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Audi updates Q7's engine, tech, design for 2020 model year

The Audi Q7's refresh comes at the right time, helping the model not fall behind the competition.

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The Audi Q7 was the German automaker's second best-selling model in 2018 and it's on track for a repeat performance for 2019. Audi is woking to keep the model on top of its game by giving it a significant mid-cycle refresh for the 2020 model year.

At its front, the Audi now has a large octagonal grille with six vertical chrome slats. There's a fresh aluminum front spoiler design, high-definition Matrix-design and Audi laser headlights. LED headlights and taillights are standard. There are also chrome window surrounds and roof rails.

2020 Audi Q7 The car's front-end styling has been updated for the new model year.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The SUV now rides on standard 19-inch five-arm star-design wheels covered in all-season tires. The three-row SUV is available with 20-inch wheels with run-flat tires or 21-inch wheels with all-seasons. Large 22-inch wheels are a further upgrade and come wrapped in summer performance tires.

The Q7 will now be powered by a twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. That's slightly more horsepower but a serious increase of 44 pound-feet of torque, which is now available at lower RPM ranges, helping the Q7 get off the line quicker. Audi says the model now gets from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds.

The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel steering is not (that's available, though). Other available equipment includes an adaptive air suspension and a tow package that gives the model a 7,700-pound towing capacity.

The interior design of the 2020 Q7 follows in the footsteps of the 2019 Audi Q8 with similar cockpit architecture and infotainment touch screen. Each Q7 comes standard with a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, three-zone automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof with electric sunshade adds light to the cabin, heated eight-way power front seats with four-way power lumbar adjustment, split tumble-folding 35/30/35 second row seatbacks with fore/aft position and seatback angle adjustments, five LATCH connections, and power 50/50 split-folding third-row seats with electric fold and return functions. Quad-zone climate control and sunshades for the rear door side windows and tailgate are available.

2020 Audi Q7 The SUV comes standard with front and rear LED lighting.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

Available packages upgrade the luxury level of the model to include things like real wood inlays, a leather headliner, black roof rails, and interior LED lighting.

The model also comes with a long list of standard and available technologies including a 10.1-inch upper infotainment display and 8.6-inch lower infotainment display, 12.3-inch high-definition digital cockpit, wireless device charging, head-up display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 3D surround sound system with 19 speakers and a 15-channel amplifier, a 23-speaker surround sound system with a 23-channel amplifier.

2020 Audi Q7 The interior of the Q7 is not similar to the Q8.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The 2020 Audi Q7 offers a new suite of standard and available driver assistance safety technology. New for 2020, the emergency assist can detect if the driver is inactive and can initiate a multi-stage process to alert the driver, eventually decelerating the vehicle to a stop in the same lane with activation of the hazard lights. A top view camera system, intersection assist, turn assist, and traffic sign recognition are available.

The 2020 Audi Q7 will start at $60,800. The top-tier Prestige trim starts at $71,200.

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The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross used the Internet of Things to connect to the My Mitsubishi Connect app

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Mitsubishi has enlisted Aeris and Dealer-FX to better connect owners to their vehicles. Using integrations with the Aeris Mobility Services and Dealer-FX ONE platforms, the My Mitsubishi Connect mobile app will now enable Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross drivers to view real-time service and maintenance needs, as reported by their vehicles.

The system will push timely notifications from the vehicle to the app and the owner's smart mobile device allowing them to act in a matter of seconds rather than trying to remember that a warning light cane in while operating the vehicle.

"Mitsubishi customers are dreamers, achievers, entrepreneurs – active in their communities and in their family homes, and their time is extremely valuable," said Mark Chaffin, Chief Operating Officer of MMNA. "The My Mitsubishi Connect app allows us to enhance their experience, be more efficient with their time and continue to demonstrate our commitment to delivering high quality, top value vehicles with leading-edge technology in the U.S."

This isn't the company's first IoT foray. When it debuted, Mitsubishi Road Assist+ was the first hardware-free, smartphone-based app provided by an OEM that allowed owners to realize the cost savings of usage-based insurance without having to own "connected car" with built-in telematics capabilities or aftermarket-installed telematics hardware.

Mitsubishi continues to grow its presence in the U.S. market. The company recently relocated its headquarters from California to the Nashville, Tennessee area near where Renault-Nissan- Mitsubishi Alliance member Nissan has its North American headquarters.

The company recently announced a partnership with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center to create the Small Batch - Big Ideas Entrepreneur Network, which gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from Mitsubishi executives, among other benefits.

The My Mitsubishi Connect and Mitsubishi Road Assist+ apps are currently available on the Google Play store and the Apple's App Store for use on Android and iOS devices.

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The Chevrolet Silverado will be offered with a new, multi-way tailgate for the 2021 model year.

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Buyers love the GMC Sierra’s MultiPro Tailgate so it was only a matter of time before General Motors brought it over to the Chevrolet Silverado. That time has arrived.

Chevy will introduce the six-way tailgate on the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado at the end of the year. Instead of being known as the MultiPro Tailgate, the feature will be rebranded and called the Multi-Flex Tailgate. Yes, with the hyphen and everything.

The Chevrolet version of the tailgate really isn’t much different than the GMC version. The biggest difference is that it wears bow tie badging.

It’s functionality includes:

  • Primary gate — opens from the key fob, from inside the truck or via a button on the gate.
  • Primary gate load stop — helps prevent items from sliding out of the box.
  • Easy access — the inner gate folds down, allowing a deeper reach into the box.
  • Full-width step — the inner gate folds into a large step for easy access and holds up to 375 pounds.
  • Inner gate load stop — helps prevent second-tier items from sliding out of the box.
  • Inner gate with work surface — when opened, provides a work surface as well as second-tier loading.
It is likely that the Multi-Flex Tailgate will cost a premium when it arrives on dealer lots and it probably won’t be available on all Silverado models. In the video above, Chevrolet shows the tailgate on the Silverado High Country, its highest trim level.
In addition to the tailgate news, Chevrolet has already revealed that it will offer a Realtree Edition of the Silverado 1500 for the 2021 model year. It will feature familiar features and appointments that exemplify the Realtree brand.

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado is slated to go on sale later this year.

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