The 2021 Ford Bronco has arrived. Here’s how to figure out which version of the new SUV is right for you.

2021 Ford Bronco
2021 Ford Bronco.

  • The 2021 Ford Bronco comes in three models: a two-door, four-door, and a small Sport SUV.
  • There are seven Bronco trims and five Sport trims.
  • All offer 4×4 off-road capabilities.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

The 2021 Ford Bronco was, without a doubt, one of the most anticipated and hyped vehicle announcements of 2020.

Ford’s reservation site crashing shortly after its launch is proof of just how excited people are for this thing. And as Ford begins shipping the Bronco to dealers, the entire three-vehicle family of rugged SUVs will soon be rolling down streets and off-road trails.

Instead of one Bronco model, Ford has given us three: There’s a small Bronco Sport version (which started shipping late last year), along with larger two-door and four-door Bronco SUVs, which Ford started sending to dealers this week. If you’re looking to order a new Bronco, though, you’ll have to wait until next year to take delivery, as Ford has 125,000 orders it’s working through already.

All three models are 4x4s and off-road capable. And within those various models are subsequently available trims and packages.

How are they all broken down? Let us walk you through it.

Bronco

Ford Bronco
2021 Ford Bronco two-door and four-door.

The Bronco will have seven different trims to choose from. Within those trims, there are also five available package options. The trim you choose will determine which package is available to you. The packages are:

  1. Standard: you get LED headlights, black door handles, mirror caps, fender flares, fender tie-down hooks, manual air-conditioning, and push-button start.
  2. Mid: you get ambient footwell lighting, an automatically dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone temperature control, heated front seats, Reverse Sensing System, and a whole host of driver assistance features.
  3. High: here, you get hardware from the Mid package, as well as a 12-inch center touchscreen, a 360-degree camera, additional sound-deadening materials, a Forward Sensing System, and wing mirror LED approach lights and spotlight.
  4. Lux: building off of High package features, you get adaptive cruise control, a Bang & Olufsen 10-speaker sound system plus subwoofer, Evasive Steering Assist, a heated steering wheel, a universal garage-door opener, two extra front row charging ports, a voice-activated touchscreen navigation system, and a wireless charging pad.
  5. Sasquatch: you get 17-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, 35-inch mud-terrain tires, electronic-locking front and rear axles, high-clearance suspension, fancy shock absorbers, and high-clearance fender flares.

You can see a breakdown of everything here, or just keep reading.

Bronco Base

2021 Ford Bronco.
2021 Ford Bronco.

This is your base-model Bronco. It comes with the seven-speed manual transmission (six regular gears and one crawler gear for low speeds and heavy-duty usage). Your standard equipment includes the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, good for a claimed 270 horsepower and 310 pounds-feet of torque.

Ford says the Base consists of just the “absolute essentials” but is “ripe for customization.”

You can get the Base with the more powerful 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine – which produces a claimed 310 horsepower and 400 pounds-feet of torque – but if you do, you have to get it with the 10-speed automatic transmission.

Further standard hardware includes 16-inch silver steel wheels, 30-inch all-season tires, cloth seats, and 4×4.

Prices start at $28,500.

Available packages: Sasquatch.

Bronco Big Bend

2021 Ford Bronco.
2021 Ford Bronco.

Ford says the Big Bend is the one that gives you “creature comforts along with your standard Bronco features.”

These creature comforts include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, 17-inch aluminum wheels, 32-inch all-terrain tires, LED fog lamps, and cloth seats. Engine options include the 2.3-liter EcoBoost with the seven-speed manual or the 2.7-liter EcoBoost with the 10-speed automatic.

Prices start at $33,385.

Available packages: Sasquatch, Mid.

Black Diamond

2021 Ford Bronco.
2021 Ford Bronco.

The Black Diamond comes standard with 17-inch black-painted wheels and 32-inch all-terrain tires. It has a heavy-duty modular front bumper and a powder-coated steel rear. There are also rock rails, heavy-duty bash plates, auxiliary switches in the overhead console, rubberized flooring with drain plugs, and marine-grade vinyl seats.

Ford says this is the one for “next-level outdoor adventure complete with washout interior.”

Engine options, again, are between the 2.3-liter and the seven-speed manual or the 2.7-liter and the 10-speed automatic.

Prices start at $36,050.

Available packages: Sasquatch, Mid.

Outer Banks

2021 Ford Bronco.
2021 Ford Bronco.

This is the trim level that “puts off-road style and tech front and center,” according to Ford.

Your standard hardware includes the 2.3-liter Ecoboost, but of course, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost is an option. You also get 18-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, 32-inch all-terrain tires, signature LED head- and taillights, body-color exterior door handles, mirror caps, and fender flares, powder-coated tube steps, and cloth seats with a heated front row, though leather-trimmed seats are available.

Prices start at $38,955.

Available packages: Sasquatch, High, Lux.

Badlands

2021 Ford Bronco
2021 Ford Bronco.

The Badlands trim comes standard with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost with the 2.7-liter available as an option. It has 17-inch gray-painted, machine-face aluminum wheels, 33-inch all-terrain tires, Badlands suspension with a front stabilizer bar disconnect, a heavy-duty modular front bumper, a powder-coated steel rear, auxiliary switches in the overhead console, rubberized flooring with drain plus, and marine-grade vinyl seats.

Basically, it’s like the Black Diamond trim, but with a few more features.

Ford says it’s for the folks who “crave the extreme in their off-roading.”

Prices start at $42,095.

Available packages: Sasquatch, Mid, High, Lux.

Wildtrak

2021 Ford Bronco.
2021 Ford Bronco.

With the Wildtrak, you lose the option of the smaller engine and instead only get the 2.7-liter EcoBoost, exclusively paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission.

Ford says this one is “styled and made for high-speed off-roading.” Hardware includes a modular black-painted hard top, a Wildtrak hood graphic, carpet floors, and cloth seats with a heated front row. Leather-trimmed seats are available.

Prices start at $48,875.

Available packages: High, Lux

First Edition

2021 Ford Bronco.
2021 Ford Bronco.

Sitting at the top of the Bronco’s trim levels is the First Edition. It comes standard with Sasquatch and Lux package hardware. Additionally, there’s a safari bar, carpeted floors, 35-inch tires, a unique interior, leather-trimmed seats with a heated front row, a 10-way power driver’s seat, modular black-painted hardtop, and First Edition hood and bodyside graphics.

The 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine and the 10-speed automatic are standard here, with Ford saying that it’s limiting production of the First Edition to just 3,500 examples.

Prices start at $59,305.

Unfortunately, all reservations for the First Edition have already been filled. Sorry.

Bronco Sport

Ford Bronco Sport
2021 Ford Bronco Sport.

The Bronco Sport is the small SUV member of the Bronco lineup. It’s not as off-road-dedicated as the other Broncos, but it still appears to be pretty capable in its own right. This is the one for folks who might want a more “normal” SUV, not something as hardcore as the other ones are.

Base

2021 Ford Bronco Sport.
2021 Ford Bronco Sport.

The Base Sport is the cheapest one you can get. Standard features include a manual liftgate, flip-up rear glass, a carbon-black grille with a black Bronco badge, roof rack side rails, a trunk-mounted bottle-opener, single-zone manual climate settings, first-row carpeted floor mats, cloth seats, 4×4, the 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine, and the eight-speed automatic.

That 1.5-liter engine is good for a claimed 181 horsepower and 190 pounds-feet of torque.

You also get the 17-inch silver wheels.

Prices start at $26,660.

Big Bend

2021 Ford Bronco Sport.
2021 Ford Bronco Sport.

The Big Bend is your next trim level.

Available with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission, it comes standard with 17-inch gray-painted aluminum wheels, 4×4, a manual liftgate, flip-up rear glass, roof rack side rails, a trunk-mounted bottle opener, privacy glass on the second row and the liftgate, a rubberized cargo floor, carpeted floor mats in the first row, zipper pockets, the MOLLE strap system, and cargo tie-down carabiner hooks and loops.

Prices start at $28,160.

Outer Banks

2021 Ford Bronco Sport.
2021 Ford Bronco Sport.

The Outer Banks also comes with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost and the eight-speed automatic.

With it, you get a manual liftgate, flip-up rear glass, body-colored door handles, the bottle opener, rain-sensing front wipers, 18-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, dual-zone temperature control, remote start, a rubberized cargo floor, carpet floor mats in the first and second row, ambient lighting, a 110-volt/150-watt AC outlet, cargo tie-down carabiner hooks and loops, zipper pockets, the MOLLE strap system, and an automatically dimming rearview mirror.

Prices start at $32,160.

Badlands

2021 Ford Bronco.
2021 Ford Bronco.

With the Badlands Sport, you get the more powerful 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission. That engine produces a claimed 245 horsepower and 275 pounds-feet of torque.

There are four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock brakes, electronic traction control, off-road suspension, 17-inch wheels, a 6.5-inch color LCD instrument panel, rubberized flooring, multiple power converters, rear under-seat storage, zipper pockets, MOLLE straps, and cargo tie-down carabiner hooks and loops.

From the outside, it has LED lights, metal bash plates, floodlights, a unique grille, and unique roof rack side rails.

This one definitely seems like it’s the hybrid between comfortable and off-road ready.

Prices start at $32,660.

First Edition

2021 Bronco Sport.
2021 Bronco Sport.

The First Edition also comes with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost and eight-speed automatic.

It has dual-zone climate control, remote start, rubber flooring, lane-keep, a powered moonroof, zipper pockets, MOLLE strap system, rear seat under-storage, cargo tie-down carabiner hooks and loops, the 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen system plus subwoofer, First Edition leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, eight-way power driver’s seat, 17-inch wheels, off-road tires, and black hood and roof decals.

Prices start at $38,500.

Read the original article on Business Insider

Ford has started shipping the 2021 Bronco. These are the 13 coolest features of the tough-as-nails off-roader.

Bronco_2dr_features_05
2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door.

  • Nearly a year after its much-hyped debut, Ford has started building and shipping the Bronco SUV.
  • The two-door and four-door off-roaders have removable roofs and doors.
  • Buyers can choose from more than 200 Ford accessories.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

The long-awaited 2021 Ford Bronco is finally on its way to dealerships, Ford said Tuesday.

The 125,000 people who placed an order for a two-door or four-door Bronco will start taking delivery of their SUVs in the coming weeks. In addition to the off-roading chops one should expect from a resurrected Bronco, the rugged 4x4s come equipped with loads of interesting features, both optional and standard.

Keep scrolling to see the two- and four-door’s best features.

At launch, Ford says the 2021 Bronco two-door will have more than 200 factory-backed accessories.

Bronco_2dr_features_01
2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door.

As a throwback to the first-generation Bronco, there are trail sights on the front fenders that can be used as tie-downs.

Bronco_2dr_features_05
2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door.

As standard, the roof comes in three sections that are quickly removable.

Bronco_2dr_features_06
2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door.

You can store the first-row panels on-board.

Bronco_2dr_features_07
2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door.

The interior materials and colors were inspired by “natural palettes and outdoor gear,” according to Ford.

2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door UNDER EMBARGO
2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door.

The driver can easily reach the instrument panel-mounted switches.

2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door UNDER EMBARGO
2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door.

Buttons are finished in rubber so they are protected against dirt and water. That makes them easy to clean, too.

2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door UNDER EMBARGO
2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door.

Ford did a great job incorporating the vintage facia design into the modern one.

Bronco_2dr_features_08
2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door.

Modular doors will be an available factory-backed accessory option.

Bronco_2dr_features_09
2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door.

There will be a 12-inch screen inside. Visibility looks quite good, too.

2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door UNDER EMBARGO
2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door.

A mount bar is there so you can plug in your USB-powered accessories.

2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door UNDER EMBARGO
2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door.

MOLLE hooks are found on the seatbacks so you can clip your stuff there safely.

2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door UNDER EMBARGO
2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door.

You can customize your shift lever and grab handle with leather wrapping.

2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door UNDER EMBARGO
2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door.

The four-door Bronco will be the first four-door Bronco.

Bronco_4dr_features_02
2021 Ford Bronco Four-Door.

It will also have removable roof panels.

Bronco_4dr_features_03
2021 Ford Bronco Four-Door.

There are front right- and left-panels.

Bronco_4dr_features_04
2021 Ford Bronco Four-Door.

A full-width center panel.

Bronco_4dr_features_05
2021 Ford Bronco Four-Door.

And a rear section.

Bronco_4dr_features_10
2021 Ford Bronco Four-Door.

You can take them all off.

Bronco_4dr_features_08
2021 Ford Bronco Four-Door.

Or pick and choose.

Bronco_4dr_features_09
2021 Ford Bronco Four-Door.

All two- and four-door Bronco models will have a swing-out rear tailgate design.

Bronco_4dr_features_11
2021 Ford Bronco Four-Door.

And there is a slide-out rear tailgate.

Bronco_4dr_features_12
2021 Ford Bronco Four-Door.

Here’s another view of the bring-your-own-device rack in the four-door.

Bronco_4dr_features_01
2021 Ford Bronco Four-Door.

All Broncos will come with frameless doors that Ford says will make them easier to take off.

Bronco_4dr_features_13
2021 Ford Bronco Four-Door.

The first-generation Bronco served as inspiration for the new instrument panel.

2021 Ford Bronco Four-Door. UNDER EMBARGO
2021 Ford Bronco Four-Door.

The white-on-gray interior is also a great look.

Bronco_4dr_Interior_02
2021 Ford Bronco Four-Door.

Transmission options include a seven-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic.

Bronco_4dr_Interior_03
2021 Ford Bronco Four-Door.

You can get rubberized, washable flooring on certain models. There’s an integrated drain plug so cleanup is easy.

Bronco_4dr_Interior_04
2021 Ford Bronco Four-Door.

Read the original article on Business Insider

Hyundai’s most popular SUV just got a revolutionary redesign and a $24,950 base price – see the new Tucson

2022 Hyundai Tucson_1
2022 Hyundai Tucson.

  • The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is the all-new, fourth generation of the automaker’s best-selling vehicle.
  • Inside, it’s spacious and airy, with dual-stacked touchscreens.
  • The new Tucson will be available in the US in the first half of 2021. Prices start at $24,950.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Back in September, Hyundai showed us the new, fourth-generation 2022 Hyundai Tucson in all of its geometric glory, sporting new tech and an airy interior. With its arrival at dealerships fast approaching, we now have an idea of how much it’ll cost.

On Monday, the automaker announced that prices for the new Tucson will start at $24,950 for the front-wheel drive, 2.5-liter engine SE trim. There will be a total of 15 different trim combinations, with the range-topping Limited HEV hybrid version starting at $37,350.

All prices exclude the $1,185 destination and handling fee.

You can see a full rundown of the new Tucson’s prices below.

2022 Hyundai Tucson pricing.
2022 Hyundai Tucson pricing.

Last year, the automaker unveiled the latest version of its globally best-selling model and its most popular SUV in the US. It comes with a “jewel-like” front grille made up of “half-mirror type daytime running lamps that are assimilated seamlessly within the parametric grille” and are “only revealed when illuminated.” Neat!

2022 Hyundai Tucson_3
2022 Hyundai Tucson.

It’s the same story from the back: the new Tucson has full-width tail lights that have half-hidden triangles on them that you can only see when they’re lit. These design elements make the Tucson unlike all of the other cars in the saturated SUV market.

Engine options include a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, good for a claimed 187 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. It’s hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

2022 Hyundai Tucson_6
2022 Hyundai Tucson.

Then there’s the 1.6-liter, turbocharged hybrid or plug-in hybrid option. That engine makes a claimed 227 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque combined. There’s also a sportier N Line performance version of the new Tucson that’ll start at $30,600.

The Tucson will have available all-wheel drive, including on the N Line model. Previous versions of it had eco, comfort, smart, and sport driving modes. The newest version has mud, sand, and snow conditions added in certain markets.

2022 Hyundai Tucson_2
2022 Hyundai Tucson.

Inside, the Tucson appears quite spacious indeed. The dashboard is kept low relative to the window line, which will hopefully improve visibility. Similar to Mercedes-Benz, the interior will now come with 64 different colors of ambient lighting that have 10 levels of adjustable brightness.

There are two stacked 10.25-inch full touch screens that house controls for the navigation system, infotainment, and climate. If you’re someone who likes buttons, this might not be the interior for you. Hyundai even made it a point to say that the screens are “exempt of hard buttons.”

2022 Hyundai Tucson_7
2022 Hyundai Tucson.

There’s also a feature called Car-to-Home, which lets you control your smart home appliances from the car. Hyundai said with Car-to-Home, you can turn on the air conditioner at home before you get there, for example.

There’s also a full suite of safety features that include forward collision-avoidance assist, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot view monitor, surround-view monitor, and reverse parking collision-avoidance assist.

2022 Hyundai Tucson_5
2022 Hyundai Tucson.

And, as mentioned previously, the 2022 Tucson will be available in two different-length wheelbases, depending on the market. The car is for sale already in Korea as a 2021 model. In the US, it will be available in the first half of 2021 as a 2022 model.

2022 Hyundai Tucson_4
2022 Hyundai Tucson.

Read the original article on Business Insider

The $120,000 Audi RS 6 Avant wagon has some of the fanciest light features of any car – check them all out

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant.KL_59
Let there be light.

  • The 2021 RS 6 Avant I tested recently did cool light tricks when you locked or unlocked it.
  • Inside, it even had futuristic, Tron-like cabin illumination.
  • The best part was that the seat belt buckles lit up so you never had to find them by touch alone.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

There’s always been something about Audis and LEDs.

Audi was among the first – if not the first – automakers to adopt light-emitting diode, or LED, daytime running lights. They debuted in 2004 on the Audi A8 W12 sedan as five LEDs in each headlight. 

The look quickly trickled through the rest of Audi’s lineup after that. Soon, everything from the cheaper A4s up had the scintillating detail – a sparkly, checkmark-shaped strip of LEDs flanking the signature four rings. Nothing like it had ever been seen before and, for a while, you could pick out an Audi heading toward you from afar just based on that pattern of LEDs.

In 2009, the Audi R8 V10 became the first car fitted exclusively with LEDs. Its headlights, turn signals, and daytime running lights all used the technology, which Audi claimed reduced CO2 emissions and was more efficient than the widely used halogen light bulbs. 

It’s now 2021 and nearly everything on the road uses LEDs of some kind, but Audi’s still found a way to distinguish itself. Recently, I tested out a 2021 RS 6 Avant – read the review here! – and stumbled across a neat little light show it puts on when you lock or unlock it. For your viewing pleasure and convenience, I have GIFed the experience below.

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant.
Look at this light show!

When you unlock the car, the front daytime running lights light up in sequence, almost like a welcome greeting. When you lock the car, the rear lights fade out in sequence, like a curtain closing after a show. 

As far as I can tell, this choice was purely an aesthetic one. It certainly doesn’t make the car drive any faster or better. It just gave me, the driver, some small delight in seeing it. There doesn’t seem to be any other reason to include such a feature. 

(And before you email me to yell at me that this is old news and I should get with the program: The internet isn’t all about you. Not everyone knows this about Audis.)

But that’s not all! I invite you to check out two more things.

First, the RS 6 Avant’s door sills light up in the dark and the car projects “Audi Sport” onto the ground, lest you forget what sort of vehicle you have.

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant.KL_95
Like a giant, light-up name tag.

Second, and more practically, the RS 6 Avant’s interior lighting includes seat-belt buckle illumination!

The wagon seats five, so five buckles are encased in a ring of light for you to locate more easily. Anyone who has felt around in the dark for their buckle no longer has to if they’re riding in one of these.

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant.
Strong Tron vibes here.

The rest of the cabin lighting gives off a very futuristic, Tron-like aesthetic. If you looked at the interior during the day, you’d see that the light fits perfectly with the minimalist design. 

But those seat-belt buckle indicator lights. That’s some real MVP stuff right there.

Read the original article on Business Insider

Porsche just debuted a taller, more rugged Taycan EV with matching e-bikes – tour the $91,000 Cross Turismo

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._6
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

  • The Taycan Cross Turismo is the wagon version of Porsche’s Taycan EV sedan.
  • It has additional ground clearance, more cargo space, and a Gravel Mode.
  • Prices start at $90,900, not including the $1,350 delivery fee.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

The Taycan, Porsche’s first EV, has been a hit so far. Riding on that popularity, Porsche introduced its much-anticipated wagon variant on Thursday.

Meet the 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, a car that Porsche calls a crossover in its press release but is most certainly a wagon. The Cross Turismo version of the Taycan is intended for slightly more utility; it has more cargo room than the sedan and additional ground clearance. 

Four versions will be available at launch: the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, and Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo. There will not be a rear-wheel drive version like with the regular Taycan. All Taycan Cross Turismo models will come with a dual-motor setup and all-wheel drive.

Pricing starts at $90,900 before the $1,350 delivery fee. You can expect them at US dealerships this summer.

Keep reading to see more – as well as the two electric bicycles that Porsche’s also launching.

The 2021 Taycan Cross Turismo is the wagon version of Porsche’s Taycan EV sedan.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._11
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

The Taycan Cross Turismo will come in four variants.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._19
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

They are the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, and Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._6
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

It’s designed to be the more utilitarian Taycan.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._8
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

Porsche gave it additional ground clearance and extra cargo room.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._10
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

The Cross Turismo rides 0.8 inches higher than the sedan version.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._17
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

The rear cargo space has been increased to 15 cubic feet in the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo and Taycan 4S Cross Turismo.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._7
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

The 14.3 cubic feet in the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo and Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo is the same as in the Taycan sedan, however.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._15
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

Source: Insider

A small trunk was one of our chief complaints about the Taycan sedan, so it’s good to see a couple of versions of the Cross Turismo address that.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._2
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

Source: Insider

You still get the 2.9 cubic-foot front trunk, too.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._16
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

You can option it with Cross Turismo-specific details, like different packages and wheel choices.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._1
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

There will be no rear-wheel drive, single-motor version.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._4
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

All of the Cross Turismos will have the dual-motor, all-wheel drive setup.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._9
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

Other standard features include air suspension, Porsche’s Adaptive Suspension Management system – or PASM – and the more powerful Performance Battery Plus.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._14
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

Basically, features that are optional on the Taycan sedan will be standard on the Cross Turismo.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._3
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

There’s a Gravel Mode that adds 10 millimeters to the ride height and sets the suspension system to handle low-traction surfaces more easily.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._20
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

Porsche even gave the Cross Turismo extra body cladding for this purpose.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._21
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

Alongside the Taycan Cross Turismo, Porsche is also launching the eBike Sport and eBike Cross.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._13
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

Both are electric bicycles, one for the street and the other for off-roading, and have carbon wheels “inspired by the roofline of the Taycan.”

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._12
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

No EPA range figures were provided at this time.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._22
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

They’ll start at $90,900, which doesn’t include the $1,350 delivery fee.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._5
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo will start at $90,900, the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo at $110,300, the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo at $153,500, and the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo at $187,600.

And you can expect the Taycan wagons to arrive at dealerships this summer.

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo._18
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

Read the original article on Business Insider

The $200,000 Acura NSX supercar comes with a tricky chore: cleaning out the massive air vents down its sides

Acura NSX._KL_4
2020 Acura NSX.

  • The Acura NSX is a supercar, yet part of its design traps dirt and other debris after driving.
  • You can clean it either by taking part of the car apart or with compressed air.
  • This is not an NSX-specific issue. It happens to a lot of other supercars.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

Some of the most prominent features of the new Acura NSX – or indeed, any mid-engined supercar – are the rear airflow intake vents, located just behind the doors. They’re large, eye-catching, and most importantly, functional.

But they do present a bit of a problem sometimes: They get dirty and they’re not always easy to clean.

Airflow is necessary for all internal combustion engines, no matter where they’re located – in the front of the car, the rear, or like the NSX, in the middle. An air intake system lets air reach the engine, and part of that system includes vents in the front of the car so the air can get channeled to the engine more easily. 

2017 Acura NSX 161 source
Here’s a visualization of the NSX’s aerodynamics.

Because the NSX has a mid-mounted engine – meaning that it’s found between the car’s axles – it has two giant intake vents in its sides. Air that flows over the hood gets fed directly into the engine via these vents. Cool stuff all around.

Here’s a diagram of the NSX without its body panels so you can see. The two radiators are placed behind where the car’s doors would be and right in front of the rear wheels. The engine is behind the driver.

2017 Acura NSX 140 source
The big rectangles in front of the rear wheels are the radiators.

While I was out with the car, I happened to look down into the NSX’s intake vent and saw some debris chilling in there. Not big debris, mind you – just what appeared to be some dust, small pebbles, and pine needles. Undoubtedly, the honeycomb mesh grille protecting the vents kept the bigger stuff out.

But how would one clean such an area? The grille that keeps bigger rocks out also prevents you from wiping away the accumulated grit. I couldn’t see an easy way to remove the grille, either.

Acura NSX._KL_48
Looking down into that vent.

As it turned out, my instinct for removing the grilles was correct. Daniel, a professional car detailer from Clear Detail LLC in Richmond, Virginia, told me via email that when detailing cars like this, he also tries for the best access by removing the grille.

This isn’t always possible, though.

“The new NSX grilles can only be accessed [by] removing the wheels, wheel wells, and radiators,” Daniel said.

Since that isn’t an option for most people, Daniel recommended that owners first try blowing out the area with compressed air, a pressure washer, or even a vacuum, spraying it with a paint-safe citrus cleaner, letting it soak, pressure washing it out, and finishing with blowing it out again with compressed air – or a Master Blaster, if you’ve got one. 

An Acura spokesperson declined to confirm whether or not this is the recommended way of cleaning out an NSX’s intake vents.

Acura NSX._KL_14
It’s a great vent.

I’m not dogging on the NSX for this issue, as it seems fairly innocuous. I just know that if I owned the car, the buildup of dirt in the vents would bug the hell out of me, and I wanted to see how someone would go about finding a solution.

In the case of my loaner, it had been driven 15,000 miles by journalists who, like me, can sometimes enjoy making a car do things it wasn’t designed to do. Because of the life it’s lived, it is very possible that this NSX merely accumulated more dirt than others that haven’t been tracked or parked, outside, under trees. 

And it’s also not an NSX-specific issue!

“With a lot of supercars, the intakes are fantastic leaf, pebble, dirt, pine needle, and sand traps,” Daniel said. In his experience, this is a problem that has plagued many supercars, not just the NSX. It’s just what happens when you combine sticky, performance tires that have a habit of flinging debris around with an intake vent that’s behind those tires.

The issue is addressed more easily in some other cars, though. All Daniel has to do in a Lamborghini, for example, is remove three screws and then the grille comes right out.

But if you’re an NSX owner who’s been frustrated by a small collection of dirt riding around with you, here’s your solution.

Read the original article on Business Insider

Bentley recalls one (1) brand-new, $259,000 Flying Spur for potentially defective fuel tank

Bentley Flying Spur W12
Pictured: a Bentley Flying Spur W12.

Sometimes, recalls can affect thousands to millions of cars. Other times, they can affect just one car. This is one of those times.

Bentley is recalling one (1) 2020 Flying Spur W12 over a potentially faulty fuel tank, according to a recall document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The filing said the long-term durability of the tank “cannot be guaranteed.”

“During the production process at the fuel tank supplier, a welding process of the fuel tank may not have been performed according to specifications,” the document read. “If the plastic weld of the fuel tank fails, this may be perceived initially by an odor of fuel. Leaking fuel, in the presence of an ignition source, can lead to a vehicle fire.”

Thankfully, nothing of the sort happened before Bentley identified the problem and sought to remedy it. The automaker will replace the fuel tank for free.

“The isolated incident and car in question has not shown any signs of fuel leak,” a Bentley spokesperson told Bloomberg in a statement. “The customer has been contacted as per NHTSA regulations.” 

It’s not clear where this particular Flying Spur W12 is located.

The Bentley Flying Spur W12 is a 12-cylinder sedan that produces a claimed 626 horsepower. Bloomberg prices the car at $259,000.

Read the original article on Business Insider

Volvo’s second-ever EV just debuted without any leather – see the new C40 Recharge

277640_Volvo_C40_Recharge
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

  • The 2022 C40 Recharge is a new, all-electric compact SUV from Volvo.
  • It has an estimated 261 miles of range and a completely leather-free interior.
  • No pricing was announced at this time, but we expect it to start at around $54,000.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

You can now count the 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge on the list of upcoming electric vehicles.

Unveiled on Tuesday, the C40 Recharge is the Swedish automaker’s second EV destined for the US market, following the XC40 Recharge that launched at the end of 2019. The C40 Recharge is part of Volvo’s larger goal of becoming a purely electric brand by 2030, according to a press release.

Sized lower and sleeker than the XC40, the C40 Recharge is a compact SUV that uses two electric motors and a leather-free interior – a first for Volvo.

No pricing was announced at this time, but Volvo said that production is scheduled to begin this fall. 

Keep reading to see more.

The 2022 C40 Recharge is an all-electric compact SUV from Volvo.

277561_Volvo_C40_Recharge_Studio
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

It’s the second all-electric vehicle from the Swedish automaker.

277604_Volvo_C40_Recharge_Studio
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

The first was the XC40 Recharge, which launched in 2019.

277607_Volvo_C40_Recharge_Studio
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

Source: Insider

The C40 Recharge is built on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture – or CMA – platform.

277608_Volvo_C40_Recharge_Studio
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

Others built on that platform include the Volvo XC40 and Polestar 2.

277635_Volvo_C40_Recharge
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

However, Volvo said the C40 Recharge is its first car to be “designed as pure electric only.”

277617_Volvo_C40_Recharge_Studio
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

Source: Volvo

The front of the car wears the new official design for electric Volvos.

277620_Volvo_C40_Recharge_Studio
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

The familiar Thor’s Hammer headlights now have “state-of-the-art pixel-technology.”

277615_Volvo_C40_Recharge_Studio
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

Two electric motors, one for each axle, power the car.

277628_Volvo_C40_Recharge
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

There’s a 78 kWh battery.

277631_Volvo_C40_Recharge
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

Power comes to a claimed 402 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque.

277639_Volvo_C40_Recharge
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

Source: Roadshow

Volvo said it takes about 40 minutes to fast-charge to 80%. Range is an estimated 420 kilometers, or 261 miles.

277624_Volvo_C40_Recharge
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

Volvo noted that the C40 Recharge hasn’t been rated by the EPA yet.

There’s a new, attractive rear-end design.

277638_Volvo_C40_Recharge
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

Overall, the car is much sleeker and slightly lower than the XC40.

277643_Volvo_C40_Recharge
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

Inside, the C40 Recharge comes natively with Google’s Android operating system.

277646_Volvo_C40_Recharge
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

Customers will have access to Google Assistant, the Google Play Store, and Google Maps.

277652_Volvo_C40_Recharge
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

Customers will also have a choice of color and decorative options.

277647_Volvo_C40_Recharge
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

There’s also a high seating position, which should make visibility and ingress and egress much easier.

277649_Volvo_C40_Recharge
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

The car can receive software updates over the air.

277650_Volvo_C40_Recharge
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

And! It’s the first Volvo car to be leather-free.

277653_Volvo_C40_Recharge
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

The C40 Recharge is part of Volvo’s plan to only sell electric cars by 2030.

277600_Volvo_C40_Recharge_Studio
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

It’ll only be sold online, which Volvo believes will make the car-buying process much less complex.

277602_Volvo_C40_Recharge_Studio
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

Volvo will build the new C40 Recharge at its plant in Ghent, Belgium, beginning in the fall.

277626_Volvo_C40_Recharge
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

No pricing was announced at this time, but expect it to be around the price of the XC40 Recharge, which starts at $53,990.

277630_Volvo_C40_Recharge
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge.

Source: Volvo

Read the original article on Business Insider

BMW’s iconic kidney grille has gone through 13 major redesigns – tour all 88 years of its evolution

bmw nose long
BMW grilles through the ages.

  • The BMW kidney grille is one of the automaker’s most iconic design aspects.
  • The first kidney grille appeared in 1933.
  • The newest kidney grille is extremely polarizing but it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

Say what you want about BMW, but you cannot deny that its signature kidney grille is one of the most iconic front ends in automotive history. Its shape may have changed over the years, but the kidney style has always been there.

The newest kidney grille – which debuted on the current 4 Series – is controversial, to say the least. Fans on social media denounced it, but BMW’s head of design, Demagogy Dukec, recently told Autocar the grille isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

The automaker wants its cars to stand out, Dukec said. To do that, it made the grille distinguished. That’s one word for it!

The saga of the BMW kidney grille started in 1933, according to BMW. Since then, nearly every single BMW has had one as a nose. The grille has undergone 13 designs over the course of 88 years.

Keep reading to see them all.

The BMW kidney grille is perhaps one of the most iconic grilles in all of automotive history.

BMW 2 Series
BMW 2 Series.

In 1933, the BMW 303 became the first BMW to wear an air intake in the shape of a set of kidneys.

1933 BMW 303 (1)
BMW 303.

BMW rounded off the top and bottom of the functional grille and stuck its blue-and-white logo on the top like a crown.

1933 BMW 303.JPG
BMW 303.

The giant radiator grilles gave way to a much smaller design on the BMW 503 in 1956.

1956 BMW 503 (1).JPG
BMW 503.

It didn’t dominate the front fascia as much as the 1930s design did.

1956 BMW 503
BMW 503.

The year 1956 also saw the gorgeous BMW 507 roadster, though the grille was revised to be far wider and horizontally positioned in order to channel more air into the V8.

1956 BMW 507 Elvis.1
BMW 507.

The 507 was very expensive; only a handful were ever sold. This white one belonged to Elvis.

1956 BMW 507 Elvis.2
BMW 507.

Source: Hemmings

By 1961, the kidney grille had trickled down to BMW’s volume-sellers such as the BMW 1500.

1961 BMW 1500.1
BMW 1500.

For the first time, the two kidneys appeared linked and skinnier than ever before.

1961 BMW 1500.2
BMW 1500.

The grille appeared on the 1973 BMW 2002 Turbo, which was BMW’s very first turbocharged production car.

1973 BMW 2002 Turbo.JPG
BMW 2002 Turbo.

Source: Hagerty

It also appeared on the BMW 3.0 CSL race car.

1972 BMW 3.0 CSL
BMW 3.0 CSL.

As well as the stunning BMW 2800 CS coupe from 1968.

1968 BMW 2800 CS.JPG
BMW 2800 CS.

The legendary 1978 M1 had horizontal intake grilles, but BMW was unwilling to give up the kidney shape – so it wound up with tiny kidneys.

1978 BMW M1.2.JPG
BMW M1.

To date, the M1 is one of the coolest BMWs ever built.

1978 BMW M1.1.JPG
BMW M1.

The tiny kidneys found their way onto the 1988 Z1.

1988 BMW Z1
BMW Z1.

As well as the wedge-shaped 8 Series from 1989.

1989 BMW 850i.1
BMW 850i.

The 8 Series famously sported flip-up headlights.

1989 BMW 850i.2
BMW 850i.

The year 1990 saw another redesign of the grille – flat, not very wide, but still horizontally positioned.

1990 BMW 3 Series2
BMW 3 Series.

It debuted on the third generation of the 3 Series – or the E36 generation in BMW-speak.

1990 BMW 3 Series1
BMW 3 Series.

The grille was extremely prevalent in the 1990s, with the 7 Series, 5 Series, X5, and the next generation of the 3 Series (the E46) all wearing it.

1997 BMW 3 Series
BMW 3 Series.

The 1995 BMW Z3 – which appeared in the James Bond film, GoldenEye – also wore the new grille.

1995 BMW Z3.JPG
BMW Z3.

In 2011, the sixth generation of the 3 Series (the F30) had a new, wide grille that touched the headlights for the first time.

2011 BMW 3 Series
BMW 3 Series.

You can still see this grille on the current 5 Series.

2021 BMW 5 Series
BMW 5 Series.

On the 2013 i3, the kidney grille was still wide but had a blue outline and was sealed off to articulate the EV aspect of the car.

2013 BMW i3.1
BMW i3.

The hybrid BMW i8 had a similar design.

2014 BMW i8
BMW i8.

The i3’s grille will inspire all future electric BMW cars.

2013 BMW i3.2
BMW i3.

For the 2018 8 Series and Z4, the grille became less rectangular and more angular.

2018 BMW 8 Series
BMW 8 Series.

The grilles are also slightly slanted, drawing your eye downward.

2018 BMW Z4
BMW Z4.

The 2018 Vision iNext is a design concept of what future models could look like. Like on the i3, the grille is sealed off.

2018 BMW Vision iNext
BMW Vision iNext.

The BMW iX, which will launch in 2022, is the all-electric production version of the Vision iNext concept.

2020 BMW iX
BMW iX.

The 2019 BMW Vision M Next is a conceptual hybrid sports car. You can see similarities between it and the i8.

2019 BMW Vision M Next
BMW Vision M Next.

The current, seventh-generation of the 3 Series (the G20) – launched in 2018 – has a grille that sits higher than the headlights. Performance versions replace the vertical grille rods with a mesh design.

2018 BMW 3 Series
BMW 3 Series.

In 2019, things really got big on the 7 Series and first-ever X7.

2019 BMW 7 Series
BMW 7 Series.

The big grille works better on the X7 because the car is so huge.

2019 BMW X7
BMW X7.

The most recent version of the kidney grille first showed up on the 4 Series Coupe in 2020. It was very controversial.

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe.2
BMW 4 Series Coupe.


Since then, it has also appeared on the new M3 and M4.

2021 BMW M3 and M4_1
2021 BMW M3 and M4.

Despite quite a bit of uproar, BMW’s head of design, Domagoj Dukec, says the grille is sticking around.

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe.1
BMW 4 Series Coupe.

Source: Autocar

“If you want to create something that stands out, it must be distinguished and it has to be different,” he said.

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe.3
BMW 4 Series Coupe.

Read the original article on Business Insider

The new Kia Carnival minivan features rugged looks and reclining seats like a private jet – see inside

16969_2022_Carnival_ _7_Passenger
2022 Kia Carnival.

  • The 2022 Carnival replaces the Sedona as Kia’s minivan offering.
  • It features optional second-row seating that looks like it was pulled right out of a luxury plane.
  • No pricing was announced but the Carnival will go on sale during Q2 of this year.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

I dare anyone to call the 2022 Kia Carnival an “uncool minivan” after reading this blog.

We first saw the redesigned Sedona minivan – which is what Kia calls the Carnival in other markets – last June and were impressed with its boxy, SUVish looks. Now, Kia has scrapped the Sedona nameplate altogether and is going with “Carnival” moving forward.

The new Carnival uses a 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6, according to a press release. But that’s not the most exciting part. That title would go to the optional “VIP Lounge Seating” treatment for the second row, which includes leg extensions, wing-out headrests, and a recline position that rivals the most luxurious airline seats.

Kia still hasn’t announced pricing for the new Carnival, but you can expect it to go on sale at some point during Q2 of this year.

Keep reading to see more of the interior and those seats.

The 2022 Carnival is the newest version of Kia’s minivan.

16957_2022_Carnival_ _7_Passenger
2022 Kia Carnival.

The Carnival is the name for the Sedona minivan in other markets, so this time around, Kia is just renaming the new Sedona the Carnival.

16920_2022_Carnival_ _7_Passenger
2022 Kia Carnival.

Since minivans have a bit of an image problem, it’s clear Kia is going after a more rugged, SUV-style look here.

16969_2022_Carnival_ _7_Passenger
2022 Kia Carnival.

The 3.5-liter V6 produces a claimed 290 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.

16910_2022_Carnival_ _7_Passenger
2022 Kia Carnival.

There’s an automatic transmission and 3,500 pounds of towing capacity.

16966_2022_Carnival_ _7_Passenger
2022 Kia Carnival.

The van is available in either seven- or eight-passenger configurations.

16953_2022_Carnival_ _7_Passenger
2022 Kia Carnival.

The third row can fold fully flat and increase the trunk space significantly.

16952_2022_Carnival_ _7_Passenger
2022 Kia Carnival.

The second row in the eight-passenger Carnival can be removed for even more storage.

16905_2022_Carnival_ _8_Passenger
2022 Kia Carnival.

An eight-inch touchscreen display comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

16951_2022_Carnival_ _7_Passenger
2022 Kia Carnival.

The cabin features a very clean and modern-looking design.

16939_2022_Carnival_ _7_Passenger
2022 Kia Carnival.

You can also expect the handy lane-change camera from other Kia models.

16955_2022_Carnival_ _7_Passenger
2022 Kia Carnival.

The third row of seats looks quite roomy.

16948_2022_Carnival_ _7_Passenger
2022 Kia Carnival.

But if you get the Carnival in the seven-seater configuration, that second-row is where the action is.

16940_2022_Carnival_ _7_Passenger
2022 Kia Carnival.

Here, you can get the optional VIP Lounge Seating, which comes with wing-out headrests, leg extensions, and power controls.

16942_2022_Carnival_ _7_Passenger
2022 Kia Carnival.

You can basically turn the second row into a first-class airplane seat.

16941_2022_Carnival_ _7_Passenger
2022 Kia Carnival.

On the SX and SX-Prestige trims, you can even get a dual, rear-screen entertainment system.

16950_2022_Carnival_ _7_Passenger
2022 Kia Carnival.

The new Carnival only comes in front-wheel drive and it still uses sliding doors.

16968_2022_Carnival_ _7_Passenger
2022 Kia Carnival.

This is the new minivan that Kia will use to compete with stalwarts such as the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey.

16959_2022_Carnival_ _7_Passenger
2022 Kia Carnival.

No pricing was announced, but you can expect the new Carnival to go one sale during Q2 of this year.

16960_2022_Carnival_ _7_Passenger
2022 Kia Carnival.

Read the original article on Business Insider