One of the hottest SUV concepts to appear this year — the Lexus LF-NX — will not remain just a concept much longer, according to reports. Cue all the rejoicing from fans of this absolutely wicked crossover!
The news comes by way of Auto Express, who spoke with Lexus ’ European director Paul Van der Burgh about the future of the concept crossover. According to Van der Burgh, customer demand spurred the decision for the automaker to green light a production model of the LF-NX. Even better, the production version of the concept will receive many of the striking exterior details of the concept, a development that could turn the LF-NX into one of the sickest looking crossovers /SUVs this side of the upcoming Lamborghini Urus.
No word yet on what kind of powertrain the production LF-NX is going to carry. The concept that appeared last September at the Frankfurt Motor Show carried a 2.5-liter, Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine working with an electric motor while the turbo model that was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show just last month featured a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine with D-4S and VVT-i combustion technologies.
The production LF-NX is expected to go on sale sometime in the summer of 2014, making it one of the most eagerly anticipated new crossovers of the next year. Lexus will show the LF-NX’s production variant at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show .
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While most of you are likely getting ready for the holiday season, the automotive world is readying itself for the whirlwind that will be the 2014 Detroit Auto Show . We already know about a few of the goodies that will be displayed in the Motor City, like the Corvette Z06 and the new-generation Hyundai Genesis , but we’re pretty sure that the list will be far longer than that by time the show opens on January 13th.
One such addition is this concept car from Infiniti . Called Q50 "Eau Rouge," the concept is based on the recently launched Q50 and features elements inspired by Formula One .
The concept is named after the world-famous corner at the Formula One track in Spa-Francorchamps, "a corner which requires extraordinary strength, courage and commitment."
While all we have on the concept so far is this teaser image, Infiniti did confirm it will feature a special aerodynamic package and design elements "which are influenced by Infiniti’s partnership with Formula One world championship-winning team Infiniti Red Bull Racing."
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With the new 2014 Corvette Stingray hitting showrooms soon, we can only assume that Chevy will be revealing higher-performance versions in the near future. One of these new high-performance versions is the successor to the Z06, and, according to Chevrolet’s official confirmation it will keep the same nomenclature during the seventh generation.
The Corvette Z06 will keep enthusiasts happy until the the new ZR1 model hits the market late in this generation’s product cycle.
Just like the previous Z06 , the new model, will likely feature a sportier suspension system, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and larger Michelin tires to help keep the speedy `Vette glued to the road. Rumors suggest that the Z06 will carry a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 600 horsepower and mates to a Tremec TR-6070, seven-speed manual transmission.
Savvy spy shooters have caught the Z06 out and about testing on several occasions, and we have created a rendering (above) to help give you a better idea of what to expect. We anticipate seeing the Z06 debut in early 2015, which points to it bowing in at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show .
Updated 12/04/2013: Chevrolet officially confirmed today that the new 2015 Corvette Z06 will be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show . According to GM, it will be "most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features." Along with this announcement comes the release of the first teaser image of the new Z06, which you can see above.
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Our friends over at MotorTrend have just announced their 2014 pick for the rather prestigious Car Of The Year award. The MT team had their work cut out for them with a large 22-car field, but after running their battery of tests, the 2014 Cadillac CTS took home the Golden Calipers.
As Editor-in-Chief Ed Loh explains in the video, the cars are not compared directly to each other, but against six key criteria: Advancement in design, safety, efficiency, engineering excellence, performance of intended function and value. The CTS had each in spades.
The CTS is offered with three engines that are not tied to trim levels, making the number of build combinations quite numerous. The 2.0-liter, turbocharged in-line four makes respectable power while keeping fuel bills low. The naturally aspirated, 3.6-liter, V-6 makes strong numbers as well and certainly won’t leave owners with buyer’s remorse. That is, unless, you’re looking for a driver’s car. Then the twin-turbo, 3.6-liter, V-6 making 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque within the CTS Vsport fits the bill.
A chassis that’s hundreds of pounds lighter than the competition, coupled with the optional Magnetic Ride Control, make the CTS handle like a surgeon’s scalpel. And speaking of scalpels, MotorTrend had only great things to say about the cutting-edge design of the CTS’ exterior. The long LED accent lights that fall from the fenders to the lower front fascia were a particular area of interest for the judges.
The contender’s field may have been 22 cars deep, but the CTS was the one that met or exceeded the judges six criteria in a big way. Cheers to Cadillac who has come so far in the last 10 years.
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BMW has already begun revitalizing its lineup with the future 3 Series Coupe and Convertible getting tagged under the 4 Series line. This treatment is also spilling over to the 1 Series , as the three- and five-door models will remain under the 1 Series name, but starting in 2014, the coupe and convertible models become the new 2 Series lineup.
When compared to the 1 Series Coupe — the model it replaces — the new 2 Series Coupe is larger, giving increased interior room for the front and rear passengers. Additionally, the U.S.-spec 2 Series loses the six-cylinder engine used in the 1 Series Coupe and makes use of a new four-cylinder engine that is more powerful and easier on fuel.
BMW will display the new 2 Series Coupe at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , but it has revealed most of the information ahead of its public showing.
It will hit showrooms in the first quarter of 2014 at a base price of $33,025. Upon initial release, there will only be two variants available in the U.S.: 228i and M235i. You can see the full review for the high-performance, 2014 BMW M235i here .
Updated 10/25/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.
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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.
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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.
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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.