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Next-Gen Fiat 500e Spied Electrifying The Snow In Sweden


There’s a completely new electric Fiat 500 on the way. We’ve already caught the revamped 500e testing a couple of times wearing heavy camouflage, and the prototype in this latest crop of spy photos is as covered up as ever. It appears Fiat is very keen to get the most from its small EV in all weather conditions, as this time it was spotted in the snowy regions of northern Sweden.

Battery range for electric cars can be affected by cold weather, and the previous 500e wasn’t a range rockstar to begin with. It was rated at just 100 miles in the city, but that version of the plucky runabout wasn’t originally designed to be an electric car. The prototype you see here, however, is a dedicated EV from the ground up, and as such we’re expecting to see improvements in both range and performance. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced the new platform back in 2018, and it’s destined to underpin several different models within the FCA umbrella. The Fiat 500 will be the first to use it.

That said, there’s still very little info regarding the details of this new architecture. However, the body will obviously be easily recognizable as the 500 we know and love, with the overall shape and even the Fiat’s iconic four-light front fascia identifiable through the camo. There likely won’t be a traditional grille, and it probably won’t have gobs of range like you might find with a Tesla Model 3 Long Range model. We’ve heard the new 500e’s mission will still be that of an urban commuter car, but a range approaching 150 or 200 miles would certainly help sales.

The standard 500 will continue to be sold in its current form alongside the new EV, though ICE-powered models using the new architecture are expected in a few years. The 500e should also return to U.S. shores as a 2021, but it will debut first for Europe and that could happen in as little as a few weeks at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show.



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2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe arrives with 603 horsepower and more bragging rights


The latest Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe would like a word with your expectations and definitions for a tall-riding luxury crossover. That word is “goodbye.”

On Tuesday, the German automaker unveiled the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe with an electrified twin-turbo V-8, 22-inch wheels, and a sport-tuned air suspension system.

It will sit above the less powerful GLE Coupe and 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 Coupe when it goes on sale in the U.S. in fall 2020.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe

Turbos and electrons

As with any AMG model, it starts with what’s under the hood. AMG’s hand-built, twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 makes 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque and is paired with a 48-volt electrical system that can supplement the engine with up to 21 hp and 184 lb-ft in certain situations, including quicker initial acceleration. A 9-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four 22-inch wheels.

Mercedes-AMG said the rakish crossover SUV will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds on its way to an electronically limited 174 mph top speed.

The powertrain has seven drive modes that modify engine response, transmission, suspension, and steering including: Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual, Race, Trail, and Sand.

Standard air suspension, adaptive dampers, and active roll bars will help keep the big hatchback on stilts upright and tie into the 48-volt electrical system. There are three modes for the suspension separate from the drive modes: Comfort, Sport, and Sport+. The system can level the crossover to adjust for heavy loads and lowers the GLE63 S Coupe at speeds over 74 mph for better fuel-efficiency.

To control wheel slip and help accelerate out of corners an electronically controlled locking rear differential is standard.

Braking power comes from six-piston fixed front calipers that grab 15.7-inch front rotors with single-piston floating calipers and 14.6-inch discs in the rear. A carbon ceramic brake rotor upgrade will be on the options list to remove mass and prevent cooking the brakes on a racetrack.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe

Pretty, yet aggressive

The GLE63 S Coupe puts an angrier face on a pretty SUV. A Panamericana grille instantly ties the GLE63 S Coupe to the other performance cars from Affalterbach, while the gaping intakes on both sides of the front bumper are ready to suck in every bit of air to feed the turbocharged V-8 engine.

The rakish roofline carries over from other GLE models, but the fenders give the GLE63 S a bulldog-like appearance. Out back, AMG-specific quad rectangular exhaust tips bark the 4.0-liter’s song.

Inside, the GLE Coupe gets the AMG treatment with nappa leather, AMG badges, three-spoke flat-bottom AMG steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles, and AMG Drive Unit steering wheel buttons to change the vehicle parameters on the fly. Swaths of carbon fiber trim cover the dashboard and doors.

Mercedes-Benz didn’t say how much the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe will cost when it arrives in the U.S. in fall 2020, but expect it to start from about $115,000 like the outgoing model.



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The Week in Tesla News: More Mileage for Model S and X, Power Steering Recall, Tesla Takes Subway and More | News from Cars.com



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Tesla will be extending the range of recently built Model S sedans and Model X SUVs via a software update, according to CEO Elon Musk, who said: “All S/X cars made in recent months have actually been above stated EPA range. Will be unlocked soon for free via software update.” As of this writing, the EPA has not updated its range estimates for either vehicle’s long-range version but, then again, neither Musk nor Tesla have a reputation for letting such things get in the way. Elsewhere in Tesla and Tesla-adjacent news, more than 14,000 Tesla Model X SUVs were being recalled for a power-steering issue, we learned that Bill Gates made his first-ever electric-car purchase — a Porsche Taycan — and a Tesla driver tried too hard to replicate Musk’s disruption of subways by crashing into a … Subway. We also learned that people in Rhode Island don’t mind their own business.

Related: Which 2019 Electric Cars Have the Greatest Range?

Tesla headlines come fast and furious at seemingly all times, so we’ve sifted through it all for the most important, interesting or otherwise noteworthy news. Let’s get to it. 

More Range for Model S, Model X?

Musk’s tweet and subsequent replies to questions don’t paint a particularly clear picture of things. It seems Model S and Model X cars built within a certain time period are equipped with “small hardware improvements,” but what those are, when the improvements began or when the claimed updated ranges will take effect are all unknown. Musk also said that crossing the 400-mile range barrier might be possible with “improved wheels and tires” and that that sort of improvement would perhaps be available to all previous models. If and when the EPA updates its range estimates for Tesla models, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Model X Recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced last week that about 14,100 model-year 2015-16 Tesla Model X SUVs were under recall. Aluminum bolts that attach the power steering gear assist motor to the gear housing may corrode and fracture, causing a reduction or complete loss of power steering assist, increasing the risk of a crash. Per federal mandate, Tesla will make the necessary repairs for free. If you own a Model X from these model years, get the full story, as well as instructions on how to get your car fixed, here.

Sorry, Tesla: Bill Gates’ Space Is Taycan

Bill Gates purchased a Porsche Taycan, his first-ever electric car. Who could’ve predicted that the co-founder of Microsoft would prefer an older, more-established legacy brand like Porsche over an upstart, popular brand with an almost cultlike following like Tesla? (To be fair, Gates is actually a huge Porsche fan, and it’s rumored that he used some of his immense wealth to lobby for a law to be changed to allow him to legally import his beloved Porsche 959.) Gates also credited Tesla for driving the market toward mass adoption of electric vehicles.

An Abrupt Subway Stop

In my best Chris Farley voice: Remember, like, when Elon Musk was talking about building, like, tunnels exclusively for Teslas to avoid traffic and “disrupting” transit and everyone pointed out that subways already exist and are much more efficient at moving people from place to place? That was awesome. Well, in a heavy-handed metaphor, a Tesla Model X driver in Washington state crashed into a Subway restaurant, likely “disrupting” the hell out of the dining experience of any patrons and the work experience of its employees. One passenger was treated for minor injuries. It also bears noting that the driver claimed the car had “malfunctioned.”

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Thanks to a letter from an anonymous author, the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles revoked the license plate of one Tesla owner over an allegedly crass vanity plate that reads “FKGAS.” The letter writer said that, “I think this plate reflects poorly on Rhode Island, and should be revoked.” Not exactly a Buddy Cianci-level offense — but enough, evidently, to spur bureaucratic change.

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Hennessey Goliath 700 GMC Sierra Denali Is A Six-Figure Supertruck

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Sealy, TX (Feb. 18, 2020)—The Team from Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) brought serious power and luxury to the NADA Show in Las Vegas this weekend when they unveiled their latest colossal creation, the Hennessey GOLIATH 700 GMC Sierra Denali.

While 420 hp may be merely capable in stock form with the venerable 6.2 liter V8, HPE thoroughly ups the ante with a 2.9 liter supercharger at six lbs of boost for a total of 700 hp. Further enhancements include upgraded camshaft, upgraded pushrods, professional installation and dyno tuning.

Rounding out the HPE GOLIATH 700’s purpose-built prominence is HPE’s Stage-1 Off-Road package, complete with six-inch lift, custom 20” HPE wheels, 35” tires, custom HPE bumper with LED lighting and much more.

“The demand for upgrading luxury pickups is at an all-time high,” said company founder and Chief Horsepower Evangelist, John Hennessey. “A serious truck should have serious power and the GOLIATH 700 delivers on this mantra. We’re offering a complete turnkey power package with warranty that delivers an exciting driving experience both on and off-road.

Customers can order the GOLIATH 700 Supercharger package for $26,995 and the Stage-1 Off-Road package with six-inch lift, HPE Wheels, Toyo Tires and custom GOLIATH front bumper with LED lighting separately for $14,950. Other options include Brembo 15.1 inch front brake upgrade, stainless steel exhaust system, drop-down side steps, a GOLIATH-branded interior, and an electric retractable bed cover.

The Hennessey GOLIATH 700 can be ordered directly from Hennessey Performance (www.hennesseyperformance.com) or by visiting any Chevrolet or GMC dealer. Packages are also available for any 6.2L 2019-2020 GMC Sierra or Chevrolet Silverado trucks.

GOLIATH 700 SUPERCHARGED Specifications

POWER:
• 700 bhp @ 6,300 rpm

PERFORMANCE:
• 0-60 mph: 4.3 sec.
INCLUDES:
• 2.9 Liter Supercharger System
• High-Flow Intercooling System
• High-Flow Air Induction System
• Custom HPE Camshaft
• Chromemoly Hardened Pushrods
• Crankcase Ventilation System
• HPE Engine Management Calibration
• All Necessary Gaskets, Fluids & Hardware
• Professional Installation
• Chassis Dyno Testing
• Road Testing – Up To 200 Miles
• Hennessey Exterior Rear Badge
• Hennessey Embroidered Headrests
• GOLIATH 700 Exterior Badging
• Serial-Numbered Dash Plaque
• Serial-Numbered Engine Plaque
• Shell V-Power 93 Octane Gasoline
• Shell Rotella RGT Synthetic Oil
• 3 Year / 36,000 Mile Limited Warranty
Cost Installed: $26,950

GOLIATH OFF-ROAD STAGE 1
• GOLIATH Front Bumper
• 5 LED Lights in Front Bumper
• 20 inch Hennessey 10-Spoke Wheels
• 35 inch Toyo OFF­-Road Tires
• 6” Lift Kit (*depends on trim level)
• Hennessey & GOLIATH Exterior Graphics
• Professional Installation • 3 year / 36,000 Mile Limited Warranty
Cost Installed: $14,950

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
• GOLIATH Diamond Stitched Interior, $5,950
• GOLIATH Ram Air Hood Installed, $5,950
• Brembo Front Brake Upgrade, $7.950
• Stainless Steel Cat-Back Exhaust Installed: $2,750
• GOLIATH Rear Bumper Installed, $2,450
• Retractable Electronic Bed Cover, $4,450
• Upgraded Electronic Fold Out Steps, $3,450

About Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE)
John Hennessey and the Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) team have been making fast cars go faster since 1991. Over the last 28 years, John and his team have built more than 10,000 vehicles with more than 400 of those in 2017 alone. HPE operates in a soon to be 51,000-square foot workshop and showroom facility situated on 143 acres near Sealy, Texas (about 45 minutes west of Houston). HPE offers a wide variety of dyno-proven, track tested high-performance engine upgrade packages & parts for a variety of modern performance vehicles. Hennessey Performance is also the only tuner in North America that operates its own test track—the Lonestar Motorsports park 1/4-mile dragstrip facility which is adjacent to the HPE workshop & showroom.



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Koenigsegg 2.0L, 3-cylinder, 1,500-hp 2+2 hybrid rumored for Geneva

Koenigsegg hosted its global dealer network for a shindig at its Angelholm, Sweden, headquarters last month. During the event, the hypercar maker tweeted an image of employees standing next to five Koenigsegg models under black sheets. It was thought these represented the cars Koenigsegg will bring to next month’s Geneva Motor Show. At least one of those five is rumored to be the Jesko-based Mission 500 concept, the rocket that CEO Christian Koenigsegg will use to challenge the top speed record. The Supercar Blog credits sources for information on another of the five, it supposedly being a hybrid 2+2 called the KG12. 

If the rumors are close to true, the extra two seats — and we use the words “seats” generously — wouldn’t be the only break with Koenigsegg tradition. TSB‘s insider says the heart of the KG12’s hybrid powerplant will be a 2.0-liter, three-cylinder engine engineered with the carmaker’s camless FreeValve system. Combined with an electric motor or motors, total output is thought to be around 1,500 horsepower. If such a thing shows up at Geneva, predicted to be on display under a glass engine cover, it will be in the running for the wildest and most innovative propulsion system at the show.

Design standards like the wraparound windshield and dihedral synchro-helix doors are expected to make the cut, but those doors might be longer than usual so as to provide better access to whatever fits in the back seat. TSB writes that the KG12 will cost around €1.4 million ($1.5 million U.S.), with deliveries to begin in 2022 and production limited to 300 units. 

One big question is whether the KG12 is, or has anything to do with, the affordable Koenigsegg supercar that’s been on simmer in the background for a few years. A year ago, reports said the car would come to this year’s Geneva show. However, the least expensive Koenigsegg has been imagined with the firm’s naturally-aspirated V8 paired with hybrid assistance, getting something like 1,050 hp, and a price tag of anywhere from €600,000 to €800,000 ($650,000-$850,000). We’ll have an answer in two weeks.

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2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe: More Quantity, More Quality | News from Cars.com



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General Motors’ recently redesigned full-size, light-duty pickup trucks — the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and related GMC Sierra 1500 — have impressed us for drivetrain refinement and overall capability, but their interiors remain a weak link, both in terms of materials quality and overall design. Fortunately, the SUVs that stem from that platform have also been redesigned, and they appear to keep a lot of the good stuff and toss out some of the bad. We’ll start you off with the Chevrolet pair in the redesigned Tahoe and Suburban.

Related: 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe: Big Is Back

Now, the Suburban is an extended-length version of the Tahoe. Both SUVs grew with the redesign, but the Tahoe grew a lot more — about 7 inches overall in length — so the gap between the two of them is shrinking. Styling is a light evolution over what you see on the Silverado 1500, with a tall grille bisected by twin crossbars bearing the Chevy bow tie. The piped, C-shaped lighting elements play a more prominent role here than on the pickup trucks, as they’re more split off from other lighting elements, but the overall theme is fairly similar.

The best news comes inside, where the dashboard shares very little of the Silverado’s tired look. It’s instead a more low-set, open design with controls offset on different layers and a standard 10-inch touchscreen perched above it all. The second row can have dual 12.6-inch touchscreens that can stream independent content from a mobile device.

What else has changed for these SUVs? Watch the video for more.

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‘New’ Nissan NP300 Crash Test With Used Navara Has Horrible Outcome

The Nissan NP300 Hardbody sold in South Africa made the headlines back in November 2018 for all the wrong reasons as Global NCAP gave it a worrying zero-star crash test rating. Still in production today at the Rosslyn factory, the pickup truck is essentially a first-generation Frontier / Navara that dates back to 1997. To further emphasize how dangerous the vehicle is compared to current trucks, The Automobile Association of South Africa set up a head-on collision at 56 km/h (34.8 mph) with a latest-generation Navara built in Barcelona, Spain.

They took a newly built NP300 and smashed it into a used Navara to demonstrate the differences between the two literally represent a matter of life and death. The analysis conducted post-crash shows that a real person behind the wheel of the South African-built truck “would have likely sustained fatal injuries” whereas the driver of the European-made Navara “would have likely walked away from the crash.”

If there is a silver lining in all of this, it’s that Nissan is upgrading its Rosslyn factory to start production of the modern Navara in November 2020. However, the investment valued at three billion ZAR ($200 million at current exchange rates) won’t put an end to the NP300 Hardbody as the old truck will soldier on as a cheaper (yet vastly more dangerous) alternative.

The Navara shares its underpinnings with several other models, including the Renault Alaskan, the soon-to-be-axed Mercedes X-Class, and the Dongfeng Ruiqi 6 sold in China. The Automobile Association of South Africa deliberately took a “new” NP300 Hardbody and crash-tested it against a used Navara to show that a new car isn’t always safer than a used one. It’s especially true when the second-hand vehicle comes from parts of the world where there are far stricter safety regulations.

The crash test also goes to show the major advancements that have been made in terms of safety between 1997 when the original Navara went on sale and 2014 when the third generation came out.



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2020 Cadillac CT4: One of Two Prongs | News from Cars.com



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Cadillac is taking a two-pronged approach to compact luxury sports sedans — cars like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class — with the all-new CT4 and CT5 sedans. CT4 replaces the ATS; the CT5 replaces the CTS. We’re here with the newest and smallest of the pair, the CT4.

Related: 2020 Cadillac CT4: New Entry-Level Luxury Sedan Bids ATS Adios

Now, Cadillac is going the one-size-higher strategy, with the CT4’s starting price right around some really small cars like the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Audi A3, even though its length and wheelbase are more in line with one-size-higher cars like the C-Class and the A4.

The CT4 is bigger than Cadillac’s outgoing ATS, and its softer lines bear a little more of a fastback profile with less going on with the C-pillars than on the CT5. CT4 Sport and higher-performance CT4-V models have unique, darker elements and larger bumper openings.

Until you get to the CT4-V, the look doesn’t necessarily signal which of the CT4’s available turbocharged four-cylinder engines are under the hood, as even the CT4’s toned-down Premium Luxury trim can have its largest engine.

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Watch Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster Hit 160 MPH In Half A Mile


If you’re a regular Motor1.com reader, you know all about Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds. If you’re new to our digital halls, here’s what you need to know about this video. The action takes place on a 3.2-mile runway, but it’s not just any runway. This ultra-flat strip of concrete in Florida was once used by the Space Shuttle, and now it’s a place where the JBPG folks can bolt-up some speed-testing equipment and stretch the legs of the world’s greatest supercars.

This time around, we’re treated to a short-but-sweet run with a 2016 Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster. We say short because this particular pass only uses a half-mile stretch of the total space, sampling the supercar’s accelerative capabilities. It’s also a chance to wrap our ears around the glorious sound of Lamborghini’s enduring 6.5-liter V12, which in this iteration makes 740 horsepower (552 kilowatts) for all four wheels to use.

And the wheels make good use of that grip. We briefly see 1.0g on the accelerometer during the Lambo’s blitz through first gear. That’s some terrific bite for an unprepped surface, but the Aventador keeps pulling hard all the way to 159 mph. Specifically, the official speed at the half-mile mark is 159.2 mph, and while timing information isn’t available, a rough estimate shows the Lamborghini covering the distance in around 17 seconds. Folks, that’s quick.

Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster Screenshot

We often see speed runs covering the full 2.7 miles of usable space on the runway, but half-mile sprints are an outstanding showcase of a car’s real-world traction and visceral acceleration. We’ve certainly seen other cars reach much higher top speeds traversing the entire strip, but not many stock vehicles will outrun an Aventador in a half-mile race. Even fewer sound as good doing it.



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2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave Video: Desert Rated | News from Cars.com



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By now, you’re probably familiar with Jeep’s Trail Rated badge. That’s where they take some of their off-road models, and they put them through a battery of tests to determine how proficient they are in off-roading and slow-speed conditions. Over boulders, through trails, over mountains, but not necessarily high-speed desert running. Well, now there’s something new for 2020. It’s the Desert Rated badge. It’s got a new set of tests and a new set of equipment.

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And the first vehicle to wear that Desert Rated badge is this one. This is the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave. It’s a new trim level on the Gladiator, and it’s got a bunch of off-road equipment meant for going quickly across the desert. Now, they’ve changed a bunch of stuff underneath. Let’s have a look at what the new Mojave package brings to the Gladiator.

Jeep created five areas of evaluation for ride control and stability, traction, ground clearance, maneuverability and desert prowess. By comparison, a Trail Rated Jeep must qualify in the areas of water fording, traction, ground clearance, maneuverability and articulation. The Mojave includes a lot of uniquely tuned parts meant specifically to help the truck survive high-speed desert running. Which means jumps and dunes, hard landings and traversing really soft ground. This lifted Gladiator has a 1-inch front lift above a typical Gladiator Sport, putting it half an inch higher in front than the Rubicon and giving it a quarter-inch more overall ground clearance.

There are new, 2.5-inch aluminum internal bypass Fox off-road shock absorbers with remote reservoirs all around, and underneath are skid plates and sand-slider side rails. Also upgraded axles and 10-millimeter steel track bars front and rear have been fitted. Those are the beefiest of any in the Gladiator or Wrangler lineup. The frame has been strategically reinforced, as have the motor mounts. And industry exclusive Fox hydraulic jounce bumpers have been fitted up front to help dampen suspension impacts.

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