There’s a dramatically different look for the Tucson and there are two new hybrid powertrain options. PHOTO: HYUNDAI

There’s a dramatically different look for the Tucson and there are two new hybrid powertrain options. PHOTO: HYUNDAI

The Auto Sleuth: New from Hyundai, BMW and Ford for 2022

Hot off the press news from the auto world

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson details have finally been released: Scheduled for a 2021 unveiling, the automaker’s compact utility vehicle looks nothing like its predecessor and is also considerably larger.

The plethora of powertrain choices begins with a 187-horsepower, 2.5-litre, four-cylinder engine. An optional turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder delivers 180 horses.

On the hybrid front, the Tucson’s base system is a turbo 1.6-litre-four-cylinder/electric-motor combo that produces 227 net horsepower. The available plug-in hybrid system increases that output to 261 horsepower and it can also operate on electricity alone for up to 28 miles (45 kilometres).

The Tucson N performance model, which is slated to arrive soon after launch, is expected with a 275-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder.

The new iX electric vehicle is built on a new BMW platform intended to underpin other future EVs. PHOTO: BMW

The new iX electric vehicle is built on a new BMW platform intended to underpin other future EVs. PHOTO: BMW

BMW iX is the first in a new line of EVs

The automaker is adding an electric vehicle to join the similarly powered i3 hatchback.

The iX, which launches for 2022, is about the same size as the X5 utility vehicle but is built on a dedicated platform designed for a line of electric vehicles. BMW has not released the expected battery range (or pricing), but it states the iX’s two electric motors will collectively produce about 500 horsepower and propel the vehicle to 60 mph (96 km/h) from rest in about 4.5 seconds.

Using a commercial fast-charge station (found at dealerships), the water-cooled battery pack can be recharged to 80 per cent capacity from 10 per cent in less than 40 minutes.

Electric commercial vans make good sense because they can provide remote power for tools without carrying a supplemental generator. PHOTO: FORD

Electric commercial vans make good sense because they can provide remote power for tools without carrying a supplemental generator. PHOTO: FORD

Ford enters the electric-van business… for businesses

The automaker is introducing a line of eight electric commercial vehicles under the E-Transit banner.

The new models, arriving for the 2022 model year, will be available in three different lengths and heights. Both chassis cab and cutaway cab versions will allow buyers to attach custom enclosures behind the front seats.

Ford claims E-Transit’s 67-kilowatt-hour battery will provide up to 200 kilometres of range. It feeds an electric motor rated at 266 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque, which drives the rear wheels.

Recharging is expected to take 10 minutes for each 45 kilometres of range using a commercial-grade fast-charge outlet. Base E-Transit pricing is estimated at $50,000.

Mazda’s future powerplant plans revealed:

The automaker recently took the wraps off its new gasoline and turbo-diesel lineup that will arrive over the next few years (an electric system is also in the works for 2022).

An inline six-cylinder engine will be part of the next-generation Mazda6 midsize sedan, which will also become a rear-wheel-drive platform. The Sleuth is also hearing that Mazda is planning some premium models of the 6, which makes sense since Mazda has no upscale division (like Honda has Acura).

A new turbocharged four-cylinder engine combined with a 48-volt electric motor-generator is also in the works. It will also use Mazda’s Skyactiv-X compression-ignition technology that functions somewhat like a diesel engine.

A new turbo-diesel was also announced, but it’s unclear if it will be installed in Mazdas destined for North America.

The Sleuth hears that the upcoming Subaru WRX and STI sedans will be heavily influenced by the 2017 VIZIV concept. Expect horsepower to top 400.PHOTO: SUBARU

The Sleuth hears that the upcoming Subaru WRX and STI sedans will be heavily influenced by the 2017 VIZIV concept. Expect horsepower to top 400.PHOTO: SUBARU

The WRX and STI will get some concept-car influence

Subaru’s revamped Impreza-based sedans are set for release in mid- to late-2021 as 2022 models.

Both the WRX and hotter STI will be fitted with turbocharged 2.4-litre four-cylinder engines. In the WRX, that means 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque (currently 268/258). In the STI, expect at least 400 horsepower and 361 pound-feet (currently 310/290).

There’s also speculation that both vehicles will be styled after the 2017 VIZIV Performance Concept. As in previous years, the WRX is expected to come with a continuously variable transmission, while a six-speed manual gearbox will be the STI’s sole offering.

Prices are expected to begin at about $40,000 for the WRX and $50,000 for the STI.

UPS AND DOWNS

Up: Saudi Arabia is on the F1 calendar for 2021

The desert kingdom becomes the 33rd country to play host to a Formula One race in 2021. The street-course event, one of 23 scheduled F1 races, will be staged in the city of Jeddah in November. Saudi Arabia’s state-owned Aramco Oil Company will be the official sponsor.

Bruce Meyers, now 94, used the framework of the Volkswagen Beetle to create the Manx buggy. The company has been sold to another that wants to build new Manx vehicles. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN

Bruce Meyers, now 94, used the framework of the Volkswagen Beetle to create the Manx buggy. The company has been sold to another that wants to build new Manx vehicles. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN

Up: The Meyers Manx brand has been sold

The dune-buggy company founded by 94-year-old Bruce Meyers in 1964 has been purchased by the head of an investment firm that plans to launch new Manx models, including electrics, as well as more traditional versions using traditional Volkswagen Beetle engines.

– written by Wheelbase Media

If you’re interested in new or used vehicles, be sure to visit TodaysDrive.com to find your dream car today! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram

AutomotivecarsSUVsTrucks

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod, seen here on April 9, 2021 with four-year-old sister Elena and mom Vanessa, was born with limb differences. The family, including husband/dad Sean McLeod, is looking for a family puppy that also has a limb difference. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack family looking for puppy with limb difference, just like 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy McLeod born as bilateral amputee, now her family wants to find ‘companion’ puppy for her

Four members with Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans were out at Cultus Lake on March 28 and 29 hauling trash out of the waters. (Henry Wang)
PHOTOS: Out-of-town divers remove 100s of pounds of trash from Cultus Lake

Members of Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans hauled out 470 pounds of trash over two days

People stroll through rows of tulips in bloom during the Tulips of the Valley Festival on May 2, 2017. The colourful spring event, now called Chilliwack Tulips, opens on Sunday, April 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Chilliwack tulip attraction open this weekend after being closed last year due to COVID-19

More than 6.5 million bulbs in all at this year’s colourful Chilliwack Tulips event

John Koopman passed away in May 2020. The current school board is looking into restructuring the board, which means the future of the vacancy left by Koopman is uncertain. (Photo/Barry Stewart)
By-election to fill Koopman’s seat on hold

Fraser-Cascade board to consider restructuring

(Barry Stewart/Hope Standard)
Council preview for April 12

Station House discussion, resolution to repeal status under consideration

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan describe vaccine rollout at the legislature, March 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
1,262 more COVID-19 infections in B.C. Friday, 9,574 active cases

Province’s mass vaccination reaches one million people

Emergency crews on scene after a small plane crashed in a grassy area on the northeast side of Boundary Bay Airport Saturday morning (April 10). A freelancer said the plane caught fire and one person was transported to hospital by BC Emergency Health Services. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
1 taken to hospital after plane crash at Metro Vancouver airport

Plane appears to have suffered ‘significant’ damage, says freelancer

A vehicle that was driven through the wall of a parkade at Uptown Shopping Centre and into the nearby Walmart on April 9 was removed through another hole in the wall later that night. (Photo via Saanich Police Department and Ayush Kakkar)
Vehicle launched into B.C. Walmart removed following rescue of trapped workers

Crews cut new hole in parkade wall to remove vehicle safely

As of Saturday, April 10, people born in 1961 are the latest to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. (Black Press files)
B.C. residents age 60+ can now register to get their COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccine registration is now open to people born in 1961 or earlier

A new saline gargle test, made in B.C., will soon be replacing COVID-19 nasal swab tests for kids. (PHSA screenshot)
Take-home COVID-19 tests available for some B.C. students who fall ill at school

BC Children’s Hospital plans to provide 1,200 kits to Vancouver district schools this April

Ruming Jiang and his dog Chiu Chiu are doing fine following a brush with hypothermia that saw several people work together to get them out of the Fraser River near Langley’s Derby Reach Park on March 25, 2021 (Special to the Advance Times)
Man finds men who rescued him from drowning in B.C.’s Fraser River

A grateful Ruming Jiang says he will thank them again, this time in person when the pandemic ends

Winter driving conditions returned to the Coquihalla Highway on April 10. (ICBC image)
Coquihalla motorists warned of fresh snow

Five to 10 cm of snow is expected today for the mountain highway.

The 10-part Netflix series Maid, which is being exclusively shot in Greater Victoria, was filming near Prospect Lake in Saanich last month. (Photo courtesy Fred Haynes)
Province announces $150,000 towards film studio, fulfilling B.C. NDP promise

Investment to fund movie studio feasibility study at Camosun College

Tyson Ginter, 7, is proud of his latest Hot Wheels he recently received by Quesnel RCMP Const. Matt Joyce. (Photo submitted)
B.C. Mountie handing out toy cars to light up children’s faces

‘A lot of times it will be the only interaction they have with the police,’ says Const. Matt Joyce

Most Read