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Photo Leak: Hello Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept, is that you…? [UPDATED w/ VIDEO]

Land Rover has apparently been quietly hinting at the introduction of a new concept, last minute, at the New York Auto Show later this week. That concept apparently is the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept, which previews the next-generation and way overdue redesign of the midsize Discovery, also known as the LR4 here in the states.

The new concept visibly adopts Land Rover’s latest global design language, first made apparent on the Range Rover Evoque, the standard Range Rover, and the Range Rover Sport. The front is rounded like most of Land Rover’s stable today, with protruding, yet refined wheel arches, and clean curves and angles.

Altogether, this really gets us excited for the next generation Discovery. The new Discovery will also feature Land Rover’s latest innovation with the “disappearing” engine hood. What do you think so far? Let us know in the comments.

[VIDEO] Check out Land Rover’s official press statement and teaser after the jump.
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BMW announces Track Handling Package for 228i

BMW officially announced to be offering a Track Handling Package for the basic 228i, which sport’s the automaker’s 2.0L TwinPower Turbo four-banger.

The package includes Adaptive M Suspension, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires with bespoke 18-inch wheels, M Sport Brakes, Variable Sport Steering, and more.

It will launch in July of 2014, also offering buyers with the choice of a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. So if you want an M235i, but can’t quite step it all the way, then the 228i with the Track Handling Package may be your bet.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

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The 2015 Kia Sedona is the last of the line to get revamped, heads to New York
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Following a quick teaser of Kia’s last model needing a complete makeover, which would be none other than the Sedona minivan, Kia sought to showcase the car on the Internet before its debut at the New York Auto Show later this week.

Incorporating the latest and greatest design and engineering from the South Korean automaker, the Sedona minivan morphs into a much more upscale vehicle, similarly like the rest of Kia’s highly successful new portfolio. Kia describes the 2015 Sedona as modern, with its “CUV-like” cab-forward design–whatever that means. In addition to the new design, the Sedona is described to be better in every way all around. It will even come with the packaging choice of a more “upscale” model.

The 2015 Kia Sedona is also larger than its predecessor, by 1.6-inches at the wheelbase, to offer more space on the inside. There are also standard LED taillights and day-time headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, reduced front and rear overhangs for better styling–the works.

Power is provided by a Hyundai-sourced Lambda Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) 3.3L V6, a replacement for the last Sedona’s 3.5L engine, and the same mill found on the Cadenza and Sorento crossover as well as many other Hyundais. That 3.3L GDI V6 is good for 276hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. Sitting in between the front wheels and the engine is a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2015 Kia Sedona also comes extra loaded with options and equipment galore, especially in the safety department, continuing the Sedona’s legacy of being one of the safest vehicles in its class.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

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The 2015 Nissan Murano is here on the Interwebs, debuts in New York this week
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Nissan revealed an all-new and completely redesigned 2015 Murano on the Interwebs this morning to wet our taste buds for the New York Auto Show this week.

Built to transition the Murano into its third generation, the new crossover incorporates all of the latest design cues and touches from Nissan’s global design language of today. Some of these cues include the swept-back boomerang headlights, to the curvaceous shoulder lines and strikingly bold presence.

“Murano owners live in an environment – home, work and car – that is beautiful, well-designed and efficiently run. They are social and embrace technology,” said Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President, Chief Planning Officer (CPLO) of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “The new Murano had to embrace all of these values, while also taking a major leap forward in terms of its ‘Wow’ factor.”

Details were kept to a minimum, but power is provided by Nissan’s typical 3.5L V6 mated to a CVT Xtronic transmission, channeling power to the front or all-four wheels.

Check out the press release after the jump. Sales are expected to begin later this year.

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Report: Mercedes-Benz to possibly reveal S65 AMG Coupe this summer

A Mercedes-Benz enthusiast blog reports that the Silver Arrow will be continuing the legacy of its most powerful flagship, which would be none other than the S65 AMG Coupe.

According to said report, the new S65 AMG coupe, much like the CL65 AMG of last, will receive the same insanely potent 6.0L V12 as the S65 AMG sedan. This mill churns out 630hp and 737 lb-ft of twist. There was no specification as to whether or not the new S65 AMG coupe will receive 4MATIC all-wheel drive to improve grip, like the lesser V8-powered S63 AMG of both types more recently.

Either way, a 0-62 mph time of roughly 4.3 seconds is expected for a top sprint electronically limited to 155 mph. Channeling that power to the rear wheels is AMG’s traditional 7G-TRONIC Speedshift Plus transmission. AMG carbon ceramic brakes will also be made optional.

Source: Mercedes-Benz-Passion.com


Chevrolet reveals 2015 Cruze for New York, boasts 4G LTE hotspot and Apple Siri integration
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Chevrolet will be bringing a mid-cycle refreshed Cruze for the world to see at this year’s show at the Javits Center in the heart of Manhattan.

To be sold as a 2015 model, the new Chevrolet Cruze sports some revised exterior styling, a redesigned interior, more wireless connectivity such as Apple Siri integration, and OnStar 4G LTE hotspot capabilities. The exterior has been refreshed with some of Chevrolet’s recent styling cues, evolving the brand’s current design language. Some of these cues can be seen on the 2014 Chevrolet Impala and the recently updated 2014 Malibyu.

Otherwise, the Cruze can still be optioned in LS, LT, RS, and LTZ trim along with the Cruze Eco, and Cruze Diesel. There’s also no mention of any engine or transmissions updates, implying that the same selection of EcoTec four-cylinders carry over in both gasoline and diesel form. The Cruze Diesel still boasts more power than the current and competing Volkswagen Jetta TDI. The Cruze has 151hp and 264 lb-ft of torque while the Jetta TDI only has 140hp and 236 lb-ft to deal with. The Cruze Diesel also remains particularly competitive with its driving range of up to 717 miles per tank

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

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Report: BMW may build the 3 Series in North America
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In the past 20+ years, BMW has been working to shift automobile assembly away from Germany and into other countries. They set up shop in Spartanburg, South Carolina in the 90s, and currently nail most of their crossovers and the Z4 together there, though components such as the engine still come from the ‘fatherland. After recently announcing a $1 B investment in the plant and the introduction of the X7 full-size SUV, which will be built there too, production will ramp up from 300,000 units per year to 450,000 units per year in 2016.

Spartanburg is not the likely resting place for the F30 3er assignment though. There are reports at this point, which have cropped up in the past, of the Munich-based automaker setting up shop in Mexico, not unlike rival Audi. Mercedes too has dabbled in North American production, famously starting off with the ill-fated first generation of their M-Class sport utility vehicle. Thanks to a semi-leaked interview meant for company staff, obtained by Bloomberg, BMW’s production chief, Harald Krueger suggested that “We will decide this in the next months. On the North American continent, there’s still potential.”

-By: Sawyer Sutton

Source: Autoblog

All photos copyright 2013 Omar Rana, egmCarTech


2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen revealed en route to New York
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Though VW lightly uses the term “concept” here and there for its appearance at the New York Auto show next week, what you see here is essentially the replacement for the Jetta SportWagen. Using the Golf nomenclature, VW is offering an all new replacement fitted with either the 170 bhp 1.8 liter four cylinder gas engine mated to a 5-speed stick or a 6-speed auto or the 150 bhp CleanDiesel four, which will be plugged into a six speed manual or VW’s DSG dual clutch automatic.

Compared to the previous generation, the new car is closer to the ground, offers up to a 17 percent gain in economy, is more slippery through the air, and offers a lower loading height for the cargo area. As indicated by the concept car, four wheel drive will be available. Historically, the Jetta wagon has been pretty close to the Subaru Impreza, so, depending upon which options VW plans to shove down the throats of AWD buyers, this could be something of an upset.

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Chevrolet reveals the Corvette Z06 convertible, heads to New York next week
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It was only a matter of time until this was going to happen.

Chevrolet pulled the virtual sheets off of their latest version of the Corvette, the 2015 Corvette Z06 convertible. And like the Z06 on which it is based on, the new convertible sports the same supercharged LT4 6.2L V8 good for “at least” 625hp and 635 lb-ft of torque. The engine also features the same array of new technology, such as direct-injection, Active Fuel Management, and continuously variable valve timing. As of now, there is no mention of a manual, but rather GM’s latest and fast-shifting 8L90 eight-speed automatic.

Altogether, it makes for the most powerful convertible ever produced by Chevrolet. And despite being beheaded, the new Z06 convertible is 20 percent stiffer than the outgoing fixed-roof Z06, needing for no additional structural reinforcement while maintaining the same curb weight as the coupe.

Performance, pricing, and sales times haven’t been released. Though, we can expect that information to pop up sometime in the near future, if not during the actual presentation of the Z06 convertible next week.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

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LeMans Prototype goes drifting in the Snow [VIDEO]

I’m not sure this sort of filmed missive requires any sort of explanation, but here goes. Freeskier Jon Olsson elected to take his 2,200-lb Rebellion R2K LeMans prototype that he will be racing in the Gumball 3000 this year up a snowy hill. With 600 horsepower 315mm wide snow tires and rear wheel drive, and $700,000 worth of car, Olson makes quick work of the circuit.

Has Olsson invented a new sport here? Maybe not. He was the first to drive through what looks like a wide ski trail that was actively being groomed. It’s a bit tricky to believe that the track would be of much use to the LMP class after several laps, though this could be sort of cool if they took GT class cars, lifted them and fitted them will AWD, but then again that would be a bit similar to the WRC. In any case, do watch the short clip and become jealous.

-By: Sawyer Sutton

Source: TopGear

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