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The next Lin­coln Nav­i­ga­tor will comes with a ride ser­vice: On oc­ca­sion, The Sleuth likes to en­joy a night on the town. When that hap­pens, he ei­ther sticks to soda wa­ter, or en­joys a cold one and then leaves his ve­hi­cle parked overnight. But, if The Sleuth owned a 2018 Lin­coln Nav­i­ga­tor, he would sim­ply or­der a chauf­feur by phone/text for a spe­cific de­par­ture time to the party and then back home. It’s all part of Lin­coln’s go-the-ex­tra-mile plan to lure cus­tomers to its show­rooms. As far as The Spy Guy knows, not even Rolls-Royce, Bent­ley or other high-roller au­tomak­ers go that far. Mind you, buy­ers of th­ese up­per­crust cars likely have a chauf­feur in their em­ploy al­ready.

Tesla is get­ting into the truck­ing busi­ness:

Many pun­dits, in­clud­ing The Sleuth, were be­gin­ning to won­der if Elon Musk’s elec­tric­car com­pany would sur­vive in an era of cut­throat com­pe­ti­tion and lit­tle ap­par­ent con­sumer or gov­ern­ment ur­gency for lean, green au­tos. The Trench­coated One now sees things dif­fer­ently. The small and af­ford­able Tesla Model 3 pas­sen­ger car, with a mas­sive wait­ing list of buy­ers, will be­gin rolling out of Tesla’s Cal­i­for­nia plant in July, fol­lowed by — says Musk — a pickup truck two years later. Tesla is also de­vel­op­ing an elec­tri­cally pow­ered trac­tor truck for com­mer­cial ap­pli­ca­tions, which is some­thing Mercedes-Benz and other small start-up au­tomak­ers are al­ready work­ing on. Com­bined with Tesla’s SpaceX and So­lar City bat­tery op­er­a­tions, it’s lit­tle won­der the com­pany’s share prices keep go­ing up.

A Jeep Hell­cat? Yes, it’s real: A su­per Grand Chero­kee’s ar­rival has been ru­mored for some time and it was fi­nally shown at the re­cent New York In­ter­na­tional Auto Show. The Jeep Grand Chero­kee Track­hawk uses the same su­per­charged 6.2-litre V-8 en­gine and eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion as the Dodge Chal­lenger/ Charger Hell­cat. That means Track­hawk buy­ers will have 707 horse­power and 650 pound-feet of torque un­der­foot. Along with stu­pe­fy­ing grunt, the Track­hawk gets Jeep’s QuadraTrac four-wheel-drive sys­tem that has been beefed up for per­for­mance duty. Jeep claims the Track­hawk ac­cel­er­ates to 60 mph (96 kmh) from rest in 3.5 sec­onds, cov­ers the quar­ter-mile in 11.6 sec­onds at a ter­mi­nal ve­loc­ity of 116 mph (185 km-h), and reaches a 180-mph (290 km-h) top speed. There’s no word yet on pric­ing, but it won’t be cheap.

Mercedes-Benz gives its next new

model an “A”: The Sleuth won­ders if the re­cently re­vealed Con­cept A Sedan will ul­ti­mately sell along­side the low-slung Mercedes-Benz CLA-class sedan that launched for the 2013 model year, or even re­place it. CLA sales have soft­ened over the past year, pos­si­bly due to crit­i­cisms about its lack of pas­sen­ger space and a less than thrilling driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The A-class will em­ploy the same front-wheel-drive plat­form as the CLA, but will spawn a va­ri­ety of other body styles, in­clud­ing a hatch­back, coupe and tall wagon sim­i­lar to the GLA. If Mercedes-Benz has learned any­thing, it’s than con­ser­va­tively styled mod­els tend to out­sell other de­signs by a wide mar­gin.

MERCEDES-BENZ

The Sleuth won­ders if the Con­cept A Sedan will ar­rive as a re­place­ment for the CLA.

TESLA

What comes af­ter the Model 3, pic­tured? A light-duty pickup, ac­cord­ing to Elon Musk.

LIN­COLN

Own a new Lin­coln Nav­i­ga­tor and in­stead of driv­ing it, you can call for a ride from a chauf­feur.

JEEP

The Jeep Grand Chero­kee Track­hawk was shown at the New York In­ter­na­tional Auto Show.

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