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Is The Grandmaster Hyundai’s New Three-Row Crossover?

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Hyundai is finally ready to make its mark in the crossover segment. It is now filling its lineup with the new Kona, as well as updated versions of the Tucson and the Santa Fe. But aside from these models, Hyundai also introduced a possible new three-row crossover at the Busan Auto Show.

Dubbed as the “HDC-2 Grandmaster”, the concept might be a preview to Hyundai’s plan of designing a new three-row crossover. The model should slot right above the Santa Fe and will have seats available for a total for eight passengers.

The design cues of the Grandmaster are based on the Santa Fe, which was previously called the Santa Fe Sport. But don’t think that this new model would be very similar to the smaller Santa Fe. The Grandmaster will have newly designed wheels, taillights, and side windows never before seen in another Hyundai model.

The name of this new model, if the Grandmaster name will stick, is quite cool and it comes the game of chess, wherein the winner is called the grandmaster. In a statement, the South Korean automaker said that the name is indicative of the company’s plan to create a uniform vehicle line-up that would demonstrate the Hyundai look without necessarily being too similar with each other. Each model, though following a specific design cue, should still have a distinctive character and role.

From what we understand, Hyundai is planning to overhaul the design direction of the company’s fleet. The new design will affect more than just one Hyundai model. Along with the Le Fil Rouge concept car, the new Grandmaster will feature the “Sensuous Sportiness” that Hyundai wants to highlight as its new design theme. This will apply on the automaker’s future sedans and SUVs.

The Grandmaster should be available in the market by 2019.

Jeep Wrangler To Arrive In Showrooms In April 2019

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The new Jeep Wrangler will hit dealers’ showrooms in April 2019, that’s the only piece of information we got from the four-hour-long conference that Fiat-Chrysler dealers had last week. The production for the pickup will begin in the fourth quarter of this year, so it makes sense that availability in showrooms will only start April next year.

What we are waiting for, though, is a look at the bedded Jeep minus the camouflage that we have seen it is wrapped in less than eight weeks ago. There are rumors, and we’re pretty sure there’s a bit of truth to this, that the official introduction will happen at the LA Auto Show this November to December. If previous timelines are to be the basis, this makes sense since the standard Wrangler only broke cover a year ago (by November).

Though we’re anticipating for the November introduction, we don’t know exactly what to expect. We don’t even know under what name this new pickup will be released. Jeep has kept everything under wraps. But based on all the spy shots and leaks we have heard and seen, the Jeep will be a four-door Unlimited with a short bed. Though there are rumors that it will be a two-door Wrangler pickup, these remain mere speculations up to now.

The powertrain options might be the same as the others in the lineup: a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder that can deliver 268 horses, a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that produces 285 horsepower, and a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 with 442 pound-feet of torque.

Sergio Marchionne, Fiat-Chrysler’s CEO, expects 100,000 Wrangler pickups to be sold each year starting April 2019. If reached, that would mean a 56-percent increase in Wrangler’s current US and European volume.

The last Wrangler pickup was the 1986 CJ-8 Scrambler but in April 2019, the Wrangler will join the likes of Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Frontier, and the new Ford Ranger. The Wrangler, however, will still be the only one to offer a convertible top.

Here are the latest spy shots of the upcoming Jeep Wrangler from Autoblog:

3 Things We Need To Know About The 2019 Volvo S60

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Volvo already presented the V60 before critics and car enthusiasts at this week’s 2018 Geneva Motor Show. This means that the Swedish automaker is gearing for a reveal of both the S60 and the V60 sometime soon. We’re particularly hoping that it will happen during the New York International Auto Show at the end of this month after all, both cars are tagged as 2019 models due to the showrooms later this year.

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Now, Swedish website Teknikens Varld posted a photo of the new S60 from the rear, contrary to the front-facing photo that Volvo released a week ago. This means we have more info on how the 2019 Volvo S60 will look like.

1. Scaled-down S90

Just like before, the new S60 will look like a scaled-down version of the S90. This makes sense since the V60 also happens to be a miniscule V90 in design and style. The interior of the S60 should be very near what we saw in the V60’s cabin.

2. Longer model

Much like the V60, which is five inches longer than the model it replaced, the S60 will also be lengthier over the current generation S60. There’s no word yet on the size difference, but we’re expecting somewhere along the same lines of the difference between the current V60 and the new V60—yes, a whooping five inches. The extra length, at least 3.75 inches, will be distributed to the wheelbase that will increase the legroom for rear-seat passengers.

3. T5 and T6 engines

The S60 will arrive with T5 and T6 engines that will be able to produce 250 and 316 horsepower, respectively. Plug-in hybrid models are to be expected and these will use twin engines to power them up. The T8, in particular, is already in the schedule, but it won’t be available for US customers.

The new 2019 Volvo S60 will be the first model produced at Volvo’s plant in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

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