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2021 Lexus ES lineup grows with all-wheel drive, Black Line Special Edition models

Lexus is adding to its ES lineup for 2021 with new models and all-wheel drive.

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Lexus is expanding its list ES offerings for the 2021 model year. The 2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD becomes the first all-wheel drive (AWD) ES model ever offered. Further, the 2021 Lexus ES 350 Black Line Special edition adds black accents and a unique interior option for buyers.

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

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Designed to give buyers increased confidence in inclement driving conditions, Lexus engineers have simply taken an all-wheel drive system and fitted to the traditional Lexus ES 350. This is the same way all-wheel drive is designed in the ES's sister car, the Toyota Camry. There are no changes to the leg room or cargo space in ES that have AWD compared to those ES models that do.

The system sends torque to all four wheels with up to 50 percent of the engine torque going to the rear. When all-wheel drive capability is not needed, the electromagnetic controlled coupling on the rear drive axle can disengage the propeller shaft to help prioritize fuel efficiency.

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

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All ES 250 AWD models are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 203 horsepower achieves 28 mpg combined.

The suspension tuning, wheels, and tires differentiating the ES model grades carry over to the AWD versions. That means, for example, the ES F Sport grade features the same sport-tuned suspension and 19-inch wheels in both front-wheel drive and AWD versions.

2021 Lexus ES Black Line Special Edition

2021 Lexus ES Black Line Special Edition

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A limited number of 2021 Lexus ES 350 Black Line Special Edition sedans will be offered for sale. Based on the F Sport grade, the models will be available in the buyer’s choice of an Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0, Obsidian, or Ultra White exterior. There are black outer mirrors, darkened F Sport wheels and lug nuts, and a black rear lip spoiler.

Each interior has the F SPORT-only two-tone scheme that features white and black coloring with gray stitching.

As with other Black Like Special Edition models in the Lexus lineup, the ES version comes with a two-piece set of Zero Halliburton travel cases that feature several distinctive features, including a chrome logo badge laser etched with "Zero Halliburton for Lexus", a sumptuous interior lining, a Lexus grille motif and a Lexus embossed leather logo badge. The set consists of a 22-inch Continental Carry-on and a 26-inch Medium Travel Case - both black.

The 2021 Lexus ES lineup will arrive at dealerships early this autumn.

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Subaru announces refreshed 2023 Legacy

The new Legacy got a facelift and new lighting elements.

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Sedans are a dying breed as SUVs and pickup trucks take over, but there are still a few compelling options out there, and Subaru has one of them. The Legacy has been a long-time part of the Subaru lineup, and the all-wheel drive family sedan got a notable update for 2023.

2023 Subaru LegacyTop trims get luxury finishes inside.Subaru

Subaru offers the sedan in five trims: Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring XD. The automaker updated the Legacy with a facelift that brought a new front fascia, redesigned front bumper and new LED lighting. The car features a low dash and open cabin for great visibility in all directions, and the top Touring XT trim offers high-end accommodations, including Nappa leather and metal trim inside.

Every Legacy comes with the latest version of Subaru Starlink infotainment software. It runs on an 11.6-inch display and offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment. Higher trim levels get the same display with navigation and a new-for-2023 what3words integration.

2023 Subaru LegacyThe Legacy goes on sale this fall.Subaru

The 2023 Legacy comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The top two trims come with a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come with a continuously variable transmission that offers an eight-speed manual shift mode.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 on the way with F1 tech

The new C 43 gets engine tech straight from Formula 1.

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It's about time we started considering Mercedes-AMG's 43-level cars in some of the same conversations that include the 53- and 63-level monsters. Today, Mercedes-AMG announced the 2023 C 43 Sedan. But even though it's the "entry-level" C-Class performance car, AMG gave it some serious upgrades, including standard rear-wheel steering, a mild-hybrid system, and plenty of power.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanRear-wheel steering is standard, as is adaptive suspension. Mercedes-AMG

The new turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 402 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque - up from last year's 385 ponies. It's paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and rear-biased all-wheel drive. Mercedes says the powertrain is strong enough to propel the C43 to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds.

The four-cylinder is the first production engine with an electric exhaust-gas turbocharger. The tech came directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team, who won the 2021 Constructor's Championship. Where traditional turbochargers have to build boost over a short period of time, an electric motor spins the turbo to start before allowing the exhaust gases to take over. The system is driven by the car's 48-volt mild-hybrid system and should reduce turbo lag and improve responsiveness.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanThe car's electric turbocharger is a first in a production car. Mercedes-AMG

Five driving modes are available, including Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport +, and Individual. The drive modes alter throttle and steering response, transmission shift points, exhaust sound, and settings for the adaptive dampers. Shockingly, the car comes standard with rear-wheel steering with an angle of up to 2.5 degrees. The system works at speeds of up to 37 mph, and can drastically reduce the C 43's turning radius while improving turn-in and handling.

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