$60K-$70K

$60K-$70K

Following the 2013 model year, Acura axed its aging flagship, the RL , and introduced a new sedan for the 2014 model year. The 2014 RLX — yeah, we know it’s not the most creative of names — is Acura’s answer to the 5 Series and A6, but can the Japanese luxury-car builder really compete with the best of the best? With Honda’s venerable 3.5-liter V-6 boosted to 310 horsepower under the hood, the new sedan is poised to make a valiant effort at least.

I recently got the chance to get behind the wheel of the new RLX sedan, and I had some mixed feelings about it. It certainly didn’t lack in features, as it came with leather everything, touchscreen, Krell audio system with 14 speakers, tri-zone climate control, and much more, but something just wasn’t quite "luxurious" about it. As a first impression, it wasn’t promising.

After a full week behind the wheel of the newest member of the Acura family, did the RLX change my feelings about it?

Click past the jump to read my full review on the 2014 RLX and see the results.

The BMW 2 Series doesn’t get nearly the same amount of love as it should. You can blame the 4 Series for that. The same can even be said for the M235i and the M4 , with the latter getting much more of the publicity. So thank you, Manhart , for giving the M235i some love. You didn’t have to do it, but you still did, giving the baby M a nice MH2 Clubsport program that features plenty of aerodynamic and performance upgrades to soundly accomplish its club sport capabilities.

A car developed for Club sport Racing needs to be treated delicately. Thankfully, Manhart is up to task with the M235i Coupe , outfitting with the kind of comprehensive program that not only gives it plenty of new aerodynamic components to make it lighter but to match it with a stout engine upgrade that significantly increases the car’s already impressive output.

There are a lot of incredible parts about the MH2 Clubsport program. It’s a testament to the incredible work put in by Manhart Racing to raise the M235i’s profile as a natural born racer.

The 4 Series and the M4 can get their accolades. Just don’t forget about the M235i, too. It’s every bit as good a pocket rocket as the best of the lot.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M235i MH2 Clubsport By Manhart.

The media and prospective buyers have given Mercedes ’ new compact crossover — the GLA-Class — a lot of attention lately. And whenever there’s a new Mercedes like the GLA-Class , one can expect Brabus to start work on a tuning program for it. Like its past projects on other Mercedes vehicles, Brabus understands how to turn up the heat with its aftermarket programs. In this particular case, Brabus not only brings out the GLA-Class’ untapped performance credentials, but does so while looking classy and luxurious.

It’s hard not to love the GLA-Class, especially when an aftermarket company like Brabus gets its hands on it. The strikingly designed exterior that carries distinctive highlights showcases a GLA-Class that looks as comfortable in city streets as it is taking on some light off-road duties.

And don’t forget, Brabus always pays premium importance on giving its programs hefty performance increases and the GLA-Class is no different. Think the GLA-Class’ standard 208 horsepower is enough for Brabus?

Think again, fellas. Think again.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes GLA-Class By Brabus.

2014 is a busy year for Audi , with the Germans releasing many of facelifts and updates to existing models. The first refreshed to lose its wraps is the A7 , a car we’ve been keeping our eyes on since last November, when we brought the first spy shots depicting the sleek four-door sedan .

As expected, changes are bland, with only a few details changing the Audi’s exterior appearance. The interior has benefited from even less attention, with only a few new colors and inlays added. There is, however, an updated infotainment system with a new, faster processor.

The engine compartment is a bit more interesting. In here, Audi added a dozen more ponies compared to the 2014 model. There will be three diesels units and the two gasoline engines available, but not all of them will make it to the United States.

Updated 07/02/2014: Audi today announced prices for the 2015 A7 which is now on sale. Compared to the 2014 model year, the new year brings a $1,400 price increase, so that for 2015 prices will range from $65,900 to $72,150.

What else is new on the 2015 Audi A7? Just click past the jump to find out more.

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After Lincoln posted just yesterday the first teaser images of the 2015 Navigator on its Instagram account, the first official details on the new SUV were dropped today online. Lincoln will offer the new Navigator offered with a new look, a new interior and a new, more powerful and more gas-friendly engine.

Some of the more notable features offered by the 2015 Navigator will include Lincoln’s signature split-wing grille, a newly designed hood, luxurious leather seating and additional customer-focused gadgets.

Just like with the previous generation, Lincoln will offer the 2015 Navigator in standard and extended-length versions and will arrive at Lincoln showrooms in early fall.

Updated 05/21/2014: Lincoln announced today prices for the 2015 Navigator set to be put on sale later this year. Prices will start from $62,475 for the base version, but can go up to $72,900 for the 4x4 version equipped with the Reserve Package.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lincoln Navigator.

The Worthersee event is just around the corner and as early as now, we’re seeing some of the Volkswagen Group’s newest toys. One of them, coming courtesy of Audi , is the A3 clubsport quattro concept, a prototype version of what could end up being the future RS3 model.

It’s no surprise that Audi opted to use Wörthersee to showcase its latest concept car. After all, the German brand used the same event a few years ago to debut the A1 Clubsport Quattro . This year, Audi really isn’t pulling any punches, debuting a sports car that serves as a pretty clear indication of the company’s intentions to bring the pain on rival models.

Audi accomplished that by introducing a model that showcasing a car it says has pushed the limits of power, dynamics, and design, things that you can only do by debuting a concept that people like us will most likely to salivate to see hit the road soon.

Yes, that now includes the Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept.

Updated 05/28/2014: Audi released two video showing the new A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept in action. Found the new video in the "Videos" tab. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept

Although it hasn’t received many updates for the 2015 model year, the Lexus RX 350 remains a strong competitor in the crossover market mainly due to its luxurious cabin and smooth ride. However, the vehicle lacks the power of its main rivals and, more importantly, it doesn’t come with the third-row seat featured in the Acura MDX for instance.

Lexus is obviously aware of the latter, especially with many customer complaints reaching its headquarters via dealers, and, according to brand chief Jeff Bracken, the company is planning on resolving this issue by rolling out a seven-seat crossover under the TX nameplate.

"Third-row seating is the No. 1 issue we hear from dealers. We feel like we’re missing a 35,000-units-a-year opportunity. We’re working hard to rectify that," Bracken told Automotive News, without going into specifics.

Despite the lack of details, it appears that the vehicle is likely to be a car-based crossover underpinned by either the platform used for the Toyota Highlander /Camry (FWD) or the architecture found under the Lexus IS and GS sedans (RWD). Specifically, the seven-seat crossover will be similar in size to the RX, with a slightly longer body to provide additional third-row space inside the cabin. "We won’t be bothered if it steps on RX. We want it," Bracken was quoted saying.

A little more than a clean sheet of paper at the time of this writing, the vehicle won’t arrive until "2016 or 2017" and there’s no word as to what engines might be offered. The TX name remains unconfirmed for the time being, but the aforementioned source reports that Toyota has already applied for a trademark.

Note: The recently unveiled Lexus RX pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Lexus TX.

If you found the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible Atlantic Concept showcased at the 2013 SEMA Show to be an attractive drop-top , then you might as well start saving some money because Chevy has just announced that the vehicle will be put into production.

Specifically, due to strong success the concept car has enjoyed during SEMA, the automaker decided to create an Atlantic Design Package that turns a regular Corvette Stingray Convertible into a special edition sports car with unique exterior and interior features.

Available on Z51-equipped models selected in 2LT and 3LT trims, the package is inspired, according to Chevy, "by the luxury and performance of private jets seen at European vacation destination." However, the cabin only benefits from Stingray floor mats, so don’t expect for additional premium appointments aside from what you get with the Corvette Z51 and a set of custom luggage.

Exterior changes, on the other hand, are more noticeable, with several bespoke parts and graphics added to the body. Powertrain remains unaltered, which means customers will get the 6.2-liter V-8 engine and the 460 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque that come with the performance exhaust.

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

The coupe-SUV domain has been dominated by BMW’s X6 for quite some time now. The Porsche Cayenne has come into the picture in the past few years, and now, Mercedes is thinking of joining in on the fun with the debut of the Mercedes Concept Coupe SUV at the Beijing Auto Show .

The vehicle is being billed as a coupe version of the M-Class , and judging by the official images, the Concept Coupe SUV looks incredibly awesome, the kind that could give the X6 fits in the future.

It’s pretty evident that the design of the Concept Coupe SUV fits its name. It’s like a coupe riding on an SUV platform, akin to the architecture of the X6. More importantly, Mercedes appears to be pretty serious about sending it to production, intent on rebadging it as the MLC-Class with a production timeline of 2015.

It certainly adds a whole lot of credence to the MLC-Class when the company’s boss proudly proclaims the concept as a preview of a vehicle that has a lot of potential. "With the Concept Coupé SUV we aim to secure new customers by opening up new segments for Mercedes-Benz," says Mercedes CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche, as quoted by Auto Express.

Those are words that shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially once combined with the official words from the press release below saying, “With this concept car, Mercedes-Benz is announcing the possible expansion of the previously uniform SUV off-roader family.”

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV.

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


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