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Toyota Avalon And Camry To Have TRD Versions

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The Toyota Camry and Avalon currently have XSE versions, which Toyota apparently doesn’t think is sporty enough. The Japanese automaker is now sending these two models to its performance-oriented TRD division.

The TRD versions of the Camry and Avalon will make an appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month, Toyota confirmed on Twitter.

The TRD division doesn’t have much experience tinkering with a Toyota sedan as it is mostly focused on the off-road-oriented TRD Pro trucks and SUVs, as well as the newly updated 86 TRD Special Edition sports car. Based on the teaser photos, the TRD versions will have more aggressive wheels and tires and a body kit with a red stripe.

Since this is a TRD version, the Avalon and Camry are expected to have a stiffer suspension tune, a sportier interior trim, and plenty of TRD badging.

Although both the Avalon and Camry are not lacking in power, we hope that there will be an update of engines. Currently, both offer a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 301 horsepower, which is quite a significant amount for any front-wheel-drive sedan. To improve the output, the TRD configuration will need to add a sport exhaust. The power boost would be minimal, though, since too much power would not fit the front-wheel-drive configuration of the Camry and Avalon TRD.

There’s no competition in this segment except perhaps for the Ford Fusion Sport that makes 325 horsepower, the Buick Regal GS that produces 310 horses, and the Dodge Charger with its various V-8-powered variants. These three are the only larger mainstream four-door sedans with performance variants.

The Camry and Avalon TRD models will make their debut later this year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which starts on November 28. We expect it to have a starting price of $24,565.

2019 Honda Civic Type R Rolls Out At $36,595

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There will be a slight increase in the prices of the updated Honda Civic Type R and Hatchback. The two variants will go on sale on November 3 and the Type R will have a starting price of $36,595, an increase of $1,000 from last year.

Like the Civic Si that was introduced earlier, the Type R and the Hatchback will have an updated infotainment system that has physical buttons and a volume knob that replaces the haptic controls on the previous model. Standard to the EX trims and higher are the Apple CarPlay and the Android Auto. The Japanese automaker made the cabin more comfortable, too, with larger cupholders, revised controls for the steering wheel, and an indicator light on the electric parking brake that signals when engaged.

Aside from the interior updates, the Type R will also have a new Sonic Gray Pearl color option. The hot hatch, on the other hand, will only have one trim level with one engine—a 2.0-liter turbo-four that produces 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

The hatchback is priced starting at $22,345, an increase from last model’s $21,045. The Honda Sensing tech will come with a hefty price tag. It includes collision mitigation braking system, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow.

There will no longer be a base hatchback with a manual transmission. The six-speed manual transmission has been upgraded to the Sport with a starting price of $23,145, up from last year’s $22,645 when paired with the manual. The CVT-equipped Sport models will be sold for $23,945, up by a mere $500 from last model’s price tag.

The EX models will start at $24,645. The EX Navi is priced at $27,145 while the top-of-the-line Sport Touring remains unchanged at $29,645. All Hatchback models will continue to have a 1.5-liter turbo-four engine that cranks out 180 horses on the Sport and Sport Touring and 174 horsepower on the other trims.

What Makes The 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible Stand Out?

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The new BMW 8 Series Convertible is coming with a lot of standard features. Although the Convertible looks identical to the Coupe, the dimensions are a little different and it comes with a soft top that can be opened or closed in just 15 seconds and at speeds of up to 31 mph.

At first glance, the 8 Series Convertible looks like a coupe with a soft-top roof. The convertible, however, will be shorter than the coupe and the height will be 7mm lower, too, unless you want that unlimited headroom by dropping down the roof.

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The coup de grace of the 8 Series Convertible is the electric soft top that can open or close in just 15 seconds. When closed, the car is designed to have a slight taut to maintain that coupe-like appearance. While this is great, that soft-top roof will eliminate the boot space. The Convertible only has 350 liters of usable cargo room, which is 70 liters less than the 8 Series Coupe. The top will come standard in black but buyers can choose an Anthracite Silver finish for an additional price.

The soft droptop is not the only thing that separates the BMW 8 Series Convertible from the rest. BMW also included a wind deflector as standard equipment. This will help reduce wind turbulence but if you don’t need it, you can remove, fold, and stow it away.

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The front seats can be electronically adjusted and they come with neck warmers. If you want this same setting on the seats and steering wheel, you have to mark these off on the options page and pay a little extra. The Convertible also comes with a new rollover-protection system that has two aluminum bars inside the front seat headrests. Should there be an accident, the bars will automatically shoot up and help protect occupants from being crushed.

3 Things To Know About The New Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake

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A redesigned Mercedes-Benz CLA is about to arrive. The new series will spawn a wagon variant called the CLA Shooting Brake. And just this week, a prototype for the redesigned CLA Shooting Brake has been spotted for the first time.

Exterior

The spy shots showed a CLA Shooting Brake wrapped in thick and heavy camouflage but that didn’t stop us from noticing the sleek shape that the Mercedes engineers are planning for the Shooting Brake. The face resembles a scaled-down version of the latest CLS and you will notice a new grille based on the German automaker’s Panamericana grille.

Interior

The upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake will receive the automaker’s new cockpit design which combines a large infotainment screen with a digital instrument cluster. The infotainment screen can be controlled fully by touch but the driver can also use natural speech to manipulate many of the car’s features and functions.

Cannot imagine how the new cockpit will look like? Take a look at the new A-Class sedan’s cockpit. Elegant and sleek, the new CLA Shooting Brake’s cabin is made for luxury.

Mercedes will use an updated version of the Modular Front-Drive Architecture (MFA). This is the same platform being used for current Mercedes compacts and is currently being hailed for its weight-saving capacities and its ability to be configured for different drivetrains.

Powertrain

Speaking of drivetrains, the CLA Shooting Brake should have a range of turbocharged inline-4 initially in the US. The standard engine is expected to be a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that can produce 188 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque.

The engine will be paired with a front-wheel drive for the standard models, but an all-wheel drive should be available for the performance-oriented models.

The redesigned CLA should be open to the market next spring while the Shooting Brake model will arrive next fall. Like the current Shooting Brake, we don’t expect this new one to be available in the US.

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