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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.

What We Know So Far About The 2020 Kia Soul EV

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Kia wasted no time in revealing its 2020 Kia Soul EV as it was introduced at the same time that the new third-generation Soul crossover debuted. The Soul EV is, of course, based on the regular Soul.

The new Soul EV has the same distinctive look as the regular Soul but it now has a larger battery pack and a more powerful electric motor.

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The old Soul EV had a 30.0-kWh battery pack while the new one claims to make 64.0-kWh, more than double the capacity of the old model. In terms of horsepower and torque, the new Soul EV also has twice the power compared to the old Soul EV. Its front-mounted motor is rated at 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque, up from the previous generation’s 109 horses and 210 pound-feet of torque.

Kia has not released performance figures as of now but it claims that drivers of the new Soul EV “will feel like a virtual Aladdin” because of the new independent rear suspension that gives a “magic carpet ride” feel.

The new battery pack installed in the new Soul EV is still being tested by the EPA with the results expected to be available early 2019. But since the Soul shares its platform with the Hyundai Kona Electric, we can base some of our expectations from its EPA ratings—258 miles of range in total. The outgoing Soul EV is rated at 111 miles, so the expected increase is quite staggering.

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The Soul EV has four driving modes—Eco, Eco+, Comfort, and Sport. All these modes will adjust the car’s powertrain power and response, HVAC system, and many more to suit the driving conditions and maximize power efficiency.

Other things that make the EV model a standout from the regular Soul are the front and rear bumpers, a charging port, a more closed-off grille, LED lights in chrome front unibrow, and 17-inch wheels. Inside, it has a 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with integrated features such as monitoring charging, scheduling charge times, and planning routes.

The Soul EV will go on sale next year though prices have not been announced. We’re also not sure yet if this will be available in all states. Remember that the outgoing Soul EV was also available in these states: California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington.

 

2020 Hyundai Palisade Crossover Revealed At The LA Auto Show

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The 2020 Hyundai Palisade crossover made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s a big three-row crossover that’s perfect for family road trips and outings. Following closely the style and the size of the Santa Fe XL, the Palisade crossover will comfortably seat eight persons—with two cupholders per person.

The Palisade Has Options For All-Wheel Drive

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The Palisade uses a V-6 engine just like the XL though it’s going to be a 3.8-liter mill this time much like the Genesis. The engine pairs well with the Palisade’s option for front- or four-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 produces 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, which isn’t that much far from the Santa Fe’s 3.3-liter V-6 that makes 290 horsepower.

The Palisade Has More Interior Space

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Replacing the XL is Palisade’s three-inch longer bumper-to-bumper and four inches additional space between the wheels, both of which adds more interior space that can seat eight people comfortably. Second-row passengers, in particular, will enjoy the cavernous space as the Palisade boasts of 40 inches of rear-seat legroom. This is more than what the Chevy Traverse, Honda Pilot, and Subaru Ascent are offering. The third-row passengers will get 31.4 inches of legroom, which is average for its class.

That interior space carries over to the cargo space as the Palisade effectively boasts of 18 cubic feet of cargo room, nearly 46 cubic feet when the third row is folded flat.

The Palisade Has More Options For Comfort

Families will love the option to get second-row captain’s chairs that can be optionally cooled. For the top trims, Hyundai will offer its 10.3-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. There will also be a powerful folding third-row on most models. Standard to all Palisades will be the Apple CarPlay and the Android Auto.

Hyundai hasn’t revealed pricing details for the Palisades but we expect it to cost more than the Santa Fe XL, which has an entry price of $31,895.

2019 Hyundai Veloster N Gets $27,785 Starting Price

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The 2019 Hyundai Veloster N is ready to take on the best hatches in its segment. Though it only has three doors, it looks to compete with the likes of the Volkswagen GTI and the Subaru WRX. With just a starting price of $27,785 for the base model, Hyundai has absolutely won the pricing segment.

The base version gets a 250-horsepower output compared to the VW GTI’s 220 horses produced from under the hood. That power for the Veloster is credited to a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and a suspension developed by the former head of BMW’s M division. For a base price of $27,785, including destination fee, that’s a pretty good deal. That’s only a few hundred dollars higher than the VW GTI but the Veloster wins when it comes to the power output.

You have the option to add the Performance Package and you’ll have a better performance output. With just an additional $2,100, you’ll get 275 horsepower, a limited-slip differential, modular exhaust system, bigger brakes, 19-inch wheels, and sticky Pirelli P Zero tires. The Performance Package brings the total price of the Veloster N to $29,885.

With Ford’s decision to cancel its Focus ST, the Veloster N remains to be the only car in the market that can compete with the Subaru WRX. Of course, Hyundai’s offering does not come with an all-wheel-drive option, so that will make buyers think of the Veloster N as a budget-priced Honda Civic Type R instead.

Price-wise, the Veloster N would be a good choice compared to the Civic Type R’s base price of $36,595 after an increase of $1,000 on the base price recently.

The Veloster and the Veloster Turbo are currently available. As for the Veloster N, you’ll have to wait until December for it to arrive in dealerships nationwide.

 

2020 Renault Captur Is Its Brand’s First PHEV

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French automaker Renault is getting ready to introduce its first plug-in hybrid vehicle, the high-tech Captur crossover, in 2020.

The second-generation Renault Captur has big shoes to fill. The first-generation model, which was launched in 2013, has been Renault’s third best-seller globally, with 232,733 units sold last year alone. And since this will be Renault’s first foray into plug-in hybrid cars, the Captur must set the example for the next cars in the company’s lineup.

Renault will be using the tech introduced by its boss, Carlos Ghosn, during the Paris Motor Show early this month. It’s an all-new plug-in hybrid setup that will make use of the Nissan-developed 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric drive system. The electric system will be tasked to provide the petrol engine with additional torque and power plus an additional 30 miles of all-electric drive.

The power for the electric drive will be supplied by a 9.8kWh battery but there have been no details of the power specs yet from the petrol engine.

This same technology will be used in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. After the Captur gets unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next year, it will be the next-generation Nissan Qashqai’s turn. It will get the same plug-in hybrid system.

The technology, however, won’t be available on Renault’s supermini and biggest seller, the Clio. Instead, the fifth-generation Clio, which is scheduled to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019, will come with a conventional closed hybrid setup that doesn’t require plugging in. Upcoming electrified Renault vehicles will be badged as e-Tech models.

As for its design, the Captur’s profile, shape, and signature grille will remain the same. Every panel will be slightly different, however, and there will surely be new headlights and tail lamps. The cabin will have Renault’s latest dashboard layout—a portrait-style touchscreen infotainment unit smacked in the middle. There is an expected increase in cabin space, too, since the French company plans to stretch out the Alliance B platform.

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Volkswagen Planning A New Subcompact Crossover SUV For The US

New Volkswagen crossover SUV will sit below the Tiguan.

New Volkswagen crossover SUV will sit below the Tiguan.

It’s not the T-Cross. It’s not the T-Roc. Volkswagen is planning another subcompact crossover SUV for the American market and it will sit below the Tiguan. From the looks of it, this new crossover will be specifically designed and engineered for the American market, which failed to get its hands on the T-Roc or the T-Cross.

The new crossover SUV should slot below the Atlas and the Tiguan, two of Volkswagen’s latest small crossovers. In this increasingly popular class, the new SUV will compete with the Honda HR-V, the Jeep Renegade, and many others. It should use the MQB platform that was utilized for VW’s entire lineup at this point. Power should come from a turbocharged four-cylinder partnered with either a front- or an all-wheel drive.

The T-Cross and the T-Roc could give some indication of what this new crossover will look like—or at least, how it will be sized. Volkswagen doesn’t think so, though. Most subcompact SUVs in the US measure between 165 and 170 inches long.

Both the T-Cross and the T-Roc are not proper references because of their size. The T-Cross, which is based on the Polo, a hatchback that is smaller than the Golf, is only 161.8 inches long. It is nearly two feet shorter than the Tiguan and shorter than other cars in the same segment.

The T-Roc is sized similarly to the Golf but Volkswagen still does not think this is a good basis for the American-bound VW crossover since it is only 166.7 inches long.

From this, we can surmise that the new VW subcompact SUV for the American market will be larger than the two existing models. You may have to wait a little longer to get your hands on this new model because VW said it won’t be launching next year. It should be ready sometime in 2020.

 

2019 Audi SQ2 Unveiled Ahead of the Paris Motor Show

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Audi’s smallest crossover has been unveiled ahead of the Paris Motor Show set to happen next month. The 2019 Audi SQ2 is packing more power in its tiny body, thanks to an engine borrowed from the S3 with performance-increasing additives.

Exterior

Up front, the updated SQ2 gets an eight-slat single-frame grille with LED headlights on either side. The taillights, by the way, are made of LED, too. It rides on two pairs of 19-inch tires in top-spec while S Sport suspension is also part of the update. The SQ2 is 20mm shorter than the standard Q2. It measures 4,210mm in length and has a wheelbase of 2,594mm, allowing for a more spacious cabin.

Interior

Speaking of the cabin, the SQ2 has a center armrest, sport seats, a sport multifunction steering wheel with paddles, and heads-up display. The seats are wrapped in a combination of leather and fabric while the dashboard and the door panels get silver inserts.

There’s also a 12.3-inch screen for the digital instrument panel, 8.3-inch MMI touchscreen that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and comes with navigation, voice control, a Wi-Fi hotspot for passengers, and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Powertrain

What’s really interesting about the 2019 SQ2 is what’s under the hood. It has a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, TFSI petrol engine that produces 296 horses and 295 pound-feet of torque. Its Quattro all-wheel-drive system is linked to a dual-clutch, seven-speed S Tronic transmission.

This setup powers the 2019 Audi SQ2 to go from 0 to 62mph in just 4.8 seconds before reaching the top speed of 155mph.

The new SQ2 is set to be showcased at the 2018 Paris Motor Show next week. Deliveries in the UK will start in the first quarter of 2019. In the United States? There’s no word on that just yet.

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.

3 Key Features Of The 2019 DS3 Crossback

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PSA’s new premium sub-brand just released a compact crossover called the DS3 Crossback, which is visually appealing—or not, depending on who looks at it. This is definitely going to push opinions to the extreme because of its unique design and elegant interior.

Exterior

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You only need to glance at the DS3 Crossback to know that this will create a lot of mixed emotions among car enthusiasts. There’s the unique front fascia, the B pillars that stopped halfway through, and the rear end with those wide, high-set light clusters. The door handles also have a feature like the Tesla Model S, where it pops out when the car is unlocked.

DS is offering around 10 choices of rim design for the Crossback and this slew of customization options will allow users to get the unique look that they want for their crossovers.

Interior

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What many cars these days do is focus on the exterior and completely neglect the cabin. Sure, most cars have high-tech dashboards and infotainment system, as well as comfortable seats, but that’s about it. The Crossback’s cabin, we think, is even more elegant than the exterior. There’s a new foam used on the seats, making it plushier than ever. The diamond quilt theme is wrapped around the entire cabin that the dashboard even features the posh design. Even the buttons on the console and the dashboard are indicative of this diamond theme.

We didn’t see any analog dials with the interior being dominated by the 10.3-inch widescreen infotainment on top of the center console.

Drivetrain

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The conventional engines are all present: three-cylinder 1.2-liter PureTech gasoline and four-cylinder 1.5-liter BlueHDI diesel units. There are three PureTech engines that can make 100, 130, and 150 horsepower, and two diesel units with 100 or 130 horsepower outputs. The more powerful engines will be equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

That’s not the best part though. The big news is that from the launch, the DS3Crossback will arrive with a pure-electric version. The power will come from a 136-horsepower electric motor that draws juice from a 50-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The quoted range is 186 miles and it can reach 30 mph in 3 seconds or 62 mph in under 9 seconds.

There’s no word on pricing yet, but we can expect the 2019 DS3 Crossbackto start at $26,000.

2019 Audi e-Tron Crossover Starts At $75,000

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We are finally seeing the 2019 Audi e-Tron crossover SUV and it’s not exactly cheap. The entry-level Premium Plus model starts at $75,795 while the Prestige trim brings the price to $82,795. Finally, the top-rung First Edition model has a base price of $87,695.

After the camouflage has been taken off, we can now see that the e-Tron, which was revealed in bare-painted sheetmetal, looks like a mix of the flagship Q8 and the smaller Q3. It has the chiseled features of the Q3 and the taillights of the Q8.

Let us focus on the powertrain that undermines all these design languages though. The e-Tron crossover uses two electric motors: one large for the rear and a small one for the front wheels. According to Audi, this dual-motor setup can produce 355 horsepower and 414 pound-feet of torque in normal mode. This output can be produced for 60 seconds straight.

To bring the power to 402 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque, owners can switch on the overboost function for eight seconds. This output will allow the car to go 60 mph in 5.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 124 mph.

Depending on the load, the e-Tron can be driven using only the rear motor. The motor on the front wheels will be activated only if more power is needed and when the driving conditions require more traction.

With an optional towing package, this crossover SUV can also handle the hauling of 4,000 pounds worth of cargo.

Between the motors is where you could access the 95-kWh battery pack. There’s no final EPA rating yet but we’re inclined to believe that it can reach a total of 248 miles on a single charge. Audi says the E-Tron will also support 150-kW DC fast charging, which will allow it to regain 80 percent of its range in 30 minutes.

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