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Acura Confirms Return of Type S Nameplate Plus a New (and Exclusive) Turbo V-6

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Acura’s performance image falls off precipitously once you get past the NSX, but the division has announced steps to spread the sportiness to the other vehicles in its lineup. The Acura Type S trim will return to multiple vehicles, after nearly a decade in which the high-performance trim has been absent from the brand. Acura also announced a new turbocharged V-6 that will be an Acura-exclusive powerplant.

Last seen on the 2008 Acura TL, the Type S came with a 286-hp 3.5-liter V-6 (in place of the standard TL’s 256-hp 3.2-liter) and also featured trim-specific chassis tuning and styling details. While Acura didn’t reveal which vehicles in its current lineup would receive the Type S treatment, a recent filing for the trademark “TLX Type S” leads us to believe the mid-size sedan will be among the first models to get the sporty upgrade.

Along with the return of Type S, Acura also announced that it is developing a new, turbocharged V-6 engine that will come exclusively with all-wheel drive, which will find its way into multiple products. Although no specifics about the engine’s displacement or power figures have been released, we imagine it will share elements with the 500-hp twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 found in the Acura NSX supercar.

Look for both the Type S trim and the new turbocharged V-6 engine to come to market sometime next decade, with the two possibly debuting together in a TLX Type S sport sedan.

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First Ride: 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-class

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Even though we won’t get it in the U.S. market, the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-class hatchback is a big deal. That’s because it ushers in an entirely new generation of front-wheel-drive models from Mercedes-Benz, several of which will reach our shores. U.S.-bound variants will include a notchback-sedan version of the A-class, the next-gen CLA, and a new GLA. A rugged-looking utility vehicle inspired by the G-wagen could be offered as well. They will all share the same platform and the same powertrain portfolio. So when Mercedes offered a chance to ride along in a barely disguised prototype of the new A-class hatch, we jumped on it.

The main focus of the ride-along was showcasing the new instrument panel and user interface. In fact, Mercedes doesn’t bother with trickle-down economics anymore; the pace of technological progress is so rapid that technologies are being rolled out as soon as they’re ready. When it comes to the user interface, infotainment, and telematics, the next A-class will be more advanced than the S-class. Or pretty much any other car in the market, for that matter.

In top-spec configuration, the A-class has two 10.0-inch displays in front of the driver (7.0- and 10.0-inch configurations and dual 7.0-inch screens are available as well). The cluster can show traditional-style instrumentation, a more sporty design, or a minimalist set of gauges. A head-up display is available, too.

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The navigation system is not only extremely fast but also features a highly detailed 3D mode. You’ll be hard pressed to come up with a command or a question that Mercedes, as the virtual assistant is called, doesn’t understand. Ask her whether you are going to need sunglasses or a raincoat, and she’ll tell you the weather—anywhere. Tell her you crave fast food or fine dining, and you’ll get a curated list of restaurants nearby or near your destination, complete with driving instructions and Yelp ratings.

“Mercedes” is what you call the car, like Alexa or the Google Assistant, and no, you can’t rename her. But you can still mention a Mercedes you see passing by without triggering her. She recognizes whether you are addressing her or merely talking about the brand.

In addition to the fairly amazing voice-recognition system, there’s a new touchpad in the center console; it replaces the design in current Mercedes-Benz models, and it offers tactile and aural feedback.

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You can order an ambient lighting system that highlights the door trim and the dashboard as well as the air vents, which look as if they were taken straight from an E-class. There is optional open-pore wood, and the steering wheel is taken straight from the S-class.

The A-class retains the dainty column-stalk shifter for the automatic transmission. But everything else is sporty—including the exterior, at least from what we can tell. The grille opens up at the bottom as on the SL, the headlights have evolved into aggressive slits, and the side view is cleaned up.

Since we didn’t get behind the wheel ourselves, we will refrain from overanalyzing the driving dynamics of the new model. From the passenger seat, the ride felt controlled and smooth. And since the current small A-class models are still among the best-handling models in their segment, we expect their successors to share that strength. And the AMG models could top 400 horsepower. Watch for further updates on the baby Benz models as we get them throughout 2018.

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The New Hyundai Veloster Is Here, and Yes, It Still Has Funky Doors

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Hyundai created the first Veloster by taking the bones of its familiar and conventional Accent compact car and whipping up a hatchback that, at first glance, looked as if it had a conventional five-door layout. Of course, that was only if onlookers were on the passenger side, which sported two portals. On the driver’s side, they’d think it was a three-door, as there was just one door there. Even now, more than six years after that car went on sale in the United States, this layout is still weird. Unfortunately, the funkiness and fun promised by the oddball door design didn’t carry over to the driving experience, as even the hottest versions proved to be lukewarm. This all-new 2019 model promises more performance while still keeping the funk factor high. READ MORE ››

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2019 Hyundai Veloster: Yep, It Still Has Funky Doors – Official Photos and Info

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Ford Resurrecting Mach 1 Name . . . and Applying It to a Fast Electric Crossover?

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At a splashy event just before the 2018 Detroit auto show, Ford made a curious announcement. Prepare to welcome one of the Mustang lineup’s cooler models, the Mach 1, back to the Ford lineup. Except it won’t be a Mustang and won’t have a V-8—or any engine. It will be a “Mustang inspired” crossover, and it will be electric.

Was your mind was just blown at roughly the speed of sound?

Ours was. A Ford representative indicates that the new, fully electric Mach 1 will be “an SUV,” although we suspect it’ll turn out more like an aggressively styled jellybean—in the style of Tesla’s Model 3 hatchback. In a teaser video shown to the assembled press, a Ford Mustang is shown entering an old factory with a Ford Explorer before a garage door closes behind them and bolts of electricity strike the building. We take that to mean the Mach 1 will try to combine practicality and speed.

About that speed. You might find it blasphemous that Ford is plucking an iconic name from Mustang history and applying it to an electric crossover. But consider that there is some cleverness in naming a quiet-running electric performance model after the sound barrier. The company also said that it is simply floating the name out there to gauge customer response. We’ll know more closer to 2020, when Ford says the Mach 1—or whatever it’s called—will be birthed by the company’s Team Edison battery-electric division.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe and Cabriolet: 429 Horses, Straight-Six Engine

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Mercedes-AMG is introducing a hot-rodded version of the venerable E-class, one that uses the first inline six-cylinder engine from Mercedes in two decades. READ MORE ››

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2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe and Cabriolet: 429 Horses, Straight-Six Engine – Official Photos and Info

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2019 Kia Forte Revealed: It’s Bigger and Looks Great

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The Kia Forte compact had its best year ever in 2017, with nearly 118,000 units sold, yet Kia is doing exactly the opposite of resting on its laurels by introducing an all-new version of the popular Forte. We’re seeing the 2019 model first in sedan form, but a reprise of the Forte5 hatchback should get its own updates soon enough. READ MORE ››

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