The fourth-generation of the World's First Sport Utility Wagon® is a roomier and more capable interpretation of the vehicle that launched the crossover trend 15 years ago.
Distinguished by bolder and crisper styling, the all-new 2010 Subaru Outback delivers enhanced performance, comfort and economy with the introduction of an all-new chassis and the new Subaru Lineartronic™ CVT (continuously variable transmission). Capability is enhanced with a segment-first swing-out roof rail and crossbar design and an improved 8.7 inches of ground clearance.
The all-new 2010 Subaru Outback is smart-sized compared to other crossover vehicles, featuring mid-size interior volume in an easy-to-maneuver and off-road capable wagon body. Subaru engineers have increased interior volume by almost 8 percent in a package that is actually shorter than the outgoing model.
The wheelbase has been increased by 2.8 inches and improves rear seat legroom by almost 4 inches. A new rear double wishbone suspension improves chassis dynamics and rear cargo space.
The 2010 Outback is 2 inches wider to improve passenger comfort, has more headroom and is more fuel efficient than the outgoing model.
Building on the tremendous success of previous Outback models, the 2010 Outback caters to a wide variety of customer tastes and needs. The Outback line for 2010 will include three 2.5i models powered by a revised 170-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine. The efficient Outback 2.5i models offer a new standard 6-speed manual transmission, or the available Lineartronic™ CVT. Both transmissions help to improve acceleration, response and fuel economy.
Three new range-topping Outback 3.6R models are powered by a new 256-hp 3.6-liter 6-cylinder Boxer engine teamed with a 5-speed electronic automatic transmission. Compared to the 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine it replaces, the more powerful 3.6 has the same external size and uses regular-grade fuel, rather than premium as the 3.0 required.
Subaru is the only company that features Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as standard equipment on every vehicle in its product line. This invaluable performance and safety-enhancing system distinguishes the Outback from crossover competitors, which generally offer all wheel drive as an extra-cost option. The 2010 Outback model line employs three different versions of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, each tailored to the specific engine and transmission.
Bold New Design and New Level of Interior Comfort
The 2010 Outback, while still clearly related to its predecessors, marks a departure in design toward a new, bolder look. The new Outback blends a sophisticated crossover design with SUV details. The upright grille features the Subaru circular badge and wing design as the focal point and is offset by dramatic hawk-eye headlamps. The new functional molded lower valence and side skirts hint at the Outback's improved capability and are more durable for off-road adventures.
The 2010 Outback also has a greater road presence with a wider track and expressive wheel arches. Ground clearance on the new model has been increased to 8.7 inches. As a new characteristic of the Outback, the D-pillars project a powerful SUV-like presence. The taillamps blend into the rear hatch, which highlights the more clearly defined beltline.
The 2010 Outback interior is not only more spacious, but takes another step up in refinement from an already-praised design in the previous model. The four-dial instrument panel is augmented in all Outback models by a multi-information display with trip computer located in the center of the dashboard. Richer looking appointments and details abound, including a new 3-spoke steering wheel. A new electronic parking brake (with electronic Hill Holder System) eliminates the traditional parking brake handle, freeing up space in the center console.
Seat comfort, long a Subaru strong point, is further enhanced in the 2010 Outback with new front and rear seat designs. The rear seat includes a new recline feature. The front seatback shape provides extra rear-seat knee room, and the front-seat cushion design allows more rear-seat foot room.
Right-Sized for the Times
The original Outback established a template for the many competitive crossover models that followed, and the new-generation 2010 Outback further strengthens the melding of passenger car and SUV attributes that today's crossover shoppers seek.
Built on an all-new platform, the 2010 Outback showcases Subaru's mastery of vehicle packaging efficiency. A 2.8 inch longer wheelbase, now 107.9 inches, contributes to a smoother ride and increased interior space. Total passenger room is increased by 8 cubic feet, now 105.4 cu. ft., and maximum cargo capacity (with the standard 65/35 split rear seatbacks folded) is up by 6 cubic feet to 71.3 cu. ft. The Outback also features a rear cargo area that is deeper and wider than in many small SUVs and easier to access through its wide aperture rear hatch.
Rear seat legroom is increased by nearly 4 inches to 37.8 inches. With a 2.0-in. increase in vehicle width, the 2010 Outback offers greater hip room (+3.5 inches in front, +1.3 in. in back) and shoulder room (+1.9-in. front, +2.4-in. in back).
Remarkably, the roomier 2010 Outback is almost one inch shorter than the previous model, due to reduced front and rear overhang dimensions. The new Outback is also four inches taller than the previous model, increasing headroom and cargo area height. The new packaging thus preserves the maneuverability, agility and parking ease that Outback customers highly value.
Surefooted Handling and Safety for any Road or any Weather
The new Subaru Outback improves crash-worthiness and provides a stiffer platform that makes for a smoother, quieter ride – still with crisp handling. Outback customers have long valued the way Outback models have balanced comfort with capability, and the 2010 Outback improves on both. Reduced front and rear overhang dimensions, combined with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, help enhance Outback's off-pavement maneuverability.
All Outback models for 2010 are equipped as standard with Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), which combines stability and traction control capability. The all-new electronic Hill Holder System holds the vehicle in place until the driver applies the throttle to pull away from a stop. Previous systems held the car in place for only a few seconds.
MacPherson-type strut front suspension is mounted to a new engine cradle, and the engine is attached to the cradle using new hydraulic mounts. The new cradle is designed to also enhance crash-worthiness in front. A new double-wishbone rear suspension, mounted to a sub frame, replaces the previous multi-link configuration to provide improved ride and handling. The enhancement of body rigidity and the new suspension design help to reduce levels of noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH). Increased wheel travel and optimized suspension geometry improve ride comfort.
All 2010 Outback models are equipped with a standard 4-wheel disc Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). Brake Assist safety system is also available on all models. Significantly, the stiffer body structure and new suspension combined with higher profile tire ( 215/70R16 on base Outback 2.5i) yields a more comfortable ride without sacrificing handling agility. Models with 17-in. wheels likewise benefit from a higher-profile tire size, 225/60R17 compared to 225/55R17 used before.
Efficient New Powertrains
The 2010 Outback 2.5i models are powered by a revised 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine, teamed for the first time to a new 6-speed manual transmission or the available new Lineartronic™ CVT. The CVT is standard in the Outback 2.5i Limited, where it is also equipped with a manual mode and steering wheel paddle shifters.
The 2.5-liter engine, which is also available as PZEV-certified, is modified for 2010 to improve performance, driveability, and economy. The engine delivers 170 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm and 170 lb.-ft. of peak torque @ 4,000 rpm. The i-Active Valve Lift System (AVLS) ensures a broad torque curve and smooth response at all engine speeds, while also helping to improve fuel efficiency. All Outback models for 2010 feature a larger fuel tank, now 18.5 gallons vs. 16.9.
Whether teamed to the new 6-speed manual transmission or the Lineartronic™ CVT, the roomier 2010 Outback provides quicker acceleration and lower fuel consumption than comparable 2009 Outback models. Either transmission helps make the Outback 2.5i models more responsive in everyday driving.
Subaru has adopted a chain-type CVT, the world's first longitudinally mounted CVT system for AWD production vehicles. It employs smaller pulley cores, which helps make the unit more compact and can help provide better fuel efficiency compared to belt-type CVTs. Unlike a conventional automatic transmission, which uses fixed gear ratios, a CVT provides infinite variability between the highest and lowest available ratios with no discernable steps or shifts.
The CVT smoothly adapts to performance demand, helping to keep the engine in its most efficient operating range. Because a CVT does not "shift" gears, the driver enjoys smoother performance in all driving situations. The manual mode of the Subaru Lineartronic™ CVT offers the driver a more engaging driving experience by operating through six pre-selected steps. The driver can "shift" manually using steering wheel paddle controls.
New 3.6-liter H6 Engine: Premium Performance with Regular-Grade Fuel
The 3.6-liter H6 engine replaces the previous 3.0-liter H6, yet features the same external dimensions thanks primarily to a unique shortened connecting rod design. As a result, the new, more powerful engine maintains its excellent low center of gravity. The 3.6 Boxer engine produces 256 horsepower and 247 lb.-ft. of peak torque, compared to 245 hp and 215 lb.-ft. of torque for the previous 3.0-liter engine. Active Valve Control System (AVCS) variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust valves optimizes power delivery across the engine's speed range while helping to reduce emissions.
Not only does the 3.6-liter engine produce more horsepower and torque than the 3.0-liter unit, but does so using regular-grade fuel compared to premium required in the 3.0 engine. The specially tuned five-speed automatic transmission, combined with the greater torque output of the 3.6 engine, helps make the Outback 3.6R models more responsive.
New Level of Comfort and Convenience in All Models
Standard comfort and available luxury are increased across the Outback line for 2010. The base 2.5i model, for example, features standard steering wheel audio and cruise control buttons, a new electronic parking brake with electronic Hill Holder System, automatic lights-on function and auxiliary input audio jack. A standard multi-function display with onboard computer provides readouts for mileage/range and outside temperature.
Underscoring its versatility and attention to detail, the 2010 Outback comes standard with an innovative new roof rack system. Its integral crossbars swing into position only when needed. Stowing the crossbars in the roof rails when they're not needed helps to reduce a potential source of wind noise.
Outback Premium models add more amenities and offer additional comfort and convenience options, including a harman-kardon® audio system, a power moonroof, and the All-Weather Package that adds heated front seats and mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer. The Outback Limited models feature leather upholstery, a dual zone automatic climate control system, and a 4-way power passenger seat. Limited models also exclusively offer an available voice-activated GPS navigation system with backup camera, hands-free Bluetooth® connectivity and streaming Bluetooth audio.
This 1965 Corvette was shown by Ron Champe. This car was a retirement project that took over two years to complete.
Bob Liberatore brought out this awesome 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 light weight replica. Gotta love the old factory racers and this one had all the looks, plus the punch thanks to a motor from Ford Racing. Bob had the 64 hooked up via a tow bar to his equally nice 64 Galaxie convertible.
Atomic Orange is one of my favorite recent GM colors, it's also a favorite of Jim McGruder from Ohio. He brought his mildly customized 2007 Corvette which is themed around Orange Crush soda.
Here's another food themed entry. This 1955 Chevy Pickup owned by Gary & Flo Garman of Mt. Wolf, PA. Called Home Grown. The color theme of this tasty ride is watermelon. And interesting touch is the slight patina purposely placed on a few raised edges and the tail gate. And you have to love the watermelon shaped and painted air cleaner cover.
- Accessories and Appearance Check
- You must have a regular check–up of your tools for instance‚ once you got a flat tire while driving. Hence‚ it is a must that you always check your mechanical tools and basic tools so you can manage to survive once you get caught in trouble. Please ensure that you check your rear view mirror from time to time as these things are easily being moved or bumped out of it’s correct position.
- 3W Check (Water‚ Wheels‚ and Warm–up)
- Just remember the three W’s which stand for water check‚ wheels check‚ and warm–up check. Since our temperature keeps on rising‚ you should always be alert to check the water level in your car radiator. Another thing is to check your wheels all the time. You will never know what is on the road but you can always know when you are about to have a flat tire by regularly checking on it. Lastly is the warm–up check. By having this‚ you get yourself out of trouble remarkably.
- Air Check
- In relation to a flat tire‚ air check must be done from time to time as this will not only prevent you from the trouble of changing your tire but also‚ makes you’re driving smoothly and hassle–free.
- Lights and Leaks
- It is very important to check and make sure that lights are functioning‚ clean at the same time working. Different kinds of lights like parking lights‚ brake lights‚ emergency flashers‚ signal lights‚ fog lights‚ and hazard lights‚ among others must be replaced if they are not functioning. Leaks on the other hand play a vital role in order to keep the auto moving especially if it is fuel or oil that is leaking.
- Battery (fluids) and Breaks (folds) check
- Explosive gasses can be produced if the battery is not handled with extra care and caution. You are not allowed to smoke‚ produce any kind of spark or light a match near the battery. Breaks play a vital role in an auto especially the folds inside it. Break pads must be changed and checked in front and rear areas for it can produce accident is one neglect it. Break fluids must be monitored from time to time but do not overfill.
- Oil Check
- Oil plays a very important part for it can cause the auto to deteriorate. The engine must maintain the right and proper kind of oil.
Wiper blades are very important especially at night and when it is raining‚ one must be aware of their ability to clean the windshield. Windshield washer fluid reservoir must be full and must be used as an aid to clean the wiper blades. Shock absorbers must be replaced in pairs at the same time must be checked and tested for it will affect the auto’s performance and comfort for the passengers.
Cars are part of our daily lives; it is a reflection of who we are as a person‚ and as a car owner. Having knowledge at the same time practicing the simple car care tips will definitely help us in our journey through life.
Pictures of the new Jaguar XF are out see lots of them at 4hweelsblog.com, and I have read that the first one will be actioned off for charity. The auction will be September the 7th just four days before the car makes it's debut at the Frankfort car show September the 11th.
The new car that will take Peugeot back into the hot hatch arena, the Peugeot 208 GTI, has been spied testing for the first time.
Spotted during cold weather development work in the middle of Scandinavia, this three-door Peugeot 208 doesn’t sport the aggressive rear wing or bespoke front grille that’s expected to feature on the final GTI version.
However, telltale signs that this is the ‘hot’ version of Peugeot’s new 208 include the twin exhausts and the low-profile suspension. The final GTI will have its own unique wheel designs and tyre sizes, plus sports seats and unique interior decor will complete the package.
Two versions will be offered, both using the 1.6-litre twin-cam turbo engine that currently powers the Citroën DS3 and Mini Cooper.
A 154bhp version is likely to be used in the GTI, with a hotter 204bhp unit going into a more focused model, possibly called GTI Racing. The quickest Peugeot 208 is on course to offer sub-7.0sec 0-60mph acceleration and a top speed of well over 140mph.
The mainstream 208 arrives in June, with the GTI expected to follow before the end of the year.
Thanks to: Autocar
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Renault looks set to reveal a follow-up to the iconic Renault Alpine A110 at the Paris motor show this autumn. The firm is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the A110 Berlinetta this year and Renault design chief Laurens van den Acker told Autocar “it would be remiss not to do something” to celebrate the original Alpine.
A question remains as to whether a new Alpine coupé could become a production reality — assuming there’s a positive reaction to the show concept.
“These things live by the grace of the day,” said van den Acker. “In my view, the best thing for a designer is always to have something cooking in the corner. Then when the planets line up, you have something ready.”
Steve Norman, Renault’s marketing chief, said the firm “knew what to do” about a production Alpine, but it “was a question what size of market it could take”.
He added: “We have to ask: ‘Is there room in today’s car market to build something that could be compared to a Porsche?’ In any case, for an Alpine to make sense financially, it would have to sell in North America and China.”
Van den Acker also talked up the prospects for the striking DeZir concept eventually making production. “It’s not realistic to expect us to produce a rival for Ferrari or Lamborghini; our badge would not support that yet. But with the new [electric] technologies coming through, anything is possible.”
Thanks to: Autocar
Love it or hate it, the BMW X6 is the type of vehicle that commands your attention. In an effort to keep its “sports activity coupe” fresh, Munich has made several cosmetic updates to its 2013 BMW X6 lineup and is now also offering an M Performance package that provides some additional oomph.
For starters, the X6 receives minor touch-ups to its front fascia that brings its version of BMW’s signature kidney grille more in line with the mugs on the new 3 and 5 Series models. Available adaptive LED headlights now can be had over the standard Xenon units. BMW’s familiar twin headlight treatment within the housing also appears on the new X6 and its foglights are now set in matte finish surrounds. Out back, the X6’s taillights also receive the LED treatment and are housed in larger enclosures that stretch out to the edges of the vehicle.
An array of exterior paint color choices are available, with two non-metallic and nine metallic colors such as Marrakesh Brown metallic to choose from. A new 19-inch alloy wheel has been added to the mix and comes as standard equipment on the xDrive 50i. While nothing much has changed in the cabin, new leather upholstery options are available if desired and a three-seat bench is available as an option.
As before, the 2013 X6 is available with BMW’s tried and true 300-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline six and 400-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8. Check off the M Performance package option and the 3.0-liter gets bumped up to 315 hp and 330 lb-ft while the 4.4-liter is boosted to 440-hp and 480 lb-ft.
Cosmetic upgrades for the M Performance Package include black chrome exhaust tips, stainless steel pedals, 20-inch wheels, and a Carbon Black metallic paint option. All engines are mated to eight-speed automatic gearboxes. The X6 M carries on largely unchanged for 2013, with its 555-horsepower V-8 and six-speed automatic transmission.
BMW says it has sold more than 150,000 X6s worldwide since its launch three years ago, with 20,000 of those in the States — not bad for such a polarizing vehicle. Expect to see the 2013 X6 in showrooms this spring.
Thanks to: Motor Trend
The first images of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe have officially leaked out, thanks to the fan boys over at Hyundai Blog. First spotted wrapped in camouflage in October, these shots are the first unwrapped images we’ve seen of the 2013 Santa Fe as Hyundai readies it for its debut at April’s New York International Auto Show.
Back in October we brought you these exclusive spy shots of a camouflaged 2013 Santa Fe rolling around the streets of New York. From what we could tell, the new Santa Fe would be bigger than the outgoing model, and wears Hyundai’s trademark fluidic design language. The camouflaged mule also gave us a slight glimpse of the 2013 Santa Fe’s new grille which looks to be very similar to Ford’s old tri-bar grille.
These spy shots from the Hyundai Blog clearly show what that Santa Fe we spotted in New York was hiding under all that camo. Up front, the 2013 Santa Fe gets a chrome three-bar grille in a trapezoidal opening reminiscent of the Veloster’s. The new Santa Fe also gets new headlights that follow the same design language of the recently-debuted 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Around back, the 2013 Santa Fe gets a rear that at first glance looks like it could belong on the Audi Q7.
The 2013 Santa Fe’s power plants aren’t currently known, and details likely won’t leak out until the official debut in New York. We’re expecting the next-gen Santa Fe to make full use of Hyundai’s gasoline-direct injection four-bangers, and possibly the 293-hp 3.3-liter GDI V-6 from the recently-introduced Azera. Rumors are also floating around that the 2013 Santa Fe may get a version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 that’s currently found in the Veloster Turbo and Sonata to help it go head-to-head with the EcoBoost-equipped Ford Explorer.
Thanks to: Motor Trend
If you’re in favor of a luxurious version of the Ram pickup but don’t really like the cowboy-boot-on-wheels styling of the Laramie Longhorn edition truck, Ram has another option: the new 2012 Laramie Limited promises similar interior appointments but with a bit of cosmetic restraint.
The Laramie Limited package will be offered on 1500, 2500, and 3500 Ram models fitted with either crew or mega cabs. Regardless of the truck series, the Laramie Limited package goes for a clean, elegant exterior appearance. The traditional bodyside emblems are deleted, while new chrome accent strips run along the doors. Chrome is also used to dress up the mirror caps, step bars, door handles, and grille – which, we’re told, borrows its inserts from the Ram Sport model. 1500 models wear 20-inch aluminum wheels borrowed from the Laramie Longhorn, while HD models make do with 17-inch polished aluminum rolling stock.
Like the Laramie Longhorn, the Larmie Limited aims to dress up the interior with premium materials, but designers aimed for a clean, contemporary look in lieu of the Longhorn’s wild, wild west theme. Seats are upholstered in slate leather with graystone piping and contrast stitching. Leather stitched in a similar fashion also adorns the instrument binnacle, center console lid, and door panels, while trim panels are given a piano black finish. Berber carpets, bright chrome vent trim, and unique gauges – which bear the tagline “Designed in Detroit” – are also part of the package.
Unsurprisingly, there’s quite a bit of standard equipment found to go along with the snazzy decor. Front seating surfaces are heated and cooled, while rear outboard positions are heated. Chrysler’s uConnect touchscreen navigation/infotainment system is standard equipment.
Ram plans on rolling out the truck at this year’s Chicago Auto Show in February, and will be available at dealers come late spring. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but seeing as content largely mirrors that of the Laramie Longhorn, we wouldn’t be surprised if the MSRP also falls close to the $45,000 mark.
Thanks to: Motor Trend
Introduced as 2007 models, the current Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickup twins are due for a revamp. Our spy photographers (dressed like snow leopards, we hope) have nabbed several shots of both extended- and crew-cab versions during cold-weather testing. While it’s difficult to make out much in the way of design aside from the familiar cab-in-front, bed-in-back layout, here’s a rundown of what changes to anticipate.
GM already has confirmed its investment and a few details on the fifth-generation small-block V-8, and you can count on the new engine(s) powering these trucks. As we’ve mentioned in our recent sightings of the C7 Corvette, the new small-block also will make its way into Chevy’s iconic sports car; historically, truck production volumes have supported the small-block program, making the Vette’s V-8 possible. We know all Gen V small-blocks will feature aluminum blocks, direct injection—which in turn allows for a higher compression ratio—and a “new combustion system design” that has us intrigued. In addition to the new fuel-saving tech, we’re also expecting to see the continued use of cylinder deactivation
Additionally, with the Ford F-150 bushwhacking a V-6–powered trail, we’re thinking we’ll see wider use of a six-pot in the new Chevys and GMCs. At the very least, expect the prehistoric 4.3-liter V-6 that comes standard on base 1500 trucks to die, perhaps being replaced by GM’s ubiquitous 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6. That engine currently produces up to an additional 100 hp and an extra 15 lb-ft of torque compared to the older, larger-displacement six. Remaining four-speed automatic transmissions should be swapped for six-speed units.
Thanks to: Car and Driver
The range of the British-built Nissan Note supermini-MPV is being upgraded for 2012, with a new luxury N-TEC+ grade one of the key changes.
The mid-range Nissan Note Acenta gets new two-tone 16in alloys in place of the previous 15in versions, as well as chrome-effect door mirror covers and front fog light surrounds. On the inside there’s a new seat fabric, while climate control, automatic headlights and rain-sensitive wipers all now come as standard.
The Nissan Note N-TEC+ has the same specification as the Acenta trim but adds rear parking sensors as well as the darkened rear privacy glass and the ‘Connect’ touch screen satnav/audio system found on the existing N-TEC trim.
The engine line-up continues with the 1.4, 1.6 petrol and 1.5dCi power units. The Pure Drive badged 1.5dCi is the most frugal and emits 110g/km of CO2 and a claimed combined economy of 67.3mpg.
Prices start at £11,200 for the Nissan Note Visia, with the Acenta level at £13,000 and N-TEC+ at £13,500. The first of the new Notes will reach dealers in early February.
Thanks to: Autocar
The new Fiat Panda 4x4 has been spied during cold weather testing. This all-wheel-drive version of the Italian company’s popular small car was spotted in largely uncamouflaged guise.
Fiat is backing up it’s the 2WD model range of the Panda with this 4x4 variant, which has extra-strength suspension mountings and unique spring/damper/anti-roll bar rates delivering increased wheel travel.
Drive to the rear wheels is through a hydraulically actuated multi-plate clutch ahead of the rear differential. The Panda 4x4 is expected to come with a six-speed manual gearbox. The 4x4 Panda also gets a new design of front and rear bumper compared to the standard model.
The two-wheel-drive version of the Panda was on display at the Frankfurt motor show late last year and goes on sale here in April, with the 4x4 slated to follow towards the end of 2012.
Thanks to: Autocar
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By most accounts, both the 2012 Buick Enclave and 2012 GMC Acadia are still handsome people haulers despite their age. The Enclave has been with us since the 2008 model year, while the Acadia first bowed in 2007. But while the sheet metal has aged somewhat gracefully, everything else is showing its age, namely the interior and powertrain. General Motors hopes to address those shortcomings with a significant refresh for the 2013 model year and these testers caught by our spy photographer are proof of better things to come.
From what we can see in the photos, the overall shape remains the same. The Enclave, however, seems to be sporting a much larger front grille, while the Acadia, which appears to be a Denali model, appears unchanged. Also heavily concealed was the interior, which no doubt will get a more dramatic refresh than the exterior. In our most recent tests of the Enclave and Acadia, we found the interiors to be dated, full of hard plastics, and absent of many amenities found in competitors such as power-folding third-row seats, voice-activated nav, and smart keyless entry.
We should also expect to see an update to the powertrain, which currently consists of one engine choice — a 3.6-liter, direct-injection V-6 that puts out 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed auto that sends power to the front or all four wheels. Power is decent, but fuel economy, though better than some competitors, could be improved. There are rumors that a smaller-displacement turbocharged engine will either replace or be available as an option to the 3.6-liter V-6.
As we reported last year, the Lambda platform that the Enclave and Acadia (and the Chevy Traverse) share isn’t due for an overhaul until the 2014 or 2015 model year. Will the upcoming refresh be enough to keep GM’s crossovers competitive in this crowded segment?
Thanks to: Motor Trend
It’s fair to say that the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport already stands out from the crowd, but a new version of the car shown at the Qatar Motor Show is even more noticeable. The Grand Sport seen here is “an exclusive and uniquely colored model” with yellow paint bringing the car’s price to a cool €1.58 million (about $2.05 million).
The lower half of the Veyron wears exposed black carbon fiber, while the upper half is painted in bright yellow that was, apparently, one of company founder Ettore Bugatti’s favorite colors. The black-and-yellow theme continues throughout the car: yellow brake calipers peek out from behind black wheels, yellow leather upholstery has black stitching, and the black carbon-fiber dashboard is accented by yellow stitching on the shifter.
Bugatti took the opportunity to remind us that Veyron buyers can customize their cars in almost limitless ways, whether the bumblebee design seen in Qatar or the orange-and-blue Veyrons that bowed at last fall’s Dubai Motor Show. A standard Veyron Grand Sport starts at just €1.4 million, meaning the one pictured here has a significant amount of options baked into its price tag.
Of the 150 examples of the Veyron Grand Sport scheduled for production, Bugatti has already sold 45. That means there are 105 more opportunities for you to buy the world’s fastest, most powerful production convertible. If, of course, you have a few million dollars lying around.
Thanks to: Motor Trend
What’s in a name? That’s up to you. Jeep’s currently showing a preview of a potential dress-up package for the 2012 Grand Cherokee, but it’s leaving the task of naming the stealthy ensemble to the general public.
Jeep’s currently showing two specially-prepared Grand Cherokees – one painted black, the other a dark red – at the Houston and Washington D.C. shows, respectively. Both vehicles are billed as concepts, but Jeep notes the package is “production intent,” and “could be in showrooms this spring.”
Seeing as both packages aren’t that extravagant – and the Jeep brand’s recent fascination with special-edition designer packages — we’d hazard that’s a safe bet. Based on the existing Laredo X model, these vehicles were designed to provide a “factory-customized stealth appearance.” To that end, they boast a black grille surround with a mesh grille insert, black headlamp bezels, and a black liftgate trim panel. 20-inch wheels – which bear a slight resemblance to those used on the Grand Cherokee SRT8 – are finished in a matching hue, restricting exterior brightwork to the window moldings and a handful of emblems.
Interior revisions are limited to standard leather seating surfaces and heated front bucket seats. The remainder of the standard equipment – i.e. rear back-up camera and park assist, a 506-watt audio system with subwoofer, USB audio input, Bluetooth phone connectivity, etc. – essentially mirrors the existing Laredo X model. If so, expect Chrysler’s 3.6-liter V-6 to be standard equipment, its 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 to be optional, and both two- and four-wheel-drive variants in the pipeline.
Really, the only unknown at this stage is the name, seeing as there is none. Visitors to www.jeep.com/namemyride can submit suggestions; from there Jeep will whittle the entries down to three finalists. The winning name will be selected in May, and the winner may have a chance at winning a new 2012 Grand Cherokee – possibly one equipped with this very package.
Thanks to: Motor Trend
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The all-new BMW X5 has been spied in testing for the first time. The all-new SUV is tentatively scheduled to be launched later in 2013 and will be the third of four SUVs BMW will be launching, refreshing or replacing before 2014.
Under the skin, the new BMW X5 will share its underpinnings with the new BMW X3, which has been a huge sales success in the UK since its launch in 2011. It will get a longer wheelbase and wider tracks, but will retain just two rows of seats, albeit with increased rear cabin space.
The double wishbone front, multi-link rear suspension system of the X3 will be retained for the new X5.
The biggest news under the bonnet will be a new four-cylinder diesel engine option that will give BMW a rival for the soon-to-be-launched, and sure to be popular, Mercedes ML250 CDI.
The model, potentially badged BMW X5xDrive25d, is likely to be powered by an improved version of BMW’s existing 204bhp twin-turbo 2.0-litre diesel engine, with increased torque output to compensate for the X5’s extra size and weight.
Elsewhere, the engine line-up will consist updated versions of today’s six-cylinder petrol and diesel units, with revised V8 petrol engines mainly aimed at North American, Chinese and Middle Eastern markets.
The new X5’s 2013 launch will be preceded in 2012 by a facelift for the controversial X6 coupe-SUV and followed in 2014 by the firm’s new X6-inspired, and X3-based, X4 SUV. All models will be built at BMW’s Spartanburg, South Carolina plant to provide even greater economies of scale than before.
Thanks to: Autocar
These spy pictures show the most potent version of the new BMW 1-series, which is set to launch alongside the new three-door model later this year.
A BMW M insider at confirmed to Autocar that the new model was likely to wear the M135i badge and would be part of the firm’s upcoming M Performance Automobiles line-up.
According to the insider the M135i model, pictured here in testing for the first time, was likely to be powered by the same 316bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six engine found in the BMW 640i.
Like all M Performance models, the M135i will also sport a whole host of chassis and styling tweaks as part of its makeover. Insiders say the model should be viewed as a three-door hatchback version of the current 135i coupe with a more focused M-honed chassis and more muscular styling.
The spy pictures also reveal the look of the three-door 1-series for the first time. It gets a gently sloping roofline and a more angular rear glasshouse for a sleeker profile than the five-door model.
Thanks to: Autocar
This is the first spy shot of the brand-new VW Beetle Cabriolet - and our spy photographer has captured it completely undisguised. Previewed by the E-Bugster concept, shown at the Detroit Motor Show last week, the new Cabriolet is designed to have a more masculine appearance than the car it replaces.
Pointers towards the more muscular look are everywhere on this prototype. The roofline is much lower and the glasshouse is narrower than the old car's, with more steeply raked front and rear windows - a theme hinted at on the E-Bugster.
While closely linked to the old car, with its bulging wheelarches that flow into the front and rear bumpers, the bodywork features sharp creases instead of rounded edges. The result is a more modern look that should have a wider appeal, without losing the Beetle's distinctive silhouette.
Engine choices are expected to reflect the hard-top, which arrives in the UK in April. That means it will initially be offered with 104bhp 1.2 TSI and 158bhp 1.6 TSI petrol engines, with a 197bhp 2.0 TSI following at a later date. A 138bhp 2.0 TDI diesel version of the Beetle hatchback is scheduled to debut at the Chicago Motor Show next month, and that engine - a crucial addition for the UK market - is certain to be offered in the Cabriolet, too.
This four-seater Cabriolet isn't the only drop-top Beetle VW has in the pipline. We learned at the Detroit show that VW is planning a two-seater speedster version of the Beetle, also previewed by the E-Bugster concept, in Detroit. For more details click here.
Thanks to: Auto Express
The new 2012 Fiat 500 MPV has been caught in the open for the first time. Codenamed L-Zero by the Italian company, it's a larger and more practical people carrier version of the popular supermini. It will replace the current Multipla.
Auto Express first scooped the new model late last year, but these are the first spy photographs showing the MINI Countryman rival on the road.
Despite the heavy disguise, it's easy to see the new model takes cues from the 500 at the front – with a pair of large round headlights and a similar nose. The rest of the shape is similar to the Panda, with proportions aimed at maximising headroom and luggage space.
The new MPV is based on a modified Panda platform, and it will be available with five or seven seats. Front-wheel drive will be standard, but a 4x4 option will also be offered. Several names for the new car are under consideration, including 500+ and Multipla.
Engine choices will include a 900cc TwinAir petrol turbo, a 1.3-litre Multijet diesel and a larger 1.4-litre petrol turbo. Expect manual and automatic gearboxes, too.
Production will begin at a new manufacturing plant in Serbia later this year, and the car will reach UK dealers before the end of 2012. It will also be sold in the US. Expect prices to start at around £13,000. For more details click here.
Thanks to: Auto Express
Thanks to: Auto Express
Mitsubishi’s Outlander needs a bit of an update, but it looks like help is on the way. Mitsubishi is set to launch a new production vehicle – which may likely be the successor to the current Outlander — at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
There’s not much known about the car, other than a short release from Mitsubishi that claims that the car will be a “strategic and innovative premium vehicle,” and that it’ll make its March 2012 debut on stage at the Geneva show.
From the looks of things, however, we wouldn’t be surprised if the car in question is the replacement for the current Outlander. We’d heard before that the PX-MiEV and PX-MiEV II concepts would closely preview the next-gen Outlander; lo and behold, the fascia previewed here looks much like the aforementioned concepts. Gone is the Lancer Evolution-inspired front fascia; a new double bar grille, slender headlamps, and a rounded bumper fascia appear to lend the crossover a cleaner look than before. Mitsubishi says this look previews the future of its corporate design language.
This vehicle might also preview the future of the marque’s powertrain strategy. In keeping with its corporate mantra to increase the number of electric or hybrid offerings available around the world, the next-gen Outlander will ultimately be offered as a plug-in hybrid (like the PX-MiEV itself), although we’re unsure if that system will debut immediately at launch.
Expect more details on the next-generation Outlander – assuming the name remains intact – to emerge closer to its show debut in March. Mitsubishi plans on rolling out the vehicle in markets around the world throughout the course 2012, starting with the European market.
Thanks to: Motor Trend
Pininfarina’s slow tease of its Cambiano concept for the Geneva Motor Show continues this week, with an interesting look at the car’s roof. This marks the third teaser image of the concept, which will compete for attention along with the 2013 Porsche Boxster and electric concept from Infiniti.