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SEMA News—February 2019

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Audi RS7

 

’20 Ford Explorer

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Under the hood, Audi’s ’19 RS7 Sportback is rumored to be equipped with an all-new twin-turbo 4.0L V8 gas burner. Mounted in the RS7, the engine’s peak output could come to as much as 650 hp, besting the first-generation model by a considerable margin.

Even more exciting is the rumor that the next model might go hybrid with an even faster e-tron version. Pulling technology from the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, the RS7 e-tron could pump out as much 700 hp, making for Audi’s first-ever high-performance hybrid plug-in model. Making that happen will be 150 hp from a lithium-ion battery and electric motor combo, plus 550 hp from the internal-combustion engine.

 
This is the ’20 Ford Explorer, caught testing in light camo just outside of Dearborn, Michigan.

The Explorer gets its first comprehensive redesign in nearly a decade for the ’20 model year. It will ride on the D6 platform that is flexible enough for front-, rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations. It could even go rear-wheel drive.

More likely is a more powerful Explorer ST. Just as the Edge gained an ST model for ’19, the Explorer should do the same with a 2.7L high-output EcoBoost V6, putting out at least as much power as the 335hp variant in the Edge—although a more powerful 3.5L EcoBoost may be likely. The Explorer ST will also add more aggressive styling and tuning.

’20 RAM Power Wagon

RAM

 

RAM

 

Here’s the ’20 RAM Power Wagon, completely undisguised while testing in Metro Detroit.

The Power Wagon’s hallmark is its hardcore standard equipment: locking differentials front and rear; a double-jointed front suspension with a front anti-roll bar disconnect; and a 12,000-lb. Warn winch in the front bumper. Don’t expect any significant changes here.

Exterior styling should run parallel to the RAM 1500 Rebel, but in a slightly more muscular fashion. Interior tech should come from the Uconnect 4, with an 8.4-in. screen or the optional Uconnect 4C NAV infotainment system with the 12-in. touchscreen center console display.

Expect the Power Wagon to soldier on with its 410hp, 6.4L V8 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
     

 

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