Buick introduced the Enspire SUV concept at last month’s Beijing Motor Show, melding the worlds of utility, battery technology and fast, sleek design. The Enspire advances the worlds of sporty utility vehicle styling and next-gen automotive technology. The Enspire relies on a fully electric eMotion powertrain for a very sporty 550 hp, allowing it to go from stop to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 4 seconds flat. Without providing any type of battery details, Buick slaps a 370-mile (595-km) range onto its concept utility vehicle, certainly enough to quiet range anxiety in all but the most ambitious cross-country road trippers. The battery can be hooked up to a fast charger or topped off wirelessly, rising to 80 percent in about 40 minutes.

The Enspire’s “surround skyline” interior hosts plenty of technology, including 5G connectivity, an OLED infotainment display and an augmented reality head-up display. The combination of the electric powertrain and “suspended theater-type seating” opens the greater cabin up, giving it a spacious, comfortable feel, while materials like natural wood grain and microfiber suede provide a classic complement to the cutting-edge tech.

Buick capitalizes on the all-electric underpinnings, doing away with the usual front/center slatted grille. Instead, it goes with a smooth digital design and routes air through a lower grille and thin curtains. The Enspire owes its strong stance to large wheels and short overhangs, with the sloping roofline and sculpted sides helping to drive the sporty look home. The front and rear lighting signatures add to the concept’s distinctive presence.

—By C.C. Weiss, NewAtlas.com

Refreshed crossover gets more power, additional safety tech

The refreshed 2019 Hyundai Tucson made its debut at the 2018 New York auto show with more power and additional active driver assist features. The updated compact crossover now sports Hyundai’s new cascading grille flanked by reshaped headlights. The 2019 Tucson’s lower front fascia has been updated too, featuring new fog lights, and the rear features revised taillights. New 17-, 18-, and 19-inch alloy wheels will come standard depending on the trim level.

Despite this update being a mid-cycle refresh instead of a full redesign, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson’s interior got a major update. Replacing the outgoing car’s interior more horizontal layout is a floating touchscreen similar to the one found in recent Hyundai vehicles such as the Elantra GT, Kona, and Santa Fe. The more conventional instrument cluster features two analog gauges and a small display in between. Even the button layout on the center console has been changed thanks to the addition of an electronic parking brake that is standard on all models. The 2019 Tucson’s air vents have been changed and the leather seats have a new design.

All 2019 Tucsons will come standard with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane keeping assist. Available options include automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, a multi-camera Around View Monitor system, driver attention warning, wireless phone charging, a rear-seat USB port for charging, and rain-sensing wipers.

When it goes on sale this fall, the refreshed 2019 Tucson will be the fifth new or significantly revised crossover Hyundai is introducing by 2020.

—By Stefan Ogbac, MotorTrend.ca

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