2021 Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid gets more power, same $37,490 price

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 15:44
The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid gets a larger battery pack, a bigger engine, and a price that costs less than the 2020 model when factoring in available federal tax credits. The five-seat crossover SUV has an electric range of 24 miles, up from 22 miles, and a 2.4-liter inline-4 replaces the 2.0-liter inline-4, the automaker announced...
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Green light for Basildon build-to-rent scheme

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 15:31
A mixed-use development comprising 492 build-to-rent (BTR) apartments and flexible office space has been given the green light by planners.
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Knight Frank hires Hillard to ESG team

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 15:21
Knight Frank has grown its energy, sustainability and natural resources team with the appointment of Nick Hillard as a partner.
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Platform to build 453-unit BTR development in Edinburgh

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 14:49
A build-to-rent (BTR) development in Edinburgh, Scotland has been granted planning permission by the council.
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Platform to build 453-unit PBSA development in Edinburgh

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 14:49
A build-to-rent (BTR) development in Edinburgh, Scotland has been granted planning permission by the council.
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2021 Chevrolet Suburban Z71 First Test: Roomy and … Agile?

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 14:30

There’s no way around the fact that the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban is a gigantic vehicle. With an overall length of 225.7 inches, the full-size SUV casts a shadow large enough to cover one and half Chevy Sparks. And it’s heavy, too: Our moderately equipped 2021 Suburban Z71 test vehicle tipped our scales at 5,991 pounds. With that in mind, we weren’t expecting to be exhilarated behind the wheel, but the big ’Burban does a good job of mitigating its heft to deliver a pleasant driving experience.

Senior features editor Jonny Lieberman previously drove a nearly identical version of our test vehicle and had high praises for the powertrain, specifically the new 10-speed and its smooth shifts. Spinning the automatic transmission’s gears is a 5.3-liter V-8 making 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. This will be the volume engine choice in a powertrain lineup that also encompasses a Duramax diesel (which we’ve tested) and a stronger 6.2-liter V-8.

That said, the 5.3-liter is more than adequate, and the gearbox’s work was hardly noticeable under hard acceleration. At the track, the 2021 Suburban Z71 ran to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 15.7 seconds. How does that compare to what Ford has to offer? The last similar full-size Ford we tested was a 2018 Expedition Max Platinum 4×4 with the higher output 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 making 400 hp and 480 lb-ft. The boosted Ford put down zero-to-60-mph and quarter-mile times of 6.9 seconds and 15.3 seconds, respectively. And based on EPA ratings for four-wheel-drive models, the Ford has the fuel-economy advantage as well. The Expedition Max is rated at 16/21/18 mpg city/highway/combined, while the Suburban returns 15/19/17 mpg.

When it comes to stopping, our 2021 Suburban needed 127 feet to halt from 60 mph, while the Expedition did it in 130 feet. The Chevy’s longish distance isn’t surprising considering our example was fitted with knobby Goodyear Wrangler TrailRunner all-terrain tires that come with the Z71 package. For comparison, the Suburban High Country Duramax diesel we recently tested was wearing more normal all-season rubber and recorded a fairly decent 115-foot stopping distance from 60 mph. And for the rare few Suburban customers who may be curious about figure-eight test performance, we recorded a lap time of 30.9 seconds, roughly three seconds off pace from the Expedition. Numbers rundowns are only part of the story, though, and we’re eager to pit the Suburban against the Expedition in a proper same-place, same-time comparison test.

And what’s more important than test results is how the Suburban behaves on the road. The 2021 Suburban rides on a new chassis with independent rear suspension, and the latter combines with our test SUV’s magnetic dampers and adaptive air suspension to deliver good ride quality and surprisingly good body control through corners. The steering is light and accurate, too, accuracy being key to placing such a big beast on a winding back road or even within a freeway lane. We have yet to drive a Suburban with the standard suspension, but we have driven a version of its short-wheelbase—and otherwise essentially identical—sibling, the Chevrolet Tahoe. And based on our experience with the non-magnetic-damper Tahoe, you should, at the very least, spring for the magnetorheological setup if your budget allows it. That means for rear-drive Suburbans you’ll need to step up to the Premier trim, which starts at $66,595 with rear-wheel drive. The least you can spend on a Z71 with magnetic dampers is $68,930, which also includes air suspension.

Now that we’ve driven and tested the new Suburban, it’s clear the Chevy shines with a smooth gearbox, handsome sheetmetal, and an outstanding ride when equipped with the fancy suspension. But the Expedition, despite being a few years older, stands out with its premium interior and strong engine, both of which come at only a small premium in terms of base price: $53,720 for the Expedition Max 2WD versus $52,995 for the Suburban LS 2WD. Should be an interesting showdown. We can’t wait.

2021 Chevrolet Suburban Z71 4×4 BASE PRICE $63,195 PRICE AS TESTED $78,875 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, 4WD, 7-pass, 4-door SUV ENGINE 5.3L/355-hp/383-lb-ft OHV 16-valve V-8 TRANSMISSION 10-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 5,991 lb (52/48%) WHEELBASE 134.1 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 225.7 x 81.1 x 75.7 in 0-60 MPH 7.6 sec QUARTER MILE 15.7 sec @ 89.6 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 127 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.67 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 30.9 sec @ 0.50 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 15/19/17 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 225/177 kWh/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.17 lb/mile

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2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid vs. 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid: Compare Hybrid Crossover SUVs

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 14:00
Pickups aside, the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V are the two top-selling vehicles in the U.S. And they’re both offered in high-mpg hybrid versions. The CR-V and RAV4 flaunt the compact-crossover goodness—laid out in cargo-friendly layouts, easy seating heights, and all-wheel drive—that’s pulled Americans away from mid-size...
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Bad Vegan to make debut at LabTech’s Buck Street Market

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 12:08
LabTech, owner of Camden Market, has signed Bad Vegan for its first-ever site at Buck Street Market.
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Soho House plots £2.12bn float

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 12:04
Private members’ club chain Soho House is poised to float the company on the New York stock exchange with a valuation of as much as $3bn (£2.12bn).
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 12:00
What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5? What does it compare to? The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an electric compact crossover that spearheads Hyundai’s Ioniq electric vehicle series. Unlike the Hyundai Kona EV that’s limited to select zero-emission states, and unlike the Ioniq sedan that can be had as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid...
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​Curlew Capital granted permission for Stratford student digs

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 11:44
Curlew Capital has been granted planning permission to develop a 282-room purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA)  development in east London.
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AXA IM boosts earnings by 6%

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 11:40
AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) posted a 6% rise in underlying earnings for the 2020 financial year, earning €279m (£241m).
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UKGBC launches its guidance for defining social value

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 11:07
The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched a guide for defining social value in developments.
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Patrizia reports 13.4% drop in income for 2020

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 11:01
Patrizia AG reported a 13.4% drop in operating income to €116.5m (£100.5m) for the 2020 financial year.
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Regional REIT to pay 1.5p dividend

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 08:19
Regional REIT will pay a dividend of 1.5p per share for the fourth quarter of 2020.
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Shaftesbury collects 36% of January rent

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 08:09
Shaftesbury has collected 36% of rent for the January quarter this year, as government measures continue to have a significant impact on economic activity and consumer spending patterns.
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Savills expands auction team with new hire

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 05:15
Savills has bolstered its auction team with a new appointment, as it looks to expand its commercial offering, Property Week can reveal.
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2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 and Its V-8 Engine Costs Maserati Money

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 05:01

You just knew the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 was going to be skin-tinglingly expensive. When it’s fairly easy to load up a normal Wrangler with one of its gas four- or six-cylinder engines—not to mention its pricey diesel V-6 option—past the $60,000 mark, there was no way the long-awaited V-8-powered Wrangler wouldn’t have at least a seven in front of its price tag.

Prepare Thyself …

Lo and behold, Jeep has released pricing for the new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Launch Edition, and it starts at $74,995. That’s $24,030 more than the next-priciest Wrangler’s ask, and barely less than it’ll cost you to buy a Levante luxury SUV—sold through Jeep parent Stellantis’ Maserati division. We needn’t list all the mainstream compact SUVs the limited-edition Wrangler is pricier than (all of them), but we will toss one more comparison your way: The Rubicon 392 will cost you more than even hotted-up compact luxury crossovers such as the BMW X3 M and twin-turbo V-8–powered Mercedes-AMG GLC63. The Wrangler even costs more than the one-size up Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and Dodge Durango SRT SUVs, with which it shares its 470-hp, 470-lb-ft 6.4-liter V-8 engine. Crazy? Not if you just have to have a Wrangler with a V-8 packing 185 more horsepower than the Wrangler’s standard-issue 3.6-liter V-6 and a factory warranty.

Don’t worry, customers can shovel more cash at their local Jeep dealer with plenty of extra-cost options, including the nifty—and $4,395—Dual Door Group (two sets of doors, one with lower sills for more open-air fun) and the $2,000 Sky One-Touch power-sliding canvas roof. Add both, and you can push your ultimate Wrangler’s price tag over eighty grand.

All Ate Up With Features (and Motor)

On the upside, this is the priciest Rubicon 392–presumably less expensive versions will follow sometime after the Jeep goes on sale—and it comes pretty much fully loaded with every extra from lesser Wranglers. It has all the Rubicon trim’s off-road goodies plus the largest 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation standard, as well as leather seats, automatic climate control, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, soft-touch door panels, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and more.

We say “pretty much fully loaded” only because, well, there are a few curious omissions from the 392’s standard features list. Why, on a $75,000 Wrangler, is a tow hitch a $350 extra? We could see that being, say, a no-cost option, so that off-roaders not keen on dragging a hitch on obstacles could avoid it—but 350 bucks? Ditto the $525 hardtop headliner pads. Maybe Jeep wants customers to have the choice of more of that Hemi V-8 engine noise reflecting off the inside of the Wrangler’s plastic hardtop—but, like, again, why not make it a no-cost deal? At least buyers who want a soft top (the hardtop is standard) can have one for $0, and the dual-top group (both hard and soft roofs are included) costs less here than on other Wranglers, a mere $1,300.

Is this worth it? Depends on how muscled your Jeep wave hand is. If you absolutely must have the Wrangler with a V-8 and don’t feel like paying similar money (or more) all-in for the same result from an aftermarket conversion, well, Jeep’s got you by the rock rails and knows it. Start saving up, because the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Launch Edition drops this spring.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Launch Edition Pricing
  • $74,995

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2022 Land Rover Defender V-8 First Look: Supercharged Screamer

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 00:01

Now we’re talking! For the 2022 model year, Land Rover is cramming its familiar supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 under the Defender’s shapely aluminum skin, giving the 2021 MotorTrend SUV of the Year some serious hustle. If you hate fun (or gas stations), then you’ll be pleased to know the rest of the Defender lineup grabs some updates for 2022 as well, so get that 2021 Defender prepped for trade-in.

We knew a V-8 Defender was somewhere on the horizon, but we weren’t privy as to what power the new engine would bring, nor what kind of optional extras would come along with the additional cylinders. Regardless if you order the new engine in two-door Defender 90 or four-door Defender 110 configuration, the 5.0-liter spins out 518 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque, a whopping 123-hp and 55-lb-ft jump over the P400-spec turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that was, until this point, the SUV’s most potent powertrain option. Power is managed by the Defender’s existing ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission, routed to all-four wheels through an upgraded version of the regular SUV’s four-wheel-drive system, now carrying a new electronic rear differential.

Pick the Defender 90 V-8, and 0–60 mph takes a wild 4.9 seconds. It will continue to defy the laws of aerodynamics until it reaches a mighty limited top speed of 149 mph. As this is far more performance than the regular four- and six-cylinder Defender was designed for, the V-8 incorporates a sled of tweaks to keep your new 4×4 right-side-up when you immediately overcook that curved entrance ramp.

Stiffer bushings and larger anti-roll bars are logical additions to scuttle some of the nasty body lean, while that new rear diff incorporates yaw control that works in tandem with a new Dynamic drive mode slotted into the Defender’s trick Terrain Response 2 program. The changes levied in Dynamic mode are straightforward: sharper throttle, stiffened suspension, and active torque vectoring battens things down and presumably turns the Defender into something you could kinda-maybe-sorta use to charge down a twisting country road. Be careful.

If it does get a bit hairy, the new 22-inch wheels hide larger 15.0-inch front brake rotors to help slow things down. When you eventually pull over to light a cig or rip your vape to calm your nerves, you might as well take the moment to admire the Defender V-8’s new paint colors: Carpathian Grey, Yulong White, and Santorini Black. Quite the soothing palette, especially with the contrasting Narvik Black roof on the former two options.

Inside, the V-8 arrives with a darkened theme, complete with satin metal touchpoints, an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, metal shift paddles, and special V-8 badging on the sill treadplates. If this isn’t enough finery, you’d better spring for the V-8 Carpathian Edition. Finished exclusively in the namesake Carpathian Grey, the model includes splashes of Narvik Black on its roof, hood, and rear tailgate. Carpathian Edition-specific badging is scattered around the exterior, along with color-matched front-and-rear skidplates and satin tow hooks. The final touch is the standard Satin Protective Film that protects against paint scratches and scuffs, on- or off-road.

If you find the 3.0-liter inline-six just fine and dandy but want a bit of the specialness offered by the range-topping V-8, the new Defender XS Edition should be right up your alley. Spotters can pick the XS Edition out from the hordes of bog-standard Defenders by its body-colored cladding and Satin Grey wheels, and if you manage to catch one in the valet lot, stick your head inside and take a gander at the extended Ebony Grained leather upholstery and XS Edition-specific treadplates.

Dang, still not satisfied? Lucky for you, the regular Defender 90 now comes in X-Dynamic SE and X-Dynamic HSE trims for 2022. For picky owners looking to zhuzh-up their new mall-crawler, a Bright package, Extended Bright package, and Extended Black package can be tacked onto most Defender trims, as can a newly optional 11.4-inch touchscreen infotainment display. Aside from these optional extras, every 2022 Defender carries standard wireless charging

We bet you’re chomping at the V-8-powered bit, Sorry, you’re going to have to be patient for the time being—Land Rover is keeping mum on both pricing and availability for the newest member of the Defender family.

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Recovery roadmap primes London office investment market for busy Q2

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 00:00
The government’s roadmap to Covid recovery is set to have a mixed impact on London’s office markets.
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