Nissan Teases the Refreshed 2019 Nissan Maxima; Will Debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show
The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show is just a little over a month away now, and the early debuts are already starting to trickle in. One of the first out the gates comes from Nissan, which just debuted its latest Maxima four-door. Details on the updated flagship sedan are still forthcoming, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate a little bit…
2019 BMW X7 Unveiled
The first-ever BMW X7 is now official, slotting in above the BMW X5 in terms of size and appointment. Outside, this massive machine rocks 21-inch alloy wheels as standard, plus the largest kidney grille ever designed for a production BMW. There’s LED lighting in the rear, plus a full set of adaptive LED headlights up front, both as standard.
You’ll also notice longer rear doors, which allow for easier access to the extra bench in back. That’s critical, as the X7 comes with three-row, seven-passenger seating as standard, plus the option for second-row captain’s chairs if desired. Cargo space is ample, with 48.6 cubic feet on offer with the rear benches up, and 90.4 cubic feet with them down. Additionally, BMW is tossing in a raft of cutting-edge driver assistance tech, such as standards like Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Information, and Frontal Collision Warning. Meanwhile, electroplated interior accents and standard four-zone climate control keep it classy and comfortable.
In terms of motivation, the X7 comes with a pair of turbocharged engine options, including a 4.4-liter V-8 and a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder. The former makes 456 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, enabling a run to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, while the latter makes 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque, enabling a run to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. An eight-speed automatic transmission is shared between both powerplants, routing muscle to an xDrive AWD system. A standard two-axle air suspension setup keeps it shiny side up, and there’s an optional M Sport differential offered with both the Dynamic Handling Package and the Off-Road Package.
BMW is opening up online preorders for the 2019 X7 later this month, with customers encouraged to pay their deposits via their smartphone or home computer for priority in the vehicle production queue. Pricing starts at $73,900 for the xDrive 40i and $92,600 for the xDrive 50i.
2018 Ford F-150 Heritage Edition by Hennessey
More than two months after unveiling the Ford Mustang Heritage Edition, Hennessey is back at it with another special tuning program, this time for the Ford F-150 Raptor. Filed under the same “Heritage Edition” name, the F-150 Raptor gets a steady dose of upgrades, covering aesthetic, mechanical, and performance upgrades. Hennessey ties a bow on its mad creation with an engine upgrade that jacks up the V-8 engine’s output to 758 horsepower.
The 758-Horsepower Hennessey F-150 Heritage Edition is like the Ford GT of the Truck World - Video
Hennessey has revealed a new Heritage model based on a Ford, the F-150 Heritage Edition, after previously showing off the Mustang GT. It features a similar vintage livery, similar to that of the Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition, but it’s 758-horsepower engine under the hood that’s most notable.
The 2019 Chevy Silverado Turbo Falls Short of Fuel Economy Expectations
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado can be had with a new four-cylinder, turbocharged engine, however, the truck is now facing criticism for its poor fuel economy. According to the EPA, the Silverado with its new four-cylinder engine will deliver a combined economy of 21 miles per gallon, 20 mpg in the city, and 23 mpg on the highway.
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2018 Ford Expedition Texas Edition
Ford balled out at the 2018 Texas State Fair with a pair of special edition Expedition models, one of which was appropriately named the Explorer Texas Edition. Based on the 2019 Expedition Limited trim, the Texas Edition is perfectly identified by unique badging throughout its body. It’s short on visual upgrades like its counterpart, the Expedition Stealth Edition, but it stands out because of its emphasis on hauling, hence the inclusion of a cargo package and Ford’s Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package. The Ford Expedition Texas Edition will be available to order later this year. Pricing details will be announced soon.
Ford’s F-150 Plant Celebrates a Century in Operation
The Ford River Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and Ford isn’t holding back in letting everyone know about it. The facility is special, even remarkable, in a lot of people’s eyes because it’s the only production facility in the U.S. to manufacture cars uninterrupted for 100 years. And just as the complex its centennial anniversary, Ford is already adding more facilities inside the complex in preparation for the automaker’s future manufacturing processes.
2018 Toyota 4Runner Nightshade Special Edition
Toyota has unveiled the 4Runner Nightshade Special Edition at the Texas State Fair. Based on the Limited variant of the 4Runner, the Nightshade Special Edition features aesthetic changes on the full-sized SUV. A series of black details highlight the changes, a lot of which give the 4Runner a darkened appearance. The 4Runner Nightshade Special Edition $1,740 to the 4Runner’s sticker price of $43,225.
Ford Subtly Calls Out The Chevy Silverado and Ram 1500 in Latest F-150 Ad
The Ford F-150 has been the undisputed king in the full-size pickup segment, and the Blue Oval isn’t getting tired of reminding everyone where the line behind the F-150 starts. Ford’s latest chest-puffing piece comes in the form of a 30-second commercial that reinforces the F-150’s leadership in the full-size pickup segment. Without specifically mentioning its rivals, Ford is throwing a bucket of reality to the rest of the market, letting everyone know that no matter what they do, they’re not going to beat the segment’s resident big dog.
An AMG Version of the Mercedes X-Class Is Not Happening
Mercedes-AMG has shot down rumors of a high-performance version of the X-Class, ending speculation that the pickup would get a sportier alter ego. No less than AMG boss Tobias Moers dropped the hammer on rumor at the launch of the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe in Texas recently. Those who have pined for such a model can now rest easy. Your calls won’t be answered. There will be no Mercedes-AMG X pickup in the near — or far — future.
2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 12
Gone are the days when trucks were designed for one of two things– off-roading or being put to work, both of which meant there were next to no creature comforts whatsoever. Ram has announced the 2019 Ram Rebel 1500 12 edition, and it feels like nothing short of a luxurious truck. Ram has a lot of new technology offerings along with its natural rough-and-tough characteristics. Has Ram hit the bullseye with the new Rebel 12?
The 2019 Mitsubishi Triton Teaser Shows Off an Outlander-Inspired Face
Mitsubishi has been a silent spectator all this while. It’s almost like the Japanese automaker is happy in its own shell, least bothered about what’s going on around it. However, it decided to make a little sound now. Mitsubishi has released the first teaser image of the facelifted Triton, while at the same time commemorating its 40th anniversary in truck manufacturing.
2019 Ram 1500 eTorque
While I am not convinced that fuel efficiency is the decisive factor when choosing between trucks, RAM did make the biggest step in the fuel efficiency direction with the new 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque. We saw it some time ago, but the EPA wasn’t ready to publish fuel-economy values for the trucks equipped with the new technology. In truth, I can only describe as a mild hybrid.
Now, the EPA has revealed the numbers for the V-6 eTorque and V-8 eTorque Ram 1500 and the numbers are good. With two-wheel drive, a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, and the eTorque system, the 2019 Ram 1500 can return 20 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined. The V-8 powered model, on the other hand, is a bit more thirsty, but still, it will return 17/23/19, respectively. Bear in mind; it uses a big 5.7-liter, V-8.