Electrified And Enhanced: 2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Hits Showrooms

Powertrain: 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2L V-8 Hellcat engine mated to an 8-speed automatic.

Base price: $85,900, due late 2017.

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>Driving the 707-horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk in a word? SICK
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As if a 475-horsepower SUV wasn’t enough, why make a 707-horsepower beast? Because Jeep can and has in the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

Using parts from SRT, the performance division of parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles who brought to market the Hellcat performance line, the Trackhawk...

WRANGLER: The small, rugged SUV is all-new for 2018, but Fiat Chrysler has been mum on details. Since it's a cornerstone of the profitable Jeep franchise, it likely will look like its predecessor with military roots, but it's expected to have some modern touches. A Wrangler pickup truck also is possible.

KIA

NIRO: Kia's Niro hybrid SUV, which was released earlier this year, gets a plug-in version with longer electric range for 2018. No other details have been released about the vehicle, which comes out later this year.

RIO: The fifth generation of Kia's subcompact Rio is bigger than its predecessor, and Kia promises more headroom and legroom for the driver and passengers. A touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is available on the highest trim level. Kia says an improved suspension gives the car better handling and a more comfortable ride.

Powertrain: The 130-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is carried over from the previous model but has improved fuel economy; a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission are available.  

Base price: Around $14,000, due late 2017.

STINGER: Kia breaks new ground with its new five-passenger Stinger sports sedan, a BMW rival that debuted at the Detroit auto show in January. Designed in Germany and based on Kia's 2011 GT concept, the Stinger has the elegant look of a European fastback.

Powertrains: 252-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder or ; 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 paired with an eight-speed transmission.

Base price: TBA, due late this year.

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>2018 Kia Stinger fastback sedan unveiled in Detroit
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Kia Stinger is a big risk and a big deal.

The five-passenger fastback sports sedan design pushes Kia into luxury sport territory along with the Tesla Model S, Audi RS7, Porsche Panamera and others. Born of the GT Concept luxury fastback unveiled in 2011 and paraded around the U.S in 2014, the...

LAMBORGHINI HURACAN PERFORMANTE: If a regular Lamborghini Huracan isn't enough for you, here's the high-performance version. Thanks to the use of a specially developed carbon fiber composite on the spoiler, bumper and other areas, the Huracan Performante has dropped about 88 pounds compared to the previous model, which improves handling and fuel economy. The Huracan Performante can accelerate from 0-62 mph in a blistering 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 202 mph. Nobody drives a Lamborghini for its fuel economy, but this one gets 17 mpg in combined city and highway driving.

Powertrain: Lamborghini says the naturally aspirated V-10 engine is the most powerful produced by Lamborghini to date, putting out 640 horsepower and 440 foot-pounds of torque. There's a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

Base price: $274,390 on sale now.

LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER VELAR: Range Rover's new midsize SUV is positioned between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport; it competes in the same space as the BMW X3. The exterior has a striking, sleek design, with Land Rover's narrowest headlights and handles that sit flush against the car.

Powertrains: 180-horsepower, four-cylinder diesel; a 247-horsepower four-cylinder gas engine and a 380-horsepower V-6 gas engine.

Base price: $49,900 on sale now.

LEXUS

LC 500: It's a taut, sporty two-door coupe with a glass roof and Lexus' trademark mesh spindle grille.

Powertrain: 471-horsepower 5-liter V8 with a 10-speed transmission; a hybrid is also available.

Base price: $92,000 on sale now.

LS 500: The fifth generation of Lexus's flagship sedan is longer and lower than its predecessor with a coupe-like roofline and a prominent, spindle-shaped mesh grille. Inside, there is ambient lighting inspired by Japanese lanterns, and front and rear seats with heating, cooling and Shiatsu massage functions. Owners can also opt for an advanced right-hand rear seat that can be reclined or raised up to help occupants enter and exit the vehicle. A new pedestrian detection system that automatically brakes or steers around the pedestrian debuts on the LS.

Powertrain: 415-horsepower 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine, up from 386 hp with the current V-8 engine. It's paired to a 10-speed transmission.

Base price: TBD late 2017.

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>2018 Lexus LS flagship sedan gets sporting redesign
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The 5th generation flagship sedan was overdue for a full redesign, which hadn’t happened since model year 2007. It has a sleek modern look, with a long nose, longer wheelbase, short front overhangs with wide air intakes, and a lower ride. The rear-wheel-drive platform shared with the gorgeous LC...

NX 300: Lexus's NX small SUV, which went on sale in 2014, gets a refresh for 2018. The changes start with its name: It's now the NX 300, not the NX 200t. The 235-horsepower, 2-liter four-cylinder engine is the same; the hybrid version also keeps its 2.5-liter engine and pair of electric motors. The exterior styling is sharper and more angular, with a bigger and more aggressive spindle-shaped grille. Inside, there's a larger dashboard screen and upgraded materials. Pricing and fuel economy haven't been announced. The 2018 NX 300 goes on sale in October.

LINCOLN NAVIGATOR: Like its Ford sibling, the Expedition, the eight-passenger Navigator is 200 pounds lighter and nimbler thanks to a new, aluminum body. There are luxurious touches throughout. When the driver approaches, soft lights illuminate the door handles and the ground in front of the doors. In the daytime, there's a panoramic glass roof. The front seats can be adjusted 30 different ways and offer heating, cooling and massage functions.

Powertrain: 450-horsepower 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine mated to a 10-speed transmission.

Base price: $72,055, due later this year.

MASERATI GRANTURISMO: Maserati's four-passenger coupe gets its first major facelift in a decade. The 2018 GranTurismo has a new "sharknose" hexagonal grille and lower air ducts that improve aerodynamics. Performance has been tweaked upward; the GranTurismo Sport now has a top speed of 186 mph, while the lighter MC version makes it to 187 mph. Inside, there's a new 8.4-inch touchscreen.

Powertrain: 4.7-liter V-8 engine with a six-speed transmission makes 454 horsepower — up from 444 hp in the previous version — and 384 pound-feet of torque.

Base price: TBD late 2017; current GranTurismo starts at $132,825.

MERCEDES-BENZ

E-CLASS COUPE/CABRIOLET: A year after the debut of the new E-Class midsize sedan, Mercedes is adding a new coupe and convertible to the E-Class lineup. Both seat four, and are available with either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel drive. The cabriolet comes with a power-operated fabric soft top; the coupe has a panoramic glass roof.

Powertrain: Like E-Class sedans, they're powered by a 3-liter V-6 with a nine-speed transmission that produces 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque.

Source : http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/new/sc-autocover-new-2018-vehicles-20170913-story.html

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