It’s already pretty understood that BMW will be producing their X4 crossover, which is in essence, a mini-me and more affordable X6. That said, much like how the current X6 has a range of models to choose from, especially one decked out by BMW M’s finishing school, the X4 is said to receive the same treatment, according to TheMotorReport in Australia.
The X4 will go head-to-head with the Porsche Macan and the Audi Q5, though the high-performance variant expected won’t utilize an X4 M badge as an official M car, but will supposedly be marketed directly under BMW’s M Performance brand. Additionally, after speaking with BMW Australia’s managing director, Phil Horton, the high-performance X4 could use a pumped up oil burner (diesel).
BMW has been known to be working on high performance diesels in the past. That said, such a concept is should very much find its way into the portfolio of the X4.
TIME recently got a sneak preview of the next generation Ford Mustang, which is due for an impending reveal, hence the photo leaks.
Set for a launch for the 2015 model year, the new Mustang is the first model to truly depart from the extremely successful retro looks that started with the fifth generation in 2005.
As expected from previous reports, the new Ford Mustang will get an optional EcoBoost turbocharged four-banger, a naturally-aspirated V8 and the lovely 5.0L Coyote V8.
Photo Source: TIME
Saab’s new parent, National Electric Vehicle Sweden, has officially and proudly announced to have restarted the automaker’s assembly plant in Trollhättan, Sweden, making the 2014 Saab 9-3. But don’t get too excited just yet as the new 9-3 is nearly identical to the last 9-3 ever made since the brand filed for bankruptcy and ceased operation.
Specifics weren’t shared, though the new 2014 Saab 9-3 will get a turbocharged 2.0L four-banger good for 220hp mated to some sort of manual or automatic transmission.
Sales will begin in homeland Sweden with prices starting at 279,000 SEK or $42,880 US.
See the press release after the jump.
BMW has released a racing spec version of their already interesting M235i sports sedan; powered by the same 3-liter turbocharged six from the street legal version, power jumps up from 321 bhp to 328bhp that is routed through a mechanical limited slip differential to the rear wheels. As part of the race-ready spec, an FIA compliant safety cell and race spec fuel cell is stuck in the trunk.
The car also gets new front and rear spoilers, but that is the limit of the scope of changes to the showroom car, which costs $73,548; the Racing costs $80,872.
As indicated by the minimal price increase, BMW has strapped a few new features to the car, taken very few things out and retained the stability control and traction control. There is no word just yet on availability over in the ‘States.
- By: Sawyer Sutton
Freshly introduced through backdoor channels, the 2015 Mustang is ready for viewing. Gone is the modernized ‘64-73 look, and gone is the traditional raft of naturally aspirated engines; the MY2015 ‘Stang packs a new 4-pot 2.3 liter turbocharged engine in addition to the 5-liter.
Fresh is the operative word for those with eyes and Mustang purists; the latter are assaulted with a combination of Fusion, Accord Coupe, Nissan Z-Car and 911. Each of these cars are very easy to taste individually, but the combination is not unlike cake and tacos; the two should not see the light of day in the same package.
Purists will note that despite the loss of 200 lbs over the previous model, the rear end is freshly fettled with independent suspension, which is part of an effort by Ford to make the car appeal to a larger market. Inside, things don’t improve significantly; yes there is more standard equipment and more options are available than in previous years, but the overall look and feel remains cheap and busy; not out of place for a high end, American rental car.
- By: Sawyer Sutton
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Volkswagen proudly announced to be bringing the new Touareg X to the US, which is a special edition version of the SUV designed to pay tribute to the Touareg’s age of 10 years old.
Only 1,000 units will be produced with prices starting at $56,170. And what do you get?
Buyers get a new Touareg TDI Clean Diesel Lux with a range of upgrades, like a Moonlight Blue Pearl exterior and 19-inch bespoke Moab-style wheels. The inside gets some appointments as well, including piano black trim, illuminated door sills, and more. Equipment wise, a panoramic sunroom, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats and sat-nav are all standard.
The Touareg X’s TDI 3.0L turbocharged diesel V6 churns out 240hp and 406 lb-ft of torque through a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic and 4MOTION all-wheel drive.
Check out the press release after the jump.
BMW unleashed some new M Performance parts for the much anticipated 2-Series Coupe and M235i. A variety of upgrades, such as Power Kits for the European-spec diesel 220d, are offered.
Additionally, buyers of the standard 2-Series can essentially retrofit nearly every component designed to the equal of the M235i. From the drivetrain, suspension, and body work, the 2-Series can be customized to your liking a la the BMW M department.
For the full blast, check it out after the jump.
Across the Pacific pond on home turf, Hyundai Motor Company fully revealed the next generation Genesis luxury sedan. And all we have to say is, wow! Employing many of the styling cues—including the overall shape—of their original HCD-14 Genesis Concept from the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, the new Genesis promises to up the ante once again for Hyundai.
It grows slightly in size, specifically 75mm at the length of the wheelbase, which offers an apparent “best-in-class” rating for cabin space. Though debuting for the first time is Hyundai’s new HTRAC all-wheel drive system in conjunction with a completely new multi-link rear suspension design—both designed to improve handling performance and ride.
Much like the outgoing Genesis, the new Genesis will be made available with a range of Lambda V6s displacing 3.0L, 3.3L, and 3.8L with a range topping 5.0L Tau V8. The 3.0 churns out around 261hp, the 3.3 286hp, and lastly, the 3.8 with 319hp. The Tau V8 remains pegged at 429hp. All are mated to an eight-speed automatic.
For full details, check out the press release after the jump.
MotorTrend has learned that the next generation Audi R8 will be quite a bit lighter than the outgoing model, after speaking with the brand’s chief of technical development, Ulrich Hackenberg.
This comes thanks to the increased use of aluminum and carbon fiber throughout the chassis. Weight savings are estimated to hover between the 110-130lbs mark. For comparative purposes, the base 2014 R8 Spyder weighs in at a pretty porky 3,907lbs while the R8 V10 Plus Coupe weighs 3,678lbs.
A similar offering of a V8 or V10 is expected to be available, like the previous model. Though specifics obviously haven’t been disclosed.
Edmunds reports that Cadillac will actually bring its rumored, though highly-anticipated ATS with two less doors at the Detroit Auto Show next January.
According to the report, the ATS Coupe will go on sale next summer and will typically be offered with the same sort of kit offered in the ATS sedan. That includes GM’s latest 2.5L Ecotec naturally-aspirated four-banger good for 202hp, 2.0L turbocharged Ecotec four-pot with 272hp, and the latest 3.6L LFX V6 capable of 321hp.
A six-speed automatic is standard with the optional six-speed manual only available on the 2.0L turbocharged variant. Power gets sent to the rear wheels or all four.