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2019 Cadillac XT3

For quite some time now, Cadillac has lagged behind its competitors and has been in need of a drastic strategy to turn around its fortunes. The brand is now in a charm offensive that will see an array of new models including a compact crossover to join the already released XT5 crossover and CT6 sedan. The compact crossover is dubbed the “XT3” and will be a direct rival to BMW’s X1. Prototypes of 2019 Cadillac XT3 have already been spotted testing in Europe and here in the U.S. but under heavy camouflage.

2019 Cadillac XT3

 

2019 Cadillac XT3 Exterior

All we have as of now are heavily camouflaged images of the XT3 doing test runs in Europe and Us. However, from the camouflage, it is clear the model is an evolution of the automaker’s ‘Art and science’ design language. To a large extent, the XT3 looks like a smaller version of the XT5. At the front, the model appears to have a similar huge front grille that is flanked by sharp-pointed headlights whose LED strips stretch into the bumper.

The side profile has a wedge look as it features a 3-window design and ascending character lines just as is the case with the XT5.The rear features a flat rear window and vertical LED taillights. The model will likely have dual exhaust tips to add a sporty flavor to the fascia.

Interior

The interior is also a mystery.  I expect Cadillac to use the same design as the latest crossovers such as the bigger XT5. The model will thus likely have a V-shaped center console with a huge touch-screen. I expect the automaker to bring in the CUE infotainment system as standard on higher trims and as an option on lower trims.

Due to the sporty nature and lower roof of this model, it will likely have a constrained space, especially for rear passengers but will offer sufficient legroom and headroom for average passengers.

Cadillac will equip the model with a host of luxury features to match if not exceed those offered by rival models. Leather may be the standard upholstery material even for the base model. Higher trims will feature aluminum trim and woodgrain inserts.

Expect a 4G hotspot, wireless charging, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Smartphone integration to be offered as standard features. Higher trims will feature heated and cooled front seats, a rear camera and even a rear-seat entertainment system.

As for safety, the model will likely feature an array of autonomous features some as standard and others as options.

Engine and performance

There were rumors that the Cadillac would be the first automaker to offer RWD for this compact crossover segment but this is not to be as the model is based on the D2XX platform that only accommodates FWD although AWD is an available option on lower trims and standard on higher trims.

Cadillac is yet to reveal the engine that will power the XT3. However, according to rumors, a turbocharged 2.0 L, force-fed four-cylinder mill is likely. This mill currently powers the ATS.  The presence of an intercooler behind the model’s lower front grille also hints at the possibility of the above mill. The engine will likely be hooked up to a 9-speed automatic gearbox that is used on the GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox. On the ATS, the engine produces 272 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

 

Performance and fuel economy details will be available when the model makes a debut at an international auto show later this year.

Price and release date

It is too early for the automaker to release official prices of the XT3.  To gain a substantial market share in a market with some pretty impressive models, Cadillac will have to charge a competitive price for the XT3.  Considering top rivals all have a starting price of between $31,000 and $ 33,500, I expect the Cadillac’s starting price to fall within the same range. The 2019 Cadillac XT3 is likely to hit sales dealerships in the first half of 2018.

Competition

Cadillac has entered this compact crossover market segment rather late as the market is already very competitive with all the top luxury automakers having a model. The XT3 will sweat it out with impressive models such as the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Lexus NX and Audi Q3.

2018 Honda Ruckus review – Scooter with great specs

The one of the most appealing 2-wheelers in the motorcycles world is the 2018 Honda Ruckus. After a recent presentation of Honda Grom we expect to see the next generation of Honda scooter very soon.

 

Honda Ruckus is all about simplicity. Everyone who like driving on two wheels can afford this scooter. This scooter is fantastic with an amazing look. On another side, it delivers a superb performance. Honda Ruckus provides an exquisite design and it is perfect for rides on short distances. People easily can roam with the Honda Ruckus because it offers an excellent fuel economy. This model provides extremely low cost of maintenance, and it is very easy to use. The Honda Ruckus has an elegant, exotic look. There is no hassle with shifting because in the Ruckus it uses a Honda V-Matic automatic transmission and it is available in two different colors.

2018 Honda Ruckus scooter top speed, price, review, specs

2018 Honda Ruckus design

The design of the 2018 Honda Ruckus is unique. The appearance of this scooter is different, and it can be very easily noticeable. Honda Ruckus is perfect for the urban condition. It comes with great features. It is available in two colors: black or white and red. The seat height of the scooter is 29 inches, which is low enough and everybody can use it. The Ruckus scooter comes with fully naked styling. It has fatty-fat tires and dual headlights that make the Ruckus fascia better. The instrument and the cluster are essential. It has an analog speedometer, odometer, and indicator lights for high beams. There is no fuel gauge in the Honda Ruckus. It comes up with 1.3-gallon tank which is under the floorboards. The low-fuel light comes up with about a 0.3-gallon reserve.

Rake26.5°
Trail2.95 inches (75 mm)
Wheelbase49.8 inches
Ground clearance5.7 inches
Seat height28.9 inches
Fuel capacity1.32 gallons
Curb weight194 pounds
Available colorsBlack
White / Red

2018 Ruckus chassis

There are no body panels, which makes new Ruckus a naked scooter. This fact is a main reason that it is built on the tubed, exoskeletal frame. There is only one seat for driver only. There are no storage boxes on it, but if you want, you can close space under the seat with aftermarket panels. There is also a helmet holder that can be locked.

ChassisTwo-piece, die-cast aluminum front frame with steel upper-rear frame
Front SuspensionTelescopic, Twin – down tube fork
Rear SuspensionSingl – shock
Front travel1.93 inches
Rear travel2.56 inches
Front brakeSingle 95 mm mechanical drum
Rear brakeSingle 95mm mechanical drum
Front tire120/90-10
Rear tire120/90-10

In the new Ruckus, the suspension is great. The Front Suspension has Twin-down tube fork, and it travels up to 1.9 inches. The Rear Suspension is a Single shock, and it travels up to 2.6 inches. Both of the brakes, front and rear, are the drum. The Front Tire is 120/90-10, and the Rear tire is 130/90-10.

 

2018 Honda Ruckus scooter top speed, price, review, specs

2018 Honda Ruckus specs

The 2018 Honda Ruckus is minuscule but quite efficient. It comes up with 49cc Engine. The engine is liquid-cooled single cylinder with four-stroke. The Induction is 18mm CV carburetor with a fully automatic choke. The Ignition of Honda Ruckus is CD. The compression ratio of Honda Ruckus is 11:9:1, which is normal high for small-displacement engines.

New Honda Ruckus 2018 scooter top speed, price, review, specs

What is the top speed of the new Ruckus?

Beside engine, gearbox influences on top speed. In the new 2018 Ruckus, the transmission is Automatic V-Matic belt drive gearbox. With this drivetrain it can reach from 40 – 45 mph of top speed, depending on drivers weight. The fuel quantity is 1.3 gallons, while estimated fuel economy is around 114 miles per gallon.

Engine typeSingle – cylinder 4 – stroke liquid-cooled
Displacement49 cc
Bore x Stroke37.8 mm x 44.0 mm
Compression rate11.9 : 1
IgnitionDC – CDI (Maintenance free)
Induction18 mm CV (Constant – Velocity) carburetor w/ automatic choke
StartingElectric and kick
Valve trainOHC two-valve
Transmission typeAutomatic centrifugal V – Matic belt
Final driveBelt drive
Fuel economy114 MPG

2018 Honda Ruckus price and competition

The 2018 Honda Ruckus will cost around $2,700, which is a price that we could see years back. People can easily afford this, and while riding it, they can have lots of fun. In addition of all, there is one year warranty. Main rivals should be SSR Rowdy and Mad Dog that comes from Ice Bear factory.