2020 Alpina B3 Touring
Alpina is one of BMW’s most loyal tuners and the latest 3 Series-based B3 models continue to boast with a unique identity and performance figures that irk any M3 owner. The G20-generation B3 Touring is the 462 horsepower stopgap in a world without an M3 Wagon in it. Our only complaint? That we can’t buy this pinstriped grocery-hauler Stateside.
Once upon a time, Alpina and AC Schnitzer were duking it out on the race tracks of the world as BMW’s favored privateers teams. Both received support from Munich and decades of on-track rivalry now see both companies - but especially Alpina - put out some of the best modified cars on the market. So good, in fact, that Alpina has been a manufacturer for over three decades - although you’ll still find BMW logos on the B3. But Alpina doesn’t plan to crash the party of the upcoming M3 Competition either. That’s fair play!
X-Tomi Design Strikes Again, This Time with the 2021 Jaguar F-Type R Shooting Brake
The arrival of the updated 2020 Jaguar F-Type has brought car renderers and artists out of their winter slumber. One such artist is X-Tomi Design, but instead of rejigging the new F-Type’s design into something that would suit his taste and sensibilities, the artist decided to give it a different body altogether, one of the shooting brake variety. This is X-Tomi Design’s Jaguar F-Type Shooting Brake, and it looks darn impressive. Don’t get too excited, though. This is strictly a rendering; Jaguar has given no indication that it’s building an F-Type Shooting Brake.
Making the Case for a Tesla Cybercar
The Tesla Cybertruck put the car industry in shock with its outlandish design,incredible performance, and the best range ever announced by the American automaker. All this at an incredible starting price of $39,000! The Cybertruck quickly prompted rumors that Tesla could also create its cheapest model yet, thanks to its revolutionary exoskeleton: enter the Cybercar. That new vehicle would be perfect to serve as the Robotaxi fleet Elon Musk talked about in recent years, but what would a Cybercar look like and what will it bring to the market?
2021 Jaguar XF Sportbrake
Despite being busy adding the finishing touches on the refreshed F-Pace and F-Type, Jaguar isn’t forgetting about the XF Sportbrake. The sporty wagon is also in line to receive a mid-life revamp, and chances are Jaguar will go for the same approach it used on the XE: a comprehensive exterior redesign coupled with cabin tweaks and some changes in the powertrain department.
Our carparazzi have spotted the XF Sportbrake in test mule form, hiding under a lot of camouflage, but we can still tell you a thing or two about what’s in store for Jag’s executive wagon, despite the fact that the interior remains a mystery for now. Here’s everything we’re are expecting from the facelifted 2021 Jaguar XF Sportbrake.
Video: If You Put a Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo E-Hybrid and a Mercedes-AMG E63 S on the Drag Strip, Who Wins?
So, what are we looking at here? A traditional wagon with a twin-turbo V-8 pitted against a squished one from the House of Zuffenhausen that, besides the twin-turbo V-8, packs a hybrid system. The Porsche is over $190,000 while the Merc starts at little over $110,0000. While you might as well buy the E63S and head for your nearest Porsche dealership to buy an $81,000 718 Cayman GTS, things aren’t ever that simple, right?
Porsche decided its Panamera four-door sedan could use some extra practicality and the Super Turismo wagon was born. It’s sleeker than most wagons but this doesn’t scare Mercedes-Benz AMG, which has been making insane family carriers for the better part of three decades.
Porsche is officially going to have several versions of its Taycan all-electric model, one of which will be an estate or wagon model that will most likely be called Sport Turismo. The Taycan Sport Turismo is exactly the same as the sedan model, but with a bigger trunk and more practicality.
It’s actually going to be the first mass-market, purpose-designed, all-electric wagon ever, and no, the handful of coach-built Tesla Model S wagons don’t count.
The rest of the package remains unchanged, so it’s only going to be sold with an all-electric powertrain (don’t be fooled by the fake exhausts on the back of the camouflaged prototype in these photos provided by our spies) which will provide great performance, as well as a large lithium-ion battery pack for decent range.
Design-wise, expect a slightly more toned down version of the Mission-E Sport Turismo concept that debuted at the Geneva motor show this March. Porsche is apparently also going to make a higher-riding crossover-style version of this wagon, but it will be the sedan and wagon that will be the two main models.
But even if Tesla doesn’t make a production wagon variant of its Model S, that model is going to be the Taycan and Taycan estate’s main rival because it is already quite well established in its segment.
Updated 10/28/2019: The 2021 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo was spotted testing in the wild once again with some minor changes as it moves closer to its launch for the 2021 model year. Check out the latest images in our spy shots section below!
2019 Subaru Levorg Prototype
Subaru has pulled the covers off the all-new Levorg wagon, ushering in the second-generation version of what has become one of the most popular wagons in Japan. The Subaru Levorg Prototype isn’t the final production model. It is, as Subaru deftly calls it, a near-production “prototype” of the second-generation wagon that will arrive in the Japanese market in the second half of 2020. The Levorg isn’t going to the U.S. market, but some of the new and updated technologies that are being showcased by the prototype in Tokyo will find their way to America in some form or fashion. In the absence of the actual wagon heading Stateside, we’ll take our victories where we can get them.
Maybe a BMW M8 Touring Isn’t a Bad Idea After All
Back in the 1980s, BMW put together a one-off M8 based on the original 8 Series, and, ever since then, fanboys have been itching for another one. Well, we finally saw the BMW 8 Series flagship reintroduced to the market, and it didn’t take long for BMW to introduce the M8 in both coupe and Gran Coupe form. Prayers have been answered, velvet robes have parted, and the universe is finally at peace. But, what if BMW went all in and decided to introduce an M8 Touring? Well, design Xtomi decided to take the very first step for Bimmer, and we have to admit that we’re now hooked.
Mercedes Sets Its Sights on the Audi A4 Allroad and the Volvo V60 Cross Country With the 2021 C-Class
The next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class will finally spawn a competitor for the Audi A4 Allroad and the Volvo V60 Cross Country. Likely to carry the All-Terrain name, it will be Mercedes’ second vehicle of this type after the existing E-Class All-Terrain, which is aimed at the Audi A6 Allroad and Volvo V90 Cross Country.
2020 Audi RS4 Avant
At a time when wagons are slowly evolving from being family haulers to performance beasts, people in the U.S. are missing out on a lot of action. The Audi RS4 and the RS6 Avant give us the major #FOMO feels. Audi has told wagon-lovers in the U.S. not to give up hopes yet, as the company said, "We always look at potential new opportunities in the market. It’s a niche to explore. We keep holding discussions. Keep writing us letters.” That’s not a confirmation in any way, but it sounds like an assurance for the time being. Now, the company has finally unveiled the 2020 Audi RS4 Avant with aesthetic changes and a few changes inside the cabin. Is it better than the previous iteration?
Opinion: U.S. Automakers Need to Give Wagons a Second Chance
It’s blatantly obvious that SUVs are viewed as the greatest thing since toilet paper. They seem to dominate every parking in a 4:1 ratio to cars, if not worse. It’s so bad that automakers like Ford, among others, have decided to nix almost every car it sells here in favor of SUVs. But, do you remember or even know why SUVs are so popular today? Well, there’s a long story to be told, and I believe that automakers have forgotten a big contender that deserves a comeback: The Station Wagon.
2020 Toyota Corolla TREK
The Toyota Corolla is one of the last cars you’d think of as being special. But something about the new Corolla TREK variant qualifies as “special.” It’s the latest addition to the Corolla Touring Sports estate lineup, and it’s a promising showcase of the Corolla Touring Sports’ understated versatility as a personal ride and a family hauler for those weekend adventures away from the city.
The Corolla TREK comes as a result of a collaboration between Toyota and bicycle manufacturer Trek. It’s a partnership that stems from a recent partnership between the two companies at this year’s Vuelta a Espana cycling race where 16 Corolla TREK models were used as support vehicles.
Well, they’re not support vehicles anymore. The Toyota Corolla TREK is now available for public consumption. Pricing details will be announced in the coming weeks — it’s estimated to cost around £29,000 ($36,00) — but order books are now open with the initial batch of deliveries scheduled to begin sometime before the year ends. Unfortunately, the Corolla TREK isn’t headed to the U.S. market.
This Rendering of a BMW Concept 4 Shooting Brake Will Make You Forget the Fugly Grille
These days, BMW is as addicted to big grilles as a 12-year-old is to big boobs after accidentally finding dad’s secret porn stash. Eventually, most 12-year-olds grow out of their first addiction and move on to something else, but BMW, on the other hand, just wants its grilles bigger and bigger – that’s the exact reason why the BMW Concept 4 damn near broke the internet in the worst way possible. All of that can now be forgiven now that X-TOMI design has converted the 4 Series Coupe Concept into a shooting brake. Well, to me it looks like a longer two-door hatchback, but for intents and purposes, it’s being considered a shooting brake, so we’ll go with that. Either way, We’re convinced that BMW needs to take the plunge on this one, even if it won’t ditch that fugly grille.
The Audi RS6 Avant - A Video History
It August 2019 when, while looking for hot stuff to write, the undersigned stumbled upon Audi USA’s newsroom website, where the first article on the top of the page said, in Caps Lock: ALL-NEW AUDI RS6 AVANT IS COMING TO AMERICA!
Why the yelling, you’re wondering? Well, Audi’s RS history spans over a quarter of a century, and it is only now that the U.S. gets the RS6 Avant for the first time. Now, the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant is an absolute monster regardless of how you look at it - design or spec-wise. Its 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine makes 591 horsepower (441 kW) and 590 pound-feet of torque (800 Nm). On asphalt, these numbers generate 0-62 mph (100 km/h) sprints ticked in 3.6 seconds and electronic nanny-restricted top speeds of 155 mph (250 km/h).
Also responsible for such crisp performances is the eight-speed Tiptronic transmission with launch control mode and Audi’s notorious Quattro permanent all-wheel drive complemented by wheel-selective torque control and a sport differential. You get the point - beastly specs for a beastly machine. But beastliness has been embedded in the RS6 Avant’s DNA since the model’s inception back in 2002, as you are about to find out.
2020 Alpina B3 Touring is here to cull your BMW M3 Wagon craving
Lovers of fast wagons, you might want to sit down for this one as the mere sight of it will make your knees weak - the 2020 BMW Alpina B3 Touring is upon us and it is absolutely glorious. Wraps have just come off it at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show and it has instantly become one of the coolest BMWs you can buy right now at any price.