News Roundup: Ram 1500 REV, Subaru Crosstrek, BMW X5, More

This week, we finally see the real Ram electric pickup, plus a 20th Anniversary Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Subaru has a new Crosstrek, Google Maps is better for EVs, and BMW is refreshing the X5 and X6 with new infotainment and engines.

By Evan Williams Wheels.ca

Feb 13, 2023 3 min. read

Article was updated 7 months ago

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Ram 1500 REV EV pick up makes official debut

Ram introduced its first electric pickup during the big game yesterday evening. The Ram 1500 REV (for Ram Electric Vehicle) isn't something close to the fancy Revolution concept we had hoped for, instead, it's something that probably makes a lot more sense. The 1500 Rev looks like a standard Ram 1500 with a new enclosed nose (which will likely hold a frunk). It's the same route Ford took with the F-150 Lightning, and it has been working out well for that brand. Ram has also opened up opportunities to pre-order the truck using a new Rev Insider+ paid membership. No word yet on power or range, but expect the pickup to offer plenty of the former.

Maps update

Google Maps

Google has announced updates to its Maps app that are aimed at making life easier for electric vehicle owners. Users will now be able to add charge stops and Maps will suggest the best stop based on a number of factors. Google Maps also adds a "very fast" charger filter so users can separate 50 kW Level 3 charge stations from the much quicker 150 kW and higher L3 charge stations. Lastly, search results for stores and other destinations will now show if there is on-site charging.

Rubicon turns 20

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 20th

Jeep is celebrating 20 years since a dedicated group of engineers convinced the product planners that an even more capable Wrangler would be a great idea. Say hello to the 20th Anniversary Jeep Wrangler Rubicon models. Jeep will offer the 20 AE Rubicon in 4xe and 392 versions, and they will be made in a limited run. Extra features include a special grille, steel bumpers, half-inch suspension lift, and a host of badges and interior trim changes. Bigger tires and other capability-increasing Mopar accessories will be part of the package. The 20th Anniversary package will add $10,995 to the price of a 4xe PHEV and $12,995 to a 392.

Dark Horse details

Mustang Dark Horse

Ford showed more of the upcoming Mustang Dark Horse trim level. The special track-ready Mustang will also have some extra-cool cosmetic changes including a special available colour-shifting Blue Ember Metallic paint colour. Inside the Dark Horse is loaded with more blue including an anodized blue gearshift, Indigo Blue wheel and seat stitching, and a blue lever for the "electronic drift brake." Get the Dark Horse Appearance Package and get even more blue including Recaro performance seats with blue bolsters and deep Indigo Blue seatbelts.

BMW X5 and X6 updated for 2024

BMW X5 updates

BMW is giving the X5 and X6 crossovers a refresh for 2024 that will give them new cabins and some new engines. X5 and X6 models with the xDrive40i driveline get a new 3.0L inline six with 48v mild hybrid that makes 375 hp, a big upgrade over last year. The eight-cylinder M60i trims have a new V8 and 48V mild hybrid tech and make 523 hp (the same as last year). Aside from mild exterior cosmetic upgrades, the X5 and X6 get new interior screens and the latest version of BMW's infotainment system that has quicker response and better voice control. Pricing starts from $86,000.

New Crosstrek, no more manual

New Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru has revealed an all-new Crosstrek. The compact off-road hatch gets a stiffer chassis, styling that's not far off of the previous model, and Subaru's latest EyeSight driver assistance suite. Up-level models will get Subaru's 11.6-inch infotainment screen while lower-spec cars get a dual 7.0-inch system, like the Impreza. The powerplants are unchanged, with a 2.0L 152 hp flat-four and a 182 hp 2.5L flat-four offered. The manual gearbox appears to be gone for 2024, but Subaru says it has enhanced the CVT for smoother and quieter performance. Active torque vectoring is standard to improve handling and control on dry and slippery roads.




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