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Saab 9-3 First Test Models Leaked Out 7
Posted by Alex Ion in 2012, 9-3, Automotive News, BMW, car, engine, Hatchback, Saab on 02 7th, 2011

We know that the next generation Saab 9-3 is under development and now the early chassis test mules with few modifications (extended wheel arches) have been found running on some roads in Southern Europe.

The car parts are sourced from various automakers, especially BMW. But the model will be based on a modified version of the Epsilon I platform and we expect the company to offer it as a three- and five-door hatchback.

Saab made an engine purchasing agreement with BMW during last September and that made them to have an access to a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol engine equipped with start/stop technology.

This turbo engine that is featured in the MINI Cooper comes with three level of options – 175 PS (129 kW / 173 hp), 184 PS (135 kW / 181 hp) and 208 hp (155 kW / 211 PS).

BMW’s new 2.0-liter turbo engine with 222 hp (166 kW / 225 PS) is also rumored to be features in the 9-3.

The Saab 9-3 will be a 2012 launch and the company has further plans to introduce a hybrid version of the model. They will also launch an electric vehicle by 2016.


Via: Worldcarfans

Lotus Evora Revamped Edition to Launch Late This year 7
Posted by Alex Ion in 2011, 2012, Automotive News, Elan, Elite, Esprit, Evora, Lotus, Paris Motor Show on 02 7th, 2011

UK automotive giant Lotus is working hard on upcoming revised edition of the Lotus Evora coupe. The company hopes to rejuvenate the sales with this refreshed edition. But details that are out seem to be very limited to give an exact picture about the facelift.

The new edition is expected to be based on styling elements from the concept models from company that was showcased at the Paris Motor Show – the new Elan, Elite, and Esprit concepts. The model will also feature certain additional standard equipments and high quality materials in the improved interior.

We could expect two engine options. One will be a 3.5-liter V6 capable of providing an output of 280 PS (206 kW / 276 hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque and the other one, a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 comes with an output of 350 PS (258 kW / 346 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft).

The updated Lotus Evora is likely heading for launch during late 2011 as a 2012 model from the company.