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New, 2019 VW Touareg Is Bigger, Lighter, More Attractive – Has Big Touchscreen



New, 2019 VW Touareg SUV, front

Volkswagen has unveiled the third generation VW Touareg, and it looks downright impressive inside and out.

The all-new, 2019 Volkswagen Touareg adopts an attractive, more streamlined and futuristic design than its predecessor, with the front end drawing inspiration from the Arteon. Notable highlights include a wide barred grille flanked by LED ‘matrix’ headlights with a whopping 128 LEDs per unit.

Volkswagen’s flagship SUV is slightly shorter than before but around three inches longer and nearly two inches wider. Despite the increase in overall size, it manages to be 234 pounds (106 kg) lighter thanks to the use of more aluminum and high strength steel in its construction.

As attractive as the exterior is, it is the interior of the new Touareg that really stands out. It is roomier, more luxurious and premieres the company’s new “Innovision Cockpit,” which boasts a 12-inch digital instrument cluster and a massive 15-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It is also available with the latest safety and assistance technologies, including a thermal imaging camera, head-up display, semi-automated steering and lane keeping, and front cross-traffic assist.

The Touareg is based on the VW Group’s MLB platform, the same one that underpins the Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga, Audi Q7 and even the new Lamborghini Urus super SUV. Engineers upgraded the chassis with a new roll stabilization system featuring electromechanically-controlled anti-roll bars and an active all-wheel steering system that is said to make the “Touareg handle like a compact car.”

The engine lineup will initially consist of two diesel engines, ranging from 231 PS (228 HP) to 286 PS (282 HP); a gasoline V6 rated at 340 PS (335 HP); and a turbodiesel V8 with 421 PS (415 HP). A 367 PS (362 HP) plug-in hybrid powertrain is being prepared for China.

Volkswagen has made no mention of the new Touareg being offered in North America.

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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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