Mercedes AMG E63 – For When Your Wagon Needs Drift

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The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon: are veteran wagon drivers waking up to the pleasures of dangerously fast driving, or are race-mode lovers starting to haul more stuff?

According to Mercedes, the AMG wagon will reach 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 180 mph. Its AMG-tuned all-wheel drive system has a Drift Mode (like the sedan’s) that sends all the power to the rear wheels.

The 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine delivers 603 hp and 628 lb-ft of torque, with nine-speed automatic transmission and adjustable adaptive air suspension and damping.

The AMG wagon has five driving modes (including “Race”), speed-sensitive power steering and dynamic engine mounts, wider wheel arches, six-piston brake calipers and available carbon ceramic brakes. Mercedes’ Drive Pilot offers semi-autonomous capabilities. The E63 S wagon going to be priced around $100,000.

This is a wagon after all, so you can haul a lot of stuff or people–cargo space is 35 cubic feet (with the rear seats up). Sport seats, an AMG branded steering wheel and an explosion of carbon fiber in the cabin (along with the 603 hp) keep it from being your mom’s wagon.

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and will be for sale in the U.S. later in the year.

source: mercedes-amg.com

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2018 Audi Q5 SUV: Enhanced Performance

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The 2018 Audi Q5, coming this year, will have a 252hp turbocharged engine that according to Audi will take you from 0 to 60 in 5.9 seconds.

Featuring an interesting power tailgate, the redesigned 2018 Q5 boasts increased cargo capacity and a panoramic sunroof.

2018 Audi Q5 wraparound height-programmable power tailgate

Audi’s driver assistance technologies include “Rear Cross Traffic Assist” with optical warnings and radar sensors to let you know about approaching vehicles. “Pre Sense City” detects cornering and stationary vehicles and pedestrians at speeds of up to 52 mph, warns you of imminent collisions and can even initiate emergency braking. The Quattro all-wheel drive system adds predictive, proactive or reactive power shifts depending on road conditions or driver demands.

Audi’s virtual cockpit features a fully digital instrument cluster that customizes information such as navigation, audio and phone, offering classic and infotainment modes as well as Google Earth and Google Street View screens.

Newly available on the 2018 Q5, MMI Touch with handwriting-recognition technology lets you write on the touchpad instead of trying to deal with a keyboard while you drive.

source: audiusa.com

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2018 Toyota Camry Due in Late Summer

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Coming this summer, the 2018 Toyota Camry has a whole new look, but that’s not all. It’s roomier on the inside, and some option packages include a panoramic glass roof with moonroof.

Toyota is calling it “Eye candy that feeds your desire”; Car and Driver calls it a “Camry gone wild.”

Externally the redesign looks more aggressive and a bit lower than its predecessors. The taillights have a long tail that makes them look like cool Egyptian-god eyes. Even the interior is much more jazzy than typical Toyota fare, with asymmetric interior panels and exterior overdesign reminiscent of the Prius.


Toyota drivers tend to be loyal, and if the general blandness of design has been bringing some of them them back, this was a daring move. Toyota’s CEO Akio Toyoda has been involved in the design process and he seems to want Toyota to lose its boring-car image, possibly risky given that the Camry is still selling quite well.

The base model is a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder; a V-6 will also be available, as will a hybrid. All non-hybrid models have a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Carscoops.com  reports that the hybrid could get as high as 50 mpg in city driving, making it the most fuel-efficient in its class.

Download the pretty 2018 Camry brochure here.


2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Will Outstrip Hellcat

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Set to debut at the New York International Auto Show in April, Dodge’s new muscle car reportedly will be faster than the 707 hp 2015 Challenger Hellcat.

This new version of the Challenger is named Demon, and the teaser vids on Dodge’s website feature very cool and ferocious demon-cat imagery. Tim Kuniskis of Dodge has described the Demon audience as a “subculture of enthusiasts” and it’s not yet clear whether the Demon will be a street car or strictly track-only.

2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat

Dodge first used the Demon name in 1971 for a hardtop, two-door variant of the Plymouth Duster that eventually became the Dodge Dart. A 2007-2008 Dodge concept car also called Demon was never built.

The Demon teaser videos can be viewed here:
Source: digitaltrends.com/cars


2018 Ford F-150: Small Changes Add Up

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Ford’s updates to the top-selling F-150 pickup are all in the details.

The light-duty pickup now has a diesel engine option, a turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6. The regular gasoline engines include a new 3.3-liter V-6 replacing the previous 3.5-liter unit, and updated versions of the 2.7-liter V-6 and the 5.0-liter V-8 that are meant to supply more power and torque.

Other than the diesel option and relatively minor engine updates, the F-150 changes are cosmetic but interesting. A new two-bar grille reminiscent of the Super Duty grille appears in several versions–as usual the F-150 has plenty of trim options. The headlights and taillights are pretty much the same except for a new configuration of LED accent lights. All of the F-150 wheel designs have been updated, with six styles ranging in diameter from 17 to 22 inches. Some premium trim packages have a new horizontal tailgate appliqué; others have a new F-150 graphic stamp, a pleasantly retro touch.

Optional adaptive cruise-control now can bring the truck to a complete stop; Ford’s previous system would shut off below approximately 12 mph. The forward-collision-warning system also now available can sense pedestrians.

A Wi-Fi hotspot and Bang and Olafson stereo system are options too, we don’t yet know on what models. See the Consumer Reports story here.

Source: caranddriver.com