AD #2086 – Lincoln Reveals All-New Navigator, Buick Unveils the Enclave, Dodge Takes the Wraps off the Demon
April 12th, 2017 at 11:38am
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- Lincoln Reveals All-New Navigator
- Buick Unveils the Enclave
- Infiniti Hints at Future SUV Design
- Acura Updates the TLX
- Dodge Takes the Wraps off the Demon
- The “Pawfect” Dog Solution
- Honda Considers Company Carbon Tax
On today’s show…Lincoln takes the wraps off the all-new Navigator…Buick reveals the new Enclave…and Honda is considering a unique approach to reduce its carbon footprint. All that and more coming right up on Autoline Daily.
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LINCOLN REVEALS ALL-NEW NAVIGATOR
The New York Auto Show kicked off yesterday and we have a number of new reveals to look at. And we’ll start with the new Lincoln Navigator. As you can see the styling is completely updated and now features a grille similar to the Continental and MKZ. The interior has also been reworked and includes a new infotainment system, connectivity features and front seats like the Continental that adjust up to 30 different ways. It also keeps the cool push button gear selector like we saw on the concept. And it’s now nearly 200 pounds lighter thanks to its aluminum body. The SUV is powered by a twin-turbo V6 that’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, which is estimated to pump out 450 horsepower.
BUICK UNVEILS THE ENCLAVE
Buick took the wraps off the new version of its full-size crossover, the Enclave, which now features the company’s new signature grille. Its proportions have been reworked, the wheelbase is longer than before and it has more cargo and passenger room. Underneath the hood is a 3.6L V6 that’s matched with a nine-speed automatic. The new Enclave is also available with a number of new safety and infotainment features. Buick also revealed the Avenir version of the Enclave, the first model in its new sub-brand. It comes standard with more equipment and it features its own unique trims and materials. Pricing for the new Buick Enclave will be revealed closer to when it goes on sale this fall.
INFINITI HINTS AT FUTURE SUV DESIGN
Earlier in the week we showed you a new SUV concept from Infiniti, the QX80 Monograph and now we have more photos to look at. While it’s not an official look at the next-gen QX80, the company does say the concept showcases how its SUV styling could evolve in the future. Overall it’s a pretty sharp looking vehicle but if it did get the green light for production we have to imagine the styling will be toned down a bit. But what do you think, is Infiniti heading in the right direction with its design?
And we’ll be back with more reveals from the New York Show, right after this.
ACURA UPDATES THE TLX
We recently showed a teaser for Acura’s new TLX, but now we’re getting more of the picture. Visually, the biggest change is the automaker’s new signature grille. Most of the rest is the same with a few minor tweaks to the front and rear fascia. There’s also a new sportier A-Spec package that does feature its own distinct styling on the inside and out. And the dual-screen setup on all models has been updated with better software. Acura’s suite of driver assistance technologies is also standard. Look for the new TLX to hit dealerships in June.
The Dodge Demon finally emerged from Hell yesterday and here are some of the highlights. 840-horsepower, 770 lb-ft of torque, 0-60 in 2.3 seconds and the quarter mile in 9.65 seconds. And this thing looks bad to the bone. As we said from the beginning, it’s like a Hellcat on steroids.
THE “PAWFECT” DOG SOLUTION
There are a lot of things that factor into the purchase of a new vehicle and for some people their pet is one of them. And Nissan’s new project may be the “pawfect” solution. See what I did there? The Rogue Dogue, that’s dog with “ue” at the end, has all the features and amenities to satisfy our four legged friends. Food and water dishes, a bed and shower and integrated drying system. There’s even attachments for a leash in the second row and rear cargo area. This may seem like a silly concept, but other automakers, like Subaru, have carved out a nice niche for themselves by catering to owners with pets.
And while we’re on the subject of New York, don’t miss our coverage of the Big Apple’s auto show. John will be on the floor today checking out all the latest reveals and interviewing the key people that make it all happen. You can thumb through some of the highlights we’ve seen so far on our Twitter page, just look for @Autoline, and we’ll also be posting interviews on our website and YouTube channel later today. So, look for that as well.
Coming up next, a look at a unique idea Honda is considering to reduce its carbon footprint.
HONDA CONSIDERS COMPANY CARBON TAX
Carmakers are feverishly working to improve the fuel economy of its vehicles. But some like Honda are also thinking about how to reduce carbon emissions throughout its entire organization. Recently on Autoline After Hours, we were joined by Steve Center, the head of Honda’s environmental operations and he told us that the company is considering a unique approach to reducing its carbon footprint.
(The AAH preview is only available in the video version of today’s show.)
In addition to the environmental talk, the guys also discuss the new Honda Clarity fuel cell with Steve Center. So to learn about that car, you can watch the show right now on our website, Autoline.tv or you can find it on our YouTube channel.
And speaking of After Hours, you won’t want to miss tomorrow’s show. John and Gary will be in New York talking about the winners and losers of the show and speaking to executives from Toyota, Infiniti and Lincoln. That’s Thursday afternoon on our website, Autoline.tv.
But that wraps up today’s show, thanks for watching and please join us again tomorrow.
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