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Hyundai Santa Fe Spy Shots Surface Online

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After unveiling the new Hyundai Kona, new spy shots surfaced online showing a camouflaged prototype of the upcoming Hyundai Santa Fe. Despite the heavy covering, the form of the spied vehicle seems to bear a striking resemblance with the Kona.

The shape of the Santa Fe’s nose in the images here shows that it will sport an aggressive version of the Hyundai’s cascading grille much like the Kona. The bulges in the headlights, bumpers and front lip all indicate that it is based on its smaller crossover sibling too.

The source also noticed from the frontal shots of the Santa Fe that it is carrying Recaro racing seats. But then again, the seats might only not make it in the production version of the auto.

Going to the rear, the new Santa Fe looks like it is keeping many styling elements found in its predecessor. The roofline and window panels are almost alike. There is probably an update in the taillights of the vehicle though.

The report said that the Santa Fe in the spy shots might carry a 2019 model year since we just saw an update in its current model this year. The earliest possible unveiling of the vehicle might be in the next spring or next fall.

A Look at the Present Hyundai Santa Fe

As a recap, the present refreshed model of the Santa Fe has a starting price of $30,800. The vehicle is offered in eight trims. The auto is offered in SE, Limited, SE Ultimate and Limited Ultimate versions. Each of the mentioned models come in two variants—the front wheel drive and the all-wheel drive. The current Santa Fe comes with a V6 engine with 290 hp.

New Hyundai Santa Fe Spy Shots

Check out the spy shots of the upcoming Hyundai Santa Fe model provided by Autoblog in the gallery below:

2018 Ford Mustang GT Gets 7,500 RPM

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A new Ford Mustang GT is currently being tested. Spy shots of the car have surfaced a week ago giving us a preview of its external features. One of the leaked photos take us to the interior of the car, which reveal the revolutions per minute or rpm of its engine.

According to Fox News Auto, the new Mustang GT will bear a 2018 model year. The exterior upgrades include sleeker hood, revised headlamps and lower suspension.

What’s more interesting was the information revealed by the spy pictures of the car’s interior. The analog tachometer of the vehicle indicates that it is capable of generating 7,500 rpm.

Interior of the 2018 Ford Mustang GT.

Interior of the 2018 Ford Mustang GT.

Reports said the 2018 Mustang GT will get Ford’s updated 5.0-liter V8 engine. The unit is rumored to offer more power than the current one’s 435 hp. The new port, direct fuel injection and new intake system based on the Shelby GT 350’s 5.2-liter V8 are expected to bring about the boost in the output of the auto.

The new data hinted by the spy shot complements the concept of Ford for the new digital instrument cluster of the Mustang GT, which was released in January. The display of the rendering show up to 7,500 rpm while the car makes use of its Sport+ mode.

The source also claimed that the power of the Mustang GT will likely be distributed via a 10-speed automatic transmission similar to the one utilized by the F 150. Those who want the manual shifting process can opt for the re-engineered six-speed manual transmission of Ford.

The 2018 Mustang GT is will most probably hit the market by fall this year. In 2016, the Mustang was the best-selling sports car in the United States. The brand sold 105,000 units in the country. It outperformed its rival the Chevrolet Camaro by 30,000 last year.

Top 4 Things Revealed By The New 2018 Jeep Cherokee Spy Shots and Rumors

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New spy shots of the 2018 Jeep Cherokee emerged online once more. This time, the prototype seems to be shedding more of its camouflage, which gives us a better idea of what to look forward to in the vehicle.

Here’s what the new spy shots and reports revealed to us about the new Cherokee:

1. Design

The new Cherokee seems to be a mere update of its current generation model. The same form and body lines that adorned the existing model of the vehicle were carried to the upcoming SUV. However, the covered areas of the 2018 version of the auto hint where the major updates will take place.

Basing from the camouflaged portions of the new Cherokee, it will get redesigned bumpers and lighting. On the other hand, the wraps in the grille and rear hatch might not necessarily mean restyling. Instead, the covered areas likely hide the real identity of the vehicle before its official unveiling.

2. Engine

Information about the new Cherokee remain heavily guarded. According to the source though, the SUV will probably be equipped with Jeep’s new petrol-fed 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which will also be utilized by the new Wrangler.

The post added it is possible too that Jeep will carry over the current 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.2-liter V6 and 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engines of the Cherokee for the updated model. The engines might be reconfigured to offer a boost in their outputs.

At present, the four cylinder unit produces 130 kW and 299 Nm of torque. The V6 has 200 kW and 316 Nm of torque. The four-cylinder diesel gives off 125 kW and 350 Nm of torque.

3. High-Performance Model

There are rumors that a high-performance version of the 2018 Cherokee will follow in the form of a Trackhawk model.

4. Arrival

The 2018 Cherokee is expected to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December.

Spy Shots

Below are the latest spy shots of the 2018 Jeep Cherokee:

Check Out These Spy Shots of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler

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The Jeep Wrangler sports a classic, rugged and unique look combined with reliability and performance even on rough roads. The said features allowed it to survive the market since it came into production in 1986. Recently, a new model of the vehicle was spotted and spy shots of it were taken.

According to Car and Driver, which is the source of the latest spy shots, the new Wrangler will be unveiled before 2017 ends. The auto will be sold under a 2018 model year. It is estimated to cost near the $25,090 price tag of its current model.

1. Engine

The report claimed that the 2018 Wrangler will be available in diesel and hybrid versions. The vehicle was confirmed to get a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. There are no details yet about the possible output of the auto but the source mentioned that it will take either an eight-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual gearbox.

It added that the new Wrangler will be available in a four-wheel drive system with manually-operated transfer case. There is also a possibility that the upcoming Jeep will offer a turbocharged four-cylinder engine unit before the diesel and hybrid powertrains arrive.

2. Body

The 2018 Wrangler is expected to carry a new platform, which will be lighter than the one supporting the current model because of its more use of aluminum. The auto will have two-door, four-door and pickup designs.

3. Interior

The multimedia console of the Wrangler will receive significant upgrades. The infotainment touchscreen in high trim models will have better response and easier to operate, thanks to its Uconnect 3.0. Moreover, the article estimated that the touchscreen of the auto will measure 8.4 inches diagonally for the high-end units while the lower end trims will have the 5.0-inch screen.

Furthermore, there appears to be updated climate control system for the new Wrangler plus sound system controls as well as parking assist sensors, start-stop function for the engine, and heaters for the steering wheel.

Photos

Check out the spy shots of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler in the gallery below:

Top 4 Expectations About the 2019 Lamborghini Urus

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New spy shots of the Lamborghini Urus just surfaced out online. The crossover certainly looks very sporty and sexy due to its coupe-like elements matched with underpinnings found in Volkswagen vehicles, including the Porsche Cayenne and Bentley Bentayga.

Based on various insider sources, spy shots and hints from Lamborghini, here are the things we can expect from the upcoming crossover:

1. Massive Engine Output

Stefano Domenicali, CEO and President of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., revealed in an interview with Automotive News Europe that the Urus will be equipped with a twin-turbo V8 engine. He said that the unit will have an output of 650 hp. It is estimated that the torque of the engine will be at least 600 lb-ft.

2. Plug-In Hybrid Version

In addition to the V8 engine of the crossover will be an electric motor. Maurizio Reggiani, research and development chief of Lamborghini, told Autocar that the Urus will be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. As mentioned, the vehicle already has a powerful 650 hp V8 engine, so look forward to an additional boost from the electric motor.

3. Design Will Not Be Far From the Concept Model

Spy shots suggest that the Lamborghini Urus will follow the styling elements shown by its concept model at the Beijing Motor Show in 2012. The only notable changes seen in the production model compared from the concept version of the vehicle are the new positioning of the exhausts, absence of rear diffuser, reshaped rear windows and presence of roof rails.

4. Coming Next Year

The production version of the Lamborghini Urus will be launched next year with a 2019 model year. It will likely be sold in a limited number. The crossover will be assembled at the Lamborghini plant in Sant’Agata.

Photos

Check out the spy shots of the Lamborghini Urus provided by Autoblog in the gallery below:

2018 Volkswagen Polo Spied Without Camo Ahead of Its Debut at Frankfurt Motor Show

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The 2018 Volkswagen Polo is expected to make its world premiere at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. We are still a long way from September but the car has already been spied without its camouflage.

CarThrottle claimed that the spy shots of the sixth-generation Polo were taken while it was being tested in South Africa. The pictures show the car in a modest set of standard black steel wheels like the ones usually given out as a spare.

At the front, the new Polo resembles the Golf model of Volkswagen. A closer examination though would reveal that it is bigger than the said car. Therefore, it follows that the Polo is a bit more spacious. In addition, the upcoming Polo appears to have updated headlamps and taillights.

The Polo is noticeably sharing the same platform used by the Golf, Seat Ibiza and Skoda Fabia. It rides on the scalable MQB-A0 architecture of its maker.

According to Autocar, the Volkswagen Polo aims to go head-on against the Ford Fiesta in the market. The entry-level model of the auto will come with a 1.0-liter three cylinder petrol engine with 64 bhp. Other models will also carry the same engine but with configurations of 74 bhp, 94 bhp and 113 bhp.

A 1.5-liter engine version of the vehicle will have an output of around 128 bhp to 148 bhp. A Polo GTI variant is rumored too equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of producing 200 bhp. The source stated that the Polo GTI will be the range-topping model of the series as the brand will no longer offer a Polo R. Look forward to a hybrid Polo as well.

The Polo will still be available in diesel-fed engines. The report mentioned that it will drop the 1.4-liter three-cylinder diesel engine in favor of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder unit. The engine will be configured to deliver 79 bhp, 94 bhp and 108 bhp.

The Polo might not get a four-wheel drive system. On the other hand, its power will be distributed via five-speed and six-speed manual gearboxes. A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox will be optional.

3 Things You Have To Know About The 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

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If you have money to burn (we’re assuming a Jaguar is only for the moneyed, okay?), then the 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake is definitely something you need to have. Spy shots of a new XF wagon from Jaguar was seen being tested in Nurburgring and some surrounding roads.

Called the XF Sportbrake, the wagon will be the next generation of its predecessor unveiled last 2012. But unlike the current model in the market, this one is finally going to be sold in the United States.

Competition

You’ll want to know which brands the Jaguar is competing with this particular wagon of theirs, right? Well, it seems like based on specs and designs alone, the XF Sportbrake will be vying with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon, the Volvo V90, and the Porsche Panamera wagon, which is yet to be unveiled.

Future

This particular model is going to be the last body style for the current XF. The standard sedan versions were released in 2015 while in 2016, we saw the long-wheelbase XF L for the Chinese market. As for the XE sedan? There’s not going to be a wagon version of that, unfortunately. This was confirmed by Jaguar design head Ian Callum.

Power

We still don’t know exactly what’s under the hood of the XF Sportbrake. There’s a good chance, though, that Jaguar launches an XF SVR Sportbrake. This will the successor to the original XFR-S Sportbrake.

The XF SVR and the XFR-S Sportbrake will most likely offer the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine in the F-Type SVR. This engine can produce a whopping 575 horsepower.

The 2012 XF Sportbrake was one of Jaguar’s most successful wagons. It’s only fitting that Jaguar builds its predecessor. It will most likely launch in the second half of 2017, probably at the September Frankfurt Auto Show.

The market launch of the upcoming Jaguar XF Sportbrake is expected in 2018.

4 Things You’ll Want To Know About The 2017 Renault Alpine

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The Renault Alpine won’t be coming to US shores. It will be strictly for the European market only, though how far into Europe, we still don’t know, too. If you will remember, in 2012, Alpine and Caterham partnered to develop a platform that can be used for future Renault Alpine and Caterham sports car.

While Caterham dropped the plans, Renault pushed through with it. The 2017 Renault Alpine is possibly the prototype for the sports car that’s about to come.

1. Identical To Alpine Vision And Celebration Concepts

Renault unveiled in the past couple of years two concepts—the Alpine Vision and the Celebration. The spy shots confirmed that the prototype looks very similar to these two concepts. The similarities can be seen on the lines on the hood, the headlight arrangement, and the tri-panels on the side windows.

This prototype is clearly reminiscent of the Alpine.

2. Might Be Called A120 Or AS1

There is still no confirmation, but there are rumors within the auto industry that the sports car will keep with the tradition and will call itself the A120 or the AS1. The A120 is a “throwback” to the Alpine A110 Berlinette that came out between 1961 and 1977.

3. Competition Is The Alfa Romeo 4C And Porsche 718 Cayman

What’s a sports car without competition? Renault’s Alpine sports car will have heavy competitions against the Alfa Romeo 4C and the Porsche 718 Cayman. It is likely that it will have a rear-wheel drive that is paired with a turbocharged inline-4. It should be able to produce 270 horsepower that will allow it to go 0-60mph in under five seconds.

4. Production Will Be In France

Unfortunately, not only is the production going to be in France alone, this won’t also be shipped to the US. Renault’s Dieppe plant in the north of France was recently retooled to be able to handle the assembly of the chassis and body of the Alpine sports car.

Top 3 Expectations From The Chevrolet Blazer

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We are still unsure of what General Motors plans to call this midsize crossover seen being tested on the road. We assumed that the camouflaged Chevrolet vehicle being tested last week is indeed the model that hopes to bridge the gap between the Equinox and the Traverse.

Although it is smaller than the full-size Traverse, which is scheduled for a redesign for the 2018 model, the similarities are uncanny. Experts believe that this new vehicle from Chevrolet is going to be called the Blazer and that it will be the same size as the 2017 GMC Acadia.

1. It May Look Similar To The Acadia

The spy shots of the Chevrolet Blazer crossover SUV seen lately revealed the vehicle’s side profile. If we are to believe the photos we have just seen, we can assume that it will resemble the Acadia very closely.

But how did we know it was really a Chevy? Enough of the vehicle’s grille was visible through the camouflage and the sculpted headlights and LED daytime running lights are similar to the 2018 Equinox, which was brought to the limelight last September. Even the vehicle’s overall form gives off the feeling of it being a Chevrolet.

2. It Will Use The GM’s Chi Platform

Replacing the GM’s Theta Premium and Lambda platforms is the C1XX, pronounced as Chi. It is the platform specifically designed for the construction of midsize and full-size crossovers. Among its many features is that the power comes to the front wheels, it is transversely-mounted, its suspension system is dependent on the four wheels, it offers front- and all-wheel drives, it can support two- or three-row seating, and it has ample cargo space when the third row is up.

3. It Will Arrive As A 2018 Model Year

Before the Blazer is released to the market, we’ll get to see the redesigned Equinox first. The upgraded Equinox was made slower to give way to the Blazer, which will cover that part of the segment.

3 Things To Know About The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS

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Spy shots and a video of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS have been taken while the car was caught testing on the road lately. The new-generation CLS is closely related to the E-Class than the S-Class, so many thought that it would carry the CLE label.

The current generation has been around since 2012, so it’s just about time that the German automaker is coming up with a revamped edition. The new name strategy by Mercedes-Benz was disclosed in 2014, when it announced that the CLS name would remain. It did make sense at that time because the vehicle was already entering its third generation and was close to being on an icon-like level.

It Uses the MRA Design as Platform

The car will be pairing with the same platform used on the E-Class, though the spy shots showed the CLS is longer and wider, which makes sense to call it the CLS rather than the CLE. The model will apparently gap the bridge between the CLS and the CLE.

If you remember the MRA design used as platform for the C-Class and E-Class, this is going to be based on that. The platform will allow for the following options: a rear- or all-wheel drive, a standard nine-speed automatic transmission, and plug-in hybrid capability.

It has Two Powertrain Options Initially

We only have information about the new Mercedes-Benz CLS for the US market. The standard powertrain would be Mercedes’ new turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 while the higher variant is Mercedes’ version of Mercedes AMG-developed twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine.

It Will Have Mercedes-AMG Versions

Mercedes-AMG will reportedly build its own CLS43 and CLS63 versions. In fact, Affalterbach tuner is already waiting to put its own mark on the coupe-like sedan that will resemble its GT sports car.

The CLS will arrive next year as a 2019 model. Those who want to see a wagon body style will be sorely disappointed, though, because there isn’t going to be a repeat of what Mercedes calls the Shooting Brake.

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