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Peugeot Expert Van Gets Trim And Engine Updates

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The mid-sized Peugeot Expert van is getting trim and engine updates to meet forthcoming van emissions legislation this 2019. The new trim levels added to the range are called the Grip and the Asphalt, both of which are designed for construction and long-distance travelers.

The Expert Grip boasts that its ride height has been raised by 20mm and there’s also a sump guard to protect the underside of the van. It also has a traction control system (similar to the one we see in Peugeot’s SUV range) for improved handling in slippery conditions. The trim level also comes with Mud & Snow tires.

Inside, the Moduwork bulkhead allows long objects to be loaded in the cabin. The middle seat can also be transformed into a table when the seat is folded back.

On the other hand, the Expert Asphalt is packed with more features and safety technologies. It rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and body-colored plastic trim. In the cabin, you’ll find a heads-up display, sat-nav with voice control, and a rear camera.

Buyers can opt for the Safety Pack, which adds speed limit recognition and automatic adaptation, lane assist, and a tiredness monitor to the already impressive standard safety tech. The Driver Assist Pack can be added for autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and collision warning.

Under the hood, the Expert will have PSA’s 1.5 BlueHDi diesel to replace the previous 1.6 BlueHDi. The new engine is more powerful by a mere 5bhp but the emissions rating will meet Euro 6.2 emissions legislation that will be implemented starting September this year.

The other engine, a 2.0 BlueHDi was also upgraded while the BlueHDi 150 and 180 units are still available with the same configuration. The 180 version, in particular, has EAT8 eight-speed auto instead of the six-speed auto in the previous model.

Aside from the new Grip and Asphalt trim, the Expect van is available in Compact, Standard, Long, Crew Van, and Platform Cab variants.

MINI Introduces Trim Levels For The First Time


MINI will now be classified according to three trim levels—Classic, Sport, and Exclusive—the first time the company did this for its model lineups. No longer will the MINIs be categorized according to their engines. The move is part of a lineup reshuffle that will begin in November.

The reshuffle also includes a five-step ordering process where customers can choose the Classic, Sport, or Exclusive trim level. The process will begin in picking up from five types of model—a 3-door hatchback, a 5-door hatchback, the MINI Convertible, the Clubman estate, or the Countryman SUV.

They can then select which engine they like: the One-badged 1.5-liter three-cylinder 101 horsepower petrol, the two Cooper units—the same three-cylinder 1.5-liter petrol unit but with 134 horsepower and the 2.0-liter turbodiesel Cooper D with 148 horsepower—and the range-topping 189 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder Cooper S engine.

All models will come with automatic headlights, MINI logo projectors under the doors, and selectable interior ambient lighting, which is part of the MINI Excitement Pack as standard.

The trim levels are visible once the customers are asked to choose new exterior and interior styles. The Classic trim is available with all engine options and uses the standard bodywork. The basic trim level is the three-door hatch with the One engine that’s priced $21,360.

The Classic trim is also available on the hatchback models. It uses the regular bodykit but with 15-inch steel wheels on cars with the One engine. Standard to the Cooper and Cooper S cars are the larger alloy wheels.

The Sport trim will consist of a John Cooper Works (JCW) bodykit with either a 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels. There are also a couple of features such as the sports steering wheel, sports seats, cruise control, and sport suspension.

The range-topping Exclusive trim combines the features of the Sport trim with a little bit more luxury. The bodykit has chrome accents and chrome trim elements in the cabin, leather sports seats, and a leather steering wheel.


Toyota Yaris Will Get Name Change And 3 New Trim Levels

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Toyota first inherited the Yaris sedan from its defunct youth-oriented sub-brand Scion. It renamed it from the Scion iA to the Yaris iA and that name stuck until the 2018 model year. But all that is about to change as Toyota said it would change the subcompact sedan’s name from Yaris iA to simply Yaris.

For the 2019 model year, there will also be three new trim levels for the Toyota Yaris. This was something that was not available for customers when the subcompact sedan was first introduced in 2015. The three trim levels will be L, LE, and the premium XLE. There are no details yet about each of the trim level, but Toyota did say in a statement released on Monday that the premium XLE trim model will have leatherette-trimmed front seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel, and an automatic climate control.

Aside from the changes indoors, there are a couple of interesting updates on the exterior, too. According to Toyota, the new Yaris will enjoy an upgraded front grille, a pair of fog lights, and a lip spoiler that will come standard with the LE and XLE trim levels.

The decision to introduce three new trim levels is a step to the right direction for the Japanese automaker. The mono spec idea does not work for many of its customers even in these times of SUVs and crossovers. Folks still want to be given great choices and options in every segment. A wider market is certainly an understandable reason why Toyota turned to this route.

The 2019 Yaris, and all of its trim levels, will go on sale in the fall. Customers can choose between a standard six-speed manual transmission (39 mpg highway) or the optional six-speed automatic (40 mpg highway). Toyota did not release pricing information, though it’s only a matter of time before more details come out.


Six Variants To Break Down The 2017 Toyota Highlander Range


The new 2017 Toyota Highlander has more power, more safety features and more model choices. Unfortunately, these also add up to the pricing of this refreshed Highlander with extended trapezoidal grille and flashier LED taillights.

Here is the lowdown on the 2017 Highlander’s six trims:


No expert would recommend the base LE trim because of its inefficient 185 horsepower for the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission it packs. All Highlander trim levels now come with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with port and direct injection that can produce 295 horsepower and 1263 pound-feet of torque. All of these are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard to it are forward-collision alert, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking, and automated high-beams.

LE Plus

Priced at $36,000, it adds three-zone climate control, eight-way power driver’s seat, power liftgate, leather-wrapped steering wheel, softer fabric for seats, and 8-inch touchscreen with HD radio and SiriusXM.


For $39,190, you can have leather and heated front seats, push-button start, roof rails, sunroof, navigation with voice recognition and apps, second-row window shades, alarm, 4.2-inch color display, garage-door openers, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.


New to the 2017 Edition, the SE trim level can be had for $40,630. It has stiffer springs and shocks, darkened roof rails, grille and headlights, 19-inch wheels, all-black interior with stripes on the seats and contrast stitching. Exclusive also to the SE trim level is the Salsa Red Pearl paint.


The Limited, which sells for $42,620, can project the Highlander logo on the pavement, thanks to the mirror-mounted puddle lamps. There’s also extra chrome on the bumper, an option for 8-passenger seating capacity, chrome 19-inch wheels, cooled front seats, driver and passenger seat memory, and four-way power passenger seat. You can also opt for the Platinum package for a total of $45,740. This adds a panoramic sunroof, 360-degree-view cameras, heated second-row seats, darkened chrome wheels, and rain-sensing wipers.


The Hybrid models for the Limited and Limited Platinum trims will be sold for $45,700 and $48,820, respectively. The all-wheel drive, gas-electric powertrain is available on the base LE and the XLE.

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