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Happy New Year With Carscoops’ Most Popular Articles For 2017 1
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in Carscoops News, Detroit-Auto-Show, Ford Focus, Geneva Motor Show, Honda Accord, LA Auto Show, New York auto show, Porsche-911, Volvo XC40 on 01 1st, 2018

By now, you will have welcomed 2018 no matter in which part of the world you may reside – and it goes without saying that we wish you all the best for the new year.

Now, the issue with writing articles such as this one is that, if you’ve been doing it for quite some time, at some point you run out of ideas. So you start ruminating about how you could greet your visitors without repeating the same thing over and over again.

At the same time, we are always paying attention to the statistics, so we can see what you like the most; and while, generally, we do have an idea if an article is going to prove popular or not, there always seem to be a number of unexpected ones that draw a surprisingly big number of readers. Now that 2017 is officially gone, we have the overall numbers about the past year’s Top 10 stories. So, without further ado, here’s the list, starting from number 10 and ending at the most read article of the past 365 days.

#10 BMW Stops Sales Of i3 And Issues Voluntary Recall Of All Models

A surprise, this one, for a number of reasons: first of all, it was published near the end of November, which didn’t give it much exposure time compared to other articles. Second, it doesn’t have to do with a battery fire issue or something like that, which we would expect of a full stop-sale issued by BMW for its electric hatchback, but a difference in a specific crash test scenario between the NHTSA’s results and the automaker’s own data. Guess BMWs are always popular and, even though EV sales haven’t skyrocketed, it was enough to arouse the public’s interest.

#9 Future Cars: 2019 Ford Focus ST Brings Back The Styling Magic

A photo rendering of what the next Focus might look like. Nothing to write home about, right? Well, wrong, actually, because the Blue Oval’s compact hatch is, obviously, very popular and, what’s more, our own Josh Byrnes, who is the one behind this almost realistic creation, has a knack for getting things right. No wonder, then that our guesstimate at how the 2019 Focus will look, and at the sporty ST trim at that, ended so high up on the list.

#8 1975 Porsche 911 Turbo Continues To Tick Away After 725k Miles

A sports car created four decades ago that a. didn’t sit in the garage but was driven on a daily basis, and b. is a Porsche 911 Turbo, cracking the 1 million km (621,000 mile) mark? Surely there’s a catch here somewhere. Or not; in fact, the owner went on and the 911’s odo currently reads 1,165,937 km (725,000 miles) – and not even getting hit by an SUV managed to stop him. We always knew the 911 was robust, but a 930 Turbo going so far is incredible!

#7 2017 New York Auto Show A-Z Debut Guide

Auto shows always attract lots of traffic, and this year’s New York event had a lot of premieres, from the first-ever Civic Type R to be introduced to the North American market by Honda, to the first SUV in the history in Alfa Romeo, the McLaren 720S or Volvo’s new XC60, to name but a few. And then there were some intriguing concepts, like that of the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT saloon and the Genesis GV80 SUV, that really caught the audience’s attention.

#6 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 Looks Just About Ready For Prime Time 

It’s not accidental that the name of the site is CarSCOOPS, as uncovering future models well before they are officially launched is one of our prime targets. Yet, of all the scoops that were published last year, it was the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen that, for some reason, attracted the most viewers – bar one, which you shall see shortly. Who would have thought that the successor to the long-in-the-tooth Merc 4×4 would prove so interesting…

#5 Your 2017 Geneva Motor Show A-To-Z Guide

Not all auto shows are equal, and when it comes this year’s Geneva event, there were more than 150 world and European premieres, which is more than the Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago motor shows combined. From an artillery of Porsches to the European-spec Kia Stinger or the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, there were so many important cars present it made perfect sense for the Swiss show to be so popular.

#4 An Off-Road Porsche 918 Spyder Looks Better Than A Cayenne

Now that’s a surprise, if ever we saw one. Renderings do attract lots of readers, but something so unrealistic as a Porsche 918 Spyder turned into an off-roader is just a flight of fancy. Well, no one ever said that we should stick to what is, or about to become, real and not indulge in a little “what if”, did they? Still, a 918 Spyder that would happily tackle Dakar… perhaps it’s channeling the legendary 959, which did just that.

#3 Volvo Accidentally Reveals 2018 XC40 SUV!

The top-ranking of our 2017 scoops is Volvo’s new compact SUV. The XC40 will be the reborn Swedish automaker’s first foray in the popular segment, thus it’s only natural for people to be paying attention. Volvo Hungary’s staff apparently weren’t, though, so we had the chance to see it in production form, both inside and out, before its official launch.

#2 Future Cars: 2018 Honda Accord Goes From Placid to Playful

One man’s gain is another’s loss, and when it comes to the automotive world, the rise and rise of the SUV has been at the expense of the traditional mid-size family saloon. Even so, though, the Accord is a mainstay of Honda’s North American operations, so when we imagined how the next-gen would look, it attracted lots of readers, though we dare say that Josh’s rendering was pretty exciting in and of itself.

#1 2017 Detroit Auto Show’s A-Z Debut Guide 

Geneva and Stuttgart or Paris might have been the most important automotive shows in the past, but in recent years we’ve seen the Detroit one, aka NAIAS, overtake them not just in reader’s clicks, but in the models auto manufacturers choose to debut there. With the US alone being the second-largest car market in the world after China, it’s reasonable for them to do so, too.

Get An In-Depth Tour Of The 2018 Jeep Wrangler 7
Posted by Brad Anderson in Jeep, Jeep Videos, Jeep Wrangler, LA Auto Show, new cars, SUV, video on 12 7th, 2017

Jeep unveiled the 2018 Wrangler last week at the LA Auto Show and Redline Reviews were able to get up close and personal with the new off-roader, highlighting all of its important features and nuances in the video below.

Unquestionably our favorite 2018 Wrangler variant announced at the event is the two-door Rubicon, available with a plethora of unique body components that are sure to make it an absolute riot when off-roading.

For starters, Jeep has developed optional doors with large cut-outs in them, allowing drivers to look for rocks when driving. Additionally, the entire roof can be removed, as can the side windows. Heck, owners will even be able to lower the windshield by removing just four bolts. It then sits gently on rubberized mats on the hood and offers drivers a true open-air experience.

Another noteworthy feature of the Wrangler Rubicon are 33-inch tires and 17-inch wheels as standard. If that’s not enough, Jeep has also designed the off-roader to support 35-inch tires and a 2-inch lift kit.

From launch, the 2018 Wrangler will be available with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the Alfa Romeo Giulia. The V6 is offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a six-speed manual while the four-cylinder comes exclusively with the eight-speed.

In the coming years, both a 3.0-liter diesel and plug-in hybrid will be added to the powertrain range.


Ford Expedition “Baja-Forged Adventurer” Winks At Raptor-Loving Families 2
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, Ford Expedition, LA Auto Show, SEMA show, tuning on 12 2nd, 2017

This is probably the closest the Ford Expedition will ever get to a Raptor and we love it.

Ford brought the Expedition “Baja-Forged Adventurer” to LA Auto Show, following its debut in SEMA a few weeks back.

Built by LGE-CTS Motorsports, this Expedition features custom fender flares in order to fit 35-inch Mud-Terrains, special bumpers for more ground clearance and protection and an uprated ICON Vehicle Dynamics suspension.

The list of upgrades doesn’t stop there though as this one-off rugged version also comes with a Borla cat-back exhaust, a big brake kit from Sparta Evolution, KC HiLites LEDs, a tent and a fridge/freezer. Inside we get custom leather seats, an upgraded audio system and a safe from Console Vault.

The whole idea was to turn the Expedition into a proper off-road adventurer that can fit seven passengers in style and comfort and judging from the looks, the Baja-Forged Adventurer nails the description perfectly.


Honda Clarity Walks Home With 2018 Green Car Of The Year Award 2
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Car Of The Year, Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, honda, Honda Clarity, Hydrogen, LA Auto Show, PHEV, Reports on 12 2nd, 2017

Honda’s bold move to offer the Clarity in three distinctive versions (electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell) have been recognized by the Green Car Journal, which named it its 2018 Green Car of the Year.

The award was handed over during the Los Angeles Auto Show, and the Clarity’s competition consisted of the Honda Accord, Hyundai Ioniq, Nissan Leaf and Toyota Camry.

“It’s a nod in the right direction to receive the 2018 Green Car of the Year award for the Clarity family of vehicles. The Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric, and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid offer the power of choice to consumers, who want to step into the electrification game without being compromised”, said American Honda’s VP of Connected and Environmental Business, Steven Center.

Last year’s winner was the Chevrolet Bolt, which beat the BMW 330e iPerformance, Chrysler Pacifica, Kia Optima, and Toyota Prius Prime.

GM grabbed the 2016 Green Car of the Year prize as well with the second-generation Chevy Volt, while in 2015 and 2014 the winners were the BMW i3 and Honda Accord respectively.

Green Car of the Year winners over the years:

2006 – Mercury Mariner Hybrid
2007 – Toyota Camry Hybrid
2008 – Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
2009 – Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2010 – Audi A3 TDI
2011 – Chevrolet Volt PHEV
2012 – Honda Civic GX CNG
2013 – Ford Fusion EcoBoost, Hybrid, and PHEV
2014 – Honda Accord Gasoline, Hybrid, and PHEV
2015 – BMW i3
2016 – Chevrolet Volt Electric, PHEV, Fuel Cell
2017 – Chevrolet Bolt
2018 – Honda Clarity


Arcimotor Unveils SRX Fun Utility Vehicle In California 1
Posted by Brad Anderson in FUV, LA Auto Show, motorcycles, new cars, Reports on 12 1st, 2017

What you’re looking at is apparently the world’s first ‘Fun Utility Vehicle’ (FUV), dubbed the Arcimotor SRK and revealed at the LA Auto Show.

As you can see, the SRX is half motorcycle and half car. It consists of two seats, traditional motorcycle controls, two wheels at the front, and one wheel at the rear. The SRX is also fully-electric.

According to the company, founded a decade ago, the SRX features a dual electric motor system that accelerates the trike to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.5 seconds and through to an 80-mph (128 km/h) top speed. The base model will travel roughly 70 miles (112 km) on a single charge while the extended range option bumps that up to 130 miles (209 km).

The base price for the SRX starts at $11,900 and deliveries have just commenced.

Speaking about the completed FUV, Arcimotor founder and president Mark Frohnmayer said it was the culmination of 10 years of work.

“I am insanely stoked today to accept the keys to our first-ever Arcimoto FUV production unit. To do so on the eve of one of the world’s most prestigious auto shows where we can share the fruits of our labors with so many forward-looking vehicle enthusiasts is a truly powerful moment for our company and our industry.”


BMW’s Huge X7 iPerformance Concept Arrives In LA 1
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW X7, Galleries, LA Auto Show, Reports, SUV on 12 1st, 2017

Alongside the BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept at BMW’s LA Auto Show booth sits this, the X7 iPerformance, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

As the name implies, the concept has been created as a preview for the impending X7 and bring with it an eye-catching design radically different than any current production SUV built by the automaker.

The front is unquestionably the most talked-about aspect of the vehicle. BMW designers have fitted a truly ghastly chrome kidney grille which may actually make you feel sick in the stomach. The huge grille has divided opinion among those to see the concept in person and we can’t help but think it needs to be refined for the production model.

Looking beyond the questionable grille, the rest of the X7 iPerformance’s exterior design is quite appealing. It includes slim headlights, big wheels, thin A-, B-, and C-pillars, and a seductive rear-end with narrow LED taillights.

While we don’t know how similar the road-going X7 will look to the concept, we understand that the SUV will be sold with at least three different engines, including a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with roughly 445 hp.


Nissan Prepares For Star Wars: The Last Jedi At LA Auto Show 1
Posted by Brad Anderson in Galleries, LA Auto Show, nissan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Rogue, Nissan Rogue Sport, Nissan Titan, Trucks on 12 1st, 2017

As Star Wars: The Last Jedi inches closer to its release date, Nissan has gone stir crazy in promoting the film, creating seven bold concept cars for the LA Auto Show.

Nissan first joined forces with Lucasfilm, the production company behind Star Wars, for the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, some 14 months ago. That film went on to gross in excess of $1 billion at the box office and there are high hopes that the latest film will be able to exceed the magical $1 billion mark too.

With this in mind, Nissan decided to create The Last Jedi-themed versions of the Rogue, Rogue Sport, Altima, Maxima, and Titan. Before you ask, no, the creations won’t be offered for sale.

2018 Nissan Altima – Special Forces TIE Fighter

First up is a heavily-modified Altima inspired by the First Order’s elite Special Forces pilots. Compared to a typical Altima, the sedan stands out thanks to a matte black and red wrap, custom wheels, a windshield inspired by the Special Forces TIE Fighter, and large speakers at each corner, designed to mimic the sounds of the TIE Fighter.

2018 Nissan Maxima – Kylo Ren

The first of three concepts based around the Maxima, the car has been inspired by Kylo Ren and therefore mimics the look of his mask with black and silver accents on the front fascia. Elsewhere, the car includes red headlights, underbody lighting, and modified body panels.

2018 Nissan Maxima – Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer

The second Maxima-based concept is also inspired by Kylo Ren, more specifically his TIE Silencer. The car has been equipped with distinctive wings, red lighting on the front grille, headlights, and fog lights. The car also produces all the characteristic sound effects of Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer.

2018 Nissan Maxima – Captain Phasma

Last but not least for the Maxima concepts is the Captain Phasma variant. Baring a striking resemblance to the popular female character in the film, the car features silver armor across its exterior, made from aluminum. Additionally, there are red and black elements in the paint scheme.

2018 Nissan Rogue – Poe Dameron’s X-wing with BB-8

What we have hear is possibly the craziest concept of all. The SUV has been equipped with expansive wings on either side, as well as quad laser cannons, and illuminating thrusters. On the roof you’ll find a BB-8 astromech droid with functioning lights, motion, and sound.

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport – A-wing

Another interesting concept is the Rogue Sport A-wing. Designed to resemble the A-wing, the SUV includes faux thrusters at the rear and a set of prominent fins on the roof. Additionally, Nissan has fitted a set of blue wheels and laser cannons.

2018 Nissan Titan AT-M6

In a bid to best replicate the huge AT-M6, Nissan has used the Titan as a base, transforming the large pickup truck with a cannon in the tray and a custom body wrap. Furthermore, the pickup benefits from a 1-foot lift kit and a comprehensive sound system that includes an 18-inch subwoofer and delivers 5,000 watts of power.

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Porsche’s Panamera Hybrid Wagon Is An Impressive Piece Of Tech 1
Posted by Michael Gauthier in LA Auto Show, new cars, PHEV, porsche, Porsche Panamera on 12 1st, 2017

The Porsche Panamera lineup continues to grow as the company has introduced the new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo.

Besides having one of the longest names in Los Angeles, the car packs a high-tech plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine, a 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery, and electric motor that develops 136 PS (100 kW). This enables the car to produce a combined maximum output of 680 PS (500 kW) and 850 Nm (626 lb-ft) of torque.

Those are impressive performance figures for a plug-in hybrid and they show at the track as the all-wheel drive wagon can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 310 km/h (192 mph).

Those aren’t the only good numbers as the model consumes 3.0 L/100 km (78.4 mpg US / 94.1 mpg UK) and can travel up to 49 km (30.4 miles) on electricity alone. Of course, to get the best mileage, owners will have to keep the battery charged and that can take between 2.4 and 6 hours.

While the car’s powertrain carries over from the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, the real advantage of the Sport Turismo variant is its larger luggage compartment which can hold 1,295 liters (45.7 cubic feet) of cargo when the rear seats are folded down. The car also has a “4+1 seating configuration” which is a fancy way of saying the rear seat can accommodate up to three people.

The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo will begin arriving at U.S. dealerships next spring and pricing starts at $188,400.

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2019 Aria FXE Is America’s Newest Hybrid Supercar And It Has 1,150HP 1
Posted by Brad Anderson in Aria, Hybrids, LA Auto Show, new cars, Reports on 12 1st, 2017

Say hello to the 2019 Aria FXE, a hypercar born and bred in the U.S. that wants to rival the very best from Europe.

Unveiled at the LA Auto Show, the car will be offered in two configurations. The first, dubbed the FE, will use a naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V8 engine. The small company hasn’t said how much power this variant will delivery but we know power will be sent through the rear wheels.

As for the range-topping Aria FXE, it will pair a 720 hp V8 to a pair of axial-flux induction electric motors providing an additional 540 hp. This will result in a total of roughly 1,150 hp and 1,316 lb-ft of torque. A 10 kWh lithium-ion battery pack will also be fitted. Aria has yet to choose a transmission to complement the hybrid system but Xtrac is expected to provide either a seven- or eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Aria claims the FXE will accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in a brisk 2.7 seconds and reach a 210 mph top speed.

Beyond the powertrain, the vehicle will use a carbon fiber monocoque, a host of carbon body panels, and numerous 3D-printed titanium components.

Aria intends on selling no more than 400 examples of the FE and FXE and wants to commence deliveries in late 2019. Prices are tipped to start at over $1 million.


At $150,000, Vantage Is Your Cheapest Way Into A New Aston Martin 1
Posted by Michael Gauthier in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, LA Auto Show, new cars on 12 1st, 2017

The Aston Martin Vantage has landed in Los Angeles following its debut earlier this month.

Looking a production version of the DB10 and sitting under the larger and pricier DB11 and Vanquish, the Vantage features a bold design which has proven to be controversial with a number of fans. Regardless of where your opinion rests, Aston Martin says the design been carefully crafted to generate a “significant level of downforce.”

Moving into the cabin, drivers will find heavily bolstered sports seats, a free-standing infotainment system, and a push-button ignition.

An AMG-sourced twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine resides under the hood and produces 503 hp (375 kW) and 505 lb-ft (685 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which allows the Aston to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds before topping out at 195 mph (313 km/h).

Speaking of performance, the Vantage is equipped with an electronic rear differential which uses inputs from the electronic stability control system to deliver a composed feel during cruising and cornering. The model also features active dampers and an aluminum architecture which is loosely based on the one that underpins the DB11.

The Aston Martin Vantage is currently available to order and pricing starts $149,995. However, it will be hard to get your hands on one as reports have suggested the first year’s production allotment is almost sold out.

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2018 Saleen S1 Revealed With 450 HP, 180 MPH Top Speed 30
Posted by Michael Gauthier in LA Auto Show, new cars, Saleen, Saleen S1 on 11 30th, 2017

Saleen has unveiled the 2018 S1 sports coupe at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Set to be launched next summer, the S1 features a stylish carbon fiber body that is sure to draw attention. The front of the car is dominated by a protruding nose which is flanked by large air intakes and distinctive LED headlights. The model also features a ventilated hood, a rakish windscreen, and a double bubble roof.

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Porsche’s New Driver-Focused 718 GTS Coupe And Boxster Go To LA 30
Posted by Michael Gauthier in LA Auto Show, new cars, porsche, Porsche 718, Porsche Boxster, porsche cayman on 11 30th, 2017

The Los Angeles Auto Show continues as Porsche has taken the wraps off the all-new 718 GTS range that caters to more enthusiastic drivers than their plainer siblings.

Available in both Boxster and Cayman guise, the GTS variants are distinguished by a new front bumper and a black rear apron that resides above a center-mounted sports exhaust system. The design team also installed tinted lighting units, black GTS badges, and 20-inch wheels with a satin black finish.

Interior changes are fairly limited as the cabin receives an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and Alcantara sport seats which have GTS logos embroidered into the headrests. The model also comes standard with the Sport Chrono Package which adds a stopwatch on top of the dashboard as well as a revised Porsche Communication Management system which allows drivers to store and evaluate their lap times.

The biggest change occurs in the engine compartment as both GTS models are powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 365 PS (269 kW) and up to 430 Nm (317 lb-ft) of torque. When equipped with the optional PDK transmission, the cars can accelerate 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of 290 km/h (180 mph).

The 718 GTS is currently available to order and U.S. deliveries are slated to begin in March. Pricing starts at $79,800 for the Cayman GTS and $81,900 for the Boxster GTS.

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BMW M3 CS Drops 110 Pounds And Packs 453 HP 30
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW M3, LA Auto Show, new cars on 11 30th, 2017

BMW is putting the finishing touches on the seventh-generation 3-Series but the current model still has some life left in it as the company has unveiled the M3 CS in Los Angeles.

Designed to appeal to driving enthusiasts, the high-performance model has been equipped with a number of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic components including the hood and roof. Designers also installed a new rear spoiler, an M4 GTS-sourced rear diffuser, and a dual-branch sports exhaust system with four tailpipes. The car rides on 19- and 20-inch forged alloy wheels that are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

The sporty styling continues in the cabin as the M3 CS features two-tone Merino leather sport seats, Alcantara accents, and plenty of CS badging. Drivers will also find a Harman Kardon audio system and an iDrive infotainment system with GPS navigation.

On the performance front, the car is equipped with a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that has been upgraded to produce 453 hp (337 kW) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque. Thanks to the extra power and a weight reduction of approximately 110 lbs (50 kg), the car can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of up to 174 mph (280 km/h).

The BMW M3 CS is a limited production model and the company will only build a total of 1,200 units. 550 are destined for the United States and BMW will begin accepting orders in May.

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Nissan Kicks Has Its Work Cut Out In Subcompact Segment 30
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Galleries, LA Auto Show, new cars, nissan, Nissan Kicks on 11 30th, 2017

Opting to throw something a little more “conventional” at the likes of the Honda HR-V and the Toyota C-HR, sounds like a wise business decision for Nissan.

Of course, very few modern-day subcompact crossovers actually look conventional. Yet, unlike the Juke, the brand new Kicks is a lot easier to digest visually.

Look close and you’ll spot a little Rogue in it, perhaps some Micra characteristics as well. Then again, since this is more of a youth-driven segment, we can’t help but notice how rivals like the previously-mentioned HR-V, C-HR, but also the Mazda CX-3, look more aggressive.

Furthermore, the Juke, which is what the Kicks replaces, might have had a controversial styling, but it did have character, something that can’t be said about Nissan’s new model, which shouts from afar its connection to emerging markets (it’s the result of the collaboration of Nissan’s U.S. and Brazilian studios).

All Kicks versions will be powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, pushing down 125 HP and 115 lb-ft (156 Nm) of torque – not quite as much muscle as some of its rivals.

Behind the wheel, future owners should feel both safe and entertained. The 2018 Kicks comes with Automatic Emergency Braking as standard, while higher trims get Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. As for media content, the Kicks gets a 7″ infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.


2018 Jeep Wrangler Promises Improved On-/Off-Road Performance And Fuel Economy 30
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Galleries, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, LA Auto Show, new cars on 11 30th, 2017

It’s been over a decade since the Jeep Wrangler had its last major overhaul, but the FCA-owned brand has finally taken the iconic SUV into its fourth generation.

Presented during the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the all-new Jeep Wrangler sports an evolutionary design, with visual changes made here and there, in what the automaker describes as “a modern take on the authentic Jeep Wrangler design”.

Inside, users will find cloth or leather-contoured seats with accent stitching, vinyl-wrapped door trim, 3.5-inch or 7-inch TFT instrument cluster, 7- or 8.4-inch display for the fourth-gen Uconnect infotainment system, USB ports, 12- and 115-volt outlets, durable mesh pockets, and even a subwoofer.

However, Jeep had no intention of making the new Wrangler look and feel like the next Grand Cherokee, as the extensive mechanical upgrades are aimed at improving its on-road and off-road performance, and fuel economy, thanks to the ladder-frame chassis with upgraded suspension, aluminum body panels, and new powertrains.

The engine family includes the 285hp and 260lb-ft (353Nm) of torque 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar, and the 268hp and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged with mild-hybrid tech.

Jeep will open the order books for the new Wrangler in North America in January, and they will also launch it, subsequently, in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region next year.