There’s no denying that Lincoln jumped ship a little too early when it came to the original Aviator. It was introduced for 2003 and discontinued in 2005, just shy of when SUVs really started to gain momentum. It took a long time, but Lincoln finally came to its senses and brought a production-ready preview of the 2020 Lincoln Aviator to the New York Auto Show. It’s slated to sit between the Nautilus and the Navigator and will likely be a replacement for the MKT, but what’s more important is that it looks damn good. So good, in fact, that we decided to make the preview vehicle our wallpaper of the day. It’s the first time we’ve put a concept or prototype in this position, but we can’t seem to get over how good it looks. As always, we’ve hand-picked our favorite and thrown together a full gallery that’s free for the taking.
2019 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible
Porsche is currently gearing up for the release of the next generation 992-era 911, offered as a follow-up to the current 991-era 911. Per usual, Porsche will offer a variety of body styles and equipment levels, including high-end speed and unlimited headroom with the up-and-coming 911 Turbo Convertible.
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Video of the Day: 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Testing at Monza
Word was that the Cayman GT4 would be powered by a turbocharged engine, but just recently we reported that it would, in fact, have a naturally aspirated flat-six. Now we have clear-cut proof, as the GT4 was just caught testing at Monza without a hint of turbo spool, turbo whistle, or wastegate blow off. And, despite some minor driver errors, it seems like it was handling pretty damn well on the track too. And, that exhaust note? Amazing. Expect to see the Cayman GT4 debut sometime in mid-2019, if not sooner.
2020 Audi SQ3 / RS Q3
Audi first kicked off production of the Q3 luxury subcompact crossover in 2011 for the 2012 model year, following it up with a series of refreshes in 2014 and 2015. Also offered as a pair of tuned versions from Audi Sport GmbH under the SQ3 and RS Q3 nomenclature, it looks as though the Four Rings is gearing up to release a second generation for the go-faster Q3’s, as evidenced by this series of spy shots showing a black-and-white test mule out and about for some apex huntin’ at the Nurburgring.
Update 5-17-2018: The Audi SQ3 \ RS Q3 was just spotted playing around on the Nurburgring and little has changed but our photographers have reported some new information. Check out our update section below for all the details.
2020 BMW M3
The BMW M3 has been around for a while now, first entering production in 1985 as a high-powered go-faster variant of the ever-popular BMW 3 Series. The latest F80 generation dropped in 2014, essentially setting the benchmark for all other fast four-doors to match, and now, there’s a new generation in the making. Dubbed internally as the G80, the next M3 is shaping up to be quite the ultimate driving machine, so we gathered up all the rumors we could find and put ‘em right here in the following speculative review.
Update 05/17/2018: The M3 is about ready to make its debut, but engineers decided to take it out for another spin on the Nurburgring. Check out the latest photos in our special section below.
A Naturally Aspirated Flat-Six Will Motivate the Upcoming Porsche Cayman GT4
If you have even a passing interest in fast cars, then you gotta love the sound of a howling all-atmosphere six-cylinder Porsche powerplant. Luckily, it looks like that’s exactly what we’ll be hearing from the next Cayman GT4, as confirmed by Porsche’s head of GT car development, Andreas Preuninger.
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2020 BMW 7 Series
BMW first revealed its full-size 7 Series luxury sedan in 1977, with the latest sixth-generation arriving in 2015 following a debut at the International Motor Show Germany. Now, it appears as though there’s a refreshed model just over the horizon, as confirmed in a series of spy photos that reveal a fresh camo-clad exterior and a revamped interior spec.
Update 5-16-2018: The BMW 7 Series is set to review its new face for the 2020 model year with mild changes inside and out. We’re getting another look at it, this time on the Nurburgring and on public streets where it was benchmarked against the current 7 Series. Check out the new photos in the special section below.
Tesla Teases Model Y In Fast-Paced Video
It seems like every other day arrives with some big news about Tesla and its incorrigible CEO, Elon Musk. The latest is the release of a sub-two-minute video showing off the California automaker’s various products in the making and on the road, and it includes a brief glimpse of what can only be a rough Model Y prototype.
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Volkswagen looking to swallow Tesla’s market share
The EV segment is seeing a lot of entrants these days. Every automaker out there, from Ford to Bentley, wants a share of the pie. Arguably, it was Tesla who may have taken the EV market by storm, but the worst is yet to come. Reports suggest that Volkswagen has placed an order for battery cells that matches the entire market value of Tesla! Now, how’s that for competition?
2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 GTI
The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI may still be the most popular hot-hatchback out there, but it’s getting a bit long in the tooth after more than four years on the market. With Ford already working on a new-generation Focus ST, which will be significantly more powerful than the current Golf GTI, Volkswagen needs to roll out a new hatchback really soon. Fortunately, the Germans are already testing the next-generation Golf GTI, which is rumored to break cover sometime in 2019.
Not much is known about the upcoming performance hatchback, but it should borrow many design features seen on recently introduced Volkswagen models, including the sporty Arteon sedan. The company also promises a revolution inside the cabin, including a "total digital environment," according to design chief Klaus Bischoff. Set to use a revised version of the company’s MQB platform, it will also a new engine with power ratings of up to 250 horsepower. Let’s find out more about that in the speculative review below.
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2020 Honda Sports EV
Honda has big EV plans, and the first big step is bringing the Urban EV Concept to the market, in production form, by 2019. That much we know. And, if that’s any indication, that means the Sports EV Concept will be the next in line. And, that’s exactly why we’ve taken the liberty render up what the production model will look like. Naturally, it will maintain that sleek hatchback look but will, of course, get more production-friendly features. Range should be somewhere about the 250-mile mark and performance will likely come in somewhere around 300 to 350 horsepower. But, let’s talk more about that, and what it will take to morph the concept into a production model, in my speculative review below.
SCG Teases New Road and Racing Cars for 2020 Model Year
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, the boutique high-performance automaker best known for its SCG 003 monster machine, just released a pair of images teasing its latest design work. Details are scant at this point, but apparently we’ll see this thing debut or the 2020 model year.
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Hyundai Plotting a New Concept; Could Base the Next-Gen Sonata on the Le Fil Rouge
Two big pieces of news come from Hyundai today, courtesy of an interview with Autocar. Hyundai Styling Chief, Sang-yup Lee told the outlet that the “Russian doll” styling won’t work for the brand as there are just too many models globally and one look wouldn’t suit them all. This is in regard to the awesome styling of the recently revealed Le Fil Rouge, and the future of Hyundai styling in the near and long-term.
“You have a king, queen, bishop, knight – they’re all different, but they become a team when they’re all together,” said Lee. “This is our strategy. I call it a Hyundai look, not a family look.”
With that in mind, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Hyundai already has another concept in the works, and it will be more emotional. Lee sees it as a way to demonstrate how Hyundai’s new design can be interpreted differently. He said that if the Le Fil Rouge is the queen, then the next concept will be the bishop. So, you can expect to see something pretty radical from the Korean brand by the end of this year as it continues to move further and further away from the econobox history it once embraced.
Lee also added in that a new production car in 2019 would take a lot of design cues from the next Le Fil Rouge, which could be really good news. The next production car to come out of Hyundai could very well be the next-gen Sonata. It was introduced in 2015 but was facelifted in 2017. The last two generations had short life cycles (4 to 5 years, max) so 2019 would be the perfect time to showcase an all-new 2020 Sonata.
The Le Fil Rouge was one of the best-looking concepts at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and the Sonata would look quite nice with those stout lines and sporty presence, don’t you think?
2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA
Mercedes previewed the CLA-Class with the Concept Style Coupe, then a year later showed up at the Detroit Auto Show with the very first CLA-Class – a new entry-level model and the true baby of the Mercedes lineup. It’s essentially as CLS sized down a bit but features that trending four-door coupe body style that we’ve had to get used to. With that said, the CLA has been around for a while now, and 2020 will be the mark for the second-gen model to hit the market. That means it will debut in 2019, but that doesn’t matter because we’re already getting a good look at it now, and it looks very much like its bigger brother, the CLS. It will ride on the same platform as the new Mercedes A-Class and will even get the same engine lineup – including a pair of over-powered and brawny-for-their-size AMG models.
2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 Sedan
It took Mercedes-Benz exactly one year to turn the Concept A Sedan into a production model, but now that it’s here as the A-Class L Sedan, the compact four-door is ready to spawn at least three new models. With the long wheelbase version launched in China, a regular sedan is set to break cover for global markets later in 2018, while a sportier AMG A35 variant was already spied testing on public roads. Naturally, a range-topping AMG A45 Sedan model will follow in 2019 to give the Audi RS3 Sedan some competition in the United States.
While the AMG A45 Sedan has yet to hit public roads as a test car, it’s arrival is imminent. And thanks to a rendering provided by X-Tomi Design, we already know how it’s going to look on the outside. If the previous AMG A45 hatchback is any indication, the beefed-up sedan should have close to 400 horsepower and sports car-like acceleration. Let’s find out more about its performance and features in the speculative review.
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2020 Ford Mach1
The Mach 1 name has always been associated with performance, but up until now, it was associated with a higher-performance version of the Mustang Coupe. The name first came to be back in 1969 when the Mach 1 Mustang was born. It was used again in the early 2000s as a send-off for the fourth-gen Mustang. All of this happened before the SUV and crossover craze, however, and now – thanks to the overwhelming demand for SUVs and crossovers – Ford is resurrecting the Mach1 name yet again, but this time it will be a high-riding standalone performance model. It will at least be based on the Mustang, though, but will be all-electric. We’ve seen a short teaser of the Mach 1 performance crossover, but details are excessively scant for now. So, we took a little bit of creative freedom, threw it in a blender, and are now showcasing a rendering that depicts what we think the Mach1 crossover will look like. Keep reading to learn more about it.
Lotus Is Making the Sweet Eye on Bringing its SUV into The Luxury Market
Lotus’ planned SUV is taking shape ahead of its scheduled debut in 2022. But, before things are said and done, the British automaker is reportedly keen on positioning its SUV as a luxury model, pushing it into the segment occupied by other premium SUVs like the Porsche Cayenne, Jaguar F-Pace, and Maserati Levante. More importantly, it might not be the only SUV to wear the Lotus badge.
Land Rover Wants to Take on the Mercedes X-Class and Toyota Hilux with a Single-Cab Defender Pickup
Land Rover is one of the few brands in the auto industry that abides by its identity unflinchingly. It’s known for building some of the finest SUVs in the world, and it stays in its own lane. When was the last time you heard Land Rover consider a sedan as part of its lineup? Never? That said, the automaker has shown its willingness to stretch its identity a bit. We saw it when it launched the Range Rover Evoque earlier this decade. Now, we could be seeing it again in the form of a single-cab pickup that will be based on the upcoming Defender.
Ford to Offer More Trucks and SUVs and Fewer Sedans in the US
Ford’s lineup in the U.S. will look dramatically different in a few years, the automaker announced in its Q1 financial report. According to Ford, crossovers, SUVs, and pickups will make up a majority of its future lineup, in part because these segments provide the higher profits that the company needs to make money. Unfortunately, the floundering sales of sedans have made it dispensable, leaving Ford no choice but to scrap most of them with the exception of just two models: the Mustang and the Focus Active.
2020 BMW i4
Back in 2014, BMW took a very confident step into the world of the EV, officially launching its “Project i” sub-brand with the i3. Following hot on its heels was the remarkable i8 hybrid coupe, which garnered the German brand oodles of green cred for its futuristic aesthetic and advanced powertrain. These days, BMW says it has big plans for its electrified lineup, with a total of 12 battery-electrics planned by 2025, plus 13 hybrids as well. One of the most exciting prospects is dubbed to i4, which promises four-door practicality, high-end luxury, extraterrestrial styling, and next-generation technology.
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