Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Mazda3

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 22:00

The previous-generation Mazda3 was a looker when it first debut five years ago, and it continued to age gracefully throughout its life span. Mazda recently introduced the 2019 Mazda3 at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show, and it features the next evolution of the Japanese automaker’s Kodo: Soul of Motion design language. It’ll be a while before we drive the 2019 Mazda3, but we can take a look at how its design compares to its predecessor.

Immediately you’ll notice the 2019 Mazda3’s front fascia has undergone a thorough revision.The headlights are thinner, the signature grille is more rounded, and the chrome grille surrounds now extend under the headlights. Character lines on the side profile have been eliminated, giving the 2019 Mazda3 sedan a cleaner look. Cleaning up the side, however, gave the hatchback body style a more unique albeit divisive exterior. Thanks to the absurdly thick C-pillar, the hatch is the more unconventional of the two, and it stands out a little more than the sedan.

Mazda set out to create two distinctive characters with the 2019 Mazda3. The sedan continues with a conservative theme with a slightly squared-off rear fascia and thicker, rectangular taillight clusters. In contrast, the hatchback continues with the rounded theme, appearing bulbous the lower you go. Compared to its predecessor, the 2019 Mazda3 hatch has smaller rear and rear-side windows, and the taillights are thinner with smaller inner LED corona lights compared to its sedan sibling. Move inside, and you’ll notice a super minimalist interior with an 8.8-inch screen. There are fewer buttons on the dash compared to its predecessor, and with the exception of the one for the infotainment system, the knobs are smaller.

The 2019 Mazda3 will go on sale early next year. Initially, it will come with a 2.5-liter I-4 paired to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. The cutting-edge Skyactiv-X engine is slated to arrive in late 2019. The 2019 Mazda3 will mark the first time the compact car will be available with all-wheel drive. It will also be the first Mazda vehicle to utilize the automaker’s latest Skyactiv platform and an updated multimedia system.

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2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Priced from $36,450 Before Incentives

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 21:28

Hyundai has announced pricing for the 2019 Kona Electric, and it’s right in the same ballpark as its chief competitor, the Chevrolet Bolt EV. The base model starts at $36,450 including destination, which is $1,045 cheaper than a base 2019 Bolt EV. Available incentives for the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric include a $7,500 tax credit and state incentives likes California’s CVRP rebate, which adds up to an extra $2,500 depending on eligibility.

A base Kona Electric SE comes standard with Hyundai’s Smart Sense active safety suite, heated front seats, cloth upholstery, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, keyless entry and start, two USB ports, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Higher trims are available with LED headlights, an upgraded adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function, navigation, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, wireless phone charging, and parking sensors.

With a full charge, the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric is EPA-rated for 258 miles of range. Using a Level 2 charger, the crossover can be fully charged in nine hours and 35 minutes. On a Level 3 quick charger, the Kona EV can get to 80 percent charge in 75 minutes (50-kW charger) or 54 minutes (100-kW charger). The Kona’s electric motor makes 201 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque and is paired to a 64-kW-hr lithium-ion battery.

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2020 Jeep Gladiator Configurator Goes Live

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 19:12

Woo, it’s time to play! The online configuration tool for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck is live, and it allows users the chance to dive in and mess around with the highly anticipated truck’s options for tops, wheels, paint colors, and much more.

With four trims—Sport, Sport S, Overland, and Rubicon—three different roofs, and 10 exterior hues to choose from, it’s going to be pretty hard to say there isn’t a Gladiator for you. (Unless you were hoping for a regular-cab version, that is.) We’ve dropped a selection of photos from the site into a gallery, showing all the colors as well as a mix of various wheels, trims, and tops.

The Gladiator is Jeep’s first pickup since 1992, and is powered solely with the Wrangler’s V-6 engine. A choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions is on offer, as are three different roof configurations: a soft convertible top, the black Freedom Top with removable panels over the front seats, and a body-color hard top available on the Overland and Rubicon.

Among the standalone options are a spray-in bedliner and a roll-up tonneau cover, as well as items like all-weather mats, a Bluetooth speaker, and different wheel designs. Packages add things like LED lighting, a larger touchscreen, heated seats and steering wheel, auxiliary power switches, and towing equipment, the last item a necessity to take advantage of the 7,650 maximum tow rating.

Pricing isn’t available just yet for the Gladiator, but we anticipate you will have to budget an extra three to four grand over an equivalent four-door Wrangler Unlimited. Still, if you want to be ready with the perfect spec, head to the Jeep Gladiator configurator to build one of your own.

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First 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to Get Auctioned

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 19:02

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is one of the most anticipated performance cars. Today Ford announced that it will auction the first GT500 off the production line at the 2019 Barrett-Jackson auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona. All proceeds for the mightiest of Mustangs will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), an organization dedicated to finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

Joe Hinrichs, president of global operations at Ford, said the Blue Oval has supported JDRF for a long time and knows how important its work is. The proceeds from the auction is in addition Ford’s own contribution, which is over $2 million annually and totals to around $60 million over the last 35 years. The winning bidder for the first 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 will have the opportunity to customize the vehicle accordingly; all colors and options will be made available to the winner.

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will debut at the 2019 Detroit auto show. It is expected to feature a supercharged version of the 5.2-liter  V-8 found in the GT350 and GT350R. Power output remains unknown, but we expect it to have more muscle than the previous-generation GT500, which checked in at 662 hp. No word yet on what transmission options Ford will offer on its most potent Mustang. The 2020 GT500 goes on sale in fall 2019.

Source: Ford

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2019 Jaguar XF Starts at $50,960

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 17:34

The 2019 Jaguar XF arrives with  a handful of new features including the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, a 10-speaker audio system, a frameless rearview mirror, and illuminated door sills. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now available as part of an optional Smartphone package while Prestige models get Navigation Pro and Pro Services as standard.

Base 25t Premium models start at $50,960 including destination for rear-drive models. That gets you a 247-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four. Other engine choices include a 180-hp 2.2-liter turbodiesel I-4 in the 20d, a 296-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four in the 30t, and a 380-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 in the XF S. A ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic is the only transmission option. Adding all-wheel drive to any trim is $3,000 extra. The wagon, called the XF Sportbrake, is available in 30t Prestige and S variants and comes with all-wheel drive as standard. Pricing for the wagon starts at $65,570 for the 30t Prestige and $72,210 for the more powerful S model.

A limited edition model called the XF 30t 300 Sport also joins the lineup. It features a unique grille surround, side vents, side sills, rear spoiler, and rear diffuser finished in Dark Satin Grey. The 19- or 20-inch alloy wheel options are also finished in Dark Satin Grey, and behind them are brake calipers with the 300 Sport badge. Inside the cabin you’ll find yellow contrast stitching and 300 Sport badges on the front seat headrests, steering wheel, and door sills. The XF 30t 300 Sport will only be offered in three exterior colors: Yulong White, Indus Silver, and Santorini Black.

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Mercedes-Benz Metris van recalled for leaky fuel hoses

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 15:35
Mercedes-Benz issued a new recall for the Metris van over leaky fuel hoses due to the improper use of a tool to affix the clamp during production. In documents filed with the NHTSA in late November and published this week, the German brand said 12,383 Mercedes-Benz Metris vans from the 2016-2017 model years are part of the recall. The leaky hose...
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Waymo's self-driving cars, Lincoln Continental revives suicide doors, Hyundai Santa Fe diesel dead: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 15:30
Arizona tallies 21 assault cases against Waymo self-driving cars Not everyone is completely in love with Waymo's self-driving cars zipping around local Arizona roads. Study: Mazda least expensive automaker when it comes to check engine light problems A new study from CarMD found Mazda is the lest expensive car to repair when a check engine light...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:21
A typical car is redesigned every few years. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is not a typical car. Not by a long shot. In its first complete renovation, ever, we give the 2019 G-Class a 6.6 out of 10, with a huge hit taken in fuel economy scores. (Read more about how we rate cars.) The updates are at first glance subtle, but they’re...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:16
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class once wore the GL badge. The name’s changed, but the big, boxy-but-beautiful family hauler hasn’t changed much at all. It carries over for the 2019 model year, while a new edition waits for a public reveal. The 2019 Benz GLS is a capable all-weather performer and has enough real utility to make it a...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:15
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a big, expensive two-door cruiser with a shrinking purpose in the brand’s lineup. Other models like the AMG GT are faster, while the S-Class is a more competent cruiser. Despite that, the SL-Class offers a range of engine choices and a first-class interior, topped off with a sky-high price tag. The SL...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:15
With the GLA, Mercedes-Benz shucked some of its reputation for stodgy small cars. The Mercedes-Benz GLA arrived in the 2015 model year and has since seen a few small refreshments, the most significant coming last model year. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class gets some humble updates, but all models in the lineup—the front-wheel-drive GLA250...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:10
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a four-door sedan that’s entry-level luxury, if that’s a thing. With an aging but striking design, the CLA is an eye-catcher from every angle. The reasonable $30,000 starting price doesn’t stay that way for very long, as the CLA rolls out of the factory without much of the luxury kit that...
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2019 Porsche Cayenne

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:00
The 2019 Porsche Cayenne heaps astonishing performance into its tall-wagon crossover body. It’s a formula once thought to be heresy; now it’s old hat. Now it’s in its third generation, and thanks to a smartly re-engineered cabin and a trio of powertrains, the 2019 Cayenne earns a score of 8.0 overall. (Read more about how we rate...
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Arizona tallies 21 assault cases against Waymo self-driving cars

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:49
Not everyone is completely in love with Waymo's self-driving cars zipping around local Arizona roads. The Arizona Republic reported Monday that the state has seen 21 cases in which an individual has assaulted a Waymo self-driving car over the past two years. According to the report, people have thrown rocks, slashed tires, and harassed the cars...
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​MMU’s £35m SODA scheme gets go-ahead

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 11:45
Manchester Metropolitan University’s plans for a £35m School of Digital Arts (SODA) on Higher Chatham Street in Manchester have been approved by Manchester City Council.
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Octopus and Rangeford to develop Cotswolds retirement village

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 11:34
Octopus Healthcare and Rangeford Holdings have announced plans to develop a retirement village on the outskirts of Cirencester in the Cotswolds.
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​Turnstone plans £50m Southend leisure scheme

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 11:21
Turnstone Estates has submitted a detailed planning application for its £50m Seaway leisure scheme in Southend-on-Sea.
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Elmloch gets green light for Hotspur Press redevelopment

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 11:17
Developer Elmloch has received planning permission for its redevelopment of Manchester’s Hotspur Press buildings.
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Starwood buys South Bank Central for £256m

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 11:01
Starwood Capital has bought the South Bank Central scheme for £256m, at a yield of 5.5%.
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2019 BMW X1

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 11:00
The 2019 BMW X1 crossover is the automaker’s most affordable model for this year, and it’s the right shape. Buyers likely will be attracted to the tall ride height, spacious cargo area, BMW roundel, and relatively low price tag at $36,000, but we like the things that we can’t see. The X1’s engine is bright and its...
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