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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.

 

2020 Lincoln Aviator Gets Starting Price of $52,195

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Lincoln’s new midsize SUV, the 2020 Lincoln Aviator, will start selling at $52,195, although when fully loaded and configured, the price can balloon to as much as $90,000.

The base model will come with a 10-inch touchscreen, exterior and interior welcome lighting, heated front seats, a 10-speaker audio system, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Also standard to the base model is the Lincoln Co-Pilot360, a system that includes blind spot detection with cross-traffic alert, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, and a rearview camera.

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The $52,195 model will have a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that produces 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.

The starting price is surprisingly competitive, given that the car makes more than the usual horsepower you will receive from a vehicle cut from the same segment. It is less expensive than the base model of the 2019 Audi Q7, which has a starting price of $54,545. Instead of a V-6 engine, the Q7 only comes with a four-cylinder engine. The model that makes a respectable 329 horsepower comes with a six-cylinder engine for the Q7 but the price begins at $60,945.

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Another competitor is the 2019 Volvo XC90, which has a base price of $57,295 when buyers choose the four-cylinder engine that makes 316 horses.

If you got more in the bank, you might want to check out the Reserve trim of the Aviator. This adds a 360-degree camera, quad-zone climate control, ambient lighting with illuminated front scuff plates, hands-free liftgate, and a Revel audio system with 14 speakers for $57,285.

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The Black Label models give more updates with a 28-speaker Revel sound system, panoramic roof with power shade, a head-up display, 30-way adjustable first row seats with ventilation, and a choice of special interior colors and materials. Those who choose the Black Label trim will also get 22-inch wheels and special Black Label services such as complimentary car washes, remote service pickup and delivery, annual detailing, and more. All these will come with a heavy price tag of $78,790.

There’s a plug-in hybrid option too that pairs the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 to an electric motor. Combined, this makes 450 horses and 600 pound-feet of torque. The plug-in hybrid option starts at $69,895 with the Grand Touring trim.

The Black Label Grand Touring trim is the most expensive of all trim levels. It starts at $88,895 but will reach $90,000 when all options are checked.

The base and Reserve trim arrive early this summer while the Black Label, Grand Touring, and Black Label Grand Touring will go on sale late in the summer. Pre-orders will start in the spring.

 

 

3 Things To Know About The 2019 Honda Passport

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In 2002, Japanese carmaker Honda decided to discontinue the Passport but it made a return at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Honda Passport will fill the gap between the CR-V and the Pilot.

The best thing about the current Passport is it was designed exclusively by Honda and it won’t be a rebadged Isuzu like the former model. Based on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform, the new Passport shares the same body construction, underpinnings, and drivetrain components with the three-row Pilot and the Ridgeline pickup trucks.

Exterior

The Honda Passport stands out from the rest of the Japanese carmaker’s smaller SUVs, but it did borrow design elements from the bigger Pilot such as the headlamps and the small turn signals. Honda thankfully made an effort for the Passport to stand out by gifting it with a mesh with small, oval outlets and black trim at the top for its grille. This gives the crossover a more rugged look that fits its outdoor-type personality.

The Passport can also be set apart by the number of accessories Honda is offering it with such as roof boxes of various sizes, a roof basket, and a roof-mounted bike, kayak, and ski or snowboard racks.

Interior

Inside, the Passport offers the roomiest space for passengers at 115.9 cubic feet. The total interior volume is 157.1 cubic feet plus a large, 2.5-cubic-foot segmented underfloor cargo compartment to carry your dirty gear or to keep valuables out of sight. The trunk has a total of 41.2 cubic feet of luggage room, too.

The Passport’s dashboard looks exactly like the Pilot’s with the infotainment system sitting between the rectangular AC vents and the rest of the center stack wrapped in black trim that extends to the passenger side and the steering wheel.

Drivetrain

Again, the Passport and the Pilot share the same platform and the same engine. The Passport arrives with a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes the same 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. This placed the Passport above most of its competitors (the Subaru Forester and the Nissan Murano). The V-6 engine is paired with Honda’s nine-speed automatic transmission. As standard, the Passport has a two-wheel drive system but you can choose an all-wheel drive.

Lexus RX And NX SUVs Updated For 2019

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There is a range of updates that can be found in the newest RX and NX SUVs by Japanese luxury carmaker Lexus. For the 2019 model year, the large and the mid-size SUVs, the Lexus RX and the NX, respectively, will receive a range of new trim and technology.

Lexus’ three-tier trim structure will dominate the changes in the SUVs. The structure gives customers the option to choose a base model (RX or NX), a mid-range model (F Sport), and a top-of-the-line (Takumi).

The Lexus RX, the base model, will come with 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, an eight-inch infotainment system, and front and rear parking sensors. There’s only one engine available for this range and it’s going to be a 3.5-liter V-6 petrol-hybrid that makes 308 horsepower and is fuel efficient at a rate of 37.4mpg.

The RS F Sport models add a heated steering wheel, adaptive suspension, a powered hands-free tailgate, an aluminum pedal set, F Sport steering wheel and a revised grille. It has a starting price of £55,200 ($69,800), sans options. The range-topping Takumi models, on the other hand, will come with a hefty price tag of £61,700 ($78,000). That price will get you power-folding and heated rear seats, a head-up display, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson stereo, blind spot monitoring system, automatic LED headlights and memory settings for the electric seats, steering wheel, and door mirrors.

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The new NX has the same trim levels as the RX with the base model arriving with standard features such as 18-inch alloys, heated front seats, and an eight-inch touchscreen display. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol-hybrid that produces 192 horsepower will be its powertrain. Economy fuel rating is pegged at 54.3mpg.

Finally, the NX F Sport has a starting price of £41,500 ($52,530) and adds an F-Sport steering wheel, a set of F-Sport 18-inch alloy wheels, a range of F-Sport exterior styling details, LED headlamps, a powered tailgate and leather upholstery.

The Takumi trim is priced at £45,500 (57,590) and comes with a panoramic roof, heated and ventilated front seats, a head-up display, a 14-speaker Mark Levinson stereo, blind spot monitoring, and a 360-degree view camera.

 

2020 Ford Explorer Will Be Officially Revealed On January 9

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Ford is scheduled to reveal its 2020 Ford Explorer on January 9 at the Ford Field in Detroit. But before that, there will be an offsite unveiling on Thursday, about a week before the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The new SUV will have an evolutionary look and will ride on a new rear-wheel-drive platform called the CD6 architecture. This platform is being shared with the 2020 Lincoln Aviator, which was shown last month at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.

There were no confirmations from Ford regarding the Explorer’s powertrains but a leak in August showed the ordering guide that detailed the SUV’s powertrains. The guide said the engine choices would be a 2.3-liter turbo-4, a 3.3-liter V-6, and a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6. The 3.3-liter V-6 will be available with or without a hybrid system as Ford shifts to more economical setups. The engines are most likely going to be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. An all-wheel-drive system will also be available.

The 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine has already been tested. This is the same engine being used by the Michigan State Police for testing. This powertrain will make the Explorer the quickest police vehicle in America. For fuel efficiency, Ford plans to offer the hybrid version of the 2020 Explorer to those in patrol duty.

It is the standard Explorer that will make its debut in January but Ford is also planning to release another trim level of the car called the Explorer ST. This variant is the performance-oriented version of the SUV and it will follow in the footsteps of the Edge ST, which was launched this year. The Explorer ST will be edging out the Explorer Sport model in Ford’s bid to revamp its lineup to introduce sportier crossover SUVs.

Source: Autoblog

2020 Land Rover Defender May Arrive Next Year

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Land Rover has given us a definitive teaser and a look into the all-new 2020 Land Rover Defender. It looks like we won’t have to wait too long to see the new Defender as Land Rover released a teaser photo of the boxy machine all wrapped in camouflage and driving into a transport truck. There are at least two dates mentioned on the teaser that makes it fairly clear the SUV will be unveiled next year.

Most prominent is the phrase “Do not unwrap until 2019,” which is a play on words referring to the holiday season and the camouflage wrap on the Defender. This makes us feel fairly certain that the Defender will be released next year.

However, the company has been pretty lax in showing off the car in camouflage in public lately, so that might be a sign that we’ll be seeing the new Defender very soon—maybe even by the end of the auto show season in New York in April.

More information should be available by December 27. A Land Rover representative said that the company will release more details about the 2020 Land Rover Defender on that day. Of course, it won’t be a full reveal yet but we’re hoping to see the Defender in all of its teaser glory, which means no camouflage, please. Then again, the representative may not be talking about sightings of the Defender at all.

“More information” may also mean that the company will give us the full details on the reveal date, as well as more photos and videos of the still camouflaged Defender. We’re also quite interested in the tailgate-mounted spare tire we have seen on the heavily camouflaged Defender, so we’d love to have more details about that by the end of this year.

So far, what we know about the new Land Rover Defender is that it will remain true to its boxy roots of models past, it will be available in either a two-door or four-door variant, it will use a fully independent suspension front and rear, and it will probably use a combination of Jaguar-Land Rover engines that will include a gas and diesel turbo four-cylinder engines.

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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.

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