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Mazda adds standard features, available equipment as it repackages CX-9 for 2020

The 2020 Mazda CX-9 has gotten significant upgrades including available captain's chairs and a long list of standard features.

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Mazda has give the CX-9 a midcycle refresh that elevates the model to a premium offering in its highest grades and boosts the oomph coming from its turbocharged 2.5-liter engine. The automaker has also loaded the base model with more standard equipment.

The three-row SUV's plush interior now features available captain's chairs in the second row, which decreases the seating capacity from eight to seven.

Mazda is giving the SUV a hands-free power liftgate in Grand Touring and Signature trim levels.

Though the 2019 Mazda CX-9 has a competent powertrain, the automaker is upping its torque for the 2020 model year. The SUV's turbocharged 2.5-liter engine now delivers 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque when the CX-9 is filled up with 93 octane fuel and 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque when running on 87 octane. This is up 10 pound-feet over the 2019 model.

 G-Vectoring Control Mazda diagram how it works Mazda's G-Vectoring Control helps keep the SUV planted through the corners.Photo courtesy of Mazda North America Operations

The CX-9 is Mazda's first vehicle to offer off-road traction assist, which replaces the traditional traction control button and allows for automatic torque vectoring management. G-Vectoring Control Plus is also standard for 2020.

The base model CX-9, the CX-9 Sport, will now come standard with heated front cloth seats, power driver's seat with lumbar support, Gray Metallic 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated outside mirrors, automatic on/off headlights and automatic high beams.

A 7-inch infotainment scree, LED head- and taillights, one-touch rear and front power windows, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, rearview camera, keyless entry, and push-button start are also standard.

The CX-9 Touring trim adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, leather-trimmed seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, second-row center armrest with storage, two USB charging ports. A 9-inch infotainment touch screen is available in this grade. Mazda's next-gen key fob design and keyless entry system are standard on this trim, as are second-row power slide and tilt capabilities.

Adding the CX-9 Touring Premium Package gives the model two USB charging ports in the third row, a power moonroof, 12-speaker Bost premium audio system, SiriusXM, LED fog lamps, front and rear parking sensors, and second-row retractable sunshades.

The CX-9 Grand Touring the features and equipment from lower trims and the available Touring Premium Package and adds 20-inch aluminum ally wheels, 360-degree monitor, Active Driving Display with traffic sign recognition, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, automatic folding mirrors, power moonroof, LED door-pocket, LED front door handle and switch, Adaptive Front-lighting System, chrome exterior accents, satin chrome roof rails, windshield wipers de-icer, and overhead front center console illumination.

Second-row captain's chairs are available in models with the CX-9 Touring Premium Package and the Grand Touring trim level. Grand Touring models also get heated second-row seats.

The top-tier Mazda CX-9 Signature model comes standard with second-row captain's chairs. A second-row center console, similar to the one up front, also comes in the model and provides additional storage, USB ports, and cup holders. It comes upholstered in either Deep Chestnut or Parchment Nappa leather. The CX-9 Signature's steering wheel features a unique darker silver finish. It is available with a unique Soul Red Crystal premium exterior paint job. This model also includes a hand-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED grille accent lighting, and supplemental interior lighting near the shifter.

Each CX-9 also comes standard with a suite of safety features include adaptive cruise control with stop and go, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with pedestrian detection, active brake assist with collision warning, lane departure alert, lake keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The 2019 Mazda CX-9 starts at $33,790 and tops out near $46,000, not including destination and delivery charges.

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Hyundai is launching three new Ioniq-branded electric vehicles in the next four years.

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First there was Genesis, the luxury brand name that came from the popular car. Now, there will be Ioniq, the fourth vehicle brand for Hyundai Motor Group will include three new electric vehicles (EVs) over the next four years. Up until this point, the Ioniq name was used by the Hyundai Ioniq, the first auto in the world to be offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric variants.

"The IONIQ brand will change the paradigm of EV customer experience," said Wonhong Cho, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer at Hyundai Motor Company. "With a new emphasis on connected living, we will offer electrified experiences integral to an eco-friendly lifestyle."

The Ioniq name is a portmonteau of "ion" and "unique".

London Eye Q Ioniq launch To celebrate the announcement, Hyundai lit up the London Eye as a Q.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

With the new models, Hyundai looks to combine its current electric vehicle capabilities, which include ultra-fast charging, spacious interior, and battery-supplied power, with forthcoming innovations for the in-car and out-of-car experience - something the company says will be a "seamless journey".

The brand rollout of part of Hyundai Motor Group's larger EV rollout, which has the goal of selling 1 million units of battery electric vehicles and taking a 10 percent share to become a leader in the global EV field by 2025.

The three new vehicles that will be coming will all have numeral names: Ioniq 5, Ioniq 6, and Ioniq 7. Sedans will have even numbers and SUVs will have odd numbers.

The Ioniq five will launch first, in early 2021. It will be a midsize crossover based on the EV 45 concept, which was unveiled at the International Motor Show 2019 in Frankfurt. When that concept debuted, Hyundai said that, like the company's Le Fil Rouge concept, the 45 was a modern interpretation of the Hyundai Pony Concept, only this time it was focused on powertrain technology. Its diamond silhouette foreshadowed the design direction of future electric vehicles the company will produce while holding fast to the "Sensuous Sportiness" design identity.

Hyundai concept cars Ioniq EV The first three Ioniq models will be based on three concept cars the company has already introduced.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

The Ioniq 6 sedan is set to be introduced in 2022. It is based on the company's Prophecy concept vehicle, which was unveiled in March. That concept car's design gave a nod to the large car models of the 1920s and 30s but brought forward digital technology of today.

Ioinq 7, a large SUV, will follow in 2024.

The company says that the new vehicle designs will all "have a common theme of 'timeless value'" and be "inspired by past models.

They will all sit on the company's Electric Global Modular Platform, known as E-GMP. The platform's design allows for a "smart living space" complete with highly adjustable seats, wireless connectivity, and unique features - the company says that a glovebox deigned as a drawer is an example of one such innovation.

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The Cadillac Lyriq is the first all-electric SUV debuted by General Motors.

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The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is the first all-electric SUV by Cadillac and the first electric SUV General Motors has debuted for the U.S. market. It debuts with two rows of seating, over 300 miles of range, and a fresh face for the brand.

"Led by Lyriq, Cadillac will redefine American luxury over the next decade with a new portfolio of transformative EVs," said Steve Carlisle, executive vice president and president, GM North America. "We will deliver experiences that engage the senses, anticipate desires and enable our customers to go on extraordinary journeys."

2023 Cadillac Lyriq The Lyriq's rear illumination is part of a larger synced choreography of lights.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Cadillac says that the Lyriq name originated from the term “IQ" meaning intelligence quotient, which gives the appearance that something is smart as well Cadillac's long history of being named in music. Their marketing team says that no other vehicle brand name is mentioned more.

The body is rather status quo for a two-row SUV in shape, but not style. Up front, the grille is completely unlike anything else on the market. It has depth and width. A newfangled lighting design illuminates to form a smile when the driver approaches the car. A new take on the Cadillac shield illuminates first then the LEDs flow outward to the headlamps and all the way around to the rear

The Lyriq is equally as unique out back where it looks like it took a bit of design inspiration from the Chevrolet Malibu Max, but with a high-energy, Cadillac design language infusion.

GM showed the model with a two-tone paint scheme - black roof and white body.

Cadillac will build the Lyriq on its next-generation flexible architecture, which was designed specifically for electrified vehicles. The Ultium battery system delivers approximately 100 kilowatt-hours of power thanks to its nickel-cobalt-manganese-aluminum chemistry. The battery is seated underneath the body of the vehicle, lying flat under the floor of the SUV.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

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Users can charge the vehicle using Level 1, Level 2 (up to 19 kilowatts), and DC Fast chargers. GM hasn't disclosed how long the Lyriq will take to charge.

Cadillac will offer the model with rear-wheel drive and performance all-wheel drive - buyer's choice.

GM has designed the car to have 50-50 weight distribution and the location of the battery, along with the design of the new architecture allow for the car to deliver a rigid ride experience, making it less susceptible to passing on the road's imperfections to the model's passengers.

The Lyriq will come with Super Cruise, the General Motors hands-free driving system that allows for 200,000 miles of hands-free highway driving and automated lane change.

Additional technologies include a dual-pane augmented reality-enhanced head-up display and remote self-parking. The dual-pane system displays traditional speed information up close then, further in the distance overlays for directions and important warnings are displayed. Supervised remote parking uses ultrasonic sensors to help the Lyriq park itself in parallel or perpendicular parking spaces — whether the driver is inside or outside of the vehicle.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq It appears that the two-row SUV has only four seats.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Cadillac says that the Lyriq will offer “a new interpretation of passenger space". From photos it looks like the model is a four-passenger SUV with a large open space in the second row between two captains chairs.

A 33-inch advanced LED joint driver information center and infotainment display takes center stage on the interior. This is similar to the 38-inch version that is in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade. This new display has the highest pixel density available in the automotive industry today and can display over one billion colors, 64 times more than any other vehicle in the automotive industry, providing a stunning in-vehicle experience unlike anything seen before from Cadillac.

The driver's information side of the screen displays safety technology information on it including nighttime animal detection courtesy of camera functionality that brightens up the looks of your surroundings compared to what the human eye sees.

The SUV sports a 19-speaker AKG audio system with the ability for the driver to adjust the sound mode (front and rear) depending on their preference between stereo or surround acoustics.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq Cadillac has given the Lyriq plenty of piano black touch surfaces.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Cadillac is employing noise cancelling technology for the first time in the Lyriq. Other automakers have offered similar technology for years.

There's a few other features that GM didn't highlight at the Lyriq's reveal, but showcased in a recent video including automatic climate control, navigation, audio, phone call (likely Bluetooth), and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot. It looks like the SUV's screen has pinch-to-zoom functionality. Further, there are doors with a unique inner inlays and a power-adjustable (at least) eight-way driver's seat.

Don't fret. There's plenty of time for Cadillac to reveal even more details. The SUV doesn't go into production for another few years.

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