Nov 22 2017

All-New 2018 Baojun 730 From $15,045 In The U.S.

Spending $15,000 on a new car in the US would land you a new Ford Fiesta with a few extras, but the same amount will get you a new Baojun 730 in China.

Upgraded for the new MY, the MPV is still based on a Lotus-tuned chassis, though it gets a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine rated at 147 HP (149 PS) and 170lb-ft (230Nm) of torque that’s mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Despite carrying a starting price of RMB 99,800 ($15,045), the MPV made by SAIC-GM-Wuling exclusively for the Chinese market comes with a few high-tech features, such as the active air intake grille, which controls the air entry into the engine compartment, allowing it to reach the optimal temperature faster, and reducing wind drag. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 20 2017

All-New 2018 Mercedes E-Class Convertible From $66,300 In The U.S.

Winter is right around the corner but that hasn’t stopped Mercedes from launching the 2018 E-Class Cabriolet in the United States.

Set to slot between the C- and S-Class convertibles, the E-Class Cabriolet is being billed as a luxury drop top that combines “pure, elegant design with long-distance comfort for four occupants.”

The car has a lot in common with the E-Class Coupe but the convertible is distinguished by a fabric soft top which is available in four different colors including black, red, dark blue and dark brown. Regardless of which color is selected, all of the roofs are fully automatic and feature insulation that promises to reduce wind and road noise.

Besides the fabric roof, the E-Class Cabriolet can be equipped with heat-reflecting leather upholstery, an Aircap wind deflector, and an Airscarf neck-level heating system.

The E-Class Cabriolet is currently on sale and pricing starts at $66,300. The entry-level model has a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 329 hp (245 kW) and 354 lb-ft (479 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission which allows the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds and return 20 mpg city / 26 mpg highway. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 02 2017

All-New 2017.5 Mazda6 From $21,94 In The U.S.

The Mazda6 will soon square off against the 2018 Honda Accord so the company has announced a series of updates to the stylish sedan.

Mazda6

Mazda6

Set to go on sale in October, the updated model gains additional standard equipment as well as several new options.

Starting at the bottom, the 2017.5 Mazda6 Sport costs $21,945 and now comes standard with Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

The Mazda6 Touring starts at $24,195 and it gains heated front seats and a GPS navigation system. Drivers will also have the option to upgrade the standard leatherette seats to leather seats for the first time. The latter option is included in the Touring Premium Package which includes LED headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a Homelink connectivity system, and an eight-way power driver’s seat.

The range-topping Mazda6 Grand Touring carries over and retails for $30,695. It comes nicely equipped with a head-up display, a power passenger seat, radar cruise control, lane keep assist, and smart brake support. For an additional $2,500 buyers can order the GT Premium Package which adds Nappa leather seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and an i-ELOOP regenerative braking system. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 27 2017

All-New 2018 Kia Stinger From 32,795 In The U.S.

Prices for the long-awaited 2018 Kia Stinger are expected to start at $32,795 including destination fees when U.S. sales commence in December.

2018 Kia Stinger

2018 Kia Stinger

A company spokesperson revealed to Car and Driver that the entry-level model will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 255 hp. Additionally, the base model will come standard with rear-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control and leather seats.

If customers want to opt for all-wheel drive, the price of the base Stinger will rise by $2,200. Prices then increase to $37,895 for the Stinger Premium with added features including an 8-inch infotainment system, a 7-inch display in the instrument cluster, a sunroof and LED headlights. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 07 2017

All-New 2018 Jaguar XJ From $75,400 In The U.S.

Jaguar has announced pricing and range details of their updated flagship, the 2018 XJ which is set for a launch this fall.

2018 Jaguar XJ

2018 Jaguar XJ

The highlight of the 2018MY refresh is of course the new XJR575 which now offers 575hp out of its supercharged 5.0-liter V8.

0-60mph comes in 4.2 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.4) while the top speed is set at an adequate 186mph (300km/h). Jaguar reckons the new XJR575 needs 44 seconds of wide open throttle to hit its top speed from a standstill.

To reflect the angrier character of the big XJ, Jaguar has given it a slightly more aggressive look, including a different front bumper, twin bonnet louvers, bigger front air intakes, fatter side sills, a retractable rear wing and a set of 20-inch gloss black alloy wheels, among other features.

The rest of the 2018MY XJ range has been updated with the latest tech features, including 4G Wi-Fi capability, a larger 10-inch touchscreen infotainment display that supports pinch and zoom, Forward Traffic Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Condition Monitor, and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, among others. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 06 2017

All-New Lotus Evora GT430 Sport From £104,500 In The UK

After introducing us to the new Evora GT430 back in July, Lotus is now expanding the lineup with the addition of the Evora GT430 Sport, unhindered by any extra downforce-creating aerodynamic parts.

Lotus Evora GT430 Sport

Lotus Evora GT430 Sport

In other words, it’s a sleeker and more street focused GT430, which may not be as capable around the track as its massive winged counterpart, but will instead reach a higher top speed, rated at 196 mph (315 km/h).

Both the GT430 and GT430 Sport are powered by the same 3.5-liter supercharged V6 unit, pounding 430 HP (436 PS) and 440 Nm (325 lb-ft) into the pavement, while automatic versions feature an extra 10 Nm (7.3 lb-ft) of torque.

Since it’s missing some of the GT430’s aero elements, the Sport version weighs 10 kg (22 lbs) less, coming in at 1,248 kg dry (2,751 lbs) and bringing the power-to-weight ratio up to 345 hp/tonne. Also, thanks to its top speed of 196 mph, the Evora GT430 Sport is officially Lotus’ fastest production car ever, despite its £104,500 price tag being more forgiving than the GT430’s. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 06 2017

All-New 2018 Chevrolet Bolt From $37,495 In The U.S.

Chevrolet is apparently feeling the pressure from the redesigned Nissan Leaf as the automaker has announced the Bolt is now available throughout the United States.
2018 Chevrolet Bolt
Priced from $37,495 before incentives, the Bolt features a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery which powers an electric motor that develops 200 hp (150 kW) and 266 lb-ft (360 Nm) of torque. This enables the model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 6.5 seconds and have an EPA-estimate range of 238 miles (383 km).

Besides the eco-friendly powertrain, the Bolt comes equipped with automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, and a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The range-topping Bolt Premier goes even further as it adds leather upholstery, heated seats, and a surround vision system.

The Bolt will soon be facing stiff competition from the 2018 Nissan Leaf which will arrive at U.S. dealerships early next year. The redesigned model features an upgraded powertrain that consists of a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor that develops 147 hp (109 kW) and 236 lb-ft (319 Nm) of torque. This gives the car an EPA-estimated range of just 150 miles (241 km). Read the rest of this entry »

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Aug 30 2017

All-New 2018 Nissan Armada From $45,600 In The U.S.

U.S. pricing for the 2018 Nissan Armada will start from $45,600 MSRP for the SV 2WD model, and climb as high as $61,590 for the Platinum 4WD flagship version.

For the 2018 model year, Nissan has added NissanConnect Services as standard to the Armada, a feature that comes with an 8″ multi-touch control display, HD radio, SiriusXM Travel Link (three years trial), Enhanced Voice Recognition, Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant and additional USB ports for all three grade levels.

All 2018 Armadas come with a 390 HP 5.6-liter V8 engine, mated to a 7-speed automatic, plus enough room to seat eight passengers.

Armada Platinum versions will now feature the Intelligent Rear View Mirror (I-RVM) system, which is available for the first time on any Nissan model. The system uses a high-resolution camera mounted at the rear in order to project a clear image onto an LCD screen built directly into the rearview mirror.

The driver can then switch between the traditional mirror and the Intelligent Rear View Mirror by flipping a switch. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aug 28 2017

All-New 2018 Mazda CX-3 From $20,110 In The U.S.

For the 2018 model year, Mazda have made a series of updates to their popular CX-3 crossover in the US, starting with the addition of Smart City Brake Support, now standard on every trim level.

Also standard is G-Vectoring Control, complementing Mazda’s predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive system, while the chassis and steering have been revised for better handling, comfort and improved sound suppression.

As for newly available features, these include a full-color Active Driving Display, power driver’s seat with memory settings and heated steering wheel.

Buying a 2018 entry level CX-3 ($20,110 FWD / $21,360 AWD) means getting the following standard features: cloth seats, power windows, power remote door locks, power mirrors, two USB ports, backup camera, Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio pairing and Mazda Connect – 7″ full color display.

The mid-level CX-3 Touring ($22,195 FWD / $23,445 AWD) packs 18″ wheels instead of the standard 16″ ones, while also adding leatherette and Lux Suede upholstery. Other features include Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry, heated front seats and side mirrors with integrated turn signals. New standard features for the CX-3 Touring include auto on/off headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers and automatic climate control.

Buyers can also opt for the Touring Preferred Equipment Package ($1,410), which adds a BOSE premium audio system with seven speakers, power glass moonroof, SiriusXM satellite radio with 4-month subscription, HD Radio and a cargo cover. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aug 26 2017

All-New 2017 Cadillac XT5 Mild Hybrid From $72,000 In China

General Motors is present at the 2017 Chengdu Motor Show with a host of new cars, including the XT5 equipped with a mild hybrid system.

It’s the first of its kind for the brand in China, and it’s said to not only enhance the fuel efficiency, which is now 7.9 l/100 km (29.77 US mpg / 36 UK mpg), but also to improve driving agility and ride comfort in start/stop events, acceleration, cruising, and braking.

The SUV’s internal combustion engine works with the electric motor when it picks up speed, helping increase its power and acceleration. Additionally, the electric motor also recovers the braking energy and the excess power as the XT5 cruises on the road, boosting its energy efficiency, and gathering momentum for the next acceleration.

Power is sent channeled to the ground via a 9-speed automatic transmission, which is said to have been calibrated for the urban environment. The gearbox adds one gear for the low and medium speed range, thus increasing the low-speed gear ratio, which allows the vehicle to move smoothly on congested roads.

This version of the XT5 retains its bold look on the outside, as well as its features in the cabin, while adding the Cadillac User Experience (CUE), a feature that monitors the mild hybrid system.

Apps such as NetEase, Cloud Music, and Kaola FM, along with others, are also part of the offerings, and so is the 10th-gen OnStar services.

The vehicle is also equipped with what the automaker calls “an industry-first Rear Camera Mirror to a Bose Centerpoint surround sound system”.

The Cadillac XT5 mild hybrid replaces the XT5 28T Platinum 4WD and 28T Advanced 4WD in the brand’s local lineup, and it can be had in two versions: XT5 28E Platinum 4WD and 28E Advanced 4WD, priced from RMB 539,900 ($81,041), and RMB 479,900 ($72,035), respectively.

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Aug 23 2017

The Ferrari Portofino is the New Entry-Level Model Set to Replace the California

Ferrari has unexpectedly revealed a replacement to the California T ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show, dubbed the Ferrari Portofino.

Revealed as the Italian marque’s new entry-level model, the Portofino is powered by the firm’s now-familiar 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8, now delivering 590 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque from 3,000 to 5,200 rpm. This allows the supercar to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in a brisk 3.5 seconds and a top speed of around 320 km/h.

Ferrari says the V8 now utilizes new pistons and con-rods and features a redesigned intake. Additionally, there is a one-piece cast exhaust header designed to eliminate turbo lag and provide class-leading throttle response. These changes, combined with a new exhaust system and Variable Boost Management to adjust torque between gears, ensures the Portofino’s engine is more powerful the California T’s while still being more fuel efficient.

Other key mechanical modifications over the California T include the implementation of Ferrari’s third generation electronic rear differential as well as electric power steering. Elsewhere, the magnetorheological damping system has been uprated and is now more effective than ever. Perhaps most significant of all however is the Portofino’s use of a new all-aluminum chassis.

Stylistically, it would be an understatement to say the Portofino simply looks better than the California T, it actually looks like a proper Ferrari. Design inspiration has clearly been taken from the 812 Superfast and GTC4Lusso and makes for an altogether far prettier car with an edgy and aggressive front end. Like the California T and California before it, it also features a folding hardtop as standard. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aug 14 2017

New Peugeot 108 Versions Join 2017 From £12,180 In The UK

Peugeot are expanding their 108 range in the UK by adding new special edition Collection and TOP! Roland Garros trim levels to the mix.

Peugeot 108 Versions Join 2017

Peugeot 108 Versions Join 2017

The Peugeot 108 Collection is said to feature a high degree of personalization, allowing owners to get creative with their purchase. The car comes with a choice of five exterior colors (with contrasting interiors), ‘speed’ decals for the exterior, 15″ alloys, personalized carpet mats and door sills, plus a leather steering wheel and gear knob.

In terms of tech, there’s a 7″ color touchscreen, a color reversing camera, electric and heated door mirrors and Peugeot’s Open & Go keyless entry system.

Meanwhile, the flagship 108 TOP! Roland Garros now comes with an orange retractable electric fabric roof (as opposed to just a black one) and satellite navigation. Other features include the Open & Go system, tinted windows, LED daytime running lights, automatic air conditioning, color reversing camera and the 7″ touchscreen, which comes with USB, Bluetooth and Peugeot Mirror Screen connectivity. Read the rest of this entry »

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