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Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato Review: Wild Thing

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 14:00

Sterrato. It’s one of those wonderful, not quite translatable Italian words. Similar to countach, a Piedmontese expression that’s a cross between “holy cow” and something a bit bluer. Sterrato, then, in the broadest sense, means dirt road. But sterrato is more like an unplowed field. It’s untamed, unconquered. In English we might say the back 40. As you might know, Sant’Agata Bolognese, the rural town where Lamborghini’s HQ sits, is farm country. Ferruccio Lamborghini made his first fortune building tractors. Most of the roads around Sant’Agata are sterratos. What this has to do with a 630-horsepower Mars attack rover, I will leave up to you, dear reader. If nothing else, it’s a fun word to say. Sterrato.

As has now become something of a tradition, Lamborghini’s head of engineering, Maurizio Reggiani, flew yours truly and just three other journalists to southern Italy for less than 48 hours to sample his team’s latest prototype. The first time Reggiani convened this foursome, we drove the $2 million Centenario, then we drove the eventual Best Driver’s Car–winning Huracán Performante. Next came the quickest SUV MotorTrend’s ever tested, the Urus. And now this: a heavily modified off-road supercar that (as of this moment in time) may or may not go into production. I’m probably stating the obvious, but this last car is the craziest yet. Also, I sure hope I keep getting invites to test-drive top-secret Lambos! My 12-year-old self is plotzing.

What on earth is the Sterrato? When Reggiani’s team was developing the Urus, it spent a great deal of time off-roading. Having worked on nothing but “super sports cars,” as Lamborghini insists on calling its products in an odd callback to the Winkelmann era, driving on dirt was totally new to them. They fell in love. And then one of them asked, “What if?” What if they could jack up a Huracán—in this case, the new Huracán Evo—mount massive balloon tires underneath, reprogram the computers for off-road duty, and armor-plate it? I’ve long maintained that a proper SUV must look one of two ways: like something General Patton would use to invade Palermo or like a moon buggy. If we ever go to war on the moon, I know what the Third Army’s command vehicle will look like.

So again, what is it? A Huracán Evo, for sure. One that’s been raised nearly 2 inches (47mm) and had its track widened by over an inch (30mm). The Sterrato’s wheel arches are both wider and 3-D printed to accommodate the wider balloon tires—currently unnamed prototype off-road rubber by Pirelli (I suggested D Zero, for Dirt Zero)—235/45R20 front and 305/40R20 rear. The middle number on a standard Hurancán Evo is 30 front, 30 rear. Remember, that number is the aspect ratio, not an actual measurement, meaning the Sterrato’s front sidewall is 45 percent of the 235mm width, or approximately 4 inches of sidewall. Quite unusual these days. Especially on a supercar.

The front axle has been moved forward 3 inches to accommodate the larger tires, which necessitated not only new control arms but also longer front fenders. Aluminum armor plating has been added to the bottom of the Sterrato’s snout, its side sills, and under the rear fascia. That rear hunk of metal also acts as a diffuser, because Lamborghini. The approach angle is increased by just 1 degree, while the departure angle increases by 6.5 degrees. However, several engineers assured me that in all their testing, the only part of the nose that scrapes is the armor. There’s also shielding in front of the side intakes to keep rocks and debris out of the engine’s intake plenums. LED running lights, an LED light bar, and mud flaps complete the Mad Max supercar look. Expect to also see a ski/snowboard/surfboard rack if and when the Sterrato reaches production. Maybe some spikes, too. The interior is quite cool, with military drab green Alcantara covering the seats, set off by orange accents. The aluminum plates in place of floormats are a great touch. Personally, I’d ditch the harnesses, but I hate harnesses in street cars. Normally I’m against half cages, too (full cage or go home), but I think this one has the effect of greatly stiffening the Sterrato.

The final piece of the Sterrato puzzle is the reprogrammed LDVI. Launched with the Evo, the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (i.e., Lamborghini Dynamic Vehicle Integration) here on the Sterrato is geared (pun intended!) toward off-road fun. First, the entire system has been optimized for low-grip surfaces and situations. Not just the ESC, but the systems that dole out torque front and rear plus side to side have been Sterrato-tuned with dusty, gravelly roads in mind. As such, the Sterrato exhibits more rear-drive behavior than any other Lamborghini, even the RWD Huracán. I know, I know, but it’s true. When you’re entering a slide or even in a slide, torque is doled out in such a way as to maximize the slide. Why on earth not?

First up was the Nardo Handling Circuit, the best track you’ve never driven. It’s hard to stress just how wonderful its 16 turns are. Not surprisingly, here’s where the Sterrato’s Huracán bones emerged. The thing is a joy to drive on track. First of all, it leans. The suspension’s been softened considerably compared to a standard Evo, let alone a Performante. I’m not saying the Sterrato is floppy in corners—I hate that. Rather, it takes a set as you turn, which I love. Leaning into a turn gives you a better sense of what the car is doing. Is it the quickest way around a track? No, obviously not. However, because practically every other supercar on earth is engaged in a race with no end to churn out the quickest lap time, to me it’s big-time refreshing to pilot one that’s more interested in having a great time. Also, with the traction control off, the already rear-biased Sterrato starts twerking. Fine by me!

When I drove the Urus prototypes at the Nardo Center last year, we tested what would become the world’s quickest SUV on both the aforementioned track and a fast, winding dirt track—similar to a rally stage—called Strada Bianco, the White Road. With the Urus, I was pleased that an SUV did so well in the dirt, but I found myself shocked at how well the big gal handled herself on the track. The reverse is true and then some for the Sterrato. I was gobsmacked sideways by just how incredible this post-apocalyptic-looking buggy did in the dirt. I perhaps forgot that the Sterrato still has that incredible 5.2-liter V-10 and a quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission. There are two places on Strada Bianco where I was able to pull third gear, and I was shocked by not only the acceleration but also the velocity. Just ferocious. Strada Bianco is maybe two cars wide and lined with trees. Frightening at first, but then just stupid piles of fun.

As I got on the brakes—way too early at first, I must add—any steering input at all sent the rear of the car into a drift, exactly the way the LDVI was programmed to do. Why do you want the rear end to move? You ever watched a rally? Getting rotated before the turn is half the fun! Allow me to stress this: The Sterrato Swedish flicks beautifully. Think about this for a moment: The engineering brain trust at Lamborghini spent time making sure their dirt-first supercar can properly slide around an off-road track. Also, no hand brake needed. The car, based on what you’re doing with the wheel, sets the drift up for you. All you need do is keep the throttle matted and know what to do with your hands (admittedly the tricky part). I’m still a bit amazed. I’ve taken a number of Subaru WRXs and STIs on dirt trails, and there’s a familiar characteristic at play here, only the Sterrato is two or three times more potent. It’s brilliant.

Now comes the questions. Anything I didn’t like? For a machine that naturally hangs its butt out so beautifully, on pavement the all-wheel drive hurts the subsequent drift. Two things about that. I mentioned to Reggiani and his team that they ought to do a rear-drive Sterrato. They laughed at me. Second, I only ran the car in Corsa, the most track-focused of the three settings. (The other two settings are Strada (street) and Sport.) The way Lamborghini does it, Corsa actually sends more torque to the front wheels (20/80) than Sport (10/90) does. So perhaps drifts in Sport will be better. I didn’t get to test it (blame time—we had little), so I don’t know. I already mentioned that I hate harnesses. Other than that, Lamborghini, build it!

Here’s a couple reasons why Sant’Agata ought to put the Sterrato into production. You ever driven a supercar? The singular most annoying thing is scraping the nose on everything. Even if you have a front-end lift, you’re either holding up traffic waiting for it to raise (not cool) or you plum forget, and scrape. The Sterrato will never scrape. Besides, even if it does, you’d be scraping the aluminum nose guard, and scars would look cool on this particular car. Another thing, as time marches on, sports cars and supercars only get thinner tires, stiffer springs, and firmer dampers. Well, guess what? Fat sidewalls, soft springs, and relaxed dampers mean the Sterrato rides better than any supercar I can think of. Yes, even the much-vaunted McLaren Super Series cars with their fancy hydraulic suspension, which, for the record, do not ride like a Rolls-Royce, no matter how much the PR flacks keep repeating that claim. The Sterrato also doesn’t ride like a Roller. But for what it is, it rides super comfy. Who wouldn’t like that?

Yeah, but is there a business case? Judging by the way people on my Instagram reacted to the first batch of photos, Dubai won’t survive much longer without a Sterrato. And yes, I can see the Middle East being a place where Lambo’s space buggy would work. Same for Russia. Australia, too. And Scandinavia. Hey man, even California—imagine one of these with a set of skis and a snowboard strapped to the roof, heading up to Mammoth or Squaw Valley. Cool, no? Utah, Colorado, British Columbia, etc. But forget about using it the right way. I fear that overthinking things will kill the Sterrato as well as other 40-miles-past-left-field ideas like it. Why? In my mind it’s very difficult to predict precisely why a car will be successful. The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen is quite literally designed to crawl up a rocky mountain in Austria called the Schöckl, yet Southern California is by far that wonderful anachronism’s largest market.

An even better example is the Ford Raptor. A flying truck makes no bean-counting sense, yet the wide-body pre-runners routinely sell for over sticker. Moreover, dealer supplies (how long a vehicle sits on the lot) are among the lowest in the industry. Now, are all the folks buying Raptors racing around Baja or jumping off dunes at Glamis? Obviously not. The Raptor—like the G-Wagen—is a vehicle people just happen to love. Remember, how the customers use a car doesn’t matter. You just want people to buy them in the first place. I predict (rich) people would plop down cash for a Sterrato.

After the drives, and after a nice debriefing with Reggiani’s team about what I’d change (tires could look tougher, the body cladding could be shaped different, needs missile launchers, etc.), I was handed a phone. Lamborghini’s CEO, Stefano Domenicali, was on the other end, and he wanted to know what I thought. My big points were that the Sterrato is too good not to build and that even though I have no details about what exactly will make up the LT version of the McLaren 720S, I almost know what it will be—all I need do is look at how the 650S evolved into the 675LT and how the 570S became the 600LT. I roughly know what the 992 Porsche GT3 will be like, just by sitting and thinking about it. But the Sterrato? A breath of fresh, much needed air in a crowded segment that’s not known for its sense of humor, sense of fun, let alone admitting that anything on planet earth matters besides shaving tenths of seconds off lap times. Porsche didn’t understand why people wanted a manual GT3 because it’s not as quick on a track as the PDK version. Because shifting yourself is more fun. Manuals now account for more than half of U.S. GT3 sales. Fun!

A generation ago Lamborghini shocked the world, first with the Countach and then the LM002. I for one think the time has come for the house that Ferruccio built to do it all over again. Long live wild-eyed ideas that accountants are genetically predisposed to hate. As such, long live the Huracán Sterrato!

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Restored Land Rover Defender Looks Really Rad

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 13:00

How cool would it be if you could order a custom version of your dream classic car as if it were coming right off of the assembly line? Well, if you’re a fan of classic Land Rovers, you’re in luck because U.K.-based Arkonik will build you a fully restored (and/or customized) one in exchange for around $180,000. Arkonik, which has a dedicated representative in the U.S., has been restoring Land Rovers since 2011 and its expertise shows in its latest model, the Defender-based Forager D110.

The Forager D110 wears an OEM “Puma”-style hood—the later type with a central bulge—slick 16-inch Mach 5 wheels, beefy General Grabber AT2 tires, a KBX grille with new light surrounds, and Hella spotlights. Other lighting elements include five rectangular LED units and a rear-facing LED work lamp as well as LED headlights.

This Forager D110 also has diamond-plate panels on the side sills and atop the fenders, a set of side steps, a rear step with integrated hitch receiver, and a slim roof rack with a rear ladder to help access the roof. The Forager D110 also comes with a Warn winch, and fendertop air intakes for when you want to take it for a swim.

The cabin has been extensively worked over, as well. The Epsom Green exterior is complemented inside by chestnut brown leather upholstery on the seats and doors, while heated front seats and a center console with 12-volt USB power points have also been fitted. Three premium high-back heated bucket seats combine to make a bench in the back, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and black anodized knobs for the transmission and four-wheel-drive system levers have been fitted. An Alpine sound system with a touchscreen is Apple CarPlay compatible, and its display also shows a feed from a reverse camera. Finally, the Forager D110 has air conditioning, which should make your next desert excursion a lot more comfortable.

Power comes from a fully refurbished 3.5-liter V-8 backed by a five-speed manual transmission. The amount of care and attention that Arkonik gives its Land Rovers is clear, and we imagine any buyer is going to go home—or go, really, wherever they want—with a smile on their face.

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British Land reduces ‘energy intensity’ by 44%

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 13:00
British Land has reduced the “energy intensity” of its portfolio by 44% and its carbon intensity by 64% over the last decade.
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Burger King plans whopper UK expansion

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:58
Burger King UK has instructed retail and leisure agent Lunson Mitchenall to beef up its UK presence by identifying 30 new restaurants a year for the next three years.
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Hammerson sets out plans for huge Birmingham shopping centre site

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:55
Hammerson has set out its plans for the Martineau Galleries shopping centre site in Birmingham city centre, which has been earmarked for redevelopment for more than a decade.
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WeWork to open second Birmingham office in Louisa Ryland House

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:54
WeWork has signed for its second office in Birmingham two weeks after it announced its move to the city.
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Investar acquires 40,000 sq ft site for more than 200 homes

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:53
Investar Property Group has acquired a 40,000 sq ft site on Talbot Road in Trafford and intends to build more than 200 new homes on the site.
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Alpha acquires De Vere Beaumont Hotel’s £40m ground rent

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:48
Asset manager Alpha Real Capital has acquired the ground rent of the De Vere Beaumont Hotel in Old Windsor fro £40m on behalf of its ground rent investment fund vehicle Index Linked Income Fund.
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Torque-heavy 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel detailed

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 11:00
The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel finally made its debut, staking its ground as the light-duty diesel pickup heavyweight. Ram revealed the pickup with the version of its 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 engine, which now makes 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. The latter figure is often what matters most for diesel truck shoppers given it correlates...
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Lidl unveils £500m expansion plans for London

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 10:53
Lidl has said it will invest £500m in new stores, warehouses and offices in London over the next five years, including opening a store on Tottenham Court Road.
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Edinburgh is UK’s third largest student accommodation investment destination, study shows

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 10:49
Behind London and Birmingham, Edinburgh has seen the third largest amount of investment in purpose-built student accommodation in the UK in the last three years, according to a new report by Knight Frank.
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St Francis buys former Yorkshire power station for industrial development

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 10:48
St Francis Group has purchased the former Eggborough Power Station in Yorkshire and plans to build an industrial scheme.
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L&G lets 93,600 sq ft at Senator

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:41
Legal & General has completed a 93,600 sq ft letting to financial services firm Quilter at its Senator office building in the City of London.
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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE: 8 Interior Delights

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:00

Mercedes has completely redesigned the GLE. Sitting on a new platform, the fourth-generation midsize SUV also features new engines, available mild hybrid technology, and suspension improvements for a luxurious ride. The interior matches its driving excellence, with comfortable seats, quality materials, and an expansive screen on the dash. But the GLE goes beyond the basic amenities you’d expect from a luxury vehicle, throwing in some unusual but functional options that help justify the price tag that can easily top $95,000 if you let it.

After you’ve checked out our First Test of the 2020 Mercedes-GLE 450, read below to learn about some of its cool interior features.

Seat Adjustments Made Easy

We appreciate that many vehicles allow multiple drivers to save their preferred seating position. But Mercedes makes it even easier for drivers to get comfortable. On the infotainment touchscreen, simply enter your height, and the seats and steering wheel will automatically adjust to the correct position.

Seat Kinetics

Sure, the GLE has plenty of relaxing massage programs for the driver and passenger to select, including “wave massage,” “mobilizing massage,” and “classic massage.” But Mercedes also offers a feature called “seat kinetics,” which makes small movements to the seat cushion and backrest every now and then to keep drivers energized.

Ambient Lighting

Like many Mercedes interiors, the GLE is not for the shy. When it turns dark outside, the interior looks like a nightclub with a choice of 64 different light colors. These lights illuminate everything from the dashboard to the doors and footwells. You can enjoy a constant rotation of colors thanks to different themes such as “Ocean Blue” and “Red Moon,” and brightness can also be adjusted to your preference. In both the front and second rows of our tester, the light changes to blue when you lower the cabin temperature and red when you heat it up.

Just Look Up

With its boxy design, it’s no surprise the GLE has gobs of headroom. The spacious cabin is only enhanced by the huge new panoramic roof with a 50 percent larger viewing area.

Seamless Controls

Voice control has become easier thanks to Mercedes’ updated interface that incorporates natural language understanding. Simply say “Hey, Mercedes” to start a voice command. Gesture control is also on tap. Pointing to the rearview mirror is enough to turn on a map light, and you can program your favorite feature into the system by pointing forward with two fingers.

Augmented Reality for Navigation

The large, crisp screen is the medium for Mercedes’ advanced navigation system. Live imagery from a forward-facing camera is shown on the central display, with street names, guiding arrows, and other information superimposed onto the screen to help you find your destination more easily.

Heated and Cooled Cupholders

This is a rare find even among luxury vehicles. Heated and cooled cupholders are available for front passengers for $180. Click the switch in the center, and you’ll hear the climate control working.

Finding a Restaurant

Looking for a place to eat or get some coffee? You can easily find restaurants nearby thanks to Yelp information ready to go on the infotainment system. Once you click on the location you like, you can direct the screen to start navigating there.

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2020 Kia Telluride SX First Test: Big, Boxy, and Actually Cool

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:00

For years, if you wanted a Kia that wasn’t a minivan and had room for seven, your only choice was the three-row version of the Sorento crossover. The problem was, even after Kia redesigned the Sorento for 2016, the third row wasn’t the kind of place you’d want to put a person with legs. For families who like the idea of being able to carry two extra passengers in a pinch, that was fine. But for anyone who needed to regularly use that third row, the Sorento was a hard sell. That’s where the all-new 2020 Kia Telluride comes in.

Even though it’s still technically a midsize crossover, the Telluride is the largest vehicle Kia has ever built. Compared with the current Sorento, it has about a 5-inch-longer wheelbase and is nearly 8 inches longer overall. That means the Telluride is also a few inches bigger than the Honda Pilot and even the new Toyota Highlander. It is, however, a bit shorter than the new Ford Explorer.

And although the boxy styling and overall size might suggest otherwise, there’s no truck frame underneath the Telluride’s sheetmetal. Instead, the Telluride is built on a unibody platform shared with the Hyundai Palisade. There’s a 3.8-liter V-6 making 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque under the hood, and shifting is handled by an eight-speed automatic.

If you want an entry-level, front-wheel-drive Telluride, it will cost you $32,735. The version we brought in for testing, though, was a top-trim SX version with optional all-wheel drive and the Prestige package, which came in at $47,255.

That’s a lot of money, but keep in mind that a top-trim Honda Pilot costs $49,065. If you add fancy wheels, that total rises to $51,061. And it’s not like you’ll save much money by switching to a minivan, either. An all-wheel-drive Toyota Sienna Limited Premium will run you $50,285, and a loaded Chrysler Pacifica costs even more. Basically, if you want all the bells and whistles, be prepared for modern family transportation to be pricey.

And boy, did our Telluride SX come with a lot of bells and whistles. In addition to some more basic features, you get LED headlights, 20-inch black alloy wheels, dual sunroofs, a heated steering wheel, Nappa leather upholstery, heated and ventilated second-row seats, rain-sensing wipers, a head-up display, a surround-view camera system, adaptive cruise control with steering assist, a 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and six USB ports. None of these features is truly groundbreaking, but someone coming from an older car will probably be shocked by all they get.

Once we got the Telluride to the test track, we recorded a 0–60 time of 7.2 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 15.4 seconds at 92.9 mph. We have yet to test the new Highlander or Explorer, but those times put the Telluride well ahead of the Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium and a good bit behind the last Honda Pilot Elite we tested. The Telluride did edge out the Pilot in our braking test, stopping from 60 mph in 118 feet. In our handling tests, the Telluride averaged 0.80 g around our skidpad and ran the figure eight in 27.3 seconds at 0.63 g. That’s almost identical to the Pilot’s performance, though the Telluride’s figure-eight time was a tick quicker.

But despite the Telluride’s commendable handling (for a true three-row midsize crossover), there’s still no hiding its weight in the corners. “It feels really big and very soft,” testing director Kim Reynolds said. “It’s dominated by understeer and lots of body motions.” The biggest issue he had with the Telluride, though, was the unpredictable stability control. “Turn it off, and it’s sometimes off (surprisingly off) but other times reawakens with draconian intrusion. I did a few laps with it off, then all of a sudden, it was on again while turning to the right.”

Odds are, most owners will never touch the stability control button. Nor will they miss the Stinger’s twin-turbo V-6 that we would have loved to see Kia find a way to offer on the Telluride. In daily driving situations, the engine felt plenty powerful and sounded surprisingly sporty. And although the Telluride is a competent handler, buyers will probably appreciate the exceptionally quiet cabin, well-damped ride, and minimal wind noise even more.

The Telluride should also keep rear passengers happy. The seven-seat version we tested did a solid minivan impression, offering easy access to the third row and enough room for two full-size adults to sit behind full-size adults in the second row sitting behind full-size adults in the front. There are also plenty of storage compartments and two USB ports per row. Just don’t expect minivan levels of cargo space. With the third row up, there’s only room for two carry-on suitcases, so road trips might require adding a cargo carrier to the roof. Alternatively, a tow hitch and a self-leveling suspension are available as part of a $795 towing package.

Kia also appears to have made an intentional decision to prioritize durability over luxury in the Telluride. Everything you touch feels solid and high quality, but there’s a lot of hard plastic in the cabin, especially in the third row. And even though it looks real at first, the “open-pore wood” trim is fake, too. If you were hoping for a luxury experience at a discount, that’s going to be disappointing. On the other hand, if you plan to put the Telluride to work as a family hauler, it means you’ll probably be able to keep the cabin in good condition for longer.

Perhaps the biggest advantage the Kia Telluride has is that it looks cool. It’s no old-school body-on-frame SUV with a V-8, but still. The cool factor is something most of its competition doesn’t have, and it’s the kind of edge that will likely make the Telluride a huge hit for Kia. Is that logical? Nope. But if everyone was picking family haulers logically, the roads would still be full of minivans.

2020 Kia Telluride SX V6 AWD BASE PRICE $44,535 PRICE AS TESTED $47,255 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 7-pass, 4-door SUV ENGINE 3.8L/291-hp/262-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve V-6 TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 4,510 lb (55/45%) WHEELBASE 114.2 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 196.9 x 78.3 x 68.9 in 0-60 MPH 7.2 sec QUARTER MILE 15.4 sec @ 92.9 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 118 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.80 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 27.3 sec @ 0.63 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 19/24/21 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 177/140 kW-hr/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.93 lb/mile

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Our Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Sport Has a Crack in the Armor – Long-Term Update 6

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:00

I don’t believe in jinxes, except when it’s convenient, and I think I jinxed the Giulia. Back in Update 4, I bragged about how reliable the car’s been in the face of Italian car stereotypes. Now, we’ve had our first mechanical issue: a tiny coolant leak caused by a bad O-ring.

Finally getting our hands on the new BMW 3 Series, we had to see how it compares to the new performance benchmark Alfa has set. It wouldn’t be completely fair to throw a year-old car with 17,000 miles on it against a brand-new one, so we took the Giulia in for an unscheduled visit to the shop to make sure it was in tip-top shape for the competition. While there, a small coolant leak was discovered at the turbocharger. We hadn’t noticed any coolant drips under the car or warnings on the dash, nor any diminished performance, but the tech spotted it on the coolant inlet line.

The problem was traced to a bad O-ring at the connection between the coolant inlet line and the turbocharger. The tech drained the system, replaced the O-ring, and then replaced the O-ring on the coolant return line for good measure. The two O-rings, fresh coolant, and labor were covered by the four-year/50,000-mile basic limited warranty. The inspection otherwise found the car to be in perfect health.

That wasn’t the only trip to a shop recently, though. The Giulia also spent an hour in the tire shop to have a nail removed from the right front tire that was causing it to leak down to 29 psi and hold there, strangely. A patch and a bit of air, and it’s right back to the factory mandated 36 psi.

Neither a patched tire nor a bum O-ring was enough to keep the Giulia down, as it took on the new 3 Series—loaded up with performance parts, no less—and won. Yes, there are more luxurious vehicles in its class, but when it comes to driving performance, the Giulia still sets the standard, even with 17,337 miles on the clock.

Read more on our long-term Alfa Romeo Giulia here:

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Picton aims to raise around £15m

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 07:40
Picton is seeking launching a share placing to raise funds for acquisitions and to invest in its current portfolio.
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2020 Lincoln Aviator Gets Up to 26 MPG Highway With Standard Engine

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 01:10

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator lands at dealerships this summer, and that means we should get the chance to drive the new midsize luxury SUV pretty soon. While we wait, Lincoln continues to gradually trickle out details, announcing official EPA fuel economy numbers for the standard 2020 Lincoln Aviator.

The Aviator with the non-hybridized twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine is EPA-rated at 18/26/21 mpg city/highway/combined when paired with rear-wheel drive. Those numbers are in lock step with competitors like the Audi Q7 (19/25/21 mpg), Acura MDX (19/26/22 mpg), and Volvo XC90 T6 (19/26/22 mpg). That would be impressive, except those are the ratings for the all-wheel-drive models. The all-wheel-drive 2020 Lincoln Aviator is rated 17/24/20 mpg.

 

 

But it’s important to keep in mind that the Aviator makes significantly more power than its midsize rivals. Its dual-snail V-6 churns out 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque, compared to 316 hp and 295 lb-ft for the twin-charged Volvo, 329 hp and 325 lb-ft for the Audi with the supercharged V-6, and 290 hp and 267 lb-ft for the naturally aspirated V-6 Acura. The Aviator comes standard with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

We learned earlier this year that the Aviator will start at $52,195 including destination, which undercuts comparably equipped competitors. But just like any luxury vehicle, the Aviator can be optioned to the moon. The Black Label Grand Touring trim, which comes with the 450-hp, 600-lb-ft plug-in hybrid drivetrain, can exceed $90,000 when all the boxes are checked. Lincoln says fuel economy for the plug-in model will be announced closer to its launch in late summer.

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2020 Hyundai Palisade Pricing: Cheaper than the Kia Telluride?

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 01:01

As we wait patiently for Hyundai to release the Palisade this summer, the automaker has finally revealed pricing information for the new SUV. The base front-wheel-drive Palisade SE will start at $32,595 including delivery fees. That price point is $140 lower than the 2020 Kia Telluride LX, this vehicle’s platform sibling. It’s also competitive in the three-row SUV segment, slotting in just barely above the Honda Pilot which starts at $32,495, but below the Toyota Highlander ($32,775) and the Mazda CX-9 ($33,325). The Palisade is also less pricey than the new Subaru Ascent ($32,970), though it’s important to consider that the Subaru comes with all-wheel-drive as standard. It’s a $1,700 option on all Palisade models.

Front-wheel-drive versions of the Palisade SEL and Palisade Limited start at $34,545 and $45,745 respectively, but don’t fret if your wallet is a little thin to make the jump—the entry-level Palisade is a well-equipped vehicle. Even the humble Palisade SE boasts active safety features including forward collision avoidance, full-speed adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist. Also standard are the power folding second-row seats and an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Graduating to the Palisade SEL nets buyers interior niceties such as heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Convenience features on the SEL include door handle welcome lights and keyless entry with push-button start, plus blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts. Roof rails and chrome door handles distinguish the exterior. The SEL also offers some of the premium options only available on the Palisade Limited.

The $11,200 gap between the mid-level Palisade SEL and top-tier Palisade Limited is a massive price difference for a vehicle that’s mechanically identical to the rest of the lineup (all Palisade models rock a 3.8-liter V-6 paired with an eight-speed automatic). But Hyundai throws all the equipment at this one. Beyond the options standard on the SEL, the Limited gets 20-inch alloy wheels, self-leveling rear suspension, a hands-free powered liftgate, LED headlights and taillights, and a dual sunroof. Inside, the Palisade Limited boasts Nappa leather-lined heated and ventilated seats front and rear, an upgraded 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a full digital instrument cluster, and a power-folding third row. It also benefits from an in-car intercom system to amplify your threats to “turn this car around.”

We’ll have to wait until our First Test to see how Hyundai’s new three-row performs compared to its competition. Based on our First Drive and the model’s competitive pricing, it seems the Palisade may be about to make quite the stir.

Source: Hyundai

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Volkswagen New Beetle Lives On as a Cute Ute Pickup

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 21:52

And here we thought the Volkswagen Beetle was dead. Now the iconic model is getting a bit of a new lease on life thanks to Mark Smith and Smyth Performance, who will sell you a kit to turn the Bug into a ute. The do-it-yourself kits cost $2,990, not counting the cost of the donor 1998-2010 Beetle—although those aren’t exactly pricey these days. Whatever the cost, it’s the only way to get a VW pickup in the U.S., despite the German company teasing us of late with the Tanoak and Tarok concepts. (The company is presently considering those two and a Ford-developed pickup for our market.)

Smith is also a founder of Factory Five Racing and Local Motors, and he has been designing race cars for more than two decades. His new company is based in Wareham, Massachusetts, and has been making conversion kits to transform cool cars to even cooler car-trucks since 2008. The company website also offers kits for older versions of the Subaru WRX, VW Jetta/Golf, Dodge Charger, and the Audi A4/S4 in case you’re interested in building your own fleet of trucks.

The kits largely involve bolt-on assemblies and can be finished in a few weekends if you’re looking for a fun project. The Beetle-amino bundle includes fiberglass fenders, a bulkhead with rear window, an aluminum tailgate skinned in fiberglass, and an aluminum bolt-together bed.

According to Smyth Performance’s Facebook page, the company is now shipping the first batch of the 100 New Beetle kits that have been pre-ordered, which means you just might see one of these on a street near you.

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