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  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.

The newly launched Jaguar XE , Britain’s lightweight competitors for the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class , will spawn a new family of models, including coupe and station wagon versions. That’s the word from Car Advice, who got the information straight from Nick Miller, chief program engineer for the XE, at the sedan’s official launch in London.

Miller refrained from unveiling any actual details, but he suggested the XE will get more body styles in the future. A coupe and an estate are the obvious choices for this lineup. Naturally, the two-door will compete against the 4 Series, with a high-performance version to take on the beefed-up M4. "I’ll never say never for the future – we’re looking at all different styles for the future," he said.

On a side note, Miller also hinted that the C-X17 crossover will make it to production on the same platform.

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Source: CarAdvice

BMW introduced the 6 Series (E24) in 1976 as a successor to the E9 (New Six) coupes. Powered by as many as 215 ponies in its range-topping trim, the 6 Series was far from being slow, but a true-blue high-performance model would arrive for the 1984 model year. Motivated by the same 3.5-liter, inline-six fitted in the M1, the first-gen M6 cranked out 282 horsepower and came with a top speed of 158 mph. When BMW discontinued the 6 Series in 1989, the M6 disappeared too. The M6 performance coupe would return for the 2006 model year, two years after BMW resurrected the 6 Series. A redesigned, third-generation model was launched for 2013, this time hiding a 4.4-liter, V-8 engine under its long hood. Rated at 560 horsepower, the N63 mill made the new M6 one of the most desirable coupes on the market. As we’re moving closer to 2015, the Germans are readying a mid-cycle refresh for the M6, which will hit dealer lots for the 2016 model year.

The M6 facelift is pretty much in line with each and every update BMW has launched in 2014. Revised front and rear fascias, a slightly updated interior, and maybe a tweaked engine are to be expected from the Bavarian GT for 2016. Just enough to keep it fresh before a brand-new model arrives in 2018.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW M6.

Ok, grab your biggest salt shaker before you venture further into this news; you’re going to need it. The Website 4WheelNews.com is quoting an article published recently in a Japanese car magazine that is apparently called Best Car, and it seems Toyota is working on a version of the GT86 that is turbocharged and has all-wheel drive. Yes, this rumor is sprouting legs yet again.

According to the story, the turbo engine will be a 2.5-liter boxer from Subaru with 300 horsepower. Right now the only engine Subaru makes that is a turbo 2.5 is the old EJ in the WRX STI. This is where I start to take some issue. First, Subaru has stated in the past that the engine in the STI is too tall to fit under the hood of the BRZ and GT86. Secondly, Subaru has been insanely strict about weight and center of balance on this car. Using the heavier EJ25 block instead of the new 2.0-liter FA20 engine that is in the current WRX , seems like an obvious wrong choice. I also question the idea of adding AWD to the mix. Getting rid of the RWD setup will alter this car’s driving dynamic to a point that it will be unrecognizable.

Another odd piece of information in this piece is in regards to the transmission. Apparently, Toyota will offer an eight-speed auto with paddle shifters. Nothing in the Toyota or Subaru family has an eight-speed transmission, so I am suspect about this as well.

Only time will tell what is really going to happen. Rest assured, if there is a turbocharged and AWD BRZ/FR-S/GT86 coming, we will let you know as soon as we have proof.

Click past the jump to read more about the Toyota GT 86.

Source: 4wheelsnews

There’s been a lot of talk about the next-generation BMW 1 Series moving to front-wheel drive, but we have yet to see the current model in its facelifted guise out in the open. We’ve already seen camouflaged versions of both the 1 Series hatch and the M135i , but those weren’t too telling. The exterior modifications are not much of a mystery, but there’s a brand-new piece to the 1 Series puzzle that will require some extra patience as we await the official details.

We’re talking about the 1 Series Sedan , which won’t arrive as part of the upcoming facelift, but as the very first 1 Series to ride on the company’s UKL platform and feature front-wheel drive. While such a configuration will ruin the 1 Series for some BMW enthusiasts, it will enable the sedan to compete against the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Audi A3 Sedan , two vehicles offered with front-wheel drive as standard. Read on to find out what we know so far about the 1 Series Sedan.

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After years, of patent leaks, spy shots, and endless rumors about its feasibility, the Cadillac LTS flagship sedan may finally become a reality. That’s the sentiment within the ranks at Cadillac after a high-level source told Autoblog that the RWD, flagship, luxury sedan is being developed in time to make its debut at the New York Auto Show in April 2015. That’s still a long ways away, so it should give Cadillac enough time to prepare its long-awaited answer to the likes of the Mercedes S-Class , the Audi A8 , and the BMW 7 Series .

Autoblog is also reporting certain design elements of the Elmiraj Coupe Concept we saw at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance will make their way to the LTS sedan. That’s a great way to establish a luxury identity for the LTS, because the Elmiraj is everything we hoped a Cadillac flagship sedan would be. While we don’t expect the LTS to be identical to the Elmiraj, we’re looking forward to seeing what Cadillac has in store for the model.

If anything, the company needs to be on its A game in developing the LTS. Last we checked, the S-Class, A8, and 7 Series were all heavyweights of the luxury sedan market. The 2015 S-Class, in particular, was a dramatic improvement from its own predecessor, re-validating Mercedes Mercedes ’ place in the pecking order of the segment. Cadillac will definitely have a lot of pressure on its hands, although the Caddy source did tell Autoblog that the company is prepared to embrace the challenge.

At this point, we’re holding our judgment on that one, at least not until we see the LTS in the flesh in April 2015. You still have time on your hands, Cadillac. You better make the most out of it if the LTS wants to live up to the hype.

Updated 09/19/2014: Cadillac officially confirmed that it will manufacture its new, top-end, high-tech car at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant starting the fourth quarter of 2015. According to the company this new sedan "uses completely new, custom-designed materials on a unique vehicle architecture." Also, the new model will make its public debut in the first half of next year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Cadillac LTS.

Source: Autoblog

Except for the first-generation model, which was only offered as a roadster, the Dodge Viper has been sold in both coupe and convertible body styles. At least until 2010, when the fourth-generation model was discontinued and the nameplate axed. The current generation was launched only as a coupe, and although Ralph Gilles stated the platform was stiff enough to spawn a convertible, no fifth-generation Viper roadster has been built as of September 2014. That could soon change, according to Auto News’ report that Dodge is planning to introduce a convertible for the 2016 model year.

We already know the Viper is in for a refresh in the second half of 2015, as Fiat Chrysler Automobile confirmed it earlier in 2014 through its product timeline, but there’s no official word on a roadster version of the "snake." Add the fact that Auto News doesn’t rely on a specific source, and we definitely need a grain of salt with this report.

What we do know for a fact is that the Viper’s refresh in late 2015 will bring a power boost that will be more significant than the five ponies added to the 2015 model. We expect to see Dodge squeeze more power out of its 8.4-liter V-10, putting the 2016 Viper at around 660 horses.

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Ferrari has begun shipping its FF and California T with Apple CarPlay, the innovative iOS-based infotainment system that links users’ iPhones with their Ferrari’s dash-mounted touch screen. We’ve known that Apple had chosen Ferrari to be one of its first vehicle applications for a while, but it wasn’t until now that users could get their hands on the latest Apple technology.

Ferrari says the first CarPlay-equipped FF has shipped to an Italian client, with more scheduled for Germany, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Japan, and the United States.

Apple isn’t sticking to just Ferrari, however. The tech giant has partnered with a generous handful of automakers including Honda, Hyundai, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz. Other automakers such as General Motors, Ford Ford , Fiat Fiat -Chrysler, Jaguar Land Rover, and Audi are listed as partners currently developing future vehicles with CarPlay capabilities.

Apple now joins ranks with Microsoft in having a presence in the automotive scene. While Microsoft’s Sync has been included in Ford Motor Company products for more than five years, Apple’s CarPlay is the first to integrate the user’s cell phone to such a heavy extent.

Click past the jump to see Apple CarPlay in action

Porsche is intensely working on its upcoming 911 facelift, a statement backed by the numerous spy shots we’ve received in August 2014. We’ve already seen the regular Convertible model and the more exotic Targa , but now it’s time to have a look at the more powerful 911 Turbo. Much like its siblings, the Turbo also made a big step towards the assembly line, being spotted by our paparazzi in pre-production form. No longer just a mule, the 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo is finally showcasing its updated bodywork.

Naturally, it’s yet another case of "nothing to see here, move along." Of course, I’m overreacting, there is something to see, but, as history has taught us, 911s don’t change that much visually. That being said, our best look yet at the new 911 Turbo brings us what we’ve already seen on the regular 911, plus the turbo intakes, a rear spoiler and a different rear apron with quad exhaust tips. Familiar revisions include updated bumpers, reshaped door handles, a new engine cover, new LED taillights, and new parking lights, all seen on previous 911 test vehicles.

As with the rest of the lineup, the 911 Turbo will also carry the 992 denomination, with an official introduction to take place by the end of 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Turbo.

With only a handful of cars left to be sold, the venerable and spectacular Bugatti Veyron is getting ready to hit the history books. There’s been a lot of talk about its successor, reportedly due in 2017, but details are still under wraps as of August 2014. What we know for a fact is that the vehicle coming to replace the Veyron will be more powerful, meaning output will blast beyond the 1,250 horsepower mark. Naturally, Bugatti will want to improve on its Guinness Book record for the fastest production car.

As we’re waiting for Bugatti to confirm whether or not the Veyron successor will carry a hybrid drivetrain - as suggested by a pair of mules spotted on the Nurburgring track in April 2014 - the folks over at Car and Driver claim they have solved one mystery surrounding the new supercar . Namely, the next uber-fast Bugatti will bear the Chiron moniker. What’s more, the report suggests the so-called Chiron will make its first public appearance as soon as 2015, meaning the Veyron might get a heir to the speed-record throne sooner than expected.

A grain of salt is mandatory with such reports, but there are a couple of reasons why Bugatti might indeed launch its upcoming supercar under the Chiron nameplate. Read on to find out more.

Note: 1999 Bugatti Chiron concept pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about Bugatti Veyron’s Successor.

Source: CarAndDriver

It isn’t much of a secret that the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a marvel of engineering and technology that continually sets the benchmark for the cars of the future to aim for. From the first turbocharged diesel engine, the first airbag, and the first car to be available with anti-lock brakes, all the way up to the new “Magic Body Control” system, the S-Class always has the latest and greatest gear available. With a new S-Class due in less than three years, the big question is what changes are coming to keep this incredible machine in the spotlight.

Recently Auto Express sat down with Jan Kaul, the head of interior design at Mercedes to discuss the upcoming S-Class. The amount of information they gathered is pretty staggering considering the general level of secrecy that surrounds a new model like the S-Class. From the possibility of using 3D printing for interior structures to the use of gestures to control interior functions there is a lot of cool technology coming to the next S-Class.

Click past the jump to read about the Mercedes S-Class

Source: Auto Express

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