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All-New, 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country is Primed for Rough Roads

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Volvo has given the impressive new V90 Wagon the Cross Country treatment, completing the Swedish automaker’s 90 Series lineup, which also includes the new S90, regular V90, and XC90 SUV.

Developed and tested in Sweden, which has some of the harshest winters and most rugged terrain on earth, the rugged V90 Cross Country is the successor to the XC70 Cross Country and bridges the gap between a traditional wagon and an SUV.

Its main selling points are a 2.2-inch (65 mm) higher ride height, more rugged styling, and other amenities that improve its off-road capabilities relative to the V90 wagon on which it is based.

Håkan Samuelsson, President & CEO, Volvo Car Group, stated:

“The V90 Cross Country takes the elegance of the V90 and transforms it into an all-road car that delivers safety, comfort and performance in a capable and adventurous package.”

Despite its rugged character, the new V90 Cross Country boasts a very luxurious interior with all the connectivity and entertainment features found in the new S90 and V90 models, including a high-end Bowers & Wilkins sound system.

Buyers can also expect a 9 inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, a 12.3 inch active TFT driver’s information display, Volvo’s impressive semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system, and plenty of optional extras.

As for power, the 2017 V90 Cross Country shares the sames engines as the regular V90, including D4, D5, T5 and T6 units with output ranging from 190 PS to 320 PS. An eight-speed automatic transmission drives all four wheels.

Production for the all-new V90 Cross Country starts in autumn 2016 at Volvo’s Torslanda plant in Sweden.

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New, 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Ups Its Small Car Game

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New, 2019 Mercedes A-Class Hatchback

An all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback has materialized sporting Mercedes-Benz’s latest design language and technology and premiering its new MBUX infotainment system.

Unveiled at an event in Amsterdam, the fourth-generation A-Class retains the same overall shape of its predecessor but features fewer creases and new LED headlights that are slimmer. The hood slopes at a steeper angle into a pointier snout, while the rear looks wider for a sleeker appearance.

A drag coefficient of just 0.25 and optional active grille shutters are said to make the Mercedes hatchback the most aerodynamic model in the compact class.

While the exterior doesn’t deviate too much from the previous model, the interior has been completely overhauled and is “a class” above (pun intended). Like the new G-Class, it adopts the look and feel of the S-Class and all other modern Mercedes cockpits, omitting the traditional cowl in favor of an unbroken wing-shape dashboard that’s highlighted by dual displays. Lower trim levels get a 7.0-inch screen, while premium packages come with 10.25-inch panels.

The new A-Class is the first model to offer Mercedes-Benz new MBUX multimedia system, which uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn the driver’s preferences. It is also available with head-up display, Car-to-X communication, the Vehicle Tracker and the Mercedes Me app collection.

In Europe, power is provided by the choice of two gasoline engines — 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and the 2.0-liter turbo making 163- and 221 horsepower, respectively — or a diesel mill with 114 ponies. All models come equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Despite being the smallest and most affordable Mercedes you can get, the new A-Class offers nearly all of the S-Class’ active safety and assistance systems.

The new Mercedes-Benz appears to be a very high-quality and promising subcompact, but it won’t be offered in America. Canada will get it, but just not the Good Ol’ U.S.A.

Americans have made it clear with their wallets that they don’t like hatchbacks, so they’ll have to settle for the sedan version of the A-Class.

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This Is What Volvo’s First Electric Car Will Look Like

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Volvo 40.2 concept

Volvo is well on its way to electrifying its entire lineup, and its first-ever mass-produced electric car is just around the corner.

According to British magazine , the electric car will draw inspiration from the Volvo 40.2 concept (pictured), a design study that served as a preview of the company’s new 40-Series models, particulary the S40 and V40.

It will look nearly identical to the 40.2 concept, retaining its edgy, semi-sedan and semi-crossover look, and ride on Volvo’s modular Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform that also underpins the XC40. Henrik Green, head of the company’s research and development team, revealed that its battery-electric powertrain will offer up to 310 miles (approx. 500 km) of range, making it a “long-range” EV like the Tesla Model 3.

Volvo 40.2 concept, side view

And just like Tesla’s cars, the 310-mile figure corresponds to the biggest, most expensive battery pack you could get. A smaller, more affordable pack delivering a lower range will be also available, though it’s expected that only a few buyers will choose it.

Green was quoted by Autocar as saying:

“We are coming from a history of always driving around with tons of range from a petrol tank. As generations grow up only knowing electric vehicles, I believe they will settle around a convenient battery size, what they need for one day. But in the transition time, a lot of people used to having a long range will pay for having a long range on electric vehicles.”

Volvo’s first electric car goes on sale sometime in 2019. Stay tuned for additional information as they are released.

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Fisker EMotion Goes After Tesla Model S With 400-Mile Range, Super-Fast Charging

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New Fisker Emotion electric car

Back from the grave and still gunning for Tesla, Fisker used the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show to debut the striking EMotion, a midsize electric car that takes direct aim at the Tesla Model S with a driving range of over 400 miles and ultra-fast charging.

The EMotion is Fisker’s second attempt at an electric car after the original Fisker Karma failed to take off. Unlike the Karma, which was a range-extended electric vehicle featuring a gasoline engine as backup, the EMotion is pure-electric and offers far more range.

Unique Butterfly doors that can be opened via the driver’s smartphone provide access to an interior that has enough roof for either four or five passengers and features a large iPad-like screen for infotainment duties. Rear seat passengers get to enjoy a 27-inch screen and an electrochromic glass roof that can easily switch from transparent to fully tinted with the push of a button.

If leather seats aren’t your thing, Fisker also offers a vegan option.

The company hopes to disrupt the EV market with a solid-state battery that it produced in collaboration with Sakti3. Although the EMotion is said to have a range of 400+ miles, the ‘breakthrough’ battery technology can supposedly deliver a range of more than 500 miles on a single charge and has reduced charging times of as low as one minute.

Lidar sensors provide level 4 autonomous driving capability, while top speed is reached at 161 mph.

The Fisker EMotion is priced at $129,000 in the United States and is slated to go on sale in 2019. Would you choose it over a Tesla Model S or any other electric car?

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