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FCA Puts Development of Jeep Grand Wagoneer on Hold

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Development of the upcoming Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer has reportedly been put on hold.

Doubts arose when Fiat Chrysler Automobiles pushed back the launch of the luxury SUVs from 2018 to 2019, and now two suppliers told Automotive News in an interview that the company has put all plans on the back burner due to a lack of funds.

According to the trade journal, the Italian-American automotive group is the only major automaker with more debt than cash. The fact that the company is also currently in the midst of launching the Alfa Romeo brand in North America while simultaneously designing an all-new Ram pickup and Jeep Wrangler makes its cash situation only worse.

The Grand Wagoneer, which is expected to compete against such premium players as Range Rover, is expected to have a price tag of up to $140,000 that would help FCA’s bottom line. However, it wouldn’t sell in a large enough volume to justify a huge initial investment.

There have been rumors that FCA can’t decide on which platform to use for the Wagoneer / Grand Wagoneer. The Jeep Grand Cherokee’s platform was a natural bet, but engineers are reportedly struggling to stretch the platform to meet the needs of the larger model.

There is also the option of the updated body-on-frame chassis of the next-generation Ram 1500 pickup, but there are concerns it will ride too roughly for an ultra-luxury vehicle.

FCA hasn’t said anything on the matter, but the future of the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer is unclear, to say the least.

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Lincoln Navigator Gets More Tech, Three Monochromatic Packages For 2020

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Buyers gets more standard tech and safety features, more luxury, and more style.

Lincoln has announced several updates for the 2020 Lincoln Navigator, most conspicuous of which are three new Monochromatic packages.

Exclusive to the Navigator Reserve trim level, the Monochromatic Package are available in three colors — Pristine White, Ceramic Pearl and Infinite Black — and, according to Lincoln, “reflect the minimalistic color trend popular in fashion and home décor, where variations of a single hue result in a smooth yet vibrant color scheme that’s easy on the eyes.”

The company has also updated the large SUV with the same ‘Phone As A Key’ technology as the Aviator, allowing owners to lock and unlock, open the liftgate , start the car with nothing more than their smartphone. ‘Phone As A Key’ is standard on all models, as are power running boards, heated and ventilated front-row seats, and a wireless charging pad that help deliver a more luxurious experience.

On the safety front, all Navigator models come standard with the Lincoln Co-Pilot360 suite of driver-assist technologies, which includes auto high beams, blind spot detection, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning and pedestrian detection.

Sales of the 2020 Lincoln Navigator begin in November 2020.

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Bentley EXP 100 GT Is An Ultra Luxury Electric Car For The Future

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The British automaker celebrates its centianial with an excellent demonstration of extravagance.

Bentley turned 100 years old in 2019, and as part of it’s birthday celebration, unveiled a stunning electric car concept that looks to the future.

The EXP 100 GT concept is a vision of a Grand Tourer for 2035. It rides on an all-electric platform, provides a choice between fully autonomous operation and human-piloted driving, and features a flexible interior with three different seating configurations.

At 19-feet long and 7.8-feet wide, and with a curb weight of 4,188 pounds (1890 kg), the EXP 100 GT is a very large coupe with great visual presence. Designers blended proportions of Bentley’s historic grand tourers and futuristic elements to craft a GT car “for the world of 2035.” You will definitely notice the massive illuminated grille (it’s comprised of 6,000 LEDs) and round, beveled headlights.

The interior is flush with sustainable yet luxurious materials such as 5,000-year-old copper-infused riverwood, British farmed wool carpets, and embroidered cotton surfaces.

Power for the EXP 100 GT comes from four electric motors that can easily accelerate its large heft from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in less than 2.5 seconds on route to a top speed of 186 mph (299 km/h). The battery pack delivers an estimated driving range of 435 miles (700 km) and can be recharged up to 80 percent capacity in only 15 minutes.

Since the EXP 100 GT is a vision of the future, autonomous driving technology is a centerpiece of it’s design. Drivers will have five self driving modes to choose from: Enhance, Cocoon, Capture, Re-Live and Customize.

“The Bentley EXP 100 GT represents the kind of cars we want to make in the future,” stated Stefan Sielaff, Director of Design. “Like those iconic Bentleys of the past, this car connects with its passengers’ emotions and helps them experience and safeguard the memories of the really extraordinary journeys they take.”

Do you like how it turned out?

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Here’s A BMW X7 Pickup Truck You Can’t Have

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It’s not April 1, so no jokes here. This car is very real, but you can’t buy one.

BMW has transformed its biggest SUV into a pickup truck, and it’s pretty cool.

Developed by BMW Group vocational trainees in cooperation with the Concept Vehicle Construction and Model Technology divisions at BMW’s Munich plant, the BMW X7 Pickup is a one-off concept that can carry five passengers and an F 850 GS motorcycle. The roof panel, rear door skins, and tailgate are made from carbon fiber to minimize weight, trimming 440 pounds off the X7 SUV’s weight despite being a four inches longer.

The truck bed is finished in fine-polished wood finish, while a height-adjustable two-level air suspension makes it easier to get things into it.

There are no mechanical changes. Power is provided by a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that has been turbocharged to produce 340 horsepower, with an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the four wheels. BMW didn’t publish towing capacity, or revealed the effect the pickup conversion has on performance.

The BMW X7 truck concept looks production-ready and could be an interesting addition to the BMW lineup, but the German automaker stresses it has no plans to build it. What a shame.

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