The Jeep Wrangler Pickup, AKA the Scrambler, Should hit Dealers by Mid-2019
FCA has been in a bind for the last couple of years with hope of improvement coming from the updated Ram 1500, the new Jeep Wrangler JL, and the upcoming Wrangler-based pickup truck. We’ve all seen the mules of the Jeep Pickup truck, AKA the Scrambler, testing on public roads but information about it from FCA or Jeep itself has remained top secret. All that has changed after a dealer meeting that gave just one piece of “new” information – the Jeep Wrangler Pickup will go into production in the final quarter of 2018, with dealerships getting their first haul to sell in April of 2019 – that’s just a year away folks.
2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling nameplate in the world, with a total of 11 generations coming and going since its introduction way back in 1966. The latest 12th generation broke cover earlier in 2018 at the Geneva International Motor Show flying under the Auris badge, and now it looks like the Japanese brand is bringing the icon to the 2018 New York International Auto Show in an updated hatchback format. Highlights include a fresh exterior style, an incredible amount of technology, sporty chassis tuning, and a standard six-speed manual transmission. But the question is this - does it have what it takes to pique the interest of enthusiasts?
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Mercedes-AMG Introduces New C 63 Lineup, And It’s Bringing The Heat To The BMW M3
With the 2018 New York Auto Show just hours from getting underway, Mercedes-AMG is jumping the gun a bit and introducing its new C 63 lineup, giving us the full rundown on the refreshed four-door, coupe, convertible, and wagon body styles. Included in the announcement is a complete list of specs for both the base model and the go-faster S version, both of which are looking like they might have what it takes to bring the fight to BMW and the vaunted M3.
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2019 BMW M8 Gran Coupe
The iconic BMW 8 Series is making a comeback, and this is no longer a rumor. The return of BMW’s biggest coupe yet was confirmed in 2017 when the German automaker introduced a concept car and a GTE-spec race car. What’s more, BMW also confirmed that the new 8 Series will get an M8 version for the very first time. Come 2018 and BMW announced plans to expand the 8 Series family with yet another model. And it’s not the highly anticipated convertible, but a four-door coupe variant. Yes, the 8 Series is getting the Gran Coupe treatment and more importantly, it will come in M8 specs too. A concept version of the M8 model was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and BMW confirmed that it will become a production model by the end of 2018.
With the 6 Series Gran Coupe still available, the 8 Series Gran Coupe may seem a bit redundant at first glance. But given that the 6 Series is no longer available in coupe form, the Gran Coupe model could be discontinued too, which would leave the 8 Series Gran Coupe as BMW’s main competitor for the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7. The M8 Gran Coupe would make things that much more interesting, as BMW will have a rival for the AMG and RS versions of the CLS and A7, respectively. The concept car provides a few valuable hints as to what to expect from the production model, but technical specifications are still a mystery. Until more data becomes available, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about the upcoming M8 Gran Coupe.
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All Pagani Huayra BC And Huayra Roadster in America Are Being Recalled
Recalls happen all the time in the auto industry. What’s rare is when the automaker that’s doing the recall is a niche Italian supercar brand that’s known more for building some of the most gorgeous cars on the planet. But alas, strange things happen in this strange business, which is why, of all auto brands in the world, Pagani is recalling all 2017 MY Huayra BC and Huayra Roadster supercars in the U.S. All 16 of them.
2018 Fiat 500 Urbana Edition
Originally introduced in 1957, the Fiat 500 remained in production for nearly 20 years, during which it became one of the most iconic vehicles in history. The nameplate was revived in 2007 as a competitor for the modern Volkswagen Beetle and Mini Cooper and was received with great enthusiasm. However, Fiat didn’t do much to upgrade it over the last 11 years, with only two minor facelifts launched as of 2018. The latest update was unveiled at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, where Fiat also brought the turbocharged 1.4-liter engine back to the U.S. in a non-Abarth model. Two months later and the Italian brand launched a new special edition model called the Urbana Edition.
It’s become quite common for automakers to add special edition models when their facelifts aren’t very consistent, and this is exactly what the Urbana Edition is all about. With add-ons that include black trim, new wheels, and a limited color palette, the Urbana Edition was designed to keep things interesting for a vehicle that’s getting a bit long in the tooth. The 500 is not alone in this though, as both the 500L and 500X received identical packages. The 500 Urbana Edition will become available this spring.
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Maserati Teases What Could be the Levante GTS or the Levante Plug-in Hybrid
Just one day ahead of a full reveal at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, Maserati is teasing what could only be some new version of the Italian brand’s Levante SUV. Making its debut in full-fledged production form back in 2016 at the Geneva International Motor Show, the mid-size luxury ‘ute is the Trident Badge’s first-ever SUV segment competitor. Now, it’s looking like the nameplate will expand to include either a pumped-up go-faster GTS model, or an efficiency-minded plug-in hybrid, as previewed by the above-pictured teaser image.
If what we’re looking at is indeed a GTS, expect it to gain a significant power boost, ditching the older model’s 424-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 in favor of the twin-turbo V-8 out of the Quattroporte GTS. If that’s the case, output could get retuned to deliver as much as 570 ponies, with the suspension, brakes, and exterior styling all revamped to match.
Alternatively, the Levante could be taking cues from the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid for extra mpg at the pump, adding electric motivation to the mix.
Look for complete details when Maserati pulls the sheets tomorrow in New York.
Infiniti’s F1-Bred and hybridized Q60 Black S Will Come to Paris in Production-Ready From
Barring the unexpected, the 2018 Paris Motor Show will play host to the production-ready Infiniti Q60 Black S hybrid. The performance coupe first entered our lives at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and in the year since its unveiling, Infiniti has fine-tuned it into becoming the what it claims as the first “accessible road car with up-to-date Formula One technology." It’s not clear yet if the automaker plans to approve the car for production, though if it did, it’s going to look like the model that we’ll be seeing in Paris later this year.
Elon Musk and The Boring Company to Sell Lego-Like Bricks for Fun Projects, Affordable Housing
Elon Musk’s Boring Company is now on the cusp of selling its latest merchandise to help fund its infrastructure projects. With its hats and flamethrowers already in the mix, the Boring Company is now turning its sights on selling LEGO-like blocks made out of the rocks that were dug out of the company’s tunnels. The goal of these blocks is to build affordable housing and other structures.
Jaguar is Set to Rattle the BMW X5 M and Porsche Cayenne S with the F-Pace SVR in New York
Jag introduced its first-ever SUV, also known as the F-Pace, at the Detroit Auto Show in 2015, bringing head-turning British good looks, high-end luxury, and a decent wallop under the hood as well. Now, there’s even more performance hotness on deck, as rumor has it Jag is gearing up for the reveal of the go-faster F-Pace SVR at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, bringing along more power, new styling, and other tuned-up goodies to match the badge on the trunk.
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2019 Honda Insight Will Take on the Toyota Prius with 50 MPG; Debuts in New York
Originally offered as a three-door hatchback for the 2000 model year, the Honda Insight has been an on-again, off-again power technology showcase for the Japanese automaker. Now, the nameplate makes its return for a third generation at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, bringing a fresh body style, the very latest H-badge technology, and fuel returns aimed at taking down the Toyota Prius.
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