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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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The 2022 Acura TLX has the technology enabled.

Photo courtesy of Acura

Toyota and Lexus announced that the WarnerMedia RIDE app would be coming to their models earlier this year. Now, Honda and Acura will be offering the same.

On certain Wi-Fi enabled Honda and Acura vehicles, AT&T unlimited in-car Wi-Fi users will have access to the WarnerMedia RIDE app. The app allows users to connect multiple devices in their vehicles to browse, stream and share premium content from the WarnerMedia library while on the road.

Honda and Acura vehicle owners have been able to use their on-board modem as a hot spot for connecting up to seven devices since 2017. Models compatible for the new tech include the Acura RDX (2019-present), Acura TLX (2021), and Acura MDX (2022) across all trim levels. Honda vehicles with the tech include Accord (2018-present, Touring), Odyssey (2018-present; Touring, Elite), Insight (2019-present, Touring)., Passport (2019-present; Touring, Elite)., and Pilot (2019-present; Touring, Elite, Black Edition).

The WarnerMedia RIDE App allows passengers to access 1,000+ hours of live and on-demand entertainment. The app includes hit TV shows and movies from top brands such as Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO Max, TBS, TNT and TruTV, spanning animation, entertainment, news, sports and more.

WarnerMedia RIDE app The WarnerMedia RIDE app allows users to choose their own avatar.Photo courtesy of Acura

Users can set up profiles and personalize their user exerpience with an avatar from the WarnerMedia library. Profiles also ensure age-appropriate content with options for adults to restrict access to their profiles with an access code.

"Wireless connectivity and connected car services continue to be key features for customers and our long-standing relationship with AT&T continues to be one way we deliver exciting new content to Honda and Acura owners," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of North American Auto Strategy for American Honda. "Honda will continue working to enhance the in-car experience, including the capabilities of the AT&T network and access to top content with WarnerMedia RIDE."

"We're always looking for new and innovative ways to elevate the connected car experience for our customers. With WarnerMedia RIDE, we are delivering a connected experience that's perfect for journeys," said Joe Mosele, vice president, Mobility & Internet of Things, AT&T. "Our collaboration is keeping Honda and Acura owners connected wherever they travel with hours of news and entertainment for the whole family."

WarnerMedia RIDE is available now in the App Store and on Google Play for all U.S. unlimited data plan subscribers. WarnerMedia RIDE is included at no additional cost for existing and new unlimited subscribers.

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The engine bay is decorated with images of the American flag.

Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

A new customized 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 pays tribute to members of the U.S. military. Karl Kustoms, a Chevrolet Performance retailer and custom shop, recently completed the build in partnership with Bad Boy Vettes. Nearly every panel of the Corvette has been modified to honor a military branch. Even the underside of the hood and engine bay have been artistically sprayed.

"It is a privilege to take on a custom project like this and use our skills to honor our nation's military," Clint Quesinberry, Digital Marketing Specialist. "This Memorial Day, we are proud to recognize those who served."

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette The model started its life as a 2016 Chevy Corvette.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

Unique features include detailed lettering of the words "Honor, Duty, Country", three words given an important place in military history after they were uttered by General Douglas MacArthur in 1962 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as part of his farewell address. There's also imagery of a U.S. Army helicopter firing at a Russian helicopter, a serviceman with a German Shepard, the U.S.S. Iowa battleship, and Arlington Cemetery stones with Medal of Honor recipients from each major conflict.

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Military imagery features throughout the body work.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

The car was created as a full-time show car and is currently on display at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It will remain there through the end of 2021 before traveling throughout the country at a variety of car events throughout 2022.

The customized Corvette is also a contender for the 2021 International Show Car Association (ISCA) Car of the Year.

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Imagery is featured on the body and under the hood.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

"We did what we could to take this thing over the top," said Ed Birmingham, Karl Kustoms Painter. "I sat there for hours doing the detail work. I spent more time than I would normally spend on a hood, but it all paid off."

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