Audi’s latest concept, unveiled at the recent Beijing Motor Show, promises to balance power, ruggedness, and fuel economy. The TT Offroad Concept is unique hybrid that infuses the DNA of the TT sports car into a compact SUV.
In addition to offering the sleek lines of the TT and a touch of added ruggedness, the TT Offroad Concept boasts a plug-in hybrid propulsion system that incorporates a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors (rated at 40 kW at the front and 85 kW at the rear). Together these components help the concept deliver a staggering 408 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. With all-wheel drive traction, the Audi claims this concept can sprint from 0-60 mph in just 5.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph. [click to continue…]
When the first-generation Nissan Murano made its debut, it pushed the boundaries of an entire segment. No longer did midsize SUVs have to be boxy, or truckish, or have any pretense of ruggedness. The Murano was curvy, offered car-like handling, and was relatively fuel efficient.
Now in its third-generation, the Murano is coming into its own with an improvement on that original, winning formula. Nissan is convinced that a dramatic design language and a host of new technologies is just what the all-new Murano needs to be a dominant force once again in the burgeoning midsize crossover segment. [click to continue…]
The New York Auto Show this week has been home to a number of notable unveilings. Perhaps one of the most anticipated ones was from Land Rover, as the automaker showed its Discovery Vision Concept as “a vision into the future of Land Rover’s new family of leisure vehicles.”
In addition to unveiling a quite stunning concept crossover, Land Rover has confirmed that it will be bringing back the Discovery nameplate, which was retired several years ago giving way to the LR3 and current LR4. When the new Discovery does arrive, it will be based closely on the the Discovery Vision Concept. [click to continue…]
Volvo is synonymous with safety, so perhaps it’s no surprise that the automaker just unveiled its very own child seat concept. But leave it to the Swedish brand to put its own unique spin on this basic, ubiquitous safety device.
Aiming for a lightweight, less bulky alternative to the traditional child seat, Volvo came up with an inflatable concept made of drop-stitched fabric. It can be inflated in less than 40 seconds and weighs just 11 pounds. [click to continue…]
Honda is perhaps most often synonymous with building highly efficient, incredibly reliable passenger cars. But the brand is also well-versed in motorsports and in making vehicles for the track. The first Japanese brand to enter Formula One and a dominant force in IndyCar racing, Honda knows what it takes to compete. And with it’s all-new LMP2 racer, Honda is clearly looking to continue to make a name for itself in racing.
Honda’s first closed-cockpit LMP2, dubbed the ARX-04b, is a joint development between Honda Performance Development and Wirth Research, which specializes in research, development, design and manufacture for the motor racing industry. The car features Honda’s HR28TT engine – a 2.8-liter twin-turbo V6. This powerplant is based on the J35 engine, which can be found in the Acura MDX and RLX. The upcoming 2015 Acura TLX will also be powered by this engine. [click to continue…]
Lexus has officially revealed its latest crossover, based on the LF-NX Concept we originally saw last year in Frankfurt. The crossover is sporty, but a very toned down version of the concept that inspired it. When it arrives in showrooms it will be aimed at taking on the likes of the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.
There is a full range of exciting engine options to compliment the sporty new NX. This includes a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine for models donning NX 200t and NX 200t F Sport badges. The third model in the range is the NX 300h, which presumably will receive a four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor, similar to other Lexus models such as the ES 300h. The latter will be the sixth hybrid offered by Lexus. [click to continue…]
The Fiat 500 may be a cute alternative to the average economy car, but the model is already starting to show its age. That’s why the U.S.-spec model is getting some much needed updates to keep it ahead of the curve.
Among the updates in store for the 2015 Fiat 500 Lineup is a seven-inch high-definition TFT instrument display to monitor data including vehicle speed, fuel level, fuel consumption and remaining range. The screen also shows data from the infotainment system (e.g. radio station selections, call information) as well as info from the rear parking sensor on Cinquecento models. [click to continue…]
When the first-generation Hyundai Genesis sedan arrived in showrooms, it was a boon to a brand known for economy cars–and relatively low-quality ones at that. The Genesis was spacious, loaded with amenities, offered great powertrain options, and featured an incredibly reasonable price tag. It was luxury without pretension and without sacrifice.
Fast forward a few years and the second generation Hyundai Genesis is looking to up the ante in just about every conceivable way. In addition to a sleek new design that exudes luxury, it promises to have superb driving dynamics, unmatched standard technology, and it also promises to be a relative bargain, just like before. Hyundai has announced that the completely redesigned model will be priced from $38,000. [click to continue…]
Following their official debut at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, BMW has finally released pricing on the all-new 2015 M3 sedan and M4 coupe. The four-door model will fetch a base price of at $62,000, while the coupe will be priced from $64,200.
Buyers should expect a $925 destination charge on top of these prices, as well as $550 for metallic paint. BMW’s trademark Alpine White is the only no-cost paint option. [click to continue…]