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Adolfo Lorenzo 2016-07-11
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The Mulsanne s days as Bentley s range-topping model could be numbered.

The British carmaker is looking into using its flagship as the basis of an even more lavish sedan that would be sold to connoisseurs in strictly limited numbers.

The news comes directly from Rolf Frech, Bentley s board member of engineering.

He added that the sedan will share its basic architecture — but not its name — with the Mulsanne, though it will be positioned further up in the company s lineup.

It won t be any bigger than the Mulsanne, however, because that segment of the market is occupied by the Extended Wheelbase model pictured that debuted earlier this year at the Geneva Auto Show.

That doesn t mean we then have to make a bigger car than the Mulsanne.

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Jerrod Fenton 2018-11-13
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The LA Auto Show kicks off this month, and ahead of the official debut at the show, BMW has pulled the wraps off the all-new 2020 BMW M340i and M340i xDrive sedans.

Both of these cars represent a “new generation of design, suspension, engine, and technology.” BMW says that the vehicles will hit the market in the summer of 2019.

These cars will bring to market an updated six-cylinder inline gas engine, M performance chassis tuning, optional xDrive AWD, and standard M Sport rear differential.

The rear-wheel drive M340i promises reduced weight compared to the AWD version and enhanced steering feel compared to outgoing models.

The new 6-cylinder engine makes 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

The engine has an aluminum crankcase and cylinder head with a twin-scroll turbocharger.

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Jonathan Godbey 2017-05-22

p It will be interesting to see how it ranks against the Volvo XC60 T8.

It will have 400 HP and most likely a nicer interior.

Though I suspect the Audi may have better driving dynamics.

I think Audi and Volvo will be going at it for next 4-5 years.

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Eric Calvillo 2018-06-08
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Porsche has revealed the name of the production Mission E all-electric sedan, which will launch as the 2020 Porsche Taycan.

The name was confirmed today, at the official opening of the “70 Years Porsche Sportscar” special exhibition at the Porsche Museum in the Zuffenhausen district of Stuttgart, Germany.

The name “Taycan” means, roughly, the equivalent of “spirited young horse,” Porsche says, a nod to the animal on the company’s crest.

“The name has its linguistic roots in the East,” according to the firm.

Though the Mission E name was always said to be simply what the all-electric sedan concept was called, and not what the automaker had intended for the production car to necessarily bear, it had been generally well received.

As we’ve seen in the past, something that resonates positively with potential buyers can be enough to persuade a car company not to go ahead with a rebranding at all.

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Brad Patterson 2018-08-27
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The Nissan Versa sedan is one of the most affordable new cars you can buy, and even with a slight price bump, the story stays the same as it enters the 2019 model year.

The 2019 Nissan Versa starts at $12,360.

For that price, you get a five-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive -- all Versa trims make do with the same 1.6-liter I4 gas engine that makes 109 horsepower.

Standard equipment on the base Versa S trim includes steel wheels, cloth seats, Bluetooth and a backup camera.

It's bare bones, though, so it lacks things like a USB port, cruise control and power windows.

If you don't want to shift your own gears, you can drop a bit more change on a continuously variable transmission.

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Lawrence Bowman 2019-01-16
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Indeed, crossovers and SUVs accounted for two thirds of the brand's US sales last year.

But while the compact QX50, midsize QX60 and full-size QX80 all posted strong year-over-year sales increases, the subcompact QX30, meanwhile, has proven to be somewhat of a flop.

"Frankly, we haven't seen the retail that we'd like to see on that vehicle," Colleran told Roadshow in an interview at the Detroit Auto Show this week.

And as small SUVs -- especially premium ones -- continue to be red-hot in the US market place, Infiniti's US VP admits, "we're figuring out how to be a better player there."

The current QX30 is based on the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, and this shared effort isn't likely to continue in the future.

According to a Motor Authority report, Infiniti president Christian Meunier said the QX30 "is not a product that has a future beyond its current life," and that it "will be replaced by an all-Infiniti platform."

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James Flachs 2018-01-15
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Infiniti promised something special when it came to its new Q Inspiration Concept, and the seductively curvaceous sedan certainly delivers.

Officially revealed at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 today, the sleek four-door wraps around the Japanese automaker’s latest VC-Turbo engine.

It’s a midsize sedan, but it looks much larger.

In part, that’s because Infiniti has ignored the traditional three-box design in favor of a more swooping, four-door-coupe style that’s so fashionable now.

There, there’s room for four in large seats more akin to designer loungers than what you’d find in the average sedan.

Dimpled and slashed white leather and inset matte-finish kabazakura wood share space with sizable touchscreen displays front and rear, with a flowing center console that runs the length of the cabin.

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Emmett Noble 2018-06-12
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Byton wowed the crowds at CES in January with the debut of its at-the-time unnamed electric SUV concept.

Now it's back with a sedan, and it's looking just as good.

The Chinese-based startup has retroactively renamed its SUV concept the M-Byte, and these two vehicles will be part of a three-car lineup relying on "Byte" names.

All three will be built on a single shared platform, which should help keep costs low.

It has the same sort of everything-jammed-together front end that we've seen in other concept cars such as the Lucid Air and the Faraday Future FF 91.

The back sort of mirrors the front, but there's some interesting styling on the C-pillar.

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0
Jack Scharfenberg 2019-02-26
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The 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan starts at $20,430, after destination, or just $800 more than the base price of last year's model, the automaker announced Tuesday.

That's a pretty small increase in base pricing considering that the entire car, from its chassis on up, is new this year.

Of course, there are greater price increases in higher trim levels, though the new Corolla does have a lot more equipment than before.

The 2020 Corolla LE starts at $20,880, or just $815 more than before, and the loaded-up Corolla XLE is only $1,815 pricier than before, at $24,880.

All three of those models use a 1.8-liter inline-four engine rated for 139 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque.

Buyers who want just a bit more zest in their compact sedan will want to upgrade to the Corolla SE or XSE, which for 2020 packs extra horsepower thanks to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 169 hp and 151 lb-ft.

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Thomas Nye 2018-03-26
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The 2019 Yaris Sedan completes the distancing of the car from its Scion iA predecessor, with Toyota absorbing what was once part of the Millennially-obsessed sub brand.

That includes finally dropping the “iA” part of the name.

Still, the styling – and the fact that this is, in fact, a barely-disguised Mazda2, a car which the Japanese automaker doesn’t sell in the US – remain.

There’s a new grill for the 2019 model year with a honeycomb mesh insert, new chrome trim and piano black accents, and – on LE and XLE trims – fog lamps and a rear lip spoiler.

The Yaris Sedan L trim has power side mirrors; its LE and XLE siblings bake in heating and LED turn-signals too.

The standard engine is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder DOHC gas engine, with 106 HP and 103 lb-ft of torque.

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George Patterson 2018-04-08
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Mercedes-Benz will soon launch the first production car in its new EQ battery-electric sub-brand.

As for what's to follow, expect something big -- literally.

Mercedes-Benz will introduce a full-size luxury sedan as part of its EQ sub-brand, Autocar reports, citing a conversation with Michael Kelz, manager of the automaker's large-car portfolio.

It'll likely carry the name EQ S, with EQ denoting its EV status and S referring to its size relative to the rest of the lineup.

It will be separate from the standard S-Class, which is expected to begin a new generation in 2020, the same year that it's believed Mercedes will debut the EQ S. The two cars will reportedly be built on separate platforms, with the EQ S relying on an EV-specific chassis engineered to accommodate large batteries.

If you're not a fan of waiting, Mercedes-EQ has at least one debut up its sleeve before the EQ S breaks cover.

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Alex Blair 2018-08-22
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Hyundai has unexpectedly taken the wraps off the 2019 Elantra sedan, promising extra technology for safety and comfort from the redesigned four-door.

The sixth-generation Elantra promises to be more distinctive, with Hyundai retiring some of the more subtle styling of the old model, in favor of sharper creases and bolder angles.

That means a new hood, along with a new grille and front fascia, The fenders have been changed, too, and there are new headlamps; Limited and Sport trims get LED headlamps as standard.

At the rear, the trunk, taillights, and fascia are all changed, too.

Initially, there’ll be two engine options – a third will arrive with the new 2019 Elantra Sport, later in the year – promising up to 35 mpg.

The Elantra SE, SEL, and Limited will get Hyundai’s Nu 2.0L MPI Atkinson Cycle engine, good for 147 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 132 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm.

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Charles Glass 2016-06-23
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DETROIT AP -- Nissan is recalling 60,000 Infiniti luxury sedans worldwide because the electronic steering can malfunction.

The recall covers certain Q50 gasoline and hybrid cars from the 2014 and 2015 model years.

The company said Wednesday in documents posted by the U.S. government a combination of low battery voltage and parking the cars with the wheels turned can confuse the steering control computer.

That can change steering responsiveness and the turning radius, as well as cause the steering wheel to be off-center.

Owners will see a dashboard warning light, but if the warning is ignored, it could increase the risk of a crash.

Nissan documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration make no mention of any crashes or injuries.

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Zachary Stell 2018-04-06
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What once were the darlings of the dealership forecourt have since been overshadowed by SUVs and crossovers, with buyers preferring the higher driving position and the argument of greater flexibility that “utility” vehicles offer.

All three have come in for a revamp for the 2019 model year today, with varying degrees of restyling and polish.

The 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and CVT gearbox might suggest performance on the road doesn’t quite live up to the sporting looks, mind.

The Cruze gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard, along with some extra gadgetry like remote start and automatic climate control on higher trims.

The Spark adds low speed forward automatic braking to its talents, though only if you cough up for the paid option.

Indeed, Chevrolet arguably put in considerably more effort to its limited-edition 2018 Tahoe Custom Midnight.

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Dorothy Chiaramonte 2016-05-23
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Most concept cars look forward, predicting new designs and technology.

The 2002 was also one of the first production cars to be offered with a turbocharged engine, something you ll find on nearly every BMW today.

Read more: BMW s 3.0 CSL Hommage R concept gets a race-inspire paint job

The original 2002 was defined by its compact proportions, upright greenhouse, and forward-tilted sharknose front fascia.

Designers tried to soften up the boxiness, and added flared fenders and front and rear spoilers that recall the 2002 Turbo performance model.

The headlights have gold reflectors, since the Hommage was created to celebrate the 2002 s 50th anniversary.

Those are some crucial omissions, but then again the 2002 Hommage is just a styling exercise, not a preview of a future production model.

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Eric Calvillo 2018-02-13
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It previously chased the BMW 3 Series in a quest for sportiness, but now aims for a greater degree of luxury, offering a counterpoint to the ubiquitous Bimmer.

Mercedes is trying to refine that formula with an updated version, which debuts at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan (updated coupe and convertible models will follow) is a refresh of the existing model, rather than a full redesign.

It looks largely the same on the outside, but Mercedes made significant changes under the skin, including a more powerful engine and more tech features.

As before, the base C300 model will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The 2019 model’s engine, which Mercedes claims is all new, produces 255 horsepower, which is 14 hp more than the 2018 model, while torque remains unchanged at 273 pound-feet.

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Adolfo Lorenzo 2016-07-11
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The Mulsanne s days as Bentley s range-topping model could be numbered.

The British carmaker is looking into using its flagship as the basis of an even more lavish sedan that would be sold to connoisseurs in strictly limited numbers.

The news comes directly from Rolf Frech, Bentley s board member of engineering.

He added that the sedan will share its basic architecture — but not its name — with the Mulsanne, though it will be positioned further up in the company s lineup.

It won t be any bigger than the Mulsanne, however, because that segment of the market is occupied by the Extended Wheelbase model pictured that debuted earlier this year at the Geneva Auto Show.

That doesn t mean we then have to make a bigger car than the Mulsanne.

Jonathan Godbey 2017-05-22

p It will be interesting to see how it ranks against the Volvo XC60 T8.

It will have 400 HP and most likely a nicer interior.

Though I suspect the Audi may have better driving dynamics.

I think Audi and Volvo will be going at it for next 4-5 years.

Brad Patterson 2018-08-27
img

The Nissan Versa sedan is one of the most affordable new cars you can buy, and even with a slight price bump, the story stays the same as it enters the 2019 model year.

The 2019 Nissan Versa starts at $12,360.

For that price, you get a five-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive -- all Versa trims make do with the same 1.6-liter I4 gas engine that makes 109 horsepower.

Standard equipment on the base Versa S trim includes steel wheels, cloth seats, Bluetooth and a backup camera.

It's bare bones, though, so it lacks things like a USB port, cruise control and power windows.

If you don't want to shift your own gears, you can drop a bit more change on a continuously variable transmission.

James Flachs 2018-01-15
img

Infiniti promised something special when it came to its new Q Inspiration Concept, and the seductively curvaceous sedan certainly delivers.

Officially revealed at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 today, the sleek four-door wraps around the Japanese automaker’s latest VC-Turbo engine.

It’s a midsize sedan, but it looks much larger.

In part, that’s because Infiniti has ignored the traditional three-box design in favor of a more swooping, four-door-coupe style that’s so fashionable now.

There, there’s room for four in large seats more akin to designer loungers than what you’d find in the average sedan.

Dimpled and slashed white leather and inset matte-finish kabazakura wood share space with sizable touchscreen displays front and rear, with a flowing center console that runs the length of the cabin.

Jack Scharfenberg 2019-02-26
img

The 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan starts at $20,430, after destination, or just $800 more than the base price of last year's model, the automaker announced Tuesday.

That's a pretty small increase in base pricing considering that the entire car, from its chassis on up, is new this year.

Of course, there are greater price increases in higher trim levels, though the new Corolla does have a lot more equipment than before.

The 2020 Corolla LE starts at $20,880, or just $815 more than before, and the loaded-up Corolla XLE is only $1,815 pricier than before, at $24,880.

All three of those models use a 1.8-liter inline-four engine rated for 139 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque.

Buyers who want just a bit more zest in their compact sedan will want to upgrade to the Corolla SE or XSE, which for 2020 packs extra horsepower thanks to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 169 hp and 151 lb-ft.

George Patterson 2018-04-08
img

Mercedes-Benz will soon launch the first production car in its new EQ battery-electric sub-brand.

As for what's to follow, expect something big -- literally.

Mercedes-Benz will introduce a full-size luxury sedan as part of its EQ sub-brand, Autocar reports, citing a conversation with Michael Kelz, manager of the automaker's large-car portfolio.

It'll likely carry the name EQ S, with EQ denoting its EV status and S referring to its size relative to the rest of the lineup.

It will be separate from the standard S-Class, which is expected to begin a new generation in 2020, the same year that it's believed Mercedes will debut the EQ S. The two cars will reportedly be built on separate platforms, with the EQ S relying on an EV-specific chassis engineered to accommodate large batteries.

If you're not a fan of waiting, Mercedes-EQ has at least one debut up its sleeve before the EQ S breaks cover.

Charles Glass 2016-06-23
img

DETROIT AP -- Nissan is recalling 60,000 Infiniti luxury sedans worldwide because the electronic steering can malfunction.

The recall covers certain Q50 gasoline and hybrid cars from the 2014 and 2015 model years.

The company said Wednesday in documents posted by the U.S. government a combination of low battery voltage and parking the cars with the wheels turned can confuse the steering control computer.

That can change steering responsiveness and the turning radius, as well as cause the steering wheel to be off-center.

Owners will see a dashboard warning light, but if the warning is ignored, it could increase the risk of a crash.

Nissan documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration make no mention of any crashes or injuries.

Dorothy Chiaramonte 2016-05-23
img

Most concept cars look forward, predicting new designs and technology.

The 2002 was also one of the first production cars to be offered with a turbocharged engine, something you ll find on nearly every BMW today.

Read more: BMW s 3.0 CSL Hommage R concept gets a race-inspire paint job

The original 2002 was defined by its compact proportions, upright greenhouse, and forward-tilted sharknose front fascia.

Designers tried to soften up the boxiness, and added flared fenders and front and rear spoilers that recall the 2002 Turbo performance model.

The headlights have gold reflectors, since the Hommage was created to celebrate the 2002 s 50th anniversary.

Those are some crucial omissions, but then again the 2002 Hommage is just a styling exercise, not a preview of a future production model.

Jerrod Fenton 2018-11-13
img

The LA Auto Show kicks off this month, and ahead of the official debut at the show, BMW has pulled the wraps off the all-new 2020 BMW M340i and M340i xDrive sedans.

Both of these cars represent a “new generation of design, suspension, engine, and technology.” BMW says that the vehicles will hit the market in the summer of 2019.

These cars will bring to market an updated six-cylinder inline gas engine, M performance chassis tuning, optional xDrive AWD, and standard M Sport rear differential.

The rear-wheel drive M340i promises reduced weight compared to the AWD version and enhanced steering feel compared to outgoing models.

The new 6-cylinder engine makes 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

The engine has an aluminum crankcase and cylinder head with a twin-scroll turbocharger.

Eric Calvillo 2018-06-08
img

Porsche has revealed the name of the production Mission E all-electric sedan, which will launch as the 2020 Porsche Taycan.

The name was confirmed today, at the official opening of the “70 Years Porsche Sportscar” special exhibition at the Porsche Museum in the Zuffenhausen district of Stuttgart, Germany.

The name “Taycan” means, roughly, the equivalent of “spirited young horse,” Porsche says, a nod to the animal on the company’s crest.

“The name has its linguistic roots in the East,” according to the firm.

Though the Mission E name was always said to be simply what the all-electric sedan concept was called, and not what the automaker had intended for the production car to necessarily bear, it had been generally well received.

As we’ve seen in the past, something that resonates positively with potential buyers can be enough to persuade a car company not to go ahead with a rebranding at all.

Lawrence Bowman 2019-01-16
img

Indeed, crossovers and SUVs accounted for two thirds of the brand's US sales last year.

But while the compact QX50, midsize QX60 and full-size QX80 all posted strong year-over-year sales increases, the subcompact QX30, meanwhile, has proven to be somewhat of a flop.

"Frankly, we haven't seen the retail that we'd like to see on that vehicle," Colleran told Roadshow in an interview at the Detroit Auto Show this week.

And as small SUVs -- especially premium ones -- continue to be red-hot in the US market place, Infiniti's US VP admits, "we're figuring out how to be a better player there."

The current QX30 is based on the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, and this shared effort isn't likely to continue in the future.

According to a Motor Authority report, Infiniti president Christian Meunier said the QX30 "is not a product that has a future beyond its current life," and that it "will be replaced by an all-Infiniti platform."

Emmett Noble 2018-06-12
img

Byton wowed the crowds at CES in January with the debut of its at-the-time unnamed electric SUV concept.

Now it's back with a sedan, and it's looking just as good.

The Chinese-based startup has retroactively renamed its SUV concept the M-Byte, and these two vehicles will be part of a three-car lineup relying on "Byte" names.

All three will be built on a single shared platform, which should help keep costs low.

It has the same sort of everything-jammed-together front end that we've seen in other concept cars such as the Lucid Air and the Faraday Future FF 91.

The back sort of mirrors the front, but there's some interesting styling on the C-pillar.

Thomas Nye 2018-03-26
img

The 2019 Yaris Sedan completes the distancing of the car from its Scion iA predecessor, with Toyota absorbing what was once part of the Millennially-obsessed sub brand.

That includes finally dropping the “iA” part of the name.

Still, the styling – and the fact that this is, in fact, a barely-disguised Mazda2, a car which the Japanese automaker doesn’t sell in the US – remain.

There’s a new grill for the 2019 model year with a honeycomb mesh insert, new chrome trim and piano black accents, and – on LE and XLE trims – fog lamps and a rear lip spoiler.

The Yaris Sedan L trim has power side mirrors; its LE and XLE siblings bake in heating and LED turn-signals too.

The standard engine is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder DOHC gas engine, with 106 HP and 103 lb-ft of torque.

Alex Blair 2018-08-22
img

Hyundai has unexpectedly taken the wraps off the 2019 Elantra sedan, promising extra technology for safety and comfort from the redesigned four-door.

The sixth-generation Elantra promises to be more distinctive, with Hyundai retiring some of the more subtle styling of the old model, in favor of sharper creases and bolder angles.

That means a new hood, along with a new grille and front fascia, The fenders have been changed, too, and there are new headlamps; Limited and Sport trims get LED headlamps as standard.

At the rear, the trunk, taillights, and fascia are all changed, too.

Initially, there’ll be two engine options – a third will arrive with the new 2019 Elantra Sport, later in the year – promising up to 35 mpg.

The Elantra SE, SEL, and Limited will get Hyundai’s Nu 2.0L MPI Atkinson Cycle engine, good for 147 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 132 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm.

Zachary Stell 2018-04-06
img

What once were the darlings of the dealership forecourt have since been overshadowed by SUVs and crossovers, with buyers preferring the higher driving position and the argument of greater flexibility that “utility” vehicles offer.

All three have come in for a revamp for the 2019 model year today, with varying degrees of restyling and polish.

The 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and CVT gearbox might suggest performance on the road doesn’t quite live up to the sporting looks, mind.

The Cruze gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard, along with some extra gadgetry like remote start and automatic climate control on higher trims.

The Spark adds low speed forward automatic braking to its talents, though only if you cough up for the paid option.

Indeed, Chevrolet arguably put in considerably more effort to its limited-edition 2018 Tahoe Custom Midnight.

Eric Calvillo 2018-02-13
img

It previously chased the BMW 3 Series in a quest for sportiness, but now aims for a greater degree of luxury, offering a counterpoint to the ubiquitous Bimmer.

Mercedes is trying to refine that formula with an updated version, which debuts at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan (updated coupe and convertible models will follow) is a refresh of the existing model, rather than a full redesign.

It looks largely the same on the outside, but Mercedes made significant changes under the skin, including a more powerful engine and more tech features.

As before, the base C300 model will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The 2019 model’s engine, which Mercedes claims is all new, produces 255 horsepower, which is 14 hp more than the 2018 model, while torque remains unchanged at 273 pound-feet.