Redesigned 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander debuts in first-of-its-kind fashion via Amazon

The design of the Mitsubishi Outlander borrows heavily from its Renault-Nissan-MItsubishi Alliance stablemates, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder and 2021 Nissan Rogue.

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The Mitsubishi Outlander is far more popular in other parts of the world than it is in the U.S. If there's one thing Americans love, it's Amazon. Mitsubishi has taken advantage of Amazon's popularity and used the company's Amazon Live streaming platform to debut the beefier 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander.

The automaker is calling the new, fourth-generation Outlander the "best-equipped, most thoughtfully engineered vehicle" the company has ever developed.

"Based on the product concept 'I-Fu-Do-Do,' which means authentic and majestic in Japanese, the all-new Outlander has been crafted into a reliable SUV with significantly upgraded styling, road performance, and a high-quality feel to satisfy the needs of customers who want to expand their horizons and take on challenges of every kind," said Takao Kato, chief executive officer of MMC. "With the launch of the all-new Outlander, we will first expand our sales in the North American market and then aim for global growth."

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander: Exterior

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The face of the Outlander is all-new. It features the company's next-generation Dynamic Shield design language, which is translated in to muscular fenders, athletic proportions, and available 20-inch wheels.

Mitsubishi underpins the Outlander with a new platform. The three-row SUV seven-seater is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and comes with available all-wheel drive (two-wheel drive is standard). A new drive mode selector allows the driver to select from six distinct settings, including Eco, Snow, and Normal, that allow for better on- and off-road performance.

Standard equipment on the 2022 Outlander includes Bluetooth, USB-A and USB-C charge ports, and 18-inch wheels.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander: Interior

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Mitsubishi has given the model an available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 9-inch infotainment touch screen, and wireless device charging pad. The car's infotainment operating system is Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay compatible. Additional options include Mitsubishi's MI-PILOT Assist driver assistance system with adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist, semi-aniline leather seating, integrated navigation, a 10.8-inch full-color head-up display, heated steering wheel, heated seats, dual- and tri-zone automatic climate control, heated rear outboard seats, a sunroof, the Mitsubishi Connect smart-car system, and a 10-speaker Bose audio system.

Pricing for the revised Outlander starts at $25,795. Full pricing and packaging details will be made available at a later date. Expect an announcement about the Outlander PHEV, Mitsubishi's plug-in hybrid electric version of the SUV to be forthcoming.

The flagship SUV will go on sale in North America first, in April 2021. Availability in global markets will follow.

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

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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.

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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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