2023 Mercedes-AMG ONE, the future of Buick’s EVs and the 2024 Ford Mustang rendered: Your weekly roundup
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Feds launch investigation into Ford Bronco 2.7L V6 over catastrophic engine failures
Reports of Ford Broncos with grenade engines have been circling the internet for some time. Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into Broncos equipped with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. The issue appears to be caused by a faulty valve in the affected engines, which could lead to potentially dangerous situations if the engine stops while the car is in motion.
The $3 Million Mercedes-AMG ONE Isn’t Coming to the US and Canada Because Regulations Would Ruin It
The Mercedes-AMG ONE debuted in final production form five years after the concept was first presented. The F1-inspired supercar is largely unchanged from the original and ticks a lot of boxes unless you’re a customer in the US or Canada. Mercedes told us it has communicated with US and Canadian customers that the ONE isn’t coming to North America after all. Why? Mercedes claims that to make the car fit US road standards, there would have been a significant compromise to its performance and overall driving character.
2023 Toyota GR Corolla MORIZO Edition gets hardcore, and Corolla Cross Hybrid and Facelifted Corolla get major powertrain updates
A trio of Toyota Corolla launches graced us this week, starting with the 2023 GR Corolla MORIZO edition. With only 200 units made for the 2023 MY, the Morizo bumps the GR Corolla to 11, boosting torque to 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) and weighing almost 100 lb (45 kg) less than the edition Circuit. At the other end of the spectrum is the 2023 Corolla Cross Hybrid – a fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive crossover that will return approximately 37 mpg combined, which is 7 mpg better than the all-wheel-drive versions of the Corolla Cross also as 5 mpg of better than the front-wheel-drive variants. Finally, the rest of the 2023 Corolla lineup gets Toyota’s fifth-generation hybrid system, better technology and a new all-wheel-drive hybrid.
Ford CEO wants to sell electric vehicles only online with non-negotiable prices, rethink advertising
Ford CEO Jim Farley has often been candid about the growing concern dealer margins are causing within the industry. It looks like Farley is now ready to take the bull by the horns, saying that future Ford EV sales will be online only, with non-negotiated pricing, much like Tesla. Farley also wants to cut Ford’s ad spend, citing the success of the F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E that came without major campaigns.
The new Wildcat EV concept is a sexy preview of Buick’s future electric models
With Buick going all-EV late in the decade, the brand introduced a new badge and 2+2 concept dubbed the Wildcat EV. The Wildcat is said to represent the future of Buick design and features relaxed proportions complemented by a low and wide stance. Meanwhile, the Buick Electra-X Concept showcases what Chinese customers can expect from the brand, with a coupe shape for the SUV.
2023 Land Rover Defender 130 ultra-long launched with seating for eight and exclusive options
DeLorean Alpha5 is a low-slung electric GT with gullwing doors
Mercedes-Maybach SL: Here’s what to expect from the flagship roadster
The new 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC takes two steps forward and no steps back
2023 Lexus RX breaks cover with evolutionary styling and 367-hp hybrid powertrain
The new 2023 Lexus RX improves on the already popular model by introducing an evolutionary yet updated design. The non-hybrid option was upgraded from a 3.5-liter V6 to a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 275 hp (205 kW / 279 hp) and 317 lb-ft (429 Nm) of torque – c That’s a 20 hp (15 kW / 20 PS) decrease over the outgoing model, but a 50 lb-ft (68 Nm) increase on front torque. In addition to two hybrid options, there’s a new RX 500h F Sport Performance hybrid with 367 hp (274 kW / 372 hp) and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque.
The 2023 BMW X1 is bigger, better looking and starts from $38,600 and the electric 2023 BMW iX1 has 313 horsepower and a range of 272 miles, but it’s not coming to the US
The all-new BMW X1 and iX1 have been launched, but US customers will only get the former, with no plans to bring the all-electric version to the US. In the US, the X1 will be available with a single powertrain, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with standard all-wheel drive. The iX1, which is offered in Europe, is BMW’s first all-wheel-drive electric vehicle to compete in the premium compact segment, has an output of 313 hp and up to 364 lb-ft (494 Nm) of torque and a range between 413 km (256 miles) and 438 km (272 miles).
2024 Ford Mustang: Everything we know about the next Pony Car, from looks to power
Ford is working on the seventh-generation Mustang, and to give you an idea of what to expect, we’ve rounded up everything we know about the new pony car, plus some exclusive independent artwork. The proportions remain similar, but the redesign is thorough, with sharper styling incorporating a more retro vibe. Inside, the new Mustang will ditch the dual-hood dash for a more driver-oriented conventional layout and driver-facing physical key buttons. Under the hood, the V8 will remain for now, but don’t be surprised to see a few electrified versions in the future.
What else is making the news
New York becomes first state to pass electronics right-to-repair law
Consumers and independent stores have been fighting for years for the right to repair devices. Today, New York is the first state to pass legislation requiring electronics manufacturers to make repair tools, parts and instructions available to consumers and independent repair shops.
F1 2022 trailer launched
The trailer for the latest F1 game has been released, introducing sprint racing, improved handling and more immersive moments such as pit stops and broadcast features. There is also a new F1 Life mode, which allows players to collect trophies, supercars and accessories. F1 2022 is set to go on sale on consoles and PC on July 1.