Say Hello to Your Next Rental Vehicle, the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport, Image: Nissan

You know it. Nissan knows it.

Buyers are fleeing automobiles in favor of higher-riding crossovers. And the Rogue Sport is yet another a single.

Regardless of the name, Nissan’s newest utility is much less Rogue Jr. and a lot more overseas transplant. Nissan America adapted the Qashqai, offered in global markets given that 2006, with a new name to meet North American tastes (although not in Canada, where it’ll nonetheless use its Turkic nomenclature). The renaming guarantees we can pronounce it (and Nissan can preserve its Star Wars connection). Much more importantly, it hitches the new crossover to Nissan’s ideal selling nameplate.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Interior, Image: Nissan

Rogue sales surged 15 percent to 330,000 units in the U.S. last year, representing practically one particular out of four Nissans sold. With the Rogue Sport, Nissan slots a crossover between the successful Rogue and the aging Juke, and connects the new crossover to one particular of the most successful nameplates in Nissan history.

2017 Nissan Rogue vs Rogue Sport, Image: Nissan

The 172-inch-long Rogue Sport is inside a couple inches in overall length of the new Jeep Compass and Toyota C-HR, and neatly splits the distinction amongst the 185-inch-lengthy Rogue and the 162-inch-lengthy Juke. It also shares far more than just a striking visual resemblance to its bigger stalemate thanks to a shared platform.

The two-row, five-passenger crossover gets a 141-horsepower two.-liter 4 (as opposed to the two.5-liter four-cylinder equipped Rogue) mated to a Xtronic CVT transmission. As one may count on, this is a front-wheel-drive vehicle with optional all-wheel drive.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport, Image: Nissan

Nissan is going exactly where the consumers are. In this case, that indicates slicing its crossover offerings thinner than fleet profit margins.

Assembled in Japan, the Rogue Sport will be offered in familiar S, SV, and SL trim levels. Pricing has not however been announced, but the Rogue Sport should arrive at dealers and rental lots this spring.

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2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Initial Drive Evaluation – 1LEHEHEHEEE

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE pulled over by police

It’s fall in the Mojave Desert. Morning greets us with a cool and blinding brightness at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada. Many of us mill about like the speed freaks we are, anxiously awaiting our subsequent repair, sipping coffee, smoking cigarettes, pacing in anticipation.

And then it takes place: someone hits the tiny rectangular begin button on the SS 1LE to my left. Synapses fire up in unison with the 6.two-liter LT1 V8, brain buzzing to the rhythmic burble pouring from the quad suggestions of the Camaro’s Active Exhaust, one swift kick of the correct foot away from liberating bliss.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE track shot

On the surface, Chevy’s formula is absurdly easy: take the superlative sixth-gen Camaro, strip it of superfluous weight, dial in the suspension, amp up the brakes, and throw on the stickiest rubber you can get.

But, the Camaro 1LE is much, a lot much more.

Humbled by History

The fuel-sipping ’70s had lengthy faded into a bad dream in its place came inexpensive gasoline and a new lust for sporty cars. By the late ’80s, many domestic and foreign manufacturers had obliged, which in turn made the SCCA’s newly minted Showroom Stock class one of the most competitive road racing series in America, unless you drove a Camaro.

Because no a single goes racing to lose, and losing is negative for sales, Team Camaro threw a kaleidoscope of track-focused upgrades at the third-gen F-physique. New gearing, brakes, fuel technique and suspension produced the auto competitive, but Chevy also had to sell those components to folks as portion of the guidelines — giving birth to RPO code 1LE.

From 1989, by means of to the Camaro’s demise in 2002, the 1LE was discreetly obtainable to SS shoppers — offered you ticked the right combination of order boxes.

A Modern Mistake

Let’s face it: the fifth-generation Camaro was conceived in a time of chaos, and doomed by a mandate from management to not compromise the 2006 notion car’s styling. The Camaro would be born with too much kind and not enough function, manifesting as terminal understeer when driven difficult.

Serendipitously, a answer showed up for the duration of ZL1 development courtesy of a chassis mule. It began with an extension of the rear stabilizer bar, along with new rear drop hyperlinks and new decrease control arms. All of a sudden, the car was beginning to rotate.

Ultimately, the car would also get upgraded toe links, rear shock mounts, front stabilizer bar, and a new strut tower brace — every little thing the ZL1 had, minus MagneRide. That is when someone asked, “Why do not we sell this?”

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE

Trickle Down Economics

Re-engineering the fifth-gen was an pricey lesson that would permeate the whole sixth-generation program. If Team Camaro wanted to reach new located levels of performance, higher-finish capability required to be baked in from day one particular, which would enable the engineering group to easily port over go-quickly components from the prime down.

This time the $ 6,500 1LE package contains the magical FE4 Magnetic Ride Control suspension system pilfered from the ZL1. Along with adaptive magnetorheological damping, FE4 also adds stiffer springs and larger stab bars front and back.

At the corners sit a set of 20-inch, bite-your-lip stunning, forged-aluminum wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar rubbers, measuring a grin-inducing 285 in the front and 305 in the rear. Maintaining things compliant are a racy red set of six-piston Brembos, chomping down on two-piece, 14.6-inch rotors in the front. 4-piston calipers preserve the car’s rear settled.

Coupled with the SS’ regular LT1 is the 1LE’s unsung hero is a 3.73:1 ratio electronic restricted-slip differential. The eLSD cranks up cornering performance and offers sociopathic levels of manage over the 455 horsepower and 455 lb.-ft. of torque at your toe-ideas since the car can now optimize when the diff engages. All vehicles belt out through a common Performance Active Exhaust, although 5 external coolers will assist you run longer sessions.

Inside, you drop into a familiar cockpit, now stripped of extras and swathed in suede. The Recaro buckets, flat-bottom wheel, and 5.1:1 quick throw shifter impart a feeling of sensible precision.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE track shot

Dual Threat

Chevy also inaugurated the very first-ever V6 1LE — offered on LGX-equipped 1LS and 2LT Camaros. The $ 4,500 V6 1LE package trickles down the SS’ standard FE3 suspension, which includes rear cradle mounts, dampers, toe links and stabilizer bars. The 3.six-liter V6 still delivers 335 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque.

V6 cars get new 4-piston Brembo front calipers along with larger 12.six-inch front rotors, staggered 20-inch alloy wheels (eight.five-inches thick in the front, 9.five rears) wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric run-flat tires.

The new parts don’t quit there. The V6 also gets a new fueling system to cope with larger cornering loads, a new mechanical three.27 restricted-slip differential, and a new 5.four:1 brief-throw shifter. Like the SS, it gets a normal dual mode exhaust and five external coolers.

Aesthetically, it shares a vinyl-wrapped matte black hood, front splitter, and 3-piece deck spoiler with the SS 1LE.

Recaro front buckets are optional on the V6 1LE and will set you back $ 1,195 each the SS and V6 offer you an optional $ 1,300 Overall performance Data Recorder, which enables you to record and analyze your lapping sessions.

Adding a V6 to the 1LE recipe provides Chevy access to two distinct demographics. The SS 1LE caters to a more experienced and hardcore track aficionado, which has each right to steal sales from BMW and Porsche. The V6 serves as a balanced and reasonably priced selection for the aspiring autocrosser, and Chevy thinks it could even take a few sales from the normal Camaro SS.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE burnout

Hot Shoes, Cold Feet

Thanks to new gearing, each the V6 and SS 1LE shave time off the sprint to 60. The V6 will get there in 5.2 seconds compared to 5.four normal the SS will do it in four.two seconds, a tenth quicker than regular.

In terms of lateral grip, each cars obliterate the fifth-gen 1LE’s .91g on the skidpad. Aided by absurdly sticky rubber, the SS 1LE will lay down 1.02g of lateral grip — practically Corvette levels — although the V6 1LE equals the regular SS’ .97g on the skidpad, much more if you give it greater rubber.

Due to the fact it lacks two cylinders and MRC, the three,490-pound V6 1LE is 257 pounds lighter than the SS 1LE, making it more nimble and compliant. Since it lacks the LT1’s monster torque numbers, you are able to much more comfortably use its capability, both on the street and the circuit.

The SS 1LE, on the other hand, is merely a complete-blown addiction. We’re speaking exhilarating feelings of excessive self-confidence, hyper alertness, rambling speech and dilated pupils.

Together, we shattered the California border at speeds usually reserved for the terminally insane as I babbled to myself about stability and fuel reduce-off, terrified at how significantly further the vehicle was prepared to go.

Reaching transcendence in the middle of the Mojave, I back off slightly, giving me time to check the map for our turn back to Nevada. Just as I drop the TREMEC six-speed back into fifth for yet another run to the stratosphere, the bottom of my stomach falls out. The blue and red cherries of a California Highway Patrol cruiser light me up from out of the desert haze.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE pulled over by police

He approaches the Arctic White SS 1LE, rests his hand on the roof and dips down to appear at me via the gun slit windows.

“Son, do you know how fast you were going?”

“Ummm …”

“This is a 65, and you had been well north of that.”

“Sorry officer, I uh, didn’t know I couldn’t do that. I haven’t seen anything posted for about 50 miles.”

Fortunately, he was a fellow speed freak and worked with me on the number. He knew all about the 1LE, we jabbered for a bit about cars and I answered a few of his inquiries about the Camaro — when two far more from our convoy flew by in rapid succession.

Turning critical once again, he handed over the citation and mentioned sternly, “Tell your buddies they far better take it simple.”

Heading back to Pahrump within tolerance of the law exposes the 1LE’s one particular weakness: road noise. The Goodyears are overwhelmingly loud with the engine turning more than at a comparatively silent 2,000 rpm at highway speeds. The only solution is to get the LT1 singing above three,000 rpm, replacing road noise with an atavistic howl.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE on track

Track Rats

In order to keep away from incarceration, we hit the East course at Spring Mountain.

Active Rev Match comes normal on the SS 1LE along with GM’s trick No-Lift Shift — turning upshifting and downshifting into a video game. This frees up cognitive energy to concentrate on what genuinely matters: eating apexes.

All the goodness gained from the SS 1LE’s magnetorheological damping comes with 1 caveat the suspension is not the very best communicator. Because body motion is so well controlled, the automobile merely does not have considerably to say, so go ahead and grab as a lot curb as you want. FE4 is straight wizardry on track, giving mortals the capacity to do magnificent items. Initial it ensnares, and then it scares you with its sheer capability.

The V6 1LE is the more talkative of the two. Its conventional FE3 suspension providing superb commentary about what’s happening beneath you, asking you to really feel, and requiring you to participate on a distinct level. Regardless of becoming slower on paper, the V6 enables you to use much more of its potential, providing a more attainable sensation of speed.

What A lot more is There to Say?

Aside from the V6 1LE lacking Active Rev Match (please do it Al Oppenheiser and co.) what much more is there to want for $ 32,895? Greater but, inform me exactly where the $ 44,400 SS 1LE lacks? You could effortlessly every day drive a V6 1LE the automobile is supple adequate to not torture you on the road, and sharp adequate to manage weekend warrior life. Double so for the SS 1LE, though the SS will go through brakes and tires at a faster clip.

The Camaro has usually been a perfect antagonist to the satisfied-go-fortunate Mustang though my time in the desert enlightened me to anything Ford doesn’t seem to know — the Camaro has moved on, operating on a level of fidelity to the church of speed far above any old 5.-liter Mustang. Al and his team are now offering levels of functionality that employed to be exclusively exotic, and for a mere 25 cents on the dollar.

As the mantra goes back at Milford, it’s Camaro vs. Everyone, and this Storm Trooper white SS 1LE is the best embodiment of an empire striking back.

This report 1st appeared on GMInsideNews.

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2017 Mazda CX-five Revealed In Los Angeles – It is Been A Good 5 Years

2017 Mazda CX-5 LA auto show introduction - Image: Mazda UStream screenshotPractically five years soon after the initial Mazda CX-5 became an instantaneous accomplishment for Mazda North America, the automaker has revamped its best seller. Revealed on the eve of the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 must have tiny trouble capitalizing on the momentum produced by the oft-praised crossover.

In 36 of the final 45 months, year-over-year CX-5 volume has improved, a striking achievement given the Mazda brand’s struggles to earn mainstream market share in the United States. Mazda brand sales are down 8 % in the U.S. this year.

But the CX-five is yet another story the vibrant light at a brand where the midsize car is ignored, the biggest and smallest crossovers are niche items, the compact is rapidly fading, the subcompact and minivan have each been extinguished, and the most popular solution is the brand’s least frequent solution.

Tonight’s 2017 Mazda CX-5 reveal is hugely crucial to Mazda, as almost four-in-ten sales in Mazda’s U.S. showrooms are generated by the brand’s surprisingly enjoyable to drive CR-V fighter.

“We will aim at the level of art right here. This is our target,” Mazda design and style boss Ikuo Maeda mentioned tonight throughout an extensive design and style-oriented presentation leading up to the CX-5’s reveal, free of charge from the topic of engineering. Emphasizing Japanese aesthetics, design and style awards won by lately introduced Mazdas, and a wide array of objects that inspire Mazda style, Maeda fostered higher expectations for the new CX-5.

Does it live up to the hype? Is the new CX-five, in the words of Maeda, “car as art?”

Great looks alone clearly don’t sell Mazdas in North America. Just look at the Mazda 6 and Mazda CX-3’s restricted demand for proof. But adding greater visual expression to the currently well-known CX-five would be one more matter altogether.2017 Mazda CX-5 soul red crystal - Image: Mazda USAThis redesign surely modernizes the five-year-old CX-5’s style, but it is largely an evolutionary move forward. Unmistakably a CX-5, this most current Mazda neither appears “all-new” nor does it appear to be yesterday’s vehicle.

We reported on rumors yesterday that the revamped CX-five would be made offered with a diesel engine, and Mazda’s media release appears to confirm that the two.two-liter SkyActiv-D will be brought to the U.S. market. The 2.-liter and two.5-liter four-cylinders from the earlier CX-5 will continue.

The CX-5’s physique is 16 percent stiffer. G-Vectoring manage already observed in the updated Mazda 3 makes its way into the CX-five. Mazda lowered the center of gravity by nearly half an inch, lowered the beltline for far better visibility, and raised the console to allow for a shifter that — oh, I can not support it — falls much more readily to hand.

Mazda also promises a quieter CX-five right after road noise complaints have been prevalent in criticism of the outgoing model.

Sales of the new CX-5 commence in Japan in Febuary. International launches will follow shortly thereafter.

Timothy Cain is the founder of, which obsesses over the cost-free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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2017 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV: America’s Tiniest Crossover

Chevy Spark ACTIV image: General Motors

Chevrolet most likely is not expecting clients to take their Spark ACTIVs down a fire road or out for a day of rock crawling. Nonetheless, it is leveraging the outdoorsy concept to say the ACTIV will somehow be greater at these issues than a standard Spark to encourage sales and rationalize a higher value tag.

America’s enjoy-affair with crossovers is bigger than ever and General Motors is hoping there’s room for this added-little entry into the very popular segment.

The ACTIV gives off the illusion that you can take the Spark out of the city and into the country with “trail-inspired accents.”

General Motors has modified the look of the regular itty-bitty Spark to give it a bit of sport utility flair. It gets unique front and rear fascias with accents influenced by off-road skid plates, dark plastic wheelhouse moldings, new rocker panels, 15-inch alloy wheels, and fog lamps.

The ACTIV has been raised 4 tenths of an inch and comes with roof rails for securing your mountain bike, camping supplies, or hang glider — based on how ACTIV you want your Instagram to be.

Chevrolet also set the tiny crossover up with a leather steering wheel and heated leatherette front seats.

For $ 16,945, Basic Motors will sell you a manual transmission ACTIV with a with 7-inch infotainment method, backup camera, steering controls, and a few other factors the Spark LS lacks. If you don’t want a clutch, the Spark CUV with a CVT is $ 18,045.

That may well sound like a lot compared to the $ 13,535 MSRP of the base LS but, at that cost, you are missing out on all the previously pointed out goodies and critical things like cruise handle. A similarly equipped 2LT is roughly the exact same, if not slightly more high-priced than the ACTIV.

Chevrolet estimates the 1.four-liter Ecotec engine with the CVT is capable of 30 miles to the gallon in the city and 37 on the highway. The manual is practically as very good at 29 city/37 highway.

Chevy Spark ACTIV image: General Motors

While Chevy’s intent here was clearly to capitalize on the sales achievement of crossover vehicles and make the Spark look more woodsy, it might’ve truly produced a superior city car by accident. Black molding scratches greater than paint and that .4 inches could be just enough to help your subcompact crawl more than a low curb.

General Motors says the Spark ACTIV will be show up on dealer lots in the very first quarter of 2017.

[Photos: General Motors]

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2017 Honda CR-V Gains Prime-Finish Turbo, Classier Duds

2017 Honda CR-V

Honda had to play it secure even though redesigning its juggernaut compact crossover, as it didn’t want a repeat of the 2012 Civic fiasco.

Now that the wraps are officially off the fifth generation of the brand’s second-very best selling model, we can see that it didn’t suffer that fate. The 2017 CR-V sports updated appears, boosted dimensions, an upscale interior, and— for the very first time —a turbocharged powerplant.

Oh, there’s also a extremely particular knob.

Honda had to stroll a fine line when it came to styling. As well drab, and … properly, we all keep in mind the last Civic’s emergency refresh too bold and it may well alienate returning buyers. Whilst it’s nonetheless recognizable as a CR-V, the crossover’s exterior has noticed a considerable revamp.

2017 Honda CR-V

Can you call this styling edgy? It depends on who you ask. Since the “cute ute” idea is now dead and buried, the CR-V’s fender bulges have grown in size and a lot more chrome adorns its face. LED operating lights come regular, with complete LED headlights on larger trims. Nevertheless, styling is far from becoming the leading draw for crossover purchasers. Reputation, interior volume and approaches of producing the owner’s life simpler prime that list.

This CR-V has grown in every single dimension, albeit not drastically. Length is up by 1.two inches and wheelbase grows 1.6 inches. Width and height expand by 1.4 inches, even though rear cargo volume adds two cubic feet, for a total of 39.two cubic feet.

What does shrink is the uplevel engine — a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder generating 190 horsepower and an unannounced quantity of torque. It’s the 1st turbo to uncover its way into a CR-V. The stalwart two.four-liter 4-cylinder soldiers on unchanged in the lowest LX trim level, creating 184 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. Each engines will be mated to a constantly variable transmission.

2017 Honda CR-V

The automaker hasn’t released fuel economy figures however, but the smaller sized turbo engine, coupled with Honda’s Active Shutter Grille, ought to enhance mileage on uplevel models. 2016 CR-Vs with all-wheel drive are at present rated at 25 miles per gallon in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 27 mpg combined.

Inside, new goodies abound, like the return of — wait for it — the stereo volume knob! It’s secure to assume existing owners demanded it. Heavier use of soft-touch materials and upgraded stitching lends some class to the interior, even though two new touchscreens should no doubt delight those who didn’t demand the return of the radio knob. A new navigation program by Garmin joins the content bucket for 2017, as does dual-zone climate manage, rear USB charging ports and an electronic parking brake.

The CR-V is a quite important model for Honda’s bottom line, with the automaker enjoying quite healthier, increasing support from purchasers. Sales barely fell in the course of the recession, so the automaker no doubt hopes it hasn’t angered any individual with the 2017 redesign. CR-V sales reached 345,647 in the U.S. final year, which means this model can be identified in the “too important to screw up” file.

[Photos: Honda North America]

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Ford Piles on the Tech, Squeezes Far more Mileage From the 2017 F-150

2017 Ford F-150

It’s not a revolution in fuel efficiency, but an evolution.

Ford added a wholesome dose of new technologies to the 2017 F-150’s 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 powertrain, but the significance of the newfound efficiency depends on who you ask. To the people at the Blue Oval, it’s a mileage enhance worthy of celebration. To would-be buyers, it is a minor perk, but inform me more about the torque.

We’ve already detailed the improvements made to the subsequent-generation three.5-liter Ecoboost. Making 375 horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque, the revised mill makes several V8s envious. The added energy comes by way of a dual direct and port fuel-injection program that sends fuel to each the intake port and cylinder, turbochargers with lighter turbine wheels and electrically activated wastegates.

Adding to the efficiency, Ford paired the engine with its new 10-speed automatic transmission, a unit co-created by the automaker and General Motors.

What’s the payoff? A solitary mile per gallon. Ford prices rear-wheel-drive F-150 models equipped with the engine at 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, or 21 mpg combined. That’s an enhance of 1 mpg in all three categories.

Four-wheel-drive models return 17 city/23 hwy/20 combined, or an overall achieve of two mpg.

Compared to the base V6 engines of its domestic competition, the rear-drive Ecoboost-powered F-150 matches the highway mileage of the 3.6-liter Ram 1500 (4×2 model), but beats its city mileage by 1 mpg. Ford matches the 4.3-liter Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4×2’s mileage in the city, but beats its highway figure by 1 mpg.

Modest gains if you’re only seeking at displacement, not output. That Ford could wring any mileage improvement out of the engine although delivering a important power enhance is admirable.

Within its own steady, the new powertrain’s combined mileage beats the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter F-150 by 1 mpg, and falls 1 mpg brief of the two.7-liter Ecoboost’s combined figure.

[Image: Ford Motor Business]

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2017 Mini JCW Clubman: Far more Power and Grip to Lure the Crossover Set

MINI JCW Clubman

Obtaining been a player in the tiny vehicle category because its 2001 reboot, Mini now seeks to take on the burgeoning premium sporty compact segment with this, the new John Cooper Operates Clubman.

With sales of the Mini brand reaching only nine-tenths of its 2013 higher in the U.S. last year, will this model bait new consumers into the brand’s retina-searing showrooms?

Like most siblings, the newest offspring gets some hand-me-downs but enjoys some new toys not shared with its older brothers.

The JCW Clubman squeezes 228 horsepower out of its turbocharged two.-liter four-cylinder, along with a comparatively brawny 258 lb-ft when compared to its far more mundane brethren. This energy will be shuttled by means of a standard all-wheel-drive technique offered by Mini’s in-shop brand of ALL4. “Nyah-nyah”, says this Mini to its older Clubman brothers, who make do with 134 hp in Cooper trim or 189 hp in slightly more high-priced Cooper S trim.

Seeking closer, the JCW Clubman reveals its parent’s capacity to recycle things employed by its older siblings. The identical two transmissions will be on supply — a standard six-speed manual and an optional eight-speed automatic — whilst the special barn-doored body is adorned with the common frippery associated with JCW editions. This indicates 18-inch wheels are along for the ride plus a more aggressive body kit that suggests much better engine and brake cooling. The new kid is hefty like his brothers too — around three,500 lbs. Nonetheless, with the newfound power on tap, it is expected to total the -60 mile per hour dash in about 6 seconds.

2017 MINI JCW Clubman

Subcompact crossover sales far more than doubled in 2015, stirring up the marketplace and giving automakers an entry point with younger buyers. A survey by Strategic Vision Inc. suggests the no-little ones/beneath-45 buyer set accounts for about a quarter of the sales in this segment (compared to much less than 20 percent for the business overall). Buyers also are surfacing from the other end of the spectrum, such as Boomers who no longer need to schlep youngsters around in a huge crossover or SUV. No doubt Mini desires a piece of that pie, as well.

Feel the term “subcompact crossover” and “Clubman” shouldn’t be combined in the identical sentence? You are right, of course, in terms of height: Buick’s Encore towers practically ten-inches above the Clubman. Nevertheless, this new JCW is within an inch of length and width (168.3 inches &amp 70.9 inches, respectively) when compared to the Encore, a model which, it must be noted, counts a lot of of its buyers as conquests from other brands. Mini’s own Countryman is about 5 inches taller than the Clubman, but is half a foot shorter in length.

The new model, then, provides Mini sales employees yet yet another all-wheel-drive selection to pitch at the swiftly growing chorus of buyers who want their traction with a dash of action.

The 2017 Mini John Cooper Functions Clubman is scheduled to go on sale this December.

[Photos: BMW of North America]

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2017 Volvo V90 Cross Nation: The Swedes Debut an Anti-Crossover

New Volvo V90 Cross Country Studio

What a distinction a lift makes.

Often the purveyors of some thing distinct, Sweden’s Volvo Car Corporation has officially lifted the veil on its newest product — a lifted, all-terrain version of its sophisticated V90 wagon.

Just do not get in touch with it a crossover. It’s a Cross Nation.

Perhaps all-terrain is a misnomer. Feel “more terrain” instead. The V90 Cross Nation, very first revealed at final November’s Los Angeles Auto Show, is meant to replace the brand’s slow-selling XC70. That wagon also sported a raised ride height and all-wheel drive, with a very wholesome dash of plastic bodyside cladding.

Thankfully, the body cladding has gone the way of the Aztek and Avalanche.

With the Cross Nation, Volvo has fleshed out its 90-series lineup. Long, sophisticated and packed with technologies, the best shelf sedan and wagons compliment the XC90 SUV that sparked the as soon as-struggling brand’s turnaround.

New Volvo V90 Cross Country Driving Matte

Specifications released by Volvo show the ground clearance of the Cross Nation rising from six inches to eight.two inches. The automaker lists the model’s approach and departure angles at 18.9 degrees and 20.7 degrees, respectively. Owners aren’t probably to danger a Jeep-worthy off-road excursion in the pricey V90 Cross Country, but you never know when the woods will come calling.

Speaking of coniferous trees standing starkly against a brilliant white sky, the promotional videos accompanying the Cross Country’s launch need to have been filmed by the Swedish Tourism Bureau. You will want to freeze your ass off after watching them. Oh, and the Volvo seems nice, too.

V90 Cross Country models are offered in T5 and T6 guise, with the former turbocharged 2.-liter 4-cylinder producing 254 horsepower and the latter producing 320. T6 engines are supercharged and turbocharged. There’s as a lot air blowing under the wagon’s hood as there is in the vast Scandinavian mountains.

Each engines are bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

When the going gets rough (in a refined way), Cross Nation owners can engage the vehicle’s “Off Road” drive mode, one of four modes available — like Eco, Comfort and Dynamic (meaning high performance). Rear air suspension with laptop-controlled dampers are optional.

Tested in the bone-chilling snows of northern Sweden and the butt-scorching flats of Arizona, Volvo claims the Cross Country’s all-climate capabilities are sufficiently vetted. Anything less, of course, would be un-Scandinavian. The V90 Cross Country begins production this fall.

[Pictures: Volvo Automobile Corporation]

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2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo Dashes IDx Dreams

2017 Nissan Sentra Turbo

Nissan is filling in all the unfilled niches today.

The automaker unveiled a turbocharged variant of the sensible and unexciting Sentra today at the Miami International Auto Show, promising a efficiency version of a sedan known mostly for its value and grocery capacity.

In carrying out so, Nissan implies that a hotter NISMO version is about the corner, whilst closing the casket lid on the IDx concept once and for all.

The 2017 Sentra SR Turbo ditches the vanilla sedan’s 1.8-liter in favor of a turbocharged, direct-injection 1.6-liter four-cylinder borrowed from the Juke subcompact crossover. Producing 188 horsepower and 177 pounds-feet of torque, the mill boosts the Sentra’s power by 50 percent. Transmission alternatives are a six-speed manual or a CVT with manual shift mode.

Also element of the package are 17-inch wheels, ventilated front brake discs, bigger brake calipers, stiffer front springs, and enhanced damping front and rear.

Nissan’s newly muscular Sentra arrives just in time to compete with the looming Honda Civic Si and Hyundai Elantra Sport. Pricing hasn’t been announced.

There’s lots of proof that Nissan has an even hotter NISMO version in the operates. Besides the Sentra NISMO Notion (unveiled at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show as a “performance study”), Auto &amp Driver has snapped images of a disguised Sentra sporting an aggressive front spoiler — one thing you will not find on the SR Turbo.

Anyone holding out hope that Nissan’s rear-wheel-drive IDx notion would 1 day make it to production can think about their dreams completely and utterly dead. Final year, Nissan’s Pierre Loing, North American vice president of item preparing, told TTAC that it wasn’t economically feasible for the automaker to create a new RWD niche item. He added that specific elements could uncover their way into an actual production model — perhaps a front-wheel-drive compact.

Properly, you are looking at it. The 2017 Sentra SR Turbo is the IDx you do not want.

[Image: Nissan USA]

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The 2017 Ford Fusion Sport Goes Wild With A single Button

2017 Ford Fusion Sport

Ford hasn’t told us when we’ll see the 2017 Fusion Sport on dealer lots, but it does want us to know how the 325-horsepower sedan alters its character.

The top-shelf performance variant of Ford’s midsize household hauler lets its hair down with the press of a single button, which switches seven settings from “Jekyll” mode to “Hyde.”

Powered by a twin-turbo 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6 creating 325 hp and 380 pounds-feet of torque, Ford bills the all-wheel-drive Fusion Sport as the most powerful car in its class. When announced in June, some would-be buyers of particular German sedans might have observed it as a significantly less-costly alternative.

The automaker released an image today that shows exactly where, and how, the magic occurs. In the center of the new rotary dial shifter lies the sport mode button. When pressed, seven factors take place.Fusion-Sport-ModeVery first, the suspension tightens up, with continuously controlled dampers flattening the sedan in the course of tough cornering. Cabin sound-deadening measures are created to be defeated by the Ecoboost motor (Ford promises an “entertaining” engine note). The steering feedback responds to match the functionality settings, while the sedan’s paddle shifters become completely enabled, leaving the driver in complete handle of gear modifications.

The true news lies in the drivetrain. When in sport mode, the engine quickens throttle response, even though the transmission does every little thing it can to hold reduce gears, particularly during cornering and braking. Downshifts even though braking are rev-matched for smoothness, and the tranny will hold a gear soon after the driver lifts off the accelerator. General, the transmission is “aggressively” programmed to hold decrease gears for maximum torque.

To prime it all off, a sport mode icon also appears in the gauge cluster, which is hardly a setting worth mentioning, Ford. Okay, six vehicle functions that in fact matter will see important adjustments when in sport mode.

The Fusion Sport carries a MSRP of $ 33,475, and is clearly positioned as a performance bargain. Ford hasn’t released a complete list of specifications for the model, which goes on sale sometime this fall.

[Image: Ford Motor Company]

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