Larisa W. Gibson

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 Gets a Price Hike

  • Pricing for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 starts at $37,280 for the front-wheel-drive model.
  • That’s a $2035 increase from the 2020 model. 4Matic all-wheel drive remains a $2000 option.
  • Mercedes says the new model will arrive at dealerships within the next few months.

    The smallest Mercedes crossover gets a bigger base price for 2021. The redesigned 2021 GLA now starts at $37,280, a $2035 increase from its predecessor. That’s for the front-wheel-drive GLA250 model with a 221-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. Like before, 4Matic all-wheel drive is a $2000 option. It is still the cheapest Mercedes SUV you can buy, just undercutting the slightly larger GLB250 that starts at $39,045.

    Mercedes hasn’t yet announced pricing for the GLA250’s many option packages, but we have no doubt that fully loaded versions will go well past the $50,000 mark. Standard equipment for the GLA250 includes LED headlights and taillights, 18-inch wheels, and an MBUX

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    Lordstown Endurance Unveiled, Claiming It Will Be First EV Pickup Out

    • The new EV maker Lordstown Motors officially unveiled its first vehicle, the 600-hp Endurance pickup, at a live event today at its Ohio assembly plant.
    • Lordstown says the truck will have a towing capacity of 6000 pounds and will be priced starting at $52,500 before tax credits.
    • The trucks will be delivered to fleet customers first, in early 2021, with other customers getting it starting in late 2021.

      Lordstown Motors unveiled its Endurance light-duty electric pickup truck at the Lordstown Assembly Plant in Ohio today at a live event attended by media. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette and Vice President Mike Pence both appeared and gave political-campaign-style speeches. Lordstown showed the truck in full for the first time but didn’t provide any new information on the truck’s engineering, although the company has promised it will be groundbreaking.

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      We’d already seen teaser images of the truck, but this is our

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      Mazda Teases It Will Announce a Turbocharged Mazda 3 Hatch on July 8

      • Mazda teased a July 8 event to unveil a turbocharged Mazda 3.
      • The automaker announced the event by replying to Car and Driver on Twitter with a not-so-cryptic message “prepare for launch.”
      • The 2021 Mazda 3 will reportedly only be available with a six-speed automatic transmission.

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        Mazda is not being subtle about the prospect of the 2021 Mazda 3 hatchback getting a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine. The automaker replied to Car and Driver (and other automotive publications) with the statement “power comes to those who wait” via Twitter, adding a link to a video that plays the sound of what we anticipate is the new turbocharged version of the hot hatch.

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        Cadillac’s Lyriq Electric Luxury SUV Will Debut on August 6

        • Cadillac announces that the Lyriq, a new electric luxury SUV, will debut on August 6.
        • This will be the first fully electric vehicle from GM’s high-end automobile brand.
        • The vehicle will be the first to launch with GM’s Ultium battery architecture.

          In a teaser video, Cadillac has revealed that it will unveil the upcoming Lyric electric luxury SUV on August 6 at 7 p.m. ET. The vehicle will be the first from parent company GM to use the automaker’s new Ultium battery technology.

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          Cadillac states that in addition to seeing the show vehicle, the automaker will also share “the next chapter for the brand.” It will likely be about the move to electric vehicles and possibly include information about

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          2021 Ford F-150 Will Offer Desk-Like Surface, Sleeper Seats

          • Ford is introducing new features in the 2021 F-150 that aim to make it easier to work out of your truck and relax in the cabin.
          • The optional Interior Work Surface creates a sort of desk-like flat surface between the front seats.
          • The optional Max Recline Seats fold nearly flat to give you a comfy place for some shut-eye.

            Today’s full-size pickup trucks already offer nearly everything but the kitchen sink, and the 2021 Ford F-150 is now attempting to become even more like your home or your office. Newly optional features include a foldable shifter and center console that creates a sort of desk or table, and lay-flat front seats that create a place to rest.

            The so-called Interior Work Surface (pictured above) is an option for all trim levels of the 2021 F-150. In models equipped with bucket front seats, it’s enabled by a movable console-mounted shift lever

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            2021 Ford F-150’s New Tailgate Is Construction Site Ready

            • The 2021 Ford F-150 will offer several new functions on its tailgate to boost its usability on job sites.
            • New features on the tailgate include cleats on either side of the tailgate to tie down long items and pockets to attach clamps.
            • The cleats and clamp pockets will come on every F-150’s tailgate, but other features that are part of the tailgate’s work surface, such as pencil holders and a ruler, are optional.

              As the pickup wars have heated up in recent years, the tailgate has become the latest battleground. GMC recently began offering the innovative MultiPro tailgate on the Sierra, and Ram came out last year with its own multifunction tailgate on the 1500. Now, the 2021 Ford F-150 will offer its own tailgate whose functionality has the job site in mind.

              Every F-150 tailgate will come with cleats mounted to the sides of the tailgate. When the tailgate

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