Weekly Roundup

Top 5 most popular AutomotiveMap stories this week

A story about the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 43 was popular this week but didn't make the Top 5. You can read about it here.

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

This week AutomotiveMap stories covered everything from the introduction of a sports car to new hands-free driving tech to one truck debut and a teaser about another. What are readers checking out most often? Scroll down to see.

No. 5 - 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S: The sleeper beasts of the street get a solid update

2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

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. Continue reading ->

No. 4 - Post-coronavirus, used car prices in these 10 U.S. cities have dropped the most

Arch Bridge Over River By Buildings Against Sky Minneapolis Minnesota Photo by Getty Images

New and used car sales fell steeply as the nation closed up shop in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. New analysis from CoPilot, which aggregates car listings data in real-time across 46,000 U.S. dealers, found that retail prices for pre-owned vehicles only fell 3.9 percent nationwide between January and May 2020. Certain metropolitan areas were hit harder than others. Continue reading ->

No. 3 - Do you remember these six lost marques?

Unipower GT Photo courtesy of London Concours

Car brands come and go. This year's London Concours will celebrate the lost marques of car culture, with 12 unique models going on display. Continue reading ->

No. 2 - 480-horsepower 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 revealed with standard 6-speed manual transmission

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford is looking back to go forward. The Mach 1 name is making its return to the Mustang as the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1. It's slated to deliver track-ready performance, bridging the gap between the Ford Mustang GT and Shelby models. Continue reading ->

No. 1 - Check out the 2020 Nissan Titan ESPN 97.5's Joel Blank is driving this week

2020 Nissan Titan

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Joel Blank, co-host of "The Press Box" on ESPN 97.5 Houston and a SportsMap contributor, is test driving the 2020 Nissan Titan PRO-4X this week. Curious about the truck? Continue reading ->

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Toyota is no longer the only minivan maker to offer all-wheel drive.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Chrysler Pacifica has been given a thorough overhaul for the 2021 model year. The van will now be offered in an all-wheel-drive variant and has fresh exterior styling. It also has gotten a long list of new technology and added standard safety features. But before that model arrives at dealerships, many of its features, including all-wheel drive, will be available on the 2020 Pacifica AWD Launch Edition.

The 2020 Pacifica Launch Edition builds on the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L model and is equipped with all-wheel drive. It includes the S Appearance package that includes a Black Noise AWD badge, Black Noise Pacifica and Chrysler wing badging, and rolls on upgraded 18-inch wheels in the new "Foreshadow" finish. Gloss Black features on the headlamp eyebrows, grille surrounds, rear valance, and daylight opening.

2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition The model features Stow'n'Go seating as well as all-wheel drive.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The appearance package extends to the interior where the seats are covered in McKinley leather seats that are stitched with Light Diesel Grey thread. The model will have an 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment touch screen.

The all-black S Appearance interior is upgraded with McKinley leather seats bordered with Light Diesel Grey stitching and an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen radio. There are brushed metal hydro bezels on the dashboard and center stack.

Buyers can add features including Uconnect Navigation, Uconnect Theater, Advanced SafetyTec, a tri-pane panoramic sunroof, trailer tow, KeySense, and the Premium Group package.

The AWD Launch Edition rides on standard 235/60-R18 Michelin Premier self-sealing tires.

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition is available now for ordering at Chrysler dealerships in the United States and Canada. The U.S. manufacturer's suggested retail price $40,240, excluding destination fees, includes the AWD Launch Edition package MSRP of $3,095.

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition is scheduled to arrive in dealerships in the third quarter of 2020.

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle | Chicago Auto Show | Major Refresh With AWD Option www.youtube.com

Chrysler's refreshed 2021 Pacifica was originally slated to go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year. Chrysler will release pricing information closer to start of sales.

A number of features contained in the new model, including FCA's new Uconnect system, are not available in the 2020 Pacifica. Additionally, the 2020 model is not sold in Chrysler's new Pinnacle trim level.

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