Xtomi’s Rendering of the BMW X4M has us Itching for the Real Deal
BMW already has a big family of M-badged crossovers and SUVs. The X1 M, X5 M, and X6 M are all in the market. An X3 M is also in the cards, and the X2 just arrived, so you can expect some buzz of an M version arriving soon. Then there’s the X4 M, the middle child in this growing family of raunchy Bimmer M crossovers and SUVs. BMW has yet to confirm the existence of anX4 M, but there have been rumors about its pending arrival, not to mention a multitude of spy photos of the car doing some testing. Even if BMW is (still) keeping mum, the prospect of an X4 M is not a matter of “if” the car is coming as it is “when” it’s arriving.
Rendered: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe N - Will Hyundai Go All In?
The next-generation Hyundai Santa Fe is knocking at the door. It’s scheduled to make its world debut on February 21, but that hasn’t stopped rendering artist extraordinaire X-Tomi Design from reinventing the next-gen Santa Fe and giving it the full-spec N experience. To be clear, Hyundai has given no indication of the likelihood of developing a performance-bred version of the Santa Fe. This is all speculation, but still, you can’t blame us for letting our imaginations go crazy. The thought of a Hyundai Santa Fe N sounds incredible.
Comparison: 2017 Mercedes C-Class vs 2018 Mercedes C-Class
When it was unveiled back in 2014, the W205-generation C-Class redefined the premium compact market with its sporty exterior design and exquisite interior layout. Based on the larger S-Class, which was still new back then, the C-Class made the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4 look old and dated. The fact that the two were three and seven years old in 2014 also helped the C-Class become the king of the luxury compact market instantly. But things have changed since them. Audi launched a new A4 in 2015, while BMW updated the 3 Series for the 2016 model year and it’s getting ready to launch a new-generation model in 2018. The C-Class is no longer that far ahead, so Mercedes gave its four-door a makeover.
On top of the usual exterior design changes, the C-Class was updated with new features and technology inside the cabin. Highlights include a new digital display for all models and a standard seven-inch screen for the lower-spec versions. Mercedes also added touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheels, and new driver assist features that make the car semi-autonomous, just like in the bigger E-Class and S-Class models. Of course, exterior changes are an important part of a facelift, so let’s see what makes the upgraded model stand out in the comparison below.
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2019 BMW X4
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – people love their SUVs. It seems like every year, the segment gets bigger and more diverse, with a seemingly never-ending parade of tall-riding, off-road-styled, utility-oriented models filling every niche possible. One of the fresher entries in this space is the BMW X4, which hit the scene as recently as 2014 as the Bavarian’s take on compact/mid-size crossover luxury in a sporty, coupe-like package. Making its initial debut at the New York International Auto Show, the first-gen X4 has performed quite well for the brand in terms of sales, moving some 200,000 units since its introduction, nearly 10 percent of which went to the U.S. market. Now, just four years after its release, the X4 is gaining a second generation. Framed as a sporty, yet practical, yet off-road capable evolution of the Bavarian’s upscale SAC (BMW doesn’t like to call it an SUV, instead preferring the “Sports Activity Coupe” nomenclature), the 2019 BMW X4 offers consumers a surprising number of “sporty” updates, including a wider track, new suspension settings, more aggressive proportions, a lower center of gravity, and a more aerodynamic exterior.
The model line once again includes two equipment levels, starting with the xDrive30i, which replaces the outgoing xDrive28i, and ending with the more aggressive M40i, a carryover from the previous model year. Overall, the updates seem to double down on what the X4 does best, and will surely tempt buyers looking for something that can “do it all.” Read on for the details.
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Shots of the Volvo V60 Have Leaked Ahead of Geneva Debut
Unless someone had far too much time on his hands and decided to go on a Photoshop binge, what you’re looking at here appears to be the new Volvo V60. The Swedish automaker’s next-generation wagon is scheduled to hit the auto show scene in Geneva next month, but if these photos are accurate, we’re getting a good look at the wagon’s side and rear sections. Color me impressed. The new V60 looks like the kind of wagon you’d want people to see you driving.
2019 Ram 1500 By Mopar
It’s been just a month since Ram debuted the brand-new 1500 pickup truck at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and FCA is already offering a wide range of aftermarket parts and accessories. Showcased on a concept truck at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, these new accessories cover everything from the exterior and interior to the drivetrain and the chassis. Most of them will become available in a few months, so you can start planning a Moparized model if you’re not happy with the standard and optional Ram features.
Described as an "outdoor, sport-themed truck," this Mopar-specced vehicle sports a unique, slightly more aggressive exterior, a more upscale interior, and lift kit that turns it into a more capable off-road explorer. The parts and accessories are taken from a list of around 200 items that can be purchased from Mopar via FCA dealerships. That’s quite a big selection, unlike anything you get from the competition. Let’s have a closer look at some of these features in the review below.
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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
If Mercedes-Benz ever decided to make a greatest hits album, the C-Class would undoubtedly be one of the top tracks. Originally offered in the early ’90s as a replacement for the Mercedes-Benz 190 series, the C-Class is framed as the German brand’s entry-level luxury four-door compact. A second generation arrived in 2000, followed by a third-gen in 2007 and a fourth-gen in 2014. Now, as the fourth-gen C-Class enters its fifth year of production, it takes a spot in Merc’s lineup as the brand’s best-selling model, moving a total of 415,000 units in markets worldwide last year. That’s a huge volume for a single model. As such, Mercedes is looking to keep it feeling as fresh as possible, and will give it a slew of new updates to keep buyers coming back for more. The latest includes tweaked exterior styling, an updated interior, new infotainment gear, new safety and assistance tech, and even an extra splash of power as well. All good stuff, if you ask us.
The latest 2019 model year for the C-Class will appear in the metal for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show, where Merc will also pull the sheets on the new A-Class, the new G-Class, and the new AMG GT Coupe. While a full generational changeover is expected in a few years’ time, this new model definitely keeps that old C-Class magic we’ve come to expect, while also adding all the extra goodies needed to keep it in the running with the competition. Read on for the details, and make sure to check back here for the full rundown when the C-Class drops in Geneva.
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2019 Ram 1500 Sport
The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 hasn’t even hit showrooms yet, and Ram is already rolling out the special editions. Just this week saw the new iteration of the Texas-inspired Lone Star edition. But now, it’s Canada’s turn. Ram is launching a Canada-only trim called the Sport.
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2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
Toyota’s 2019 updates to its trio of TRD Pro models brings some impressive upgrades to the Tacoma. Headlining the features is the new Desert Air Intake, a high-rise snorkel that not only looks awesome but sucks in cleaner air from higher above trail. The suspension is also updated Fox Racing Shocks and a handful of cosmetic changes keep the truck fresh.
The Tacoma TRD Pro has been around since 2015 and jumped to the third-generation Tacoma for 2017 after skipping the 2016 model year. Now for 2019, the truck’s updates work to better align the Tacoma TRD Pro with the new and highly impressive Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and the upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor. While the Tacoma enjoys a fat sales margin over the Colorado, its lead has been dwindling. Once Ford’s new Ranger his the streets for 2019, Toyota will have a real fight on its hands. Read on to see how the 2019 updates prepare the Tacoma for a tough battle.
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Potential Power Figures for the 2019 BMW 3 Series Hit the Web
Already seven years old as of 2018, the current BMW 3 Series is getting a bit long in the tooth, especially when compared to the much newer Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4. Fortunately, a brand-new model is in the works for a couple of years now, and it’s expected to break cover by the end of 2018. While the test cars are still camouflaged inside and out, the upcoming 3 Series isn’t much of a mystery design-wise, as it will be heavily based on the latest 5 Series. It might take a while until we see the actual car, but a recent leak may have just uncovered the entire engine lineup of the new compact.
Rolls-Royce Confirms Cullinan Name for its Upcoming SUV
In 2015, Rolls-Royce announced plans to develop its first-ever SUV. Crafted in response to Bentley and Lamborghini, companies that have already unveiled their people haulers since then, it was codenamed Cullinan and described as a "high-bodied car that would redefine luxury travel by making it effortless, everywhere." Three years later and the SUV is still under development, but recent spy shots suggest that the big unveiling isn’t far away. A specific release date has yet to be set, but Rolls-Royce just confirmed that the production model will carry over the Cullinan name. The Brits also explained why they chose this name for their first-ever SUV.
Ram-Texas Love Affair Continues with the Texas-Only 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star Edition
Back in 2002, Ram introduced the Ram Lone Star Edition as a tribute to Texas. It was described as the first truck designed by Texans and built specifically for Texans. Fast forward 16 years later and the pickup brand is launching another ode to the Lone Star State with a new version of the Ram 1500 Lone Star Edition. The special edition model was introduced at the Dallas Auto Show, and if it lives up to the success of its predecessor, we’re going to be seeing a lot of these Lone Star Editions in the heart of Texas.
2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
The Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is one of the capable SUVs on the market today. While most SUVs have softened into crossovers with unibody chassis, the 4Runner continues its body-on-frame tradition matched with the even-more-capable TRD Pro suspension system. Yet, for 2019, Toyota is turning up the heat.
The 2019 4Runner TRD Pro gets upgraded Fox Racing Shocks that help better handle high-speed desert running while providing a civil ride around town and a new roof rack offers more storage for dirty gear. A few other changes inside and out help keep the 4Runner fresh as interest explodes for its main rival, the Jeep Wrangler.
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The Ranger Raptor is one Mean Little Truck
It’s only February, but doesn’t it feel like we’ve already seen a good amount of new pickups make their debuts this year? It’s hard to complain, though, because these new pickups are showing that they have a lot to offer. The most revealing among these new trucks is the Ford Ranger Raptor, the off-road version of the Ranger pickup that looks like it’s ready to rumble on any road surface it meets. It’s hard not to get excited about the Ranger Raptor, especially when you watch this hype video of the gnarly beast going bonkers in the desert. Not only does it look like it’s at home in that environment, but if you didn’t know any better, you would think that it’s smashing records at the Baja Rally. I never knew a pickup could make my knees weak like the Raptor Ranger just did.
2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
Toyota has upped the ante with its Tundra TRD Pro for the 2019 model year. The off-road package receives a mid-cycle refresh that includes both cosmetic and suspension upgrades. The move is completely understandable considering how hot the off-road segment is getting these days.
It’s important to understand the Tundra TRD Pro’s place in the market. It competes most directly with the Ram 1500 Rebel, both of which fall short of the Ford F-150 Raptor’s outright ownership of the high-speed desert racing niche. But while Ford is busy making the Raptor an extremely capable but very expensive upgrade to the F-150, both the TRD Pro and Rebel are more obtainable for the everyman. In other words, the Tundra TRD Pro might not match the Raptor’s off-road performance, but it’s also far less expensive.
Nevertheless, Toyota’s 2019 updates push the Tundra TRD Pro beyond what it was capable of from 2015 to 2018.
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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Unveiled
As if it weren’t already obvious from the vast quantity of examples seen on the road, the current generation of the C-Class compact four-door is officially the German brand’s best-selling model, moving as many as 417,000 units worldwide last year. Now, there’s a new model on the horizon, and it’s promising refreshed goods inside and out.
Let’s start with the stuff outside, where the high-powered AMG-spec’d models make their presence known thanks to a diamond grille fitted in front as standard, plus a new front apron and a rear diffuser for the 2019 model year. The rest of the line includes a bevy of silver and chrome trim, as well as halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights. Options include full-LED headlights, which also include goodies like “High Performance” elements with an “Ultra Range” high beam. The exterior paint options now throw in shades like Mojave silver metallic and emerald green metallic, while standard 17-inch wheels are found in the corners.
Step inside, and you’ll find an interior layout that looks more or less identical to the outgoing model, but Merc swears it’s updated for 2019, and includes a redesign for the center console. Optional interior materials include open-pore brown walnut trim and open-pore anthracite oak, while new interior color schemes include magma grey and black, plus saddle brown for the AMG line. There’s also a new multi-contour seat package which allows for individually adjustable side bolsters and lumbar support, as well as a massaging effect.
In terms of tech, the new C-Class is offered with a fully digital instrument display taken from the S-Class, and complete with three individual viewing modes. Standard spec throws a 5.5-inch display in between the gauges, but with the full digital option, you get a 12.3-inch screen instead. The center screen on the dash measures in at 7.0 inches as standard, but there’s also a high-resolution 10.25-inch screen if you’re willing to pay a bit more. Further features include touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel, a Qi wireless phone charging system, and the optional Comand Online navigation system.
Mercedes says the C-Class can “drive semi-autonomously in certain situations,” and includes optional features like Active Distance Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, Active Steering Assist, and Active Emergency Stop Assist. Active Brake Assist is standard.
Motivation is once again derived from a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which gets up-rated in the latest 2019 model year to produce as much as 255 horsepower. A 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission routes the power aft as standard, with AWD offered as an available option.
Pricing will be announced in March when the C-Class makes its formal debut at the Geneva International Motor Show. Look for the first batch to arrive hot off the presses in August.
Mercedes May Withdraw from the 2019 Detroit Auto Show
There once was a time when automakers tripped over themselves trying to secure price placement at an event as big as the Detroit Auto Show. But those days are gone. Companies like Porsche, Volvo, Mazda, and Jaguar have basically thrown the white flag on returning to the Motor City’s annual auto show. Now, it’s looking like you can add Mercedes-Benz to that list. According to reports, the German automaker is seriously considering pulling out of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show as it tries to seek new — and better — avenues to spend its marketing budget.
Hyundai Kona EV Promises Better Range than Chevy Bolt and base Tesla Model 3
Unveiled in June 2017 as the company first subcompact crossover, the Hyundai Kona will get an all-electric drivetrain later this month. The news comes straight from the Korean automaker, which revealed that that the mini SUV based on the i30 platform will be unveiled on February 2018, ahead of a public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The Kona Electric joins the already available Ioniq Electric and the hydrogen-powered Nexo in the company’s all-electric lineup. The big news is that it will have a range of almost 300 miles on a single charge.
2019 Bentley Flying Spur
Launched in 2005 and updated in 2013, the Bentley Flying Spur is getting a little long in the tooth. As a result, the British firm has already begun testing the next-generation model and we have already received the first spy shots of the upcoming luxury rig. Don’t let the Panamera body fool you, this is actually a Bentley mule, and the fact that Bentley is using a Porsche body is by no means surprising. As you may recall, the first Bentayga prototype hit the road with an Audi Q7 body. Also, keep in mind the Bentley, Porsche, and Audi are all under the same Volkswagen Group umbrella. If you’re still in doubt, our paparazzi have already checked the British plates with the DVLA, which revealed that the prototype is indeed registered as a Bentley.
Likely to break cover in late 2018 or early 2019, the next-generation Flying Spur will bring major improvements to the nameplate. Arguably the most imporant is the MSB-F platform, which already made its debut in the new Porsche Panamera. The redesign will also spawn a new styling language, a more luxurious interior, and give the sedan more powertrain options. Official data is virtually non-existent, but I gathered all existing rumors in a speculative review that should keep you covered until a Bentley-bodied prototype shows up in 2017. Make sure you stay tuned for details.
Updated 02/13/2018: Our spy photographers caught the new generation Flying Spur out for a new testing session in Sweden. The new car is expected to debut in late 2018 or early 2019.
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Buckle Up Folks: The New Toyota Supra Is Coming to Geneva, And It’s Hot!
It’s been just a few days since a forum leak gave us new information about the upcoming Toyota Supra, and the Japanese firm released the first official teaser picture of the car. And although it doesn’t unveil too many details, the photo suggests that the next-gen Supra will be a hot coupe. Also, it turns out that the recent spy shots are pretty accurate, as the vehicle features a double bubble roof, a sloping rear window, a swept-up trunk lid, and a massive wing an top. And just look at those rear haunches. Now that’s one sexy coupe!
Leaked Toyota Supra Specs Give us Hope That it’ll Debut Soon
Would you believe that it’s been over five years since BMW and Toyota announced that they were working on a joint sports car development? We haven’t seen the fruits of that collaboration from either side, but a recent post on the VW Vortex forum points to what could be the actual specs for the Toyota Supra. Could these be the details that we’ve been waiting for all this time? More importantly, do these details open the door for the Supra to finally make its debut? We certainly hope so.
Mercedes-AMG Debuts 2019 G63 With 577 horsepower!
Mercedes has just unveiled the long-awaited 2019 AMG G63 – the go-fast version of its all-new 2019 G-Class, which is still hot off the auto show stage. Its official name is the Mercedes-AMG G63, and it’s better in every measurable way over the outgoing model. Not only does the G63 benefit from the G-Class’ new appearance, swanky interior, wider stance, and updated suspension system, it also boasts a slew of AMG parts that push this SUV into sports car territory.
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Volkswagen Teases New Touareg; Looks Like a Boxier Porsche Cayenne
After eight years on the market, the second-generation Touareg is being prepared for retirement. The third-gen SUV, spotted testing on public roads multiple times in the past, will make its public debut in Beijing, China, on March 23. Yes, I’m also asking myself why VW isn’t unveiling it at the Geneva Motor Show next month, but the German automaker could have more important plans in Switzerland. What’s more, the Touareg is very popular in China, the world’s biggest vehicle market. Volkswagen also released a teaser sketch of the upcoming Toureg, which looks a lot like the current Porsche Cayenne, but with a slightly boxier design. Or somewhere between the Cayenne and the Audi Q7. Big surprise, huh?