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New Lincoln Aviator SUV Lands In Style With Hybrid Tech

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New 2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV

Ford’s luxury subsidiary brings back an old name with a bang.

At the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Lincoln took the wraps off the all-new, completely reinvented Aviator, its foray into the large, three-row crossover segment after the discontinuation of its predecessor in 2005.

Unlike its previous Aviator, and like the latest Lincoln Navigator, the new Aviator is far more than just a rebadged Ford. Despite sharing a multi-layout platform with the upcoming new Ford Explorer, it is an entirely different animal on the outside and inside.

Lincoln’s design team looked to aeronautical history for inspiration while penning the new SUV, delivering a strong and stately appearance comparable to a Range Rover or any other vehicle of its caliber. Are happy with how it transitioned from the Aviator Concept?

Inside, the instruments and gauges draw inspiration from Bell and Ross, a watchmaking company best known for its devotion to aviation-inspired design, and polished, engine-turned aluminum accents replace wood trim, calling to mind the instrument panels of vintage aircraft.

Even the perforation on leather seats take cues from aircraft runway lights. The “glass cockpit” is dominated by a large 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a head-up display, while the big pilot and co-pilot seats are jam-packed with adjusters, massagers, heaters, and coolers.

Going against convention — the vast majority of mainstream crossovers fundamentally have a front-wheel drive architecture — the new Aviator is rear-wheel-drive, offering an all-wheel-drive setup as an option. Power will come from a twin-turbocharged V6 that produces a healthy 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque or, optionally, a hybrid powertrain rated at an estimated 450 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, both utilizing Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission.

Lincoln placed a heavy emphasis on the technological aspect of the luxury car experience. As a highlight, Aviator premiers the company’s new “Phone as a Key” feature that lets you unlock and start the SUV with your smartphone.

The suspension also automatically lowers the Aviator to “greet” the driver, while a smart, camera- and sensor-based adaptive suspension can adjust to discomforting road imperfections to improve ride quality.

From the plug-in hybrid powertrain, to the striking exterior and to the stunning, tech-loaded interior, the new Lincoln Aviator looks like a serious contender in the large premium crossover segment. Do you like how it turned out?

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Tesla Model Y Small SUV Arrives As A More Practical Model 3

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New Tesla Model Y Small SUV

The entry-level electric crossover is expected to replace the Model 3 as Tesla’s most popular model.

Tesla has finally unveiled the Model Y, an all-electric crossover that’s more important to its mass-market ambitions than even the Model 3.

Essentially a high-riding Model 3 with more seating and cargo room, the Model Y looks to capitalize on the popularity of crossovers and SUVs, which have been killing sedans the world over, both figuratively and literally. It can also be viewed as a smaller, more affordable Tesla Model X.

At launch, the Model Y will be offered in Performance and dual-motor AWD trims. The former is priced at $60,000 in the United States and will be the quickest-accelerating in the lineup, capable of launching from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds and hitting a top speed of 150 mph (241 km/h).

The dual-motor AWD Model Y, on the other hand, has a $51,000 price take, completes the zero-to-60-mph sprint in 4.8 seconds and is limited to a 135 mph (217 km/h) top speed. Both are expected to have a driving range of up to 280 miles (451 km/h).

There will eventually be a rear-wheel drive Long Range edition of the Model Y that starts at $47,000 and features a modest increase in driving range to 300 miles (483 km) on a single charge, though acceleration drops to 5.5 seconds.

Finally, the entry-level Model Y Standard Range kicks everything off with a “bargain basement” $39,000 price tag, but steps down to a 5.9-second zero-to-60 time, a 120-mph (193 km/h) top speed, and 230 miles (370 km) of range.

The Model Y shares approximately 75 percent of its parts with the Model 3, explaining its familiar looks inside and out. It does a good job at mimicking a baby Model X but doesn’t get falcon doors for the sake of simplicity.

Bigger dimensions means occupants benefit from for 66 cubic feet of trunk space compared to the Model 3’s 15 cubes, and having conventional doors also allows owners to install a roof rack.

The options list include a $3,000 package to upgrade the seats from five to seven, 19-inch alloy wheels ($1,500), a number of exterior color choices other than black, a black and white interior, Autopilot, and full self-driving capability.

The Performance and dual-motor AWD Model Y are scheduled to arrive by fall 2020, while production of the entry-level Model Y Standard Range isn’t expected to begin until spring 2021. You can currently reserve a Model Y by sending Tesla a refundable $2,500 deposit.

Are you happy with how Tesla’s small SUV turned out? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Polestar 3 Will Be A Coupe-Like SUV Rivaling Tesla Model 3

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White Polestar 2 EV

It will be the Swedish electric car brand’s first SUV-crossover.

Polestar has shifted is hard at work on it’s follow-up the Polestar 2, the company’s Tesla Model 3-fighter.

Unsurprisingly, the Pole Polestar 3 will be a utility vehicle — more specifically a coupe-like SUV — intended to capitalize on the SUV-crossover craze.

“We’ve produced the two bookends. You’ve already got the top end and the bottom end, and all of the Polestar models that we launch thereafter will be positioned in between those two,” Jonathan Goodman, Polestar’s CEO confirmed to Digital Trends. “The one that comes after the Polestar 2 is the Polestar 3. It’s a coupe-style SUV, and we will release it in the back end of 2021.”

Like the Polestar 2, the Polestar 3 will be a fully electric vehicle and will likely share a platform with the the Polestar 2. It will give Polestar an answer to the Tesla Model Y

What are you hoping to see?

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Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV Concept Previews Alfa’s First Electrified Vehicle

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Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV Concept, live

The Italian automaker is getting ready to enter the electric vehicle segment.

Alfa Romeo used the 2019 Geneva Motor show to debut the Tonale Concept, previewing its first plug-in hybrid.

Sharing a design language with the larger Stelvio, the sleek compact crossover stands out with a large lower grille flanked by LED-array headlights that are thinner than those on the Stelvio and retro design elements like Alfa Romeo’s characteristic phone-dial wheel, which as borrowed from the 33 Stradale of the 1960s.

Highlights of the interior include a 12.3-inch full digital instrument cluster, a large 10.25-inch touchscreen for the central head unit, and premium materials ranging from aluminum to Alcantara and leather.

Technical details or a launch window for the production Tonale were not revealed, but the model was envisioned with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Alfa Romeo plans to launch a total of six PHEVs by the end of 2022, and the Tonale will certainly be one of them.

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