Nissan is on the verge of revealing a new Titan full-size pickup just as the American Big Three begin their pickup overhauls. And to remind us, Nissan teased the new Titan in a quick video.
From what we know, Nissan is building up some serious hype for the Titan, which in its current form, has been with us since 2003. For instance, Nissan revealed to be serving up a new potent 5.0L diesel V8 from Cummins as an option for power, to cater to the lovers of diesel full-size pickups. Additionally, the Titan is rumored to be offered in a wider array of forms than before along with a standard V6 engine option.
Check out the video teaser plus a press release after the jump.
Alfa Romeo is officially back in North America, starting with the 4C and next, we’re expecting to get their all new Giulia midsize sedan to continue Alfa’s plan to once again become popular in America.
According to AutomotiveNews Europe, who spoke with Alfa Romeo’s brand chief, Harald Wester, the second model is indeed this new sedan, which is due in June next year.
The Giulia name might be familiar, not just from Alfa’s history, but a few years back, there was a new Giulia concept, hinting at a new rear-wheel drive sedan to compete against both the BMW 3-Series and 5-Series–a tactic used successfully by Cadillac at the CTS. Alfa’s future larger sedan, would do similarly by competing against both the 5-Series and the 7-Series.
These two sedans are part of Alfa’s new eight-model plan over the next four years as Fiat places intense sales goals for Alfa.
Source: AutomotiveNews Europe
AutoExpress reports that the Volkswagen GTI could gain a 10-speed DSG automatic, after speaking to a “good authority” source within the company. It would replace the current model’s seven-speed DSG, but the seven-speed will remain for lesser versions of Golf.
The 10-speed is being designed for the GTI, the GTD and the Golf R and is expected to surface sometime in 2017. After debuting in the Golf, it could find its way into other Volkswagen Group models based on their latest MQB platform, much like the seven-speed unit sees widespread use.
Volkswagen supposedly said the new cog swapper is designed to handle up to 405 lb-ft of torque, so this means the 10-speed DSG’s application has the potential to go far and wide.
BMW is rumored to be preparing a sportier version of the i8 and it’s supposedly called the i8S. And in a recent report, more details surfaced about this alleged i8S.
According to CAR Magazine, the i8S is codenamed internally in BMW as Project M100, hinting at the fact that this could be the rumored mid-engined sports car due to surface in order to commemorate BMW’s 100th anniversary in 2016. Prior to this report, Automobile first reported about the i8S not too long ago, who also learned the i8S is due for BMW’s centenary celebration. There, they disclosed the i8S should have multiple power options, one of which could exceed 500hp.
Now, CAR also learned the i8S will be a “send-off” statement for BMW’s current chairman, Norbert Reithofer, in addition to being a BMW birthday gift. Reithofer is expected to retire in 2016 or 2017.
Other details include a more integrated carbon fiber and aluminum tub chassis, more advanced materials, and more aggressive suspension, brake, and steering tuning.
Power should be supplied by either a 2.0L twin-turbo four-banger with 320hp and a 204hp electric motor or a 3.0L twin-turbo straight-six with 480hp and an electric motor with 109hp. Both are said to be under consideration by BMW, according to CAR.
The LA Auto Show might be over, but it’s just the start of auto show season and next up is the world-famous and North America’s most prominent exposition, the Detroit Auto Show. That said, despite the holidays, we still have our work cut out for us for the next several months and beyond, and it all starts with these two major shows.
So, as a result, Mercedes-Benz just confirmed to be introducing their first AMG Sport models at Detroit next year, just as we jump off the tips of LA Auto Show.
As a refresher, these AMG Sport models are essentially AMG-wannabe models, where they are “close, but no cigar.” In other words, they come decked out with sport appointments like AMG bodykits, wheels, interior and exterior trimmings and accessories, some more power perhaps, and lots of AMG badges, all just short of full-fledged AMG models. They’re the poor man’s AMG models. But being Mercedes-Benzes, they’re hardly for the poor man at all.
AutoExpress was able to sit down with Audi at the LA Auto Show last week and there, they learned Audi is planning a new EV sedan to rival the Tesla Model S.
After speaking with Audi’s technical development head, Ulrich Hackenberg, word is the new EV should offer a 280-mile range on a full charge and should be ready to be sold to the public in 2017.
Hackenberg didn’t specify what kind of car it could be, but speculation points to a sedan since it is Tesla’s most successful model to date.
Audi’s been relentlessly working on EV and hybrid projects and this report, along with concepts from recent times, like the R8 E-Tron, emphasize this. Speaking of which, this new EV model is expected to utilize technology from the R8 E-Tron, which was able to have its range doubled to 281 miles after advancements in battery technology.
WardsAuto seems to have heard through the grapevine that Lexus could be revealing a new RX replacement at Detroit in just a month, after speaking with Lexus’ Group Vice President, Jeff Bracken. But the RX might not be the only new model to show as Bracken did say at least one, possible two, models could be introduced.
Bracken himself didn’t say it could be an RX, but WardsAuto is willing to wager that the new RX is it because it’s one of the oldest models in Lexus’ lineup and thus, is due for a replacement. There’s really not much to bolster this possibility, especially when there isn’t much in the way of spy photos to suggest an impending arrival. But it’s not entirely impossible either.
The other reveal is also as much of a mystery, though some pitch the possibility of it being the long-awaited and rumored GS F to take on the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. That, unlike the RX, has been spotted being tested in various parts and was almost completely undisguised when last seen. So Lexus could definitely be preparing for that.
Either way, Lexus is preparing to have a big presence at Detroit and we can hardly wait to see what they have in store.
Lexus had a pretty big moment revealing the LF-C2 Concept at the LA Auto Show last week, which pitched at a successor to the IS Convertible and a variant to the RC Coupe, to ensure Lexus has its aim tightly set on rivals like the BMW 4-Series.
Click here for our original post on the Lexus LF-C2 Concept.
But now, according to MotorTrend, the production LF-C2 has been axed in favor of a new three-row crossover. Originally, the LF-C2 was approved for production after having the three-row crossover idea axed. This apparently upset dealers around the country since it contradicted heavy customer demand. Due to this uproar, Lexus decided to switch it back up by cancelling the LF-C2 to make the three-row crossover instead.
Not much is known about said crossover, but previous rumors suggested the RX could grow in size to accommodate a third row. Whoever, nothing’s officially been confirmed.
CarAdvice spoke with Mercedes-AMG’s boss, Tobias Moers, at the LA Auto Show recently and they inquired about whether or not the C63 AMG could see 4MATIC all-wheel drive or not.
And according to Moers in the interview, the C63 AMG will actually forgo all-wheel drive this time around. There is a possibility in the future, but it’s current unclear as to whether or not a C63 AMG 4MATIC makes sense from both a marketing perspective and the amount of demand.
The latest C63 AMG was revealed in September with a 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 lifted from the AMG GT, though in the C63, it produces 476hp and 479 lb-ft of twst while the C63 S delivers 510hp and 516 lb-ft of twist. Both are attached to an AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed dual-clutch automatic to produce a 0-62 timeo f just four seconds for the C63 AMG S.
AutoGuide recently received confirmation from Mini USA’s product planning manager, Patrick McKenna, that the Coupe and the Roadster will officially discontinue next year. So should you be interested in the low-slung or open-top version of the Mini Cooper, you better scoop up yours soon.
McKenna didn’t go too far into detail, other noting the cars’ lifecycles are complete and no successors were mentioned at the interview.
We don’t think they’ll be missed too much.