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Snazzier 2017 Mazda CX-5 Custom Style Revealed

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Mazda CX5 Custom Style, front

Mazda has revealed what is perhaps the most attractive version of the new CX-5 crossover, the 2017 CX-5 Custom Style.

It wasn’t long ago that the all-new, second-generation CX-5 was unveiled, but the Japanese automaker didn’t want to wait long to annouce a snazzier version. The CX-5 Custom Style is an optional appearance package that’s said to improve both the crossover’s handling and already-good looks.

Performance is enhanced with a height-adjustable suspension and special edition 20-inch gunmetal wheels shod in 245-45 tires that likely offer more grip. Engine and transmission remain unchanged.

Mazda CX5 Custom Style, rear

The most noticeable changes outside are the addition of chrome-lined skirts, black door mirrors regardless of exteriro color, and matte black brake calipers.

Inside, Mazda says the CX-5 Custom Style boasts an aluminum finish on the pedals, welcome lamps and illuminated scuff plates that give off a more premium vibe, and special floor mats that also serve as a deodorizer.

The new Mazda CX-5 Custom Style is nice and all, but it will likely not be offered in the United States and Canada. It might in fact be a Japan-only affair.

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Lincoln Corsair Replaces The MKC In 2020

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Lincoln has decided to ditch its current MKC name for its next compact crossover, opting instead for the ‘Corsair’ moniker.

Out with the letter-based MK naming structure and in with more memorable names such as Continental and Aviator is the theme of the game. In 2017, the MKX midsize crossover had its name changed to Nautilus as part of the model’s mid-cycle refresh.

According to , Ford has informed its U.S. dealers that Lincoln’s next-generation compact crossover will be called Corsair when it arrives in 2020 as a 2021 model. The American automaker also showed them them production model, as well as the next-generation Ford Escape, Explorer, Mach 1 electric crossover, new small off-road SUV, and the next Lincoln Continental.

Corsair makes me think of the Vought F4U Corsair, an unparalleled fighter aircraft that saw service in World War II. In fact, I think it’s way too cool of a name to be wasted on a relatively vanilla compact crossover that will mostly appeal to soccer moms. It sounds more fitting for a sports car.

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Jaguar Land Rover Launches Carpe Subscription Service

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Jaguar F-Pace SVR Super SUV

Jaguar Land Rover has launched its very own vehicle subscription service after testing it out for five months, one it calls Carpe.

Initially available in the United Kingdom, Carpe is a monthly service with pricing starting at 1,154 pounds ($1,534 US) for the Jaguar E-Pace SUV and 2,244 pounds (~ $2,980) for a Range Rover Sport. The contract runs for one year with no mileage limits or deposit.

A company spokeswoman told that the service will eventually be expanded to other markets and more Jaguar- and Land Rover-branded models such as the Jaguar F-type and I-Pace full-electric car will be offered. He stated:

“It proved that there was a demand for this flexible short leasing. The next phase will be to expand the number of packages available. After that we can potential look further afield.”

Jaguar Land Rover joins a growing list of premium automakers like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Cadillac, Porsche and Volvo to roll out all-inclusive lease services for a monthly fee. Fun fact: the word “Carpe” is Latin for “seize”.

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Check Out Andy Murray’s New Jaguar I-Pace

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Andy Murray Jaguar iPace electric SUV

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has gone electric, fulfilling a promise he made a few months earlier.

Murray made a commitment to “go electric” and become one of the first Jaguar I-Pace customers on World Environment Day, and he wasn’t kidding. Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver and fellow WWF ambassador Nelson Piquet Jr. delivered him an I-Pace at his training camp just in time for World Environment Day on June 6. He stated:

“It’s important we all take small steps to live a more sustainable life and think about the actions we can make to look after our planet. This is one of the reasons I’m making the switch to driving Jaguar’s new all-electric I-Pace. It’s clean and safe, but also has the world class design and sports performance that suits my lifestyle.”

Unlike the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan LEAF, the Jaguar I-Pace is proof that you don’t have to sacrifice power or performance when you switch to electric. In addition to looking athletic, it’s fast and can travel up to 240 miles (386 km) on a single charge.

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