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Sponsored: The Toyota i-ROAD is the Future of Urban Mobility

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The future of urban mobility is here and it’s brought to you by none other than Toyota. After revolutionizing the automotive landscape with the Prius hybrid, the Japanese automaker now looks to do the same with a three-wheeled, all-electric car called i-ROAD.

Very unusual in appearance, the Toyota i-ROAD weighs only 300 kg (661 lbs) and measures just 2,350 mm long, 850 mm wide, and 1,445 mm tall, making it around the size of a motorcycle. In fact, it turns just like a motorcycle, thanks to the utilization of “Active Lean” technology that calculates the required degree of tilt based on steering angle, gyro-sensor and vehicle speed information.

The i-ROAD is powered by a pair of 2 kW electric motors that source their energy from a lithium-ion battery pack, enabling it to travel up to 50 km (31 miles) on a full charge. It has a top speed of 28 mph (45 km/h).

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A small footprint combined with a tight turning radius and a zero-emissions powertrain make Toyota’s little electric car ideal for navigating the world’s increasingly congested cities. It also looks pretty trendy, won’t you say?

In France, the game-changing automaker, along with four partners, has launched a new trial service called “Cité lib by Ha:mo”in Grenoble, a beautiful city with a population of 400,000. Making use of 70 ultra-compact EVs (including i-ROADs) and 27 charging stations, Cité lib seamlessly integrates into the public transport systems of the Grenoble to grant urban commuters a very compelling means of getting from point A to B.

A special smartphone application allows residents of Grenoble to easily reserve an i-Road for a trip around town, paying as little as 5 euros (around $6) for an hour-long drive, 9 euros for 2 hours, or 17 euros (~ $22) for a full four hours. Cars can be picked up or dropped off at any of the 27 stations located around the city.

As the video above shows, using the service is as easy as texting, and driving the i-ROAD is less of a hassle than navigating a regular car in an urban jungle. Moreover, with many charging stations scattered all around the city, you never have to worry about not reaching your destination.

Cars like the Toyota i-ROAD are the future of our car-sharing future, so get ready. In addition to being a core part of Cité lib by Ha:mo, the peculiar Japanese electric car is being tested extensively in Tokyo, Japan, and will be ready for the world’s sprawling cities in the near future.

For more details, just visit the Grenoble Toyota Project website by . Do you ever see yourself using an i-ROAD?

This post has been sponsored by Toyota, but concerns our own opinion.

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Hyundai Santa Cruz Will Look Like No Other Hyundai

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Hyundai-Santa Cruz pickup Truck Concept

The Korean pickup won’t look like the concept, but it will be distinctive.

Hyundai has apparently had a change of styling direction late in the development of the Santa Cruz pickup. While the concept featured a bold design language that was in line with Hyundai’s cars and crossovers, especially the front end, the production model will look like no other Hyundai.

In an interview with , Hyundai’s head of global design, SangYup Lee, suggested that company has adopted a new company design ethos that aims to turn more heads rather than make all models instantly recognizable as a Hyundai.

In other words, Hyundai has decided to ditch the Russian doll styling theme that has taken over the industry in order to inject more excitement into its lineup.

Lee added that the production Santa Cruz “will be a lot more distinctive” and have “a lot more character” than the concept. It will still be a crossover-based pickup truck like the Honda Ridgeline, one possibly sharing a platform with the Tucson, “but the look of it is a lot more progressive.”

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Next Lexus IS Might Use The Same BMW Engine As Supra

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2017 Lexus IS Sports Sedan, Blue

Engineers are implanting a BMW heart into the Japanese sports sedan.

A new report coming out of Japan states that the next-generation Lexus IS will get the same BMW-sourced inline six-cylinder engine as new Toyota Supra.

According , the 3.0L V6, which produces 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque in the Supra, will be part of an engine lineup that also includes a 2.0L turbo, a 2.4L turbo, and/or a 2.5L hybrid powertrain depending on region.

It can also be found in the latest Z4 as well as the IS’s natural rival, the BMW M340i.

The next-generation IS is unlikely to change in size but will weigh less, topping the scale at approximately 3,395 lbs compared to the current IS’ 3,737 lbs.

Finally, the Japanese car magazine claims the IS F will make a return packing a variation of the in-house twin-turbo V6 found under the hood of the popular LS 500.

Lexus has not confirmed when the next-generation IS will debut, but there have been rumors that it could arrive in 2020.

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Is Alfa Romeo Giving Birth To A Baby SUV?

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Blue Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV

Stelvio might be getting a little brother.

Alfa Romeo will reportedly release a brand-new crossover that slots below the Stelvio compact crossover.

Sources famaliar with the vehicle revealed to Greece’s that the model will ride on a model-specific version of the Giorgio platform that underpins the aforementioned Stelvio and the Giulia, meaning it will be rear-wheel drive or, optionally, all-wheel drive.

Power will likely come from a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and, as unlikely as it might be for the small crossover segment, possibly a V6.

A sub-Stelvio crossover was a centerpiece of the five-year product plan Alfa Romeo presented in June 2018, so this is more than just a rumor. In fact, previous reports claim it will share platforms with either the Jeep Renegade or Compass rather than with the Stelvio.

If designed and built right, the little Italian high-rider could become the company’s best-seller, and releasing it as quickly as possible would help the company reach its goal of selling 400,000 cars annually by 2022.

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