2018 Dodge Durango R/T gets SRT looks without the power


Dodge is spicing up the looks of the 2018 Durango R/T by adding a dash of SRT. The former top-of-the-line V8-powered Durango now gets the same front fascia and LED foglights as the SRT model. The SRT hood with scoop and vents also becomes standard equipment for the R/T. The R/T will also be available with the bright, bold, B5 Blue paint color available on the SRT. And although it doesn’t have much to do with looks, the R/T now gets “Front Park Assist,” again as a standard feature.


These changes will certainly make differentiating the two on the street a bit more difficult, at least until they take off from a light. After all, the Durango R/T won’t have the same performance as the 475-horsepower SRT model. Then again, the R/T likely won’t have as steep a price as the SRT either.

2018 Dodge Durango GT

The R/T isn’t the only Durango model to get a new visual update. The GT model is now available with that same SRT hood. However, you can only get it if you opt for the Blacktop or Brass Monkey packages. The GT also comes with a power liftgate and leather and suede seats as standard equipment. And all Durangos take advantage of a standard backup camera, steering wheel, and shifter.

[Source: Autoblog]

2018 Ford Expedition gears up for the trails with FX4 trim


An aluminum body and more powerful engines aren’t the only new things featured on the 2018 Ford Expedition. Ford has revealed that it will now get an FX4 trim level complete with an array of goodies for going off-road.

Mechanical improvements start with an electronic limited-slip differential in the rear that can shift power left or right depending on which tire has traction. This should be a boon for slippery or rocky trails, and it will get extra help from the chunkier all-terrain tires and stiffer shocks fitted to the FX4. Those tires are mounted to 18-inch aluminum wheels specific to the trim level. The FX4 also gets a number of skid plates to protect vulnerable parts underneath the Expedition. There’s also a “sand shield” to prevent sand and dirt from packing up the intercoolers and keeping air from flowing over them. The FX4 comes with the standard 375-horsepower EcoBoost V6 fitted to other Expeditions.

The FX4 trim isn’t all mechanical upgrades, though. It also comes with a couple of subtle FX4 badges around the exterior. Some unique running boards are also fitted. Inside, rubber floor liners help keep the dirt from getting down into carpeting. Ford hasn’t released pricing for the FX4 yet, but the SUV will be available this fall.

[Source: Autoblog]

2018 Ram 1500 gets more updates with the Sport and Big Horn Black editions


The Ram pickup is one of the oldest vehicles in the segment, but it remains hugely popular with customers. The automaker has done a good job of introducing new updates to keep the truck fresh and competitive. For 2018, there are a number of new options and trims, including some special edition models. Earlier this week, we saw the range-topping Ram Limited Tungsten Edition. Today we can show you the 2018 Ram 1500/2500 Sport and Big Horn Black models.

The Sport model sits in the upper-middle of the Ram lineup. It’s a handsome truck, with dark emblems and body color bumpers and trim. The headlights get dark surrounds while the hood gets two scoops, similar to that on the Challenger. The big news for 2018 is the addition of the big, R-A-M grille. This ditches the iconic cross grille, replacing it with a wide, body-color piece with RAM in bold letters right in the center.

The new Big Horn Black edition slots just below the Sport trim. Consider this the “murdered-out” model, with black on black on black. It’s a sleek look, with black paint, black wheels, and black trim. It has the traditional cross grille but swipes the hood from the Sport model. Both trucks go on sale later this year.

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Hyundai planning 250-mile electric vehicle by 2020


01-2017-hyundai-ioniq-ny-1.jpgUntil plug-in vehicle buyers stop caring about all-electric range – and who knows when that might happen – the distance an EV can travel on a full charge will remain an important selling point. Most US drivers go less than 40 miles a day, but that’s not stopping at least two high-profile automakers from building a 200-mile EV. Both the Chevy Bolt EV and the Tesla Model 3 are shooting for this target.

They won’t rest on their laurels. Hyundai is prepping a 250-mile electric vehicle for 2020. Byung Ki Ahn, Hyundai’s director, eco-vehicle performance development group, revealed the plans to Autoblog today after also confirming a 200-mile EV for 2018. This is above and beyond the Ioniq EV that will launch in the US later this year with 110 miles of range. Hyundai already had revealed its plan to offer 26 new green models by 2020, including plug-ins, hybrids, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, but there were no specific details about the EVs mentioned there.

The EV world will be quite different in four years, but Hyundai thinks it has a strategy to get its customers prepared for the launch of the three Ioniq models, which include a plug-in hybrid and a standard hybrid, and future EVs. Until now, the company believes, according to Chris Hosford, Hyundai’s corporate communications executive director, the automotive industry has not yet adequately communicated the advantages and differences of plug-in vehicles to customers. As Hyundai prepares to flood the market with green models in the next few years, expect lots of educational materials to come from Hyundai dealerships, as well as commercials. “We know there is a lot of education necessary,” Hosford said.

[Source: Autoblog]

Watch Englishman get hit by a bus, stand up, walk into a pub

A man in Reading, England, was sent flying after being struck by a city bus. In a totally understandable move, he got up, dusted himself off, and walked straight into a pub where he’s been drinking for 20 years. Unfortunately, the pub wasn’t yet open. Watch the whole thing on the video above.

The Telegraph reports that Simon Smith is recovering from injuries after being knocked about 20 feet when a Reading bus swung wide, jumped the curb, and plowed into him. In addition to hitting Smith, the bus took out a good portion of the front of the pub, The Purple Turtle.

The video shows the bus come in far too hot around a right-hand turn. Smith turned to look just before being hit. The bus has been parked, and the driver has been taken off the road while the accident is being investigated.

The extent of Smith’s injuries isn’t clear, but it was initially misreported. Emergency workers first thought he was hit by debris, not the bus itself. Smith’s wife says he’s in pain but is expected to recover.

[Source: Autoblog]

Turbocharge your burnout with the 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost’s line-lock

If you’ve always wanted line-lock in your EcoBoost Mustang so it could turn tread into smoke just like its V8-powered GT stablemates, we have great news: Ford’s made it happen. Well, for 2018 at least. Even better news is that it’ll be standard in all Mustangs, period. That means you don’t have to buy a higher trim or a special performance package to get it.

Neither will you be limited by transmission choice. Both the 10-speed auto and the 6-speed manual will come so equipped. The system is activated through the instrument cluster menu using steering wheel controls. After it locks up the front brakes, you’ve got 15 seconds to vaporize some rubber before the system deactivates.

Is this something that EcoBoost owners have been signing petitions about? We don’t have the data about customer preferences here, but our take is that this has more to do with normalizing the Ecoboost ‘Stang as a legitimate V8 alternative than to satisfy a hyper-vocal owner subset. Ford wants the EcoBoost to succeed quite badly. It’s a good standard-bearer for Ford’s EcoBoost program in general, it’s good for the company’s CAFE numbers, and it’s probably good for the younger buyers Ford wants to attract.

In other news, the available digital instrument cluster, which is a very cool piece of kit, now includes a little animation of a Mustang burning rubber when you activate the line-lock function. This may tip wafflers over the edge, right? Right.

You’ll see line-lock on new Mustangs at your Portland Ford dealer later this year. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like Ford will offer retrofit kits for older EcoBoost cars at this time.

[Source: Autoblog]

Six Quick Tips For A Cleaner Interior | Autoblog Details

Keeping your interior clean is easier than you might think. Follow these tips found in this video to keep your car looking new all year round. These inexpensive and disposable covers are perfect for protecting your seat and steering wheel for those cringe-worthy moments. They store easily in the seat back pouch or armrest, and are installed in seconds. Perfect for dropping your car off at the mechanics or after a day of dirty work.

And added benefit is your mechanic will think you’re nuts, and less likely to leave greasy hand prints everywhere as he’ll know you’ll be looking. Rubber mats prevent dirt, mud, spills, and oil from penetrating your carpet on a daily basis. Constant shampooing, scrubbing, and vacuuming will wear out the carpet fibers and destroy the mat quickly. Rubber mats absorb our daily abuse, and can quickly be tapped out or washed with soap and water, dried, and reinstalled in seconds. Every car should have a moving blanket in their trunk.

This should be used whenever carrying heavy, sharp, or odd shaped items in your trunk or back seat, and especially when Fido needs to visit the vet. The blanket can also be used as a drop cloth in case you need to get under your car on the side of the road for a repair. This will keep your clothes clean and minimize the chance of getting your seats dirty. Once a spill or stain occurs, speed is the best remedy. Don’t wait, pull over and address the issue quickly. Keep two to three microfiber towels in your arm rest or trunk with an interior cleaner.

Allowing the spill time to penetrate and dry will only make the future cleaning more difficult. Keeping your tools nearby will prevent a small issue from becoming a big stain. We can all agree the most obvious dirt within the interior of the care is the floor mat. Our shoes pick up little rocks, dirt, and mud, then we deposit them on the floor within two seconds of getting in our freshly vacuumed interior, which drives car people crazy.

Developing the habit of quickly tapping your feet before entering your car will decrease the level of dirt on your floor by 60 to 70%, prolonging the life of your carpet. Keep a pair of gloves and hand sanitizer in your arm rest or glove box in case you need to change a flat, check your oil, or need to freshen up before touching your steering wheel. As commuters, we spend a good portion of our day on the inside of the car. That new car feeling of a spotless interior makes it much more enjoyable.

[Source: Autoblog]