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2022 Mini Cooper SE electric hatch receives new look

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Mini is giving its Hardtop (and Convertible) a subtle facelift for the 2022 model year, and that includes the battery-electric Cooper SE variant.

The changes include revised fascias front and rear that help to give the car a sportier look, thanks in part to the new front splitter and darkened elements like the grille surround. Buyers also have the option of a paint fade for the roof, which Mini calls the Multitone Roof. Shown here is a fade that starts with San Marino Blue at the front and flows through to Pearly Aqua before ending up with Jet Black.

2022 Mini Cooper SE

The interior of the Cooper SE has also been updated to match the changes made to the 2022 Hardtop, including the new steering wheel design, new instrument cluster with an 8.8-inch screen, heated steering wheel, expanded list of electronic driver-assist features, and Sirius Satellite Radio.

Mini is also offering a special version of the Cooper SE called the Electric Collection. It features the same exterior shown here, as well as some additional extras including matrix LED headlights, custom 17-inch wheels, black side-mirror caps, custom door sills, and leather trim for the steering wheel.

2022 Mini Cooper Hardtop

2022 Mini Cooper Hardtop

Sadly, there hasn’t been any changes to the powertrain with this update, though that’s not surprising as the Cooper SE hasn’t even been on the market for two years yet. The car’s 32.6-kilowatt-hour battery is rated by the EPA at a low 110 miles of range. The battery powers an electric motor at the front axle delivering a peak 181 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque, or enough for 0-60 mph acceleration in 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 93 mph.

EV fans seeking more performance will have to wait for Mini’s electric John Cooper Works model currently being developed. Timing for this model isn’t clear.

2022 Mini Cooper SE

2022 Mini Cooper SE

The 2022 Mini Hardtop range goes on sale later this year priced from $23,750. The electric Cooper SE is priced from $30,750. Both figures include destination.

For more on the Mini Hardtop, read the in-depth reviews at The Car Connection.

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2022 Infiniti QX60 arrives soon with 295-hp V-6, 9-speed automatic, and 6,000-pound towing capacity

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Infiniti QX60 Monograph concept

A redesigned Infiniti QX60 will arrive on the scene later this year and the first details on the mid-size crossover SUV have been revealed.

The new QX60 has been developed alongside the redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder that debuted in early February, and is also coming as a 2022 model.

So what can buyers expect? Infiniti already hinted at the design with its QX60 Monograph concept unveiled last fall, and now the Japanese automaker has said the new QX60 will arrive with a 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 295 hp. That’s a bit better than the 284 hp from the 3.5-liter V-6 in the new Pathfinder.

Infiniti QX60 Monograph concept

Infiniti QX60 Monograph concept

Infiniti QX60 Monograph concept

Infiniti also said the new QX60 will feature a 9-speed automatic from ZF as standard, meaning no more continuously variable transmission. Infiniti said the automatic has been tuned to deliver good off-the-line acceleration coupled with smooth cruising performance on the highway, thanks to a wide ratio spread of almost 10:1.

There will also be strong towing capacity. Some grades will be able to tow up to 6,000 pounds, which is 20% more than the outgoing model, or enough to comfortably tow a 22-foot Airstream trailer. Making this maximum tow rate possible will be an uprated transmission oil cooler on some grades. These grades will also come with an integrated hitch receiver, trailer-tuned stability programming, and dedicated prewiring harnesses.

The engineers have conducted extensive testing in the United States to ensure the vehicle suits our roads, and this includes long stints in temperatures of 122 degrees and above in places like California’s Death Valley, with heavy loads in tow.

Underpinning the new QX60 is an updated version of the outgoing model’s front-wheel-drive architecture. Expect front-wheel drive to be standard and all-wheel drive to be on the options list for the new model. Though it’s yet to be confirmed, a return of a hybrid option at some point is likely.

Inside, there will be three rows of seats. The layout of the dash should be similar to what we see in the latest Pathfinder, meaning we’ll likely see a 12.3-inch screen serving as the instrument cluster and a second screen, possibly bigger than the available 9.0-inch unit in the Pathfinder, serving as the infotainment hub. There will also be a drive mode selector with five settings, including a performance option.

Stay tuned for the reveal later this year.

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SCG 007 Le Mans Hypercar revealed, and she’s a beauty

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Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 007 Le Mans Hypercar race car's V-8 engine

In 1967, Ford and its GT40 took first place overall in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. No American team racing its own car has done so since, but that could change with the 2021 season of the World Endurance Championship whose highlight is the French classic.

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, based in Danbury, Connecticut, is looking to take the win and beat the world again. It will do so by competing in the 2021 WEC season as Glickenhaus Racing, in the new Le Mans Hypercar class with the 007.

After an extensive build process, the first 007 hit Italy’s Vallelunga racetrack on Thursday for its initial shakedown test, with Romain Dumas behind the wheel. Specific tests included calibration of the car’s steering, transmission and newly developed V-8. The V-8 is a bespoke 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged mill developed by France’s Pipo Moteurs.

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 007 Le Mans Hypercar race car’s V-8 engine

SCG hasn’t provided any specs but LMH rules call for a maximum 670 hp. The LMH class, like the faster LMP1 class it replaces, allows for both hybrid and non-hybrid entries. This year non-hybrid LMP1 cars will be allowed to compete and in 2022 the regulations will allow cars from IMSA’s new LMDh class as well. Balance of Performance rules will be used to equalize the playing field.

SCG had planned to go down the hybrid route but last year decided to drop this due to the weight and complexity it would add to the 007. LMH cars need to meet a minimum weight of 2,270 pounds.

SCG was the first to commit to the LMH class, though it’s not entirely on its own. The company has teamed up with Joest Racing and Sauber to help with the 007’s development and also the car’s racing campaign. And Podium Advanced Technologies was tapped to construct the 007. The Italian engineering outfit has helped multiple other teams deliver class wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans over the past decade.

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 007 Le Mans Hypercar race car

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 007 Le Mans Hypercar race car

The next stop for the 007 will be the official pre-season test, known as the Prologue, which is scheduled to take place at Portugal’s Portimao racetrack from March 30-31. The first round of the 2021 WEC season will also be at Portimao on April 4. The main event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will run June 12-13.

LMH aims to reestablish a relationship between the top race cars and road cars, in contrast to the previous LMP1 prototypes. The rules require teams to build road cars with a similar powertrain concept to the race car. SCG plans to offer a road-going version of the 007, with the company previously listing a price of about $2.1 million.

SCG will go up against Toyota and Germany’s ByKolles in the LMH class this season. Peugeot is set to join the fray most likely in 2022 and Ferrari this week said it will be there in 2023.

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Toyota begins construction of its smart city

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Toyota's Woven City

Just before the coronavirus pandemic hit, at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, Toyota announced an ambitious plan to build an entire city in Japan as a showcase for futuristic tech. Despite everything that’s happened since that announcement, Toyota is still going ahead with this scheme.

Toyota held a groundbreaking ceremony for the project, dubbed Woven City, Tuesday at a construction site adjacent to one of its former factories. The automaker didn’t give any other updates on construction, or on its efforts to recruit people to live in the city.

Woven City will be built from the ground up on 175 acres of land at the base of Japan’s iconic Mt. Fuji. At its CES 2020 press conference, Toyota said the city would allow for testing and development of autonomous vehicles, robotics, smart-home systems, and other future tech in a real-world environment.

The name Woven City comes from the use of designated streets for three types of traffic: faster vehicles, mixed usage for lower-speed personal mobility devices (such as scooters), and pedestrians, as well as pedestrian-only zones. There will also be one underground road to transport goods, according to Toyota. The name also refers to Toyota’s roots in the textile industry.

Toyota’s Woven City

Toyota previously said it would deploy working versions of its e-Palette and LQ concepts in Woven City, plus an assortment of scooters and mobility aids for the pedestrian-only areas. The e-Palette is a reconfigurable box-shaped autonomous vehicle designed for both ride-sharing and delivery services, while the LQ is a small hatchback with an AI interface and some degree of autonomous-driving capability.

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, whose team designed Google’s Mountain View headquarters, was commissioned to design the city, which will be built from sustainable materials and powered by renewable energy, including hydrogen fuel cells (a Toyota favorite) and rooftop solar panels.

Toyota also previously said homes would have robots and sensors to monitor occupants’ health, and that all buildings, vehicles, and people would be connected through a citywide network managed by AI.

Initially, Woven City will have just 360 residents, mostly older adults, families with young children and inventors. Toyota plans to eventually house more than 2,000 people, including some of its own employees, in the futuristic city.

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