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Cadillac teases Lyriq debut with new photo of the electric SUV's body

The Cadillac Lyris is an all-electric SUV. Based on this new photo, we now know where the model's plug is.

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The electric future of Cadillac is nearly here. The company will debut the Cadillac Lyriq on August 6, showing off the first all-electric SUV in the brand's portfolio.

It's a move that's been a long time coming. The journey of the General Motors electrification strategy began in earnest with the first mass-produced and purpose-designed electric vehicle of the modern era, the EV1, which was on sale from 1996 to 1999. Twenty years after that model was discontinued, GM announced that Cadillac would spearhead the company's shift to an all-electric future.

Cadillac Lyriq Based on this image, it appears that the model will come with aerodynamics-enhancing wheels.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The Lyriq is the first model to be built on GM's next-generation architecture, which will include the Ultium battery. The new General Motors electric vehicle platform is capable of working with front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive vehicles.

The forthcoming GMC Hummer EV, which was also teased this week with full body images of its SUV and truck form, will also use the battery.

GM has already signed Honda as part of a partnership to co-create vehicles on the new platform.

Earlier this month, Cadillac released a video showing off new details of the Lyriq including its interior, which is rich with digital technology, all-silver Cadillac side badging, and unique fascia styling.

Cadillac Lyriq The Cadillac Lyriq SUV looks to be a two-row model.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The SUV sports an AKG audio system with the ability for the driver to adjust the sound mode (front and rear) depending on their preference between stereo or surround acoustics.

We also know that the SUV will have Super Cruise hands-free driving technology.

You can find out more about the model following its reveal on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 7 p.m. ET.

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The Twisted NAS-E California Series is a new all-electric 4x4.

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Earlier this year, a luxury 4x4 retailer in Austin, Texas showed off the Twisted NA-V8, a vehicle based on a classic Defender that comes in five different body styles. Now a limited run of 30 Twisted NAS-E all-electric 4x4 is bowing.

The NAS-E is born of the classic Land Rover Defender 90 body with a soft top and features an electric powertrain, a luxurious interior, and impressive off-roading capability. Each model is compliant with all North American EV Regulations and California CARB regulations.

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

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"As the world moves steadily toward mass electrification, the Californian market has been missing a uniquely stylish electric 4x4 option that can stand out at the beach, off-road and at stoplights with a level of exclusivity and prestige that can only come from the timeless British Defender form," said Bruce Riggs, COO, Twisted North America. "With color schemes reflecting the natural beauty of California, a removable soft top shape to fully live the elements, advanced electric powertrain engineering exclusive to Twisted, zero-emission power, practical battery range and luxuriously modern interior touches, the Twisted NAS-E is the ultimate expression of the American coastal lifestyle."

The model is the first hero vehicle of the Twisted Legacy collection. It will be sold in two trim levels: NAS-E and NAS-E Plus. The difference mainly comes down to the power allocation. The NAS-E will be powered by a Remy Borg-Warner motor delivering more than 280 pound-feet of torque and 214 brake horsepower. The NAS-E Plus sees its output upped to 309 pound-feet of torque and 320 brake horsepower.

Twisted NAS-E Malibu Photo courtesy of Twisted

Twisted says that the model has a 200-mile range from its 60 kilowatt-hour battery pack.

The SUVs have custom-valved dampers, six-piston front brakes, four-piston rear brakes, hard-use RS29 brake pads, and a traction control system. Four-wheel drive is standard. There are Sport, Eco, and Off-Road drive modes.

The model will be offered in three color options: Malibu, Yosemite, and Tahoe. They will make up the California Series of the models, a limited time 30-vehicle offering.

Twisted NAS-E Tahoe Photo courtesy of Twisted

The NAS-E comes with a good list of features: cream leather seats featuring Alston Alcantara inserts, a three-seat bench across the front row with detachable headrests, 4x tip ups located in the load area, Twisted Sport Wheels finished in silver, a Twisted Stage One front end, NAS roll cage, Bimini hood, an infotainment system, EV management system touch screen, raptored 'spray down' unique flooring, eight-channel audio system, rearview camera with wideview angle, GPS tracker, immobilizer, and air conditioning.

The NAS-E Plus builds on that to include a NAS brush bar, NAS side steps, roll-bar spotlights, NAS-E body stripe decal, and black side sills.

Twisted offers the model with a comprehensive 24-month/20,000-mile warranty. Extensions are available.

Twisted NAS-E Malibu Photo courtesy of Twisted

The Twisted NAS-E starts at $185,000 while the NAS-E Plus comes in at $210,000. Each has a lead time of approximately nine months and requires a fully refundable deposit to reserve. Limited test drives will be available early October 2020.

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The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition is mostly a carry over for 2021.

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Toyota continues to celebrate the history of the Land Cruiser with its Heritage Edition of the SUV. The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition is a carry over from the 2020 model year but has some added enhancements for 2021.

Two new exterior colors join the mix for 2021. In addition to Classic Silver Metallic and Magnetic Gray Metallic paint jobs, customers can order their special edition in Midnight Black Metallic and Blizzard Pearl. The paint jobs are accented by a grille with black features and bronze-colored BBS 18 x 8.0-inch forged aluminum wheels featuring a "TOYOTA" center cap.

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition The model has classic logo script.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The body-on-frame model will continue to be powered by Toyota's thirsty 5.7-liter V8 engine, which produces 401 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota has given the off-roading capable model full-time four-wheel drive. Additionally, it gets Downhill Assist Control, Hill Start Assist, CRAWL Control, and Off-Road Turn Assist standard. There are also skid plates to protect the suspension, radiator, fuel tank, and transfer case. Multi-Terrain Monitor allows for 360-degree visibility of the model's surroundings.

When equipped with the standard Trailer Towing Package, the Land Cruiser can pull a trailer up to 8,100 pounds.

The list of standard features is long and includes ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping and memory, power moonroof, four-zone automatic climate control with 28 cabin air vents, keyless entry, and push-button start. It also a 14-speaker JBL stereo system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and wireless charging.

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition wears bronze-colored wheels.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.


Toyota equips each model with its Toyota Safety Sense P suite of technology. It features lane departure alert a vehicle sway warning system, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. Additionally, the SUV has standard blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

Buyers are now able to choose between a two- or three-row version of the SUV. The two-row will be the base model while the three-row will be available for a premium.

Toyota has priced the two-row Land Cruiser Heritage Edition to start at $87,845. Pricing for the three-row model will be announced closer the the SUV's on-sale date. Production will begin in September.

The traditional 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser starts at $85,515.

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