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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.

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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 GMC Hummer Edition 1 is the first Hummer EV that will be avaalibe.

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The Hummer name has officially returned to the automotive world. General Motors has brought back the moniker for the 2022 GMC Hummer EV, a fully electric vehicle that will be available in a truck or SUV format when it arrives on dealership lots in 2021.

The numbers are the sexiest bits of the reveal. The Hummer EV Edition 1 delivers 1,000 horsepower, has a 350-mile all-electric range, and goes for $112,959. Yes, one hundred twelve thousand, nine hundred fifty-nine American dollars.

Built on GM's new flexible architecture, the Hummer EV fits between the traditional and extended wheelbase sizes of the 2021 GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade. It's over a foot longer than the Hummer H2 and a few inches taller than the Ford F-150 Raptor.

2022 GMC Hummer EV Photo courtesy of GMC

At its front is an illuminated six-slot grille with the unmistakable “Hummer" emblazoned across the front. Slim headlights flank the grille above a rough-and-ready bumper and skid plate. The Hummer's windshield is upright, which is reminiscent of the model's heritage.

GMC will only sell the 2022 Hummer EV in one cab style - a four-door that is paired with a short bed. Think Jeep Gladiator in that respect.

Every Hummer EV will come with the company's Infinity Roof standard. That means that the Hummer EV is a convertible that blends truck and sky by removing four panels (Sky Panels, natch), that can be stowed in the Hummer's front trunk.

Like the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado, the Hummer EV will come with the MultiPro tailgate. Rear drop glass and a power tonneau cover are available.

It's long wheelbase allows for the truck's Ultium battery pack to sit under the floor in the middle. The truck will be first to market as an Edition 1 grade with a 200-kilowatt-hour battery back. That battery is attached to two motors at the front and one at the rear producing 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of torque.

2022 GMC Hummer EV Photo courtesy of GMC

GMC has given each Hummer EV four-wheel drive, which allows it to have CrabWalk mode, which utilizes torque vectoring technology. When activating the truck's CrabWalk mode, the Hummer EV to move diagonally.

It also allows the truck to have a launch mode called “Watts to Freedom". Yes, you read that correctly. It allows the Hummer EV to travel from zero to 60 mph in three seconds.

The 2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 will have 350 miles of range and be capable of charging via an 800-volt DC fast-charger and a 350-kilowatt charger. The Hummer is the first EV to have this capability, which allows it to gain 100 miles of range in 10 minutes.

The Hummer EV also offers adjustable ride height functionality, shock damping that can respond to input at the rate of 500 times per second, and stability control, all of which are controlled to varying degrees using the truck's drive modes. It has two differential lockers. GMC has given the truck an Extract Mode, which raises the Hummer EV's ride height by six inches and gives the truck a 50-degree approach angle. In total, there's 8 inches of height adjustability and the truck is capable of 13 inches of front-to-rear travel.

Also, it can scale 18-inch vertical walls and has 2-feet of water fording capability. GMC says that the truck has an 11.3-meter turning radius, which is tighter than what the Chevrolet Sonic is capable of.

2022 GMC Hummer EV

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The truck runs on standard 18-inch wheels that are wrapped in 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler All Territory MT tires. Up to 37-inch tires will fit on the truck without modification.

GMC has covered the entire underbody of the truck with steel plates and affixed two cameras and their washers that allow drivers to see obstacles ahead.

Inside, the Hummer EV is minimalistic but effectively designed. In front of the driver is a 12.3-inch digitalis gauge cluster while a 13.4-inch infotainment screen sits in the center of the dashboard. The two screens are powered by Epic Games' Unreal Engine, the same architecture that Fortnite runs on.

GMC hasn't divulged much about the specific interior appointments but does say that they're "premium".

The automaker is putting its Super Cruise hands-free driver assist technology on every Hummer.

The Edition 1 model will be first out of the gate with deliveries slated to begin in fall 2021. Pricing for the Edition 1 starts at $112,595. That will be followed by lower-priced, less-powerful models in a cadence that won't fully roll out until pring 2024.

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The Volkswagen Arteon has been refreshed for the 2021 model year.

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Americans aren't as in love with the Arteon as Europeans, but that won't stop Volkswagen from offering if for sale here, yet. The automaker, who has sold just over 2,600 Arteons this year, is pricing the 2021 edition to start at $36,995.

Only available as a sedan in the States, the Arteon will be sold in three trim levels: SE, SEL R-Line, and SEL Premium R-Line. Each comes with an additional $1,195 destination and delivery charge.

The Arteon gets its power from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Its engine is paired with an eight speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available in the SEL R-Line and up grades.

2021 Volkswagen Arteon The Arteon has been reborn inside for the 2021 model year.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Among the changes to the refreshed Arteon for the 2021 model year are its wide and wide hood, available illuminated front light bar, and fresh paint color options: Kings Red Metallic, Oryx White Pearl, and Lapiz Blue Metallic.

2021 Volkswagen Arteon SE (MSRP: $36,995)

The Arteon SE comes standard with front-wheel drive, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, and LED taillights. It features keyless entry and has rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped touch multifunction steering wheel, chrome window switches, and stainless steel door sills and pedal caps.

Twelve-way power-adjustable heated front seats, leatherette seating throughout the cabin, automatic trio-zone climate control, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, navigation, wireless App-Connect, Bluetooth, two USB-C ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, SiriusXM with 360L, and a rearview camera are also standard.

Each Arteon also comes with blind spot monitoring, forward collision assist, and rear traffic alert.

2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line (MSRP: $41,595)

The Arteon SEL R-Line is avialable in front- and all-wheel drive. It builds on the SE grade, offering 19-inch wheels, an illuminated front grille bar, adaptive front lighting, panoramic sunroof, power-folding side mirrors, remote start, wireless charging, driver's seat and side mirror memory, translucent decor with ambient lighting, and leather seats.

The R-Line design accents include a front bumper with C-signature and rear lid spoiler in gloss black, black headliner, paddle shifters, contrast stitching on steering wheel and shift knob, and R-Line badging.

This model gets more standard drive assistance features including adaptive cruise control with stop and go, Lane Assist, Travel Assist, Emergency Assist, road sign display, rear park distance control, and Light Assist.

2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line (MSRP: $46,995)

2021 Volkswagen Arteon

Volkswagen has enhanced the Arteon for the 2021 model year with a thorough refresh.

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The range-topping Arteon SEL Premium R-Line comes standard with all-wheel drive. It rides on 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and has a Harman/Kardon auto system, heated steering wheel with paddle shifters, massaging driver's seat, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, rear seat climate controls, an additional USB-C port, and power trunk. The model adds Park Assist and Area View.

The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon will be available in three trim levels and is expected to begin arriving at Volkswagen dealers in Q4 2020.

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