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2021 Volkswagen Arteon gets a facelift and refreshed interior

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The 2021 VW Arteon is arriving with fresh styling and a more refined interior. And there’s more good news: Volkswagen is introducing a station wagon variant of the Arteon. The bad news is, the Arteon Shooting Brake is only destined for Europe, China, and other parts of the world.

But then again, it’s good to know VW is not backing down from the onslaught of new sports sedans like the incoming Acura TLX and TLX Type S, new Nissan Maxima, and the brilliant Kia Stinger to name a few. “We still believe hatchbacks and sedans are important for that ultimate driving experience,” said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing & Strategy at VW North America in a conference call.

“Yes, we got a good lineup of SUVs, but the Arteon is the flagship and halo model of our sedan lineup, and people are buying Volkswagens for the driving experience,” added Schafer.

First off, Volkswagen is simplifying the trim models of the 2021 Arteon. Gone is the midlevel SEL trim, but the base Arteon SE remains. In return, the SE receives a plethora of new standard kit including a new dashboard and digital cockpit, VW’s latest MIB3 infotainment system with an 8.0-inch screen and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, new 18-inch wheels, a 4-door keyless entry system, and a new steering wheel and HVAC system with touch controls.

Meanwhile, the Arteon R-Line is equipped with wireless charging, new 20-inch wheels, cool ambient lighting, and an illuminated light bar on the grille. The latter is unique to the R-Line along with a larger lower air intake flanked by C-shaped air inlets on the side. On the other hand, the Arteon SE receives an updated bumper design with a chrome bar above the front spoiler.

The 2021 VW Arteon SEL Premium R-Line receives unique 20-inch wheels, a 700-watt premium Harman Kardon audio system with twelve speakers, and a host of luxury features including ventilated and massaging front seats, heated rear seats, and a 360-degree camera. All trim models of the new Arteon are blessed with upgraded interior materials to deliver a more premium vibe.

On the safety front, the new Arteon is comprehensively equipped with forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front lane assist, and emergency assist along with lane departure warning and lane-keeping assist in the Arteon SEL Premium R-Line.

All new 2021 VW Arteons are powered by a feisty 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor producing 268 horsepower. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic driving the front wheels, while AWD remains optional across the board. In Europe, the Arteon R-Line is powered by a range of gasoline and diesel motors.

The European order books are open for the 2021 VW Arteon sedan, Shooting Brake, and R-Line. Meanwhile, we’re expecting the first U.S. deliveries to arrive later in the summer. Pricing and other specs will follow soon.

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The Special Detail Hidden On The Cadillac Escalade-V

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If the V badge means anything in a Caddy, you can think of it as Popeye after devouring a can of spinach. The Escalade-V has a 6.2-liter supercharged gas-fed V8 engine derived from the hardcore CT5-V Blackwing. However, Cadillac engineers gave the mill a more substantial 2.65-liter R2650 TVS supercharger with four-lobe rotors capable of spinning to a heady 13,500 rpm. Pumping out up to 10 pounds of boost accessible with a heavy right foot, the Escalade-V offers 682 horsepower and 653 lb-ft of torque, making it the world’s most powerful full-size luxury SUV. In addition, the blown V8 churns out maximum torque from 4,400 rpm, which means you get ultimate shove without burying the go-pedal, a trait that most luxury car or SUV buyers love.

Sure, the Escalade is an opulent (albeit pricey) family SUV, but the V badge and magnificent supercharged V8 have given it a renewed vigor. According to Cadillac, the Escalade-V could sprint from zero to 60 mph in under 4.4 seconds. It could also breach the quarter-mile run in 12.74 seconds at 110 mph. For context, the Escalade-V has more power than a Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 and is faster than a RAM TRX at the dragstrip. Who says you can’t have fun in a three-row luxury SUV?

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Today’s Wordle Answer #382 – July 6, 2022 Solution And Hints

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The answer to Wordle’s July 6, 2022, edition is the word fluff. When it comes to an etymological analysis, there isn’t much meat to the puzzle here. A close predecessor is the word floow (also spelled as flue), which refers to a wooly substance. There’s a Flemish term called vluwe and a French word velu meaning hairy or shaggy that are said to be earlier variants of the word. Some say that the world fluff is an imitative modification of the word floow, which describes the act of puffing a light substance. Another theory is that fluff came out from the merger of flue and puff.

There’s also a movie that was released in 2020 by the name “Fluff,” but you haven’t likely seen it unless names like John Pallotta, Wesley Green, Brian Anthony Wilson, and Gina Martino ring a bell. Fluff sandwich is also a delicacy in the New England region; it gets its name from the light filling that is predominantly marshmallow with jelly or peanut butter, and is colloquially referred to as the fluffernutter.

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Samsung’s Foldable Phones Could Get Much Cheaper In The Near Future

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During the restructuring of its smartphone branding scheme, Samsung adopted the A letter for its mid-range phones, reserving M for entry-level devices (spoiler: the three phone families now spell S, A, M). The Galaxy A series usually has some resemblance to flagship Galaxy S phones, particularly in design, but often skimps out on other hardware components like the processor, memory, and cameras. According to an insider source (via ETnews), Samsung will be using the same tactic to bring down its foldable prices to a more agreeable level.

The report doesn’t say which corners will allegedly be cut to reach that lower price point, though it does mention only having core functions installed. If there is one thing that Samsung can’t skimp on, however, it is the durability of the foldable phone and the materials it will use. If a cheap foldable phone with an already fragile display is easily damaged, it will only serve to scare potential buyers away rather than increase confidence in the product line.

Samsung will reportedly target a price of 1 million KRW, which is roughly $770 USD and therefore considerably cheaper than even the Galaxy Z Flip 3 model’s price tag. This won’t be happening anytime soon, though, as the pieces are unlikely to fall into place until 2024 — presumably when foldable displays themselves have become less expensive to make. Samsung’s timeline might also be influenced by Apple’s foldable plans, as the Korean company will most likely want to have its brand well-established in that market before the first foldable iPhone or iPad launch.

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