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Infiniti QX55 Will Take A Shot At X4, GLC Coupe

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Infiniti announced that it has a new vehicle in its lineup and that it will hopefully give the BMW X4 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe a run for their money. Called the Infiniti QX55, this is a coupe variant of the recently released QX50.

The SUV coupe is one of the fastest-growing segments in the auto industry, so it seems like Infiniti is trying to get a chunk of that market.

It was in 2017 the last time Infiniti had a coupe-like crossover. That’s the final year of the QX70, which was formerly named Infiniti FX. First introduced in 2003, the Infiniti FX used to be a rear-drive-based five-seat luxury crossover that uses the same platform in vehicles such as the Infiniti Q50, Q60, and the Nissan 370Z.

The first-generation Infiniti FX came with a 3.5-liter V-6 unit in the FX35 variant or a 4.5-liter V-8 in the FX45. Both variants send the power to a five-speed automatic transmission.

The QX70, which was the second-generation FX, had under its hood the more powerful 3.5-liter V-6 and a 5.0-liter V-8. The latter replaced the 4.5-liter unit. For the 2014 model year, a 3.7-liter engine replaced the 3.5-liter unit. This was also around the time when the FX was renamed to QX70.

A teaser for the QX55 shows that the new Infiniti coupe will have a fastback roofline instead of the conventional hatch we see on the FX/QX70. It may be heavily influenced by sedans when it comes to its silhouette and the greenhouse appears to be narrow on the teaser, too.

The company failed to say when it expects the QX55 to make its debut. Maybe we can see it during the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It will go on sale next year’s summer. Infiniti has yet to release the pricing details, but this should be pricier than the QX50.

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring Adds Another Manual Gearbox

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Honda is adding a manual transmission option for its 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring trim. The manual transmission was offered only for the Sport trim before. If you’re a fan of a manual gearbox, you’re in for luck because this also means that the option will be priced much less than the CVT.

The six-speed manual transmission will be an option along with a CVT. It costs $800 less than the automatic transmission option. Aside from that, the Sport Touring trim also gets better LED headlights that throw longer and wider beams. It also now has the HomeLink Wireless Control System that can activate devices such as garage doors, RF-controlled lighting, gates, and locks.

Remote start and keyless entry will come standard even on the CVT on the Sport Touring and Sport trim. On the Sport model, the infotainment system added a seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The number of speakers has also been doubled from four to eight on the current models.

The Civic Hatchback received upgrades for the 2020 model year. it adopted the same features as the sedan and the coupe, which received some upgrades last year. However, the new model has sharper bumpers and body-colored crossbars on the front and rear end. It has revised fog light surrounds, black headlight trim, and new wheels in either dark gray or black.

The cabin’s instrument panels look different depending on the trim levels. The LX and EX have a painted pattern. The Sport has geometric shapes. The EX-L and Sport Touring went with brushed black surfacing. The EX has an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat standard equipment and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. All models have better noise-quelling features.

Prices went slightly up. The LX is now priced at $22,580 (up by $200) for the CVT while the Sport costs $23,680 for the 6MT and $24,480 for the CVT. The EX is priced at $25,080 for the CVT and the EX-L is for $26,280 for the CVT. The Sport Touring will cost $28,980 for the 6MT and $29,780 for the CVT.

4 Questions You Need To Ask About The 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet

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Convertible SUVs are not too popular these days. There’s a plunge in the demand for them but fortunately, you can still get your hands on one if you want to. German automaker Volkswagen came up with the new T-Roc Cabriolet, a high-riding compact car with a drop-top.

Why Make The T-Roc A Convertible?

VW already axed the Eos, the Golf Cabriolet, and the Beetle Cabriolet. This means there’s room in its lineup for a small drop-top convertible. What you get when you mix that gap with the need for a crossover is the T-Roc Cabriolet.

The brand also needs at least one convertible in its range so the T-Roc will be the only convertible in the VW lineup for the foreseeable future. It looks the same as the regular five-door T-Roc except that it has a soft drop-top, a raked windscreen, and only two larger doors.

Should You Get The VW T-Roc?

Absolutely! This is the first crossover cabriolet in the compact segment. If that seems to be a lot of combination, just think about this: it combines an extroverted design with the raised seating that’s characteristic of an SUV. The trunk isn’t as big as the regular T-Roc crossover but the 284 liters are just enough. When the soft top comes down, that capacity decreases to just 161 liters.

Speaking of the drop-top, it folds electronically at speeds of 30 km/h or 19 mph. The shape is alike the top created for the Golf Convertible.

What Platform Is Used For The T-Roc Cabriolet?

The drop-top version of the regular T-Roc used the same MQB platform that underpins everything from the Audi A1 to the Passat. The structural rigidity of the car, however, was affected because of the drop-top. VW said it used four cross braces and a front cross strut in key areas to make the car sturdier.

When Will The T-Roc Cabriolet Be Available In The Market?

The T-Roc will officially be revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show on September 12 to 22. The market debut should be sometime in the spring of 2020. There are two packs that buyers can choose from: Style will include color themes for the interior, standard mood lighting, and 17-inch rims with a distinctive lacquered finish while the R-Line adds standard fog lights and sports seats for a sporty look.

2019 Honda Jazz Hybrid Is Going To Look Like A Mini SUV

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Big changes in the auto industry—both on how cars look and perform now—prompted Honda to give its much-loved small car lineup a needed boost. Everything will start with the best-selling Honda Jazz, which will get a hybrid engine and a more rugged and aggressive look.

This fourth-generation Jazz will be revealed when the model takes center stage at the Tokyo Motor Show in October. Although Honda plans to electrify its range, the new Jazz will still be hybrid only.

The Jazz has always been known for its upright MPV-like appearance, but it looks like that’s about to change. The new Jazz shall give mini SUVs a run for their money since it will look like a shortened version of a sports utility vehicle. Think SEAT Arona and Citroen C3 Aircross. That’s how the Jazz is going to look like.

This means that the front end will have larger and bolder headlamp units and grille, a front bumper finished in black around the lower edges, roof rails as standard, and wheel arch cladding covered in dark trim.

Around the back, the taillights now support horizontal units that sit just below the rear window. The hatch will cut deep into the back bumper, which is the same with previous models. This design intends to allow Jazz owners to load heavier and bulkier items into the car.

Overall, the Jazz will measure four meters long, the same as other conventional superminis in the market. It’s not too far off from the current model.

However, the new Jazz is going to use a new platform, too. This architecture will allow the car to be more practical in design and performance. It will also accommodate the advanced hybrid technology Honda is considering itself to be a pioneer.

The current Jazz is already pretty impressive inside but the new-generation model will feature a large infotainment screen with dials below for climate control functions.

2020 Porsche Taycan EV To Drop Officially On September 4

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The 2020 Porsche Taycan EV will make its official debut on September 4, the company said. It will be revealed at 9 a.m. EST in three simultaneous locations in Canada, China, and Porsche’s native Germany. So, mark your calendars because the global debut will be live-streamed on the company’s dedicated online TV microsite.

The debut in China shows just how much Porsche wants to take a piece of the pie that is the Chinese market.

The first concept of the Porsche Taycan EV was aptly called the Porsche Mission E. Back then, the concept already revealed that the new electric car will have an 800-volt electric system that will allow for super-fast charging. This was a massive investment for Porsche.

It remains to be seen whether this concept’s features will pass on to the production form. The concept promised about 250 miles of range in only 15 minutes of charging. Porsche also said the car will have a driving range of more than 300 miles. The Tesla Model S has the current longest-range version of 370 miles.

According to the company, the Taycan EV can make 600 horsepower and get from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds. If you want to take the Taycan, which translates to “lively young horse” in reference to the center of the Porsche crest, to the race track and make repeated hot laps, the electric sedan can still sustain its performance numbers.

This claim was proven by a video on YouTube, which, in just 17 minutes showed the all-wheel-drive Taycan getting from 0 to 124 mph 26 times in a row. The result showed that the fastest and slowest times were only off by 0.8 seconds.

The debut of the Porsche Taycan should give us an idea of how the company envisions the future of electric cars to be.

3 Things You Need To Know About The Black Bison 2019 Suzuki Jimny

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The Suzuki Jimny is an adored rugged little retro-styled SUV that has managed to retain its “cuteness” over the years. Wald International has come up with more than just a body kit for the Jimny. Called the Back Bison Edition, the Jimny looks menacing, rough, and old school.

1. Exterior

At the front, the Back Bison Edition looks quite different from the regular Jimny. The welding, cuts, shut lines, and creases look particularly different. Wald International even added twin hood scoops. The side profile is still boxy and the flared-up wheel arches look like they come from Mercedes-Benz G-wagon sports. Adding new heights to the tuned-up Jimny are bigger tires and wheels.

2. Interior

It looks like Wald International didn’t do anything in the cabin, so the Jimny will still have the stock interior. But even if the exterior is a little more rugged, the interior should still be refined and on par with the hatchback segments. Suzuki is known for its practical and ergonomic cabins.

3. Drivetrain

Again, the tuner didn’t change anything with the Jimny’s drivetrain. The changes are entirely physical. The lift made no change to the powertrain. So at this point, we can expect it to have a 1.2-liter four-cylinder K series engine that makes 89 horsepower and 89 pound-feet of torque. This engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission with all-wheel-drive. It is also available with a four-speed automatic gearbox.

Although the Japanese tuner didn’t do anything about the interior and the drivetrain, that’s not the biggest deal-breaker here. The sad thing about the Jimny is the US market won’t get it. Since the off-road scene in the US is pretty strong, Suzuki could sell a few hundred thousands of units here.

Hyundai To Release 2020 Genesis GV80 This Year

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The arrival of the Genesis GV80 this year will signal Hyundai’s first foray into the luxury SUV brand. It’s already been tested in public roads, but we got the new spy shots to further whet your appetite. The GV80 will be based on the brand’s G80 sedan, sharing much of its underpinnings, as well as that of other Genesis products.

It’s interesting to see Genesis jumping into the full-sized SUV bandwagon based on the spy shots of TopSpeed. The GV80 will specifically go against the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the BMW X7.

Exterior

The GV80 will not be far off from the concept introduced in 2017, but the more extreme features will not be part of the production vehicle. The production model will keep the lower LED stripes with the upper units sporting the conventional headlamps as seen on the sedans. The shape and size of the grille will be similar to the concept, but the big slab of chrome we’ve seen on the concept won’t make it to the production line.

There will be two different front grilles for the GV80: a standard-spec SUV with thin, horizontal slats, and a Sport model with a honeycomb mesh.

At the back, there will be larger taillights compared to the slender ones seen on the concept. The bumper will also have a conventional design while the rear windows will most likely be redesigned.

Overall, although the production GV80 will not be as aggressive in style like the concept, it has that luxury feel needed to compete with the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the BMW X7.

Powertrain

The GV80 will most likely use Genesis’ existing powertrains. That means to expect V-6 and V-8 units. For reference, the larger G80 sedan sports a 3.8-liter V-6 that utilizes a three-stage variable intake system, triangular fuel injector pattern, air-gap exhaust manifold, and a two-stage oil pump. It generates 311 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 293 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm.

Then, there’s the 5.0-liter Tau V-8 that makes 420 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm.

Both of the engines will be mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive will most probably be standard on the base model, but an AWD should be an option too.

Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra To Receive Interior Upgrades Soon

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Reports are coming in and it looks like the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra, both 2019 models just released, will get an interior update for the 2021 model year.

So, why is a major change coming to both models after the launch of an all-new model? It doesn’t seem like the type of plans Chevrolet is known for—launching 2019 models and bringing significant changes (albeit in the interior) in under two years. But GM isn’t working on its own timeline. It’s working against Ram’s all-new 2019 1500 pickup.

The positive response to the new 1500 pickup was enough for GM to want to start anew for its Silverado and Sierra. The plan is to fit these two models with a more upscale interior—especially on the higher-end trim levels.

The report did not give any more details about what the changes could be. It described only a revised center stack that will feature a larger infotainment screen. The materials and smaller details used in the interior will be changed to make way for more environmentally-efficient materials. And since there are criticisms against the Silverado’s and Sierra’s exterior design, maybe we can expect a few tweaks in that direction, too.

With a new Ford F-150 coming in 2021, these proposed changes in the Silverado and the Sierra are not too far-fetched.

Thought the interior for the current cars is not bad, it didn’t have any major upgrades from their 2017 models. And that’s a bad thing, considering the number of new technologies that have been launched since then. Ram, on the other hand, probably has one of the most beautiful and generous interior setups of all time.

Sales for both the GM trucks have been falling while the Ram 1500 truck continues to report soaring figures, thanks in part to the success of the previous-generation Ram Classic.

New Hyundai Kona Hybrid Priced At £22,495 In The UK

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The Hyundai Kona Hybrid crossover will be priced at £22,495 in the UK. It will be on sale this September this year.

The hybrid crossover is mating the brand’s turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder GDi petrol engine with an electric motor. It’s rated at 66mpg with an emissions rating of 99g/km of CO2.

This petrol-hybrid powertrain has a combined output of 139 horsepower and 265Nm of torque. It sends power through a front-wheel-drive system through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. It can go from 0 to 62 mph in just 11.2 seconds and it has a top speed of 99 mph.

All Kona Hybrid models come standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, and a 10.25-inch infotainment system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That starts with the SE models.

The more premium models, which are priced at £24,295, have wireless smartphone charging, automatic windscreen wipers, and front fog lamps, a larger 10.25-inch touch screen, and 18-inch wheels.

Meanwhile, Premium SE models will also feature LED headlamps, LED rear lamps, heated and ventilated front seats and a head-up display. These models sell for £27,195.

Also standard to the Kona Hybrid is the SmartSense technology that includes front collision warning, lane-keeping assist, a driver fatigue warning, high beam assist, and avoidance assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection ability. There’s an optional safety kit that has a blind-spot collision warning and rear cross-traffic collision warning.

Other options include Intelligent Speed Limit Warning and Lane Following Assist systems. The speed-limit warning uses the car’s front camera to monitor the changes in speed and notify the driver while the lane-following assist keeps the car in the center of the lane when it’s on automatic cruise control.

There are seven paint options available such as the Blue Lagoon launch color. Inside, the Kona Hybrid has gloss black accents on the door handles and the steering wheel. There are white accents on the air vents and gear level, as well as a gray headlining.

Mini Set To Become An EV Brand?

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Rumors are swirling around the auto industry that the beloved Mini brand could be turning into a full-blown EV (electric vehicle) company. After it has introduced the electric version of its Hardtop, the company is again making waves that could change the auto landscape in the foreseeable future.

According to a report from Automobile, managers at parent company BMW Group canceled plans to develop and offer internal combustion engines in the next-generation Mini lineup. The cars will be developed as EV cars, instead.

The report also said that the new electric Minis will be based on a skateboard-style platform, the development of which we have no idea when or where will be. The platform will out the electric motor at the front axle. There will be a pack of battery—ranging from 35 to 50 kilowatt-hours—somewhere there.

The entire lineup will be fully electric, reports indicate. But these are not entirely new cars. The lineup should include replacements for the Hardtop and the Countryman too. There will be a new downsized Mini (as if the Mini wasn’t small enough even for one passenger) as well.

Plans for a downsized Mini were nothing new. A month ago, it was reported that the downsized Mini is based on the 2011’s Rocketman Concept.

Last year, BMW Group, which manages Mini, signed a letter of intent with Great Wall Motors in China to jointly develop and manufacture electric Minis in the Asian economic giant’s shores. Although there was no mention of when the partnership will take effect, reports said that the first jointly developed Minis will arrive by 2022 or 2023.

The question is, will Minis (whether regular or electric) still be made out of China? There was no mention of exclusivity in the partnership with Great Wall Motors. Rival company Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, signed an agreement with Geely in March to jointly develop and manufacture future Smart cars exclusively in China.

 

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