Electric Vehicles

First Look: All-electric Lordstown Endurance pickup truck interior revealed

With the interior of the truck, Lordstown didn't look to reinvent the wheel.

Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

Lordstown Motors has revealed the first renderings of the inside of its all-electric pickup truck. The Lordstown Endurance will feature a look familiar to truck enthusiasts with some unique touches.

It looks like the cabin is outfitted in a mix of gray and black materials. There is a fair amount of visible molded hard plastic surfaces though the model is no less attractive inside than the most modern Chevy Silverado.

Door, window, and mirror controls all appear basic but functional. It looks to come with automatic locks, with a physical locking mechanism next to the door handle.

2021 Lordstown Endurance The full-size truck appears to have a traditional interior.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

On the driver's side, it appears that the leftmost vent is pointed directly at the driver with no way to adjust it from side to side or open to close. It rests in a swath of piano black plastic that extends across the entire width of the vehicle to the opposing side's vent, where there's a matching vent.

The steering wheel appears to be made of urethane though it has haptic controls for volume, cruise control, seeking, Mode (drive mode?), a map, information, bluetooth, and phone call pickup/hangup. The Lordstown logo is front and center.

In front of the driver is a large screen that runs all the way across to where the infotainment screen is traditionally located. Whether this will be one large screen like in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade or two separate screens under one housing remains to be seen.

Below that are more vents, this time overly adjustable, and climate controls that appear easy enough to navigate at first glance.

2021 Lordstown Endurance The 2021 Lordstown Endurance is an all-electric pickup truck.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

The center console has a rotary shifter up front with toggle for the parking brake and traction control directly behind it. Beyond is the push-button start, which is adjacent to a slot that looks big enough to hold a smartphone and two cupholders. The center console armrest is raised but does not appear to be plushly padded.

Seats appear to be upholstered in gray cloth on the two front bucket seats, a material similar to what is found on the door panels, dashboard, and center console. It looks like the driver's seat is at least six-way power-adjustable.

Dark floor carpeted mats sit on the floor embroidered with the company's logo.

Door pockets include bottle holders and additional storage space.

At first glance, it appears that the rearview mirror is a rearview camera mirror, based on its thickness and lack of toggle switch. Visors offer cutouts for items to be clipped to them and overhead lights have look to have traditional functionality.

The truck is the first product from the company, which announced their intent in 2019 to build 20,000 trucks in 2021.

The Lordstown Endurance runs only on electric power. It has a in-wheel drive system that utilizes four hub motors that work independently and cooperatively. Lordstown says that the company's motors are 95 percent efficient and deliver a 75MPGe rating.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, which effected the company's ability to re-tool the plant and product delays from suppliers, delivery of the first trucks has been delayed to late summer 2020.

The Endurance will cost $52,500 before tax credits. Pre-orders can be placed now on the company's website for a $100 deposit.

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New full-size pickup truck

Toyota announces luxurious Tundra Capstone

The Capstone is a luxurious new trim for the 2022 Tundra.

Toyota

The Toyota Tundra got a much-needed overhaul for the 2022 model year, after well over a decade on sale unchanged. The new trucks are more powerful, more efficient, and much more tech-forward than than their predecessors. One area Toyota needed to improve was the Tundra's luxury factor, which has never been as strong as high-end trucks from the Americans. The enormous Japanese automaker just announced a new model that should help it catch up. The Tundra Capstone will hit dealers' lots in spring with premium finishes and features, inside and out.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone The Capstone features exclusive styling and luxury features. Toyota

Toyota notes that the Capstone truck is just as capable as its less posh counterparts. It comes standard with the Tundra's new I-Force Max hybrid powertrain that makes 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission, the combined powertrain is good for a max towing capacity of 10,340 pounds. The hybrid system can provide greater power and torque during towing, but better efficiency when cruising around town.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone Acoustic glass is a first for the Tundra, and gives the Capstone a quiet cabin.Toyota

The Capstone's cabin is where the real magic happens. The truck invites passengers with a standard automatic running boards, and the perforated leather upholstery comes in and exclusive black/white combination. There are real open-pore dark American walnut wood accents throughout the cabin, and a panoramic moonroof comes standard. The Capstone is the only Tundra model to get acoustic glass on the front doors for a quieter cabin.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone The Capstone comes with upscale, unique interior finishes, including two-tone leather upholstery.Toyota

A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 10-inch head-up display are standard. The gauge cluster can be configured to show various functions beyond speed and engine revs. A 14-inch touchscreen is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Toyota's infotainment systems haven't been the most responsive or easy to use, but the automaker's new interface is intuitive, responsive, and powerful. Over-the-air updates can improve functions and add new ones over time, and cloud-based apps update traffic and other information in real time.

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What was your best car-related experience this year?

Chris Teague

This year has been a lot of things, but it hasn't been boring. Even if we focus only on the car world, there's plenty to talk about, from microchip-related new vehicle shortages to the wave of new electric vehicles hitting the market. That leaves us with a question for all of you: What was the best or most memorable car moment for you in 2021? I'll get the conversation started.

Porsche Cayenne GTS My SoCal Cayenne śaw snow for the first time in its nearly 200k-mile life last week.Chris Teague

I'd spent a good portion of 2021 wanting a new-old car to drive when I wasn't testing a new vehicle. That's harder than you'd think for someone who thinks, talks, and writes about cars all day, because there are so many interesting, risky, and downright funky options out there in every price range. The added headache for me was that I'd chosen to shop for a "fun" car in one of the most volatile car markets ever seen. Even the extremely high-mileage "untouchable" European cars I wanted to buy were commanding ridiculous prices.

After a solid few months of waffling between various rattletrap Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Audi S/RS cars, I landed on an option that had escaped me before: The Porsche Cayenne. First-generation Cayennes are a real bargain now, but the 955/957 (Porsche's internal code for the SUVs) can experience major problems that occur with or without regular maintenance and care. I was determined to buy one, and wasn't overly concerned about mileage, as long as I could count the number of owners on one hand. There was a beautiful 2009 Cayenne GTS with 90,000 miles but nine owners, a gorgeous 2004 Cayenne Turbo with a concerning engine tick, and many more just like them. Finally, I decided to risky-click a 196,000-mile Cayenne GTS in Southern California. It had one owner and one dealer-owner for a month or two prior to sale, its condition looked decent in photos, and I was able to negotiate a reasonable enough price that shipping it from San Diego to Maine wasn't a huge problem.

Porsche Cayenne GTS The pics look great, but hands-on tells another story.Chris Teague

I had two traveling Euro mechanics check the car out, and both confirmed that it was well-worn but mechanically sound, so I jumped. Ten days later, on a snowy, icy, dark Maine afternoon, the Cayenne arrived. Cosmetically, there were a few things the dealer and mechanics failed to mention, but overall, it looked good. The SUV passed Maine safety and emissions testing without problem, got a new set of Michelins, and I was on my way.

Porsche Cayenne GTS I'm in danger, but thankfully this should be a reasonable fix.Chris Teague

A few days of driving revealed what I was really in for. A check engine light revealed a camshaft position sensor error and the Cayenne displayed a nasty vibration at idle. A new sensor and motor mounts, and I'm on my way. I'll update you as more things break or miraculously work, but I want to hear your memories from 2021.

Email me at chris@automotivemap.com, and I will compile the best and most interesting stories for a story on New Year's Day. May you all have a wonderful 2022.

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