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Report: A new Infiniti Q60 to surface in Detroit

MotorTrend recently learned Infiniti is introducing a new concept at Detroit to succeed the current Q60, or formerly G37 Coupe.

After speaking with Infiniti’s executive design director, Alfonso Albaisa, word is the new Q60 Concept should closely resemble the production model, which is due to arrive next year. Size wise, it’ll be larger than a BMW 4-Series, but not anywhere as big as the 6-Series.

The same Nissan-sourced V6s are expected to carry over from the current Q60 while there’s a chance that a high-performance version could surface with the Eau Rouge’s twin-turbo 3.8L V6 with 560hp.

Source: MotorTrend

Dodge implements minor changes to 2015 Viper, adds two trims

Dodge recently announced to be giving the 2015 Viper some updates, the biggest being the addition of the TA 2.0 and GTS models, which join the SRT and GT trims for the line.

Prices for the Viper start overall for the base SRT model at $84,995, while the second level up starts at $94,995. The new TA 2.0 model is priced at $101,995 while the top-spec GTS rings the invoice in at $107,995.

The TA 2.0 is the serious performance-geared model with an aggressive Aero Package with better aerodynamics, redesigned 18- and 19-inch matte black wheel choices, and a dual-mode suspension. Other upgrades include a five-mode stability system, sticky Pirelli P Zero Corsa rubber, and high-performance Brembo brakes.

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Report: New Audi TT variant to be crossover

Audi recently announced plans to offer the TT in a new body style with the arrival of the new third generation mode. Rumors in the past as well as a concept suggested it to be a crossover variant and according to AutoCar, these rumors are holding to be true.

The outlet spoke to Audi at the LA Auto Show last week after having a word with Audi’s technical chief, Ulrich Hackenberg. There, he said the TT offroad, allroad shooting brake, and TT Sportback Concepts are being considered and ultimately, their market research found a crossover variant to make the most sense as a business case.

The new TT is said to go on sale by next year.

Source: AutoCar

Video: Nissan releases new teaser for Titan in “Truckumentary”

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.

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Report: Alfa Romeo’s new midsize sedan arrives next June, to come to the US

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

Report: The Volkswagen GTI could gain a 10-speed DSG

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.

Source: AutoExpress

Report: More details surface for sportier BMW i8S

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.

Source: CAR

Mercedes-Benz teases first AMG Sport models, due at Detroit this year

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.

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Report: Audi working on new Tesla sedan rival with 280 mile range

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.

Source: AutoExpress

Report: Lexus introducing two new models in Detroit, may be new RX and GS F

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.

Source: WardsAuto