Chevrolet likes to mix up their lineups with “special edition” models that really just have unique paint schemed, various collections of standard equipment, and sometimes, special badging.
And that’s exactly what they did with the new 2016 Chevrolet Colorado pickup–meet the new Midnight and Trail Boss variants.
The Chevy Colorado Midnight version follows in the footsteps of its larger sibling, the Silverado Midnight Edition, featuring an all-black paint scheme as its only color, a blacked out grille and Chevy bowtie emblem, and standard 18-inch matte-black wheels. It also gets its pickup bed sprayed with a tough liner, a standard tonneau cover, and special kick plates. And this packaging can be had with any either the two-wheel or four-wheel drive models in both extended and crew cab form. All engine choices are also available, but the LT trim level is the only version available with this Midnight packaging.
Mercedes-Benz might be a little late to the stylized luxury crossover “coupe” train, a la BMW X6, but after the X6 has been able to find solid ground with its market, they finally introduced their competitor to the X6–the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.
Interested in a less practical GLE for a high price? No problem, you’ll just need $66,025 to gain access to one for your own acquisition.
Click here for our original post on the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and GLE 63 AMG from the Detroit Auto Show.
That price pays for a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG Coupe, which despite its name, isn’t a exactly a full-fledged AMG model. Instead, it’s an AMG Performance-branded model with lots of standard features such as 21″ AMG wheels, standard AIRMATIC suspension, Mercedes’ COMAND sat-nav and infotainment system, and a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 with 362hp and 384 lb-ft of twist.
At this point, the new Acura NSX seems like old news–and it hasn’t even reached production yet.
But after years–yes, years–of teasing, Acura finally revealed the near-production ready version of the NSX at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. In what could be the slowest roll-out ever, spy photographers seem to have caught the full-production model running about in public. Yes, spy photographers catching the Acura NSX in the wild on public roads is still a topic of news discussion.
As a refresher, the NSX comes with the automaker’s first-ever twin-turbocharged V6 mated to an electric motor for a full gas-electric hybrid setup, for a combined output of around 500hp.
Helping to channel the power to all four wheels via Super Handling All-Wheel Drive is a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The NSX is expected to finally hit showrooms later this year with production taking place at Honda’s key plant in Marysville, Ohio.
– By: Chris Chin
One of the more important technology rollouts to occur in recent months is the integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in new car infotainment systems for easy and quick integration with drivers’ smartphones.
But in an interesting move, for reasons unknown, Toyota, one of the largest automakers in the world, apparently turned down the option to integrate both CarPlay and Android Auto, instead, opting for another system created by small-time firm, Telenav.
This is a huge move against the grain when Volkswagen AG and General Motors both are featuring CarPlay and Android Auto in all current and future models.
Either way, it’ll be interesting to see how Telenav’s system in Toyota stacks up against officially sanctioned connectivity by the electronics companies themselves. Toyota’s Telenav-based systems are expected to first debut on the 2016 Tacoma.
– By: Chris Chin
The McLaren 650S might seem like an all-new car by name but in reality, it’s just a refreshed and slightly reengineered version of the original MP4-12C. An all new-replacement is actually on the way and it should be ready sometime in 2018, according to AutoCar.
Internally nicknamed the P14, the new successor to the 650S should be expected to sport more power than the current model’s 650S, which already is pretty batshit insane fast. Though because Ferrari revealed their 488GTO, McLaren–a direct rival to Ferrari–will seek to one-up Italy’s Prancing Horse.
The current goals for the new car are set at a 0-62 time of less than three seconds and a top speed of more than 205 mph. Internally, the next-gen 650S successor should be based off of a modified version of the current model’s carbon fiber tub construction, along with the company’s ubiquitous use of their in-house 3.8L twin-turbocharged V8.
Dutch media reports of a new convertible due at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. Great news!
What is it? The new Lamborghini Huracan Spyder, according to Telegraaf’s Autovisie. Originally, the Huracan Spyder was anticipated to surface at the Geneva Auto Show in March of 2016, but that seems to be false after a “company official” spoke to the outlet.
There’s not much more to expect from the Huracan Spyder other than the fact that it’ll be a normal Huracan with its head chopped off and some slight tweaking to compensate for the lack of a fixed roof.
Power shall otherwise be provided by the same naturally-aspirated 5.2L V10 powering the hardtop version, with around 605hp and 413 lb-ft of twist, mated to a seven speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: Autovise (if you know Dutch)
Maserati’s on the verge of revealing their hotly-anticipated Levante crossover after years of rumors, reports and teasers and now, its just about ready to be launched.
According to AutomotiveNews, the Levante will be ready to wow the eyes and minds of affluent soccer moms and dads alike at the North American Auto Show in Detroit next January.
A lot of weight sits on Maserati’s shoulders with the Levante since it’s predicted to help Maserati’s ailing sales at the moment, which took a dive by 13% when compared to the same period last year–from January till now, the second yearly quarter.
Anyone who produces a crossover should see a boost in sales since they’re an insanely hot topic and thus, a breadwinner.
Do you look forward to the new Maserati Levante?
– By: Chris Chin
Mercedes-AMG is one of the few brands that have been able to avoid the onslaught of hybridization in the name of fuel economy. But even hybrids are making a name for themselves in the high-performance world, so much in fact that the in-house tuning branch of Stuttgart could hop on the hybrid train themselves.
AutoCar sat down with Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber of Mercedes-AMG’s advisory board, where he implied this notion by saying: “Every car line has to reduce fuel consumption–even AMG.”
However, fuel economy isn’t the only concern for the automotive world as carbon dioxide emissions also play a role in determining how cars perform and this is a significant tax in Europe. And that’s another potential reason for Mercedes-AMG to utilize hybrid technology.
Though the reason why Mercedes-AMG has maintained their position for so long is due to low demand among AMG customers, who really don’t care about how much fuel or CO2 they consume or emit. But either way, given how hybrid technology works on cars like the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 and the LaFerrari, AMGs could soon find their own hybrid setups.
– By: Chris Chin
A new spy shot surfaced of what appears to be the next next chapter in the large, front-engined V12 saga, following the current F12 Berlinetta.
Ferrari’s in the midst of revitalizing their current lineup, and that first began with the revised California T from a while back. Not only did that give the California some updated looks, it introduced Ferrari’s first turbocharged motor since the F40.
The 488GTO followed after the California to feature another Ferrari turbocharged motor, a heavily reworked version of the 458 Italia, both in coupe and droptop form, now the F12 is next.
Lexus has been slowly teasing one of their latest innovations as of late, and no, it’s not car related.
Instead, Lexus is looking to make a Back to the Future idea a reality–the hoverboard. Yes, an actual, fully-functioning hoverboard, which is said to work using liquid-nitrogen-cooled superconductors to create a magnetic field strong enough to levitate the board and provide a totally friction-free experience.
Though Lexus didn’t confirm whether or not witchcraft was involved.
Either way, the new teaser is available and it’s after the jump. Mark August 5th on your calendars as well, since that’s when Lexus will give us the full beans.