I also missed Apple CarPlay on this road trip. Although "my CarPlay" consists of a magnet that holds my iPhone steady on top of one of the air vents, I prefer to see the navigation on the 8-inch screen.

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BMW promises a quieter cabin on the refreshed model, too. This has been achieved with new shielding in the rear wheel arches, improved sound insulation near the B-pillar and other areas, and thicker glass for the windscreen, side windows, and rear window.

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To be honest, the keystone is probably another company entirely: Aurora Innovation, Byton's autonomous-tech partner. Although overshadowed by Waymo, Aurora is a first-tier player headed by Chris Urmson, from autonomous hotbed Carnegie Mellon, who became Chief Technology Officer of Alphabet's self-driving program; Sterling Anderson, MIT robotics Ph.D.

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As part of a larger restructuring plan, GM said it had no product to allocate to a handful of plants, including Hamtramck, and the fate of the facilities is subject to negotiations with the UAW.

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The Explorer offers up to seven driving modes. These include normal, sport, trail, slippery, tow/haul, and eco modes, plus all-wheel drive models with the advanced terrain management system adding a deep snow and sand mode.

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Production is ramping up now in Saltillo, Mexico, with sales beginning in the second quarter. Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect only a modest bump up from the $54,540 Ram asked in 2018.

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