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2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S: The sleeper beasts of the street get a solid update

Mercedes has given the E 63 S a fresh front and rear, and made interior enhancements.

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It may look like your average school run sedan or wagon, but the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S is anything but. It's the very definition of a sleeper and there's few, if any, reason to not love it, especially with all its new model year refinements. Mercedes will continue to sell the model in sedan and wagon variants.

Mercedes has given the model a fresh front end, complete with an AMG-specific grille that has vertical slats and a large central star. All-LED multi beam headlights and functional air intakes flank the grille leading the eye toward flared wheel arches. The hood features a more rounded shape with twin domes. A new splitter reduces lift.

2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S

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At the back are new, flatter taillights that extends into the trunk lid. A thin strip of high-gloss chrome connects them. On the wagon, the chrome extends up the end of the taillights. Buyers can get the lift gate of their wagon the same color as the vehicle or in carbon fiber as part of the available AMG Carbon-Fiber Package II.

Both models also have a freshly shaped bumper that helps with aerodynamics. The lower part is painted high-gloss black. Merceds has given the models' twin 3.5-inch trapezoidal fluted tailpipes a new shape and are now finished in titanium matte. There is now a trim piece that runs the width of the car. It comes standard in silver but is available in high-gloss black as part of the AMG Night Package or in carbon fiber with AMG Exterior Carbon-Fiber Package I.

The E 63 S wears new 20-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in the buyer's choice of high-gloss grey (standard) or matte black.

The E 63 S continues to be powered by an AMG 4.0-liter biturbo engine that achieves 603 horsepower and 627 pound feet-for torque. The engine is pared with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Race drive modes are available, as well as a manual-like "M" shift mode.

All models come standard with all-wheel drive. Drift Mode is available.

The German automaker has refined the interior of the car. Its AMG seats feature Nappa leather and feature AMG badging. The dashboard is also trimmed in the leather. Nappa leather in Black/Titanium Grey with yellow contrasting topstitching is available in the range as a new AMG-specific upholstery.

Mercedes has installed the company's new MBUX infotainment system in the model. It features two 12.3-inch displays, one in front of the driver and the other in the center of the dashboard. Drivers can switch between Modern Classic, Sport, and Supersport display modes for the driver's information screen. The system also has an AMG menu that allows users to select various displays specific to the model.

The car also has a new twin-spoke steering wheel with integrated buttons. It's available to be ordered in leather, microfiber, or as a combination of leather and microfiber, and includes standard steering wheel heating.

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The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is joining the company’s lineup

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The decision to add a turbocharged engine variant to the Mazda3 was met with praise for those who like getting in a little more excitement behind the wheel. Now It has been announced that the Mazda3's crossover counterpart, the CX-30 is getting the same treatment.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 will be available with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque when the tank is filled with 93 octane fuel. The performance drops to 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque when owners fill up with 87 octane. Engines with the turbo-four also get standard all-wheel drive.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The body styling is pretty much the same as the rest of the Mazda CX-30 lineup, but it does have unique wheels and other attributes.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

To accommodate the new engine option, Mazda has not had to change the outward appearance of the model In earnest but does add some highlights including 18-inch black aluminum alloy wheels, larger tailpipes, gloss black door mirrors and a "TURBO" badge on the liftgate.

As the most premium Mazda CX-30 model, it comes with a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, black upper dash and chrome finishes. The features list includes a Bose 12-speaker audio system and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen..

The CX-30 2.5 Turbo, as the models with the engine will be known. Also comes equipped with Smart City Brake Support Reverse and rear cross-traffic braking technologies that can sense a vehicle coming into the lane of travel when reversing, warn the driver, and apply the brakes in order to possibly avoid a collision. Additional available safety technologies include a 360-degree view monitor, Active Drive Display, traffic sign recognition, and adaptation front lighting.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The CX-30 debuted just last year.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is scheduled to go on sale by the end of 2020. Specific packaging and pricing details will be announced in the coming months

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The teaser image of the 2027 Kia lineup includes numerous cars and SUVs.

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Kia has revealed plans to launch seven new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2027 in numerous segments. The first, code named CV, will launch in 2021 and serve as the kickoff to a new Kia design direction. The move is known internally as the “Plan S" strategy. Under Plan S, Kia's BEV line will include 11 models by 2025.

The announcement coincides with the company's stated goal of having 25 percent of Kia's global sales come from BEVs by 2029. To do that, the company plans to work to expand the world's electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Kia has sold over 100,000 BEVs worldwide since the company introduced its first model in 2011, the Kia Ray.

Kia Ray EV 2011 The Kia Ray was the company's first production EV.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Plan S includes a company-wide business transformation that will include production, sales, and services. Dealerships will likely be required too invest in equipment to handle the influx of EVs. In the U.S, Kia will increase the number of EV work bays at dealerships to 600 by the end of 2020 and increase the number to more than 2,000 by 2023..

The product plan includes a diverse number of models. The vehicles will include BEVs that are “suitable for urban centers, long-range journeys, and performance driving". They will be based on the company's new adaptable Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The platform will allow for best-in-class interior spaciousness, according to Kia.

Though subscription services have not gained widespread popularity in the U.S., the company is exploring the creation of subscription services, as well as EV battery leasing and rental programs. Other “second life" battery-related businesses may be part of the plan as well.

Kia also plans to add around 500 charging stations in North America, partnering with its dealer networks. Further, the company is seeking a partner in North America to support a larger infrastructure buildout.

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