2018 Lamborghini Urus – The all new Lamborghini Urus SUV has been confirmed, and some spy photographers have caught one pre-production model testing on a motorway in Denmark. The prototype was spotted for the first time by a reader of a local website called Pro-Street, which has more of the images.
The spy photos reveal for the first time the shape of the new vehicle in production trim, and as anticipated the vehicle is a little bulkier compared to the rakish concept. Basing on the spy images, it appears to have lost the concept’s pumped fenders, but at least the Countach-style wheel arches remain.
The automaker’s first SUV since the 1986 LM002 is said to be built on the same platform that is used on the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga, and 2018 Porsche Cayenne. It will also highlight the brand’s first plug-in hybrid powertrain, which will be available along with a twin-turbo 4.0-litre petrol V8 engine that produces somewhere between 500 and 600 horsepower.
In addition, the engine will be the automaker’s first turbocharged V8. Lamborghini executives avoid using the aspirated V10 and V12 units from the famous Huracan and Aventador for the new SUV in pursuit for a better fuel economy and extensive power spread.
According to Autocar, Lamborghini has already confirmed that it won’t offer rear-wheel drive versions of the new Lamborghini Urus. That concept will also be on the Aventador but not on the Huracan, which is already equipped with a four-wheel drive and rear-wheel-drive.
The new model will be focusing on the on-road performance and it’s been confirmed that the new SUV will offer modes to handle offer road conditions like sand, snow, gravel and much more. It will also be equipped with a personalized mode same to the Ego mode that’s fitted on the Aventador S.
The automaker will begin the production of their new Lamborghini Urus SUV this coming April, so expect it to hit showrooms in early 2018. No official debut date yet has been confirmed, but it has been speculated that the vehicle could appear at the Geneva Motor Show along with the Huracan Performante.
2018 Ford Expedition, New SUV Advanced Tech Safety Features – Ford reinvented the full-size Expedition SUV. The Ford Expedition 2018 will make its public debut in the Chicago Auto Show. The Ford Expedition and long-wheelbase Ford Expedition Max will go on sale in the fall of 2017.
Ford developed the 2018 Ford Expedition on a steel frame. However, the model is up to 300 pounds lighter than the outgoing version. The upgrade made the weight reduction possible due to the widespread usage of aluminum in its construction.
Its front end embraced a bolder style characterized by a strip of chrome trim, connecting the headlights and the mesh-style grille. The upmarket variations will get fog lights surrounded by C-shaped trim. A crease right above the door managed to decrease the 2018 Ford Expedition visual mass.
The interior of the Ford Expedition 2018 is impressive. Slashgear noted that there is enough room for approximately eight passengers spread out over three rows of seats. The second and third rows will fold flat at the push of a button to reveal a cavernous cargo location.
The cargo area is big enough to fit a 4 feet by 8 feet sheet of plywood. The basic Expedition is huge in measurement. Consumers who will need much more space can choose a long-wheelbase model called the Expedition Max.
The new design will have a higher belt line than the outbound model. The weight loss allowed Ford to make the standard-size Expedition longer by four inches with a three-inch wheelbase stretch. Meanwhile, the extended-wheelbase Max design, which replaced the Expedition EL, is an inch longer.
The Ford Expedition and Expedition Max are huge. The total height dropped only a bit compared to the current models. In an attempt to hide some of the height and protect more headroom, Ford raised the roofing in between the rails.
Ford has likewise upped the ante with Expedition’s technology. The list of convenient features will include a wireless phone battery charger, a hands-free tailgate and a WiFi hotspot. The car will have 12-volt power points, a 110-volt outlet and six USB ports to keep all gadgets powered. The company properly geared the Ford Expedition 2018 for it to easily act as a mobile workplace.
The only engine available is a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that will move through a 10-speed automatic transmission. Despite the lack of details to date, experts believe that the Ford Expedition 2018 model will approximately have the same power as the F-150. The innovation included engine automobile stop-start along with active grille shutters to manage air flow and enhance fuel economy. Ford piped in a synthesized engine sound on the models, which will likely replicate the sound of a V8.
The car’s technology will include adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. Ford also added a 360-degree camera, which will make driving much safer. Drivers can likewise remotely start, lock and unlock the 2018 Ford Expedition by means of a purposely-designed mobile phone app called FordPass.
All-New 2018 Toyota Camry Comes To Chicago Auto Show – The all-new 2018 Toyota Camry, dubbed “sexy” by Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda at its world debut last month, is coming to the Chicago Auto Show. The captivating mid-size sedan will be on display alongside more than 50 cars, trucks and SUVs in Toyota’s exhibit at Chicago’s McCormick Place from February 10-22.
2018 Toyota Camry, the best-selling car in America for 15 consecutive years and Cars.com’s “Most American Made” for the past two years, has evolved for 2018 with more exciting and emotional character, newfound sporty performance and eye-catching style. The display in Chicago is the first time the eighth-generation model has been shown at an auto show since its Detroit premiere in January.
Show visitors don’t want to miss Toyota’s indoor drive experience 2018 Toyota Camry, which has annually become one of the Chicago Auto Show’s must-see attractions. This year’s theme, ‘The Story of Go,’ presents Toyota vehicle safety technology through real-world driving maneuvers and demonstrations, including:
This unique experience uses 2017 RAV4 and Highlander models, both gasoline and hybrid versions, to give show goers an opportunity to discover Toyota vehicles from the driver’s seat. Drivers are required to be at least 18 years of age and must show a valid driver’s license.
Toyota is continuing the celebration of the Chicago Cubs’ World Series victory on the Chicago Auto Show floor. The Cubs-themed 2017 Tundra that drove in the Cubs victory parade last November will be on display for photos, complete with the ten-foot-tall World Series trophy replica in the bed. Toyota is a Legacy Partner of the Chicago Cubs and the Official Vehicle of the Cubs and Wrigley Field. The exhibit will also display two baseball-themed RAV4 models, one each for the Cubs and White Sox.
Three of Toyota’s future mobility concepts that are fan-favorites will be in Chicago:
In addition, two of the Toyota Extreme Builds that were unveiled at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show will be in Chicago: The Xtreme Corolla and the Toyota Motorsport GmbH GT86 CS-Cup. Unlike many of the vehicles showcased at SEMA, all of the Toyota SEMA builds can be driven, and embody the SEMA spirit of imagination and innovation—taking stock builds and transforming them into something inspired.
Other new production models on display include:
A replica of the 2018 NASCAR Camry race car rounds out the camera-worthy vehicles in the Toyota exhibit. The Camry race car received a dramatic redesign in conjunction with its show room counterpart, and will compete on the race track in 2017 as Toyota defends its NASCAR Premier Series manufacturer’s championship. Also, race fans can take their picture with the custom Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Camry, which was driven in last year’s NASCAR XFINITY race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Toyota (NYSE: TM), creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to advancing mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. Over the past 60 years, we’ve produced more than 30 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 44,000 people (more than 34,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold nearly 2.6 million cars and trucks (nearly 2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.
Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.
New 2017 Toyota Prius Plug-In on Sale Now – The new Toyota Prius Plug-In is available to order now and prices start at £34,895. First revealed at the New York Motor Show last year, the new plug-in version of the Prius boasts significantly better efficiency, EV range and charging time than its predecessor.
With headline figures of 283mpg economy and 22g/km CO2 emissions, the new plug-in Prius is significantly more efficient and cleaner than both the outgoing model and the current standard Prius. Rivals include the Volkswagen Golf GTE and Audi A3 e-tron. According to the official figures, the super-efficient Prius has the beating of both of them when it comes to running costs.
That 22g/km CO2 figure is important, because not only does it exempt the Prius from the London Congestion Charge, it also means you won’t pay road tax (as long as your car is registered before new rules come in on 1 April). The Prius Plug-In is eligible for a Government plug-in car grant of £2,500 and is likely to prove popular with company-car buyers thanks to its 7% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rating.
According to Toyota, the new car can drive for more than 30 miles on electric power alone and can manage speeds of up to 84mph in this mode, while the recharging speed of the battery has been improved by 65%, so a full charge now only takes two hours.
The 8.8kWh lithium-ion battery has twice the capacity of the battery in the previous Prius Plug-In and powers an electric motor linked to a 1.8-litre petrol engine. The hybrid system’s maximum output is 121bhp, resulting in a 0-62mph time of 11.1 seconds.
Styling-wise, there have been a few changes made to the car compared to the standard Prius, with new headlamp clusters and a redesigned front bumper compared to the standard model. At the rear of the car, there’s a completely different light signature, while the main light clusters are completely different from those of standard car. Both the front and rear lights are all-LED, too.
The Prius Plug-In has been designed to be even more aerodynamically efficient than the standard car, to help it slip through the air more easily, while other technology such as a battery-powered heating system and gas-injection air-conditioning all help it to use the petrol engine as little as possible.
The larger battery under the rear seats has affected the car’s practicality. It’s now a strict four-seater, with the centre console running the length of the interior, and the boot has shrunk to 360 litres from 502 litres in the previous model.
The car is available in two trim levels, called Business Edition Plus and Excel. The Business Edition Plus model features dual-zone climate control, rear passenger footwell heating, LED headlights, sat nav, Bluetooth, DAB radio and heated front seats.
The Excel model has extras including rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, an upgraded stereo and leather upholstery.
In a world first, Toyota has made the Prius Plug-In available with an optional solar roof that can act as an additional power source. It captures energy from the sun when the car is parked and uses it to recharge the battery for the motor.
The plug-in Prius also comes with Toyota’s ‘Safety Sense’ system, which includes features like pre-collision with pedestrian detection and autonomous emergency braking. This allows the car to effectively avoid crashes at low speeds, while it also features adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance, which will automatically keep the car in its lane on the motorway.
The new Prius Plug-In is available to order now, with first deliveries scheduled for 1 March. Prices start at £34,895 for the Business Edition Plus and £37,095 for the Excel.
2017 Toyota Prius – Toyota introduced the second generation of its renowned Prius hybrid in India way back in 2010. The hybrid struggled to electrify the Indian car buyers and saw a dismal sales story. But now, with the Camry hybrid making a name in the country, the Prius may just make a comeback soon along with the impending Corolla Altis facelift. The new gen Prius was launched internationally in 2015 and was showcased at last year’s Delhi Auto Expo. Here is what we could expect the from the new Prius hybrid, which will reinstate its Indian campaign soon.
The fourth generation of the 2017 Toyota Prius hybrid is based on Toyota’s all-new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) modular platform. The flexible platform is modern and versatile to accommodate different body styles and powertrains. The 2017 Toyota Prius benefits from it with a lower centre of gravity and increased structural rigidity, which translates to a better ride quality and improved handling of the hybrid. Dimensionally, the new Prius measures 60mm longer, 15mm wider and 20mm lower than the outgoing car.
The new generation 2017 Toyota Prius leaves behind its soap-box design and cues its styling from the more contemporary Lexus brand. So the car looks sleeker, sharper and modern. The aerodynamics is better and drag coefficient has improved to 0.24, compared to 0.25 of the previous generation. Headlamps and taillights are all LED and the hybrid rides of specially designed 17-inch alloy wheels.
The new 2017 Toyota Prius comes laden with technologies. The cabin is well lit with digital speedometer, a 4.2-inch Multi-Information Display (MID) touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple Car Play, Android Auto and MirrorLink function. Dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, wireless charging, rain-sensing windshield wipers, eight airbags, all comes as standard in the Prius. Driver aids include ABS with EBD, emergency braking, lane assist, pedestrian detection system, cruise control, parking assist, and heads up display.
The 2017 Toyota Prius hybrid is powered by a 1.8-litre four cylinder petrol engine that has been paired with an AC synchronous motor. The conjunction is mated to an electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT). It features improved batteries with higher energy density; smaller electric motors, with higher power density than the previous Prius motors; and the gasoline engine features a 40 per cent more thermal efficiency. The fuel economy has improved on average by about 10 per cent over the previous generation as Toyota expects the Prius to average more than 40kmpl.
When introduced in India, the Prius will take the CBU route. At present, there is no direct rival to the Prius in the Indian market. The expected price for the global hybrid in India is an estimated to be a tad under Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).