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Report: Jaguar’s new F-Pace crossover to spawn a series of new SUVs for the Leaping Cat
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Jaguar is in the midst of developing their first-ever crossover SUV, originally previewed by the oddly handsome, XF-on-stilts, the C-X17 Concept.

Click here for more news on the Jaguar C-X17.

According to a recent report from AutoCar, the new F-Pace isn’t the only crossover SUV in the works from Jaguar. Instead, the Coventry-based firm seeks to build an entire line of crossovers, to allow Jaguar to better compete with its German and Japanese rivals.

For example, “insiders” said they’re eyeing prospects like a competitor for the up and coming entry-level Audi Q1, while even a “coupe” version of the F-Pace is being developed to compete with the BMW X4 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. But that’s not all either since there will supposedly be high-performance R and SVR variants.

Interestingly however, there are no plans for a larger, seven-seat SUV, presumably because Jaguar knows the Range Rover exists to fill this void. And of course, Jaguar’s a sister company to Land Rover these days.

As of now, we’re expecting a production F-Pace to surface next month at Frankfurt.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: AutoCar


Teased: Mercedes-Benz releases first official picture of the S-Class Cabriolet

We already know Mercedes-Benz is in the works with an all-new S-Class convertible, a first since the beloved and signature W111 convertibles from the 1960s and 1970s.

It was first previewed by a digital rendering, officially supplied by Stuttgart themselves. But now, Merc just released the first official picture of the all-new S-Class Cabriolet, alongside the aforementioned legendary W111. This adds to the list of other models revealed by Mercedes, including the new Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe and the highly-anticipated 2017 E-Class sedan.

Mercedes fans have been clamoring for a new large convertible, which harks back to the days of big-bodied, open top motoring. And if you noticed, such types of convertibles have been quite absent from the market, except for the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead.

Either way, we couldn’t be more excited to see the return of the S-Class Convertible. Now, perhaps Cadillac could revive their history of making big-bodied luxury convertibles to compete…

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Mercedes-Benz


Report: Lexus currently developing an LS-based fuel-cell vehicle

Hydrogen fuel-cells are beginning to catch on again for a possible new trend in the quest for alternative propulsion as word from AutomotiveNews says Lexus is in the process of developing a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered LS sedan.

Supposedly scheduled for a reveal at the Tokyo Olympic Summer Games in 2020, the new model will be based on the next-generation LS, featuring tech developed and inspired by the incoming Toyota Mirai.

Not much else was shared about this potential new hydrogen-powered LS, though AutomotiveNews heard Toyota is interested in using fuel-cell powertrains in models other than the Mirai. Its reveal at the Tokyo Olympics would also provide a solid moment for media coverage for Toyota and Lexus for their prospects, which hopefully by then, will be more feasible as hydrogen fuel-cell technology advances and becomes more readily available.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: AutomotiveNews


Report: Could a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1-powered Holden Commodore be in the works?

Some exciting rumors rolled in from Australia’s Drive.com, recently regarding the Holden Commodore.

Word is that the Commodore could receive a nice little treatment from Holden’s HSV performance division by slotting the LS9 supercharged V8, from the last-generation Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, under the hood of the Commodore, to make an even faster version.

How much faster? The last Corvette ZR1 churned out a healthy 638hp and 604 lb-ft of twist, and that’s quite a lot more than the standard Chevrolet SS Sedan’s 415hp and 415 lb-ft of twist

That sounds like sex to our ears, but it should be pointed out that the Holden Commodore doesn’t seem to have much time left since General Motors officially announced to be closing Holden’s only factory in Elizabeth, Australia. This doesn’t clearly indicate the end of Holden, but the Commodore is one of several Holden products exclusively made in GM’s plant down yonder and it’s slated to end production in 2017, leaving the car’s future as uncertain. And of course, the Holden Commodore is sold here as the Chevrolet SS Sedan and the Chevrolet Caprice patrol car.

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Report: The next-generation Nissan Z could be…a crossover?

AutoCar reports of some interesting news regarding the next-gen Nissan Z sports coupe and convertible, which they claim could take form as a new crossover. Uhm, what?

Yup, you read correctly. We’re told to expect a new concept to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next September ahead of the new Z’s arrival in 2017.

The fate of the next Z has been in a lull since Nissan is still rather unsure as to which direction to take with the new crossover. At first, they planned to move down market to compete with the Toyota GT86/Scion FRS/Subaru BRZ, with a concept previewed by the IDx Concept, which also doubled as a homage to the original Datsun 510 sport sedan. But that was shelved after feedback wasn’t strong enough for them to substantiate a business case for the car.

And recently, Nissan’s chief creative officer, Shiro Nakamura, was quoted for saying: “the Z needs more revolution than evolution,” suggesting the new Z could take an entirely different path than the current model.

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Spy Shots: Is this revised Honda CR-Z what we should expect next?
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The Honda CR-Z has been with us since 2010 and you may have forgotten about it because, well, it’s a bit of a slow seller. And according to automotive press coverage on the model, the CR-Z isn’t exactly a very a compelling vehicle since it doesn’t exactly fulfill its premise of being an affordable, sporty hatch with efficiency with flying colors.

Regardless, the CR-Z is remains to be an attractive, fun-to-drive hatchback that’s still available for sale for the 2015 model year and some new spy photos surfaced of what appears to be a new-facelifted model, for the Chinese market.

From the spy shots, the updated CR-Z gets a new face thanks to a revised front fascia and some new headlights, designed to follow Honda’s current design trend, modeled after Acura’s LED low beams. Some new wheels also appear to be a apart of the update as well.

Not much is known, but this revise CR-Z seems rather odd since rumors suggest an entirely new CR-Z is due in 201. So it doesn’t really quite make sense for Honda to update the CR-Z again (as it was in 2013), but given how auto companies like to extend the manufacturing of certain models just for China’s booming car market, this tweaked CR-Z could be just that.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: CarNewsChina


Roush reveals their take on the 2015 Ford F150
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Ford and Roush go together like Chevrolet and Callaway and lately, the performance tuning firm just revealed their take on the all-new aluminum bodied Ford F150.

Roush provides the F150 with a more “rugged” look, thanks to its two-tone paint scheme and tweaked visuals. These tweaks include pronounced, black-shaded wheel arches, a side-exist exhaust, a reworked grille, and some stickers.

Adding to the look are bespoke 20-inch wheels, wrapped in Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ tires. Other standard kit includes new WeatherTech interior floor liners, a lined bed for heavy-duty work, and some badging on the interior to let you know that you bought a special edition F150, from Roush themselves.

Under the skin, not many changes were announced, but it’s obvious the Roush F150 benefits from lift kit, provided by Fox coilovers and shocks. Should you want to add this package to your F150, you’ll have to fork over around $10,500 extra to Roush.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Roush Performance


Spy Shots: The 2017 Honda Ridgeline gets spied for the first time
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Not too long ago, some spy shot photographers were able to capture what appears to be a new 2017 Honda Ridgeline test mule in the works, which can only mean that Honda’s going to continue producing their one and only pickup.

Though with what the spy photos are revealing, it appears there will be some significant changes with the new Ridgeline.

The current and first generation of Ridgeline was often criticized by hardcore pickup truck enthusiasts and lovers for “not being a true pickup,” with its unibody construction. However, this really didn’t make the Ridgeline any less capable of being a light-duty pickup truck since it was built on the same platform as the Honda Pilot. It still could go off road and haul some things, but obviously not to the level of a full-sized light-duty truck like a Ford F150.

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Recalls: The 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt recalled in US and Canada for non-deploying airbags

More recalls continue to haunt General Motors, mainly this time, with Chevrolet and the 2010 Cobalt.

Besides the fact that we feel terribly sorry for anyone who decided to subject themselves to the abomination of a Chevrolet Cobalt and its ownership, we’re still encouraging those with affected cars to get them repairs for non-deploying airbags, which is what this current recall is being issued for.

According to the NHTSA statement, 73,424 examples of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt in the US and Canada are being recalled for airbags that possibly won’t deploy in the event of a collision. Specific models affected were built between January 4 and June 23, 2010. Of those 73,424 units, 59,474 of them were sold in the US.

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The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser gets detailed and it still is available in America
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Hey folks, remember the Toyota Land Cruiser? So do we, and believe it or not, it’s still available for sale in America. That said, Toyota recently detailed the latest and greatest model for 2016 and it could be yours for a cool $80,155. Yup, you read correctly. This is an $80k Toyota SUV that you can buy, and that’s just short of five grand less than a full-size, base Range Rover.

We can’t remember the last time a Land Cruiser was this expensive, or when a Land Cruiser was nearly the cost of a Range Rover, when its more expensive cousin, the Lexus LX, existed to take on this role. Either way, the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser is still here. So, what’s new?

Well, the “J200” generation of Land Cruiser has been with us since 2007 as a 2008 model, making it just a shade over eight years old. But instead of completely redesigning it, Toyota gave it a significant facelift, which means some new exterior bodywork and upgrades to its standard options lists.

These changes include a more streamlined and sleeker front and rear fascia, new 18-inch alloy wheels, and that’s about it. Otherwise, the Land Cruiser’s brawny, upright and bulky profile remains, maintaining the truck’s rugged and go-anywhere appearance. And that’s perfectly ok for an SUV whose name is a poster child for all things off-roader.

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