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Volkswagen ID.4's cabin offers 'flowing, lightweight design'

The Volkswagen ID.4's cabin is meant to deliver spacious, free-flowing design.

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Volkswagen is doing everything but showing off the entire ID.4 production vehicle ahead of its debut later this month. The German automaker recently showed off the cabin of the new all-electric SUV featuring what it calls "flowing, lightweight design".

Drivers access the cabin using flush door handles that deliver electric unlocking. Doorways open wide and reveal the ID.4's high seating position. The car has a second-row bench seat that features 30.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind it - about as much as a Mazda CX-5.

Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID.4

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The SUV's dashboard is not connected to the center console. This space-creating minimalism is quickly becoming a trail of electric vehicle design, which isn't hampered by having a transmission tunnel running down the center of the vehicle diving the left side from the right.

A fixed panoramic sunroof will be available.

Volkswagen will deliver the ID.4 with ID. Light, a strip below the windshield that has lighting effects offering cues to a driver. Volkswagen explains: "For example, ID. Light signals to the driver that the vehicle's drive system is active and that the car has been unlocked or locked. It accentuates information issued by the driver assist and navigation systems and signals braking prompts and incoming phone calls."

Thirty-color ambient lighting is also available. Multi-color ambient lighting options have become trendy in vehicles with Kia and BMW also offering similar technology.

In this former role as Head of Volkswagen Brand Design, Klaus Zyciora, who currently serves as the Head of Volkswagen Group Design, developed the vehicle with his team. He describes further describes the cabin: "Freedom on the outside, free space on the inside. The ID.4 brings a new sense of space to its category thanks to the new MEB platform, our modular electric drive matrix."

The interior of the ID.4 is dominated by a neutral color palette with Lunar Grey and Galaxy Black dominating the landscape. The steering wheel, steering column, the housings of the display and control panels in the doors are outdated in Piano Black or Electric White.

Volkswagen will fully unveil the ID.4 later this month. Immediately after it debuts, buyers will be able to reserve theirs for just $100.

The company has already said that it will be built at their Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, which is currently undergoing an expansion to prepare for the new model, including a battery technology research hub.

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2023 Nissan Leaf pricing announced

The Leaf got a mild facelift for 2023.

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Nissan is nearing the release of the Ariya, its first new EV in several years. Even so, the brand hasn't forgotten about its first mass-market EV, the Leaf. It was an early entrant in the space, and has been an efficient, affordable, commuter car for over a decade. The car got a mild facelift for 2023, with updated wheels and exterior styling accents. Today, Nissan announced pricing for the Leaf, which starts at just under $29,000.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf feels lively, despite middling power numbers.Nissan

The base Leaf comes with a 40-kWh battery capable of delivering a 149-mile range. Its 110-kW electric motor produces 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The Leaf SV Plus features a 60-kWh battery for a range of 212 miles. It comes with a 160-kW motor that makes 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Nissan backs all Leaf models with an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.

ProPilot Assist comes standard for the Leaf SV Plus, and brings a full suite of advanced driver aids that include adaptive cruise control, driver alertness features, and a surround-view monitor. All Leaf models get Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic high beams, and rear automatic braking.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf SV Plus offers up to 212 miles of range.Nissan

The new Leaf starts at $28,895, which includes a $1,095 destination charge. The Leaf SV Plus starts at $36,895. The 2023 Nissan Leaf is on sale now, and may be eligible for federal tax credits of up to $7,500. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to receive a state tax credit or other incentives.

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The 2023 Crosstrek starts at $23,645.

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Subaru is one of the best at listening to its customers' needs, and the Crosstrek is a great example of that mindset. It's a useful vehicle with plenty of interior space and enough ground clearance to take its passengers well of the beaten path. Today, Subaru announced pricing for the 2023 Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid. The duo will go on sale this summer.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek's cabin is adventure-ready and packed with great tech. Subaru

The standard Crosstrek starts at $23,645 before destination and the Crosstrek Hybrid starts at $36,845. Five trims are available for the standard model, including Base, Premium, a new Special Edition, Sport, and Limited. The Hybrid comes in a single trim level. All Crosstrek variants get all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

The Base, Premium, and Special Edition trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower. The Sport and Limited trims get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 182 horsepower. Most models come with a continuously variable transmission, but the Base and Premium trims come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Crosstrek Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with two electric motors. The plug-in system can deliver 17 miles of electric range.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek delivers 8.7 inches of ground clearance.Subaru

True to Subaru form, the Crosstrek comes with a full suite of advanced driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure alerts, adaptive cruise, and more. These features are only available for CVT-equipped models. The Limited trim and the Crosstrek Hybrid add automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

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