When discussing American-born vehicles, here is what 2019 will bring for two of the past year’s standouts.
Proud to be American Edition
By Dennis Malcolm Byron
The auto industry continues to evolve, and regarding American-born vehicles, here is what 2019 will bring for two of the past year’s standouts.
2019 Chevy Traverse AWD Premier
Popular due to its practicality, roominess, 4G LTE WiFi, OnStar system, and comfortably fitting up to seven adults, Chevrolet’s design team added an impressive facelift to the new Traverse’s list of accolades; the custom Silver Ice Metallic body coat, 20-inch “Gloss Black” wheels with red accents, daytime running lamps, and roof rails gave the 2019 Premier edition a welcomed sporty-meets-aggressive appearance. It’s 3.6-liter, V-6 heart, nine-speed automatic transmission, plethora of safety options including an “SOS” button for emergencies, “Teen Driver” technology, eight-inch color touchscreen, dual skyscape sunroof, and numerous apps for extensive mobile device capability are just few of the numerous attractions to add to its resume. Simply put, this room crossover SUV is perfect for whatever the family demands.
Price: $48,200 (MSRP); $50,045 with all options
For more information, visit Chevy.com
Ford Mustang GT Coupe Premium
The 2018 review model of this iconic 5.0-liter V8, four-passenger muscle car was dipped in the signature head-turning Orange Fury, and accentuated with the GT Performance package including ebony black painted aluminum wheels. Add the deafening gallop of 460 horses under the hood, a user-friendly interface with voice-activated touchscreen, 12-speaker Shaker Pro audio system, a performance wing, and every sports car enthusiast’s dream—six-speed manual—and there’s virtually nothing left to be desired. The wallet-friendly starting price of $39K makes this iconic brand even more attractive. This year, look out for the return of the legendary Bullitt edition and gorgeous California Special packages becoming available once again.
Price: $39,095 (MSRP); $52,360 with all options
For more information, visit Ford.com
Keep an eye out for…
The 2019 Lincoln Continental
Last year’s prestigious Black Label review model presented one of the most spacious back seats in its class, a load of amenities to pamper passengers including massagers in all four seats, a library-quiet cabin, 3.0-liter GTDI V-6 engine, and AWD for optimal maneuverability; its highly lauded “Reserve “ trim promises to have the Technology Package coming as a standard feature in 2019. The 80th Continental edition has mouths watering with the revival of yesteryear’s center-opening coach doors as well.
The 2019 Buick Encore Essence
Subcompact crossovers were immensely popular in 2018, and Buick Encore was one of the standouts for this segment. In 2019, the Essence trim comes with a more powerful 1.4-liter turbo engine, a plethora of safety and technology features along with the standard WiFi, heated front seats, remote start, and a Bose premium sound system to name a few enhancements.