SEMA News—May 2019
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Mustang HybridIs this a mule for the Mustang hybrid? According to sources familiar with the Blue Oval, it’s highly likely.
This Mustang mule was caught testing with two other Mustangs with identical camo—another GT and a Bullitt. Ford has strategically camouflaged just the A-pillar forward on this vehicle, as with earlier Ford powertrain mules (F-150 hybrid camouflaged front; F-150 diesel camouflaged bed).
The only real change that can be seen is the placement of the foglights. Around back, there are virtually no changes. If this is the Mustang hybrid, expect it to borrow the 3.3L V6 hybrid setup from the recently debuted Explorer Hybrid.
And finally, don’t expect an official on-sale date until sometime around 2022–2023.
Prototype CorvetteHere is the latest prototype of the mid-engine Corvette, with photos of the production headlights, taillights, “Batwing” and other details that we haven’t seen before.
Things get interesting out back, as we get our first look at the production-intent taillights. We also captured the dynamic turn indicator sequence, which commences inboard and progresses out toward the edge of the vehicle. This particular tester also appears to have a rather aggressive front fascia, but we believe that it’s because it’s not wearing part of the front bumper cover, but it could also just be the camo playing tricks.
Official debut expected in late 2019 or first quarter 2020.
Kia TuskerKia will soon launch a completely new model, the Kia Tusker, based on the Kia SP Concept released at Auto Expo Show in India in February 2018.
The Kia Tusker will ride on the same platform that will underpin the next-gen Hyundai Creta. This platform is capable of spawning a seven-seater. Despite that, the Tusker will be offered with only a five-seat configuration in the U.S. market.
Engine options are not yet confirmed, but a 138hp 1.4L T-GDI turbocharged gas unit is expected, along with a naturally aspirated 2.0L engine delivering 147 hp. Both engines will be offered with automatics, with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for the turbo variant and the all-new infinitely variable transmission for the 2.0L.