Such a Tease

Ahead of its debut, check out the equipment and capabilities of the McLaren Artura

McLaren has released a teaser photo and video showing off its new hybrid car.

Photo courtesy of McLaren Automtoive

The McLaren Artura is coming. Just a few days remain until the new high-performance hybrid is unveiled on February 16. Until then a video and image of the car have been made public to whet your appetite and AutomotiveMap has dissected what is show to give you a better idea of what to expect.

More than five decades of McLaren design, engineering, and racing experience have been put into the Artura. It features super-lightweight engineering and what McLaren calls "racing technology". It's being billed as a "next-generation supercar".

McLaren isn't the only supercar manufacturer to get into the hybrid game. Italian automakers are already firmly planted there. The Ferrari SF90 comes in Stradale and Spider variants, with each achieving over 950 horsepower. The Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 is so popular with supercar fans that it got a LEGO Technic version and inspired a Ducati motorcycle.

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With a pinched front, budding bubble roof, and rising haunches out back, the Artura looks like it has the hallmarks of a typical McLaren profile.

The video provided by McLaren shows it wearing a green paint job. Not that it's at all connected to the Artura (it could be), but the company recently presented a unique green car, the McLaren Verdant Theme GT by MSO. It featured cashmere upholstery and a point job that took 430 hours to apply.

Long headlights creep up the front of the car while at the rear McLaren's signature black honeycomb bodywork sits below slim horizontal taillights. A dual exhaust system is embedded in the honeycomb.

Sleek door handles sit on dihedral doors that, along with large air intakes, dominate the sides of the car. A black sound system speaker, green brake calipers wrapped around carbon ceramic brakes, and darkened five double-V-spoke wheels are shown in the preview video as well.

The interior of the car features a fully digital gauge cluster. When plugged in, the car displays charging percentage achieved and remaining length of time left to charge to get the vehicle to full. There's a range meter for both the electric battery and gasoline fuel, shown to be full at 20 and halfway at 175, respectively, in the preview.

When powered on, the display changes to feature a tachometer across the top of the screen. Underneath it on the far left of the screen is a tire pressure monitoring system display while below that are a number of drive dynamics settings options with their chosen setting shown. Vehicle dynamics control and electronic stability control will be employed on the new car and can be customized. In the preview, McLaren takes the car up to 145 mph.

At the bottom of the digital gauge cluster are illuminations indicating that the Artura comes with automatic high beams. Other information shown along the bottom of the screen includes headlights on/off, odometer, time, and temperature. The color of the display changes from blue (off and charging) to green (on and ready to drive) in the video.

The all-new McLaren Artura will make its global debut 7 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 16.

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New compact pickup truck

Three things to know about the 2022 Ford Maverick

The Maverick will be hybrid-first and can return great fuel economy.

Ford Motor Company

Last week, Ford confirmed the name of its new compact truck and set a date for its official reveal. Today is that day, and the Maverick is finally out in the open for all to see. Ford's compact pickup features an interesting mix of powertrain tech and functionality, so we're here to help you get a feel for what makes the new truck tick.

Here are three things to know about the 2022 Ford Maverick.


2022 Ford Maverick The Maverick will likely be all the pickup most people ever need.Ford Motor Company


It'll be hybrid-first

The 2022 Maverick will be offered with two powertrains, but the standard fixture is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a 94kW electric motor. The two combine to produce 191 horsepower and send the power to the front wheels. The base hybrid models get a continuously variable transmission and can return as much as 40 mpg on the highway. Yes, it's a hybrid, but there's some real truck capability hidden in the Maverick's specs. It will be able to tow up to 2,000 pounds and can carry a payload of up to 1,500 pounds. That's enough to pull a small boat, a couple of jet skis, or a camper trailer.

The optional gas powertrain includes a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Maverick models equipped with this powertrain can tow up to 4,000 pounds when properly equipped.


2022 Ford Maverick The Maverick's bed and tailgate will help owners carry more with less overall space.Ford Motor Company


It's bigger than you think

Ford's marketing materials and even tweets from prominent members of its PR staff suggest that the Maverick is tiny, but that's not the whole story. The truck rides on a platform shared with the Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Escape, but is just ten inches shorter than the Ranger and around 32 inches shorter than an F-150. It's compact, sure, but it's not the tiny toy truck you might be envisioning. Beyond fuel economy, the Maverick's dimensions help it maneuver tight spaces, so much so that Ford says it needs just a 40-foot diameter to turn in a complete circle.



2022 Ford Maverick Trucks don't need to be huge to get the job done.Ford Motor Company


It will be relatively affordable

Vehicles of all types are becoming more expensive, especially trucks. The Maverick bucks that trend, at least in most of its forms, and comes in with a starting price of around $20,000 after destination charges are applied. The midrange XLT model starts at $22,280 before destination and the range-topping Lariat starts at $25,490 before destination. Any model can be upgraded with the 2.0-liter gas engine and the Lariat trim is available with a First Edition Package that adds exclusive wheels, paint colors, and a moonroof.

If you're hoping to get your hands on a Maverick, you can reserve one now on Ford.com. The automaker says that the truck will start hitting dealers' lots in fall 2021, so there are just a few months to wait if you're in the market.

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Lamborghini is accelerating its path toward an all-electric future.

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Lamborghini plans to electrify its lineup and now we know how fast that process will be going and what the company won't be focusing on. In a presentation, Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, detailed that the super luxury automaker will "focus continually on identifying technologies and solutions that guarantee top performance and driving dynamics" rather than fuel economy. Those words are magic to enthusiasts ears.

"Lamborghini's electrification plan is a newly-plotted course, necessary in the context of a radically-changing world, where we want to make our contribution by continuing to reduce environmental impact through concrete projects," said Winkelmann. "Our response is a plan with a 360 degree approach, encompassing our products and our Sant'Agata Bolognese location, taking us towards a more sustainable future while always remaining faithful to our DNA."

The three-phase approach to electrification starts this year. From 2021 to 2022, Lamborghini will focus on "presenting models paying tribute to the company's recent period of continuous success". Expect two new cars in the V12 model line-up to be announced this year.

By the end of 2024, the hybrid transition for the automaker will be well underway. In 2023 Lamborghini will launch its first hybrid series production car and by the end of 2024, the entire range will be electrified. The company's internal target for this phase is to reduce product carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent by the beginning of 2025.

In this second phase, Lamborghini is committed to keeping the drive experience in focus as well as the application of carbon fiber materials, which the company sees as crucial in developing their new product lineup.

Lamborghini is committing to bringing the company's first fully-electric car to the market in the second half of the 2020s with a number of electric vehicles on the horizon. The automaker expects to introduce a fourth model.

The automaker has initiated an investment of 1.5 billion euros to create the pathway to electrification. The money will be spent over four years time.

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