Hyundai unveiled the Genesis sedan back in 2008 with hopes of attacking the market being dominated by models like the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E-Class. It did okay for a while, but then both German models saw facelifts and the competition got fiercer. Hyundai shot back with a facelifted version for the 2012 model year , but now Hyundai is working even harder for the second generation Genesis, which will be unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The show is set to kick off for the press on January 13th and the public on January 18th.
Hyundai may have only waited two years after the facelifted model to bring out the new generation, but the company has always had the shortest product cycle, so it shouldn’t be all that surprising. This allows Hyundai to keep its models fresh and with BMW and Mercedes in the loop of competition.
As far as the 2015 Genesis goes, Hyundai hasn’t offered any details on what changes the company will apply, but expect a new design language. It won’t be completely new, but will feature major changes on the front grille - expect a grille similar to the one found in the new Genesis Coupe , new headlamps, a new bonnet and new bumpers. The interior will also receive a series of new technologies.
In terms of power, the next generation Hyundai Genesis will feature the same, albeit updated, engines with improved power outputs and fuel economy.
UPDATE 4/30/2013: Per Edmunds, Hyundai has announced that it will unveil the 2015 Genesis at the 2014 North American Auto Show in Detroit. Additionally, the model will have optional all-wheel drive for the first time ever.
Update 10/24/2013: Hyundai has released a few renderings of the 2015 Genesis to the folks over at AutoBlog. You can see the front image above and the rear image after the jump.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Genesis
Rumors have been circulating for quite some time now that Mercedes will bring a new model to its lineup. And now those rumors are coming true, as the new V-Class set to arrive on the market sometime next year. This is the second time Mercedes-Benz will make use of the V-Class name — Mercedes still calls the Viano the V-Class in select markets around the globe.
The new V-Class will replace both the Viano and the wildly unsuccessful R-Class , and will be unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show . Sales will begin shortly after that.
The new V-Class — codenamed W447 — will receive a more aggressive design language when compared to the current Viano and a more luxurious interior. The first images reveal an interior with a removable touch pad on the upper section of the center console, and a premium cabin with wood inserts, chocolate leather upholstery and several metallic accents.
Under the hood, we will likely see gasoline and diesel engines, with the most powerful version delivering up to 190 horsepower.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes V-Class.
A cult classic, the 911 Targa was phased out with the 964 generation, after living a long life that started in 1965. Rumors have been swirling around about its resurrection and our spy photographers have even caught this machine on the road a few times, but it was donning a not-so-impressive disguise: a canvas coating on the roof that made it appear to be just a simple convertible model.
Today, our spy photographers caught the upcoming Porsche 911 Targa for a second time. Unfortunately, it is still wearing its convertible disguise, but it is easy to spot the separation where the removable top is. The official details on the 911 Targa are still completely unknown and we are not too sure if it will be offered as a two-wheel- or four-wheel-drive model, or possibly the option of both.
You can expect to see the 911 Targa unveiled sometime later this year and it should be in stores in time to make it a 2014 model year.
Just the other day, Land Rover tossed us a bone by revealing a teaser image and video of its revised Range Rover Sport. Well, now someone at Land Rover has apparently decided to toss us the entire chicken by posting images of the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport completely camouflage free.
When we saw the teaser image, we noted that the new headlights looked very similar to the Evoque and the larger Range Rover. If these leaked images are, in fact, of the 2014 Land Rover Sport, then our suspicion on the redesigned headlights is correct. What we couldn’t see in those teaser images was just how significant the redesign would be, but these leaked images show us that the redesign is extreme.
Front to rear, the Range Rover Sport is completely different. Gone is the flat front and rear ends, leaving a much sportier-looking SUV. In fact, these images look almost like the LR2, Range Rover and Evoque all had their DNA mixed up to make the ultimate hybrid.
Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long to find out if these images are real or not, as the new Range Rover Sport will be unveiled on March 26th.
The upcoming coupe version of the new BMW 4-Series has been caught testing one more time, and this time our spy photographers also managed to catch a shot of the interior. Also, the new prototypes reveal the functioning air vent in the front fender.
Set to replace the coupe and convertible version of the new 3-Series, the 4-Series will be a little smaller than the 6-Series, but with design elements inspired by the 3-Series. Spy shots have also revealed that the vehicle will be a few inches longer than the sedan version and will feature a more aggressive front end with the new exposed, three-dimensional BMW double kidney grille and a larger rear window.
Under the hood, the model will keep the lineup found in the 3-Series: a choice of four engines - two petrol units and two diesels - with the top version being the 435i with an output of 306 horsepower.
The new BMW 4-Series Coupe will be put into production in July 2013, so the official launch date is getting closer.
The Ford Mustang Boss 302 has only been around for a pair of years now and when it was first released, Ford promised us that it would only have a two-year lifespan. We mostly scoffed at the idea, thinking that Ford would darn sure keep it around if it sold like hotcakes and was profitable. Well, if there’s one thing Ford is good at, it’s keeping promises, as it has announced a slew of changes for the 2014 model year and one of those was bye-bye Boss 302.
So, if you have had your heart set on getting a Boss 302, you had better scrape up the $42,200 buy-in and head out to your closest Ford dealer to pick up a 2013 version — we’re willing to bet that they will go pretty fast. In an inventory search of our local Ford dealerships, we are only coming up with three Boss 302 models available, and it’s likely the same around the country.
Okay, enough with the depressing stuff, as Ford also released other information for the 2014 model year. A pair of new colors will be added to the 2014 Mustang: Oxford White and Ruby Red Metalic with Tinted Clearcoat. With those additions comes the deletion of two similar colors and one Boss 302-specific color: Red Candy Metallic with Tinted Clearcoat, High Performance White, and the Boss 302-exclusive School Bus Yellow.
Exterior Package 101A, which includes that cheap-looking lower tape stripe and a rear deck spoiler, will be axed in 2014. There are, however, two appearance packages that Ford will add to the 2014 Mustang. The first package is the FP6 Appearance Package (541), which includes: painted black outside mirror skull caps, painted black deck lid spoiler, quarter window louvers and 18-inch painted black aluminum wheels. Also added in is the FP8 Appearance Package (542), which boasts the same items as the FP6 Appearance Package, but adds in 19-by-8.5-inch machined aluminum rims.
Though the Boss 302 is going away, the super-high-performance `Stang – the Shelby GT500 – is staying and gaining standard heated seats, and the two new exterior colors that we mentioned earlier.
So there we have it, the last model year before the supposed big 2015 redesign will include the axing of a crowd favorite and some very basic additions. Nothing to get really excited about, but plenty to be sad about.
Despite the sluggish sales of the flagship Phaeton since its launch in 2003, VW is intent on designing and developing the next gen flagship right from scratch.
Talking to Autocar at the Sao Paulo Motor Show, R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg confirmed that there will be a 2014 Volkswagen Phaeton that will feel ’very new’ as compared to the current gen, which we think is very boring in terms of design and driveability. You would never feel excited when you step into a Phaeton, unlike its competitors like the Mercedes S-Class or the Jaguar XJ. It’s a car that, frankly speaking, one wouldn’t look forward to sitting and driving when you go to work or for a long drive. It’s been sitting on the same old platform for the last 10 years with little tweaks to the design and changes to the engine line-up. For VW to make the Phaeton a success in the luxury saloon market, little tweaks just isn’t enough. Now though, believing what the R&D chief has said, that’s about to change for good.
Apart from the confirmation, he also revealed that it would be underpinned by the new modular MLB platform for large sedans in the VW Group, underpinnings which will also be used beneath the next-generation Continental family from Bentley and Panamera family from Porsche. Good to see that VW is intent on making it a success.
With that, the Phaeton will be marketed as a car for those who like the ride comfort of a Bentley, but can’t afford one.
The Chevrolet Corvette is heading into its seventh generation and it’s set to be unveiled in Detroit on January 13th, 2013. With the release of this almost 100 percent all-new `Vette – only the cabin air filter and the top latch are carried over from the C6 generation – also comes an all-new version of the Corvette’s signature crossed flags logo.
GM was rather generous with us upon announcing the upcoming release of the C7 Corvette, as it also released an image of the restyled badge. Sure, it is essentially a modernized version of the C6’s badge, but it’s still cool nonetheless.
In celebration of this upcoming release, we thought we would outline all seven renditions of the Corvette’s crossed flags badge and connect them to their respective generations. So kick back and enjoy as we take you from 1953 all the way through 2014!
Click past the jump to read the full evolution of the Corvette and its emblem.
We have speculated, spied, and even rendered the C7 Corvette as we anxiously awaited any news on its upcoming release. Well, the speculation will officially be over in less than three months, as Chevrolet has just announced that it will officially unveil the C7 Corvette on January 13, 2013.
GM also let us know that the Corvette will be a “world-challenging sports car with design, refinement, efficiency and driver engagement that is second to none.” We also learned in GM’s presser that the C7 Corvette will be nearly 100 percent new, as it will use only two components from the C6 generation: the cabin air filter and rear latch for the removable top. That gets us extremely excited, as a fear of ours is a body overhaul but the same old driveline and chassis under the skin. Maybe the rumors of a 5.5-liter V-8 powerplant are true...
With these all-new components also comes a brand new Crossed Flags logo. GM was actually kind enough to provide us with an image of the new Crossed Flags logo (pictured above) and it is definitely far more modern and aggressive than any one before it. According to GM, there were over 100 different prototypes for the new emblem reviewed before executives finally decided on this one.
It seems as if GM is just as excited about this upcoming release, as it has launched a website – www.one13thirteen.com – dedicated to tracking all of the C7 `Vette release details over the next few months. In fact, the first video on the site unlocks on November 15th. You can also track all of the release info at the Corvette’s Facebook page.
Chevy also announced that we will see the C7.R Corvette running in the 2014 ALMS. So, the question now is what in the world does GM have up its sleeve? We’ll keep close tabs on every bit of info that GM releases.
Click past the jump to read GM’s full press release and see a video on the Crossed Flags’ evolution.
Renault just unveiled its all-new Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo road-going car in Paris and we all knew it was in for big things. Well, now we know exactly what plans Renault had for it, as the French automaker has announced that a racing version, the Clio Renaultsport Cup will be offered for competition in time for the 2014 British Touring Car Championship.
The Clio Renaultsport Cup will feature an Oreca Magny-Cours-tuned 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-banger that pumps out a stout 220 horsepower and 270 Nm (199 pound-feet) of torque mated to a 6-speed sequential gearbox via an AP Racing clutch. The power is delivered to the wheels via a limited-slip differential. Buyers can opt for a paddle-shift interface, if they desire.
Bringing this high-performance Clio to a halt are 320 mm (12.6-inch) AP Racing front rotors, which are squeezed by quad-piston calipers. One-way ZF-Sachs adjustable dampers are on the corners with custom-built aluminum wishbones. Also on the corners are 17-inch Speedline Corse alloy rims, wrapped in performance rubber to keep the Clio glued to the track. Keeping up with the times, Renault will fit the Clio Cup with a data acquisition system integrated into a color TFT screen, so the driver can pull all of his race data immediately.
The body boasts a large rear spoiler that puts down about 40 kg (88.2 lbs) of down-force at 125 mph, helping keep the tires on the ground at high speeds. The press car is draped in white with checkered livery, but we figure you can snag up the Clio Renaultsport Cup in a variety of color schemes.
There’s no mention of pre-installed safety equipment, so we are left to assume that this is something that you need to install to fit whichever racing series you choose to run the Clio Renaultsport Cup in.
This awesome racer will be ready for delivery in the UK in September 2013, so we have a while to wait. You’ll need all of that extra time to save up the whopping €37,800 (about $49,286 at the current rates), plus VAT, attached to this hot hatchback.