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New Honda HR-V Small SUV Comes to America with a Manual

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With the Honda CR-V once again America’s best-selling SUV, Honda hopes to duplicate that success with an even smaller crossover, the HR-V.

Sharing platforms with the Fit hatchback, the Honda HR-V is designed to compete with the likes of the new Mazda CX-3, Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X and Chevrolet Trax, jamming a lot content in a rather small package.

The interior benefits from the Fit’s space-saving center-mounted fuel tank and reconfigurable second-row “Magic Seat.” With 100 cubic feet of passenger volume and 58.8 cubic feet of cargo volume when the second row seats are down, the HR-V offers space that rivals some vehicles in the mid-size SUV segment.

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Buyers will have a long list of features to choose from, including power windows / locks, a tilt / telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a touchscreen infotainment system with a seven-inch display.

Despite sharing platforms with the Fit, the HR-V borrows its 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine from the Honda Civic and produces 138 horsepower and 127 lb-ft. of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) or 6-speed manual gearbox channels all that power to the front wheels.

For those in need of better traction, an all-wheel drive setup is optional.

ALSO READ: Updated Honda CR-V Wins Motor Trend’s 2015 SUV of the Year

U.S. and Canadian sales of the Honda HR-V begin in spring 2015. How do you think Honda’s small SUV (CUV) stacks up against the competition?

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2020 Buick Enclave Brings New Sport Touring Package

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Buick’s big SUV also gets a new infotainment system and optional surround-view camera system.

The Buick Enclave has received a few updates for its 2020 model year, most notable of which is a new Sport Touring package that gives it a sportier appearance.

Available on the Essence trim level, the ST package adds a unique body-color grille and 20-inch bright machined aluminum wheels with contrasting Satin Graphite pockets.

The 2020 Enclave also benefits from Buick’s next-gen infotainment system that’s standard on all models, complete with an 8-inch touchscreen. It can also be equipped with a new HD Rear Vision Camera, an HD Surround Vision systems, and a new, four-way power lumbar seat adjuster with a driver and front passenger massage feature that comes standard on Premium and Avenir editions.

The 2020 model year introduces three new exterior colors: Champagne Gold Metallic, Rich Garnet Metallic (Avenir only) and Dark Moon Blue Metallic.

Sales of the 2020 Buick Enclave begin in late summer 2019, with prices starting at $41,195 (including freight).

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Kia Seltos Is A New Small SUV For The World

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It’s a global vehicle, but will it be sold in North America?

Kia Motors used an event in Delhi India to unveil the Kia Seltos, a new compact SUV that will be sold in several markets around the world.

Positioned at the bottom of the company’s expanding crossover and SUV line-up, the new Seltos goes after “youthful, tech-savvy buyers” with a sharp design inside and out, and the tech and practicality millennials expect in vehicle of its size.

The exterior features a tall, upright front end characterized by a wide rendition of Kia’s trademark tiger nose grille flanked by LED headlights and 3D indicators, while horizontal lines on both ends help make the crossover look bigger than it actually is. It looks like a Kia.

Inside, the Seltos can be equipped with a 10.25-inch screen for the infotainment system, a head-up display, and ambient lighting that pulses to the beat of the music. A split-screen function let’s users customize the infotainment screen and view up to three menus at the same time.

Power can be provided by a 1.6-liter turbodiesel rated at 136 horsepower, a naturally-aspirated, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 149 horsepower, or a 177-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbo four, while the gearbox options consist of a continuously variable transmission (CVT), a six-speed automatic, and a seven-speed dual-clutch.

Manufactured in both India and South Korea, the new, 2020 Kia Seltos goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2019. It’s not clear if it will be sold in the United States and Canada.

TRIVIA: The name Seltos comes from Greek mythology, particularly Hercules’ son Celtos. To make it appear sportier, Kia simply replaced the ‘C’ with an ‘S’.

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Toyota, Subaru Team Up To Develop All-Electric SUV

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Then makers of the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are shifting some of their resources from sports cars to electric vehicles.

Toyota and Subaru are expanding their existing partnership to include the development of a new electric platform for midsize and large passenger vehicles. The platform will initially be used for a C-segment SUV that will be sold under each company’s own brand.

Subaru will provide its expertise in all-wheel drive technologies, while Toyota will bring its electrified vehicles know-how. By combing their respective strengths, they will be better be able to tackle market challenges surrounding electric vehicles, including development costs and battery supplies.

“The platform will be developed in a way that will make it broadly applicable to multiple vehicle types, including C-segment-class and D-segment-class sedans and SUVs, as well as to efficient development of derivative vehicle models,” the Japanese automakers stated in a press release.

Subaru and Toyota have collaborated on vehicle development since 2005, with their efforts resulting in the Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ sports cars and the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid.

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