Mercedes-Benz hopped on the news wire today to reveal the all-new 2016 GLE crossover ahead of its reveal in New York next week.
While the GLE name is entirely new, the model itself is not as it is essentially a much better looking and facelifted ML.
The front end takes on sleeker and more swept-back headlights and a more pronounced, but simpler grille than the outgoing model, collectively resulting into a more refined appearance. The same could be said for the rest of the car, all of which receives visual upgrades for the exterior. Admittedly, the first version of this generation of ML wasn’t really much of a looker. But now, the subtle changes amount to a much more appealing automobile.
If you didn’t see this coming, then you’ve been living under a rock.
But to end the speculation as to the result of Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson’s altercation with producer Oisin Tymon, the BBC’s Director-General, Tony Hall, issued an official statement revealing the final decision of Clarkson’s fate as a host for the world’s most widely watched TV show.
The future of Top Gear still remains to be a mystery, but both Richard Hammond and James May also shared some of their thoughts on the matter.
Check out Hall’s official statement along with Hammond’s and May’s latest responses after the jump.
The Ford GT is undoubtedly a big story and still is, even after being revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
But until now, what remained a mystery was the interior and what it could look like.
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But now, Ford revealed a teaser video that briefly shows the insides of the new Ford GT.
The Ford GT is scheduled to hit showrooms in 2016 with a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Check out the video after the jump
BMW is in the process of preparing a new Mercedes-Benz GL competitor, apparently called the X7, as crossovers continue to dominate the market.
Bavaria has been known to be working on a large crossover for quite sometime and even then, Rolls-Royce decided to ride the train of crossover fandom by establishing their own plans to build a crossover to compete with Bentley.
Now, a new report from Motor.es reports the new BMW X7 could have the nicest interior of any BMW ever. The rest of the X7 however is said to be taken from the X5 and X6 parts bin. The platform will be all-new however and will underpin the next-gen BMW 7-Series.
There are also rumors of possible plug-in hybrid versions as automakers continue to reduce their fuel economy ratings.
Either way, the X7 is still slated to arrive in two years as BMW continues to develop the car. Motor.es even speculates the car will have a $130,000 price tag, which is a lot.
Source: Motor.es via AutoBlog
It has not gone well for Jeremy Clarkson over the past month or so.
And to hammer the final nail into Clarkson’s long history and tenure as the host as the world’s most watched television show around the world, The Telegraph reports the BBC will actually be giving the host the boot.
Clarkson, who’s now 54, will be let go by the BBC since they’re holding the position that such behavior, as exhibited by Clarkson, cannot be tolerated–all over the presenter assaulting a producer because Clarkson was not met with a rounded meal at a North Yorkshire hotel, following a long day of filming.
The Jaguar XE has been the cat out of the bag for quite some time now, being the automaker’s first truly bonafide competitor to the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, the Merc C-Class, and so-on.
But one of the increasing trends lately, if you’ve been living under a rock, is the electrification of these entry-level luxo-sedans. For instance, Audi, Mercedes, and BMW have rather aggressive plans and ideas to add plug-in hybrid capabilities on these cars as influences like Tesla Motors continue to impact the market.
That means Jaguar might be in the process of doing the same thing, adding plug-in hybrid capabilities to their new XE. This is further bolstered by the fact that some spy-photographers for AutoBlog may have saw a test-mule running about.
Jaguar-Land Rover once announced plans once before to start including more and more EV-powertrains in their lineup, meaning they’re currently under development.
The Nissan Rogue has been with us since 2007 as the automaker’s idea of an affordable, compact crossover.
It’s been a good seller and a very popular far for the brand as it followed in the footsteps of success laid out by Nissan’s also popular Murano crossover.
Just last year however, the Rogue was entirely redone for the second generation, serving up some new style, a larger profile for more space, and optional three-row seating for seven passengers–a first time option for the model.
But being a Nissan, it’s also supposed to be reasonably fun to drive as the new model comes with a fully-independent suspension setup, a well-tuned electric power steering system, and Active Ride Control.
Power is still supplied by Nissan’s ubiquitous 2.5L naturally-aspirated four with 170hp, mated exclusively to an Xtronic CVT transmission and front- or all-wheel drive.
So, is it any good? Or is it the typical, run-of-the-mill crossover?
Find out from our colleague, Rob Einaudi at AutoNation.
AutoCar recently received some more details about the new Audi R8 e-tron, their idea of what an all-electric supercar should be.
While the traditional gas Audi R8 receives a V10 in different degrees of tune, it only weighs 3,428lbs for the standard model while the S model weighs an impressive 3,205lbs.
The e-tron version on the other hand weighs 4,056lbs, which is quite a lot.
The extra weight comes from its EV powertrain, capable of 462hp and 679 lb-ft of torque combined from a series of electric motors and a massive 92 kWh lithium-ion battery with enough capacity to provide 279 miles worth of range.
A Mercedes-Benz enthusiast site reports that the new GLE, or a facelifted ML renamed to be the GLE, is going to surface at the 2015 New York Auto Show.
Earlier reports confirmed Mercedes-Benz will be renaming its entire lineup with a new nomenclature theme. This GLE will be the next, updated ML.
Set to go on sale in September, the new GLE is the normal version of the GLE Coupe, Merc’s new BMW X6 competitor.
Auto Motor und Sport reports De Tomaso was just auctioned off yesterday to a Swiss holding company known as L3 Holding, for $2.1 million or about two million Euros.
This bid was apparently large enough to even beat out offers from Chinese and Italian companies.
Not much is known about the future of the company, but given De Tomaso is primarily famous for one thing, the Pantera, there’s a chance we can expect a revival of that as well.
Source: Auto Motor und Sport
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