"Stellantis Spotlight" is a weekly recap of some of the major stories at Stellantis. The top stories for the week ending August 27, 2021, include Chrysler Pacifica and Jeep® Wrangler three-peat on the top 10 list for Autotrader’s Best Vehicles for Dog Lovers, Ram Truck releases offerings for the most advanced Ram ProMaster ever, Tuscadero joins the Jeep Wrangler exterior color palette for the first time and Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) pilot Matt Hagan takes his second victory of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Series season.
2021 Range Rover Velar P400e PHEV - The Engine
"The Range Rover Velar's powertrain program, however, offers a few more novelties in the 2021 vintage. For example, 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engines from the Ingenium family are making their debut under the Velar hood. The modern diesel and gasoline units shine with smooth development of their abundant power and contemporary efficiency and environmental compatibility. MHEV, the 48-volt mild hybrid technology, plays a key role in this, delivering enhanced performance with reduced emissions and fuel consumption. The new in-line six-cylinder engine, developed and produced in-house by Jaguar Land Rover, is available in the Velar as a D300 diesel variant with 221 kW (300 hp) or as a P400 gasoline engine with 294 kW (400 hp) - coupled as standard on the R-Dynamic with electronically controlled air suspension for pampering Range Rover comfort. Combined with the latest engine technology, the MHEV package ensures the desired and required balance of performance and efficiency. The mild hybrid system uses a belt-driven starter-generator to capture energy normally lost during braking or deceleration and channel it to the 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack located underneath the trunk. There, the energy is ready for later use: for example, to support the gasoline engine during acceleration or for an even smoother and faster response of the start-stop system."
Lamborghini Huracán STO finally unleashed First test-drives in Rome and at the Autodromo Piero Taruffi in Vallelunga
The Huracán STO, a road-legal super sports car developed with the know-how of Lamborghini’s Motorsport team Squadra Corse, could finally be presented where it feels home: on the racetrack. After its digital premiere in November last year, also the test drives had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Now it was time to finally put its qualities to the test both on and around the Circuit in Vallelunga, near Rome. The feedback on the Huracán STO was positive all-around. The naturally aspirated V10, the overall setup of the super sports car and the Bridgestone Potenza Race specifically developed for this car have a clear focus: absolute performance and emotions for the driver. It comes as no surprise that one year of production for the Huracán STO has already been sold out - before the opportunity to test-drive it.
The new Toyota Hilux, with numerous modifications and improvements in a myriad of elements, from the body to the engine through the chassis, equipment and infotainment technology. Thus, Hilux 2021 can now be purchased, in a pre-sale format until the first units reach the Spanish market at the end of the year or early 2021. The new Hilux, an extension of the success story of more than four decades that stars this pick-up thanks to its undeniable values of quality, durability and reliability, presents a renewed design, in which its new front panel stands out, the LED option for headlights and lamps, the new range of alloy wheels and, especially, the new Hilux INVINCIBLE version with an exclusive, powerful and robust image. Like the 2021 Land Cruiser, the new Hilux is powered by the new 150 kW / 204 hp 2.8D engine, paired with a six-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed Super ECT automatic transmission. This engine will coexist with the 110 kW / 150 hp 2.4D that Hilux has been running since 2016.