Next-Gen Range Rover Will Set its Sights on Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan
The arrival of the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan has put the Range Rover on the sidelines, but the old guard is about to put up a fight, and the Bentayga and Cullinan are in its crosshairs. The next-gen Range Rover is scheduled to arrive in 2021, and according to reports, it’s going to be a significant improvement over the current-generation model, in large part because the bar in the super-luxury SUV segment has been raised by Bentley and Rolls-Royce.
The BMW iNext Will be a Crossover Because of Course it Will
At the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, BMW previewed by upcoming all-electric X3, called the iX3, with a production-ready concept, but the bigger news was that the crossover is getting a brand-new drivetrain that will also underpin the much-discussed and highly-anticipated iNext. Set to become the brand’s flagship EV, the iNext will debut as a concept vehicle later this year, and BMW already released a teaser photo. While many expected it to be a sedan inspired by the Vision Next 100 concept, it turns out that the iNext will be a crossover. Big surprise, huh?
The Dodge Viper May Be Coming Back, Proving Its Discontinuation Was a Scheme to Make Money
We all shed a tear when the Dodge Viper was killed off, and another when it Detroit-based production facility was officially killed off too. Fanboys and long-time customers scrambled to buy up the Viper in hopes to hang onto the once great car, and don’t forget the five “celebratory” special editions released in 2016 after the Viper’s fate was sealed. All of that drama and no we’re here to tell you that the Viper is coming back, and it’ll probably hit the market for the 2021 model year. Sorry, folks, but if any of you rushed to get your hands on the last run of Vipers, you got taken like a whore in handcuffs at an Ivy League frat party.
The Langona SUV - Possibly Called The Varekai - Could Debut in 2021; Will be Based on the Lagonda Vision Concept
Revived in 2014 with the limited-edition Taraf sedan, Lagonda just announced plans to build its first-ever SUV. The luxury firm owned by Aston Martin will introduce the crossover, which will feature an emission-free drivetrain, in 2021. While the name has yet to be confirmed, it could be called the Varekai, based on a trademark that Aston Martin filed earlier in 2018. According to Lagonda, the SUV will be based on the design language of the radical Vision Concept showcased at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
The Audi Aicon Self-Driving Car Will Start Cruising the Streets in 2021
Self-driving cars are getting more and more sophisticated by the day. Despite recent news about autonomous cars failing, many automakers are in the race to develop a successful, safe autonomous car. Audi has thrown its hat in the mix as well with its fully self-driving car based on the Aicon Concept Car, and it will hit the roads in 2021. Read on to know more.
With the Exception of the QX80, Infiniti’s Entire Lineup Will Have Some Sort of Electrification from 2021 On
Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury division, is working on a new platform for electric models that will hit the market in 2021. The underpinnings are said to debut in an all-electric model, but will eventually make in every model in the company’s lineup except the QX80. According to Automotive News, the SUV will continue to use the body-on-frame platform from the Nissan Armada/Patrol, while everything else will have some sort of electrification from 2021 onward.
Mazda Aims to Create Lithium-Ion Starter Batteries in the Name of Efficiency, but Are You Willing to Pay the Cost?
Mazda is diving deep into the pool of lithium-ion batteries with the intent to develop 12-Volt lithium-ion batteries to serve as replacements for lead-acid starter batteries in cars beginning in 2021. The Japanese automaker is teaming up with ELIIY Power Co., Ltd. and Ube Industries, Ltd to develop the technology that can be used in creating a new battery solution that has the potential to make its models lighter, faster, and more fuel-efficient.
VW Teases a New Global SUV and It’s basically a T-Roc That’s Not for Europe
The world is crazy over SUVs, so automakers are rushing to fill every possible little niche they can to secure their piece of the pie. Over in Europe, Volkswagen has done just that by introducing the T-Roc as a model that slots below the Tiguan. But, the U.S. and the rest of the world needs a compact SUV as well, and that’s why Volkswagen has teased what it’s calling the Volks-SUV or “Peoples SUV.” It will slot below the Tiguan in in most other markets outside of Europe, including the United States. It will hit dealers in China first and will eventually be imported from Mexico into the U.S.
Infiniti Is Going Electric From 2021; All New Cars Will Be EVs and Hybrids
Infiniti made quite a few headlines with its new and revolutionary variable compression gasoline engines, but the company is actually planning to move away from conventional powerplants in just a few years. While the Q Inspiration concept was stealing the show in Detroit, the Japanese brand announced that all of its new models will have electrified powertrains starting 2021.
2021 Porsche Mission E GTS
In case you hadn’t heard, let me be the first to tell you – Porsche is building a four-door all-electric sports sedan, and it’s called the Mission E. Don’t worry, it’ll have all the go-fast characteristics you’d expect, just without the internal combustion to make it go. In fact, it should draw a good deal of its tech from the hybrid goodness developed for the Panamera and 918 Spyder, so that’s a plus. But, as we all know, Porsche isn’t satisfied to make just a single version of any one model. Multiple variants are required to fill every niche possible, so what about an even-faster Mission E? We’re calling it the Mission E GTS, and we decided to draw up a rendering and put together a speculative review to boot. Upgrades over the standard Mission E should include more aggressive exterior styling, lots of black trim pieces, more performance gear inside, a bigger battery, extra horsepower, and standard performance suspension.
The EV performance market is looking to balloon pretty rapidly over the next few years, and you can bet your lithium-ion battery pack Porsche will be there to take advantage of that growth. Read on for the details.
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2021 Ferrari LaFerrari Successor
Blasphemy. That’s probably the first thought of any purist considering the creation of an all-electric Ferrari. Blasphemy and sacrilege. FCA head Sergio Marchionne would agree. In 2016, at the Geneva International Auto Show, the CEO remarked that the idea of an all-electric Ferrari was “an almost obscene concept.” Later that year, at the Paris Auto Show, Ferrari’s Chief Technical Officer, Michael Leiters, echoed Marchionne’s sentiment, albeit in slightly softer terms. “We would not follow to develop a fully electric car,” Leiters said, adding, “We are convinced that it’s right to have a hybrid car because, for us, the sound is a very crucially important characteristic of a Ferrari, and our customers want to have this.” Fair enough. Thing is, even a flat-out rejection isn’t enough to stop a possible EV Ferrari. Let me explain.
First off, the sound. The howl of internal combustion is as important to the Ferrari brand as red paint, and we get that. This is a company lives and dies by its engines. The thing is Ferrari is already testing the waters – turbocharged models have been around for decades now, and electrification is integral to the performance of the “ultimate” LaFerrari hypercar. What’s more, Sergio Marchionne has already discussed the possibility of entering Formula E. Throw in continued EV development from competitors like Porsche and McLaren, and relevancy starts to become an issue. Finally, there’s that old Enzo Ferrari quote: “Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines.” The point is this – never say never.
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