2019 Ford Transit Connect Gets First-ever Diesel And A New Gas Engine

2019 Ford Transit Connect gets first-ever diesel and a new gas engine

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.

The diesel is by far the most interesting aspect of the new Transit Connect. It uses a new 1.5-liter engine that has only just recently been introduced to Europe in the overseas version of the EcoSport crossover. The block and heads are all-aluminum, and it features a variable-geometry turbo and water-to-air intercooler. Output isn't enormous at about 120 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque, but it should be quite usable, with peak torque arriving at just 1,700 rpm. Ford is also targeting 30 mpg on the highway with the diesel. It's also launching an engine line name called EcoBlue, similar to EcoBoost for the turbo gas engines. This also seems to indicate that we'll see additional diesel cars from Ford in the near future.

2019 Toyota Tacoma Trd Pro Gets A Snorkel

2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro gets a snorkel

The last teaser Toyota released of its updated TRD Pro line showed all three trucks, but they were way off in the distance so we couldn't see much. The teaser shown above rectifies the distance issue by zooming in on the 2019 Toyota Tacoma. Much of it is obscured by dust, but we can see at least one particularly unique addition: an intake snorkel.

For those who might not know, an intake snorkel can provide a couple of possible benefits for an off-road vehicle. They can help prevent the intake from pulling in water when driving through streams and rivers. They can also, as American Expedition Vehicles advertises with some of its snorkels, help reduce the amount of dust pulled into the intake by getting air from higher up. But regardless of the exact purpose of Toyota's snorkel, the point is that it's a useful addition for those who do a lot of off-road driving. It's also yet to be seen whether this snorkel will be standard equipment or an optional accessory.

2019 Infiniti Qx50 Vs. Compact Luxury Suv Rivals: How They Compare

2019 Infiniti QX50 vs. compact luxury SUV rivals: How they compare

With apologies to the EX35, or whatever it was eventually renamed, Infiniti has been without a proper, competitive entry in the compact luxury SUV segment. You know, the segment that's growing faster in sales and entries than any other? To say the 2019 Infiniti QX50 is long awaited would therefore be an understatement.

At first glance and drive, the new QX50 would indeed seem to be wildly more competitive than its predecessor, which come to think of it, was eventually called the QX50 as well. This one is based on an all-new front-wheel-drive platform, and although it lacks the inherent verve of the old, rear-drive- and 370Z-based one, the resulting increase in cabin space should be a welcome tradeoff. In fact, as you'll see below, the QX50 has gone from one of the smallest compact SUVs to the most spacious.

2019 Infiniti Qx50 First Drive Review | A High-tech Engine Flies Under The Radar

2019 Infiniti QX50 First Drive Review | A high-tech engine flies under the radarEven as manufacturers rush headlong into electrification and autonomous driving, revolutionary internal-combustion engine technologies are still being developed. Consider the Mazda Skyactiv-X Spark Controlled Combustion Ignition process, for example. But Infiniti's VC-Turbo four-cylinder engine, which makes its debut in the 2019 QX50, is truly a work of engineering fortitude. The engine realizes the long-held ambition among engine manufacturers to create a way to alter the compression ratio on the fly, a boon to both power and fuel efficiency. It's a brilliant bit of science that's, unfortunately, still in search of the right car.

Spied: 2019 Toyota Rav4 Seen In Southern California

Spied: 2019 Toyota RAV4 seen in Southern California

The Toyota RAV4 compact crossover is expected to get a brand-new look pretty soon, possibly as a 2019 model. This won't be a simple refresh; the next generation of the compact CUV is likely to be based on the automaker's latest TGNA platform. This modular architecture underpins the latest Toyota Camry and Prius and will serve as the base for most of Toyota's passenger cars moving forward.

Although it's difficult to see much underneath the thick black plastic camouflage, it appears the 2019 Toyota RAV4 will eschew the car-like look of the current model, replacing it with something decidedly more rugged and truck-like in appearance. We expect the RAV4 to get styling cues based on the FT-AC Concept that debuted at the 2017 LA Auto Show.

2019 Lexus Ls Launches In The U.s. Priced Cheaper Than Old Model

2019 Lexus LS Launches In The U.S. Priced Cheaper Than Old Model

Lexus is launching the new LS luxury sedan in the US market with an entry price that’s actually cheaper than its predecessor.

The new Lexus LS starts from $75,995, including a $995 destination and handling fee, making it $3,820 cheaper than the outgoing long-wheelbase model. The hybrid LS 500h has a starting price of $80,505.

2019 Toyota Avalon Edges Closer To Lexus, Adds Apple Carplay Too

2019 Toyota Avalon Edges Closer To Lexus, Adds Apple CarPlay Too

While crossovers and SUVs are dominating the market, Toyota isn't ready to put its traditional saloons to rest, with the brand unveiling the fifth generation Avalon at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

Underpinned by the TNGA architecture, the large Toyota sedan is now longer, wider, and lower than before, at 196in (4,978mm) long, 72.8in (1,849mm) wide, 56.5in (1,435mm) tall, with a 113in (2,870mm) long wheelbase.

2019 Toyota Avalon Revealed | Bigger, Sleeker And Loads More Tech

2019 Toyota Avalon revealed | Bigger, sleeker and loads more tech

The 2019 Toyota Avalon revealed here at the Detroit Auto Show deserves to be called "flagship." Not only does it move forward this longtime benchmark of the full-size sedan segment, it also showcases a number of firsts for the Toyota brand as a whole.

Let's get to those firsts first. Standard is the Entune 3.0 Plus infotainment system currently available on the 2018 Camry, which includes a 9-inch capacitive touchscreen, a variety of smartphone connection apps and a Scout GPS navigation app. However, the Avalon goes further with standard Apple CarPlay, making it the first Toyota or Lexus to be available with this increasingly ubiquitous feature. It's about freaking time, but you'll note that Android Auto is still absent.