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2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt Confirmed For NAIAS Debut 10
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Detroit-Auto-Show, featured, Ford, Ford Mustang, Ford Scoops, Reports, Scoops on 01 10th, 2018

It seems that Ford might be planning a surprise unveiling for the all-new Bullitt Mustang during this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

A source told Autonews that the Bullitt will be unveiled at NAIAS as a 2018 model, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the famous Steve McQueen movie which came out in 1968, featuring an iconic car chase scene.

Despite this rumor, Ford spokesman Mike Levine stated that “We don’t have any Mustang news to share today but we love the interest in America’s favorite muscle car.”

The Bullitt Mustang was also not among the cars previewed by Ford for the media earlier this month, but we’ve know for quite some time that an unveiling would happen sooner rather than later, with leaks springing up as early as February 2017.

Last month, thanks to a Mustang6g forum member, we caught a glimpse of what appeared to be the Dark Highland Green 2018 Bullitt, filming a commercial in Chicago. Meanwhile, earlier in the year, the same car appeared on a board found in a behind-the-scenes video featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Powered by a 5.0-liter Coyote V8, the 2018 Bullitt Mustang will come with an upgraded suspension, five-spoke black and chrome alloys, black tailpipes, red Brembo brakes and Recaro seats. There will also be a faux gas cap with a crosshair on the rear fascia, instead of the ‘GT’ badge.


Hyundai Gets Down To Work On A New Mini i10 10
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Hyundai, Hyundai i10, Hyundai Scoops, Scoops on 01 10th, 2018

Did you think the Accent was small? Well it is, but it’s far from the smallest that Hyundai makes. Outside of the United States, it offers models like the i10.

An A-segment city car, the Hyundai i10 was introduced in 2007 and replaced with the second-generation model in 2013. By that schedule, the third iteration should be hitting the streets sometime next year.

That means that the Korean automaker must already be hard at work on the new model, and here it is – or here they are, we should say, because our spies at CarPix have spotted two prototypes out parked in the snow.

Heavily camouflaged as they are, there’s little to be gleaned from these spy shots beyond their essential existence. Those holes in the front-end camo suggest a sort of Fiat 500 look, but that doesn’t necessarily speak to the sheetmetal (or indeed the headlight units) underneath. And Hyundai hasn’t been known to go the retro route very much.

What we can expect at this early stage is that the new i10 will share much with its corporate cousin, the Kia Picanto. That model was just replaced last year, and we can anticipate most of the same mechanical bits underneath – including the 1.0-liter inline-three and 1.2-liter inline-four engines, mated as they are to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. But you never know, we could end up surprised.

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Facelifted Hyundai Tucson Coming With Revised Styling And More Tech 10
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Hyundai, Hyundai Scoops, Hyundai Tucson, Hyundai Tucson - ix35, Scoops on 01 10th, 2018

The Hyundai Tucson lives in a rough neighborhood. Not the suburban driveways where most are likely to be parked, but the highly competitive market segment at which it’s pitched.

That means Hyundai has to keep on its toes with a regular schedule of updates lest it go stale, and that’s exactly what it appears to have in store.

It appears that Hyundai’s revising the sheetmetal at both ends and along the doors in between. Expect new bumpers front and rear, with revised air vents and capped by fresh lighting graphics and a resculpted hood and tailgate as well.

Look for the Korean automaker to take the opportunity to fit updated engines, safety equipment, and infotainment technologies inside and under the hood as well when the revised model hits showrooms later this year or early the next. Because if it doesn’t, the competition will start edging in on its territory.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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BMW 8-Series Looks Ready For Its Debut Later This Year 9
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW Scoops, Scoops on 01 9th, 2018

We’ve seen countless spy photos of the BMW 8-Series over the past few months and now we’re getting an undisguised look at the upcoming coupe.

Previewed by the 8-Series concept, the production model has a tamer appearance but remains pretty faithful to the original as it features slender headlights and a large grille with chrome trim. The car also has a more conventional front bumper and redesigned mirrors with integrated turn signals.

The sporty styling continues out back as the 8-Series has a ventilated rear fascia and a dual exhaust system. We can also see slim taillights and dark cladding on the lower bumper.

The pictures are pretty blurry but this particular model appears to be wearing 850i badging. If the 750i is any indication, it could mean the coupe is powered by a 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that produces 445 hp (331 kW) and 479 lb-ft (648 Nm) of torque.

The BMW 8-Series Coupe will go into production later this year and it will be joined by a convertible variant. M8 versions are also in the works and BMW M boss Frank van Meel has suggested they could be more powerful than the M5 which develops 600 hp (447 kW) and 553 lb-ft (748 Nm) of torque.

Thanks to JT for the tip!

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2020 Mercedes GLB Spy Debut: Meet The GLA’s Bigger, Boxier Brother 9
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in mercedes, Mercedes GLB, Mercedes Scoops, Scoops on 01 9th, 2018

After years of rumors, these spy shots right here are our first solid proof of Mercedes-Benz developing the upcoming GLB compact SUV.

The test car was spotted undertaking some cold-weather testing, wearing a heavy camouflage that includes not only the usual swirly wrap, but also fake body extensions on areas like the bonnet and the rear roof section in a bid to keep its true shape under …wraps.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLB will be based on the same MFA2 architecture used in the upcoming A-Class and eventually GLA models, which means that there will be the usual powertrain sharing between them , including the updated range of Mercedes and Renault-Nissan Alliance four cylinder diesel and petrols.

The new GLB will offer a more practical and roomier cabin than its GLA sibling while the dashboard will feature the same big displays the new A-Class will be using, as shown in the pics. Look closely and you’ll notice the face instrument cowl trying to hide the twin-display setup.

The new Mercedes GLB is expected to make its debut sometime in late 2019, with the development still in its early stages, so expect to hear more in the coming months.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops


2019 Kia Cee’d Hatch Unexpectedly Revealed In Korea 9
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Geneva Motor Show, Kia, Kia Ceed, Kia Scoops, Scoops on 01 9th, 2018

While Kia continues to conceal its European 2019 Cee’d prototypes, in Korea, the automaker has circulated an example of the all-new hatch on the road without a single trace of camouflage.

Boasting a sleek Tiger Nose grille and a couple of design traits borrowed from the smaller Rio, the 2019 Cee’d builds on its five-door replacement. The new car features a slightly more dynamic exterior, one you could almost mistake for being German.

These images from FreeCarTok, show that the all-new Cee’d comes with a simpler rear end design, featuring elongated horizontal taillights that are far less bulbous than before.

While it would be a bit of a stretch (no pun intended) calling the new Cee’d a larger version of the Rio, the resemblance between the two can be uncanny, especially if you look at the contours of the body.

As far as technology is concerned, we expect the Cee’d to share its petrol and diesel engines as well as its on-board tech with the Hyundai i30, including turbocharged three-cylinder petrol and a 1.6-liter turbo diesel. It will come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, plus safety systems such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection and even Lane Keeping Assist.

We expect the 2019 Cee’d in five-door trim to make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March followed by the three-door Pro_Cee’d and a sleeker looking yet practical shooting brake model that was previewed by the Proceed Concept in Frankfurt last fall.

H/T to Jean-Philippe!


2019 BMW 8-Series Is Going To Make For One Slick Convertible 9
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW Scoops, Scoops on 01 9th, 2018

If you’ve been living in a cave with no internet for the past year or so, we have good news for you: BMW is working on bringing back the 8 Series.

Phased out before the turn of the millennium in (eventual) favor of the 6 Series, the 8 was one of the sleekest coupes Munich ever produced. Judging from these latest spy shots, the new one will be at least as slick.

Spotted undergoing cold-weather testing, this prototype for the 8 Series – which will come in both coupe and convertible forms this time around – is wearing less camouflage than ever before. It also appears to be wearing the optional M-Sport package, giving it even more of an aggressive appearance.

Following on the concept that debuted this past summer at Villa d’Este, BMW is gearing the new 8 Series to take on the likes of the Mercedes S-Class coupe, Lexus LC, and Aston Martin DB11 – even the Polestar 1 and the Audi A9 (should that ever reach production).

Expect it to come in escalating degrees of capability, from the “standard” model, past the M Performance version, and all the way up to the full-on M8. That’s something that, with apologies to the 850 CSi and Alpina B12, was never offered the first time around.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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2019 Audi A1 Scooped Playing In The Snow 8
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
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
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.


Porsche Macan Getting Ready For One More Facelift 4
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
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.


2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 Coming With Electric Boost To Scare Audi S3s 3
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
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


Could This Mule Be Hiding The Next-Gen Mercedes-Benz GLA? 2
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.