News Roundup: Ram TRX Ignition, Bolt Battery Update, Bronco Raptor, More

This week in the news: The Bolt's new batteries are coming, the North American Car, Truck, and Utility Vehicle of the Year semi-finalists have been revealed, Ford goes Raptor on Bronco, and lots more.

Evan Williams By: Evan Williams September 27, 2021

A possible issue with battery packs in the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV has led to a recall and to GM recommending users not to charge above percent, run below 113 km remaining, and not to park and charge indoors as the automaker waited for a fix. General Motors reports that the LG battery plants in Michigan that build battery packs for the Bolts have solved the issue and that production has restarted. Two issues had to occur in the same cell of the battery pack to cause the battery fire, manufacturing defects GM calls a torn anode and folded separator. GM says a new manufacturing process from LG worked to “provide confidence in its batteries moving forward.” The batteries will start to become available to customers soon, and affected owners will be notified when theirs is ready.

50 jurors from across North America have voted and named 23 semi-finalists for the North American Car, Truck, and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards. Eight cars, six trucks, and nine utilities have made the cut, all new or substantially changed from last year’s event. Three finalists in each category will be revealed in November at the LA Auto Show with the three overall winners announced in January.

Nactoy Semi finalists

Infiniti has added wireless Apple CarPlay to the Q50 sedan for 2022. It has also dropped the Essential Tech grade and moved many of its features, like Bose 16-speaker audio and leather seating, down to the less expensive Luxe trim. Infiniti has also made the front USB-C port a data port, not just a charge port. Also becoming standard this year is InTouch telematics including live traffic and road closure information, remove vehicle unlocking, and more. The 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts from $44,295 in Canada, ranging to $62,295 for the Red Sport I-Line ProActive.

2022 Infiniti Q50

Volvo Cars has announced that starting with its next EV, the C40 Recharge, all fully-electric Volvo models will also be completely leather-free. Volvo says that it is making the move “driven by a concern about the negative environmental impacts of cattle farming, including deforestation,” adding that livestock is estimated to be the source of around 14 percent of human-caused greenhouse gasses. In place of leather, Volvo Cars will offer sustainable materials and bio-based sources. That includes a new Nordico interior that is a textile made from recycled material like plastic bottles. That material will debut in the brand’s next generation of models. Volvo will also offer certified responsibly sourced wool blends.


C40 Recharge Interior

Ram revealed what looks to be the most expensive new pickup ever sold in Canada, in addition to being the most powerful, quickest and fastest. The 2022 Ram TRX Ignition Edition takes the 6.2L supercharged TRX (and its 702 hp), then adds most of the factory options list to the truck. It then offers that special Ignition orange paint and black graphics as well as black wheels, panoramic roof, as well as Copperhead Orange stitching inside, carbon accents, and a matching orange Driver’s screen. It’s not clear if the sport bar in the bed is included. Just 100 of the trucks will be offered in Canada, with an MSRP starting from $125,075 plus $2,795 destination.

2022 Ram 1500 TRX

2022 Ram 1500 TRX Ignition Edition

Ford isn’t saying exactly when or what, but the automaker has officially confirmed that there will be an even beefier Bronco coming sometime in 2022. It’s the Ford Bronco Raptor, and our first look is a teaser video that shows the Bronco with a FORD-letter grille, like the one on the Raptor pickup, in place of the standard grille. Expect more power as well as more off-road capability for the SUV, which could end up aimed at the Jeep Wrangler 392.

2022 Ford Bronco