All-new 2018 Lincoln Navigator takes center stage in New York - w/videos


Lincoln's all-new Navigator sport-utility vehicle debuted in production form at the New York Auto Show. With its commanding presence and new aluminum body, the new Navigator is more prepared for the challenges of the 21st century. Navigator's twin-turbo V6 (450 hp projected), 10-speed automatic, and lighter weight should provide more than adequate power with much improved fuel efficiency. All of Lincoln's tech is on hand including Sync 3 with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, available wireless charging, Wi-Fi, six USB ports, four 12-volt power outlets, a 110-volt plug, and much more. Navigator features a luxurious interior with 30-way adjustable seats and an available Revel premium audio system and really just about everything. The 2018 Navigator will be at your local dealer later this year. Bring your healthy wallet since prices will start in the mid-to-high 5 figures with Black Label models approaching 6 figures. You get one hell of a big ute though and if you really need it,.. Hate those blingtastic, 60s throwback wheels though. You?

Source: Lincoln - Press release and videos after the "read more" jump. Previous post.


Toyota unveils the FT-4X Concept in the Big Apple - w/video


This one is kinda cool. The pics make the FT-4X (Future Toyota - 4 wheel-drive) concept from the New York Auto Show look somewhat diminutive, but the rugged-looking off-roader is similar in size to the two-door Jeep Wrangler. Some might say that this is a replacement for Toyota's FJ-Cruiser, but the FT-4X is not as "hard-core" in its off-road equipment making it more an occasional "soft-roader" but stille very capable. The FT-4X is reportedly geared towards the needs and wants of Millennials, but lots of folks could appreciate a right-sized, off-road capable vehicle with rugged good-looks (especially if Ford makes the upcoming new Bronco too large). The FT-4X has some nice features like the Multi-Hatch that opens two ways depending on need and the three interior zones that can handle wet cargo. Add in the latest drivetrain in the Toyota grab bag, technology, and safety equipment to go with the "Multi-Tool Cabin" and Toyota might have another winner. Check out the informative press release and video after the jump.

Source: Toyota - Press release after the "read more" jump.

All-new Volkswagen Atlas three-row crossover starts at $30k+ with six-year warranty - w/videos


Yeah, VW is a bit late to market with its conservatively-styled, full-size, three-row crossover, the all-new Atlas, but it is here and it's. well. here. I know the large Toureg premium SUV has been around for a while, but it seats five and is more of a premium model (it shares its platform with the Porsche Cayenne while Atlas utilizes VW's new modular platform). The Atlas is shooting for the center of the three-row crossover market in size, features, and price. In the beginning, the Atlas will be available in five trim levels starting with the well-equipped S ($30,500 + taxes, license, fees, options, and $925 destination), SE ($33,590+), SE with Technology package ($35,690+), SEL ($39,160+), and SEL Premium ($48,490+). SEL Premium Atlases get all the good stuff including the 3.6-liter VR6 (276-hp and 266 lb-ft of torque), 4Motion all-wheel drive, leather, Fender premium audio, 20-inch wheels, 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display, and lots more. Standard engine is a 2.0-liter turbo four (235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque) in other Atlas models with the VR6 avaiable as an option. An eight-speed automatic is standard across the board. (For all the equipment info, check out the very detailed press release (#3).) All of VW's safety and technology equipment is standard or available as an extra-cost option making the Atlas a new choice for your crossover consideration list. Yeah, it's conservatively styled, but in this class, aren't they all? As an added enticement, VW will offer the new Atlas (and Tiguan) with a six-year/72,000-mile limited warranty. The new Atlas should be at your local Volkswagen dealer now. Check it out... For more info, check out the three press releases and videos after the jump.

Source: Volkswagen - Press releases after the "read more" jump.

Ford adds visual tweaks to 2018 Edge SEL with new Sport Appearance Package


Ford's Edge has developed into an attractive crossover-utility vehicle that is available with numerous engine choices and equipment to meet your needs and desires. For 2018, Ford is giving you another choice. For those of you that like the look of the top-of-the-line Edge Sport but don't want the turbo V6 and all that equipment, you can now get the "look" on the mid-range SEL model with the new SEL Sport Appearance Package ($1,295 option starting in the Fall of '17). The Edge SEL w/SAP also comes with premium cloth seats for those of you that live in sunnier climes. Engine choices include the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four or the 3.5 liter (non-turbo) V6 with automatics. Sport Appearance Package equipped Edge SELs get a dark-accented exterior with 10-spoke 19-inch Magnetic Metallic-painted wheels, grille, mirror caps, rear spoiler, and more. Inside, the Mayan Gray fabric seats come with Umber-colored Miko®sueded cloth perforated inserts and a Copper Sands textured appliqué (that carries the color theme to the dash) and custom embroidered Umber “Edge” floor mats that finish off the Sport Appearance Package look. The new Edge SEL Sport Appearance Package combines the premium interior materials with available SEL features including SYNC® 3 with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, premium audio, rear camera, and reverse sensing system. Additional available features include a panoramic vista roof, black roof rack side rails, navigation, blind spot monitoring system, and hands-free power liftgate. All in all, a nice addition to the Edge stable. For more info, check out the press release after the jump or speak to your dealer later this year.

Source: Ford - Press release after the "read more" jump.

Jeep showcases seven concepts for the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab


The Easter Jeep Safari has been gathering the Jeep faithful together for more than fifty years to the scenic southwest. Jeep uses the event to showcase Jeep vehicles and performance enhancements from Mopar and Jeep Performance. The concepts that Jeep brings each year highlight the latest goodies all combined into vehicles that are designed to give you ideas and show you what can be done. I like the roof and rack systems on the Safari and Switchback concepts and the Luminator (well duh) highlights LED lighting systems for just about every Jeep use. The hot rod-inspired Quicksand is very cool, chopped roof and all. For more info, check out the full press release after the jump. Click on the concept name in the release to be taken to the individual post for that concept. Every year, this makes me wish I was an off-roader...with unlimited funds. Check it out. Click on pics for a closer look. The 51st Easter Jeep Safari will be held from April 8-16 in Moab, Utah. Video will be added later, when available.

Source: Jeep/Mopar - Press release after the "read more" jump.