In the past week, we've more or less seen the 2019 Toyota Supra sports car before its Geneva Motor Show debut. First, photos appeared in a Japanese car magazine purporting to be leaked images of the production car. That was followed by an up-close spy shot of a prototype on a car hauler that seemed to confirm what we saw in the leaked photos. Now we get even more shots of a lightly camouflaged Supra prototype that further verifies the spy shots, and gives us a solid look at the Supra's tail end.
From the front and sides, there aren't many new revelations. We can spot the little extra air inlets in the sides of the front bumper and leading into the rear fenders. We're also now able to see the vents in the tops of the front fenders. We sadly can't tell how tall the center grille is because of the front-mounted license plate. An interesting thing to note is that on the right side of the car, part of the grille has a smooth section, while on the opposite side it looks like plain grille mesh. This leads us to believe the smooth side hides some sort of sensors for adaptive cruise control and such.
We had a good long-look at the 2019 Subaru Ascent during the LA Auto Show and dug deep with 15 fast facts about the new three-row family SUV. It certainly looked competitive in person and today we have an even better idea of what it delivers on paper, as full pricing was announced today, joining a full set of specifications.
To the surprise of no one, we've fired up the old spreadsheet comparison generator to see how the all-new 2019 Ascent compares to the 2018 Honda Pilot and 2018 Toyota Highlander. Besides being two of last year's best-selling three-row SUVs, the Pilot and Highlander are also the closest in general concept to the new Ascent. They should also cater to similar buyers. There are of course numerous other worthy contenders, including the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Mazda CX-9 and the best-selling Ford Explorer, so if you want to see their specs, check out the Autoblog compare tool.
Pricing for the 2019 Subaru Ascent three-row crossover SUV has been announced. Including destination, the base trim carries an MSRP of $32,970. That's with standard eight-passenger seating, and like every Ascent, a 260-horsepower turbocharged 2.4-liter boxer-4, a CVT and all-wheel drive. As a refresher, here are 15 fast facts about the 2019 Ascent.
Standard equipment on the base Ascent includes 18-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone climate control, EyeSight accident avoidance tech, four USB ports, and Subaru's 6.5-inch Starlink touchscreen that brings with it Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
It's just been announced that we'll see the next-generation 2019 Nissan Altima late next month at the 2018 New York Auto Show. That would be the extent of the information provided by Nissan, so let's dig around a bit to see what we know about the future midsize sedan.
For starters, we've already seen a camouflaged test mule. It clearly had a deep grille reminiscent of the Maxima and other recent Nissans, along with thinner headlight units. What it did not have, however, is a shape that's terribly different from today's Altima. We're guessing it'll be pretty evolutionary, which if so, would stand in sharp contrast to the revolutionary Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Malibu and Honda Accord.
It's a Van! It's a Transit Connect! It's a Diesel! Ford continues the trend of bringing diesel to a few of its vehicle platform. For 2019, Ford has given its smallest van, the Transit Connect, a facelift. It consists of a revised front fascia and an updated dashboard. But the most interesting update is more than skin deep. Under the new hood you'll be able to get two new engines, one powered by gasoline, or, for the first time in the U.S., one powered by diesel.