South Korean carmaker Hyundai has issued a safety recall for the 2020 Sonata sedan and Nexo fuel-cell SUV. According to the recall notice filed with the NHTSA, both the 2020 Sonata and Nexo have minor software problems with the ‘smart park’ remote parking assistance feature. This issue may cause the vehicle to move unintentionally upon activating the Smart Parking Assist Technology.
The latest Hyundai safety recall affects nearly 12,000 units of the Sonata and Nexo. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration defines the problem as an error in the software programming of the standard Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) feature. Apparently, the software may fail to prevent the vehicle from moving upon detecting a malfunction in the RSPA.
In other words, the problem may cause the vehicle to move involuntarily upon activating the RSPA feature, thereby increasing the chances of a crash. Least to say, you don’t want this from happening as you demonstrate the smart parking assist feature to your buddies at the parking lot.
Hyundai’s new Remote Smart Parking Assist allows the Sonata and Nexo to park itself in tight spaces without driver intervention – or even without a driver behind the wheel. The system is active after pushing a button inside the car or by using the remote-operated key fob.
Hyundai will fix the problem by reprogramming the RSPA software free of charge beginning June 4, 2020. Affected owners should refer to the NHTSA website to check if their respective Sonatas and Nexos are affected by this safety recall. Thankfully, there were no prior injuries or accidents to report from this software issue. We reckon the Sonata is affected the most since the Nexo is only sold in California as of this writing.
The 2020 Hyundai Sonata is an all-new midsize sedan offering unique styling elements and a bevy of new tech. This includes a new ‘smaht pack’ system which Hyundai featured in a new Super Bowl ad earlier this year. Apparently, smart parking assist is only offered on the high-end Sonata Limited trim while the feature is standard in the Nexo fuel-cell SUV.
Hyundai is set to notify all affected owners regarding the latest safety recall. If you happen to own a new Sonata Limited or Nexo SUV, you can get in touch with Hyundai customer service to schedule a repair. The number for this Hyundai safety recall is 191.
2023 Cadillac Escalade V-Series confirmed: What we know of this Super SUV
Cadillac’s most lavish model is about to get a sports upgrade, with the 2023 Escalade V-Series marking the first time the SUV has worn the badge. While already notorious for its scale, luxury cabin, and general excess, the V-Series flavor of Escalade will add performance to that mix.
Full details of the 2023 Escalade V-Series won’t be shared until spring of this year, Cadillac has warned. These newly-released photos, meanwhile, show the pre-production form of the SUV. Still, it gives us plenty to go on, as does the trajectory of the V-Series line in general.
For Cadillac, V-Series is more than just speed
You can’t accuse Cadillac of underplaying just what a V-badged model can do. “With nearly two decades of racing-inspired prowess,” the automaker promises, “the V-Series designation is reserved for vehicles that encompass the peak of Cadillac performance, bold, distinguished design, and innovative technology.”
The route from V-Series’ founding in 2003 to today has seen a few big changes along the way. Initially intended as a way for Cadillac to compete with Mercedes-AMG and BMW’s M division, it debuted with the 2004 Cadillac CTS-V sports sedan. That managed to score a role in the original Matrix movie series, (specifically The Matrix Reloaded, released in 2003), helping secure the green-light for the second-generation V Series in 2009.
Cadillac stuck with a familiar strategy: big, high-horsepower V8 engines, paired with its Magnetic Ride Control system for a sedan that could flick from luxury cruiser to track hero at the push of a button. By the time the ATS-V arrived in 2015, however, the criteria had expanded. Smaller and more affordable than the third-generation CTS-V – which got the Corvette C7’s 6.2-liter LT4 V8 to play with – the ATS-V packed a twin-turbo V6.
Beyond that, Cadillac attempted to replicate what BMW and Mercedes had achieved, expanding “V” as a broader badge to indicate a more sporting – though not necessarily the most sporting – iteration of a regular model. It tried, and abandoned, the V-Sport trim, and has most recently settled on “V” badged models as being entry-level performance options. The CT5-V and CT4-V are the current examples of that.
Meanwhile, a new Blackwing designation flags the most extreme examples of V-Series performance. Initially referring to Cadillac’s new Blackwing engine, but since expanded, the trim has so far appeared on the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing, each produced in limited number.
What we expect from the 2023 Cadillac Escalade V-Series
For the 2023 Escalade V-Series, the expectation is an evolution in performance rather than the outright leap that Blackwing badging would indicate. The current Escalade – now in its fifth-generation – already features a V8 engine as standard. That’s 6.2-liters in size and offers 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. A 10-speed automatic is standard.
They’re not small numbers, but then again the Escalade is not a small SUV. One possibility for an upgrade is the V8 from the CT5-V Blackwing, supercharged and with upwards of 600 horsepower on tap. Cadillac would obviously need to upgrade other components such as the brakes to balance that uptick in power, though Magnetic Ride suspension is already available on the SUV in its current form.
To better distinguish the V-Series truck visually, Cadillac has given it a moody makeover. The grille switches to black mesh, and most of the chrome has been deleted in favor of gloss-black trim. The bumpers front and rear, and the side sills, have been tweaked, and of course there are vast blacked-out wheels, too.
For the inside, Cadillac is playing it even more coy. A single image previews the “V” badging on the steering wheel, though we’d expect a fair amount of carbon fiber and Alcantara to feature, based on the other V-Series cars. The Escalade already offers a huge, curved dashboard display and plenty of space across three rows, not to mention a whole host of toys to play with.
As for 2023 Escalade V-Series pricing, there too Cadillac is saving full details. The current model spirals up to over $109k for the standard-length 4WD Sport Platinum trim, and that’s before you head into the options list. A six-figure V-Series is basically guaranteed, then, as Cadillac takes on well-esteemed (and well-equipped) performance SUVs from its German rivals.
Brabus 800 Adventure XLP Superblack is taking it to the extreme
Renowned Mercedes-Benz tuning house Brabus has unleashed its latest creation based on the Mercedes-AMG G63 sport-luxury SUV. It’s the newest variant of the 800 Adventure XLP Superblack, a go-anywhere pickup truck hiding a mighty powerful V8 engine under the hood.
Images: Brabus GmbH
This Airstream eStream concept is an electric camper with an innovative twist
Thor Industries, maker of the Airstream and other popular RVs, recently unveiled the eStream electric camper concept. It’s essentially a hi-tech Airstream travel trailer with some nifty innovations hiding underneath.
Images: Thor Industries
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