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A Concours for Everyone: Preview for the 19th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 6
Mar
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Amelia Island, Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, An Addictive Take On Cars, auto show, Automotive, Duesenberg, Ferrari 250 GTO, Jacksonville, FL on 03 6th, 2014
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In the past several years I have been fortunate enough to take in the full experience of one of the world’s most prestigious automotive right here in Jacksonville, Florida’s back yard, Amelia Island. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance doesn’t only attract automotive enthusiasts and those who are truly addicted to the automotive culture, you can expect to see curiosity at an unprecedented level from virtually every walk of life. Mostly due to the stature of the vehicles on display, dating back from the conception of the automobile to the year 1972, there is something for everyone who has even the slightest recognition of automotive history.

The Amelia Concours is a treat for everyone, providing discoveries for those who are new to the world of vintage automobiles and offering surprises to enthusiasts who pride themselves in an extensive knowledge of automotive history. This is part of the uniqueness of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, the show can catch an automotive veteran off guard while steadying others on a walk down memory lane. For many, the Amelia Concours is a “bucket list” event, a once in a lifetime experience.

In the past few years of covering the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, I have taken away cherished memories of the people I have met and the cars on display. In a way, for me the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is a dream come true, yes, even in the limelight of driving a different new vehicle each week and spending countless hours at auto shows around the world. For someone like my mother, a respected grade school teacher who hasn’t the slightest clue about the historical significance of the 1936 Duesenberg SJN or the driving experience associated with the Ferrari 250 GTO, the show is equally treasured and meaningful. She gets it, walking from car to car with a big smile on her face, glancing at each uniquely sculpted body and stopping to take in the short backstory listed on the show plaque. There really is nothing else like thousands of spectators walking on one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses filled with the most esteemed vehicles from around the world.

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Each year the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance selects an honoree and pays homage to the accomplishments of the selected honoree and how it correlates to theme and automotive history of the event. Last year (2013) the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance featured Sam Posey, who is one of America’s most articulate representatives of motorsports. His wide range of skills apart from racing is also a tribute and hat tip to the amalgamation of the show.

Other events during the weekend of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, such as Silent Auctions, RM Auctions, and exclusive displays put on by various manufactures, all plays a part in the versatility and having something for everyone to enjoy.

Leading up to this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, my staff and I had the opportunity to sit down with founder, Bill Warner. In our discussions we were overwhelmed with his warm and heartfelt passion for helping others, which truly determines that the Concours is much more than just a car show. The local community is a big influence in Warner’s passion. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance donates millions of dollars to charity.

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Warner welcomed our local Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee venue to join his Saturday Amelia Island Cars and Coffee, asking us to help select local participants. Usually, our event is held at The Florida Times-Union every second Saturday of the month averaging about 400 vehicles in attendance representing everything from million-dollar exotics and resto/modified VW buses to American muscle cars. For our Cars and Coffee venue in March, we are joining the Amelia Island Cars and Coffee event welcoming our local participants to spectate the nice field of vehicles Amelia Island Concours has invited. It is a pleasure and honor to be part of Saturday’s event and we look forward to covering the Sunday vehicle display.

The 19th Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance with Honoree Jochen Mass takes place this weekend with the Amelia Island Cars and Coffee running Saturday from 9am till 1pm, various other lifestyle events, and concludes with the official vehicle display at The Golf Club of Amelia Island on Sunday from 9:30am till 4pm. AutomotiveAddicts.com will bring to you exclusive coverage following the event in addition to images from Saturday’s Amelia Island Cars and Coffee, which we will be participating in with local vehicle entrants.

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Our exclusive coverage of the 19th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will be live following the show. You may view previous year Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance coverage here.



2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Makes Debut at 2014 Geneva Auto Show 4
Mar
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Geneva Auto Show, Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Gallardo, Lamborghini Huracan, video on 03 4th, 2014
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The highly anticipated 2015 Lamborghini Huracán has made its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show today. Officially dubbed as the 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, packs a serious punch with 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque from its 5.2-liter V10 engine. The all-wheel-drive setup where it gets power delivered through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission will be good enough for runs to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph.

As the Lamborghini Gallardo’s replacement, it is pretty sweet. Hopefully we will see it for ourselves at one of our upcoming Cars and Coffee events. Check it!

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2014 Geneva Auto Show: 2015 Jeep Renegade Joins the Jeep Global Portfolio As Most Capable Small SUV 4
Mar
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Fiat 500L, Geneva Auto Show, Geneva Motor Show, Jeep, Jeep Renegade, video on 03 4th, 2014
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Italian-American, a culture that is undeniable here in the United States and Jeep with their Fiat partner has unleashed a new 2015 Jeep Renegade utilizing the Fiat 500L platform with some Jeep-esq modifications. You can say this is a nice match to showcase what the two meshed brands can conjure up.

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The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade, officially revealed this week at the Geneva Auto Show, is a unique vehicle to say the least. This cheeky Jeep gets the true rugged treatment with a higher ride height and the interior amenities to match the new language from Jeep vehicles.

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The 2015 Jeep Renegade is no slouch when it comes to off-road capabilities. For the US market it will get either a 160 hp 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo or 184 hp 2.4-liter Tigershark engine. The power from those units will be available for a new 948TE 9-speed transmission. To keep things proper for enthusiasts, a 6-speed manual transmission will be available for the 1.4-liter MultiAir engine. Four-wheel-drive, within all 3 available trim levels (Latitude, Limited, Trailhawk), will feature Active Torque, which is a torque-vectoring setup for the AWD unit in addition to an Active Drive Low option for a 20:1 crawl ratio. There will be a Jeep Selec-Trrain system with Mud and Rock modes all with hill decent and 8.7-inches of ground clearance as well.

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Interior appointments will include the latest Uconnect system with a 7-inch touch screen in four different treatment options. Hit up the full release below for additional information on the new 2015 Jeep Renegade.

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2015 Jeep® Renegade: Most Capable Small SUV Expands the Brand’s Global Portfolio

  • All-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade marks the brand’s first entry in the small SUV segment
  • Renegade Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class 4×4 Trail Rated capability with class-exclusive Jeep Active Drive Low, which includes 20:1 crawl ratio and Jeep Selec-Terrain system
  • Designed to expand the Jeep brand globally, the all-new 2015 Renegade combines the brand’s heritage with fresh new styling to appeal to youthful and adventurous customers
  • Nothing else like it: Renegade displays a powerful stance with aggressive wheel-to-body proportions, plus the freedom of two My Sky open-air roof systems
  • Renegade’s all-new interior exudes an energetic appearance with rugged and functional details, crafted in high-quality materials and inspired colors
  • All-new “small-wide 4×4 architecture” combines best-in-class off-road capability with world-class on-road driving dynamics
  • Designed for global markets – with 16 fuel-efficient powertrain combinations for different markets around the world – including the world’s first nine-speed automatic transmission in a small SUV
  • Renegade will offer a best-in-class combination of fuel efficiency and off-road capability
  • Technology once limited to premium SUVs: award-winning Uconnect Access, Uconnect touchscreen radios and the segment’s largest full-color instrument cluster
  • Loaded with up to 70 available advanced safety and security features
  • Designed in America, crafted in Italy, the 2015 Renegade highlights the Jeep brand’s global resources and dedication to meeting customer needs in more than 100 countries

March 4, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The all-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade expands the brand’s global vehicle lineup, entering the growing small SUV segment, while staying true to the adventurous lifestyle Jeep is known for.  Renegade delivers a unique combination of best-in-class off-road capability, open-air freedom and convenience, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission that contributes to outstanding on-road and off-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient engines, world-class refinement, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings. The result is an efficient vehicle created to attract youthful and adventurous customers around the world to the Jeep brand.“The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade expands the brand’s product portfolio and targets the rapidly expanding small SUV segment around the globe with benchmark levels of  efficiency and driving dynamics, while at the same time delivering best-in-class 4×4 capability that customers expect from Jeep,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC.  “Renegade symbolizes the brand’s renowned American design, ingenuity and innovation, marking the Jeep brand’s first entry into the small SUV segment in more than 100 markets around the globe.”

Best-in-class off-road capability thanks to two all-new 4×4 systems
Leveraging 4×4 technology from the all-new Jeep Cherokee, the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade offers two of the most advanced and intelligent 4×4 systems in its class, all to deliver best-in-class off-road capability. Both systems can provide up to 100 percent of the engine’s available torque to the ground, through any wheel, for optimal grip.

  • Jeep Active Drive – full-time 4×4 system
  • Jeep Active Drive Low – class-exclusive full-time 4×4 system with 20:1 crawl ratio.

Innovation is also at the forefront of any new Jeep vehicle, and the Renegade is the first small SUV to feature a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU) – all to provide Jeep Renegade 4×4 models with enhanced fuel economy. The system instantly engages when 4×4 traction is needed.

Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model) for the best four-wheel-drive performance on- or off-road and in any weather condition.

Trail Rated: Renegade Trailhawk 4×4 model 
For customers who demand the most off-road capability from their Jeep vehicles, the Renegade Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4×4 capability with:

  • Standard Jeep Active Drive Low (20:1 crawl ratio)
  • Selec-Terrain system with exclusive Rock mode
  • Increased ride height 20 mm (0.8 inches)
  • Skid plates, and red front and rear tow hooks
  • Unique fascias deliver 30.5 degree approach, 25.7 degree breakover and 34.3 degree departure angles
  • 17-inch all-terrain tires
  • Up to 205 mm (8.1 inches) of wheel articulation
  • Hill-descent Control
  • Up to 480 mm (19 inches) of water fording
  • Up to 1,500 kg (3,300-lb.) towing capability with MultiJet II diesel engine and 907 kg (2,000-lb.) towing capability with 2.4-liter Tigershark engine, with available tow package

A global Jeep design for a rapidly growing global brand
From the start, Jeep designers knew the Renegade would need to deliver best-in-class off-road capability with city-sized proportions that exuded the brand’s rugged style while at the same time enhancing versatility, maneuverability and style. Additionally designers were tasked to create an all-new SUV that would symbolize the brand’s renowned American design and ingenuity, as it would mark the Jeep brand’s first entry into the small SUV segment in more than 100 markets around the globe. Last, Renegade had to offer the open-air freedom that dates back to its 1941 roots with the Willys MB Jeep.

The result is the all-new 2015 Renegade, a vehicle that builds on the Jeep Wrangler’s powerful stance, and features fresh new styling with rugged body forms and aggressive proportions that enable best-in-class approach and departure angles purposely designed to deliver best-in-class off-road capability. And for segment-exclusive panoramic views, two available My Sky open-air roof panel systems conveniently stow to provide passengers open-air freedom with ease.

All-new interior exudes a rugged and energetic appearance
The all-new Jeep Renegade interior features a rugged and energetic appearance that builds upon Jeep’s legendary brand heritage. Its precisely crafted detail, innovative and high-quality color and material appointments, state-of-the-art technology, and clever storage features draw inspiration from contemporary extreme sports gear and lifestyles.

The interior of the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade has a distinctive form language which Jeep designers have titled “Tek-Tonic.” This new design theme is defined by the intersections of soft and tactile forms with rugged and functional details. Major surfaces such as the sculpted soft-touch instrument panel are intersected with bold functional elements like the passenger grab handle – indispensable for off-road adventures and borrowed from its big brother, the legendary Jeep Wrangler. Unique “protective clamp fasteners,” anodized design accents and inspired colors are derived from extreme sports equipment, while the newly familiar “X” shapes inspired by its roof and tail lamps add to Renegade’s Tek-Tonic interior look. And to make sure all of the needed passenger gear fits, the Renegade is designed with an efficient and flexible interior package that includes a removable, reversible and height-adjustable cargo floor panel and fold-forward front-passenger seat.

My Sky: continuing Jeep open-air freedom since 1941
Keeping the tradition of the legendary 1941 Willys MB Jeep, the all-new 2015 Renegade offers open-air freedom with two available My Sky open-air roof systems. With a manual removable, or removable with premium power tilt/slide feature, the segment-exclusive My Sky roof-panel systems quickly bring the outdoors inside. Designed for convenience, the honeycomb fiberglass polyurethane roof panels are lightweight and stow neatly in the rear cargo area. For added design detail, both My Sky roof systems feature a debossed “X” stamped into the roof that exude strength and play on the brand’s utilitarian history.

Best-in-class off-road capability with world-class on-road driving dynamics
Designed and engineered to first and foremost deliver legendary Jeep 4×4 capability, the all-new 2015 Renegade is the first small SUV from Chrysler Group to use the all-new “small-wide 4×4 architecture.”

With its fully independent suspension capable of up to 205 mm (8.1 inches) of wheel articulation and 220 mm (8.7 inches) of ground clearance (Trailhawk), Renegade raises the bar in the small SUV segment with best-in-class off-road capability. Extensive use of advanced steels, composites and advanced computer-impact simulations enable the all-new 2015 Renegade’s architecture to deliver world-class torsional stiffness and Jeep brand’s durability required for Trail Rated adventures.

The all-new Renegade is the first Jeep to integrate Koni’s frequency selective damping (FSD) front and rear strut system. This damping system enables the Jeep Renegade to deliver world-class road-holding and handling characteristics.

Designed for global markets: 16 powertrain combinations
True to the Jeep brand, the all-new Renegade will offer customers in global markets maximum off-road capability and fuel efficiency. The Renegade will offer up to 16 strategic powertrain combinations – the most ever in a Jeep vehicle – customized to markets around the world to meet a range of performance and efficiency needs. Powertrain options include:

  • Four MultiAir gasoline engine offerings
  • Two MultiJet II diesel engine offerings
  • Efficient and flex-fuel capable E.torQ engine
  • Emissions and fuel-saving Stop&Start technology
  • Segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Two manual and one dual-dry clutch transmission (DDCT) offerings

World’s first small SUV with nine-speed automatic transmission
Like the new Jeep Cherokee, the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade has raised the bar — this time in the small SUV class — with the first available nine-speed automatic transmission. When paired with either the 2.0-liter MultiJet II diesel engine, or 2.4-liter MultiAir2 gas engine, the nine-speed transmission delivers numerous benefits customers will appreciate, including aggressive launches, smooth power delivery at highway speeds and improved fuel efficiency versus a six-speed automatic transmission.

Segment-exclusive technologies once found only on higher classed SUVs
The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade offers technology features once found only in upper-segment vehicles, and makes them attainable to customers in the growing small SUV segment – including award-winning Uconnect Access, Uconnect touchscreens and the segment’s largest full-color instrument cluster.

  • Uconnect Access: Utilizes embedded cellular technology to allow Jeep Renegade occupants to get directly in contact with local emergency-service dispatchers – all with the push of the 9-1-1 Assist button on the rearview mirror. Uconnect Access applies the same logic to roadside assistance. One push of the “ASSIST” button summons help directly from Chrysler Group’s roadside assistance provider, or the Vehicle Customer Care Center. Further peace of mind comes from the system’s ability to receive text messages, announce receipt of texts, identify senders and then “read” the messages aloud with Bluetooth-equipped cell phones. AOL Autos named Uconnect Access its “Technology of the Year for 2013.” (Uconnect services may vary in different markets)
  • Uconnect touchscreen radio systems: Award-winning in-vehicle handsfree communication, entertainment and available navigation. Key features available on the Uconnect 5.0 and 6.5AN systems include a 5.0-inch or 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity, single or dual-turner, radio data system capability (RDS), digital audio broadcast (DAB), HD Radio, digital media broadcasting (DMB), SiriusXM Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link, SiriusXM Travel Link, USB port and auxiliary audio jack input. (Uconnect services may vary in different markets)
  • Segment’s largest full-color instrument cluster display: Filling the Jeep Renegade’s gauge cluster in front of the driver is an available 7-inch, full-color, premium multiview display, featuring a reconfigurable function that enables drivers to personalize information inside the instrument cluster. The information display is designed to visually communicate information, using graphics and text, quickly and easily.

Renegade features up to 70 advanced safety and security features
Safety and security were at the forefront in the development of the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade, setting the stage for up to 70 available safety and security features – including the availability of Forward Collision Warning-Plus and LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus.

In addition, engineers added both active and passive safety and security features, including Blind-spot Monitoring; Rear Cross Path detection; ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines; electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and seven standard air bags.

Jeep brand’s global resources
Designed in America and crafted in Italy, the 2015 Renegade continues the Jeep brand’s dedication to the global marketplace and demonstrates the depths of its available resources. The final assembly location for the Renegade will be at the Melfi Assembly Plant. The Renegade’s global portfolio of powertrain production includes the United States, Italy and Brazil.



2014 Geneva Auto Show: 2015 Jeep Renegade Joins the Jeep Global Portfolio As Most Capable Small SUV 4
Mar
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Fiat 500L, Geneva Auto Show, Geneva Motor Show, Jeep, Jeep Renegade, video on 03 4th, 2014
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Italian-American, a culture that is undeniable here in the United States and Jeep with their Fiat partner has unleashed a new 2015 Jeep Renegade utilizing the Fiat 500L platform with some Jeep-esq modifications. You can say this is a nice match to showcase what the two meshed brands can conjure up.

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The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade, officially revealed this week at the Geneva Auto Show, is a unique vehicle to say the least. This cheeky Jeep gets the true rugged treatment with a higher ride height and the interior amenities to match the new language from Jeep vehicles.

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The 2015 Jeep Renegade is no slouch when it comes to off-road capabilities. For the US market it will get either a 160 hp 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo or 184 hp 2.4-liter Tigershark engine. The power from those units will be available for a new 948TE 9-speed transmission. To keep things proper for enthusiasts, a 6-speed manual transmission will be available for the 1.4-liter MultiAir engine. Four-wheel-drive, within all 3 available trim levels (Latitude, Limited, Trailhawk), will feature Active Torque, which is a torque-vectoring setup for the AWD unit in addition to an Active Drive Low option for a 20:1 crawl ratio. There will be a Jeep Selec-Trrain system with Mud and Rock modes all with hill decent and 8.7-inches of ground clearance as well.

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Interior appointments will include the latest Uconnect system with a 7-inch touch screen in four different treatment options. Hit up the full release below for additional information on the new 2015 Jeep Renegade.

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2015 Jeep® Renegade: Most Capable Small SUV Expands the Brand’s Global Portfolio

  • All-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade marks the brand’s first entry in the small SUV segment
  • Renegade Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class 4×4 Trail Rated capability with class-exclusive Jeep Active Drive Low, which includes 20:1 crawl ratio and Jeep Selec-Terrain system
  • Designed to expand the Jeep brand globally, the all-new 2015 Renegade combines the brand’s heritage with fresh new styling to appeal to youthful and adventurous customers
  • Nothing else like it: Renegade displays a powerful stance with aggressive wheel-to-body proportions, plus the freedom of two My Sky open-air roof systems
  • Renegade’s all-new interior exudes an energetic appearance with rugged and functional details, crafted in high-quality materials and inspired colors
  • All-new “small-wide 4×4 architecture” combines best-in-class off-road capability with world-class on-road driving dynamics
  • Designed for global markets – with 16 fuel-efficient powertrain combinations for different markets around the world – including the world’s first nine-speed automatic transmission in a small SUV
  • Renegade will offer a best-in-class combination of fuel efficiency and off-road capability
  • Technology once limited to premium SUVs: award-winning Uconnect Access, Uconnect touchscreen radios and the segment’s largest full-color instrument cluster
  • Loaded with up to 70 available advanced safety and security features
  • Designed in America, crafted in Italy, the 2015 Renegade highlights the Jeep brand’s global resources and dedication to meeting customer needs in more than 100 countries

March 4, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The all-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade expands the brand’s global vehicle lineup, entering the growing small SUV segment, while staying true to the adventurous lifestyle Jeep is known for.  Renegade delivers a unique combination of best-in-class off-road capability, open-air freedom and convenience, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission that contributes to outstanding on-road and off-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient engines, world-class refinement, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings. The result is an efficient vehicle created to attract youthful and adventurous customers around the world to the Jeep brand.“The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade expands the brand’s product portfolio and targets the rapidly expanding small SUV segment around the globe with benchmark levels of  efficiency and driving dynamics, while at the same time delivering best-in-class 4×4 capability that customers expect from Jeep,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC.  “Renegade symbolizes the brand’s renowned American design, ingenuity and innovation, marking the Jeep brand’s first entry into the small SUV segment in more than 100 markets around the globe.”

Best-in-class off-road capability thanks to two all-new 4×4 systems
Leveraging 4×4 technology from the all-new Jeep Cherokee, the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade offers two of the most advanced and intelligent 4×4 systems in its class, all to deliver best-in-class off-road capability. Both systems can provide up to 100 percent of the engine’s available torque to the ground, through any wheel, for optimal grip.

  • Jeep Active Drive – full-time 4×4 system
  • Jeep Active Drive Low – class-exclusive full-time 4×4 system with 20:1 crawl ratio.

Innovation is also at the forefront of any new Jeep vehicle, and the Renegade is the first small SUV to feature a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU) – all to provide Jeep Renegade 4×4 models with enhanced fuel economy. The system instantly engages when 4×4 traction is needed.

Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model) for the best four-wheel-drive performance on- or off-road and in any weather condition.

Trail Rated: Renegade Trailhawk 4×4 model 
For customers who demand the most off-road capability from their Jeep vehicles, the Renegade Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4×4 capability with:

  • Standard Jeep Active Drive Low (20:1 crawl ratio)
  • Selec-Terrain system with exclusive Rock mode
  • Increased ride height 20 mm (0.8 inches)
  • Skid plates, and red front and rear tow hooks
  • Unique fascias deliver 30.5 degree approach, 25.7 degree breakover and 34.3 degree departure angles
  • 17-inch all-terrain tires
  • Up to 205 mm (8.1 inches) of wheel articulation
  • Hill-descent Control
  • Up to 480 mm (19 inches) of water fording
  • Up to 1,500 kg (3,300-lb.) towing capability with MultiJet II diesel engine and 907 kg (2,000-lb.) towing capability with 2.4-liter Tigershark engine, with available tow package

A global Jeep design for a rapidly growing global brand
From the start, Jeep designers knew the Renegade would need to deliver best-in-class off-road capability with city-sized proportions that exuded the brand’s rugged style while at the same time enhancing versatility, maneuverability and style. Additionally designers were tasked to create an all-new SUV that would symbolize the brand’s renowned American design and ingenuity, as it would mark the Jeep brand’s first entry into the small SUV segment in more than 100 markets around the globe. Last, Renegade had to offer the open-air freedom that dates back to its 1941 roots with the Willys MB Jeep.

The result is the all-new 2015 Renegade, a vehicle that builds on the Jeep Wrangler’s powerful stance, and features fresh new styling with rugged body forms and aggressive proportions that enable best-in-class approach and departure angles purposely designed to deliver best-in-class off-road capability. And for segment-exclusive panoramic views, two available My Sky open-air roof panel systems conveniently stow to provide passengers open-air freedom with ease.

All-new interior exudes a rugged and energetic appearance
The all-new Jeep Renegade interior features a rugged and energetic appearance that builds upon Jeep’s legendary brand heritage. Its precisely crafted detail, innovative and high-quality color and material appointments, state-of-the-art technology, and clever storage features draw inspiration from contemporary extreme sports gear and lifestyles.

The interior of the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade has a distinctive form language which Jeep designers have titled “Tek-Tonic.” This new design theme is defined by the intersections of soft and tactile forms with rugged and functional details. Major surfaces such as the sculpted soft-touch instrument panel are intersected with bold functional elements like the passenger grab handle – indispensable for off-road adventures and borrowed from its big brother, the legendary Jeep Wrangler. Unique “protective clamp fasteners,” anodized design accents and inspired colors are derived from extreme sports equipment, while the newly familiar “X” shapes inspired by its roof and tail lamps add to Renegade’s Tek-Tonic interior look. And to make sure all of the needed passenger gear fits, the Renegade is designed with an efficient and flexible interior package that includes a removable, reversible and height-adjustable cargo floor panel and fold-forward front-passenger seat.

My Sky: continuing Jeep open-air freedom since 1941
Keeping the tradition of the legendary 1941 Willys MB Jeep, the all-new 2015 Renegade offers open-air freedom with two available My Sky open-air roof systems. With a manual removable, or removable with premium power tilt/slide feature, the segment-exclusive My Sky roof-panel systems quickly bring the outdoors inside. Designed for convenience, the honeycomb fiberglass polyurethane roof panels are lightweight and stow neatly in the rear cargo area. For added design detail, both My Sky roof systems feature a debossed “X” stamped into the roof that exude strength and play on the brand’s utilitarian history.

Best-in-class off-road capability with world-class on-road driving dynamics
Designed and engineered to first and foremost deliver legendary Jeep 4×4 capability, the all-new 2015 Renegade is the first small SUV from Chrysler Group to use the all-new “small-wide 4×4 architecture.”

With its fully independent suspension capable of up to 205 mm (8.1 inches) of wheel articulation and 220 mm (8.7 inches) of ground clearance (Trailhawk), Renegade raises the bar in the small SUV segment with best-in-class off-road capability. Extensive use of advanced steels, composites and advanced computer-impact simulations enable the all-new 2015 Renegade’s architecture to deliver world-class torsional stiffness and Jeep brand’s durability required for Trail Rated adventures.

The all-new Renegade is the first Jeep to integrate Koni’s frequency selective damping (FSD) front and rear strut system. This damping system enables the Jeep Renegade to deliver world-class road-holding and handling characteristics.

Designed for global markets: 16 powertrain combinations
True to the Jeep brand, the all-new Renegade will offer customers in global markets maximum off-road capability and fuel efficiency. The Renegade will offer up to 16 strategic powertrain combinations – the most ever in a Jeep vehicle – customized to markets around the world to meet a range of performance and efficiency needs. Powertrain options include:

  • Four MultiAir gasoline engine offerings
  • Two MultiJet II diesel engine offerings
  • Efficient and flex-fuel capable E.torQ engine
  • Emissions and fuel-saving Stop&Start technology
  • Segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Two manual and one dual-dry clutch transmission (DDCT) offerings

World’s first small SUV with nine-speed automatic transmission
Like the new Jeep Cherokee, the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade has raised the bar — this time in the small SUV class — with the first available nine-speed automatic transmission. When paired with either the 2.0-liter MultiJet II diesel engine, or 2.4-liter MultiAir2 gas engine, the nine-speed transmission delivers numerous benefits customers will appreciate, including aggressive launches, smooth power delivery at highway speeds and improved fuel efficiency versus a six-speed automatic transmission.

Segment-exclusive technologies once found only on higher classed SUVs
The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade offers technology features once found only in upper-segment vehicles, and makes them attainable to customers in the growing small SUV segment – including award-winning Uconnect Access, Uconnect touchscreens and the segment’s largest full-color instrument cluster.

  • Uconnect Access: Utilizes embedded cellular technology to allow Jeep Renegade occupants to get directly in contact with local emergency-service dispatchers – all with the push of the 9-1-1 Assist button on the rearview mirror. Uconnect Access applies the same logic to roadside assistance. One push of the “ASSIST” button summons help directly from Chrysler Group’s roadside assistance provider, or the Vehicle Customer Care Center. Further peace of mind comes from the system’s ability to receive text messages, announce receipt of texts, identify senders and then “read” the messages aloud with Bluetooth-equipped cell phones. AOL Autos named Uconnect Access its “Technology of the Year for 2013.” (Uconnect services may vary in different markets)
  • Uconnect touchscreen radio systems: Award-winning in-vehicle handsfree communication, entertainment and available navigation. Key features available on the Uconnect 5.0 and 6.5AN systems include a 5.0-inch or 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity, single or dual-turner, radio data system capability (RDS), digital audio broadcast (DAB), HD Radio, digital media broadcasting (DMB), SiriusXM Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link, SiriusXM Travel Link, USB port and auxiliary audio jack input. (Uconnect services may vary in different markets)
  • Segment’s largest full-color instrument cluster display: Filling the Jeep Renegade’s gauge cluster in front of the driver is an available 7-inch, full-color, premium multiview display, featuring a reconfigurable function that enables drivers to personalize information inside the instrument cluster. The information display is designed to visually communicate information, using graphics and text, quickly and easily.

Renegade features up to 70 advanced safety and security features
Safety and security were at the forefront in the development of the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade, setting the stage for up to 70 available safety and security features – including the availability of Forward Collision Warning-Plus and LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus.

In addition, engineers added both active and passive safety and security features, including Blind-spot Monitoring; Rear Cross Path detection; ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines; electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and seven standard air bags.

Jeep brand’s global resources
Designed in America and crafted in Italy, the 2015 Renegade continues the Jeep brand’s dedication to the global marketplace and demonstrates the depths of its available resources. The final assembly location for the Renegade will be at the Melfi Assembly Plant. The Renegade’s global portfolio of powertrain production includes the United States, Italy and Brazil.



2014 Geneva Auto Show: 2015 Jeep Renegade Joins the Jeep Global Portfolio As Most Capable Small SUV 4
Mar
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Fiat 500L, Geneva Auto Show, Geneva Motor Show, Jeep, Jeep Renegade, video on 03 4th, 2014
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Italian-American, a culture that is undeniable here in the United States and Jeep with their Fiat partner has unleashed a new 2015 Jeep Renegade utilizing the Fiat 500L platform with some Jeep-esq modifications. You can say this is a nice match to showcase what the two meshed brands can conjure up.

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The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade, officially revealed this week at the Geneva Auto Show, is a unique vehicle to say the least. This cheeky Jeep gets the true rugged treatment with a higher ride height and the interior amenities to match the new language from Jeep vehicles.

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The 2015 Jeep Renegade is no slouch when it comes to off-road capabilities. For the US market it will get either a 160 hp 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo or 184 hp 2.4-liter Tigershark engine. The power from those units will be available for a new 948TE 9-speed transmission. To keep things proper for enthusiasts, a 6-speed manual transmission will be available for the 1.4-liter MultiAir engine. Four-wheel-drive, within all 3 available trim levels (Latitude, Limited, Trailhawk), will feature Active Torque, which is a torque-vectoring setup for the AWD unit in addition to an Active Drive Low option for a 20:1 crawl ratio. There will be a Jeep Selec-Trrain system with Mud and Rock modes all with hill decent and 8.7-inches of ground clearance as well.

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Interior appointments will include the latest Uconnect system with a 7-inch touch screen in four different treatment options. Hit up the full release below for additional information on the new 2015 Jeep Renegade.

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2015 Jeep® Renegade: Most Capable Small SUV Expands the Brand’s Global Portfolio

  • All-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade marks the brand’s first entry in the small SUV segment
  • Renegade Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class 4×4 Trail Rated capability with class-exclusive Jeep Active Drive Low, which includes 20:1 crawl ratio and Jeep Selec-Terrain system
  • Designed to expand the Jeep brand globally, the all-new 2015 Renegade combines the brand’s heritage with fresh new styling to appeal to youthful and adventurous customers
  • Nothing else like it: Renegade displays a powerful stance with aggressive wheel-to-body proportions, plus the freedom of two My Sky open-air roof systems
  • Renegade’s all-new interior exudes an energetic appearance with rugged and functional details, crafted in high-quality materials and inspired colors
  • All-new “small-wide 4×4 architecture” combines best-in-class off-road capability with world-class on-road driving dynamics
  • Designed for global markets – with 16 fuel-efficient powertrain combinations for different markets around the world – including the world’s first nine-speed automatic transmission in a small SUV
  • Renegade will offer a best-in-class combination of fuel efficiency and off-road capability
  • Technology once limited to premium SUVs: award-winning Uconnect Access, Uconnect touchscreen radios and the segment’s largest full-color instrument cluster
  • Loaded with up to 70 available advanced safety and security features
  • Designed in America, crafted in Italy, the 2015 Renegade highlights the Jeep brand’s global resources and dedication to meeting customer needs in more than 100 countries

March 4, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The all-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade expands the brand’s global vehicle lineup, entering the growing small SUV segment, while staying true to the adventurous lifestyle Jeep is known for.  Renegade delivers a unique combination of best-in-class off-road capability, open-air freedom and convenience, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission that contributes to outstanding on-road and off-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient engines, world-class refinement, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings. The result is an efficient vehicle created to attract youthful and adventurous customers around the world to the Jeep brand.“The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade expands the brand’s product portfolio and targets the rapidly expanding small SUV segment around the globe with benchmark levels of  efficiency and driving dynamics, while at the same time delivering best-in-class 4×4 capability that customers expect from Jeep,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC.  “Renegade symbolizes the brand’s renowned American design, ingenuity and innovation, marking the Jeep brand’s first entry into the small SUV segment in more than 100 markets around the globe.”

Best-in-class off-road capability thanks to two all-new 4×4 systems
Leveraging 4×4 technology from the all-new Jeep Cherokee, the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade offers two of the most advanced and intelligent 4×4 systems in its class, all to deliver best-in-class off-road capability. Both systems can provide up to 100 percent of the engine’s available torque to the ground, through any wheel, for optimal grip.

  • Jeep Active Drive – full-time 4×4 system
  • Jeep Active Drive Low – class-exclusive full-time 4×4 system with 20:1 crawl ratio.

Innovation is also at the forefront of any new Jeep vehicle, and the Renegade is the first small SUV to feature a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU) – all to provide Jeep Renegade 4×4 models with enhanced fuel economy. The system instantly engages when 4×4 traction is needed.

Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model) for the best four-wheel-drive performance on- or off-road and in any weather condition.

Trail Rated: Renegade Trailhawk 4×4 model 
For customers who demand the most off-road capability from their Jeep vehicles, the Renegade Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4×4 capability with:

  • Standard Jeep Active Drive Low (20:1 crawl ratio)
  • Selec-Terrain system with exclusive Rock mode
  • Increased ride height 20 mm (0.8 inches)
  • Skid plates, and red front and rear tow hooks
  • Unique fascias deliver 30.5 degree approach, 25.7 degree breakover and 34.3 degree departure angles
  • 17-inch all-terrain tires
  • Up to 205 mm (8.1 inches) of wheel articulation
  • Hill-descent Control
  • Up to 480 mm (19 inches) of water fording
  • Up to 1,500 kg (3,300-lb.) towing capability with MultiJet II diesel engine and 907 kg (2,000-lb.) towing capability with 2.4-liter Tigershark engine, with available tow package

A global Jeep design for a rapidly growing global brand
From the start, Jeep designers knew the Renegade would need to deliver best-in-class off-road capability with city-sized proportions that exuded the brand’s rugged style while at the same time enhancing versatility, maneuverability and style. Additionally designers were tasked to create an all-new SUV that would symbolize the brand’s renowned American design and ingenuity, as it would mark the Jeep brand’s first entry into the small SUV segment in more than 100 markets around the globe. Last, Renegade had to offer the open-air freedom that dates back to its 1941 roots with the Willys MB Jeep.

The result is the all-new 2015 Renegade, a vehicle that builds on the Jeep Wrangler’s powerful stance, and features fresh new styling with rugged body forms and aggressive proportions that enable best-in-class approach and departure angles purposely designed to deliver best-in-class off-road capability. And for segment-exclusive panoramic views, two available My Sky open-air roof panel systems conveniently stow to provide passengers open-air freedom with ease.

All-new interior exudes a rugged and energetic appearance
The all-new Jeep Renegade interior features a rugged and energetic appearance that builds upon Jeep’s legendary brand heritage. Its precisely crafted detail, innovative and high-quality color and material appointments, state-of-the-art technology, and clever storage features draw inspiration from contemporary extreme sports gear and lifestyles.

The interior of the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade has a distinctive form language which Jeep designers have titled “Tek-Tonic.” This new design theme is defined by the intersections of soft and tactile forms with rugged and functional details. Major surfaces such as the sculpted soft-touch instrument panel are intersected with bold functional elements like the passenger grab handle – indispensable for off-road adventures and borrowed from its big brother, the legendary Jeep Wrangler. Unique “protective clamp fasteners,” anodized design accents and inspired colors are derived from extreme sports equipment, while the newly familiar “X” shapes inspired by its roof and tail lamps add to Renegade’s Tek-Tonic interior look. And to make sure all of the needed passenger gear fits, the Renegade is designed with an efficient and flexible interior package that includes a removable, reversible and height-adjustable cargo floor panel and fold-forward front-passenger seat.

My Sky: continuing Jeep open-air freedom since 1941
Keeping the tradition of the legendary 1941 Willys MB Jeep, the all-new 2015 Renegade offers open-air freedom with two available My Sky open-air roof systems. With a manual removable, or removable with premium power tilt/slide feature, the segment-exclusive My Sky roof-panel systems quickly bring the outdoors inside. Designed for convenience, the honeycomb fiberglass polyurethane roof panels are lightweight and stow neatly in the rear cargo area. For added design detail, both My Sky roof systems feature a debossed “X” stamped into the roof that exude strength and play on the brand’s utilitarian history.

Best-in-class off-road capability with world-class on-road driving dynamics
Designed and engineered to first and foremost deliver legendary Jeep 4×4 capability, the all-new 2015 Renegade is the first small SUV from Chrysler Group to use the all-new “small-wide 4×4 architecture.”

With its fully independent suspension capable of up to 205 mm (8.1 inches) of wheel articulation and 220 mm (8.7 inches) of ground clearance (Trailhawk), Renegade raises the bar in the small SUV segment with best-in-class off-road capability. Extensive use of advanced steels, composites and advanced computer-impact simulations enable the all-new 2015 Renegade’s architecture to deliver world-class torsional stiffness and Jeep brand’s durability required for Trail Rated adventures.

The all-new Renegade is the first Jeep to integrate Koni’s frequency selective damping (FSD) front and rear strut system. This damping system enables the Jeep Renegade to deliver world-class road-holding and handling characteristics.

Designed for global markets: 16 powertrain combinations
True to the Jeep brand, the all-new Renegade will offer customers in global markets maximum off-road capability and fuel efficiency. The Renegade will offer up to 16 strategic powertrain combinations – the most ever in a Jeep vehicle – customized to markets around the world to meet a range of performance and efficiency needs. Powertrain options include:

  • Four MultiAir gasoline engine offerings
  • Two MultiJet II diesel engine offerings
  • Efficient and flex-fuel capable E.torQ engine
  • Emissions and fuel-saving Stop&Start technology
  • Segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Two manual and one dual-dry clutch transmission (DDCT) offerings

World’s first small SUV with nine-speed automatic transmission
Like the new Jeep Cherokee, the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade has raised the bar — this time in the small SUV class — with the first available nine-speed automatic transmission. When paired with either the 2.0-liter MultiJet II diesel engine, or 2.4-liter MultiAir2 gas engine, the nine-speed transmission delivers numerous benefits customers will appreciate, including aggressive launches, smooth power delivery at highway speeds and improved fuel efficiency versus a six-speed automatic transmission.

Segment-exclusive technologies once found only on higher classed SUVs
The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade offers technology features once found only in upper-segment vehicles, and makes them attainable to customers in the growing small SUV segment – including award-winning Uconnect Access, Uconnect touchscreens and the segment’s largest full-color instrument cluster.

  • Uconnect Access: Utilizes embedded cellular technology to allow Jeep Renegade occupants to get directly in contact with local emergency-service dispatchers – all with the push of the 9-1-1 Assist button on the rearview mirror. Uconnect Access applies the same logic to roadside assistance. One push of the “ASSIST” button summons help directly from Chrysler Group’s roadside assistance provider, or the Vehicle Customer Care Center. Further peace of mind comes from the system’s ability to receive text messages, announce receipt of texts, identify senders and then “read” the messages aloud with Bluetooth-equipped cell phones. AOL Autos named Uconnect Access its “Technology of the Year for 2013.” (Uconnect services may vary in different markets)
  • Uconnect touchscreen radio systems: Award-winning in-vehicle handsfree communication, entertainment and available navigation. Key features available on the Uconnect 5.0 and 6.5AN systems include a 5.0-inch or 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity, single or dual-turner, radio data system capability (RDS), digital audio broadcast (DAB), HD Radio, digital media broadcasting (DMB), SiriusXM Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link, SiriusXM Travel Link, USB port and auxiliary audio jack input. (Uconnect services may vary in different markets)
  • Segment’s largest full-color instrument cluster display: Filling the Jeep Renegade’s gauge cluster in front of the driver is an available 7-inch, full-color, premium multiview display, featuring a reconfigurable function that enables drivers to personalize information inside the instrument cluster. The information display is designed to visually communicate information, using graphics and text, quickly and easily.

Renegade features up to 70 advanced safety and security features
Safety and security were at the forefront in the development of the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade, setting the stage for up to 70 available safety and security features – including the availability of Forward Collision Warning-Plus and LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus.

In addition, engineers added both active and passive safety and security features, including Blind-spot Monitoring; Rear Cross Path detection; ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines; electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and seven standard air bags.

Jeep brand’s global resources
Designed in America and crafted in Italy, the 2015 Renegade continues the Jeep brand’s dedication to the global marketplace and demonstrates the depths of its available resources. The final assembly location for the Renegade will be at the Melfi Assembly Plant. The Renegade’s global portfolio of powertrain production includes the United States, Italy and Brazil.



2014 Geneva Auto Show: 2015 Jeep Renegade Joins the Jeep Global Portfolio As Most Capable Small SUV 4
Mar
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Fiat 500L, Geneva Auto Show, Geneva Motor Show, Jeep, video on 03 4th, 2014
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Italian-American, a culture that is undeniable here in the United States and Jeep with their Fiat partner has unleashed a new 2015 Jeep Renegade utilizing the Fiat 500L platform with some Jeep-esq modifications. You can say this is a nice match to showcase what the two meshed brands can conjure up.

JP015_044RN__mid

The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade, officially revealed this week at the Geneva Auto Show, is a unique vehicle to say the least. This cheeky Jeep gets the true rugged treatment with a higher ride height and the interior amenities to match the new language from Jeep vehicles.

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The 2015 Jeep Renegade is no slouch when it comes to off-road capabilities. For the US market it will get either a 160 hp 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo or 184 hp 2.4-liter Tigershark engine. The power from those units will be available for a new 948TE 9-speed transmission. To keep things proper for enthusiasts, a 6-speed manual transmission will be available for the 1.4-liter MultiAir engine. Four-wheel-drive, within all 3 available trim levels (Latitude, Limited, Trailhawk), will feature Active Torque, which is a torque-vectoring setup for the AWD unit in addition to an Active Drive Low option for a 20:1 crawl ratio. There will be a Jeep Selec-Trrain system with Mud and Rock modes all with hill decent and 8.7-inches of ground clearance as well.

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Interior appointments will include the latest Uconnect system with a 7-inch touch screen in four different treatment options. Hit up the full release below for additional information on the new 2015 Jeep Renegade.

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2015 Jeep® Renegade: Most Capable Small SUV Expands the Brand’s Global Portfolio

  • All-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade marks the brand’s first entry in the small SUV segment
  • Renegade Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class 4×4 Trail Rated capability with class-exclusive Jeep Active Drive Low, which includes 20:1 crawl ratio and Jeep Selec-Terrain system
  • Designed to expand the Jeep brand globally, the all-new 2015 Renegade combines the brand’s heritage with fresh new styling to appeal to youthful and adventurous customers
  • Nothing else like it: Renegade displays a powerful stance with aggressive wheel-to-body proportions, plus the freedom of two My Sky open-air roof systems
  • Renegade’s all-new interior exudes an energetic appearance with rugged and functional details, crafted in high-quality materials and inspired colors
  • All-new “small-wide 4×4 architecture” combines best-in-class off-road capability with world-class on-road driving dynamics
  • Designed for global markets – with 16 fuel-efficient powertrain combinations for different markets around the world – including the world’s first nine-speed automatic transmission in a small SUV
  • Renegade will offer a best-in-class combination of fuel efficiency and off-road capability
  • Technology once limited to premium SUVs: award-winning Uconnect Access, Uconnect touchscreen radios and the segment’s largest full-color instrument cluster
  • Loaded with up to 70 available advanced safety and security features
  • Designed in America, crafted in Italy, the 2015 Renegade highlights the Jeep brand’s global resources and dedication to meeting customer needs in more than 100 countries

March 4, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The all-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade expands the brand’s global vehicle lineup, entering the growing small SUV segment, while staying true to the adventurous lifestyle Jeep is known for.  Renegade delivers a unique combination of best-in-class off-road capability, open-air freedom and convenience, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission that contributes to outstanding on-road and off-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient engines, world-class refinement, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings. The result is an efficient vehicle created to attract youthful and adventurous customers around the world to the Jeep brand.“The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade expands the brand’s product portfolio and targets the rapidly expanding small SUV segment around the globe with benchmark levels of  efficiency and driving dynamics, while at the same time delivering best-in-class 4×4 capability that customers expect from Jeep,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC.  “Renegade symbolizes the brand’s renowned American design, ingenuity and innovation, marking the Jeep brand’s first entry into the small SUV segment in more than 100 markets around the globe.”

Best-in-class off-road capability thanks to two all-new 4×4 systems
Leveraging 4×4 technology from the all-new Jeep Cherokee, the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade offers two of the most advanced and intelligent 4×4 systems in its class, all to deliver best-in-class off-road capability. Both systems can provide up to 100 percent of the engine’s available torque to the ground, through any wheel, for optimal grip.

  • Jeep Active Drive – full-time 4×4 system
  • Jeep Active Drive Low – class-exclusive full-time 4×4 system with 20:1 crawl ratio.

Innovation is also at the forefront of any new Jeep vehicle, and the Renegade is the first small SUV to feature a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU) – all to provide Jeep Renegade 4×4 models with enhanced fuel economy. The system instantly engages when 4×4 traction is needed.

Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model) for the best four-wheel-drive performance on- or off-road and in any weather condition.

Trail Rated: Renegade Trailhawk 4×4 model 
For customers who demand the most off-road capability from their Jeep vehicles, the Renegade Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4×4 capability with:

  • Standard Jeep Active Drive Low (20:1 crawl ratio)
  • Selec-Terrain system with exclusive Rock mode
  • Increased ride height 20 mm (0.8 inches)
  • Skid plates, and red front and rear tow hooks
  • Unique fascias deliver 30.5 degree approach, 25.7 degree breakover and 34.3 degree departure angles
  • 17-inch all-terrain tires
  • Up to 205 mm (8.1 inches) of wheel articulation
  • Hill-descent Control
  • Up to 480 mm (19 inches) of water fording
  • Up to 1,500 kg (3,300-lb.) towing capability with MultiJet II diesel engine and 907 kg (2,000-lb.) towing capability with 2.4-liter Tigershark engine, with available tow package

A global Jeep design for a rapidly growing global brand
From the start, Jeep designers knew the Renegade would need to deliver best-in-class off-road capability with city-sized proportions that exuded the brand’s rugged style while at the same time enhancing versatility, maneuverability and style. Additionally designers were tasked to create an all-new SUV that would symbolize the brand’s renowned American design and ingenuity, as it would mark the Jeep brand’s first entry into the small SUV segment in more than 100 markets around the globe. Last, Renegade had to offer the open-air freedom that dates back to its 1941 roots with the Willys MB Jeep.

The result is the all-new 2015 Renegade, a vehicle that builds on the Jeep Wrangler’s powerful stance, and features fresh new styling with rugged body forms and aggressive proportions that enable best-in-class approach and departure angles purposely designed to deliver best-in-class off-road capability. And for segment-exclusive panoramic views, two available My Sky open-air roof panel systems conveniently stow to provide passengers open-air freedom with ease.

All-new interior exudes a rugged and energetic appearance
The all-new Jeep Renegade interior features a rugged and energetic appearance that builds upon Jeep’s legendary brand heritage. Its precisely crafted detail, innovative and high-quality color and material appointments, state-of-the-art technology, and clever storage features draw inspiration from contemporary extreme sports gear and lifestyles.

The interior of the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade has a distinctive form language which Jeep designers have titled “Tek-Tonic.” This new design theme is defined by the intersections of soft and tactile forms with rugged and functional details. Major surfaces such as the sculpted soft-touch instrument panel are intersected with bold functional elements like the passenger grab handle – indispensable for off-road adventures and borrowed from its big brother, the legendary Jeep Wrangler. Unique “protective clamp fasteners,” anodized design accents and inspired colors are derived from extreme sports equipment, while the newly familiar “X” shapes inspired by its roof and tail lamps add to Renegade’s Tek-Tonic interior look. And to make sure all of the needed passenger gear fits, the Renegade is designed with an efficient and flexible interior package that includes a removable, reversible and height-adjustable cargo floor panel and fold-forward front-passenger seat.

My Sky: continuing Jeep open-air freedom since 1941
Keeping the tradition of the legendary 1941 Willys MB Jeep, the all-new 2015 Renegade offers open-air freedom with two available My Sky open-air roof systems. With a manual removable, or removable with premium power tilt/slide feature, the segment-exclusive My Sky roof-panel systems quickly bring the outdoors inside. Designed for convenience, the honeycomb fiberglass polyurethane roof panels are lightweight and stow neatly in the rear cargo area. For added design detail, both My Sky roof systems feature a debossed “X” stamped into the roof that exude strength and play on the brand’s utilitarian history.

Best-in-class off-road capability with world-class on-road driving dynamics
Designed and engineered to first and foremost deliver legendary Jeep 4×4 capability, the all-new 2015 Renegade is the first small SUV from Chrysler Group to use the all-new “small-wide 4×4 architecture.”

With its fully independent suspension capable of up to 205 mm (8.1 inches) of wheel articulation and 220 mm (8.7 inches) of ground clearance (Trailhawk), Renegade raises the bar in the small SUV segment with best-in-class off-road capability. Extensive use of advanced steels, composites and advanced computer-impact simulations enable the all-new 2015 Renegade’s architecture to deliver world-class torsional stiffness and Jeep brand’s durability required for Trail Rated adventures.

The all-new Renegade is the first Jeep to integrate Koni’s frequency selective damping (FSD) front and rear strut system. This damping system enables the Jeep Renegade to deliver world-class road-holding and handling characteristics.

Designed for global markets: 16 powertrain combinations
True to the Jeep brand, the all-new Renegade will offer customers in global markets maximum off-road capability and fuel efficiency. The Renegade will offer up to 16 strategic powertrain combinations – the most ever in a Jeep vehicle – customized to markets around the world to meet a range of performance and efficiency needs. Powertrain options include:

  • Four MultiAir gasoline engine offerings
  • Two MultiJet II diesel engine offerings
  • Efficient and flex-fuel capable E.torQ engine
  • Emissions and fuel-saving Stop&Start technology
  • Segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Two manual and one dual-dry clutch transmission (DDCT) offerings

World’s first small SUV with nine-speed automatic transmission
Like the new Jeep Cherokee, the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade has raised the bar — this time in the small SUV class — with the first available nine-speed automatic transmission. When paired with either the 2.0-liter MultiJet II diesel engine, or 2.4-liter MultiAir2 gas engine, the nine-speed transmission delivers numerous benefits customers will appreciate, including aggressive launches, smooth power delivery at highway speeds and improved fuel efficiency versus a six-speed automatic transmission.

Segment-exclusive technologies once found only on higher classed SUVs
The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade offers technology features once found only in upper-segment vehicles, and makes them attainable to customers in the growing small SUV segment – including award-winning Uconnect Access, Uconnect touchscreens and the segment’s largest full-color instrument cluster.

  • Uconnect Access: Utilizes embedded cellular technology to allow Jeep Renegade occupants to get directly in contact with local emergency-service dispatchers – all with the push of the 9-1-1 Assist button on the rearview mirror. Uconnect Access applies the same logic to roadside assistance. One push of the “ASSIST” button summons help directly from Chrysler Group’s roadside assistance provider, or the Vehicle Customer Care Center. Further peace of mind comes from the system’s ability to receive text messages, announce receipt of texts, identify senders and then “read” the messages aloud with Bluetooth-equipped cell phones. AOL Autos named Uconnect Access its “Technology of the Year for 2013.” (Uconnect services may vary in different markets)
  • Uconnect touchscreen radio systems: Award-winning in-vehicle handsfree communication, entertainment and available navigation. Key features available on the Uconnect 5.0 and 6.5AN systems include a 5.0-inch or 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity, single or dual-turner, radio data system capability (RDS), digital audio broadcast (DAB), HD Radio, digital media broadcasting (DMB), SiriusXM Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link, SiriusXM Travel Link, USB port and auxiliary audio jack input. (Uconnect services may vary in different markets)
  • Segment’s largest full-color instrument cluster display: Filling the Jeep Renegade’s gauge cluster in front of the driver is an available 7-inch, full-color, premium multiview display, featuring a reconfigurable function that enables drivers to personalize information inside the instrument cluster. The information display is designed to visually communicate information, using graphics and text, quickly and easily.

Renegade features up to 70 advanced safety and security features
Safety and security were at the forefront in the development of the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade, setting the stage for up to 70 available safety and security features – including the availability of Forward Collision Warning-Plus and LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus.

In addition, engineers added both active and passive safety and security features, including Blind-spot Monitoring; Rear Cross Path detection; ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines; electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and seven standard air bags.

Jeep brand’s global resources
Designed in America and crafted in Italy, the 2015 Renegade continues the Jeep brand’s dedication to the global marketplace and demonstrates the depths of its available resources. The final assembly location for the Renegade will be at the Melfi Assembly Plant. The Renegade’s global portfolio of powertrain production includes the United States, Italy and Brazil.



Geneva Auto Show: 2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport to Debut 3
Mar
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, F Sport, Geneva Auto Show, Geneva Motor Show, LEXUS, Lexus RC, Lexus RC F, Lexus RC350, Lexus RC350 F Sport, News on 03 3rd, 2014
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We brought you the all-new 2015 Lexus RC Coupe and Performance-oriented Lexus RC F Coupe packed with a 5.0-liter V8 engine several months ago. Now as the Geneva Auto Show boots up this week we bring you the all-new 2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport coupe to round out the line of RC Coupe vehicles (RC 350, RC 350 F Sport, RC F).

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There is no doubt that Lexus has been pushed into making a few more sporty cars not only in the looks department but also make the driving dynamics appeal to true auto enthusiasts looking for that hidden sports car side of Toyota over the course of many years. Now Lexus has broken out of its traditional skin somewhat to bring us the RC 350 in the F Sport trim featuring many traits from its RC F brethren only it gets the smooth 3.5-liter V6 engine with 306 horsepower mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

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So far we like what we see and it is good to see the aggressiveness make it to what is suspected to be a mainstream vehicle from Lexus. Have a look at the fresh images and full press release below.

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It’s a Trifecta! – F SPORT Completes All-New Lexus RC Coupe Line-up

  • RC 350 F SPORT joins RC 350 and RC F for 2015 Model Year
  • Adaptive Variable Suspension Adjusts Damping to Help Maximize Agility
  • 19-Inch Alloy Wheels Complement More Aggressive Exterior and Interior Design Features
February 28, 2014
GENEVA – Feb. 28, 2014 – And F SPORT makes three. Driving enthusiasts, get ready for more Lexus RC options from which to choose. When the all-new model launches in the U.S. this fall the 2015 Lexus RC 350 F SPORT will join the recently introduced RC 350 sport coupe and RC F performance model.The RC 350 F SPORT will make its world debut at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.
The RC is a stand-alone model rather than a two-door derivative of a sedan although it is built on the GS sedan platform. It has the same width as GS and a shorter wheelbase than the IS sedan to help achieve spirited handling and agility.The RC 350 F SPORT, based on the RC 350, will feature exclusive design elements and enhanced driving performance.The F SPORT’s dynamic upgrades include Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and the available Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system. These features provide drivers with an even more rewarding and engaging driving experience.

Design
Readily identified by a model-specific “F” mesh design, the RC 350 F SPORT features a further evolution of the Lexus spindle grille.

The unique 19-inch F SPORT mesh alloy wheels feature machine-finish and dark metallic paint.

The RC 350 F SPORT also inherits a descendant of the innovative LFA driver’s meter with a moving center ring, and an F SPORT perforated leather steering wheel and shift knob. The interior design is completed by Silver Performance trim, an F SPORT-exclusive Rioja Red interior and seats with unique contrast stitching.

Driving Dynamics
Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) is part of the F SPORT package. In response to driving operation, vehicle body motion and road surface conditions, AVS automatically and independently adjusts the performance of the damping at all four wheels. When the vehicle’s SPORT+ drive mode is selected, AVS changes to allow the driver to feel improved body control and precise responses to steering input.

The suspension enhancements of the RC 350 F SPORT are complimented by the available four-wheel steering benefits of the Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system. This leading edge platform technology offers the integration of Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS).

Monitoring vehicle speed, steering direction and driver inputs, the system calculates the optimum angle for all four wheels. Using VGRS in the front and DRS in the rear, the system can independently manage both front and rear wheel steering angles to help improve turn-in response, rear grip, vehicle control and overall agility when cornering.

The LDH system monitors vehicle speed and yaw rate, steering angle and speed, and lateral G to calculate the required rear wheel steering input up to a maximum rear wheel angle of 2.0 degrees. The front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions at lower speeds, and in the same direction at higher speeds.

Lexus will introduce the RC 350 F SPORT at a press conference on March 4, at 8:45 a.m. Central European Time at Palexpo’s hall 4, stand number 4211.

Specifications

RC 350 F SPORT
Length 184.8 in.
Height / mm 54.9 in.
Width / mm 72.4 in.
Wheelbase / mm 107.5 in.
Seating capacity        persons 4
Driven wheels Rear-wheel drive
Engine type 2GR-FSE
Cylinders V6
Horsepower 306 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 277 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission 8AT
Suspension Front: Double Wishbone
Rear: Multilink
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Lexus launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its line-up to meet the needs of global luxury customers. Lexus is now going beyond its reputation for high quality vehicles with the integration of innovative technology, emotional exterior and interior designs, and engaging driving dynamics and performance.  With five models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F models, including the LFA supercar, for top-of-the-line performance. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 233 dealers who are committed to exemplary customer service.


Geneva Auto Show: 2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport to Debut 3
Mar
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, F Sport, Geneva Auto Show, Geneva Motor Show, LEXUS, Lexus RC, Lexus RC F, Lexus RC350, Lexus RC350 F Sport on 03 3rd, 2014
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We brought you the all-new 2015 Lexus RC Coupe and Performance-oriented Lexus RC F Coupe packed with a 5.0-liter V8 engine several months ago. Now as the Geneva Auto Show boots up this week we bring you the all-new 2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport coupe to round out the line of RC Coupe vehicles (RC 350, RC 350 F Sport, RC F).

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There is no doubt that Lexus has been pushed into making a few more sporty cars not only in the looks department but also make the driving dynamics appeal to true auto enthusiasts looking for that hidden sports car side of Toyota over the course of many years. Now Lexus has broken out of its traditional skin somewhat to bring us the RC 350 in the F Sport trim featuring many traits from its RC F brethren only it gets the smooth 3.5-liter V6 engine with 306 horsepower mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

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So far we like what we see and it is good to see the aggressiveness make it to what is suspected to be a mainstream vehicle from Lexus. Have a look at the fresh images and full press release below.

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It’s a Trifecta! – F SPORT Completes All-New Lexus RC Coupe Line-up

  • RC 350 F SPORT joins RC 350 and RC F for 2015 Model Year
  • Adaptive Variable Suspension Adjusts Damping to Help Maximize Agility
  • 19-Inch Alloy Wheels Complement More Aggressive Exterior and Interior Design Features
February 28, 2014
GENEVA – Feb. 28, 2014 – And F SPORT makes three. Driving enthusiasts, get ready for more Lexus RC options from which to choose. When the all-new model launches in the U.S. this fall the 2015 Lexus RC 350 F SPORT will join the recently introduced RC 350 sport coupe and RC F performance model.The RC 350 F SPORT will make its world debut at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.
The RC is a stand-alone model rather than a two-door derivative of a sedan although it is built on the GS sedan platform. It has the same width as GS and a shorter wheelbase than the IS sedan to help achieve spirited handling and agility.The RC 350 F SPORT, based on the RC 350, will feature exclusive design elements and enhanced driving performance.

The F SPORT’s dynamic upgrades include Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and the available Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system. These features provide drivers with an even more rewarding and engaging driving experience.

Design
Readily identified by a model-specific “F” mesh design, the RC 350 F SPORT features a further evolution of the Lexus spindle grille.

The unique 19-inch F SPORT mesh alloy wheels feature machine-finish and dark metallic paint.

The RC 350 F SPORT also inherits a descendant of the innovative LFA driver’s meter with a moving center ring, and an F SPORT perforated leather steering wheel and shift knob. The interior design is completed by Silver Performance trim, an F SPORT-exclusive Rioja Red interior and seats with unique contrast stitching.

Driving Dynamics
Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) is part of the F SPORT package. In response to driving operation, vehicle body motion and road surface conditions, AVS automatically and independently adjusts the performance of the damping at all four wheels. When the vehicle’s SPORT+ drive mode is selected, AVS changes to allow the driver to feel improved body control and precise responses to steering input.

The suspension enhancements of the RC 350 F SPORT are complimented by the available four-wheel steering benefits of the Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system. This leading edge platform technology offers the integration of Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS).

Monitoring vehicle speed, steering direction and driver inputs, the system calculates the optimum angle for all four wheels. Using VGRS in the front and DRS in the rear, the system can independently manage both front and rear wheel steering angles to help improve turn-in response, rear grip, vehicle control and overall agility when cornering.

The LDH system monitors vehicle speed and yaw rate, steering angle and speed, and lateral G to calculate the required rear wheel steering input up to a maximum rear wheel angle of 2.0 degrees. The front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions at lower speeds, and in the same direction at higher speeds.

Lexus will introduce the RC 350 F SPORT at a press conference on March 4, at 8:45 a.m. Central European Time at Palexpo’s hall 4, stand number 4211.

Specifications

RC 350 F SPORT
Length 184.8 in.
Height / mm 54.9 in.
Width / mm 72.4 in.
Wheelbase / mm 107.5 in.
Seating capacity        persons 4
Driven wheels Rear-wheel drive
Engine type 2GR-FSE
Cylinders V6
Horsepower 306 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 277 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission 8AT
Suspension Front: Double Wishbone
Rear: Multilink
# # #
Lexus launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its line-up to meet the needs of global luxury customers. Lexus is now going beyond its reputation for high quality vehicles with the integration of innovative technology, emotional exterior and interior designs, and engaging driving dynamics and performance.  With five models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F models, including the LFA supercar, for top-of-the-line performance. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 233 dealers who are committed to exemplary customer service.


Volvo Concept Estate Foreshadows Stunning Design – Videos 28
Feb
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Concept Vehicle, Geneva Auto Show, Geneva Motor Show, video, Volvo Concept Estate on 02 28th, 2014
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I’m a sucker for wagons and that is alright in the scheme of my counterparts who partake in automotive journalism along with many automotive purists and enthusiasts alike. What some may refer as a Shooting Brake design, has taken on a new life in place of that old station wagon conception that brings back memories of Clark Griswold out cruising in the family truckster.

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There is a new onslaught of creative and stunning Shooting Brake designs and Volvo has introduced one that is simply breathtaking. The new Volvo Concept Estate, slated to debut at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show next week, takes automotive design to a new depth where the Swedish company known for pioneering the safest vehicles on the road has stunned everyone.

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The interior is just as advanced as its exterior where the dashboard utilizes a large central touch-screen for just about every control, much like the Tesla Model S.

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Not much is known about this new Volvo Concept Estate but we will have our eyes pealed at the Geneva Auto Show when we will demand a bit more information – because we want them to build this vehicle.

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Hit up the videos of this stunning wagon below and daydream with us!



McLaren 650S Revealed Before Geneva Motor Show Premier 17
Feb
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, mclaren, McLaren 650S, McLaren MP4-12C, McLaren P1, News, video on 02 17th, 2014
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Over the weekend the all-new McLaren 650S leaked out onto the interweb as does everything worth waiting for. In the limelight of it all McLaren now officially reveals their latest exotic creation combining the fresh look of their P1 supercar and the MP4-12C’s highly praised over-all performance-structure.

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The new McLaren 650S will be slotted in between the current MP4-12C and the P1 Supercar producing 650 horsepower from the same twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 found in the MP4-12C. New aerodynamics will assist the new McLaren 650S around the track with a 24% increase in downforce at 150 mph when compared to the 12C. Even the improved airbrake utilizing the rear spoiler takes more of an active approach by enabling at certain degrees when additional downforce is required.

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The McLaren 650S gets many other unique bits, including lightweight wheels shod in custom MC1 branded tires from Pirelli. It looks as if no stone was left unturned in the new 650S as McLaren sets their sights on offering a new main-stream exotic out in front of its competition, potentially in a literal sense. You may think if the 650S as an answer to Ferrari’s 458 Speciale.

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More details will be revealed as we approach its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Press Release

McLAREN AUTOMOTIVE RELEASES FIRST IMAGES OF THE 650S COUPÉ AHEAD OF GENEVA REVEAL

Feb 17, 2014

  • Designed and developed to give the enthusiast driver the ultimate in luxury, engagement and excitement
  • The McLaren 650S will offer the widest breadth of capabilities of any supercar
  • Coupéand Spider, with electrically retractable hardtop, to be available from Spring 2014 launch
  • Joins McLaren’s range of supercars above 12C, which continues on sale
  • Uniquely enhanced active aerodynamics and ProActive Chassis Control systems optimise the capabilities and usability

McLaren Automotive will return to the International Geneva Motor Show this year with its fastest, most engaging, best equipped and most beautiful series-production supercar yet.

The McLaren 650S joins the range as an additional model alongside the 12C and sold-out McLaren P1™, and learns from both models as well as 50 years of competing in the highest levels of motorsport. Available as a fixed-head coupé or as a Spider, with a retractable folding hard top, the McLaren 650S promises to redefine the high performance supercar segment, and has been designed and developed to provide the ultimate in driver engagement on the road and on the race track.

The 650S badge designation refers to the power output – 650PS (641 bhp), – of the unique British-built McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine. ‘S’ stands for ‘Sport’, underlining the focus and developments made to handling, transmission, drivability and engagement.  Performance figures will be confirmed ahead of the Geneva Show but will improve on the already rapid 12C which continues on sale.

The design is inspired by the McLaren P1™, previewing a new family design language. The front bumper gives the McLaren 650S a dramatic, yet clean appearance and sits below new LED headlamps which reflect a similar look to the McLaren P1™. The more integrated front splitter contributes to increased levels of downforce, giving a greater level of steering feeling and confidence to the driver on turn-in, while also adding to the agility and the car’s handling balance. Unique door blades behind the front wheels direct air from the trailing edges of the front splitter, further benefiting front-end grip and vehicle balance.

The aerodynamic performance of the McLaren 650S is as efficient as the 12C, boasting the same drag coefficient figure, yet the air is being worked harder and more efficiently as it flows over, and through, the functional bodywork. At 150 mph, downforce levels are increased by 24 percent.

‘As always with McLaren, the new design is there for good engineering reasons,’says McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt.  ‘The newly designed front bumper improves downforce and steering turn-in. The high speed handling balance is now even better. The LED lights use less power and last longer.

Unique side intakes behind the dihedral doors feed large, efficiently packaged, radiators which help provide the cooling requirements of the mid-mounted, compact engine. A new design five-spoke lightweight forged ‘650S’ alloy wheel is unique to the model, and are fitted with Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa tyres to offer optimised roadholding, handling and driver feedback – the bespoke ‘MC1’ branded tyres have been developed alongside the McLaren 650S by McLaren technology partner Pirelli, and offer strong performance in normal road conditions and on track.

The McLaren 650S builds on experience from success on the track, and groundbreaking technologies fitted to other McLaren models. Active aerodynamics, which feature on both the 12C and McLaren P1™, have been further developed and honed to ensure the ultimate performance and ability for the McLaren 650S. The McLaren Airbrake, originally fitted to the 12C and 12C Spider and designed to offer optimised levels of downforce on the rear of the car, now operates with a greater level of functionality providing increased stability.  The newly developed system means the Airbrake deploys whenever the car senses extra downforce is advisable – rather than simply under braking or when manually operated in ‘Aero’ mode. Below the Airbrake, a distinctive rear three-piece bumper, similar to the GT3 racing version of the 12C, compliments the aerodynamic shaping of the McLaren 650S.

The pioneering ProActive Chassis Control (PCC) suspension system, developed by McLaren, has been further enhanced for the McLaren 650S. A feature of the system is the ability to adjust the ride and handling modes – Normal / Sport / Track – in isolation from the drivetrain, which gives complete freedom in terms of ride and handling. These settings, for both powertrain and suspension, have been recalibrated to improve driver engagement. The updates are especially noticeable in Sport mode.

‘McLaren is a fast moving company, continually striving for improvements and technical advantages. We are always seeking to innovate, to be the class leaders, to bring new technologies and thinking to market. That’s our Formula 1 heritage shining through,’ explains Mike Flewitt. ‘Everything we’ve learnt from the 12C and the McLaren P1™ has gone into the design and development of the McLaren 650S.’

The McLaren 650S is designed to be the best and most engaging driver’s car in its class, yet it is not a stripped out road racer. Ride comfort and refinement are to executive saloon standards. The McLaren 650S models are equipped with IRIS satellite navigation with Bluetooth telephony, DAB digital radio (SIRIUS satellite radio in North America), wireless tethering, audio streaming and voice control as standard, while also offering enhanced levels of optional specification than previously offered. Options include fixed-back carbon racing seats, based on the lightweight design found in the McLaren P1™, an electric steering column adjustment assisting ingress and egress, a rear parking camera and extended carbon fibre throughout the interior.

The global reveal of the McLaren 650S Coupéand Spider will take place on Stand 1240, Hall 1 at 12.00CET (11.00GMT) on Tuesday, 4 March 2014 at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show.

 



Ferrari Unleashes Turbocharged and Topless 2015 California T – Preview 12
Feb
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Ferrari, Ferrari California, Ferrari California T, Geneva Auto Show, Geneva Motor Show, video on 02 12th, 2014
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Okay, you got me here. The last Ferrari California was my least favorite Ferrari but my inner enthusiast has slightly changed my outlook after discovering an all-new Turbocharged 552 horsepower 2015 Ferrari California T set to debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next month. I have always been a fan of the famous Italian prancing horse brand and now Ferrari is poised to bring back forced induction, something we have not seen on the Italian exotic since the F40.

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It was just a matter of time before the likings of Ferrari turned towards forced induction; it is the thing to do these days as we see a natural progression and change in the automotive industry. It is not a bad thing at all, especially considering how the all-new 2015 Ferrari California T will produce a healthy dose of 552 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque. Not to mention, fuel economy numbers will account for a 15% less consumption than the outgoing 4.3-liter V8 engine and about 49% more torque produced.

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I don’t know about you, but the new Ferrari California T may actually be worth the price of admission as opposed to the $200K+ older variation – my opinion but I will stick to it. It is a looker too with design influences taken from the new Ferrari face but paying homage to the legendary 250 Testa Rossa in some aspects.

Ferrari California T to be unveiled at Geneva: elegance, sportiness and technology

New V8: intense sound and vivid acceleration across the rev range for the first time from a turbo-charged engine

Torque up by 49% and fuel consumption down 15%

Maranello, 12th February 2014 – The Ferrari California T epitomizes elegance, sportiness, versatility and exclusivity: characteristics that have distinguished every California model since the 1950s.

The California T boasts striking standards of innovation while retaining signature features such as the successful 2+ concept, a refined cabin and, of course, the retractable hard top (RHT) which transforms it from a chic coupe into a sleekly sophisticated spider in a mere 14 seconds.

The model brings with a host of new solutions, not the least of which is its 8-cylinder turbo engine. Maranello’s engineers have created an entirely new power unit which delivers absolutely superb levels of performance, blistering pick-up and the most exhilarating soundtrack any turbo has ever yielded.

This is also the first time virtually zero turbo lag has achieved on an engine of this type, guaranteeing instantaneous response to commands and, as with naturally-aspirated power units, a torque curve that increases constantly across the rev range thanks to Variable Boost Management.

The direct-injection, 3885 cc turbo 8-cylinder is mounted very low in the chassis in a mid-front position and delivers 560 cv at 7500 rpm, which translates into a specific power output of 145 cv/l – the highest in its category – as along with maximum torque of 755 Nm. Figures that give the California T extraordinary acceleration over the 0 to 100 km/h sprint which it covers in just 3.6 seconds.

As in Formula 1 this season, a turbo is used to cut fuel consumption and C02 emissions. Compared to the outgoing model, fuel consumption is down by 15 per cent despite 70 cv more power and a 49 per cent increase in torque. Emissions are down to 250 g/km over the combined cycle which equates to a 20 per cent reduction in the C02/cv ration (0.44g/cv). The California T’s engine also benefits from several other solutions used on the single-seater, not least compact, very low inertia twin-scroll turbines to ensure ultra-sharp throttle response. The Scuderia’s methodologies and plant are also used for certain phases of its production, particularly at the casting stage.

One major challenge involved in the design of the California T was to guarantee it a typically intense, exhilarating Ferrari engine sound. This was achieved through meticulous design work and the use of special manufacturing techniques for essential components, such as the flat-plant crankshaft and the three-piece cast exhaust manifold and turbo housing. The engine produces a powerful, engaging sound during both the intake and exhaust phases, becoming even more potent as engine speed increases. This the first time a result of this kind has ever been achieved with a turbo engine.

The California T delivers true sports car dynamics too, thanks to reduced steering wheel activity and improved steering response to driver input, courtesy of a new steering box and suspension set-up. New springs and latest-generation Magnaride dampers (which respond 50 per cent faster), combined with body motion accelerometers, reduce roll and pitch for more precise handling whilst still guaranteeing an incredibly comfortable ride.

The California T also has the latest evolution of the F1-Trac traction control system for maximum acceleration of corners, thereby underscoring the sportier side of its personality.

The California T’s architecture, controls and new 8-cyklider engine ensure consistently intense driving pleasure in challenging driving conditions as well as making the car fun to drive even in more relaxed situations, very much in the Grand Tourer tradition.

The carbon-ceramic braking system is also extremely efficient with new composite discs and pads. The brakes are integrated with the ESP 8.0 which controls the high performance ABS for a short 100 to 0 km/h braking distance of just 34 meters.

Considerable attention was paid to the design, maintaining the outgoing model’s overall dimensions while ensuring that the California T has a new, individual personality. The sleek proportions were penned by the Ferrari Styling Centre in collaboration with Pininfarina and are very much in keeping with the Ferrari front-engined ethos. The shape of the California T’s flanks is inspired by the 250 Testa Rossa’s famous pontoon-fender styling, with the front wing line stretching back towards the compact, muscular rear, bringing an aerodynamic sleekness and movement to the sides. The rear benefits from meticulous aerodynamic research resulting in a new triple-fence diffuser.

The California T’s cabin was designed to be as ergonomic as possible and exudes a sense of warmth and craftsmanship, with luxurious Frau semi-aniline leather trim. The interior space is flexible so that owners can make the most efficient use of the boot capacity even with the top down, thanks to the opening between luggage compartment and rear seats.

The human-machine interface encompasses the Ferrari steering wheel with integrated controls while the Turbo Performance Engineer (TPE) takes pride of place between the two air vents in the centre of the dash. The TPE display boasts a capacitive (touch-sensitive) surround to scroll through screens with information on making the most of the new engine’s performance. The California T also features a new infotainment system with an extremely intuitive high-resolution 6.5″ screen featuring both tough-screen and conventional controls.

The California T will be unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, but from today can be admired online at www.ferarri.com in its two launch colours: Rosso California, an intense, deep new red inspired by classic Ferraris, and Blu California, which underscores the versatility and elegance of this new model.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE
Type: direct-injection 90° V8
Total displacement: 3,855 cc
Maximum power*: 412 kW (560 cv) at 7500 rpm
Maximum torque*: 755 Nm (77 kgm) at 4750 rpm

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Length: 4570 mm
Width: 1910 mm
Height: 1322 mm
Dry weight**: 1625 kg
Weight distribution: 47% front – 53% rear

PERFORMANCE
Top speed: 316 kn/h
0-100 km/h: 3.6 s

FUEL CONSUMPTION***
1.5l/100 km

CO2 EMISSIONS***
250 g/km

* With 98 octane fuel
** With lightweight optional equipment
*** Combined cycle (ECE+EUDC) with HELE system



Toyota Introduces All-New TRD Pro Series Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner at 2014 Chicago Auto Show 6
Feb
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Chicago Auto Show, Pick-Up-Truck, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Tundra, TRD, Truck, Trucks, video on 02 6th, 2014
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Toyota has taken their 3 most rugged vehicles, the all-new Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner, and outfitted them with exclusive TRD equipment and Bilstein shocks to make them extremely capable off-roading trucks – introduce the new TRD Pro Series at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

The TRD (Toyota Racing Development) heritage goes back many years with an unsurpassed history of Baja racing, street racing and other automotive sporting endeavors. The introduction of the new Toyota TRD Pro Series helps to captivate the audience at the kickoff of this year’s Chicago Auto Show.

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We have outlined the fine details of these new TRD Pro Series vehicles below for your enthusiastic curiosity.

Let’s Get Dirty!

Toyota Kicks Up Some Dust with the All-New TRD Pro Series of Off-Road Vehicles

February 06, 2014
CHICAGO (Feb. 6, 2014) – Get ready to go where even roads fear to tread with the adrenaline-pumping TRD Pro Series from Toyota.  Already favorites among serious off-roaders, the 2015 Toyota Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner will get even more capable with these new, aggressive off-road packages designed by the experts at Toyota Racing Development (TRD).Rising from the Desert
The TRD Pro Series arises from Toyota’s storied off-road racing heritage, with numerous victories in the grueling Baja 500 and 1000 endurance races.  Born from this experience in the desert, Toyota’s terrain-conquering vehicles will help serious off-roaders go places they never dreamed possible.Serious Specs for Serious Off-Roaders
The new factory-installed TRD Pro Series is aimed squarely at extreme off-roading enthusiasts who push their trucks and SUVs to the limit.Available on 4X4 models of Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner, all TRD Pro Series vehicles will be equipped with:

  • TRD Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs
  • TRD-tuned front springs
  • TRD front skid plate
  • Unique front grille with “TOYOTA” badging (pays tribute to early iconic Toyota models)
  • TRD floor mats
  • TRD shift knobs
  • Black wheels

A hot new color, Inferno, is joined by Black and Super White, cool classics for off-road rigs.

Tundra Like No Other
In addition to the shared features, the Tundra TRD Pro will be equipped exclusively with:

  • TRD-tuned springs with 2” lift for the front of the vehicle
  • Decreased spring rate to improve ride quality over harsh terrain
  • All-black 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin ORP tires
  • TRD dual exhaust system
  • TRD PRO quarter panel bed stamping
  • Unique interior seat color with red stitching
  • Unique instrument panel ornament insert

Taco Supreme
Building on the best-selling compact pickup in the industry, Tacoma TRD Pro beefs up and adds a little hot sauce with:

  • TRD-tuned springs with 2” lift for the front
  • Decreased spring rate
  • 16-inch black beadlock-style wheels
  • BFGoodrich® All-Terrain LT265/75R16 tires
  • TRD Exhaust
  • Black TRD PRO badge

Rock Star 4Runner
Adding to its rock-crawling prowess, 4Runner TRD PRO will be exclusively equipped with:

  • 1.5” lift for the front of the vehicle
  • 1” of additional wheel travel
  • All-new 17-inch TRD all-black alloy wheels
  • Black TRD Pro badges
  • Black front and rear lower bumper accents

Street Cred On and Off-Road
The TRD Pro Series is the most-advanced yet in a long line of TRD packages for Toyota trucks that dates back to 1998 when the first Off-Road package was introduced for Tacoma.

TRD has been an in-house engine and chassis developer for successful Toyota racing activities around the world for nearly four decades.  It also develops motorsport-derived accessories for Toyota, Lexus and Scion street cars and trucks.  TRD’s U.S. operations were first established in 1979 and are headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., with an additional facility in Salisbury, N.C.

The TRD Pro Series will start getting down and dirty in the fall of 2014.

Original Toyota Off-Road Game Returns! 
Be the first to take the TRD Pro Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner off-road and online by playing, Super Off Road™: TRD Pro Edition Presented by Toyota.Choose your favorite TRD Pro model and put them to the test on the toughest, muddiest, most grueling online off-road track. Score power-ups, challenge friends and compete to beat the leaderboard. Visit www.ToyotaSuperOffRoad.com for more information.

2015 TRD PRO SERIES PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

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About Toyota 
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our ToyotaLexus and Scion brands.  Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants and directly employ nearly 40,000 people.  Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.


All-New Toyota TRD Pro Series Vehicles Live Reveal at 2014 Chicago Auto Show Feb 6th @ 10:30am 5
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Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Chicago Auto Show, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Tundra, TRD, video on 02 5th, 2014
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Toyota seems as if they are serious about injecting a bit more excitement into their lineup of vehicles. To reiterate that idea Toyota has teased us with some TRD Pro series vehicle lineup photos and an exclusive link to view the Live reveal at the Chicago Auto Show later this week.

Update: Toyota Introduces All-New TRD Pro Series Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner at 2014 Chicago Auto Show

CHRIS BURKARD PHOTOGRAPHY, TOYOTA, TRD

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We ask that you tune into this post come Thursday, February 6th at 10:30am EST and view the live reveal below and let us know your thoughts on some more new exciting products from Toyota.



The Return is Coming – Toyota FT-1 Concept Behind The Scenes: Video 15
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 NAIAS, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Editorial, naias, North American International Auto Show, TOYOTA, Toyota FT-1 Concept, Toyota Supra, video on 01 15th, 2014
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For me it is a heart-felt passion that is reignited when I see a video like this one below. The Motor Trend Downshift episode featured here goes behind the scenes for the design and inspiration of the Toyota FT-1 Concept sports car, which debuted at the 2014 North American International Auto Show yesterday in Detroit mesmerizing everyone on the floor.

Most automotive enthusiasts can recall vehicles like the Toyota Supra but may not truly captivate the lineage that such a vehicle represents, which is delightfully showcased in the new FT-1 Concept. I always wanted to be a car designer in some capacity but I took the next best thing. So, when I hear the words iterated from the designers at Toyota’s Calty Design Research center in this video, I feel a close tie with their sentiments.

For obvious reasons, it is long past due that Toyota brand a sports car to fill the gap created by the Lexus LFA down to the Scion FR-S. It is time that true sports car wear the Toyota badge and take that tradition of building a proper road-going sports car and set things a-fire in the enthusiast community. Remember the Toyota 2000GT, the Celica, the MR2, and of course the Supra? Enthusiasts await ‘the return’ and by the talk of individuals in the video below, this vehicle is going to happen! Yes, Toyota is going to build something based off of the FT-1 concept. It may not be as aggressive and extreme, but the time when we can put those ‘return of the Supra’ rumors to bed is about to take place. Just listen to the subtle cues in the video. Yes, you will hear it.

Enjoy!



Pricing Confirmed for 2015 BMW M3 Sedan at $62,000 and $64,200 for M4 Coupe 14
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, BMW, News on 01 14th, 2014
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Most enthusiasts love the BMW M3, especially its respectable pricing over the years. We even remember the MSRP pricing of our very own BMW M3 E46 in the garage. In that remembrance, we are pleased to find a decent pricing on the all-new 2015 BMW M3 and M4 now confirmed at an MSRP of $62,00 for the M3 Sedan and $64,200 for the M4 Coupe.

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The pricing does not include the $925 destination and handling charges but still represents the basis of a well-tuned twin-turbo inline-6-cylinder engine, 6-speed manual transmission, and all of the carbon fiber bits to make the new M3 and M4 a relatively light-weight and track-capable sports car.

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After the public debut of the all-new 2015 BMW M3 and M4 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) we will look for these Bavarian gems to head to production in March and April with delivery dates to start in June and July.

Here are some of the packages offered for the BMW M3 and M4:

Interior

CSAT – Cloth/Leather combination Carbonstructure Anthracite/Black
X3A9 – Silverstone Full Merino Lthr
LKA9 – Silverstone Extended Merino Lthr
X3DA – Sakhir Orange/Black Full Merino Lthr
LKDA – Sakhir Orange/Black Extended Merino Lthr
X3JR – Sonoma Beige Full Merino Lthr
LKJR – Sonoma Beige Extended Merino Lthr
X3SW – Black Full Merino Lthr
LKSW – Black Extended Merino Lthr

ZDB – Driver Assistance Plus
5AG – Active Blind Spot Detection
5AS – Lane Departure Warning w/Collision Mitigation
5DL – Side and Top View Cameras
8TH – Speed Limit Info

ZEC – Executive Package

248 – Heated Steering Wheel
322 – Comfort Access keyless entry
3AG – Rear-view camera
494 – Heated Front Seats
502 – Retractable headlight washers
508 – Park Distance Control
610 – Head-up Display
655 – Satellite radio with 1 year subscription
LK – Extended Merino Leather
or X3 – Full Merino Leather

ZLP – Lighting Package

552 – Full LED Lights
5AC – Automatic high beams







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