Ford Adds the Rugged Focus Active to its European Lineup
Persuaded by the high interest in SUVs and crossovers in Europe, Ford decided to rough up the 2019 Ford Focus a bit and give it an Active badge. The Focus is the third model in Ford’s lineup to be offered in Active trim after the likes of Fiesta and KA+. The Focus Active can be had in both hatchback or wagon body styles, and Ford says its engineers tweaked the springs, dampers, and stabilizer bars, while also lifting the ride by 30 mm up front and 34 mm at the rear.
2018 Volkswagen Golf R
The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf was introduced in 2012 in Europe, but it didn’t make it to U.S. soil until 2014, when it was launched for the 2015 model year. Slightly larger and sportier than its predecessor, the Mk7 also gained a revamped interior, new convenience and safety features, and a wide range of gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines. The new-generation Golf also spawned a new GTi model, but a more powerful R version was also launched for 2015. With the regular model having received a facelift in 2016, an updated version of the Golf R followed for 2017.
As it is the case with most Volkswagen facelifts, the mid-cycle update doesn’t bring too many features. However, the Golf R is a bit sportier on the outside and benefits from the many technological improvements made to the lineup. The turbocharged engine was also uprated, but while the Golf R is now slightly more powerful than the Honda Civic Type R, it’s nowhere near as brawny as the impressiveFord Focus RS. How does it compare to the competition? Let’s find out in the review below.
12/12/2018: We’ve updated this review with new images of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R taken at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Check them out in the gallery below!
2020 Porsche Macan S: New Engine, More Power, Same Sexy Appearance
The Porsche Macan often gets overshadowed by its bigger and more accomplished brother, the Porsche Cayenne. But, that’s about to change because the new Macan S breaks the crossover out of its shell. Not only is the 2019 Macan S sexier, but it also packs a new engine that produces more power than its predecessor. Those three elements are the biggest highlights of the new Macan S, underscoring what we’ve all been waiting for from the model since it first arrived in 2014. Put together; the new Macan S sheds its rough-around-the-edges label in favor of a more balanced ride. Don’t look now, but it appears that Porsche’s entry-level crossover is ready for the big leagues. The new Porsche Macan S starts at $58,600.
2019 BMW X5
The 2019 BMW X5 has been completely redesigned for 2019 with a new, revitalized exterior look, all-new interior, tons of new technology, and even more power than before. At the time of launch, it will be offered in four different trim levels that include xDrive40i (replaces the 35i,) the xDrive50i, xDrive30d, and the M50d.
All models come standard with next-gen tech like BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional, a 12.3-inch infotainment display, larger head up display, cooled and heated cup holders, and ambient interior lighting. And, to really top things off, it’s a seven-seater with extra legroom. No good deed goes unpunished, though, as it looks like cargo room does suffer a bit.
The “SkyLounge” panorama glass roof is said to have as many as 15,000 illuminated colors. Wheel offerings range anywhere between 18 and 22-inches and an off-road package will add a special locking differential in the rear. Gasoline engines range between 340 and 462 horsepower while diesel engines range between 265 and 400 horsepower. The new, 2019 BMW X5 should go on sale in late 2018.
Updated 12/05/2018: We’ve updated our gallery with images taken at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The All-New Porsche 911 Proves That The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same
There aren’t that many cars in the world that are as important to an automaker as the 911 is to Porsche. When you think of Porsche, you think of the 911. It comes as little surprise then that Porsche pulled out all the stops when it officially debuted the eighth-generation 911 at the Porsche Experience Center, days ahead of its appearance at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Orders for the eighth-generation Porsche 911 Carrera S are already open, though don’t expect deliveries to take place until the summer of 2019. The price of the 2020 911 Carrera S starts at $113,200, while the 2020 911 Carrera 4S will be offered from $120,600. Expect an extra charge of $1,050 to account for delivery, processing and handling fees.
What you’re seeing in these pictures you weren’t supposed to see just yet, although you’ve already kind of seen it in numerous other spy shots. It’s the new-for-2019 Porsche 911 992 that will finally be revealed before the L.A. Auto Show tomorrow. These are, apparently, the first official pictures of the new car and they’re here because, obviously, they were leaked.
We usually aren’t taken aback by the design of a new 911 and this eighth embodiment of the German sports car is no different, especially since we’ve seen so much of it in the past couple of years. Basically, every inch of the bigger and bolder 992 has been photographed by snappers around Europe and beyond so these official pictures bestowed upon us in poor quality, won’t set the world alight, but they’re still worth a few looks, like anything 911-related.
Land Rover Spent Almost £1 Billion To Give the Evoque a Mild Facelift and New Technology
Land Rover chose Thanksgiving day to debut the new Range Rover Evoque and here we are looking at a model that, at a glance, received a very mild, even somewhat Audi-like, facelift. Below this mildly changed skin, however, Land Rover claims it has spent nearly £1 Billion to refine the architecture underneath with the goal of making it suitable for electrification.
The interior is also littered with plenty of high-end tech, including two high-definition touchscreen displays, refined infotainment software, and artificial intelligence. Powertrain options include a range of diesel and gasoline engines. The entry-level model (the D150 trim) is the only model available with a six-speed manual and is the only model available without Land Rover’s mild hybrid technology. Towing capacity ranges anywhere between 3,527 and 4,409 pounds depending on trim and equipment level.
Pricing for the All-New 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 is Here and It’s Not Cheap
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Is A Surprisingly Good Off-Roader
It seems like there’s no shortage of “off-road ready” crossovers on the market these days - or at least that’s the impression you might get glancing over all the PR fluff. But while glory shots on top of a mountain might look good, the actual capability of these machines doesn’t always live up to the hype. Fortunately, Toyota can both talk the talk and walk the walk, as I find out firsthand after the Japanese automaker flew me out to Carmel, California for a stint in the new 2019 RAV4.
2019 Mitsubishi Triton L200
It is quite a shame that we won’t get a new one-ton truck - the 2019 Mitsubishi L200, otherwise known as the Triton. The new Mitsubishi L200 truck enters a competitive segment with the Nissan Navara, the Ford Ranger, the Toyota Hilux, and the Volkswagen Amarok. Yet, this isn’t an all-new truck. Revealed all the way back in 2014, the Mitsubishi L200 received quite a substantial redesign (a facelift if you will) for the new model year. Mitsubishi is keen to introduce it to 150 markets worldwide and aims to sell 180,000 units per year. Obviously, it is a strategic product, meaning that Mitsubishi went out of their way to make it good. Sustainable growth is one of the main aims for the company that recently almost bankrupted, and this is, along with the Eclipse crossover, a key product for it.
Jeep Gladiator Pickup Truck Leaks Ahead of L.A. Debut
Here it is folks! Jeep’s Wrangler-based pickup truck just leaked online before its official debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Not only we get to see it ahead of time, but we have info and specs too.
The photos and the spec sheet come courtesy of the JeepGladiator forum, which claims they were briefly posted on FCA’s media website today. Luckily, a member managed to download them before they were taken down and we can now see the Gladiator in all its glory. Oh, the sheet also confirms the truck will carry the Gladiator nameplate. While this isn’t surprising, it wasn’t clear whether Jeep wanted to use the Gladiator or Scrambler name.
Aston Martin SUV Confirmed for 2019 with DBX name
Aston Martin confirmed plans to jump on the SUV bandwagon back in 2015, when it created the DBX Concept, a sporty, coupe-style crossover with only two doors. Following several rumors and spy shots, the British firm confirmed the DBX nameplate and released the first official photos of the SUV.
The info comes as Aston Martin began testing the DBX on the demanding Welsh Rally course and also confirmed that the vehicle will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2019. The SUV is still wearing camouflage, but we can finally see how the production body and design look like.
Genesis Teases Updated G90 with Redesigned Front End
Launched in 2017 as the company’s flagship sedan, the Genesis G90 is in for a facelift for the 2020 model year. Hyundai’s luxury arm has yet to release an official debut date, but published the first teaser photo, and it seems facelift will be quite extensive.
Ford’s "Baby" Bronco Leaked in Dealer Meeting Photos
Updated Mazda CX-5 Brings Turbo Engine and Luxury Trim
It’s been less than two years since the second-generation CX-5 went into production and Mazda is already rolling out an update. While it’s not exactly a facelift design-wise, the upgrade adds a more powerful turbo engine and two new trims with more premium features. And higher prices obviously.
McLaren Unveils Speedtail Prototype, Names It "Albert"
Some 25 years after the McLaren F1 burst into the scene, it’s one true successor, the McLaren Speedtail has finally arrived. Ok, so the production Speedway isn’t here yet, but McLaren has unveiled the first hybrid powertrain prototype of the Speedtail, complete with an actual name that pays homage to the same street in which its predecessor, the F1, was conceived. The Speedtail prototype will no longer use its “MVY02” internal designation. Instead, we should all get used to calling it “Albert.”
Hyundai Palisade Leaked Ahead of L.A. Debut
2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan Will Debut This Week
The sedan version of the new Toyota Corolla will officially debut this Thursday, November 15, according to a tweet from the Japanese automaker’s American account. Unveiled in hatchback form at the 2018 New York Auto Show, the four-door Corolla will make its first public appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 30.
Next-Gen 2019 Mazda3 Headed for L.A. Debut
After almost six years on the market, the current-generation Mazda3 will retire to make way for a redesigned model. The Japanese firm confirmed the new Mazda3 will make its global debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show and released a new teaser of the car.
Actually, Mazda previewed two vehicles, as the photo includes images of both the sedan and hatchback versions. Not much can be seen in the photo, but it gives us a glimpse of the sedan’s roof and the hatchback’s rear end.
BMW Reveals New Details On M8, Sets Market Release for 2019
For the first time ever, the 8 Series will spawn an M8 version. We know it’s coming, we’ve seen it in concept form, and also as a race car. We still don’t know too many details about the drivetrain, but BMW just released a bit of information and more photos of a camouflaged car.
2019 Lincoln Aviator Headed for L.A. Debut
Thirteen years after departing the mid-size luxury SUV scene, the Lincoln Aviator is all set for its comeback as the production model takes center stage at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The production version’s debut comes eight months after Lincoln introduced the concept version at the New York Auto Show. Once it arrives, the Aviator will slot between the Nautilus and the range-topping Navigator in Lincoln’s SUV lineup.
2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible Unveiled
BMW just dropped the top on its supreme two-door with the official reveal of the new 2019 8 Series Convertible. Both a diesel-powered model and high-powered gas-drinking M model are on offer, and both come stuffed to the gills with tech for infotainment, convenience, and safety.
The Hyundai Veloster N Heads to the U.S. to Take On the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus
The all-new Veloster will be introduced to the world at the Thunderhill Raceway track in Northern California, before its official market launch later this year. What makes this Veloster special is that it’s the first ‘N’ model from the South Korean brand here in the U.S. The Veloster N has been developed at Hyundai’s facility at the Nurburgring, and it poses a serious threat to the hot-hatch market.