LA Auto Show 2019

2020 Corsair Grand Touring becomes Lincoln's second PHEV with segment-first electric AWD

The new Corsair Grand Touring SUV features plug-in hybrid electric technology.

Photo courtesy of Lincoln Motor Co.

Lincoln, the luxury arm of Ford Motor Company, has debuted a new high-end model that combines the luxe appointments of a top-tier Corsair with the power of an electrified powertrain.

"Corsair Grand Touring taps into Lincoln's growing momentum and builds on our commitment to electrification," said Joy Falotico, president, The Lincoln Motor Company. "With the addition of Corsair Grand Touring, we now have a family of SUVs that is distinctly Lincoln for every client."

2020 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring PHEV plug-in SUV The Corsair has Lincoln Aviator-like looks from the side.Photo courtesy of Lincoln Motor Co.

The model has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline-powered engine under its hood that works with a magnet synchronous motor to achieve a combined 266 horsepower. The system includes a continuously variable transmission. Lincoln has paired the powertrain with electric all-wheel drive, a first in its segment. Lincoln estimates that the SUV will have 25 miles of all-electric range.

The model comes with five standard drive modes: Normal, Conserve, Excite, Slippery, and Deep Conditions. Preserve EV and Pure EV drive modes are added in the Grand Touring PHEV model. Preserve EV recharges the battery and saves its power for another time while continuing to use the gasoline-powered engine. In this mode, the battery can be charged up to 75 percent.

In Pure EV mode, the vehicle runs on all-electric power in most driving conditions. If the SUV exceeds that system's capability, the hybrid engine engages to provide additional power.

2020 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring PHEV plug-in SUV The model features blue highlighted badging.Photo courtesy of Lincoln Motor Co.

Lincoln is touting the vehicle's whisper-quiet cabin, which is says is thanks to sound-dampening materials between the engine compartment and cabin and active noise control technology.

The Grand Touring trim is denoted by blue accented badging and unique 20-inch wheels on the exterior.

The 2020 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring will be built at Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky. It will be available next summer. Pricing will be available closer to the vehicle's on-sale date. The 2020 Corsair starts at $35,945 and the mid-grade Corsair Reserve starts around $42,000. The top-tier Grand Touring will likely be priced in the upper $40,000s.

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The front of the concept is very EV in its design.

Photo courtesy of Honda

The Honda SUV e:concept debuted in China this week signaling what's ahead for a future mass-production model of the Honda brand's first electric vehicle to be introduced in China. While what's sold in China doesn't always make it to American shores, there are a few things to be learned by taking a closer look at the concept.

We know that the vehicle's powertrain is electric. How many motors? What type of battery? How much power? In a nutshell, we have no idea. However, that could be where Honda's relationship with General Motors kicks in. A recent agreement to share platforms and co-build future vehicles builds on the electric vehicle platform sharing agreement the two automakers signed in April. In the first agreement agreement, Honda agreed to work with GM to develop two new electric vehicles based on GM's global EV platform powered by Ultium batteries.

Honda SUV e:concept The sloping roofline of the concept is indicative of another Honda model.Photo courtesy of Honda

The concept's sweeping looks are more crossover than SUV. While there's plenty of doubt that the model will be a two-door vehicle when it arrives in showrooms, its overall aesthetic is new for Honda, though it has hints of the current-generation CR-V and Accord in its nose.

The roofline of the SUV and side profile look a lot like the 2020 Honda Avancier, a true crossover that got its start as a station wagon and now sits as the company's flagship in China. If indeed this model is an electric Avancier, it means that the U.S. market is unlikely to see it.

From a business perspective, this makes sense. Electric vehicles are not nearly as popular in the U.S. as they are in China and Europe, where they have been regulated into residents' lifestyles. Additionally, the U.S. electric vehicle charging infrastructure leaves much to be desired.

2020 Honda Avancier

Photo courtesy of Honda

Cars built for the Chinese market also do not have to meet the same strict safety testing standards as American vehicles so they can be made for less and sold for less. Upping to U.S. standards costs more and, when shipping and taxes are added in, the model may be priced out of sensibility for American Honda customers.

Wherever it's destined to go, the Honda will be a mass-production electric vehicle.

The company is committed to equipping the car with a number of safety technologies including omnidirectional advanced driver assistance systems, the next-generation Honda SENSING safety and driver-assistive system with improved recognition, predication and decision-making performance, as well as the next-generation Honda Connect, which features an AI assistant interface, smartphone link, and wireless updates.

Honda SUV e:concept The model features a unique black end with slim lights.Photo courtesy of Honda

Expect to see the next steps in the evolution of this concept in the coming year, even if it's just in spy photos.

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The new RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car showcases the future of the Hyundai brand.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

Hyundai debuted the RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car this week, showcasing what isn't the beginning but what is very much the future of what the Hyundai brand will offer. The electric-based high-performance race car, like those designed by other manufacturers is a proving ground for technologies that may be employed in Hyundai passenger vehicles in the future.

Hyundai has been quite open about this calling the platform the RM20e is based on, the RM development platform, will be used for future N brand products that are inspired by the car. This follows as part of the progressive evolution of the car with previous iterations bearing the names RM14, RM15, RM16 and RM19.

RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

Hyundai's first electric race car was developed for the eTCR electric touring car series in 2019 - the Veloster N eTCR.

"Our new electrified RM20e pushes the proven RM platform forcefully into a new, environmentally-focused decade of the 21st century, stretching the performance envelope of electrification on normal road environments," said Albert Biermann, President and Head of Research and Development Division at Hyundai Motor Group. "RM20e represents a revolutionary new chapter of electrified performance for the Racing Midship series, and our N engineers continue to garner valuable insights in the arena of zero-emission performance dynamics."

The mid-engined, rear-wheel drive RM20e features a powertrain that achieves 810 horsepower and 708 pound-feet of torque thanks to its electric motor. It can get from zero to 62 mph in less than three seconds and to 124 mph from a standstill in 9.88 seconds.

Hyundai says that the RM20e combines "race car-like levels of performance, balance, braking, and grip while retaining daily-driver quietness, responsiveness and road-going capability".

The propulsion system driving the car, as well as the equipment that helps it achieve the "race car-like levels of performance, balance, braking, and grip" are part of Hyundai's larger plant to develop hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery, and fuel cell electric vehicles.

Hyundai isn't working alone. The company has formed a strategic partnership with Rimac Automobili to co-develop battery and fuel cell electric vehicle prototypes.

Additionally, Hyundai Motor Group, the parent company of the Hyundai, Genesis, Kia, and new Ioniq brand, has committed to addinng 44 "eco-friendly" models by 2025.

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