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Future Cars: 2019 Toyota Avalon Tries To Lure Back Large Sedan Buyers 5
Aug
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Future Cars, Scoops, TOYOTA, Toyota Avalon, Toyota Scoops on 08 5th, 2017


When it comes to largish, mainstream sedans, Toyota’s Avalon isn't exactly the most desirable choice out there. The current car is somewhat of a wallflower in a segment that's not seeing much in the way of consumer foot traffic.
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Future Cars: 2018 Volvo XC40 Compact SUV is One Sweet Swede 1
Jul
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Future Cars, Scoops, VOLVO, Volvo Scoops on 07 1st, 2017


It's hard to argue with Volvo's progress into luxury territory in recent times, as the brand has gone from strength to strength with its latest models like S90, XC60 and XC90.
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Future Cars: 2018 Honda Accord Goes From Placid to Playful 3
Jun
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Future Cars, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Scoops on 06 3rd, 2017


The generic mid-size sedan is not exactly the stuff of bedroom posters, but they’ve been a hit with buyers for decades. Times are changing though, with consumer preferences shifting towards SUV’s and the battleground for the typical sedan is looking a little shaky.
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Future Cars: Rolls Royce Has A New 2019 Phantom Coming Next Year 20
May
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Future Cars, Rolls Royce Phantom, Rolls Royce Scoops, Rolls-Royce on 05 20th, 2017


Automotive luxury can be rather subjective. For some, a Hyundai Sonata with leather seating can be pretty tasty, whilst others will aspire to the likes of BMW’s 7 Series or Mercedes-Benz’ S-Class.
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Future Cars: Subaru’s 2018 Ascent Into 3-Row SUV Territory 29
Apr
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Future Cars, Scoops, Subaru, Subaru Ascent, Subaru Scoops on 04 29th, 2017


Remember the original Subaru Tribeca SUV? Gosh, it was an odd-looking thing with front-end styling that resembled a flying urinal on wheels. It was a design miss-step from a largely conservative company.
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Future Cars: 2019 Ford Focus ST Brings Back The Styling Magic 8
Apr
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Focus, Ford, Ford Scoops, Future Cars, Scoops on 04 8th, 2017


Ford’s original Focus was a breath of fresh air when launched upon the motoring world back in 1998. As a replacement for the Escort, its radical styling and fantastic handling was a big middle finger to the small car main-players of the late 1990’s.
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Future Cars: 2018 Nissan Leaf Keeps Things Familiar 25
Mar
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in Electric Vehicles, featured, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Future Cars, LA Auto Show, nissan, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Scoops, Scoops on 03 25th, 2017


Nissan’s Leaf was a breath of fresh air when launched back in 2010; a modern-looking, compact hatch that helped bring electric motoring within reach of the average consumer. Yet despite strong sales, the competition has stepped up its game with more recent EV entries like Chevrolet’s Bolt.

Not to be left behind, the Japanese manufacturer has been hard at work developing the next generation version. What will it look like and what can we expect? Well let’s delve further:

IDS Concept-Inspired Styling

In 2015, Nissan revealed the IDS autonomous EV concept, which was said to be a strong pointer for the next Leaf. Fast forward to today, and whilst elements of the show car will make into production, the overall look is worlds apart.

Instead, the new EV will be a visual crossbreed between the latest Micra supermini and out-going Leaf. Frontal styling will be headlined by a mono-tooth, V-Motion grille, chiseled lower bumper and wedge-shaped headlamps.

The view from the side will be fairly conventional; tall and stubby proportions, floating roof and a blacked-out C-Pillar up-kink (not too different to the Chevy Bolt) are the go here. Out back, the hatch will be dominated by horizontal thin-wedge tail lamps and a subtle rear diffuser.

Under The Skin

Perhaps the biggest nuisance with the current Leaf is the limited range. At 107 miles, it lags behind Chevrolet’s Bolt (238 miles), the upcoming Tesla Model 3 (at least 215 miles), Hyundai Ioniq EV (124 miles) and BMW’s quirky i3 (114 miles). 
It’s believed that Nissan will remedy this by offering both 40 kWh and 60-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery packs, with the latter providing range well past the 200 mile mark. This should see an increase in performance too, perhaps with the 0-60 sprint nudging into the 7-second bracket for the larger battery version.

Self-Driving Capabilities

At January’s Consumer Electronics Show, Nissan revealed the next-generation Leaf would be equipped with its own ProPilot autonomous driving technology.

This will allow the new Leaf to be operated in self-drive mode, on single lane highway environments. Further updates over time, will extend capabilities to include multi-lane self-driving and a Seamless Autonomous Mobility command centre – for self-drive vehicles caught up in problematic situations.

On The Street

Look for a world premiere of the 2018 Leaf this fall, with pricing, features and specs to be announced at that time. Deliveries are tipped to start before Christmas.

Finally, what do you think – has Nissan done enough to lure more mainstream buyers into the electric car fold? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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Future Cars: 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Will Be An Exercise On Elegance 26
Feb
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in Future Cars, mercedes, Mercedes CLS, Mercedes Scoops on 02 26th, 2017


When launched in 2004, the Mercedes-Benz CLS was a breath of fresh air within the four-door luxury sedan class. In fact, Stuttgart coined a new term for the car, calling it a four-door coupe, with many other automakers following suite, including BMW which created the 6-Series Gran Coupe as a direct competitor to the CLS.
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Future Cars: Streamlining Ford’s 2019 Transit Full-Sized Van 18
Feb
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in Ford, Ford Scoops, Ford Transit, Future Cars on 02 18th, 2017


Becoming a car designer for a major automaker is one of those defining moments in a product-developer’s career. If you’re lucky enough, your creative freedom can make it onto some the most iconic, stylistic and exciting model lines to ever exist.
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Future Cars: 2018 Hyundai Veloster Keeping It Asymmetrical, Will Get ‘N’ Performance Model 28
Jan
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in Future Cars, Hyundai, Hyundai Scoops, Hyundai Veloster, Scoops on 01 28th, 2017


Hyundai’s ageing Veloster is one of those cars that you either love or hate. Quirky, odd, lop-sided or even edgy, whatever you think about it, there is no denying it’s different.
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Should A Pickup Truck Be In Faraday’s Future? 21
Jan
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in concepts, Electric Vehicles, Faraday Future, Faraday Future Concepts, Future Cars on 01 21st, 2017


Since its FFZERO1 concept debut at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Faraday Future has been the subject of much turmoil amongst automotive critics. From multiple executive and engineering role departures, to lawsuits and financial woes; the Silicon Valley-newcomer has had a rough past 12 months.

Nevertheless, the Chinese-backed company managed to reveal its FF 91 model (in prototype spec) at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. Its new model approach has been holistic; with an emphasis put on connectivity, autonomous abilities, class-leading packaging and mind-blowing performance.

They sure have a lot on their plate right now, with the latest reports claiming that the company continues to struggle on multiple levels. Just this week, Business Insider reported that eight executives with intimate knowledge of Faraday Future’s business said the company is “in shambles with more than a half-dozen senior executives departing since last spring”.

Having said that, the last thing on FF’s mind right now is expanding their portfolio. Still, I couldn’t help but wonder if they pull it off and release the FF 91, what could they do next without breaking the bank with development costs?

Well, looking at the US sales chart, we see two persisting trends; SUVs and trucks, so how about an all-electric entrant in the pickup segment? Before you dismiss the idea, we’ll remind you that Elon Musk has made it clear that Tesla has plans to make a pickup truck in the near future.

You have to admit that a niche, luxury utility with optimized passenger comfort, load carrying abilities and the best part of all – huge reserves of power and colossal torque from standstill, does sound interesting. Ford have caught onto electrification for its future F150 (albeit in hybrid form), utilizing an electric motor to boost torque where gasoline engines lack – from low down in the rev range.

The FF 91’s massive 1,050 hp and stupendous 1,800 Nm of torque could pull continents together, let alone construction and farm duties if the powertrain underpinned a truck.

As for how it could look? Well just cue an open bed, raised ground clearance and plastic cladding that muscle up the FF 91’s appearance rather nicely. Sure, it doesn’t have the iron-clad, in-your-face look like many of the established pickup’s out there – yet it’s in-keeping with Faraday’s futuristic ambitions.

With stunning performance and decent range, would you buy an electric truck? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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Future Cars: BMW’s 2018 6-Series GT Is A Better Looking Oddity 25
Dec
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in BMW, BMW 5-Series GT, BMW 6-Series, Future Cars on 12 25th, 2016


Automakers baffle us at times with unusual models that offer answers to questions no-one really asked. BMW’s 5-Series Gran Turismo is one of those cars; a cumbersome attempt at a more practical 5-Series. What was wrong with just offering the 5-Series wagon to all? Sigh…
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Future Cars: Jaguar’s Beautiful I-PACE Translated Into Production Form 13
Dec
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in concepts, Future Cars, Jaguar, Jaguar Concepts on 12 13th, 2016


Well, many certainly weren’t expecting that; I’m talking about Jaguar’s surprise all-electric, I-Pace reveal at last month’s Los Angeles International Motor Show. By gosh, it’s a beautiful looking thing; taking the best elements of the carmaker’s design language and applying them onto a svelte, coupe-like body.
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Future Cars: Jaguar’s Beautiful I-PACE Translated Into Production Form 13
Dec
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in concepts, Future Cars, Jaguar, Jaguar Concepts on 12 13th, 2016


Well, many certainly weren’t expecting that; I’m talking about Jaguar’s surprise all-electric, I-Pace reveal at last month’s Los Angeles International Motor Show. By gosh, it’s a beautiful looking thing; taking the best elements of the carmaker’s design language and applying them onto a svelte, coupe-like body.
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Future Cars: 2018 Toyota Camry Looks…Desirable? 12
Nov
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Future Cars, Scoops, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, Toyota Scoops on 11 12th, 2016


Nothing says A-to-B transport more than Toyota’s Camry; dependable, comfortable and utterly anonymous. Is it bad? Well no, as the 429,000 Camrys Toyota sold in the US last year show making it the best selling car in the country. But it does sit at the bottom of the pack in terms of allure compared to rivals such as Ford’s Fusion and Mazda’s 6.
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