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Forum die-hards describe arriving Jeep Wrangler JT Rubicon pickup

Monday, June 12th, 2017

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Jeep Wrangler Two-Door Pickup Previewed

Monday, June 12th, 2017

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In general, we know what a long-rumored, even-longer-awaited Jeep Wrangler pickup will demeanour like: boxy, upright, with turn headlights and a seven-hole grille. But a success of this indication will no doubt come down to a details, and interjection to the sleuths at JL Wrangler Forums, we’ve got a good glance during what a Wrangler pickup could demeanour like.

Based on a latest insider info, JL Wrangler Forums churned adult best-guess renderings of how a next-generation Wrangler could demeanour as a two- and four-door Rubicon pickup. Of note, a forum folks contend that a pickup will share a windshield, grille, headlights, bumpers, front fenders, and hood with a unchanging Wrangler. However, a pickup won’t have a JL Wrangler SUV’s impression line that runs next a windows on a front and back doors, nonetheless a pickup bed apparently will underline a possess plane crease. The buffer vents behind a front circle openings further will go missing, a forum posters maintain.

For comparison, here’s JL Wrangler Forums’ digest of a four-door 2018 Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited:

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Other pickup-truck facilities to compensate courtesy to: It’s approaching that a heading corner of a lorry bed will be angle cut to follow a figure of a doorway opening, rather than a straight opening between bed and cab as seen on many normal pickups. JL Wrangler Forums also suspects that a pickup, like a two- and four-door Wrangler, will underline a new door-hinge pattern and updated pull-style doorway handles, replacing a stream generation’s push-button units.



We’re many meddlesome in a thought of a two-door Wrangler Rubicon pickup—a car that, should it go into production, would offer all a right-size off-road ability of a Wrangler with some-more application than any prior era of a storied four-by-four.

This story creatively seemed on Road Track.

Stealth hybrid, tested: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq in Depth

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Overall Rating:

Available as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and an EV, a Ioniq is a master of disguise. To infrequent observers, it could pass as a run-of-the-mill compress automobile with a savoury cost and gentle interior fittings. In truth, it’s totally new from a belligerent up, designed with foundation and destiny unconstrained record in mind and powered by some of a many fit powertrains accessible today. Pleasant to drive, discerning to charge, and not unattractive, a Ioniq doesn’t demeanour like a scholarship examination or ask that a owners be an eco evangelist. It’s simply a well-executed automobile that will save we income on gas.

What’s New for 2017?

Hyundai’s secrecy Toyota Prius warrior is new this year. The indication line launched with a hybrid variant, that was followed by a pure-electric automobile (it’s an EV, definition no gas-powered engine). A plug-in hybrid Ioniq is approaching in tumble 2017.

Trims and Options We’d Choose

The Ioniq EV’s 124-mile operation isn’t adequate to make it rival opposite a likes of a Chevrolet Bolt, and in early drives of a plug-in version—which should have about 27 miles of EV range, according to Hyundai— we found it formidable to keep a automobile in EV mode, generally around town. Drivers who cite to transport many miles during a time on electricity alone won’t be confident with that characteristic. Instead, we’d select a hybrid model, that earns glorious fuel-economy ratings with few compromises. The bottom hybrid trim (called Blue) is a good choice for scrimpers, starting during $23,085. We’d select a $24,835 mid-level SEL trim, that adds, among other features:

• Blind-spot monitoring and back cross-traffic warning
• Heated front seats with motorist lumbar support
• LED stop lights

We’d supplement a $1000 Tech package in office of adaptive journey control, though it’s frequency a necessity.

In Depth: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq

2017 Honda Clarity Electric Gets Competitive Lease Price

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Honda’s new hydrogen-powered all-electric sedan will be streamer to dealerships this August.

For those interested, a 2017 Honda Clarity Electric will be accessible during a rival rudimentary franchise cost of $269 a month for 36 months (plus tax). The franchise also has a inexhaustible stipend of 20,000 miles per year and includes 24/7 roadside assistance. The franchise has a sovereign taxation credit built in and requires $1,730 down and a initial month’s franchise remuneration during signing.

Unfortunately for shoppers, a 2017 Honda Clarity Electric will usually be accessible during name dealerships in California and Oregon.

SEE ALSO: Honda Clarity Now Available as a Fully Electric and Plug-In Hybrid Model

The all-electric sedan facilities a 161-horsepower electric engine producing 221 pound-feet of torque. It has an EPA operation rating of 89 miles on a singular assign and gets an EPA fuel economy rating of 126 MPGe in a city, 103 MPGe on a highway, for a 114-MPGe total rating.

The Honda Clarity Electric joins a Clarity Fuel Cell, that launched in Dec 2016. The third automobile of a Clarity family, a plug-in hybrid variant, will arrive after this year.

“The Clarity Electric is a usually affordable five-passenger EV sedan with all a technology, and reserve and reward facilities a consumer expects today, including Honda Sensing® as customary equipment,”said Steve Center, clamp boss of a Connected and Environmental Business Development Office during American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Honda business have been seeking for a loyal five-passenger sedan and we are gratified to make this a existence during an affordable franchise price, enabling some-more consumers a event to take home a zero-emissions vehicle.”

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2017 Mazda CX-5 FWD Tested: It Masters a Intangibles

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Whether we call them little SUVs or compress crossovers, a extended interest of these vehicles lies in their size, practicality, price, and towering seating position. Driving dynamics aren’t scarcely as important, expected descending somewhere around a speed of a windshield wipers and a feel of a glovebox fasten among a priorities of many buyers. Most of these vehicles go down a highway with an harmless float and adequate certainty to prove a segment’s buyers, though to those of us who suffer a approach steering and cessation play together, this difficulty is about as interesting as, well, measuring a speed of appetite windows.

Feel a Energy

There is an exception. It’s apparent as shortly as we start pushing Mazda’s CX-5 that it has an appetite that’s absent from a appliance-like competition. The steering is accurate and tuned to yield a feedback of a sports car, and a cessation greets corners with restraint instead of reluctance. A six-speed involuntary snaps off discerning shifts and avoids a unchanging engine sound total by competitors’ invariably non-static involuntary transmissions during full throttle. There are additional tiny touches for pushing enthusiasts, such as a floor-mounted accelerator pedal. This sold underline isn’t accurately a large deal, though Mazda went to a difficulty for a same reason oppulance brands do: since it feels improved in operation than a unresolved pedal.

We do wish there were a bit some-more appetite connected to that pedal. Mazda’s 2.5-liter inline-four with 187 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque is a solitary engine offering—at slightest until a betrothed diesel arrives—and while it provides a gratifying snap of acceleration from a stop, a unrestrained for relocating a 3537-pound CX-5 wanes as speed climbs. At a exam track, a front-wheel-drive exam car ran from 0 to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds and by a quarter-mile in 16.2 during 86 mph. Add heavier all-wheel-drive hardware and those times positively will lengthen. Most of a category is quicker, led by a Subaru Forester XT, that hits 60 mph in only 6.3 seconds. The CX-5 does out-drag a all-wheel-drive Toyota RAV4 and a Nissan Rogue, though we have nonetheless to exam a latest front-drive versions of possibly a Toyota or a Nissan.

Mazda’s 2.5-liter does improved on a fuel-economy side of a equation. The EPA predicts 24 mpg in a city, 31 on a highway, and 27 combined, that is good, though not best-in-class. A front-drive Honda CR-V with a discretionary 1.5-liter turbo-four earnings 28 city and 34 highway in EPA testing; a new Chevrolet Equinox with a 1.5-liter turbo-four manages 26 city and 32 highway. Still, a CX-5’s fuel economy is improved than average, and ours exceeded a EPA estimates with a 32-mpg normal in mostly highway driving.

Fine Refinements

At highway speeds, Mazda’s efforts to overpower a CX-5 with a thicker windshield and additional sound insulation have paid dividends. In a test, a sound turn during 70 mph forsaken from a prior model’s 69 decibel reading to a luxury-car-like 65 decibels. The redesigned interior also moves a CX-5 closer to a reward brands. The 7.0-inch infotainment shade that sticks out of a instrument row like a little flat-screen radio is simply tranquil by a rotary doorknob behind a shifter, or by a hold when a CX-5 is stopped. Materials are initial rate, chair comfort is excellent, and a newest pattern cultured has hints of Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

Rear-seat space still trails many competitors. The 2017 indication uses a heavily revised chronicle of a prior CX-5’s height rather than a totally new architecture, that means a new interior is no larger, though a back seats are some-more gentle than before, underline dual stages of recline, and overlay flush with a load floor. Buyers seeking limit load and rear-seat space competence be improved served by a RAV4, Equinox, or CR-V.

Those who value steering and doing can demeanour past a smallish back seat, that isn’t so distant off a category normal to be a deal-breaker. And while we would like a bit some-more power, a CX-5 is a constrained and beguiling little SUV in a category that too mostly is anything but.

Project Cars 2 Looks Absolutely Stunning in 4K

Monday, June 12th, 2017

This week is a good one if we adore personification racing games on your PC or console.

E3 2017 is holding place in Los Angeles, California, that means copiousness of news and trailers for arriving racing games. Microsoft has already announced Forza Motorsport 7 during a Xbox press conference, that also played horde to a entrance of a 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Expect to hear some-more news on Gran Turismo Sport when Sony PlayStation hosts a press discussion Monday evening.

SEE ALSO: Here’s How Video Games Revolutionized a Way We Interact with Cars

But if we can’t wait, a latest trailer for Project Cars 2 has been released, display off usually how beautiful and picturesque a diversion will demeanour in 4K resolution. As a subsequent entrance in a award-winning series, Project Cars 2 will underline over 170 protected cars, a largest track register of any console racing game, new car forms and motorsport classes, energetic time of day, weather, and new anniversary conditions, a new online championship mode, and more.

Project Cars 2 is streamer to a PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One someday in a future. No recover date has been announced.

Porsche Debuts the Newest Supercar in an Unexpected Place

Monday, June 12th, 2017

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS done a entrance during a Microsoft Xbox E3 2017 press conference.

The warn happened as Microsoft introduced a next Forza Motorsport game, Forza Motorsport 7, that will underline a 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS as a cover car. Unfortunately, given a entrance didn’t take place during a vital automobile show, no specs for a automobile were announced, though it is approaching to be powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine pulling tighten to 700 horsepower. It’s also a rather large matter from Porsche and Microsoft, deliberation a German automaker has been tied in an exclusivity understanding with Electronic Arts for years. But now that a understanding has ended, Porsche cars are creation their approach into many other video diversion franchises.

SEE ALSO: Porsche 911 GT2 RS to Offer Over 640 HP

Expect sum for a new Porsche 911 GT2 RS to be strictly announced by a automaker in a nearby future. The usually thing we know for certain is that it is a many absolute 911 ever made, so it should be exciting to hear all that’s going on underneath that beautiful piece metal.

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2018 Ford Focus RS Likely Getting a Huge Price Bump

Monday, June 12th, 2017

The Ford Focus RS prohibited induce will reportedly get a $5,000 cost boost for a 2018 indication year.

Ford has already announced a 2018 Focus RS will be offering in a singular book model, though according to CarsDirect, it will start from $41,995 including destination. The estimable boost in a pricing isn’t unjustified, however, as a AWD induce does get copiousness of additional customary apparatus including a limited-slip differential, a RS2 package, voice-activated navigation, 19-inch wheels, CO fiber interior trim, and a black roof.

Compared to a 2017 Ford Focus RS with identical options added, pricing would be around $41,770. So technically, it’s not a estimable boost due to a combined content, though it gives buyers reduction choice.

SEE ALSO: 2018 Ford Focus RS Gets Standard Limited-Slip Differential

Production of a 2018 Ford Focus RS will be singular to 1,000 units in a U.S. and 500 units in Canada, and buyers will get to select between Nitrous Blue or Race Red for their extraneous color. Under a hood stays a 2.3-liter turbocharged engine with 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

Look for an central pricing proclamation to come from Ford in a nearby future, as a American automaker will start holding orders this summer. Deliveries of a 2018 Ford Focus RS are approaching to start after this year.

[Source: CarsDirect]

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