Land Rover Discovery Metropolitan Edition goes all in on features – Roadshow

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The 2-row Jeep Grand Cherokee will debut on Sept. 29 – Roadshow

The 2022 Grand Cherokee will include a plug-in hybrid variant.

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Jeep split the Grand Cherokee into two different models for its fifth generation, and we've already driven the larger, three-row Grand Cherokee L. The two-row Grand Cherokee was briefly previewed back in July, but on Friday, Jeep confirmed the smaller variant will make its proper debut on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

In addition to an official statement, Jeep published a teaser video on its Instagram account, giving us a brief look at the two-row Grand Cherokee's slightly different front end (even though we've already seen the whole thing). The video also flashes back to the original ZJ Grand Cherokee's debut at the 1992 Detroit Auto Show, when Jeep drove its then-new SUV up the steps of Detroit's Cobo Hall and smashed through one of the convention center's windows. You'll definitely want to watch the full thing in all its glory.

The two-row Grand Cherokee will have the same V6 and V8 engine options as its larger L sibling, but will set itself apart with the inclusion of a 4xe plug-in hybrid model. In the Wrangler 4xe, this plug-in powertrain pairs a 2.0-liter turbo I4 engine with a 17-kilowatt-hour battery and electric motor, pushing out 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, and offering an estimated 21 miles of all-electric range.

We'll have the full 2022 Grand Cherokee details when it debuts on Sept. 29 at 6:00 a.m. PT.

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Maserati Grecale SUV will debut on Nov. 16 – Roadshow

The Grecale shares a platform with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

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Following a quick tease of the new Grecale earlier this year, Maserati on Wednesday confirmed its forthcoming compact crossover will debut on Tuesday, Nov. 16. The public reveal will take place in Milan, Italy.

Maserati's initial teaser images didn't reveal too much in terms of the Grecale's design, though we can see headlight clusters influenced by the MC20 supercar, as well as thin, horizontal taillamps, with a light signature similar to the Ghibli's. The Grecale rides on the same platform as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio compact crossover, which should give you a pretty good idea of its size.

As for what powers the Grecale, that's pretty much anyone's guess. The safe bet is to assume the 2.0-liter turbo I4 and/or the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 from the Stelvio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio will be used, but Maserati could also use a detuned version of the MC20's new twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6, though that's probably more likely for the upcoming high-performance Grecale Trofeo.

We'll have the full details about the new Grecale when it greets the world on Nov. 16.

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2022 Toyota Tundra teasers give a glimpse of what’s to come – Roadshow

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Aston Martin’s updated online configurator shows off new 2022 model year options – Roadshow

You can now spec the DBX with 23-inch wheels.

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We at Roadshow spend a lot of time playing with online vehicle configurators (it's research, we promise), so it's always exciting when an automaker announces a new way to spec a car. Aston Martin's updated configurator went live on Wednesday, and it comes with a number of changes to the company's 2022 model year lineup.

In overall look and feel, Aston's configurator is pretty slick. You can zoom in on specific details of the car you're building and see how it looks in different 3D-rendered environments. Epic's Unreal gaming engine provides the basis for this configurator, marking the second time in recent memory the company has partnered with an automotive brand for new interactive tech.

Inside the configurator, customers can also see Aston's new trim "environments," which combine different colors and materials for a cohesive theme. The Inspire environment includes semianiline perforated leather with unique seat detailing and contrast stitching. Aston's Inspire scheme offers 38 different single- and dual-tone color combinations. Accelerate has "a more assertive character," according to Aston, with sport seats and Alcantara trim. Finally, the Create environment "offers an unmistakable start to the customer configuration journey," so we assume this is the way you'll want to go to truly live out your wildest dreams.

As for the cars themselves, a few changes are in order for 2022. For starters, the V8- and V12-powered DB11 models are both called DB11 now, the latter dropping its AMR designation. The DBS Superleggera ditches the extremely cool second part of its name, and will now just be called Aston Martin DBS.

The DB11 gets an updated V8 engine for 2022. It's the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 we know and love, but it now produces 528 horsepower, up from 503 hp. It's unclear if the Vantage, which uses the same V8, will also get this more powerful tune. Though, speaking of the Vantage, it can be had with new 21-inch wheels, and the DBX SUV can roll on 23-inch duds, if that's your jam. See them for yourself in the new configurator.

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2022 Honda Civic tested, Ford Bronco starts production and more: Roadshow’s week in review – Roadshow

The new Civic is pretty darn handsome.

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Another week's in the books, Roadshow faithful, and this one was a hustlin' and bustlin' as ever. In addition to some important first drives, we said hello to the first Ford Broncos rolling off the line, got the skinny on the Porsche 911 GT3 Touring, went out for a day of car spotting in Los Angeles and much, much more.

Here's a look at all the big hotness from June 13 to 19.

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The 10th-gen Civic was already a class-leading sedan, so where does Honda go from here? New for 2022, the 11th-gen Civic boasts cleaner style, a handsome interior, lots of new tech and refined dynamics. The trusty little Civic is better than its ever been, fully cementing this four-door's place as the benchmark for compact sedans.

Click here for our 2022 Honda Civic review.

Jeep's redesigned Grand Cherokee has a third row of seats and an extra letter in its name. The new 2021 Grand Cherokee L takes all the good things about Jeep's bread-and-butter SUV and throws in an added helping of functionality.

Click here for our 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L first drive.

This one stings, y'all. The Mazda6 has always been the enthusiasts' choice among midsize sedans, but with four-doors falling out of fashion, Mazda's decided to drop the curtain on its svelte 6. Here, we take a 2021 Carbon Edition for one last spin to remember the good times.

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  • The Bronco is (almost) here: Ford officially kicks off production of the big-boy Bronco.
  • Redesigned Telluride: Kia's awesome midsize SUV gets a couple of small tweaks, making it even better than before.
  • No wing? No problem: The 992-generation Porsche 911 GT3 Touring is here, complete with more subtle style and the same great performance.
  • About that manual GT3: Oh yeah, small caveat. If you want a manual transmission in your 911 GT3, here's hoping you don't live in California.
  • RIP, Clarity: Honda's funky plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell Clarity goes out of production later this year.

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Polestar 3 electric SUV coming in 2022, will be built in South Carolina – Roadshow

The Polestar 3 is an all-electric midsize SUV.

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Now that the Polestar 1 and Polestar 2 have hit the road, the company's next big step is Polestar 3. This electric midsize SUV is scheduled to start production in 2022, and on Wednesday Polestar confirmed the 3 will be built at parent company Volvo's factory in South Carolina.

This news is hardly a surprise. The Polestar 3 will ride on an electrified version of Volvo's upcoming Scalable Product Architecture 2 (SPA 2) platform, which will also underpin the next-generation XC90 SUV. During an interview in October 2019, Volvo's US president and CEO, Anders Gustafsson, told us the new XC90 will be built in South Carolina starting in 2022, so it only makes sense that it'll be produced alongside the Polestar 3.

We don't have any concrete details about the 3, but Polestar also released a teaser image on Wednesday giving us our first official look at the SUV's silhouette. Given its relationship to the XC90, expect the 3 to be roughly the same size, though as you can see, it has a much more aerodynamic shape with huge wheel arches. For now, Polestar only says the 3 "will feature industry-leading connectivity features based on Google's native Android Automotive OS infotainment system, as well as high-end, safety-focused autonomous driving features," according to a statement.

Polestar 3 SUVs built in South Carolina will be sold in the US and possibly exported to other countries. The 3 will be the first Polestar model built outside of China.

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2022 Toyota Tundra’s new engine sure looks like a twin-turbo V6 – Roadshow

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Toyota teased its 2022 Tundra pickup on Tuesday with an up-close look at the truck's new iForce Max engine. The tightly cropped photo doesn't seem to show a whole lot at first glance, but a closer look reveals a few familiar details.

The engine cover has a bank of three cutout sections on each side, which leads us to believe it's a V6, since that's usually how automakers denote cylinder count. That jibes with reports that the 2022 Tundra will ditch its old V8 engine in favor of a more powerful and efficient twin-turbo V6. On top of that, the Tundra is expected to share a platform with the recently revealed 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser, which also has twin-turbo V6 power. In fact, comparing the Land Cruiser's engine cover design to this teaser, the two look super similar.

In the Land Cruiser, Toyota's new V6 produces 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, which is a pretty nice upgrade from the Tundra's current 5.7-liter V8, which offers 381 hp and 401 lb-ft. Beyond the V6, we expect Toyota to offer electrified power in its next-generation Tundra, following the company's commitment to building electric and hybrid trucks.

Engine aside, the 2022 Tundra should be a vastly better product than its predecessor, with an edgy exterior design and improved capabilities. Will it finally be able to stand up to heavy hitters like the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500? We'll see. Look for the 2022 Tundra to make its official debut in a few months.

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2021 Ford Bronco Sport earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus rating – Roadshow

The Sport is definitely worthy of the Bronco name.

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Ford's plucky little Bronco Sport isn't just a rugged SUV, it's a super-safe one, too. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced Friday that the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport earns a Top Safety Pick Plus rating, with "stellar performance in crashworthiness and crash avoidance evaluations," according to the agency.

As its name suggests, TSP Plus is the higher of IIHS' two Top Safety Pick awards. Vehicles must earn "good" ratings in all six IIHS crash tests in order to qualify for a TSP Plus rating. TSP Plus-eligible vehicles must also have excellent forward-collision assistance systems, as well as robust headlights.

The 2021 Bronco Sport "hits all those marks," IIHS said in a statement. "Both the standard and optional front crash prevention systems earn 'superior' ratings in the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations. And the headlight system offered on all trims earns a 'good' rating."

Ford's other newbie, the Mustang Mach-E, recently earned a Top Safety Pick award, but couldn't quite muster a TSP Plus due to poor headlight performance on select trims. Headlight performance is a common issue preventing many vehicles from earning that coveted Plus rating.

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