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5 Ways the Blazer Competes Outside Its Class

5 Ways the Blazer Competes Outside Its Class

It has the chops to take on the big boys

When you think about it, Chevrolet is a producer of cheap, mass-produced cars. Its cars aren’t exactly something we’d call premium, however, some names under the Chevrolet umbrella definitely have that premium feel to them - most notably the Camaro and the Corvette. Have you ever witness someone comparing these two with the likes of BMW M cars or even Ferrari cars (in the case of the ZR1, for example). I am sure you have.

So, yes, these are Chevrolet’s halo cars- those which can, unlike the Trax or the Cruze, compare outside their imaginable segments. What if Chevy plans to do the same with the Blazer? To transform it from a classic cheap crossover to something one may even consider comparable to certain premium cars. The Blazer definitely has the right name and, probably, the right looks on top of that.

In this article, I will explore five ways the Blazer could compete outside its class. Maybe with cars such as the Jaguar F-Pace, the Infiniti QX50, or the Acura RDX. These are all five-seat, luxury, midsize crossovers, just like the Chevy Blazer. So, for the sake of this article, let’s forget about its true competitors - the Ford Edge, the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Nissan Murano, and the Subaru Outback.

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5 Points Honda Had To Address To Make The 2019 Honda Pilot The Best Pilot Ever

5 Points Honda Had To Address To Make The 2019 Honda Pilot The Best Pilot Ever

As the only 8-passenger SUV in the segment, the Honda Pilot discovered a dedicated base of customers on the U.S. market. In an effort to advance their strategy, the company revealed a facelifted 2019 Honda Pilot only days ago along with the introduction of a smaller, updated 2018 HR-V. Naturally, Honda continuously probed the market, identifying the most important challenges customers faced when using the car. In that regard, Honda updated the Infotainment system, integrated more standard safety gear and, most importantly, brought back the volume knob. And yes; the problematic 9-speed transmission has been comprehensively overhauled as well.

Below are the five most important changes Honda made to the 2019 Honda Pilot.

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Love It or Leave It - The 2019 BMW 8 Series

Love It or Leave It - The 2019 BMW 8 Series

Is it as cool as the original model?

Every time an automaker like BMW launches a new-generation model, gearheads go wild, and outlets compare it to alternatives from Audi and Mercedes-Benz. But while models like the X5 and the 3 Series get massive attention with each redesign, no Bimmer gets more time under the spotlight than the 8 Series. Revived after a 20-year hiatus, the grand tourer is the car of the moment and arguably one of the most important releases of the year.

The new 8 Series is spectacular in many ways, but much like most automobiles out there, it’s not perfect. We’re here to give it our usual "love it or leave it" treatment, in which we discuss what we like and what we hate about it. Find out what our staff had to say about BMW’s new luxury coupe and let us know what you think about it in the comments sections below.

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Love It or Leave It - The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Love It or Leave It - The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

In a surprising turn of events, Chevrolet revived the Blazer after a 13-year hiatus. Granted, it wasn’t totally unexpected as there were rumors about a revival, but the new Blazer came out of the blue, with no warning in the form of leaked photos or spy shots. And the revival also brought a lot of drama, as the new Blazer isn’t the rugged, body-on-frame SUV that everyone was hoping for.

Instead, Chevy reintroduced the iconic nameplate for a unibody crossover that slots between the Equinox and the Traverse and mixes styling cues from the Camaro and other Chevy vehicles. It’s definitely confusing for such a big revival and gearheads the world over are debating whether GM made the right move here. As we usually do when an important vehicle is launched, we’re joining the discussion with opinions from the TopSpeed staff. Read them below.

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8 Incredible Changes McLaren Made to Turn the 570S into the 600LT

8 Incredible Changes McLaren Made to Turn the 570S into the 600LT

Making the 600LT wasn’t exactly easy

Sharpening up its baby car, McLaren made some intricate changes geared towards giving the 600LT the character of a devil. As everything with McLaren, everything the engineers did to turn the 570S into the 600LT is quantifiable and extremely precise. It has made the ultimate Sport Series car by gifting the 570S with 23 percent new parts and dedicating 12 months to its production at their assembly lines in Woking. The new McLaren 600LT Coupe will be in production for a year starting in October. It is an extremely limited car as is the case with every “Long Tail” from McLaren. Order books are opened now.

The next time we see the 600LT will be at its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month. McLaren should disclose more about its performance and dynamic virtues on the occasion. For the time being, we do know the 600LT is a devil. Making sure its buyers can handle extreme tendencies, McLaren included a Pure McLaren Road Owner Track Day at a race circuit with a racing driver. The driver will teach you how to tame the 600LT, not die in it.

These are eight incredible changes McLaren made to turn the 570S into the 600LT

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5 Tech Features That Would make the Aston Martin DBS Superlegerra a Supercar in Any Dictionary

5 Tech Features That Would make the Aston Martin DBS Superlegerra a Supercar in Any Dictionary

Appearing to the delight of the entire world, the latest Aston Martin DBS Superleggera has been almost unanimously declared the best iteration of Aston Martin’s new design language. Yet, you are not here to read about the sexy shapes and curves of the latest British super GT.

“The DBS Superleggera not only marks the return of a great Aston Martin name, but signals our return to the very pinnacle of the Super GT sector,” Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s CEO, comments. “Handsome beyond measure, its lightweight carbon composite and aluminum body is sculpted into a shape with tremendous presence and charisma.”

Learn about five most important features of the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera which make it one of the most advanced and most thrilling Super GTs in the world. As the word supercar lost its true meaning all the way back when people started calling the GT-R a supercar, I will go out on a limb and say it - I think that the DBS Superleggera is closer to being a supercar than any other sports cars ever was.

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Love It or Leave It - The 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Love It or Leave It - The 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Having seen the gorgeous designs and solid performance figures of the DB11 and the new-generation Vantage, we were extremely anxious to see what Aston Martin has in store for next-generation Vanquish. The flagship grand tourer was finally unveiled this month, and alongside everything that is new inside and out, it also gained a new badge. Say goodbye to the Vanquish (for the second time), and hello to the DBS Superleggera.

Revived after six years, the DBS nameplate replaces the Vanquish for the second time. But this time around, it’s joined by the "Superleggera" badge, which Aston Martin is using as a tribute to the Carrozzeria Touring, the design firm that helped pen the iconic DB4, DB5, and DB6. What do we think about this new design and the tech under the skin? Find out from the TopSpeed staff below.

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5 Important Facts About the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

5 Important Facts About the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

It’s as impressive as it gets!

Aston Martin just replaced the Vanquish S with the DBS Superleggera, and the new grand tourer is a stunning vehicle in terms of design and technology. It’s lighter, faster, and more powerful than its predecessor, while also incorporating a lot more technology and race-inspired features. The new two-door also marks the return of the "DBS" badge, and it’s the company’s first modern vehicle that pays tribute to Carrozzeria Touring, the design house that helped pen some of the most iconic Aston Martins. But more on this and other important facts about the DBS Superleggera in the article below.

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Mid-year review: The 5 Best Truck and SUV Debuts So Far This Year

Mid-year review: The 5 Best Truck and SUV Debuts So Far This Year

SUVs and trucks practically replaced sedans and wagons. Heck, they are so popular now that some manufacturers make three-door versions of SUVs, something that has never worked well. Nevertheless, this year has seen a fair share of SUV and truck releases, but as with everything else, some are more important than others. I present to you five best and most important truck and SUV debuts so far this year.

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Five Reasons Why You Will Love The New Chevy Blazer If You Have A Family

Five Reasons Why You Will Love The New Chevy Blazer If You Have A Family

While dramatic in design and dominant in appearance, the new Chevrolet Blazer is, in fact, a rather sensible machine adapted for family use. No, it does not have seven seats inside, but that does not stop it from having all the imaginable functionality one could expect only from a new crossover.

Alan Batey, President of GM North America and Global Chevrolet brand Chief, said at the reveal that GM is bringing “one all-new SUV to the Chevrolet showroom. One that will have exceptional functionality and truly dramatic design.”

Chevrolet really went out of its own way to craft a fascinatingly practical car. This list of five reasons why you will love the new Chevy Blazer will show you exactly what Mr. Batey meant by “exceptional functionality.”

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5 Amazing Safety Features of the Volvo S60 that Probably Make it the Safest Sedan Ever

5 Amazing Safety Features of the Volvo S60 that Probably Make it the Safest Sedan Ever

As far as declarations of intent go, the one Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo CEO, gave two and a half years ago may be the boldest yet. Commenting on Volvo’s future plans, he presented an interesting vision - “Our Vision is that by 2020, nobody should be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo car.” This sentence, along with strong investments in research and development, has since become a staple of the company’s dogma. The new Volvo S60, revealed only days ago, follows this dogma to the letter with a wealth of technologies and solutions focused on achieving a single purpose - to create the safest car possible. Sure, the technology hidden under the body of the new S60 is shared among all new Volvo cars based on the SPA platform, but that does not make it any less intriguing.

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5 things Polestar Engineered did to make Volvo S60 the opposite of political correctness

5 things Polestar Engineered did to make Volvo S60 the opposite of political correctness

Did you know that the most powerful Volvo is an XC90 T8 plug-in Hybrid with the Polestar Performance Optimization package? It has 415 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. With the introduction of the new Volvo S60, the same drivetrain found its place under the gorgeous metal of the latest mid-size sedan with Polestar Engineered attire and crest.

“The new S60 T8 Polestar Engineered is an electrified car that does what you want it to,” said Henrik Green, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Volvo Cars. “All components have been fine-tuned to work together, delivering a responsive and exciting driver’s car.”

Making the new S60 as potent as it looks, Polestar Engineered had to make some important changes compared with the classic versions of the car. Sure, the R-Design is still available and gorgeous at that, but it is not the top of the line anymore. That honor falls on the new Polestar Engineered S60.

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3 Things that Prove that the Volvo S60 is Ready for the Future

3 Things that Prove that the Volvo S60 is Ready for the Future

We’re not talking about grandma’s boxy Volvo here

As expected, the new Volvo S60 is packed with technology, with features previously seen only on high-end cars, and with ideas that could revolutionize the entire car market. In addition to the fantastic Pilot Assist system, which basically makes the S60 a semi-autonomous, mid-size saloon, the S60 boasts the cool and convenient Sensus Connect Infotainment system.

However, the most amazing feature that sets it apart from the rest of the pack isn’t a feature at all. You can subscribe through the Care by Volvo subscription service and drive the new S60 thought actually buying or leasing it. This pioneering effort by Volvo offers you a car for a fixed monthly fee. No strings attached.

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Five Surprising Facts About The New Chevrolet Blazer

Five Surprising Facts About The New Chevrolet Blazer

Unlike its predecessor, it won’t wear a "Made in USA" sticker

Of course, we have known for quite some time now that the new Blazer won’t be a rugged, off-road eager machine with two doors. The first mention of GM resurrecting the name was in 2015 when it registered the Blazer name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Soon after, some heavily camouflaged SUV-looking thing with a Chevy crest started roaming the roads. It was the Blazer.

Before you start hating GM for “ruining” the Blazer name, stop and think for a second. People simply don’t buy all that body-on-frame stuff in huge numbers anymore. Chevy revealing the new, 2019 Blazer based on top of what is basically car architecture is a pure necessity sprouted from economic feasibility. While some of us may be a bit disappointed that one of the most famous names ended up on something less than unique, the paths of profit are more than obvious. This car will sell. Regardless, moving the Blazer to a new platform shared with the rest of GM city CUVs introduced us a to a few interesting traits.

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Why Are So Many Automakers in a Hurry to Skip Auto shows?

Why Are So Many Automakers in a Hurry to Skip Auto shows?

Is life as we know it coming to an end?

More and more car manufacturers are skipping auto shows. The big three from Germany - Audi, BMW, and Mercedes will skip the next NAIAS. Volkswagen, Ford, Opel, and Volvo, among others, will skip the 2018 Paris Auto Show. This is a worrying trend - one rooted in old-fashioned presentation opportunities that car shows are so fond of following. It may all change, though.

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5 Must-Know Facts About the 2019 Volvo S60

5 Must-Know Facts About the 2019 Volvo S60

We don’t even care about the death of diesel!

Revealed with much online fanfare, the new 2019 Volvo S60 is a crucial part of Volvo’s push towards an all-electric vehicle line up. The 2019 Volvo S60 is a car of many firsts for Volvo, and you should know these five facts about it, rather sooner than later. After all, the Volvo S60 is the first step in a continuous electrification effort which will eventually bring about the demise of the diesel engine.

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6 Astonishing Tech Gizmos and Cool Features of the new BMW 8 Series

6 Astonishing Tech Gizmos and Cool Features of the new BMW 8 Series

The BMW 8 series is a fascinating exercise in design, technology, and style. It also sits at the high-end of the BMW lineup, and that is an incredible place to be as it is full of magic, science, emotion, and prestige. I am presenting you Six amazing features of the new BMW 8 series as well as the most outstanding technology which BMW plans to use to fight the S-class Coupe and its likeness.

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BMW X5 - A Formidable Foe Four Times in a Row

BMW X5 - A Formidable Foe Four Times in a Row

Can it get any better than this?

It is a war out there. Not the War of the Worlds, but a war among SUVs - big ones, fast ones, mean ones and appealing ones. The escalating conflict in the world of SUVs did bring exceptional weaponry to the market playground. No one can argue with the mercenary nature that the likes of the Audi Q7, the Porsche Cayenne, the Mercedes-Benz GLE or the BMW X5 wreak upon us.

They are all good. Perhaps not in a nice or a polite way, but certainly in a firm, tenacious, and tough way. They are badass - dominating streets, embellishing house driveways, and providing a majority of that important surplus at the bottom of manufacturers’ balance sheets.

And the BMW X5 may well be the best of them all!

Since its inception back in 2000, the Bavarian giant has delivered 2.2 million units worldwide. Now, in its fourth generation, the 2019 BMW X5 faces its toughest test - the onslaught of exceptionality a whole guard of premium manufacturers unleashed to the streets.

This is how the 2019 BMW X5 prepared to fair the fight.

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