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What We Know So Far About The 2020 Kia Soul EV

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Kia wasted no time in revealing its 2020 Kia Soul EV as it was introduced at the same time that the new third-generation Soul crossover debuted. The Soul EV is, of course, based on the regular Soul.

The new Soul EV has the same distinctive look as the regular Soul but it now has a larger battery pack and a more powerful electric motor.

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The old Soul EV had a 30.0-kWh battery pack while the new one claims to make 64.0-kWh, more than double the capacity of the old model. In terms of horsepower and torque, the new Soul EV also has twice the power compared to the old Soul EV. Its front-mounted motor is rated at 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque, up from the previous generation’s 109 horses and 210 pound-feet of torque.

Kia has not released performance figures as of now but it claims that drivers of the new Soul EV “will feel like a virtual Aladdin” because of the new independent rear suspension that gives a “magic carpet ride” feel.

The new battery pack installed in the new Soul EV is still being tested by the EPA with the results expected to be available early 2019. But since the Soul shares its platform with the Hyundai Kona Electric, we can base some of our expectations from its EPA ratings—258 miles of range in total. The outgoing Soul EV is rated at 111 miles, so the expected increase is quite staggering.

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The Soul EV has four driving modes—Eco, Eco+, Comfort, and Sport. All these modes will adjust the car’s powertrain power and response, HVAC system, and many more to suit the driving conditions and maximize power efficiency.

Other things that make the EV model a standout from the regular Soul are the front and rear bumpers, a charging port, a more closed-off grille, LED lights in chrome front unibrow, and 17-inch wheels. Inside, it has a 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with integrated features such as monitoring charging, scheduling charge times, and planning routes.

The Soul EV will go on sale next year though prices have not been announced. We’re also not sure yet if this will be available in all states. Remember that the outgoing Soul EV was also available in these states: California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington.

 

2020 Jeep Gladiator vs 2019 Ford Ranger

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We’ve seen the US-spec version of the 2019 Ford Ranger at the Detroit Auto Show, marking the first sighting after seven years of absence from the US soil. The Ranger, however, is coming back with a lot of competitions to face, particularly the very able Wrangler-based pickup called the Jeep Gladiator.

Exterior

Ford didn’t change anything with the Ranger from the last time it was seen here seven years ago. It feels old and it didn’t add anything to the game. Jeep, on the other hand, also didn’t try anything radical with the Gladiator. There’s nothing in the design that will surprise or wow you but it’s exactly what a Wrangler-based pickup should look like.

Our bet? The Gladiator.

Interior

The pickup trucks’ interiors will appeal to different sectors. The Ranger’s interior offers comfort and refinement. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if Ford somehow uses the same layout in its crossover range. Then, we’ve got a Wrangler-inspired interior for the Gladiator. Forget about inspiration. The Gladiator’s interior looks like an exact copy of the Wrangler, which was a crowd favorite. It may not look as comfortable as the Ranger’s interior but we’re very much sure anyone riding the Gladiator will feel the luxury and pleasure of a well-appointed Jeep.

Our bet? The Gladiator again.

Powertrain

When it is launched, the Gladiator will come with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that makes 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It plans to add a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 that produces 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission will come standard while an eight-speed automatic is optional.

For its part, the Ranger comes with a single option: a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that’s good for 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission this engine will be paired with is a 10-speed automatic.

Our bet? The Gladiator once more.

Honorable Mentions

Jeep added 31 inches to the Wrangler’s unlimited frame, giving the Gladiator a five-foot bed. With the tailgate down, that’s enough for some off-road activities with your dirt bikes. The Ranger’s bed, however, matches the Gladiator with five feet but Ford offers a six-foot option for buyers who need the additional space. In this regard, Ford wins, hands down.

2020 Hyundai Palisade Crossover Revealed At The LA Auto Show

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The 2020 Hyundai Palisade crossover made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s a big three-row crossover that’s perfect for family road trips and outings. Following closely the style and the size of the Santa Fe XL, the Palisade crossover will comfortably seat eight persons—with two cupholders per person.

The Palisade Has Options For All-Wheel Drive

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The Palisade uses a V-6 engine just like the XL though it’s going to be a 3.8-liter mill this time much like the Genesis. The engine pairs well with the Palisade’s option for front- or four-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 produces 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, which isn’t that much far from the Santa Fe’s 3.3-liter V-6 that makes 290 horsepower.

The Palisade Has More Interior Space

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Replacing the XL is Palisade’s three-inch longer bumper-to-bumper and four inches additional space between the wheels, both of which adds more interior space that can seat eight people comfortably. Second-row passengers, in particular, will enjoy the cavernous space as the Palisade boasts of 40 inches of rear-seat legroom. This is more than what the Chevy Traverse, Honda Pilot, and Subaru Ascent are offering. The third-row passengers will get 31.4 inches of legroom, which is average for its class.

That interior space carries over to the cargo space as the Palisade effectively boasts of 18 cubic feet of cargo room, nearly 46 cubic feet when the third row is folded flat.

The Palisade Has More Options For Comfort

Families will love the option to get second-row captain’s chairs that can be optionally cooled. For the top trims, Hyundai will offer its 10.3-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. There will also be a powerful folding third-row on most models. Standard to all Palisades will be the Apple CarPlay and the Android Auto.

Hyundai hasn’t revealed pricing details for the Palisades but we expect it to cost more than the Santa Fe XL, which has an entry price of $31,895.

2019 Nissan Maxima Updates Its Look But Not Its Performance

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The 2019 Nissan Maxima made its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The exterior looks infinitely better than the outgoing model and it also comes with additional safety features. However, Nissan missed out the opportunity to upgrade the car’s performance, too, as the Maxima will come with the same 300-horsepower V-6 engine.

Powertrain

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This is the main problem with the new Maxima—it arrived with the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes a respectable 300 horsepower. There’s no additional power; not even five or 10 horses just to show that there was a change in the performance. There was no talk about a hybrid powertrain option, too, so forget about that.

The Japanese automaker clearly missed out on the opportunity to sell more of its flagship car to an ever-changing market.

Exterior

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What it does boasts of is the change in the exterior, which includes redesigned front and rear fascias that look sharper than the ones in the previous generation. It also now has a larger V-motion grille, new intake grille in the fog lamp housing, boomerang LED headlights, and smart 19-inch “Hyper Silver” wheels that are exclusive to the Platinum Reserve package only.

Don’t worry since there are new wheel designs for the other five trims—S, SV, SL, SR, and Platinum—too. The Maxima is also being offered with a new “Sunset Drift” exterior shade while the rear now has integrated quad exhaust tip finishers and a new sport spoiler mounted on the trunk.

Interior

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The Maxima retained the “Gliding Wing” layout from the previous generation but it also added a lot of features inside the cabin. For example, the top two trims now come with new seat inserts and charcoal headliner to make it look like a cockpit.

The interior is finished off with Satin Bronze interior finishing treatments, heated rear seats, and a dual panoramic sunroof on the SR Premium Package. The Platinum Reserve trim level has Rakuda Tan leather, which is the same material used in the GT-R sports car.

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