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BMW will debut the X5 sometime later this year. But right now, the automaker is testing the midsize SUV in extreme climates and situations, as we can see in the video below. The fourth-generation BMW X5 has been traveling through snow in Arjeplog, Sweden; on gravel roads in South Africa; and across dunes in the […]

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BMW will debut the X5 sometime later this year. But right now, the automaker is testing the midsize SUV in extreme climates and situations, as we can see in the video below.

The fourth-generation BMW X5 has been traveling through snow in Arjeplog, Sweden; on gravel roads in South Africa; and across dunes in the U.S. In these places, BMW is testing out the X5’s new suspension and chassis systems, which the automaker says are available for the first time in an X model. The next-gen vehicle receives the Adaptive M Suspension Professional and a new rear wheel steering system that BMW calls Integral Active Steering. At one point, the video shows an X5 with blue brake calipers playing in the snow—likely an M Sport variant rather than a full M model.

Judging from past prototypes we’ve seen, the X5 won’t look radically different from the current model. However, it will likely wear a larger grille in addition to updated headlights and taillights. In the photos, the interior has also changed with a smaller gear stalk and new arrangement of central buttons. We’ve also spotted a prototype for the X5 M with big blue brake calipers and quad-tip tailpipes.

Watch the X5 endure extreme testing in different climates and terrains in this video.

Source: BMW

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2 hours ago

Earlier this year, Ferrari officially revealed its latest special edition, the 488 Pista. With 710 horsepower, less weight, and a track-tuned suspension, the prototype we drove proved to be extremely quick. As rare and special as the 488 Pista will be, it can’t match the rarity of the SP38. Why? Because Ferrari only built one of them. Like the […]

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Earlier this year, Ferrari officially revealed its latest special edition, the 488 Pista. With 710 horsepower, less weight, and a track-tuned suspension, the prototype we drove proved to be extremely quick. As rare and special as the 488 Pista will be, it can’t match the rarity of the SP38. Why? Because Ferrari only built one of them.

Like the Pista, the SP38 is based on the 488 GTB. But it was commisioned as a one-off for “one of Ferrari’s most dedicated customers.” Starting with the chassis and running gear from the 488, the Ferrari Design Centre created a completely new body for “a client with a deep passion for racing.” Ferrari says designers channeled the F40 and the 308 GTB, giving the mid-engine supercar less of a cab-forward appearance.

We see some Lamborghini in the design, as well as a little bit of Ford GT, but overall, it’s a great looking car. Rearward visibility, however, appears to be nonexistent. Ferrari says the cabin has also been fully customized, but only exterior images have been released. To get a look at the interior, we’ll have to wait until Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este begins on Saturday, May 26. Hopefully, Ferrari reveals more information on specs then, as well.

There also isn’t any word on price, but it’s probably safe to assume commissioning a one-off Ferrari is expensive. Very expensive. For example, the custom 458 Italia that Eric Clapton commissioned was rumored to cost more than $4 million. Odds are, the price of the SP38 was in the same ballpark.

Then again, if you have a few million dollars burning a hole in your pocket, we can think of a long list of worse things to spend it on than a custom Ferrari.

Source: Ferrari

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2 hours ago

Bugatti is officially one fifth of the way through the planned 500-car production run of the 1,479-hp festival of automotive excess that is the Chiron. The France-based, Volkswagen-owned purveyor of ultra-high-performance unobtainium announced today that it delivered the 100th Chiron to its happy new owner, who hails from—where else—the Middle East. As a refresher, that […]

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Bugatti is officially one fifth of the way through the planned 500-car production run of the 1,479-hp festival of automotive excess that is the Chiron. The France-based, Volkswagen-owned purveyor of ultra-high-performance unobtainium announced today that it delivered the 100th Chiron to its happy new owner, who hails from—where else—the Middle East.

As a refresher, that 1,479 hp comes from an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W-16 that also makes 1,180 lb-ft of torque, which comes on at just 2,000 rpm. Shifting duties for the two-seat Chiron are handled by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and power is sent to all four wheels.

The automaker says that the exterior of the car consists entirely of a matte-finished dark blue carbon fiber save for the “Italian red” accents. The wheels are a hue called “mink black,” while the interior is a well-matched red-on-black. According to Bugatti, this specific example separated its Middle Eastern patron from 2.85 million Euros—$3.33 million at today’s exchange rates.

Chiron production began in late 2016 and Bugatti builds 70 cars per year. At that rate, another five and a half years or so will pass before the final Chiron rolls off the line, giving it a roughly seven-year lifespan. That’s comparable to most mass-market automobiles and considerably shorter than the ten years it took Bugatti to finish the 450-car production run of the Veyron.

Source: Bugatti

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4 hours ago

The 2019 Nissan Altima debuted at the New York auto show earlier this year with a host of upgrades, including a new VC-Turbo engine that replaces the old V-6. Now, Nissan has announced it will offer a limited Edition One model based on the Altima VC-Turbo, complete with cosmetic tweaks and a free concierge service. […]

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The 2019 Nissan Altima debuted at the New York auto show earlier this year with a host of upgrades, including a new VC-Turbo engine that replaces the old V-6. Now, Nissan has announced it will offer a limited Edition One model based on the Altima VC-Turbo, complete with cosmetic tweaks and a free concierge service.

The Edition One sports 19-inch dark gray alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, external ground lighting, illuminated kick plates, and unique badges. For the first three years of ownership, buyers have access to the Edition One Nissan Concierge without charge. This service provides an assistant that can help with dinner reservations or event ticket purchases inside the vehicle or via smartphone.

The limited-edition model receives the same equipment as the top-of-the-line Altima Platinum VC-Turbo. This means buyers will receive leather-appointed seats, a Bose premium sound system, and a moonroof in addition to the four-cylinder variable compression turbo engine that makes 248 hp. It also comes with ProPilot, a feature that helps drivers navigate stop-and-go traffic on the highway.

Nissan will start taking reservations for the entire 2019 Altima lineup starting on June 15. Those who register for an Edition One can pick one of the following gifts: a Series 3 Apple Watch, Amazon Echo Show plus Amazon Prime membership, or Bose Soundlink Revolve+ with an Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Prime membership. For regular pre-ordered Altimas, buyers have the choice between an Amazon Echo Spot, Bose Soundlink Revolve plus Amazon Echo Dot, or wireless Apple AirPod headphones.

The 2019 Nissan Altima arrives this fall at dealerships nationwide.

Source: Nissan

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12 hours ago

With crossovers gaining in popularity, they’ve also improved efficiency to expand their appeal to consumers who might otherwise try a more efficient sedan. Below are some of the most efficient crossovers and SUVs available that also offer all-wheel drive. Whether you’re after something luxurious, versatile, or affordable, there’s an efficient crossover for your needs. Gas- […]

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With crossovers gaining in popularity, they’ve also improved efficiency to expand their appeal to consumers who might otherwise try a more efficient sedan. Below are some of the most efficient crossovers and SUVs available that also offer all-wheel drive. Whether you’re after something luxurious, versatile, or affordable, there’s an efficient crossover for your needs.


Gas- and Diesel-Powered Crossovers and SUVs

Infiniti QX50

24/31 mpg city/highway (FWD), 24/30 mpg city/highway (AWD)

Sporting a new variable-compression 2.0-liter turbo-four with 268 hp and 280 lb-ft, the 2019 Infiniti QX50 gives you efficiency when you need it and a 0–60 time of 6.4 seconds. The QX50’s interior is distinctively styled and looks appropriately posh.


Mazda CX-5

25/31 mpg city/highway (FWD), 24/30 mpg city/highway (AWD)

Need your crossover to be fun to drive and reasonably efficient? The Mazda CX-5 should be right up your alley. Responsive and agile, the CX-5 proves that a compact crossover doesn’t have to be dull to drive. Add its rev-happy 187-hp 2.5-liter I-4 to the mix, and you get a crossover that’s driver-focused yet still efficient and reasonably priced.


Subaru Crosstrek

27/33 mpg city/highway

Opting for all-wheel drive usually comes with a hit in fuel economy, but in the case of the Subaru Crosstrek, it doesn’t. With 8.7 inches of ground clearance and a massive (for the class) 16.6-gallon fuel tank, the Crosstrek has the capability and range to get you to the wilderness and back without issue. A plug-in hybrid variant will also arrive soon for those looking for an electrified small crossover.


Nissan Rogue

26/33 mpg city/highway (FWD), 25/32 mpg city/highway (AWD)

Nissan’s popular Rogue offers great fuel efficiency to go with its versatility. Powered by a 170-hp 2.5-liter I-4 paired to a CVT, the Rogue isn’t the most powerful entry in its class (and didn’t rank very high in a Big Test comparison as a 2016 model), but it does now offer an interesting semi-autonomous driver-assistance system called ProPilot Assist. The new tech helps you maintain a set speed and distance to the vehicle in front of you, even in heavy traffic.


Honda CR-V 1.5T

28/34 mpg city/highway (FWD), 27/33 mpg city/highway (AWD)

The CR-V is the benchmark in the compact crossover segment, especially with its optional 190-hp 1.5-liter turbo-four. The crossover doesn’t sacrifice power in the name of fuel economy, and it earned Motor Trend‘s 2018 SUV of the Year.


GMC Terrain Diesel

28/39 mpg city/highway (FWD), 28/38 mpg city/highway (AWD)

The more polarizing platform-mate of the Chevrolet Equinox, the GMC Terrain is also available with the same diesel engine. Although it’s slightly more expensive, the Terrain gets you a more elegant interior, more sound insulation, and comfortable seating for five. Sadly, the diesel Terrain is only available on the SLE and SLT grades, so you can’t have it in the more posh Denali trim that’s pictured here.


Chevrolet Equinox TD

28/39 mpg city/highway (FWD), 28/38 mpg city/highway (AWD)

One of two compact crossovers available with a diesel engine, the Chevrolet Equinox TD is also one of the most efficient. Even with all-wheel drive, the diesel-powered Equinox loses only 1 mpg on the highway in its EPA estimates. With only 137 hp, the Equinox’s 1.6-liter turbodiesel I-4 isn’t very powerful, but its 240 lb-ft of torque helps provide adequate passing power.


Hybrids, Plug-In Hybrids, and Electric Crossovers and SUVs

Nissan Rogue Hybrid

33/35 mpg city/highway (FWD), 31/34 mpg city/highway (AWD)

The Nissan Rogue Hybrid sees a significant improvement in fuel economy over its gas-only sibling. With 176 hp combined from a 2.0-liter I-4 and an electric motor, the Rogue Hybrid is also slightly more powerful. On the range-topping SL trim, the Rogue Hybrid comes standard with nearly every option except for the panoramic sunroof and Nissan’s ProPilot Assist system, the latter of which is only available on the gasoline Rogue.


Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

34/30 mpg city/highway

Despite the current Toyota RAV4’s age, its hybrid variant remains one of the most efficient compact crossovers available, and it comes with 194 hp combined, so you don’t lose out on power. A new generation of RAV4 will arrive later this year with a more powerful hybrid system that also offers improved efficiency.

Read about the new 2019 Toyota RAV4 here.


Lexus NX 300h

33/30 mpg city/highway

Recently refreshed, the Lexus NX is still one of the most polarizing luxury compact crossovers available. In NX 300h guise, it’s also one of the most efficient thanks to a hybrid system shared with the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Lexus Safety System+, a suite of active driver-assistance features, also comes standard.


Toyota Highlander Hybrid

30/28 mpg city/highway (LE Plus), 29/27 mpg city/highway (all other trims)

Currently the only non-luxury-branded electrified three-row midsize crossover, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid proves you can have power and efficiency even in a big vehicle that can seat up to eight passengers. With 306 hp combined, the Highlander Hybrid is more powerful than its gas-only sibling and provides superior fuel economy.


Lexus RX 450h

31/28 mpg city/highway (RX 450h), 29/28 mpg city/highway (RX 450h L)

Lexus’ best-selling RX crossover, which is now available in a three-row variant with seating for up to seven, offers power, luxury, and fuel economy in a single family-friendly package. Despite having a total output of 308 hp, the RX 450h and RX 450h L are the most efficient models in the lineup. As with other Lexus models, the Lexus Safety System+ suite comes standard along with a cabin that’s solidly put together.


Acura MDX Hybrid

26/27 mpg city/highway

The newest member of the MDX family offers efficiency and a combined output of 321 hp and 289 lb-ft from a 3.0-liter V-6 and three electric motors. The crossover’s slick all-wheel-drive system can use the rear electric motor for torque vectoring and to improve the MDX’s on-road dynamics, especially on twisty roads.


BMW X5 xDrive40e

23/25 mpg city/highway
14 miles EV-only range
521 miles total range or 24 mpg combined

Despite having 14 miles of EV-only range, the BMW X5 xDrive40e makes up for it with its 521-mile estimated total range with a full charge and a full tank. Using a 2.0-liter turbo-four and an electric motor, the plug-in X5 has a total system output of 308 hp, giving you power without sacrificing fuel efficiency and space.


Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

21/24 mpg city/highway
14 miles EV-only range
490 miles total driving range or 22 mpg combined

The Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is proof that even with electrification, you can have a crossover that handles well without sacrificing power and efficiency. With a total range of 490 miles and 14 miles EV-only range, this luxurious plug-in hybrid can manage road trips and give you the ability to drive without gas in the city.


Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e

20/23 mpg city/highway
10 miles EV-only range or 43 mpg-e
460 miles total driving range or 21 mpg combined

The Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e is able to travel only 10 miles in its EV mode, but with an EPA-estimated range of 460 miles, it can still go the distance. With 436 hp and 479 lb-ft, there’s no penalty when it comes to acceleration, and with four drive modes to choose from, you can do everything from save the battery’s charge to charge it with the gas engine while you’re on the go.


Volvo XC90 T8

26/30 mpg city/highway
19 miles EV-only range or 62 mpg-e
363 miles total driving range or 27 mpg combined

Volvo was one of the first automakers to offer a plug-in hybrid crossover. With 400 hp and 472 lb-ft combined between the electric motor and the 2.0-liter super- and turbocharged I-4, the XC90 T8 gives you power and seating for seven. The placement of the battery under the passenger compartment means you don’t lose any cargo capacity compared to the gas-only XC90 T5 and T6.


Volvo XC60 T8

26/28 mpg city/highway
18 miles EV-only range or 59 mpg-e
350 miles total driving range 26 mpg combined

Think of the Volvo XC60 T8 as a leaner, more compact take on the XC90 T8 formula; it features the same powertrain as its larger sibling. Sure, the XC60 has less total range and EV-only range than the XC90, but that’s a welcome sacrifice for something more city-friendly and easier to maneuver. Unfortunately, you can’t get the XC60 T8 in the super-posh Excellence trim, which is exclusive to the XC90.


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

25/26 mpg city/highway
22 miles EV-only range or 74 mpg-e
288 miles total driving range or 25 mpg combined

If you’re looking for a mainstream plug-in hybrid crossover with seating for five, the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in is the only game in town. With 22 miles of EV-only range, this crossover can get you through a short round trip commute without using a drop of gas.


Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e

24/27 mpg city/highway
10 miles EV-only range or 74 mpg-e
336 miles total driving range or 25 mpg combined

The Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e is ideal for those looking for a posh yet compact utility vehicle that’s capable of doing zero-emissions short-distance city driving. Using a 2.0-liter turbo-four and an electric motor, the GLC 350e has a combined output of 320 hp and 413 lb-ft.


Tesla Model X 100D/ P100D

295 miles per charge (100D), 289 miles (P100D)

Tesla’s oddball Model X crossover is a rolling technological showcase that offers explosive straight-line acceleration, especially in P100D guise. The 100D variant is EPA-rated for 295 miles per charge, giving it the capability to do road trips with proper planning. Opt for the P100D, and range drops to 289 miles, but in exchange for the slight reduction, you get a crossover with acceleration that can rival supercars in a straight line.

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12 hours ago

Shortly after my last update was published, I received several emails regarding the Stinger’s lane keep assist system, which I said didn’t do much at all. The gist of those emails: “You can adjust the level of correction, you idiot!” This idiot checked, and sure enough, you can. My bad. Within the instrument cluster display, […]

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Shortly after my last update was published, I received several emails regarding the Stinger’s lane keep assist system, which I said didn’t do much at all. The gist of those emails: “You can adjust the level of correction, you idiot!” This idiot checked, and sure enough, you can. My bad.

Within the instrument cluster display, there’s a menu for driver assistance features. Find the option called Lane Safety, and you’ll be able to choose between Active LKA, Standard LKA, and Lane Departure Warning, which sounds an alert but doesn’t intervene. I had it set on the standard setting, which, as advertised, only makes mild corrections when the system detects you’re about to veer out of your lane. Once I switched to Active, the system made a more obvious effort to stay within the center of the lane markers. The warning to keep your hands on the steering wheel is still easily triggered, but I’ve found that if you maintain a good grip with at least one hand, the alert sounds less often.

Since I was taking a closer look at the Stinger’s LKA system, I figured I could dive a bit deeper into the other driver assist features as well. I’ve learned to love the adaptive cruise control with stop and go, especially when I’m crawling along in wonderful SoCal traffic. When set, the system takes care of virtually all accelerating and braking duties, even at slow speeds. If you come to a stop for less than 3 seconds (which happens a lot on the 405), the cruise control will resume automatically when the car in front begins to move. Stops longer than 3 seconds require you to hit the gas to move again. The only issue I’ve had is slowing to a stop (or nearly a stop) from 40 mph or above with the closest following distance selected. At that setting, the system brakes just a little too late for my liking. The car will no doubt stop safely on its own, but it takes some heavy braking to do it, and cars behind you usually aren’t too happy about the more-sudden-than-necessary deceleration. Luckily, it’s an easy fix: There are four distance settings, and every one besides the closest will slow down smoothly and predictably.

The blind spot warning system works well, and with the head-up display that’s standard on the GT2 trim, you can choose to get the warnings in the display. The graphic also illuminates in the side mirrors, but knowing there’s a car in your blind spot before you turn your head to check could save you the hassle.

We’re usually pretty good about playing with features in cars, but sometimes it takes an email (or a half dozen) to push us to dig deeper.

Having a hatch has its perks. Just look at all the baby shower gifts I was able to fit in our Stinger. Don’t try this in your 3 Series, kids.

Read more about our long-term 2018 Kia Stinger GT:

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12 hours ago

Thirteen months ago, I plugged-in our long-term 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV for the first time—filling it not only with electrons but expectations. It had been named our 2017 Car of the Year, I wrote, because it wasn’t just a good EV, or the first affordable EV to eliminate “range anxiety,” but because it was both […]

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Thirteen months ago, I plugged-in our long-term 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV for the first time—filling it not only with electrons but expectations.

It had been named our 2017 Car of the Year, I wrote, because it wasn’t just a good EV, or the first affordable EV to eliminate “range anxiety,” but because it was both of those things and (perhaps most importantly) a good car regardless. More than a year and nearly 17,000 miles later, our Bolt has maintained its worthiness of our early praise.

Everyone who drove Chevy’s EV came to a familiar conclusion: The Bolt is a solid hatchback which happens to be battery powered. Whether providing ample room to take my in-laws out to dinner, hauling four half-barrel planters and four bags of potting soil home from the store in one trip, taking me on an 800-mile road trip, or saving me from setting foot in a gas station for the past year, the Bolt made few demands and never let me down.

It wasn’t perfect, though. The big infotainment screen developed a tendency to freeze (or not boot-up at all) if I shifted to reverse too soon after starting the car, but it was cured by a software update. On three occasions, the power steering failed to boot-up, but could be fixed by cycling the car off and on a few times. This, too, was cured by software updates. While the Bolt was at the dealer for that fix, the shifter was replaced under recall. None of these fixes cost us a dime. Total maintenance and repair costs: $0.

Indeed, the Bolt was very inexpensive to run. We charged it 154 times total; 69 times at the office, 47 times at public chargers, and 27 times at home. Altogether, driving 16,730 miles cost us $630.58. Public charging was by far the most expensive at $0.27/kW-hr average ($362.97 total), compared to $0.17/kW-hr ($131.04) at home and $0.07/kW-hr at the office ($136.58). For the sake of comparison the EPA estimates it will cost $550 to drive 15,000 miles in a Bolt (ours had cost us $540.99 at that mark). A Toyota Prius will cost you $800 to go the same distance and a gas-powered Kia Soul of similar size, shape, and mission will cost $1,450-$1,550.

Along the way, we learned a lot about the particulars of EV driving. In collecting an exhaustive amount of data, we learned that despite numerous staffers driving the Bolt in different environments and weather conditions, our behavior behind the wheel was remarkably consistent. The average distance driven between charging stayed right around 95 miles. We typically plugged it in when the battery dipped under 50 percent and generally removed the charger at around 90 percent. The average cost to charge at home, in public, or at the office varied less than $2 each no matter how many times we charged in each location.

Interestingly, the average amount of electricity consumed during charging actually rose by 2 kilowatt-hours, despite the average distance between charges remaining consistent. Possible explanations for this could include the growing sample size and increased variety of charging types (i.e. using more DC Fast chargers), or battery degradation. Similarly, the car’s predicted range before and after charging fell by 10 to 15 miles, which may simply be the car learning our typical driving style and adjusting its predictions.

Like many EV early adopters, we had the option of charging at the office (dirt cheap), at home (pretty cheap), or in public (comparably expensive), so we took advantage of the convenience and cost savings charging at work and at home. With a commute of less than 20 miles roundtrip, I ended up plugging in the car once every five days on average. I could have gone longer if I felt like running the battery below 50 percent. But when charging is as easy as plugging in before I walk into the house or office, why wouldn’t I top-off?

In between the regular commutes, we performed a number of special tests. We found the steering-wheel paddle to engage regenerative braking can seriously reduce braking distance compared to L mode. As a result, we made “one-pedal driving” an everyday habit. We learned summer performance tires make a big difference in handling and stopping, at the cost of about 30 miles of range and worse ride quality and interior noise. We discovered its real-world range is six miles farther than the EPA estimates at 244 miles. And it’s possible to do an 800-mile road trip using public DC Fast chargers, though it’ll take nearly twice as long as doing it with gasoline. We even decided it’s nearly as good as our tested $60,000 Tesla Model 3, while costing $15,000 less. And you can buy a Bolt on Chevy dealer lots, right now. Great deals. No lines.

But we also found a few things we’d change. The front seats are too narrow and can be uncomfortable. The back-up camera is disappointingly low-res, and the electronic shifter is needlessly frustrating to use. A navigation option with public charging locations would be appreciated, as would the ability to secure cargo to the roof rails without having to buy the $549 cross bars.

In making the Bolt our second-ever electric Car of the Year—and the only one so far you can buy for under $40,000—we put a lot on its little shoulders. A few easily resolved teething issues aside, the Bolt proved itself the everyday replacement for a gasoline-powered compact car we predicted it would be. If you’re ready to make the switch to electric, it’s the best EV for the money you can buy today.

Read more about our 2017 Chevrolet Bolt:

Our Car
SERVICE LIFE 14 mo / 16,260 mi
BASE PRICE* $41,780
OPTIONS DC Fast Charging pkg ($750); Driver Confidence II pkg ($495: forward-collision alert, emergency braking, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams); Infotainment pkg ($485: Bose system, 6-speakers, wireless charging, 2 USB charging ports); Cajun Red metallic paint ($395)
PRICE AS TESTED* $43,905
AVG ECON/CO2 121 mpg-e / 0.00 lb/mi (at vehicle)
PROBLEM AREAS Intermittent power steering failure, infotainment screen failure
MAINTENANCE COST $0
NORMAL-WEAR COST $0
3-YEAR RESIDUAL VALUE** $21,900
RECALLS None
*Before applicable tax rebates
**IntelliChoice data; assumes 42,000 miles at the end of 3-years
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier
POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS
DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD
MOTOR TYPE Permanent magnet AC synchronous electric
BATTERY TYPE Lithium-ion
POWER (SAE NET) 200 hp
TORQUE (SAE NET) 266 lb-ft @ 0,000 rpm
WEIGHT TO POWER 17.8 lb/hp
TRANSMISSION 1-speed automatic
AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 7.05:1/7.05:1
SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; torsion beam, coil springs
STEERING RATIO 16.8:1
TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.9
BRAKES, F; R 10.9-in vented disc; 10.4-in disc, ABS
WHEELS 6.5 x 17-in cast aluminum
TIRES 215/50R17 91H (M+S) Michelin Energy Saver A/S
DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE 102.4
TRACK, F/R 59.1/59.1 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 164.0 x 69.5 x 62.8 in
TURNING CIRCLE 35.4 ft
CURB WEIGHT 3,555 lb
WEIGHT DIST, F/R 56/44%
SEATING CAPACITY 5
HEADROOM, F/R 39.7/37.9 in
LEGROOM, F/R 41.6/36.5 in
SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 54.6/52.8 in
CARGO VOLUME BEHIND F/R 56.6/16.9 cu ft
TEST DATA
ACCELERATION TO MPH
0-30 2.6 sec
0-40 3.6
0-50 4.8
0-60 6.3
0-70 8.1
0-80 10.3
0-90 13.0
PASSING, 45-65 MPH 3.0
QUARTER MILE 14.9 sec @ 92.9 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 128 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.78 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 27.4 sec @ 0.63 g (avg)
TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 5,800 rpm
CONSUMER INFO
STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes
AIRBAGS 8: Dual front, f/r side, f/r curtain, front knee
BASIC WARRANTY 3 yrs/36,000 miles
POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 5 yrs/60,000 miles
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 5 yrs/60,000 miles
BATTERY CAPACITY 60 kWh
REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 28.6/26.3/27.8 kW-hrs/100 miles
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 128/110/119 mpg-e
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 26/31 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.00 lb/mile (at vehicle)
RECOMMENDED FUEL 110-volt, 220-volt electricity

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As crossovers take over the market, Jaguar has prepared an appropriate offensive with the F-Pace, E-Pace, and the all-electric I-Pace. But that doesn’t mean it’s forgotten about sports cars. Speaking with Autocar, Jaguar’s product strategy boss suggested the brand is keen on new entries in this category. “The F-Type has been a huge success,” Hanno Kirner said. “We […]

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As crossovers take over the market, Jaguar has prepared an appropriate offensive with the F-Pace, E-Pace, and the all-electric I-Pace. But that doesn’t mean it’s forgotten about sports cars. Speaking with Autocar, Jaguar’s product strategy boss suggested the brand is keen on new entries in this category.

“The F-Type has been a huge success,” Hanno Kirner said. “We love sports cars – and I use the plural quite deliberately. Whether that is delivered by a body variant or something else remains to be seen, but for now, let’s just say that the body type is very important for us.”

Considering the F-Type model line debuted for the 2014 model year, it would make sense the car is due for a replacement relatively soon. When it arrives, it’s expected to use a development of the current platform, which was heavily modified from the platform on the old XK. According to Autocar, the F-Type’s revised platform should be flexible enough to use on a 2+2 car. “I love the idea of a flexible architecture that can give us anything,” said Kirner.

Last year, design chief Ian Callum hinted at Jaguar’s future regarding sports cars. “I want a two-seater and a 2+2. We’re working on something now,” he said. “There’s nothing approved, but we instigate in design. That’s what we do.”

Jaguar will offer an electrified powertrain on every model line starting from 2020, and sports cars will be no exception. But Jaguar also seems to be aware that pure electric cars aren’t the answer for everyone. “A lot of people like the sound of an engine,” Kirner said. “That’s a fact, and it is a defining part of a sports car. I absolutely believe that there will be electric sports cars one day, but I also believe there may be a different step of combining the battery and an engine.”

Source: Autocar

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For the past few years, the Mercedes-AMG E 43 has been the car you buy when the regular E 300 won’t do and the E 63 S is a little too much. With a twin-turbo V-6 cranking out 396 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque, a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system, and a quick-shifting nine-speed transmission, the E 43 offered […]

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For the past few years, the Mercedes-AMG E 43 has been the car you buy when the regular E 300 won’t do and the E 63 S is a little too much. With a twin-turbo V-6 cranking out 396 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque, a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system, and a quick-shifting nine-speed transmission, the E 43 offered more performance than most people would use, as well as surprisingly agile handling. But soon, the E 43 will be phased out in favor of a new model: the Mercedes-AMG E 53.

Mercedes already showed off the E 53 Coupe and Cabriolet at the Detroit auto show, but now it’s giving the sedan the same AMG-lite treatment. Inside, it’s still your typical E-Class cabin, but Mercedes did update some of the E 53’s exterior styling. The hood, for example, gets two power bulges, and around back, the bumper and diffuser have been restyled.

As the name suggests, the biggest changes are under the hood. Like the CLS 53, the E 53’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six is good for 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. A 48-volt mild-hybrid system can supplement the engine’s power thanks to an electric motor that makes 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes also added an electric auxiliary compressor that works with the exhaust-driven turbocharger to minimize turbo lag.

A nine-speed AMG transmission still sends power to all four wheels, and according to Mercedes’ estimates, the E 53 sedan hits 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. That’s only slightly quicker than the current E 43, although fuel economy should also improve. Mercedes expects the coupe version to hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, with the cabriolet matching the sedan’s time. All three top out at an electronically limited 130 mph. Optional 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels are available, with 14.2-inch brake discs included on all four corners.

Pricing isn’t available at the moment, but Mercedes says the E 53 sedan will go on sale in the U.S. toward the end of this year.

Source: Mercedes

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By now, you’ve probably heard Ford is axing most of its cars here in the U.S. in favor of SUVs and trucks. Ford will offer a Focus Activ crossover hatchback, but the Mustang is the only true traditional car that will survive. Now the automaker is focused on capitalizing on the Mustang’s brand value by […]

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By now, you’ve probably heard Ford is axing most of its cars here in the U.S. in favor of SUVs and trucks. Ford will offer a Focus Activ crossover hatchback, but the Mustang is the only true traditional car that will survive. Now the automaker is focused on capitalizing on the Mustang’s brand value by introducing an electric SUV that will borrow styling cues from the pony car. And while Ford hasn’t released many details on this vehicle, Autocar may have unearthed a few nuggets of information about the model’s underpinnings.

According to Autocar, the crossover will sit on Ford’s C2 platform that underpins the new Focus. Because it’s based on the front-wheel-drive C2 platform, it’s likely the new model will be hatchback-like with a slightly raised driving position, the U.K. publication says. Autocar does not cite sources for its info, so take this report with a grain of salt.

It’s unclear exactly what Ford will call this new model, but it teased the name Mach 1 at the Detroit auto show back in January. For now, its codename is CX430 and it is a globally engineered model. The crossover will debut next year, Autocar says. Ford hasn’t announced powertrain specs, but the model is being dubbed a performance SUV. Expect range to exceed 300 miles on a single charge.

The new vehicle is part of Ford’s plan to introduce 16 battery-electric vehicles by 2022. Eventually, Ford will have hybrids or plug-in versions of just about every vehicle in its lineup. By 2021, Ford hopes to be the number one producer of hybrids.

Source: Autocar

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