Land Rover Defender Reportedly Will Spawn Smaller, Bigger Models

Land Rover Defender reportedly will spawn smaller, bigger models

Land Rover promoted the Defender nameplate to one of its brand pillars; the others are Discovery and Range Rover. It's planning to build a full line of models around the born-again off-roader, including smaller crossovers.

Australian website Which Car learned the British firm is in the early stages of designing an aluminum-intensive platform it will use to underpin smaller models. One will borrow styling cues from the second-generation Defender (pictured) to take on the Jeep Renegade, a move which would push Land Rover further downmarket than it's been in many years. Another will slot in the Range Rover family, below the Evoque, as an alternative to the Audi Q2 sold overseas and the Mercedes-Benz GLA. Sister company Jaguar might use the architecture, too.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport, Limited Announced With Bigger Flat-four

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport, Limited announced with bigger flat-four

Subaru will address one of the Crosstrek's biggest shortcomings by making a 2.5-liter flat-four engine available in time for the 2021 model year. It will power the range-topping Limited trim and a new Sport-badged model.

You asked, and the Japanese company is listening. Tom Doll, the CEO of Subaru's American division, told industry trade journal Automotive News that many customers have complained about the 152-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that has powered the current-generation Crosstrek since its launch. Put bluntly: It's slow. 

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus First Drive Review | Bigger Battery Adds Dimension

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus First Drive Review | Bigger battery adds dimension

SAN DIEGO — The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus is one of those "ask and you shall receive" situations. The company has lagged behind in the range discussion for too long — the redesigned 2018 Leaf has only a 150-mile range, after all. This is plenty for some people, but the competition offers more. Nissan heard the cries, and now we have the Leaf Plus. Hallelujah, right?

Picking out a Leaf Plus from a group of normal Leafs is easiest if you're looking at it from behind. Nissan added a "Plus" badge to the bottom right-hand part of the hatch under the trim designation. Then if you're a true EV sleuth, the lower front bumper lip is painted in a contrasting blue as long as you didn't opt for the dark blue paint option. This looks good on some colors, but a bit disjointed on others. Choose wisely, we'll say.

Bigger Nintendo Direct Presentation Rumored For This Month

Bigger Nintendo Direct Presentation Rumored For This Month

Nintendo has a ton of games that they have probably yet to officially announce for the Nintendo Switch, such as a new version of Super Smash Bros. As to when the game will be officially announced is anyone's guess, but it seems that there is a chance we could find out later this month.

According to a report from a couple of weeks ago (via Game Rant), Nintendo is rumored to hold a big Nintendo Direct presentation later this month. The company had previously held a mini presentation of sorts last month where they unveiled the Nintendo Labo kits for the Switch, despite the rumors suggesting that we could see new games announced.

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.

Isuzu Could Have More In Store For Under-stressed Dieselextra Oomph Persuaded Company To Keep Bigger Engine In Face-lifted Range

Isuzu could have more in store for under-stressed dieselExtra oomph persuaded company to keep bigger engine in face-lifted range

Isuzu Ute Australia has hinted at the performance potential lurking within the 3.0-litre diesel engine in the MU-X SUV and D-Max ute.

Speaking to CarAdvice, Mark Harman, PR and sponsorship manager at Isuzu Ute Australia, said the extra torque on offer in the 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, along with the potential for more performance, were key factors in the decision to ignore smaller engine options from overseas when developing the refreshed MU-X and D-Max.

Honda Hoping New Accord Will Take Bigger Bite Of Shrinking Segment

Honda Hoping New Accord Will Take Bigger Bite Of Shrinking Segment

By adding 300 new jobs in Ohio and investing a further $267 million into the production of the 2018 Accord sedan, Honda is hoping to own a larger chunk of the shrinking mid-size sedan market.

In the first nine months of 2017, the segment has shrunk by 15% compared to last year, with every model in the category experiencing fewer sales, most of them by double digit figures, reports Autonews.

Ifa 2017: Olympus Om-d E-m10 Iii Offers 4k Video, Bigger Dials And Beginner-friendly Ui Adjustments

Olympus OM-D E-M10 III offers 4K video, bigger dials and beginner-friendly UI adjustments

Olympus has announced the OM-D E-M10 Mark III, a subtle update to its entry-level OM-D body. The addition of a TruePic VIII processor brings 4K video capture at 30/25/24p, and an ergonomic update introduces bigger dials and a curved handgrip to the still-diminutive camera.

The E-M10 III continues to use its predecessor's 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor, meaning image quality is largely unchanged, though you will be able to apply a new Bleach Bypass Art Filter to your images. The E-M10 II's 81 autofocus points have been upped to 121 points, and burst shooting gets a smidgen faster: up to 8.6 fps compared to 8.5 fps.

With New Camry, Toyota Eyes Bigger Share Of Ailing Us Sedan Market

With new Camry, Toyota eyes bigger share of ailing US sedan market

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp on Monday said it was committed to the ailing U.S. sedan market and that it expected a new model of its Camry, the top-selling passenger car in the United States for decades, to help boost the company's sales in the segment. The automaker said it was "inconceivable" that mid-size sedans would disappear from the market, and that any move by its rivals to stop selling what was once among the most popular vehicles would allow Toyota to boost its presence. Cheap U.S. gasoline prices have prompted drivers to opt for larger SUVs and pick-up trucks.