The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder was officially announced to be priced at $29,510 for starters, excluding the $885 destination and handling fee.
The fourth generation Pathfinder has been with us since 2012 as a 2013 model and so far, only minor changes have been implemented. For the 2015 model year, the Pathfinder gets standard blind sport warning systems for the SL and Platinum trims, complete with cross traffic alert. The Xtronic CVT transmission was also reworked with a new D-Step Shift logic…whatever that is.
Otherwise, the Pathfinder continues to remain mostly unchanged. Should you opt for every bell and whistle on the Pathfinder, you’d be left with a Platinum 4WD model with an invoice of around $43,100. Pricing for the hybrid model should be announced later on.
Check out the press release after the jump.
Chrysler and the Dodge Viper have been struggling. It’s so bad in fact, that production has been stopped numerous times just because nobody’s buying any.
That said, it’s quite obvious something is wrong and so to make things a little better, Chrysler dropped the price of the Viper to just $84,995, at $15,000 price drop when compared to the original models. What’s even better about that is Chrysler issued a $15,000 coupon for the first 1,000 owners who purchased their viper in 2013.
But now, word is the Viper’s production could be picking back up in November, possible due to the increase in demand after the price dropped. Even sales numbers were boosted by a whopping 38 units to 108 total through September from August. And thus far, Dodge has received around 200 orders for the 2015 model.
- By: Chris Chin
Audi is serious about its goal to be one of the leading pioneers to the fully autonomous vehicle. And now, Australia’s Motoring.com heard the next-generation A8 could be offered as a fully autonomous vehicle. Bolstering this claim is the fact that Audi did announce to be offering some autonomous systems on the next-gen A8.
Motoring spoke with Audi’s head of product and technology communications, Stefan Moser, who said Audi is dead-set on the goal of being ones to introduce the world’s first self-driving car.
Additionally, Audi even showcased a bit of their technology recently after demonstrating a fully-autonomous lap of Hockenheim with an RS7. The production version of this technology should debut in the new A8, which means the requirement to fit a range of sensors and cameras all throughout the car.
The next-gen A8 is expected to surface at the end of 2016 as a 2017 model and should be teased with a new concept at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show.
- By: Chris Chin
Ever since word of an S-Class limousine straight from the factory surfaced, there was much debate as to what it would be called. By tradition, it would receive something like Pullman or Maybach. But Maybach doesn’t exactly have the greatest reputation and wasn’t much of a success.
Despite this, Mercedes-Benz apparently confirmed to be reviving the nameplate for that new S-Class limo. CARandDRIVER heard of its debut at this up and coming Los Angeles Auto Show next month. Speaking with Mercedes’ global head of design, Gordon Wagener, the S-Class limo should be about 5500mm long or 18 feet long, with the extra space going into the wheelbase.
Not much else is known, but for now, the S-Class limo will now be known as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Maybach.
The next-generation BMW 7-Series often tends to set standards for Munich’s own and this latest development further supports this notion.
According to CARandDRIVER, the next-generation 2016 BMW 7er will launch the Roundel’s new selection of modular inline-six engines. BMW announced a little more than two years ago to be designing a new inline-six with “modular architecture” to cut costs and to make them widely available for their entire lineup in various forms. CARandDRIVER wasn’t able to source any specifics, though this new line of mills should replace BMW’s current line of both diesel and gas inline-sixers.
On a slightly separate note, BMW’s tweaking and reengineering their current four-banger to be mated with a hybrid-setup. Again, specifics are sparse, but the projected output of the entire system should be around 300bhp.
- By: Chris Chin
Land Rover Defender fans just have to face the inevitable–the current Defender that we’ve all come to love and know is going to end eventually in the near future. And to celebrate its triumphant life, Land Rover’s SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) division is building a special edition final model.
The SVO-finished model will be a historic highlight by meshing various qualities between race-spec Camel Trophy truck and the Paris-Dakar variant into the current and aging model.
In the same breath, Land Rover’s SVO head, John Edwards said we should expect more models as the division continues to come of with various ways to pay tribute to its rich history with Jaguar and Land Rover. These models include specialized vehicles, personalization, heritage and branded items.
Audi’s been tooting its own horn in the field of autonomous driving as it recently celebrated the lapping of a completely autonomous RS7 around Hockenheim in Germany at “racing speed.”
The stunt was a test to showcase Audi’s progress in autonomous driving and the RS7 completed a lap of Hockenheim in a reported lap time of just under two minutes.
The RS7 was equipped with a range of GPS systems, WiFi connections, and an array of 3D cameras, all of which are programmed into an on-board computer program.
Check out what happened in their video after the jump.
Pricing and details for the next model-year 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Classic were announced and the new Beetle Classic, as it’s called, starts at $20,195.
What is it? Well, it’s a Beetle for starters. And it’s being called the Beetle Classic because it comes with a simplistic look thanks to its vintage-style painted alloy 17-inch wheels, added rear spoiler, and the choice of three plain colors: Pure White, Black Uni, and Reflex Silver. Otherwise, the Beetle Classic comes equipped with Volkswagen’s standard 1.8L turbo-four with 170hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.
The insides get some classic appointments as well, such as a standard sat-nav system with satellite radio, a multi-function steering wheel, and interior two-tone color options with checked cloth centers, like found in the GTI.
This Beetle Classic trim can also be had on the convertible for even the most retro customers, like hipsters. And that starts at $25,995. For full details, check out the press release after the jump.
Chevrolet is preparing a good showing for this year’s SEMA show in Vegas.
In addition to the previous car concepts revealed, Chevrolet released photos of its new Colorado Sport Concept, based on the Colorado Crew Cab with the Z71 Package.
Upgrades include a slightly revised exterior with vinyl striping, a bed roll bar, and black-painted alloy wheels. For better durability off-road and in the rough, the Colorado Sport Concept gets running boards, splash guards, and plastic body cladding. There also exists a new GearOn accessory system, designed for the most active outdoors people. The setup includes equipment for items such as bikes and kayaks while the bed is compartmentalized for smaller items.
Chevy didn’t say what’s under the hood, but the Colorado will be offered with a 2.5L four-banger with 200bhp and 191 lb-ft of torque and a 3.6L V6 with 306bhp and 269 lb-ft of twist.
The Subaru Impreza really isn’t anything impressive until you start considering the turbocharged WRX and STI models, both of which are great. But still, the Impreza is a decent no-frills automobile in base form that will get you from point A to B in the same sort of comfort and reliability as anything else in its class.
But to keep things interesting still, Subaru themselves updated the 2015 Impreza just slightly to keep the car rather relevant.
For instance, the Impreza remains unchanged mechanically and instead, receives some visual updates such as a new and revised front lower fascia and a new foglight design for higher-tier models. Other updates include Subaru’s EyeSight active driver assistance package, only available on higher-spec Limited models, while the interior gains an updated seven-inch color touchscreen for the infotainment system.
Otherwise, the 2015 Subaru Impreza remains to be powered by a 2.0L boxer four with 148hp with the choice of either a five-speed manual or a CVT automatic.
For the full rundown, check it out after the jump.