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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.

The All-New Kia XCeed Is The Ceed’s Better-Looking Crossover Brother

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The Ceed family has just added another one on its lineup. Called the XCeed, it’s a slightly more off-road capable and taller version of the Ceed hatchback. This is the fourth model to arrive in the Ceed family after the regular hatchback, the Ceed Sportswagon, and the ProCeed shooting brake model.

The all-new Kia XCeed is more than just a raised version of the compact hatchback. Although it looks related to the Ceed family, Kia’s engineers and designers have made sure that the XCeed will stand out from the rest of the lineup.

There are 12 available paint finishes for the XCeed. Out of that number, 11 are shared with the other Ceed models, but the Quantum Yellow (the same color used in the official photos) is unique to the XCeed.

If there’s one thing that the XCeed shares with the rest of the Ceed family, it’s the wheelbase. At 2,650 millimeters (104.3 inches), it is longer compared to the hatchback. It is worth noting that the front overhang is 25 millimeters longer and the rear overhang is 60 millimeters longer. It’s an inch wider than the hatch and has 1.6 inches more ground clearance.

Inside the cabin, the XCeed’s interior is completely similar to the rest of the Ceed family. That’s not a bad thing, of course, since the Ceed already has a pretty good interior. The clean design and layout give way to highlight the floating infotainment screen.

Standard to the XCeed is the eight-inch screen that can be enlarged to a 10.25-inch at an extra cost. There’s a new feature which will become the brand’s first fully-digital gauge cluster. It displays a 12.3-inch screen with a display resolution of 1920 x 720 pixels.

The hood houses three direct-injection T-GDi engines: a one-liter engine that makes 118 horsepower and 172 Nm of torque, a 1.4-liter with 138 horsepower and 242 Nm, and a 1.6-liter that makes 201 horsepower and 265 Nm of torque.

The Mercedes-Benz GLB Is The Crossover We Never Knew We Needed Til Now

Mit bis zu sieben Sitzplätzen: Der neue Mercedes-Benz GLB: für Familie & Freunde With up to seven seats: The new Mercedes-Benz GLB: for family & friends

Think of the G-Class in miniature size. That’s how the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB looks like. It’s a three-row, seven-seater crossover that slides between the 2019 GLA and the 2019 GLC. Using the German company’s new platform that’s also in the A-Class and B-Class, the GLB’s boxy design is the latest in the brand’s compact car range.

Spacious Family Car

Mit bis zu sieben Sitzplätzen: Der neue Mercedes-Benz GLB: für Familie & FreundeWith up to seven seats: The new Mercedes-Benz GLB: for family & friends

The main advantages of the GLB are its cabin and compartment. It’s the first in this segment to be offered in a seven-seat capacity, with the two seats in the third row compatible for people up to 1.68 meters in height.

The GLB has a wheelbase of 2,829 millimeters, which is 10 millimeters more than the B-Class. The headroom in the first row is 1,035 millimeters—the best in the segment—while the legroom in the rear in a five-seater configuration is 967 millimeters.

The load compartment is 560 liters for the seven-seater setup and 1,755 liters for the five-seater setup. The second row can be longitudinally adjusted while the standard inclination for the backrests is adjustable in several stages. The load compartment can then be maximized by up to 179 liters and put to versatile use.

Second Best Powertrain

Mit bis zu sieben Sitzplätzen: Der neue Mercedes-Benz GLB: für Familie & Freunde With up to seven seats: The new Mercedes-Benz GLB: for family & friends

The GLB has a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that cranks out 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. In the US market, the only competitor to best that specification in the segment is the BMW X2, which has seven horsepower more and same amount of torque output. To reach 60 mph from a standstill, the GLB and the X2 need only 6.9 seconds. The top speed is rated at 130 mph.

In Europe, there are two diesel options to choose from: the GLB200d and the GLB220d. Both are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder oil burner but the GLB200d comes with 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet on tap and hits 62 mph in nine seconds while the GLB220d benefits from 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Nears Release

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The German company Volkswagen revealed at last year’s New York auto show that it plans to release a two-row version of its Atlas crossover. The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport concept will supposedly come into production this year and it seems that Volkswagen kept its promise.

When the Teramont X was released to the overseas market a couple of months ago, many thought this was the Cross Sport crossover that the German automaker promised. However, recent spy shots of another VW crossover showed how the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport will be different from the Teramont X.

The spy photos showed the Cross Sport’s prototype wrapped in camouflage but this clearly is a diversion. The crossover is ready for production and its on the final stages of testing. The overall shape is similar to the Teramont X. It has that boxy, old-school profile. The rear hatch, however, leans far forward, similar to many luxury coupes. It also has a very thick D-pillar.

The Cross Sport’s front fascia is similar to the concept, unlike the regular Atlas and the Teramont X. It can be said that it rallies close to the VW Jetta with the grille dipping below the headlight line. The grille opening in the middle of the front bumper is also positioned much lower than the outboard ones.

Moving to the back, the Cross Sport is fitted with taillights that have redesigned LED bars like the ones found in the VW Golf.

We can expect the Atlas Cross Sport to enter production in the next few months. It should be ready in dealerships before the year’s end as this will be a 2020 model. The competition is tough, though, as it should be ready to compete with the likes of the Nissan Murano, the Honda Passport, and the Hyundai Santa Fe. The Chevrolet Blazer and the Ford Edge are competitors, too.

3 Things We’re Expecting From The 2020 Hyundai Venue

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Hyundai is set to unveil its newest entry-level SUV at the 2019 New York Auto Show next week. Called the Hyundai Venue, this crossover will slot below the Kona and will compete against the Kia Soul and the Nissan Kicks.

Hyundai released some sketches and teasers before the big reveal. The South Korean company described the Venue as a “great fit” for people with busy lifestyles as it combined “playful and practical features.”

Here are the things we found out about the Hyundai Venue based on its sketches:

Exterior

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If you can remember the Carlino concept, that’s how the Venue’s rear end looks like. It has a boxy rear end with small taillights and a simple bumper rear. Though there were no spy shots of the profile, we can expect a boxy figure for the Venue based on the design of its rear end. This separates it from the coupe-like Kona.

The front end shares some styling directions with other Hyundai SUVs. It has split-headlamps like the Kona and the larger Palisade with big lights at the corners of the bumper and slimmer lights on the upper section of the grille.

Interior

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The cabin looks clean, simple, and elegant. Many of the elements—lower center stack layout, the A/C vents, and the steering wheel—were taken from the Kona. The upper section of the dashboard looks to be a new design specifically for the Venue. The small infotainment display, however, is smacked in the middle of the A/C vents, which some pundits might not particularly like.

Drivetrain

The Venue is using the same underpinnings as the Kona. This makes it safe to assume that it’ll have the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that can make 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Also part of the lineup would be the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder—the same engines used by the Kia Soul.

2020 Renault Captur With Plug-In Hybrid Spied Testing In The Cold

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The new 2020 Renault Captur crossover’s plug-in hybrid variant has been spotted winter testing. Scheduled to be sold starting 2020, it looks like Renault is on schedule to produce probably one of its best-selling vehicles.

Based on the latest spy shots, the latest Captur will adopt an evolutionary design though it brought the same shape, profile, and the brand’s signature grille to this camouflaged prototype. The new photos, however, revealed that the Captur crossover will have the new Clio-inspired front end.

Inside, the Renault Captur will carry the brand’s latest dashboard layout with a portrait-style touchscreen infotainment unit at the center. We expect to see more cabin space, too, both for the passengers and cargo since Renault is planning on making the Alliance B platform longer and wider. That should unlock more shoulder and leg room.

Since it was launched in 2013, the first-generation Captur was Renault’s third best-selling vehicle globally with 232,733 units making rounds in the world today. This next-generation Captur crossover has then a gigantic task to face: continue its role as a sales success for Renault when it goes on sale early next decade.

This will also be Renault’s first plug-in hybrid model that uses the technology outlined by former Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn during the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

For the new Captur’s plug-in hybrid engine, Renault is developing a system that will make use of Nissan’s 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric drive system. The electric motor will have a dual role, providing the petrol engine with additional torque and power and offering up to 30 miles on electric charge alone.

There are no technical specifications available yet for this plug-in hybrid system but Renault confirmed that the electric drive setup will carry a 9.8kWh battery. This same technology will be used in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance for future cars.

3 Things That Separate The 2019 Lexus UX From Other Crossovers

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Lexus finally introduced its first compact crossover in the form of the 2019 Lexus UX. This is the first Lexus model to feature the brand’s new GA-C platform and it looks like a slightly blown-up LC500.

Exterior

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The front end of the new Lexus UX looks a lot like the LC500—from the aggressively curved hood to the spindle grille to the headlights with a slightly different LED strip. It has an overall sporty design with a unique rear end that gives a sort of optical illusion to the casual looker. The rear overhang on the rear hatch is highlighted by an F Sport-styled side wings while the rear fascia gets an F Sport insert.

Interior

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The cabin is a blend of German, Japanese, and American culture. It has its own identity and refreshingly sits apart from the rest of the cars in the segment. Up front, the infotainment display has a large, cellphone-like look to it with an integrated digital display and an embedded appearance. Imagine Audi’s infotainment display a few years back and you’ll get what we mean.

The seats, both of the driver and the passengers, are perforated and supportive. There’s high-quality stitching throughout the seats with some contrast on the steering wheel. There’s a thick leather pallet on the middle tier of the dashboard which also has some white contrast stitching.

Performance

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Lexus is fitting the UX with an all-new 2.0-liter gasoline engine. It offers high-speed combustion, multi-hole direct fuel injectors, variable cooling system and oil pump, and intelligent variable valve timing. It comes also with the brand’s first Direct Shift CVT. The engine will deliver 168 horsepower but no torque figures have been released yet. Does this one need a high torque figure? It’s hard to imagine anyone wanting to tow anything with the Lexus UX.

2019 Nissan Murano Gets Slight Price Bump, Starts At $32,315

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The refreshed 2019 Nissan Murano gets a slight price increase of $270 from the previous model. It now starts at $32,315, which makes it more expensive than the $30,990 base model of the Ford Edge.

The two models have been refreshed for the 2019 model year with an upgraded exterior and interior design. There are also other exciting new features. Standard to the Murano is an 8.0-inch display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels. All models come with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 260 horsepower. An all-wheel-drive setup can be had for an additional $1,600 in any trim level.

The SV trim level brings more features that are engineered to provide comfort and luxury to the owner. It has a remote engine start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and 10-way driver and four-way passenger power seats. Prices for the SV trim level start at $35,485, up by $140.

The SL trim adds 20-inch wheels, navigation, leather-appointed seats, adaptive cruise control, heated front, and rear seats, and other cool features. To get the SL trim, you need $40,275, which is an increase of $530 than the 2018 model.

At the top of the lineup is the Platinum trim. Standard to this trim level is a power panoramic moonroof and new diamond-quilted leather-appointed seats. It’s priced at $44,575, up by $1,100 than the model from the previous year. This trim also features a new suite of technologies that includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, high beam assist, and rear automatic braking. These are also available on the SL trim if you choose to have the Technology package.

The 2019 Nissan Murano is expected to open its sales book today, December 20.

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Diesel Won’t Be Coming To The US After All

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Those who are waiting for the arrival of the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Diesel will be sorely disappointed with this new development: Hyundai said its first model to feature a diesel engine won’t be coming to US soil, after all. Worse, the three-row Santa Fe, which will be made exclusively with a diesel engine, is not going to be part of Hyundai’s lineup for America.

Initially, Hyundai planned to offer the Santa Fe with a 2.2-liter diesel engine as an option for the 2020 model year. But things have changed and the South Korean company is no longer keen to continue down this path. Brandon Ramirez, Hyundai’s spokesman, told Green Car Report, as quoted by Top Speed, that studies found out the consumers’ reluctance to have a turbo diesel engine in a crossover.

But that’s not all. The low gasoline prices and the shift toward electrification, especially in the United States, also contributed to Hyundai’s decision to back down from its initial plan. Many car companies, after all, have started offering electric cars instead of gasoline and diesel options.

Hyundai won’t be letting the crossover segment in the US get away from them, of course. If you have your eyes on a seven-seater crossover SUV, you can get the 2020 Hyundai Palisade instead. It makes sense for Hyundai to move to this direction as it has already planned to replace the Santa Fe XL with the Palisade in 2020.

Since the diesel option has been officially scrapped from the South Korean firm’s future plans, we can see Hyundai working to fit the Santa Fe with a plug-in hybrid unit in the near future. This has been the trend for many automakers today with only GMC Chevrolet, Land Rover, and Jeep offering diesel options for their models.

2020 Lincoln Aviator Crossover Has 400HP As Standard

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The 2020 Lincoln Aviator crossover is merciless to its competitors. Finally revealed in its production form following its concept debut at the New York Auto Show earlier this year, the new crossover has a whopping 400 horsepower as standard while even more power is promised for its plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Once launched, the Lincoln Aviator will be available in two engines, both of which are twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6s though one will arrive with a plug-in hybrid. The standard engine will produce an impressive 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. That’s 40 horses more than the top-rung six-cylinder Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 and about 65 horsepower more than the entry-level six-cylinder BMW X5 xDrive40i.

The hybrid powertrain brings the Aviator to 450 horsepower and a staggering 600 pound-feet of torque. That’s six horsepower away from the V8-powered BMW X5 xDrive50i but 121 more in terms of torque.

Typical to many plug-in hybrid powertrains, the one in the Aviator crossover can run the vehicle in pure electric mode or hold the charge to be deployed at a more opportunistic time such as driving on the highway. Lincoln hasn’t released figures for its pure electric range. There are no details about fuel efficiency, too.

The layout of the standard engine and the hybrid system is pretty radical. Lincoln said the battery for the plug-in hybrid powertrain fits nicely under the passenger side of the vehicle between the front and rear wheels while the motor is placed between the engine and the transmission.

This layout is partly why all versions of the Aviator will use the same 10-speed automatic transmission, which is gradually being used in the Ford family. From there, power will be distributed to either the rear wheels or through an optional all-wheel-drive system. Lincoln also said that this is a modular hybrid system, so it will be used in other Lincoln and Ford products in the future.

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