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2021 Chevrolet Colorado gets new face, no mechanical changes, price increase

Chevrolet will offer the Colorado in an LT trim level with a body-colored grille midsection..

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The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado will sport a few look when it arrives on dealership lots later this year. In October, Chevrolet shared the first photos of the model and now a new set has been released.

New fascia options for the Colorado make the model blend in more with the current generation Silverado and Silverado HD, which have undergone significant generation redesigns in the last few years. There are a few new designs, depending on trim level.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 The front of this version of the truck has a chrome grille and Z71 badging.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

A new, bold grille features a Chrome midsection that expands on neither side to appear to hold the truck's headlights in place. The traditional Chevy bowtie sits front and center. This grille has larger vents than in the previous iteration. Chevrolet's design team has also tweaked the air dam. Badging on this model denotes it as a truck with Z71 package engineering.

A second version of that grille shows it with a. body-colored midsection.

The there's the third take, a version we've already seen. The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2's grille is completely different than the first two and sports a raised midsection that features the word "Chevrolet" across the front instead of the traditional bowtie. This design is most similar to the Silverado HD's front end.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado LT The rear of the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado LT is similar to its predecessor.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Chevy is also changing up the packaging of the Colorado ZR2. The ZR2 will be the first Colorado model to sport the company's flow-through "Chevrolet" front fascia, and it gets unique standard red tow hooks. It will continue to be equipped with Multimatic DSSV position-sensitive dampers, standard front and rear electronic locking differentials, a two-inch suspension lift, a 3.5-inch wider track, off-road rocker protection, cast iron control arms, Autotrac transfer case, and multiple skid plates.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

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In May, reports surfaced that GM was shuffling the Colorado's trim level lineup for 2021. Chevrolet will sell the model in WT, LT, Z71, and ZR2 trim levels. The Redline Special Edition, Z71 Midnight Edition, Z71 Midnight Edition, ZR2 Dusk Special Edition, and ZR2 Midnight Special Edition packages are set to return.

Chevrolet will not be changing the truck's powertrains options for the 2021 model year.

The base price of the Colorado has risen significantly because Chevy has discontinued the traditional Colorado base model. The new starter in their midsize truck lineup is trimmed out more like a mid-grade edition. The new Colorado WT starts at $26,395 - an increase of just $500 over the price of a similarly equipped 2020 Colorado. The truck tops out with the 2021 Colorado ZR2 having a $42,995 sticker price - an increase of $200.

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A diamond mesh grille fronts the 2022 Kia K8.

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Goodbye, Cadenza. Hello, K8. The Kia Cadenza is one of those cars that is easy forgotten about (if you ever knew about it in the first place) and frequently passed over in favor of the Toyota Avalon or the like. Still, most every automotive journalist who has driven it likes it.

So, Kia's taking the lessons learned from the Cadenza and some from the K5 and Stinger, and rolling them into a new large sedan, the 2022 Kia K8. This week the company unveiled the first official images of the car ahead of its debut. This is the first vehicle named the K8 in Kia history.

2022 Kia K8 The K8's headlights have integrated turn signals.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

2022 Kia K8

"Following our recent company rebrand, we keep moving toward our new brand values with a new model – the K8. This modern sedan has been designed with innovation and elegance at its very core," said Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design Center. "While paying homage to the K7, the K8 looks to the future. Its progressive exterior takes on character and emotion, and combines those qualities with an expressive looking front and a dynamic swooping rear, giving the K8 a high-quality, premium presence that takes direct inspiration from some of the world's most technically advanced yachts."

As seen in the photos, the car wears Kia's new logo on its badging, and has design lines reminiscent of the vehicles it has taken lessons from. There's a frameless tire nose grille with diamond lattice, turn signals integrated into the headlights, an elongated side profile, chrome finish along the bottom of the doors, and a roofline that trails off into the trunk. It's all very much from the Kia sedan lineup.

Kia promises that the car will have a "first class" interior that establishes "new benchmarks in premium quality". The sedan will deliver a high-performance driving experience yet be comfortable to ride in, according to Kia messaging.

The rear of the Kia K8 features elongated taillights.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The Kia K8 is expected to arrive in showrooms later this year but the U.S. might not get it until after it's arrived in Korea and Europe.

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New Amazon Fire TV for Auto technology is debuting in the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.

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The Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are set to be unveiled soon. Ahead of those debuts, Jeep has announced that those vehicles will be the first in the industry to integrate Amazon Fire TV for Auto.

Amazon Fire TV for Auto will give Wagoneer family occupants access to their favorite shows, movies, apps, unique vehicle features, and Alexa. It will communicate directly with the SUV's Uconnect 5 infotainment operating system. Just like in other Amazon devices, content syncs with an existing Amazon account. This means that customers will be able to pause a show in their home and seamlessly continue watching once they get into their vehicle.

"The all-new 2022 model-year Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are designed and engineered to set a new standard for American premium in the large SUV segment," said Christian Meunier, Jeep® Brand Chief Executive Officer - Stellantis. "Launching Fire TV for Auto as an industry-first technology to the Wagoneer lineup illustrates one of the many ways we intend to deliver class-leading technology and connectivity to our customers."

Amazon The screen for Amazon Fire TV for Auto looks very similar to what you'd see on a TV at your home.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

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Fire TV for Auto builds on the Fire TV experience that exists today with unique features that include:

  • Passengers can view Fire TV in high definition from the rear seats and the front passenger screen (a privacy filter disables driver viewing). When the vehicle is in park, the driver also can view Fire TV on the main Uconnect 5 screen
  • Touchscreen controls and support for compatible content can be downloaded on trips where wireless service is limited or to save on data
  • A Fire TV for Auto-specific remote provides control of the experience and includes push-to-talk access to Alexa, making it easy to find and quickly play shows
  • The remote includes a button that connects Fire TV with the new Uconnect 5 system for control of vehicle features, such as climate, maps and more

"We reimagined Fire TV for the automobile with a purpose-built experience that delivers the best in entertainment, anywhere you go," said Sandeep Gupta, Vice President and General Manager of Amazon Fire TV. "With Fire TV built in, customers can stream their favorite shows, see if they left the lights on at home with Alexa, and take advantage of unique controls through the Uconnect system."

Fire TV for Auto will be packaged with other connected services and made available in fall 2021 in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

This isn't the first time a Stellantis company has been on the cutting edge of in-vehicle tech. Jeep's stablemate, Ram, was the first to integrate SiriusXM 360L into a vehicle, its 2019 Ram 1500.

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