Tesla has announced the termination of the base, rear-wheel drive Model S 75, meaning every Model S sold in the future will feature all-wheel drive.
This move shouldn’t come as a surprise, since Tesla needs to make room in its product lineup for the Model 3. The only buyers that will be left out in the cold are those who would prefer to have a base Model S rather than wait months, if not years, for a Model 3.
The elimination of the Model S 75 cuts the Model S lineup down to only the 75D, 100D, and P100D variants. This, of course, means the starting price for the Model S now begins at $74,500 in the United States, up from $69,500 for the Model S 75.
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You Can Now Subscribe To Volvo Cars For Flat Monthly Rate
The new Volvo XC40 inaugurates ‘Care by Volvo,’ a new subscription service that targets younger buyers, letting them subscribe for select Volvo model at a flat monthly rate.
Aimed at making car ownership “as easy as having a cell phone,” the all-inclusive program starts at $600 per month (excluding registration, local taxes) for the company’s XC40 compact crossover and covers the cost of the lease, maintenance, insurance, and wear and tear, with no down payment required.
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Subscribers must agree to a 24-month contract term, with an option to sign up for a new two-year subscription as early as 12 months into the agreement. They are restricted to a 15,000-mile allowance and — like the latest cell phone monthly plans — can change cars when desired.
Two configurations of the XC40 will be available, starting with the XC40 T5 AWD Momentum with Premium Package, Vision Package, heated front seats and steering wheel, panoramic roof and 19-inch wheels.
For those that want a bit more substance, there is the XC40 R-Design with Harmon Kardon premium sound and 20-inch wheels, which if chosen, bumps the monthly fee up to $700 a month.
Other Volvo vehicles will be added to service in the future, each commanding a different monthly rate.
The price may see step, but Volvo says over 2,000 people have already signed up for the service, a figure that’s likely to grow. If you’d rather just buy the 2018 Volvo XC40, the price starts at $35,200 in the United States.
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GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition Is The Ultimate Yukon
GMC has unveiled an even more premium Yukon Denali package for those who don’t find the regular Denali good enough, appropriately calling it the Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition.
So, what exactly do you get? For starters, all the options available on the Yukon Denali black-painted 22-inch wheels with chrome inserts, a polished exhaust tip, chrome mirror caps and Onyx Black exterior paint.
The Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition also comes with the Open Road Package, which consists of a power sunroof, rear-seat entertainment system, Sirius XM and NavTraffic, Power-Retractable Assist Steps and the Enhanced Security Package.
Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking is standard safety ware, and power is provided by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
Stu Pierce, senior marketing manager for GMC Trucks and Full-Size SUVs, stated:
“The Yukon Denali has always made a bold and powerful statement, and the Ultimate Black Edition takes that expression to a new level. The Ultimate Black Edition provides our customers seeking the ultimate in performance and refinement with an opportunity to express themselves with a new and unique style.”
If you think it’s pointless for General Motors to have he Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition, think again. The company sells tons of Denali-badged models every year and makes a lot money doing so. In fact, don’t be surprised to hear a Hyper Ultimate Black Edition announced some time int he future.
Infiniti Updates Its QX80 Land Yacht For 2018
Infiniti’s yacht on wheels, the QX80 SUV, has been updated for the 2018 model year, gaining a revised look that’s more in line with the company’s other models, more premium materials, and better convenience and safety tech.
Infiniti chose the Dubai Auto Show to introduce the 2018 QX80 because of the nameplate’s popularity in the Middle East. It’s a not a brand-new model, but it does look fresher than before thanks to a taller and wider grille flanked by sharper-looking headlights, a piece of chrome trim on the lower bumper, new taillights, and revised trim elements.
Changes to the interior include a new steering wheel, new stitching patterns on key places, new wood trim options, additional upholstery colors, and upgraded materials.
The land yacht’s rear entertainment system has been upgraded, with the screens in the backs of the front seats growing in size from 7 to 8 inches. It can now be accessed via the cockpit’s 8-inch touchscreen.
There are no major mechanical modifications to report, so the updated QX80 carries on with a 5.6-liter V8 engine that produces 400 horsepower and 413 lb.-ft. of torque, sent to either the rear wheels or — optionally — all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission.
In the United States, RWD models deliver a fuel economy rating of 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway, while the four-wheel drive version gets 13 mpg city and 19 mpg highway.
The QX80’s safety tech has also been improved, providing a list of new driver-assist systems that include Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, Distance Control Assist, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Intervention, and Backup Collision Intervention.
The 2018 Infiniti QX80 starts at $64,750 in the U.S. for the two-wheel drive model and $67,850 for the four-wheel drive version.