Renault is gearing up to increase its electric model drive. It will unveil a new electric SUV concept and a production version of the Dacia Spring. The latter supposedly being Europe’s most affordable electric vehicle.
While few details have been released many believe it will borrow heavily from the Morphoz concept, of course with more production details.
The Morphoz was famous for its so-called “shape-shifting” functions. For example, its ability to shift from 4400mm long in “city mode” to being 4800mm long in “travel mode.” While features like this aren’t likely to be road ready anytime soon the purpose of the Morphoz was to show how flexible a vehicle could be—that is one created by the Renault Mitsubishi Nissan Alliance’s new CMF-EV platform. The new concept is assuredly based on this.
The new SUV was described as Kadjar sized. Its features will compete with other mainstream EV’s like the Skoda Enyag or Kia e-Niro. This is expected to be a new direction in style for Renault. They are expected to use the less radical style elements of the Morphoz.
A final word, it has been confirmed that the Renault emblem will be illuminated on the new vehicle—a first for Renault.
General Motors has revealed a new electric Cadillac SUV that will offer Tesla-like range. But consumers will have to wait a little longer.
General Motors is calling it the Lyriq and its debut came four months later than GM planned due to the pandemic; however, potential buyers will have to wait a whole 24 months for the Lyriq to be ready for the sales floor.
The Lyriq boasts a 300 mile range beating the Audi E-tron and Jaguar’s I-Pace where as the Tesla Model Y and X crossovers already are in the 300 mile range.
The Lyriq will follow a crossover utility update of the Chevy Bolt and a brand new GMC Hummer pickup planned for next year.
The Cadillac Lyriq will come in both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. It will include a new version of Super Cruise, a hands free, driver assistance system. Additionally it’ll have a 33 inch touch screen panel that spans the cockpit.
Cadillac’s XT5 is a best selling model and the automaker isn’t looking to let a flagship model fall behind the times. The 2020 model will have major upgrades. 40 in total by most people’s counting. The engine gets the bulk of them with technology and trim coming up behind. These features come from the XT5’s siblings XT6 and 4 models.
The XT5 interior is getting a whole new console and user experience—what is now popularly known as an infotainment interface. Cadillac calls it CUE. The new version can be controlled via voice, touch or rotary controller.
The new engine option in the 2020 XT5 will be a 2.0 liter turbo-4 engine. The previous engine, a 3.6 liter V-6, will still be available.
While the appearance does get an upgrade, the new generation won’t look all that different from the last one. There are only small front and back fascia changes in addition to new trim. Additionally, trunk lids are now getting labeling which denotes the engine choice.
The new XT5 is sure to solidify Cadillac’s SUV range as sport utility vehicles go on to take over sedan sales.
At the Shanghai motor show in April, Volkswagen will introduce the tentatively titled ID Lounge as their new seven-seat SUV. Similar in dimension to the 3rd gen Toareg, the ID will be sold as a top range luxury model.
As used by the ID Buzz MPV, the ID Lounge will be based around Volkswagen’s largest, new version of the MEB platform. It will likely arrive in 2021 and could rival Tesla Model X and Nio ES8.
Again like the ID Buzz, expect the ID Lounge to come with a four-wheel driveline. It will employ two electric motors, one per set of rear and front wheels. Output is expected to be around 369bhp.
Toyota has started shipping of the Land Cruiser Utility Commercial; a two-situate van variant of its ultra-extreme SUV.
Eliminating the back seats authorizes additional space, which aggregates 1574 liters in the littler, short-wheelbase form, with a heap limit of up to 593kg.
The long-wheelbase auto, which in traveler shape would be a seven-seater, can convey up to 756kg behind the front seats, with a heap territory of 2216 liters. The two autos get a non-slip stack straight floor and a metal bulkhead isolating the traveler and payload regions.
As opposed to supplanting the windows with sheet metal, they’re rather secured with a body-shaded film. The long-wheelbase rendition keeps up the five-entryway body style of the traveler form, as opposed to erasing them by and large, however the blocked windows are not openable.
Not at all like the traveler conveying Land Cruiser, the Utility Commercial just gets a side-pivoted rear end, as opposed to the side-pivoted back end and glass back end of the traveler auto. Programmed lights and a tire weight screen come as standard, and also Trailer Sway Control for the long-wheelbase auto. The two variants are fit for towing three tons.
Toyota hasn’t entered this market before in the UK, in spite of the fact that it has beforehand offered the auto in Ireland. No business figures have been anticipated, yet independent ventures, agriculturists and protect administrations are probably going to think about the vehicle. 80 orders have just been taken for this present year, nonetheless, implying that it’s on course to satisfy the UK’s 150-unit portion for 2018. 2019 deals are required to top this.
Porsche’s new Cayenne model, due in ’19, looks like it’ll give the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe a run for their money. Rumor has it sales in the UK will begin as early as the 4th quarter in 2019. The Cayenne coupe is going to much resemble its sibling and be built at the Leipzig, Germany Porsche factory.
The new model Cayenne will get the front-end style of its sister model, the 3rd gen Cayenne, but the front bumper will be an all new design. It will, however, feature a lift-back style tailgate, much like its rivals. New rear and side windows and the redesigned tailgate will give it an updated, more sporty style much like the 2nd gen Panamera.
Coming to the road with a 440bhp version of the twin-turbo 2.9 liter V6 or the 550bhp twin-turbo 4 liter V8 it’s clear that Porsche intends the new Cayenne as a performance model. As of yet no diesel version of the model are in the works.
The newest generation of X5 and X5 M BMW models are on their way—they are currently being tested in Scandinavia on public roadways. At the BMW Annual General Meeting the brand boss, Harald Kruger, revealed they are looking at an October release.
The new X5 M is a sup’d up version of the M SUV twin turbocharged 4.4 liter V, which will probably give it 592bhp. This would place the X5 M at the top end of performance-focused SUVs—out doing the current X5 M and Porsche Cayenne Turbo S by 25 and 30 bhp respectively.
The new X5 M will also feature a featherweight structure. It is based on the CLAR platform that the 7 series uses. This is a combination of aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber. This weight loss might result in the 0-62mph time of the line being reduce to below 4 seconds.
BMW has also decided to keep producing the plug-in hybrid variant. This will more than likely be a blend of a two liter gas engine with electric power. Similar to what is currently inside the xDrive40e. The all-electric range of the vehicle will be around 25 miles.
Aston Martin’s first SUV will only be available as a gasoline model, which is a change from the car makers initial plans when they previewed the model as an electric. The SUV will be launched next year into the ultraluxury SUV playing field, where it will contest with the Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Lamborghini Urus, a Ferrari SUV and high-end Range Rovers.
The new model was previewed in 2015 at the Geneva auto show. It premiered as the two-door DBX electric-powered concept. Aston Martin’s plans have changed in the interim and there are no plans for a full-electric production model. The auto maker also ruled out diesel and plug-in hybrid versions.
Aston Martin favored development of an EV platform for its Lagonda brand. Lagonda was launched at the Geneva auto show in March along with the Vision sedan concept.
Bentley was the first ultraluxury brand to launch an SUV in 2016 with the Bentayga which initially offered only a 12-cylinder gasoline engine–which is unlikely to excite a fuel-efficiency minded market, but has since added the brand’s first ever diesel and a gasoline plug-in hybrid.
The Victor crew came across this bizarre article stating that Baby Boomers Are Getting Too Old for Sports Cars. So what are their proofs of this? They are saying Mustangs and Porsches are slipping because people are opting for SUVs and Camaros are being marketed to younger crowds.
As boomers are starting to reach the 70 mark, they aren’t buying as many sports cars. Comfort is part of the reason. Also the younger generations aren’t purchasing as many sports cars because of costs. Mustang plants were idled for a week this year. The Camaro and Corvette are slumping as well.
The Jaguar F-Pace is a 5 passenger SUV. It was inspired by the Jaguar F-Type, so it performs like a sports car. It has a 33.5 cubic-foot cargo space in back, connectivity through it’s InControl® system. The Jaguar F-Pace Models include the F-Pace, the F-Pace Premium, F-Pace Prestige, F-Pace R-Sport, F-Pace S, and F-Pace First Edition. They run in price from $40,990 to $69,700 base price.
Here is a review of the Jaguar F-Pace crossover SUV