Archive for March, 2018
Nissan took the wraps off the all-new sixth generation of its midsize sedan at the 2018 New York Auto Show. In addition to the expected powertrain and architectural improvements, and the added technology features expected of a fully redesigned model, the 2019 Nissan Altima is now available with all-wheel drive—a rare feature in the mainstream midsize-sedan class.
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.
In advance of the 2018 New York Auto Show, GMC unveiled the Sierra AT4, an off-road-ready variant of its soon-to-be-released 2019 Sierra 1500 pickup truck.
“The Sierra AT4 is designed for the customer who wants an elevated presence on the road and the ability to venture off life’s beaten path,” said GMC Vice President Duncan Aldred.
In advance of the car’s debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show, Toyota has unveiled its redesigned 2019 Corolla—and the new model is a hatchback instead of a sedan.
In addition to the body-style change, the new Corolla is a bit longer, lower, and wider than the outgoing-generation model. It utilizes the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) Platform, versions of which also underpin the current Toyota Prius and the unconventional C-HR crossover. Toyota says the torsional rigidity of the new Corolla’s body structure is improved by 60 percent over its predecessor.
Here’s a question for you: What was Jaguar’s biggest-ever marketing blunder? Many might argue it was the X-Type, a compact sedan that was little more than a Ford Mondeo (called Contour in the U.S.) gilded with a Jaguar grille, curvy sheet metal, and some extra wood and leather inside. By virtually every measure, the X-Type was a flop as a Jaguar, though the wagon version was not without its charms.
Class: Compact Car
Miles driven: 739
Fuel used: 20.3 gallons
Ford is doing it right now with a subcompact crossover (EcoSport) imported from India. Cadillac did it with a German import badged on these shores as Catera. Honda did it with rebadged midsize SUV (Passport) that was actually built by Isuzu.
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.