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Ford has announced that it will be revealing the new Ranger Raptor on February 7th in Thailand. Details about the model are very thin, but Australian outlet Motoring reports that it debuts a new 2.0L turbodiesel four-cylinder. No power figures were given, but Motoring says it should produce more power than the current top-dog in the Ranger's powertrain lineup - a 3.2L turbodiesel four-cylinder with 197 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic is said to be in the cards as well.

We're taking the information about the engine with a fair amount of salt. We do expect Ford to be making a number of changes to the Ranger Raptor's suspension to make it fiend in the desert.

Source: Motoring


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This is very interesting. Ford really is going all-in on their truck/suv lineup. Let most of their cars rot, deservingly so considering market trends, but keep their trucks and SUVs constantly updating and upgrading. 

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Very Cool, I still wish, hope that GM will do the same with their mid size and full size trucks by offering a higher off road version than the Z71 wanna be truck.

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It has some suspension changes too.  I know this because you can't get Z71 and the heavy duty towing package in the same truck because the suspension packages conflict. 

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17 hours ago, dfelt said:

Very Cool, I still wish, hope that GM will do the same with their mid size and full size trucks by offering a higher off road version than the Z71 wanna be truck.


Uhm, they already do  on the Colorado. They have the Z82.

 

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Should be cool....wonder if it will be just as much as the other raptor though..

I was hearing a while back that pricing was going to be better than the colorado-but now it sounds like it will be priced just like the f-150.....

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13 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:


Uhm, they already do  on the Colorado. They have the Z82.

 

How do you find that? I'm on their website building a Z71 and I don't see a Z82 package.. 

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10 hours ago, Frisky Dingo said:


Uhm, they already do  on the Colorado. They have the Z82.

 

Yet the ZR2 still could not compete with the Raptor or at least based on comparison, they still seem to be more of a package for marketing than an actual Baja race truck. Yes the ZR2 has a few things more than the Z71 unit, but it still is lacking what Ford did with the Raptor.

Be interesting to see what they could do above the ZR2 for a true Raptor competitor.

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15 hours ago, dfelt said:

Yet the ZR2 still could not compete with the Raptor or at least based on comparison, they still seem to be more of a package for marketing than an actual Baja race truck. Yes the ZR2 has a few things more than the Z71 unit, but it still is lacking what Ford did with the Raptor.

Be interesting to see what they could do above the ZR2 for a true Raptor competitor.

 

How do you know it's lacking compared to a vehicle that isn't even out yet?

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4 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:

 

How do you know it's lacking compared to a vehicle that isn't even out yet?

And considering this Ranger Raptor is for Australia...not even a US market vehicle.  So it's pointless to compare them until there is something like that here. 

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4 hours ago, Frisky Dingo said:

 

How do you know it's lacking compared to a vehicle that isn't even out yet?

@ccap41 @Cubical-aka-Moltar

Holiday weekend boys, so mistyping accepted when CCAP meant ZR2, not 1 and your right it should have had a noticeable bump in performance.

Yes the Ranger Raptor is not out yet, but we have the regular F150 Raptor as a measuring stick of what they need to do to a Ranger Raptor and how that might stack up against the ZR2.

As I stated, using those and making assumptions, if they do the Ranger Raptor right, it should exceed what the ZR2 is capable of the way the F150 Raptor blows the Z71 out.

All I am saying is GM needs to compete and not just equal or make a modest attempt at equalling the competition. 

Show your balls, step up and be the man or woman and make a superior off road Pickup Truck that beats everyone else.

GM you did it when you brought out the 2nd Generation Canyon/Colorado showing a clear leadership in the mid size market, You did it again with showing and bringing out the BOLT, now continue to step up and show leadership with superior other products.

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12 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

The ZR2 is a different type of truck though. It's more rock crawler than deserts racer.

I understand that point, but marketing by Ford shows the Raptor as the ultimate off road truck and that seems to stick in the minds of people. The ZR2, I have never seen referred to as a Rock Crawler let alone a badass off road truck.

I believe this comes down to the Marketing message and clear statements of what the truck can and cannot do. GM just seems to fail in that regards of proper marketing of their Z71 & ZR2 off road products IMHO.

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The ZR2 seems similar conceptually to Jeep's Trailhawk packages... I thought ZR2 sounded familiar--there was an S10 ZR2 and an S10 Blazer ZR2 over 20 years ago, vaguely remembered those.

 Kind of odd Chevy used a TLA for their trucks that is so close to the top Corvette model.   I guess 'ZR' designated top performance model (whether on-road or off-road). 

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      When it comes to audio technology, the available premium sound system is well-suited to the Santa Fe’s upscale interior. The 630-watt, 12-speaker new Infinity branded stereo system with an 11-channel amplifier features Clari-Fi technology and QuantumLogic™ Surround Sound technology. Clari–Fi works in real-time to rebuild audio details lost in digitally compressed music, while QuantumLogic™ extracts signals from the original recording and redistributes them into an authentic, multidimensional soundstage for playback that is clear, refined and full of detail. The result is a more robust and enjoyable on-road listening experience.
      Smart Speed-Dependent Volume Control provides the capability to control the gain of individual channels based upon the vehicle’s speed and the system’s volume setting. The gain will change proportionally to the vehicle’s speed to overcome associated noise masking effects of the vehicle and thereby reducing the need to adjust the volume while driving. Additionally, the volume setting will taper the gain applied as the volume setting increases. This avoids the unnatural condition of having additional gain applied when the volume output of the system is so high that it exceeds any of the vehicle generated road noise.
      BLUE LINK® Connected Car System
      Santa Fe Blue Link-equipped models include three years of complimentary Blue Link services, with enhanced safety, diagnostic, remote and voice guidance services. Blue Link brings connectivity directly into the car with technologies like Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link features can be accessed via buttons on the rearview mirror, the MyHyundai.com web portal, the MyHyundai with Blue Link smartphone app, the Amazon® Alexa Blue Link skill and the Blue Link Google Assistant app. Some features can also be controlled via Android Wear™ and Apple Watch™ smartwatch apps. The latest release of the Blue Link smartphone app includes:
      Widgets for easy access to remote features Ability to send Point-of-Interest data to vehicle navigation system (if so equipped) Access to Blue Link notification settings Heads-Up Display (HUD)    
      Taking inspiration from aircraft technology, an available Heads-Up Display (HUD) projects an 8.5-inch virtual image onto the windshield, enabling the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road using a system of mirrors combined with a TFT LCD display. The system features adjustable brightness to ensure both excellent daytime and nighttime visibility. Driving information such as speed, Smart Cruise Control status, navigation, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, speed limit, Lane Departure Warning and audio system data is projected at a perceived virtual distance approximately seven feet ahead of the driver for maximum legibility while driving.

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    • By William Maley
      Hyundai has finally released more details on the next-generation 2019 Santa Fe crossover. Like the current-generation Santa Fe, Hyundai will offer two variants. The standard Santa Fe will offer seating for up to five people, while a larger Santa Fe XL will likely carry up to seven.
      Hyundai is making the new Santa Fe look more SUV-like than crossover. It features a boxy shape with muscular lines. Overall length measures out to 187.8 inches, up 2.8-inches over the Santa Fe Sport. The interior looks quite handsome with an updated dash design, optional leather upholstery, a large screen for the instrument cluster, and a seven-inch infotainment system.
      Three engines will be on offer for the Santa Fe, including a 2.2L turbodiesel.
      2.4L four-cylinder: 185 horsepower
      Turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder: 232 horsepower
      Turbodiesel 2.2L four-cylinder: 200 horsepower, 320 pound-feet of torque.
      All engines will come paired with an eight-speed automatic, and the choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Interestingly, the turbodiesel will have three-row seating - though we would hate to put anyone back there.
      There will be a wide range of active safety features available on the Santa Fe including blind-spot monitoring, high beam assist, adaptive cruise control, a backup camera, rear seat alert, and safe exit assist.
      The 2019 Santa Fe will arrive at Hyundai dealers this summer.
      Source: Hyundai
      Press Release is on Page 2
      Hyundai Celebrates World Debut of the All-New 2019 Santa Fe
      Bolder design language for Hyundai’s best-selling SUV in the United States New safety, comfort and convenience technologies Increased visibility, cabin and storage space Introduces diesel engine option Santa Fe Sport name dropped SEOUL, Feb. 21, 2018 – Hyundai Motor today celebrated the world premiere of the fourth-generation Santa Fe at its Motorstudio Goyang. As the best-selling SUV in the brand’s 32-year history in America—with sales of more than 1.5 million units—the Santa Fe represents Hyundai’s strong SUV heritage and continues its success story. Going on sale in the U.S. in the summer of 2018, the fourth generation 2019 model builds on this success using its family-oriented interior, loaded with practical cutting edge technologies and bold exterior looks.
      The third and fourth of eight new or re-engineered crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) Hyundai is debuting by 2020, the 2019 Santa Fe and Santa Fe diesel are bold SUVs that build on previous generations with outstanding driving dynamics and features aimed at technology and comfort.  
      Naming
      The five-passenger Santa Fe Sport will now be called Santa Fe. The current long wheelbase three-row, seven-passenger model called Santa Fe will be renamed Santa Fe XL for the 2019 model year. An all-new three-row, eight-passenger SUV is currently under development with an all-new name. The diesel version of the 2019 Santa Fe will also get an occasional-use third-row seat with one-touch folding second-row seats for easy entry into the third-row by children. The third-row seat will only be available on the Santa Fe diesel. 
      A Bold New Look  
      The face of the new Santa Fe is highlighted by Hyundai’s signature Cascading Grille and a Composite Light design comprising LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. The exterior design is characterized by a powerful wide stance and an athletic, bold look that makes a statement from 100 feet away, featuring refined lines that reinforce the car’s status in Hyundai’s SUV lineup.
      In profile the Santa Fe’s dynamic character line goes all the way from the headlights to the taillights, while a larger daylight opening (DLO) with a satin surround provides better visibility and a sleek impression. Featured diamond-cut 19-inch wheels illustrate strength, as does the car’s rear appearance, now featuring a muscular high and taut shape. 
      Interior Design: Graceful Surfaces Embrace Strong Structure
      The Santa Fe interior design combines premium quality with a horizontal and roomy layout and enhanced visibility. The instrument panel has a three-dimensional appearance providing a feeling of openness and enhances the natural light created by the larger DLO. Stitching around the IP and color-contrasted seat piping ensures a high level of luxury within the cabin.
      The driver will also see several improvements including:
      The audio/visual/navigation system screen has been tilted and positioned to reduce glare The window switches and grab handles have been moved forward for more elbow room The door map pockets have been reduced in size for more legroom. Cup holders in the center console have been repositioned for ease of use and the height and length of the center armrest has also been increased Comfortable Ride, Steering Feel and Stable Handling  
      Improved ride comfort, handling and stability are achieved through key developments in the suspension geometry of the 2019 Santa Fe. The biggest change sees the rear shock moved upright from an angled position, improving the ride and handling no matter the driving conditions.
      An optional self-load-leveling suspension provides the Santa Fe with a continuous ride height regardless of cargo or trailer tongue weight. This allows Hyundai engineers to tune the rear suspension for comfort and avoid making it too firm for occasional trailer use.
      Smart Sense Technologies
      Hyundai Smart Sense technologies are now standard on Santa Fe SE trims and higher. Below are the key features:
      Category
      Acronym
      Feature
      Visibility
      HBA
      High Beam Assist
      Collision
      FCA
      Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
      BCW
      Blind-Spot Collision Warning
      SEA
      Safe Exit Assist
      LKA
      Lane Keeping Assist
      Driver
      DAW
      Driver Attention Warning
      Driving Convenience
      SCC with Stop & Go
      Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
      Parking Safety
      RVM with PG
      Rear View Monitor with Parking Guidance and tailgate safe-open guide and high definition camera
      AVM
      Around View Monitor
      RCCA
      Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist
      PDW
      Parking Distance Warning Reverse
      Safety Features
      Hyundai’s Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCW) puts eyes and legs in the back of drivers’ heads. Using the Blind Spot Detection system’s radar sensors when backing up the system not only can warn the driver if vehicles approach from the side – it also applies the brakes automatically.
      Additional safety features include Rear Seat Occupant Alert, which Hyundai is debuting with the Santa Fe. The system monitors the rear seats using an ultrasonic sensor that helps to detect the movements of children and pets. The system first reminds drivers to check the rear seats when exiting the vehicle with a message on the center instrument cluster display. If the system detects movement in the rear seats after the driver leaves the vehicle it will honk the horn, flash the lights and send a Blue Link alert to the driver’s smartphone via Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car system. In addition to being forgotten in the car, tragedies have also occurred in cases where children accidentally locked themselves in a car.
      The 2019 Santa Fe also gets Hyundai’s first Safe Exit Assist. This feature temporarily prevents doors from being opened when a motorcycle, bicycle or vehicle approaches from behind even when the doors are unlocked. Safe Exit Assist works even if the driver has used the button to turn off the child lock feature. When the Safe Exit Assist detects an approaching object rearward it sounds an alert for passengers, a warning pops up on the driver’s center cluster and most importantly the doors remained locked.
      Interior Space and Visibility
      Interior cabin space has been enhanced on the 2019 Santa Fe. Inside, there is now more room behind the second-row seats, when second-row seats are folded and the leg room has been lengthened to be best-in-class. The H-point for the second-row seats has been moved back and the floor has been lowered for even more comfort. Engineers also have incorporated one-touch folding second-row seats.
      Volume Comparisons
      (Cubic Feet)
      2018 Santa Fe Sport
      2019 Santa Fe
      2018 Tucson
      Passenger Volume
      108.0
      110.7 (2-row)
      139.1 (3-row)
      102.2
      Total Interior Volume
      143.4
      147.3 (2-row)
      150.7 (3-row)
      133.2
      Cargo – Behind FR seats
      71.5
      71.3 (2-row)
      70.7 (3-row)
      61.9
      Cargo – Behind 2nd row
      35.4
      36.6 (2-row)
      35.9 (3-row)
      31.0
      Cargo – Behind 3rd row
      -
      11.6
      -
      Head Room
      39.6 / 39.1 / -
      40.0 / 39.2 / 36.1
      39.6 / 39.2
      Leg Room (7P)
      41.3 / 39.4 / -
      44.1 / 40.4 (39.4) / 29.4
      41.5 / 38.2
      Shoulder Room
      59.4 / 58.3 / -
      59.1 / 58.3 / 52.9
      57.1 / 55.5
      Hip Room
      56.7 / 55.4 / -
      57.5 / 56.3 / 61.7
      55.6 / 54.5
      Exterior Dimensions
      Its exterior dimensions make the new Santa Fe appear even more prominent. With a length of 187 inches, a width of 74 inches and a longer wheelbase, it also provides more comfort for passengers than the outgoing 2018 Santa Fe Sport.
      (Inches)
      2018 Santa Fe Sport
      2019 Santa Fe
      2018 Tucson
      Length
      185.0
      187.8
      176.2
      Width
      74.0
      74.4
      72.8
      Height (w/ side rails)
      66.1 (66.5)
      66.1 (67.1)
      64.8 (65.0)
      Wheelbase
      106.3
      108.9
      105.1
      Visibility was also emphasized with the next generation Santa Fe. To help the driver, the outside mirrors are mounted lower and further rearward and the A-pillars have been reduced in size. For the driver and rear seat passengers alike, the rear quarter glass has been increased by more than 40 percent.
      Powertrains
      The 2019 Santa Fe line-up offers a choice of three proven powertrains. There is a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder GDI engine with an estimated 185 horsepower or a more powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 232 horsepower (estimated). And the 2.2-liter CRDi turbodiesel engine is the 2019 Santa Fe’s biggest surprise, with around 200 horsepower at 3,000 rpm and 320 lb. ft. of torque at 1,750 rpm (estimated). All engines are mated to a brand new eight-speed automatic transmission. 
      New Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission
      The newly developed transmission provides quick and crisp shifts for a more engaging and efficient driving experience via the available column-mounted paddles. Despite having two extra gears, the eight-speed transmission, which was designed in-house, is lighter than the outgoing six-speed model. The automatic transmission adds ratio range at both the top and bottom of output speeds allowing for extra thrust off-the-line and a quieter, more fuel-efficient dash down the interstate. A direct control valve body and a multi-plate torque converter improve responsiveness while a double ball bearing minimizes friction loss. All the changes added up means that Santa Fe’s new transmission will improve economy by more than three percent.
      HTRAC Advanced AWD System
      The 2019 Santa Fe has Hyundai’s HTRAC® All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system. The HTRAC AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. The driver-selectable HTRAC Normal, Sport and Smart modes help provide confident control in all-weather conditions. The Sport setting gives a more agile feel by sending more available torque to the rear wheels, for a sporty dynamic feel when desired. This system has a wider range of torque distribution variability than many competitive systems and has been tuned to variable conditions such as straight-line acceleration, medium- and high-speed cornering, and hill starts.
      Infotainment and Sound Systems
      The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is loaded with technology, including Hyundai’s latest AVN 5.0 navigation system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ offered with higher level trims. The base level trim gets a standard 7-inch user interface, also equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. And to eliminate the need for a charging cord, there’s an available Qi wireless charging pad for compatible Android devices, as well as Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X.
      When it comes to audio technology, the available premium sound system is well-suited to the Santa Fe’s upscale interior. The 630-watt, 12-speaker new Infinity branded stereo system with an 11-channel amplifier features Clari-Fi technology and QuantumLogic™ Surround Sound technology. Clari–Fi works in real-time to rebuild audio details lost in digitally compressed music, while QuantumLogic™ extracts signals from the original recording and redistributes them into an authentic, multidimensional soundstage for playback that is clear, refined and full of detail. The result is a more robust and enjoyable on-road listening experience.
      Smart Speed-Dependent Volume Control provides the capability to control the gain of individual channels based upon the vehicle’s speed and the system’s volume setting. The gain will change proportionally to the vehicle’s speed to overcome associated noise masking effects of the vehicle and thereby reducing the need to adjust the volume while driving. Additionally, the volume setting will taper the gain applied as the volume setting increases. This avoids the unnatural condition of having additional gain applied when the volume output of the system is so high that it exceeds any of the vehicle generated road noise.
      BLUE LINK® Connected Car System
      Santa Fe Blue Link-equipped models include three years of complimentary Blue Link services, with enhanced safety, diagnostic, remote and voice guidance services. Blue Link brings connectivity directly into the car with technologies like Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link features can be accessed via buttons on the rearview mirror, the MyHyundai.com web portal, the MyHyundai with Blue Link smartphone app, the Amazon® Alexa Blue Link skill and the Blue Link Google Assistant app. Some features can also be controlled via Android Wear™ and Apple Watch™ smartwatch apps. The latest release of the Blue Link smartphone app includes:
      Widgets for easy access to remote features Ability to send Point-of-Interest data to vehicle navigation system (if so equipped) Access to Blue Link notification settings Heads-Up Display (HUD)    
      Taking inspiration from aircraft technology, an available Heads-Up Display (HUD) projects an 8.5-inch virtual image onto the windshield, enabling the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road using a system of mirrors combined with a TFT LCD display. The system features adjustable brightness to ensure both excellent daytime and nighttime visibility. Driving information such as speed, Smart Cruise Control status, navigation, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, speed limit, Lane Departure Warning and audio system data is projected at a perceived virtual distance approximately seven feet ahead of the driver for maximum legibility while driving.
    • By William Maley
      Raj Nair, Ford’s President of North America has left the company effective immediately after an internal investigation revealed behavior that was "inconsistent with the company's code of conduct."
      “We made this decision after a thorough review and careful consideration. Ford is deeply committed to providing and nurturing a safe and respectful culture and we expect our leaders to fully uphold these values,” said Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett in a statement.
      The Detroit News reports the investigation stemmed from an anonymous complaint accusing Nair of unspecified behavior. Ford wouldn't go into detail about the behavior "to protect the privacy of those involved."
      “I sincerely regret that there have been instances where I have not exhibited leadership behaviors consistent with the principles that the Company and I have always espoused. I continue to have the utmost faith in the people of Ford Motor Company and wish them continued success in the future,” said Nair in a statement.  
      Nair had been Ford's North American president since last May. Before that, Nair was Ford's chief technical officer. The company said a replacement would be announced in the near future.
      This is the latest black eye to hit Ford. Back in August, the company agreed to pay $10.125 million to settle an investigation into race and sexual harassment at two of their plants by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In December, the New York Times published a scathing report talking about the culture of harassment at the two Chicago plants that had been going on for a number of years.
      “This comes at a particularly bad time for Ford, which only last spring ousted Mark Fields as CEO. Investors and analysts have been unhappy with the seeming lack of a clear direction for Ford, especially in terms of future mobility services," said Michelle Krebs, an analyst with Auto Trader in an email to the Detroit News.
      "The pressure is on Jim Hackett, anointed CEO last spring, to lay out a clear road ahead for Ford.”
      We'll keep you posted on any new developments come to light.
      Source: Ford, The Detroit News, Reuters
      Press Release is on Page 2
      Raj Nair, Ford’s President Of North America, Exits Company
      DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 21, 2018 – Ford Motor Company today announced that Raj Nair, executive vice president and president, North America, is departing from Ford effective immediately.
      The decision follows a recent internal investigation into reports of inappropriate behavior. The review determined certain behavior by Nair was inconsistent with the company’s code of conduct.
      “We made this decision after a thorough review and careful consideration,” said Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett. “Ford is deeply committed to providing and nurturing a safe and respectful culture and we expect our leaders to fully uphold these values.”
      Said Nair: “I sincerely regret that there have been instances where I have not exhibited leadership behaviors consistent with the principles that the Company and I have always espoused. I continue to have the utmost faith in the people of Ford Motor Company and wish them continued success in the future.”
      Nair has been president of Ford North America since June 1, 2017.  Prior to that, he served as Ford’s head of global product development and chief technical officer.
      Nair’s replacement will be subject to an announcement in the near future. 

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