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2019 – RANGE ROVER SENTINEL  

The British brand will not be in the Geneva Motor Show, but even so chose the occasion to present a novelty. This is the Range Rover Sentinel, its new and very well protected armored model. There are more and more wealthy people in the world. Which means, among other things, that there are more and more targets for criminals. Knowing this, Range Rover has introduced its new model to carry members of governments and state entities, senior executives, and probably even some criminals who have a gun pointed at their head. So that all these could walk the streets without worrying about being the last trip of his life, was born the Range Rover Sentinel.

To ensure high levels of protection, this vehicle received more than one tonne of equipment and new components. This includes everything from body armor, bulletproof glass, explosion-proof roofing and emergency escape system. As might be expected, this required a review of the chassis, suspension and braking system to deal with the heavy task ahead of them without prejudice to off-road capabilities. To be able to escape dangerous and extreme situations, this Range Rover Sentinel was equipped with a new engine. This is the V8 5.0 Supercharged with 380 hp, which allows the heavy vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 10.4 seconds. This is not a great time, but if you take into account the extra ton of protections in your weight, and you probably have to carry two or three more than 100 kg of safety, besides the driver and the customer, it’s not bad either . There are still some very curious specs on this vehicle. The run-flat tire system, which allows you to run 50 km at speeds up to 80 km / h if your tire is stuck by bullets or shrapnel. Then there are the lights and the system to communicate with the pedestrians asking them to step aside to create a perimeter of safety. And there is also a system to lower the front glass in 150 mm, something that, says the mark, is for the Range Rover Sentinel to deliver documents. However it seems that this opening may have other functions, such as responding to the bullet to anyone trying to attack the armored SUV.

2020 – RANGE ROVER EVOQUE

The Range Rover Evoque 2020 has finally been revealed after months of continuous development, an SUV that has been able to market more than 772,000 units since it was first launched in the year 2011. This second generation features an evolved design on a new platform, mild engines hybrid and high technological endowment. Seen on numerous occasions, the Range Rover Evoque offers an evolved image based on the current generation’s design, but inspired by the latest releases from the British manufacturer such as the Range Rover Velar and the iconic Range Rover Sport. Of these two inherits the new Matrix LED headlights, the rear optical frame joined by a black belt that measures the width of the vehicle, and the retractable door knobs. It also features the most pronounced shoulders and muscular arches with wheels between 17 and 21 inches.

Built on the new ‘Premium Transverse Architecture’ platform of mixed materials from Land Rover, the new Range Rover Evoque 2020 gains interior space that is reflected in the area of ​​the legs and in the increase of spaces porta-objects. This is a result of the 20 mm increase in wheelbase, which also contributed to the fact that the trunk is 10% larger than its predecessor, with 591 liters of expandable volume capacity up to 1,383 liters. banks in asymmetric format 40-20-40. The interior of the new Evoque 2020 offers new clean, coreless surfaces with premium materials, according to the manufacturer. It also premiered new tapestries, such as mixing Kvadrat wool with fabrics made of Eucalyptus and Ultrafabrics. These new upholstery cover electrically adjustable seats in 16 positions and other interior surfaces, contrasting with the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system’s dual screen and digital cockpit. The Range Rover Evoque 2020 was developed under ‘Smart Settings’, an artificial intelligence that allows you to adjust different parameters of the vehicle to suit the needs of the car, something that the system will learn from using. Among the more advanced systems we find ClearSight, an interior rear-view mirror that is an HD screen that projects the images captured by a flap camera over the ceiling, and Groud View technology that allows you to create a 180-degree image of the ground underneath the through the multimedia system screen.

At the same time, the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system consists of a 10-inch and 12.3-inch dual screen, complemented by a digital cockpit and a color Head-Up Display. It offers compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, six USB ports and 4G Wi-Fi connection, as well as integration of the smartphone into the car interface through the InControl Remote application, which allows the owner to manage different aspects of his Evoque through the mobile phone. In addition, as standard, all versions of the new Evoque 2020 are equipped with a rear view camera and a long list of driver assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control with steering assistant, track maintenance, autonomous emergency braking system and driver status monitor, among others. The new Range Rover Evoque is available with up to six different Ingenium engines. Three diesel engines are offered on the same basis, a 2.0 Td4 of 150, 180 and 240 hp, as well as three other petrol engines, a 2.0 Si4 with 200, 250 and 300 hp of power. All are available with mild hybrid technology with a 48-volt system (except for the manual 2.0 Td4 150-hp front-wheel drive), as well as all-wheel drive and a nine-speed ZF automatic transmission. The mild hybrid systems are capable of storing the energy generated during deceleration and braking on a lithium-ion battery under the car floor. The Range Rover Evoque 2020 shuts off its engine when it travels below 17 km / h and during braking to reduce emissions, while the electrical energy stored in the battery is used as support for the combustion engine in accelerations, which helps reduce consumption.

Land Rover has confirmed that this technology serves as a basis for the arrival of the hybrid Evoque plug-in (PHEV) version by 2020. Meanwhile, doing the honors of Range Rover philosophy, the new generation is more capable than ever off the asphalt. Its design facilitates a ground clearance of 212 mm, a crossing capacity of 600 mm, an angle of attack of 22.2 degrees and an angle of exit of 30.6 degrees. To support its off-road performance, Land Rover has integrated a series of specially developed systems, such as Terrain Response 2 with four modes of driving (comfort, sand, grass-gravel-snow and mud & roots), as well as Hill Descent Control, Gradient Release Control and All-Terrain Progress Control. Added to this is the Adaptative Dynamics system, which joins the improved Evoque suspension to monitor road conditions through sensors; Active Driveline for torque distribution between axes; and the Driveline Disconnect to unplug the four-wheel drive system in road driving situations, reducing friction and improving fuel economy. The new Range Rover Evoque 2020 is now available for ordering from the European Land Rover Official Dealer Network in 4 × 4 wheel drive versions, available starting at 50,000 euros (S finish of 150 hp automatic), and with the arrival at markets expected from March 2019. The 4 × 2 versions will arrive from September 2019 with an output price starting at 40,000 euros in its base finish, with 150 hp and manual transmission.

2019 – RANGE ROVER SV COUPE

If there is something for which the Land Rover is known as an automobile brand, it is precisely because of its commitment to the premium SUV segment for nearly 50 years. Now, as a benchmark in the industry and with a broad line of vehicles with these features, arrives at the Geneva Motor Show to unveil its new premium SUV coupe, the Range Rover SV Coupe. Despite the name it was christened, the hood and the bottom area of ​​the rear cover are the only exterior elements it shares with the common Range Rover, it is that the rest of the elements, aluminum panels and bumper of your body have been redesigned to offer a much more differentiating aspect in this coupe version. In fact, there are several exterior design details that change in this version, in addition to the imposing profile of the set seen without the rear doors. From its new grille divided in two to the side air intakes, the material and tones used in the chrome and trims used throughout the vehicle. This whole set can be configured with a large number of finishes and customization options available in the company. There are more than 100 different exterior colors and an interior lined with two-tone leather with stitching, stitching and embroidery to choose from and even use of semiprecious metals in the finishes of the passenger compartment.

In relation to the interior, there is a spacious cabin where the main protagonism is the heated and chilled diamond-shaped seats, which can also be combined with trim, steering wheel and door panels in walnut and fig wood. The new vehicle, created by the manufacturer and its Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division, was conceived as the first full-size SUV coupe on the market and also as the most powerful in Land Rover history. Underneath the hood hides a huge 5.0-liter Supercharged V8 gasoline engine with 565 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque, which translates, despite its high weight, at a top speed of 266 km / h, being able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.3 seconds. This is complemented by an ZF eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifts on the steering wheel and permanent all-wheel drive, plus an active rear differential and various driving modes: Dynamic, Eco, Comfort, Gravel, Clay and Sand. But despite your capabilities, you will not get off too much off the road. The British have worked on a suspension system that raises or reduces the height of the SV Coupe by up to 8 mm over the common Range Rover with dynamic enhancement effects. Also, and from 105 km / h, the height of the body in relation to the ground drops by 15 mm to increase the stability of the vehicle. Its price will be £ 300,000 and 999 copies will be manufactured, which will be assembled by hand at the SVO Technical Center in Warwickshire, UK.

2018 – LAND ROVER DEFENDER PROJECT TUKI BY EAST COAST DEFENDER

The Land Rover Defender Project Tuki prepared by East Coast Defender is a model that represents the return to the classic. For those owners of a Land Rover Defender who want extra boldness, East Coast Defender has the solution. The American trainer, located in Florida (USA), worked on the Defender 110, modifying the vehicle to try to achieve the original aesthetics of the SUV. The exterior was painted with the color Keswick Green matching the white. The classic front grille and steel wheels are only the tip of the iceberg. Underneath the green hood of Project Tuki hides a retouched V8 engine, capable of generating 175 hp. As we said before, this is a creation inspired by the heritage of the brand. Its mechanics is coupled with a five-speed ZF automatic transmission. Inside, Defender’s classic style continues to stand out. The SUV features Panda Charcoal leather seats, a Nardi wood steering wheel, All American Nickle Series gauges and black leather everywhere. And there’s also the small details of modernity, such as the Kenwood infotainment system and a rear-view camera.

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A good dose of attitude for the Acura ILX 2019

This new design gives the sedan a more muscular look that will certainly do no harm. After all, Acura cannot afford to do things in half if it wants to seriously compete with established models such as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4. The aesthetic transformation of the ILX continues in the rear, where the lights are now much larger. The license plate space has also been lowered to the height of the bumper to allow the Acura logo to be inserted in the center of the trunk. Inside, the changes are a little less radical. We’ve changed a few things here and there, but the ergonomics remain pretty much the same. We keep in particular the formula of the two superimposed screens and the gigantic button in the center of the console to control all that.

Acura ILX 2019

 Acura has taken advantage of this update to inject ILX with a good dose of technology. Starting in 2019, the model will be available as standard with the Acura Watch package, which includes a range of driver assistance systems such as Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and an impending frontal collision warning. The infotainment system of the Acura ILX will also be compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car Play time to extend your tesla 3 car life.

A-Spec version on the menu

In addition to this update, Acura continues to offer an A-Spec version of the ILX. The A-Spec package will incorporate a range of aesthetic modifications such as unique 18-inch wheels, LED fog lights and an exclusive blue color.

Acura ILX 2019

 Elsewhere in the range, the TLX, RDX, and MDX models are also available with an A-Spec variant. A-Spec or not, all versions of the Acura ILX 2019 will remain equipped with the same mechanics. As has been the case for several years, the ILX continues to use a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. The power should, therefore, remain the same as in 2018 with 201 horsepower and 180 lb-ft. The 2019 Acura ILX price range has not yet been announced, but can be expected to rise from the 2018 model. This year ILX is offered at a starting price of 29 $ 990.

Kia Telluride will be marketed next year

When the Kia Telluride concept was unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, the Korean automaker mentioned the possibility of marketing a large SUV, sporting a similar design. It took two and a half years to confirm it. The production version will also be called Telluride, and Kia believes the time is right to launch such a vehicle. It will be of intermediate size, probably sharing its architecture with the next generation of the Hyundai Santa Fe XL (which would be renamed Palisade) and will accommodate up to eight passengers. It will obviously be longer and wider than the Kia Sorento, and will compete with the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander and Nissan Pathfinder, among others. The Kia Telluride 2020 will be assembled in Georgia, USA, and will be powered by a V6 engine, but that’s about all the manufacturer has unveiled so far. No V8 engine this time, unlike the Kia Borrego launched for the 2009 vintage. The SUV made its first public appearance at Brandon Maxwell’s New York Fashion Week event, featuring an accessory trim inspired by the theme of the designer’s spring-summer 2019 collection, Texas. Under aesthetic additions such as the calender protector, the winch, the auxiliary lights, the ladder giving access to the roof rack, the spare wheel attached to the rear window and the snorkel, we can see the final design of the Telluride, featuring certain features of the 2016 concept. The square shape and glass surfaces have been largely preserved, the front and rear parts have been softened somewhat, and the rear doors are not reversed as those of the concept. The new Kia Telluride 2020 is expected to go on sale early in 2019 BMW has added a new version of the X2. Called X2 M35i, it is positioned at the top of the range of this precise model.

See also: The BMW X2 is an X1 that went to the gym

Under the hood of this new version of this BMW SUV is a 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine that generates 306 horsepower, making it the most powerful version.  As standard, the X2 M35i is equipped with the xDrive full power train that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The latter even offers the possibility of making a shotgun start.

BMW X2 M35i 2019

 BMW X2 M35i 2019

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To distinguish itself from the more accessible versions, we notice the presence of Cerium gray accents around mirrors, exhaust outlets and ventilation hatches. Obviously, we also find a spoiler in the back. We are told gas mileage approaching 8.4 L / 100 km. As for acceleration, we are promised that it will be able to reach 100 km / h in just 4.9 seconds.

BMW X2 M35i 2019

 BMW X2 M35i 2019

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In order to provide a driving pleasure worthy of the “M” range of the German manufacturer, BMW equipped its X2 M35i with specifically adjusted suspensions. The driver can also choose between the Sport or Comfort modes according to his mood. For the moment, we do not know how much the price of this new version of X2 will be. It should be noted that the X2 is available starting at $ 42,250.

Massive recall for the Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 model year 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 are affected by this important reminder. A total of 339,884 vehicles are involved. “On certain vehicles, the activation of the front seat belt pretensioners during a collision could cause the momentary ignition of the pretensioner exhaust. This could ignite materials in the area of the center pillar (pillar B), which would cause a fire that could injure someone or damage property, “says Transport Canada .

The pretension is a system that allows seat belts to better protect the occupants of a vehicle by pulling backwards in the event of a collision. To resolve the situation, dealers will be required to return the vehicles affected by the recall and inspect the affected area. If necessary, the mechanics will have to modify the floor covering and soundproofing apply a heat-resistant tape. Elsewhere in North America, the same problem caused a recall of 1,619,112 units of the F-150 in the United States and 36,780 in Mexico.  Owners of the Ford F-150 can confirm if their vehicle is affected by this recall by visiting the manufacturer’s website or by calling 1-800-565-3673.

If this recall of Ford targets so many units, it is because the F-150 is extremely popular in Canada. In fact, it is the best-selling vehicle in the country year after year, all categories combined.

See also: Top 10 Best Selling Vehicles in Canada in 2017

See also: The 10 best-selling vehicles in Quebec in 2017

Last year, Ford sold 155,290 units across Canada. To give you an idea, Ram’s range of pickups is a distant second with 98,465 units sold. The same goes for Quebec, where the F-150 also dominated the sales charts for 2017 with 25,386 sales.

A good dose of attitude for the Acura ILX 2019

The most compact of Acura sedans, the ILX, will be entitled to a serious cosmetic update for 2019. Like the more spacious TLX and RLX, the small ILX will now use the “diamond” grille that is the signature of Acura’s new products.

 

Acura ILX 2019

This new design gives the sedan a more muscular look that will certainly do no harm. After all, Acura can not afford to do things in half if it wants to seriously compete with established models such as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4. The aesthetic transformation of the ILX continues in the rear, where the lights are now much larger. The license plate space has also been lowered to the height of the bumper to allow the Acura logo to be inserted in the center of the trunk. Inside, the changes are a little less radical. We’ve changed a few things here and there, but the ergonomics remain pretty much the same. We keep in particular the formula of the two superimposed screens and the gigantic button in the center of the console to control all that.

Acura ILX 2019

 Acura has taken advantage of this update to inject ILX with a good dose of technology. Starting in 2019, the model will be available as standard with the Acura Watch package, which includes a range of driver assistance systems such as Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and an impending frontal collision warning. The infotainment system of the Acura ILX will also be compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car Play. It was time.

A-Spec version on the menu

In addition to this update, Acura continues to offer an A-Spec version of the ILX. The A-Spec package will incorporate a range of aesthetic modifications such as unique 18-inch wheels, LED fog lights and an exclusive blue color.

Acura ILX 2019

Elsewhere in the range, the TLX, RDX and MDX models are also available with an A-Spec variant. A-Spec or not, all versions of the Acura ILX 2019 will remain equipped with the same mechanics. As has been the case for several years, the ILX continues to use a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. The power should therefore remain the same as in 2018 with 201 horsepower and 180 lb-ft. The 2019 Acura ILX price range has not yet been announced, but can be expected to rise from the 2018 model. This year ILX is offered at a starting price of 29 $ 990.

Chevrolet propose un Colorado encore plus radical: le ZR2 Bison

Until now, the Colorado ZR2 version was the most radical variation of the Chevrolet mid-size pickup. The American manufacturer has just unveiled the ZR2 Bison version of his Colorado. See also: The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is a pickup that thinks it’s a Jeep This is a first-ever association with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), a specialized and recognized company selling off-road parts. The ZR2 Bison is equipped with five steel protection plates. These cover the oil sump, the fuel tank, the transfer case as well as the locking front and rear differentials. AEV is also responsible for designing bumpers that are also made of steel. At the front, there are fog lights while in the back, we can count on the presence of anchor points.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 2019

 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 2019

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History to distinguish itself from other declensions of Colorado , the ZR2 Bison barters Chevrolet’s golden badge against an inscription in capital letters of the American brand. We also note that its wings are wider.

On the tailgate as well as on the headrests, you can see the AEV logo and a bison.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 2019

 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 2019

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Comes standard with the 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine that develops 308 horsepower and 275 foot-pounds, the Colorado ZR2 Bison can also be equipped with the 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that generates 186 horsepower -vapeur and 369 foot-pounds.

As an option, consumers will be able to purchase the snorkel-type snorkel. For the moment, it appears in Chevrolet’s plans to market it in Canada.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 2019

 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 2019

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A growing model

While Chevrolet had sold less than 2700 units of its former Colorado when it was at the end of its life in 2011, the US manufacturer has clearly succeeded in developing the market of intermediate pickups . Indeed, in 2017, it sold more than 8000 Colorado in the country.

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