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Mid-Engined C8 Corvette Is Coming On July 18

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For years, a mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette was like a mystical creature we cannot fathom if real or not. But the 2020 C8 Corvette has just made its first public appearance in New York City with full-on leopard-print camouflage and towing General Motors CEO Mary Barra and Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter.

The production trim will be making its first public appearance on July 18 at a location that’s still to be determined. Expect the production version to be made available for sale next year. This new Corvette is the eighth generation of America’s greatest sports car and it features the most radical engineering change since it first debuted in 1953.

The change comes from moving the engine from under the hood (which made it possible for the car to have a shorter hood than most) to tucked between the passenger compartment and the rear wheels (as evident of the big air scoops ahead of the rear wheels).

Nearly all of the world’s fastest and most maneuverable cars put their engines behind the passengers. This setup allows the driver to better handle the car because the weight of the engine is in the middle, which means better balance and plenty of grip in corners. It also provides better traction for the rear wheels.

According to Car & Driver, the C8 Corvette will launch in Stingray trim, which will use an updated version of the car’s 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces around 500 horsepower. There will be many high-performance options that we can choose from once the production version is ready. Sadly, a manual transmission is not in the mix.

The C7 Stingray has a starting price of $56,995. Some auto pundits predict that Chevrolet will increase that price by $5,000, putting the entry-level C8 Corvette in the $62,000 mark. Based on the projected specifications of the new mid-engined Corvette, that’s pretty reasonable.

Top 4 Features 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 features a lot of new upgrades compared to the 2018 model. Among the updates include a new engine, larger space on the rear bed, changes on the dimensions and new trims.

Appearance

There’s no noticeable change in the design of the pickup truck. However, it gains a few chunks of metal that increases its length by 1.6 inches and wheelbase by 3.9 inches. The extra size translates to a roomier interior and a total bed space of 63 cu ft.

Despite its added measurements, the vehicle is 450 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Meanwhile, the V8 version of the auto can now tow as much as 13,200 pounds and haul up to 3,270 pounds.

Engine

At present, the Silverado has two new engines to choose from. The additional engines are the new 5.3-liter V8 with Dynamic Fuel Management and 2.7-liter inline-four units. The 2.7-liter engine replaces Chevy’s old 4.3-liter V6. A 3.0-liter “Duramax” inline-six version will arrive soon. Six-speed and eight-speed automatic transmission systems are available for the pickup truck.

The most fuel-efficient variant is the 2.7-liter-equipped Silverado 1500. The EPA figures of the vehicle are 20 mpg in city and 23 mpg in highway.

Pricing

The base trim of the 2019 Silverado pickup costs $31,290. The most expensive variant is the High Country trim with a starting price of $55,990. The amount can go up depending on the extra-packages and customization options installed by the owner though.

Tech

The new Silverado does not offer the same level of fancy equipment offered by its competitors but going for the LT will at least get you an eight-inch touchscreen that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity plus a 4G LTE wireless integration for up to seven smart devices.

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2019 Chevy Blazer Crossover Starts At $29,995

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The bold new looks of the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer crossover can be yours for only $29,995. That’s the base price, which will come complete with a naturally-aspired four-cylinder engine that produces 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. Not bad, considering that the price falls below the 2019 Ford Edge’s $30,990 and the 2018 Nissan Murano’s $31,795.

The Chevy Blazer L, the base model, will also get a nine-speed automatic transmission paired with the four-cylinder engine. Front-wheel drive will be standard to the variant. Inside, it is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and starting, heated mirrors, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

There are two other variants and trim levels available for this midsize crossover, but the company has not revealed their pricing details just yet. There’s the RS and the Premier, both of which have bigger wheels and styled rather more aggressive than the Chevy Blazer L.

The two trim levels are also packing the more powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes a whopping 305 horsepower. This is an option for the L trim, but Chevy has not made the option price available yet. All-wheel drive is available on all trims, but the front-wheel setup will be standard.

If you want more style and convenience, Chevy is also offering the Blazer crossover with a host of cool features such as a panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats and the rear-camera mirror first found on Cadillacs.

You would think that Chevy will find a way to lower the price to around $25,000 when it announced the bold styling of the new Blazer. The price is fairly competitive when put alongside its more dominant competitors such as the Edge and the Murano. For its two-row capacity and plenty of cargo space, the 2019 Chevy Blazer should challenge the segment well enough.

2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS Commands A $24,995 Price

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At this year’s New York Auto Show, Chevrolet announced that its 2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS, the brand’s sporty sedan, should sell for $25,000. Reports recently find a buying guide that shows the package for the midsize sedan will be priced at $24,120 plus an $875 destination charge. That’s a total of $24,995.

The Malibu RS will exactly be $1,000 less than the lower LS trim, which sells $23,995 after the destination charge.

The Malibu RS, together with all the other 2019 Malibu lineup, will have reworked front and rear fascias. Its 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder will produce 163 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque will be paired with a CVT instead of the six-speed automatic in the current model. This is the brand’s first use of the CVT in a non-hybrid model aside from the subcompact Spark.

Once inside the cabin, you will notice that the infotainment screen grew by an inch to a total of eight inches and the Malibu RS will also enjoy the brand’s Infotainment 3 system. The steering wheel is going to be wrapped in leather. The shift knob will also get the same treatment to complement the black cloth seats.

And that’s not all because the 2019 Malibu RS will also add a black sport grille and black Bowties, black mirror caps, a rear spoiler, dual exhaust, and 18-inch wheels to wrap off the new look.

The Malibu RS is Chevrolet’s entry into the field of aggressive mid-size sport sedans. Pricing it under $25,000 is a smart move considering that the Toyota Camry SE sells for $26,470 and the Honda Accord Sport is priced at $26,675. However, the sporty Mazda 6 Sport lies beneath the Malibu RS with a $23,895 price tag.

By comparison, the 2019 Ford Fusion is selling for $32,065 and the 2019 Dodge Charger for $28,995.

3 Things To Know About The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

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Chevrolet has officially revealed the reborn Chevrolet Blazer in Atlanta. The 2019 model should give the upcoming Ford Bronco a run for its money, but it doesn’t look like it. Though it has an aggressive styling up front, the Blazer was made to look more like a family car rather than an off-road vehicle.

The new Blazer has exchanged its body-on-frame construction featuring a four-wheel drive system with a unibody structure partnered to a front-wheel drive. An all-wheel drive is now only an option. This is basically a two-row, five-seater mid-size SUV that somehow slots between the Equinox and the Traverse in the growing crossover lineup of Chevy.

Exterior

In terms of styling, the Blazer looks like a fusion of a 2019 Acura RDX and a 2019 Chevy Camaro. It has a massive grille, LED daytime running lights, a window line that sweeps upward towards the rear, and a floating roof treatment with blacked-out pillars.

Interior

The rear seats could slide to increase the leg room or the cargo space. If you fold the second row, the Blazer will have a total of 64.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

As for the tech stuff, Chevrolet hasn’t announced what will make the Blazer a cut above the rest. But details have emerged that standard to the crossover SUV would be an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 4G LTE connectivity that allows Wi-Fi hotspot, heated and cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, an electronically lockable glovebox, a cargo management system, wireless smartphone charging, 6 USB ports, a hands-free power liftgate, and a panoramic twin-pane sunroof.

There are safety features, too, such as adaptive cruise control and a rear camera mirror. These will be available in the RS and Premier models.

Powertrain

There are two available options right now in terms of power. The first one is coming from a 2.5-liter inline-4 that can produce 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. That’s the base model. Those who need more power might want the 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 305 horses and 269 pound-feet of torque. Both engines will be paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

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3 Things We Know About The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban

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We finally caught a glimpse of the first prototype for the redesigned Chevrolet Suburban, which will likely come out as a 2020 model.

The spy shots revealed a few clues about how the new Suburban will look like, especially based on the T1XX body-on-frame platform that Chevrolet used on the recently revealed 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500.

1. New Platform

General Motors is currently in the process of redesigning its full-sized fleet using the T1XX platform that suits both SUVs and pickups. This platform is an evolution coming from the K2XX platform. This new one will use aluminum rather than steel to shed some pounds off the new Suburban. The 2020 SUV will likely be 300-pounds lighter, according to reports.

2. Design Borrowed From Silverado

There’s a lot of camouflage on the prototype, but it looks like the face and the headlight especially will be based on the latest Silverado. Though the engineers tried to hide the vehicle’s rear axle, we can see that there’s an independent rear suspension rather than the solid rear used on the current generation Silverado. The new Ford Expedition is likely the culprit to this change.

3. More Powertrains

There will be a wider range of powertrains for the new Suburban. It is very likely that we will see General Motors’ new 2.7-liter turbocharged inline-4 with cylinder deactivation fitted. This powertrain can produce 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque. This has been confirmed for the new Silverado.

There’s another powertrain: a 5.3-liter V-8 engine with advanced Dynamic Fuel Management cylinder deactivation technology. The top-of-the-line is a 6.2-liter V-8 machine that churns out a whopping 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. This engine is currently in the Suburban RST trim.

The new Suburban will likely arrive in late 2018 or early next year, and will be followed by a redesigned version of the smaller Tahoe.

3 Things To Know About The Redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Spark

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The tiny, sub-subcompact car known as the Chevrolet Spark is ready for a mild update for the 2019 model year. It’s due for one since the last time Chevrolet gave the Spark a refresh was in 2016. It’s time for a bit of tweaks and adjustments for this very able subcompact sedan.

But unlike last time, when Chevrolet bragged about the addition of power (17 percent) in the Spark’s 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, there’s not much upgrades in the mechanical department for the 2019 Spark. Instead, there’s a new front end and some tech upgrades.

1. Grille Shape Is Different

The latest Spark’s front grille is quite different, thanks to a new shape and the use of chrome on the grille. The shapes of the two outboard intakes in the bumper are also different from the current and previous generations. The utilization of chrome on the grille and the LED running lamps do not deviate from the fact that this is an affordable car, though.

The LED running lights should have given the Spark a “more powerful” presence but we know that Spark can only produce as much as 98 horsepower, tops.

2. Tech Features

Like before, the Spark comes with the standard 7.0-inch touchscreen that has the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone integration, built-in 4G LTE data connection powering a Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, 10 airbags, and a backup camera.

All of these will come at a price of only $13,925. The overall price of the car has yet to be announced, but we’re expecting that anytime soon.

3. Drive Confidence Package

Last year, Chevrolet introduced the forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning as part of its driver assistance package. For the 2019 Spark, we’ll see automated emergency braking feature. In the event of an accident, Spark will apply the brakes for you or augment the driver’s braking inputs to avoid or minimize a collision.

What We Know So Far About The Chevy Camaro With 7-Speed Manual

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There are hushed tones in the auto industry that Chevrolet plans to fit its Camaro with a seven-speed manual transmission for the 2019 model year. To those who don’t know, the Chevy Camaro already has a current six-speed manual option, along with its eight-speed and 10-speed automatic transmissions.

The current Chevrolet Camaro already shares quite a few features with the C7 Corvette, particularly when it comes to their V8 engine choices. AutoGuide, however, has thrown another little tidbit of information about the two vehicles. According to a document retrieved from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Camaro will gain a seven-speed manual gearbox, the same unit found in the Corvette.

The seven-speed manual on the Camaro will most likely be paired with the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 in the Camaro SS variant. This is the same engine that we found in the base Corvette Stingray. We wouldn’t be surprised, too, if there’s an extra gear on the supercharged Camaro ZL1 since it uses the same LT4 V8 found in the Corvette Z06, which comes with a seven-speed unit, too.

The document is very vague when it comes to the details of this move from Chevrolet. It only listed engine displacement and transmissions planned for the Camaro. Of course, there have been speculations in the past about the possible fitting of a seven-speed transmission in the next-generation Camaro, but there was never any concrete evidence that the plan existed.

Now, Chevy has remained mum on this issue and did not confirm any of the details the document from the CARB revealed. The plan may not come into fruition until 2019, though, so that’s a lot of time for us to wait. But the possibility of seeing a Camaro powered by a 7-speed manual transmission is enough to make that wait bearable, at the very least.

 

2019 Ram 1500 vs Chevy Silverado 1500 vs 2018 Ford F-150

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There are a lot of big trucks that have been revealed at the Detroit Auto Show. It’s almost as if the motor show was exclusively organized for pickup trucks like the 2019 Ram 1500, the Chevy Silverado 1500, and the 2018 Ford F-150.

Lighter with Better Aerodynamic

In 2015, the F-150 lost much of its weight. The same can be said this year for the Ram 1500 and the Chevy Silverado 1500. On top of the list is the Silverado, which shed 450 pounds compared to the other V8 models. The Ram 1500, on the other hand, lost 225 pounds. The Ram and the Chevy lost their pounds because of the use of aluminum.

Where it differs is here: the Silverado used aluminum on its hood, doors, and tailgate; the Ram on the hood and the tailgate; and the F-150 used aluminum on all exterior parts for a total weight lost of 732 pounds.

Engines and Transmissions

Both the Ram and the Chevy are being powered by a V8 engine. The Ram has a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that produces 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, the Silverado again used a 6.2-liter V8. Experts predict that the new Silverado could churn up to 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

Ford F-150 is still using the same 5.0-liter V8 engine, but you now have the option to go with a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. This one produces 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.

The Rams will be paired with an eight-speed automatic; a different one will be set for the V6 and the V8. The Silverado will get a 10-speed automatic for its 6.2-liter V8 and diesel. The F-150 will also use a 10-speed automatic transmission.

3 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 Chevy Silverado

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The Chevy Silverado is one of GM’s most profitable vehicle to date, so it isn’t unusual that the launch of the 2019 Silverado before the Detroit Motor Show got the attention of the media, the fans, and the whole auto industry itself.

1. Higher Fuel Efficiency

The biggest deal about pickup trucks these days is for them to deliver high fuel efficiency ratings and add new features and capabilities. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado looks to do this as it is rated an industry best 20 mpg combined by the EPA. Compared with the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel that has 23 mpg combined (the best ranked in 2017) and the 2018 Ford F-150 that has 22 mpg combined, the Silverado is definitely at the top of its game.

2. Light And Efficient

One detail about the 2019 Silverado stood out from the information released by Chevrolet. The new Silverado will be 450 pounds lighter than the same model from the 2018 line. Chevrolet said that the weight reduction comes from the use of high-strength steel and GM’s mixed-materials strategy. The “swinging panels” such as the door, the hood, and the tailgate are all made of aluminum while the frame, the cab, and the bed remained steel.

Aside from the weight reduction, Chevy also worked on giving the pickup truck a more fluid aerodynamics. The final version resulted to a Chevy with a 7-percent reduction in drag and the appearance of aero curtains at the leading edges of the front sides. These pull air inside the fender and send it to the front wheels to reduce turbulence.

3. New Powertrains Development

In the powertrain department, the Silverado will most likely be fitted with the newly developed Duramax 3.0-liter inline-6 turbodiesel. The presence of the diesel option will line GM’s pickup with those from Ram, which led the use of the 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel in 1500-class trucks for the 2014 model year.

The engine will be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and the Dynamic Fuel Management.

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