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All-New, 2016 Nissan Titan XD Powers Up with V8 Turbodiesel

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2016 Nissan Titan XD pickup truck

With its sights keenly set on the new Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, and aluminum-body Ford F-150, the all-new 2016 Nissan Titan dives headfirst into the highly-competitive full-size pickup truck market with a host of new technologies that include its first-ever turbo diesel engine.

A new “XD” model joins the lineup and slots above the regular Titan. As a top-spec trim level, the Titan XD is powered by a Cummins 5.0L V8 turbo diesel that produces 310 horsepower and a whopping 555 lb-ft. (752 Nm) of torque, enough output to grant it a towing capacity of more than 12,000 pounds and a 2,000-pound payload. The other models will be offered with a gasoline-powered V6 and / or V8.

Visually, the new Titan looks far more sophisticated and refined than its predecessor, though its bulbous front end and massive headlights make it look more front-heavy than its rivals, particularly the Silverado and Sierra.

The interior is also notably more refined, upping the ante in premium content and features. It houses Nissan’s ultra-comfortable Zero gravity seats (developed in collaboration with NASA), a 7-inch touchscreen for operating an infotainment system with navigation, a 12-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system, and several 12-volt power outlets. The large cup holders can hold 32-oz Gatorade bottles.

A clever birds-eye Around View Monitor helps maneuver the big truck in tight spaces, while moving object detection and blind spot warning systems help ensure you don’t hit anything or anyone.

The redesigned Titan comes with many practical storage solutions, including a center console that can swallow fully a 15-inch laptop and removable, lockable, drainable and watertight storage boxes that can’t be seen from street-level. King and Crew cab configurations of the pickup offer fold-up second-row seats with a lockable storage box beneath.

Set to go on sale in the second half of 2015, the all-new 2016 Nissan Titan promises to be a game-changer in the full-size pickup truck segment. It would be interesting to see how it stacks up against the much-discussed aluminum Ford F-150, as well as the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.

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New Porsche 911 Cabriolet Is Ready For Your Summer Enjoyment

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New, 2020 Porsche 911 Cabriolet Convertible

This version of the latest 911 offers unlimited headroom for your open-air driving enjoyment.

Not long after unveiling the all-new, , Porsche has taken its roof off to give us the 911 Cabriolet.

With the exception of the soft top, Porsche’s new convertible is nearly identical to the coupe. The soft top can be operated at speeds up to 31 mph (50 km/h), with new roof hydraulics reducing the opening time to around 12 seconds and an electrically-extendable wind deflector helping keep driver and passenger warm.

Only the Carrera S Cabriolet and Carrera 4S Cabriolet will be available at launch, both powered by a turbocharged 3.0L six-cylinder rated at 443 horsepower (450 PS) and 391 lb-ft. of torque, paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The Carrera S Cabriolet can reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds or 3.7 seconds when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, hitting a top speed of up to 190 mph (306 km/h). The Carrera 4S Cabriolet, on the other hand, completes the sprint in 3.8 seconds (3.6 seconds with the Sport Chrono package) before capping out at 189 mph (304 km/h).

The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet starts at $126,100 in the United States, while the Carrera 4S Cabriolet kicks off at $133,400.

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New Cadillac XT6 Debuts As Cadillac’s First Three-Row Crossover

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New Cadillac XT6 Family SUV

The new crossover joins the XT4, XT5 and XT6 in Cadillac’s growing lineup of utility vehicles.

Cadillac used the 2019 Detroit Auto Show to unveil its much-needed Cadillac XT6, it’s first-ever large three-row crossover.

Slotting below the flagship Escalade SUV, the new XT6 is aimed at the Audi Q7, Infiniti QX60, Acura MDX and the new Lincoln Aviator and should offer buyers a more car-like experience than the Escalade, which is technically a V8-powered pickup truck underneath.

Cadillac played it safe with the exterior styling, which aside from the distinct front fascia, is relatively bland, especially when compared to big brother Escalade and the Lincoln Aviator. Even the baby XT4 seems to have more street presence despite having a smaller footprint.

We have no problem with the substance over form approach taken, but some personality could go a long way to appeal to a broader audience. Seriously, where is the swag, Cadillac?

Buyers have the choice of two trim levels: Premium Luxury and Sport. The XT6 Premium Luxury goes for a more sophisticated and understated look with brighter accents and wood trim, while the XT6 Sport gets slightly different front and rear fascias, a black grille and black window moldings, clear rear taillights, carbon fiber trim, and unique exhaust housings.

Regardless of trim, LED projector headlights are standard ware, while a “performance” LED option is available. Wheel sizes range from 20-inches to 21 inches.

The interior mirrors that of the XT5, featuring a clean and premium look that, like the exterior, leans on the safe side. It is a tour de force on the tech front, however, giving buyers the latest in convenience and safety features.

Notable highlights include an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility; near-field pairing for compatible smartphones, allowing owners to connect to the car via Bluetooth by simply touching their phone to an icon on the dash rather than by fumbling through menus on their phone or infotainment system; a 15-watt charge pad for fast wireless charging; and a powerful Bose Performance Series audio system with 14 speakers.

With 29.5 inches of legroom and 37.2 inches of headroom, the XT6 has more third-row head and legroom than the Audi Q7 (29.2/35.9) and Acura MDX (28.1/35.6), and more headroom than the Infiniti QX60 (30.2/36.5). A standard power-folding third row makes it easy to free up space for your cargo.

Powere is provided by a 3.6-liter V6 rated at around 310 horsepower, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and an available twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system. A five-link independent rear suspension, front McPherson struts and adaptive dampers at all four corners should help ensure a compliant ride.

On the safety front, all XT6 models come standard with forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane keeping assist. Adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, night vision, and a head-up display are optional.

Interestingly, as with the XT4, Cadillac made no mention of Super Cruise in the XT6’s press release. Let’s hope the company is still on track to offer in all its vehicles by 2020.

Production of the new Cadillac XT6 begins in spring 2019. Is it everything you expected?

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New, 2020 Ford Explorer Debuts As RWD, 365HP Large SUV

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New, 2020 Ford Explorer Limited SUV, blue

It’s the first SUV to ride on the Blue Oval’s new platform.

Ford has unveiled the all-new, 2020 Explorer, the latest iteration of its mainstay three-row family SUV.

Whereas the previous-generation Ford Explorer is built on a front-wheel drive platform that debuted in 2008, the new model moves onto a brand-new rear-wheel-drive platform that also underpins the new Lincoln Aviator. It’s a return to form for Ford’s nearly 30-year-old nameplate.

Power is provided by a 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 300 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque, paired to Ford’s new ten-speed automatic that drives either the rear wheels or, optionally, all four wheels.

That output isn’t too shabby for a base engine, but buyers looking for even more oomph! will have the choice of a 3.0L turbocharged V6 with 365 horsepower and 380 lb-ft. of torque, the most powerful engine ever put in an Explorer. A hybrid powertrain will also be available.

The 3.0-liter EcoBoost equipped Explorer can tow up to 5,600 pounds (2,540 km), while models with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost and Class III Trailer Tow Package can tow up to 5,300 pounds (2,404 km).

Moving to the exterior, designers chose to give the new Ford Explore an evolutionary design that reminiscent of its predecessor, but the rear-wheel drive proportions give it a sportier, more athletic look that should appeal to more buyers.

The interior is both upscale and practical, featuring a new sliding second-row seat that eases entry to the rearmost row. The long list of standard comfort and convenience features includes a 4G LTE WiFi hot spot that can accommodate up to 10 devices, a power-operated rear hatch, and a vertically-mounted infotainment system that juts out of the dashboard like a tablet. Do you like the look?

Cargo capacity comes in at 87.8 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded and 6.1 cubic feet more than the current Explorer.

On the safety front, every Explorer now comes with Co-Pilot360, Ford’s suite of passive and active safety features that consists of a blind-spot monitor with a cross-traffic alert system, lane-keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and a forward collision system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection.

An adaptive cruise control system with lane-centering technology is available, as are an automatic rear braking system and Ford’s latest parking assistant, which is able to parallel or perpendicularly park the Explorer without the driver having to touch the steering wheel or pedals.

The all-new, 2020 Ford Explorer goes on sale in summer 2019 with a starting price of $32,765 in the United States. Are you happy with how it turned out, and could you consider one for your next vehicle?

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