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New, 2017 Honda CR-V Offers Crisp Design, Promises the Best

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The brand new, fifth-generation Honda CR-V is here and it appears to have all the goods to reinforce its position as the best-selling crossover in North America.

Whereas the previous CR-V had a polarizing design that looked disproportional from certain angles, especially the side profile, the latest model features a crip, more cohesive and aerodynamic sheetmetal that borrows styling cues from other new Honda’s like the smaller HR-V crossover and tenth-gen Civic.

The front end, in particular, is defined by a chromed grille that extends into a pair of angular headlights with LED daytime running lights, while the rear end features tail lamps that are almost look there were sourced from Volvo.

Inside, the new CR-V treats driver and passengers to a more inviting, comfortable and high-tech interior with more room and a seven-inch touch screen that runs the latest generation of Honda’s infotainment system, which itself is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The list of options includes such convenience features as a remote engine starter, dual-zone climate controls, USB charging ports for the rear passengers, heated seats and side mirrors, and a hands-free tailgate. The driver’s seat has 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support, while the front passenger seat comes with 4-way power adjustment.

On the safety front, Honda’s compact crossover is available with Honda Sensing, a tech suite that includes collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist.

Even though the fifth-generation CR-V is slighter bigger, it weighs less than its predecessor. Power is provided by a 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque or, optionally, the same 1.5-liter turbocharged four cylinder unit found under the hood of the Civic, one that has been massaged to make 190 horses at 5,600 rpm and 179 pound-feet of torque from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm.

Both units are mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that drives the front or, if you so choose, all-four wheels. According to Honda, the CR-V will deliver best-in-class gas mileage when equipped with the turbo four.

Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division, stated:

“The new Honda CR-V raises the bar in every imaginable way, delivering more performance, space and premium content together with higher fuel economy ratings and value than ever before. Customers are going to love what they see and what they experience behind the wheel of this new CR-V.”

The all-new, 2017 Honda CR-V goes on sale in winter 2017. With “compact” SUVs basically taking over the sedan segment, we wouldn’t be surprised if it eventually outsells the Civic or even the Accord.

More than that, the CR-V will be quite a nightmare for other compact crossovers, including the new Chevrolet Equinox.

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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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