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Updated 2019 Jeep Cherokee Gets Prettier Face, More Efficient Engines

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The latest Jeep Cherokee was introduced with a face only a mother could love, but things are a bit different with the 2019 model year Cherokee.

A mid-cycle refresh gives Jeep’s compact crossover a less polarizing and, thus, controversial front end that ditches the dual headlight setup of before for more traditional headlights. The rear also gets a new taillight design.

Overall, the 2019 Cherokee now looks more like the Jeep Compass and Grand Cherokee, moreso the former.

The updates to the interior are subtler, with the Cherokee receiving a few trim improvements to give it a more upscale look and feel.

Jeep also promises more efficient powertrains.

What do you think about the about Jeep Cherokee’s new face? Did the doctors do a good job?

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Volkswagen ID.4 Electric SUV Will Follow The ID.3

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It’s the production version of the ID Crozz concept.

The next vehicle after the ID.3 hatchback to join Volkswagen’s ID family of electric vehicles will be the ID.4 crossover.

The ID.4 was previewed by the sleek ID Crozz concept (pictured), but designers dropped the concept’s streamlined coupe-like profile for a boxier, more traditional utility vehicle look.

It borrows the ID lineup’s exterior styling elements, while the ID.3’s floating infotainment system, head-up display and other interior features will be adapted for its larger proportions.

VW hasn’t released any specs, but the ID.3 is available with three battery sizes — 45, 58 and 77 kWh — that give it a driving range up to 342 miles (550 kilometers) on Europe’s WLTP cycle.

Unlike the ID.3, the VW ID.4 will be offered in the United States and Canada. Sales are expected to begin in late 2020, presumably before the Tesla Model Y hits the market.

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2020 Porsche Macan Turbo Is A 434HP Sports Car

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It now has the beating heart of a Cayenne.

Porsche has updated the hottest member of the Macan lineup, the Macan Turbo, for the 2020 model year.

The 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo gets all the same styling updates as the other Macan models, some extra unique touches, but it’s under the hood where the excitement can be found. Power comes from a 2.9L twin-turbocharged V6 — borrowed from the Panamera and Cayenne — that produces 434 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque, representing an increase of 34 horsepower over the outgoing 3.6L V6.

Thanks to the extra horsepower, the 2020 Macan Turbo can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.3 seconds, or 4.1 seconds when the optional Sport Chrono package is equipped. Stopping power is also better, thanks to Surface Coated Brakes with tungsten-carbide coating that Porsche says reduces dust by 90 percent, increases responsiveness, and cuts down on wear.

An adjustable air suspension that features “optimized rolling pistons and new shock absorber hydraulics” is available, as are Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus and carbon-ceramic brakes.

The Macan Turbo stands out from the lesser Macan models with a sportier exhaust, side skirts, a small rear spoiler, 20-inch alloy wheels.

The 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo starts at $84,950 in the United States, including the destination fees.

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Vehicle Spotlight: 2020 Acura MDX Three-Row Crossover

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One of the best-selling three-row SUV of all-time enters the 2020 model year still feeling like a champ.

Unveiled in 2013, the third-generation Acura MDX has been a sales success for Acura and a strong contender in the three-row crossover segment, offering drivers a fun driving experience, room for the entire family, and of course, a whole slew of luxury and tech features. It received a mid-cycle refresh for the 2017 model year, further boasting its appeal.

Instead coming in traditional trim levels like its competitors, the 2020 MDX is offered with different packages options — namely ‘Tech’ and ‘Advance’ — that lets you outfit your vehicle to match your lifestyle. Power is provided by a 3.5-liter Direct-injected i-Vtec 24 valve V6 engine that produces 290 horsepower and a maximum torque of 267 lb-ft, channeled to the front or, optionally, all four wheel via a smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission.

An idle-stop system reduces emissions and saves you money at the gas pump, with front wheel-drive MDX models delivering an EPA-estiamted fuel economy rating of 20 / 27 / 23 mpg (city/ highway / combined).

According to opting for Acura’s renowned Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system sysems shaves off few mpg in city and highway driving, but you get superior traction and better handling for a safer overall ride.

The sharp and angular exterior of the 2020 Acura MDX is available in a wide range of paint colors, including Performance Red Pearl, Majestic Black Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, and White Diamon Pearl to name just a few. A set of 18-inch wheels, a power liftgate, and automatic LED headlights all come standard.

Inside, driver and passengers can treat themselves to power-adjustable heated front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, leather upholstery, driver-seat memory settings, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Situated at the center of the dashboard is a dual-screen infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, and Bluetooth. An eight-speaker sound system delivers a high quality audio experience, while four USB ports ensures that your electronic devices don’t run out of juice.

AcuraWatch, Acura’s comprehensive safety and security package, also comes standard on every MDX models, adding adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane and road departure warning and mitigation, and several other potentially live-saving safety features.

Buyers looking for even better safety, a more robust sound system, and other high-tech features should consider the Technology package, which upgrades the audio to a 10-speaker premium sound system with HD radio and adds navigation, remote engine start, blind-spot monitoring with a rear cross-traffic alert, automatic wipers, and power-folding side mirrors.

While the Technology package focuses on high-tech features, the Advance package is all about creature comforts. 2020 Acura MDX models equipped with the Advance package get premium leather and trim throughout the interior, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row captain’s chairs, front-seat ventilation, a top-down surround-view camera system, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive suspension dampers.

There is also an that adds the Acura DVD Rear Entertainment System, which includes a 9-inch screen that is lowered from an overhead console. Paring the Entertainment package with the Technology package gets you a 9-inch screen and 11-speakers, while pairing it with the Advance Package brings an extra-wide 16.2-inch screen in the overhead console, an HDMI input, and 12-speakers for improved surround sound.

When all three rows of seats are in use, the MDX offers 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding both rear rows flat gets you a maximum of 68.4 cubic feet, which is very class-competitive.

The 2020 Acura MDX has a starting price of $44,400 and can be optioned out to $60,150. As Acura’s largest vehicle, it offers everything a large family could possibly need.

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