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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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Acura is revealing its next-gen MDX slowly, first with this, the MDX Prototype.

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The MDX is the best-selling Acura in the lineup. It's also America's best-selling luxury three-row SUV. But that's not good enough.

Acura is redesigning the MDX and as it prepares to enter a fourth generation, a prototype of the new SUV will be shown on October 14. This looks to follow the same pattern as the TLX launch, which saw a prototype revealed about six months before the true model debut, just after the PMC Edition was put on sale.

Acura says that the next-gen MDX will usher in " new levels of Acura design, performance, technology and craftsmanship, assuming the mantle as the brand's new flagship model". And that's a good thing. The brand revolution that started with the RDX and continued with the TLX looks to go even further in a bid to re-establish Acura on its premium model throne.

The ofirst MDX was the industry's first three-row SUV based on a unibody platform, a design that has since gone mainstream as crossovers and lifestyle SUVs overrun a vehicle type that started as rugged off-roaders and family trucksters. Since it's debut, the MDX has garnered praise from buyers and critics alike including winning the 2001 North American Truck of the Year and 2001 Motor Trend SUV of the Year awards.

Over the past two decades, cumulative sales have surpassed 1 million units, securing MDX's place as the best-selling Acura model, accounting for roughly one-third of the brand's U.S. sales since its launch.

"We're accelerating Acura's commitment to Precision Crafted Performance and this fourth-generation MDX is the most ambitious and consequential redesign of an Acura core model in our history," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and Acura brand officer. "This all-new MDX will take us into new territory in terms of performance, prestige and emotional appeal."

The teaser image (above) and video (below) that were released today highlight the sharply sculpted beltline running the perimeter of the wider, lower and longer MDX, connecting the Jewel Eye LED headlights at the front to the Chicane LED taillights in the rear.

The MDX Prototype pulls heavily from the RDX and TLX with design nods to each. Still, it's unmistakably a three-row SUV. Though we don't know for sure what's under the hood, expect the MDX to have more a dynamic driving style when it debuts, following in the vein of the RDX and TLX redesigns.

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Toyota Mall of Georgia, one of AutoNation's dealerships, has raised money to support the caregivers at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

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You know the pink license plate brackets and the pink-leather jacket clad spokeswoman. All that pink is paying off. AutoNation announced that it has raised $25 million for cancer research and treatment through its Drive Pink (DRV PNK) Initiative. Drive Pink launched in 2015.

In 2020 alone, DRV PNK funds have been invested in seven major research projects through the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the largest private funder of breast cancer research in the world. BRCF focuses their efforts in six different areas: tumor biology, treatment, survivorship, metastasis, lifestyle and prevention, and heredity and ethnicity.

"AutoNation has played a valuable role in enabling BCRF to be at the vanguard of every major breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship," said Mrya Biblowit, BCRF President and CEO.

"Every October, we celebrate all that we have accomplished through DRV PNK" said Mike Jackson, AutoNation's Chairman and CEO. "This year, we've taken our mission to new levels, thanks to the incredible support of our Customers, our Associates and our partners."

As part of its DRV PNK efforts, AutoNation works to raise awareness of breast cancer. The company sponsored NTT Indycar Series drivers Jack Harvey, Alexander Rossi, and Marco Andretti who were behind the wheel of vehicles wearing pink liveries.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and AutoNation will be stepping up its efforts throughout the month. Expect to see ad campaigns reflecting such. The company's annual DRV PNK Across America Day by selecting local cancer treatment facilities to receive care bags for patients battling cancer.

For longtime AutoNation Associate and breast cancer survivor, Lisa Logan, DRV PNK is personal. "Sadly, just about everyone has been touched by cancer. I am so proud to work for a company that not only supported me throughout my journey, but that also supports such an important cause."

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