This Week's Car News in Pictures
14 September 2020 to 20 September 2020
Ford has confirmed that the Ford Bronco will not receive a V8 engine. Therefore, the Bronco Raptor will use the same 3.5-liter 450-horsepower V6 as the F-150 Raptor. Also, Ford has received the rights to the "Warthog" name, which could potentially mean that the Bronco Raptor will actually be called the Bronco Warthog. Production of the normal Bronco will commence in March 2021.
GMC has teased the upcoming Hummer EV pickup's Crab Mode, which turns the rear wheels the same direction and the same degree as the front wheels, allowing the car to drive diagonally. This could be viewed as revolutionary and useful, or just a marketing gimmick.
The Raptor Tremor is the "most off-road-ready factory-built Ranger ever offered in the U.S." according to Ford. Thanks to Fox 2.0 monotube shocks, 17-inch wheels, and 32-inch tires, the Tremor receives 9.7 inches of ground clearance, which is a bit short of the Jeep Gladiator's 10. Approach and departure angles are 30.9 and 25.5 degrees, compared to the Jeep's 40.8 and 25. The Tremor kit will cost $4,290 and won't affect the payload and towing capacities of 1,430 and 7,500 pounds.
Peugeot Sport has introduced a new logo and will change the branding of their hot hatches from "GTI" to "PSE", which stands for "Peugeot Sport Engineered."
Hyundai's new Tucson is boldly styled and includes modern features such as 64 ambient lighting colors, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless phone charging, and, on top trims, a 10.25-inch screen (lesser trims get an 8.0-inch screen). Like the Volkswagen Tiguan, two wheelbases will be offered: long for the US and short for Europe. Eight powertrains will be offered, all with four cylinders. US customers will receive a 190-horsepower 2.5-liter petrol for base trims, with uplevel models getting either a 180-horsepower 1.6-liter hybrid or a 230-horsepower 1.6-liter PHEV. European customers are given the choice between the aforementioned hybrids, two 1.6-liter petrol mild hybrids with different power outputs, a 1.6-liter diesel mild hybrid, a non-hybrid version of the diesel, and a 1.6-liter 148bhp petrol.
Jaguar has refreshed the F-Pace, endowing it with subtle aesthetic upgrades to put it more in line with the E-Pace and I-Pace cosmetically. The engine range is a confusing mix of petrols, diesels, and hybrids ranging from four to six cylinders and 161bhp to 401bhp. Thankfully, it appears that Jaguar has lowered the amount of cheap, hard plastic inside and added an 11.4-inch iteration of the Pivi Pro infotainment interface. Jaguar also promises more cabin storage, wireless charging, wider massaging seats, cabin filtration, and a new drive mode selector.
The next fruit of Suzuki and Toyota's partnership is the Swace, a Suzuki-branded version of the Toyota Corolla estate. It comes exclusively as a hybrid, utilizing a 1.8-liter four-cylinder linked to a CVT with no yet publicized power output and an "EV" mode that allows the car to be driven solely on electric power, but only for short distances.
Maserati's current product line is aging, but Maserati has revealed their future product plan. 2021 will bring the MC20 supercar and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio-based Grecale SUV, 2022 will see the new GranTurismo and GranCabrio, the MC20 Spider and EV, and the Grecale EV. Finally, ICE and EV versions of a new Quattroporte arrive in 2023. The release dates of redesigned Ghibli and Levante models were not announced. The EVs will be branded "Folgore", which means "thunderbolt" or "lighting" in Italian.
This is the Nissan Z Proto, which is the prototype version of the future seventh-generation Z car. It's powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with an unspecified power output connected to a six-speed manual (yay!) transmission. Unfortunately for Europeans, Nissan will be focusing on crossovers and will not sell the new Z there.
Ferrari's Portofino M is the updated version of their "entry-level" model, whose 3.9-liter turbocharged V8 now cranks out 612bhp, up from 592bhp. The gearbox is from the SF90, albeit with different gear ratios. Gears one through seven are closely spaced, whilst eight acts as overdrive. Finally, Ferrari has added a "Race" mode.
Rimac is a small Croatian electric hypercar company that rivals Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Zenvo, et al. A recent report reveals Rimac's interest in the purchase of Bugatti from Volkswagen Auto Group. If Rimac gets Bugatti, I suspect that Rimac will focus more on sport and technology and Bugatti will focus more on luxury, artwork, and craftsmanship. The future of Bugatti will probably become electric to coincide with Rimac.