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New NISMO off-roading accessories add capability to Nissan Frontier, Titan, Xterra

Nissan is adding new NISMO accessories to its parts catalogue.

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

NISMO Performance is usually associated with high-performance Nissan cars, like the GT-R. The automaker has announced a new lineup of NISMO performance parts exclusively for the 2020 Nissan Frontier that will enhance the truck's off-road prowess.

The parts list includes a new suspension kit, off-road bumper, off-road lighting, and off-road wheels. The NISMO off-road Performance Suspension Kit was developed in partnership with Bilstein and is specifically tuned to compensate for the additional weight larger overloading equipment such as camping gear and off-road tires, can add to a vehicle. The suspension's front and rear shocks allow for additional wheel travel while the rear shocks feature remote reservoir technology. It adds up to a 2-inch lift to the model's ride height.

2020 Nissan Frontier NISMO off-road The new bumper is winch-capable.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The NISMO off-road Bumper is the first in a series of new off-road bumpers for Nissan trucks and SUVs. It's constructed of high-tensile steel and finished with a textured powered coat. It weighs just 105 pounds and features two attachment points for recovery shackles and accommodation for lights. The bumper is designed to be winch-capable.

A new line of LED off-road lighting has been designed in partnership with Rigid Industries. The NISMO off-road Lighting range will include a selection of round and square pot lamps and a variety of sizes of light bars with varying beam patterns. Initial housing will be set of 6-inch round driving lamps set in aluminum housings with white accent backlighting and an output of 8,600 lumens.

NISMO off-road wheels as custom designed and manufactured for NISMO. They're 17-inchers with a 6x114.3 bolt pattern and +30mm of backspacing. Their load rate is 1,950 pounds, which is above OEM spec. The wheels are finished in Axis Gray paint and have a NISMO center cap. They're designed and tested to SAE J2530 standards.

2020 Nissan Frontier NISMO off-road wheel The new wheels measure 17-inches.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

NISMO off-road parts will be available for the 2005-2020 model year Frontier, 2016-2021 model year TITAN and 2005-2015 model year Xterra later this fall, and will also be offered on the forthcoming, next-generation Frontier. Products will be available through Nissan dealers, select NISMO retailers or via NISMOparts.nissanusa.com.

2020 Nissan Frontier NISMO off-road wild grace Team Wild Grace will pilot the Frontier in the Rebelle Rally.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The parts will first be tried out publicly at the Rebelle Rally this week. Nissan is fielding a truck piloted by Team Wild Grace. Team co-captains Sedona Blinson and Lyn Woodward have their sights set on first place. "We've taken the 2020 Frontier on a couple of trial runs, and it's been an absolute rock star," said Woodward. "I'm very excited about the extra power in the V6 – it's a solid truck, and that's what you need to compete out here. Our first goal is to always compete hard, but I don't see any reason why Sedona and I can't win it all this year."

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The Ioniq 5 will be the first dedicated electric model designed on Hyundai's new battery electric vehicle platform.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

Hyundai Motor Company, the parent of the Kia, Hyundai, and Genesis brands, has released a new series of photos and videos teasing the forthcoming Ioniq 5. The midsize crossover is slated to Abe the first model in the company's Ioniq dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) lineup brand.

It will also be the first vehicle that is underpinned by Hyundai's new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The architecture is similar to what General Motors unveiled with its Ultium platform. The vehicle, Hyundai says, will showcase a "fundamental shift in design approach" for the company where vehicles are designed around the platform rather than modifying existing vehicles to put in BEV power systems like what is in the Kona EV.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 car teaser preview back Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

The fresh design elements in the Ioniq 5 include Parametric Pixels, the smallest unit of digital imaging, as well as the CUV's color, material, and finish (CMF) direction that works to connect digital functionality with its analog counterpart. The car's front end features pixel-inspired lights, u-shaped and squared off at the corners. Its clamshell hood spans the entire width of the car, which is a concerted effort to minimize panel gaps and increase aerodynamics.

The wheels feature aero-optimized design and come in 20-inch diameter, the first ever fitted to a Hyundai EV.

"Ioniq 5 presents an all-new customer experience through innovative EV design that is evocative of the icon that established Hyundai's design DNA," said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center. "Beginning with Ioniq 5, our dedicated BEV lineup brand will redefine the relationship between people and their cars, establishing a new standard against which all BEV design experiences will be measured."

In addition to the photos, Hyundai released videos that preview the Ioniq 5's core technologies. Three feature "ultimate camping" scenarios where owners are able to use the Ioniq 5's general power supply (110/220V). In each video, the camper is seen using IONIQ 5's 3.5KW of V2L-supplied power, which they use to roast a turkey in a large oven, listen to music on high-end audio speakers, and exercise on a treadmill—all at a camping site.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 car teaser preview front wheel Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

The '5 Min Challenge' video highlights Ioinq 5's ultra-fast charging capability that enables it to drive more than 62 miles with only a 5-minute charge (WLTP).

You can watch all the videos below.

Ioniq 5: Ultimate Camping (teaser) - Scene 1. Cooking

Ioniq 5: Ultimate Camping (teaser) - Scene 2. Sound

Ioniq 5: Ultimate Camping (teaser) - Scene 3. Running

Ioniq 5: 5 Min Challenge (teaser) - Trailer

IONIQ 5 will debut in a virtual world premiere event in February 2021.

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The sharply curves of the rear of the Cadillac Celestiq allude to sophisticated exterior design.

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Today Cadillac provided a sneak peek at the forthcoming Celestiq show car. The ultra-luxury, fully electric vehicle (EV) is designed to be the pinnacle of General Motors EVs. Cadillac says that the car embodies their commitment to "reimagine what's possible in design and technology".

The vehicle is built on the General Motors Ultium platform which allows batteries to be nested in the floor of the car. Cadillac says that the openness of the body of the Celestiq allowed design and engineering teams to "artfully integrate cutting edge technology" into the vehicle.

This has resulted in a flagship that has a dramatic presence, a low profile, and rearward proportions. At a preview in mid-2020, select journalists who saw the car in the flesh described it as very attractive and impressive.

Cadillac will offer the Celestiq with a curated selection of hand-crafted materials. The company has hinted that there will be some customization options available for owners, increasing the likelihood that these vehicles will be made to order with a very low production volume. The vehicles will feature all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and a full-glass roof.

Cadillac aims to give the Celestiq the first four-quadrant, suspended-particle-device smart glass roof. This will allow each occupant of the vehicle to set their own level of roof transparency. Toyota currently offers an electrochroamic roof in the Venza that delivers a variety of transparency options for the entire roof.

At the front of the cabin, the driver and front-seat passenger will be able to enjoy a "pillar-to-pillar freeform display with active privacy" this sounds a lot like what Mercedes-Benz introduced with its Hyperscreen. Console screens between seats in the front and back will separate individualized comfort settings from entertainment displays to minimize distractions.

2024 Cadillac Celestiq teaser The grille and headlight of the Celestiq feature design similar to what was seenn on the Lyriq when it debuted.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Production of the Cadillac Celestiq flagship sedan is still widely considered to be a few years off.

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