2019 Jeep Gladiator M-715 Five-Quarter
This Jeep is only concept of the lot from this year’s Easter Jeep Safari that is not a 2020 Gladiator dressed in pretty clothes. Moniker’d the ’Five-Quarter,’ this concept truck is actually a resto-mod of the 1968 Kaiser Jeep M-715, Gladiator-based, military vehicle. This concept will surely draw a lot of attention from the die-hard fans and enthusiasts who have followed Jeep with loyalty. Let me stress on this again - this is a resto-mod operation, not a replica. This is the real deal. So, of the 30,000-odd vehicles that were built, and God knows how many have survived to this day, Jeep and Mopar have actually stripped apart a 50-year old truck and garnished it with loads with new parts!
Fun fact - Jeep actually picked this model up off of Craigslist before putting it through the wringer. If this doesn’t grab your attention, I don’t know what will.
Forza Street Mobile Game is Out and You Can Get it for Free
Hype around a possible mobile Forza game was extremely high, even though some people in the know warned that the upcoming title wasn’t what people were expecting. In fact, as it turns out, the new Forza Street game is not even a new game, but rather a rebranding of an older game that Microsoft launched last year, one that never really saw much success, called Miami Street.
2019 Ram Heavy Duty Kentucky Derby Special Edition
The 145th Kentucky Derby is coming up on May 4th, and Ram is celebrating with the release of a fresh limited run of its popular Heavy Duty truck. Making its big debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show, the new special-edition workhorse gets a few unique exterior styling bits, extra interior comfort-enhancers, and a raft of standard gear to make hauling your four-legged investments even easier.
The 2020 Mercedes GLS Arrives With a Twin-Turbo V-8 and Seating for Seven
The biggest SUV in the Mercedes-Benz lineup is back and it’s now bigger than ever. The wheelbase is longer so all three rows get more room, thus making a six-seater version possible, and if it’s cargo space you’re after, the 2020 GLS delivers up to 95.3 cubic-feet of storage area. Another first is the introduction of the GLS 580 4Matic that features an electrified and twin-turbocharged V-8 with 489 horsepower on tap and the EQ Boost starter-generator.
European manufacturers are again trying to beat Americans at their own game. This time, the name of the game isn’t pick-up trucks, but full-size SUVs. When you think of such elevated land yachts, you’re probably picturing a Cadillac Escalade or a Lincoln Navigator in your head but BMW and, now, Mercedes-Benz are vying to change that image in your head. If BMW is trying to tempt you with the vehicle with the single largest twin kidney grilles in the history of mankind, Mercedes is a little bit more subtle with the 2020 GLS, a car built in Alabama that packs all the luxury features that America likes and then some. Also, it looks less like a bus in comparison to the Navigator.
2019 Jeep Gladiator J6 Concept
The Easter Jeep Safari, held at Moab, Utah, is a Mecca for Jeep lovers. Jeep uses these 10-odd days to showcase its concepts that not only bring out the creative side of the designers but also serves as a perfect platform to further market the lineup of highly sought-after Mopar products. One of the six concepts, the J6, is the product that serves this purpose completely. It is filled with Mopar products in and out and will undoubtedly intrigue the interest of the Safari attendees.
The J6 Concept is out there to en’lighten’ the event in all its glory. Didn’t get the reference? Well, that’s because Jeep has added a lot of LED lighting shenanigans to this truck. What makes it all the more interesting is that it has a two-door cab with a six-foot-long bed. A lot of enthusiasts have been vocal about having this same combination for quite some time now. Jeep understands this and will use this Safari as a pedestal to see if it makes a viable business case for itself.
Alfa Romeo Drops Special Edition Giulia and Stelvio at The New York Auto Show
Alfa Romeo didn’t have a bombshell at the 2019 New York Auto Show. It didn’t even have a new concept to showcase. Instead, the Italian automaker brought with it a pair of special editions for its two workhorses: the Guilia Quadrifoglio sedan and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV. The two models are called the Nring Editions, a loose reference to the Nurburgring where Alfa Romeo has a rich history of racing victories and record-setting lap times. Ironically, neither the Guilia Quadrifoglio Nring Edition nor its Stelvio counterpart boast any engine upgrades. The good news is that both special editions are loaded on exterior and interior upgrades, which is the point of their existence in the first place. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Nring Edition costs $97,485 (including the $1,595 destination fee), while the Giulia Quadrifoglio Nring Edition sells for $91,485. Both special edition models will be on sale in the U.S. beginning in the second quarter of 2019.
It’s Official: The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel in On Sale In America
Mazda has officially confirmed that it will start selling its first modern diesel in the U.S., and it will come under the hood of its CX-5 crossover. This, all while the manufacturers that have always been very pro-diesel, the Europeans, are now shunning compression-ignition engines and looking for alternatives.
The 2019 Lotus Evora GT410 Brings Redefined Performance to China
The Lotus Evora is already ten years old as of 2019, but it’s still going strong. Although Lotus is working on a successor, the current Evora is still being used as a base for special-edition sports cars. The latest model is called the GT410 and was unveiled in China, at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. This isn’t the first Evora to sport a "GT410" badge — a one-off was built for the Jim Clark Trust Foundation in 2018 — but it’s the first production run to feature the nameplate.
Want One of the 1,948 Examples of the 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster? It’ll Cost You $275,000
The Porsche 911 Speedster just broke cover at the 2019 New York Auto Show after months of speculation and a couple of concept cars. It’s the last 911 based on the 991-generation sports car and one of the nameplate’s highlights alongside the GT3- and GT2-badged models. It’s limited to only 1,948 units, and it’s far from cheap: Porsche wants more than $270,000 for one!
The Habaniro is Kia’s Spicy New Crossover Concept
Kia’s been on a roll with its concept vehicles lately. A month after unveiling the “Imagine by Kia” Concept and its 21 digital screens at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the Korean automaker took its traveling concept carnival to New York where it unveiled the Habaniro, a concept it claims is the world’s first-ever ECEV, as in “everyday car, electric vehicle.” The Habaniro is a bold concept. It’s also imaginative in terms of Kia’s vision for the future. Kia didn’t explicitly say that the Habaniro will never see the light of production day, but don’t expect it to arrive anytime soon. For now, the Habaniro is a concept that previews the direction Kia wants to take with its electrification and mobility efforts. Whether that future includes a production version of the Habaniro remains to be seen, but it’d be nice to wish for it, right?
Mercedes’ EQ Lineup Just Got a Little More Exclusive Thanks to the 2019 Mercedes EQC Edition 1886
Stunning Nio ET Preview Concept Would Be A Win For The U.S.
Starting its operations in 2014, Chinese car company Nio already reached the spotlight of the car industry. At the2019 Shanghai Auto Show, it revealed the elegant sedan-coupe called the ET Preview Concept, but you may have heard about it after the Nio EP9 set a Nurburgring lap record for electric cars. While the Nio only sells one electric SUV in China (more than 10,000 of them are on the roads), the ET Preview Concept is a rather surprising proposition for the future. In Shanghai, almost everyone revealed some sort of electric SUV, but Nio went with a fastback sedan. It is the one to compete with the likes of the Tesla Model S and the new Polestar 2. I will go on a limb here and say that it looks better than any one of them.
Kia Enters The Exclusivity Ring With the Special Edition 2020 Kia Stinger GTS
The Kia Stinger GT has really been impressing reviewers and buyers alike ever since it was launched with its blend of bold styling, great quality and, last but not least, a rewarding, sporty driving experience. Now Kia intends to make the latter even better as it’s just introduced a more exclusive Stinger GTS at the 2019 New York Auto Show.