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Bentley introduces a tweed interior option (and it's about time)

A new tweed interior is available in three Bentley models.

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

The 2021 Bentley Flying Spur, Continental GT, and Bentayga will be available with tweed interior options. Some may say that it's about time that the British brand embrace the material that traditionally makes up traditional Scottish and Irish garments. Bentley is offering the cabin styling as part of the buffet offered by their bespoke commissioning division.

The sustainable material will be offered in four contemporary patterns. The tweed being used by is sourced from Lovat Mill, located in Hawick, Scotland. The mill operates a "dry" production facility that has neon adverse impact on the local natural environment. No hazardous dyes are used and 90 percent of the local electricity consumption comes from renewable sources.

Bentley tweed interiorThe tweed is relegated to door panels.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

Bentley buyers can add the finish to the doors of the vehicle. The four color schemes were selected to compliment the wide variety of leather upholstery color options Bentley currently offers. Cheltenham, which features a variety of green colors, offers a more traditional choice for customers whereas Glen Plaid–Tolsta Beach, named after the shores of the rugged Outer Hebrides has a bold check pattern. Charcoal and Sand Herringbone tweeds offer a subtle complement to the basic dark and light interiors.

All four options are made of sustainable materials and showcased in the Mulliner Personal Commissioning Guide. Previously, customers would bring their ideas to Bentley Mulliner and the company would make it work. Now, the Personal Commissioning Guide allows buyers to identify which of Mulliner's capabilities they would like to utilize.

Bentley tweed interiorThe sophisticated fabric has its roots in the British Isles.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

Tweed on the inside of a Bentley is new on a mass production vehicle. Bentley has previously collaborated with Savile Row tailors, Huntsman, to create the limited edition 'Sportsman' Bentayga, utilizing the Peck 62 tweed on the passenger and driver fascias. In the Continental GT Equestrian Edition, Mulliner used diamond quilted tweed fabrics for the door inlays and rear quarter panels. When the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar debuted it featured grey tweed on the sides of the center console, across the instrument panel, and continued to the door interiors.

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New electric SUV

Honda teases its first EV

The Prologue will go on sale as a 2024 model.

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Honda is nearing the unveiling of its first electric vehicle, the Prologue, and today the automaker gave us our first glimps of the new vehicle. It's just a sketch, but Honda did share some production details and information on its product roadmap.

Honda DealerHonda plans to sell half a million EVs by the end of the decade. Honda

Honda says the Prologue will be an adventure-ready SUV "capable of satisfying everyday driving and weekend getaways with a strong hint of the well-received Honda e in the front fascia." The SUV was developed in Honda's Design Studio in Los Angeles, and was designed with an eye on Honda's global EV models. Honda said it focused on aerodynamics and fine-tuning the body to reducelines and improve range.

The Japanese automaker developed the Prologue alongside GM, but it has other EVs coming to market by 2026. By 2030, Honda says it will release 30 new EVs globally with a production volume of two million units. The co-developed vehicle is the first, but the rest will be built on Honda e:Architecture. In 2027, the automaker will begin building and selling a line of affordable EVs using the architecture developed with General Motors. Honda says it plans to sell half a million EVs in North America by the end of hte decade.

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Lexus announces all-electric RZ 450e

Lexus just announced the new RZ 450e

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Lexus and Toyota have finally jumped onto the EV train, and we’ll soon see new all-electric SUVs from both. The Lexus variant, named RZ 450e, features a reasonable range, upscale interior, and neat all-wheel drive technology. We don’t have firm pricing for the Lexus, but expect it to start in the mid-to-high $40,000 range.

2023 Lexus RZRange is expected to reach 225 miles per chage. Lexus

The RZ shares a platform and much of its underlying engineering with the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra, but will take a more upscale approach. Though its size and overall shape are similar to the others, the Lexus’ exterior styling is sharper and sportier, with functional aerodynamic bodywork. A new Lexus logo is spelled out on the rear gate, instead of the traditional “L” of previous models.

The SUV comes with a 71.4-kWh battery that should deliver a range of around 225 miles on a charge. All-wheel drive is standard, and uses the RZ’s dual electric motors to shift power between the wheels that need it most.

Inside, the RZ features a minimalist, open space with controls meant to remind drivers of a horse’s reins. Ultrasuede upholstery and woodgrain trim come standard. Lexus notes the RZ’s head-up display is controllable via steering wheel-mounted buttons that handle navigation, audio, and other functions.

2023 Lexus RZThough similar to the Toyota bZ4X inside, the Lexus IS more upscale and minimalist. Lexus

Speaking of the steering wheel, the first RZs will be available with a round wheel only, but later on, Lexus will offer a yoke-style wheel like the one seen in the Toyota bZ4X concept and Tesla’s Plaid models.

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