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Honda CR-V Hybrid Getting Ready for US Release

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Japanese automaker Honda is finally bringing its first hybrid sport utility vehicle in the US. The product is under the Honda CR-V range. The auto is set to go on sale in the fall of this year, and its deliveries to customers will start in 2020.

The hybrid SUV comes with a power boost compared to the existing gasoline-fed CR-V. In all, the auto produces 212 hp, which is 22 hp more than its sibling. Although no official figures are available yet, Honda estimates that the hybrid model will have a 50 percent improvement in terms of fuel efficiency than its gas counterpart. Also, we have no word yet about how far the pure electric mode of the SUV will take it at full charge.

Two electric motors complement the gas engine of the hybrid CR-V. Each motor is distributed in the front and rear axles, giving it an all-wheel-drive system.

The interior design of the hybrid CR-V is basically the same as its current gas variant. Highlighting its cabin is the 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Meanwhile, going for the Touring trim of the model adds a Qi pad that offers wireless charging for smartphones.

The SUV is equipped with the Honda Sensing as a standard feature. This provides adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking with pedestrian sensing, and road and lane departure mitigation system. Those who are looking for extra safety features in their vehicles can avail of the CR-V’s optional blind spot information system, rear cross-traffic monitoring, and automatic high beams.

2019 Honda Jazz Hybrid Is Going To Look Like A Mini SUV

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Big changes in the auto industry—both on how cars look and perform now—prompted Honda to give its much-loved small car lineup a needed boost. Everything will start with the best-selling Honda Jazz, which will get a hybrid engine and a more rugged and aggressive look.

This fourth-generation Jazz will be revealed when the model takes center stage at the Tokyo Motor Show in October. Although Honda plans to electrify its range, the new Jazz will still be hybrid only.

The Jazz has always been known for its upright MPV-like appearance, but it looks like that’s about to change. The new Jazz shall give mini SUVs a run for their money since it will look like a shortened version of a sports utility vehicle. Think SEAT Arona and Citroen C3 Aircross. That’s how the Jazz is going to look like.

This means that the front end will have larger and bolder headlamp units and grille, a front bumper finished in black around the lower edges, roof rails as standard, and wheel arch cladding covered in dark trim.

Around the back, the taillights now support horizontal units that sit just below the rear window. The hatch will cut deep into the back bumper, which is the same with previous models. This design intends to allow Jazz owners to load heavier and bulkier items into the car.

Overall, the Jazz will measure four meters long, the same as other conventional superminis in the market. It’s not too far off from the current model.

However, the new Jazz is going to use a new platform, too. This architecture will allow the car to be more practical in design and performance. It will also accommodate the advanced hybrid technology Honda is considering itself to be a pioneer.

The current Jazz is already pretty impressive inside but the new-generation model will feature a large infotainment screen with dials below for climate control functions.

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.

New 2019 BMW X1 Now Available In Plug-In Hybrid Version

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BMW just released the 2019 BMW X1. The sport utility vehicle comes with a fresh look, some upgraded tech, and plug-in hybrid powertrain for the very first time. This entry-level SUV has been “buffed and polished,” the German automaker said.

Outside, there’s a larger kidney grille, which is typical of BMW cars. There’s a new bumper, redesigned headlights, and two-tone LED puddle lights made specifically for the door mirrors. These lights project an “X1” image on the ground below. Pretty snazzy, right?

There are also three new exterior colors to choose from and four new wheel designs are awaiting those who can get their hands on the BMW X1.

Inside, fans will be treated to some new trims that include options for three new upholstery. That takes the number of color and material combinations to 13. If you can get your hands on the Flagship M Sport model, you’ll also get the “Micro Hexagon” fabric with the special M piping.

There’s also an upgraded tech. BMW’s latest ConnectedDrive technology is now available in the X1. This feature gives convenience to drivers in terms of providing real-time traffic information, as well as a Concierge Service that allows you to book and pay for things while you drive. Other features include the Apple CarPlay and a full-color heads-up display.

Rumor has it that the entry-level car will have an 8.8-inch infotainment screen as standard and a 10.25-inch Touch Control Display as an option.

The X1’s best feature is the availability of a plug-in hybrid X1 xDrive 25e powertrain. It can power the X1 on electricity alone, thanks to its range of 31 miles. It has a low carbon dioxide emission rating of 43g/km. BMW X1’s other engines—from the basic 18i petrol to the powerful 20d diesel—have been updated to meet EU6d-temp emissions standards.

Important Things To Know About The 2019 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid

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The 2019 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid will signify the entrance of the luxury carmaker into the world of electrified cars as this happens to be the electrified version of the brand’s first-ever SUV. It is also Bentley’s first hybrid vehicle ever and the world’s first luxury SUV with an electrified powertrain.

The Bentayga Hybrid is identical to the regular Bentayga except for the additional fuel cap that’s allotted for the plug-in socket. The interior’s virtually the same, too, save for new tech and a revised infotainment system for hybrid duty.

Where the Bentayga Hybrid will be different is under the hood where the familiar W-12 and V-8 engines were replaced with a V-6 and an electric motor. The layout for the Bentley Bentayga (meaning, the use of a V-6 engine) is a first for a modern Bentayga. The drivetrain layout was borrowed from the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid and soon, Bentley will be using it across its lineup, including the upcoming Flying Spur Hybrid.

The hybrid version of the Bentayga will produce 456 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. This is far from the impressive numbers that the regular Bentayga makes which is 600 and 542 horsepower for the W-12 and V-8 engines, respectively. In comparison, it generates an extra 27 horses than the diesel version.

The Bentayga Hybrid is quick as it can go 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. It’s half-second slower compared to other SUVs but the Bentayga is larger both in size and weight. The top speed is limited to 158 mph, which is 10 mph slower than the diesel version and 29 mph slower than the W-12 engine.

Bentley boasts that the Hybrid can go 31 miles on electric charge alone, but that’s measly compared with most hybrid cars in the market. When you need to drive around the city, though, 31 miles can get you to where you need to go, so we guess that’s actually okay.

It will take 7.5 hours to charge the battery to full capacity if you use a domestic household socket. If you have an industrial connection at home, that can go down to just 2.5 hours.

3 Things We Can Expect From The 2019 Jeep Renegade Hybrid

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The Jeep Renegade Hybrid is the electrified version of the brand’s smallest SUV, the Renegade. Together with the Compass Hybrid, the Renegade Hybrid stands as the company’s first hybrid vehicle. It is identical to the regular Renegade except that it now comes with an electric motor to boost its gasoline four-cylinder engine.

The Renegade Hybrid may be coming after the heels of the Kia Niro and the Toyota C-HR, but it brings with its power, torque, and off-road capability.

Exterior

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The Renegade Hybrid is identical to the regular crossover. There are a couple of revisions that will make this a standout on the road but these revisions are limited to the small “e” badge on the tailgate and the plug-in socket on the left rear fender. The hybrid model has the same boxier front bumper, Wrangler-like LED headlamps, and reshaped rear bumper. There are seven different wheel options for the Renegade Hybrid, ranging from 16 inches to 19 inches.

Interior

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Just like the exterior, the cabin of the Renegade Hybrid is similar to the regular model. There are some adjustments only to accommodate the new hybrid system that the crossover has under the hood. Jeep had to revise the digital instrument cluster so it displays data about the hybrid drivetrain. Through the display, you’ll be able to see the battery status and charge, total hybrid range, whether the vehicle is in hybrid or electric mode, and when it’s plugged in and charging.

There are new items on the center stack, too, such as the three buttons that allow you to pick a hybrid or electric mode, activate the e-Save feature for regenerative breaking, and activate battery recharging.

Drivetrain

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Jeep’s hybrid drivetrain can make up to 240 horsepower. The hybrid system pairs the regular model’s 1.3-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine to an electric motor to produce power somewhere between the vicinity of 190 and 240 horsepower. The regular Renegade only makes 177 horsepower. The Renegade Hybrid produces less CO2 emission. While the regular Renegade is rated at 144 grams per kilometer, the electric motor downs that figure to only 50 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.

Next-Generation Dodge Charger and Challenger Might Go Hybrid

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The Dodge Charger and Challenger are outdated. That is when you look at their specs on paper. But once you get to handle these two massive machines, you’ll realize why car enthusiasts kept on placing these two at the top of the wish list. There is nothing outdated with the 797 horsepower in the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye.

Big power is always going to be a favorite, no matter if they come in forms of a powerful sedan or in pickup trucks. But fuel economy all around the world is becoming stricter. The regulations in Europe alone will not allow the continuation of high-performance Challengers. So, how will they survive under these stricter regulations?

They must go hybrid. That’s exactly what Dodge is looking at with the next-generation Dodge Challenger. According to The Detroit News, who spoke with Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley, the company is “surprisingly” open to the idea of going electric. Since we’re technically entering the 2020s, the platforms and technology used in the current-generation Challenger, for example, cannot be carried over.

“New technology is going to drive a load of weight out, so we can think of the powertrains in a different way. And we can use electrification to really supplement those vehicles,” Manley said.

What’s the takeaway here? Manley is looking at electrification not only to follow fuel economy regulations and cut down on gasoline and diesel use but also to improve the performance of the cars. Of course, that means that the era of the Hellcat, a supercharged V-8 engine that makes 700 horsepower, might be over.

Electrification, according to Manley, will be part of the fabric of creating American muscle cars in the future. And while the thought of saying goodbye to the 700-HP Hellcat might not sit well for the car’s fans, let’s give the future—an electrified Challenger—a chance first.

 

 

 

 

Next-Gen Mercedes-Benz GLE Plug-In Will Have A 62-Mile Range

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The next Mercedes-Benz GLE plug-in hybrid will have a huge improvement over the 2018 GLE 550e plug-in that only produces 10 miles of electric driving. The new plug-in hybrid is rated with 62 miles of electric range, according to a WLTP test cycle.

Ola Kallenius, head of Daimler group research and Mercedes-Benz cars development and Daimler’s next CEO, told in an interview that the plug-in hybrid is scheduled to be launched in the second half of next year.

It remains unclear if the GLE PHEV will only be launched exclusively in Europe initially but we’re pretty sure that the United States will have to wait for a few more months before getting their hands on the vehicle.

There are also no indications yet of what engine will be paired with the existing electric motor. Most plug-in hybrids come with a four-cylinder gasoline engine, but Kallenius said it’s possible we might even see a diesel powertrain. Things will be very different for the US market, though, which will quite possibly see a wider range of engine options.

An issue that may crop up, however, is the validity of the WLTP test cycle. In most cases, the WLTP testing correlates closely with the EPA test results but there are some instances where these two have butt heads. The Chevrolet Bolt is rated at 240 miles by the WLTP but only 238 miles by the EPA. The Hyundai Kona got a 292-mile range rating from WLTP but the EPA only rated it for 250 miles.

This means we cannot be too sure about the GLE plug-in hybrid’s numbers. The US market, specifically, may want to wait for the EPA results, though the WLTP figures still represent a huge advancement for plug-in hybrid vehicles, a vast majority of which don’t go as far as 62 miles on electric power alone.

Do You Want a Hybrid Porsche 911 Cayman or Boxster?

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Porsche earlier announced that a plug-in hybrid version of the Porsche 911 is in the works. The bad news is that it will not arrive until four years into the future. So for those who own either a Porsche 911 Cayman or Boxster, they do not have to wait that long because Vonnen Performance announced that their hybrid conversion for the models will be arriving soon.

The aftermarket tuner Vonnen Performance is an off-shoot of Porsche suspension specialist Elephant Racing. They revealed to Road and Track that they are working on a system that turns the 911 Boxster or Cayman into a functioning hybrid car. The package is compatible with the 2012 to 2016 models of the said vehicles.

Vonnen aims to accomplish this by replacing the stock flywheel with an electric motor. Next, an inverter is installed on top of the engine. After that, a battery pack is mounted in the front trunk. Lastly, the company puts their very own Vonnen Control Unit (VCU) into the auto.

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The VCU is plugged into the car’s engine control unit (ECU) via a Controller Area Network (CAN bus). That allows the computer of the vehicle to monitor factors like the RPM, speed and throttle input. Based on the readings, Vonnen’s computer releases energy through the crankshaft-mounted motor. Therefore, as the driver steps on the gas pedal, the hybrid motor directs power to the motor on the crankshaft to give it more rotating force.

The Vossen Performance package puts an additional 175 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque to the Porsche 911. The penalty for the power boost is a weight increase of merely 120 lbs. The minimal increase in weight despite all the upgrades is made possible by ditching the stock flywheel to make way for the company’s 38-pound motor as well as removing the starter motor because the hybrid system no longer utilizes it and taking away the 12-volt battery, which is no longer needed.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Now Has More Capabilities

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The current-generation Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has received very good reviews from critics and car enthusiasts alike. It was efficient, functional, fun to drive, and a relatively affordable plug-in hybrid, midsize, crossover option. For the 2019 model-year, on its home market in Japan, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is receiving a slew of updates—more electric power, a bigger gas engine, a bigger battery, better suspension, two new drive modes, and a number of design tweaks.

The car’s battery capacity has been increased to 13.8 kWh from 12 kWh. That will allow the car’s electric driving range to power to 40.4 miles from the regular 37.8 miles. There is also a boost in power coming from the rear electric motor/generator, and the gas engines increase its displacement from 2.0 liter to 2.4 liters.

There are new driving modes for this model—the Sport and Snow modes. Its 4WD Lock has also been adjusted to enable the better handling of poor road surfaces. This means the midsize crossover will be more than capable to handle off-road conditions.

To do this, the Japanese automaker must fit the Outlander PHEV with larger front and rear dampers with a new type of damper valve. For better steering feel and response, it will also come packed with a faster steering ratio and retuned electric power steering control.

For the exterior, the Outlander PHEV is now fitted with full LED headlights, an updated grille in front, and a new rear spoiler that improves aerodynamics and gives the midsize crossover a sportier look.

The cabin’s seats get leather wrapping with a diamond-quilt pattern. The door trim follows the same design. The front seats have been reshaped for added support.

These updates will likely make Mitsubishi’s midsize crossover more attractive for those looking for functionality and design. These updates are being offered to its Japanese market for now, but we think it’s more than likely we’ll see them in US soil.

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