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Porsche adds new engines, fresh styling to next-gen Panamera for 2021

Porsche has given the Panamera a generational makeover for 2021.

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Porsche is blending performance and practicality with the 2021 Porsche Panamera. The next-gen model has design enhancements brining it into line with the rest of the modern Porsche lineup and a host of new powertrain options reflecting the company's commitment to alternative powertrains.

The exterior of the new Panamera isn't a complete departure from the old. In fact, it's just subtle tweaks. Each model now comes standard with the SportDesign fascia (previously an option). Buyers can upgrade to the SportDesign package, with or without carbon fiber. The Panamera GTS gets this fascia in Satin Black and the Panamera Turbo S has a unique take as well, including a specific front light signature.

2021 Porsche Panamera The previously available Sport Design front fascia is now standard.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

At the rear, the Panamera has Porsche's new signature light strip that spans the width of the haunch-heavy model. This is a design similar to the 911 and Cayenne. The lower rear fascia has new diffuser fins.

A new 20-inch wheel design and two new 21-inch wheel designs are available. The Panamera Turbo S gets 21-inch 911 Turbo Design wheels. The Panamera GTS runs on GTS-specific Satin Black 20-inch Panamera Design wheels. An Ultra High Performance Summer tire is available on Panamera models for the first time.

Porsche has given its GTS model additional enhancements including Exclusive Design tinted taillights as well as black lettering and model designations. This version of the Panamera gets the available Sport Exhaust System as standard equipment.

Two new paint options are available - Cherry Red Metallic and Truffle Brown Metallic.

2021 Porsche Panamera The Panamera now comes with a host of new engine options.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Standard Panamera models will now feature a twin-turbocharged 2.9 liter engine that makes 325 horsepower. This engine replaces the previous turbocharged 3.0-liter unit.

Porsche has replaced with the Panamera Turbo with the Turbo S. The new Panamera Turbo S gets enhancements to its crankshaft, connecting rods, timing chain drive and torsional vibration dampers, and fuel injectors. It also will have a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 at its heart making 620 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque, a significant bump from the 550 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque in the Turbo.

The same engine can be found in the Panamera Sport Turismo and, using launch control, it can get from zero to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds (3.0 seconds for the Panamera Turbo S Executive).That's half a second quicker than the previous Panamera Turbo. The car is speed limited to 196 mph on the track.

The Panamera GTS also gets a power upgrade. It now has 473 horsepower (up 20) and 457 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, its throttle calibration has been tuned to match a naturally aspirated engine more closely.

2021 Porsche Panamera

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A new plug-in hybrid option will be available. The Panamera 4S E-Hybrid pairs an electric motor with a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 to achieve 552 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. Using launch control it can get off the line and to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has a top track speed of 185 mph.

Porsche has given all its Panamera E-Hybrid models a 27 percent larger hybrid battery capacity for 2021. The bump moves it u pto 17.9 kilowatt-hours from 14.1 kilowatt-hours. They also get recalibrated drive modes that are designed to maximize the performance and efficiency of the car.

Each Panamera gets the adjustable Porsche Active Suspension Management system, which features an updated calibration for its adaptive dampers that is designed to sharpen feedback.

The Panamera Turbo S also gets the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport roll-stabilization system, Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV Plus), rear axle steering, and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes as standard. This equipment can all be ordered as options on other Panamera models. all of which can be optionally ordered on other Panamera models. The car's rotors are fitted with yellow or black calipers, depending on client specification.

2021 Porsche Panamera Porsche has installed a 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen in the Panamera.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

The interior of the Panamera gets a freshly designed multifunction Sport steering wheel with shift paddles. The Panamera Turbo S and GTS get a new, Race-Tex-covered GT Sport steering wheel with paddle shifters wrapped in leather.

Panamera and Panamera 4S E-Hybrid models come standard with eight-way electrically adjustable comfort seats with driver memory package, while the Turbo S models are equipped with 14-way electrically adjustable comfort seats with memory. The luxurious Panamera GTS comes standard with 18-way electrically adjustable adaptive sport seats. Both the 14-way comfort seats and 18-way adaptive sport seats are optional on other Panamera models.

At the center of the dashboard is a 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen. The system includes navigation, real-time traffic information, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The Panamera Turbo S has a 14-speaker, 710-watt Bose Surround Sound System. A 21-speaker, 1,455 watt Burmester 3D High-End Surround System with an active 400 watt subwoofer is available in all Panamera models.

All 2021 Panamera models come standard with lane keep assist and traffic sign recognition technology. Buyers can further enhance their model with a number of available safety technologies including Night Vision Assist, Lane Change Assist, Surround View, and Porsche InnoDrive with Adaptive Cruise Control. A head-up display is also available.

The 2021 Panamera models will be available to order starting early next year, and are expected to arrive at U.S. dealers in the course of Spring 2021. Pricing will be announced once order availability starts.

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The Nissan Re-Leaf is designed to help in disaster zones.

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When you need disaster relief, this Nissan Leaf is there for you, at least in theory. The Nissan Re-Leaf, an electric emergency response vehicle concept vehicle, takes the idea of portable electricity to a new level.

The Re-Leaf isn't just all-show. It's a working prototype that is designed to serve as a mobile power supply that can be used following natural disasters or extreme weather events. The Leaf was the world's first mass-market electric vehicle when it debuted a decade ago.

Natural disasters are the biggest cause of power outages. A 2019 World Bank report found natural shocks and climate change caused 37 percent of outages in Europe between 2000 and 2017, and 44 percent of outages in the US over the same period.

Nissan Re-Leaf

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Usually, when a disaster hits, the time for electricity supply to be restored is typically 24-48 hours if the damage is not too extensive. During that time, electric vehicles can provide mobile emergency power.

The Re-Leaf has a few modifications to make it disaster-ready. That starts at the exterior of the vehicle where weatherproof plug sockets mounted directly to the exterior enable 110- to 230-volt devices to be powered by the car's lithium-ion battery.

It is designed to drive into disaster zones and provide a mobile power supply. The integrated energy management system can run medical, communications, lighting and other life-supporting equipment.

The cars can also act as mobile storage batteries to supply homes with electricity during non-emergency situations by using the LEAF's bi-directional charging ability, a standard feature of the model since its introduction in 2010. This means the LEAF can not only 'pull' power to recharge the high-capacity battery, but also 'push' it back to the grid through V2G (Vehicle-to-Grid) technology, or directly to electronic devices through V2X (Vehicle-to-everything).

Acting as a portable power station, the latest generation Nissan LEAF e+ with a fully charged 62 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery can provide enough electricity to power the average UK household for around six days.

This concept may look futuristic but the future is already here. Nissan has used the Leaf to provide emergency power and transportation following natural disasters since 2011.

The Re-Leaf sports an amber color scheme, a nod to the ancient Greek word for amber – electron – the origin of the word 'electricity'. There's a roof-mounted LED light bar that flashes amber lights as well. Nissan has raised the car by 70 mm and given it a wider track and all-terrain tires on 17-inch wheels.

Inside, the rear seats have been removed and the floor levelled to provide storage for essential equipment. A custom bulk-head cage also separates the front seats from the cargo area.

A bespoke pull-out desk extends from the cargo area with a 32-inch LED screen and dedicated power supply creating an operational hub to run communications from and manage the recovery process.

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Acura is revealing its next-gen MDX slowly, first with this, the MDX Prototype.

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The MDX is the best-selling Acura in the lineup. It's also America's best-selling luxury three-row SUV. But that's not good enough.

Acura is redesigning the MDX and as it prepares to enter a fourth generation, a prototype of the new SUV will be shown on October 14. This looks to follow the same pattern as the TLX launch, which saw a prototype revealed about six months before the true model debut, just after the PMC Edition was put on sale.

Acura says that the next-gen MDX will usher in " new levels of Acura design, performance, technology and craftsmanship, assuming the mantle as the brand's new flagship model". And that's a good thing. The brand revolution that started with the RDX and continued with the TLX looks to go even further in a bid to re-establish Acura on its premium model throne.

The ofirst MDX was the industry's first three-row SUV based on a unibody platform, a design that has since gone mainstream as crossovers and lifestyle SUVs overrun a vehicle type that started as rugged off-roaders and family trucksters. Since it's debut, the MDX has garnered praise from buyers and critics alike including winning the 2001 North American Truck of the Year and 2001 Motor Trend SUV of the Year awards.

Over the past two decades, cumulative sales have surpassed 1 million units, securing MDX's place as the best-selling Acura model, accounting for roughly one-third of the brand's U.S. sales since its launch.

"We're accelerating Acura's commitment to Precision Crafted Performance and this fourth-generation MDX is the most ambitious and consequential redesign of an Acura core model in our history," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and Acura brand officer. "This all-new MDX will take us into new territory in terms of performance, prestige and emotional appeal."

The teaser image (above) and video (below) that were released today highlight the sharply sculpted beltline running the perimeter of the wider, lower and longer MDX, connecting the Jewel Eye LED headlights at the front to the Chicane LED taillights in the rear.

The MDX Prototype pulls heavily from the RDX and TLX with design nods to each. Still, it's unmistakably a three-row SUV. Though we don't know for sure what's under the hood, expect the MDX to have more a dynamic driving style when it debuts, following in the vein of the RDX and TLX redesigns.

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