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Hyundai repackages Palisade, debuts Calligraphy trim level for 2021

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy joins the company's lineup for 2021.

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Hyundai is already stealing market share from its competitors with the three-row Palisade SUV; nearly half of Palisade buyers had never considered the Hyundai brand before. Now, they're adding to the appeal with a shuffled trim level lineup that includes the addition of a top-tier Calligraphy model.

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy builds on the model's Palisade Limited model. It comes standard with all-wheel drive with hill descent control and Snow drive mode.

2021 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy

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The model rides on Calligraphy-exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels, and has a unique grille design, an upgraded side door garnish, high-end rear-accent lighting signature, and ultra-wide LED center high-mount stoplight puddle lamps.

The flagship SUV's cabin is equipped with quilted leather door panels, a microfiber suede headliner, a cargo sill protection plate, and perforated leather steering wheel.

All models continue to be powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. However, there are some changes to the features roster. Most of the equipment previously found in the Driver Guidance package, including a 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen, navigation, Highway Drive Assist, satellite radio, Blue Link, and Driver Talk has been added as standard equipment on Palisade Premium and higher models.

Palisade SE and above models without navigation get multiple device connection capability, HD radio, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Additionally, LED headlamps are now standard and Palisade SEL models and above also come standard with a sunroof and LED map lights. Premium models also get a melange headliner.

Palisade trailer pre-wiring connectors have been upgraded from a four-pin connector to a seven-pin connector design.

Hyundai continues to back each new Palisade with its Hyundai Assurance program, which includes complementary maintenance, and America's Best Warranty, which is made up of a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and 7-year anti-perforation warranty.

Hyundai has priced the 2021 Palisade to start at $32,545. The Palisade Calligraphy has a starting MSRP of $47,750.

The 2021 Palisade, including the Calligraphy model, begins arriving at Hyundai dealers this month.

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The material Jaguar Land Rover is adding to its vehicle interiors is called Econyl.

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As automaker work toward more sustainable business practices, Jaguar Land Rover is working with Econyl nylon to develop high-quality interiors made from ocean and landfill waste. The automaker promises that next-generation Jaguar and Land Rover models will feature floor mats and trims made with Econyl fiber from recycled industrial plastic, fabric offcuts from clothing manufacturers, fishing nets from the farming industry, and those abandoned in the ocean– known as 'ghost nets'.

Econyl nylon was created by Aquafil. It's already been sued in the high-end fashion, sportswear, and luxury watch industries to create handbags, backpacks, swimwear, and watch straps. In one year, the company recycles as much as 40,000 tons of waste, making it in to the nylon. For every 10,000 tonnes of Econyl raw material produced, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved and 65,100 tons of carbon emissions equivalent are avoided.

Jaguar Land Rover Econyl interior Jaguar Land Rover has committed to including more sustainable materials in its interiors.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Turning to sustainable materials isn't a new idea. For years Ford has been incorporating all manner of materials into its vehicles including tomatoes, soy, and coffee chaff from McDonald's. General Motors recently showcased a breakdown of how recycled materials are used inside their automobiles.

Bentley's facility in Crewe, England is collecting rainwater for use in its office building allowing the company to not have to draw from the local water system.

Each year automakers release their sustainability report, which champions all the ways that the company is moving forward in its resources conservation plans. This year's GM report sets forth numerous goals. Among them, by 2030, 50 percent of the parts used in General Motors vehicles will be made with sustainable materials. Additionally, GM's Spring Hill plant in Tennessee will run solely on solar power by 2022.

FCA made big strides in 2019. Their 2020 sustainability report touted their 40 percent reduction in water use and 27 percent carbon footprint reduction per vehicle.

Jaguar Land Rover Econyl interior Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

This week Polestar announced that its Precept concept vehicle is headed into production. When the Precept debuted a few months ago, the company bragged about its sustainable interior.

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Cadillac will give the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing carbon fiber seats.

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Cadillac continues to tease its long-awaited Blackwing sedans. The company is using the Blackwing monknier to designate their top-performing models of the CT4 and CT5.

Those models will also wear the "V' designation and be given the full name Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing. They will both be 2022 model year vehicles.

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing testing This CT5-V Blackwing was spotted testing at Virginia International Raceway, Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Cadillac has slowly been leaking out details of the models, even as the market moves away from sedan sales. We know now know that Cadillac CT-5 Blackwing will feature racing inspired seats. According to the automaker, "The carbon fiber seat back will feature a precision book-matched design and laser-etched V-Series logo. The seats will also include other customer-centric innovations and features that will be announced at a later date."

Cadillac also confirmed that the model is a limited edition.

We already have seen a picture of the cars' interior. That photo showed a new performance steering wheel that is crafted with leather and cut-and-sewn stitching. It features a 12 o'clock red racing stripe, carbon fiber trim, and a V-Series emblem. That emblem is designed to envoke nostalgia for Cadillac's championship-winning heritage on the track. Cadillac has designed the wheel with driver ergonomics as a priority.

The new models will feature V-Mode and a Performance Traction Management system that can be accessed on the left- and right-hand side of the wheel, respectively.

Additional buttons on the steering wheel are more typical to the General Motors lineup. They feature heated steering wheel, follow distance, cruise control, phone call/Bluetooth, and volume controls.

Each V-Series Blackwing model will feature a specially tuned chassis, vehicle control technologies, and engines. The models will be offered with a manual transmission.

The CT5-V Blackwing will be available starting in summer 2021. Expect pricing to be around the $60,000 mark.

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