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All-New, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Matures, Gets Diesel Engine



New, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL pose

There is an all-new Hyundai Santa Fe, and it has grown up in so many ways, including offering a diesel engine for the first time in North America.

Like its predecessor, the new, 2019 Santa Fe comes in five passenger and seven passenger versions, both completely revamped inside and out with bolder styling, more tech and new engines. However, the five-passenger Santa Fe Sport is now simply called the Santa Fe, while the seven-passenger model called Santa Fe has been renamed the Santa Fe XL.

The exterior has an upscale-looking front end that borrows some styling cues from the smaller Kona, notably the slim daytime running lights that flank Hyundai’s signature Cascading Grille.

The upscale exterior is complimented by a more premium and stylish interior with more room than the previous model, featuring a digital instrument cluster and a more upright center console with a bigger, a 7- or 8-inch infotainment touchscreen. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard, and a built-in Qi wireless smartphone charging pad is optional.

Smaller pillars all around help deliver greater visibility at the front, rear, and sides — an issue with the previous car — while a new feature called Safe Exit Assist temporarily keeps doors (unlocked or otherwise) from being opened when a motorcycle, bicycle, or vehicle approaches from behind. There is also a new Rear Seat Occupant Alert system that uses an ultrasonic sensor to keep an eye out for kids and pets.

For power, buyers will have a choice of a 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 232-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, both mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels or, optionally, all four wheels via the Korean automaker’s HTRAC all-wheel drive system.

There is also a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 200 horsepower. Santa Fe models equipped with it feature what Hyundai calls an “occasional-use third-row seat” that shouldn’t be confused with the roomier third-row that the Santa Fe XL offers.

The all-new, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe XL make their North American debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show.


New Suzuki Jimny Gets Turned Into Mercedes G-Class Lookalike



Liberty Walk Suzuki Jimny Mini G

The Suzuki Jimny is commonly viewed as a poor man’s Jeep Wrangler or Mercedes-Benz G-Class, nut one Japanese tuner has taken the comparison way too literally.

Some of the most defining styling cues of the latest Jimny — round headlights, tall boxy silhouette, etc. — are shared with the G-Class. Liberty Walk took advantage of the resemblance to build a G-Class lookalike, calling its creation the “G-Mini”.

Starting with the stock Jimny, Liberty Walk added a new grille insert with two horizontal slats, a hood made out of carbon fiber, a front bumper with air vents shaped like the one on the previous G-Class, fender flares, and wider alloy wheels.

There is also a light bar above the windshield like the one on Liberty Walk-tuned G-Glass builds, as well as side-exit dual chromed exhaust tips under the running board that suggests the G-Mini might have a mechanical upgrade. Hopefully it’s a power injection to back up its looks — the 100 horsepower produced by the stock Jimny’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine is just too measly to be taken seriously.

What do you think? Did Liberty Walk do a good job at making the Suzuki Jimny look less like a poor-man’s Mercedes-Benz G-Class? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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New, 2019 Suzuki Jimny Rugged Small SUV Is Even Cuter And Tougher



New, 2019 Suzuki Jimny Little SUV, Off-roading

Suzuki’s rugged and cute off-roader has been reborn as an even cuter, boxier and more capable little SUV.

Now in its forth-generation, the all-new Suzuki Jimny arrives 20 years after the previous Jimny debuted in 1998 — a very long time in the automotive world. Whereas the previous model at least had a few curves offset its boxy design, the latest iteration adopts even more squared off proportions with hardly an arched line in sight.

The slab-sided design makes it look tougher than its diminutive size would suggest and gives a marked resemblance to the Jeep Wrangler and Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

An available two-tone styling package adds a black grille, lower fascia, and roof, further accentuating the angular design, while the flat-topped fenders seem to provide even more wheel clearance for bashing around off-road.

One can argue that the Jimny is a poor-man’s Wrangler, which itself is viewed by many as a poor man’s G-Class, but we think it has more spunk than either model.

New, 2019 Suzuki Jimny Cute SUV interior

Inside, the new Jimny gains a far more modern looking cabin than its predecessors, with a touchscreen infotainment system now siting at the top of the center stack and a digital display slotting between two large gauges in the instrument cluster. It retains traditional knobs for controlling the HVAC system but makes them look for more stylish than on the previous model.

A range of engines will be offered. In Japan, the rugged little SUV is available with a 660cc engine that complies with the country’s kei car requirements or a more powerful 1.5-liter unit. Europeans have the choice of the 1.5-liter, a 1.2-liter four-cylinder, and a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder.

The engines can be paired with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox. Four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case contribute to its off-roading capabilities.

In addition to Japan and Europe, the new Suzuki Jimny will also be sold in the Indian subcontinent, South America and other parts of the world, but not North America.

Suzuki left Canada and the United States back in 2013, which is too bad. The stunning little off-roader would have been easier on on the wallet than the Wrangler and especially the G-Class.

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New Ford Territory Is A Hybrid SUV For China



New Ford Territory SUV, China

The new Ford Territory is one of 50 new or redesigned vehicles Ford has planned for China from 2018 through 2025.

Jointly developed with local partner Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC), Ford’s entry level SUV is essentially a rebadge of Jiangling’s Yusheng S330 that’s been on sale since 2016, but with a different front fascia, more attractive dashboard design, and more technology. Chinese buyers have the choice of three engines — a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, a 48-volt mild hybrid system, and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Inside, the Territory features a modern infotainment system with Mandarin voice controls and is available with Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assistance technologies, which includes adaptive cruise control and FordPass Connect.

Sales begin in early 2019 with a price tag that should be higher than the S330’s start MSRP of around 80,000 Yuan (~$11,700 USD).

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