Volvo is well on its way to electrifying its entire lineup, and its first-ever mass-produced electric car is just around the corner.
According to British magazine , the electric car will draw inspiration from the Volvo 40.2 concept (pictured), a design study that served as a preview of the company’s new 40-Series models, particulary the S40 and V40.
It will look nearly identical to the 40.2 concept, retaining its edgy, semi-sedan and semi-crossover look, and ride on Volvo’s modular Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform that also underpins the XC40. Henrik Green, head of the company’s research and development team, revealed that its battery-electric powertrain will offer up to 310 miles (approx. 500 km) of range, making it a “long-range” EV like the Tesla Model 3.
And just like Tesla’s cars, the 310-mile figure corresponds to the biggest, most expensive battery pack you could get. A smaller, more affordable pack delivering a lower range will be also available, though it’s expected that only a few buyers will choose it.
Green was quoted by Autocar as saying:
“We are coming from a history of always driving around with tons of range from a petrol tank. As generations grow up only knowing electric vehicles, I believe they will settle around a convenient battery size, what they need for one day. But in the transition time, a lot of people used to having a long range will pay for having a long range on electric vehicles.”
Volvo’s first electric car goes on sale sometime in 2019. Stay tuned for additional information as they are released.
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Offers Two Battery Options, Much Lower Price
The 4S is nearly $47,000 less expensive than the midrange Turbo edition.
Porsche has expanded the Taycan lineup with the addition of the Taycan 4S, a more affordable version of its first electric car.
The Taycan 4S is powered by an all-electric drivetrain consisting of two electric motors, a two-speed transmission, and a 79.2 kWh kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.
The larger 93.4-kWh battery of the Turbo and Turbo S models is available as part of a $6,580 Performance Battery Plus package.
The Taycan 4S produces 522 horsepower in standard form and 563 horsepower with the upgraded battery. Both battery configurations allow it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in around 3.8 seconds and reach a top sped of 155 mph (249 km/h).
Porsche hasn’t announced how far the either Taycan 4S versions can drive on a single charge, but the electric range will likely span from around 225 to 250 miles based on the EPA’s testing.
Models equipped with the 79.2 kWh battery can be recharged up to 80 percent in 22.5 minutes.
The 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S has a starting price of $103,800 in the United States, which is nearly $47,000 less than the Taycan Turbo. Deliveries begin in spring 2020.
2020 Lexus IS F Sport Blackline Special Edition Returns With The Darkness
It’s not the most blacked-out car out there, but it’s dark.
The Lexus IS F Sport Blackline Special Edition is back for another around, and this time, it is available on rear- and all-wheel-drive variants of the IS 350, in addition to the IS 300 F Sport.
The package adds a black chrome front grille surround, black exterior mirrors, and unique 18-inch, split spoke wheels with a black vapor chrome finish. Three exterior colors are available: Obsidian, Ultra White, and Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0.
Inside, all models feature black-and-gray seats with Indigo Blue stitching on the knee pads, dash, and door trim. Indigo Blue accents can also be found on the heated wood steering wheel, door switch panels, and glove box.
The rear-wheel drive version of the IS 300 Blackline Special Edition is powered by a 241-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the all-wheel model makes due with a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 with 260 hp, channeled to wheels by a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
Opting for the IS 350 F Sport Blackline Special Edition gets you a 311-hp, 3.5L V6 paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission for the rear-wheel drive model or a six-speed automatic transmission for the all-wheel drive version.
As with the 2019 edition, only 900 units of the 2020 Lexus IS F Sport Blackline Special Edition will be built for the United States. Prices start at $46,225, including the destination fees.
Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition Comes Back For 2020
Lincoln has nearly doubled production to 150 units.
Missed out on your chance to get the Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition? You are in luck! Lincoln has decided to bring back the model for the 2020 model year.
Introduced in 2018 to celebrate the brand’s 80th anniversary, the special edition Continental rides on a stretched wheelbase that provides more room for passengers and features center-opening ‘suicide’ doors.
Back-seat passengers benefit from a table on the center console, two tablet holders, and individual climate controls, while the entire interior is covered in premium materials that mostly match the regular Continental’s range-topping Black Label trim.
The Continental Coach Door Edition is powered by a 3.0L twin-turbocharged V6 that produces 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft. of torque. Buyers can choose from three colors: Chroma Crystal Blue, Infinite Black, and Pristine White Metallic.
The 2019 model’s limited production run of 80 units sold out in just two days, so Lincoln saw it fit to increase output to around 150 examples for 2020. The price tag of $115,470 for each unit represents a premium of nearly $40,000 premium over the regular Continental Black Label.
There is a good chance that all 150 units of the Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition will be sold in a blink of an eye, so act fast if you want one. Deliveries are expected to begin by spring 2020.