2021 Tesla Model Y Adds Cheaper Standard Range Trim

Every now and then it’s good to check in on Tesla’s website because you never know what kind of news you’re going to stumble across. For example, the Tesla Model Y’s ordering page now boasts two notable updates: Pricing and details for a new more affordable rear-wheel-drive standard-range model, as well as the electric SUV’s three-row seating option. Coincidentally or not, both changes come less than a month after official reviews of the Ford Mustang Mach-E—the Model Y’s latest EV challenger—started hitting the newswire.

It appears that Tesla is trying to undercut the Mach-E’s price tag as a way of swaying buyers away from the shiny new pony. The “Standard Range” Model Y serves as the model’s base trim level and starts at $41,990. It carries an EPA-estimated range of 244 miles. That means the Model Y Standard Range is $8,000 less expensive than the all-wheel-drive Model Y Long

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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L First Look: New Architecture, Three Rows

The fifth generation of the popular Jeep Grand Cherokee has been expanded—literally—by adding a stretched seven-passenger version that debuts as the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L. With consumers champing at the bit for more SUVs (and more Jeeps), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is building on that momentum with a new addition to the lineup: a midsize-plus Jeep Grand Cherokee with three rows of seating for the first time.

This is the mystery three-row SUV that FCA has been promising in its five-year plan, and which will be built at the new $1.6 billion Detroit Assembly Complex’s Mack Avenue Plant. Production begins this quarter, and the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L will arrive in dealerships in the second quarter. Why begin the new Grand Cherokee’s rollout with the seven-passenger L model? Because 70 percent of sales in the Grand Cherokee’s vast midsize segment are three-row SUVs and Jeep wants to play in

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Mazda Confirms MX-30 EV for U.S. Sale With Rotary Range Extender

It’s official: Mazda will soon sell a rotary engine in the United States, though perhaps not in the format we were all hoping for. In an interview with The Detroit Bureau, Mazda North American Operations president Jeff Guyton confirmed the brand’s MX-30 crossover, originally bound only for Japan and Europe, will come to the U.S. as an electric vehicle with a rotary-engine range extender. “For the U.S. market,” Guyton told TDB, “the range extender would be more appropriate.”

We asked Mazda for more information, and the company confirmed: “Mazda is committed to continuing to innovate and delivering an engaging driving experience. With that in mind, we can confirm we will bring our first electric vehicle, the MX-30, to the U.S. market. The vehicle will be available as both a fully electric model and a series plug-in-hybrid, featuring a rotary engine. Additional information about availability will be released

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This 1,200-HP Zyrus Lamborghini Race Car Is Road-Legal, and It’s Nuts

Even though a certain scarlet-clad Italian sports car manufacturer grabs the headlines when it comes to racing, Lamborghini has some racing heritage of its own. In fact, Lamborghini has been competing in the upper echelons motorsport since the early 1990s. Today, Lamborghini races all over the world in FIA GT3 competitions and Lambo’s own Trofeo series with the Huracán Super Trofeo Evo (and its predecessor, the non-Evo Super Trofeo). Both cars make around 620 horsepower each, and they certainly aren’t road legal. But what if you could have one for the road?

Enter the Zyrus LP1200 Strada. This insane-looking machine comes straight out of, umm, Norway. Not exactly a mecca for motorsports fans, but don’t dwell on it too long. What Zyrus has done is take the already crazy Huracán Super Trofeo and turned the wick up to 11. Even though the car looks like an even more track-ready version

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2022 Bremach Taos SUV Comes From Russia With Love

A Russian SUV, in America, imported by a bankrupt Italian truck manufacturer, and sharing a model name with an upcoming Volkswagen crossover? This is going to take a little explaining, but first, you’re looking at the 2022 Bremach Taos, an SUV the company wants to sell in America for just under $27,000.

Under the fresh-start rebranding, the Taos is really a UAZ Patriot—something novel to us, perhaps, but old hat to the Russians. The Patriot has been on sale since 2005. It’s a simple body-on-frame SUV, with chunky styling and angular headlights that vaguely recall the contemporary Suzuki Vitara. Like the Jeep Wrangler, the Taos features solid axles front and rear—a boon for off-roading, but not the most sophisticated or comfortable arrangement for on-road duties. As you’d expect for a vehicle with old-school axles, there’s a real four-wheel-drive system with a two-speed transfer

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