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Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra To Receive Interior Upgrades Soon

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Reports are coming in and it looks like the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra, both 2019 models just released, will get an interior update for the 2021 model year.

So, why is a major change coming to both models after the launch of an all-new model? It doesn’t seem like the type of plans Chevrolet is known for—launching 2019 models and bringing significant changes (albeit in the interior) in under two years. But GM isn’t working on its own timeline. It’s working against Ram’s all-new 2019 1500 pickup.

The positive response to the new 1500 pickup was enough for GM to want to start anew for its Silverado and Sierra. The plan is to fit these two models with a more upscale interior—especially on the higher-end trim levels.

The report did not give any more details about what the changes could be. It described only a revised center stack that will feature a larger infotainment screen. The materials and smaller details used in the interior will be changed to make way for more environmentally-efficient materials. And since there are criticisms against the Silverado’s and Sierra’s exterior design, maybe we can expect a few tweaks in that direction, too.

With a new Ford F-150 coming in 2021, these proposed changes in the Silverado and the Sierra are not too far-fetched.

Thought the interior for the current cars is not bad, it didn’t have any major upgrades from their 2017 models. And that’s a bad thing, considering the number of new technologies that have been launched since then. Ram, on the other hand, probably has one of the most beautiful and generous interior setups of all time.

Sales for both the GM trucks have been falling while the Ram 1500 truck continues to report soaring figures, thanks in part to the success of the previous-generation Ram Classic.

We’re Captivated By The Honda E Touchscreen Dashboard

Anyone who can work a smartphone can work the touchscreen dashboard of the new Honda E, which, by the way, has already captivated experts. From the exterior to the interior, the Honda E is living up to the hype. The dashboard that has pillar-to-pillar screens is the main event in the cabin.

Honda recently released a video about how a driver can work and interact with its new dashboard. The panel is composed of five high-definition color displays while two six-inch screens on the edges show the feed from the exterior camera mirrors.

The driver will enjoy the 8.8-inch TFT screen in front. This shows the digital instrument cluster. In the middle of that long panel of the screen are two 12.3-inch LCD screens where the infotainment system is located.

These screens can be customized. All the driver has to do is swipe the tiles to move them from the options menu on the left to the column that shows the favorite apps. A button located above the favorites menu cascades the open tiles so the driver can get back to the previous screen.

The input portion is on the left screen and the display portion is on the right. Both the driver and the passenger can work the screens separately. The driver can use the navigation buttons on the left while the passenger can tinker with the DJ on the other side. Depending on what phone is plugged in, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be mirrored on the screens. When the car stops, the dashboard can play videos streamed from the phone via the Honda E’s wi-fi hotspot.

The Honda Personal Assistant is integrated with the dashboard. All you need to say is “Ok Honda” to call the assistant. It understands natural speech, much like Siri and Hey Mercedes, when changing the settings in the cabin or online services. A smartphone app in your phone is used as a digital key to lock and unlock the car, as well as to precondition it.

 

2020 Lexus RX Improves Its Multimedia System

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If you were one of those disappointed by Lexus for its confusing infotainment system on the present Lexus RX, you’ll be happy to know that the car’s 2020 model will greatly improve on this user experience. The new model’s infotainment system now has a touchscreen and smartphone integration, two key features that were lacking in the present model.

The most controversial parts of the Lexus’ multimedia system were the touchpad and the mouse-like interface that were overly sensitive and lacking intuitiveness. In fact, when infotainment systems were talked about, Lexus’ multimedia system ranked last, especially when compared to the likes of FCA’s Uconnect system.

Thankfully, the 2020 Lexus RX is now coming with a touchscreen. This means the user has more control over the features of the multimedia system. The screen now responds in a timely manner. It has minimal lag. It’s powerful enough that it doesn’t get bogged down even if you input too many commands at once. You can still use the touchpad but that is now optional.

Today, if your car doesn’t have smartphone integration, you are losing on a whole lot of consumer experience. The 2020 Lexus RX is the first model in the brand’s lineup to carry both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. When the car was revealed, Lexus presented two cars—one that’s compatible with Apple and another one that works with the Android system.

Apple CarPlay covers the entire 12.3-inch touchscreen while Android Auto uses only half so you can still use the other half of the space for widgets. Android said they’ll have an update this summer to fix this issue so Android users have to deal with this layout for now.

Lexus still didn’t change the tiny icons despite it being a touchscreen already. This makes it harder for the driver to see the icons and click on them. And since the layout hasn’t changed, it means there is still no dedicated home button. Drivers have to depend on the buttons perched above the touchpad.

These are minor problems, though, and drivers can easily get used to them. The best news is Lexus heard your grievances and decided to act on them.

2019 Infiniti QX50 Gets Fancy Autograph Package For Interior

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The 2019 Infiniti QX50 has wowed industry experts and automobile fans because of its variable combustion engine that changes the compression ratio to maximize power and fuel efficiency. The engine could also change between Atkinson and regular combustion cycles, use either a multi-point or direct injection, and features an electric motor that controls the variable compression ratio.

If you’re not a fan of engines and grease and fuel efficiency, then maybe you might want to know how the QX50 will look inside? You won’t be disappointed as Infiniti just announced its newest Autograph Package that will transform the cabin of the QX50 into something akin to a luxury beach resort, thanks to a mixture of the latest Pantone color trends.

According to Infiniti, the interior will start with warmer color tones as the rich chocolate brown replicates wood applications in a beach resort and the surrounding trees. The creamy off-white will represent the sand on the beach while the highlights of cooler dark navy blue on the center console will remind us of ocean water.

The “proper balance” between warm and cool colors will create a “comfortable, yet invigorating environment.”

The cream, brown, and blue colors used in the package came from Pantone. The colors are called Coconut Milk, Emperador, and Sailor Blue, respectively. The Sailor Blue is applied to the center console, dash, and doors. The Emperador is seen on the steering wheel, leather-wrapped dash top and doors, the outer portions of the seats, and the lower door portions. Coconut Milk, on the other hand, is used on the dash color and the seat leather.

This is a special $2,000 option for the range-topping QX50 Essential trim level. Aside from the $2,000 Autograph Package, you would also have to pay $7,500 for the Sensory package and $550 for the ProAssist package, both of which are required. In total, you’re looking at a price tag of $54,395 for the most fashionable car ever.

 

Audi e-tron EV’s Interior Is Out Of This World

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Ten years ago, the auto industry was so simple. There is a single screen on the dashboard that shows the gauge, temperature, speedometer, fuel levels, etc. There’s a radio that can play songs from your phone via a jack. There’s a dial for the aircon and the light could be switched on and off.

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Those days are gone. Now, we’ve got two screens on the dashboard (both possible touchscreen), the seats are heated, there’s a parking assistance system, and the temperature is controlled by pre-programmed driver settings. The Audi e-tron EV’s interior is just another example of how times have changed.

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The company has given us a glimpse of the in-car side-view screens (mirrors) that are attached to rear-facing exterior cameras. These officially replaced the traditional side-view mirrors.

The cameras’ views are going to be transmitted to 7.0-inch OLED screens mounted on the forward edge of each door panel (the driver’s side and the passenger’s side). The view can be switched to different settings when turning, parking, and highway driving. Drivers can also zoom in and out. This technology, of course, will only be available to markets outside the United States because the US does not allow such uber coolness.

The SUV will also come standard with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit display that replaced the traditional gauges with a large customizable screen. The infotainment system can be viewed on two stacked landscape-oriented screens on the center console.

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There’s a floating L-shaped hand rest that protrudes from the passenger side of the center console. It houses the “shift gear,” which uses a thumb slider to select drive, reverse, and neutral. There’s a different button for park.

The rest of the car’s interior is typical Audi—from the layers of real brushed aluminum to the Valcona leather to the other soft-touch materials. There’s also a 16-speaker 705-watt Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system and an optional ambient-lighting package add to the premium vibe.

 

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Gets New Safety, Infotainment Tech

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There will be new safety and infotainment technology for the new lineup of the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq. There will be more voice-recognition features and standard remote charge management for electric and plug-in hybrid models.

The models will get navigation capabilities, including an enhanced, natural-language, server-based voice recognition with a new search database that can detect the locations of charging stations. Some of the new available features are driver attention alert, high-beam assist, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. These are standard for the SEL trim, which also included lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control.

To be able to make all of these promises come true, Hyundai had to partner with ChargePoint, which operates more than 32,000 charging locations. What they’ll do is provide Ioniq owners access cards and the ability to locate charging stations through the MyHyundai/Blue Link mobile app. The Ioniq electric and PHEV models will come with Blue Link, Google, and Alexa, which will enable the drivers to monitor the charging schedules even when they are not in the car. The tech would also notify the drivers of possible savings they can get during off-peak hours when electricity prices are down.

There are three variants of the Ioniq—the Hybrid, the Electric, and the Plug-In Hybrid.

The Hybrid has a 58 mpg rating from the 1.6-liter direct-injected engine, 32-kilowatt electric motor and 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The Electric variant has 136 mpge rating and can go 124 miles from one charge. The power comes from its 28.0 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The Plug-In Hybrid, on the other hand, offers 29 miles of uninterrupted driving for electric power. It uses a 1.6-liter direct-injected Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, a 44.5 kW electric motor, and 8.9 kWh battery.

Pricing hasn’t been announced yet for the 2019 model, though it will be available starting this summer.

 

4 Things To Know About The Interior Of The 2019 Toyota Avalon

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To say that the 2019 Toyota Avalon is cool is an understatement. In luxury cars such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz, you will have to pay a premium price for the kind of snazzy, comfortable, and elegant interior we saw in the Avalon. But Toyota is best when it comes to this: providing a sophisticated interior without breaking your bank.

The fifth-generation Avalon brings to the table a premium approach for its interiors. Here are the four things we need to know about the snazzy new look of the Avalon’s cabin.

1. Elegant Center Console

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The first thing you will notice about the Avalon’s interior is the flowing center console that arcs upward from the central tunnel in a singular and flowing bend. It looks clean, cohesive, and very, very elegant, almost like you needed to pay thousands of dollars just to get that look.

2. Quilted Upholstery

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Forget about plastic. Forget about leather, either. The Avalon’s door panels are wrapped in quilted upholstery, keeping the interior aesthetics clean and pristine. The dashboard and the seats and the door panels are now wrapped in that same elegant upholstery that adds to the sophistication of the interior’s overall look and design. The three-spoke steering wheel is also wrapped in high-end material.

3. Different Color Options Available

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The Avalon’s interior design comes in a combination of different colors such as cognac, gray, beige, and black, all depending on the trim level selected. There are a lot of other materials that make the interior look too good—there’s aluminum accents, Ultrasuede and leather upholstery, piano black surrounds, and satin chrome material.

4. Plenty Of Space

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There’s plenty of space in the Avalon. Rear-seated passengers will have a shoulder room of 57.1 inches, a legroom of 40.3 inches, and a headroom of 37.5 inches. These seats are quite comfortable, thanks largely to the mix of backside-coddling and support in the right proportions.

3 Key Selling Points of the Volkswagen Tiguan

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The Volkswagen Tiguan is one of the best medium-sized SUVs in the world today. The pricing for the auto starts at £22,995, which is around $29,835.55. So what are the things that make it worth your money?

Here are the top 3 selling points of the SUV based on a Top Gear review:

1. Engine

The Tiguan is available in various engine trims. The most affordable comes in the form of the 1.4 TSi BMT 125 S 5dr. The petrol-fed unit packs a good 125 bhp enabling it to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 10.5 seconds.

For the environmentally-conscious buyers who are also looking for the most fuel-efficient model, the 2.0 TDi BMT 115 S 5dr is highly recommended for them. The diesel engine of the auto has a CO2 emission of 123 g/km and its fuel efficiency is rated at 60.1 mpg. Its output is pretty decent at 115 bhp with zero to 62 mph acceleration of 10.9 seconds.

For the ones who prefer the quickest powertrain, they should opt for the 2.0 BiTDi BMT 240 4Motion R-Line 5dr DSG. Priced at £38,955, the vehicle produces 240 bhp that allows it to sprint from zero to 62 mph in only 6.5 seconds. The only trade off is its 167 g/km CO2 emission and 44.1 mpg consumption.

2. Exterior

The Tiguan possesses a muscular frame accentuated by its artistically-placed body lines. The SUV measures 4,486 mm in length, 2,099 mm in width, 1,657 mm in height and 2,681 mm in wheelbase.  The standard model is fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels while the sportier, range-topping variant has 20-inch alloys wheels.

3. Interior

Not much can be said in the interior design of the Tiguan. The styling follows a practical approach, which puts over functionality and space before design. Owners can pimp up the interior of the auto with the optional Virtual Cockput TFT dials found in the Audi TT.

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