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2019 Kia Forte: It’s Bigger and Looks Great – Official Photos and Info

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2019 Acura RDX Prototype: A Thinly Veiled Peek at the Production Model

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If the first generation of Acura’s RDX was the crossover SUV equivalent of a college student—amped up, eager to party, daring—its 2013 follow-up had somehow woken up married with a mortgage. Gone was the original RDX’s high-strung turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four engine, its torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, and its firm ride. All of that was replaced by an inoffensive crossover with a smooth, effortless V-6; a soft suspension setup; and conventional all-wheel drive. Sales shot through the roof and haven’t stopped climbing since. Now Acura thinks it’s high time for a mid-life crisis. READ MORE ››

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2019 Acura RDX Prototype: A Thinly Veiled Peek at the Production Model – Official Photos and Info

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Electric Six: 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS53 Debuts with Straight-Six Engine

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There’s a certain class of Mercedes nerds who have been waiting for this exact car for quite some time. We say nerds, solely because it’s been a chorus of the brand’s hard-core aficionados who have cried out for the return of the straight-six-cylinder engine ever since M-B abandoned the smooth, torquey powerplant. A 429-hp inline-six in a coupelike four-door? Well, that, friends, seems like a wee spot of heaven. A slice you’ll be able to buy late this year in the form of the Mercedes-AMG CLS53. READ MORE ››

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2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS53 Debuts, Electric (Straight) Six – Official Photos and Info

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Like a Lighter Rock: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Drops 450 Pounds Using Steel Structure

It has been four years since Ford introduced a redesigned F-150 pickup that had shed hundreds of pounds over the previous truck. And now, at the 2018 Detroit auto show, General Motors is doing the same, using a much different road map to lose those pounds.

While Ford turned to an aluminum-intensive body and structure, underpinned by a high-strength steel frame, GM followed what it terms a mixed-materials strategy.

That meant considering mass at every single step of the way in designing these trucks, chief engineer Tim Asoklis told C/D at an official introduction of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, just before the kickoff of the Detroit show. “When you go down this path, there’s no one silver bullet,” he said. “It’s a combination of, from bumper to bumper, looking at every single element and asking, ‘How do I optimize it?’

“We took a real surgical approach.”

2019 Chevrolet Silverado structureUsing this rather sports-car-like strategy—which is now being applied throughout GM’s vehicle-development process—the team managed to cut 88 pounds from the body and another 88 from the frame. Anything that slams is aluminum—the hood, the doors, and the incredibly light-feeling, easy-closing tailgate (with available power closing)—while the body structure is all steel.

Patches Are Good

The frame is built of high-strength steel and was modeled with computer-aided design (CAD) to be strategically thicker only where it’s needed for loading, via tailor-rolled blanks and other methods—achieving a 10 percent gain in torsional rigidity. The same is true on the body with the high-strength steel, explained Asoklis. “There, you have tailor-welded blanks, so where you need high strength, you put it. Where you don’t, you don’t.”

2019 Chevrolet Silverado structureGM won’t talk about carbon fiber for the cargo bed in any version of the Silverado—at least not yet. Underneath, though, it takes advantage of the Corvette’s composite transverse leaf-spring technology to save another 24 pounds. A new roll-formed, high-strength steel bed floor is 1.5 times the strength of the previous one—500 megapascals, versus 340 previously—and it has 12 stationary tie-downs that are double the strength of the ones on the previous truck. Another set of nine removable tie-downs will be offered as an accessory. The automaker also now stamps the bed as two pieces. That saved weight and allowed engineers to maximize bed space, with up to a 23 percent increase.

The cabin wasn’t exempt from weight-savings scrutiny. “The reduction of mass in the seat structure is significant as well,” Asoklis noted. Its slimmer design accommodates a felt-lined cargo tray in crew-cab models. It might also very well accommodate a battery pack, although GM hasn’t said anything about hybrid versions yet.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado structureIn all, GM claims to have cut about 450 pounds from the Silverado, comparing the 2018 model versus the 2017 in its popular crew-cab V-8 form, not a Weight Watchers special edition. With a steeper windshield and an integral roof spoiler, the new truck also claims a 7 percent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency despite riding an inch higher than the outgoing trucks (nearly three inches higher for lifted versions).

One thing that hasn’t changed much is the heart of the gasoline-engine lineup, which still includes 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8 engines—both slated to offer Dynamic Fuel Management, which incidentally adds no significant extra weight over the previous Active Fuel Management version of this cylinder-deactivation system. Engineers confirmed to C/D that neither gasoline engine changes significantly; and at least so far, there aren’t any turbochargers in the gas-engine lineup.

An Italian Diesel Straight-Six!

A turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine will be offered on the Silverado 1500 lineup, paired with the new 10-speed automatic transmission (which is also used with the 6.2-liter V-8). The diesel six is an all-new mill, engineered entirely in Turin, Italy. GM officials hinted that the straight-six format wasn’t chosen only for its superior noise and vibration characteristics, so we’re eager to see tech details regarding this engine as they emerge.

Although there likely will be a lot of debate in coming months about whether GM or Ford has the better approach to paring pounds and boosting mpg for these sales heavyweights, we’re eager to see which approach best delivers what owners care about: a better-driving, better-performing truck that stands up to the rigors of towing, hauling, and other tough-truck tasks.

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Nissan’s Xmotion Concept: A Look at a Future SUV

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Nissan has gone all-in on crossovers, with its Pathfinder having migrated to a car-based platform, the Murano providing a more-premium alternative, the compact Rogue selling like gangbusters, the slightly smaller Rogue Sport wedging in just below, and the newly introduced Kicks replacing the Juke in the tiny-ute space. Only the super-size Armada retains the traditional rear-drive-based SUV layout and demeanor. But as the brand looks ahead “to 2020 and beyond,” Nissan appears to be circling back toward that old-school SUV look—at least that’s the indication from the Xmotion concept. READ MORE ››

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Nissan Xmotion Concept: Is This the Next Xterra? – Official Photos and Info

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2019 Hyundai Veloster N Revealed: This Is Hyundai’s Hottest Ever Hatch

Hyundai is nearly ready to show off its second-generation Veloster hatchback, but the hotly anticipated Veloster N performance variant wasn’t slated to make an appearance quite yet. Well, that was the case, anyway, until we found a photo of the Veloster N on Hyundai’s own website. So here’s our first official look at the 2019 Veloster N in all of its hot-hatchback glory. READ MORE ››

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2019 Hyundai Veloster N: This Is Hyundai’s Hottest Ever Hatch – Official Photos and Info

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