Honda's soft Ridgeline gets power, Jag XF loses rotary dial | The Daily Star
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Honda's soft Ridgeline gets power, Jag XF loses rotary dial

Honda's midsize pickup truck got an update, and it looks tougher. Gone is the Ridgeline's soft, crossover-like front end of the last generation, replaced by a much more tough squire looking grille with matching front fenders. The rear end also received some touch-ups, with a beefy new bumper and exposed twin exhaust. The changes to the interior are minimal though the new infotainment system has a physical volume knob, a feature that was unexplainedly removed in the previous iteration. The drivetrain is also left untouched, meaning the car is still powered by the 3.5-litre V6 engine making a respectable 280 Hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Can someone please import one of these already?

Moving from the land of Green tea to the country that conquered half the planet for it, we have the newly refreshed Jaguar XF. Exterior remains mostly the same, though the slimmed LED headlight and new grille give the car an amused judgemental look worthy of a Jag. The interior has been given a major touch up, in the sense of a new 11.4-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. A convention gear lever replaced the rotary knob, probably to save future users thousands in repairs. The base power comes from a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder making 246 Hp with a 0-100 of 6.5 seconds. Classy.  


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