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Top 3 Things About the Mercedes-Benz GLA and Its High-Performance AMG Version

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After teasing us with its camouflaged prototypes and partially photographed portions of the crossover, Mercedes-Benz finally unveils the next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA 250, and its high-performance variant, the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35.

The GLA range will be rolled out in US dealerships by the summer of 2020. European buyers will get their orders delivered to them as early as spring next year though. There’s no official information yet regarding the pricing of the compact SUV but it is estimated to start at the £35,000 mark.

1. Appearance

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The exterior of the new GLA is not that different from its outgoing model. However, checking it closer will show that it now has a smoother body similar to the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class. It also adopts a new front radiator grille, narrower lights, and redesigned bumpers.

The dimensions of the auto have been updated too. Compared to its predecessor, the new GLA is now 0.6 shorter although it gains 1.1 inches in its wheelbase, 1.2 inches in width and 4.1 inches in height. The new configuration provides extra legroom for the rear seat passengers of the vehicle.

2. Tech and Comfort

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Most of the goodies found in the new A-Class are simply carried over to the new GLA such as the circular air vents, steering wheel, controls, standard twin 7-inch displays that can be upgraded to 10.25 inches, and the MBUX multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The AMG GLA 35 version adds the MB-Tex/Dinamica microfiber-covered seats in black with red stitching as well as a carbon-fiber look on the dashboard and side panels. The AMG unit also adds four optional leather upholsteries to choose from.

The car wash function of the Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV trickles down to the GLA too. Basically, this function folds the side mirrors and closes all the windows, including the sunroof, upon activation during car washing. Then the integrated rain sensors of the wipers are deactivated so that they will not automatically engage. In addition, it switches the climate control to air-recirculation mode during the process.

3. Power

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The range starts with the Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 carrying a 1.33-liter engine producing 161 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque managed by a seven-speed automatic transmission. This one is only offered in Europe.

The US gets the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 equipped with a 2.0-liter inline-four engine capable of 221 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The power of the auto is distributed via an eight-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels. The unit boasts a 0-60 mph acceleration at 8.6 seconds and an electronically-limited max speed of 130 mph.

The Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 is fitted with a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four engine. It has 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The numbers take the vehicle from 0-60 mph in just 5 seconds while its top speed is electronically-capped at 155 mph.

Mercedes is expected to introduce more power trims for the GLA, including a plug-in hybrid model powered by electricity and petrol. Furthermore, it is set to receive the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 and 45 S models with 382 hp and 354 lb-ft torque plus 416 hp and 369 lb-ft torque, respectively.

Volkswagen Will Continue to Offer Cars in the US

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Despite the strong preference of buyers for sport utility vehicles over cars, and with the likes of GM and Ford abandoning their sedan segment in the U.S. in favor of the bigger autos, Volkswagen promises to keep on offering their cars in the market.

“While some brands have walked away from car sales, we are focused on making smart decisions in this segment which is still a big part of the market,” said Volkswagen during its special media event today in Michigan. With that, the brand will continue selling the Jetta, Arteon, and Passat in the country.

During the event, the German automaker also revealed some of its plans for its SUV range. The company stated that it will be introducing an electric compact SUV in 2020. No names were dropped but we have a reason to believe that it might be the ID.4 we spied a few months ago.

The ID.4 will be based on the ID.Crozz concept. The electric crossover is expected to deliver up to 300 hp from its twin-motor specification.

Volkswagen hinted at another crossover that will be positioned below the Tiguan in the company’s hierarchy. The auto will be their answer to the likes of the Jeep Compass, Nissan Rogue, and Kia Sportage in the summer of 2021. Some suspect the unit to be based on the Nivus, which will be assembled in Mexico for the North American region.

Lastly, Volkswagen confirmed a facelifted model of the Atlas for 2021. Aside from the minor refresh in the exterior, the SUV will be getting a new steering wheel, touchscreen display measuring 8 inches, and updated driver assistance system. The unit will be longer by three inches too. It wasn’t clear though whether the new figure will translate to more legroom in the vehicle’s cabin.

Future of Aston Martin Rides on the DBX SUV

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The Aston Martin DBX is its maker’s entry into the luxury sport utility vehicle market. From a company that has specialized in supercars over the years, it is all-new territory for them. However, analysts think that the brand’s entry to the niche is worth all the risk and the new product might be the saving grace of the automaker.

According to Bloomberg, Aston Martin has lost three-fourths of its value since its initial public offering in October 2018. The problem has been attributed to the poor performance of the much-hyped Vantage, DBS and DB11 Volante cars in the market. This caused the company to publish financial warnings and they have been pushed to invest more in the business to stabilize it. The event also landed Aston Martin in the list of the worst-performing big companies in the UK during that period.

The British brand recovered a bit, thanks to its sale of six DB4 GT Zagato Continuation supercars that yielded £2 million each in profits. However, that’s still not enough, so the coming of the DBX might change its fortune.

Aston Martin is looking to capitalize on the popularity of luxury SUVs, particularly in big markets like China and Russia. The company is looking for a boost in their marketing as well in the coming James Bond film titled “No Time to Die”.

Daniel Craig reprises his role as Agent 007 upcoming movie. As Aston Martin cars have been one of the mainstays in the franchise, some of its vehicles like the DB5 and Valhalla will be featured there. The $189,000 Aston Martin DBX will take the spotlight also to promote it to buyers.

Major details about the Aston Martin DBX are yet to be revealed but what we know so far is that it will get Mercedes-AMG’s 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine. The unit will let the SUV produce up to 542 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

With the DBX in its offerings, Aston Martin is targeting to improve its annual production to 14,000 vehicles on its way to 2023. That’s more than double than their performance last fiscal year.

Furthermore, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said they are looking to attract customers who want an upgrade from their Range Rovers and Porsche Cayennes with the DBX.

Here are the Things You Can Get From the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder

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Despite the mounting controversies surrounding Nissan, it is business as usual for the Japan-based company. Recently, the carmaker announced the pricing of its new Nissan Pathfinder.

Nissan just jacked up the price of the 2020 model year sport utility vehicle by $50 to $150. Crunching down the numbers, the base Pathfinder S trim now starts at $31,680, which is up by $150 compared to its outgoing model. The range-topping all-wheel-drive Platinum trim of the auto is up by $50 with its price tag sitting at $44,610. On the other hand, the SV and SL trims of the range also increased by $50 and $100. The figures exclude the extra $1,045 destination and handling fees.

The current generation of the Pathfinder has been pretty stale since its introduction in 2013. The facelifted version that we presently have dates back to 2017. Not much has changed in the SUV from that point onwards.

Those who are looking for a little spice in their Pathfinders should go for the Rock Creek Edition of the vehicle though. The upgrade is available for the SV and SL trims of the SUV for an additional $995.

The Rock Creek Edition offers a tougher and more rugged appearance for the auto. It adds fender flares, black trim and 18-inch wheels to the SUV. Meanwhile, going inside it reveals a contrasting beige and black leather combination on the upholstery highlighted by chrome inserts and stitching.

Popping up the hood of the Pathfinder shows a 3.5-liter V6 with 284 hp. Managing the power going to either only the front or all four wheels is a CVT transmission. Furthermore, the SUV comes with a trailer tow package as a standard fit that allows it to tow up to 6,000 pounds.

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road Pricing Revealed at $36,300

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After the unveiling of the 2020 year model Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road sport utility vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show, we were left wondering how much it will cost. Now, we know that it will start at $36,300, which already includes a $1,120 destination fee.

The RAV4 TRD Off-Road sits somewhere between Toyota’s entry-level LE and the more expensive Limited trims. The former is priced at $26,970 and the latter is just $300 more than the TRD Off-Road.

The TRD Off-Road is only a notch above the Adventure trim with its off-road focused features (as indicated by its name). However, the off-roader is $2,225 more costly than the Adventure version of the RAV4.

Under the hood, the TRD Off-Road is equipped with a 2.5-liter engine much like the RAV4’s other trims. That’s good for a 203 hp peak output. Also, it is available only in an all-wheel-drive system like its siblings.

Justifying its price though is its tuned suspension, reconfigured coil springs, and modified shocks. Since it is designed to conquer rugged terrains, these are partnered with 18-inch matte black wheels.

The auto is offered in a two-tone finish called the “Magnetic Gray with Ice Edge” palette. The Midnight Black and Lunar Rock color schemes can be combined with Ice Edge for those who do not like the standard colors of the SUV. Furthermore, buyers who want a simpler tone for their autos can just go for the Super White and Ruby Flare Pearl themes.

Inside, the “TRD” letterings can be found in the vehicle’s headrests and all-weather floor and cargo mats. Red stitchings also highlight its upholstery.

Check out some of the 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road’s photos in the gallery below:

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.

4 Questions You Need To Ask About The 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet

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Convertible SUVs are not too popular these days. There’s a plunge in the demand for them but fortunately, you can still get your hands on one if you want to. German automaker Volkswagen came up with the new T-Roc Cabriolet, a high-riding compact car with a drop-top.

Why Make The T-Roc A Convertible?

VW already axed the Eos, the Golf Cabriolet, and the Beetle Cabriolet. This means there’s room in its lineup for a small drop-top convertible. What you get when you mix that gap with the need for a crossover is the T-Roc Cabriolet.

The brand also needs at least one convertible in its range so the T-Roc will be the only convertible in the VW lineup for the foreseeable future. It looks the same as the regular five-door T-Roc except that it has a soft drop-top, a raked windscreen, and only two larger doors.

Should You Get The VW T-Roc?

Absolutely! This is the first crossover cabriolet in the compact segment. If that seems to be a lot of combination, just think about this: it combines an extroverted design with the raised seating that’s characteristic of an SUV. The trunk isn’t as big as the regular T-Roc crossover but the 284 liters are just enough. When the soft top comes down, that capacity decreases to just 161 liters.

Speaking of the drop-top, it folds electronically at speeds of 30 km/h or 19 mph. The shape is alike the top created for the Golf Convertible.

What Platform Is Used For The T-Roc Cabriolet?

The drop-top version of the regular T-Roc used the same MQB platform that underpins everything from the Audi A1 to the Passat. The structural rigidity of the car, however, was affected because of the drop-top. VW said it used four cross braces and a front cross strut in key areas to make the car sturdier.

When Will The T-Roc Cabriolet Be Available In The Market?

The T-Roc will officially be revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show on September 12 to 22. The market debut should be sometime in the spring of 2020. There are two packs that buyers can choose from: Style will include color themes for the interior, standard mood lighting, and 17-inch rims with a distinctive lacquered finish while the R-Line adds standard fog lights and sports seats for a sporty look.

3 Things You Need To Know About The Black Bison 2019 Suzuki Jimny

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The Suzuki Jimny is an adored rugged little retro-styled SUV that has managed to retain its “cuteness” over the years. Wald International has come up with more than just a body kit for the Jimny. Called the Back Bison Edition, the Jimny looks menacing, rough, and old school.

1. Exterior

At the front, the Back Bison Edition looks quite different from the regular Jimny. The welding, cuts, shut lines, and creases look particularly different. Wald International even added twin hood scoops. The side profile is still boxy and the flared-up wheel arches look like they come from Mercedes-Benz G-wagon sports. Adding new heights to the tuned-up Jimny are bigger tires and wheels.

2. Interior

It looks like Wald International didn’t do anything in the cabin, so the Jimny will still have the stock interior. But even if the exterior is a little more rugged, the interior should still be refined and on par with the hatchback segments. Suzuki is known for its practical and ergonomic cabins.

3. Drivetrain

Again, the tuner didn’t change anything with the Jimny’s drivetrain. The changes are entirely physical. The lift made no change to the powertrain. So at this point, we can expect it to have a 1.2-liter four-cylinder K series engine that makes 89 horsepower and 89 pound-feet of torque. This engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission with all-wheel-drive. It is also available with a four-speed automatic gearbox.

Although the Japanese tuner didn’t do anything about the interior and the drivetrain, that’s not the biggest deal-breaker here. The sad thing about the Jimny is the US market won’t get it. Since the off-road scene in the US is pretty strong, Suzuki could sell a few hundred thousands of units here.

Hyundai To Release 2020 Genesis GV80 This Year

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The arrival of the Genesis GV80 this year will signal Hyundai’s first foray into the luxury SUV brand. It’s already been tested in public roads, but we got the new spy shots to further whet your appetite. The GV80 will be based on the brand’s G80 sedan, sharing much of its underpinnings, as well as that of other Genesis products.

It’s interesting to see Genesis jumping into the full-sized SUV bandwagon based on the spy shots of TopSpeed. The GV80 will specifically go against the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the BMW X7.

Exterior

The GV80 will not be far off from the concept introduced in 2017, but the more extreme features will not be part of the production vehicle. The production model will keep the lower LED stripes with the upper units sporting the conventional headlamps as seen on the sedans. The shape and size of the grille will be similar to the concept, but the big slab of chrome we’ve seen on the concept won’t make it to the production line.

There will be two different front grilles for the GV80: a standard-spec SUV with thin, horizontal slats, and a Sport model with a honeycomb mesh.

At the back, there will be larger taillights compared to the slender ones seen on the concept. The bumper will also have a conventional design while the rear windows will most likely be redesigned.

Overall, although the production GV80 will not be as aggressive in style like the concept, it has that luxury feel needed to compete with the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the BMW X7.

Powertrain

The GV80 will most likely use Genesis’ existing powertrains. That means to expect V-6 and V-8 units. For reference, the larger G80 sedan sports a 3.8-liter V-6 that utilizes a three-stage variable intake system, triangular fuel injector pattern, air-gap exhaust manifold, and a two-stage oil pump. It generates 311 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 293 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm.

Then, there’s the 5.0-liter Tau V-8 that makes 420 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm.

Both of the engines will be mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive will most probably be standard on the base model, but an AWD should be an option too.

The Volkswagen ID.4 SUV Is Ready For Production

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The Volkswagen ID.4 SUV, which will come a year after the ID.3 hatchback arrives in dealerships, has been spotted in its production form for the first time. The SUV is due to come in showrooms by the summer of 2021.

As expected, this bodywork has more conventional SUV proportions than the ID. Crozz concept, on which the ID.4 SUV was based on. The concept was introduced at the Shanghai Auto Show last 2017. Instead of the concept’s coupe-inspired rear liftback, the ID.4 SUV has a practical tailgate, as well as B-pillars and wing mirrors, both of which are missing from the ID. Crozz concept.

Many features have been retained from the concept such as the trademark ID, LED headlights, daytime running lights, raked windscreen line, blanked-off radiator grille, and the rugged plastic moldings for the side skirts and wheel arches.

The ID.4 SUV is based on the MED platform. This means that Volkswagen will likely offer the SUV in a range of drivetrain options with probably different power outputs. The less expensive variants are expected to feature a single electric motor, two-wheel drive, and smaller battery packs while the more expensive ones will likely arrive with a pair of motors and four-wheel-drive.

The battery packs will range from 45kWh to 77kWh in size. It will offer an electric range between 200 and 300 miles.

Volkswagen has yet to announce the exact technical and performance specifications of the ID.4 SUV although the ID. Crozz concept features a pair of electric motors that have power outputs of 302bhp, a top speed of 112mph, an all-electric range of 500km (311 miles).

The production form gave us a peek of the car’s interior. It has that “floating” infotainment screen and digital instrument cluster. Since the ID.3 is expected to come packed with voice control and satellite navigation, we should see the same in the ID.4.

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