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New, 2019 Ford Focus Arrives As Classier Sedan, Hatchback, CUV And Wagon



New, 2019 Ford Focus ST-Line

The all-new, fourth-generation Ford Focus arrives with a classier design, new engines, an improved chassis and Ford’s latest CoPilot360 driver assistance suite. It is said to be more comfortable and fun to drive.

Available as a hatchback, sedan, “Active” crossover and / or wagon depending on the region, the global Focus has been completely revamped and thoroughly-improved inside and out. It is Ford’s first vehicles to be derived from the company’s new product development process, which uses human-centered design to deliver uniquely tailored model variants that still benefit from a common modular platform architecture.

A longer hood with a cab-rearward interior and longer wheelbase help make the new Focus look larger on the road and deliver more interior room without changing the actual exterior dimensions. Its more sculpted and upscale-looking exterior is also more aerodynamic.

The instrument panel positioning has been optimized for getting in and out of the Focus, while an electric parking brake and rotary gear shift dial frees up more space and provide easier access to bins and cup holders.

There is a host of new convenience and safety tech, including the Ford CoPilot360 driver assist features, adaptive cruise control, adaptive front lighting, active park assist and evasive steering assist, as well as FordPass Connect WiFi connectivity, wireless charging for your phone, and SYNC 3 infotainment system with an available 8 inch touchscreen.

Ford’s engineers revamped the chassis and suspension with a 20 percent improvement in torsional rigidity, a electric power steering system that provides a more engaging steering feel, and Drive Mode Technology with three drive modes: Normal, Sport and Eco modes. The revised gasoline and diesel EcoBoost engines, which are presumably more fuel-efficient, are mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

All body-styles of the new Ford Focus — hatchback, sedan, wagon and crossover — will be available in Europe, but North America will likely only get the hatchback, sedan and possibly the “Active” crossover.

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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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