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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE Makes Its Way at the Paris Auto Show

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Arriving in style at the eve of the 2018 Paris Auto Show was the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE bringing in new powertrains, tech elements, and more cabin space. The latest sport utility vehicle from the famous German luxury automaker made its world premiere alongside the new Mercedes-AMG A35, Mercedes-Benz EQC electric vehicle, and the Smart Forease concept car.

Powertrains

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The range was highlighted by its GLE 450 trim. The unit is equipped with a 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor to deliver a mild-hybrid setup. The petrol-fed engine offers 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque going to the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. The electric motor provides a boost of 22 hp to the power of the GLE 450.

Mercedes said that diesel and plug-in hybrid versions of the GLE will follow. We are eagerly waiting for its AMG variant too!

Tech

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The new GLE is riddled with new safety and driver assistance systems. The innovative technologies packed within the SUV are the 48-volt E-Active Body Control active suspension and the Active Tailback Assist. These elements help improve the vehicle’s ride comfort and agility.

The MBUX multimedia system introduced by the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan also comes with the new GLE. Basically, the system functions like Siri or Alexa. That means it is capable of recognizing and executing voice commands after the user utters “Hey Mercedes”.

Bigger Wheelbase

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The new GLE extends its wheelbase by more than three inches. That translates to more legroom in three-row seating capacity. The second-row seats mostly benefit from the upgrade with more than two inches increase in legroom.

Photos

Check out the official photos of the new Mercedes-Benz GLE together with the Mercedes-AMG A35 and the Smart Forease at the Paris Auto Show in the gallery below:

2019 Chevy Blazer Crossover Starts At $29,995

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The bold new looks of the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer crossover can be yours for only $29,995. That’s the base price, which will come complete with a naturally-aspired four-cylinder engine that produces 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. Not bad, considering that the price falls below the 2019 Ford Edge’s $30,990 and the 2018 Nissan Murano’s $31,795.

The Chevy Blazer L, the base model, will also get a nine-speed automatic transmission paired with the four-cylinder engine. Front-wheel drive will be standard to the variant. Inside, it is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and starting, heated mirrors, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

There are two other variants and trim levels available for this midsize crossover, but the company has not revealed their pricing details just yet. There’s the RS and the Premier, both of which have bigger wheels and styled rather more aggressive than the Chevy Blazer L.

The two trim levels are also packing the more powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes a whopping 305 horsepower. This is an option for the L trim, but Chevy has not made the option price available yet. All-wheel drive is available on all trims, but the front-wheel setup will be standard.

If you want more style and convenience, Chevy is also offering the Blazer crossover with a host of cool features such as a panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats and the rear-camera mirror first found on Cadillacs.

You would think that Chevy will find a way to lower the price to around $25,000 when it announced the bold styling of the new Blazer. The price is fairly competitive when put alongside its more dominant competitors such as the Edge and the Murano. For its two-row capacity and plenty of cargo space, the 2019 Chevy Blazer should challenge the segment well enough.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Updated For 2020 Model Year Unit

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Land Rover is working on the next-generation Discovery Sport, which we expect to arrive a couple of years from now. While waiting, we are treated to a facelifted version of the current-generation Discovery Sport, which will pave way for the new generation model.

The prototype in the spy shots was wrapped heavily in camouflage but there were enough details to hint of changes made to the updated Discovery Sport.

Exterior

There are quite a few changes on the front of the updated Discovery Sport. Based on the test mule, there’s going to be a new look for the front fascia and a new grille. Right now, we can’t really say for sure how all these elements will look after the camouflage has been taken off. We can see that there’s a change in the lighting fixture through two horizontal LEDs at the bottom. The current-generation Discovery Sport doesn’t have those.

The profile looks similar to the one we have now, but the rear side will have no cutouts and there seems to be a pair of exhaust outlets on one side. Of course, since this is a “hybrid” test mule (as seen on a yellow sticker on the windshield), the lack of cutouts is expected.

Interior

The current-generation Discovery Sport has one of the most pristine cabins in the SUV segment, so we don’t expect much to change here since this is only an updated model. Coming standard, though, to the updated Discovery sports is a lot of “options” for the current generation. These luxurious features are the twin-needle-stitched leather, genuine metal interior trim, configurable mood lighting, and multi-zone climate control, among others.

Space will not be an issue because the updated Discovery Sport will sit on Land Rover’s version of the D8 platform. Not only will the ride be more comfortable, but there is also extra cargo space and enough room underneath to store the lithium-ion batteries for the hybrid version.

Drivetrain

The most important update will be the inclusion of a plug-in hybrid version. It will use the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ingenium engine that Land Rover began using on the model in 2015. The use of the Ingenium engine makes sense because it is so versatile it can come in gas or diesel variants and can be reconfigured to accommodate three-, five-, or six-cylinder options. It can also produce as little as 150 horsepower or as much as 240 horsepower.

3 Key Features Of The 2019 DS3 Crossback

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PSA’s new premium sub-brand just released a compact crossover called the DS3 Crossback, which is visually appealing—or not, depending on who looks at it. This is definitely going to push opinions to the extreme because of its unique design and elegant interior.

Exterior

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You only need to glance at the DS3 Crossback to know that this will create a lot of mixed emotions among car enthusiasts. There’s the unique front fascia, the B pillars that stopped halfway through, and the rear end with those wide, high-set light clusters. The door handles also have a feature like the Tesla Model S, where it pops out when the car is unlocked.

DS is offering around 10 choices of rim design for the Crossback and this slew of customization options will allow users to get the unique look that they want for their crossovers.

Interior

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What many cars these days do is focus on the exterior and completely neglect the cabin. Sure, most cars have high-tech dashboards and infotainment system, as well as comfortable seats, but that’s about it. The Crossback’s cabin, we think, is even more elegant than the exterior. There’s a new foam used on the seats, making it plushier than ever. The diamond quilt theme is wrapped around the entire cabin that the dashboard even features the posh design. Even the buttons on the console and the dashboard are indicative of this diamond theme.

We didn’t see any analog dials with the interior being dominated by the 10.3-inch widescreen infotainment on top of the center console.

Drivetrain

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The conventional engines are all present: three-cylinder 1.2-liter PureTech gasoline and four-cylinder 1.5-liter BlueHDI diesel units. There are three PureTech engines that can make 100, 130, and 150 horsepower, and two diesel units with 100 or 130 horsepower outputs. The more powerful engines will be equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

That’s not the best part though. The big news is that from the launch, the DS3Crossback will arrive with a pure-electric version. The power will come from a 136-horsepower electric motor that draws juice from a 50-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The quoted range is 186 miles and it can reach 30 mph in 3 seconds or 62 mph in under 9 seconds.

There’s no word on pricing yet, but we can expect the 2019 DS3 Crossbackto start at $26,000.

2019 Audi e-Tron Crossover Starts At $75,000

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We are finally seeing the 2019 Audi e-Tron crossover SUV and it’s not exactly cheap. The entry-level Premium Plus model starts at $75,795 while the Prestige trim brings the price to $82,795. Finally, the top-rung First Edition model has a base price of $87,695.

After the camouflage has been taken off, we can now see that the e-Tron, which was revealed in bare-painted sheetmetal, looks like a mix of the flagship Q8 and the smaller Q3. It has the chiseled features of the Q3 and the taillights of the Q8.

Let us focus on the powertrain that undermines all these design languages though. The e-Tron crossover uses two electric motors: one large for the rear and a small one for the front wheels. According to Audi, this dual-motor setup can produce 355 horsepower and 414 pound-feet of torque in normal mode. This output can be produced for 60 seconds straight.

To bring the power to 402 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque, owners can switch on the overboost function for eight seconds. This output will allow the car to go 60 mph in 5.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 124 mph.

Depending on the load, the e-Tron can be driven using only the rear motor. The motor on the front wheels will be activated only if more power is needed and when the driving conditions require more traction.

With an optional towing package, this crossover SUV can also handle the hauling of 4,000 pounds worth of cargo.

Between the motors is where you could access the 95-kWh battery pack. There’s no final EPA rating yet but we’re inclined to believe that it can reach a total of 248 miles on a single charge. Audi says the E-Tron will also support 150-kW DC fast charging, which will allow it to regain 80 percent of its range in 30 minutes.

Three-Row 2020 Kia Telluride Previewed At NY Fashion Show

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Kia used the New York Fashion Show runway to preview the 2020 Kia Telluride three-row crossover utility vehicle. Remember last year when Kia brought out the 2018 Stinger to the same fashion show? That car’s striking design fitted the uniquely fashionable NY show but this time, the South Korean automaker is going one step further with a global debut.

The Telluride made its first appearance in New York, months ahead of its debut in Detroit next January. For the Fashion Week, the Telluride was dressed up a bit and wore an off-road gear to give it that adventure-seeking vibe. Beneath all that “camouflage” is the final design of Kia’s upcoming three-row crossover. We’re happy to know that most of the elements survived since we first saw the concept back at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

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We have seen the recessed square headlights with four LED projectors on the concept. We won’t get this design on the production version but the boxy front end shape was carried over to give the crossover a rugged look. Some other changes include the grille that was widened significantly and the tiger nose design theme that has been relegated to a subtle notch on the top of the frame.

At the back, there is a pair of unique vertical taillights, which are now wider and curve onto the hatch. The rear lights outline the lower edges of the liftgate.

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According to Kia, the Telluride will be built at its US plant in West Point, Georgia. The crossover can accommodate up to eight passengers, thanks to its three-row layout. It will be powered by a V-6 engine, but we’re still not sure if that is the only engine option. The machine puts the Telluride above the Sorento, which offers flavors from a four-cylinder engine to seven-cylinder machine.

3 Things You Should Know About The 2019 Renault Arkana

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French car manufacturer Renault revealed an all-new coupe SUV called the Arkana at the Moscow Auto Show. This is the first coupe-inspired SUV to sit at a lower price point compared to its more premium competitors.

For now, it is just a concept, but one that is really close to production. Once released, it will first be marketed to Russia before going to other Western countries under a different name. The United States won’t get it, though, since we don’t have Renault here but we expect to see Nissan release a similar architecture to the Arkana.

1. Exterior

The latest technology and ideology from Renault designed the Arkana based on the Talisman and the Megane. There will be many bits and pieces of the front and rear end of the Arkana that would be taken from the two cars. If you look at it closely, it would resemble in many ways an updated Renault Megane Grand Coupe. There’s also redesigned C-shaped lights.

The one obvious thing that made this a coupe crossover is the coupe roofline. While many automakers try to hide the coupe nature of their coupe-inspired SUVs, Renault went the other way and made this with a high waistline, massive clearance, and 19-inch wheels.

Based on its dimensions, the Arkana is going to compete with the Nissan Rogue or the Honda CR-V.

2. Interior

Renault refused to give photos of its interior, but it’s safe to say that it would be close to the high-speccedMegane or Talisman. The dashboard will be dominated by a massive central portrait screen while the instrument cluster will be partially digital.

It brings a sense of comfort for the Arkana to have a Megane interior because it will at least bring a dash of elegance and sophistication.

3. Drivetrain

Remember that this is going to be a cheap crossover, so it will probably carry the engine from the Renault Kadjar. That being said, the Arkana will come equipped with a 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine and an option for a 1.6-liter diesel engine. These machines should be paired with a possible 4WD.

2020 BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance Gets Enhanced Drivetrain Options

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It’s not exactly the easiest name to remember. Thankfully, Twitter stretched its character limit, so we can now tweet about the new 2020 BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance. We haven’t even managed to get our hands on the BMW X5, but we’re already dealing with a performance version of the car that would depend on a host of electric powertrains.

The new plug-in X5 is going to replace the X5 xDrive40e and would be different in every single thing that matters. This new car is going to leave behind its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for a 3.0-liter inline-six that makes 286 horsepower. This engine will be paired with a 112-horsepower electric motor for a total output of 394 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. BMW’s all-wheel-drive system should be connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It can accelerate to 60 mph from a complete stop in just 5.6 seconds. The top speed was bumped to 146 mph.

The 2020 BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance is going to answer another problem that the current X5 xDrive40e is having. Today’s X5 xDrive40e can only go 14 miles from a full charge, but this new car is going to bump that number to an estimated 50 miles. Some people could even go their entire trip in electric mode. When in this mode, top speed would be 87 mph from the previous 74 mph.

Since this is an iPerformance trim, BMW placed the lithium-ion batteries under the body of the vehicle. This resulted in better handling because the center of gravity was lower compared to other X5 models. There’s one downside, though: the X5 xDrive45e iPerformance is going to lose about five cubic feet of storage space because of the battery pack.

Europe will get this car in 2019. The United States would have to wait, though. Pricing isn’t available for now but as a reference, the base 2019 X5 begins at $61,695 while the top-of-the-line is $76,745.

3 Things To Know About The All-New Mercedes-Benz GLE

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German company Mercedes-Benz came up with a sketch and short video clip showing the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLE sport utility vehicle’s redesigned front fascia and exciting new set of LED headlights. As if the GLE has not been talked about a lot lately, now the sketch and teaser video turned people’s enthusiasm to a near obsession.

Exterior and New Platform

The new-generation Mercedes-Benz GLE will be based on the MHA RWD platform. The silhouette of the car might remain the same, but the styling on the new GLE is bolder and definitely more futuristic. It is longer, too, at 3.1 inches (80 millimeters). Spy shots revealed a prominent new grille, sweptback LED headlamps, and wraparound taillights. The new model is less boxy, too, and has sharper-looking bumpers, larger alloy wheels, and the familiar twin exhausts.

Powertrains

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE will most likely use the 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 engine on the GLE 63 which will be available in two flavors—one that makes 563 horsepower and another one that produces a whopping 604 horsepower. We also believe that the German carmaker will introduce an entry-level GLE 53 AMG to the SUV’s lineup. This will use a 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine.

For the standard versions, Mercedes will use a number of four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines for the 2019 GLE. These engines will be paired with a 9-speed automatic gearbox. There might also be a 48-volt plug-in hybrid version that’s going to be paired with the six-cylinder versions.

Interior

Spy shots revealed an interesting take on the interior, especially because of the new technology that Mercedes has been working on. In terms of in-car tech, Mercedes is doing a complete revamp. It will now come with twin 10.25-inch display units for the instrumental console. The center console, on the other hand, will run the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) interface. The new SUV will also arrive with a three-spoke steering wheel, grab handles integrated into the central tunnel and powered seat adjustments for the rear passengers.

Mercedes-Benz EQC Electric Crossover Unveiled in Stockholm

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The Mercedes-Benz EQC is out as its maker just unveiled the electric crossover in its EQC400 4MATIC guise. The launch of the first fully-electric vehicle from the Mercedes EQ sub-brand happened on September 4, 2018, in Stockholm, Germany.

According to Daimler, the Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4MATIC will go on sale in the US in 2020. So what makes it very special? Here’s a rundown of the key features of the EQC EV:

Powertrain

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The Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4MATIC is powered by two asynchronous electric motors. The units have a combined output of 402 hp and 564 lb-ft of torque going to all four wheels. The top speed of the EV is electronically limited to 112 mph, and it can accelerate from a standstill to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds.

The EQC400 4MATIC has an electric range of 200 miles at full charge. That’s 100 miles less than the promised range of its concept.

The lithium-ion battery of the EV can store up to 80 kWh. Using a DC fast charger, Mercedes claimed that it only takes 40 minutes to juice up the power of the battery pack from 10 to 80 percent.

Styling

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The Mercedes-Benz EQC is classified as a crossover SUV. Shades of the Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLC Coupe can be seen in its design. However, the new EV adopts the new “Progressive Luxury” design language of its maker, which has cleaner and smoother surfaces with well-sculpted panels that are free of the sharp body lines present in the current Mercedes SUVs.

The electric crossover gets rid of the typical roof rails found in modern SUVs in order to maintain its clean look. Meanwhile, going around the vehicle reveals a coupe-like ridge on its roofing that certainly adds to its appeal.

Moreover, the EQC introduces an LED band on top of its radiator grille that also bridges the DRLs and the LED headlamps. A red LED strip running across the liftgate and connecting the taillights can be found on its rear too.

Further adding to its beauty is the set of wheels with blue spokes and rims. The wheels are available in sizes ranging from 19 to 21 inches.

Interior and Tech

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The interior of the Mercedes-Benz EQC mirrors the same level of luxury and tech found in the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan. Rose gold accents adorn the cabin of the auto while its comfort elements are boosted by its heated leather seats.

The main attraction in the EQC is its twin digital displays. Each screen measures 10.25 inches and joined by a single glass cover. The infotainment system of the EV uses the Mercedes-Benz User Experience or MBUX interface.

In a nutshell, MBUX functions like Siri or Alexa. It carries an artificial intelligence that can recognize and process voice commands. It takes note of the preferences of its user too.

Mercedes-Benz EQC Photos

Feast your eyes on the official photos of the Mercedes-Benz EQC in the gallery below:

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