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2021 Nissan Armada debuts with fresh face, best-in-class tech

The 2021 Nissan Armada has fresh fascia and a large infotainment touch screen.

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Nissan has taken its aging Armada and kicked it up a notch for the new model year. Not only has the 2021 Nissan Armada gotten fresh body styling, but it also has a many more high-tech features.

Nissan will sell the 2021 Armada in S, SV, SL, and Platinum trim levels.

The SUV has gotten a new grille, hood, and front fenders that echo the design of the 2021 Nissan Rogue. Its updated front and rear bumpers and new LED headlights and tail lights help complete the enhanced looks of the model. Nissan will sell the model with the Midnight Edition Package for the first time for this new model year.

2021 Nissan Armada

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The Armada continues to be powered by Nissan's thirsty 5.7-liter V8 engine. The powertrain is completed by a seven-speed automatic transmission. Total output is 400 horsepower. A front and rear independent double-wishbone suspension rides underneath the body.

Nissan has enhanced the large SUV's Auto 4WD system, giving it Auto, 4HI, and 4LO models. The system is standard on four-wheel drive Armadas (two-wheel drive is standard). For 2021, Armada gets an integrated trailer brake controller with tow hitch receiver as standard on SV, SL, and Platinum trim levels. Trailer sway control is standard on SL and Platinum grades. Armada has a 8.,500-pound towing capacity.

The interior of the SUV has been significantly upgraded for the new model year. The center stack has been completely redesigned and now features a largest-in-class 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Wi-Fi keep the family connected.

Nissan has opted to let the Armada retain its dated, hard plastic-ridden console and rounded dashboard.

The Armada will go on sale in early 2021. An S grade will be available at a later date. Expect pricing for the 2021 Armada to stick closely to the MSRP of the 2020 model, which starts at $47,500.

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A new Texas-themed version of the Jeep Gladiator is on the way.

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Jeep has brought the Gladiator's off-road chops to the trails of the Lone Star State. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail is another of the the traditional of special edition vehicles for Texans who occupy the nation's largest truck market. It's the first time Jeep has offered a unique-to-Texas truck.

The new model builds on the Gladiator Sport S trim adding 17-inch Mid-Gloss Back Aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch mud-terrain tires, four-wheel drive, standard side steps, and the Trailer Tow Group. The Gladiator Texas Trail has a unique hood and decals that feature the year 1836 in the graphic as a nod to the year of the Texas Declaration of Independence. It also wears a black hardtop, black leather seats embossed with the Texas Trail graphic and comes equipped with the Technology Group and Convenience Group packages.

2021 Jeep Gl The vehicle is ready to be fully accessorized to the buyer's wishes.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

2021 Jeep Gl

The Texas-themed model features the buyer's choice of Jeep's new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that's rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque or the tried and true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 power plant, which achieves 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Jeep has badged each of the models with Trail Rated status. To achieve this status, Jeep vehicles must pass extreme off-road capability challenges.

The Gladiator Texas Trail is available in 10 colors: black, white, Snazzberry, Granite Crystal, Sarge, Nacho, Hydro Blue, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, and Sting-Gray. Jeep recently introduced a Snazzberry-colored Wrangler.

Each Gladiator comes with the Jeep Wave customer service program, which includes three years of maintenance, 24/7 phone/online support, trip interruption/first-day loaner coverage, and VIP access to Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail has a starting MSRP of $40,435 (plus $1,495 destination) and is currently available at Texas dealers.

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New driver assist technology is coming to the Lexus lineup later this year.

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New Lexus Teammate driver assistance technology will debut on the 2022 Lexus LS 500h later this year. Its availability is constrained to all-wheel drive models.

The technology was developed based on the Mobility Teammate Concept. This automated driving concept is unique to Toyota sough to enhance communication between drivers and cars, "enabling them to reach out to each other for mutual assistance". The concept sees cars and humans interacting and partnering rather than having automation take over for drivers. This approach allows drivers to enjoy the experience of driving but allowing the vehicle to take over some functions of driver's duties at times. In this way, the tech works as both guardian and chauffeur.

2022 Lexus The company's flagship sedan will get the technology first.Photo courtesy of Lexus

2022 Lexus LS 500h

On the 2022 Lexus 500h, Lexus Teammate will offer two functions: Advanced Drive and Advanced Park.

Advanced Drive is design to "accurately detect driving conditions to plan and execute acceleration, braking, and steering commands to maintain the vehicle within the lane, follow other vehicles, change lanes, navigate certain interchanges and traffic jams and overtake slower vehicles." It's a Level 2 functionality that "allows for driving on limited-access highways with partial hands-free, eyes-on-the-road operation".

This description makes it sound a lot like the suite of lane keeping, lane centering, and adaptive cruise control technology that Hyundai offers rather than true Level 3 technology that General Motors's Super Cruise delivers.

Lexus will show operation of the technology on a screen with information displayed like this.Photo courtesy of Lexus

Advanced Park operates similar to how the Genesis GV80's hands-free parking assist technology works. The Lexus tech automatically controls steering, acceleration, braking, and gear changes with parallel parking or backing into a parking space. It uses a combination of 360-degree sensing technologies and a bird's eye view display to perform the task while allowing the driver to monitor progress.

"We are very proud of Lexus Teammate, which is the culmination of five years of close collaboration between our technical centers in Japan and the US. We conducted simultaneous development and rigorous testing in both markets with the goal of achieving industry-leading advanced driver assistance functionality," says Derek Caveney, executive engineer at Toyota Motor North America's Integrated Vehicle Systems team.

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