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future cars

  Future cars in the making. Should they be an innocent drawing, a fine computer rendering or real driving concept, they always preview the cars of the future in some aspects.

There’s big news coming from Aston Martin these days, with the manufacturer revealing plans to develop a brand-new platform for its next generation of sports cars . The announcement was brief, with no specific details revealed, but a report coming from Auto Express claims the British automaker has chosen the DB9 as the very first model to benefit from the all-new underpinnings.

Likewise, the DB9, which is expected to be unveiled in 2016, will also get the Mercedes AMG-developed turbocharged V-8 engines, gearboxes and electrical systems as per the agreement signed by Daimler and Aston Martin last year. In return, the German group will receive up to five percent shares in the British company.

The aforementioned source adds that the upcoming DB9, as well as the next V8 Vantage, are likely to be motivated by AMG ’s brand-new, twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8. That’s a major change from the DB9’s current 6.0-liter V-12 powerplant . The said V-8 mill will make its debut in the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT , due to be launched later this year with at least 500 horsepower on tap.

Note: 2014 DB9 pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Aston Martin DB9.

Source: AutoExpress

Everybody within Lamborghini and parent company Volkswagen seems to be on the same page as it relates to the future of the Lamborghini Urus. They’re all saying that it’s coming in 2017 and we already know that. But recently, plans for the Urus took another step forward when it was reported that The SUV will built at Volkswagen Group’s factory in Slovakia. It will be built alongside the
Porsche Cayenne, VW Touareg and Audi Q7.

Sources told Automotive News that Lambo’s first stab at an ultra-luxury SUV will be built in the same plant where a number of other SUV models are currently created. That includes the Porsche Cayenne , the Volkswagen Touareg , and the Audi Q7 . Furthermore, the Urus will be built on a modified version of VW Group’s MLB platform, the same platform that will underpin the next-generation Cayenne.

In preparation for the time when the plant gets another SUV to build in the factory, Volkswagen installed its largest metal press in the facility, one that will be capable of creating steel and aluminum body panels. The objective of adding this press is to help slash weight from all of Volkswagen Group’s SUVs by using more aluminum in the coming years.

It’s no secret that a lot of people are earnestly waiting for the arrival of the Lamborghini Urus. In addition to the curiosity on how Lambo can translate its exotic character on an SUV, people, including us, are looking to see if the Urus lives up to the significant hype its been getting since its concept debut at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show .

Knowing where the it’s going to be built may not seem like big news to others, but in our case, it’s the latest indication that Lamborghini is serious about this SUV. In these times, news like this has its weight in gold.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Lamborghini Urus.

The arrival of the Concept Coupe SUV created a nice little conundrum for Mercedes . The strong reception the Concept Coupe SUV received when it debuted at the Beijing Auto Show put Mercedes in a position to expand its SUV lineup. Now, the German automaker is considering doing just that by separating its SUV offerings to include a separate line for "on-road" SUVs.

The Concept Coupe SUV made that possible and it does look like Mercedes is seriously considering creating a line of coupe -styled SUVs that will differ from the ones that have off-road capabilities.

Speaking to Automotive News, Mercedes’ research & development chief Thomas Weber expressed the company’s thoughts of creating a four-door, coupe-styled model that will "appeal to customers who want a sporty-designed vehicle with a high seating position."

By taking this path, Mercedes would have a vehicle that would directly rival the BMW X6 , which seems to have been the whole point of developing the Coupe Concept SUV. The production version of the concept, dubbed the ’MLC-Class ’, is being touted as the company’s first foray into the "on-road" SUV segment, which could also include a coupe-styled version of the GLA compact SUV further down the road.

No timetable has been set on when the production version of the Concept Coupe SUV will be launched, but development is expected to commence next year the company’s plant in Alabama.

It’ll be interesting how much of the design of the Concept Coupe SUV will translate to the production version, but one thing we can be sure of is that it will retain its coupe-like design. That is, after all, the whole purpose of creating a separate "on-road" SUV lineup.

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

Rumors about McLaren’s plans on building an SUV have been floating around ever since Lamborghini confirmed the Urus, but the Brits aren’t likely to give in and follow the trend started by manufacturers such as Porsche or BMW .

In a recent interview, company chief executive officer Mike Flewitt ruled out any chances of seeing an SUV roll out of Woking, quoting the McLaren heritage and the brand’s desire to remain focused on building sports cars .

"We genuinely believe we make the best sports cars in the world. We need to remain focused. McLaren is a sports car brand and that’s exactly what we’re going to remain," Flewitt said in an interview in Shanghai, China, according to Automotive News.

With SUVs out of the company’s foreseeable future, McLaren will be looking to increase global growth by launching an entry-level model called the P13 . Aimed at the Porsche 911 , the "baby" McLaren will go into production next next year.

Additionally, Flewitt stressed that the sports car manufacturer seeks to introduce one new model each year and boost annual sales to 4,000 vehicles by 2017.

Click past the jump to read more about Lamborghini Urus - one of the competitors for this denied McLaren SUV.

Source: Bloomberg

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.

Although Mercedes-Benz has yet to confirm whether or not the upcoming AMG GT sports car will get a roadster version, it would be plain silly for the Germans to skip on a drop-top. I mean, why take the Porsche 911 Turbo by the horns and completely ignore the Turbo Convertible? It would be right given the competitiveness of today’s sports car market.

That said, an AMG GT Roadster launch is likely to occur sometime next year, a few months after the Coupe version goes on sale. Testing will probably commence later this year, but not before the Stuttgart crew rounds off the hard-top version, which was already spotted on both public roads and at the Nurburgring track on several occasions .

Since the coupe and roadster will share the same underpinnings, development of the latter will have a more smoother path, with engineers needing only to take care of additional structural reinforcing - a standard procedure for just about any convertible.

No changes will occur under the hood, where the same turbocharged, 4.0-liter, V-8 engine will gurgle with at least 500 horsepower at its disposal while sending it to the wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. A minor decrease in top speed is likely though, with a few mph chopped off the coupe’s estimated 190 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes AMG GT Roadster.

Introduced for the 2014 model year, the Chevrolet SS performance sedan is likely to pass into the 2015 model year with only a handful of updates. It is safe to assume that GM will add some of its latest in-car technology, such as high-speed OnStar 4G LTE connectivity, but there are rumors abound that the sedan’s about to receive some under-the-skin changes. The biggest of these changes is the inclusion of a manual transmission — something muscle car enthusiasts have been screaming for since the SS made its debut. That’s the word from Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman, who broke the big news via his Twitter account, adding that the manual SS will make its U.S. debut at the Woodward Dream Cruise in August.

Of course, nothing’s official until Chevy comes out with some sort of confirmation, but it would be crazy for the company to ignore all those enthusiasts crying for a manual for one more year. Although Lieberman didn’t say what kind of gearbox the SS will be getting, our bet is on the six-speed manual available on the Camaro SS .

The other news concerning the 2015 SS is that the sedan is also getting GM’s Magnetic Ride Control suspension, a piece of technology currently offered on the 2014 Corvette , Camaro ZL1 and a range of Cadillacs .

Note: 2014 model year pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet SS.

Source: Twitter

Koenigsegg isn’t just content with being an exclusive brand for the rich and super rich; it also wants to cater to people who can’t afford their supercars . So the company is thinking of adding an entry-level model in its mix, although by its definition of "entry-level", it’s talking about a car that costs just $600,000. The company’s dictionary sure is a lot different from the rest of us.

Speaking to Motoring Australia at the New York Auto Show , Christian Von Koenigsegg expressed his plan to add a little diversity to the Koenigsegg lineup. Instead of just offering hypercars that come with seven-digit price tags, Von Koenigsegg is looking to add a new model that will only cost six digits, or to be more specific only twice as expensive as a Lamborghini Aventador .

We can make light of Koenigsegg’s relative idea of "entry-level", but we can’t deny that such a car sounds no less interesting than its current models. He indicated that this model will still retain a high degree of exclusivity that should bode well for those wanting a Koenigsegg but can’t afford the $1.3 million price tag of the Agera . There are people with that kind of money, especially in the Chinese and U.S. markets replete with car-loving individuals that have the deep pockets to match their thirst for speed and exclusivity.

Koenigsegg didn’t divulge a whole lot of details about this "entry-level" supercar, but you have to wonder what the timetable is for this car’s arrival.

Here’s to hoping it’s sooner rather than later.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Koenigsegg Agera R.

Source: Motoring

The Volkswagen Passat may be one of the company’s most popular offerings in America, but, despite being slightly larger and cheaper than its rivals, the midsize sedan is far behind the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord in terms of sales.

Aware that in order to become the world’s biggest automaker by 2018 they have to be more than just a niche player in the U.S., the Germans are struggling to up the ante with new or refreshed products such as the 2015 Jetta . Vehicles aside, they’ve also appointed Michael Horn as the new CEO for Volkswagen of America.

As it usually happens, a change in leadership is set to cause some strategy adjustments, but it’s a bit too early to draw any conclusions. However, when Mr. Horn sat down for a chat with the folks over at Motor Trend in New York last week, he revealed that the Volkswagen Passat is in for a major refresh for the 2016 model year.

The executive, who has already seen some of the facelift’s developments, claims the 2016 Passat will represent "a big step" in the sedan’s recent history. Specifically, while referring to the newly-unveiled Jetta, he stressed that VW’s design team is taking things up a notch for a "very strong" end result.

Well, I do hope Mr. Horn knows what he’s talking about, because the Passat has been America’s boring midsize sedan for quite some time now. Maybe not exactly as dull as the Toyota Camry, but the Japanese came up with a much more attractive design for 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Volkswagen Passat.

Source: MotorTrend

Although the Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 got a brand-new design for the 2014 model year, when the third-generation model arrived on U.S. shores, the brawnier IS-F version carried into the new year unchanged, with its much-deserved update to show up in 2015. Naturally, Lexus ’ decision to keep the IS-F the same poured more gas on the already heated up rumor mill, with everyone trying to guess the way the company will bend the new design into an aggressive high-performance sedan .

Spanish website Autonocion is the latest to stir the IS-F waters and did so by posting a photo of an IS wearing a black roof, a fancier rear bumper and a small spoiler placed atop the trunk, while the vehicles badges are covered by... duct tape.

The source doesn’t say anything about the photo’s origin, it does ask whether the Lexus depicted above is the next IS-F or not. What’s more, the picture quickly made it onto Lexus Spain’s Facebook page, becoming viral among brand enthusiasts and fueling the rumor even more.

Well, no need to panic folks, this is NOT the next-generation IS-F, but only a new IS 350 fitted with a fancy TRD body kit that adds all of the rear features mentioned above. Moreover, as a Facebook user pointed out on Lexus Spain’s post, the vehicle was photographed at the Circuit of Jarama, where the owner was probably testing his aerodynamically improved car. Not to mention that the exhaust pipe configuration is far off the expected IS-F setup, which will resemble the staggered setup on the RC-F .

Click past the jump to read more about the future Lexus IS-F.

Thanks to our tipster Luis for the image.

Source: Autonocion

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