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Redesigned 2021 Audi A3 gets a fierce face, electrified powertrain

The looks of the Audi A3 now fall into line with the most of the rest of the automaker's lineup.

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Striking new looks, a high-tech infotainment system, and an electrified powertrain are on the menu of the redesigned 2021 Audi A3. The model redesign makes the Audi more in line with its stablemates, nearly all of whom have already received upgrades of a similar nature.

Like others in the Audi family, the car now has a large Singleframe honeycomb grille at its noise. On either side are trapezoidal LED headlights and LED daytime running lights. Light signatures vary by model.

2021 Audi A3

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The exterior design differs form the previously shown 2021 Audi A3 Sportback, with body panel lines emphasizing the length of the car. It is 5.9 inches longer than the Sportback. The German automaker has made the four-door car longer than the 2020 model by 1.6 inches but other dimensions, including the interior ones, haven't changed much but the car does offer slightly more head- and elbow room. The wheelbase stays the same in the 2021 model.

Gone are the Givenchy x Madonna era circular vents in the dashboard. The much upgraded interior features streamlined design that's sleek and modern - an overall theme that transitions well from the Audi RS 7 to the A3. Audi's third-gen operating system allows for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, 4G LTE Wi-Fi service, and navigation, among other features. The new system runs 10 times faster than the second-gen.

Information on what will power the A3 in the U.S. hasn't been released. In Europe, three power plants are available including a diesel option. One of the engines, a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder unit, features a 48-volt mild hybrid system similar to what you'll find in the Ram 1500 and many modern Mercedes-Benz models. Audi says that the mild hybrid engine can achieve 50.4 mpg when paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Europe gets the Audi A3 first, starting this spring. It's slated to arrive in the U.S. later this year and pricing is expected to stay similar to the 2020 model, which started at $33,300.

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The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is joining the company’s lineup

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The decision to add a turbocharged engine variant to the Mazda3 was met with praise for those who like getting in a little more excitement behind the wheel. Now It has been announced that the Mazda3's crossover counterpart, the CX-30 is getting the same treatment.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 will be available with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque when the tank is filled with 93 octane fuel. The performance drops to 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque when owners fill up with 87 octane. Engines with the turbo-four also get standard all-wheel drive.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The body styling is pretty much the same as the rest of the Mazda CX-30 lineup, but it does have unique wheels and other attributes.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

To accommodate the new engine option, Mazda has not had to change the outward appearance of the model In earnest but does add some highlights including 18-inch black aluminum alloy wheels, larger tailpipes, gloss black door mirrors and a "TURBO" badge on the liftgate.

As the most premium Mazda CX-30 model, it comes with a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, black upper dash and chrome finishes. The features list includes a Bose 12-speaker audio system and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen..

The CX-30 2.5 Turbo, as the models with the engine will be known. Also comes equipped with Smart City Brake Support Reverse and rear cross-traffic braking technologies that can sense a vehicle coming into the lane of travel when reversing, warn the driver, and apply the brakes in order to possibly avoid a collision. Additional available safety technologies include a 360-degree view monitor, Active Drive Display, traffic sign recognition, and adaptation front lighting.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The CX-30 debuted just last year.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is scheduled to go on sale by the end of 2020. Specific packaging and pricing details will be announced in the coming months

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The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross used the Internet of Things to connect to the My Mitsubishi Connect app

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Mitsubishi has enlisted Aeris and Dealer-FX to better connect owners to their vehicles. Using integrations with the Aeris Mobility Services and Dealer-FX ONE platforms, the My Mitsubishi Connect mobile app will now enable Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross drivers to view real-time service and maintenance needs, as reported by their vehicles.

The system will push timely notifications from the vehicle to the app and the owner's smart mobile device allowing them to act in a matter of seconds rather than trying to remember that a warning light cane in while operating the vehicle.

"Mitsubishi customers are dreamers, achievers, entrepreneurs – active in their communities and in their family homes, and their time is extremely valuable," said Mark Chaffin, Chief Operating Officer of MMNA. "The My Mitsubishi Connect app allows us to enhance their experience, be more efficient with their time and continue to demonstrate our commitment to delivering high quality, top value vehicles with leading-edge technology in the U.S."

This isn't the company's first IoT foray. When it debuted, Mitsubishi Road Assist+ was the first hardware-free, smartphone-based app provided by an OEM that allowed owners to realize the cost savings of usage-based insurance without having to own "connected car" with built-in telematics capabilities or aftermarket-installed telematics hardware.

Mitsubishi continues to grow its presence in the U.S. market. The company recently relocated its headquarters from California to the Nashville, Tennessee area near where Renault-Nissan- Mitsubishi Alliance member Nissan has its North American headquarters.

The company recently announced a partnership with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center to create the Small Batch - Big Ideas Entrepreneur Network, which gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from Mitsubishi executives, among other benefits.

The My Mitsubishi Connect and Mitsubishi Road Assist+ apps are currently available on the Google Play store and the Apple's App Store for use on Android and iOS devices.

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