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2019 Audi A1 Scooped Playing In The Snow 8
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in audi, Audi A1, Audi Scoops, Scoops on 01 8th, 2018


Work continues on the 2019 Audi A1 as spy shooters have snapped the model undergoing cold weather testing.

Set to battle the Mercedes A-Class, the A1 has a familiar design but adopts a new front fascia with a wider grille that echoes recent models such as the A4 and A8. The five-door hatchback has also been equipped with new headlights and restyled mirrors which are now mounted to the A-pillar.

Moving further back, we can see designers kept the strong character lines and added more muscular rear fenders. The rear doors also appear longer than before and this suggests the A1 will grow in size and offer additional rear seat legroom.

The rear of the car is pretty evolutionary but the model features a new tailgate and wraparound taillights. We can also see a tailgate-mounted spoiler and a rakish rear window.

Little is known about the car but the cabin is expected to equipped with improved technology including an updated MMI infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Drivers can also look forward to an optional digital instrument cluster with a 12.3-inch display.

Engine options remain unconfirmed but previous reports have suggested the model will be offered with an assortment of different powertrains including a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder that produces around 113 hp (84 kW). The A1 could also be equipped with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that develops approximately 250 hp (186 kW) in the S1.

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New Kia Cee’d Sportswagon Gears Up For A Possible Geneva Debut 8
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Kia, Kia Ceed, Kia Scoops, Scoops on 01 8th, 2018


Spy photographers have caught the 2018 Kia Cee’d on multiple occasions and now we’re getting our first glimpse at the Sportswagon variant.

Previewed by the Procee’d concept, the production model is heavily camouflaged but we can see it will have a tiger nose grille that is flanked by new headlights with integrated daytime running lights. The wagon also has chrome trim, roof rails, and what appears to be a panoramic glass roof.

The interior will likely echo the standard model so we can expect to find a relatively straightforward cabin with a trick-rimmed steering wheel, metallic accents, and an infotainment system. However, the Sportwagon variant will have a more accommodating interior with additional luggage space.

Engine options remain unconfirmed but choices are expected to mimic the Hyundai i30. As a result, petrol options may include a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder with 120 PS (88 kW) and 171 Nm (126 lb-ft) of torque as well as a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 140 PS (103 kW) and 242 Nm (178 lb-ft) of torque. On the diesel side, there could be a 1.6-liter engine with outputs of 110 PS (80 kW) and 136 PS (110 kW).

The Kia Cee’d is expected to debut at the Geneva Motor Show and reports have suggested the Cee’d Sportswagon could debut at the same time.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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Facelifted Porsche Macan Getting Ready For Its Big Day 5
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Film, porsche, Porsche Macan, Porsche Scoops, Porsche Videos, Reports, Scoops, video on 01 5th, 2018


The facelifted Porsche Macan is edging closer to its reveal this year and was recently snapped on film with very little camouflage.

To the casual observer, this black Porsche is just any old Macan. However, a closer look reveals that it has hints of camouflage on the headlights and taillights, identical to the touches applied to previous prototypes.

Alongside the revised lights and obligatory new bumpers, our sources suggest that the refreshed Macan will also receive an LED strip running the width of the rear that connects the taillights, just like the latest Porsche Panamera.

Interior changes are expected to be minor and will likely consist of Porsche’s latest infotainment system with touch capacitive surfaces.

A premiere in the first half of the year is to be expected.

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Porsche Macan Getting Ready For One More Facelift 4
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in porsche, Porsche Macan, Porsche Scoops, Scoops on 01 4th, 2018


It’s been about four years now since Porsche first introduced the Macan. Since then, Audi has completely replaced the Q5 with which it shares its underpinnings. Porsche will eventually follow suit, but in the meantime, it’s relying on updates.

It rolled out one such facelift in 2016, and from these latest spy shots, it would appear that the German automaker is preparing to roll out another.

Undergoing cold-weather testing way up north in Scandinavia, these two prototypes bear only what looks like modest visual enhancements. But underneath and inside, we can expect to find updated technologies – both in terms of powertrains and infotainment.

Will that be enough to keep the Macan current in the face of newer competition? Hard to say: rivals like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, and Volvo XC60 all present fresher prospects than Zuffenhausen’s baby crossover. But if Porsche has shown us anything over the years, it’s that it can keep an old design driving sweeter than most anything else on the road – almost indefinitely.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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New Mercedes G-Class Leaked Ahead Of Official Detroit Debut 4
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Detroit-Auto-Show, mercedes, Mercedes G-Class, Mercedes Scoops, Scoops on 01 4th, 2018


Just a few hours after Mercedes dropped the first technical details of the new G-Class, a set of camouflage-free photos have surfaced online.

Courtesy of AutoWeek.nl, we get to see the new, heavily revised off-road icon in all its glory and rather unsurprisingly it looks almost the same.

The biggest visual differences can be spotted at the headlights, bumpers and front grille, which are not that big to the untrained eye. The new Mercedes logo on the grille also houses the radar sensors necessary for the semi-autonomous functions the new G-Class is expected to offer.

The highlights of the new generation G-Class however are to be found under the skin: Mercedes has already confirmed the addition of a new independent front suspension that should help the G-Class not only offer better on-road manners but also improve the already impressive off-road capabilities of its predecessor.

The new Mercedes G-Class will offer approach and departure angles of 31° and 30° as well as a maximum fording depth of 70cm (27.5 inches). Breakover angle is 26 degrees while the ground clearance between the axles is 241mm (9.5 inches). A new 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission, paired with low-range, three lockable differentials and an all-new off road-oriented G-mode will also be present.

The overhauled interior now features the familiar twin digital displays as an option, two removable cup holders, as well as more room for everyone: rear passengers get an extra 150mm (5.9 inches) of legroom and an extra 56mm (2.2 inches) of elbow room.

The new Mercedes G-Class will be revealed at the Detroit Auto Show on January 15, where we’ll get the full details, including powertrains and the full list of its tech features.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 Coming With Electric Boost To Scare Audi S3s 3
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in mercedes, Mercedes A-Class, Mercedes A45 AMG, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes Scoops, Scoops on 01 3rd, 2018


Mercedes is working on a new A-Class. And you know what that means, hot hatch fans: that’s right, a new AMG version as well. But there won’t be just one – there’ll be two.

While the new A45 will go up against the Audi RS3, there’ll be an A35 version as well – spotted here while undergoing testing at the company’s headquarters in Sindelfingen, Germany – to target the S3.

That much we already know, but the latest word has it that the “warm hatch” will get a mild hybrid powertrain – expected to be the 2.0-liter turbo four we’ve already seen in the new E350 coupe and cabrio.

The engine features a 48-volt EQ Boost system that bridges the gap between what we think of as conventional and hybrid powertrains. In the aforementioned E-Class models, it produces nearly 300 horsepower and almost as much torque.

We’d expect about the same in the A35, putting it in good company alongside the Audi S3 with its 292 hp (compared to the RS3’s 400) and the 335-hp BMW M240i (slotting in under the M2’s 365).

There’s a sedan version of the new A-Class slated to reach the United States, which could see similar specifications as well.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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2019 Porsche 911 Cabrio Takes Its Top Off For The First Time 2
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in porsche, Porsche Scoops, Porsche-911, Scoops on 01 2nd, 2018


While Porsche’s next-gen 911 Cabriolet might be high on body cladding, this marks the first time we’ve gotten to see it with its top down.

This prototype was spotted in relatively cold weather (just a few degrees), while continuing to hide its true appearance from us with the help of some light yet effective camouflage.

Visually, we’re seeing the same things all over again when it comes to these prototypes. The Mission E-inspired taillights, the new bonnet, which appears to run all the way to the front of the bumper, and the “flap-type” door handles, which we haven’t seen on a 911 ever since the 997.

Since this prototype is a convertible, we should mention that its “rear hunch” is somewhat similar to that of previous models, although the body panels are different. It’s also possible that the edge of the rear-end light strip won’t reach as far forward towards the fender as it did on the 991 – but we’ll need the camouflage to come off in order to confirm this theory.

Compared to the current-generation 991 model, the new car (rumored to be dubbed 992) is believed to have a longer wheelbase and wider tracks, although overall length will remain unchanged.

Inside, we can expect certain tech and design traits to be brought over from the second-generation Panamera (such as the new high-res displays, touch-sensitive commands, sharper sound system etc), while the engine range should feature slightly updated versions of the automaker’s turbo flat-six units.

The all-new 2019 Porsche 911 Cabriolet, along with its Coupe sibling, is expected to make its debut later this year, followed by the Targa version at a later date.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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Could This Mule Be Hiding The Next-Gen Mercedes-Benz GLA? 2
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Film, mercedes, Mercedes GLA, Mercedes Scoops, Mercedes Videos, Scoops, video on 01 2nd, 2018


To the untrained eye, this is a prototype of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, but look closer and you might doubt that.

Although its low ground clearance and overall stance point to this being the next A-Class, the test car that, naturally, is covered in camo has fender extensions, which makes us wonder whether we’re looking at a mule of the hatchback or the next generation of the GLA.

Development of the premium subcompact crossover is still in an early stage, but the vehicle will continue to share the same architecture with the A-Class. However, it will differentiate itself with wider tracks, increased ground clearance and a higher driving position.

Most of the engine lineup will be shared between the GLA, A-Class, B-Class, CLA, and rumored GLB, and one of the units that will power them will be the new 1.3-liter petrol unit that’s been co-developed by Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and Daimler. The new engine is already available on the Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic in three power levels: 115PS (113hp), 140PS (138hp) and 160PS (158hp).

The interior of the next-gen Mercedes-Benz GLA will be very similar to the brand’s other compact cars, and it will be dominated by the MBUX infotainment system that on base trim levels will feature two 7-inch displays, whereas better-equipped models will come with two 10.25-inch or one 7-inch and one 10.25-inch screen.

Mercedes will, reportedly, unveil the next A-Class as early as the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, in March, and then they will focus on the A-Class Saloon and CLA/CLA Shooting Brake that will be followed by the second-gen GLA shortly after, so we expect the crossover to arrive near the end of the year or in 2019.

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Mercedes-AMG’s Upcoming Four Door Will Make Hybrids Cool, Like 800HP Cool 29
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in AMG, Hybrids, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes Scoops, PHEV, Scoops on 12 29th, 2017


Mercedes-AMG’s yet-unnamed four-door coupe will spark a new war with its arrival in late 2018 in the hyper-saloon segment.

Our spies spotted a pair of prototypes being tested in cold-weather conditions, with the cars still being covered under a light camouflage wrap.

The first dedicated four-door model from AMG is planning to offer a series of new, performance-focused plug-in hybrid powertrains under the EQ brand, producing up to 805hp. The colossal power figure will be combined with a 31-mile driving range on electric power alone according to the latest reports.

This will not only position it directly against the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, but it will also make it the most powerful saloon on the market. The four-door AMG will feature wider tracks compared to the current E63 AMG but it will sit closer to the ground and of course have a lower and unique roofline for that coupe-like vibe.

Mercedes-AMG’s upcoming Panamera rival will be initially launched with the same 604hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that the E63 is using, paired to a nine-speed automatic gearbox and the configurable all-wheel drive system.

The latest reports talk about the new Mercedes AMG making a possible debut at the Geneva Motor Show this March, with sales to begin later in 2018 and the plug-in hybrid versions to arrive in 2019.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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Mysterious Volkswagen Compact SUV Scooped In China 28
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in china, FAW, Scoops, SUV, VW, VW Scoops on 12 28th, 2017


Volkswagen continues their SUV expansion with yet another vehicle that could be exclusively aimed at the Chinese market.

Seen in a set of spy shots posted from China’s AutoHome, the SUV’s exterior is completely hidden away under a large cover, which suggests perhaps that the automaker has the design all figured out.

The cabin is very much visible in these pictures, and it gets a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, leather and Alcantara-wrapped seats with white stitching, gloss black trim, driving mode selector, infotainment system, analogue instrument cluster, and electronic parking brake.

Despite its compact size appearance, the mysterious SUV’s interior differs from that of the Volkswagen T-Roc, which is due to arrive in China in mid-2018. The differences are visible on the dashboard, where the central air vents are positioned below the infotainment system, and not on each side of it, and the controls for the climate system sit under the air vents.

Reports from China say that this vehicle comes from the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture, and it should be unveiled in December 2018, so we’re likely going to see and learn more of it in the coming months.

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Mercedes A-Class Scooped By A Reader In Stuttgart 27
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in mercedes, Mercedes A-Class, Mercedes Scoops, Scoops, U Spy on 12 27th, 2017


The redesigned Mercedes A-Class has been caught in Stuttgart, Germany by CarScoops reader Vasilis.

Expected to debut early next year at the Geneva Motor Show, the A-Class will have a familiar design but adopt a more aggressive front fascia with a single-bar grille that is flanked by angular headlights. The car is also larger than its predecessor and this will give the model a more spacious and airy cabin.

Mercedes has already released interior photos and they show the A-Class will have a significantly improved cockpit with higher quality materials and a more upscale design. Notable highlights include a new multifunctional steering wheel, wraparound trim, and circular air vents. The model will also be offered with an ambient lighting system and heated / ventilated multicontour front seats with a massage function.

The standard model will come with two 7-inch displays, while higher end variants feature a 7- and 10.25-inch display or two 10.25-inch displays. Owners can also expect a more accommodating interior with additional elbow, shoulder, and headroom. The boot has also grown as it can now hold 370 liters (13.0 cubic feet) of luggage.

The model will ride on an updated version of the MFA platform and it will be offered with an assortment of different petrol and diesel engines. Mercedes AMG boss Tobias Moers has already confirmed plans for two performance models and the A35 is expected to have a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces around 340 hp (253 kW). It will be joined by a new A45 which will reportedly develop more than 400 hp (298 kW).

Thanks to Vasilis for the pictures!

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2019 BMW 1-Series Stays Camouflaged During Cold Weather Tests 27
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 1-Series, BMW Scoops, Scoops on 12 27th, 2017


BMW’s direct rival for the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Audi A3 is still undergoing tests in prototype form, and is expected to remain hidden well into the new year.

Compared to the current model, the all-new 2019 1-Series is said to look sportier and more imposing, while leaving more room inside for occupants, especially those sitting in the back.

The extra room will come courtesy of BMW’s UKL platform, which will also empower the 1-Series to switch from RWD to FWD, matching its rivals from Mercedes, Audi and Volvo.

It’s also been reported that the 1-Series will shift towards a permanent 5-door body style, like the A-Class. Audi decided to do the same with the 2019 A3, mostly due to falling demand and cost-cutting.

While these images don’t really provide us with a look inside, we already know that the all-new 1-Series will have its dashboard angled towards the driver, with the infotainment display mounted above the central air vents. It also has a new center console, housing a new gear selector and the rotary iDrive knob.

As for power units, reports indicate that any six-cylinder options will be scrapped in favor of four-cylinder ones, with a range-topping M140i model sending power to all four wheels via BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. A plug-in hybrid version is also expected to join the range at some point.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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Future Cars: 2019 Nissan Altima Brings The Visual Punch 23
Dec
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

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes



Is This The Facelifted 2019 Jeep Renegade? 22
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Jeep, Jeep Renegade, Jeep Scoops, Scoops on 12 22nd, 2017


Jeep recently gave the Renegade a host of improvements for 2018 but it appears the company is also working on a facelifted model.

Motor1 noticed a couple of images posted to Instagram by Renegadejeeps and they appear to show a modestly revised model with an updated front fascia. The styling changes are incredibly subtle but the crossover has been equipped with an updated front bumper which includes new air intakes and repositioned fog lights. Additional changes are limited but the grille has been tweaked and the model features LED headlights which mimic those on the 2018 Wrangler.

The single interior image doesn’t reveal much but it appears the cabin will largely carryover. This isn’t too surprising as the interior was recently updated with new seat fabrics, updated bezel treatments, two additional storage compartments, and a revised Selec-Terrain shifter.

Additional information is limited but the updated model is expected to be unveiled in the second half of 2018. It remains unclear if there will be any performance modifications but the current Renegade is offered with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder producing 160 hp (119 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque. Customers can also opt for a 2.4-liter four-cylinder developing 180 hp (134 kW) and 175 lb-ft (237 Nm) of torque.

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Is This The Facelifted 2019 Jeep Renegade? 22
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Jeep, Jeep Renegade, Jeep Scoops, Scoops on 12 22nd, 2017


Jeep recently gave the Renegade a host of improvements for 2018 but it appears the company is also working on a facelifted model.

Motor1 noticed a couple of images posted to Instagram by Renegadejeeps and they appear to show a modestly revised model with an updated front fascia. The styling changes are incredibly subtle but the crossover has been equipped with an updated front bumper which includes new air intakes and repositioned fog lights. Additional changes are limited but the grille has been tweaked and the model features LED headlights which mimic those on the 2018 Wrangler.

The single interior image doesn’t reveal much but it appears the cabin will largely carryover. This isn’t too surprising as the interior was recently updated with new seat fabrics, updated bezel treatments, two additional storage compartments, and a revised Selec-Terrain shifter.

Additional information is limited but the updated model is expected to be unveiled in the second half of 2018. It remains unclear if there will be any performance modifications but the current Renegade is offered with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder producing 160 hp (119 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque. Customers can also opt for a 2.4-liter four-cylinder developing 180 hp (134 kW) and 175 lb-ft (237 Nm) of torque.

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