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Mitsubishi teases redesigned Eclipse Cross

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is getting a makeover.

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When Mitsubishi debuted the Eclipse Cross in 2017, the model was revealed to show no similarities to the Eclipse that had garnered generations of enthusiasts for the Japanese automaker. Now, the Eclipse Cross is due for a makeover.

Ahead of a redesign, Mitsubishi is teasing the Eclipse Cross with a new photo.

The photo appears to show the Eclipse Cross with an elongated nose, restyled chrome accents on the front fascia, slanted and slim LED daytime running lights, and a new wheel design. The backside and side panels look very similar to the 2020 Eclipse Cross.

Mitsubishi 2020 lineup Mitsubishi is committed to debuting five models in the next 12 months. Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

"The new design draws inspiration from the Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept emphasizing the strength and dynamics from our SUV heritage, while enhancing the cleanliness and elegance of a coupe-like SUV," said Seiji Watanabe, division general manager of Design, MMC. "The Eclipse Cross is the first step toward the next generation of Mitsubishi Design, and there is so much more to come."

The e-Evolution Concept is an all-electric high-performance SUV prototype that showcases technology and body styling that Mitsubishi plans to bring to market in the near future.

Mitsubishi is set to have the new Eclipse Cross arrive in showrooms in the first quarter of 2021.

Earlier this year, Mitsubishi released details of an aggressive roster of product rollouts it has planned for the next year. Every model in its U.S. lineup will be touched as part of the redesign and refresh efforts as Mitsubishi looks to gain more market share.

The company recently relocated its headquarters to Nashville, Tennessee and entered into the Small Batch - Big Ideas Entrepreneur Network mentoring program in conjunction with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.

The new My Mitsubishi Connect mobile app will enable Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross drivers to view real-time service and maintenance needs, as reported by their vehicles.

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The 2021 Jaguar E-Pace is much improved for the new model year.

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The Jaguar E-Pace is getting the same treatment for 2021 that the automaker gave its big brother, the F-Pace. There's refreshed fascia, a fresh interior, and a bevy of new engine options that make the E-Pace seem almost completely new.

Jaguar will sell the 2021 E-Pace in three grades: P250, P250 SE, 300 Sport. All models come standard with all-wheel drive.

On its outside, the E-Pace gets a revised lower aperture, fresh grille mesh design with diamond detailing with Jaguar's heritage logo in the center wearing a Noble Chrome finish, and side fender vents with the brand's Leaper emblem. All-LED headlights feature Jaguar's 'Double J' signature and feature adaptive lighting technology. E-Pace S models get advanced LED technology while SE and HSE grades receive premium LED headlights with automatic high beam assist. All models get rear animated directional indicators. E-Pace SE and HSE get front ones as well.

2021 Jaguar E-Pace The rear of the E-Pace now has chicane styled taillights.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

Out back, the lower rear bumper fascia has a new mesh insert that sits between integrated tailpipes (standard with four-cylinder petrol engines). Slim horizontal bald finishers are standard on models with other engines. Full-LED taillights feature Jaguar's chicane graphic.

E-Pace models with R-Dynamic specification feature distinct black design elements. All models are available with Jaguar's Black Exterior Pack, which includes additional elements finished in Gloss Black.

The 2021 E-Pace is sold in two powertrain variants in the U.S. Both are turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinders paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. E-Pace P250 and P250 SE models have 246 horsepower while the E-Pace 300 Sport ups the output to 296 horsepower.

Jaguar has revised the E-Pace's architecture for 2021 lessening the amount of noise, vibration, and harshness transferred to riders while retaining an expected level of agility and improving throttle response.

2021 Jaguar E-Pace The E-Pace retains its familiar silhouette. Photo courtesy of Jaguar

All E-Pace models have JaguarDrive Control featuring Comfort, Eco, Dynamic, and Adaptive Surface Response drive modes, which can be chosen manually by the driver based on the road conditions. The setting is selected through a toggle switch next to the JaguarDrive Selector and adapts the steering, transmission, and throttle.

Jaguar has curated the interior of the E-Pace to be more luxurious. It features an 11.4-inch high-definition infotainment touch screen that sits at the center of the dashboard. The screen features two coatings - one that reduces glare and one that resists fingerprints.

In front of the driver is an available 12.3-inch interactive driver display with configurable layout. Buyers can also opt for an interior rearview camera mirror and adaptive cruise control.

The company has added a drive selector in place of a traditional shifter and made space for an available wireless smartphone charger. E-Pace's steering wheel features hidden-until-lit switches and metal gearshift paddles.

Designers have taken care to outfit the E-Pace with high-end materials including metallic dials, speaker accents, and vent finishes. An embossed Jaguar Leaper lives on the headrests while 'Est.1935 Jaguar Coventry' upholstery tags reference the history and heritage of the brand. A unique Jaguar animal print pattern fills the central cubby area and in front of the drive selector.

2021 Jaguar E-Pace

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The interior can be specified in Ebony, Light Oyster, Deep Garnet, Caraway and Cloud. The range-topping 300 Sport model features a collection of the latest design enhancements. The 300 Sport also has 20-inch five-spoke Diamond-turned with Satin Dark Grey accent wheels, Black Exterior Pack, illuminated metal Jaguar treadplates, Ebony Suede cloth headliner, and grained leather sport seats (available in Ebony, Cloud and Deep Garnet).

The 2021 E-Pace starts at $40,995 for the P250 while the E-Pace P250 SE has a starting MSRP of $46,095. The top-tier E-Pace 300 Sport is priced at $49,995.

Every new E-Pace comes with a five-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, a term of five-years/60,000-mile of complimentary scheduled maintenance, five years/60,000-mile 24/7 roadside assistance, and five-years of Jaguar InControl Remote & Protect connected services.

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The BMW R 18 Classic is a throwback to vintage motorcycle design.

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The BMW R 18 Classic is the cruiser sibling in the BMW R 18 family. It's a touring bike that takes vintage cruising motorcycle design, borrowing from the BMW R 5, and makes it thoroughly modern while focusing on what the company sees as motorcycle "essentials".

BMW designers created the motorcycle's pear-drop tank, open-running universal shaft, and double-lined paintwork are reminiscent of the legendary boxer dating back to 1936. Its bodywork is made of metal and the suspension pairs with a double-sided swinging arm and a cantilever suspension strut to further the connection to the R 5.

BMW R 18 Classic

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It has a double-loop steel frame and a rear swinging arm with an enclosed axle. The telescopic fork and directly mounted central suspension strut allow for 120 mm of suspension travel at the front and 90 mm at the rear. Twin disc brakes give stopping power at the front while a single disc brake at the rear works in tandem with four-piston fixed calipers.

The R 18 Classic gets its power from BMW's newly developed two-cylinder boxer engine, dubbed "Big Boxer". It is the most powerful two-cylinder power plant that BMW has ever used in motorcycle series production and has an output of 1,802cc. It gets 91 horsepower and at 4,750 rpm and from 2,000 to 4,000 rpm, 110 pound-feet of torque is available at all times. Engine drag torque control comes standard. Reverse assist and hill start assist are also available.

Drivers can ride their BMW in their choice of Rain, Roll, or Rock drive mode.

The bike rides on spoked wheels (a 16-inch is at the front) and has mid-mounted footpegs, which allow for laid-back driver positioning. Its windshield, saddle bags, and passenger seat are removable. There is an additional LED headlight and standard electronic cruise control.

BMW R 18 Classic The R 18 Classic is now configurable on the BMW Motorrad website.Photo courtesy of BMW

BMW has designed the bike to be conversion-friendly. It has an easily removable rear frame and a simple-to-dismantle painted part set. The automaker further explains, "Carefully conceived interface points for the hydraulic lines of the brake, clutch and cable harness likewise allow entirely problem-free installation of higher or lower handlebars in conjunction with matching hydraulic lines and cable harnesses. In addition, the visible valve covers (cylinder head covers) and the belt cover (engine housing cover) are designed in such a way that they are located outside the oil chamber, making them very easy to change."

For the new model, BMW Motorrad has worked with suppliers to come up with a variety of high-end aftermarket parts for the motor. Mustang Seat has been enlisted to offer a variety of high-quality hand-made seats. Vance & Hines worked with the exhaust system to make it customizable.

The 2021 BMW R 18 line starts at $17,495. The R 18 Classic has a starting MSRP of $19,495.

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