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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 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been enhanced for the 2021 model year.

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The plug-in electric vehicle world is getting more competitive. Ahead of its next-gen launch, Mitsubishi has announced the its 2021 Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) has been significantly upgraded to include a revised powertrain, enlarged battery pack, and better performance. there's a also a new trim level.

This comes as the company has revealed the redesigned 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander will go on sale this spring.

Mitsubishi will sell the Outlander PHEV in three trim levels for 2021: SEL, Limited Edition (LE), and GT. The LE trim is new and adds a standard sunroof, Mitsubishi Power Sound System, black grille, dark chrome dual-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, and black front and rear bumper design to the model.

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV The Outlander PHEV can be charged to make use of all-electric range or run as a traditional hybrid.Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The 2021 version of the Outlander PHEV now comes with a 2.4-liter engine with the ability to achieve 126 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a 70-kilowatt electric motor, upgraded from a 60-kilowatt unit. The total system output has now increased to 221 horsepower, up 31 horsepower from the previous model.

For the new model year, the SUV's main battery drive capacity has grown from 12.0 kilowatts per hour to 13.8 kilowatts per hour, increasing the SUV's all-electric range from 22 to 24 miles. It's all-electric top-speed has increased from 79 mph to 83 mph.

Mitsubishi says that the Outlander PHEV has also received software updates that improve the synchronization between the SUV's battery and engine, which is meant to reduce overall noise, vibration, and harshness.

Every Outlander PHEV comes equipped with all-wheel drive. It now has Sport and Snow driving modes as well.

The Mitsubishi has increased range for the 2021 model year.Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

Efficiency upgrades, combined with the new powertrain, lead the Outlander PHEV to achieve 74 MPGe and 26 mpg. Those are respectable numbers for a three-row SUV.

Forward collision alert with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring with assist, and automatic high beam headlights are standard on every Outlander PHEV model.

Mitsubishi backs every Outlander PHEV with a fully transferrable five-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, as well as a fully transferable 10-year /100,000-mile limited warranty on PHEV components and the Main Drive Lithium-ion battery. These limited warranties are in addition to a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty to the original retail purchaser and a seven-year/100,000-mile anti-corrosion perforation limited warranty. Every Outlander PHEV also comes standard with a 5-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance program.

The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV starts at $36,295. The Outlander PHEV LE is priced at $37,995 while the top-tier Outlander PHEV GT comes in at $41,995.

Outlander PHEV is now eligible for $6,587 in federal tax credits, an increase of $751 compared to the 2020 model year.

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The long process to design, engineer, and award a contract for the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) next-generation mail delivery vehicle (NGDV) has finally come to an end. The government has awarded Oshkosh Defense a contract to produce the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle for service. Oshkosh Defense is a a wholly owned subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK).

The NGDV project is the USPS's first large-scale fleet procurement in three decades. Over the next 10 years, the contract allows for the delivery of between 50,000 and 165,000 new vehicles.

"Oshkosh operates with unparalleled commitment to those who depend on our products and services to build, protect and serve communities around the world. We are honored to have been selected by the USPS to support their important work by manufacturing American-made Next Generation Delivery Vehicles that will connect every home and business across the United States for decades to come," said John Pfeifer, President & Chief Operating Officer, Oshkosh Corporation.

U.S. Postal Service's Next-Generation Mail Delivery Vehicle

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The new mail trucks will have multiple powertrain options, just like many passenger vehicles on the road today. There will be a battery electric vehicle (BEV) version that runs exclusively on electric power and a fuel-efficient low-emission internal combustion engine vehicles (ICE) variant.

Under the contract awarded today, USPS has committed to paying Oshkosh Defense $482 million as a first step toward the new vehicles' production. The money will be used to finalize the production vehicle design and complete factory build-out, all of which is necessary before production gets underway. The process is similar to ones mass market vehicle manufacturers use.

"Our century-long history of delivering products to customers, operating in some of the most demanding and severe conditions on the planet, uniquely positions us to bring exceptional reliability, safety, and maintainability to USPS's Next Generation Delivery Vehicles," said John Bryant, Executive Vice President, Oshkosh Corporation, and President, Oshkosh Defense. "Partnering with trusted suppliers, we have developed a purpose-built solution to support the current and future needs of the USPS," Bryant concluded.

In addition to a new exterior and powertrain options, the NGTV also gets modern features and amenities like a rearview camera, walk-in cargo area, air condition, telematics, and a sliding cargo door. There's also a host of safety technology and equipment including airbags, automatic front and rear braking, blind spot warning, a 360-degree camera, and forward collision warning.

Production of the next generation delivery vehicle is expected to begin in 2023.

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