Station-Wagon / Estate

Station-Wagon / Estate

  A Station Wagon is a car body style similar to a sedan car but with an extended rear cargo area.

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Many of us have thought that there would be an Acura wagon sometime in the future. Now, with the release of the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon , it seems we were right. In order to compete with Cadillac , Acura will need a wagon of some sort.

So, we now have the Acura TSX wagon , but what about those of us who want a little more luxury than what the TSX can offer. Autoblog and reader, Andrew Stump, have created a photograph of what they think a TL five-door would look like.

By taking the front off of the TL and merging it with the roofline of the seven-seat MDX , Andrew has created something truly wonderful. That being said, like the normal TL, the looks aren’t for everybody.

Under the hood, the regular TL comes with Acura’s 3.5-liter 280 horsepower V6 with 254 pound-feet of torque. For those who want a speedy wagon, the TL SH-AWD would get the 3.7-liter V6 with 305 horsepower.

Though the TL wagon will probably never see the light of day, the TSX Sport Wagon will be here in the fall.

Source: Autoblog

Heico Sportiv is offering a special edition Volvo V70 for those customers who want a customized station wagon. It will be limited to only 100 units and will go on sale this summer in only one exterior color: sapphire black. The new Volvo V70 T6 AWD R-Design will be priced at 70,193 euro.

The Volvo is offered with a 6-cylinder straight-type turbo gasoline engine tuned to deliver 325 HP and 460 NM of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 5.9 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph.

The car also gets a new sport suspension, shock absorbers, and springs. The wheelbase has been lowered by 30 mm and a sport exhaust system and special trunk emblem have also been added.

The interior gets an aluminum door pin set and perfectly machined aluminum/leather gear shift knob, as well as an edition plaque for the dashboard.

Heico Sportiv is also offering an Extensive R-Design package that includes: doorsills, bumpers, and a roof spoiler that matches the car’s color. The package also comes with an exterior mirror casing in matte chrome optic, chrome applications for the fog-lamp surround, and automatic level control.

Press release after the jump.

A Bimmer Today reader somehow got a series of leaked images of a BMW 5-Series Touring M-Sport Package catalog in his possession. The new package will be available for order this autumn and is rumored to be a preview of the design language from the future BMW M5 F10.

The M Sport package includes a choice of 18" or 19" M light alloy wheels in double spoke design, new front bumper with larger air ducts, side skirts, a modified apron, and dark chrome tail pipes. The interior will get sport seats covered in an exclusive Alcantara combination, an M leather steering wheel, and the roof lining in anthracite for more athleticism. It will also feature M door sills, an M foot rest, an M shift knob, and sets of decorative trim for the dashboard and door panels.

As usual, the M-Sport Package comes with M Sport suspension. It will be offered in a choice of seven exterior colors.

Source: Bimmer Today

Opel has officially unveiled the new Astra Sports Tourer even though the public debut has been set the Paris Auto Show in September. The new model shares the same design DNA and Sports Tourer name as its larger counterpart the Insignia .

The new Astra Sports Tourer will be offered with a choice of eight gasoline and diesel engines, with power ranging from 95 hp to 180 hp. The engines can be combined with a six-speed manual gearbox or an automatic six-speed transmission. All variants will also be equipped with a manual transmission including a shift-up indicator that helps in improving the fuel economy.

The exterior design of the new Astra Sports Tourer brings a touch of athleticism and undeniable class to compact wagon looks. The tapered profile and the prominent side blade-shaped sculpted into the flanks of the body combine to give the Sports Tourer a powerful sense of forward movement. A muscular shoulder line leads gracefully into eye-catching, sculpted rear light units.

After its debut at the Paris Motor Show, the Opel Astra Sports Tourer will also be available with a Start/Stop function on the ecoFLEX 1.3 CDTI engine that develops 70 kW/95 hp.

The Opel Astra Sports Tourer will go on sale in November, but prices for this model have not yet been released. The Tourer will be released in direct competition with the Renault Clio Grand Tour and theAudi A3 Sportsback .

Press release after the jump.

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Well it seems that another great car won’t make it to our shores. Is it because we have a weird obsession with SUVs or another strange reason? Who knows, but the truth of the matter is this; no BMW 5-Series Touring for you. So, in its place, we get a completely pointless Gran Turismo . Oh joy.

"The new BMW 5 Series Touring is the perfect symbiosis of driving pleasure, efficiency, versatility and sporting elegance,” BMW said about the new wagon.

The BMW 5-Series Touring is offered with a choice of two straight-six petrol engines as well as a four-cylinder, and a six-cylinder diesel. The base version, BMW 523i Touring is powered by a straight-six engine developing a total of 204 bhp, while in the 535i Touring, the output is raised to 306 hp. As for the diesel versions, the 520d Touring is powered by a four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that develops 184 hp and the 530d Touring features a straight six-cylinder diesel with a 245 hp output. All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox.

If you want one of these, you’re not alone. We can only hope that in the future, BMW will think about sending the 5-Series Touring to this country. A fast, great looking, and fun to drive car that can haul the whole family and even a dog.

Hit the jump for the press release.

Source: BMW

Vauxhall unveiled today a new version for the very successful Insignia . It combines the Adaptive 4x4 all-wheel drive system with the adaptive FlexRide chassis and the electronically controlled rear limited slip differential (eLSD). The car will go on sale this September.

The new Insignia will be offered with four petrol engines ranging from 140PS to 325PS. Vauxhall will also offer a diesel engine to the tune of 160PS 2.0 CDTi. The 2.0 CDTi engine will be found int he ecoFLEX model that will have low fuel cinsumption and CO2 emissions.

The new Insignia Sports Tourer 4x4 is powered by a 2.0-liter 160HP CDTi diesel engine. It also features a power tailgate with programmable opening height, Automatic Self Levelling Rear Suspension (standard with Towing Pack), and the FlexOrganizer cargo management system.

Vauxhall has also announced a new trim level called SRi Vx-Line. It features a VXR-style sport leather steering wheel and gearshift gaiter and 19-inch, five-spoke alloys. The second trim level introduced, the Indian Summer interior, adds Nappa leather and cashmere stitching to the mix.

Press release after the jump.

It seems that everyone is talking about Jaguar ’s future. First, we found out that the company confirmed the F-type roadster and new small sedan , but we also discovered that this decision put the long rumored Jaguar supercar on hold. Today, the British press suggested that Jaguar will also be developing a station wagon and coupe version for the XF luxury sedan. Of course, we have heard this story many times before so we will just have to wait and see if this one pans out.

It seems that the XF sedan is a very successful model on the market and Tata wants to take full advantage of all of this success and cover a market as large as possible.

Both new versions will be powered by the same engines as the sedan: a 4.2-liter 400 hp supercharged V8 (possibly an 500 hp "R" version will appear in the future).

Source: Autoblog.it

The French car brand, Peugeot , was founded back in 1810 as a coffee mill company, but in 1882, they began their successful career building automobiles. Although the actual car manufacturing did not begin until 1882, Peugeot will still treat the 2010 year as it 200th anniversary. Peugeot UK unveiled today the special edition 207 Millesim 200 Special Edition that will celebrate Peugeot’s 200th anniversary. It will be available in both hatchback and station wagon versions with a choice of petrol and HDi diesel engines.

The Peugeot 207 Millesim 200 Special Edition will be distinguished by 15" alloy wheels, Peugeot Connect USB & Bluetooth, front fog lights, sports front grille with chrome detailing, colored coded side rubbing strips with chrome inserts, aluminum roof bars (SW only), and Millesim 200 badging. Standard equipment will include ABS, EBA, EBFD, power steering, four airbags, remote control central locking with deadlocks, three rear three-point seat belts, steering column adjustable for reach and rake, radio / single CD player, body color exterior door mirrors, trip computer, electrically operated / heated door mirrors, and air-conditioning.

The full range of the 207 Millesim will arrive in June in the UK and will be priced from £11,995.00 for the 1.4 8v 75 petrol hatchback version. As a bonus, every 207 Millesim purchased during the month of June will come with a free Nokia 5230 smart phone with inbuilt satellite navigation with free future updates and an in-car mounting kit.

It seems that shooting brake models are a hit lately. The two-door wagons are coming out of the woodwork and everyone seems to want to jump on that wagon (literally and figuratively speaking). The latest company to hitch a ride? Why, Bentley , of course. It seems that they are thinking of a shooting brake concept to wow Bentley and wagon lovers alike and not the type that arrived with the Bentley Continental Flying Star by Touring Superleggera .

"We have an idea in the back of our minds that we may yet bring to market," Stuart McCullough, VW Board Member said.

He also said that the design that’s been kicking around for a little while goes “a lot further” than the Touring-built concept and would be entirely Bentley from conception to assembly.

However, it is not clear on what model the new shooting brake version will be based on as the new Mulsanne platform will be used to develop a convertible and a coupe version and the Continental is nearing the end of its lifespan. Is this the hopeful dreams of a solitary Bentley member or a hint of what’s to come for the all-powerful Bentley? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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Opel Astra Sports Tourer

Our Auto Spies in Germany have captured photos of the 2011 Opel Astra Sports Tourer while it took its laps around the Nurburgring circuit. Inspired by the larger Insignia Sports Tourer , the Astra Estate is evidently longer than its hatchback brother which should translate to a larger, deeper boot space.

The front of the car is void of any camouflage due to the fact that the brand has decided to leave it unchanged from the previous model. The car still has its rear end covered with camouflage, but the rear light clusters look to be similar to the current Astra line-up. The only difference is the lower reflector lights look to have been relocated into the bumper instead of being underneath it.

The estate will use the same engine line-up as the five-door hatch, which means a petrol range stretching from a 1.4-liter naturally aspirated four-pot up to a 180 horsepower 1.6-liter turbo and a comprehensive diesel range that tops out with a 160HP 2.0-liter CDTi.

Check out the full story plus a video of the Astra doing its laps around the Nurburgring after the jump.

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