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Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to hybrid technology, but the German automaker has yet to implement it on a large scale throughout its lineup, using it only on the S-Class and the E-Class up until now.

That’s about to change next year when the Stuttgart-based automaker plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid version of the brand-new C-Class . Expected to hit the market under the C350 Plug-In Hybrid name, the sedan will rely on a powertrain that brings together a turbocharged four-cylinder unit, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery.

Details are still under wraps, but Mercedes is likely to drop in its 2.0-liter conventional engine, which is good for 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in the standard C-Class. Little is known about the electric motor set to be paired with the four-pot, but word has it we’ll be seeing an extra 70 horsepower and at least 140 pound-feet of torque coming from it.

The combo should enable the C-Class Plug-In Hybrid to return at least 78 mpg, making it one of the most fuel efficient sedans on the market. The grand unveiling could take place at the Paris Motor Show this fall, with the first units to hit dealerships in 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes C-Class Plug-In Hybrid.

Introduced at last year’s SEMA Show , the 2014 Corvette Stingray Pacific Concept was Chevrolet’s idea of customizing the C7 Corvette to look like a race car , without applying any powertrain modifications or taking its road-legal status away. Finished in a flashy, "look at me!" Torch Red exterior with a pair of Satin Black racing stripes across its nose, hood and rear end, the Corvette Pacific Concept took center stage in Las Vegas and, apparently, all that attention prompted Chevrolet to roll out a similar package for the 2015 Corvette Stingray Coupe .

Unlike the Atlantic Design Package that adds a few exterior updates and almost no cabin upgrades, the Pacific Design Package is more extensive and aimed at customers that either like to take their Corvette at the track or enjoy the racing-oriented appearance.

Before we jump to the details, we’d like to point out that the Pacific Design Package is exclusive to Z51-equipped coupes in either 2LT and 3LT trim. And like any 2015 Corvette Stingray, it can be ordered with the all-new eight-speed automatic tranny with paddle shifters and the Performance Data Recorder.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Pacific Design Package.

As you may recall, at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show we had our first look at the Mercedes-Benz C-Class L , the most recent and longest member of the brand-new C-Class family. The sedan will go on sale later this year, but, to our disappointment, it won’t make it to the U.S., being a China-exclusive model.

Today, a report coming from Autocar says the C-Class lineup is set to expand even more, with a performance-oriented sedan to join the ranks next year. This time we’re not talking about yet another AMG-prepped midsize, but a vehicle that will fill the large gap between the C400 model and the brawny C63 AMG that should break cover later in 2014.

Details are scarce at the time of this writing, but the aforementioned source states the new model will be launched with the C450 AMG Sport moniker and with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine under the hood. In order for the sportier C-Class to bridge the wide gap between the 329-horsepower C400 and the 450-horsepower (estimated) C63 AMG , the Germans will increase the V-6’s output to about 372 horses.

As the name suggests, the C450 is not an official AMG model, but it’s being developed in collaboration with the company’s performance arm. It appears that the C450 AMG Sport will also be offered in an optional 4MATIC configuration, which is very likely to cross the Pond into North American dealerships.

Note: Mercedes C63 AMG rendering shown here.

Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport.

Source: AutoCar

If a couple of weeks ago we were talking about how the new, beefed up C63 AMG will also get coupe, convertible and wagon versions , now we have to refocus our attention on the regular C-Class model and its brand-new family member, the C-Class Long.

Specifically developed for the Chinese market, where additional legroom is highly appreciated, the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Long broke cover at the Beijing Auto Show , the country’s most important automotive event for the year.

We’re not at all shocked that the elongated C-Class showed up this month, given that the vehicle has been confirmed since last year, but we’re pleasantly surprised to find out that the China -exclusive model is a full 80 mm (3.1 inches) longer than the standard version. For the record, Audi] added only 60 mm (2.4 inches) to the A4 when it created the A4L.

As the model kept its overhangs intact, the entire length of the C-Class L sits in a 2,920-mm (115-inch) long wheelbase, giving it a longer wheelbase than the regular Mercedes-Benz E-Class . The additional room the longer wheelbase spawns in the cabin is obviously available in the rear compartment, where passengers will be able to sit more comfortably and stretch their legs further before hitting the front seats.

Speaking of which, the front passenger’s seat can be adjusted from the rear for further legroom or to compensate for the extra 25 mm (1 inch) added to the rear bench.

The Germans have yet to reveal too many details, but they did mention the C-Class Long will be offered with two different exterior designs. The tame model will come with the classic front grille with the company’s star mounted on the hood, while the more aggressive version, dubbed the "Sport Sedan," will carry numerous AMG body components, including a front apron, sill panels and a diffuser-like rear skirt.

There’s no specific word on what engines will be motivating the C-Class L, but the company said the base model will get 156 horsepower, while the range-topping version can be equipped with a unit that delivers as much as 367 horsepower. This means that there will be at least a C 180L, which will cover the 156-horsepower version. As for the 367-horsepower version, the only Chinese-spec engine close to that is the 360-horsepower, 2.0-liter from the CLA45 AMG, and it is doubtful that this engine will be in a long-wheelbase cruiser, like the C-Class L.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes C-Class L.

This is the new Infiniti Q70, just announced at the New York Auto Show , and at first blush you may not peg it as a new or refreshed model. To be honest, not much has changed since it was still called the M Sedan . There have been some visual changes to distinguish the new 2015 model from the current 2014 version, but by and large this is the same swoopy and fluidic sedan Infiniti has been selling since 2010.

That isn’t necessarily a bad thing though, as I think the Q70 is one of the best looking cars in the class.

The big news for the 2015 car is the addition of new technology and the announcement of a long wheelbase Q70L, specifically created to cater to the booming Chinese markets. Thankfully for those of us who enjoy the idea of extra rear legroom, the Q70L will be coming to the U.S. and other important Infiniti markets. This isn’t a China exclusive like so many long wheelbase models tend to be these days.

To find out about all the changes coming to the freshly announced 2015 Q70 and Q70L hit the jump.

The Land Rover brand is on the brink of renaissance; a future laid out with a structured purpose that includes no less than three sub-categories and levels of refinement and off-road abilities — and it’s all starting with this, the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept.

Just one day before the New York Auto Show officially kicks off, Land Rover pulled the covers off its newest design and road map for the company’s future. The overarching plan includes creating three sub brands with individual vehicles under each. It will be a lot like what the Range Rover brand has already done with its multiple models.

Range Rover will soldier on filling the luxury segment while the Land Rover Discovery lineup will fill the ‘leisure’-oriented rolls and a new lineup under the Defender nameplate will cater to the hard-core off-roaders and keep the Land Rover tradition alive of blazing trails in far-off regions of the world while (hopefully) being accessible to every market, including the U.S.

Besides announcing the new corporate structuring, Land Rover is heralding in its new design language with the Discovery Vision Concept. The new look still has lingering cues from the LR4 that it replaces and the more upscale Range Rovers, but overall, the look is totally fresh. Included under is silvery skin are acres of new technologies and innovative features that set the SUV – and the brand – on a level above. Such things as gesture controls, its ‘transparent’ hood, and the first ever remote-control drive.

Click past the jump for the full rundown on all the new features

The newly launched Porsche Macan , which will wage war against the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 , has yet to reach U.S. showrooms, but that didn’t stop the folks over at Porsche Exclusive from meddling with the compact SUV .

Having already seen its take on the 2014 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo Cabriolet , we know What Porsche Exclusive is capable of when it comes to adding unique features inside and out. Flashy body colors, blacked-out headlamps and deep chocolate brown seats are just a few of the options that can be acquired form Porsche ’s individualization program.

The same amenities are available for the brand new Macan as well, and the customized entry-level model you’re about to see below is proof enough. As with most Porsche Exclusive builds, this specific Macan S looks more aggressive without having that "in your face" statement attached to it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Macan S by Porsche Exclusive

Chevy showed up a little late to the luxury truck party, as 2014 marks the 15th anniversary of the Ford F-Series King Ranch. At the same time, it’s the fourth year on the market for the Ram Laramie Longhorn. Well, this all came to an end in 2013, thanks to the new High Country trim level for the Silverado.

The range-topping High Country trim was introduced on the Silverado 1500 just last year, when the new-generation truck was launched. Now, the luxurious appearance package has been transferred over to the company’s heavy-duty lineup in hopes that pretentious truck customers will finally have a reason to stop by GM dealerships.

Needless to say, the 2015 Silverado HD is well prepared ahead of a new battle with Ford and Ram , but it remains to be seen if its strong enough to compete in the $50,000+ market. The new High Country mule won’t go on sale until summer kicks in, so we might as well have an in depth look at its features and numbers.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD High Country.

The seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette was launched with great success in the 2014 model year, grabbing numerous awards, including the TopSpeed Car of the Year , and exceeding GM ’s initial expectations in terms of sales. In fact, demand for the 2014 Corvette Stingray was so high it prompted Chevrolet to adjust 2015 pricing in line with demand by increasing the sports car ’s MSRP by $2,000.

The vehicle’s popularity is likely to continue into the 2015 model year as well, although the Corvette Stingray is not scheduled to receive too many updates. Needless to say, the C7 is fresh enough to give its competitors a run for their money without any visual or performance-related enhancements.

On the other hand, Chevrolet has been working on numerous ways to improve the Corvette Stingray in other areas, such as fuel economy and driving experience, and it appears to have obtained that by developing an all-new gearbox.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Details about a possible M2 model surfaced at the end of May 2011 when BMW confirmed that the coupe and cabrio version of the 1-Series would be sold as the 2-Series . Now, thanks to the British magazine, AutoExpress, more details are available on this new sports car.

The new BMW M2 will be built on the company’s F21 platform that will also be used for the next 2-Series model. It will be an entry-level sports car featuring a front-mounted engine mated to all-new DCT semi-automatic transmission. As of right now, the likely engine is the 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo delivering about 400 horses. One of the most innovative features of the upcoming M2 will be the intense use of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics first used in theM3 CRT and also announced for the upcoming BMW i8 .

In an interview with the British magazine, the M Division’s new managing director, Dr Friedrich Nitschke said: "In the 1M Coupe , we have a starter car for the M Division, and we are continuing to develop this project. Such models must be sporty, and offer extraordinarily low fuel consumption. This is something we could achieve with the M2. I think the 1M Coupe proves there is room for an M2, a coupe."

Although BMW feels there is room for an M2 model, don’t expect it to arrive until late 2015. At that point, models like the Porsche Cayman and the Audi TT RS may need a little jump-start to deal with the added competition.

Updated 04/07/2014: LeftLaneNews reports that the next BMW M2 will be powered by a twin-turbocharged variant of the 3.0-liter straight-six found under the hood of the M235i, and with the output increased to about 380 to 400 horsepower — 60 to 80 horsepower more than the M235i. This will allow the M2 to go from 0 to 60 mph in a little over four seconds. The M2 should be put on sale in 2016 at a price of about $55k.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW M2.

Source: AutoExpress

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