It’s an electrified pickup that delivers insane performance and serious truck capabilities.
You may have never heard of Rivian, but it’s a company to watch out for. At the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, it shocked (pun intended) showgoers by unveiling a new electric pickup truck that not only looks cool, but also beats most supercars in a drag race and has a driving range of up to 400 miles (644 km) on a single charge.
The so-called R1T is the first of two electric vehicles that Rivian showed off at LA — the second is an electric SUV — and is based on a platform that positions the battery pack, electric motors, suspension, braking and other systems all below the height of the wheels to deliver a low center of gravity.
This electric truck is the very definition of space maximization. In addition to providing enough room for five occupants, it features a spacious integrated, watertight bed, as well as a large 350 liter (12.3 cu.ft) front truck (frunk).
There’s even more storage room beneath the rear-seat floor and also underneath the bed floor (200 liters / 7 cu.ft), while a lockable gear tunnel offers ample room for longer items such as skis, a snowboard, tent, stroller or perhaps golf clubs.
Buyers can choose between three different battery pack configurations: 105 kWh, 135 kWh and 180 kWh, each capable of providing a top speed of 125 mph (201 km/h). Driving range spans 230 miles (370 km) to over 400 miles (643 km) depending on the batter selected.
Power is provided by a quad-motor system that delivers 147kW of power and a ridiculous 3,500 Nm (10,325 lb-ft) of torque to each wheel, allowing the R1T to reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in an as little as 3 seconds and 100 mph (161 km/h) in less than 7 seconds in its most potent configuration.
Rivian’s electric pikcup truck can tow up to 11,000 pounds, while an unequal length double wishbone suspension in the front and a multi-link suspension at the rear helps optimize all-around performance, including driving comfort on varying terrains.
The interior is simple and durable yet premium. Sustainably-sourced wood are used throughout to add a touch of sophistication , while high-wear areas of the cabin feature durable and innovative materials that can be easily cleaned. It also provides driver and passengers alike with high levels of connectivity and safety via Rivian’s connected car platform, which operates on a high-speed Ethernet backbone for over-the-air software updates and on a cloud-ecosystem for data exchange.
An 15.6-inch touch screen infotainment display, working with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 6.8-inch rear touchscreen display provide a clean interface of the truck’s numerous functions.
Pricing for the Rivian R1T starts at $61,500 in the United States after the Federal Tax credit, and deliveries begin in late 2020. Rivian is currently taking reservations, and interested buyers can make their refundable deposit of $1,000 at the company’s website.
New Porsche 911 Arrives With Timeless Design, More Tech And Power
The new 911 might not look all that new, but — trust us — it’s new.
Porsche has finally unveiled the eighth-generation, 992 Porsche 911, and it’s a gem.
While the overall design changes little, no one will mistake the new 911 for anything else. Porsche knows better than to mess with such an iconic and timeless design, but looking closely reveals a few new styling elements that not only draw inspiration from early 911s, but also increase the aggressiveness factor.
The middle section of the hood, for instance, is lower than the outer edges in a clear nod to early 911s, while the rear features thinner lights and a bumper insert incorporating oval exhaust tips. The wheel arches have been beefed up for a wider, more planted look and house 20-inch front and 21-inch rear alloys.
The wheels themselves have new designs and paint colors, with each variant receiving vintage-looking emblems.
Inside, designers drew inspiration from 911s made in the 1970s when laying out the exceptionally modern cockpit. The instrument cluster consists of an analog tachometer flanked by a pair of configurable screens, while the infotainment system is displayed on a 10.9-inch color touchscreen located on the dashboard.
911 owners benefit from three smartphone applications. Called Porsche Road Trip, the first app helps organize road trips by planning a route, offering hotel and restaurant recommendations, and selecting viewpoints along the way. Second is the Porsche 360+, which is a personal lifestyle assistant “intended to make everyday life easier and exclusive experiences possible.” Finally, Porsche Impact is an emissions calculator that tells owners how much CO2 their 911 emits and how they can clear their conscious by making donations (via the app) to climate projects around the world.
The options list now includes Adaptive cruise control with a stop-and-go function and night vision are found on the list of extra-cost options, while a new feature called the Porsche Wet Mode can detect water on the road, adjust various parameters like the ABS settings and the stability control system accordingly, and allows the driver to switch to a safer driving mode at the push of a button.
As expected, the 2020 Porsche 911 is powered by an improved version of the 991 911’s turbocharged six-cylinder engine. In the 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4S, it produces 443 horsepower — 23 more horsepower than before — and can be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission or manual transmission, a setup that allows the former to reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.5 seconds and the latter to complete the run in 3.4 seconds.
If you want even better performance, opt for the Sport Chrono package, which drops the 0-60 mph time to a supercar-like 3.2 seconds.
The new Porsche 911 Carrera S starts at $114,250 in the United States, while the 2020 911 Carrera 4S commands $121,650. Let us know if you’re happy with how it turned out in the comments below.
New Hyundai Palisade SUV Is Hyundai’s Top Vehicle
The Palisade is the Korean brand’s new big dog.
Hyundai has introduced its biggest SUV to date at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show, the new Palisade!
As a large, mainstream three-row SUV, the Palisade is Hyundai’s answer to the likes of the Ford Explorer, Subaru Ascent, and Volkswagen Atlas. It has a presence that cannot be ignored, thanks in large part to a blunt front end with a massive, thickly-chromed grille and thin lights. It looks like a Kona on steroids, frankly speaking.
The interior has seating for up to eight passengers (a seven-passenger configuration is available) with 18 cubic feet of trunk space to spare. Folding the third row seats gets you 45.8 cubes, and there are some 16 cup holders scattered throughout.
When designing the dashboard, Hyundai replaced many of the buttons one would normally expect with a 10.2-inch touch screen but made sure to keep physical buttons for the stereo and the HVAC. The company’s Blue Link app allows owners to perform a wide variety of functions like locking or unlocking the car, starting the engine, and adjusting the climate control.
The options list includes wireless smartphone charging, seven USB ports, a power-operated hatch, and third-row seats that fold down at the push of a button.
Under the hood, the Palisade launches with a 3.8-liter, Atkinson-cycle V6 that generates 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft. of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission spins the front wheels, though buyers can pay extra for all-wheel drive.
The Hyundai Palisade replaces the Santa Fe XL. North American sales begin in summer 2019.
New Kia Niro EV Debuts With 239 Mile Driving Range
The new electric vehicle sounds like a spaceship.
Having shown the concept version early at the Consumer Electronic Show, Kia used the 2018 LA Auto Show unveil the fully-electric Niro SUV.
The North American-spec Kia Niro EV is equipped with a 64 kWh battery and has a driving range of 239 miles (385 km), which places near the top of its category. An electric motor that producs 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque drives the front wheels.
Charging the Niro EV with a fast charger provides 100 miles (161 km) of range in half an hour, or an 80-percent charge in 75 minutes, and using a level two (240-volt) charger yields a full charge in 9.5 hours.
To help recharge the battery while driving, Kia developed a regenerative braking system that automatically adjusts the level of regeneration based on the distance between the Niro and the vehicle in front of it.
Styling is more closely aligned to the Niro Hybrid and PHEV models than it is to the sleek concept. Distinct touches include unique grille, daytime running lights shaped like an arrowhead, modified side sills. and a redesigned bumper.
The Niro EV may not not look like an ‘electric’ vehicle, but it certainly sounds like one. Kia programmed its pedestrian warning system to supposedly sounds like a “speedy sci-fi craft.”
Inside, the UVO infotainment system is displayed on a seven-inch touchscreen and provides information about the battery pack and real-time charging station updates. It also lets users to schedule charging to take advantage of off-peak hours and send a navigation destination from their phone to the car. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are both standard.
As with other Kia models, the Niro EV comes with an impressive list of standard features, including 7-inch wheels, frontal collision avoidance assistance, lane departure assistance, smart cruise control, and rear collision warning.
The new Kia Niro EV is made in South Korea and goes on sale in early 2019.