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How would an Audi R8 look like when it is transformed into an extreme off-road vehicle? Essentially, that would mean fitting the Audi R8 with a number of off-road features and equipment, including massive wheels, frontal protection, fog lights and wider fenders. But imagining an off-road version of the Audi R8 isn’t the easiest thing to do; it’s good that a visual designer named Mo Aoun saved us the trouble.
Transforming the Audi R8 into an off-road specialist may seem far-fetched. However, such an idea isn’t really new as there were already a number of renderings that transformed sports cars and luxury coupes into off-road vehicles. Likewise, the idea of rendering an Audi R8 into something else isn’t entirely new for Mo Aoun, as this visual designer already has a wide portfolio of renderings. In fact, MoAoun could be remembered for rendering a Mercedes G-Class, a Tesla Model X and Rolls-Royce Ghost.
As for the off-road rendering of Audi R8, it looks like a confident unit ready to take part in the Baja 1000 race. The Audi R8 off-roader – wrapped in a scarlet-like color finish -- boasts of having twice the overall height of a typical R8, thanks to its giant tires and its suspension system – all attributes of an off-road vehicle. This suspension system – as well as the massive tires -- was also responsible for giving this Audi R8 off-roader a huge ground clearance.Read the entire article Mo Aoun creates rendering of extreme off-road vehicle inspired by the Audi R8
For many years, the internet has been making noise about a new Audi R8, and recent reports said that Audi will finally introduce an entry level R8 that will be equipped with a biturbo 2.9 liter V6 engine at the upcoming 2018 New York Auto Show. But apparently, all that was just a false alarm. In an interview between Road and Track and an Audi spokesperson, it was revealed that the R8 is not getting a V6 engine.
For quite some time now, the automaker did mention that the company is planning on installing a new V6 like that of the RS5 Coupe and RS4 Avant, in a cheaper R8 version, just below the V10 version. To further support that statement, there was a roadmap that was revealed around two years ago showing that the V6 powered R8 will be launched in 2018.
We do think that the automaker really planned on building one, but they had probably changed their mind and decided that they would instead keep the V10 model that produces 540 horsepower as the base version of the mid-engined supercar.Read the entire article Audi is not going to reveal a V6 powered R8 at 2018 New York Auto Show
The ever growing compact luxury crossover segment has something new for us again, as Lexus revealed the production ready UX at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Physically, it may not be as flamboyant as its namesake from 2016, but it will definitely still stand out in a crowd of compact crossovers.
Lexus UX has a huge corporate spindle grille that will truly catch one’s attention on the road. It also features full width taillights that make it look unique. In fact, this has been fitted by at least 120 individual LEDs. It sits on a set of either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels that were specially made for the crossover. This has also been tweaked in the wind tunnel to improve airflow.
The UX isn’t just about its good looks. Instead, it rides on the company’s newest GA-C platform, which makes handling much easier. As for the car’s dimensions, it is 177 inches (about 4.5 metres) long, with a 103.9 inch (2.63 metre) wheelbase. The company also boasts a segment-leading turning circle of 34 feet (10.3 meters).Read the entire article 2019 Lexus UX debuts in Geneva with a new look and platform
The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric is ready to hit the market with its new look and its zero emissions package. For them to be able to cater to a wider market, the automaker decided that they would offer the Kona with two powertrains, with different outputs, ranges, and prices.
For instance, the base model features an electric motor that offers 133 horsepower (99 kilowatts) and 291 pound feet (395 Newton metres) of torque. This one comes equipped with a small 39.2 kWh battery pack that could offer a maximum range of 300 kilometers (186 miles) in the new Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles test procedure (WLTP). This procedure is supposedly more relevant than the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).
Meanwhile, the top of the range Kona Electric was given as much as 201 horsepower (150 kilowatts) but with the same torque as the base model. This comes from the 64 kWh battery, which allows it to drive with a range of up to 470 kilometers (292 miles) as per WLTP.Read the entire article 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric can be driven up to 292 miles per charge
We could sense that Volkswagen has some big plans for the new T-Roc compact SUV. In fact, on February 23, they announced that a cabriolet version is on its way to be produced in 2020. It will essentially be a convertible version of a new SUV that has not been established in the market.
A lot of us were actually surprised at the fact that Volkswagen announced this and the fact that they are coming out with a model that has a non-existent history of open roof crossovers.
Having said that, nothing is stopping the automaker from investing €80 million to bring the drop top T Roc to production. In the United States, that’s more or less $100 million. And this money will go the company’s Osnabrück plant where the convertible crossover will be produced. We have not actually heard of any details regarding the said model, but as you could see, the rendering depicts a two-door version of this folding hardtop.Read the entire article VW plans to produce cabriolet version of the T-Roc compact SUV
Since the Audi SQ5 first came out, Bavarian tuner did nothing but think up different scenarios for this hot crossover. ABT Sportsline has been offering various upgrade packages for the latest generation. The aftermarket tuners are also revising the temporary top dog in the Q5 family with a wide array of upgrades for customers who cannot wait any longer for the Audi Sport to come out with the RS Q5.
When looking at it from the exterior, ABT gave the Audi SQ5 a new and more aggressive body kit that is wider than the original. They say that the SQ5 looks even more dominant in the rearview mirror after this upgrade. In fact, we would say that it is quite a comprehensive package with those wide hips granted by the fender extensions, together with a new front skirt and muscular side skirts that will definitely catch your attention.
Moving on to the rear, the ABT then gave the SQ5 a newly developed exhaust system with real tips covered in carbon that’s now in place of the decorative chrome housings of the standard model. The quad tips then have a pseudo diffuser that helps the crossover send out a sportier vibe that is enhanced by the prominent spoiler that’s attached to the roof.Read the entire article 2018 Audi SQ5 has been lowered by ABT Sportsline to make it look like a hatchback
It is only a little over a month away until the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, where Lexus is reported to unveil the small crossover, UX. And yet, we still have not seen any spy shots of it until now. Back in 2016, it was previewed at the Paris Motor Show by a namesake concept, as a competitor of the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.
But whether or not we will see the model in Geneva in a few weeks or not, the UX will be the model to take the place of the CT 200h in the United States, and it will actually stand as the entry level model from Lexus.
The automaker has actually already taken measures to register the UX200, UX250, and UX 250h with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It doesn’t guarantee anything yet but it likely means that there is a good chance it will sooner or later land in U.S. shores. Sales of crossovers and SUVs in this country add up to about 60 percent of the company’s sales. Therefore, adding the small crossover to the lineup just makes more sense.Read the entire article Lexus UX crossover may officially debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March
Infiniti will commence sales of the new 2019 Infiniti QX50 in the spring, with a starting price of $36,550. But before the big launch, Infiniti has introduced a new reservation program that will allow customers to rack up luxurious rewards. But this pre-launch reservation rewards program isn't just about making customers happy, but also about increasing the hype and sales of the new 2019 Infiniti QX50.
Designed to rack up more reservations, the pre-launch reservation rewards program for the 2019 QX50 is divided into three tiers. Once a tier is unlocked by reaching a certain number of reservations, it opens up certain luxury rewards for customers. Unlocking the second tier and the third tier means upgraded luxury gifts for customers.
The first tier unlocks when the luxury carmaker receives more than 4,000 reservations. This was easily reached, and according to Infiniti USA’s Web site, the luxury carmaker has already taken 8,032 reservations (as of this writing). This meant that the second tier of luxury rewards has already been unlocked at 8,000 reservations. For the third tier to be unlocked, the total reservations received by Infiniti for the 2019 QX50 need to reach 12,000.Read the entire article Infiniti introduces 3-tier reservation rewards program, US price for 2019 QX50
Chinese brand Byton officially unveiled the production version of its Byton Concept during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas. With this, the brand hopes to soon enter the U.S. market.
For those unfamiliar with the company, Byton was launched as a new brand of China-based Future Mobility Corp. last year. Its current CEO is Carsten Breitfeld, who was previously the i vehicle program lead of BMW.
The production version presented during the 2018 CES shows an exterior that has been styled with subtle design cues that give one the impression of being inspired by Land Rover and Nissan. The interior however is a different story. While most standard models have an infotainment and instrument cluster, Byton’s offering instead has a single-pane that goes through the whole length of its dashboard. Mounted on the center of the steering is an 8-inch tablet. Meanwhile, the seats have the ability to rotate as much as 12 degrees inward.Read the entire article Byton shows preview of production EV at 2018 CES
Volkswagen recently launched a teaser video of what they will be launching in the next 12 months. And one of the models they featured was the T-Cross. This confirms that the production version of the model will finally be able to join us later this year as the automaker’s smallest crossover to date.
Here is the thing, the video is merely a brief teaser of each of their upcoming cars and that they did not provide specific details about when or where the T-Cross could make an official debut. However, based on the latest speculations, it might come out sometime earlier in the year. We might actually be able to see it debut at the Geneva Motor Show this March. If you remember, it was back in 2016 that VW first premiered the T-Cross Breeze concept as a preview for their smallest crossover.
However, unlike the concept that we saw two years ago, the production version will not be a droptop. And from the spy shots we saw earlier, the road-going variant has been going through tests in the snow. The vehicle looks like a smaller version of the Tiguan, the automaker’s existing SUV. While it does share the same MQB platform as the polo, it is a shorter version of it.Read the entire article Expect VW T-Cross to arrive in Europe dealerships in 2018 and in the US by 2019
The Audi Q3, also known as the smallest crossover option in the United States, is getting a new upgrade, with an overall sportier look. This is because the automaker will introduce a new Sport trim to the lineup next year. Though it is a “Sport” trim, do not expect it to perform better because the sporty upgrades are only limited to the exterior. Having said that, it focuses more on convenience features and styling.
For those who are interested, the 2018 Audi Q3 Sport Premium can be had for $34,875 (including $975 destination fee). That makes it $1,000 more expensive than the standard Q3. You are probably wondering what upgrades you will get with the additional $1000. Well, this trim includes new exterior treatments like 19-inch 10-spoke wheels and brushed matte aluminum inlays. This goes with a power tailgate, mirrors that automatically dim, and proximity key with the $1,350 Convenience Package equipped.
The higher trim, which is the Sport Premium Plus, on the other hand, costs a little more at $36,775 for 2018. If you will include the optional technology package, that will cost you an extra $1,200. This trim features a Bose audio system and other fancy things. And for those who would like to go for the sporty luxury option, there is the range-topping S Line Competition Package that comes loaded with features as well as blacked out design touches. But naturally, this costs a little more too.Read the entire article 2018 Audi Q3 will receive Competition Package, Sport trim in the United States
Ever since BMW unveiled the first-ever BMW X2 sports activity coupe, the German premium carmaker has already gained the interest of luxury customers in the United States willing to wait until spring 2018 before they could get behind its wheel.
While BMW said that it would announce the pricing of the 2018 X2 near its market launch, order guides gathered by CarsDirect, showed that the sharply styled SAV would have a price that starts at just below $40,000 – or $39,395 including the $995 destination charge. This price applies to base model of this SAV, the 2018 X2 xDrive28i and represents a premium of $2,500 over the X1 xDrive28i at $36,895.
At a few hundred dollars below $40,000, the X2 xDrive28i is powered by the latest generation 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine with a twin-tailpipe design. Employing TwinScroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection, Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing and VALVETRONIC fully variable valve lift, this engine is able to 228 hp of max output between 5,000 rpm and 6,000 rpm and 258 lb.-ft. of peak torque available between 1,450 rpm and 4,500 rpm. Power is sent to the wheels via an eight -speed Steptronic automatic transmission, with distribution managed by the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. The X2 xDrive28i is estimated to be able to accelerate from nil to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds.Read the entire article 2018 BMW X2 xDrive28i will arrive in the US next spring with base price of $39,395
As part of its new electrification strategy, German carmaker Volkswagen is working to finalize the production version of the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz SUV concept and introduce the new vehicle to the United States in 2020. This goal was further confirmed when the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz – along with the I.D. Buzz concept -- made its North American debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Volkswagen first unveiled the I.D. Crozz Concept at the 2017 Auto Shanghai in China. The carmaker then updated the concept and took the wraps off it at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. As revealed, the I.D. Crozz features a size similar to the 2018 Tiguan but with the shape of a four-door coupe. The updated I.D. impresses both masculinity and dynamism thanks to its wide bonnet, cleanly contoured wings as well as a roof with a high-gloss black exterior finish.
Its LED headlights generate an unmistakable light graphic and give the I.D. Crozz its own identity both day and night. The concept features an unusual door layout in which the front doors hinge and the rear ones slide back. The B-pillar has been removed to allow the doors to open wide and make it easier for passengers to access the cabin.Read the entire article VW reaffirms plans to offer I.D. Crozz-based electric crossover in the US by 2020
Have you been thinking of getting your hands on a Grandland X crossover, but you hesitate because it isn’t powerful enough for you? Well, you always have the option to head to an aftermarket tuner to have it modified or you can opt for Opel’s new solution. You could get the flagship 2.0 liter diesel in the model’s engine lineup, paired exclusively with an eight-speed automatic gearbox for a price of €37,320.
Let us get into its major details. First of all, the new trim is able to generate 177 horsepower (130 kilowatts) at 3,750 rpm, as well as a peak torque of 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-metres) at low 2,000 rpm. So far, it acts as the automaker’s most powerful engine available for the Grandland X. For the sake of comparison, it has 47 horsepower (35 kilowatts) more than the current Grandland X with the 1.2 liter turbo gasoline unit that carries out 130 horsepower (96 kilowatts) and 169 pound-feet (230 Newton metres) of torque. That should be enough power to give the freedom-loving crossover all the power it needs.
If you are a speed lover, like many of us are, this upgrade should keep you satisfied. It can do the 0-62 mile per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint in 9.1 seconds. But as an SUV owner, what you would really prioritize is the maximum trailer load, and this model can carry up to two tons. When it comes to efficiency, the NEDC measured that the vehicles need about 4.8 to 4.9 liters for every 100 kilometers (48-49 miles per gallon) on average, combined with corresponding CO2 emissions of 126-128 grams CO2 per kilometer.Read the entire article 2018 Opel Grandland X now gets a new range-topping diesel model, Ultimate trim
Infiniti said it will be unveiling its most advanced and most compelling vehicle so far at the upcoming 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. While the premium carmaker didn’t say that this will be the final production version of its 2019 Infiniti QX50, there has been belief and it is highly likely that this reveal pertains to this particular mid-size sports utility vehicle.
Even before Infiniti reveals the 2019 QX50 – if it would really be the QX50 – the premium carmaker has already leaked a number of details about the next-generation of its mid-size SUV. Most of these details were made known through the Infiniti QX50 Concept that was unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show earlier this year.
As Infiniti revealed, the new 2019 QX50 will be powered by the VC-Turbo engine, which is the first production-ready variable compassion ratio unit. VC-Turbo technology amazingly combines the power of a high-performance 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine with the torque levels and efficiency of a diesel mill. Already production-ready, the 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine offers an alternative to diesel mill, as it could adapt its compression ratio to driving conditions; thereby deliver optimized levels of performance and efficiency. Depending on driving conditions, the engine’s compression ratio could be between 8:1 (for high performance) and 14:1 (for high efficiency).Read the entire article 2019 Infiniti QX50 arrives with new VC-Turbo engine, new platform and Nissan’s ProPilot assist system
Lincoln has some good news for fans and enthusiasts of its Lincoln MKC – the premium brand’s small sports utility is getting a refresh for the 2019 model year. Among the updates are some new styling elements, increased connectivity, and more driver-focused technologies.
The premium carmaker introduced the MKC in 2014 (as a 2015 model), and since then the small SUV has been successful in bringing in new customers from other brands. Lincoln noted that nearly half of its new customers are conquest sales.
With the current looks of the MKC making waves in the small SUV segment and attracting new customers, Lincoln perhaps has decided to keep most of the present formula and implement a few styling updates while adding new innovations to further gain more sales.Read the entire article Lincoln refreshes MKC small SUV for 2019 with some restyling and new tech
While the Volvo XC40 isn’t new anymore to European buyers, it’s only now that the Swedish brand’s smallest SUV will be brought to the United States. The Volvo XC40 SUV will make its American debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, together with what the company refers to as a new “subscription-based” car buying experience.
To enlighten you guys, the program called “Care by Volvo” is a car-buying service that will make purchasing a car as simple as owning a cell phone. Hakan Samuelson (Volvo CEO) and Anders Gustafsson (Volvo President) are both scheduled to talk about this new system on November 29 in the city of angels, so people would have a clearer understanding of it. Of course, they will show off the subscription service together with the new XC40 for the first time in North America.
In a recent interview with Gustafsson, he said that California is the place where technology cultures and transportation meet. He then added that the Los Angeles Auto Show will be the ideal place for them to introduce something like this, where both worlds are involved. The president also gave us a tidbit about the purpose of this new service, explaining that Care by Volvo, alongside the new SUV, will make life less complicated for their customers.Read the entire article Volvo XC40 will make its debut in the United States at 2017 LA Auto Show
Audi Sport, a division of Audi, has long made it known that it will be expanding its lineup in the coming years. The main focus though would be on releasing new SUVs with the RS Q5 leading the way and revealed to be already in the pipeline.
Those who are familiar with this luxurious crossover know that the first generation was never given the entire RS treatment. The company disclosed that the latest model will likely be different with the RS Q5 expected to be released sometime in 2018. The problem however is that some customers, even loyal ones, may not be willing to wait that long. This is where ABT enters the picture.
Utilizing the latest version of the Audi SQ5, ABT Sportsline gave this crossover a wider and aggressive body.Read the entire article ABT Sportsline does the 2018 Audi SQ5
Finally, BMW’s crossover lineup has been completed after the sixth member, the all new X2, rolls off the production line. According to its name, the X2 sits between the entry level X1 and the slightly larger X3 in the hierarchy. Surprisingly, it is actually slightly smaller in size compared to the X1. The Bavarian automaker’s newest sport utility vehicle is three inches shorter in length and is three inches lower in height.
The X2 was made with the intention to focus more on style than practicality. A lot of its mechanical features were based on the X1, as well as the MINI Countryman. This already includes the platform it is based on, that is the UKL2 - a chassis that restricts the car to a four-cylinder engine.
For the United States market, customers could get the BMW X2 in a TwinPower 2.0 liter four-cylinder that produces 228 horsepower (170 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (349 Newton-metres) of torque. This engine is then paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox that channels the cars power to all four wheels. We are not expecting to see an M version of the X2 as of now, and maybe not anytime soon.Read the entire article X-Tomi wastes no time in creating rendering of BMW X2 M shortly after release
Many are wondering if BMW has an X2, as the German premium carmaker already offers the X1 and the X3 sports activity vehicles. The answer is both yes and no. Yes, BMW is now introducing the newest member of its X family, the X2 sports activity coupe. It is also a no, since the new BMW X2 won't be available to the public until spring of 2018.
The new BMW X2 combines the fast-moving forms and low-slung proportions of a coupe and the robust volumes of a BMW X model. Its looks and proportions are defined by its short overhangs, a stretched, coupe-style roofline as well as slim window graphic. Furthermore, the new X2 features a muscular look, as made possible by the fact that although it is shorter (by 3.2 inches) and lower (by 2.8 inches) than the BMW X1, it has the same wheelbase.
New X2 could also be availed in a sportier flavor, in the guise of the BMW X2 M Sport X. This version of the X2 combines design elements from BMW M and the BMW X family, as inspired by rally cars. To distinguish the BMW X2 M Sport X from the X2, the rally-inspired version offers optional 20-inch wheel, a lower ride height (by a half-inch), stiffer springs and damper tuning as well as distinct bumper styling.Read the entire article BMW introduces the X2 sports activity coupe
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