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GM Is Planning An Electric Pickup Truck

 

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We might have just heard the first true plan from GM to come up with an electric pickup truck. During the company’s quarterly earnings call, GM CEO Mary Barra said they intend to create an all-electric future that has a complete range of electric vehicles, including full-size pickups.

The last we’ve heard, GM is merely “considering” the possibility of engineering an electric pickup truck, as well as a number of SUVs. When asked about the plans, Barra formerly said “stay tuned” in reference to the probability of GM creating a pickup truck that will compete with Tesla’s truck.

Barra’s statement now is a bit more specific than all the things we heard from GM’s official statements. Although still in line with the company’s generic and vague statements about an all-electric pickup truck, the GM CEO said the company believes that an EV future is where the company should be heading.

Both GM and Amazon previously had plans to invest in startup electric carmaker Rivian months ago, but it was only Amazon that inked the deal for a $700-million round of funding. Rivian introduced both an electric pickup truck and SUV, which impressed GM and Amazon.

Earlier this month, Ford also invested heavily in Rivian. The $500-million investment is said to confirm plans for Ford and Rivian to engineer an all-electric vehicle together.

With both Ford and Amazon riding on Rivian’s coattails and with no GM in sight, it looks like the latter will stay in-house for its EV plans. Just last month, GM said it would develop a Chevrolet EV that will be manufactured at the same factory that makes the Bolt EV. The new Chevrolet EV will reportedly use an “advanced version” of the Bolt’s architecture.

GM has been reluctant to reveal any substantial details about its plan to manufacture an electric pickup truck but judging from Barra’s statements, it looks like an EV truck is definitely in the pipeline for the company.

 

3 Things We Know About The New 2020 Nissan Sentra

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Nissan just unveiled the new Sylphy at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. Known as the Sentra in the US, this sedan is an important component of the Japanese automaker’s lineup. While it’s a successful little piece, the Sentra never did much for people who want more from a car then simply taking them from point A to B.

That’s about to change with the 2020 Nissan Sentra. It looks like Nissan is following in on the footsteps of Hyundai and how it upped the game with the 2020 Sonata.

A New Face With Massive Grille

Nissan decided to go all the way out by incorporating the trendy massive grille on its Sentra. The big grille was toned down by the signature-collar design, known as the V-motion grille, that now sits just a little above the front bumper. The Sentra also features LED headlights and daytime running lights, as well as new rectangular fog lamps.

All in all, Sentra looks similar to its siblings, the 2020 Altima and the 2020 Versa, when seen from the front.

A Cabin With Luxury Written Over It

When you step inside the 2020 Sentra, it doesn’t at all feel like you’re in a car that’s in the $20,000 range. The now flat-bottom steering wheel is less cluttered than the one in the 2019 Sentra. There’s a blank space on the right which might mean that the Sentra can come with active driving assistance such as cruise control.

There’s a seven-inch TFT color screen in the instrument cluster and it gives off information to the driver and the passengers. The highlight of the console, however, isn’t even the floating infotainment system. It’s the three circular air-conditioning vents that are controlled by knobs and buttons. There will be no touchscreen display for the 2020 Sentra, which is a bummer and could seriously affect its marketability. We’ll know more when this moves into showrooms.

Perhaps, the best thing about the new Sentra is its cabin space. You can haul a lot more people in this sedan and they’ll still feel comfortable. Safety tech includes forward collision warning, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, cross traffic alert, and intelligent driving alert.

An Engine That’s Nothing New

Nissan is marketing 2020 Sentra’s engine as “new,” but we have seen this same setup in the Versa, Kicks, Note, Dacia Lodgy, and Duster. This is the third-generation version of that engine—a 1.6-liter four-cylinder HR16DE unit that generates a meager 137 horsepower, 13 more than the outgoing Sentra.

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