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The Triton Model H is an all-electric behemoth

Triton has debuted the Model H, an all-electric SUV.

Photo courtesy of Triton

It has all the classic hallmarks of elegant people hauler: long swaths of darkened out windows, a commanding grille, chrome piping the length of the body, and unique features that push the envelope. The Triton Model H is the all-electric SUV that will have your eyes wide open.

The Triton H has a 130-inch wheelbase, which is the same size as a 2020 Chevrolet Suburban. For 2021, the Suburban upped its wheelbase to 134.1 as part of a generational change. It also has the same exterior dimensions as the 2020 Suburban: 224" (L) x 81" (W) x 74" (H).

Triton Model H The SUV has dimensions that are the same as the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban.Photo courtesy of Triton

The eight-seater SUV has a 200-cubic foot cargo capacity, that's 55.3 cubic feet more than the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban's 144.7. That's enough space for 11 Yeti 65 coolers and a few lawn chairs or a Renault Twizy and an average sized casket.

The vehicle will be sold in two grades: Standard and Performance. Triton says that the SUV yields 1,500 horsepower in its Performance grade and 1,000 horsepower is standard. Power comes from its four wheels and can get from zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.

Triton says that the Performance version fo the SUV will run on a 200-kilowatt-hour battery pack and have 700 miles of range while the Standard model gets a 150-kilowatt-hour battery and 500 miles of range. That's... a lot considering the size of the vehicle. The revised tiny and aerodynamic Tesla Roadster is said to have a 620-mile range while the forthcoming Volkswagen ID.3 is said to get 340 miles out of a full charge.

The Model H will undoubtedly be far heavier than the Roadster and ID.3. However, to be fair, we still don't know the exact range of the forthcoming GMC Hummer EV, which could rival the Model H and is likely to beat it to market.

Triton Model H Technology is the focus of the SUV's cabin.Photo courtesy of Triton

The listed towing capacity is 15.400 pounds or 26,000 pounds, depending on the model. Company resources profess that the Model H has a curb weight of 5.300 pounds, which is less than the 2020 Suburban, which doesn't have a battery pack. Autoblog reports that the weight of the model is actually 7,700 pounds, which seems more in line with the equipment the company has divulged.

Inside, the cabin of the Model H seems luxurious enough. It's clear from images presented by the company that the design phase is still ongoing but that technology, though present in the back seats, does not take a back seat.

Triton says that they back every Model H with a 10-year/150,000-mile warranty.

Triton Model H Triton says that the SUV comfortably seats eight in luxury level accommodations.Photo courtesy of Triton

Autoblog reports that the base model starts at $140,000 while the Performance SUV Strats around $180,000. According to the privately held company's owner, those who order early will get the Performance setup for the price of a Model H Standard.

Triton, a division of Triton Solar, is an electric vehicle company based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia. The SUV is not currently in production, but the company is taking orders and $5,000 deposits. With their deposit, the first 100 customers get a Founder's Edition of the Model H that will have "unique additions to the standard specifications which shall never be manufactured again." The additional $135,000 is expected via a wire transfer within five business days to complete the transaction.

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Volkswagen nixing Passat after 2022 model year

Racing Green Metallic is one of four exclusive colors for the car.

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After five decades on sale in the U.S., Volkswagen is pulling the plug on the midsize Passat. The explosion of SUVs' popularity and the need to shift production power to electric vehicles are behind the decision, which will take place after the 2022 model year. The cars have been built at the automaker's Chattanooga, TN plant since 2011, but the facility is being repurposed as VW's North American hub for electric vehicle assembly.

Volkswagen is giving the car one last hurrah, however, in the form of the Passat Limited Edition. The car features 18-inch wheels, LED headlights with an Advanced Front Lighting System, and an easy-open trunk. Inside, the cars come with sport seats wrapped in Vienna leather, memory seating, a Fender Premium Audio System, parking assistance, and parking sensors.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition Each car gets a special model tag with its limited production number.Volkswagen


Only 1,973 of the cars will be built, and it will only be sold in four colors, each with its own limited production numbers that have special meaning for the Passat:

  • Aurora Red Metallic with Titan Black interior: 411 units to represent the original vehicle production code
  • Racing Green Metallic with Mauro Brown interior: 423 units to commemorate the Chattanooga 423 area code
  • Pure white with Mauro Brown interior: 524 units to signify the Chattanooga plant's May 24 opening date
  • Platinum Great Metallic with Titan Black interior: 615 units to signify six generations of imported Passats, one generation assembled in Chattanooga, and five decades of U.S. sales

Pricing for the 2022 Passat starts at $31,290, which includes a $995 destination fee. Adding Aurora Red Metallic drives the price up by an additional $395. Each car will receive a special number plate to designate its place in the limited production run.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition The Passat Limited Edition gets several upscale features. Volkswagen

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New Jeep Compass Coming Soon

The Compass gets a major update for 2022.

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The Chicago Auto Show is happening now, which means we've already seen a few new models and concepts. Just yesterday, Jeep introduced the new 2022 Compass compact SUV. It gets a new design inside and out, updated tech, and a load of new available driver aids. The Compass' refresh comes as new models from Ford, Subaru and others could cut into Jeep's off-road dominance.

As it was in previous model years, the new Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter "Tigershark" four-cylinder engine that makes 177 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. It's good for up to 31 mpg on the highway in 2WD models and can deliver a max towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds in 4WD models. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for Compass Sport and Latitude 4X2 models, while all others get a nine-speed automatic transmission that can handle the 20:1 crawl ratio setting in the Trailhawk model.

An all-new Latitude LUX trim joins the Compass lineup for 2022 as well. It features leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, a seven-inch full-color gauge cluster, and the larger 10.1-inch screen.


2022 Jeep Compass The new Compass is more upscale than its predecessor.Stellantis/Jeep


The Compass comes with a class-leading 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, but higher trims get an even larger 10.1-inch unit. It offers standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and runs Uconnect 5, a colorful, responsive infotainment system with advanced features and tech.

Several new safety features make an appearance, but most are added-cost options. The highway assist system offers a semi-autonomous driving feature, which Jeep says will become available later. Other tech includes traffic sign recognition, standard pedestrian/cyclist automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera system, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, and a long list of more traditional advanced driver aids like blind spot monitoring and parking sensors.

The Compass lineup for 2022 includes five trims: Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Limited, and Trailhawk. Pricing for the new Compass starts at $26,490, including a $1,495 destination charge. At the top of the lineup, the Trailhawk and Limited models both start at $32,890. It's expected to start arriving on dealers' lots in fall 2021.


2022 Jeep Compass New color schemes highlight the Compass' interior.Stellantis/Jeep

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