015. The VW Group admitted to cheating on air pollution emission tests in their diesel vehicles using what they called “defeat devices.” Sales of diesel-engined cars have plummeted and consumers of diesel cars became worried that the resale value of the car will be pulled down.

The statement from Porsche said the company is “not demonizing diesel.” CEO Oliver Blume said that diesel will remain to be an important propulsion technology, but Porsche, in particular, wants a future that is diesel-free.

Diesel has one been championed to be the environment-friendlier alternative to petrol (unleaded gas) because it produces fewer carbon emissions. But problems have surfaced in the past decade as it was found out that diesel engines are worst than petrol when it comes to air pollution. The cheating done by Volkswagen was apparently to make diesel cars seem like they were emitting the same level of pollution as petrol engines.

Next year, Porsche will release the Taycan, formerly known as the Mission E. We can also expect a Cross Turismo variant in the future. By 2025, every new Porsche sold should be electrified, the company aims.

2019 Chevy Blazer Crossover Starts At $29,995

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The bold new looks of the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer crossover can be yours for only $29,995. That’s the base price, which will come complete with a naturally-aspired four-cylinder engine that produces 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. Not bad, considering that the price falls below the 2019 Ford Edge’s $30,990 and the 2018 Nissan Murano’s $31,795.

The Chevy Blazer L, the base model, will also get a nine-speed automatic transmission paired with the four-cylinder engine. Front-wheel drive will be standard to the variant. Inside, it is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and starting, heated mirrors, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

There are two other variants and trim levels available for this midsize crossover, but the company has not revealed their pricing details just yet. There’s the RS and the Premier, both of which have bigger wheels and styled rather more aggressive than the Chevy Blazer L.

The two trim levels are also packing the more powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes a whopping 305 horsepower. This is an option for the L trim, but Chevy has not made the option price available yet. All-wheel drive is available on all trims, but the front-wheel setup will be standard.

If you want more style and convenience, Chevy is also offering the Blazer crossover with a host of cool features such as a panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats and the rear-camera mirror first found on Cadillacs.

You would think that Chevy will find a way to lower the price to around $25,000 when it announced the bold styling of the new Blazer. The price is fairly competitive when put alongside its more dominant competitors such as the Edge and the Murano. For its two-row capacity and plenty of cargo space, the 2019 Chevy Blazer should challenge the segment well enough.

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