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2019 Mercedes G-Class Interior Revealed, All-New SUV Debuts In Detroit 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, featured, mercedes, Mercedes G-Class, new cars, Top 5 on 12 13th, 2017


The late night news continues as Mercedes has released the first interior photos of the 2019 G-Class.

Set to be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show next month, the redesigned G-Class will have an all-new cabin which is significantly more modern and luxurious than its predecessor.

Once seated behind the all-new steering wheel, drivers will find themselves surrounded by leather upholstery, open-pore wood trim, and carbon fiber or metal accents. The niceties don’t stop there as the model comes equipped with heated seats, a seven-speaker audio system, and numerous new storage compartments including an illuminated area underneath the armrest.

The standard model comes equipped with analogue gauges but customers can order a digital instrument cluster with a 12.3-inch display. When the latter option is selected, the digital instrument cluster combines with the 12.3-inch infotainment display to create a widescreen appearance.

Speaking of options, Mercedes confirmed the G-Class will be offered with a 16-speaker Burmester surround sound system as well as an Active Multicontour Seat package that includes special front seats that feature heating, ventilation, and massage functions. There will also be an assortment of designo options such as Lugano leather in Black, Nut Brown or Macchiato Beige. Other choices include the Exclusive Interior Plus package which adds things such as Nappa leather upholstery on the doors, center console, and dashboard.

Despite embracing newer technology, the interior has some classic design touches including a passenger side grab handle and chrome-accented switches for the differential locks. There are also two removable cup holders for the center console and round air vents that mimic the SUV’s round headlights.

The 2019 G-Class is larger than its predecessor and this gives drivers and passengers additional leg, shoulder, and elbow room. The most significant increase goes to rear seat passengers who will find an additional 5.9 inches (150 mm) of legroom.

Mercedes is keeping a lid on exterior photos but the automaker confirmed the G-Class will retain its iconic design which has largely stayed the same for decades. In particular, the company said the model will keeps its distinctive door handles, protection strips, and rear tire carrier.

Following its unveiling Detroit, the G-Class will go on sale in the United States in late 2018.

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VW Continues To Tease The 2019 Jetta Ahead Of Detroit 12
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, VW, VW Jetta on 12 12th, 2017


Volkswagen has released a handful of sketches which preview the 2019 Jetta.

Set to debut at the North American International Auto Show next month, the redesigned sedan will adopt a more upscale exterior that is significantly sportier than its predecessor. As the images show, the car will have an all-new front fascia with a larger grille that is flanked by angular headlights.

Moving further back, we can see a sculpted hood and prominent character lines that give the sedan a little more pizzazz. The sketches also suggest the Jetta will have a rakish windscreen, a sportier roofline, and a new trunk with an integrated spoiler. Other notable features slender taillights and dual exhaust system with chrome accents.

The interior follows the latest Volkswagen design trends as its shows a relatively straightforward cabin with familiar controls. The sketch doesn’t reveal much but we can see the model will be offered with a digital instrument cluster and a large infotainment display which is neatly integrated into to dashboard. Elsewhere, we can see a three-spoke steering wheel, metallic accents, and what appears to be dark trim.

Volkswagen didn’t say much about the model but Car and Driver recently took a spin in a prototype and the magazine is reporting the car the car will go on sale in the second quarter of 2018. The model will ride on the MQB platform and is slated to be approximately two inches longer than its predecessor.

Power will reportedly be provided by a familiar turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 150 hp (111 kW) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque. It can be paired to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.

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VW Drops Another Teaser For 2019 Jetta, Shows Nothing New Or Exciting 11
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Detroit-Auto-Show, new cars, Reports, VW, VW Jetta on 12 11th, 2017


With about a month left until the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta premieres in Detroit, another teaser image of the compact sedan has surfaced, this time previewing its profile.

We can clearly see the Arteon and China-only Phideon-inspired design in the official sketch shown by the brand’s North America CEO, Matthias Erb, and shared by Motor1.

However, its shape doesn’t surprise us, as we already caught a first glimpse of the seventh generation Jetta back in August, detailing a new styling that looks more attractive than the car it replaces – not that this was hard to begin with. 

Beneath the new sheet metal is where the action takes place. It’s been reported that the new-gen Volkswagen Jetta employs the latest evolution of the Group’s MQB architecture, shared with the Golf and many more.

The platform will allow it to adopt a wide variety of engines, although no details surrounding them have been released so far, except for a rumor suggesting that the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit, which currently develops 150hp, will be carried over, albeit with a minor power boost.

We’ll know more about the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta in the coming weeks, through various teasers and reports that should arrive before its public debut set for the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, which starts on January 14 for the international press days.

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2019 Toyota Avalon Teases Bolder Design Ahead Of Detroit Debut 8
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, TOYOTA, Toyota Avalon on 12 8th, 2017


The countdown to the North American International Auto Show continues as Toyota has released the first teaser image of the 2019 Avalon.

Set to be unveiled on January 15th, the redesigned model promises to embrace “style and dynamism.” The company didn’t have much to say about the car but the teaser image suggests it will have a more adventurous design than its predecessor which debuted at the 2012 New York Auto Show.

As you can see, the Avalon will have an all-new front fascia which appears to feature LED-infused headlights and a massive grille. The car also has vertical air intakes and a sculpted hood.

Little else is known about the model but the Avalon will likely ride on the TNGA platform that underpins the 2018 Camry. Engine options could also carryover from the Camry and include a 3.5-liter V6 that develops 301 hp (224 kW) and 267 lb-ft (361 Nm) of torque. A hybrid variant is also a strong possibility and it could use a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor to produce a combined output of approximately 208 hp (155 kW).

Regardless of what’s under the hood, we can expect the Avalon to have an assortment of Toyota Safety Sense systems. These should include automatic high beam headlights, a lane departure warning system, and a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection.

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New Toyota Supra Won’t Premiere At Detroit Auto Show 6
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Detroit-Auto-Show, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Supra on 12 6th, 2017


While many expected the new-generation Toyota Supra to premiere at January’s Detroit Auto Show, the Japanese company has confirmed that the sports car won’t debut at the event.

Motor Trend recently spoke to Toyota group vice president and general manager of the Toyota division in North America, Jack Hollis, and discovered that it is too soon for the company to think about unveiling the Supra. In fact, Toyota has yet to finalize the vehicle’s specifications.

The release date for the new car isn’t the only thing up in the air. Late last week, Hollis actually revealed that there is a selection of other names in contention and that some of the other names are “really pretty strong.” According to Hollis, a decision on what to call the car won’t be made until next year.

While many enthusiasts would probably like to see the Supra name return, the vehicle’s success won’t be based on its name but rather the performance it provides. If it doesn’t live up to the hype and fails to capture the imagination of the younger generation, Toyota may soon regret ever creating the sports car.

As you’ll certainly know by now, the new Supra has been co-developed with BMW and will reportedly be offered with two different engines. The first, expected to be a four-cylinder with roughly 248 hp will be the cheapest option. Additionally, a six-cylinder delivering 335 hp is widely expected to be made available to customers in the United States.

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New Toyota Supra Won’t Premiere At Detroit Auto Show 6
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Detroit-Auto-Show, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Supra on 12 6th, 2017


While many expected the new-generation Toyota Supra to premiere at January’s Detroit Auto Show, the Japanese company has confirmed that the sports car won’t debut at the event.

Motor Trend recently spoke to Toyota group vice president and general manager of the Toyota division in North America, Jack Hollis, and discovered that it is too soon for the company to think about unveiling the Supra. In fact, Toyota has yet to finalize the vehicle’s specifications.

The release date for the new car isn’t the only thing up in the air. Late last week, Hollis actually revealed that there is a selection of other names in contention and that some of the other names are “really pretty strong.” According to Hollis, a decision on what to call the car won’t be made until next year.

While many enthusiasts would probably like to see the Supra name return, the vehicle’s success won’t be based on its name but rather the performance it provides. If it doesn’t live up to the hype and fails to capture the imagination of the younger generation, Toyota may soon regret ever creating the sports car.

As you’ll certainly know by now, the new Supra has been co-developed with BMW and will reportedly be offered with two different engines. The first, expected to be a four-cylinder with roughly 248 hp will be the cheapest option. Additionally, a six-cylinder delivering 335 hp is widely expected to be made available to customers in the United States.

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Lexus Teases LF-1 Flagship SUV Concept Ahead Of Detroit Debut 5
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, featured, LEXUS, Lexus Concept, SUV on 12 5th, 2017


Lexus will reveal a new flagship SUV concept called LF-1 at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show and decided to tease us with a partial photo of it.

All we know so far is the LF-1 was designed at the CALTY design studio in Southern California and is expected to showcase the next step in Lexus’ current design language, with the company describing it as a “crossover with no limits”.

“Lexus will reveal a striking new concept that reflects the next genre in luxury crossover vehicles. Created by the CALTY design studio in Southern California, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless is a flagship crossover that redefines the boundaries of luxury,” the company said in their short press release.

So it looks like Lexus is getting ready to enter the luxury SUV game, with the single teaser image revealing a sloping roofline which means that the LF-1 concept will most likely be a big SUV Coupe of some sort.

Everything will be much clearer once Lexus pulls the wraps off the LF-1 SUV concept at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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China’s GAC Motor Announces It Will Enter The US Market By 2019 3
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, GAC, Reports, USA on 12 3rd, 2017


China’s GAC Motor has quietly announced the brand will be launched in the United States in the next two years.

In a statement, GAC Motor president Yu Jun said: “We are building the first North America R&D Center in Silicon Valley this year and planning to enter the North American market by 2019.” The executive went on to say the company has always had ambitions of being a “world-class Chinese brand” that is sold globally.

As part of the company’s North American launch, the automaker will have a presence at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. GAC says we can expect a “blockbuster lineup” that includes an all-new concept car as well as the GA4, GA8, GM8, and GS8.

GAC Motor is owned by the GAC Group, which also owns the Trumpchi brand. Trumpchi had been eyeing a U.S. launch but, as we reported in April, the company was considering changing its name due to the fact that it sounds like a tribute to President Trump. At the time, GAC Group President Fend Xingya had commented: “At first I’d never thought of it, why change the name? It’s the president Americans selected, it’s similar to the president’s name, this has to be good right? But in the United States the level of opposition [to Trump] is high.”

The BBC recently noted executives were “taken aback” by the response they received at the 2017 North American International Auto Show and have been considering changing the name ever since.

Launching under the brand under the GAC Motor name will likely solve this problem, but we don’t know if the company is even exploring that option.

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China’s GAC Motor Announces It Will Enter The US Market By 2019 3
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, GAC, Reports, USA on 12 3rd, 2017


China’s GAC Motor has quietly announced the brand will be launched in the United States in the next two years.

In a statement, GAC Motor president Yu Jun said: “We are building the first North America R&D Center in Silicon Valley this year and planning to enter the North American market by 2019.” The executive went on to say the company has always had ambitions of being a “world-class Chinese brand” that is sold globally.

As part of the company’s North American launch, the automaker will have a presence at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. GAC says we can expect a “blockbuster lineup” that includes an all-new concept car as well as the GA4, GA8, GM8, and GS8.

GAC Motor is owned by the GAC Group, which also owns the Trumpchi brand. Trumpchi had been eyeing a U.S. launch but, as we reported in April, the company was considering changing its name due to the fact that it sounds like a tribute to President Trump. At the time, GAC Group President Fend Xingya had commented: “At first I’d never thought of it, why change the name? It’s the president Americans selected, it’s similar to the president’s name, this has to be good right? But in the United States the level of opposition [to Trump] is high.”

The BBC recently noted executives were “taken aback” by the response they received at the 2017 North American International Auto Show and have been considering changing the name ever since.

Launching under the brand under the GAC Motor name will likely solve this problem, but we don’t know if the company is even exploring that option.

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Hybridized Mercedes-AMG CLS53 Allegedly Confirmed For 2018 Detroit Show 29
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, Detroit-Auto-Show, Hybrids, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes CLS, Mercedes E-Class, Reports on 11 29th, 2017


Mercedes-AMG will reportedly expand the CLS nomenclature with an electrified 53 model.

Said to debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, next January, according to Autocar, it will follow hot on the heels of the regular versions that are just hours away from their LA Auto Show presentation.

The hybridized CLS will wear the AMG badges, Tobias Moers confirmed to the British publication, and it will slot between the 43 and 63 flavors. It’s expected to use the former’s 3.0-liter straight-six engine, together with a 67hp (50kW) electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, to deliver a total of 429hp to the wheels.

It’s unknown yet whether it will be able to travel on electricity alone, even if it’s only for a few miles, but this version of the CLS will also benefit from regenerative braking technology, which will charge the batteries.

Besides confirming the output and nomenclature of the upcoming Mercedes-AMG CLS53, Moers suggested that a 53 version of the current E-Class could arrive, in the not too distant future. However, it’s been said that this drivetrain will only launch on the Coupe and Convertible versions of the executive car, while the Saloon and Estate will continue to be offered with the V8 engine.

Those looking for more power from a four-door Mercedes-AMG should wait for the AMG GT4 Saloon to debut next year. In its most potent guise, it will allegedly use a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, married to an electric motor, to produce approximately 800hp, just like the AMG GT Concept.

Note: 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS prototypes pictured

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2019 Hyundai Veloster Teased, Debuts In Detroit 29
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, Hyundai, Hyundai Veloster on 11 29th, 2017


The Los Angeles Auto Show is already underway but Hyundai has joined Volkswagen in teasing a model for the North American International Auto Show.

Seen in these official photos, the 2019 Veloster is a stylish follow up to the first-generation model which launched nearly eight years ago. The overall shape appears to be largely the same but Hyundai designers focused on the details and apparently eliminated some of the car’s odder styling quirks.

Starting up front, we can see a massive grille that appears more upright than on its predecessor. It is flanked by LED-infused headlights and vertical air intakes. The sporty styling continues further back as the non-camouflaged image shows muscular fender flares, a rakish windscreen, and a more coupe-like roofline.

The photos only give us a glimpse of the car’s rear end but it appears to be a little more curvaceous than on the current model. The rear bumper also looks like it will protrude further out from tailgate as opposed to the nearly flush design on the outgoing model.

Hyundai isn’t ready to talk performance specifications but the Veloster will apparently be offered with two turbocharged engines displacing 1.4- and 1.6-liters. Both will reportedly come equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission while the latter engine will be offered with a traditional six-speed manual to please the purists.

Speaking of performance, the Veloster is slated to have three different driving modes and the sport mode is promising to offer faster acceleration and quicker shifting times.

In South Korea, the model will be offered with an assortment of high-tech features including a heads-up display, adaptive cruise control, and a collision warning system. The car will also offer high beam assist and a lane departure warning system.

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2019 VW Jetta Teased Ahead Of A Detroit Debut 28
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, VW, VW Jetta on 11 28th, 2017


Volkswagen has teased the 2019 Jetta on the company’s consumer website in Canada of all places.

First noticed by VW Vortex, the teaser image shows the model will have an evolutionary design and adopt a new front fascia with a more prominent grille. Styling details are hard to make out but the model bears a strong resemblance to images that surfaced earlier this year.

The teaser site also includes a countdown clock that reveals the model will be unveiled in a little over 50 days. That’s January 18th which falls in line with the North American International Auto Show.

Volkswagen North America CEO Hinrich Woebcken has previously confirmed the car will debut in Detroit and stated it will be “super modern” and have an “emotional” design with coupe-like styling. The executive added the car has been given a “North American ‘touch’ but not always in terms of low cost and less content.”

A lot of details remain unconfirmed but Woebcken stated a manual transmission and an R-Line variant will be available at launch. Approximately one year later, the company will introduce the new Jetta GLI.

The car is slated to ride on the MQB platform and rumors have suggested it will be powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It currently produces 150 hp (111 kW) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque but Car and Driver suggests it may receive a power boost.

H/T to Motor1

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Infiniti Design Boss Hints At A Flagship Sedan Concept For Detroit 15
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Infiniti, Infiniti Concepts, Reports on 11 15th, 2017


Infiniti has largely abandoned flagships sedan since the Q45 was phased out in 2006. The company still offers the Q70L but that’s more of a competitor to the Cadillac CT6 than proper flagships from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes.

The company has flirted with the idea of a new flagship in the past and the automaker introduced the stylish Q80 Inspiration concept at the Paris Motor Show in 2014. While three years have passed since that concept was unveiled, Infiniti’s head of design, Alfonso Albaisa, suggested the company could have a surprise for 2018 North American International Auto Show.

Speaking to Car&Driver, Albaisa said “In Detroit, we will show something about that subject [flagship sedans] which is super nice.” The designer went on to suggest the car will be a “sexy” sedan that has a “new proportion because of new technologies.”

That’s not much to go on but it sure sounds like Infiniti is preparing to introduce a new concept that could preview a flagship sedan. Albaisa’s mention of technology is also interesting as it could be a subtle hint that the vehicle might adopt an alternative powertrain such as electricity. This matches up with previous rumors which suggested Infiniti would introduce an electric concept in Detroit with plans for a production model in 2019.

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All-New 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Said To Debut At 2018 Detroit Show 7
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, Detroit-Auto-Show, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes G-Class, Reports on 11 7th, 2017


The development of the new generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class is far more advanced than initially thought, as the SUV will reportedly debut as early as January next year.

According to a report published by Drive, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class will sit in front of the audience at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, parading its first major redesign since it was introduced back in 1979.

Despite being entirely new, both on the outside and in the cabin, the new generation of the popular 4×4 will retain the boxy design that made it famous, albeit with modern touches, and a slightly larger footprint.

Its off-road potential is expected to be enhanced with a new independent suspension, increased wheel travel, improved departure angles, and water fording depth that will receive another 100mm, or almost 4 inches. Additionally, it will benefit from a clever four-wheel drive system, with three differential locks and low range gearing, and some models will get the 9-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Besides the usual assortment of petrol and diesel powertrains, the new generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class will also come with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, developed by AMG. The unit is expected to power the G500, making over 400hp, and it will also be used on the new G63, where it’s believed to churn out more than 600hp.

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New Audi A7 Heading To Detroit Show For Its World Premiere 1
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi A7, Audi RS7, Audi S7, Detroit-Auto-Show, new cars, Reports on 11 1st, 2017


After it was officially presented online last month, the second-generation Audi A7 Sportback has been granted a US visa, and it will arrive at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show, in January.
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