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Volvo XC40 Compact SUV Takes Aim At German Rivals



New, 2018 Volvo XC40, small SUV

The wraps have been taken off the new Volvo XC40, a compact crossover that expands Volvo’s SUV lineup. It’s the first model of the Swedish car maker’s new 40 Series line of compact models, which will also include an S40 sedan and V40 wagon.

As Volvo’s first entry in the popular compact crossover segment, the new XC40 features a youthful, if not funky, design that draws heavily from its larger siblings (the mid-size XC60 and full-size XC90, both of which have been sales successes). The company hopes to attract a younger demographic by offering 17 combinations of body colors and contrasting hues for the roof.

The interior is also heavily inspired by those of the XC60 and XC90, featuring the same general layout and technologies. Available themes range from light khaki to bold red, with accent lighting and an optional panoramic sunroof adding to the premium experience.

Let us know what you think about the XC40’s overall design in the comments below.

Volvo aims to one-up competing vehicles from BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz with a long list of standard equipment that includes wireless cellphone charging and a nine-inch touchscreen. Also standard is the company’s City Safety package, which provides detection and emergency autobraking; a 360-degree camera to help with parking; Pilot Assist, Run-off Road protection, Cross Traffic alert with brake support.

Depending on the region, the XC40 launches with a selection of three versions of Volvo’s 2.0 Liter 4-cylinder engine — a T3 that produces 156 horsepower, a T4 with 190 horsepower, and / or a T5 Drive-E powertrain rated at 247 horsepower. Hybrid and pure electric powertrains could be offered in the future.

Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.

Prices in the United States initially begin at $35 200 for the 247-hp AWD T5 XC40 but will drop to $33 200 once a FWD T4 model is added to the lineup. UK Pricing starts at £27,905 (~ $37,746) for the T3 Momentum FWD grade and goes up to £39,305 (~ $53,166) for the D4 AWD First Edition.

What do you think about the new Volvo XC40? Does it have “success” written all over it? Will consider buying one? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.

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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Rocks The Coupe-Like Look



2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

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.

2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport interior

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.

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2021 Toyota Rav4 Plug-in Hybrid Is The Most Powerful Rav4 Ever



2021 Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid

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.

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Toyota C-HR Gets New Grille And Headlights For 2020



2020 Toyota C-HR small SUV, front

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.

2020 Toyota C-HR small SUV, rear

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.

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