A Camaro-Powered Chevrolet Colorado V8 Almost Hit The Market

General Motors doesn’t currently offer a rival to the Ford Ranger Raptor but had things gone a little differently for Holden, a Camaro-powered Colorado would have hit the market.

Holden Special Vehicles began tinkering with the Colorado in 2017 after Holden was preparing to end Australian manufacturing. They ended up building two high-powered V8 prototypes, one that was designed for the Australian market and the other a North American-spec Colorado ZR2. The prototypes were fitted with the 6.2-liter V8s and 10-speed automatic gearboxes that HSV pulled from two Chevy Camaros used in local side-impact crash tests.

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Drive recently had the opportunity to put the Aussie-spec vehicle to the test and discovered just how close the truck came to hitting the market.

While readying the V8-powered Colorado for production, HSV received the green light for its Ranger Raptor rival to be built at GM’s factory in Thailand. In Australia, it could have been known as the ThunderCat but just a few months before production was set to begin, General Motors decided to kill off the Holden brand entirely. With that, development of the V8 Colorado stopped.

While testing the pickup, the Aussie publication set a GPS-verified 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of 5.5 seconds, roughly four-seconds quicker than a Ford Ranger Raptor to the same mark. HSV engineers also equipped this prototype with upgraded four-piston AP Racing brake calipers up front to help bring it to a stop.

2022 Jaguar E-Pace

What kind of car is the 2022 Jaguar E-Pace? What does it compare to?

The 2022 E-Pace slots in as the smaller crossover SUV in the Jaguar family, below the F-Pace. It’s a hotter-handling wagon with turbo-4 power, which makes it a natural rival for the Volvo XC40, Audi Q3, and BMW X2.

Is the 2022 Jaguar E-Pace a good car?

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It’s attractive, handles very well, and its high base price brings a wealth of standard features. We give it a TCC Rating of 6.8 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What’s new for the 2022 Jaguar E-Pace?

After last year’s thorough update, little changes with the E-Pace this year. There’s much to like in its profile and especially, its interior, after its recent restyling. The emphatic LED headlights work in concert with a trim mesh grille to translate Jaguar cues to a compact—even squatty—body that doesn’t look overly stubby. The interior trim’s upgraded to an appropriate level, and the latest infotainment interface now displays its work on an 11.4-inch touchscreen.

The turbo-4 under the E-Pace’s hood spins out 246 hp in base spec, but hang on for the 296-hp version in the 300 Sport if you can. It zaps 60-mph runs in 6.6 seconds, and comes fitted with a torque-vectoring rear end that lightens the E-Pace’s road dance, though it doesn’t cure the 9-speed automatic of its shifty low-speed behavior. That sublime handling makes the E-Pace truly fun to drive.

With seats for up to four adults and 24.2 cubic feet of cargo space for their baggage, the E-Pace carves out more room than its overall dimensions would lead us to believe. The front seats have fab fit and lots of adjustment; the back has good leg room, though head room pales under the swanky low roofline.

Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has crash-tested the E-Pace, but automatic emergency braking is standard; a head-up display, a surround-view camera system, and parking sensors become standard or available on upper trims.

How much does the 2022 Jaguar E-Pace cost?

It’s $42,850 for the standard-issue E-Pace, which offers leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, all-wheel drive, power front seats, and an 11.4-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For brilliant handling, take the 300 Sport and its 20-inch wheels, torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, and 12-speaker Meridian audio for $52,050. 

Where is the 2022 Jaguar E-Pace made?

In that winter wonderland of contract manufacturing: Graz, Austria.

2022 Honda Civic Si: First Reviews Are In, Here’s What They’re Saying

Just a month after the 2022 Honda Civic Si was unveiled, a number of journalists in the U.S. have had the opportunity to put it through its paces.

Based around the 11th-generation Civic, the new Si has been marketed by the automaker as the most fun-to-drive Si there’s ever been. That’s a bold statement considering some of the fantastic Civic Si models that have launched over the last 35 years but as it turns out, Honda might be right.

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Powering the Civic Si is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 200 hp and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque, meaning it has five fewer horses than its predecessor. While that’s a shame, Honda has fitted a 26 percent lighter flywheel, a new exhaust system, and coupled the 1.5-liter to a six-speed manual gearbox with 10 percent shorter throws. The transmission also features a rev-matching system just like the Civic Type R.

As these reviews reveal, it isn’t the engine that makes the 2022 Civic Si a much better car than its predecessor but rather the new underpinnings. It is no secret that the regular 11th-gen Civic rides on a more rigid version of the outgoing model’s platform and as such, the new Civic Si offers handling prowess far superior to the old model. The body of the new model also offers 8 percent more torsional rigidity and the suspension has been optimized with front springs that are 8 percent stiffer and rear springs that are 54 percent stiffer than the regular 2022 Civic.

All in all, the new Civic Si seems like a great sports sedan and that makes us all the more excited for the forthcoming Type R.

2022 Porsche Macan

What kind of car is the 2022 Porsche Macan? What does it compare to?

The 2022 Porsche Macan is a small crossover SUV that puts an emphasis on drivability and sporty performance. That gives it a bit less utility than some competitors, but it’s also the most fun SUV to drive in its class of luxury compact crossovers. Competitors include the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and Alfa Romeo Stelvio. 

Is the 2022 Porsche Macan a good car?

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The Macan is the premiere choice in this class for those who put a premium on performance. But this singular focus comes at a price, as it is less comfortable and gets expensive very quickly thanks to a buffet of options. We rate it a 6.8 out of 10 overall. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What’s new for the 2022 Porsche Macan?

The Macan gets a minor refresh for 2022 that includes some new styling touches, interior technology updates, and a small power bump for most models. The refresh also shuffles around the SUV’s trim levels with the Macan Turbo saying goodbye, leaving the Macan GTS at the top of the pile.

There are small tweaks to the exterior including a more prominent rear diffuser, 3D texturing on the prominent side trim pieces, and seven new wheel designs, including a standard 19-inch wheel. It remains a very sporty take on an SUV, with a hard sloping rear and body curves meant to evoke comparisons to Porsche’s sports cars. Inside, the center console has been updated with haptic buttons and a 10.9-inch touchscreen.

The base Macan features a 2.0-liter turbo-4 that gets a small power bump to 261 hp for 2022, as does the Macan S which adopts the 375-hp 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 from last year’s GTS model. Not wanting to feel left out, the GTS takes the engine from last year’s Macan Turbo, an up-tuned version of the V-6 that makes 434-hp. 

A 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox is the only available transmission and all-wheel drive comes standard. Similar to last year’s model, the Macan’s balance and handling are an absolute delight. It drives superbly for any kind of vehicle, let alone an SUV. 

This being a Porsche, prepare to pay extra for any kind of cosmetic customizations, interior features, or safety technology (including automatic forward emergency braking). Heated front seats, auto dimming mirrors, and keyless entry are standard. 

How much does the 2022 Porsche Macan cost?

The base model starts at $56,250 (including destination charges) and the Macan S at $66,750. The new top of the Macan lineup, the GTS, starts at $81,250.

Where is the Porsche Macan made?

In Leipzig, Germany.

Let’s See Just How Rugged The Ford Maverick Hybrid Is

The Ford Maverick may be a small truck but this review confirms that it is surprisingly rugged and more capable than one may expect.

Eager to see what the new Maverick is made of, The Fast Lane Truck got the keys to a hybrid variant and headed out onto a trail keen to load it up with logs, testing out its hauling capacity and also seeing how its front-wheel drive system performs when the going gets tough.

The publication’s first test was to construct a temporary wooden cage that would hold the logs in place. Once that was done, it went out into the wilderness and immediately headed to a steep section of track covered in gravel that had a 25 degree slope. Surprisingly, the Maverick Hybrid was able to get up the hill despite only being front-wheel drive.

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As the journey continues dozens of logs are loaded into the bed of the Maverick. The logs were so heavy that the Maverick’s rear suspension dropped by about 3-inches, radically reducing its ground clearance. However, not even that was enough to stop the small pickup truck.

Another feature of the Maverick that was tested is its reversing system. You see, as this variant was the hybrid, it doesn’t actually have a reverse gear but rather uses the electric motor to reverse. Despite this, the electric motor offers more than enough grunt to help the Maverick reverse up a steep hill even when the bed is loaded with logs.

2022 GMC Yukon

What kind of vehicle is the 2022 GMC Yukon? What does it compare to?

With the Yukon, GMC has a full-size SUV in two different lengths: long and longer. With seating for up to nine people and a luxe Denali edition, the Yukon rivals SUVs like the Lincoln Navigator, Ford Expedition, and the related Chevy Tahoe/Suburban and Cadillac Escalade.

What’s new for the 2022 GMC Yukon?

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This year GMC makes its 420-hp V-8 an option on the AT4 edition, and updates infotainment firmware to a new Google platform.

Is the 2022 GMC Yukon a good car?

It’s powerful, plush, exceptionally spacious, and rides very well, but safety scores aren’t complete. We give the Yukon a TCC Rating of 6.7 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

The Yukon looks ready to tackle remote terrain, just as the name implies. It’s blessed with chalk-snapped lines, C-clamp lighting, and a proud and massive grille that looks ready to try out for an SEC school’s secondary. Bluff and tall, the Yukon goes subtle and soft inside, with big digital displays, a handsomely shaped dash, and a tony Denali edition with wood and leather that’s downplayed to the right level.

GMC fits a 355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 in most Yukons, but makes a 277-hp turbodiesel and a 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 available. The base engine’s strong for acceleration and for exhaust bark, and connects with the 10-speed automatic for smart gear changes. Four-wheel drive and an available electronic limited-slip differential manage power down to the wheels, which range from 18 inches to 22 inches. Keep it simple for the better value, but we’re impressed with the mechanically complex and utterly capable adaptive dampers and air springs on the priciest Yukons; they help knit its mechanical gear together for a comforting ride, well-tuned steering, and seamless power, though fuel economy still registers a sad-face emoji.

With up to nine seats and enough cargo space for an apartment’s worth of flat-pack furniture, the Yukon has excellent seat comfort in front and second-row captain’s chairs, with lots of head and leg room and available leather upholstery, heating, and cooling. Even in row three, tall adults will fit; just ignore the cracking-knee noises, thanks.

Crash-test scores from the NHTSA raise concerns, but the IIHS hasn’t checked in yet. All Yukons come with automatic emergency braking, while GMC also offers adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, and a host of camera views that come in handy when towing.

How much does the 2022 GMC Yukon cost? 

It’s $53,745 for the standard Yukon SLE, with its power features, 18-inch wheels, cloth interior, and 10.2-inch touchscreen with Google infotainment interface and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For $5,700 more, we like the Yukon XL SLT with its 20-inch wheels, leather upholstery, wireless smartphone charging, 9-speaker Bose audio, and cooled and heated front seats. Still, it’d be hard to pass up the $70,095 Yukon Denali, with its wood trim, multi-camera safety systems, and air spring/adaptive damping suspension.

Where is the GMC Yukon made?

In Arlington, Texas.