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Bentley launches new certified pre-owned program

Bentley has launched a new CPO program designed to give used car buyers confidence in their purchase.

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Honda has one. Toyota too. Now Bentley Motors has launched a certified pre-owned program (CPO) that the luxury automaker says, "offers buyers complete peace of mind, an exclusive certificate of authenticity, and opens the door to the extraordinary world of Bentley itself."

Called "Certified by Bentley" the business model is similar to other CPO programs. Each used vehicle that comes into the Bentley dealership to be readied for sale will be given a technical inspection, then it's fully serviced using only genuine Bentley parts. Each Certified by Bentley purchase comes with a comprehensive 12 months warranty that can be further extended should the buyer choose.

The vehicles each also receive a certificate of authenticity, which provides evidence of where it was manufactured and a full service history.

"When a customer selects a Certified by Bentley car, they are making an investment in a brand that has always crafted extraordinary vehicles," said Mark Keeping, Head of Pre-Owned at Bentley Motors. "The exceptional quality of every car, means that whether new or Certified by Bentley, owning a Bentley is a wise decision."

Bently is touting the cost savings buyers will experience with the new program. "Costs of ownership are lower than might otherwise be expected, making owning a Bentley an option for a wider number of potential customers," said Keeping. "And every car hand-built at our headquarters in Crewe, England, meets the same exquisite standards regardless of when it was built."

Additionally, buyers who purchase Certified by Bentley products also receive access to exclusive events around the world, a Bentley Factory Tour, and a subscription to the Bentley Magazine among other benefits.

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The 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge is coming to dealerships soon.

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Volvo's first fully electric vehicle, the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge, is coming to the U.S. with a starting MSRP of $53,990 and a 208-mile range. Those numbers make it more expensive and with a shorter battery range than most electric SUVs on the market today.

Currently, in the U.S., there aren't many all-electric SUV options. The 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric starts at $37,190 and comes with a EPA-estimated 258-mile range. Kia's 2020 Niro EV has a 239-mile rage and starts at $39,090. The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is on sale now starting at $39,995 and comes with a 250-mile range. Tesla sells the base grade Model Y $49,990 and has given it a 326-mile range.

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge

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Audi sells two electric SUVs, the E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback. Both are larger than the XC40, Kona, and Niro. The 2021 E-Tron starts at $65,900 and has a 222-mile range. The E-Tron Sportback is more expensive, with a starting MSRP of $69,100, and has just 218 miles of range.

Most of the models on the list qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500.

The XC40 Recharge is more premium than most of the models on the list, but its range is bound to be a sticking point for buyers, many of which still have looming issues surrounding the issue of range anxiety.

While its range is lower, the Volvo XC40 features strong powertrain figures. It delivers 402 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque.

The model can charge its 78-kilowatt-hour battery to 80 percent I about 40 minutes via a 150-kilowatt DC fast-charger. Volvo has teamed up with ChargePoint for nationwide charging access. ChargePoint offers 115,000 places to charge and gives users the option to purchase a ChargePoint Home Flex home charger when they buy the XC40 Recharge,

Volvo has given the model an Android infotainment operating system. It comes standard with Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the Google Play Store. Updates can happen over the air.

Its list of standard features includes a panoramic sunroof with power sunshade, 19-innch alloy wheels, 12.3-inch driver information display, 9.0-inch infotainment touch screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, four USB-C ports, and a rearview camera.

All Volvo XC40 Recharge models come with blind spot monitoring with steer assist, cross-traffic alert with automatic braking, adaptive LED headlights, lane keeping assist, and more.

To their XC40 Recharge, buyers can add a Climate Package ($750) that includes heated windshield-wiper blades, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. The Advanced Packages ($1,300) adds high pressure headlight cleaning, Pilot Assist driver assistance system with adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, a 12-volt power outlet in the luggage area, and wireless smartphone charging.

Single options include metallic paint ($645), Lava-colored carpet ($100), a 13-speaker Harman/Kardon Premium Sound system ($800), a heat pump ($350), and 20-inch five double-spoke Black Diamond Cut alloy wheels ($800).

Production of the XC40 Recharge is currently underway and it will soon be available in the U.S.

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Mitsubishi has restyled the Eclipse Cross for the 2022 model year.

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The restyled 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has debuted, with most of its changes coming to the exterior of the compact SUV. The first-generation Eclipse Cross debuted as a 2018 model and has received minor upgrades since then

"From the day we started to rethink the new Eclipse Cross, we wanted to address an attitude of boosted road performance and eco-friendliness, all with a stand-out style that will take this SUV to the next level," said Minoru Uehara, chief product specialist of MMC, who is responsible for leading and facilitating the creation of the new Eclipse Cross. "Besides the contemporary exterior and comfortable and smart interior, Mitsubishi Motors' legendary Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system ensures that drivers are always in control for their next adventure."

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has gotten a new touch screen for 2022.Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

The automaker is calling the Eclipse Cross "design-forward". It's most changed at the front where the has gotten rid of its underbite for a more sophisticated face. There's also a new bumper guard and refreshed light layout.

At the rear, a redesigned hatch and rear window means that the much-derided spilt-style rear of the first years' of the model's life is gone. Its hexagon design is designed to be reminiscent of the company's iconic rear-mounted spare tire shape.

The cabin of the Eclipse Cross features silver accents and light gray leather seats. Door trims now coordinate with a car seat color.

At the center of the dashboard is a new 8.0-inch infotainment screen that has been moved closer to the car's front-row occupants for easier use. There are now volume and tuning knobs. Mitsubishi has removed the SUV's touch pad.

Mitsubishi has carried over the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which is paired with a continuously variable transmission, for the new model year. There are currently no plans to add a plug-in hybrid variant of the Eclipse Cross in the U.S. market though it will be available in select markets across the globe.

All-wheel drive continues to be available.

Mitsubishi plans to launch the 2022 Eclipse Cross in Australia and New Zealand next month. It will come to the U.S. in the first quarter of 2021.

The company recently announced that it's planning to bring five new vehicles to market in the next 18 months.

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