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420 Gear Guide – September 2018

Drive Guide August 2018

2019 Jaguar XJ50 Sedan

This year marks the 50th in production for Jaguar’s iconic XJ-series sedan. Introduced in 1968, the XJ’s innovative aluminum chassis, independent rear suspension and, ultimately, V-12 engine marked it as one of the first sport sedans in the world. Jaguar continues that philosophy, commemorating the anniversary with the limited-edition XJ50. The XJ50 features exclusive front and rear bumpers and 20-inch wheels, with illuminated tread plates and a white diamond-stitched interior. The choice of supercharged, 3-liter V-6, or 5-liter V-8, engines pay homage to the performance roots of the original.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle

Harley-Davidson just announced a slew of new editions to its motorcycle lineup. The new models — a dual-sport, naked streetfighter and an all-new cruiser — are big changes from the classics for which the brand is known. But the biggest news is the LiveWire, an all-electric bike from the manufacturer known for their V-twins. The LiveWire will be available starting in August 2019 and features a clutchless, “twist-and-go” throttle system. The bike has a modern frame and suspension with upside-down forks, monoshock rear and Brembo brakes providing the stopping power. Expect more detailed specs as the launch date gets closer.

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan

Finally, Mercedes is bringing its smallest car, the A-Class, to the United States. The 2019 A-Class is all-new from the ground up, with the sedan being the only model offered to U.S. drivers. The car has a crisp, sporty design that takes cues from its larger brethren in the Mercedes stable. One engine choice will be offered: a turbocharged inline-four that generates 188 horsepower in rear-wheel- or all-wheel-drive models. The interior features a glass dash comprising two 7- or 10.25-inch, touch-screen displays and all the connectivity you’d expect from a top-flight luxury brand. The A-Class will be available soon!

2019 Volvo S60 Sedan

Introducing the 2019 Volvo S60. Built at an all-new factory in South Carolina, it’s the first Volvo made in the United States. It’s also the company’s first to leave diesel engines behind. A front-wheel-drive T5 and all-wheel T6 will be trim options, as well as the T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid guise, delivering 313 horsepower with a rear, electric motor adding 87 horsepower for a combined power output of 400! Available for traditional purchase or lease, it will also be available through the Care by Volvo subscription service.

Audi RS5 Sportback — ‘Publisher’s Pick’

Audi is releasing the recently updated RS 5 in its five-door “coupe” Sportback body style. While purists can debate the merits of two- versus four-door body styles, the RS 5 Sportback is a great-looking car from any angle — and it loses nothing to its two-door sibling in performance. The RS 5 Sportback has the same 444-horsepower, twin-turbo V-6, eight-speed automatic with Quattro all-wheel drive — along with a sub-four-second 0-60 time and available 174-mph top speed. The RS 5 Sportback will be available for delivery in the second half of 2018.

Cadillac CT6 V-Sport Sedan

It’s the first-ever V-performance version of Cadillac’s flagship four-door, but that’s not the most interesting thing about the CT6 V-Sport Sedan. That would be the all-new 550-horsepower, 4.2-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that powers it. Thanks to a “hot V” configuration that flips the normal layout of the cylinder heads’ intakes and exhausts, the turbochargers are mounted at the top of the engine, practically eliminating turbo lag. All that power is sent to the unique 20-inch wheels via a 10-speed, automatic transmission, kept under control via a custom 19-inch brake system from Brembo. Expect to see more specs — and pricing info — ahead of its launch in early 2019.

2019 Porsche Macan SUV

The best-selling model in Porsche’s lineup is getting a refresh for the 2019 model year with a host of subtle refinements. Chassis tweaks improve ride and handling, and engine choices are up in power across the range, from the base four-cylinder to the Turbo model. Outside, the Macan gets LED lighting that matches Porsche’s other models, especially the upcoming Taycan electric vehicle. Inside, a new 11-inch touch screen dominates the center dash, and a secondary screen sits next to the iconic Porsche center-mount tachometer. Expect the Macan to arrive at dealers in fall 2018.

Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 Stealth Pickup

WOOF! Iszuzu and polar exploration outfitter Arctic Trucks have teamed up to create the toughest Iszuzu truck yet: the D-Max AT35 Stealth. Starting with a diesel, 1.8-liter, inline-four D-Max, Arctic Trucks adds its proven expertise with a heavy-duty Fox suspension and bigger wheels and tires. Lazer LED lighting and blacked-out trim add a sinister flair, but while the exterior exudes capability, the interior is pure comfort. Quilted leather covers the heated seats, and a nine-speaker entertainment system is controlled by a 9-inch touch screen. Only 10 D-Max Arctic Trucks editions will be made at a substantial premium over a base D-Max.