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Fresh Details On The Completely Redesigned 2020 Land Rover Defender

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The Land Rover Defender was discontinued in 2016 because of safety reason (they couldn’t even fit the previous Defender with airbags) but we’re about to see a completely revamped and redesigned Defender for the 2020 model year.

A new report surfaced that said the new Defender will come out sometime in the next six months with new and cleaner engines, as well as the extensive use of aluminum on its body. Clearly, the Defender will be targeted to a more upscale market.

We’ve already seen a prototype of the new Defender at the end of 2018. Land Rover was generous enough to provide a batch of pictures of the off-roader’s camouflaged prototype. While we’re not exactly sure if the new Defender will be as boxy as the photos suggest, we do know that it will take after the Discovery model with a slightly higher ride height.

The Defender has always been known for being functional and direct to the point. It’s not a hit or a miss. When people buy a Defender, they know what they’re getting—which is, comfort-wise, means nothing. The Defender was all about performance and functionality, but the 2020 model will change that. This new off-roader hopes to marry function with style and substance and a whole lot of modern tech.

Reports based on Motortrend’s Johnny Lieberman’s Instagram post showed that the Defender would have an independent rear side and an air suspension fitted to it. Though this was not the conditions that the Defender was made for, what could Land Rover do exactly? They may alienate the farmers who really just like a functional Land Rover to roam over their lands, but the new Defender also has a chance to tap a new market and that should be fine.

The fully-independent suspension setup that Mr. Lieberman spied is similar to the one under the Land Rover Discovery. Does that mean we can expect the same 2.0-liter gasoline engines? We only have six months to wait as this one’s scheduled to debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It will go on sale in 2020.

What We Know So Far About The 2020 Lincoln Aviator

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The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is borrowing some design elements from its wildly successful sibling, the Navigator, and will put a gap from a related cousin from Ford, the 2020 Explorer. Ford’s luxury brand hopes to recapture some of its glory days and banks in on the highly popular crossover segment.

The Aviator will fill the slot between the Nautilus and the Navigator. It’s an all-new model that is still decidedly Lincoln on the exterior with a cabin that’s a styling evolution from the Navigator.

Lincoln unveiled how the Aviator’s interior will look like during the LA Auto Show and to say that it’s mesmerizing is an understatement. It closely resembles what you’ll find inside the Navigator and there’s no doubt that the vehicle came from Lincoln. To be fair, Lincoln only introduced the priciest Black Label model, which has unique color schemes, extra leather trim, and truly represent the car in its most luxurious form.

The 2020 Aviator will come standard with a 10-inch touchscreen displayed prominently atop the dashboard. It brings the Ford Sync 3 and includes some other tech such as 4G in-car WiFi, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio and two USB ports.

The Reserve trim adds a 14-speaker Revel sound system and integrated navigation, plus a 360-degree parking camera while the Black Label boosts it with rear USB ports and a 28-speaker Revel Ultima audio system.

The Aviator is a people-hauler, too. When the second row has bench seats, it has room for seven people. When the captain seats are used for the second row, the car has enough space for six adults. And since it shares a platform with the 2020 Ford Explorer, we expect the cargo to be the best in its segment, along with the Volvo XC90 and the Acura MDX.

This car will come standard with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that produces 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. It will be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive is optional.

For an upgraded powertrain that adds a plug-in hybrid that makes 450 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, you have to go up to the Aviator Grand Touring model.

Nissan X-Trail Has New Petrol And Diesel Engines, Dual-Clutch Transmission

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Nissan revamped the X-Trail’s engine lineup, introducing new petrol and diesel options, as well as an all-new dual-clutch transmission. Buyers can now get to choose either a 1.7-liter four-cylinder diesel or 1.3-liter four-cylinder petrol, both of which are already available in the Renault-Nissan Alliance line-up, particularly in the Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar SUVs.

The 1.7-liter diesel engine makes 148 horsepower and 340 Nm of torque, replacing the SUV’s former engine—a 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel that has a standard front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. The new engine will have a carbon dioxide emissions rating of 137-143g/km.

Those who want a four-wheel drive configuration will be happy to know this is now available as an option for the diesel engine. But opting for the all-wheel drive will affect the energy rating and fuel efficiency of the engine. The economy figure will drop to 39.8mpg from 41.5mpg while CO2 emissions rating will fall to 151-154g/km.

The new 1.3-liter petrol option will only be available with the DCT gearbox in the front-wheel-drive layout. It will replace a similar 1.6-liter petrol engine and will bring more power at 161 horsepower from 158 horsepower and 270Nm of torque instead of 240Nm. The Japanese carmaker claims that energy efficiency and emissions ratings have also been improved. The ratings now stand at 145–154g/km of CO2 instead of the old engine’s 162g/km of CO2.

Nissan also released price information about the new petrol and diesel engines. The 1.3-liter four-cylinder petrol unit will start from £26,590 ($34,787.72). The 1.7-liter diesel with its front-wheel-drive configuration will start at £25,795 ($33,747.62) but the four-wheel drive version will add an extra £3,200 ($4,186.56). Both of these engines are compliant to the Euro6d-Temp, which means car owners won’t have to pay an additional 4% surcharge over the mandatory Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax.

New 296-HP 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan R Is Coming Soon

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The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan R is scheduled to be revealed later this year. This means the German company is constantly testing the car to prepare it for the release. Spy shots of the Tiguan R revealed a new performance SUV that used the same platform found in the recently-launched Cupra Ateca.

According to reports, the new Tiguan R will be powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 296 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque on the Ateca. That power will go through a seven-speed DSG to an all-wheel-drive configuration that allows the car to go 62 miles in around six seconds.

The test mule has the same R-Line version of the SUV, which means it will sport the model line’s front bumper, rear valance, and large rear spoiler. The only difference will lie on the twin-exit exhaust tips. Volkswagen may want to make the Tiguan R sportier before its big reveal but that’s all up in the air for now.

Other features that are to be expected are adaptive suspension, updated performance brakes, a choice of alloy wheels, and a sophisticated traction control system.

The cabin should also be similar to a Tiguan R-Line with a pair of leather-trimmed sports seats, a sports steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, a digital instrument cluster, an eight-inch infotainment screen, and a premium audio system all coming as standard. Extras would be a tow-bar and three-zone climate control.

The Tiguan R is in line with Volkswagen’s plan to expand its SUV lineup. This new Tiguan R will follow the T-Roc R, a mini-performance SUV with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. The T-Roc R and the Tiguan R also have similar interior specifications.

We expect the Tiguan R’s debut before or during the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Has $35,040 Starting Price

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Jeep announced today that its Gladiator, which is due in dealerships later this year, will have a starting price tag of $35,040. It has a higher starting price tag compared to its rivals but the Gladiator more than makes up for it in terms of technology and fuel efficiency.

Standard to all variants is a V-6 engine and four-wheel-drive setup. The Sport S trim received a few more goodies than the base model. It goes on sale for $38,240.

Move one level up and you’ll find the Overland model, which is priced at $41,890. For that price tag, you’ll get power door locks, two-piece fender flares with body color insert, auto headlamps, side steps, upgraded tires, and other features.

The Rubicon models are the most expensive at $45,040 but that has beefy 33-inch tires, upgraded cloth seats, and a Rock-Trac 4×4 system with heavy-duty axles and locking differentials.

The Gladiator comes with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that can make a whopping 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Jeep also released the latest EPA ratings for the Gladiator. When paired with the standard six-speed manual, the 2020 Gladiator has an EPA rating of 16/23/19 mpg city/highway/combined. Paired with the eight-speed automatic, it has a slightly more edge than the other units; it gets 17/22/19.

Thankfully, though the Gladiator is priced higher than most of its segments, its fuel economy numbers can beat their rivals. The 2019 Toyota Tacoma gets an 18/22/20 mpg rating when partnered with a V-6 engine, four-wheel drive, and an automatic transmission. The Chevrolet Colorado gets 17/24/19 mpg in V-6 automatic and 4WD trim.

The 2019 Ford Ranger will only be made available with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder. Its fuel economy is higher at 20/24/22 mpg with four-wheel drive and a 10-speed automatic.

Next year, the Gladiator is expected to carry a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine that can make 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.

3 Things We’re Expecting From The 2020 Lincoln Corsair

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The Lincoln Corsair, which is a revival of the Corsair nameplate that Ford used in 1958 for the Edsel brand, is an upcoming compact crossover that will be introduced at the New York Auto Show this April. It is set to replace the MKC.

Reportedly, the Corsair will be based on the Ford Escape, which is also expected to debut a new generation this year at the same auto show.

Exterior

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Based on the teasers, the Corsair will retain the MKC’s shape and proportions, though the front fascia might be taller with the nose no longer angled. The wheelbase is longer, allowing for extra legroom space for the passengers at the rear. The roofline is also similar to the MKC though the roof spoiler is bigger and has a small decklid. There’s nothing special about how the Corsair might look like but we’re still holding our breaths and imagining the compact crossover to have a more aggressive bumper, a bigger grille, and sleeker headlamps.

Interior

Lincoln didn’t provide any photos of the Corsair’s cabin so we’re left with our imagination. It’s expected that the Corsair’s interior will mimic the cabin of the Aviator. This means a narrow dashboard with a floating infotainment display and rectangular air-conditioning vents. The seats and some portions of the dashboard should be wrapped in leather though the more expensive variants could feature brushed aluminum trim or even carbon-fiber. The Black Label trim, which is the top of the line, might offer two-tone upholstery options and higher quality materials.

Drivetrain

The biggest tidbit we can gather about the Corsair is the fact that it might carry a hybrid variant. Engine-wise, the Corsair should continue with the revised versions of the MKC’s 2.0- and 2.-3-liter EcoBoost engines. Lincoln’s 2.-0 liter 4-cylinder engine will make 245 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque while the 2.3-liter EcoBoost packs more power with 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque.

Lincoln will also probably pair an electric motor to one of the EcoBoost engines, though it won’t be the same as the Aviator’s V-6 hybrid that generates 400 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque.

2020 Ford Explorer Starts At $33,860

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The 2020 Ford Explorer will have a $400 increase from the 2019 model and that’s largely because of a new rear-wheel-drive configuration, the addition of a hybrid version, and the replacement of the Sport trim level by the ST. Still, for these changes, the additional $400 is competitive and practical.

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Revealed during the Detroit Auto Show this year, the new Ford Explorer will have a starting price of $33,860, according to an email of Ford to Motor Trend. That price includes the destination fee. The base model will come with a new engine that can produce 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque instead of the old V6’s 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. This engine is mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission, which means better accelerations and fuel economy.

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The next trim level is the Explorer XLT. Priced at $37,750, it is $2,275 more expensive than the 2019 model. The price includes features not found in the previous XLT such as power-adjustable front seats, captain’s chairs in the second row, and a total of four USB ports (two more ports than the base Explorer).

Next up is the Explorer Limited, which will sell for $49,225. That’s $5,365 more than the 2019 model. You’ll enjoy a number of features made for luxury and comfort such as wireless charging, a surround-view camera system, and rain-sensing wipers. The hybrid powertrain will require an additional $3,555 for a 3.3-liter hybrid engine and 20-inch aluminum wheels.

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The top-of-the-line Explorer is called the Platinum and has a price tag of $59,345. That comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged engine that makes 365 horsepower.

The sportiest of the Explorers is now called the ST instead of Sport. It will be sold for $55,835, $8,115 more expensive than the 2019 Explorer Sport. The Platinum’s engine is configured to make 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. There’s also a quad exhaust, 21-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, and more.

INKAS Releases Chairman Package For New Armored 2019 Cadillac Escalade

INKAS, a Canada-based company that specializes in the design and production of armored vehicles for commercial and personal use, releases its Armored Cadillac Escalade Chairman Package. Already equipped with a multitude of luxurious features that will make any passenger feel like a head of state, the Armored Cadillac Escalade can be further configured with packages ranging from $300,000 up to $500,000 for the bulletproof capability.

Thanks to the Cadillac’s long wheelbase, which measures at 3302mm, the Escalade ESV can provide maximum comfort and luxury for the passengers. The Chairman Package allows for the conversion of the spacious passenger compartment into an executive mobile office, a luxurious VIP transport cabin, or a comfortable daily or long-trip carrier.

On the exterior, the Cadillac boasts of its iconic appearance, front grille, and chrome accents. But INKAS made sure the Chairman Package will make the Escalade stand out as they also fitted it with a four-inch roof extension that increases passenger comfort and ease of entry and exit.

The interior design will stand out from the rest of the luxury vehicles available in the market. INKAS fitted the Cadillac Escalade with premium Italian hides, Alcantara Suedes, exotic wood paneling, and a variety of comfort and luxury features such as a mini bar with liquor dispenser, air purification system, SmartTV, 4G LTE hotspot, advanced entertainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integrations, and a 16-speaker setup.

Other cabin features are the power-reclining captain chairs featuring power ottomans, massage, heating and cooling capabilities with in-vehicle lighting provided through the INKAS® DayLight™ headliner system. Aside from a 360-degree closed-circuit camera system with an on-vehicle PVR, as well as cloud backup functionality, additional options— biometric gun safes, satellite TV and telephone systems, heavy-duty exhaust fans for cigar lovers, and evasive security features—are available for buyers. All electronic components can be controlled through the INKAS touchscreen tablet system.

The performance will be based on a 6.2-liter V8 engine that’s paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission producing 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The entire perimeter of the vehicle’s body is clad with armoring materials that can provide protection from 7.62x51mm or .308 Winchester FMJ ammunition. It is also capable of surviving the explosion from two hand grenades detonated simultaneously below the limousines floor. An additional option allows buyers to equip this vehicle with bulletproof material.

2020 Range Rover Evoque Gets Starting Price of $43,645

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We have been waiting for the day that the 2020 Range Rover Evoque will be introduced to American soil, and we finally had our wish granted during the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Much more than seeing the Evoque, we now also have an idea of how much it will cost us to see one in our garage.

The base S P250 comes with a $43,645 price tag but with additional features. The tag can balloon to $57,845 for the First Edition model. The price of the base model is $850 more than the 2019 Evoque’s lowest priced variant.

All six trims are powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine although they are offered in two different power outputs. The 2.0-liter in the Evoque S ($43,645), SE ($48,195), and limited First Edition ($57,845) makes 246 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque that makes its ways through a ZF-sourced nine-speed transmission.

The R-Dynamic S ($47,595), R-Dynamic SE ($52,145), and R-Dynamic HSE ($56,795) each have 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. They also come with mild hybridization and a 48-volt electric system.

The S P250 comes with the following features: 18-inch aluminum wheels, LED head- and taillights, proximity approach lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power-adjustable front seats with leather upholstery, 10-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, and low-speed automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assist.

The R-Dynamic S P300 adds metal sport pedal covers, chrome tread plates in doors, perforated leather steering wheel wrap, steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles, dark aluminum interior trim, and R-Dynamic exterior badging and burnished copper exterior accents.

The SE P250 includes these: 20-inch aluminum wheels, automatic high-beam headlamps with daytime running lights, power-operated rear liftgate, 14-way power-adjustable front seats with memory settings, Land Rover’s dual-screen Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, and 360-degree exterior camera system and automated parking.

The R-Dynamic SE P300 upgrades many features of the SE P250 with: rearview mirror with integrated rear camera display, power-operated rear liftgate with gesture recognition, 16-way power-adjustable front seats with Windsor leather upholstery, Meridian premium audio system, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with traffic-jam assist, and high-speed automated emergency braking.

Finally, the First Edition P250 includes all the features that only come as options on other Evoques:, fixed-panel glass roof, headlamp washers, reconfigurable interior ambient lighting, illuminated tread plates in doors, power-adjustable steering column, 14-way heated and power-adjustable front seats with two-tone leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, head-up display, and 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster.

 

 

Bugatti Will Never Join The SUV Segment

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There is absolutely zero chance that French company Bugatti will engineer an SUV in the future even as this segment has boomed in popularity in the past decades. Forget about other luxury carmakers like Ferrari and Bentley who succumbed to the lure of the trend. CEO Stephen Winkelmann said the company has no intention of building an SUV.

Winkelmann, of course, is not living in the past. He knows very well that the segment has taken over the industry in the past decade. He even said that the “time appears appropriate” for one.

And though there were rumors last year that Bugatti was preparing to join the fray and build its own SUV, that’s now seriously not in the equation. It makes sense to want one though since many exotic car brands have their own super-luxury SUVs in the lineup. Lamborghini has the Urus, Bentley has the Bentayga, Rolls-Royce has the Cullinan, and Ferrari is developing the Purosangue. A lot of these brands, like Bugatti, also initially resisted building an SUV.

Bugatti now joins McLaren and Koenigsegg as the only three exotic car makers that will not join the SUV segment. However, it’s easy to understand why Bugatti is joining the rarer group here. Bugatti, like Koenigsegg, is defined as the standard-bearer of performance in an industry that has no shortage of competitors. Winkelmann said that developing an SUV will be a “disservice” to its brand and history.

So for now, Bugatti can focus on what’s on the table, which is the long-overdue sedan with the 16C Galibier Concept it previewed way back in 2010. It was rumored to be a fastback luxury saloon that will come equipped with an 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine with a two-stage supercharging system. The output was pegged at 800 horsepower. This may be the perfect time to finally focus on bringing this luxury saloon to the production table.

 

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