BMW Should Offer Some Of Its Cars with Different Grille Size Options
Iconic and instantly recognizable as the BMW kidney grille may be, it has been growing and growing with recent models to the point where now it’s become too big on some models - yes, I’m looking at you, facelifted 7-Series sedan. But the refreshed 7-Series is not the only culprit here, because the new X7 is too, as well as the new X5 to a lesser degree.
Why the 2020 Ford Explorer Stole the Show from the 2020 Cadillac XT6
Cadillac showed off its new XT6, three-row crossover at the 2019 Detroit auto show, but its debut took place at a private event prior to the kickoff of the Detroit Auto Show. As such, the other SUV debut (the 2020 Ford Explorer) received a lot more attention at the show. Is the Ford Explorer cooler and more desirable than the Cadillac XT6?
Why should Ford stop with the Explorer ST? It could make an RS
Ford started ST-ing its high rider range with the Edge ST it revealed last year and this year at the Detroit auto show it showed an ST version of its new Explorer. The manufacturer’s intention couldn’t be clearer - it intends to inject some youthfulness and fun into vehicles not usually known for their sporty credentials.
2020 Kia Telluride finally shows its production form in Detroit
Kia has finally pulled the wraps off the production version if its Telluride SUV at the 2019 Detroit auto show after having previously teased it on a number of occasions. First came the concept (to which the series model ended up bearing no resemblance), then the trio of modified versions Kia decided to show off last year at SEMA.
2020 Ford Explorer ST has 400 HP, wants to be taken seriously as a performance SUV
Ford’s new 2020 Explorer has already raised some eyebrows with its rear-wheel drive platform and proportions, as well as its unusual front fascia. But even if you aren’t fond of the way the regular Explorer looks, then the new Explorer ST might change your mind, since it just adds another layer of aggression.
2020 Ford GT500 brings 700+ Horses and Dual-Clutch To Detroit
Whenever Ford introduces a new Mustang Shelby GT500, the vehicle needs no introduction. The public knows exactly what to expect, but what they really want to know is how much of it Ford has managed to hide under the Mustang’s sleek body - the latest Shelby GT500 just debuted at the 2019 Detroit auto show and it has a lot of everything.
2018 May Have Been The Best Year for Internal Combustion Engines Yet but It Doesn’t Mean What You Think
The trend towards electric and electrified vehicles, as well as other power alternatives to what we now call conventional engines (of the internal combustion variety), is clear and more and more of these vehicles are being sold each year. In fact, a recent report by the Financial Times states that even though the peak year for internal combustion-engined cars was expected to be 2022, it is now believed that the peak year was in fact 2018.
8 Awesome Looking Steering Wheels in Attainable Cars
Designing a great steering wheel is no mean feat: it needs to first and foremost serve the practical purpose, since it is the only means for the driver to input steering lock, but at the same time it needs to be nice to hold and, last but not least, also be nice to look at.
Steering wheels in older cars used to be so elegant, with their thin rim and thin prongs - they always look like they suggest you can drive the car with your fingertips. That’s obviously not a safe way to hold onto the wheel, but it looks really nice, especially if it’s a wood rim with exactly three polished bare metal spokes.
But since the advent of airbags, manufacturers have struggled to integrate the safety device into the wheel hub and also make everything look nice and tidy. It’s only in recent years that steering wheel look and feel has improved, and now you can go out and buy just a regular car with a nice looking helm.
This piece is only about regular (attainable) cars because there was never a time when you couldn’t get a nice wheel on an uber-expensive luxury car or supercar, regardless of how bad the times were - boutique manufacturers simply didn’t put an airbag in it and relied on fancy materials for wow factor. The fact that you can get a really nice wheel in just a regular car these days really improves their interior ambiance (especially for people who are into sportier cars) and also generally improves the driving experience. There are plenty of these out there today (thankfully), but I’ve tried to pick out my favorites in cars available right now for reasonable money.
You’ll be Shocked When You Find out Who Geely-Owned Lotus will Soon Compete Against
Geely is one of China’s automotive giants, an industrial colossus that owns Volvo, Proton, Lynk & Co, the London Taxi Company and as of 2017 sports car manufacturer Lotus, as well. Its most recent acquisition was made with the intent to turn it into one of the world’s leading maker of sports cars, to rival the likes of Porsche, maybe even Aston Martin and McLaren.
EV-swapped Porsche 356 Speedster is actually a great idea
Now I don’t know about you, but I really like the idea of marrying classic sports car looks from the 1950s and 1960s with modern tech and electric powertrains. There’s really nothing wrong with that, no matter what some so-called purists might say because the resulting vehicle is faster, quieter, and greener than what you started out with.
First drive of 2020 Mercedes EQC 400 all-electric SUV shows promise
Mercedes is on the verge of launching the EQC all-electric high rider, a model it hopes will grant it a slice of this increasingly lucrative and competitive market segment. The vehicles populating it are so talented nowadays that the EQC needs to be really good in order to attract buyers its way.
Audi is in the advanced stages of testing an all-electric version of its Q2 crossover, the smallest high riding vehicle it currently sells. The Q2 e-Tron (which is what it will most likely be called) will complete the Q2 lineup that also includes the SQ2 performance model, as well as an extended wheelbase Q2 destined for the Chinese market. The Q2 EV won’t differ much visually from other models in the range, but with a careful look, you will be able to spot that it is the battery powered model. The camouflaged prototype snagged by our spies has no exhaust pipe, for instance, and it’s bound to have additional small exterior giveaways as to what it is. It’s also been suggested that the Q2 e-Tron might use the lengthened platform of the Chinese-market model, but at the moment we really cannot make a definitive judgment on that based solely on this batch of spy shots. Furthermore, the Q2 e-Tron may only be sold in China, although there is a good chance it will reach Europe as well - this would represent the first sale of a long-wheelbase Chinese-market Audi model in Europe.
Fiat didn’t really want to make the 500e, but it was forced by emissions regulations to add a full EV to its lineup, which it reluctantly did back in 2013. The vehicle itself wasn’t received particularly well at the time, being criticized for its limited range and availability, as well as its high price - it can only be ordered in the states of California and Oregon, although there are plenty you can now buy second hand wherever you live, even in Europe where it was never intended to be sold.
Believe it or not, the 500e is still on sale and has gone essentially unchanged for the last six years, but it’s never really been that popular, an issue with which it hasn’t been helped by the constant introduction of new and better EVs. But, the 500e is not all bad, thanks to its instantly recognizable styling, peppy performance, and decent usability if you’re buying it exclusively for short journeys not too far away from a charging point.
The China-Only 3-Series L is Nearly As Long as the BMW 5 Series
Premium automakers give China special attention because the Chinese market is so big and lucrative that it makes a lot of financial sense for them to do so and that’s why they all have long-wheelbase versions of the sedans they sell there. The latest premium sedan to be launched is the all-new 3-Series from BMW, and it really didn’t take long for the stretched model to make its appearance.
This Lancia Aurelia Outlaw is Probably the Best Restomod We’ve Ever Seen
The Lancia Aurelia was a car built in the 1950s before it was replaced by the more modern Flaminia. The most famous example is a racing version of the car that was based on the B20 two-door GT and competed in the Mille Miglia (where it came second overall in 1951), won its class at Le Mans the same year, and it was also raced in the Carrera Panamericana. Now, there’s a new model in the spotlight as it has been the subject of a rather extensive restomod.
Will the 2021 Skoda Karoq RS Fill in a Niche that Volkswagen Doesn’t Touch?
Skoda has shown it is willing and able to make hot RS-badged versions of its high-riding models, so after the Kodiaq RS, a report now suggests the Czech automaker is also considering applying a similar treatment to the smaller Karoq crossover. It is also believed that it will not be motivated by a diesel engine, like the larger Kodiaq RS, running a 2.0-liter turbo found in other high-performance VW group products.
Warehouse Find: 11 1994 BMW 5-Series E34s with Zero Miles
From time to time a story such as this one pops up, where people stumble across many cars that were forgotten in storage. Such discoveries are akin to time machines, so when we heard that 11 essentially brand new E34 5-Series BMW were discovered in a warehouse in Bulgaria, we had to check it out.
Does the 2019 Mercedes-AMG 4-Door Coupe Handle in Snow?
Most new Mercedes AMG products nowadays are only available with all-wheel drive, and the biggest and baddest of them all is the new four-door AMG. It’s a car that has been tested on road and on track, but so far nobody has documented their experience with the car on more loose surfaces, like fresh snow.
2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 "C1" by Advanced Automotive Technologies
Putting an unapologetically retro body on a new car that isn’t the same size or has the same proportions as the original can result in some pretty ghastly cars. That’s not the case here with this 2001 Corvette C5, however. It was worked over by none other than Advanced Automotive Technologies (or ATT), and some might find its aesthetic quite pleasing.
What We Can Expect From Tesla in 2019 - Tesla Model Y, AutoPilot, and More
Tesla is set to expand its operation further in 2019, building on 2018, a year when the automaker’s main goal was to ramp up production of the Model 3, while at the same time addressing the many quality issues new owners were reporting. Model 3 production is still not at the level Tesla would want (neither in terms of quantity or quality), but in 2019 it looks like there is a lot more on its plate.
Watch How Tesla Builds the 2019 Model 3 in 48 Seconds
Tesla employs a highly automated assembly process that was implemented in full for the Model 3. Humans still play a part in it, but as you’ll see in this time-lapse that follows a Model 3 from bare shell all the way to finished automobile, there’s more automation than human intervention. Even cooler, however, is that you can see the whole process in just 48 seconds.
China’s Military Laughingly Names the BAIC BJ80 as the Most Reliable Off-Road Vehicle
From a distance and at an angle where you can’t see the grille, the Beijing Auto BJ80 looks exactly like a Mercedes G-Class. It is a blatant automotive design ripoff if we’ve ever seen one - the manufacturer even made a 6x6 version exactly like the one Mercedes also made and sold briefly.
2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible
BMW is set to launch an all-new 4-Series two-door sometime in 2019 or 2020, and while the G23 coupe version will not feature any dramatic changes over the current model, the G22 droptop will. Spy shots indicate that for the first time in two generations (E93 and F33), BMW is giving up on the folding hardtop design in favor of the more traditional soft top option which it last used on the E46 model discontinued in 2006.
Heavy camouflage covers the prototype spotted, but this important change is quite evident as the canvas top is left completely bare (quite obviously on purpose). It might be an illusion caused by the camo, but it also appears this new 4-Series has a longer hood and rear decklid compared to its predecessor.
Update 01/02/2019: We’ve managed to catch the BMW 4 Series Convertible, and while much hasn’t changed outside we do finally get a look at the interior. Check out the spy shots section below to learn more.
Cars That We Can’t Wait to See in 2019
What does the future behold? There are countless future classics ready to slide out from under the sheets of which they’ve been covered, and it’s all set to happen in 2019. There will be new EVs, new muscle cars, and a complete evolution of luxury cars. One of America’s most loved sports cars, the Chevy Corvette, is set move into a mid-engine configuration - something that’s been in the works for decades. With that said, we have a lot to be excited for, and this is a list of the models that we just can’t wait any longer for.
2018 has been a pretty wild year with all kinds of crazy things happening. We’ve seen Volkswagen fall into another scandal, Lamborghini launch an SUV, EVs take over the planet, and sedans all but die off with Ford, for example, killing off every car in its lineup outside of the Ford Mustang - just to make room for SUVs. So, with the end of the year upon us, we’ve put together our very own predictions for next year. To put it simply, we think it’s going to be an even crazier year than this one.
These are the most powerful three-cylinder engines in new cars
Three-cylinder engines are normally associated with city cars whose main brief is to get you from point to point while using as little fuel as possible. Outright performance is not hugely important, nor is the way the engine sounds since all that matters for a three-pot is to be cheap to build, run, and maintain.
But the perception of three-cylinder engines seems to be shifting as more and more powerful units make their way to the mainstream automotive scene. Some of them are even finding their way under the hood of proper performance cars, and if this isn’t a clear indication of a shift in perception of such engines, then I don’t know what is.
This is our list of the seven most powerful three-pot power plants currently available in any car (and one model you can have it in), in ascending power order.
A Manifest for More Originality and Substance in the Automotive Industry
Back around the time they were first conceived, the way a car looked was directly dictated by its purpose and functionality. It looked a certain way and had specific features that helped it achieve its design goal - if said features also happened to look cool while also being useful, that was just a bonus. Functionality was still the prime concerned of both engineers and designers.
If You Have Ordered or Will Order a 2019 Tesla Model 3, Here are the Quality Issues You Can Expect
Taking delivery of a Tesla Model 3, which is more than likely your first true EV, must be a pretty exciting moment. Some of that positive vibe may wear off quite quickly, however, due to the many quality issues that have been reported since the Model 3 started reaching its new owners.
11 Car Features To Help Keep You Warm During Winter
Winter is a season some find magical and quite whimsical, but the fact of the matter is low temperatures are not comfortable for anybody, even those who declare themselves wholehearted lovers of this time of year. And cars nowadays are adding more and more temperature comfort features to keep as many parts of your body as warm as possible - this is definitely a positive development in the industry.
On top of this, while in the past such features were the reserve of high-end luxury cars, today you can get quite fancy features on a regular city car not designed to be anything special. These features are becoming more and more important to buyers since some manufacturers seem to have no trouble adding them to all their cars, while others still consider some features are best reserved for vehicles higher up in their range.
Once you’ve experienced these features, which we’ve assembled into a list below, you’ll wonder how you lived without them all those years before; here’s our pick of the ten desirable automotive features to keep you warm in winter.
Lamborghini Urus measured against classic LM002
Lamborghini’s Urus isn’t the first high-riding SUV vehicle the company has ever made. Despite the awesomeness of the Urus, we can’t forget that Lamborghini manufactured the imposing LM002 between 1986 and 1991. Only 328 LM002s were ever made and, while it wasn’t excessively practical or useful, its front-mounted V-12 engine borrowed from the Countach, plus the military-style squared off design helped win some fans.
Look Back at the Classic , 1990 - 1999 BMW 850i V-12
BMW has just now started rolling out its all-new large coupe model, the 8-Series, a car that revives the model designation of an older two-door that made many enthusiasts gasp in awe back in the early 1990s. The first 8-Series, known as the E31, built between 1990 and 1999, was a real looker, it had strong engines offerings, and an upmarket interior different to that of other BMWs of the time. Yet, somehow, it never gained full cult following status.
First Reviews of the 2019 Ford Ranger Are In and You Need to Hear the Truth
The last Ford Ranger to be made in North America came off the production line in late 2011, and it’s taken Ford nearly eight years to bring the model back. But this time it’s not Ford-badged version of a Mazda pickup (the 2006 to 2012 model year Ranger), but a new Ford-designed model with global ambitions.
The Hyundai I30N Is Awesome, But Is it Good Enough to Dethrone the 2019 Honda Civic Type R?
Hyundai has to be applauded for creating the i30N, its first ever hot hatch, which is not only good for a first effort but genuinely good even when compared to offerings from automakers with much more experience in the segment. So, since they’re aiming for the top in this segment, it’s thoroughly justified to try out the i30N against the fastest front-wheel-drive hot hatch currently on sale, the Honda Civic Type R.
The 2019 Audi A1 Looks Good on Paper, but How Good is it in the Real World?
Audi is hot on the trail of the MINI Cooper with its all-new A1 supermini, a radical design departure over the outgoing model, which is a bit unusual. The manufacturer usually very conservatively evolves its models from one generation to the next, but the new A1 is quite revolutionary compared to its predecessor. With that in mind, how does the new A1 fare in the hands of those who have driven it?
Americans review the Ford Ranger Raptor they can’t get Stateside
Ford has remained mostly tight-lipped about possible plans to ship the Ranger Raptor over to the North American market. Rumors on the matter ranged from ones certainly stating it was coming, then came another one that it actually wasn’t coming, now it looks like we’re back to a more optimistic outlook.
BMW sideways carol commercial captures the Christmas spirit
Back in 2012, the Swiss arm of BMW created a special Christmas video to thank its local buyers for choosing a BMW, and what resulted is one of the funnier videos I’ve seen in recent years. The help of a racing driver is enlisted, and he’s tasked with driving a BMW 135i around a track with four passengers trying to sing Christmas songs.
A new year is upon us, and it’s time we look at the best and worst of things that came our way. 2018 was, without a doubt, the year of the SUV, and there have been more than enough to quench any thirst for them that we may have had. Of course, we’re all journalists here, so we have a slightly different perspective than most people do - you included. With that said, we also get to experience the cream of the crop. We get to know them inside and out, inward and out, top and bottom. For a small period of time, each one of them burrows into our lives like a bad fungal infection that we just can’t shake. And, that’s why we’re here to present you with the best and most important SUVs presented in 2018. If you’re in the market for a new high-riding people hauler, look no further - your next ride is probably on this list.
Cars That We Can’t Wait to See in 2019
What does the future behold? There are countless future classics ready to slide out from under the sheets of which they’ve been covered, and it’s all set to happen in 2019. There will be new EVs, new muscle cars, and a complete evolution of luxury cars. One of America’s most loved sports cars, the Chevy Corvette, is set move into a mid-engine configuration - something that’s been in the works for decades. With that said, we have a lot to be excited for, and this is a list of the models that we just can’t wait any longer for.
A $15,000, Second Hand Hyundai Equus is Rolls-Royce Awesome with a Korean Badge
Hyundai now sells its premium rear-wheel-drive sedans under the Genesis badge, but this is a recent development since these vehicles used to be a part of the Hyundai lineup until around 2016 when the switch was made. So, the Hyundai Equus flagship became the Genesis G90, but it’s not a completely new car, rather an update to the older model with a new name.
The 2020 Land Rover Defender Could Be Revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show
Land Rover has been working on the Defender project for over five years now, and from an exterior perspective, it seems like a long time for a vehicle to be developed and for that development to not be completed. But the all-new Defender is now in the final stretch, which is why we’ve been teased with a shot of a camouflaged prototype for the first time.
Audi celebrates 20 years of TT with special edition model
IIHS picks its safety stars of 2018
Is Ride 3 the Best Motorbike Simulator Game Ever?
Ride 3 is the third installment in the Ride series and one that adds more bikes, more tracks, more customization, more performance upgrades and, well, just more of everything compared to Ride 2. The developer calls the game “the most complete digital motorbike encyclopedia” pointing to the total number of models available - no fewer than 230 from 30 different manufacturers (of which over 70 are completely new to the series, not reused from previous Ride titles).
Should You Buy a Cheap 2005 - 2010 BMW M5 E60?
The 2020 Volkswagen ID Visits South Africa as Part of It’s Final Testing Phase
Volkswagen will put the ID all-electric hatchback into production in 2019, but we still have to wait until the vehicle is officially revealed. We expect it to have a more restrained and toned down design compared to the concept that previewed it, but at the same time, it will retain its overall shape and several design details.
New Fortune Island Expansion For Forza 4 Comes With an Updated Lamborghini Urus, Treasure Hunts, and Outrageous Weather
Following in the same tactic it used for the previous Horizon game, the developer will launch DLCs that include new content and a new map for players to explore; Forza Horizon received three such DLCs, and now the first one for Horizon 4 is out. It’s called Fortune Island and is available to download now
Want to Know what the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Looks Like? Here’s Your Leaked Images
Volkswagen is readying a more rakish-looking, coupe-like variant of its Atlas high-rider and these leaked shots show us exactly what it’s going to look like from the outside. The overall shape remains true to that of the Atlas Cross Sport Concept shown this year at the New York auto show, but pretty much every detail has been toned down.
See How the 2019 BMW 8 Series Ranks Against Modern Rivals and its Iconic Predecessor
BMW is discontinuing the 6 Series model lineup, and it will be replaced by a new line of8 Series models coming in a variety of forms. The most popular will probably be the hardtop coupe model, but buyers will also be able to opt for either a soft top convertible or a four-door sedan version of it to suit their needs.
What’s the Audi e-Tron GT Concept like to drive?
Audi stunned crowds at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show when it unveiled the close-to-production e-Tron GT concept, a vehicle that previews a sporty, low-slung, all-electric sedan. Even more surprising is that it let certain journalists have a try at driving it but, since it’s not yet homologated for road use, this was done under escort by local police.
We really have to come out and say it straight off the bat: the Peugeot 508 SW is one of the best looking estate- or wagon-style vehicles on the market right now at any price. It builds on the striking but stylish look of the 508 sedan but adds extra coolness and practicality courtesy of the wagon shape.
It debuted a few months after the three-box hatch (which looks like a sedan, but it really isn’t) was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva motor show, where people flocked around the Peugeot stand to get a better look at it - I’ve literally never seen a motor show stand more crowded, and as I was approaching it, I thought Peugeot had unveiled a surprise concept. In the end, it was actually the production-spec 508.
The 508 SW I think looks even better than the already pretty hatchback, especially since it’s not really a boxy, traditional wagon, but more of a fastback/shooting brake type of vehicle. Unusually for a load lugger of its type, it ticks the “looks like it’s moving while standing still” cliché box.
Reviewers Try Out The New All-Electric 2019 Audi e-Tron Quattro SUV
The luxury electric crossover and SUV market just got a new and serious contender, in the form of the new Audi e-Tron high-rider which was officially launched not too long ago. Journos have tried it out and, since this is an Audi we’re talking about, their first impressions of the car are a bit predictable. What we didn’t expect, however, is to hear complaints about the E-Tron Quattro’s performance.
2019 Fiat 500X
Fiat has revealed its revised 500X crossover which has been nipped and tucked for the first time since its 2014 European debut (in the US for the 2016 model year it was launched). It comes with a refreshed exterior with new front and rear light clusters, more tech, and improved engines.
Update 12/12/2018: We’ve updated this review with images taken at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Check them out in our gallery below!
2019 Genovation GXE Electric Chevy Corvette
Genovation GXE is an electric vehicle based on the C7-Gen Chevy Corvette with plenty of power as well as visual treatment to let onlookers know it’s something a bit special. Wraps officially came off the limited production version at the 2018 LA motor show, where we were informed of its strict 75-unit production cap as well as the fact that the company expects to deliver the first ones in mid-2019.
Now while Genovation rips out the Corvette’s V-8 and replaces it with two electric motors, the company leaves the stock transmission inside, and you can even choose whether it’s a manual or automatic. Exact performance numbers aren’t mentioned, but we are informed of the vehicle’s sub-3-second zero to sixty time.
Visually, the GXE does stand out among Corvettes, with its unique bumpers, rims, and LED strips that highlight some of its design features. You will definitely know something is up when one of these drives by, not only due to the extra exterior lighting but also because of its almost complete lack of noise as it moves along.
Its only slight problem is the fact that you are asked to part with $750,000 in exchange for one. And, while the sheer novelty of having a usable, more luxurious, custom, and fully electric Corvette it is going to be out of the reach of most enthusiasts, it’s important to remember that you can buy no fewer than six Corvette ZR1s for the same money. You know, just to put things into perspective.
Tesla powertrain and batteries completely transform this Audi RS5
The Audi RS5, built between 2010 and 2015, was powered by a screaming, high-revving, V-8 engine and was widely acknowledged as being one of the best of its kind. However, what do you do when your car doesn’t have an engine or its engine is junk and you need to replace it with something else? How about you slot in a Tesla motor and battery pack to see how that transforms the car.
Here’s Why It’s Important to Have Four, Matching Winter Tires
If you think that you only really need winter tires on the driven axle of your vehicle, since it does all the pulling or pushing, then think again. Doing something like that can pose a serious safety hazard. Different grip levels for the front and rear can result in a very unsafe handling experience on snow, and the vehicle can go into a snap oversteer maneuver, careening into oncoming traffic.
2019 BMW 3-Series Review Roundup: Does it Get the Class Crown?
Journalists have tried out the all-new, seventh-gen, 2019 BMW 3-Series G20 at its official launch event in Portugal, and first impressions of the car are really good. You’d expect BMW to want to pull out all the stops in order to get its smallest and most popular sedan right and, apparently, it did.
6 Coupe SUVs That Don’t Look Hunchbacked
Back in 2007, BMW revealed a high-riding vehicle that would end up changing the SUV market segment forever: the X6. It was presented as a sportier and more aggressive looking version of the practical X5 luxury family hauler. As it turns out, it was about as close to an instant hit if I’ve ever seen such a thing in recent times in the automotive industry, taking buyers by storm, and completely shifting their perspective on what an SUV or crossover can look like.
It threw the familiar two-box design straight out the window and in its place BMW designers imagined a dramatic, sloping rear end design reminiscent of what we might call a fastback design on a lower, non-SUV car. Not everybody liked it to begin with, and many people still find the shape a bit contrived (the author of this article included). I have to admit I wasn’t over the Moon ecstatic when BMW announced it was going to make an X4 (which is nearly identical to the X6, but slightly smaller).
Then, after allowing BMW to have the newly created coupe SUV niche all to itself since 2008, Mercedes launched its own model to go head to head with the X6. By that time, however, the X6 was already in its second generation, and The Three-Pointed Star didn’t really present an innovative looking vehicle, but rather its interpretation of the X6 style grafted onto its GLE (which up until that point was known as the M-Class). Then Mercedes added a smaller version of the GLE, dubbed GLC Coupe, to go head to head with the X4, completely copying what its Bavarian rival did.
However, while nowadays even Renault is preparing a model with a similar shape and the new Geely-owned manufacturer Lynk & Co has one in the works, there are manufacturers out there who have not gone down the same design path when creating their sporty, rakish, coupe-like SUVs. This article focuses on those models whose underlying idea is the same (create a sporty SUV with a coupe twist) but whose execution is different and more original.
10 of the Boxiest Cars and SUVs On the Market
Most cars you can buy nowadays are designed to look like wedges that seem as if they’re on the move when standing still. However, there are still those models that buck the trend, adopting a boxier and generally more upright look.
Some do it for functionality, others for pure style, but what’s certain is these boxy models don’t really constitute the norm, and you have to really do a thorough search to find them. This list doesn’t include Japanese Kei cars or JDM models in general (since we’d fill the list quite quickly), but I have included one Kei entry just to show a style of small car that is most popular in Japan.
You really won’t find them outside Japan, so elsewhere you have to look harder to get your boxy car and/or SUV kicks. From 2009 until 2014, Nissan sold the asymmetrical Cube people carrier outside Japan and that car would have made a great poster vehicle for this article, but now it’s been relegated to JDM-only status so that won’t work...
But, thankfully, such models do exist, if we concentrate on the sort of vehicles you can buy in North America and Europe. Here’s our list of the ten boxiest cars available in these regions, plus one super-boxy Kei car to represent Japan.
2020 Lynk & Co 01 Coupe
Get ready for yet another coupe-like SUV, this time from a fledgling manufacturer that has yet to establish itself: Lynk & Co. This time the vehicle in question currently doesn’t yet have a name, but we do know it is the more rakish and slightly less practical version of the high-riding 01 model.
The vehicle was recently spotted by our spies under thick camouflage, but we are able to make out its BMW X6-inspired rear end design, as well as the same front end as on the 01 - the car in the photos looks like it’s the same until the B-pillar, but from there on its roofline dips in fastback style.
Its interior and engine range will be the same, although the coupe variant of the SUV may come with sportier suspension tuning and slightly less emphasis on comfort - this is also what other manufacturers that have such vehicles do to give these models more than just a visual differentiation.
And in the not too distant future, we may start to see lots of Lynk & Co vehicles not only in Europe but also the States. Geely, the Chinese automotive giant that owns Lynk & Co (as well as Volvo), is examining possibilities to open manufacturing facilities in Gent, Belgiu as well as in North Carolina.
Video Reviews Say That the 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 is Better than the 2018 Mercedes-AMG A45
Mercedes’ first hot hatch, the A45 AMG, is monstrously quick around a twisty road, with its 400 horsepower and all-wheel drive grip, yet it’s not the most feelsome or engaging hot hatch to throw around. The Three-Pointed Star’s second attempt, the new A35 based on the fourth-generation A-Class (bearing the internal codename W177), is much better in this respect.
Ford is reportedly working on a replacement model for the Courier pickup sold in Brazil, and there’s a good chance this new model could make it to North America. Unlike the Courier, which is positively tiny by American pickup standards because it is based on the Fiesta city car (and also it went out of production in 2013 and never got a direct replacement), this new Ranchero would use the slightly largerFocus platform.
This means it’d grow in length quite considerably and also move from a single cab design to a crew cab. If it makes it to the States, it would probably get a name change as well, so instead of Courier, it will probably be called Ranchero, recalling an older model name. The old Ranchero was built between 1957 and 1979 as a unibody, car-based pickup. It was Ford’s answer to the Chevy El Camino.
So, it would be quite natural for Ford to use the Ranchero name for this newly proposed pickup, although nothing has been officially confirmed yet (or denied, for that matter). What’s clear is that this new Ranchero could be here by 2022, when it will share the showroom floor with the likes of the new Ranger, Bronco, and maybe a boxy-looking Focus platform-based crossover (aka “baby Bronco”).
Having the engine in the middle or as close to the center of the car as possible is deemed ideal in order to have even weight distribution between the two axles. But over the years, the configuration has mostly been reserved for expensive exotics unattainable by only the wealthiest enthusiasts. That’s why cheaper cars that have adopted the configuration have always stood out and usually attract some manner of cult following.
Is Ford’s Trunk Conveyor Belt Patent Proof Consumers are Getting Really Lazy?
If you’ve ever found having to reach all the way back into the cargo area of your SUV way too hard and a bit of a stretch, Ford may provide alleviation with a new system it’s just patented. The patent drawings show and detail electrically-operated conveyor belts in the floor of the trunk itself that you can move via some conveniently placed switches.
Out of all those new cars out there, which ones have more promise that is untapped by the manufacturer? These cars are already good, but at the same time, they could be significantly improved with sometimes minimal modifications. In other words, they have what it takes but just need to be honed that little bit more to achieve their full potential.
Kia will soon launch an all-new high-riding crossover model based on its Ceed hatchback and, thanks to the first batch of spy photos showing a camouflaged prototype, we can start to tell you what it’s going to be like. The plan for this model is to slot in between the Stonic and Sportage in the Kia range, although judging by its overall shape it looks like a more hatchback-like crossover (like the Stonic) and not a more SUV-like model such as the larger Sportage. There’s definitely a new Kia Ceed look about this as of yet unnamed model, although it does look quite a bit higher than the regular hatch model. The automaker really wanted us not to see the details, so it covered the front and rear fascias with especially heavy camouflage that doesn’t really allow us to see anything.
We can, however, spot that it will have a similar face to the Ceed (the latest Kia family face), complete with headlights and grille that look similar to those of the hatch.
This model will go up against models such as the Ford Focus Active or Subaru Crosstrek (also known as the XV), some of which have all-wheel drive, others not - in this example, for instance, the Subaru has it as standard, while the Ford doesn’t get it at all and the big question with this Ceed crossover is whether or not it will be offered as an option; it definitely won’t have standard all-wheel drive like the Subaru, that’s for sure.
Video Reviews for the 2019 Subaru Forester are Finally In and You Need to See Them
You may not be able to instantly tell by looking at it, but the 2019 Subaru Forester is an all-new vehicle riding on a new platform. Subaru has opted to keep it looking familiar so as not to upset the excellent image it’s created for it, but at the same time, its capabilities have been expanded in all directions.
Check Out the First Video Reviews of the 2019 Mercedes B-Class
The fact that Mercedes made an all-new B-Class is proof that people don’t only want crossovers - Mercedes could have very easily replaced the B-Class with a taller and more rugged looking vehicle, yet it chose to evolve the outgoing B-Class’ identity and add as many new features as possible, instead of completely reimagining it.
Toyota has pulled the wraps off its refreshed Prius at the 2018 LA auto show which brings a more toned down appearance and optional all-wheel drive to the table. It isn’t any significantly more efficient or any faster, but its less aggressive styling will be a pleasing comeback for some, while the new all-wheel drive is apparently going to be really popular.
Projected sales for the Prius AWD-e say up to 25 percent of all cars sold will have the option, despite the fact that it does have a small negative impact on overall efficiency - the main reason you went for a Prius in the first place. The most frugal Prius, the L Eco trim, can still hit a claimed 56 mpg combined.
Aside from the subtle restyling and addition of all-wheel drive, the 2019 Toyota Prius also gets interior updates, extra tech, and a simplified trim structure to help buyers and dealers alike understand the range better.
The First Video Reviews of the 2020 Mercedes GLE SUV Are In
Mercedes is a manufacturer that really seems to love its high-riding SUVs, so much so that it basically has one for every size class of vehicle it sells, from A-Class-sized to S-Class, and its second largest offering is the GLE. An all-new GLE was recently revealed, and journos have had a chance to try it out. While most seem to just spend a bit too much time playing with the bouncy, active suspension, the new GLE is a serious contender in its segment.
2020 Hyundai Palisade
The Hyundai Palisade is the new flagship of the range, so it needs to be very good. It has a distinctive face that sets it apart from other Hyundai models and clearly can’t be mistaken for another brand. However, it’s not its striking fascia put on an otherwise familiar big SUV shape that’s important here, but the amount of room inside and how pleasant it is to travel in.
With seating for up to eight people, the Palisade offers one more than some competitors, and if you fold down all of its seats, you can get a pretty van-like loading bay. It also looks and feels well appointed inside, with no dramatic design touches - It’s just clear, functional, and minimalist.
It needs to face tough adversaries that have several generations of models behind them and, with it being a completely new nameplate, it may struggle a bit. Its exterior appearance blends a funky face with a more traditional overall aesthetic, but the interior may feel reminiscent to what you may see in a high-end German brand like Mercedes, Audi, or BMW, and its rivals will struggle to match the same feel inside their cabins.
Aston Martin announced that it was selling the design and tooling for its Vanquish model, but it didn’t specify who it was sold to for £20-million or around $26-million. Now, a new report indicates that the buyer was, in fact, low volume car manufacturer Morgan. Morgan has since announced new models. The math seems pretty simple here, right?
The 2019 Crosstrek is Subaru’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle, and it’s set to go on sale in 2019. Like all PHEVs, it has some all-electric range, and it can even cruise close to highway speeds on electricity alone. And, when its gasoline engine and electrification work in tandem, it can result in excellent fuel economy figures. Unlike many plug-in versions of regular models, the Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t really shout about what it is. There are some details that give it away, though and if one passes by in full EV mode, the lack of engine sound will also give it away. Inside it’s quite simple and minimalist, and far less extravagant to look a than any modern plug-in Toyota and Honda model. But, it does have a decent infotainment screen and the build quality does make up for its lack of design flair to a degree.
Update 12/3/2018: We’ve updated this review with new images taken at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Check them out in the gallery below!
The Next-Gen BMW M4 Will be a "Fortress of Manual" and Will Have AWD
Speculation that the next BMW M3 and M4 would not come with a manual transmission has been dispelled. Both upcoming Motorsport versions of the 3- and 4-Series models will indeed have a six-speed stick shift, and they will even offer the option of all-wheel drive.
According to Audi, the E-Tron GT Can Charge for 20 Minutes and Go Almost 200 Miles.
Audi has aimed its guns squarely at the Tesla Model S with its close-to-production e-Tron GT concept that it just unveiled at the 2018 LA Auto Show. It’s a very striking four-door coupe with very bold flanks and a pleasant old school vintage coke bottle shape when viewed from the side. It can also take an 80-percent charge (about 200-miles worth of electricity) in no more than 20 minutes. Take that, Tesla.
Honda has unveiled its new Passport crossover designed to slot in its range between the CR-V and the Pilot. It rides on the same underpinnings as the Pilot, but it comes with considerably shorter rear overhang, extra ground clearance, and additional body cladding to make off-roading less stressful.
Apparently Porsche is Considering a 911-Based SUV
Mitsubishi has brought its e-Evolution concept to the U.S. for the first time at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show after its last showing at the 2018 Geneva motor show. It’s a study for a sporty, all-electric performance crossover with an iconic name, but one that we don’t see reaching production any time soon, at least in a form as extreme as this.
Meet the next generation all-electric Kia Soul EV,a model that adopts an evolutionary approach to retain the funky spirit of the outgoing model. But underneath it is new and considerably more capable, particularly when it comes to its range since it comes with a battery more than twice the capacity of the outgoing model — we’re talking about 240 miles of range, up from just 111 miles!
The Hyundai Palisade is Here to Best the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Nissan Pathfinder
Hyundai is really trying to muscle in on the segment dominated by the likes of the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot with the 2020 Palisade SUV. It’s a three-row high rider with distinctive styling, lots of tech, and plenty of space inside where occupants are treated to a surprisingly premium ambiance. It also has an unusual, yet powerful drivetrain under its hood.
We live in an age when bad automotive trends are spreading like wildfire, with manufacturers inexplicably copying one another helping proliferate them, despite their obvious downsides. It’s as if originality is not as important anymore, and most automakers are just content to just reimagine what other companies are doing, if whatever it is that they are doing seems successful.
The Production Version of Honda’s Urban EV Could be Your Next Posh Electric City Runabout
Honda is testing camouflaged prototypes for the production version of its Urban EV concept, and even with the camo, we can pretty much make out the entire shape of the car and most of its details. Unlike the motor show design study, the production version will have five instead of three doors and several additional detail changes.
2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
Meet BMW’s upcoming rival to the Mercedes CLA - the upcoming 2 Series Gran Coupe, a model that will perfectly match the Three Pointed Star’s small, sleek sedan since it too will come as standard with front-wheel drive. This is very evident even in the camouflaged prototype’s proportions, clearly those of a car with a transverse-mounted engine.
Unlike the Mercedes, however, the 2 Series Gran Coupe has a more stout, upright shape. It will feature a variation of the current BMW family face up front, while at the rear its light design looks similar in shape to what we’ve seen on the latest X4.
Measuring around 4.5 meters or 177 inches in length, it slots in below the 3 Series and is a perfect match for the CLA in terms of footprint. BMW intends for the 2 Series GT to slot in between the 1 Series and the 3 Series in its range.
Standard versions of the 2 Series GC will come with front-wheel drive only, powered by small three-cylinder engines, but models higher up in the range will have four-cylinder engines and offer all-wheel drive in order to put all of their extra power down - no six-cylinder engines will be offered.
Update 1-2-2019: We’ve received new spy shots of the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, and there is a noticeable change that practically confirms its arrival for the 2020 model year. Check out the latest news in our spy shots section below.
2020 Honda Urban EV
It turns out the rumors that Honda was eventually going to put its Urban EV Concept from the 2017 Frankfurt motor show into production were true. Our spies have caught what is, evidently, a camouflaged production prototype of that study and, while it does do away with some of the concept’s craziness, it’s still an interesting and unexpected model.
Back at its motor show debut, the Urban EV concept caused quite a stir with its retro-futuristic styling and all-electric powertrain, although it was probably the former that made it unique. Honda seems to have left the overall design mostly unchanged for the production version, the big difference being that it has grown from a three-door into a five-door.
The concept also had rear-hinged (so-called “suicide”) doors, but this production interpretation seems to have regular doors. Another change over the concept has to do with the shape of the rear lights that are now round as opposed to square, mirroring the shape of the front clusters.
It’s also going to be Honda’s first all-electric vehicle for the European market, but aside from that, it’s also apparently going to be a sold as a kind of premium vehicle (according to some rumors), so it probably won’t necessarily be an affordable supermini/subcompact.
What if there was a Suzuki Jimny 4x4² ?
There are plenty of manufacturers these days that milk all their models as much as possible by offering them in different flavors and variations. Mercedes is a great example here, as the Three-Pointed Star created the G-Class 4x4², a low volume exclusive model that caused a huge stir when it was first unveiled (initially as a 6x6 pickup). So, what would it be like if Suzuki did the same thing with the Jimny? Well, I took to Photoshop to find out....
Denim Meets the 2018 Touring Superleggera on Jay Leno’s Garage: Video
The Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera name traces its roots back to 1925 when the coachbuilding company was founded. Over the years it’s been instrumental in designing many vehicles that we now consider timeless classics (the Lamborghini 350 and 400 GT, Aston Martin DB5, and Maserati 3500 GT, among others). The company closed its doors in 1966, but the trademark was acquired in 2006 by new owners that, ultimately, tried to pick up where the brand left off all those decades ago.
This Kia Stinger Wears its Widebody Kit Well
The Kia Stinger has received a lot of attention since it debuted some two years ago and while at first the attention was mainly due to it being a new model that nobody knew anything about, now it gets attention specifically because people know it’s actually pretty good. But for those that think that the factory look just isn’t aggressive enough, now there’s a bold widebody kit that completely transforms its look.
Believe it or Not, Elon Musk is a Gamer - His Favorites Might Surprise You
Elon Musk has a seemingly never-ending stream of problems to fix between running Tesla and SpaceX, but he apparently doesn’t ignore a favorite pastime of his: gaming. Yes, that’s right, and he actually has quite specific and interesting taste in games too.
The True Inner Working’s of Honda’s Awesome VTEC System: Video
In the engineering world, Honda is most famous for its creation of VTEC, a system that allows engines to excel at delivering good fuel economy, as well as high-performance all without forced induction. VTEC is really clever, but as the widespread adoption of turbocharging has changed the industry, it is not as important as it used to be - even Honda itself is only using it on the exhaust camshaft of its turbocharged cars these days.
Why is the Range Rover Evoque the only convertible SUV on sale now?
Range Rover is the only manufacturer to offer a drop top high riding vehicle that comes with a posh electric retractable hardtop and, while you may not immediately feel like you want one, the formula isn’t without appeal. That’s why it’s surprising to me that there is just one model that you can buy if you are in the market for such a vehicle. At least until the smaller Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio hits the market, anyway.
The Rolls Royce Cullinan Really Can Go Off-Road
Few if any Rolls Royce Cullinan owners will realistically take their new high-riding Rolls off-road since they are like all other SUV buyers who just enjoy the raised driving position and the extra feeling of safety that a vehicle like this conveys. Besides, Rolls is marketing the car as a practical, family proposition - something it has never done with any previous model.
2018 Mazda2 (Mazda Demio) - Driven
If cars were judged based on how cute their face is, then the 2018 Mazda2 (also known as the Mazda Demio in its native market, Japan and some other markets) would be among the best cars in the world. However, it’s obviously not just about looks, since cars nowadays, even small city cars, need to be fully featured, well-rounded vehicles that you can even drive on the highway without it feeling daunting.
Thankfully, the pint-sized Mazda2 proved to be thoroughly competent in all those areas and more - it even surprised me on a few occasions. But returning to looks for a second, the Mazda2 is certainly one of the most daring vehicles in its class, only really matched for visual impact by the Peugeot 208 - in the trinket-laden Peugeot’s presence, the 2 can almost be described as sculptural.
Its interior is equally daring, and even if it can’t match the best in class for fit and finish quality, it’s still pleasant to spend time in it. But what many owners and possible future buyers of the Mazda2 may not know (and never find out if they drive slowly and sedately) is the fact that the little 2 is a hoot to throw around - it has fun but predictable handling, and it really puts a smile on the spirited driver’s face much more so than most rivals.
If you live in North America, you can actually buy a sedan version of the Mazda2, however, it wears a Toyota badge and is called the Toyota Yaris sedan; previously it was known as the Scion iA.
Audi is in the final stages of testing and refining its upcoming A3 hatchback, as well as the hot S3 version of it. It’s not clear when the new S3 may debut, but it will probably be at a major motor show sometime in 2019 - we’ve heard rumors that Audi is ditching the three-door model and will only sell its hatch as either a five-door or sedan.
The model, in true Audi fashion, looks like an evolution of the current model, and the only real giveaway that the vehicle spotted by our spies is the spiced up S3 is the fact that it has those quad exhausts in the back; it also looks as if its fenders are wider than what we saw in previous spy shots of the regular A3, but we can’t say for sure due to the use of psychedelic camo.
Power for the next S3 will most likely come from a development of the same four-cylinder turbo that motivates the current model which may get a modest horsepower increase. Electrification of some kind is not out of the question either, as Audi has announced its commitment to bringing it more models - maybe even performance models.
First journos get their hands on 2019 BMW Z4: Videos
BMW is currently inviting automotive journos over to Portugal where it has organized a launch event for its all-new Z4 roadster and, if you’re like us, you’re edging in your seat to know what it’s like to drive. Those who took part in the launch venue got to drive the car both on Portugal’s famed Estoril track, as well as some of the country’s twisty mountain roads with extremely smooth tarmac.
BMW’s 3-Series Gran Turismo is the other practical variant in the 3-Series lineup for those who don’t want to buy the wagon. It actually has more carrying capacity than the load lugger, and unmatched passenger room, as well as a hatchback design, so you can load big items into the back fairly easily.
It’s really the amount of interior space that impresses in the 3 GT, a car that is nowhere near as popular as it should be because, from my experience with it, there’s actually a lot to like, and it has a bit of a lovable character. Comfort levels are very high, especially if you avoid the harder suspension of the M sport pack (which apparently ruins the ride quality), and opt for the standard setup with adaptive dampers - it is the most comfortable 3-Series you can buy by quite some margin.
Design and styling may not be to everybody’s taste, certainly, but the fact that it has a bit of extra ground clearance over a regular 3-Series and the fact that it’s slightly taller overall, doesn’t negatively affect the way it looks. I think that for a halfway model whose aim is to convince you not to buy an actual crossover or SUV, it looks more than adequate and for some reason better in person than the 6-Series Gran Turismo - its larger and more expensive 5-Series-based brother.
In the 330i xDrive Luxury spec I tested, it was motivated by a turbocharged four-cylinder which is easily powerful enough for lively acceleration and not terrible on fuel. I wouldn’t call it explicitly sporty, but it is miles better to throw around a twisty road than, say, the BMW X3, which just feels tall and cumbersome by comparison.
BMW is probably not going to make a follow-up model for this 3 GT, due to its low appeal in these crossover crazed times. That means a few years down the line it will be even less of a common sight so as time progresses people may start looking for these as a rare, slightly oddball model, but one with excellent daily driver credentials.
2020 Aston Martin DBX
Meet the first ever Aston Martin SUV, the DBX, which is set to make its market debut in the fourth quarter of 2019 - it’s exactly one year away. It will be built in a new facility located St Athan, in South Wales, a plant which Aston Martin aims to make its “home of electrification.”
Since there’s already a fully working pre-production prototype, it means work on the Aston DBX is quite advanced and, from under the camo, we can see what it’s going to end up looking like. It’s obviously going to be quite a departure for the brand, but since the Aston Martin badge is one of the most prestigious and desirable in the world, it will undeniably prove popular among luxury SUV buyers.
Aston Martin announced its intention to make a high rider with the DBX concept it showed back in 2015, but the production incarnation looks nothing like the sleek two-door concept. The production Aston Martin DBX is a more conventional five-door design, since it not only needs to look good but also cater for practical needs as well.
Toyota Brightens Its 2020 Lineup with a Redesigned Corolla That’s More Powerful and Safer Than Ever
This is the all-new Toyota Corolla sedan that is set to reach no fewer than 150 different markets as of next year. It looks better than before, drives better than before, and packs plenty of new tech features lacked by its predecessor - it is expected to reach showrooms around the world as of Spring 2019.
The Nikola Tre Is a Europe-Bound Semi Powered by Hydrogen
Nikola was founded in early 2016 and announced plans to make a production version of the big rig concept they showed at the time, one which they planned to make and sell for North America. Two years later and the company has come out with this futuristic looking concept for a truck destined to exclusively operate in Europe, although it uses the same hydrogen-electric setup as the original concept.
10 Fun Cars with 200 Horsepower or Less
Power, as they say, is nothing without control, and it is that control as well as the enjoyment derived from having it that is the criteria for this list. Having fun in a car with lots of horsepower is far easier than doing it with, say, no more than 200 ponies; engineers have their work cut out for them when making these cars fast since they don’t have the luxury of neck-snapping horsepower and acceleration as wow factor.
But such fun, low-horsepower cars do exist. The kind of cars which may not be super impressive in a straight line, but make up for that by being superbly rounded in the handling department. Where the drive from the wheels goes is also not important here, as the list posted after the jump contains cars whose power goes to the front, the rear, and to all four wheels as well.
These cars will put a smile on your face; they’ve got character, and they also allow you to drive them close to their limit and revel in the entire breadth of their performance. And, even if you exceed their limits and plant them in a ditch, the repair costs will also be noticeably lower than those associated with really serious performance machines.