The Auto Sleuth: The new Grand Cherokee, the return of the Integra name and more

Jeep announces the new five-passenger Grand Cherokee

The fifth generation of the brand’s venerable wagon arrived in 2021 with three rows of seats (called the Grand Cherokee L). For 2022, the five-passenger Grand Cherokee joins.

Besides being nearly 30 centimeters shorter than the three-row version — with a wheelbase that’s 13 centimeters shorter — the five-passenger model looks quite similar to the L. Both also get a 293-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 or an optional 357 -horsepower 5.7-liter V-8.

For 2022, there is also the 4xe plug-in hybrid model, which has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder plus an electric motor. That’s good for 470 pound-feet of torque (80 pound-feet more than the V-8). The hot rumor is that the 4xe will be the Grand Cherokee’s only powertrain option when the V-8 is retired, possibly in a couple of years.


Acura has provided this teaser image of what a new Integra – clearly a four-door model – would look like. PHOTO: ACURA

Acura signals the return of the Integra name

Honda’s premium division introduced the Integra line of sedans and coupes for 1986. The nameplate was replaced by the RSX hatchback sold from model year 2002 through 2006.

It is now known that Acura will reintroduce the Integra as a four-door hatchback and will build it using the Honda Civic platform. Rumor has it that the Civic’s available 192-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder will serve as the Integra’s base engine, while something more potent — likely a turbo 2.0-liter producing 252 horsepower — will be found in the Integra R model.

Regardless of the final powertrain lineups, the 2023 Integra is expected to debut sometime in 2022.


A spread of EV development

Some emerging automakers are breaking free from their R&D cocoons.

First up, the 2022 Rivian RT1 pickup is now rolling off the assembly line in Normal, Illinois. According to Rivian, the truck’s four electric motors (one for each wheel) produce up to 800 horsepower and can propel the RT1 to 60 mph (96 mph). km/h) from rest in three seconds. A range of 400 miles (640 kilometers) is claimed, as is a towing capacity of 11,000 pounds (5,000 kilograms) and a payload capacity of 1,760 pounds (800 kilograms).

Also bound for production is the California-built 2022 Lucid Motors Air electric luxury sedan. Depending on the model, there is a range of up to 830 kilometers and 933 horsepower. Prototype Air models are currently being tested before full production begins.

Finally, Foxconn Technology Group has purchased the facility in Ohio where Lordstown Motors’ electric Endurance pickup truck will be built. Foxconn will serve as contract assembler. No launch date has been announced.


Are the Camaro’s days numbered?

It is believed to be true, due to the sales decline of the sporty Chevy. Just 282 were sold in the third quarter of 2021, according to industry magazine Automotive News Canada. By comparison, that’s roughly the same number of Chevrolet Express vans sold during the same period, while 733 Corvettes were sold.

The rumor recently gained credence with reports from a General Motors fan news website that Camaro production will end in late 2023 with a 2024 model. The “Farewell” package is said to include special interior/exterior details, but without any special powertrain upgrades.

Along with weak sales, the Camaro’s aging rear-wheel-drive platform that once underpinned the Cadillac ATS and CTS sedans is being phased out. There are rumors that a battery-powered replacement is in the works, but nothing concrete.


Upcoming Polestar vehicles are expected to take design cues from the Precept concept, pictured.  PHOTO: POLES

Upcoming Polestar vehicles are expected to take design cues from the Precept concept, pictured. PHOTO: POLES

Polestar announces its upcoming electric car line

Following the arrival of the 2021 Polestar 2 hatchback, the Volvo-owned brand released details on three follow-on electric models, all of which will be assembled at the automaker’s plant in Ridgeville, SC

The Polestar 3, due out in 2023, is about the same size as a Volvo XC90 station wagon. The Polestar 4 four-door hatchback that follows will use the architecture of the electric Volvo C40 Recharge. The Polestar 5 will be a performance vehicle aimed directly at the Porsche Taycan. The 4 and 5 are likely to arrive in the middle of the decade and are expected to be modeled after the Polestar Precept concept.


The P500 was the prototype for the Countach in the early 1970s.  PHOTO: LAMBORGHINI

The P500 was the prototype for the Countach in the early 1970s. PHOTO: LAMBORGHINI

UP: Lamborghini makes a new old Countach

A brand fanatic with very deep pockets convinced the Italian automaker to create a replica of the mid-engine P500 prototype Countach, just as it was in 1971. The original car was damaged and sent to the scrap heap. It took Lamborghini 25,000 hours to complete the project.


The Mustang Mach-E electric vehicle is approved for police use.  PHOTO: FORD

The Mustang Mach-E electric vehicle is approved for police use. PHOTO: FORD

TOP: Mustang Mach-E Police Inceptor

Ford is developing a specially equipped version of the battery-electric pony car for police service. The basis of the Interceptor is the 480-horsepower (and 634 pound-feet of torque) version of the Mach-E, which has a range of 250 miles (400 kilometers). Already the Michigan State Police – considered the definitive testing authority for police vehicles – has declared the Mach-E fit for duty.

– written by Wheelbase Media

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