Developed as an answer to crossovers like the Opel / Vauxhall Mokka and Nissan Juke, the new Peugeot 2008 is a class act when it comes styling, not because it sticks out like a sore thumb but because it has cleaner proportions than the competition.
Whereas the Mokka’s sheetmetal looks like it was squished onto a subcompact platform, the 2008’s designers managed a look that appears less forced and, thus, more tasteful. In other words, it looks bigger than it actually is, even though it is only 20 cm longer and 5 cm wider than the 208 hatchback on which it is based. With regards to design highlights, just imagine a 208 with a higher ride height and plastic cladding around the bumpers and side sills.
Modified to accommodate the 2008’s slightly larger dimensions, the interior looks just as familiar and comes standard with a seven-inch touchscreen, head-up display and six airbags. Other standard tech features include electronic brake force distribution, traction control and electronic brake assist.
The 2008 will launch with several gasoline engines, including a 3-cylinder 1.2-liter VTi engine with 81 horsepower, a 1.6-liter VTi with 118 hp and — offered a later date — a turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder unit making 110-hp. The diesel range will include a 67-hp 1.4-liter unit and a 1.6-liter making either 91-hp or 113-hp.
European sales of the 2013 Peugeot 2008 Crossover will begin in summer 2013.
2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Rocks The Coupe-Like Look
The Cross Sport is more stylish than the regular Atlas.
Volkswagen has revealed the all-new Atlas Cross Sport, expanding the Atlas lineup with a sportier, coupe-like crossover.
As a five-seat alternative to the regular Atlas, the Cross Sport eliminates the third row of seats in favor of a sleeker profile but still manages to provides 40.3 cubic feet of stowage space when the rear seats are up and 77.8 cu ft when folded flat.
A three-bar chrome grille, unique headlights, and more sculpted hood gives it a more upscale look than its larger sibling, while an available R-Line package amps up the sportiness factor with 21-inch wheels and sportier bumpers with chrome and piano black accents around the lower front air scoops.
The interior benefits from a few upgrades, featuring a new steering wheel and available stitching accents on the seats and door inserts. Heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, rear sunshades, and a 12-speaker Fender audio system are part of the options list.
As for power, buyers can choose between a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 235 horsepower or a 3.6-liter V6 with 276 horsepower. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, driving either the front wheels or, optionally, all four wheels.
The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport will be built alongside the Atlas and Passat at VW’s Chattanooga plant, with the first deliveries arriving in spring 2020.
2021 Toyota Rav4 Plug-in Hybrid Is The Most Powerful Rav4 Ever
It is the most fuel-efficient and the most powerful Rav4 variant.
Toyota has revealed the 2021 Rav4 plug-in hybrid ahead of its official debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.
According to the Japanese automaker, the plug-in hybrid Rav4 will utilize the most powerful powertrain in the model’s history, one that delivers “surprising performance capabilities,” including spirited acceleration and nimble handling.
That means it makes more power than the basic Rav4 hybrid variant, which makes due with 219 horsepower.
Visually, the Rav4 plug-in hybrid features unique styling touches that include a black grille and vertical LED fog lights. It will also be offered with a new Supersonic Red paint scheme and bright chrome wheels.
In related news, rival Honda recently revealed the hybrid version of its popular CR-V crossover.
Toyota C-HR Gets New Grille And Headlights For 2020
It also benefits from new colors and more options.
Toyota has given the C-HR a few styling and tech modifications for the 2020 model year.
The biggest updates are at the front, where the small crossover features LED headlights, a restyled grille, and a new bumper.
The LE trim level also gets new optional 17-inch alloy wheels, while the Limited trim level sports new 18-inch alloy wheels.
Two new optional colors join the lineup, both available with a black roof only: Supersonic Red and Hot Lava Orange.
The interior updates are small, and include new seatback pockets and windshield visor extensions for the XLE trim level, and an 8-way power driver’s seat and Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) with headlamp auto-leveling for the Limited.
On the tech front, the C-HR now offers Android Auto to go along with the pre-existing Apple CarPlay and comes standard with SiriusXM satellite radio.
The 2020 Toyota C-HR continues to be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 144 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque, sent to the front wheels by a CVT transmission. All-wheel drive is still not offered.
Dismal headlight performance prevented the 2018-2019 C-HR from achieving a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but this is an issue Toyota has presumably addressed for the 2020 model year.