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Volkswagen Atlas Revealed, Marks VW’s First 7-Seater Large SUV

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The new Volkswagen Atlas has finally be revealed, marking the first time ever that the Volkswagen brand has offered a full-size, 7-seat crossover-SUV.

Unveiled at the end of historic Route 66 on the Santa Monica Pier, the Atlas shoots for the heart of the large utility vehicle market with all the room most families could ever need, a host of premium features, and powerful and fuel efficient engines. It rides on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB scalable architecture and measures 198.3 long, placing it squarely in between the Honda Pilot and the Chevrolet Traverse in size.

The Atlas sports traditional Volkswagen styling cues but features a few extra lines to give it a more rugged look. We see VW’s signature horizontal front grille flanked by standard-issue LED headlights up front, while the sides are marked by a distinct charter line that runs below the door handles and above each wheel arch.

The rear is reminiscent of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and is characterized by a thick D-pillar with an up-swept bottom line, optional LED taillights, and sporty dual exhaust outlets.

Inside, the Atlas is clean and functional and comes equipped with three rows of seats, providing accomodation for up to seven occupants. The third row can be accessed by sliding a second row split-bench, a setup that works even when a car seat is installed.

The interior also features Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit with it Car-Net infotainment system within arm’s reach, offering features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink. It can also be outfitted with a 12-speaker, 480-watt Fender Premium Audio System.

Five trim levels and two engines will be on offer. Front-wheel drive models come standard with a 238 horsepower 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder, while an optional 280 horsepower 3.6L V6 can be had with either a front or all-wheel drive setup. An eight-speed automatic transmission drives the wheels.

The long list of advanced safety features include adaptive cruise control forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert, and an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, a first for the segment.

The Volkswagen Atlas will be built at VW’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, production plant alongside the Passat sedan. Sales begin in spring 2017.

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Ford Mustang Mach-E Has 300-Mile Range, Priced At $44K

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The GT model can hit 60 mph in the mid-three-second range.

Photos, specifications and pricing for the Ford Mustang Mach-E have leaked just days before the electric vehicle’s official debut.

member Buzznwood managed to capture screenshots of Ford’s official web page for the Mach-E before it was taken down.

From the screen, we see that the Mach-E will be available in both rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations. Buyers will have the choice of five trim levels: Select, California Route 1, Premium, First Edition and GT.

The Select trim level starts at $34,895 and has a driving range up to 230 miles (370 km), while the Premium models ($50,600) and California Route 1 ($52,400) get up to 300 miles (483 km) on a full charge.

With a starting price of $60 000, the Mach-E GT can travel up to 235 miles (378 km) and is capable of accelerating from a 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in the mid 3-second range.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium, as well as a First Edition model, go on sale in late 2020, while Select and California Rt. 1 versions will arrive in early 2021.

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Ford Names Its Electric SUV ‘Mustang Mach-E’

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The company has slapped the Mustang badge on a battery-powered SUV.

Ford has given its new all-electric crossover a name — Mustang Mach-E!

As the newest member of the Mustang family, the Mustang Mach-E is a far cry from what you would expect from the iconic nameplate. It’s not a car, let alone a coupe, nor is it powered by an internal combustion engine.

The decision to repurpose the Mustang name for a four-door electric SUV is certainly controversial, but what if it was the only way Ford could keep the Mustang line viable?

Sports cars don’t sell as well as they use to, SUVs and crossovers are what car buyers want, and electric vehicles are supposedly the future.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E will be available for order after making its world debut on November 17. Buyers can reserve a spot in line for one by making a $500 refundable reservation deposit.

Ford has also confirmed that a limited First Edition version will also be available at launch.

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Kia Futuron Concept Previews An Electric Crossover-Coupe

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It indicates a future of more striking Kia vehicles.

Kia used the 2019 China International Import Expo in Shanghai to reveal the Futuron, a concept car that showcases its vision for an all-electric crossover coupe.

According to the Korean automaker, the word “Futuron” is a portmanteau of ‘future’ and ‘on’, “hinting at the switched-on, electric nature of future SUV designs from the brand.”

The design is described as merging elegant proportions with pure shapes and surfaces, delivering a streamlined appearance inspired by UFOs and flying saucers.

Despite its low profile making it appear compact in size, the Futuron is actually longer than the Kia Sorento. Power is provided by four in-wheel electric motors energized by a flat battery module beneath the floor.

The spacious and flexible interior is designed around Level 4 autonomy, complete with a retracting steering wheel and reclining front seats.

Kia says the Futuron is a “strong statement of intent” for its future models.

In related news, Kia and Hyundai have invested in Rimac to build electric sports cars.

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