Silicon Valley-based startup Lucid Motors has unveiled its new Air electric sedan in concept guise in what is a clear respnose to the Tesla Model S.
In addition to being stunning to look at, the Air is quite a piece of tech. It is powered by two electric motors — one at the front and the other at the rear — that produce over 1,000 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in only 2.5 seconds, matching the Tesla Model S P100D’s ‘Ludecrous’ mode time.
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The Lucid Air can be equipped with either a 100 kWh or 130 kWh battery pack, the latter providing a range of up to 400 miles on a single charge — better than any electric car currently on the market, let alone the Model S.
Although the Air has yet to be revealed in production-guise, the concept car and the prototype revealed to the press feature a stunning exterior with a futuristic and glamorous interior that will surely turn heads. Some design highlights include a long, streamlined profile, stumpy hood, sleek LED headlights, and vertical daytime running lights.
The windshield stretches over the driver’s head, not unlike seen on the Tesla Model X, and is nicely complimented by a massive panoramic glass roof. Both give true meaning to the name “Air”.
At the rear, we see a short decklid and an extended roof line that increases interior space.
Inside, the Air is the very definition of opulent. A minimalist dashboard is dominated by two screens and a large square display at the base of the center console that seems to be used mainly for navigation purposes. Rear passgengers are surrounded by glass and are treated to reclined rear seats covered in white leather, as well as a number of interactive displays for infotainment duties.
Like the Tesla Model S, the Lucid Air won’t come cheap, with the first examples expected to carry a price tag of around $160,000. However, a more affordable model costing around $65,000 will join the lineup later on.
Production begins in 2018 in the U.S. state of Arizona.
2020 Cadillac CT5 Has Very Low Price For A Luxury Sedan
The CT5 hopes to undercut its German competition with a very low price and a lot of standard features.
Cadillac has announced pricing details for the all-new Cadillac CT5, and the car costs a lot less than we expected.
The CT5 replaces the CTS as the brand’s new midsize luxury sedan. Three trim levels will be available for the 2020 model year: Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport.
With a starting price of $37,890 in the United States, the CT5 Luxury is significantly less expensive than the CTS and much more affordable than the base Mercedes-Benz E-Class ($54 000), BMW 5 Series ($54,395), and Audi A6. The CT5 Premium Luxury and Sport start at $41,690 and $42,690, respectively.
All three trims come standard with a rear-wheel drive setup and a 237 horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four mated to a 10-speed automatic. Driver-assist systems such as forward collision alert and automatic emergency braking being are also standard, as are a 10-inch touch screen and keyless push-button start.
By comparison, the 2019 CTS’ price starts at $46,995 — nearly $10,000 higher — and comes with less standard equipment.
All-wheel drive is a $2,600 option on the Luxury and Sport trims, but $3,090 on the the Premium Luxury. Going for the CT5 Premium Luxury gets you some nice features like leather seats over the base Luxury model, while the Sport trim adds performance brakes and sporty appearance bits.
The Cadillac CT5 has big shoes to fill as the successor to CTS, the nameplate that arguably brought the Cadillac brand into the modern era. But as good as the CTS was, it didn’t sell well.
With a dirt cheap starting price and wide array of standard features, the CT5 appears to primed to more successfully steal sales from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. Only time will tell if Cadillac’s pricing strategy achieves the desired results.
Lincoln Navigator Gets More Tech, Three Monochromatic Packages For 2020
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.
Bentley EXP 100 GT Is An Ultra Luxury Electric Car For The Future
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.”
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