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Subaru WRX, BRZ Get Updates and Price Bumps For 2020 Model

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The Subaru WRX and BRZ, the brand’s two performance models, got significant updates and price bumps for the 2020 model year.

The 2020 Subaru WRX now has the EyeSight safety suite as standard on models that are equipped with the CVT. Pricing for the base WRX will now start at $28,395, up by $315 from last year’s model. That comes with the standard six-speed manual transmission.

If you want the CVT, you need to get the Premium trim that’s priced at $32,595. If you want more aesthetic and aggressive appeal, buyers can get the Performance package (exclusive to the Premium trim with the six-speed manual) that now has Brembo brakes on all four corners and Recaro-branded eight-way power-adjustable sport seats.

There’s only one engine available: a 268-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-four unit.

The Subaru WRX STI is the more powerful variant. It has a keyless entry and start, redesigned engine bay cooling ducts in the front bumper, and 19-inch alloy wheels in dark gray. The price for the base STI trim starts at $37,895 and $42,595 for the WRX STI Limited. The latter gets a Harman Kardon audio system, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, Recaro front seats, and embedded navigation.

The only engine available for the WRX STI is a 2.5-liter turbo-four that makes 310 horsepower. This is paired to a six-speed manual transmission.

Meanwhile, the Subaru BRZ starts at $29,745. For the 2020 model year, there will be no more Premium trim. The Limited will be the base model instead and it comes standard with Starlink infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, embedded navigation, heated front seats, two USB ports, and full LED headlights.

You can choose the six-speed automatic transmission for an additional of $1,100. Buyers can still opt for the Performance package to the BRZ six-speed manual, which brings Sachs Performance shock absorbers, dark gray 17-inch alloy wheels, and Brembo brakes in all four corners for $1,195.

2020 Audi S6 Prices, Performance Specs Revealed

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Audi announced the specifications and prices for the S6 in the US market. The Premium Plus trim level starts at $74,895 while the Prestige trim level is priced at $78,495.

Audi’s newest A6 sedan will officially forego of its V8 engine and replaced it with a V6 engine that makes less horsepower but more torque. The current-generation S6 used a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine but the new model that is based on the latest C8-generation A6 will be suited with the same twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 unit found in the RS5.

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The new configuration can only make 444 horsepower, which is slightly lower than the current version. The torque output was raised to 443 pound-feet, 37 pound-feet higher than the current S6 in the market.

Unlike the RS5 though, the new Audi S6 has a 48-volt mild hybrid system and an electric supercharger.

There will only be one transmission available, which is a conventional torque-converter eight-speed automatic transmission. Quattro all-wheel-drive will become standard. For options, buyers can choose from a wide range of performance-enhancement features such as adaptive dampers, four-wheel steering, and a torque-vectoring rear differential.

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The 2020 Audi S6 will be able to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, Audi said.

While the S6 shares its design elements with the A6, the former can be differentiated by its rear diffuser and spoiler, more aggressive front and rear fascias that have a different grille, front splitter, and extra vents and scoops.

Buyers can choose from either 20- or 21-inch wheels. Inside, the cabin is dominated by sports seats, flat-bottom steering wheel, contrast stitching, and a tachometer display for the digital gauge cluster.

The European version of the S6 will go on sale this summer while the US market will get it by the end of this year starting at $74,895.

Most Affordable 2020 Hyundai Accent Is Worth $15,195

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The 2020 Hyundai Accent is going to have less power output, but more fuel-efficient. It will also have a higher price tag (about $200 more than the previous model). Whether you love the direction that Hyundai went with the Accent or not, you can’t fault the South Korean automaker for wanting to create ripples and waves for their highly successful model.

Not everyone agrees with Hyundai’s decision to bring down the power output of the cheapest car in Hyundai’s lineup to 120 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque. However, there is a reason behind this madness. The previous car made 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. Truth be said, the downgrade to 120 horsepower isn’t that much of an issue. It also can’t deliver the better gas mileage that Hyundai is marketing for the Accent.

With the CVT, the 2020 Accent’s gas mileage is up to 33 city, 41 highway, and 36 combined. In the 2019 model, those numbers are paltry— 28 city, 38 highway, and 32 combined. Paired with the six-speed manual transmission, the 2020 Accent’s combined mileage goes up to two miles per gallon. The combined fuel economy is up to 34 mpg in the new model.

The 2020 Hyundai Accent is also coming with a new Smartstream 1.6-liter gas engine with dual-port injection. This engine is paired with a CVT (Hyundai calls it the IVT for Intelligent Variable Transmission) instead of a six-speed automatic in the 2019 model.

The entry-level SE trim with the manual gearbox is priced at $15,195 before a $930 destination charge. That’s a total of $16,125, $200 more than the 2019 Accent. The Accent SE with the CVT costs $17,225 while the two top trims (both with CVT) cost $18,275 for the SEL and $20,230 for the Limited. The last one is $220 more expensive than its predecessor.

2020 Ford Escape SUV Starts At $25,980

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The 2020 Ford Escape compact SUV will start at $25,980 but could top off at $40,000 when fully loaded. Ford released the price details for its Escape range, which is due to arrive in dealerships in a few months.

The compact SUV did not divert from its affordable pricing, only increasing slightly from its predecessor. Considering the added features and the hybrid option, the price increase isn’t significant at all.

The base S model is the one priced at $25,980 while the SE can be bought for $28,190. The SE Sport (hybrid) will cost $29,530 and the SEL $30,350. The top-of-the-line Titanium (hybrid) loaded with all the options will sell for $34,495 while the Titanium regular comes with a price tag of $37,780.

The base model is $780 more than the predecessor’s entry-level model. That gets you the standard features of a suite of driver-assist systems such as blind-spot monitoring and forward collision warning.

The SE model adds an 8.0-inch touchscreen that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SEL model gets more features. These three models will have a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic and front-wheel-drive configuration. The engine can generate 180 horsepower.

If you want the all-wheel-drive setup, you need to add $1,500. For the SEL trim, an AWD configuration will get the more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 250 horsepower. That’s an additional $2,285.

The top-of-the-line Escape Titanium regular (not the hybrid) has the 2.0-liter engine and AWD. At $37,780, any additional option will put it on the $40,000 mark.

The hybrid model comes in two trim levels: the SE Sport and the Titanium. Standard to these two trims is a front-wheel-drive, although you can get the AWD for $1,320 or $1,500, respectively.

There’s no official EPA rating yet for the Escape hybrid but it should have around 38 mpg combined. There’s talk of a plug-in hybrid model with 30 miles of range, but that would probably arrive next year.

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.

Honda Announces Price, Specs For CR-V Hybrid Version

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The Honda CR-V hybrid model will have a starting price of £29,105 ($37,370) in the UK. Honda also announced the specs and features for the well-loved SUV’s hybrid version.

Under the hood, the CR-V hybrid version is powered by an all-new twin motor Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) hybrid powertrain. This combines an electric motor, a 2.0-liter petrol engine, and a separate electric motor-generator that will deliver a total output of 181 horses and 315Nm of torque.

To reduce size and mass, the new system employs a single-fixed gear ratio instead of the conventional gearbox. Buyers can choose if they want a front- or a four-wheel drive.

The four-wheel-drive models start at £32,065 ($41,171) and can be as expensive as £37,255 ($47,835). The trim has a lineup made up of four specifications: S, SE, SR, and EX. The top-of-the-range versions will arrive with a heated steering wheel, head-up display, panoramic glass roof, leather and cruise control as standard.

As the first car in Honda’s lineup to use the new hybrid system, CR-V is pressured to show the rest of the world that the Japanese automaker is ready to move progressively towards a more environment-friendly development phase. The powertrain used in the hybrid version will automatically shuffle between these three driving modes—EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive—depending on the conditions and how the car is being driven.

The pure EB and hybrid driving modes are configured for low speed and urban driving, so don’t expect much. If you want more power, the petrol engine can kick in and put the wheels in motion. It is also used to deliver power to the electric motor and recharge the battery pack.

In official tests, the front-wheel drive achieves a 53.3 mpg rating while the four-wheel-drive model only has 51.4 mpg. Emission ratings are 120g/km for the front wheel drive model and 126g/km for the four-wheel drive.

Prices Go Up For The 2019 Honda Accord

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The Honda Accord, one of the most important vehicles in the Japanese automaker’s lineup, isn’t getting fixed for the 2019 model year but it is going to have a slight price hike. The company also decided to shake the trim levels a bit, eliminating the 1.5-liter Touring model from last year.

The 2019 Accord lineup still has the LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring trim with the LX acting as the base model and with a standard output of 192 horsepower from its 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The Sport, EX, EX-L models can be bought with either a 1.5-liter engine or the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 252 horsepower.

The Sport 1.5T and 2.0T models are still available with the six-speed manual transmission while the CVT remains to be standard across the range. Since last year’s 1.5-liter Touring trim has been discontinued, it means the top tier would be the 2.0T. The Accord hybrid, on the other hand, will offer base, EX, and Touring trims.

The Sport model will now start at $27,075, up by $400 from a model-year ago while the other trim levels each get a $150 bump to $24,615 for the LX, $28,515 for the EX, $31,015 for the EX-L, and $36,845 for the Touring. The upcoming Accord hybrid is a bit more expensive than the current model. It now has a starting price of $26,215, up by $220. The EX and Touring trims of the hybrid increased by $330 and $280, respectively.

Everybody’s a big fan of the Accord. The midsize sedan is the brand’s biggest and arguably most important vehicle. The 10th generation model, which debuted for the 2019 model-year, is said to be the best Accord yet so there’s really no need to tinker with it or change any of its features and layout.

The 2019 Accord already arrived at dealerships on November 1.

2019 Honda Civic Type R Rolls Out At $36,595

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There will be a slight increase in the prices of the updated Honda Civic Type R and Hatchback. The two variants will go on sale on November 3 and the Type R will have a starting price of $36,595, an increase of $1,000 from last year.

Like the Civic Si that was introduced earlier, the Type R and the Hatchback will have an updated infotainment system that has physical buttons and a volume knob that replaces the haptic controls on the previous model. Standard to the EX trims and higher are the Apple CarPlay and the Android Auto. The Japanese automaker made the cabin more comfortable, too, with larger cupholders, revised controls for the steering wheel, and an indicator light on the electric parking brake that signals when engaged.

Aside from the interior updates, the Type R will also have a new Sonic Gray Pearl color option. The hot hatch, on the other hand, will only have one trim level with one engine—a 2.0-liter turbo-four that produces 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

The hatchback is priced starting at $22,345, an increase from last model’s $21,045. The Honda Sensing tech will come with a hefty price tag. It includes collision mitigation braking system, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow.

There will no longer be a base hatchback with a manual transmission. The six-speed manual transmission has been upgraded to the Sport with a starting price of $23,145, up from last year’s $22,645 when paired with the manual. The CVT-equipped Sport models will be sold for $23,945, up by a mere $500 from last model’s price tag.

The EX models will start at $24,645. The EX Navi is priced at $27,145 while the top-of-the-line Sport Touring remains unchanged at $29,645. All Hatchback models will continue to have a 1.5-liter turbo-four engine that cranks out 180 horses on the Sport and Sport Touring and 174 horsepower on the other trims.

Tesla Increases Price of Mid-Range Model 3 By $1,000

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Tesla increased the price of its recently announced mid-range Model 3 by $1,000, bringing the new total to $47,200 from $46,200. This is not a major price hike, but it’s unusual to increase the price of a car only a few days after it goes on sale.

The long-range dual-motor Model 3 will still start at $54,200, including destination fee while the mid-range rear-drive Model 3 will sell for the new price tag of $47,200. If you visit Tesla’s online configurator, the price change is live there.

It was just last week that Tesla announced the sale of the mid-range Model 3 in a bid to make the electric vehicle accessible to more drivers. It did not specify a reason for the price increase, though.

The mid-range Model 3 has an estimated range of 260 miles and can run from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds, or so at least it claims.

This model should not be confused with the long-rumored base Model 3 that will be priced at $35,000. Tesla boss Elon Musk said on Thursday that the automaker still can’t deliver its promise of a $35,000 Tesla. While that is still their goal, Musk said there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in order to produce a $35,000 base Model 3 that will have a “positive gross margin.”

During the conference call for Tesla’s third quarter financial results, in which the company posted positive sales margin, Musk said that the base model might arrive in six months. Or at least, that’s the timeline the Tesla CEO has given us for now. Previously, Tesla said that the base version of the Model 3 will be available as soon as four months but it looks like the plan will be delayed once more.

The company will also have to completely redesign a battery pack for the $35,000 Model 3 instead of repurposing a bigger battery like what they did for the mid-range model.

 

Planned Nissan Electric SUV Will Likely Cost $45,000

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Nissan is currently working on a new electric sport utility vehicle. The company is aiming to offer it to customers around the $45,000 range.

Clean Technica claimed that the information came from a “highly credible and well-informed source”. The report said that Nissan is targeting a 220-mile range for their upcoming electric SUV. If it comes into fruition, the cost of the auto will be at par with the offerings of premium brands such as the $43,570 Lexus RX, $41,500 Audi Q5, $43,645 BMW X3, $40,050 Mercedes-Benz GLC, and others.

Given those facts, the product might belong to the premium segment of the Nissan Group. It is possible that the electric SUV will fall under the Infiniti brand. On the other hand, it could also be that the group is looking to keep the vehicle on its Nissan brand in order for them to build up a reputation in the electric SUV segment of the market.

Right now, the only electric vehicle available on the Nissan brand is the Nissan Leaf with a starting price of $22,490. It is the best-selling electric vehicle in the European market during the first eight months of 2018. In some parts of Europe like Norway, it has become the top-selling passenger car too.

Given the momentum of Nissan with the Leaf, they are probably looking to follow it up so that they could keep a strong hold of the EV market. Since the Leaf is considered as the company’s top electric car as of the moment, their upcoming electric SUV might get the top spot in the hierarchy of their large passenger vehicles as well.

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