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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.

Spy Video Teases 2017 Peugeot 3008

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Earlier spy photo of the 2017 Peugeot 3008.

As we’re waiting for the official presentation of the 2017 Peugeot 3008, we may have to content ourselves with a spy video released on video sharing platform YouTube. There is not much to see, but better this than nothing, right?

The video shows the production-ready Peugeot 3008 passing by in a fleeting moment of ecstasy for those waiting for its final release. The low-resolution video didn’t reveal anything in terms of how the car would look like up front, but it did give us a clear glimpse of how attractive this is from the back.

First, let’s talk a bit about the front. It has a considerably different façade from the other cars churned out by the brand. It features an aggressively styled grille with the company’s lion badge at the center. On the side, it has slim headlights on the wide front bumper finished with the silver faux bash plate.

Because of such features, experts are pointing out to the possibility that the new 3008 might be taking after the recently previewed Peugeot Quartz concept, shown at the 2014 Paris motor show.

The short and blurry video also teased us with a brief shot of the car’s sides—the wheels’ arches and side skirts are clad in black plastic. This gives the 3008 a more SUV-like appearance. Topping the sides aesthetics are new alloy wheels filling the wheel arches.

The video might not be able to show the car’s interior, but it should have a futuristic cockpit as previewed by Peugeot’s i-Cockpit last month. This features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display.

Previous reports said the new 3008 would be revealed at the Paris motor show this coming September, but it looks like we might see this sooner than that. France’s Automobile Magazine is reporting it will be revealed on May 23.

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