5 Cars Cadillac Should Make ASAP
When Johan de Nysschen joined Cadillac in 2014, it seemed as if the luxury brand would finally reinvent itself. Marketing operations were moved from Detroit to Manhattan, a project that cost nearly $13 million, and a new strategy was penned. Among them, Cadillac began working on new crossovers, a flagship sedan, and replacements for the ATS and CTS. Four years later and De Nysschen was sacked, a move that raises questions about Cadillac’s future.
With the man seen as a visionary out of the picture, will Cadillac remain faithful to its original strategy to roll out one new model about every six months until 2022? And if so, what new markets will the luxury carmaker enter this time? We already know that Caddy is working on a replacement for the CTS, called the CT5, as well as a smaller CT4 for the compact market, but what happens after that. It’s difficult to predict, but I have my own list of cars that Cadillac should build as soon as possible in order to become relevant on the luxury market.
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2018 Infiniti QX80 by Larte Design
For the longest time, the Infiniti QX80 suffered from a design that made it look like it preferred to be sleeping in a hammock than being out and about in the road. The refreshed 2018 model fixed some of those issues with new headlamps and a more upright profile, but there’s still something about the full-sized SUV’s design that lacks the personality that’s evident in the QX60 and QX70. Well, in times like this, the solution may not be found with the automaker itself, but rather, in the aftermarket tuning world. In this case, German tuner Larte Design is on the scene with a super aggressive body kit that not breathes much-needed life into Infiniti’s resident flagship SUV.
2018 Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner
Bentley is turning 100 years old in 2019, and a year ahead of its centenary, the British automaker is getting the party started with the release of a new special edition Mulsanne that pays tribute to its founder, W.O. Bentley. Limited to just 100 units, the Mulsanne W.O. Edition gets plenty of exclusive features, all of which have been added by Bentley’s resident personalization savant, Mulliner.
Maserati Levante GTS Takes Goodwood by Storm with Ferrari Engine
This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed brings many cool sports cars into the spotlight, but when it comes to SUVs, the Maserati Levante GTS reigns supreme. Powered by a Ferrari-developed engine, the Levante GTS bridges the gap between the regular V-6 model and the hardcore Trofeo, which also made its European debut in England.
2020 BMW 3 Series Touring
The current BMW 3 Series, otherwise known as the F30, is up for replacement this year, giving way to the upcoming seventh-generation model. Also known as the G20, the fresh Bimmer ‘3 is expected to appear in full production form at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, and with it, a selection of body styles and powertrain configurations will follow. Chief among these will be the Touring model, otherwise known as the “estate” body style. Over here in the U.S., we know it as the Sports Wagon. The new 2020 3 Series Touring was recently spied out and about, undergoing testing in real-world conditions to shake down any possible problems ahead of its debut, so read on for our full speculative review.
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Jaguar Could Be Jumping Into the Coupe-SUV Segment
As if the F-Pace, I-Pace, and E-Pace aren’t enough, Jaguar is reportedly looking to add yet another member to its growing family of crossovers and SUVs. If reports are to be believed, the next model on the plate is the C-Pace, the name Jaguar filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office a few days ago. The filings were made under multiple categories within the EUIPO’s system, including Nice Classification 12 for motor vehicles.
2019 Cadillac CT5
Having launched the CT6 in 2016, Cadillac is now working on replacing the other two sedans in its lineup. The five-year old third-generation CTS will be replaced in 2019, while the ATS nameplate, which has been on the market for only six years, will be phased out altogether after 2018. Both the CTS and ATS will be replaced by the CT5, with a smaller CT4 to be added in the future. While the latter is still a mystery, the CT5 was already spotted testing in the wild and it’s based on the Escala concept.
Rolled out on public roads in early 2018, the CT5 is very similar to the CTS as far as size goes, but it’s quite different by design. Not only sportier and more modern, it also has a new body style. While the CTS is a full-fledged sedan, the CT5 borrows the fastback layout of the Escala concept. With sedan sales dropping fast, it’s not surprising that Cadillac is going forward with a more streamlined body. The CT5 should break cover in late 2018 or early 2019. Meanwhile, let’s discuss what we already know about the upcoming sedan in the speculative review below.
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The Porsche Taycan Doesn’t Seem to Have Much Soul During These Silent, Slow Passes on the Nurburgring
It goes by the name Porsche Taycan now, though some of you still probably know it by its Mission E designation. Regardless of what you call it, Porsche’s first-ever all-electric vehicle was recently spotted at the Nurburgring, and it sounded about as loud as a church mouse. But don’t worry about what the Taycan can’t do — produce earth-shaking noise — because once this sedan stretches its legs, it’s more than capable of making a lot more noise than you think.
2019 BMW 8 Series
Built between 1989 and 1999, the BMW 8 Series is now regarded as one of the most daring and intriguing Bimmers ever made. It’s also among the most desirable BMWs built in the 1990s. Requested again and again by fans ever since it was discontinued, the 8 Series finally made a comeback. Previewed by a concept car at the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the modern 8 Series made its debut at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.
A new 8 Series has been rumored for quite a few years, but for some weird reason BMW refused to bring it back until now. And I say "weird" because the German brand is in dire need of a luxury coupe above the 6 Series. With Mercedes-Benz already selling a two-door S-Class and Audi working on the A9, the 8 Series was pretty much mandatory in order for BMW to keep up with the competition. And needless to say, the S-Class was already far ahead of the 7 Series long before it gained coupe and convertible variants. Will the upcoming 8 Series have what it takes? Find out in my speculative review below.
Updated 07/09/2018: BMW announced prices for the 2019 M850i xDrive Coupe that will arrive in U.S. showrooms on December 8. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.
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2020 Alfa Romeo GTV
Rumors about Alfa Romeo planning to make a two-door coupe version of the Giulia surfaced the web as soon as the sporty sedan hit the market. It took the Italian firm about two years to confirm that a coupe is indeed underway, but not everything is as we expected. To be more specific, Alfa Romeo will use a coupe to revive the GTV nameplate.
Not only that, but it will be offered as a Quadrifoglio that will be more powerful than the Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan. To top things off, it will have a mild hybrid drivetrain and an all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring. The coupe will most likely arrive in 2020 when the Giulia sedan should have already received its mid-cycle facelift. Let’s find out more about what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.
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Here’s What We Know About the Hyundai Palisade So Far
Hyundai showcased the HDC-2 Grandmaster concept at the recently concluded Busan Motor Show, and we have already spotted an SUV based on it. Dubbed the Palisade, for now, this eight-seater SUV will sit above the upcoming Sante Fe XL to boost the automaker’s lineup that’s filled with all sizes of SUVs. Despite being caught heavily camouflaged, the Palisade couldn’t hide its design cues, and here’s everything we know about this new South Korean beast.
2018 Mercedes X-Class By Carlex Design
Just when you think that Chevy, GMC, Ford, and RAM cracked the luxury nut within the massive pickup trucks universe, Mercedes-Benz comes with its Navara-based X-Class to show us all how things are supposed to be done. For some, however, a luxury pickup truck simply isn’t good enough. Aftermarket tuners such as Carlex Design from Poland, who reinvented the luxury in the X-Class, comes to the rescue. Yup, if you are into Mercedes-Maybach cars, you may have already noticed some similarities between this truck and the most expensive and luxurious Mercedes-Maybach vehicles. A design like this isn’t pursued only by chance - Carlex Design wanted to transform the X-Class into a Maybach. This is usually achieved only in Photoshop but Carlex Design has stepped up and delivered in the real world.
2018 BMW MH5 by Manhart
I remember the year 1999 really well. Not only because we were about to greet the new Millennium, face the apocalypse, the aliens, or even God, but because I saw a car.
No, I am sorry - I saw THE CAR.
It was the BMW 540i E39 - all black, low, with big wheels (probably 18 inches which was enormous back then,) tinted windows, and two exhausts. It had a commanding presence no other car I saw before had. I was captivated on so many levels that I pretty much devoted my working life to cars. To quote Morgan Freeman "It Was At This Moment He [I] Knew He [I] ****ed Up.” It was the BMW 540i E39 that made me a gearhead. Now, three generations later, I am still into the 5 Series. I am still in love with BMW but now I want to get behind the wheel of this one - the Manhart MH5 - a seriously well-executed tuneup of the current BMW M5 F90.
6 Game-Changing Cars Coming in the Second Half of 2018
2018 is halfway done, and just as fast as time flies, so too is our insatiable need to see the newest cars hit the street. The first half of the year gave us some incredible debuts. That’s a list that includes the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the Jeep Wrangler JL, the Jaguar I-Pace, the Volvo S60 and just about every new pickup that was unveiled in the last six months. It’s an eclectic list, sure, but that’s the beauty of the industry. You never know what you’re going to get on any specific day. You just sit back and enjoy the ride. And so, as we embark on the second half of the year, we have some new cars that we’re really excited to see, including a few models that are scheduled to appear at the 2018 Paris Motor Show later this year.
2019 Audi SQ8
Launched in June 2018, the Audi Q8 is the company’s latest SUV offering and competes in a small niche dominated by the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, and the Porsche Cayenne. With the coupe-styled Q8 now ready to hit dealerships, Audi is working to expand the lineup. The first iteration to join the new family is the performance-oriented SQ8, which was spotted testing on public roads only a few weeks after the regular Q8 debuted.
The S badge will add notably more oomph under the hood, but it will also enhance the crossover’s exterior with sportier features. It won’t be decidedly more aggressive than the Q8, but it will get just enough unique design elements to stand out. The SQ8 will become the range-topping model and will challenge the more powerful versions of the X6 and GLE Coupe. That’s until Audi will launch an RS version, which is likely to happen sometime in 2019. As for the SQ8, it could debut by the end of 2018 or at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
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Video: BMW X2 M35i Caught Testing at The Nurburgring
A number of BMW X2 M35i models were recently spotted at the Nurburgring doing some test runs. The most eye-catching of these X2 models was dressed up in a gold paint finish with very little camouflage hiding its panels. Two other models could be seen with it, but with the crossovers moving, it’s not hard to see what the new model is going to look like when it finally arrives.
The dynamic coupe-like styling of the X2 M35i is inescapable. Even from afar, you can see its resemblance to the new X2, though it’s unlikely that both models will look exactly the same. That’s what those camo wraps are for, after all. It is interesting that BMW left those in place because it’s probably a sign that there’s going to be some light reworking on those sections to accommodate the performance-enhanced identity of the X2 M35i.
A few of the new elements we observed from this video include the wheels. They look to be the same type of wheels from the ones we saw on an earlier prototype from the beginning of the year.
The interior is likely going to get its own splash of features, though the configuration will also remain largely the same. The big difference with regards to the X2 M35i is its power. Since it’s technically not the M2, don’t expect it to be a performance fiend. Still, it’s good for at least 300 horsepower, all thanks to an upgraded version of Bimmer’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, codenamed B48A20T1, that’s sitting pretty under that hood. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which will be responsible for sending all that power to all four wheels.
While it does appear that the X3 M35i is struggling on some of the corners at the Nurburgring, I’m not worried about what it’s capable of. For all we know, the unidentified test driver could be doing it intentionally to test the crossover’s brakes. What we do know is that the X2 M35i is going to have its fair share of fans once it becomes available later this year or in early 2019.
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.