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NewRiver sells retail parks to M7 for £12.3m

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 13:46
NewRiver REIT has continued its asset disposals with the sale of Mount Street Retail Park, Wrexham and Saltney Retail Park, Chester to M7 Real Estate for £12.3m.
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Aviva poaches BNP's French real estate head

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 12:46
Aviva Investors has hired Adrien Beuriot from BNP Paribas to the newly-created role of head of continental Europe asset management.
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Tristan Capital acquires £34m business estate

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 12:42
Tristan Capital Partners has acquired a Leamington Spa business estate for £34m.
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M7 brings Edgley on board

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 12:39
M7 Real Estate has appointed Tony Edgley as non-executive chairman.
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Colony reviews business following shareholder pressure

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 11:14
Real estate private equity firm Colony Capital has bowed to pressure from an activist shareholder to reorganise its $44bn (£34.2bn) business.
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NYPD calls on Google and Waze to stop sharing DUI checkpoints

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 11:00
The New York Police Department asked Google's crowd-sourced Waze navigation app to remove the ability to pinpoint where police and checkpoints for drunk driving are located. The department sent a letter to Google that said Waze's ability to show DUI checkpoints impairs the the police department's ability to keep other drivers safe. Streetsblog...
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Debenhams secures £40m lifeline

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 09:42
Beleaguered department store chain Debenhams has secured a cash injection of £40m that will give it more time to execute its turnaround plan.
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2019 Mercedes-Benz C 300 First Test: More Power—Same Luxury?

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 09:00

We have long praised the Mercedes C-Class for having one of the most luxurious interiors in its class, but a stiff ride prevented it from joining the very top players in its segment. Newly refreshed for 2019, we tested the C 300 again to see how it has changed.

Although the previous version never felt underpowered, Mercedes equips the 2.0-liter turbo-four with 14 extra horses this year. The C 300 now makes 255 hp, and torque holds steady at 273 lb-ft. Peak horsepower arrives later from 5,800-6,100 rpm instead of 5,500 rpm, while peak torque is now at 1,800-4,000 rpm instead of 1,300-4,000 rpm.

The extra horsepower contributes to a noticeable improvement in acceleration from 0—60 mph. We clocked the C 300 hitting 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, making it half a second quicker than a 2017C-Class we tested. A 2017 BMW 330i also hit the mark in 5.5 seconds, although we have yet to test the completely redesigned 2019 model. Our Mercedes tester was quicker than a 2017 Lexus IS 200t F Sport (7.0 seconds, and since renamed the IS 300) and a 2019 Genesis G70 2.0T (7.4 seconds). But it was slower than a 2017 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro (5.2 seconds).

The quick throttle response makes the C 300 feel sprightly off the line. Unlike some luxury cars, the driving mode you select makes a difference. When accelerating from a stop, you’ll notice the sharp throttle response of Sport+ mode as your head gets sucked into the headrest, and the suspension is noticeably sharper. Like the previous model, the ride is firm for a luxury cruiser, even in Comfort mode. Still, the refreshed C-Class doesn’t conjure up the same feelings of brittleness as the old version.

The updated 2019 Mercedes C 300 also made progress in the quarter-mile, with a time of 14.1 seconds at 99.9 mph, compared to 14.5 seconds at 96.1 mph with the old Benz. The new number is up there with the BMW (14.2 at 98.5) and Audi (14.0 at 98.2). And it’s markedly better than the Genesis (15.7 at 91.7 mph) and Lexus (15.4 at 89.9).

But the Benz underperformed in the figure eight, at least compared to rivals. It completed the task in 27.7 seconds at an average 0.63 g. In comparison, the BMW rounded the bends in 26.1 seconds at 0.71 g, while the Lexus performed similarly at 26.3 seconds at 0.69 g. Genesis creamed the competition with a time of 25.6 seconds at 0.69 g, while the Audi managed 26.3 seconds at 0.69 g. Even the pre-refresh C 300 performed better than the new version with a time of 25.7 seconds at 0.71 g. Although road test editor Chris Walton liked the engine and transmission, he called the non-defeatable stability control an “exercise in frustration.” Worth noting—the 2017 model we tested was a sport-trimmed car with a more aggressive wheel and tire package.

Although an adept sprinter and runner, the C 300 could benefit from a few yoga classes. Steering doesn’t feel particularly nimble at low to moderate speeds. You have to turn the steering wheel a bit more than desired to achieve a targeted movement, although the wheel can feel heavy as if to give the impression of sportiness. That said, this car’s small size permits easy three-point turns.

The Benz impressed in our Real MPG test. We recorded 24.5/40.3 mpg city/highway, up from the EPA rating of 23/34 mpg. By every measure, that’s ahead of our Real MPG numbers for the Audi (22.1/35.2 mpg) and Lexus (20.4/31.1 mpg). Its highway and combined numbers are also higher than the BMW (24.7/33.9 mpg) and Genesis (25.1/34.5 mpg), although lagging slightly behind in the city.

One thing hasn’t changed: The C 300’s interior is still the best part of the vehicle. And it’s slightly more posh than before since it features a new optional 10.3-inch center display that improves upon the old smaller screen. That said, it’s too bad the refreshed C-Class doesn’t have the new MBUX infotainment that’s standard on the much less expensive A-Class. That infotainment setup gets a new speech interface that can learn via artificial intelligence, as well as touch controls on the screen and center console. Instead of a touchscreen, the C-Class’ infotainment system responds to inputs via a rotary knob.

And unlike the A-Class that makes the instrument cluster and infotainment system look like one large display, the C-Class’ gauge cluster is separate from the main central screen. But at least the fully digital 12.3-inch instrument optional display looks sharp and has easy-to-use thumb pad controls for scrolling through the menus. Meanwhile, the center display benefits from crisp graphics, and the rear camera provides an exceptionally clear view of the surroundings, day or night.

If you’re wondering what features are standard on the C 300, highlights include dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, a five-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED headlights and taillights, and automatic emergency braking. Many stand-out goodies are optional, including 64-color ambient interior lighting, a head-up display, a Burmester surround sound system, and a driver assistance package with evasive steering assist, active lane change assist, lane keeping assist, and steering and distance assist. In all, our model rang out to $58,905, well above the $42,395 starting price. For the premium price, you receive an improved car: a powerful, fuel-efficient sedan with one of the most luxurious interiors in its class.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan BASE PRICE $42,395 PRICE AS TESTED $58,905 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan ENGINE 2.0L/255-hp/273-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION 9-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,537 lb (53/47%) WHEELBASE 111.8 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 184.5 x 71.3 x 56.3 in 0-60 MPH 5.5 sec QUARTER MILE 14.1 sec @ 99.9 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 124 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.80 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 27.7 sec @ 0.63 g (avg) REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 24.5/40.3/29.8 mpg EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 23/34/27 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 147/99 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.72 lb/mile

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2018 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE Long-Term Update 5: No Whining in Wine Country

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 09:00

My wife and I have been long-time visitors to Paso Robles wine country in California’s central coast, from as far back as when Scolari’s was the only market in town.

We love Paso’s geographic inaccessibility and cultural variation from both Los Angeles and San Francisco—the four-hour drive from either metropolis requires a bit of a commitment. And although Scolari’s has long since closed, to be replaced by Trader Joe’s as the go-to market, Paso has maintained a rustic vibe compared to the day-trippable wine regions of Santa Barbara and Napa/Sonoma.

For our Christmas holiday, traversing our route in the Range Rover Velar couldn’t have been easier; the supple suspension made quick work of L.A.’s choppy freeways as we escaped gridlock hell with a daybreak start. As we reached Thousand Oaks, while the air-recirculation function tried its best, the climate control system could not entirely prevent the still-acrid odor from the recent devastating Woolsey Fire from entering the cabin. Hitting Santa Barbara by 8 a.m., we realized we would have to dawdle to make the late-day check-in time at our VRBO.

With the drive mode set to Eco, and SiriusXMU’s Jenny Eliscu serving as our personal DJ through the Velar’s soaring Meridian sound system, the Velar’s smooth transit up Highway 101 had us feeling we could drive all the way to Canada. Climbing and descending several grades highlighted the Velar’s well-placed gear ratios in keeping the crossover under control.

The Landie proved its off-roading chops on some washed-out dirt roads while trying to find an undiscovered vineyard.

As we made a pit stop at Fisherman’s Beach north of Avila Beach, the luxuriant leather seats (both heated and cooled) relaxed our spines as we reclined and cat-napped in a sunny spot—keeping an eye open to watch the enthusiastic dogs frolic in the sand and surf.

Thus refreshed, I changed the drive mode into Dynamic, which made thrilling work of the high-speed sweepers of Highway 46 from Cambria up through Green Valley and the Black Mountain summit—the supercharged V-6 helping us claw our way up the grade.

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The Velar is sleek and fancy, a Europhile dream that flies just under the radar when parked next to the Xterras and 4Runners favored by Central California’s hikers and surfers. During our week-long roamings of the area, the Landie’s cavernous cargo area eagerly swallowed the provisions and purchases of our week-long stay, as well as several cases of Paso Robles’ finest Zinfandels.

Our far-afield VRBO had a resident red-tailed hawk that patrolled for critters in the vineyard. Every morning, it sat on a nearby power pole and spread its wings to warm them after the chilly nights that dipped toward freezing. The morning we left, as we drove away, our hawk bent its right wing crisply inward, in what an anthropomorphizing mind might interpret as a salute. Perhaps our hawk had taken a shine to the Velar.

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RBC warns on London office rents and impact of Brexit on REITs

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 08:25
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has issued a Brexit warning to the London office market, predicting rents will fall 16-18% in the next five years.
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Luscombe to become Cycas’ first chief executive

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 07:01
Former IHG heavyweight Matt Luscombe has been appointed as the chief executive of hotel management company Cycas Hospitality.
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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 00:51
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class may carry over its predecessors' trademark style, but it's what's underhood that makes it really stand out. For the first time, the CLS-Class is a hybrid (though a mild one) tuned both for performance and efficiency. The CLS is redesigned this year, with a new 48-volt hybrid system, revised styling, a beautiful and...
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Subaru Says the Crosstrek Is too Popular to Get a Turbocharged Version

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 00:45

The new Subaru Legacy may not get a wildly different design, but with a nicer interior, more technology, and an optional turbocharged engine, we have a feeling it’s destined to be a hit. But if the Legacy can get a more powerful engine option, why not other Subarus such as the Forester and Crosstrek? According to Tom Doll, Subaru North America’s president, it’s because demand for those two cars is already too high.

“You could argue, and some people do, that for the Crosstrek we should have a higher-performance engine in that car,” Doll told us in an interview at the recent Chicago Auto Show. “But on the other hand, we’re selling as many as we can get. We haven’t really hit the top with the Crosstrek yet. Same thing for the new Forester. The new Forester is a sensational car, and it’s a home run, particularly the Sport model that you see over here. We just can’t stock it. I think both of those car lines have a 20-day supply or less.”

Interestingly, Doll did leave the door open for an eventual turbo model. “In the future, if we need to hit additional volume targets or if the sales wane a little bit, as a way to try to get additional interest in the car, [we could] offer a higher-performance engine. That’s quite possible.”

So there you have it. Subaru is open to the idea of turbocharging the Crosstrek or bringing back the Forester XT. We’re just going to have to stop people from buying so many Subarus in order to make that happen.

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Planning appeal decision times could be cut by five months, review finds

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 00:01
The Planning Inspectorate could cut the time it takes to decide a planning appeal from 47 to 26 weeks, according to an independent government report published today.
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Spied! Porsche Cayenne Coupe Goes Winter Testing

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 00:00

We last spotted the Cayenne coupe in the dewy days of summer. Now, the model has cropped up once again, this time cold weather testing in Sweden.

Our spy photographers caught the fastback SUV conducting cold weather tests in the snow. Despite the chillier weather, it sheds some of its camouflage near the grille, and it also sports fancier black wheels. Notice the exhaust setup has changed. Instead of dual exhaust outlets that are silver and square, the model now features dual exhaust outlets that are round and black. So this could be a different variant than the one we saw in the summer.

There is still plenty of camouflage in the rear, and it’s clear we aren’t looking at the production taillights. For the production model, expect thinner lights connected by a light bar just like on the regular model.

As Autocar reports, the Cayenne coupe will likely forgo the base 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6. Engine choices will probably consist of the Cayenne S’ 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 440 hp, as well as the Turbo’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 with 550 hp.

With its dramatically sloped roof, this model will give buyers an alternative to a traditional SUV. It will compete against the likes of the BMW X6, Mercedes GLE Coupe, and Audi Q8. Expect it to debut sometime this year as a 2020 model.

Photo source: CarPix

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Toyota Says a New Tundra Is Coming “Soon”

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 23:15

The second-generation Toyota Tundra made a huge splash in the full-size truck market when it hit the market for 2007. Unfortunately for Toyota fans, while the competition has redesigned their trucks multiple times in the last decade, the Tundra has only received a few updates. If you’re starting to lose faith that Toyota plans to ever redesign the Tundra, don’t.

At the Chicago Auto Show last week, Jack Hollis, general manager of the Toyota brand in North America, confirmed that the Japanese automaker has no plans to completely abandon its full-size pickup. When asked by a reporter when Toyota plans to redo the Tundra, Hollis promised that would happen, “soon.”

When pressed to clarify how soon that would be, Hollis said, “I can’t give you an announcement yet today because we haven’t even finalized it. But I will tell you this. It’s important to our lineup to get to the Tundra. I’m really excited about where we’re going with that.”

Based on that followup, it sounds like we won’t hear much about Toyota’s plans for the new Tundra for the next several months. But could it be revealed at next year’s Chicago auto show? It’s possible. After all, that’s where Toyota originally revealed the 2007 Tundra 13 years ago.

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Subaru to Debut Two “E-Boxer” Electrified Vehicles in Geneva

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 21:00

Subaru may be late to the electrification game, but it looks like it’s trying to make up for lost time. The automaker will debut two electrified vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Subaru didn’t say which models will receive the e-Boxer treatment. It also didn’t reveal whether the models would be conventional or plug-in hybrids. But we know Subaru tends to make electrified versions of its existing vehicles rather than design new models from scratch.

On its European website, Subaru says, “Get ready for the all-new, all-powerful e-Boxer range.” It also teases, “Hybrid, the Subaru way.” Subaru will make the big announcement on March 5 in Geneva.

One possible candidate is the Forester. Subaru revealed an STI-inspired Forester concept at the Tokyo Auto Salon earlier this year, featuring the “e-Boxer” setup that Subaru offers in Japan. As Autocar points out, Subaru has also hinted at the possibility of a hybrid WRX STI. Of course, there’s no word whether or not the two e-Boxer models will make their way to the U.S.

Here in the U.S., Subaru now offers a plug-in version of the Crosstrek. This model features the 2.0-liter engine from the regular Crosstrek, plus two electric motors and an 8.8-kilowatt hour battery.

Source: Subaru, Autocar

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2020 Alpina B7 Gives the BMW 7 Series 600 HP

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 19:45

As we found in our first drive of the 2020 BMW 7 Series, the luxury flagship has received a number of small improvements that make it more comfortable and better to drive. But the version we drove was the ever-practical plug-in hybrid. It was still relatively quick, but it was never designed with performance as a top priority. For that, you’ll want to look at the 2020 Alpina B7.

For those who don’t already know, Alpina is more than a BMW tuning shop. Much like Ruf, the German government considers Alpina its own auto manufacturer. And quality is so high, we actually picked the Alpina over the M in a comparison test a few years ago. Over the last five and a half decades, Alpina has developed such a close relationship with BMW that the press release announcing the new B7 was sent out by BMW’s press department.

For 2020, the B7 gets a twin-turbo V-8 that’s been tuned to make 600 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. That will launch the flagship luxury sedan from 0-60 mph in a claimed 3.5 seconds. It will also sail past the 200-mph mark, topping out at 205 mph. That makes it ever so slightly quicker to 60 mph and gives it an 11 mph higher top speed versus the previous B7.

To reliably make that much power and be able to maintain such a high speed, Alpina had to upgrade the 7 Series’ cooling system, tweak the eight-speed transmission, and add a sports exhaust. It also added an air suspension and a Sport+ driving mode that lowers the ride height 0.6 inch for better aerodynamics above 140 mph. Rear-steering and a set of Michelin performance tires also improve handling. Alpina-specific bumpers add to the car’s aero improvements, as well as improving the 7 Series’ appearance.

Unlike BMW’s M cars, Alpina also places a major emphasis on ride comfort. The B7 should be more agile than the 7 Series it’s built on, but its primary focus is high-speed touring. So in addition to a Comfort+ mode, Alpina also added its own sound deadening and thicker glass for a quieter ride. Add in a long list of standard equipment and an Alpina-upgraded interior, and you have a car that’s perfect for cross-country (or cross-continental) road trips.

As you can imagine, a completely reworked, high-performance 7 Series is going to cost you. A lot. The 2020 Alpina B7 starts at $142,695 including destination, and with options, that price quickly skyrockets. But if you want that twin-turbo V-8 power and ultimate cruising comfort, deliveries will begin in the third quarter of 2019.

Source: BMW

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Toyota Supra Concept Debuts With TRD Carbon-Fiber Goodies

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 19:00

Toyota doesn’t limit its TRD badge to off-road trucks and SUVs. Toyota has spread the label to the Camry, Avalon, and just recently, the RAV4. So it’s no surprise that Toyota has cooked up some TRD goodies for the Supra.

Toyota debuted the GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD last week at Osaka Auto Messe, which specializes in customized cars. The silver exterior features carbon fiber on the front spoiler, trunk spoiler, side skirts, rear spats, and boomerang-shaped garnish on the doors. Toyota says the lightweight bits help improve aerodynamics for better performance. Topping it all off are 19-inch forged aluminum wheels painted in black.

Here in the U.S., the 2020 Toyota Supra comes standard with a 3.0-liter inline-six delivering 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. That engine comes mated exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Both the engine and transmission are supplied by BMW, but the tuning of those units is said to be unique in the Supra. The sports car arrives at dealerships in the U.S. starting this summer.

It seems as if Toyota is spreading the TRD love throughout the lineup, so it’s likely we’ll see TRD bits for the U.S.-spec Supra. Eventually, some type of hotter Supra is likely to come out as well. We could see a Supra wearing the GRMN badge, as Supra chief engineer Tetsuya Tada hinted at in a report last year, though we’ve also heard GR-derived cars sold in the U.S. would be badged as TRD models.

Source: TRD via Facebook

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Tailgate Wars: Ram vs. GMC vs. Ford and More

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 18:32

As long as pickup trucks keep dominating sales charts, automakers will continue developing new features to give their products an edge over the competition. The latest battleground? Trick tailgates. GM recently took tailgate tech to a new level with its MultiPro tailgate available on the GMC Sierra 1500 and HD. Not to be outdone, FCA just introduced its Multifunction tailgate on the 2019 Ram 1500, which can drop down like a traditional tailgate or split open like barn doors. Given these new tailgate innovations, let’s take a closer look at the options truck brands offer today.

Ram 1500

The big tailgate news from Ram is its $995 Multifunction option. The tailgate is split 60/40, and the side-hinged doors can swing out up to 88 degrees for easier access to the bed, especially when you opt for the $295 retractable center step. This is a boon for accessing the bed while a trailer hitch with a vertical tongue jack is attached. Alternatively, you can drop it like a regular tailgate, which can still support 2,000 pounds. The feature is cool, but it does add weight. Ram tells us the Multifunction tailgate weighs 75 pounds more than the standard gate, though there is damping when you drop it vertically. The side-hinged doors have detents to prevent them from swinging too far.

GMC Sierra 1500 and HD

The optional MultiPro tailgate helps set the GMC Sierra apart from its Chevy Silverado sibling. The tailgate has a hinged upper portion that can become a step when the gate is down, a small table when the gate is up, and a load stop in either position. In total, there are six different configurations. On the driver’s side of the bed is a folding handle for the tailgate step, which locks in place so you can easily pull yourself up. MultiPro is standard on 1500 Denali, SLT, and AT4 models,

Just like Ram’s Multifunction gate, the MultiPro adds weight, though not quite as much. Compared to the base tailgate, MultiPro is 51 pounds heavier on the Sierra 1500, and 20 pounds heavier on the Sierra HD. A torsional spring and damper assists with opening and closing, however.

Ford F-150 and Super Duty

Ford has offered its integrated tailgate step for years now, which means the design has had plenty of time to prove its durability. The option, offered on both the F-150 and Super Duty, includes a spring-loaded ladder step that extends from the top of the tailgate and drops down. The gate also has a vertical handle bar that telescopes out the top and folds up. The step adds 46 pounds to the tailgate, and Ford says the feature includes a lift assist feature to help compensate for the extra weight.

Honda Ridgeline

Like the F-150’s tailgate steps, the Ridgeline’s Dual-Action tailgate goes back many years and borrows the tailgate design first offered on station wagons in the 1960s. Originally offered on the first-gen Ridgeline, the current iteration includes a tailgate that can drop down normally or swing open thanks to hinges on the driver’s side. The latter method allows easier access to the In-Bed Trunk, a secret storage compartment beneath the floor of the bed. Both features come standard on the Ridgeline.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and HD

 

GM plans to keep the MultiPro tailgate exclusive to its “professional grade” brand, but Chevy at least gets a consolation prize. The 2019 Silverado 1500 and 2020 Silverado HD both offer a power tailgate that can lift and lower the tailgate at the push of a button on the key fob (or inside the truck). The tailgate is made out of aluminum to offset the weight of an electric motor and power latches. The power up/down tailgate is standard on the High Country trim of the Silverado 1500, and available on the LTZ as part of the $1,550 convenience package.

Rivian R1T: Tailgate of Tomorrow?

Although Rivian hasn’t built a single production model yet, it has a very interesting concept in the R1T electric pickup truck. In addition to a handy pass-through compartment just aft of the rear doors, the R1T features a tailgate that can open 180 degrees to allow easier access to the bed. Just like the Silverado, the tailgate can lift and lower at the push of a button. Now Rivian just has to build it.

Everyone Else

Apart from the Ridgeline, the midsize truck class doesn’t offer much in the way of tailgate tech. The same is true of a few full-size trucks, like the Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra (pictured above). Many companies offer mechanical assistance with torsion rod setups, which lower the tailgate slowly and aid in lifting. Other than that though, the average tailgate is going to be pretty basic. Check out the gallery for an idea of what you can expect, and to further illustrate how far tailgates have come.

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