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2020 Honda CR-V Gets Hybrid Version, Other Upgrades

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2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid, front angle

The CR-V hybrid marks the Japanese automaker’s foray into the electrified SUV segment.

The Honda CR-V has received some major updates for its 2020 model year, most notable of which is the introduction of the 2020 CR-V Hybrid.

The CR-V hybrid represents Honda’s first electrified SUV. It is powered by a variation of the Accord Hybrid’s two-motor hybrid powertrain, combining two electric motors with a 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC Atkinson cycle engine to produce 212 horsepower, which is higher than the non-hybrid CR-V.

The system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission and is said to deliver 50 percent better fuel economy than the standard CR-V.

Front wheel drive is the default setup, but if all-wheel drive is a must, the CR-V Hybrid can send power from the electric motor to the rear wheels.

As for the rest of the 2020 CR-V lineup, the sole engine is now the 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 190 horsepower. Buyers have the option of front- or all-wheel drive.

Honda’s designers made the front fascia of all models more aggressive with a pronounced grille, slapped on some new wheels, and added three new colors: Sonic Gray Pearl, Radiant Red Metallic, and Aegean Blue Metallic (CR-V hybrid only).

Inside, the center console bin has been redesigned, the gear selector now features Honda’s push button system, and CR-V Touring trims now come standard with Qi-compatible wireless cell phone charging. The Honda Sensing driver-assistance and safety suite has been made standard across the lineup.

The non-hybrid 2020 Honda CR-V goes on sale in fall 2019, while the electrified edition arrives in early 2020.

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Ford Mustang Mach-E Has 300-Mile Range, Priced At $44K

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The GT model can hit 60 mph in the mid-three-second range.

Photos, specifications and pricing for the Ford Mustang Mach-E have leaked just days before the electric vehicle’s official debut.

member Buzznwood managed to capture screenshots of Ford’s official web page for the Mach-E before it was taken down.

From the screen, we see that the Mach-E will be available in both rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations. Buyers will have the choice of five trim levels: Select, California Route 1, Premium, First Edition and GT.

The Select trim level starts at $34,895 and has a driving range up to 230 miles (370 km), while the Premium models ($50,600) and California Route 1 ($52,400) get up to 300 miles (483 km) on a full charge.

With a starting price of $60 000, the Mach-E GT can travel up to 235 miles (378 km) and is capable of accelerating from a 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in the mid 3-second range.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium, as well as a First Edition model, go on sale in late 2020, while Select and California Rt. 1 versions will arrive in early 2021.

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Ford Names Its Electric SUV ‘Mustang Mach-E’

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The company has slapped the Mustang badge on a battery-powered SUV.

Ford has given its new all-electric crossover a name — Mustang Mach-E!

As the newest member of the Mustang family, the Mustang Mach-E is a far cry from what you would expect from the iconic nameplate. It’s not a car, let alone a coupe, nor is it powered by an internal combustion engine.

The decision to repurpose the Mustang name for a four-door electric SUV is certainly controversial, but what if it was the only way Ford could keep the Mustang line viable?

Sports cars don’t sell as well as they use to, SUVs and crossovers are what car buyers want, and electric vehicles are supposedly the future.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E will be available for order after making its world debut on November 17. Buyers can reserve a spot in line for one by making a $500 refundable reservation deposit.

Ford has also confirmed that a limited First Edition version will also be available at launch.

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Kia Futuron Concept Previews An Electric Crossover-Coupe

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Kia Futuron Concept Electric SUV

It indicates a future of more striking Kia vehicles.

Kia used the 2019 China International Import Expo in Shanghai to reveal the Futuron, a concept car that showcases its vision for an all-electric crossover coupe.

According to the Korean automaker, the word “Futuron” is a portmanteau of ‘future’ and ‘on’, “hinting at the switched-on, electric nature of future SUV designs from the brand.”

The design is described as merging elegant proportions with pure shapes and surfaces, delivering a streamlined appearance inspired by UFOs and flying saucers.

Despite its low profile making it appear compact in size, the Futuron is actually longer than the Kia Sorento. Power is provided by four in-wheel electric motors energized by a flat battery module beneath the floor.

The spacious and flexible interior is designed around Level 4 autonomy, complete with a retracting steering wheel and reclining front seats.

Kia says the Futuron is a “strong statement of intent” for its future models.

In related news, Kia and Hyundai have invested in Rimac to build electric sports cars.

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