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New, 2019 Volvo S60 Brings Swedish Sensibility To Compact Sedan Segment

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New, 2019 Volvo S60 silver

The all-new, 2019 Volvo S60 was unveiled at Volvo’s new factory in Charleston, South Carolina, bringing to the compact premium car segment Swedish sensibilities in styling, craftsmanship and technology.

The new S60 will be the first vehicle built at the new factory and is slated to enter production in fall 2018. It rides on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, which also underpins the V60, XC60 and 90-Series models.

Looking like a smaller and sleeker S90, the premium sedan features Volvo’s latest design language, boasting the distinctive Thor’s Hammer headlights and C-shaped taillights. Ditto for the cleanly laid-out interior, which looks like it was pulled straight out of the other Volvo models.

The company describes the S60 as a sporty “driver’s car” thanks to active chassis and drive modes. Two turbo- and super-charged plug-in hybrid powertrains will be available — the T6 Twin Engine AWD produces a combined 340 horsepower, while the T8 increases output to 400 horsepower.

This is the first Volvo vehicle to be offered without a diesel option, a testament to the Swedish automaker’s commitment to electrify its entire lineup and move past traditional internal combustion engines.

Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars, stated:

“The new S60 is one of the most exciting Volvo cars we’ve ever made. It is a true driver’s car that gives us a strong position in the US and China sedan markets, creating more growth opportunities for Volvo Cars.”

Drivers benefit from City Safety with Autobrake, which automatically brakes the car when it encounters pedestrians, cyclists or large animals on the road. The optional Pilot Assist system handles steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads at speeds up to 81 mph (130 km/h).

Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and optional Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake are also part of the long list of safety features.

The S60 T8 will be available with a Polestar Engineered package that brings its combined output up to 415 horsepower, as well as upgraded wheels, brakes and suspension.

Like the XC40 crossover, the new Volvo S60 will be available through the Care by Volvo subscription service, which makes it easier for buyers to obtain one via a monthly flat-fee subscription and with no down payment rather than traditional ownership.

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2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Offers Two Battery Options, Much Lower Price

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Baby blue Porsche Taycan 4S Electric Car

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.

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2020 Lexus IS F Sport Blackline Special Edition Returns With The Darkness

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Lexus IS F Sport blackline

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.

Lexus IS F Sport Blackline, interior

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.

Black Lexus IS F Sport Blackline Special Edition

White Lexus IS F Sport Blackline Special Edition

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Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition Comes Back For 2020

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Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition

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.

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