Such a Tease

Audi E-Tron GT teased ahead of February 9 debut

Audi teased a the forthcoming E-Tron GT In a photo on Twitter this week.

Photo courtesy of Audi

Audi announced via Twitter this week at its long-anticipated E-Tron GT will debut February 9. The E-Tron GT will be the latest E-Tron family member, following in the footsteps of the Audi E-Tron and Audi E-Tron Sportback. All E-Tron stablemates are battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

Unlike the E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback, which are SUVs, the E-Tron GT is set to be a hatchback car. It's been shown off in prototype form for years so its looks aren't exactly a mystery, but range, charging, and other features information is what is formally unknown.

The car's body will be a combination of ultra-high-strength steel and aluminum.

As a concept vehicle, Audi gave the E-Tron GT 590 horsepower and a 90-kilowatt-hour battery. There is no concrete word on what to expect from the range of the new model. It's likely that the E-Tron GT will be more aerodynamic and thus achieve more range than the E-Tron, which can go about 222 miles on one charge.

Last year, Audi announced that "S" variants of E-Tron models will be coming to market, so it's probable that a performance-focused E-Tron GT S is in the pipeline.

Audi will be producing its electrically powered Gran Turismo at Audi Böllinger Höfe making it the brand's first fully electric car to be built in Germany. The company will utilize customized new technology to produce the car but finishing touches will be done by hand. The E-Tron GT will share the space with the Audi R8. Once each car is completed, it will be driven for 24.9 miles on public roads for quality assurance testing before leaving the factory and heading out to a dealership near you.

Audi E-Tron GT Prototype

Audi E-Tron GT
Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The E-Tron isn't the only new family member in the pipeline. Audi has already announced plans for a Audi Q4 E-Tron, showing the concept version of the SUV last year.

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New subcompact crossover

Honda announces freshened HR-V for 2023

The new HR-V is based on the Civic.

Honda

With the release of the all-new Civic and its performance variants, Honda's lineup grew more exciting this year. Even so, the automaker can't forget about its bread and butter models, which in the United States means SUVs. Its smallest, the HR-V, is getting an overhaul for 2023 with fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain. Honda hasn't elaborated on pricing or given out an exact release date for the HR-V, but we know the SUV is coming this summer.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new HR-V gets fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain.Honda

The 2023 HR-V gets a new grille with a longer hood and sweeping roofline. Honda notes that the new HR-V is based on the Civic, so while we don't have full powertrain and tech details for the new SUV, we can draw some inferences from that information. The new Civic comes standard with a 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a CVT, which would be a reasonable choice for the HR-V. As it did in the Civic, the base will likely also bring a lively driving experience and confident handling to the HR-V.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V will hit the streets this summer.Honda

Honda says the HR-V features a large greenhouse with door-mounted mirrors and a low cowl for better visibility. LED headlights and tail lights are standard, and the new rear-end design features a more rounded, grown-up shape than the previous model.

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Just 55 of the SUV will be built.

Mercedes

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is an aspirational vehicle, and is one that shouts "I've made it" to the world. Its six-figure price tag legitimate military background, and hardcore off-road capabilities make it appealing on many levels, and there's even a go-fast version from AMG. The G63 cranks up the already bonkers G-Class to 11, with a big V8 and aggressive styling. To commemorate AMG's 55th year tuning Mercedes' vehicles, the automaker is releasing a limited "Edition 55" G 63.

Mercedes-AMG G 63 "Edition 55"The Edition 55 gets unique styling touches inside and out. Mercedes

Though the Edition 55 adds plenty of unique flair to the AMG-massaged G-Wagen, the SUV's beating heart remains untouched. It's a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 making 577 horsepower, and is good for a 0-60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds. That's in an SUV with a curb weight just shy of 6,000 pounds. Four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission are also standard.

Mercedes says the Edition 55 comes finished in Obsidian Black metallic and rides on 22-inch forged wheels, even though the images it sent to accompany the announcement clearly show a not-black SUV. It also comes with the AMG Night Package, which brings blacked-out trim and unique accents, and the fuel filler cap is embossed with the AMG logo. Inside, the cabin features a black and red color scheme with stainless steel accents throughout. Black velour floor mats stitched with "Edition 55" in red are standard, along with an AMG Performance steering wheel wrapped in microfiber. The seats are covered in black and red Nappa leather upholstery, and Edition 55 badges are seen throughout the space.

Mercedes-AMG G 63 "Edition 55"The 577-hp super SUV can sprint to 60 mph quicker than many sports cars. Mercedes

When Mercedes says "limited edition" here, it means business. Just 55 of the SUVs will be available in the United States, and will be released later this year. There's no word on ordering or pricing details yet, but it's a safe bet that the ultra-exclusive G-Wagen will sell out quickly.

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