AutoBlog recently conducted a rundown of what’s currently known for the next-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt.
The new model is due at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show early next year and is promised to be more fuel and electrically efficient, according to GM’s executive vice president, Mark Reuss. The current Volt is rated at the equivalent of 98 MPGe and 37 mpg on premium gasoline with a 38-mile electric-only range. Though, no word exists as to how much better the new ’16 Volt will fair, but hints of better aerodynamics, less weight, and less friction within the powertrain indicate that improvements are on the way regardless.
Rumors suggested a downsized range-extending motor from the current Volt’s 1.4L mill–a 1.0L three-cylinder is supposedly in the works as a replacement. There are also hints of new batteries with more power and better designs to help increase EV-capabilities. Other reports also suggest a hike in on-board technology, which really shouldn’t come as a surprise either–the current Volt is already a bit of a computer and car-geek’s wet dream.
Additionally, GM did say they will focus their marketing efforts for the Volt in regional markets where it’s already proved to be a decent seller, like in the Northeast and the West Coast–the two crucial areas where urbanite liberals interested in alternative propulsion seem to congregate.
Either way, we won’t know the full specifics until the 2016 Chevrolet Volt gets revealed, which should be sometime within the coming months.
Tesla’s new Model X crossover is making a big impression–so big in fact, that Morgan Stanley predicts the new Model X could do some serious damage to the competition in the premium SUV market segment.
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According to The Los Angeles Times, the new Model X is even expected to sell better than the highly-acclaimed Model S, thanks to the hike in demand for crossover SUVs. This of course is great news for Tesla Motors as it continues to climb an uphill battle as a newly established and emerging mass-market automaker. Tesla’s success even contributed to a grand hike in their stock value with the brand earning the title, “top pick in US autos,” for those looking to invest in Tesla’s stock.
Though despite the fact that nobody has even sampled or previewed the new Model X, Morgan Stanley cites increased access to resources such as money and technological expertise, both of which are contributing to the increase in equitable value of the company.
Source: The Los Angeles Times.
Acura was on schedule to launch its anticipated RLX Sport Hybrid but after a technical issue, Acura’s senior vice president, Mike Accavitti, confirmed the model is delayed.
After speaking with Wards Auto, specifics weren’t disclosed by Accavitti, though he said that “it just hasn’t met with our expectations yet.” Speculation suggests there is a problem with the SH-AWD and the powertrain, especially since its a similar system to the one used in the Acura NSX Prototype, which recently caught fire.
Due to the delay, the RLX Sport Hybrid is delayed until next month.
Source: Wards Auto
Rolls-Royce has been known to be working on a new SUV crossover now that Bentley is working on their own. Additionally, SUV crossovers are high on the demand, which further bolsters both Bentley’s and Rolls’ venture into the segment, despite being rather blasphemous to the brand’s image.
And after speaking with Rolls’ CEO, Törsten Müller-Ötvös, AutoGuide heard from the man himself of confirmation for Rolls’ interest in a crossover. However, Müller-Ötvös also said that the model has yet to be approved for production. That means the model is most likely in the research and development phase.
Interest is high among Rolls’ own executive brand and their customers, especially considering the fact that majority of Rolls-Royce owners own a Land Rover. Should the Rolls-Royce crossover hit production, its parts will come from the same bin as the new X7 and the next-generation 7-Series while using the same platform.
The current second generation Cadillac SRX has been with us since 2009 and is soon due for a replacement. Supposedly confirming the arrival of the third generation model is Cadillac’s chief engineer, Dave Leone, who spoke to Bloomberg recently. The new next gen SRX is scheduled for a launch sometime in late 2015 as a 2016 model.
This is the first word to surface regarding a new SRX, following rumors and reports of Cadillac’s efforts to introduce a new flagship sedan.
When it first came out, the Cadillac SRX was a rear-wheel drive crossover, marking the brand’s first venture into the segment and it did reasonable well–especially since the first generation model was rear-wheel drive, it catered to the driving enthusiasts more than many of its competitors, thanks to sharing its platform with the early Cadillac CTS. Cadillac then did a drastic change for the second generation model, making it front-wheel and all-wheel drive which ultimately subdued its sporty driving characteristics.
Not much is known about the new third SRX. But Caddy was once rumored to be working on a GM Lambda-based large crossover with three-rows, the same platform used for the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and the former Saturn Outlook. That plan was axed so there’s a chance the SRX could grow another set of seats at the back, which also implies an increase in size.
Cars.com heard through the grapevine that Subaru is still working on a follow-up generation to the current Tribeco crossover, after speaking with the brand’s product communications director for American operations, Dominick Ifante.
“We are actively working on a next-generation three-row crossover,” Infante supposedly said. It’s still in the planning stage, but should all go well, the new Tribeca is expected to grow in size, but not by significant margins. Additionally, Subaru’s unsure as to how to place the model competitively–should it just be a “bigger Outback” or a sporty large crossover along the lines of the Mazda CX-9?
On a separate note under the same breath, Infante also supposedly confirmed of a Impreza update and facelift sometime later this year. Our guess would be at Los Angeles…
Subcompact luxury sedans are growing in popularity, thanks to offerings like the Mercedes-Benz CLA, the BMW 1-Series, and the Audi A3. Infiniti and Lexus are also supposedly developing their own to join the newly established market and now, Cadillac apparently wants to follow with their own version.
According to CARandDRIVER after speaking with Cadillac’s marketing chief, Uwe Ellinghaus, the project is confirmed to be in the making. Though to serve up a more aggressive selling point, while BMW, Mercedes, and Audi are serving up front-wheel driven subcompact sedans with the distinct possibility of Infiniti and Lexus too, Cadillac might do differently by making their version rear-wheel drive.
Should all be true, the same modular platform underpinning the ATS and the CTS will be used, but in smaller proportions. This is the same platform also rumored to be destined for the next-generation Chevrolet Camaro. Expect a range of four-cylinder engines in both turbo and naturally-aspirated form, such as the current 2.0L turbo and 2.5L non-turbo four-bangers.
Mazda is reportedly working to innovate the traditional hybrid system by developing a new diesel-based powertrain.
Not much is known, though The Japan News reports Mazda’s diesel-hybrid system is destined for Asia and Europe only and could be available as early as 2016 in the Mazda3, also known as the Axela in Japan. Thanks to the use of a diesel motor, the new hybrid system could increase fuel economy by up to 30 percent, offering the equivalent if 94 mpg.
In Japan, the Mazda3 can be had in gasoline hybrid form with a SKIACTIV-G 2.0L four-banger with an electric motor and a CVT transmission. The going mpg rate for that model is the equivalent to 73.5 mpg.
Source: The Japan News
Jaguar once introduced a new conceptual version of the F-Type last year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, paying tribute to the wonderful and classic D-Type.
At this year’s Festival gathering Jaguar introduced a production version of the F-Type Project 7 Concept and this past weekend at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Coventry-based automaker brought the model stateside to showcase the unique F-Type and its $165,000 price tag at some of the most affluent customers.
As a refresher, the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 comes with a beefed up 5.0L third-generation AJ-V8 good for 575hp, making it the most powerful Jaguar ever built–more than the classic and super-rare XJ220 and XJR-15 supercars from the 1990s. The Project 7 is built as a new model designed to commemorate one of the brand’s first models developed with Jaguar-Land Rover’s new Special Operations Division.
For full details, check out the press release after the jump.
Crossover are undoubtedly at an all-time high in demand and as a result, Mazda may jump back on the bandwagon with a possible successor to the mid-size CX-7.
Mazda’s midsized crossover ceased production in 2012, leaving only the compact CX-5 and the CX-9 as the two only crossover offerings from the small Japanese automaker. That said, Mazda may not exactly get the success it needs to continue expanding if it goes without serving up a model in one of the most crucial segments in the mainstream market. So a CX-7 may make a triumphant return, according to Australia’s CarAdvice.
Word comes from Mazda’s Australian managing director, Martin Benders, who suggested a new CX-7 could launch after the all-new CX-9 in 2016.
Though, not much else is know. What do you think fans, could Mazda use a successor to the CX-7? We think so.