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2019 Nissan Murano Gets Minor Design Tweaks, New Colors

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Updated 2019 Nissan Murano SUV

The changes are minor, but they’re better than nothing.

Like the Maxima, the Nissan Murano has received a few updates for its 2019 model year in the face of increased competition from the likes of the new Honda Passport and Chevrolet Blazer.

On the outside, there is a revised front end with a deeper V-motion grille, LED headlights and restyled LED fog lights; new LED taillights; new wheel designs and three new exterior colors — Sunset Drift Chromaflair, Mocha Almond Pearl and Deep Blue Pearl.

Inside, the Murano Platinum gains seats appointed in semi-aniline leather with diamond-quilted inserts and contrasting piping, while three new trim finishers — dark wood-tone, light wood-tone and metallic — have been added to the options list.

An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is standard on all models, as are Nissan’s Rear Door Alert and Intelligent Driver Alertness.

Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 safety suite is standard on the 2019 Murano Platinum and optional on SL grades, adding Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Rear Automatic Braking. Nissan also upgraded the second-row supplemental side air bags and front passenger supplemental knee air bag for added protection.

The Murano’s powertrain carries over unchanged. The V6 produces 260 horsepower, sent the from wheels or, operationally, all wheels via a continuously variable transmission.

The updated 2019 Nissan Murano goes on sale in December 2018.

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New, 2020 Kia Soul EV Has 243 Mile (391 Km) Driving Range

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New, 2020 Kia Soul EV

Kia’s quirky crossover joins the high-range electric vehicle group.

The EPA has given the 2020 Kia Soul EV a driving range of up to 243 miles (391 km) on a single charge, placing it in the same class as the Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV and Nissan LEAF e+, all of which get over 200 miles (322 km).

In fact, the Soul EV uses the same 64 kWh battery pack as the Kona Electric and Niro. Power is provided by an electric motor that generates 201-horsepower and 291 lb-ft. of torque and can be modulated with four driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Eco+, which automatically adjust power output, regenerative braking, climate control settings, and set speed limits to help manage overall efficiency.

Similar to the Niro and Kona EVs, it will charge at around 100kW for at least the first 50 percent of charge. A DC Fast Charge port comes standard.

The 2020 Kia Soul EV goes on sale in the second half of 2019.

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Kia’s New Telluride SUV Is Big Enough For Your Whole Family

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New, 2020 Kia Telluride SUV

Kia’s biggest-ever SUV has enough room to accommodate eight occupants in relative comfort.

The Kia Telluride has finally seen the light of day, giving Kia a spacious modern SUV for the whole family.

Designed in California specifically for the North American market, particularly the United States, the Telluride stands out with a boxy shape, a blunt hood, and a wide grille flanked by a pair of blunt vertical headlights. It’s distinctive, attractive and should turn some heads in the rather soft and puffy-looking full-size SUV segment.

Power is provided by a 3.8L V6 that produces 291 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, good enough for a 5,000-pound tow rating. An 8-speed automatic transmission drives the wheels.

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The Telluride also features four-wheel independent suspension with an optional self-leveling system and all-wheel drive. ‘Comfort’ and ‘snow’ odes distribute just 20 percent of torque to the rear wheels, while ‘sport’ has a 65-35 front-back split and ‘lock’ divides power equally between all corners.

Inside, the clean, BMW-esque dashboard is fitted with a 10.25-inch touchscreen that’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibile, while a 10-speaker, 630-watt Harman Kardon sound system makes it easy to blast you favorite tunes throughout the cavernous interior. There’s also a wireless charging pad and a total of six USB charging ports.

Buyers looking for a more premium look and feel can splurge on a number of luxury interior appointments, ranging from quilted Nappa leather to matte-finish wood.

On the safety front, Kia’s big SUV is available with tons of safety tech, including forward collision warning, forward collision-avoidance assist, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, a blind spot monitor, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, and a head-up display.

The all-new, 2020 Kia Telluride goes on sale in the second half of 2019 in LX, EX, S, and SX trims. Would you consider it as your next family-hauler?

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Hyundai Is Going After The Porsche Macan Sporty Tucson N

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The Korean automaker believes its plebeian crossover can reach for higher heights.

Hyundai has some big performance goals for the Tucson. It has tasked its N performance sub-brand to develop a performance version of its bread-and-butter compact utility vehicle, one that could potentiality give the Porsche Macan a run for its money on the performance front.

According to , the Hyundai Tucson N will be ready sometime in 2020, before the arrival of the next-generation Tucson. The company is keeping most details under wraps, but we do know that it will have around 340 horsepower, explaining why some are already calling it the poor man’s Porsche Macan.

The Tucson N will serve as the halo vehicle for the N sub-brand until an even more high-octane vehicle wearing the Hyundai badge comes along. A source familiar with the project told Auto Express that they’re “going to take our time with this one – because when it appears it will blow everything else away in its sector.”

How do you envision the Hyundai Tucson N and what do you want to see from Hyundai’s engineers and designers?

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