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DEPARTMENTS
EDITOR’S LETTER ................................................ 4

JEEP GLADIATOR REVIEW...................................8

TRUCK REVIEW .................................................. 14

CAR REVIEWS .................................................... 20

SUV REVIEWS ..................................................... 28

NEW PRODUCTS................................................. 36

DESTINATIONS.................................................... 42

INDUSTRY NEWS ................................................ 46


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Editor’s Letter

Fall is here and hopefully brings coupes and sedans. These reviews offer an
with it some fantastic weather and cooler informative look at the vehicles even before
temperatures. Generally speaking, spring and you head out to drive them in person.
fall are perfect for off-roading, four-wheeling When the traveling bug bites, you’ll
and outdoor recreation, so get your toys out, be glad you read about Pawleys Island,
load ‘em up and head to your favorite spot South Carolina beginning on page 42. A
for riding, fishing or just enjoying life. waterfront destination, you’ll love all that
Be sure and read all about the Jeep Mother Nature has to offer including the
Gladiator on page 8. The most capable water, breathtaking views, fishing, shelling,
midsize truck ever – built on a rich heritage canoeing and other things you’ll only find in
of tough, dependable Jeep trucks with an the Carolina Lowcountry.
unmatched combination of rugged utility, Don’t overlook the New Products section
authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, in this issue beginning on page 36. And, there
clever functionality and versatility, best- is Industry News (page 46) as well as lots of
in-class towing and 4x4 payload, advanced other informative stuff to read and share. We
fuel-efficient powertrains, superior on- and appreciate you passing this magazine along
off-road dynamics and a host of innovative to friends and family once you’ve read it.
safety and advanced technology features. Thanks so much for your continued support.
Also, trucks don’t get much better than the
Ram Big Horn. Powerful and capable, Ram Enjoy the fall, y’all!
Heavy Duty Trucks are benchmarks in ride
and handling, luxury, materials, innovation Until next time,
and technology extending well past any
competitive offerings.
Looking for a new vehicle aside from a
truck? Check out the new cars and SUVs
in this issue. We’ve covered everything Becky J. Beall
from Hyundai to Nissan, BMW to Buick, Editor-in-Chief
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2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland 4X4

The all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator – the rugged, distinguished design aesthetic that proven 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine
most capable midsize truck ever – builds is immediately recognizable with traditional at launch with a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6
on a rich heritage of tough, dependable Jeep design cues. engine being offered in 2020.
Jeep trucks with an unmatched combination The Jeep design team kept the legendary
of rugged utility, authentic Jeep design, seven-slot grille seen on Wrangler, but 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine
open-air freedom, clever functionality widened the grille slots for additional air The FCA US 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6
and versatility, best-in-class towing and intake to assist with the increased towing engine delivers 285 horsepower and
4x4 payload, advanced fuel-efficient capacity. The top of the keystone-shaped 260 lb.-ft. of torque and features ESS as
powertrains, superior on- and off-road grille is gently swept back to enhance standard equipment. It is engineered to
dynamics and a host of innovative safety aerodynamics. provide a broad torque band with a focus on
and advanced technology features. Gladiator Overland and Rubicon low-end torque, an essential trait needed for
The all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator delivers models offer available LED headlamps extreme off-roading.
unmatched capability with best-in-class and fog lamps that project crisp white A six-speed manual transmission is
towing and 4x4 payload capacity, composed lighting, adding to the truck’s modern look. standard on all Gladiator models equipped
on-road driving dynamics and passenger Gladiator models equipped with LEDs with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, and an
safety. Legendary off-road capability comes feature daytime running lights, which form eight-speed automatic transmission is
courtesy of the Command-Trac and Rock- a halo around the outside perimeter of optional.
Trac 4x4 systems, third-generation Dana 44 the headlights. Forward turn signals are Known for its refinement, power,
axles, Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axle positioned on the front of the trapezoidal efficiency and adaptability, the Company
lockers, Trac-Lok limited-slip differential, wheel flares. has produced more than 8.6 million 3.6-
segment-exclusive sway-bar disconnect and From behind, traditional square tail liter V-6 Pentastar engines since production
33-inch off-road tires. lamps feature available LED lighting and began in 2010. The award-winning engine
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is available in give way to a wide tailgate opening for family is currently built at three plants –
these different trim configurations: Sport, unobstructed loading of cargo into the Trenton (Michigan) Engine Complex,
Sport S, Overland and Rubicon. bed. The tailgate is damped and capable Mack Avenue (Detroit) Engine and Saltillo
Built in Toledo, Ohio, the all-new 2020 of stopping in three positions, while cargo (Mexico) South Engine.
Jeep Gladiator arrives in showrooms in the is easily secured with a power-locking The 2020 Jeep Gladiator benefits from
second quarter of 2019. tailgate. the popular V-6 engine’s low-range torque,
which is needed when out on the trails
Modern take on authentic Jeep design Advanced fuel-efficient powertrains or during demanding conditions, such as
The all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator boasts a The all-new Jeep Gladiator offers the hauling cargo or towing a trailer.
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Jeep

3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine


The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine will be
available starting in 2020. Gladiator models
will offer the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine,
rated at 260 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of
torque, with ESS standard. An eight-speed
automatic transmission is standard and is
designed to handle the increased torque
output.
FCA US engineers adapted the engine –
designed and manufactured by FCA EMEA
– to meet the NAFTA region’s regulatory
requirements.
The EcoDiesel V-6 engine implements
refined turbocharger technology with a low-
friction bearing designed for low-end and
transient performance. The EcoDiesel V-6
engine also features low-friction pistons to
improve fuel economy, reduce greenhouse
gas emissions and provide an enhanced
combustion system – injector nozzle,
piston bowl and glow plug with integrated
combustion pressure sensor to optimize
combustion. Low Pressure Cooled Exhaust
Gas Recirculation (EGR) assists to combine
with the high-pressure system to expand
the range of EGR usage and to improve
fuel economy. For more information about
the all-new Jeep Gladiator, visit www.Jeep.
com. SG

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BOLT LOCK TECHNOLOGY
Practical, Convenient Security with Just One Key: Your Ignition Key

operate each lock are over!


The company’s receiver lock is used to
lock the ball mount receiver to the hitch
of the tow vehicle. It comes in two sizes:
½-inch, which fits Class 1 and 2 hitches,
while the 5/8” receiver lock fits Class 3,
4 and 5 hitches. The BOLT receiver lock
prevents the ball mount from being stolen off
the vehicle and prevents the trailer itself from
being stolen with the ball mount receiver.
A stainless-steel pin in BOLT’s coupler
pin lock fits couplers from ½”-inch to 3 3/8
inches in 1/8-inch increments to provide a
snug fit. It secures the locking lever from any
movement and serves dual purposes: locking
a trailer ball when hitched to a vehicle or
making the coupler useable when off the
vehicle. When a trailer is not hitched to a
vehicle, the coupler pin lock secures the
locking lever so that it cannot be moved in
order for a different vehicle to attach a ball
mount to the trailer.
Demand for a lock to protect unattended
trailers led to the design of the company’s
hardened steel, red powder-coated Off-
Vehicle Coupler Lock. This robust device
BOLT Lock technology is unique and BOLT learns your vehicle’s key the first that is placed on the trailer’s coupler and
totally different than anything else currently time you use it by permanently programming locked to prevent a trailer from being secured
available on the market. Invented to make the lock to the ignition key. When the to another vehicle also serves as a visual
life more convenient while securing ignition key is inserted into the BOLT Lock theft deterrent.
valuables, it works with just “one key,” the cylinder, spring-loaded plate tumblers move Cable Locks featuring BOLT technology
ignition key, to operate a number of different up and down to uniquely code the cylinder to can secure kayaks to the roof rack of
types of locks from receiver and coupler pin that specific key. It’s this advanced, patented a vehicle, bikes to the back of a vehicle,
locks, to padlocks and cable locks to off- technology that allows you to reduce key generators to trailers or spare tires to the
vehicle coupler locks. clutter on your keychain, while eliminating back of a vehicle, or anything that needs to
So, if you’re a hunter or outdoorsman that the guesswork of which key works with be protected during storage or transport. This
tows any type of a trailer or carries rooftop which lock, knowing your vehicle’s ignition multipurpose cable lock is six-foot-long and
gear, you’ll definitely want to be aware of key can be used to operate all of your locks. made of ¼-inch black vinyl coated coiled
BOLT Lock technology. The days of having to use different keys to cable.
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BOLT Locks’ padlocks have multiple Go Rhino’s Jeep JK and Jeep JL Bumper our customers to use our products.”
uses: they can secure a deer stand, lock a Drawers and Pop & Lock’s 2007-2019 Jeep About BOLT (Breakthrough One-Key
cargo door on a trailer, be placed on a storage Wrangler Locking Fuel Door, among other Lock Technology)
shed door, lock a dock box or a tackle box or items. BOLT locks come with a limited lifetime
a tool box, and so much more. According to Dave Williams, vice warranty. Find a BOLT retailer by using
The parent company of BOLT Lock, president of sales and marketing for Go the zip code finder at www.boltlock.com/
STRATTEC Security Corporation, has Rhino, “The versatility of BOLT Lock retail-finder. BOLT locks are also available
been in the industry of making locks and technology is perfect for Jeep owners since at 4-Wheel Parts stores, AdvanceAutoParts.
keys for original equipment automotive they can use their ignition key to open our c o m , P e p B o y s , O ’ R e i l l y ’s , N A PA
manufacturers for more than 100 years. innovative Jeep JK and JL bumper gear and SummitRacing.com. For more
Creating proprietary ignition keys, locks drawers. Our design team was able to add information, visit www.boltlock.com or call
and related access control products for Ford, BOLT convenience to our gear drawers very 844.972.7547. Follow BOLT: Facebook.
GM and Chrysler lead the company to debut quickly, in just three days.” com/BOLTLock, Instagram: @BOLTLock or
BOLT Lock technology for the automotive Jacqui Grady, Pop & Lock’s marketing Twitter: @BOLTLock. SG
aftermarket industry about ten years ago. manager commented, “We started developing
BOLT technology has received influential our Jeep Wrangler Locking Fuel Door in
honors and achievements including a Popular the summer of 2018 and our design team
Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award, BizTimes was able to turn this around with the help
I.Q. Innovation Quotient Award, New of BOLT engineers pretty quickly. We’ve
England Motor Press Association Yankee received a lot of great feedback from the
Supplier Award, Associated Locksmiths Jeep community after our soft launch at the
of America accolades as well as numerous SEMA Show last year.” Grady went on to
SEMA Show Global Media and New Product explain Pop & Lock had already partnered
Awards. with BOLT previously on a Chevrolet
The acceptance and popularity of BOLT’s pickup tail gate and that convenience BOLT
convenient “One Key Lock Technology” has offers their manual tailgate customers was
led to many other automotive companies a definite advantage for their pickup truck
incorporating BOLT into their own products, customers.
giving consumers even more options for Both Pop & Lock as well as Go Rhino
one key convenience. First adopted by truck are looking to add BOLT to other products
cap manufacturers such as A.R.E., Extang, in their line and are striving to be first-
Leer, Undercover and Snugtop to make their to-market with Jeep Gladiator offerings
customer’s lives easier securing the rear cap featuring BOLT Lock convenience. Williams
door, other companies have quickly adopted stated, “BOLT technology enhances our
BOLT into their offerings such as DeeZee’s products dramatically because it looks
padlock box and flow-through tailgate, original equipment and it makes it easier for

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2019 Ram Big Horn Crew Cab Powertrain rings and connect to the crankshaft via newly
The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is the most Engines: 6.7-liter Cummins High Output design forged connecting rods and new
powerful, most capable pickup in the Turbo Diesel reaches 1,000 lb.-ft. bearings. An all-new exhaust manifold is the
segment with a towing capacity of 35,100 With a long list of upgrades, the new mounting point for an improved variable-
lbs. and a payload capacity of 7,680 lbs. Cummins 6.7-liter I-6, high output Turbo geometry turbocharger with laminated heat
Driving it all, a never-before-seen torque Diesel delivers up to 1,000 lb.-ft. of shields, delivering boost pressure up to 33
rating of 1000 lb.-ft. from the Cummins torque @ 1,800 rpm and 400 horsepower psi.
I-6 Turbo Diesel engine. The new Ram @ 2,800 rpm. Changes begin at the core, The second variant of the Cummins Turbo
Heavy Duty also sets benchmarks in ride with a cylinder block made from compacted Diesel also gets a performance boost with
and handling, luxury, materials, innovation graphite iron. Overall, the new Cummins 370 horsepower @ 2,800 rpm and 850 lb.-ft.
and technology extending well past any Turbo Diesel weighs more than 60 lbs. less of torque @ 1,700 rpm.
competitive offerings. Giving maximum than the previous-generation engine, yet The standard engine in the 2019 Ram
effort all day, every day with confidence, the delivers more power and torque. A new cast- 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty is upgraded to
new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty line of pickups iron cylinder head builds on the new block the proven and potent 6.4-liter HEMI V-8,
steps forward with the full force of modern with changes that include new exhaust valves delivering class-leading 410 horsepower
capability. and springs, and new rocker arms. Lighter @ 5,600 rpm and 429 lb.-ft. of torque @
and stronger pistons include new low-friction 4,000 rpm to handle the payload and towing
requirements of the heavy-duty truck user.

Transmissions
Ram 3500 Heavy Duty models equipped
with the 1,000 lb.-ft. high output Cummins
6.7-liter Turbo Diesel employ the Aisin
AS69RC electronically controlled six-speed
automatic. This transmission is engineered
to handle the colossal torque of the Turbo
Diesel engine and increased vehicle weight
ratings while delivering improved shift
quality. Along with hardware upgrades, the
Aisin AS69RC uses a new transmission
controller with double the memory
of the previous controller and a dual-
core processor. This delivers faster, more
precise shifts under all driving and loading
conditions.
Ram Heavy Duty trucks powered by the
standard output Cummins 6.7-liter Turbo

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Diesel are equipped with a significantly an electronic (BW 44-46) or manual shift suspension on rough terrain. Engineers added
upgraded version of the 68RFE six-speed (BW 44-47) transfer case, depending on the progressive springs and upgraded bushings
automatic transmission. Changes designed model. Ram Heavy Duty trucks with the to the suspension system, including the
to improve the electronically controlled high output version of the Cummins 6.7- exclusive five-link coil design on Ram 2500,
transmission’s shift quality include new liter Turbo Diesel are equipped with an all- providing better load-carrying characteristics
variable-force solenoid controls for the new part-time BorgWarner transfer case and improved articulation over obstacles
torque-converter clutch. A new reverse (BW 44-48). This transfer case is designed to when compared to a leaf-spring system.
accumulator improves shift feel when handle the higher input loads for maximum A class-exclusive Active-Level rear air
placing the transmission into park from towing capability up to 35,100 lbs. suspension is available on both the Ram
reverse. Drive-to-park shifts were also 2500 and Ram 3500 and includes a new Bed-
improved through refined hydraulic control. Axles lowering Mode to make the heaviest trailer
In a first for the Ram Heavy Duty, the 6.4- New front and rear axles on the 2019 hook-ups a breeze. The 2019 Ram 2500
liter HEMI V-8 comes mated to the proven Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty have uses two air bags to replace the coil springs.
and smooth-shifting TorqueFlite 8HP75 been engineered to improve durability, Load capacity is not sacrificed and the Ram
eight-speed automatic. There are more than handle industry-leading payload and 2500’s best-in-class ride and handling gets
40 individual shift maps to optimize shift towing capabilities, and minimize Noise, even better, crushing the competition with
points for fuel economy, performance and Vibration and Harshness (NVH), as well as two doses of engineering innovation (five-
drivability. The transmissions use shift-by- take advantage of opportunities to optimize link coil with an air suspension option). The
wire technology, eliminating a mechanical weight. The Ram 3500 Heavy Duty is Ram 3500 features a Hotchkiss rear leaf-
linkage between the transmission and the offered with an all-new, larger 12-inch AAM spring system with optional air suspension.
gear selector. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty rear axle to handle the class-leading power By adding supplemental air bags, Ram
uses an innovative rotary e-shift dial and capability. engineers were able to soften the heavy-
mounted on the left side of the instrument load leaf springs, allowing for more unladed
panel’s center stack – freeing up space Suspension suspension movement.
traditionally occupied by a console- or Heavy Duty trucks generally have a In the front, a new, two-piece, front-
column-mounted shift lever. suspension equipped for constant, heavy suspension crossmember structure adds
payloads. This leads to a harsher ride when a longer welded interface and greater
Transfer Cases unloaded. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty strength to the frame. The Ram Heavy Duty
Four-wheel-drive versions of the includes Frequency Response Damping line features an advanced three-link front
2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty (FRD) shocks on all four corners. The valves suspension to ensure roll stiffness.
are equipped with a BorgWarner part- of an FRD shock automatically adjust for For more information on the 2019 Ram
time transfer case. The 6.4-liter HEMI the type of vertical wheel input, allowing Big Horn Crew Cab, visit www.ramtrucks.
V-8 and variant of the Cummins 6.7-liter the Ram Heavy Duty to have sports-car- com. SG
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lithium-ion polymer battery up to 80 percent


only takes about 23 minutes using a SAE
Combo Level-3 DC, 100 kW fast-charger.
An integrated In-Cable Control Box (ICCB)
also allows drivers to charge their Ioniq
2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited whose parts were optimized by reducing the Electric and Plug-in Hybrid using a standard
Hyundai’s Ioniq line-up continues thickness of core components by up to 10 household electric socket when necessary.
to improve its product offering for the percent and adopting rectangular-section
2019 model year, with new and broader copper wire to decrease core and copper
applications of active safety features, loss. Hyundai uses a lithium-ion polymer 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0T 35th
enhanced voice-recognition features and battery system for all Ioniq models, which Anniversary Edition
standard remote charge management for is 20 percent lighter than non-polymer This year marks the 35th anniversary of
Plug-in and Electric models. lithium-ion batteries and can be shaped more Volkswagen’s Jetta GLI – a performance
The Ioniq Hybrid Blue model has an optimally to the interior than standard cell version of VW’s best-selling sedan. Over the
estimated 58 MPG combined rating, the format batteries. This also provides lower past three decades, multiple generations of
highest rating of any non-plug-in vehicle battery memory sensitivity, excellent charge the Jetta GLI have delivered an affordable,
sold in the U.S. market. The Ioniq Hybrid’s and discharge efficiency, and outstanding family-friendly package to automotive
electric motor delivers an estimated 32 kW maximum output. enthusiasts. Ahead of unveiling the 2019
(43 horsepower) with an estimated maximum Both efficient packaging and a low center Jetta GLI at the Chicago Auto Show, let’s
torque of 125 lb.-ft., powered by a lithium- of gravity were taken into consideration as take a quick look back at the car’s history.
ion polymer battery with 1.56 kWh capacity. the battery system is located underneath The Jetta GLI first arrived in the United
The battery is efficiently positioned under the rear seats so the passenger cabin and States for the 1984 model year. After the
the rear passenger seats. In combination with cargo area is uncompromised in the Ioniq successful launch of the Golf GTI –
the 1.6-liter direct-injected engine, Ioniq Hybrid, offering a total interior volume of an or as it was known here, the Rabbit GTI
Hybrid offers a total system output of 139 estimated 122.7 cubic feet (more than Toyota – Volkswagen decided to create a similar
horsepower while providing low emissions, Prius). Even the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid and the sporty version of the Jetta. Unlike the Golf
outstanding efficiency and range. Ioniq Electric, despite having larger battery GTI, the top-of-the-line Jetta had a four-door
systems, both offer a generous total interior option, seating for five and a spacious trunk,
Advanced Battery Technology volume of an estimated 119.2 cubic feet. which better fit the needs of the average
Further, powertrain components were All Ioniq Electric models are equipped American family.
designed to be compact and highly efficient. with standard Level-3 DC fast-charging The GLI’s first iteration was powered by
The combined extra weight of the Hybrid capability. Charging the Ioniq Electric’s many of the cutting-edge mechanical pieces
and Plug-in Hybrid technology therefore featured in the Golf GTI, including a fuel-
adds minimal weight to the Ioniq, but
significantly increases its efficiency. Electric
power for the Hybrid and the Plug-in Hybrid,
as well as for the Electric, is generated by
a permanent magnet synchronous motor

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injected, 90-horsepower, 1.8-liter engine 210 horsepower and available technologies


with revised cylinder heads, lighter pistons like lane departure warning and blind spot
and higher compression ratio. It also had a detection systems. But the benefits of the
close-ratio five-speed manual transmission GLI – a European-tuned sport sedan at an
and improved sports suspension. affordable price – were just as evident as
The original GLI has become a rare when it first arrived in 1984. We’ll see what
classic, as it was only built for one model advances the next generation of Jetta GLI
year. Its power numbers seem mild by offers soon.
modern standards, but in its day the first
GLI was frequently tested against entry-level • New SR grade Premium Package and
sports sedans from German luxury brands – 2019 Nissan Maxima SR Platinum grade Reserve Package with
and often came out on top. With its captivating performance stance, exclusive content
As the Jetta evolved throughout the 1980s 19-inch diamond-cut wheels, boomerang “As our flagship sedan, Maxima is an
and 1990s, the GLI underwent several more signature LED lighting framing the enlarged important contributor to the Nissan brand,”
enhancements to improve its performance V-motion grille, the new 2019 Nissan said Dan Mohnke, senior vice president,
and visual appeal. The first 16-valve, 2.0- Maxima continues to build on its legacy as Sales & Marketing and Operations, Nissan
liter engine arrived in the 1990 GLI, for the flagship of Nissan’s sedan lineup. The Division U.S., Nissan North America, Inc.
instance. mid-cycle Maxima refresh follows the “Maxima is our longest running nameplate,
The new millennium brought a slew introduction of the all-new 2019 Nissan having thrilled owners for four decades with
of improvements for GLI. The Mk4 Jetta Altima, creating a potent one-two punch in style, performance and quality.”
debuted with Hartmutt Warkus’s modern, the mid-size sedan segment. In the 2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality
rounded design for the 1999 model year The long list of enhancements to the 2019 Study, Maxima was ranked number one
and the GLI returned for the 2002 model Maxima include: in the Large Car segment and was the
powered by the 2.8-liter narrow-angle • Aggressive styling updates, including second highest ranked model among all
VR6. In 2004, the more efficient 1.8-liter standard LED headlights, new front fascia vehicles in the study. The 2019 Maxima
turbocharged and direct injection engine was and grille, revised rear fascia with LED also continues its reputation as an exciting
also offered, the only time that GLI was taillights and integrated quad-tip exhaust near-luxury sports sedan with its standard
offered with more than one engine. finishers, and new 18-inch and 19-inch 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and
The Mk5 Jetta GLI paired the 2.0-liter wheel designs sport-tuned steering, braking and suspension.
TSI turbo engine with an independent rear • New interior treatment with available “Maxima checks all the boxes for
suspension and 18-inch alloy wheels. Where semi-aniline diamond-quilted Rakuda Tan sports sedan enthusiasts, and now, with the
the original Jetta GLI was offered with few leather-appointed seating refreshed appearance, refined interior and
options, the Mk5 GLI ‘s demonstrated just • Newly available Nissan Safety Shield 360 enhanced safety and security technology,
how important tech and creature comforts active safety technology and 10 air bags, there are even more reasons that Maxima
had become for compact sedan owners, including front driver and passenger knee stands out from every other mid-size sedan
with available options such as touchscreen and rear seat side supplemental air bags on the market today,” added Mohnke.
navigation, keyless entry and heated seats. • New convenience features, including The 2019 Maxima is available in five
The fifth-generation version of the GLI, standard Rear Door Alert, Traffic Sign well-equipped models: Maxima S, SV, SL,
built on the Jetta Mk6 platform, offered Recognition and USB Type-C ports SR and Platinum. SG

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BMW’s Intelligent all-wheel-drive system,
which made its debut in 2003 when the
first generation of the BMW X3 originally
launched. Not only has the system been
offering superior grip on slippery surfaces
ever since, it has had a beneficial effect
on driving dynamics too. This system is
networked with the Dynamic Stability
Control (DSC) allowing the power split
between all four wheels to be constantly
varied, providing the handling characteristics
for which BMW is renowned.

The BMW X3 xDrive30i. More power. More


efficient.
T h e 2 . 0 - l i t e r Tw i n P o w e r Tu r b o
4-cylinder gasoline engine in the all-new
BMW X3 xDrive30i has an output of 248
hp (8 hp more than the outgoing BMW X3
xDrive28i). Maximum torque has of 258 lb-ft
is on tap between just 1,450 and 4,800 rpm.
The all-new BMW X3 xDrive30i reaches 60
mph from rest in 6.0 seconds and has a top
speed of 130 mph.
2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i has been extended by 2.2-inches and its long
The BMW X3 was the car that launched hood, extremely short front overhang with
the mid-size SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) finely balanced proportions, emphasize the 2019 Cadillac XT4 AWD Sport
segment in 2003. Since then, BMW has perfect 50:50 weight distribution between the Cadillac’s first-ever XT4 is an all-new
recorded more than 1.5 million new front and rear axle. compact SUV tailored for the next generation
registrations of the X3 across the two model For the first time on a BMW X model, of luxury customers.
generations so far. And now the new BMW the front fascia features a muscular “three- Developed on an exclusive compact
X3 is set to write the next chapter in this dimensional” kidney grille and fog lights SUV architecture, Cadillac’s entry in the
success story with an even more striking, featuring a hexagonal design, underlining industry’s fastest-growing luxury segment
dynamic design language, powerful yet the confident character of the all-new BMW delivers expressive design, confident
also efficient drive systems and luxurious X3. Moving to the rear, the taillight housings performance, spacious accommodations and
appointments. whose three-dimensional look with the new technologies.
optional Adaptive LED and Icon Adaptive The XT4 also debuts Cadillac’s new
The exterior design with new distinctive looks. Full LED Headlights, give them considerable global “Y” trim strategy, with distinctive
The all-new BMW X3 elevates the visual impact. A downward-sloping roof Premium Luxury and Sport models built
already boldly dynamic design language of spoiler and twin exhaust tailpipes add to the on the well-equipped Luxury (base) trim.
its predecessor. The third generation of the muscular appearance. Specific content and styling cues tailor the
pioneering premium compact Sports Activity Premium Luxury and Sport trims to different
Vehicle (SAV) treads a familiar BMW X Enhanced active prowess and improved customer tastes and preferences.
family path in combining rugged off-road comfort over all terrain. XT4 Sport models feature a gloss black
looks with generous presence. The exterior The dynamic handling qualities of mesh grille inspired by Cadillac’s high-
dimensions of the all-new BMW X3 may be the all-new BMW X3 are directly linked performance V-Series models, gloss black
largely unchanged, however, the wheelbase to its ideal 50:50 weight distribution, its window moldings and specific Sport alloy
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wheel choices. Luxury and Premium Luxury mpg highway with 2WD) including Active
models feature grilles with bright metallic Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation);
accents, satin aluminum window moldings and it is coupled with a nine-speed automatic
and satin chrome-accented door handles. transmission with next-generation Electronic
All models feature advanced LED lighting Precision Shift. offers something truly unique to today’s
technology, front and rear, with front LED customers.
low- and high-beam headlamps and an Building on the original model’s instantly
LED-illuminated light blade for the daytime 2020 Range Rover Evoque SE recognizable design, the new Range Rover
running lamps. Cadillac’s vertical L-shaped Recently, Land Rover revealed the all-new Evoque is a sophisticated evolution of the
lighting signature is stretched horizontally, 2020 Range Rover Evoque compact luxury original’s distinctive coupe-like silhouette,
emphasizing the XT4’s confident stance. SUV. Featuring an all new design language, typified by its distinctive fast roofline and
Inside, a bold, refined and spacious advanced driver assistance technologies, a rising belt line that identify the Range Rover
cabin echoes the exterior design themes, new hybrid-electric powertrain option and family at first glance.
offering a great balance of style and comfort. groundbreaking off-road technologies, the The vehicle’s dramatic proportions are
It also integrates Cadillac’s latest user new, second generation, Range Rover Evoque amplified by its pronounced shoulders and
experience system1 to make it among the is at home in both the city and the mountains. wheelarches that, alongside the optional
most connected vehicles in its class. With With global sales of more than 772,000 21-inch wheels, combine to create a strong
intuitive, smartphone-like functionality, it’s and more than 217 international awards to and dynamic profile.
a dynamic platform that leverages the cloud its credit, the new Range Rover Evoque The introduction of new slim LED head-
to adjust personalization, navigation and is a sophisticated evolution of the original and taillights emphasize the vehicle’s new
other features over time to meet the changing model that pioneered the luxury compact design language while flush door handles
needs of the owner. SUV market. Combining unrivalled Range add to the smooth, sculpted aesthetic.
An all-new Cadillac 2.0L Turbo engine Rover presence with cutting-edge technology Optional R-Dynamic details and burnished
drives all models. It features new, efficiency- – designed, engineered and manufactured in copper accents add to the vehicle’s unique
enhancing technologies (EPA-estimated 30 Britain – the all-new Range Rover Evoque appeal.
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bi-functional LED headlamps standard on the


top two trims.
Under the hood, the Envision offers
a balance of performance and efficiency
with a nine-speed transmission on 2.0L
turbo models that allows for an increase in
torque from 260 lb-ft to 295 lb-ft and an
improvement in acceleration.
A 2.5L inline four-cylinder engine mated
with a six-speed automatic remains the
standard powertrain for the 2019 Envision
and goes unchanged from previous model
Inside, the finely crafted design integrates new wheel choices. With a focus on quality
years. It is offered in front- or all-wheel-drive
uncluttered surfaces and simple lines with and safety, the design and engineering teams
configurations.
carefully curated premium materials to create also welcomed input from current Envision
Driven by customer feedback, the 2019
a luxurious, minimalist, digital cabin. owners to enhance the vehicle.
Envision is equipped with a non-latching
The new architecture has been developed The Envision’s exterior has a sculpted
stop/start deactivation switch on the
to support electrification, with a 48-volt front fascia, new grille and headlamps that
instrument panel that allows the driver to
mild-hybrid powertrain available at launch, align with the new face of Buick. Crisp
choose whether to use the auto-stop function.
alongside a traditional four-cylinder gasoline horizontal lines on the front create a more
The calibration of the Envision’s stop/start
engine. The mild-hybrid powertrain is a premium look and feel, while redesigned
technology has also been refined for an even
first for the Land Rover brand and works taillamps, reflectors and side markers give
more seamless experience.
by harvesting energy normally lost during the back end a wider and more athletic
deceleration thanks to the engine-mounted stance. New optional 19-inch wheels provide
belt-integrated starter generator, storing it an expressive and distinct profile.
2019 Hyundai Kona
in the under-floor battery. At speeds below Premium lighting technology is featured
Hyundai Motor America recently
11mph (17km/h), the engine is designed to on every 2019 Envision. HID headlamps
announced pricing for its 2019 Kona,
shut off while the driver applies the brakes. with LED Buick signature lighting come
starting at $19,990 for the SE model. For
When pulling away, the stored energy standard, with the enhanced performance of
the 2019 model year, Kona’s safety equation
is redeployed to assist the engine under
acceleration.

2019 Buick Envision AWD Premium II


Refined design cues, responsive
performance enhancements and intelligent
technology expand on the Envision’s
growing popularity.
The 2019 Envision features a newly
sculpted front and rear, signature grille and

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is enhanced by standardizing key Hyundai • Available premium technology: optimize efficiency.
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color-contrasting roof and extroverted Recently, Land Rover announced updates been engineered to combine smooth shifts
color options to the Discovery for the 2019 model year, with sharp responses and optimized fuel
• LED headlights (opt.), taillights (opt.) and featuring newly available connectivity, efficiency.
daytime running lights (std.) illumination convenience and Advanced Driver The transmission is controlled using the
signature Assistance System technologies, as well as rotary gearshift controller that rises from the
• 2.0-liter Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder engine expanded standard equipment across the center console, while manual gear changes
with 6-speed automatic transmission (std.) Discovery lineup. can be prompted with the use of the steering
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injected engine with 7-speed DCT (opt.) Powertrain driving and precise control during off-road
• Standard 7-inch floating touchscreen with The Discovery is powered by a selection maneuvers.
Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ of Land Rover six-cylinder diesel and The eight closely spaced ratios ensure that
capability gasoline engines. gear changes are almost imperceptible, with
• Hyundai SmartSense™ (HSS) features: A series of advanced technologies are each completed in a fraction of a second. For
• Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with designed to maximize fuel efficiency across greater control, and if added performance is
Pedestrian Detection (opt.) the entire range. All engines feature stop/ required, the gearbox will accept multiple
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Destinations

Pawleys Island, South Carolina


Top five tips for a back-to-nature trip to the Hammock Coast

Embrace Mother Nature with ecotourism outings.

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At the end of the day, retire in comfort at The Pelican Inn, an eight-room, beachfront bed and breakfast established in the 1850s.

In an area that lives by the tides, it’s via a fishing line. The pristine inland waters offered by companies like Pawleys Kayaks
no wonder the water is the number one are excellent fishing grounds year-round for and paddlers get a personalized tour of area
attraction. From the ebbs and flows of the redfish, speckled trout and more. Seasonally, waters.
Waccamaw Neck’s inland waters to the there are even more opportunities, both on
rhythmic sounds of the Atlantic surf, water the inshore waters and surfcasting from the Cruises
is the centerpiece of any trip to Pawleys beaches, to enjoy the thrill of the catch and Setting out from nearby Georgetown
Island, South Carolina. Visitors find the the beauty of the surroundings. For offshore or Murrells Inlet, many hop aboard a
waters surrounding Pawleys Island to be the adventure, many book a trip on one of sightseeing cruise for a half day of adventure
perfect place to get in touch with the natural the area’s charter boats with experienced on the water. Options include inland tours of
wonders of this Southern coastal region. captains and crew. the rivers and inlets, bay trips out to explore
One of the earliest coastal resorts on the barrier islands or expeditions to view the
Carolina coast, Pawleys Island has long been Shelling fascinating native dolphin population.
a favorite spot for visitors from throughout The locals have claimed the Pawleys
the region to escape, recharge and connect Island Shell (Imperial Venus Clam) as their Attractions
with nature. Today it remains largely own. Finding one is a rite of passage and Outstanding attractions offer opportunities
unchanged, paying careful attention to the considered a blessing for all who stroll the to experience and learn more about the
stewardship of its natural resources and the beaches here. There are plenty others to find, unique ecology and cultural history of the
preservation of its character. The island is as well, including the Lettered Olive, South Carolina Lowcountry.
less than four miles long, separated from the Carolina’s designated state shell. From the Huntington Beach State Park (16148
mainland by salt marsh and dotted with a island’s secluded beaches to those of nearby Ocean Highway, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576)
host of rental homes and two seasonal inns. Huntington Beach State Park, or along the is known as a birding hotspot and also has
Some prefer to connect from the comfort of a shores of North Island near the entrance to hiking trails and beachfront to explore. In
classic Pawleys Island rope hammock on the Winyah Bay, shelling is a favorite pastime addition, the park offers access to the ruins
porch, just enjoying the coastal breezes. For here. of Atalaya, the winter home of the park’s
others the eco-adventures of the island and namesake philanthropists.
surrounding area offer just the right amount Paddling Brookgreen Gardens (1931 Brookgreen
of activity. Here’s a look at the top picks for Exploring by kayak or canoe is an Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576)
nature lovers. excellent way to enjoy the waters and encompasses thousands of acres, including
view the wildlife and natural habitats the Lowcountry History and Wildlife
Fishing of Pawleys Island. Some bring their own Preserve. Visitors can explore the Wall
For many, getting back to nature includes and others rent gear from one of the many Lowcountry Center, walk the Lowcountry
connecting with the bountiful area waters rental companies in town. Guided trips are Trail and take a boat or overland excursion
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Most of the houses on Pawleys are beach-front on one side and have docks extending into the creek on the other.

deep into the preserve. bed and breakfast–but lunch is available, too. marshes, there are homes of all types here.
Hobcaw Barony (22 Hobcaw Road, The beach, as well as the inland creek dock, All types except for fancy, that is. The rental
Georgetown, SC 29440) is a center for are just steps away. options remain true to the island’s long-
research, education and conservation. Beach House Rentals—There are several standing motto of being “arrogantly shabby.”
Through its research partnership and vacation rental companies with private For more information on Pawleys Island,
stewardship efforts, Hobcaw strives to homes available on Pawleys Island. Small please visit www.hammockcoastsc.com or
interpret the past and ensure a sustainable or large, oceanfront or overlooking the tidal www.onlypawleys.com. SG
future. Visitors can join guided tours hikes
through the beach, marsh and forests. Fishing here is second to none. When adventure calls, nearby options, just off the
Pawleys Island is a natural choice for island, range from paddling the backwaters to cruising for dolphins to charter fishing.
enjoying the shores and the sands, the waters
and the wildlife, the bounty and the beauty
of the Carolina coast. It’s a combination
that’s drawn vacationers for generations. It’s
an atmosphere that can only be found here.
Only Pawleys.

Where to Stay:
The Sea View Inn—414 Myrtle Avenue,
Pawleys Island, is comfortable and casual in
Pawleys Island style. With the ocean on one
side and a pristine salt marsh on the other,
Sea View has been welcoming guests since
1937. It has 20 guest rooms and serves three
meals a day. Check for seasonal availability.
The Pelican Inn—506 Myrtle Avenue,
Pawleys Island, with only eight guest rooms,
offers an at-home feeling to its guests. It was
built in the 1850s and is now a beachfront
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Industry News

Mazda Motorsports Boosts Customer


Racing Program with New Touring Car
Mazda Motorsports announced recently
the newest addition to its motorsports
program with the unveiling of the all-new
Mazda3 TCR race car. The Mazda3 TCR
will hit the racetrack as part of the 2020
IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, beginning
with the four-hour Endurance Challenge that
is part of the Rolex 24 at Daytona weekend
of racing on January 26, 2020.
By retaining the striking design of the
2019 Mazda3 hatchback, the Mazda3 TCR
features the latest iteration of the brand’s
signature Kodo – Soul of Motion design
language. Envisioned within the walls of
Mazda Design America in Irvine, California,
designers spent countless hours ensuring
the aerodynamics of the Mazda3 TCR are
compliant with all TCR regulations, and
flow seamlessly with the clean lines found
on the Mazda3.
“TCR represents a great opportunity
for us to showcase the new Mazda3 and
provide our customers another avenue to
race Mazda vehicles,” said Masahiro Moro,
Chairman and CEO, Mazda North American
Operations. “Some of our most important
successes in IMSA and SRO TC Americas
have been thanks to dedicated customers
who chose to race with Mazda, and we hope
the next generation of Mazda racers see the
same potential in the Mazda3 TCR.”
“The Mazda3 features the outstanding

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design and engineering that Mazda is known series of regattas Jan. – April 2020. Pensacola is no stranger to sailing events
for, and because of that, it is a fantastic Modeled after the European sailing but thanks to attention from American
foundation for our new Mazda3 TCR,” said league, Premiere Sailing League USA is the Magic, the destination is seeing growth in
John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports. first national sailing league for America. The that area. Earlier this year, the New York
“We have looked forward to returning to the program is designed to increase awareness Yacht Club’s team chose Pensacola to be its
IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge for several of the sport with an innovative approach to winter training base and will again return this
seasons, and everyone at Mazda is very an annual series of regattas that starts with November.
excited that we will do just that in 2020. District Qualifications and then progress to This past summer the area hosted
We are eagerly anticipating success for the National Finals that determine rankings in Nationals for the United States Optimist
Mazda3 TCR in IMSA, SRO Americas and the PSL League. The format calls for short Dinghy Association and the Flying Scot
in TCR championships around the world.” windward/leeward races with as many as North American Championship. The
The Mazda3 TCR will be powered by a 20 races a day on courses close to shore, destination will continue to host national
turbocharged, 4-cylinder engine producing p ro v id ing s ens ational s tadium-s tyle and regional sailing championships in 2019
350 horsepower and will use a paddle- entertainment for spectators ashore. and 2020 including the Melges24 Atlantic
shifted six-speed transmission. Developed “Having a spectacle sailing league will and Gulf Coast Championship and next
and supported by Long Road Racing, the continue to showcase Pensacola’s maritime summer, the U.S. Sailing Youth National
manufacturer of the Global Mazda MX-5 opportunities and bring a new wave of championships will be in Pensacola.
Cup car, the Mazda3 TCR is homologated travelers to the area,” President of Visit For more information on sailing events
to compete in any of the 36 TCR-sanctioned Pensacola Steve Hayes said. and travel to Pensacola, visit www.
championships around the globe. The first PSL Winter Exhibition is visitpensacola.com. SG
More information about the Mazda3 TCR scheduled for Jan. 3-5, 2020, off Plaza de
is available at MazdaMotorsports.com and Luna at the foot of historic South Palafox
LongRoadRacing.com. Place adjacent to the Pensacola Marina.
All photos courtesy of Mazda. Teams can charter a boat from the supplied
fleet of identical RS21 keelboats for the
racing. Spectators can watch the teams
Pensacola Selected as Premier Sailing compete in multiple exhibition stadium style
League Southern Headquarters; races directly in front of the festive venues.
Exhibition Series to Take Place Jan. – Subsequent PSL Winter Exhibitions are
April 2020 currently planned for Jan. 31-Feb. 2, March
Premier Sailing League (PSL) USA has 6-8 and April 3-5, 2020 (dates subject to
announced that Pensacola has been selected change).
as its southern headquarters and will host a

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