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An English review of the brand-new Li Auto L9 SUV, new Chevrolet Colorado, and last laps for a 4-time F1 World Champion.

An English review of the brand-new Li Auto L9 SUV, new Chevrolet Colorado, and last laps for a 4-time F1 World Champion.

“Being a racing driver has never been my sole identity. I very much believe in identity by who we are and how we treat others.”

Sebastian Vettel, as he announces his retirement from Formula 1 at the end of the 2022 season • BUT, silver lining: you can now follow him on Instagram on his new account, @vettelofficial.

Speaking now as a diehard Vettel fan: Seb, you will be missed. 💚

• autocar: “Vettel to retire from F1 after 15-year career :: Four-time world champion cited his family as one of the central reasons behind his decision”

Don’t miss this. Will at ChinaDriven has published an exclusive drive review of the Li Auto L9, a China-made hybrid (super?) SUV that’s been benchmarked against the BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS.

Haven’t heard of Li Auto? The company founder also founded Autohome, China’s largest automotive website, car buying site, and owner’s forum.

A publisher of sorts releasing a car?! Damn, I guess I’ll have something else to aspire to…

This SUV, with key systems developed in-house, looks seriously impressive.

English drive review at Car News China: “1100km EREV Destined to be a Bestseller in China”; Autohome China homepage

There’s an all-new Chevrolet Colorado for 2023, that (on paper) looks to be a formidable competitor to the popular Toyota Tacoma and the other midsize trucks, Ford Ranger, Nissan Titan, and whichever others available elsewhere that I’m casually omitting.

GM has launched it with four cylinder engines throughout the lineup—Work Truck to ZR2—and kitted them out with a stylish (on screen) interior. Crew cab only. Read the full release via Chevrolet, where it gets into way more detail than I will.

Want to know the % increase in crankshaft stiffness? Go here 👉 chevrolet

2.7L Turbo Variants – GM-supplied chart

output variant



max towing


2.7L Turbo



3,500 lbs.

Standard: WT & LT

2.7L Turbo Plus



7,700 lbs.

Standard: Z71 & Trail Boss

Available: WT & LT

2.7L Turbo High-Output



7,700 lbs.

Standard: ZR2

↪️ estimated launch specifications for the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado

reader question: Would you test drive a first generation SUV from a new brand, and how would you judge its performance on the day?