Last Week's Car News in Pictures
7 June 2021 to 12 June 2021
The Lexus NX has been redesigned for 2022, with a lineup now consisting of the NX250, NX350, NX350h hybrid, and NX450h+ plug-in hybrid. 250s are powered by the 2.5-liter I-4 from the RAV4, which produces 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and 350s are powered by a turbocharged 2.4-liter I-4 that produces 275 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. The hybrids are both powered by the 2.5-liter engine; the 350h generates 239 horsepower and the 450h+ generates 302. The latter can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.0 seconds and travel 36 miles (58 km) solely on electricity. Inside, Lexus' oft-derided touchpad-controlled infotainment system has been replaced with a touchscreen. Pricing has not been announced, but it will be on sale in autumn.
The Maverick is Ford's new compact pickup, competing with the Hyundai Santa Cruz. It shares it's C2 platform with the Bronco Sport and Escape, and is available exclusively in crew cab form with a 4.5-foot bed (1.4 m). Basic models are motivated by a 2.5-liter I-4 hybrid that produces 191bhp and 155 pound-feet of torque, is paired to a CVT, and comes only with FWD. Uplevel models are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 that produces 250bhp and 277 pound-feet of torque, is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and comes with either FWD or AWD. Both variants can tow one ton (907kg), but opting for the 4K Tow package ups the figure to two tons (1,814kg). Pricing starts at $21,490 (£15,190/€17,644).
BMW has refreshed the X3 with an updated exterior, the removal of the xDrive30e from the US lineup, and the addition of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a new center console. The 473-horsepower M and 503-horsepower Competition now produce 457 and 479 pound-feet of torque, respectively, up from 442; they can now accelerate to 60 MPH in 4.1 and 3.9 seconds. The X4 experiences the same changes as the X3, but the M and Competition variants accelerate to 60 in 3.9 and 3.7 seconds. Pricing starts at $44,695 (£31,661/€36,707) for the X3 and $52,795 (£37,399/€43,359) for the X4.
Bugatti has revealed the Chiron Super Sport, which is a less extreme version of the Super Sport 300+ in the speed department. The 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 generates the same 1,578bhp and 1,180 pound-feet of torque as the 300+, but is projected to top out at 273 MPH instead of over 300 (439, 483 KPH). Bugatti hasn't stated the 0-62 MPH time, but 0-124 takes 5.8 seconds and 0-186 takes 12.1. Pricing starts at €3,200,000 ($3,900,000/£2,750,000).
Opel/Vauxhall has overhauled the Grandland X by removing the "X" from the name, overhauling the interior and exterior styling, adding ergonomic front seats, replacing the analogue gauge cluster with a digital one, and adding Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless phone charging. Pricing has not been announced.
Jaguar has updated the US-market I-Pace for 2022 by changing the color of the grille surround from chrome to Atlas Grey, adding new wheel designs, and dropping all trim levels except HSE. Pricing starts at $71,050 (£50,338/€58,352).
Kia has revealed the new Sportage, which will be available everywhere in the world but Europe; Europeans will get a special "dedicated European version". No other information about it except what it looks like have been unveiled.
The 2022 Chevrolet Corvette IMSA GTLM Championship Edition is limited to 1,000 units, based on the Stingray 3LT Z51, and comes in either Accelerate Yellow or Hypersonic Gray. It adds nothing but an altered appearance.
The four-door Gran Coupe variant of the BMW 4 Series has returned.
Production of the European version of the Nissan Navara concludes in December 2021. There will be no replacement.