Audi’s laser high beam headlights finally make it to the U.S., Hyundai’s new Tucson Night Edition and the first U.S.-made Subaru Impreza rolls off the line. It’s all in this week’s Auto News in :60!
Audi Laser Beam Headlights Arrive Stateside
Score one for advanced headlight technology. Audi’s laser high beam headlights are finally coming to America after getting the green light from U.S. regulators.
The high beams supplement LEDs. But they’re more energy efficient and offer better range. The first U.S. Audi produced laser headlight system will debut on an exclusive 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus model later this month. (By exclusive we mean only 25 of them will be built.) But that’s ok. It’s all about clearing the way for them to appear in other models later.
The R8’s full LED headlights will be supplemented by a laser high beam module in each headlight. Here’s how Audi describes it:
Each headlight contains one laser module that operates with four high intensity laser diodes. Each module bundles these diodes into a blue laser beam with a wavelength of 450 nanometers. A phosphor converter then transforms the blue laser beam into a very bright and pure white light. The R8 exclusive edition is also the first Audi vehicle to couple the laser light with dynamic front turn signals.
Laser headlight technology has been held up a bit stateside due to old U.S. headlight laws. BMW was actually the first to get its Laserlight system approved on the i8. The lighting intensity is ten times greater than conventional light sources such as halogen, xenon or LEDs.
Hyundai Tucson Night Edition
A new limited-edition Hyundai Tuscon Night model is on the way in late 2016.
It adds a special package the the Sport model to give the Tucson a black monotone look. The exterior features exclusive 19-inch black-finish alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof with a dark, tinted glass for a blackout look and gloss black side mirror caps. Inside the cabin features aluminum-alloy sport pedals, a perforated leather steering wheel and front and rear LED maplights.
The Night model is available exclusively in Coliseum Gray, Caribbean Blue, Dazzling White and Black Noir Pearl exterior paint colors. Pricing info available closer to its on-sale date.
First U.S.-built Subaru Impreza
Subaru is now building the Impreza in the U.S. for the first time. The first U.S.-built Impreza recently rolled off the assembly line in Indiana. The sedan used to be built in Japan.
The 2017 Impreza is also making news for another reason. It’s the first Subaru built on the automaker’s new global platform. It’s designed to improve safety, comfort and driving dynamics among other things. The new Impreza is also equipped with new driver assist technology, multimedia features along with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
The new Impreza will be available in base, Premium, Sport and Limited trim lines starting in late 2016.