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Volkswagen Will Continue to Offer Cars in the US

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Despite the strong preference of buyers for sport utility vehicles over cars, and with the likes of GM and Ford abandoning their sedan segment in the U.S. in favor of the bigger autos, Volkswagen promises to keep on offering their cars in the market.

“While some brands have walked away from car sales, we are focused on making smart decisions in this segment which is still a big part of the market,” said Volkswagen during its special media event today in Michigan. With that, the brand will continue selling the Jetta, Arteon, and Passat in the country.

During the event, the German automaker also revealed some of its plans for its SUV range. The company stated that it will be introducing an electric compact SUV in 2020. No names were dropped but we have a reason to believe that it might be the ID.4 we spied a few months ago.

The ID.4 will be based on the ID.Crozz concept. The electric crossover is expected to deliver up to 300 hp from its twin-motor specification.

Volkswagen hinted at another crossover that will be positioned below the Tiguan in the company’s hierarchy. The auto will be their answer to the likes of the Jeep Compass, Nissan Rogue, and Kia Sportage in the summer of 2021. Some suspect the unit to be based on the Nivus, which will be assembled in Mexico for the North American region.

Lastly, Volkswagen confirmed a facelifted model of the Atlas for 2021. Aside from the minor refresh in the exterior, the SUV will be getting a new steering wheel, touchscreen display measuring 8 inches, and updated driver assistance system. The unit will be longer by three inches too. It wasn’t clear though whether the new figure will translate to more legroom in the vehicle’s cabin.

2020 Audi RS5 Coupe and Sportback Take a Mid-Cycle Refresh

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After refreshing its A5 lineup, Audi unveiled its facelifted RS5 Coupe and Sportback. The new Audi RS5 Coupe and Sportback models now sport a revised fascia and tech. However, the automaker retained the powertrains of the cars.

Exterior

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The new RS5 range is fitted with a wider and flatter Singleframe grille design. The new styling is derived from the latest RS6 and RS7 cars. On the other hand, the narrow air vents just above the grille take inspiration from the 1984 Audi Sport Quattro. The changes are further complemented by new side sills and rear diffuser.

In addition, the new RS5 takes a new set of headlamps. The new lights can be upgraded with a matrix LED system and laser light technology.

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The look of the RS5 is topped off by its 19-inch alloy wheels. Optional are 20-inch wheels in three different designs.

The RS5 also debuts two new colors called the “Turbo Blue” and “Tango Red”. It introduces a variety of new carbon accessories too, including a carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) roofing that cuts around four kilograms of the car’s total weight.

Interior

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Highlighting the cabin of the RS5 is a new 10.1-inch display with Multi Media Interface (MMI) touch. MMI touch streamlines the audio, vehicle settings, navigation system and wireless interface of the auto. It comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard. The cockpit of the car can be upgraded with the optional Audi virtual cockpit plus with a 12.3-inch display and two new RS modes.

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Meanwhile, the leather seats are in Alcantara and leather, but they can be upgraded to Nappa leather for an extra cost. These can be customized more with the optional RS design package that puts either red or grey accents.

Powertrain

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The RS5 keeps its 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with 444 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. The power is distributed via an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox. The configuration allows the coupe to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds while the sportback does that in 3.8 seconds.

Audi claims that the RS5 offers improved handling. That’s if the new optional sport differential is installed in the rear axle, which distributed the torque actively on each wheel.

Price

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The facelifted RS5 will start at 83,500 euros in Germany, which is about $92,500 in the US.

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