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App launched for CRE investment appraisals

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:17
Intellect Automation has launched a new version of its Dashflow app, currently used by M&G Real Estate, Delancey and Colliers International, which allows users to appraise any property investment scenario.
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Legal & General secures largest North East industrial pre-let in a decade

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:13
LGIM Real Assets has secured a pre-let at Gateshead’s Follingsby Park, which will see the development of a new 135,000 sq ft warehouse for TOR Coatings.
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Octopus appoints Deacon to lead core credit

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:12
Specialist property lender Octopus Property has appointed Sean Deacon as its head of core credit.
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LCP signs double pre-let for Amazon expansion

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:07
Logistics Capital Partners has signed pre-lets with Amazon to develop two major new logistics hubs in Italy, totalling 1.75m sq ft.
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Rightmove founder joins launch team of new lender

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:02
Property developer Guy Harrington has launched a new finance group offering bridging loans, who’s board includes Rightmove founder Harry Hill.
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Ridley to take over from Helsby as Savills chief exec

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:35
Jeremy Helsby is set to retire as Savills’ group chief executive at the end of the year and will be succeeded by Savills UK chief executive Mark Ridley.
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2019 Jeep Cherokee goes mainstream, turbocharged

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 06:30
The 2019 Jeep Cherokee addresses its controversial design head on with an updated fascia and rear end that bring it more in line with its siblings, both big and small. Along with a new turbocharged engine, Jeep’s middle child should be better to drive and less polarizing to look at. Jeep is retaining the current Cherokee’s two engines...
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2019 Jeep Cherokee First Look: Still on Comeback Trail

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 05:01

The Jeep name can be a license to print money, and the Cherokee midsize SUV is in the largest SUV segment that shows no signs of sales slowing anytime soon. But FCA still has some work to do, which is why the 2019 Jeep Cherokee—which makes its debut at the 2018 Detroit auto show—gets a major update.

The Cherokee debuted in 2013, replacing the Jeep Liberty that had only 3.5 percent market share. The renamed Cherokee had work to do it if Jeep wanted to regain its position in the segment. The SUV underwent a dramatic design change and was rewarded with a tripling of its market share.

There is still more catching up to do. U.S. Cherokee sales of almost 170,000 last year were down 15 percent from 2016, so it falls to the refreshed 2019 model making its world debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show to rebuild demand. Built at the Belvidere, Illinois assembly plant, the 2019 Cherokee goes on sale this quarter.

“It is the most modern look for Jeep to date,” said FCA design chief Ralph Gilles, citing the new signature lighting and less body cladding. “It will feel like a new car.”

Being a refresh, the 2019 Cherokee’s wheelbase and chassis are the same but it now shares the new family look already on the refreshed Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The 2019 Cherokee gets a new face with a more vertical hood made of aluminum, new headlights that incorporate the daytime running lights into a single unit, as well as a new front clip and fascia. There is a new dual-pane sunroof, five new wheel designs, new colors, updated taillights, rear fascia, and dual exhaust. All halogen lights have been replaced by LEDs, even on base models. The new composite liftgate saves 18 pounds by ditching the old aluminum one and is now hands-free; open it with a swift kick of a leg under the sensor.

A new 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine gets 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque and has start-stop for better fuel economy, although figures were not given. The engine, also in the new 2018 Wrangler, becomes the new premium engine for the 2019 Cherokee.

Carryover engines include the 180-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 170 lb-ft of torque and the 3.2-liter V-6 that gets 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. Both have been tweaked to improve fuel economy. All are paired to the nine-speed automatic transmission.

Three all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive systems are available, and all have been enhanced. Active Drive I is fully automatic; Active Drive II has a two-speed power transfer unit with torque management and low range. You can lock 4-low mode and there is an extra inch of ride height. Active Drive Lock adds a locking rear differential for gnarlier off-road conditions. It is standard on the Cherokee Trailhawk. All offer a terrain traction control system with auto snow, sport, sand/mud and rock modes.

The aluminum hood, composite liftgate, lighter LEDs, new engine cradle and new suspension geometry contribute to a 200–pound weight loss.

The Cherokee comes in Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland and Trailhawk trim levels.

Trailhawk is almost a separate model within the Jeep family, and on the 2019 Cherokee, that model sits higher with wide fender flares, new wheels and dedicated 17-inch off-road tires. and the 2019 Cherokee Trailhawk has standard red tow hooks and there is a forged tow/recovery hook in the back.

It was the job of Winnie Cheung, chief interior designer, to add a more premium feel and there are two new interior colors: Storm Blue (available on Latitude and Latitude Plus) and a Dark Sienna earthy tone available on the Overland trim. The Latitude gets a gold interior with higher-end materials for seats and door insets, nicer bezels and a stereo upgrade. The Overland has a softer instrument panel, satin chrome accents and matte piano black surfaces.

Jeep offers a choice between 7.0-inch and 8.4-inch infotainment screens, and the fourth-generation Uconnect system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A welcome touch is the addition of  more room for a phone near the charger and the addition of a rear USB port. Rear compartments were also redesigned for more storage—the rear cargo area is three inches wider now. Better utilization of interior space provides four more usable cubic feet.

Park assist is available and safety features range from forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring and electric roll mitigation to adaptive cruise control that can slow the SUV to a complete stop.

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Confirmed for 2019

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 00:43

Last month, we reported that thanks to evidence posted in a fan forum, the 2019 Ford Mustang GT500 was all but confirmed. Then, a few days after Christmas, a poster from that same fan forum found what looked like official wiring diagrams of the GT500’s engine.

Considering how much evidence we’d seen that the new Mustang GT500 was happening, we had a feeling it might be officially revealed at this year’s Detroit auto show. That didn’t actually happen, but Ford did officially confirm it’s coming for 2019.

Details are scarce at the moment, but Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s head of global operations, did say it would be the most powerful production car that Ford had ever sold. Plus, he promises it will be street legal.

Based on the teaser video you can see below, we now know that the Mustang GT500 will be supercharged and make more than 700 hp. For comparison, the 2013 Mustang GT500 made 662 hp and 631 lb-ft of torque. The current Shelby GT350R, meanwhile, makes 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque.

Source: Ford

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Hyundai Veloster N is Not a Numbers Car, Testing Chief Says

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 00:30

We knew Hyundai would unveil a new Veloster at the Detroit auto show, but little did we expect the N-badged version to also make an appearance. Making its debut particularly special, this vehicle will be the first N car to arrive on U.S. shores. At the show, Hyundai revealed how it went about creating the Veloster N and testing it on the Nürburgring.

The Veloster N was presented by Albert Biermann, head of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development and former chief engineer at BMW M. When asked for specifics about how much larger the Veloster N’s turbo is, or how its peak boost compares with other applications, Biermann would say only that this was not designed to be a “numbers car.” Rather, a premium was placed on responsiveness­ and agility. The intake and exhaust systems are unique and, along with the new turbo, account for the added power and torque.

This car is very closely related to the i30 N that has been on sale in Europe for a little while. Both were heavily developed on the Nürburgring, and tests included 10,000-kilometer durability cycles on the ‘Ring. The i30 N underwent two such cycles­, in part because daily tire changes resulted in fatigue to the wheel lug nuts. They were redesigned and another cycle was undertaken. The Veloster N has survived one such cycle.

The aero tweaks at both ends of the car are designed to result in roughly zero lift and downforce, because Hyundai’s goal is to make the car feel planted and stable on the fastest stretches of the Nürburgring. The N’s fascia also incorporates cooling ducts for the front brakes. Relative to the i30 N, the Veloster is slightly lighter and its frontal area is slightly smaller, which should make it quicker and could result in a higher top speed if both weren’t limited to 155 mph.

Introducing the N brand opens many new possibilities for Hyundai, including a chance to potentially tap the speed-parts and aftermarket sales opportunities currently being offered in Europe for the i30 N. These include track-compound brake pads, adjustable anti-roll bars, lighter wheels, and slick-tread tires for track use only.

The car will be built in Ulsan, South Korea, while the i30 N is built in Nošovice, Czech Republic. The Veloster N will go on sale in the fourth quarter, probably in November, with pricing that is extremely competitive with segment competitors from Ford, Volkswagen, and others.

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Video Details the 2019 Ford Ranger Inside and Out

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 00:00

The North American market has been Ranger-less for far too long, allowing the Toyota Tacoma and GM Colorado/Canyon twins to rule the midsize truck segment. Returning for the 2019 model year, the Ford Ranger gets a fresh start in the U.S., and below we have Detroit editor Alisa Priddle giving you all the highlights in this exclusive video.

In the video, Priddle explains how the 2019 Ford Ranger rides on the same platform as the global Ford Ranger–but uses different sheetmetal–and sports a steel body, not an aluminum body like the F-150’s. At its launch, the Ranger will be powered by an EcoBoost 2.3-liter turbocharged I-4 engine backed by a 10-speed automatic. No manual transmission option will be offered. Engine output has yet to be released but we expect a similar rating to the 2.3-liter EcoBoost found in the Ford Explorer that makes 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Ford is keeping a tight lid on future powertrains, but don’t be surprised to see a turbodiesel alternative and a hybrid powertrain down the line.

The Ranger will come in three trims, XL, XLT, and Lariat, all with unique grilles and optional LED headlights. Body styles include supercab and supercrew cab with four full-size doors.

A terrain management system, a similar system found in the Raptor, includes four drive modes: Normal, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, and Sand. A new Trail Control feature acts like a low-speed, off-road cruise control that can be set to 1 mph during very challenging parts of the trail. The FX4 off-road package has upgraded tires, a steel front bash plate, off-road-tuned suspension, reinforced skidplates, and Trail Control and Hill Descent Control. A two-speed transfer case and electronic locking rear differential are optional.

Driver assist safety features include blind-spot detection with trailer coverage, collision warning, lane keep assist and warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. Sync 3 will be available with an 8.0-inch touchscreen.

Pricing should start below $25,000 and will be announced soon before the truck goes on sales in early 2019.

Click the video below to learn more about the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger.

 

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Acura Plans Return of Type S Badge

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 23:30

At its Detroit auto show press conference, Acura announced it is bringing back Type S performance models a decade after the last one was discontinued and is working on a new turbocharged engine to put under the hood.

A-Spec variants will also be expanded to include all core Acura models in the future, said Toshiaki Mikoshiba, president & CEO of American Honda Motor, at the North American International Auto Show where the 2019 RDX prototype made its global debut.

The last Type S was the 2008 TL. The next one is still a few years out and Acura officials are not saying which vehicle will get the first performance boost.

The high-performance engine in development is also a few years out. It will be a turbocharged V-6 exclusive to future Acura vehicles, which helps differentiate the luxury brand from Honda. It builds on the direction set forth by the twin-turbocharged V-6-powered NSX supercar, the automaker says.

The new engine will be used in a number of future Acuras and will be paired with the latest generation of Acura Super Handling All-Wheel Drive which will returns on the 2019 RDX.

“Acura will pursue a unique powertrain strategy that underscores the brand’s rightful place as the performance division of Honda,” said Mikoshiba.

In continued efforts to raise Acura’s performance pedigree, A-Spec sports variants will be offered with all core models in the future. This latest A-Spec wave started with the TLX last year and the new RDX will launch with an A-Spec as well.

“We have made a major commitment to Acura to bring each element of Precision Crafted Performance to life through a new generation of products,” said Mikoshiba.

 

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2019 Kia Forte tricked out to tune of 35 mpg

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 23:19
The 2019 Kia Forte channels its sporty Stinger big brother to bring its good looks to the masses. The redesigned compact sedan's new proportions see it look more hunkered down—and maybe that's about where the similarities end. The new Forte broke cover Monday at the 2018 Detroit auto show. Where the Stinger is a rear-drive sports car...
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BMW Extends Range of Tesla Model 3-Rivaling iNext EV

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:45

During remarks today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, BMW announced its iNext EV will have a range of up to 435 miles when it goes on sale in 2021.

The iNext was announced last May at BMW’s annual shareholders meeting. At that time, the pure electric vehicle’s range was estimated at “over 300 miles.” BMW did not elaborate then or now what standard the range was estimated under, be it European, American, or internal projections.

2017 BMW i Vision Dynamics concept

The iNext concept previews a future midsize luxury crossover for BMW’s nascent i brand, which emphasizes electrified powertrains and self-driving technology. The iNext will boast SAE Level 3 autonomous capability when it goes on sale, allowing the vehicle to drive itself in most situations. Level 3 requires the driver to be ready to take over at any moment, however. As soon as a year later, BMW will upgrade it to Level 4 autonomy, which will allow drivers to safely take their eyes off the road as well as their hands off the wheel. BMW is also promising a “Boost” mode that will project performance driving tips on the windshield.

The iNext will directly compete with the planned Tesla Model Y, a Model 3-based crossover that has been announced but not revealed yet. The new range announcement tentatively makes the iNext among the longest-range EVs on the horizon, though new pronouncements are coming every day. Were the iNext on sale now, it would easily best the Tesla Model 3’s long-range battery, which goes 310 miles, and offer greater autonomous driving capability. Tesla has promised increased autonomous capability in the future, but it’s unclear when Level 3 and 4 capability will become available.

BMW also used its 2018 Detroit auto show press conference to debut the 2019 BMW i8 Coupe. The automaker revealed the i8 Roadster in L.A. late last year, and at the same time gave us all the details on the updated i8 Coupe. But we hadn’t seen the fixed-roof version of the refreshed i8 in the sheetmetal until now. The i8 Coupe continues to use a 2+2 seating configuration, unlike the Roadster which is strictly a two-seater. Just like the convertible variant, the i8 Coupe gets a boost in output to 369 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. All-electric range is also improved thanks to a larger 11.6-kilwatt-hour battery pack, allowing for 18 miles instead of 15 with the old lithium-ion unit. The coupe is estimated to hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, and has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado: 9 Silverado Surprises and Delights

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:22

Intros are all about flash and video friendly graphics. Our mornings-after closer inspection of Chevy’s newest money-maker, the 2019 Silverado 1500, revealed some pretty cool content.

Wide Box

How’d Chevy hog out almost 7 inches of extra bed width without widening the bodywork? (Fun fact—trucks over 80.0 inches wide need clearance lights like the Raptor’s, so that’s how wide most of them are.) By changing the construction method. Old Silverados stamped the inner walls and floor as one big U-shaped piece, and there was a limit to how deep the steel could be drawn without tearing (mostly around the wheelwells). Now the walls and floor panel are three different stampings, so they can go way deeper. Fear not, there’s still plenty of air between the inner and outer panel, so pointy cargo flying around in the box shouldn’t dimple the exterior. Oh, and the 110-volt outlet back there can handle 400 watts (think circular saw).

Smart step

Chevy’s signature corner bumper steps are now tall enough to accommodate a work boot and long enough to allow a better reach further forward into the bed. They also incorporate the side blind-zone radar sensors. Keeping these sensors out of the taillights (where Ford locates them) makes them WAY less expensive, and gives the stylists more latitude in sculpting the truck’s light signature.

Memorial Gurney Flap

The new Silverado’s drag coefficient is said to be improved by 7 percent, and one way of achieving this is this subtle (but rugged, to support oversized lumber that might rest on it) wickerbill or lip spoiler. This device is generally named for racing legend Dan Gurney, who proved its usefulness at improving aerodynamics in the early 1970s.

CHoiler

What’s a CHoiler? In Chevy Silveradospeak it’s a center high-mount stop light (CHMSL) that incorporates a spoiler. Rather than stamping the rear of the cab roof in sheet metal, this CHoiler is a molded plastic part so that the designers were free to sculpt difficult-to-stamp shapes into it. This design “talks” to the tailgate Gurney flap, managing airflow over the truck and contributing to the 7-percent drag-coefficient improvement.

Air Dam and Curtains

As on our long-term Colorado, the front air dam can be removed for off-roading, but customers may not find themselves doing so very often. Moving the front wheels 2 inches forward and trimming front overhang by that same amount greatly improves the truck’s approach angle even with it in place. Note that the front-end aero tricks include air curtains to smoothly route air across the spinning front wheels and tires.

1 Will Get You 3

The 4 inches of additional wheelbase obtained by pushing the axles toward the ends of the truck are apportioned like this: 2 inches in the engine compartment, 1 in the cab, and 1 in the bed. That extra inch inside becomes 3 inches of added rear legroom, thanks to some clever packaging. Raising the roof allowed the front seats to move up and forward without skimping on front legroom. Then a new, slimmer rear seat design lets it package much closer to the rear wall of the cab. Voila—ample knee room for all, even with the front seats slid fully rearward.

Up with Arms

Increasing the wheelbase by 4 inches should have increased the turning circle radius, further complicating the task of parking a Silverado. But redesigning the front suspension prevented this. The old upper control arm packaged down within the wheel area, and limited the amount the front wheels could turn. Lifting that control arm to above the wheel allows for greater steering angles (even on 4WD models) and hence smaller turn circles.

Rear Stowage

Surprise and delight: there’s room to store small items in the outboard rear seatbacks. The compartments aren’t very deep, but the seatback comfort doesn’t suffer either. Lift the rear seat cushions, and there’s a nice walled off area that can corral your rifle or collapsed fishing column. Need to carry a big bulky item on the floor instead? No worries—the front and side walls of this cubby remove.

Liberty and Rear A/C for All

Even the meanest, cheapest Silverado work trucks with a back seat will feature rear air conditioning ducts in the center console. This top-spec model also demonstrates the dual-format USB charging/content delivery options of normal and Type C connectors that are coming soon.

Read our 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 First Look here.

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Report: Kia Telluride Concept Heading to Production

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 21:30

The Kia Telluride Concept will be heading to production according to a new report from Australia’s Motoring. During a round table discussion with Australian media at the 2018 Detroit auto show, Kia design boss Peter Schreyer confirmed that the massive crossover is going into production.

“For sure, we are working on that car,” Schreyer told Australian media. However, it isn’t confirmed whether all global markets will receive the large crossover because it isn’t likely that it will come in right-hand drive. Kia Australia chief operating officer Damien Meredith said that his team would look at bringing the car to Australia. Meredith also believes that a strong lineup of crossovers is better for the brand as it gives Kia more compelling products for the consumer.

Schreyer also made it clear that there will be more crossovers and SUVs coming to the Kia lineup in the future. “SUVs are still unstoppable and this is why we are working on a lot of SUV theory, concepts, and variations,” he reportedly saidKia European design chief Gregory Guillaume, who was also at the round table with Australian media, said that he believes consumers want more choices and vehicle variants.

Originally unveiled at the 2016 Detroit auto show, the Kia Telluride Concept gave a glimpse at the automaker’s idea of a premium crossover with seating for seven passengers. It was powered by a hybrid powertrain that combined a 3.5-liter V-6 with an electric motor for a total output of 400 hp. It featured second-row captain’s chairs and sensors in the first two rows that can tell you information about your health.

Source: Motoring

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The 11 most important cars of the 2018 Detroit auto show

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:52
This year, the Motor City was all about pickups. Each of the three domestic automakers took the wraps off of a new truck, promising more capability, more comfort, and lower fuel consumption. If we didn't know better, we'd think that Ford, Chevy, and Ram were sharing the same playbook. The differences are in the details, though: Ram's new pickup is...
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2019 Chevrolet Silverado: A Tale of Four Tailgates

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:45

It’s not unusual for a pickup truck to feature a dozen or more grille and wheel designs, but four different tailgate lowering systems is rare. Yet that’s what we find on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. There’s an el-cheapo one that just plunges down like they all did on pickups of yore. Two feature torsion bars that damp the lowering and assist lift; one of these features power release (like on the new Ram). The coolest one replaces that torsion bar with an electric motor and gear reduction in the bottom of the tailgate and a pair of power-assist closure latches like the ones that pull the Corvette doors closed once you gently latch them.

Touch the electronic latch on the tailgate or double-tap the tailgate button on the key fob and the latches release, then the motor spins to slow the descent of the lightweight aluminum gate. To close it, use the remote, find the switch, or just manually lift the tailgate part and the motor brings the gate up until the latches catch and pull the door closed. There are force switches that reverse the motor if any resistance (like from fingers) is felt, and obviously it won’t close if something is resting on it.

And yes, it IS still possible to remove the tailgate. Just unplug the power and camera connection near the middle of the base of the tailgate, then undo a retaining bolt at the right-side pivot (the motor reacts against this solid mount when raising and lowering the gate). The left side is a free rotating pivot. The change to aluminum for the tailgate saves way more weight than the motor and power latches add back in, so you’ll have an easier time manhandling this gate off and on. Loads on the tailgate are carried by the same cable straps you find on any pickup.

The full power tailgate will be standard on High Country models and optional on LTZ models. Pricing has not been released yet.

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2018 BMW X2 Makes Auto Show Debut in Detroit

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:00

With the C-pillar mounted BMW Roundel gleaming in the spotlights, the all-new 2018 BMW X2 made its global debut in Detroit. The latest crossover to join the automaker’s X lineup, the X2 precedes the upcoming X7 flagship model. The X2 is the sportier version of the X1 but does not have the fastback design of the X4 and X6 models.

The X2 is priced higher than the X1 and shares the same wheelbase but is 3.2 inches shorter and 2.8 inches lower. Inside, the cabin looks much like the X1’s interior but the X1 offers more cargo room and slightly more passenger room than the X2.

The BMW X2 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 engine that produces 228 hp from 5,000-6,000 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque between a low 1,450 rpm and 4,500 rpm. BMW claims a quick 0-60 mph time of 6.3 seconds thanks to the standard xDrive all-wheel-drive system and eight-speed automatic transmission.

The X2 xDrive28i starts at $39,395 and can be ordered in Convenience or Premium tiers (not trims) which add more features. The sport-infused M Sport X Design starts at $44,045 and is offered in the Premium tier only. Both models can be ordered with the Driving Assistance and Dynamic Handling packages.

Options include a wireless phone charger, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a Harman Kardon surround sound system, Apple CarPlay connectivity, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control with the Active Driving Assistant. The M Sport X Design can be optioned with an M rear spoiler and M Sport suspension. The standard 6.5-inch center display can be upgraded to an 8.8-inch touchscreen and the standard 18-inch wheels are upgradable to 19- or 20-inch wheels.

Expect to see the 2018 BMW X2 compete against rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, and Audi Q3 when the crossover hits showroom floors this spring.

Source: BMW

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2019 Ram 1500 Videos Show Off Interior, Chassis

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:15

Ram has succeeded in increasing its share in the full-size truck market in the last several years, and now it’s rolling out a new 1500 to improve its competitiveness further. The 2019 Ram 1500 debuted at the Detroit auto show with a shiny new exterior and a mild hybrid system headlining the changes. But it also made equally significant updates to the chassis and interior, two areas which Ram explores in the videos below.

In the first video, Ram describes how the use of advanced high-strength steel increases performance on the new truck. This material makes up 54 percent of the body structures and a whopping 98 percent of the frame. Thanks to the change, the Ram 1500 weighs about 225 pounds less overall than its predecessor. It’s also ductile, which helps to form parts when you’re stamping.

Some of the biggest updates to the Ram 1500’s interior involve technology and storage. An available 12-inch touchscreen boasts a split-screen functionality, allowing users to designate the top half of the screen for HVAC controls and the bottom half for navigation, as an example. The center console box was also designed to give users a choice on the ways they want to arrange items for storage. Ram also redesigned the shifter, center stack, and glove box.

Check out the videos below to learn more about the Ram 1500’s chassis and interior. For complete information on the 2019 Ram 1500, check out our First Look here.

Source: FCA

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