Weekly News Roundup: New Lexus LX, Forte Refreshed, Pink Jeeps, More
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Kia has updated the Forte and Forte5 compact sedan and hatch for 2022 with a facelift as well as new available safety tech. While the cosmetic changes are slight, Forte buyers will see lane following assist, nav-based adaptive cruise, safe exit warning, and highway driving assist all added to the list with blind spot collision avoidance, forward collision assist, and rear cross traffic collision assist all upgraded for the new year. Higher-spec models will also get a new 10.25-inch widescreen infotainment display. New for 2022 is GT-Line, a sedan-only version of the car that adds 17-inch wheels and GT styling accents but keeps the 2.0L engine of the lower-trim cars. Forte sedan starts from $18,295 for LX MT or $19,895 for LX AT and runs to $29,995 for GT Limited while Forte5 hatch offers the $22,695 EX, $27,995 GT, and $30,995 GT Limited. The manual transmission offered in GT models for 2021 is gone.
New Lexus LX
Lexus has announced that the fourth-generation LX full-size SUV will hit dealers starting late next month. The LX is all-new, riding on a new frame and sporting a new 3.5L twin-turbo V6 that delivers 409 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. Active height control and adaptive variable suspension are available as well as off-road systems like multi-terrain select, crawl control, and cameras that let you see the surface in front of the LX are all meant to enhance its off-road capability. Lexus Safety System + 2.5 is standard with blind spot monitor, panoramic view monitor, and parking assist part of the included features. The model will arrive with two trim levels. The 2022 Lexus LX 600 Premium is $106,950 and comes well equipped while LX 600 Luxury adds semi-Aniline leather, 25-speaker Mark Levinson audio, cool box, and more, for $127,200.
Honda has updated the Passport for 2022 with a more rugged nose as well as added standard features. The new model year also introduces the new TrailSport trim that gives it wider wheels, orange trim, and a more rugged-looking grille. The 2022 Honda Passport starts from $45,570, an increase of $1,900 from 2021. TrailSport stickers for $49,270, and Touring is $52,170.
If you want your Wrangler in pink and were sad to see it was only available south of the border, Jeep Canada has good news. Tuscadero paint will be offered in Canada on all Wrangler models. Jeep said 30,000 customers in the US picked the vibrant hue, it’s no surprise to see it added for Canada. The paint colour will have an MSRP of $395. If you want it, though, move fast, because it will only be available to order until the end of this month.
2022 Mazda CX-9
Mazda’s CX-9 will arrive at dealers this winter, starting from $40,950 with all-wheel drive on all models. The three-row SUV sees no major changes this year, after a mid-year change last May that added a new 10.25-inch infotainment system to the line and expanded availability of wireless phone charging. Mazda will continue to offer the Kuro Edition trim of the CX-9, with its Polymetal Grey or Jet Black exterior colours and Garnet Red leather seats. Top trim for the CX-9 is Signature, with an MSRP of $52,850.
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