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Luxury Wheels For The Season

Cool weather is no problem with these luxurious wheels…
Good news! There’s still time to think about spending time outdoors before the real chill of winter arrives. The joys of spending long weekends at lodges or campgrounds are surpassed only by travelling in the lap of luxury in one of this season’s most desirable rides. From a redesigned pickup to a roomy crossover, luxurious convertible, or hybrid ready to pounce, one of these should spoil you completely.
GMC Sierra Denali
Sierra Denali is larger and sassier for 2019, dressed with 22-inch chrome alloy wheels, LED headlights, bolder mesh grille, and liberal use of chrome. Inside, there’s premium leather seating, authentic open pore wood, and dark-finish aluminum. Safety tech includes blind spot warning, pedestrian detection and forward automatic braking. Get it with a head-up display, Wi-Fi and Bose audio. Behind the flashy grille is a 460-horsepower 6.2-litre V8 engine and 10-speed transmission. Adaptive Ride Control recalibrates the suspension every two milliseconds. A cool trick is the tailgate within a tailgate that can be configured as an on-site workbench. Climb in and haul it!
Base price: $67,495
Lexus RX350 L
Longer is definitely better with the RX350 L. An additional 4.3 inches of length and steeper rear window allow a third row of seats to slip beneath the roof. Available 20-inch wheels, shimmering LED headlights, floating rear roof, and Lexus’s signature “spindle grille” dress the exterior. Interiors spoil with tri-zone climate control, Gray Sapele Wood, 825w Mark Levinson audio system, head-up display and the latest crash avoidance systems. Middle-row captain’s chairs add individuality. You can get it as a hybrid, but most will choose the 290-horsepower 3.5-litre V6, that delivers 13.1/9.4 L/100 km in fuel economy. It’s a long ride for long drives.
Base price: $66,050
Mercedes-Benz S560 Cabrio
When the air outside cools down, there’s no greater luxury than putting down the top and staying in absolute comfort. Settled inside, passengers enjoy heated/cooled front seats with massagers, swaths of lacquered wood, twin-screen infotainment and Bermester audio. The “neck scarf” blows soothing warm air. Curbside, it’s a stunningly elegant car wearing Mercedes’ sport grille, twin hood bulges from the classic Gullwing, and real Swarovski crystal headlight accents. Step into the 463-horsepower four twin-turbo V8 and adjust the Airmatic suspension from Comfort to Sport. Fuel economy rates 13.9/9.2 L/100 km. You’ll look for reasons to put the top down!
Base price: $166,600
Jaguar I-Pace
Jaguar challenges Tesla with this sleek coupe-like luxury crossover. Beneath its sexy body is a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that launches the car from 0-100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and enables a 378-kilometre driving range. Respecting the luxury of time, drivers can achieve an 80 per cent charge in just 40 minutes. It’s surprisingly capable off-road, too. Cab-forward proportions cosset a roomy cabin loaded with Jaguar’s Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, 4G Wi-Fi, adaptive cruise control and panoramic sunroof. Additional technology includes over-the-air software updates and EV navigation that chooses routes to optimize range. It’s one efficient kitty.
Base price: $86,500

CASEY WILLIAMS is a contributing writer for He contributes to the New York-based LGBT magazine Metrosource and the Chicago Tribune. He and his husband live in Indianapolis, where Williams contributes videos and reviews to, the area’s PBS/NPR station.

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