future cars

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.

Remember the Rocketman concept Mini unveiled back in 2011? It was a dolled-up three-door hatch that was about a foot shorter than the regular Mini Cooper, and had a panoramic glass roof and a carbon-fiber spaceframe. Its main highlight, besides the fancier looks, was its 78 mpg U.S. estimated fuel economy rating. Initially expected to spawn a production car, the Rocketman remained a concept only. That’s about to change according to Auto Express, which found out more about the company’s new plans straight from Mini head of design Anders Warming.

Details are being kept under wraps for now, as the Brits are still developing the idea, but Warming says the Rocketman could become the base of a Smart ForTwo competitor. “For sure, a Mini should always be a small car , so a new city car would be appropriate for the brand. At the moment, we don’t have the right tech solutions, but we are working on it. We don’t yet have a final solution, you could say," he noted.

But don’t expect to see too much Rocketman in this small, lightweight vehicle. Warming stresses Mini doesn’t plan on using carbon-fiber like BMW did with the i3 . Instead, the tiny city car is more likely to make extensive use of aluminum. "Our concept had carbon parts, but aluminum is more likely. We want to reduce parts, to do more with less."

As for know-how, Mini is reportedly looking to team up with Toyota , who is currently working with BMW on a brand-new sports car . Needless to say, Toyota’s experience with the iQ could help Mini enter a previously unexplored segment.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Rocketman Concept.

Source: AutoExpress

We already know Lamborghini is bringing a brand-new supercar to the 2014 Paris Motor Show , but there’s still a lot of mystery surrounding the company’s new bull. Our best guess is Lambo has come up with a 2+2 coupe to toss in the general direction of the Ferrari FF , but all the important details are still under wraps. However, we expected for more info to surface as the French event draws near, and it seems it didn’t take too long for the first rumors to hit the Interwebz. Unfortunately, there are no powertrain details or leaked photos, but word has it the upcoming Lamborghini could be called Asterion.

That’s the word from Autoblog.nl, which states Lamborghini has filed a trademark for the "Asterion" logo. Is this the name the Italians are using for the new 2+2, mid-engine supercar ? It’s very likely, as Lamborghini already owns the trademark for the Asterion name, which it filed alongside the Encaste moniker recently. Autoblog.nl also reports the yet unconfirmed Asterion could use a hybrid drivetrain, with an electric motor to spin the front wheels.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Lamborghini Asterión.

Source: Autoblog.nl

The Alfa Romeo Giulia was a compact car produced between 1962 and 1978 in both sedan and station wagon body styles. The vehicle was offered in various trim levels, with a choice of gasoline and diesel four-bangers. Alongside the sedan and the wagon, Alfa also sold a number of stylish two-door coupes and convertibles under the Giulia nameplate. These were rebadged versions of earlier Giulietta models. The Giulia range also included the TZ race car, the GTA sports coupe. Axed for more than 35 years, the Giulia moniker is about to make a spectacular comeback to the Alfa Romeo range. Just like its predecessor, the new Giulia will take on the compact segment, currently dominated by the likes of the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4 .

Scheduled to show itself to the world in 2015 and hit dealerships for the 2016 model year, the modern Giulia marks the return of the sporty, rear-wheel-drive Alfa Romeos. I think we can all agree this is great news!

Fortunately, the fine folks over at Diseno-Art.com created renderings of the upcoming Giulia. Additionally, according to a tipster who has seen images of the new Giulia, these renderings are the closest to the real thing he’s seen on the Interwebz.

Image credits: Thorsten Krisch.

Images used with express permission from Diseno-Art.com

Click past the jump to read more about the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Source: Diseno Art

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

Audi looks to be putting the finishing touches on is upcoming 2015 RS 3 Sportback as this test mule runs ‘round the Ring. Spotted thanks to its larger, more aggressive front lower fascia, lowered suspension, and the aggressive note spewing from the four oval exhaust tips, this Audi means business.

Under the hood, we expect the Audi to have a turbocharged, 2.5-liter, inline five-cylinder engine and Quattro all-wheel drive. This updated version of the same I-5 mill found in the previous RS 3 will likely find a home in the new TT RS as well. Rumors suggest the engine could produce more than 360 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. Backing the five-banger would likely be the seven-speed, S-tronic dual-clutch found elsewhere in the Audi lineup.

What’s more important is the U.S. has an actual shot at getting the RS 3 Sportback on its shores. If you’ll recall, Audi set a goal back in 2011 of doubling sales of its sporty RS-branded cars in the United States by 2015. Well, the time has come, and the RS 3 Sportback is a likely candidate. The likelihood increases further considering Audi needs a competitor to the Mercedes CLA45 AMG and BMW M2 .

We expect to see the 2015 Audi RS 3 Sportback officially unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show . If not, expect it at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show . Until then, enjoy this spy video of Audi’s meanest hot hatch tearing up the Nürburgring .

Volvo turned a lot of heads in August 2014 when it revealed the new XC90 . Who knew the Swedish automaker — known more for safe, boxy cars — had the creative juices to develop a luxury SUV that has garnered a lot of praise. Not long after the debut of the XC90, Volvo followed that up with the debut of the XC90 R-Design.

The XC90 R-Design is an XC90 dressed up in a nice tuxedo. Ok, the bowtie might be a little too much but you get the point. It has a bagful of extra options for the SUV’s exterior, interior, and wheels. There are just the right amount of modifications to get noticed without going overboard.

The Volvo XC90 R-Design should begin production in May 2015 with deliveries to follow sometime in the latter part of the year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volvo XC90 R-Design.

With all the influx happening within Ferrari these days, you can at least count on one thing happening moving forward; the Italian automaker will continue to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 20 percent by 2021. In order to accomplish that, Ferrari powertrain director Vittorio Dini told Automotive News that the company will continue down the path of using turbochargers on its V-8 engines and combining hybrid systems with its V-12 engines.

Ferrari already has two cars using a variation of each engine system. The California T already features a turbocharged V-8, becoming the first production turbocharged Ferrari since the iconic F40. On the flip-side, the LaFerrari became the first Ferrari to use a hybrid system, which was combined with a 6.3-liter V-12 to produce a combined 963 horsepower.

Moving forward, Dini told Automotive News that all V-8-powered Ferraris will use turbochargers, including the next iterations of the 458 Italia and the 458 Spider, which are scheduled to arrive in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The challenge with these turbocharged V-8 engines would be to decrease their displacements while increasing their output numbers.

A similar re-engineering is also expected to happen to the Ferrari FF and F12berlinetta , two models that currently use V-12 engines. Dini stopped short of officially confirming plans to use hybrid technology on both models, but don’t be surprised if the next FF arrives in 2016 with a hybrid system of its own. Same with the next F12berlinetta, which Ferrari may release in 2017 with modified version of the hybrid system.

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s future engines.

It appears the idea of BMW building a drop-top version of its popular i8 has been completely nixed. The word comes straight from a BMW representative when questioned by the Europe-based website, InAutoNews.

“There are no plans to produce the BMW i8 Spyder,” says the BMW rep.

Such a definitive and short answer is hard to question, but we still do. Perhaps BMW is saving a spyder version for the rumored i9 , the hyped-up version of the i8 rumored to have a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter I-6 pulled from the M4 . With such a potent gasoline powerplant combined with the electric motors from the i8, the i9 could potentially be BMW’s hottest performer.

Still, if BMW does launch the i9, we can expect it to arrive in coupe form first and then followed by a spyder version later. In short, don’t hold your breath.

The BMW representative then spoke on possible iterations of the BMW 7 Series , after future prodding from InAutoNews. Rumors suggest BMW would follow Mercedes’ lead in offering multiple versions of its luxurious 7 Series. The BMW rep again answered, “…there are no plans to produce any derivatives of the 7 Series outside of standard and long-wheelbase.” Kiss a 7 Series coupe and convertible goodbye.

While reports confirm BMW is building a larger flagship SUV slotted above the X5 , dubbed the X7, rumors had suggested the 7 Series would be the base for the X7. Again the BMW rep shot the theory to the ground. “The BMW X7 will be produced in the future, but that is a different proposition and is not based on the 7 Series.” Well then.

Regardless of its platform, the X7 will be a direct competitor to the Mercedes GL-Class and the new Range Rover . Expect the X7 to hit European showrooms by 2017 or 2018.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8.

Source: inautonews

Volvo first introduced the S90 name in 1996, when it renamed the 960 for certain markets. With Volvo discontinuing the 900 Series midsize in 1998, the S80 we know of today rolled in as the replacement for the S90. The S90 also marked the end of an era for Volvo , being the last rear-wheel-drive car wearing the Swedish company’s badge. The S80 continued the S90’s luxurious legacy over the course of two generations. The first series lived between 1998 and 2006, while the second-gen model is in its eighth year on the market as of 2014. As we enter the 2015 model year and a new design era for Volvo, rumors are swirling about the return of the S90 nameplate as the company’s range-topping model.

Besides taking duties from the S80, the S90 is also set to revolutionize the midsize luxury segment, much like the second-generation XC90 did in the SUV market. Expect the sedan to receive the hauler’s design language, along with an interior packed with the latest technology and luxury items developed by the Swedes. The overhauled sedan will hit dealerships in the second half of 2016.

Note: 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe pictured here - it will most likely inspire design language.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Volvo S90.

Source: AutoExpress

The 458 Speciale was a bit of a surprise when the details began leaking out in 2013, and we were in for an even bigger treat when it debuted during the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show with its 596 horsepower — 34 more horses than the base 458 — 398 pound-feet of torque, 200 pounds of weight loss, and three-second 0-to-60 mph time. Now on June 24th, 2014, rumors surfaced claiming that Ferrari is planning on removing the top from the 458 Speciale, creating a new, road- and track-ready Spider.

The news was broken by 4wheelsnews.com via "inside sources" within Ferrari, but the details behind the model remain a relative mystery for now. What we know for sure is that this model will weigh significantly less than the current 458 Italia Spider , carry the same engine as the Speciale Coupe and clip 60 mph in around three ticks of the second hand.

Updated 09/17/2014: Ferrari will unveil the new 458 Speciale Spider at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October 2014.

Click past the jump for the whole story and to see what I think of this move.

Source: 4wheelsnews

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