News summary: Toyota Corolla GR, GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate and more

Plus, Toronto’s trams do not play well with Tesla’s newly introduced semi-autonomous technology, says Elon

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Welcome to our summary of the biggest news on Driving.ca from the past week. Be caught up and ready to continue with the weekend, because it is difficult to keep up with a digital traffic jam.

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Here’s what you missed when you were away.

Toyota Corolla GR falls with 300 horsepower and manual transmission

2023 Toyota GR Corolla
2023 Toyota GR Corolla Photo by Toyota

The family wonder that is the Corolla has returned, blessed by the hands and senses of Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division. Featuring a turbocharged inline three-cylinder engine picked up from the Yaris, the new Japanese hot hatch will tip 300 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque into a four-wheel drive system with torque control via a six-speed manual transmission. You can browse the entire image gallery here, but the Corolla GR’s visual highlights include a “forged” carbon fiber roof, a rear spoiler, a triple exhaust setting and ducts for both engine and brakes. North American prices for the new Corolla GR have not yet been given, but the car goes for around 40,000 dollars in Europe.

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Tesla’s Full-Self Drive Beta system is hindered by Toronto’s trams, Musk claims

2021 Tesla Model 3
2021 Tesla Model 3 Photo by Graeme Fletcher

It was an interesting week for some Tesla drivers in Canada as the groundbreaking EV brand rolled out its Full-Self Driving (FSD) Beta in a select number of vehicles across the country. Updated to the vehicles belonging to drivers with scores of 98, 99 or 100 in the Tesla Safety Score app, the program made it possible for drivers to test the semi-autonomous potential of their cars, but not everywhere. In downtown Toronto, for example, were users showed an “unavailable” message when trying to activate FSD Beta. When asked why on Twitter, Tesla founder Elon Musk pointed to one of the city’s permanent forms of transit, the tram, as a car blocker. “Trams in Toronto are not yet handled well by FSD,” Musk tweeted.

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GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate spy with very little camouflage

Spy image of secretly tested GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate
Spy image of secretly tested GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate Photo by Spiedbilde

GMC Yukon Denali (2023 or 2024, we are not sure) was seen out on the town in Motor City with what appears to be a hot new set of threads. Just like the 2022 Sierra Denali Ultimate, the upcoming SUV’s top details will boast large alloy wheels with a multi-spoke design and a polished finish. If one concludes that there are more changes from the placement of the pieces of the camo cover, it seems that Denali Ultimate will also get chrome veneers with darker elements to assert its position as the best offer. We also predict that GM can fit it with GM’s Super Cruise or Ultra Cruise system. More details and many more pictures here.

Stellantis announces new “Hurricane” ICE with 500 hp

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Standard Output Hurricane straight six double turbo from Stellantis
Standard Output Hurricane straight six double turbo from Stellantis Photo by Stellantis

The winds of change on Stellantis have blown down a new 3.0-liter, inline six-cylinder turbo engine called the “Hurricane”. The new ICE, which comes standard with 400 horses and a high-power version with 100 more, is built of a cast aluminum block with a deep skirt that Stellantis calls the “lightest casting block possible” and will probably find a home within a number of Ram, Dodge and Jeep SUVs and trucks. Like power vehicles in performance vehicles such as the Nissan GT-R and Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the new engine uses a Plasma Transfer Wire Arc Spray Bore coating to improve durability, reduce weight and increase performance, but it is far from its only performance. -improving design function. According to Micky Bly, Head of Stellantis Propulsion Systems, “This is the best in-line engine [they] do.”

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The Trudeau government’s climate plan wants 1 in 5 new cars to be electric cars by 2026

Like many carmakers, Canada has linked an ambitious environmental target by 2030, promising to meet its 40% emission reduction target by then. To that end, Justin Trudeau’s government has announced its desire to carry out a mandate that 20 percent of all new light vehicles released for sale by 2026 are from zero emissions. Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says the Fed has earmarked about $ 9.1 billion in funding to help Canada achieve its goals, including that 100 percent of new light vehicles for sale will have zero emissions by 2035. And because all of these electric cars will be needed somewhere to charge, the National Infrastructure Bank plans to release another half billion on charging infrastructure, which will almost be equivalent to an additional $ 400 million government infusion to go to build charging stations.

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