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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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New Jeep Compass Coming Soon

The Compass gets a major update for 2022.

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The Chicago Auto Show is happening now, which means we've already seen a few new models and concepts. Just yesterday, Jeep introduced the new 2022 Compass compact SUV. It gets a new design inside and out, updated tech, and a load of new available driver aids. The Compass' refresh comes as new models from Ford, Subaru and others could cut into Jeep's off-road dominance.

As it was in previous model years, the new Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter "Tigershark" four-cylinder engine that makes 177 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. It's good for up to 31 mpg on the highway in 2WD models and can deliver a max towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds in 4WD models. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for Compass Sport and Latitude 4X2 models, while all others get a nine-speed automatic transmission that can handle the 20:1 crawl ratio setting in the Trailhawk model.

An all-new Latitude LUX trim joins the Compass lineup for 2022 as well. It features leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, a seven-inch full-color gauge cluster, and the larger 10.1-inch screen.


2022 Jeep Compass The new Compass is more upscale than its predecessor.Stellantis/Jeep


The Compass comes with a class-leading 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, but higher trims get an even larger 10.1-inch unit. It offers standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and runs Uconnect 5, a colorful, responsive infotainment system with advanced features and tech.

Several new safety features make an appearance, but most are added-cost options. The highway assist system offers a semi-autonomous driving feature, which Jeep says will become available later. Other tech includes traffic sign recognition, standard pedestrian/cyclist automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera system, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, and a long list of more traditional advanced driver aids like blind spot monitoring and parking sensors.

The Compass lineup for 2022 includes five trims: Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Limited, and Trailhawk. Pricing for the new Compass starts at $26,490, including a $1,495 destination charge. At the top of the lineup, the Trailhawk and Limited models both start at $32,890. It's expected to start arriving on dealers' lots in fall 2021.


2022 Jeep Compass New color schemes highlight the Compass' interior.Stellantis/Jeep

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The VW ID.4 sounds futuristic

The ID.4 is VW's first electric crossover in the U.S.

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The Volkswagen ID.4 is finally here. The electric crossover offers compelling features, decent all-electric range, and a reasonable price. On top of all that, Volkswagen focused heavily on the electric experience with the ID.4, down to the sounds it makes in everyday operation.

Where many automakers seek to humanize electric vehicles with familiar gas engine sounds, Volkswagen hasn't bothered with any of that. Instead, the automaker's ID.4 electric crossover features several sounds that embrace the EV's place in the future of transportation.

On startup, drivers are greeted with a sound that Volkswagen says will alert them that the vehicle is ready to go. It's not at all unlike the flying saucer sounds heard in sci-fi movies decades ago, but it's a nice reminder of the ID.4's future-forward drivetrain.



In motion, VW gave the ID.4 what is known as an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System, which helps alert people to the presence of a moving electric vehicle. Since the drivetrain doesn't make the same noises that a gas engine does, EVs can move almost silently at low speeds, so it's important to have some kind of warning sound.

Even the turn signal sounds received scrutiny in the ID.4's design, and while they're still fairly traditional, the sounds are subtle and pleasing overall. Beyond that, VW says it developed a library of sounds for typical vehicle control buttons and other functions that are exclusive to its electric vehicles. The goal, according to the automaker, is that the sound aligns with the vehicles' character, visual design, and features, and that people will be able to recognize a VW EV by its unique sound.

The ID.4 is just the first of several EVs that Volkswagen plans to release here in the United States. Larger family vehicles are on the horizon, and we may even see an electric revival of the legendary VW bus.

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