This Week In Trucks: Volume 49

2024 Polestar 2

Just three years after its introduction, the Polestar 2 hatchback slash compact crossover receives a major update freshening up the front fascia and providing more performance.

2024 Polestar 2

The former mesh grille is swapped out for a solid panel that the brand says is “signifying the shift from “breathing” through a front grille to “seeing” the road ahead reflecting the high-tech nature of Polestar vehicles.” Performance Pack variants also boast different 20-inch wheels.

Both the single and dual motor models come with new powertrains. The former is now rear-driven outputting 299 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque, and the latter makes 421 horsepower and 546 lb-ft of torque and adds the ability to disengage the forward motor during cruising speeds to save energy. Range is improved as well. Deliveries begin in the summer.

Ford Mustang Mach-E Production

Following ongoing supply chain issues hampering the manufacturing of its latest EVs, Ford has officially announced it will significantly increase production of the Mustang Mach-E in 2023.

2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Not only is this going to reduce wait times for customers, but prices in Canada are set to drop as a result of streamlining processes: formerly starting at $71,995, the revised MSRP for the Premium RWD Standard Range trim is $64,995, while the grade-topping GT Performance Edition Extended Range lowers to $92,745 from $97,495. Those who currently have a unit on order can expect an automatic adjustment of their purchase.

The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E is sold in four main trims and all feature  a drainable frunk, one-pedal drive, SYNC 4A infotainment system and more.

Audi Activesphere Concept

The fourth in Audi’s Sphere series intended to reimagine the future of the luxury segment with a focus on interior design and technology, the Activesphere is a four-door crossover coupé that turns into a pickup truck of sorts at the touch of a button.

Audi Activesphere Concept

Highlights of the cabin include lava red accenting; lounge-like seating; hidden dashboard, steering wheel and pedals during autonomous driving mode; and a full-length centre console offering ample storage space and a pop-up heated or cooled on-board bar.

The rear glass of the low-slung SUV is capable of sliding up over top of the roof, and at the same time the tailgate folds down revealing a cargo bed perfect for accommodating recreational equipment. A motorized bulkhead extends up behind the rear seats to keep the elements out. In addition, there is an extendable concealed ski rack running up the center of the vehicle.

2024 Mercedes-Benz GLE Refresh

The Mercedes-Benz GLE is undergoing a facelift for the 2024 model year, and the mid-size premium luxury SUV will emerge with a new nose highlighted by a sleeker grille, reworked air intakes, modified signature LED daytime running light elements in the headlamps and a larger simulated skidplate. An extra two exterior paint colour options are available: Sodalite Blue Metallic and MANUFAKTUR Alpine Grey Solid.

2024 Mercedes-Benz GLE 53 interior refresh

Inside, the steering wheel gains touch sensors as already seen on other products currently in the lineup, and the climate vent slats are now galvanised in real metal similar to those in the Mercedes-Maybach GLS. The MBUX infotainment system enters its second generation possessing advanced intelligent voice concierge services capable of learning.

Both a turbocharged 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre mild hybrid mills continue to be offered. Engineers have tuned the Off-Road Mode setting, allowing it to talk to the standard Parking Package’s 360-degree camera so that the central screen can display a virtual view under the front of the crossover. Called the “transparent hood,” the front wheels and their steering position are also shown, helping drivers dodge obstacles, potholes or curbs.

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