Such a Tease

BMW teases debut of refreshed 2021 5 Series

BMW is marching ahead with its plan to tease the forthcoming 5 Series facelift.

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Though there have been leaks featuring the look of the 2021 BMW 5 Series already, the German automaker is marching full steam ahead with a teaser campaign ahead of the model's official debut just a few weeks from now.

From the looks of the teaser, the company's signature kidney grille will be getting a redesign, but not the bucktoothed look of the i4 Concept. It's okay to release a sigh of relief. The headlights appear to have a fresh level of squint, which is in keeping with the looks of the concept.

2017 BMW 5 SeriesThe current BMW 5 Series is shown for comparison.Photo courtesy of BMW

While it's not shown in the teaser image, there are a few powertrain tidbits we know for sure. First off, the 5 Series sedan and wagon will be electrified. Remember, that doesn't mean that they'll be electric vehicles (EVs). This likely means that we'll see some level of 48-volt mild hybrid and traditional hybrid system available throughout the lineup, as well as a plug-in hybrid model. Europe is also likely to get a diesel variant.

Rear- and all-wheel drive will likely remain as standard and available, respectively, because this is just a facelift rather than a full platform redesign.

BMW will probably sell the 5 Series in an M Sport variant, as they do with nearly every other model in the lineup. Red M Sport brake calipers could make their debut on the model for the first time. Count on there being a M5 facelift forthcoming as well, though we may have to wait a while to officially see that one.

Inside the cabin, the car is set to have more technology changes than aesthetic ones. Support for Android Auto via a wireless connection is almost certain. The car will also have the latest BMW infotainment operating system, BMW Operating System 7.0.

Stay tuned for more information on the model.

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New electric SUV

Honda teases its first EV

The Prologue will go on sale as a 2024 model.

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Honda is nearing the unveiling of its first electric vehicle, the Prologue, and today the automaker gave us our first glimps of the new vehicle. It's just a sketch, but Honda did share some production details and information on its product roadmap.

Honda DealerHonda plans to sell half a million EVs by the end of the decade. Honda

Honda says the Prologue will be an adventure-ready SUV "capable of satisfying everyday driving and weekend getaways with a strong hint of the well-received Honda e in the front fascia." The SUV was developed in Honda's Design Studio in Los Angeles, and was designed with an eye on Honda's global EV models. Honda said it focused on aerodynamics and fine-tuning the body to reducelines and improve range.

The Japanese automaker developed the Prologue alongside GM, but it has other EVs coming to market by 2026. By 2030, Honda says it will release 30 new EVs globally with a production volume of two million units. The co-developed vehicle is the first, but the rest will be built on Honda e:Architecture. In 2027, the automaker will begin building and selling a line of affordable EVs using the architecture developed with General Motors. Honda says it plans to sell half a million EVs in North America by the end of hte decade.

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The Supra finally gets a manual transmission for 2023.

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After an almost nonstop chorus of enthusiasts and journalists asking for a manual transmission in the new Supra, Toyota has gone and done it. The car will get an available six-speed manual transmission that will be available on both variants of the GR Supra 3.0, plus a limited-edition model on the U.S. market next year.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTToyota had to modify the car's interior for the new gearbox. Toyota

The A91-MT Edition Supra will be limited to 500 units, and gets two exterior colors with an exclusive Cognac leather interior. All 2023 Supras come with a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that makes 382 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. Toyota says the six-speed manual has been specially tuned to work with the car's engine, and notes that it modified an existing transmission housing to come up with the design. The gearbox's final drive ratio is shortened to improve response and take-off.

Toyota had to modify the car's interior to accommodate a gearshift lever, so the iDrive controller and other buttons had to be relocated. The automaker says that it focused on the feeling of shifting, from the weight of the knob to the ergonomics and location of the component.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTThe limited-edition A91-MT trim gets an exclusive cognac leather interior.Toyota

A Supra with a manual gearbox is reason to celebrate, but availability is limited to the top Supra 3.0. The "base" Supra 2.0 won't get the transmission. Toyota says pricing and other information will be available later this year.

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