Last Week's Car News in Pictures

12 October 2020 to 17 October 2020

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Hyundai says the Santa Fe has been refreshed for 2021, but it is arguably much more than that. The 2021 Santa Fe will ride on the same platform as the redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento, with the 2.4-liter base engine traded for a 191-horsepower, 182 pound-feet 2.5-liter base engine connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission; the uplevel 2.0-liter turbocharged engine has been replaced with a 277-horsepower, 311 pound-feet 2.5-liter turbocharged unit running through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. A third powertrain, a 225-horsepower 1.6-liter hybrid, is also a new addition. AWD is available on all trim levels, coming standard on the hybrid and on the new Calligraphy top trim. Inside, it receives ambient lighting, an updated dashboard design, and more upscale materials to mirror the Palisade, with a hands-free power liftgate and Smart Park system being added as options.

This is Pope Francis's new Toyota Mirai popemobile.

The Pahrump Valley Times has reported that Highway 160 in Nevada was shut down last weekend for a high-speed run of the SSC Tuatara, which aims to surpass 300 MPH. SSC remains mum on how fast it went.

Designed to resemble a shrunken Atlas, Volkswagen's new 2022 Taos subcompact SUV will slot below the Tiguan and ID.4 in it's US lineup. Riding on the ubiquitous MQB platform, it features a 105.9-inch wheelbase, the longest in the segment, but is an inch shorter than the Subaru XV/Crosstrek. When it comes to market mid-2021, it's only powertrain option with be a new 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque; either front- or all-wheel-drive will be available. A stripped-out base model will not be offered, with all trims levels receiving Volkswagen's Digital Cockpit as standard. S, SE, and SEL trims will be available, with even the lowest S trim being equipped with pushbutton start and automatic LED headlights. A collection of safety features, including frontal collision warning, active blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist, come with the optional IQ Drive package. Pricing has not been announced.

Volkswagen has also released the 2021 Golf GTI Clubsport, which boosts power and torque up 54 and 22 respectively, to 296bhp and 295 pound-feet of torque. Offered only with the seven-speed DSG, it claims to reach 60 MPH in under six seconds and reach a top speed limited to 155 MPH. Ride height has been dropped by 15mm, there's more positive camber on the front axle, bigger brakes, and power steering that has been retuned for greater feel. A new drive mode, "Special", softens the suspension, but turns up everything else to the maximum. Pricing has not been announced.

Tesla has slashed prices on the Model S Long Range Plus and increased it's range. Here is what the Model S lineup looks like now:

Long Range Plus ($69,420/£ 53.198/€58,926): 402-mile (647 km) range, 0-60 in 3.7 seconds

Performance ($91,990/£ 70,671/€78,287): 348-mile (560 km) range, 0-60 in 2.3 seconds

Plaid ($139,990/£ 107,547/€119,129): 520-mile (837 km) range (est.), 0-60 in less than two seconds (est.)

Slotting beneath the W12 model, Bentley has added a cheaper version of the Flying Spur, powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with cylinder deactivation developing 542bhp and 568 pound-feet of torque. Removing 100kg from the front end improves weight distribution and Bentley says that the V8 version is more wieldy than the W12 version. Pricing has not been announced.

The manual-transmission Honda Civic has been discontinued.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is skipping the 2021 model year, with the 2022 model receiving significant updates, such as a revised dashboard with an 8.0-inch screen, the deletion of the touchpad in favor of a touchscreen, and the addition of a volume knob. The screen is also closer to the driver and has improved graphics.

Making way for the $52,915 (£40,931/€45,157) Mach 1, the Ford Mustang Performance Pack 2 has been discontinued.

Tesla Model 3 range figures are up to 263 miles (423 km) on the base model, 315 (507) on the Performance model, and 353 (568) on the Long Range model from 250, 299, and 322 (402, 481, and 518). Meanwhile, the Model X Land Range Plus is up to 371 (597) from 351 (565) and the Model Y Performance is up 303 (488) from 291 (468).

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