Weekend Wrap Up: A Cheaper Taycan, Electric AMGs, And The V-Series Blackwing
This journey through last week's car news includes performance sedans, EVs, and new brands.
1. Porsche Taycan RWD
Porsche's Taycan EV lineup added a new base model last week, one that's rear-wheel drive and about $25,000 less expensive than the least costly Taycan presently. Starting at $81,250, the Taycan RWD is still a whole lot more than the Tesla Model S, and although range figures have yet to be released, the most range from any Taycan is just 227 miles, a number that's nothing compared to the Tesla's 402 miles. The new Taycan has 402 horsepower and utilizes a 79.2 kWh battery pack as standard. The 2021 Porsche Taycan RWD will go on sale in March 2021.
Despite being roughly $25,000 cheaper than the Taycan 4S, the RWD model is $10,630 more expensive than the AWD Tesla Model S.
2. Porsche Panamera Turbo S and 4S E-Hybrid
Also from Porsche last week was the addition of two models to the Panamera lineup. The Turbo S performance trim level replaces the Turbo, and has a whopping 620 horsepower from a twin-turbo V8. Unfortunately, this comes at a price - $179,050. Also added was the 4S E-Hybrid, an electrically-assisted $114,650 car with a twin-turbocharged V6 and a 17.9 kWh battery. The former and latter combine to create a healthy and refined 552 horsepower.
Pricing for the 4S E-Hybrid has also been released, while all other models cost the same.
PORSCHE (4S E-Hybrid shown)
3. The VW Golf Base Model Is No More In The U.S
Volkswagen has announced that the eighth-generation base model Golf won't be coming to the U.S. Fortunately, America will still get to experience the GTI and R variants for 2022. The reason for this development is likely lack of demand, seeing as Volkswagen sold just 21,927 Golfs in 2020.
4. Daimler Announces Mercedes EQ AMGs
Daimler has announced that the Mercedes EQ electric vehicle lineup will include AMG variants on select models. Although only a few details have been released, we know that not every EQ will get an AMG model, and the ones that do will likely go head-to-head with the Tesla Model S, 3, and possibly Y Performance trim levels.
The Mercedes EQ lineup will add AMG performance models.
5. 2022 Mercedes EQA
The first Mercedes-Benz EQ model is the EQA, an electrified version of the GLA-Class SUV. Starting $20,000 higher though, at $57,750, the EQA certainly isn't cheap, and doesn't come with a lot of horsepower. The latter doesn't make a huge presence on the EV's spec sheet, at only 187 horses. This is probably the reason why the EQA has only been confirmed for the European market. When it comes to range, the automaker claims 300 miles on the European cycle.
Mercedes-Benz has launched the EQA, an electric SUV for the European market.
6. Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing Reservations Open Feb. 1
Cadillac's upcoming high-performance sedans, the CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing will be unveiled on February 1, and shortly thereafter be available for reservation. Just 250 of each model will be reservable at launch, meaning those who are unable to reserve their preferred model will be deferred to a wait list. To entice buyers, these 500 vehicles will get a sporty steering wheel with a five-digit portion of the vehicle’s VIN etched into a serialized plate. The 2022 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing will reach dealerships in summer 2021.
After the first 500 of the Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwings are reserved, buyers will be put on a waitlist.
7. 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Teased
General Motors won't stop teasing the upcoming Bolt EUV, and have released yet another video exhibiting part of the vehicle. In this one, we can clearly see the rear-end of the EV, and a February 14th debut is confirmed. Weirdly, the unveiling is taking place on Valentine's Day, making buyers choose between two equally important events.
The 2022 Bolt and Bolt EUV will be unveiled on Valentine's Day with the help of Walt Disney World.
Other Car News:
1. 2021 Buick Envision Pricing
Buick has released pricing for the new Envision, which looks more upscale than ever. Surprisingly, the new SUV starts $1700 cheaper, at $32,995, and is obtainable in three different trim levels - Preferred, Essence, and Avenir. The updates don't stop at a restyling, they transfer to the powertrain, which takes the form of a 228 horsepower turbocharged inline-four this time around. The new engine is a huge improvement over the outgoing model's 193 horsepower 2.5 L.
The Buick Envision gets numerous updates for 2021, but costs $1700 less.
2. 2021 Nissan Armada Pricing
Nissan's Armada large SUV received a refresh for 2021, one that includes sharper looks, more equipment, and increased horsepower. The 2021 Armada starts at $48,500, and ranges up to $67,900 for the top Platinum 4X4 model. A new Midnight Edition package is optional on SL models, and costs $1990. The 400 horsepower 2021 Nissan Armada is currently at dealerships in the U.S, and now has 1 fewer competitors due to the Toyota Land Cruiser being cut.
The refreshed SUV starts at $48,500 in the U.S and receives a plethora of new features.
3. Fiat Chrysler and PSA Group Become Stellantis
After a merger that's been in the works for more than a year, FCA and PSA have finally joined forces to become Stellantis. Fiat Chrysler, if you're not familiar, owns brands such as Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Dodge, Lancia, Maserati and Ram and, of course Fiat and Chrysler. PSA on the other hand controls Citroen, DS, Peugeot, and Vauxhall-Opel.