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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.

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BMW revealed the concept X5 eDrive today ahead of its public debut at next month’s Frankfurt Auto Show . This BMW -developed plug-in hybrid powertrain looks quite promising: it maintains the xDrive AWD system’s torque split ability to all four wheels even when running in hybrid or full electric mode.

Cabin space is said to be only marginally trimmed from the advanced Li-ion battery pack under the rear cargo tray area - but the real headline is a sprint time that is still under 7 seconds and an all-electric cruising range of 19 miles at speeds up to 75 mph.

This BMW eDrive concept is the second time a plug-in hybrid has emerged from Munich — the first being 2012’s Active Tourer — a front-drive MPV heading for launch in a few years.

Of course, BMW’s i brand also has some striking electrified models waiting in the wings with the i8 and i3 - both of which are scheduled for big launch news during the company’s Frankfurt press conferences.

The concept X5 eDrive tests the mood for a future plug-in hybrid luxury SUV, but brings numerous technological advancements so far unseen from the smash-hit Lexus RX450h and supercharged seven-seat 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid . As currently planned, the X5 eDrive will lag behind the main models to market by about a year - for a projected late fall 2014 arrival in American showrooms.

Click past the jump to read the full preview of the 2013 BMW Concept X5 eDrive and check out the image gallery of the full i8 -style makeover of this popular luxury crossover.

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Graphic artist, writer and futurist Daniel Simon is the current darling of both Hollywood movie studios and the top levels of the video gaming industry. Where this man’s wild brain goes, billions in potential commercial opportunities seem to follow.

His most groundbreaking work for car enthusiasts came with the founding of Cosmic Motors some years ago. Future cars from Cosmic Motors are often capable of flight, hypersonic speeds and include unimaginably advanced racing and weapons technology.

Away from the brutality of the interstellar race circuit, Cosmic Motors also produces a line of super-luxury coupes called the Galaxion. The Galaxion 3000 and 5000 personal luxury coupes present a luxurious way to warp to the 330 mph top speed inside a plush two-seat cockpit. A fusion cell provides the energy for unlimited lifetime use.

For comparison, the Galaxion 5000’s performance and style are a good mix of the Bugatti Veyron and the recent Cadillac Elmiraj concept - with more than a dash of Bugatti Type 57 S/C Atlantique for good measure.

The Cosmic Motors brochure opens a fantasy world thousands of years in the future - with all of the glamor and racing iconography intact. Even the Cosmic Motors booth babes are in full track suits - and are more than a little sexy in some of the renderings - while the dudes practice looking into the distance like brooding sunglass models.

Welcome to Cosmic Motors and the Galaxion 5000 Coupe.

Click past the jump for the full review of the model year 9086 Cosmic Motors Galaxion 3000 and 5000 Coupes.

Mercedes GLA45 AMG

Last week, Mercedes released the GLA250 to its U.S. customers, but we still have yet to get an undisguised look at the upcoming GLA 45 AMG . Since Mercedes decided to leave us in the dark on the powerful crossover, our spy photographers decided to hang out at Nϋrburgring Nordschleife in an attempt to catch the crossover lapping the famed course.

Well, their diligence paid off, as they managed to catch the GLA 45 AMG doing a few hot laps around Nϋrburgring. The AMG variant will, of course, feature the same basic shape as the standard GLA250, but with plenty of aggressive styling additions to give the GLA-Class a sportier look.

Under its hood, we expect the GLA 45 AMG to carry a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 350 to 360 horsepower on tap. We also assume the that AMG variant of this sporty crossover will carry the same transmission as the GLA250 with standard 4MATI all-wheel drive.

We anticipate the GLA 45 AMG coming in around €50,000 ($66,795) in Europe, but we’re not too sure if it will make its way across the pond to U.S. showrooms.

Click past the jump to read more about the model that our spy photographers caught testing

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The BMW Concept M4’s official images were revealed today in Pebble Beach, where the Concept M4 will join the vintage 507 Cabriolet and a few other greatest hits on the BMW show grass this week. The Concept M4 previews one of the most exciting new cars of next year, and BMW ’s M car concept history tells us that the production car will pack all of the drama and technical beauty of this stunning concept.

No details yet on the powertrain or the performance, but considering that the 335i hits 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds - the extra performance of the M4 should bring the times into the high 3’s for the first time. Explosive turbocharged power is a sure thing - and goes very well with the stunning visual feast that is the Concept M4.

Away from the glamor and sun-drenched crowds at Pebble Beach, the 2015 BMW M4 production model is undergoing final testing and handling tweaks, with its arrival in U.S. dealers some time next summer to battle the Nissan GT-R , Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe and the Audi RS5 .

Please click past the jump for the official image gallery and a full styling analysis of BMW Concept M4.

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Last year, Infiniti confirmed via Johan de Nysschen’s Facebook account that a new flagship sedan was under developed, and that it could deliver up to 550 horsepower. Now, Autoblog has come into the possession of a mysterious sketch that reveals an Infiniti four-door coupe. To lend even more credence to the sketch, it is signed by Alfonso Albaisa — Infiniti’s new executive design director.

To no surprise, the sketch reveals a model that continues from where the Essence concept left: it adds a large grille, headlights and kinked rear-quarter glass. However, when compared to any other Infiniti model, its wheelbase is very long — a strong indication that this is a new flagship model that will sit atop the automaker’s lineup.

As for its name, we are thinking something like Q80 or Q90, given Infiniti will use the new Q70 name for its current range-topper: the M sedan .

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Essence concept.

Source: Autoblog
Infiniti EMERG-E

The long-awaited Infiniti supercar is drawing closer and closer to making its debut. No official date was given on an arrival date, that is until now.

According to a new report by Autocar, Infiniti appears set to launch its supercar sometime between 2017 and 2018.

That’s the awesome news. What’s still murky is details surrounding the car’s aesthetics, something Infiniti’s European boss, Fintan Knight, admits is still in the "layout evaluation" phase. Rumors have pointed to styling influences attributed to the Essence and Emerg-e , which would be really awesome if that were the case.

Likewise, the supercar’s powertrain is still being discussed, although the prevailing thought seems to point to a V-6 engine that will work in sync with an electric motor.

You can also expect a certain level of F1 knowledge that will be used on the supercar, a luxury afforded by the brand’s involvement with Red Bull Racing and reigning F1 champion and current Director of Performance, Sebastian Vettel .

It certainly goes without saying that Infiniti’s recent model expansion is attributed to the company’s plans to become more of a player in the industry. A number of new models are already being prepared for debuts in the coming years with the unquestioned highlight being the "still-in-development" supercar that will show its face for the first time as early as 2017.

Click past the jump to read about the Infiniti Emerg-E Concept

Source: Autocar
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Mitsubishi ’s product offensive and commitment to the American market took a very public step recently with comments from top company executives quoted in the Detroit Free Press indicating the 2015 Galant and a possible Montero Sport replacement are in the cards after years of being missing in action.

The latest hints from the secretive company presage what many experts predict to be a surprise reveal of the production-ready Galant sedan concept at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show starting November 22nd of this year.

The new 2015 Galant is expected to soften some of the sharpest corners of the 2008 Mitsubishi Concept ZT pictured here, as well as insert the Outlander ’s sophisticated gasoline, diesel and hybrid powertrain choices to ready the car for sale.

Replacing the once-stylish U.S.-market Galant as well as the unloved Diamante that stopped production after the 2012 model year, the new sports sedan is charged with filling the void above the company’s brand-new 2014 Mirage and Outlander Sport . Prices start at a projected $26,000 up to $35,000 for the plug-in hybrid model, with the car’s arrival in U.S. showrooms in summer 2014 expected.

The dimensions of the next Galant are expected to match the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry , as the car aims to be Mitsu’s key large sedan model across a variety of markets in Asia, Australia, EMEA and the Americas.

Click past the jump for the speculative preview of the 2015 Mitsubishi Galant, with high-res images of the Concept ZT whose styling forms the template for this hot upcoming model.

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Last month, we heard the first rumors about the possibility of more powerful version of the Range Rover Sport and Evoque models. Rumored to be carry an "RS" suffix, these new versions will look more aggressive than standard version, plus they will deliver more luxury and power.

The first to arrive will likely be the Evoque RS. We anticipate it to carry a sportier look, thanks to new front and rear bumpers and larger air intakes. The exterior will likely boast of a base color with numerous black elements, like the front and rear lip spoiler, side skirts, side-view mirrors and roof. You can see all of these elements on the above rendering.

On the inside, we expect to see sporty updates, like sport seats, carbon-fiber insertions and stainless-steel trimming.

As for the engine, rumors point toward Land Rover tuning the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine to around 300 horsepower, which represents a 60 horsepower increase over the current version. In order to handle the extra power, the Evoque RS will also be equipped with a modified suspension, larger wheels and an updated brake system.

Click past the jump to read more about the Range Rover Evoque RS.

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At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , Spyker announced its global resurgence with the unveiling of the B6 Venator - a concept car that previews a future Porsche 911 competitor set to be unveiled in early 2014. The concept we saw in Switzerland was shown only as a coupe, but it looks like a roadster version will also be offered.

The announcement was made by Spyker in an official document revealing the company’s financial situation. Talking about the new B6 Venator, Spyker said: "The response has been very positive and we are confident that we will be able to build a strong order book for the B6 Venator. We intend to launch the Spyder (open) version of the B6 Venator later this year."

We expect the Spyder version to look nearly identical to the coupe version, except of course its soft top.

Updated 08/08/2013: Today, Spyker dropped the first teaser image and the confirmation that the B6 Venator Spyder will make its world debut on August 16th, 2013 at Pebble Beach.

Updated 8/16/2013: Spyker unveiled the B5 Venator Spyder Concept today at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering. You can see all the details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the B6 Venator Concept.

The sixth-generation Ford Mustang has been caught testing plenty of times, but we have yet to get a clear listen to the turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Well, one lucky Youtube user just so happened upon a camouflaged Mustang on the roads of Flagstaff, Arizona with the a distinct whistle coming from the engine compartment. The video is pretty short, but is definitive proof that Ford engineers are hard at work on a four-cylinder, turbocharged version of the next-gen Mustang.

Rumors have recently been pulling everyone in multiple directions. One day, a report claims that the turbocharged model will only find its way to European showrooms and the next day, someone else claims that the U.S. market will get a turbocharged version. This video pretty much puts the issue to bed, as there is no reason to test a turbocharged Mustang in the States, if it won’t find its way here. That would seem a little counterproductive to us.

Just about every report of this turbocharged four-pot point to it being a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that is based on the 2.0-liter EcoBoost that you can find on the Focus ST, but tuned to about 350 horsepower. And according to several comments by Focus ST owners, the sound that this Mustang makes as it pulls away is identical to the sound that they hear everyday from their Focus’ engine. So, this also helps somewhat validate the claims that this engine will, in fact, be on loan from the Focus ST.

The next-generation Mustang will be the first ever to offer an independent rear suspension and it will adopt a global design that will be inspired by the Evos Concept.

We expect to see the 2015 Ford Mustang unveiled on April 17, 2014 - just in time to celebrate the car’s 50th anniversary. As a reminder, rumors point toward the first 1,000 units will be offered as a 2014 1/2 model year.


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