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Hyundai confirms powertrains, features of redesigned 2022 Tucson for U.S. market

The Hyundai Tucson has been remade for the 2022 model year.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

In mid-September, Hyundai unveiled its next-generation Tucson SUV. Now, the automaker has confirmed which of its powertrains and features will make their way to the U.S. market.

"Our new Tucson represents the future of Hyundai's full-spectrum eco-powertrain approach, offering internal combustion, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models in a high-volume compact SUV. With all-wheel-drive capability now added to new hybrid SUV platforms, customers no longer need to choose between all-road, all-weather capability and outstanding efficiency," said Thomas Schemera, executive vice president, head of Product Division at Hyundai Motor Group.

2022 Hyundai Tucson This version of the Tucson is longer and winner than before.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The new Tucson for the U.S. will be offered only in the long-wheelbase version of the global platform. That makes the 2022 Tucson longer, wider, taller, and has a longer wheelbase than the previous generation. Passenger volume increases by 6 cubic feet and cargo volume is up 7.7 cubic feet.

The two-row SUV will be available in gasoline and hybrid variants. Those will be available for purchase by U.S. customers in spring 2021. Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and the company's plant in Ulsan, Korea will make the internal combustion models.

U.S. customers can choose either a 2.5-liter or a turbocharged 1.6-liter hybrid engine in their Tucson. The larger engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and yields 187 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. Both are improvements over the 2021 model's 2.4-liter engine capabilities. It's also targeted to get 28 mpg, 3 mpg more than the outgoing power plant.

The hybrid Tucson will be available in two flavors. In the typical Tucson Hybrid, the turbocharged hybrid engine gets 177 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, with a total system output of 266 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That powertrains is completed by a six-speed automatic transmission, 44.2 kW electric motor, and a 1.49 kWh battery pack. It delivers over 500 miles of range.

2022 Hyundai Tucson The car features no knobs, buttons, or levers on its center stack.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

A plug-in hybrid Tucson will be sold featuring the same turbo engine and transmission but with a larger battery that yields 13.8 kilowatt-hours of power and an all-electric driving range of 28 miles. Hyundai estimates the SUV achieves 70 MPGe. Using Level 2 charging, the SUV can get a full charge in less than two hours using a 7.2-kilowatt-hour on-board charger.

Models equipped with the available all-wheel drive come with three drive modes: Normal, Sport, and Smart.

U.S. customers will be able to get their Tucson with a 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen, a hoodless digital gauge cluster, and multi-air ventilation, a temperature-adjusting system providing diffused airflow on the front passengers. Hyundai touts the new airflow system as a more comfortable alternative to the traditional vented air distribution within the cabin.

2022 Hyundai Tucson The Tucson has a fully digital instrument panel in front of the driver.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Tucson's second-row seats feature fold-and-dive functionality. A release lever in the rear cargo area helps make this feature easier to operate.

Hyundai has given the Tucson some segment-first technology: Remote Smart Park Assist, remote start with heated and ventilated seats, Digital Key, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Pricing for the 2022 Tucson has yet to be announced. Expect it to be price similar to the 2021 model, which starts at $23,700 and tops out near $34,000.

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An all-electric vintage Bentley offers retro looks and modern tech.

Photo courtesy of Lunaz

It's been a busy few months. Lunaz has increased its U.K. electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing footprint by 500 percent and added the world's first electric classic Bentley to its portfolio.

"Restoration, re-engineering and electrification responds to the global requirement for a clean-air future," said David Lorenz, Founder, Lunaz. "The Lunaz proprietary powertrain has been proven by furthering the legacies of the most significant cars in history. The time is now right to establish a significantly expanded presence to answer the global need for much wider conversion applications. Our commitment to the UK as a global centre of technical excellence in EV engineering is signalled with the commissioning of a permanent home for our rapidly growing business."

New home

The new Lunaz production home, designed from the ground up, will be completed this spring. It will feature a state-of-the-art design and a research and development hub. The company will have the ability to finish surfaces, engineer batteries, restore the bodies of vehicles, and crafts key components in hard and soft finishes in-house.

Customers will be able to access a hosting space on the second floor of the building, which has an uninterrupted view of Silverstone Racetrack. Beyond race days, the suite will be used as consultation space with the Lunaz design team.

Lunaz Bentley Continental

Lunaz is now offering electrified versions of vintage Bentley Continentals.

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Electrified vintage Bentley Continental

Following the offering of an all-electric vintage Rolls-Royce, Lunaz is responding to demand, offering a full production of the world's first electric Bnetleys.

"The Bentley Continental is the definitive British grand touring machine," said Lorenz. "Customers across the globe asked us to create the world's first electric expressions of these iconic cars. The result marries the beauty and presence of these extraordinary cars with a proven answer to the key questions of reliability, usability and sustainability that surrounds classic car ownership. We are proud to further the legacy of the Bentley Continental with the start of full production from our significantly expanded UK manufacturing presence."

The most recently completed car is a 1961 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur by H.J Mulliner. It is presented with a two-tone paint job and an interior that is finished in hand-restored lustrous green leather with burr walnut trim. Modern conveniences have been fitted to the car including power steering and air conditioning. An infotainment screen with navigation and Apple CarPlay functionality is also included.

This particular model will be used as a daily driver by a U.K. car collector so hill seats have been integrated into the rear.

Lunaz will now permanently release production allocation for Bentley Continental S1, S2, S3 in two-door and four-door configuration. In addition to fixed-head cars, the company will also offer rare Continental Drophead Coupé examples.

Prices for original factory steel-body cars start at £350,000 excluding local taxes.


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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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