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Fresh Details On The Completely Redesigned 2020 Land Rover Defender

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The Land Rover Defender was discontinued in 2016 because of safety reason (they couldn’t even fit the previous Defender with airbags) but we’re about to see a completely revamped and redesigned Defender for the 2020 model year.

A new report surfaced that said the new Defender will come out sometime in the next six months with new and cleaner engines, as well as the extensive use of aluminum on its body. Clearly, the Defender will be targeted to a more upscale market.

We’ve already seen a prototype of the new Defender at the end of 2018. Land Rover was generous enough to provide a batch of pictures of the off-roader’s camouflaged prototype. While we’re not exactly sure if the new Defender will be as boxy as the photos suggest, we do know that it will take after the Discovery model with a slightly higher ride height.

The Defender has always been known for being functional and direct to the point. It’s not a hit or a miss. When people buy a Defender, they know what they’re getting—which is, comfort-wise, means nothing. The Defender was all about performance and functionality, but the 2020 model will change that. This new off-roader hopes to marry function with style and substance and a whole lot of modern tech.

Reports based on Motortrend’s Johnny Lieberman’s Instagram post showed that the Defender would have an independent rear side and an air suspension fitted to it. Though this was not the conditions that the Defender was made for, what could Land Rover do exactly? They may alienate the farmers who really just like a functional Land Rover to roam over their lands, but the new Defender also has a chance to tap a new market and that should be fine.

The fully-independent suspension setup that Mr. Lieberman spied is similar to the one under the Land Rover Discovery. Does that mean we can expect the same 2.0-liter gasoline engines? We only have six months to wait as this one’s scheduled to debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It will go on sale in 2020.

Aston Martin DBX SUV Teases Design And New Platform

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The Aston Martin DBX SUV is scheduled for release late this 2019, but as part of its early development, it was spied being tested on Germany’s Nurburgring. Though the car was heavily camouflaged, the spy shots showed that the DBX will be a four-door small SUV with sizing similar to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

Back in 2015, Aston Martin also used the DBX name for a 2015 concept that previewed the SUV’s design. There were rumors, back then, that the small SUV will arrive with different nomenclature. Varekai was one of the suggestions. Aston Martin stuck with the DBX name, linking the SUV with the DB line of sports cars that the automaker is known for.

Based on the spy shots of Motor Authority, the DBX SUV will come with a new platform that has been developed for a high-riding vehicle with capacities for off-road conditions. If you’re worried that the platform will change the design Aston Martin is known for, you need not fret. This new architecture follows the same extruded and bonded aluminum process that the company employs on its sports cars.

As usual, DBX is focused on improving its suspension technology which will address the SUV’s increased size and weight.

The SUV was first planned out as an electric car and for some time, it looked like Aston Martin will stay true to that route. But the plans have changed because of the revival of the Lagonda as an EV brand. Now, the DBX SUV is expected to arrive with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, the same engine being used on the Mercedes-AMG.

For those who want an EV variant, a hybrid powertrain that uses the new V-6 engine developed by Aston Martin might also be in the works.

The DBX will start production this year at the plant in St. Athan, Wales, which is also going to be the site where the Rapide E electric sport sedan will be built. Later, two Lagonda models—an SUV and a sedan—will join the DBX in the site.

3 Things We Learned From The 2020 Volkswagen ID Neo Spy Video


The 2020 Volkswagen ID Neo has been spotted testing in its prototype form. The ID Neo will be the first model under VW’s family of ID electric cars. The arrival of the ID Neo comes in an opportune time as VW plans to transition its company to an electric car manufacturer.

It Is Going To Be A Compact Hatch

There are no questions in our minds that the all-new ID Neo is going to be a compact hatch that looks like straight off the minivan newsletter. We’ve already seen this in 2016 as VW allowed a preview of its ID Neo Concept whose production version is scheduled for a late 2019 showdown with the rest of its competitions.

It Is Not Going To Be Available In The US

Buyers will be sad to know that the first model of Volkswagen’s ID cars is not going to be available in the US. What VW did is to introduce an entirely different line of ID cars in America, specifically a small crossover SUV based on 2017’s ID Crozz concept. That should arrive sometime in 2020. Another “spiritual successor” to VW’s Microbus that is based on 2017’s ID Buzz concept is also a possibility. This is scheduled for a 2022 introduction and will likely be joined by a commercial version.

It Is Going To Have A Conventional Design

We should not be surprised that the ID Neo will have a rather traditional design. The design elements are very similar to what we saw on the concept, though the production version is going to use conventional side mirrors rather than the concept’s camera-based system. It will also come with conventional door handles to replace the concept’s electric mechanism.

The vehicle’s single-electric motor at the rear axle will produce around 167 horsepower and multiple battery options that can go the distance—between 250 and 370 miles in range.

3 Amazing Things To Expect From The New Mercedes-Maybach GLS


What else can we expect from a Mercedes-Maybach but pure unadulterated luxury? The new Mercedes-Maybach GLS was spotted testing weeks before its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Remember that this is the top-of-the-line Maybach and since Mercedes is planning to expand the lineup with luxurious models, what better way to do that than add the GLS into the mix.

1. Chrome Detailing For A Plush Appearance

The Mercedes-Maybach GLS, which could be called the GLS560, has been spotted wearing a full camouflage though we did see some details that suggest chrome detailing to make it look plush and luxurious. It may also feature unique vertical grille slats. And since this is a Maybach model, we also expect to see a distinct badge and unique wheels.

The interior will be the primary focus of the changes that Mercedes will make in the GLS. Instead of the seven-seat layout, the Maybach variant will have a four-seat layout with captain chairs in place. The cabin will also be roomier and more comfortable.

2. Architecture Similar To BMW X7

Similar to the regular GLS and the BMW X7, the Maybach GLS will have an aluminum-and-steel bodyshell and advanced four-wheel-drive. Its use of the Modular High Architecture platform, which is also being used in the smaller GLE, will reduce the curb weight compared to the older GLS. The platform can also support a 48-volt electrical architecture and the latest in radar, camera, and sensor-supported driving functions.

3. New Engine And Plug-In Hybrid Option

It looks like the Maybach GLS will offer the AMG-developed M177 engine that’s found in the S560 as well. In the sedan, it can produce 462 horsepower. We don’t have the data for the Maybach GLS. This new engine replaced the turbocharged 4.7-liter, twin-turbocharged, V8 unit that’s in the current Mercedes-Benz GLS 500.

There could also be a plug-in hybrid option for the Maybach GLS, similar to the one in the S560e. That’s a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder electric supercharger that makes 362 horses. It comes with a 121-horsepower electric motor that has an electric range of 31 miles.

3 Things To Know About The Upcoming 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS

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There have been talks of a Maybach GLS as far back as 2014 and now, thankfully, after nearly five years, the first prototypes have been spotted recently exiting Mercedes’ main test center in Germany. This comes after Mercedes announced that it is working on a redesign for its GLS (formerly GL-Class) but this time, the ultra-luxurious Mercedes-Maybach model will be part of the lineup.

The Mercedes-Maybach GLS will challenge the Bentley Bentayga, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and potentially something else from Aston Martin’s revived Lagonda brand.

1. Exterior

The Maybach GLS will have the same body and lights like that of the regular GLS. The grille, however, will be unique with its vertical slats. We can see some of the planned exterior styling based on the Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept unveiled during the 2018 Beijing Auto Show.

The Maybach badges should be placed on the side pillars at the rear. Buyers might also get a chance to choose a two-tone paint scheme, an option that’s already being offered for Maybach S-Class buyers.

2. Interior

The Maybach GLS will have an extra spacious four-seater layout. A stretched version of Mercedes’ MHA platform should underpin the redesigned Mercedes GLS and this Maybach variant. The MHA platform has been extended for SUVs sized from the GLC up (but excluding the G-Class). It is closely related to the MRA platform found in most of the German carmaker’s sedans and coupes. That architecture is being used in the GLC. 

3. Powertrains

Expect the Maybach GLS to come with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. That should be its core unit. A plug-in hybrid version should also be an option. It’s still too early to talk about drivetrains, though, so there’ll be lots of updates to come in the next months.

The redesigned GLS is expected to debut this month at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show as a 2020 model while the Maybach variant will follow next year as a 2021 model.

More Details Emerge About The 2020 Cadillac CT5 Luxury Sports Sedan

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Cadillac hasn’t given us much to talk or think about when it comes to the 2020 Cadillac CT5 luxury sports sedan—seeing as the prototype has always been heavily camouflaged to the point that it’s barely recognizable. We think Cadillac wants us to think they’re merely testing the Charger, thanks to the big hood scoop and fake full-width taillights.

The last time we got spy photos of the CT5, we only glimpsed its front end. This time, thankfully, we’re seeing it from all angles and despite the fake body work, we can find some important new details about the luxury sports sedan.

The front lighting takes a new development. The production-ready headlights are fitted with what appears to be LED illumination and it takes on the same shape we saw on the last prototype. We believe this will end up higher on the front-end section, probably extending horizontally toward the grille. A section of the headlights would still bend to extend to the fender at the back. The design language of the headlights is meant to fuse the current Cadillacs and the Escala concept, which are the basis of the car’s overall body style.

There are also vertical LED accent lights, a trademark feature of the current Cadillacs and the Escala. This is a new detail since we didn’t see this development on the last prototype.

The grille’s details have also changed. Instead of the usual slats that we see in many Cadillacs and other sedans, the CT5 has a plastic mesh of small rectangles. Think of a brickwork and you’ll understand what the CT5 is getting into.

The back looks a typical Cadillac, though it’s less modern than the front end. There are angular cutouts in the bumper (probably to let exhaust gases out) and the taillights have the current Cadillac look with the top curving. The prototype used fake lights, so we can’t tell yet if it will be similar to the one on the Escala.

There’s a good chance the new CT5 will use existing Cadillac engines such as the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6, and the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6. The CT5 should be revealed sometime next year for the 2020 model year.

2020 Cadillac CT5 Photos

Here are new spy shots of the 2020 Cadillac CT5 from Autoblog:

New 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE Spotted Out And About

The Mercedes-Benz GLE will soon be redesigned, probably as an answer to BMW’s launching of the newest X5. The prototype for the new-generation of Mercedes’ mid-size luxury SUV has been spotted testing and we’re here to pick it apart for new information and details.

The current-generation GLE was never a redesigned model. It was introduced back in 2016 as a model for that year, but it was really just an update of the M-Class, which was launched in 2012. This redesigned model should focus on giving the GLE a new look. It will arrive for the 2019 model year, and should be on sale starting later this year or early next year.

How did we know this test vehicle was a GLE? The size and proportions would tell you that externally. But there was also a shot of the earlier test vehicles that showed the “W167” inscription on the rear. The current-generation GLE is internally referred to as a W166, so that makes sense, right?

The prototype has very light camouflage and disguise, and it’s easy to make out a number of details such as the massive grille and the more angular headlight shape. There’s also a more rugged look for the SUV’s body, thanks to the wide wheel arches that lead to the narrow cabin. Overall, the shape is more similar to the iconic G-Class with its strong lines and aggressive styling.

Inside, the layout is quite similar to the E-Class with the dashboard featuring a host of technology such as the dual-screen design and smartphone-like screen that is the main controller for the infotainment system. Speaking of infotainment system, that would be the new MBUX system that’s in the latest A-Class.

The MHA platform will be used for the new GLE. This is related to Mercedes’ MRA platform that’s in the German automaker’s sedans and coupes. Remember that it had its debut in the GLC? There’s also going to be a redesigned GLS in the future.

3 Things To Know About The New BMW 7 Series

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When the big twin-kidney grille debuted on the BMW X7 concept, there were a lot of criticisms mainly because the grille lacked the elegance and sophistication that BMW espoused since its birth. And yet, here’s the German company once more, using the same design on the all-new refreshed 7 Series.

Not only that, the kidney grille will, of course, also stay as the grille of choice on the production X7 and probably, the next X5 as well. A series of spy shots from Motor1 showed that the big sedan will sport the same buck-toothed kidney grille found on the X7 concept. The look was exaggerated further because of the slimmer and sleeker headlights on both sides of the grille.

1. Untouched Exterior

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If you’re a fan of the current 7 Series, you don’t have to worry because the exterior remained virtually untouched. Everything in the middle is as in the current-generation lineup and the taillights also have the same shape and size as the current model. The only difference is that there will be revised lighting elements under the lenses.

2. High-Tech Instrument Panel

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Everything is pretty much the same inside, except if you looked at the instrument panel, which is now sporting a complete flat screen that blends the physical and digital look thanks largely to the removal of the circular trim rings that were used in many BMW instrument screens in the past. It is not clear if the German automaker will follow on this trend for future vehicles.

There’s also a V12 badge inside, which might mean it could be an M760i given the presence of split tailpipes and covered C-pillar badge on the outside.

3. Revealed Later This Year

The production model for the refreshed 7 Series might be revealed no later than the last auto cycle this year or the beginning of next year. It will either be a 2019 or 2020 model.

3 Reasons To Watch Out For The 2018 Kia GT

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The production version of the 2018 Kia GT came back with an exciting new teaser that shows us more of what we can expect once it officially debuts next year.

Let’s jump to these three things all auto enthusiasts much watch out for:

1. It’s Going To Be A Liftback

Instead of the traditional body style, the 2018 Kia GT will have a liftback, according to the second teaser released. This means there’s going to be better cargo space at the back. It’s also a rear-wheel drive, so we can expect a slew of more adjustments and modifications in that aspect.

2. It’s The Fastest Kia Ever

This Kia will be able to go from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds, making it the fastest vehicle the South Korean brand has ever made. The teaser showed the car being tested on the track beside the Namyang Research and Development Center in South Korea.

During a testing in Germany at Nurburgring, the model was able to reach 244 kph, although its official site said that it has a maximum speed of more than 280 kph. The first teaser, in fact, showed the speedometer needle go over the 280 kph line.

3. It’s Packing Four-Cylinder Gas And Diesel Engine

The production version GT will be available in a wide range of four-cylinder options that include gasoline and diesel options. The flagship will feature Kia’s biturbo 3.3-liter V-6 engine. This is a new unit fitted also in Hyundai’s Genesis-branded premium models. There, it can produce 365 horsepower max and 376 pound-feet of torque.

Entry versions of the 2018 Kia GT can arrive with a new turbocharged 2.0-liter that was the same one you can find under the hood of the 2017 Hyundai i30 N. This can produce 250 horsepower. The European market can receive a turbodiesel engine.

There are no pricing details released by the South Korean company, but expect the 2018 Kia GT to arrive under a different name at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January 8.

Top 3 Things We Learned About The 2018 BMW 3-Series

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Spy shots for the prototype of BMW‘s next-generation 3-Series were released, and it looks like it can blow things out of proportion, at least for the segment it belongs to. Codenamed G20, this new prototype from BMW will be released by mid-2017 as a 2018 model.

The 2018 BMW 3-Series reportedly will become the benchmark for the small sedan segment in terms of performance and driving dynamics.

CLAR Platform Will Be Used

BMW engineers have developed one of the most advanced platforms in the automobile industry. The multi-material constructed CLAR modular design will allow BMW to catch up to its other competitions, namely Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac, with their small sedan offerings.

The CLAR made its debut on the 2016 7-Series and has since made its appearance on the 2017 5-Series.

The platform uses lightweight materials such as aluminum and magnesium. In the 7-Series, it used carbon fiber-reinforced plastic. Besides that, it can support alternative drivetrains such as plug-in hybrid and battery-electric applications.

The 3-Series will be the smallest model to use this platform.

Sporty Design Will Be The Exterior Element

The usual BMW styling is present on this prototype. That includes the kidney grille, Hofmeister kink and short overhangs. The front appears lower and wider, however, making many believe that it will have a sporty look, much like the Jaguar XE.

There are still no clear changes on the interior, but there might be a digital instrument cluster that will be paired with an advanced infotainment system complete with voice activation and gesture control.

The driver will have access to semi-autonomous modes.

Plug-In Hybrid Is Going To Be Available

In the US, the core powertrains will be the turbocharged 4- and 6-cylinder inline engines with 2.0 and 3.0 liters, respectively. Some markets might also have BMW’s 1.5-liter inline-3.

There will be diesel and plug-in hybrid options too. The plug-in hybrid will most likely use two electric motors under the setup of Power eDrive.

As for the high-performance variant, that is called the M3. Back in 2014, a prototype of this used a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 and two electric motors to produce 670 horsepower.

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