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Fiat attempts to lure customers with 500X Sport intro

Fiat is describing the new 500X Sport as "youthful and sporty".

Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

Fiat sales in America are abysmal. In an effort to lure more U.S. shoppers to its dealerships, the automaker has introduced the Fiat 500X Sport for the 2020 model year.

Described by Fiat it as "youthful and sporty" the 2020 Fiat 500X Sport features new front and rear fascia designs, body-color painted side moldings, and dark-finish exterior accents. It also has an eye-catching Rovente Red paint job. Its mirror caps, door handles, and rear license plate brow are finished in black and the model rides on 18-inch aluminum wheels. New 19-inch premium aluminum wheels wearing Micheline CrossClimate all-season tires are available. At the back are chrome dual-tire exhaust tips.

2020 Fiat 500X Sport The 500X Sport comes standard with a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine under its hood.Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

The 500X Sport comes standard with a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine under its hood. The engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and achieves 210 pound-feet of torque. That's a lot of torque for a car this size. The Fiat 500X is the only vehicle in its class to have 30 mpg highway and standard all-wheel drive.

"Our Italian-designed, fun-to-drive Fiat 500X is the only vehicle in its class to feature standard all-wheel drive and achieve 30 miles per gallon," said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – North America. "With standard turbo power, the Fiat 500X Sport is a fresh, new alternative in one of the fastest growing segments in the industry."

2020 Fiat 500X Sport The model comes standard with a 7-inch infotainment touch screen.Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

The interior of the car features a dark-black headliner and pillars. There are new interior door and console bezel surfaces finishes. The car's techno-leather steering wheel is an upscale touch and features handcrafted red stitching and Alcantara inserts with paddle shifters. Alcantara leather also features as the cover on the cluster brow and there's a new cluster graphics and instrument-panel bezel finish.

Sport seats feature black fabric and vinyl inserts. A grey "500" logo is stitched on them just below the unique, circular headrests.

Below the seats are standard aluminum pedal covers and new Sport floor mats.

The model comes standard with a 7-inch infotainment touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Navigation, SiriusXM, a Beats audio system, and automatic climate control are available.

2020 Fiat 500X Sport Sport seats feature black fabric and vinyl inserts.Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

The 500X is available with adaptive cruise control and front park assist. It comes standard with blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, rearview camera, and seven standard air bags.

The 2020 500X Sport model is available for $26,895, excluding destination.

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Redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue ups the ante but isn't revolutionary
Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue will have a starting price of $25,650, just $160 more than the 2020 Rogue. Traditionally, vehicles go up much more in price as part of a generational change. This price is higher than the starting MSRP of Rogue's top competitors, the 2020 Honda CR-V, 2020 Ford Escape, 2020 Mazda CX-5, 2021 Subaru Forester, and 2021 Toyota RAV4.

Nissan will sell the Rogue in four trim levels: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. All models come standard with front-wheel drive (FWD). All-wheel drive (AWD) is available across the lineup for an additional $1,400.

2021 Nissan Rogue Remote technology keeps you and your family warm or cool, right away. Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

"Rogue is the first of six new vehicles that will be in Nissan showrooms by the end of 2021," said Mike Colleran, senior vice president, Nissan U.S. Marketing and Sales. "As Nissan looks toward the future with dramatic new models like the upcoming Ariya electric crossover and the just-announced Z Proto, we're updating our model lineup with fresh, exciting and innovative vehicles that will thrill our customers."

Pricing for each trim level is as follows:

  • 2021 Nissan Rogue S FWD - $25,650
  • 2021 Nissan Rogue S AWD - $27,050
  • 2021 Nissan Rogue SV FWD - $27,340
  • 2021 Nissan Rogue SV AWD - $28,740
  • 2021 Nissan Rogue SL FWD - $32,000
  • 2021 Nissan Rogue SL AWD - $33,400
  • 2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum FWD - $35,430
  • 2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD - $36,830

Two optional packages are available: the SV Premium Package at $2,660 and the SL Premium Package at $1,320.

In addition to being more expensive at the onset, the Rogue tops out higher than most of its competition too. It doesn't have a focused off-road variant like the RAV4, nor a hybrid version (now available for CR-V, Escape, and RAV4).

The Rogue does have some class-leading and exclusive features. It is available with class-exclusive tri-zone climate control and pull-up sunshades, and has the most standard safety technologies in its class. Rogue's 9.0-inch infotainment screen is the largest infotainment screen in its class. It also has Nissan Zero Gravity seats in the front and back, which provided unparalleled comfort.

The 2021 Nissan Rogue will go on sale in late October.

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The BMW 4 Series is longer, wider, and taller than its predecessor.

Photo courtesy of BMW, Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

The 2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible will be a combination of the fresh BMW 4 Series, which debuted earlier this year, and a new convertible features.

The biggest change is that the 4 Series Convertible is going soft. The freshly-designed soft-top exterior brings with it a host of benefits including weight reduction (it's 40 percent lighter), improved cargo space (now 9.0 cubic feet, up 1.2 cubic feet from previous-gen model), and a lower center of gravity, which allows for improved handling.

2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible The model comes standard with the controversial 4 Series grille. Photo courtesy of BMW, Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

Its convertible top uses a large panel bow and honeycomb construction to accommodate a flush-fitting glass rear window. Multiple layers of insulation and fabric make up the top, which is available in two colors: Moonlight black and standard black. Moonlight black adds a shimmer to the fabric.

Opening and closing the soft-top can be done while seated in the car or via remote key. It takes 18 seconds to perform open and closing functionality, which can be performed at up to 31 mph.

There is a pass-through rear seat to allow for additional storage options.

Like the rest of the 4 Series lineup, the convertible is longer and wider than the previous-generation model, complete with a longer wheelbase. The 4 Series Convertible is more aerodynamic than its predecessor.

2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible It takes 18 seconds for the convertible's roof to go up or down. Photo courtesy of BMW, Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

It also has the 4 Series's unique face with new grille, standard LED headlights, and sleek blade-like turn signals. At the back are slim taillights and classic BMW minimalism. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are available.

The car is available with the M Sport package, which consists of a uniquely styled front bumper with larger air intake openings and a restyled rear bumper with Shadowline inlays. The rear diffuser panel, front air intake trim, side window moldings and lower exterior mirror housings are all finished in high-gloss black. Selecting the optional Shadowline Package delivers a high-gloss black finish to the kidney grille, exhaust tip trim, and black mirror caps.

The 2022 BMW 430i and 430i xDrive Convertibles are powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that achieves 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The 430i gets from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and has a top speed of 155 or 130 mph depending on the wheel and tire combination selected.

2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible BMW is making the 4 Series Convertible with a new soft top. Photo courtesy of BMW, Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

BMW is powering the M440i and M440i xDrive Convertible with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine hat produces 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It has the same electronically limited top speed as the 430i but can get off the line and to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds.

Both engines are paired with a stand eight-speed automatic transmission. A mild-hybrid 48-volt system is also standard.

An Adaptive M Suspension and Dynamic Handling package are available.

Power Sport seats and a leather steering wheel are standard. The M Sport Package and M440i Convertible models offer additional soft knee padding on the sides of the center console as well as an M Sport steering wheel and door sill plates with the M logo.

2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible The interior of the model isn't revolutionary. Photo courtesy of BMW, Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

The four-seater has been engineered with convertible-specific noise reduction measures.

The starting MSRP is $53,100 for the new 430i Convertible, $55,100 for the 430i xDrive Convertible, $64,00 for the M440i Convertible and $66,000 for the M440i xDrive Convertible. Pricing does not include the added $995 destination charge.

2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible The car takes most of the body traits of the traditional 4 Series for its design. Photo courtesy of BMW, Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

Rear-wheel drive versions of the model will go on sale in March and all-wheel drive 4 Series Convertibles will arrive at dealerships starting in July 2021.

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