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Lincoln expands Monochromatic Package availability to more SUVs

Lincoln's Monochromatic Package is now available on the Aviator and other SUVs.

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The Monochromatic Package is't just for the Lincoln Navigator anymore. It will be come an option on the 2021 Lincoln Corsair, Nautilus, and Aviator. Those four vehicles make up the entirety of the Lincoln SUV lineup.

The news comes on the heels of confirmation from the company that it's ending the run of the Continental and MKZ, leaving Lincoln as an SUV-only brand. The MKT was killed off after the 2019 model year. Lincoln also recently severed its relationship with Rivian as part of a larger cost-cutting move.

2021 Lincoln Aviator Monochromatic Pacakge The models feature blacked out trim elements as well as new paint options.Photo courtesy of Lincoln Motor Company

The Monochromatic Package is available in combination with four paint jobs: Pristine White, Ceramic Pearl, Infinite Black, and Asher Gray. Not every paint color is available on every model. Here's the breakdown:

  • 2021 Lincoln Corsair: Pristine White, Infinite Black, and Asher Gray
  • 2020 Lincoln Nautilus: Infinite Black
  • 2021 Lincoln Aviator: Pristine White, Infinite Black, and Asher Gray
  • 2020 Lincoln Navigator: Pristine White, Ceramic Pearl, and Infinite Black

Up front, each model gets the signature Lincoln grille and name badge in a monochromatic hue. Depending on the model, it rolls on either 20- or 22-inch black wheels. Also variable by model are the offerings of additional package elements including body-colored side mirrors, lower cladding, and wheel lip moldings.

"The monochromatic palette is clean, uncluttered and emphasizes the beautiful lines of our Lincoln SUVs," says Earl Lucas, Lincoln chief exterior designer. "From the Corsair, Nautilus, Aviator to Navigator, this option not only enables us to keep our lineup fresh, but also gives our clients a unique option to personalize their Lincoln SUV."

Pricing for the package is expected to be announced at a later date.

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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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Volkswagen has chosen a name for its new SUV.

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The forthcoming new Volkswagen SUV will be called the Taos after the town in New Mexico. The name was chosen to specifically appeal to North American customers, who are the target market for the SUV, which Will slot below the Tiguan in the VW lineup.

“We're thrilled to announce the name for the newest member of the Volkswagen family," said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President for Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "It was important to choose a name that really embodied the nature of the car and the town of Taos, New Mexico was a perfect fit. It's a small city that offers big things—from outdoor adventure to arts and design and great cuisine."

Taos New Mexico Taos, New Mexico is the namesake for a forthcoming Volkswagen model.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

"We are excited that Volkswagen has named their sport utility vehicle after the town of Taos," said Taos Mayor Dan Barrone. "It's a great opportunity for our community to share its rich history and culture alongside Volkswagen with its unique and rich history and culture."

Taos, New Mexico is a thriving small town of 6,000 people. It has a 400-year history and a 1,000-year-old Native American community just a few miles from the center fo town. Artists and skiers flock to the city, which is noted for its stunning landscapes.

Incidentally, Taos was also home to John Muir, an engineer turned mechanic, and author of "How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step procedures for the Compleat Idiot." First published in 1969, and illustrated by local artist Peter Aschwanden, this counter-culture guide to Volkswagen repairs quickly developed a popular following. The book, started in Muir's Taos shop, has helped keep countless VW models running, from Beetles and Buses to Type 3 and Type 4 models.

Volkswagen promises that the new Taos “will offer great value, excellent fuel economy, and great packaging, as well as advanced infotainment and driver-assistance features”.

The 2022 Volkswagen Taos will be revealed on October 13.

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