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Ram 2018-2022 Roadmap Officially Revealed: Midsize Truck Coming

Ram will also get a new heavy-duty model in 2019.

Ram is the latest FCA brand to outline its product plans for the next five years, and the pickup-focused firm officially confirms that it has a midsize model to challenge the Ford Ranger and Chevrolet Colorado on the way. In addition, there will be a high-horsepower 1500 TRX, and a new heavy-duty model will arrive in 2019, according to Automotive News.

Ram 2018-2022 Roadmap Officially Revealed: Midsize Truck Coming

Details about the midsize model are essentially nonexistent at this point, and Ram only confirms that the pickup arrives by 2022. The brand hasn’t had a truck below the 1500 in its lineup since the Dakota’s retirement in 2011.

With the new generation of the 1500 already here, Ram is now starting to expand the lineup. Among the additions is the official confirmation of the performance-oriented TRX trim to compete against the Ford Raptor. The model would reportedly use a version of the Hellcat 6.2-liter V8 with 707 horsepower (527 kilowatts). 

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In its presentation, Ram specially notes that the Raptor has an average transaction price of $71,000, which is $28,000 more than a normal Ford pickup. Ram hopes that having a competitive model yields a similar boost.

The 1500 will also get level 2 autonomous capability in 2021. This will mean the truck will be able to handle steering, accelerating, and braking, but drivers will still have to pay attention to the road because the system won’t necessarily be able to detect and respond to all road hazards.

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New Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty models are also on the way, and you can get an idea of what they look like from recent spy photos. The current versions have the lowest average transaction price in the segment, and the automaker intends to make the next-gen trucks more expensive. In addition, Level 2 autonomous capability will be available in 2022.

While pickups comprise 84 percent of Ram’s sales in the United States, regions like Europe and Asia buy more of the division’s vans. In the coming years, there will be a new generation of the ProMaster City, and it’ll offer level 2 autonomous features in 2021. The brand won’t replace the larger ProMaster, though. 

Source: Ram, Automotive News

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Ram 2018-2022 Roadmap Officially Revealed: Midsize Truck Coming

COMPARED: Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V

Ford India launched its Freestyle CUV (Compact Utility Vehicle) on April 26th. The Freestyle is based on the Figo facelift and looks more rugged and even a tad more premium than its hatchback sibling. The Ford Freestyle takes on vehicles like the Hyundai i20 Active and Honda WR-V. Our Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V comparison here should help you choose between the three.

COMPARED: Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V

Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V – Price

Ford Freestyle Prices 

  • Petrol – Rs 5.09 – 6.94 lakh
  • Diesel – Rs 6.09 – 7.89 lakh
  • Hyundai i20 Active Prices 

    • Petrol – Rs 7.04 – 8.70 lakh
  • Diesel – Rs 8.10 – 10.11 lakh
  • Honda WR-V Prices 

    • Petrol – Rs 7.86 – 9.09 lakh
  • Diesel – Rs 8.09 -10.00 lakh
  • As can be seen above, the new Ford Freestyle has a great advantage over both competitors in terms of pricing. A quick look at the prices reveals that the top-end diesel variant of the Freestyle costs Rs 7.89 lakh, which is cheaper than the base model of the diesel-powered i20 Active. Also, it’s a full Rs 20,000 cheaper than the base model of the diesel-powered Honda WR-V.

    In a similar fashion, the fully-loaded petrol model of the Ford Freestyle is slightly cheaper than the base petrol model of the i20 Active. It’s also Rs 92,000 cheaper than the base model of the petrol-powered Honda WR-V. It’s very clear that the latest Ford car in India has been priced really very competitively. It ends up being significantly cheaper than its rivals. You can buy a fully-loaded Freestyle for less than what the base models of the i20 Active and WR-V command. This makes the new car an amazing value-for-money buy.

    COMPARED: Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V

    Ford Freestyle Vs Hyundai I20 Active Vs Honda WR-V Specifications

    Ford Freestyle Specs 

    • Petrol – 1.2-litre, 97 PS – 120 Nm
  • Diesel – 1.5-litre, 100 PS – 215 Nm
  • Hyundai i20 Active Specs 

    • Petrol – 1.2-litre, 83 PS – 115 Nm
  • Diesel – 1.4-litre, 90 PS – 220 Nm
  • Honda WR-V Prices 

    • Petrol – 1.2-litre, 90 PS – 110 Nm
  • Diesel – 1.5-litre, 100 PS – 200 Nm
  • The Ford Freestyle enjoys a slight edge in terms of performance. The new car is available with two engine options – a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that churns out a maximum power of 100 PS and a new 1.2-litre petrol engine from the company’s Dragon series of motors that offers 97 PS. Both the motors come mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

    The i20 Active gets a 1.2-litre petrol engine that outputs 83 PS and a 1.4-litre diesel engine that offers 90 PS. Hence, it has a clear disadvantage when compared to the Freestyle. The Honda WR-V’s 1.2-litre petrol engine outputs 90 PS. Its 1.5-litre diesel engine offers 100 PS. While the difference in power is only marginal, the Freestyle enjoys some advantage over its rivals at least on paper.

    COMPARED: Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V

    Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V – Ground Clearance

    Ford Freestyle Ground Clearance

    Hyundai i20 Active Ground Clearance 

    Honda WR-V Ground Clearance 

    Among the strongest USPs of these pseudo-SUVs is their high ground clearance. The increased ground clearance helps these cars easily tackle rough roads. In terms of ground clearance, all three cars here are equally matched.

    COMPARED: Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V

    Ford Freestyle Vs Hyundai I20 Active Vs Honda WR-V Design

    While none of these three cars looks anywhere as rugged as a typical SUV, they carry enough styling updates to justify the crossover tag. The Freestyle, like we said, is based on the Figo. However, it carries enough updates to look significantly bolder than its donor hatchback. The plastic cladding and the bolder stance from the increased ground clearance help this car look more masculine.

    The Honda WR-V is based on the Jazz and hence, looks a lot like the B2-segment hatchback. However, Honda seems to have gone the extra mile to give this car its own unique identity. The styling revisions it carries, give it a SUVish stance and a more muscular look than the Jazz. The Hyundai i20 Active too gets a similar treatment. Basically, all three cars come with bits like plastic cladding, roof rails and higher ground clearance that lend them a SUVish look.

    As shown by our Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V comparison here, the Freestyle holds a clear edge over the i20 Active and the WR-V in most aspects. Hence, don’t be surprised to see it eating into the sales of the older hatchback-based crossovers.

    Aston Martin Vantage, Chevrolet Camaro, Toyota Supra: The Week In Reverse

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    Aston Martin Vantage, Chevrolet Camaro, Toyota Supra: The Week In Reverse

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    We drove the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage; spied the 2019 Toyota Supra testing; and saw the covers come off the updated 2019 Chevrolet Camaro. It’s the Week in Reverse, right here at ‘Motor Authority.’

    We slid behind the wheel of the new 2019 Aston Martin Vantage to find out if it has what it takes to compete in the six-figure sports car market. It’s fast, it’s powerful, and now it doesn’t look like every other Aston Martin on the road.

    Toyota is conducting some final tests of its modern-era Supra ahead of an expected launch early next year. The latest prototypes are wearing the least amount of camouflage gear we’ve seen yet. It looks like the design will be very similar to the GR Supra racing concept we saw last month at the 2018 Geneva auto show.

    Another car we spied this week is a new hardcore version of the Aventador. Expected to be called the Aventador SVJ, the new model will serve as the spiritual successor to the Miura SVJ of the 1970s and could just be the last version of the Aventador before the car’s successor arrives.

    Ford this week revealed a redesigned Focus. The new model is similar in size to its predecessor but offers more space thanks to a longer wheelbase and flatter floor. Unfortunately we won’t see it in showrooms until the fall of 2019.

    Coming to showrooms much sooner is an updated Chevrolet Camaro. There’s new styling front and rear and the track-focused 1LE option has finally been made available with the Camaro’s 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 base powertrain.

    The first official photos of the BMW M2 Competition hit the web this week. There aren’t any official details just yet but we know the car will feature the same powertrain as the M3/M4, albeit detuned slightly.

    Another new car in the headlines is a redesigned Audi A6 Avant. It looks good and is practical, though sadly we’re unlikely to see it in the United States. The redesigned A6 sedan is coming here, though, and we’ll see it in showrooms later this year.

    Kia Soul EV fitted with wireless charging

    Kia Soul EV fitted with wireless charging

    As the industry continues to build out electric vehicle charging infrastructure, parallel projects are working to improve it as quickly as it’s deployed. Now we’re seeing some groups launching fast charging stations capable of 350-kW, andmore. Meanwhile, wireless charging is making advances, which would allow drivers to simply park and charge without fussing with a cable. Kia is the latest to test inductive charging, and has announced that it has deployed a fleet of Soul EVs capable of recharging wirelessly.

    The three-year project — a partnership between the Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, wireless charging company Mojo Mobility and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) — culminated in the system being equipped to five vehicles and tested in real-world environments. The system uses electromagnetic fields transmitted between a transmitter coil on the ground and a receiver on the bottom of the car to transfer energy. It can charge at over 10 kW, with 85 percent grid-to-vehicle efficiency.

    Kia adds that because the system is so efficient, it can still charge even if there is some misalignment between the two coils. That means an imperfect parking job doesn’t mean the car won’t charge.

    Other automakers are also testing wireless charging, and BMW plans to offer it on a limited basis in the U.S. for its 530e plug-in hybrid. Kia is not making any promises to customers yet, though. There is no current plan to offer the wireless charging system on production vehicles for sale to consumers, Kia stated in its press release, however, the success of this development project suggests similar systems are possible on future Kia electric vehicles.

    Wireless charging could play well with other technology for Kia. For instance, it would be a boon for autonomous efforts, which the Korean automaker has begun undertaking with the testing of self-driving Soul EVs in Nevada. Wireless charging means an autonomous Kia could not only drive and park itself, but also take care of its own charging duties.

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    Best rechargeable torches 2018

    Best rechargeable torches 2018

    A torch can be a glovebox essential, but often the batteries are flat as it’s needed. Yet buy a rechargeable torch, and you’ll maintain it good to go, topping in-vehicle every few days with the 12V socket.

    Modern LEDs (brought lights) and battery technology give these torches impressive light output and sturdiness on a single charge – ample to handle that night-time breakdown to be able to fetch help. The most effective offer mains charging and adjustable beams to complement close-up working or distance for walking. Therefore the anyone to light your path this winter season season? We billed eight to uncover.

    The way you tested them

    Central with this test could be the beam and the way extended it lasts. We’d have loved an exciting, adjustable light and timed how extended each torch delivered a practical beam after we’d billed and drained the batteries several occasions. In-vehicle charging was essential, getting a mains option an additional benefit, plus we’d have loved a small-power mode to increase battery existence.

    Extras like phone charging, spare electric batteries and cases were taken into account, plus we examined how easily our torches may be placed directly underneath the bonnet without moving. Our final factor was cost, acquired from a number of online sources.

    Verdict

    A debut win for Coast, that provides an excellent package with one of the better beams on make certain truly impressive durability. The really priced Duronic can get round the podium on its debut, too, mixing an excellent distance beam with mighty stamina. In third place could be the Introduced Lenser keyring torch, which outperformed many larger choices.

    1. 1.Coast Rechargeable HP7R
    2. 2.Duronic Rechargeable Introduced Flash light RFL903C
    3. 3.Introduced Lenser M3R

    Click on the links below, or towards the top left from the page for that full review on every rechargeable torch.