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Top 3 Facts About The 2018 Lexus LS

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For many years, Lexus LS, which debuted in 1989 at the Detroit Auto Show, has been the standard of many stylish sedans. Lexus is looking to recapture some of that former glory during this year’s North American International Auto Show.

To do that, Lexus has to make this fifth-generation LS larger, more powerful, and more stylish than ever based on a report.

1. Size And Design

The new architecture used by Lexus makes the LS lower, wider, and is closer to the ground center of gravity. The front end reminds us of the LC Coupe but the side profile is far different from the current generation LS. It comes with Lexus’ new six-side window design and 20-inch wheels with a special hollow rim structure which can reduce the vehicle noise.

Why is this important for Lexus? The exhaust will certainly be noisier than this model’s predecessor even if the sedan is fitted with an active noise cancellation system in the cabin.

2. Powertrain

During the auto show, the Japanese automaker only showed the specs of the LS500 model. It comes packed with a twin-turbocharged direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 engine that can produce 415 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque.

The power allows the LS to compete well with its counterparts from other luxury car makers: the Mercedes-Benz S550 that cranks out 449 horsepower and the BMW 750i that produces 445 horsepower.

The engine is paired with Aisin-supplied 10-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive as optional. According to Lexus, the car can go 0-60mph in just a matter of 4.5 seconds.

3. Interior

Luxury is the name of the game in the LS’ cabin. It’s covered with plush, buttery-smooth leather and beautifully designed dashboard. Owners can choose different types of wood trim and ambient lighting that is based on Japanese lanterns.

It also comes with Lexus’ remote touch interface that controls the 12.3-inch central display screen. It has smartphone-like operations.

3 Reasons Why The 2018 Honda Odyssey Remains To Be A Family-Friendly Minivan

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The trend all over the world now is for families to choose three-row crossovers instead of the minivans. Fortunately, in the United States, at least, there is still a huge market for the likes of the Honda Odyssey.

Introduced during the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the new 2018 Honda Odyssey promises versatility, functionality, and most of all, space. A huge chunk of space. On the outside, the Odyssey seemed to have not changed at all from its predecessor. The only changes are the embellished beltline, a hockey-stick character line, new LED headlights and taillights, and a grille similar to the one on the Pilot.

However, here are the real gems in the new Honda Odyssey based on a source:

1. Magic Slide Seats

The previous models for the Odyssey has a removable center section for the second row. That means it can either seat three or be separated for two. Honda made this even more incredible now. The whole row can be moved forward to allow easier access to the third row. This also means that the ones on the first row can reach back easier to the people in the middle row.

The center can still be removed, so the outboard seats can slide to the center together. Either of the outboard can move to the center, depending on whether the third row wants a more spacious left or right. It can also be moved in a side-to-side positioning in increments.

2. Cabin Watch

The cabin is filled with technologies that allow for better communicating between those in the front seats and those in the rear seats. The most interesting out of which is the Cabin Watch, an infrared camera that works in darkness or daylight. It allows people in the front seats to see what’s going on in the last two rows. The images on the camera will be sent to the dashboard’s central display screen. Pinch and zoom is allowed.

3. Honda Sensing

The safety features are another element that should factor into why families are choosing Odyssey. The Honda Sensing packs a suite of active safety features that are standard on all models, except for the base LX.

The package includes adaptive cruise control with automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, road-departure mitigation, and rear cross-traffic alert.

3 Must-Knows About the Volkswagen Atlas SUV In R-Line Attire

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The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is where Volkswagen’s much-anticipated seven-seater SUV is going to be seen once more. Together with the regular Atlas is the R-Line package, which we can expect to be launched later in the year.

The regular Volkswagen Atlas will be available in five trim levels, and will arrive as a 2018 model in spring, according to reports. The R-Line package, expected to arrive by the year’s end, will only be available in the upper SE and SEL trim levels.

Exterior

The R-Line aims to add a touch of sportiness to the already well-equipped and functional Atlas. For the exterior, the package will boost the Atlas with 20-inch aluminum-alloy twin-spoke wheels, new front and rear bumpers, new side skirts, and air intakes and rear with a diffuser design. Of course, never to forget is the R-Line badging that would essentially separate this from the regular Atlas.

Interior

The changes inside the cabin are not that much. In a nutshell, it has a small R clip on the steering wheel, stainless steel pedal covers, and an R-line logo on the infotainment screen when the vehicle starts up. This pack is available for all powertrains, whether the four- or six-cylinder engines with either front- or all-wheel drive.

Powertrain

That being said, there’s nothing new with Atlas R-line’s powertrain. Under the hood, you’ll find the same engine as non-R-line models: there’s a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or the 3.6-liter V-6 engine. The four-cylinder engine gives off 235 horsepower while the V-6 produces 276 horsepower. Standard to both engines is the eight-speed automatic transmission.

Front-wheel drive is what’s packing in the four-cylinder engine while the 4MOTION all-wheel drive is available for the V-6 engine.

Pricing for the R-line Atlas has not been revealed for now, but let’s wait if we’ll get more details at the Detroit Auto Show.

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