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Future Cars: Can A New Nissan Stagea Answer Our Skyline Wagon Prayers? 13
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Future Cars, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Nissan Skyline, Nissan Stagea on 01 13th, 2018

For many petrolheads, there’s nothing more enticing than a high-performance wagon. Sadly these days, the offerings are fairly limited unless you want something German and very expensive.

Nonetheless, one wagon that has always caught our attention is the Japanese-market Nissan Stagea. Produced between 1996 and 2007, it was a Skyline-based and -infused, turbocharged V6 powerhouse with immense cult status.

So what could a modern day Stagea look like? Let’s envisage further.

Muscular Design

This study adopts Nissan’s current styling philosophy incorporating a dominant V-shaped grille, wedge headlamps and sheetmetal surfacing inspired by the upcoming new Altima. The front fenders, hood and a-pillars are a deliberate ploy to visually link it with the current GT-R, somewhat appropriate since the two nameplates have shared mechanicals in the past.

Like the original Stagea, it has shorter than usual rear doors and long side glass. Lower door scollops flick down towards the rear wheels for that go-fast appearance; whilst the rear is finished off with a vertical tailgate, quad exhausts and boomerang-styled LED tail lights.

VR And Variable Compression Powerhouses

The 1st and 2nd generation (WC34 & M35) Stagea were offered with a range of Skyline-based powertrains, including the RB-series in 2.0, 2.5T and 2.6-litre Twin Turbo (260RS) guises. Later on, the M35 era employed VQ-series engines in 2.5, 2.5T, 3.0 and 3.5-litre formats.

Whilst those were good engines, today’s power game has moved on. Nissan’s 298 kW/399hp, 3.0-litre, twin-turbo V6 (VR30DDTT) would do just nicely here. Power would be sent to either the rear or all four wheels, via a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Oddly, the most interesting variant could come in the form of Infiniti’s latest Variable Compression-Ratio engine. Code-named KR20, this 2.0-litre turbocharged unit debuted in the 2019 QX50. It combines decent power with diesel-like efficiency, making for a potent entry-level option.

Rivals Of The Past And Present

Many of the Stagea’s past competitors have been put out to pasture due to the obsession with SUV’s, low sales and ever-tightening emissions standards. Mid-size wagons like Subaru’s Legacy GT-B, Toyota Caldina GT-T and Mitsubishi Legnum VR-4 were a hoot to drive and are dearly missed.

Today, the competition is rather varied and restrictive depending on where you live in the world. On the smaller side, a new Stagea would battle against VW’s Golf R wagon, Skoda Octavia vRS and Subaru Levorg. And if price weren’t an issue, you could add Audi’s RS4, Volvo V60 Polestar and AMG’s C63 wagon to the mix too.

Nevertheless, no matter what make, model, size and price scale you’re looking at, the more wagons there are, the more the world will be a better place. Hope you’re reading Nissan…

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

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Future Cars: 2019 Nissan Altima Brings The Visual Punch 23
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Future Cars, nissan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Scoops, Scoops on 12 23rd, 2017

It’s not a good time to sit back and relax if you’re a mid-sedan manufacturer. Faced with an onslaught of increasing SUV sales, models like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have upped their game trying to lure buyers with sleek styling, good handling and strong performance.

Then there is the Nissan Altima; which is about as alluring as a bar of soap – sure it does the job, but you’ll promptly forget what job that was. Fortunately, Nissan are injecting some youth into their lineup, so let’s have a sneak peek at how the 2019 Altima will look like.

Dynamic Styling

At a first glance, you could be fooled into thinking you’re looking at a shrunken Maxima, but no, it’s Nissan’s boldest adaptation of Vmotion-styling language to date.

The front is dominated by a large V-shaped grille, dipping into the lower intake and flanked by a pair of chiseled LED headlamps. A sculptured crease runs from the front fenders, fading outwards to the rear door. Then a secondary crease sits below this and flows towards the taillights.

The side profile is very Maxima-like, with a fastback roofline and separated black section within the C-pillars. Rounding out the rear are Audi-esque tail lamps, twin exhausts and a high deck lid.

Cabin & Architecture

Mirroring the overhauled exterior is a comprehensively redesigned and higher quality cabin. Nissan have joined many others in incorporating a tablet-style infotainment screen with two physical knobs and a row of buttons. The flat-bottomed steering wheel could almost be from a Mazda and the start-button is located in front of the gear lever.

It’s tipped that the Altima will remain on the D platform shared with the Maxima and Murano, with an increase in wheelbase to expand on the current car’s limited interior volume.

Conjecture has the possibility of all-wheel-drive thrown into the mix, adding to the Japanese carmaker’s desire to increase dynamic appeal.

Powertrain & Performance

Nissan have been quiet on future powertrain technology for the Altima, but we expect the current crop of 2.5-litre and 3.5-litre mills to carryover, with CVT to aid improvements in fuel efficiency and performance.

Although discontinued back in 2011, the hybrid model could make a reappearance, along with the possibility of a turbocharged four also joining the range.

It will also have the latest driver assistance technology under the ProPilot banner. Having debuted on the new Nissan Leaf, it’s able to help with steering, braking and acceleration on certain single-lane roads and highways.

Mid-size Rivals:

The 2019 Altima will arrive amongst some freshly updated competition, including the likes of Honda’s new Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Ford Fusion and Volkswagen Passat.

Expect it to debut early in the New Year, possibly at the Detroit Motor Show next month.

Does the new Altima have the looks to impress? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

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Future Cars: 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Will Get A Bold New Face 18
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in Detroit-Auto-Show, featured, Future Cars, GMC, GMC Scoops, GMC Sierra, Scoops on 12 18th, 2017

Chevrolet’s all-new 2019 Silverado is grabbing headlines and its striking new looks will no doubt be putting the fear into Ford’s F-150 camp, but let’s not forget, when there’s a new Silverado, a GMC Sierra follows.

This time, the differences between the two will be more substantial. So let’s look at what the Detroit automaker has in store for its GMC variant – and what it could look like.

Bold, Sculptured Styling

Typically, the Silverado has been the more conservative of the two, with the Sierra being bolder in appearance. Now the gulf widens; with the GMC receiving an ‘in-your-face’ chrome grille, signature C-shaped LED headlamps and vertically-mounted fog lights to complete the frontal chrome-assault.

A chiseled line runs horizontally from the rear, tapering downwards below the side mirrors. Interestingly, the Silverado has the same element running in reverse off the front fenders. This means front doors will not be interchangeable – again, further differentiating the two.

There are hints of GM mid-size pickup, with a subtle sloping roof to aid aerodynamics, whilst the bed sits higher with more prominent GMC badging

Interior And Under The Skin

As for the interior; there is a dominant tombstone-styled center stack, with vertical air vents, chunky switchgear and high-mounted infotainment display. Also expect a substantial improvement in quality and materials offered for 2019.

Whilst GM have previously used attack-advertising against Ford’s use of military-grade aluminum for the F-150, it won’t stop the automaker using a combination of high-grade alloy and high-tensile-strength steel in the body and frame.

Other reports suggest use of carbon fibre-reinforced, thermo plastic for the bed area, which will help in making the truck lighter, ridged and more agile.

Powertrains And Rivals

Look for the current V6 and V8 powertrains to carry over; however, it remains to be seen if GM will match Ford with their turbocharged V6 offerings. The 10-speed automatic, co-developed with Ford is expected to be standard across the range.

Expect the Sierra 1500 to debut after the Silverado’s official reveal at the 2018 North American International Auto Show next month.

Asides from the best-selling F-150, other competitors include the upcoming, all-new Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan.

What are your thoughts? Do you like the Sierra 1500’s brash new face? Tell us in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

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Future Cars: Peugeot Brings Back Sexiness With New 508 Sedan 18
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in Future Cars, PEUGEOT, peugeot 508, Peugeot Scoops, Scoops on 11 18th, 2017

French carmaker Peugeot has certainly given us some drastic variance in cars over the years; cue fantastic sporting GTi and World Rally cars and then truly mediocre offerings like the 307 hatch and 407 sedan.

Whilst the current 508 mid-size saloon isn’t bad, the market for mainstream European sedans is waning amongst a sea of opposition from SUVs and crossovers and the move to more prestige brands, like BMW and Audi.

Peugeot thinks this tide can be reversed by offering a new generation 508 in a much more alluring suite. So let’s take an illustrated sneak peek.

Sleek French Styling

To engage a much more youthful audience, the French manufacturer has adopted a coupe-like, four door silhouette. Looks familiar, you say? That’s because the new 508 is largely inspired by Peugeot’s 2014 Exalt Concept, hence that sleek, frameless-window side profile, with scalloped upper door panels and heavily-raked rear.

Frontal styling is aggressive too, with intersecting quad headlamps, larger lower intake and powerful front grille. At the rear, full-width tail lamps incorporate vertical LED brake elements – not too dissimilar to the Ford Mustang’s rear lighting setup.

Avante Garde Cabin

If you think the exterior looks good, the interior will impress even more. Drastic improvements over the current 508 show a much more futuristic interior, not too dissimilar to that of the 5008 crossover.

It also shares the latter’s i-Cockpit arrangement that includes a large, crisp infotainment display and digital instrument cluster. Practicality should improve with the shift to a lift-back body style, like that of the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia and Buick Regal/Holden Commodore.

Under The Skin

Based on the flexible EMP2 platform, the new 508 will be lighter, stiffer and more crash-resistant compared to the ageing current model.

Powertrains are expected to be shared with the 5008, including a petrol 1.6-litre, turbocharged four, plus 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesels in varying states of tune. Power will be sent to the front wheels through a new automatic transmission, and it’s possible the 5008’s Advanced Grip Control (which has normal, snow, sand, mud modes) will make an appearance. Hybrid versions of the gasoline units will also be on offer, while an all-electric model could be added later in the car’s lifecycle.

Tough Competition In An Shrinking Segment

If fighting the tide of SUV’s is hard enough, the 508 will battle with offerings that are competing for the same shrinking market share. Those competitors like the Ford Mondeo (Fusion), Opel Insignia, Mazda6, VW Passat and Skoda Superb won’t make life easy for the Pug.

The sleek new 508 will debut in 2018 with sales starting later that year in Europe and possibly Asia-Pacific.

Tell us what you think of the all-new 508 in the comments below and should PSA consider bringing it stateside?

By Josh Byrnes

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Future Cars: 2020 Porsche Mission E Takes Game Right Into Tesla’s Face 21
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in Electric Vehicles, Future Cars, porsche, Porsche Scoops, Scoops on 10 21st, 2017

Would you believe Porsche’s stunning Mission E concept debuted all the way back at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show? Time flies doesn’t it.
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Future Cars: BMW i5 Is i Vision Dynamics Concept Turned Into Electric Reality 14
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in BMW, BMW Concepts, BMW i, BMW i5, concepts, Electric Vehicles, featured, Future Cars on 10 14th, 2017

In recent years, the electric car has become quite the darling of mainstream press, environmental groups and those addicted to instant monstrous torque.
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Future Cars: BMW i5 Is i Vision Dynamics Concept Turned Into Electric Reality 14
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in BMW, BMW Concepts, BMW i, BMW i5, concepts, Electric Vehicles, featured, Future Cars on 10 14th, 2017

In recent years, the electric car has become quite the darling of mainstream press, environmental groups and those addicted to instant monstrous torque.
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Future Cars: 2019 Lexus ES Kicks Its GS Sibling To The Curb 23
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Future Cars, LEXUS, Lexus ES, Lexus Scoops, Scoops on 09 23rd, 2017

There is change on the horizon for the Lexus range. Buyers are flocking to SUV’s and two of their mid-size luxury saloons are fighting against each other in the showroom. Unfortunately for RWD fans, the sportier GS is getting trounced in sales by the front wheel drive ES.
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Future Cars: 2019 Toyota Avalon Tries To Lure Back Large Sedan Buyers 5
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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