The Friday Five:The Ram Goes Electric, Ford Goes Big Screen, Kia Goes For EV Domination Edition

Beverly Braga | Oct 30, 2020

This week, we discussed consumer interest (or lack thereof) in electric and self-driving cars according to the most recent J.D. Power Mobility Confidence Index Study. We also previewed the 2022 Genesis GV20 and 2021 Jaguar E-Pace and answered some car ownership questions you might’ve been afraid to ask.

But that’s not everything that was happening in the automotive space.

Ram Confirmed: Electrified Truck Coming - Find the best Ram deals!

The world of trucks undoubtedly revolves around power. The power to tow, to carry, to go. This, of course, involves equipping the hardworking brutes with big-V engines or diesels — with and without turbochargers. Now, you can safely add electrification to the list. The EV pickup has been a marketing ploy for startups Bollinger, Lordstown, and Rivian. Yet their products are geared toward commercial use or low-volume sales.

2021 Ram 1500 Big Horn Crew Cab Silver Front View at Sunset

Perhaps that was the trigger to get Ford to finally add a hybrid and all-electric version of its sales juggernaut F-150. And Ram doesn’t seem to be far behind. According to the Detroit Free Press, Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley confirmed plans to add an electrified pickup to the Ram lineup, adding “stay tuned for a little while.”

But that’s as good as the teaser gets. Ram divulged no additional info regarding whether the future truck with be a hybrid, all-electric, or both. Or even be a Ram 1500. Nevertheless, an electrified Ram will offer consumers an electric pickup that isn’t priced in the high-rent district, like the just revealed, six-figure GMC Hummer EV.

Refreshed 2021 Audi A6 Boosts Performance, Standard Features - Find the best Audi deals!

Audi offers a few nice updates for its updated 2021 A6 midsize sedan. The entry-level A6 Sport 45 TFSI receives a 13-horsepower bump, meaning all 2.0-liter 4-cylinder variants now produce 261 hp and 273 pound-feet of torque. Also, Quattro all-wheel drive is now standard, as well as a 7-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission and progressive steering.

The exterior features the Black Optic package as standard, which includes a black grille, air intakes, mirror housings, and window trim. Walnut natural wood inlays and a black headliner are standard interior features. Comfort and connectivity are more robust thanks to standard three-zone climate control, heated power front seats, contrast-stitched leather upholstery, navigation, smartphone integration, and an updated infotainment user interface. On sale this year, the 2021 A6 base price increases, but only by $550 to $56,445 (including the $1,045 destination charge).

2021 Ford Edge Focuses on Technology Upgrades - Find the best Ford deals!

When the 2021 Ford Edge arrives in dealerships next year, a class-leading 12-inch infotainment touchscreen will be standard. It features Ford Sync 4A with navigation, cloud connectivity, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Rear seat passengers can stay connected as well, thanks to two additional USB ports.

Design-wise, the 2021 Ford Edge will offer new exterior colors, interior trims, and wheel styles, including a standard 18-inch silver-painted aluminum set for SE models and a 21-inch gloss black option for ST. Introduced last year, the ST-Line also returns, which is an ST in looks but not performance. Ford will announce pricing closer to the vehicle’s launch date.

Study: Jeep Wrangler Best at Holding Resale Value - Find the best Jeep deals!

After five years of ownership, the Jeep Wrangler depreciated the least amongst all new vehicles, not just SUVs. According to a recent study by iSeeCars.com, which analyzed more than 8 million car sales, the 4-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited depreciated by 30.9% to claim the top spot for best resale value. The 2-door Jeep Wrangler came in third with a 32.8% depreciation. Sandwiched in between was the Toyota Tacoma at 32.4%. On average, vehicles depreciate 49.1% after five years.

In a show of strength for the SUV and truck market, the lowest-depreciating vehicles under $35,000 are the Tacoma and Wrangler at spots 1 and 2. In the under $50,000 category, the Wrangler Unlimited, Toyota Tundra, and Toyota 4Runner rank first through third place, respectively. When grading SUVs only, the podium finishers are Wrangler Unlimited, Wrangler, and 4Runner.

The winners (losers?) for the highest depreciation are almost exclusively luxury models from Audi, BMW, Lincoln, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. The exception is the Nissan Leaf.

Kia Going Electric - Find the best Kia deals!

Kia has ambitious electrification goals for the next decade. According to Automotive News, new Kia Motors Corporation President Ho-sung Song announced a plan to put $25 billion into EV development, with 11 all-electric models coming by 2025 to earn 6.6% of the global EV market share.

The South Korea-based automaker also is looking to achieve half a million in EV and hybrid sales each by 2026 and see EVs comprise 25% of sales by 2029. The influx of new models would include consumer and purpose-built vehicles, the latter designed for ride-hailing services like autonomous taxis and e-commerce deliveries.

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