The 2018 Tahoe RST is the muscle car of Chevy SUVs

Chevrolet is adding some muscle to its full-size family truck.

The Tahoe is now available with GM’s 420 hp 6.2-liter V8, which was previously reserved for SUV duty in the GMC Acadia Denali and Cadillac Escalade. The current Tahoe tops out with a 355 hp 5.3-liter V8.

It comes in a performance package offered on the sporty new Tahoe RST model, which features black trim, a body colored grille surround, and a set of eye-popping 22-inch rims. A Suburban RST is also offered with only the appearance updates.

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Along with the engine, the package brings GM’s new 10-speed automatic transmission, a sport-tuned version of its Magnetic Ride Control active suspension and a free-flowing Borla exhaust system. Chevy claims the pipes boost the amount of power that makes it to the rear wheels by as much as 10 hp and help the Tahoe RST

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2018 Ford Expedition Preview

After a longer final lap than many expected, Ford’s attention to all things SUV finally turned to the Expedition. A long-awaited redo for the spacious family hauler finally arrives this year, and the 2018 Ford Expedition gets more than a “mane and tail” makeover. The new SUV will be available in XLT, Limited, and Platinum trims in rear- or four-wheel-drive configurations. A long wheelbase Expedition will be offered and is called Expedition MAX, which is a new name for the States. Pricing hasn’t yet been announced.

For all those worried the big SUV would go soft, the boxy and upright posture should allay your fears.

The body-on-frame SUV retains its truck underpinnings and adopts the F-150’s newest top powertrain duo of a 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 and a 10-speed autobox. The combination should produce the best in class towing figures for full-size SUVs, according to Ford, but the automaker hasn’t yet announced those

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2017 Tesla Model X

After a rocky launch, the Tesla Model X SUV is seemingly on its (silent) way into many owners’ hands.

It’s too early for 2017 details—the automaker doesn’t follow traditional model years like others, and rolls out changes on the fly—but Tesla is finally building 5-seater versions of the Model X and now offers fold-flat rear seats, which was an early and frequent gripe from owners.

It’s offered in 75-, 90-, and 100-kwh battery sizes, all with all-wheel drive, and one performance model, the P100D. Ranges start at 237 miles and go up to 289 miles.

The Model X earns an 8.2 out of 10 on our overall scale with plenty of points for efficiency and features. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

Style and performance

It would always be hard for Tesla to follow up on the great looks of the Model S. (Eds note: The Model S could be coal-powered and still

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2018 Lincoln Navigator Preview

With its 2018 Navigator, Lincoln is looking to take back the large luxury SUV crown—something it held briefly when the first Navigator arrived two decades ago. 

This go-around, the Navigator is all-new, adding power and luxury while reducing its overall weight. It remains based on the Ford Expedition, which has also been rebooted for the 2018 model year, but Lincoln takes luxury seriously. Instead of just draping the interior in leather, the brand wants the entire buying experience to have an upscale feel.

At its core, the Navigator remains truck-based like the Expedition. The two share the same basic side profile, but the Lincoln differs dramatically in its styling. A tall car-esque front fascia imparts a far more dramatic look than the outgoing model with its hefty inset chrome grille that looks like it could have been plucked (and stretched) from the brand’s Continental sedan. At the rear, big tail lamps stretch

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MIT: Volkswagen Dieselgate emissions will cause 1200 (or more!) premature deaths in Europe

The ongoing Dieselgate crisis has been a major headache for Volkswagen employees, investors, vehicle owners, dealers, and diesel fans for nearly a year and a half. Though the scandal appears to be winding down–at least in the U.S.–a new study suggests that Volkswagen’s troubles could be far from over. 

The study comes from scientists at the revered Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who’ve examined the atmospheric impact of additional nitric oxides (NOx) that Volkswagen diesels have illegally emitted. They project that that excess pollution from the 2.6 million affected vehicles registered in Germany alone will result in 1,200 premature deaths–and perhaps many more, unless Volkswagen acts quickly to fix the affected cars.

Methodology

To reach that conclusion, the MIT team ran simulations that involved a complex array of data points, including the number of illegally rigged diesels registered in Germany and the distances those cars drive in a given year.

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Jaguar and Shell make credit card swiping a thing of the past

Jaguar and Shell Oil have teamed up to create a new in-car app that allows drivers to pay for fuel without ever swiping their credit card at a gas station.

Instead, drivers can tap their cars’ infotainment screens to finish the transaction using either PayPal or ApplePay.

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The system launches first on 2018 versions of the XE, XF, and F-Pace in the United Kingdom, but Jaguar says it will expand globally thereafter. Later in 2017, Jaguar will add Android Pay capability to the app as well. 

After the fuel has been paid for, a receipt shows up on the car’s infotainment screen and it sends a copy to the credit card holder’s email address.

Sure, tapping a car’s screen to pay for fuel instead of swiping a card at the gas pump

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Marion County sheriff’s sergeant cleared in officer-involved shooting

A Marion County sheriff’s sergeant who shot toward a man who injured him during a traffic stop earlier this month was justified in firing his weapon, a grand jury found Monday.

Juan Francisco Martinez 

Sgt. Jason Hickam fired toward Juan Francisco Martinez on April 7 near Woodburn, authorities said. Martinez wasn’t injured, according to the county district attorney’s office, and he was arrested later that day. 

Prosecutors announced details of the traffic stop Monday, saying Hickam and another sergeant told Martinez during the stop that his Cadillac Escalade would have to be towed because he didn’t have insurance. They said Martinez then started the engine and began driving away while Hickam’s arm was caught inside the SUV.

Hickam fired once toward the SUV before being “thrown to the ground,” prosecutors said. He was treated and released from a hospital. The other sergeant, Kevin Roberts, wasn’t injured.

The grand jury also indicted Martinez, 35, on

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Mercedes-Benz may stop selling diesels in US

In the wake of the Dieselgate crisis, selling diesels has become a dicey proposition–and not just for Volkswagen. The debate around diesels has been especially heated in the U.S., which has some of the planet’s strictest emissions regulations and where diesels have never really caught on anyway.  

Some automakers have said that they’ll keep trying to sell diesels in America after Dieselgate dies down, but Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz may be throwing in the towel for good. 

No progress

Like other manufacturers of diesel vehicles, Mercedes-Benz has been accused of illegal activity since Dieselgate began making headlines in September 2015. In April 2016, owners of Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC diesels filed suit, claiming that Mercedes had installed defeat devices of its own. 

Around the same time, the Environmental Protection Agency launched an investigation of those vehicles. Ultimately, it declined to approve any Mercedes diesels for sale in the U.S for the 2017 model year. To

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GM recalls 3.64 million Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC vehicles for airbag issue: full list

General Motors is recalling more than 3.64 million Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC vehicles registered in the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the software that controls the airbags on those vehicles may not deploy the devices during collisions.

The problem is rooted in the airbag sensing and diagnostic module, or SDM, which was supplied by Delphi. As for specifics, the short version is that the software associated with that module can prevent airbags from deploying and seatbelt pretensioners from activating during crashes. The longer version, for the curious, is that:

“The supplier of these SDMs included a diagnostic ‘oscillation test’ routine in its SDM software which can be improperly activated by pre-crash vehicle dynamics and which can, in rare circumstances, interfere with the SDM’s proper deployment of frontal airbags or pretensioners as required.”

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In other words, the SDM

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