Posts from ‘Luxury Vehicles’
After years of catering solely to buyers in the market for cushy luxury, the Lexus ES is ready to show some teeth. The seventh-generation ES revealed at the Beijing Auto Show will be the first available in an F Sport version.
Why would Aston Martin, a British company known for building ultra-luxury high-performance coupes, contract with Japanese automaker Toyota to build an Aston-branded version of one of the smallest, least-powerful Toyota-built cars on the market? Turns out there’s a good answer to that question, but it gets a little complicated.
In recent years, Ford’s F-150 product planners and marketing staff have found themselves with an enviable “problem:” They have apparently not yet found the ceiling for what buyers will pay for a fully decked-out full-size pickup. With each new model year, pickup manufacturers keep finding buyers for ever-more-high-end trim levels loaded with new features and gilded with luxury-level appointments.
There is no longer space in the American new-car marketplace for vehicles with hoods and trunklids that consume more linear space than their passenger compartments do. While I know that the passing of the giant coupe was inevitable, I also lament that automotive designers no longer have a free hand with such large and expressive canvases.
After unveiling a prototype version of its redesigned third-generation compact SUV a couple months ago at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Acura has debuted the production version at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The 2019 Acura RDX is new from the ground up, gaining a new engine, a more spacious cabin, a new performance-themed trim level, and many new technology features.
At the 2018 New York Auto Show, Lincoln unveiled a “preview” version of the three-row SUV that is set to join its lineup next year, presumably as a 2019 model. The Lincoln Aviator revives an SUV name from the brand’s recent past, and will be built on the same rear-wheel-drive platform that is set to underpin the forthcoming redesigned Ford Explorer.
Cadillac made news in conjunction with the 2018 New York Auto Show by rolling out the brand’s first-ever small crossover. The 2019 Cadillac XT4 compact SUV will slot below the midsize XT5 crossover in both size and price, and give Cadillac dealerships a model with which to lure shoppers considering the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Lexus NX.
The 2018 New York Auto Show is almost a week away, but GM’s Cadillac division has already released info on one of the vehicles that will be making its global debut there. The 2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport is a high-performance version of Cadillac’s flagship large sedan; it is powered by an all-new twin-turbocharged 4.2-liter V8 and comes exclusively with all-wheel drive.