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Porsche Panamera is Getting a Mid-Cycle Facelift

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The second-generation of the Porsche Panamera was just unveiled around three years ago. So in the automotive world, it’s not yet that old, but new spy shots reveal that the model is getting a mid-cycle refresh.

As the norm, a production car’s mid-cycle facelift only involves a few cosmetic enhancements. That’s exactly what we are looking at when the Panamera was caught by Motor1 while it was undergoing testing in Germany.

A closer examination of the upcoming Panamera model shows a few portions of it covered in black wraps. These hint the areas where the changes in the car will take place.

From the images, we can see that the front bumper and the lower part of the rear glass panel are hidden from plain sight. We suspect that the covered parts will receive styling cues coming from the latest 911. The headlamps and taillamps appear to be concealing a few graphical updates too.

Fortunately, the spy photographer also snapped a few pictures of the car’s interior. From there, we can see a new steering wheel in the cockpit.

There’s no information yet about any revisions in the engine of the Panamera. However, it was rumored that the car will get a new range-topping model, codenamed “Lion, that will go head-to-head against the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT 73 4-Door. With that, the most potent form of the Panamera might get up to 820 hp.

The facelifted 2021 Porsche Panamera is expected to be unveiled as early as next year, which also coincides with the debut of its Mercedes rival.

Hyundai To Release 2020 Genesis GV80 This Year

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The arrival of the Genesis GV80 this year will signal Hyundai’s first foray into the luxury SUV brand. It’s already been tested in public roads, but we got the new spy shots to further whet your appetite. The GV80 will be based on the brand’s G80 sedan, sharing much of its underpinnings, as well as that of other Genesis products.

It’s interesting to see Genesis jumping into the full-sized SUV bandwagon based on the spy shots of TopSpeed. The GV80 will specifically go against the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the BMW X7.


The GV80 will not be far off from the concept introduced in 2017, but the more extreme features will not be part of the production vehicle. The production model will keep the lower LED stripes with the upper units sporting the conventional headlamps as seen on the sedans. The shape and size of the grille will be similar to the concept, but the big slab of chrome we’ve seen on the concept won’t make it to the production line.

There will be two different front grilles for the GV80: a standard-spec SUV with thin, horizontal slats, and a Sport model with a honeycomb mesh.

At the back, there will be larger taillights compared to the slender ones seen on the concept. The bumper will also have a conventional design while the rear windows will most likely be redesigned.

Overall, although the production GV80 will not be as aggressive in style like the concept, it has that luxury feel needed to compete with the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the BMW X7.


The GV80 will most likely use Genesis’ existing powertrains. That means to expect V-6 and V-8 units. For reference, the larger G80 sedan sports a 3.8-liter V-6 that utilizes a three-stage variable intake system, triangular fuel injector pattern, air-gap exhaust manifold, and a two-stage oil pump. It generates 311 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 293 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm.

Then, there’s the 5.0-liter Tau V-8 that makes 420 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm.

Both of the engines will be mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive will most probably be standard on the base model, but an AWD should be an option too.

The Volkswagen ID.4 SUV Is Ready For Production

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The Volkswagen ID.4 SUV, which will come a year after the ID.3 hatchback arrives in dealerships, has been spotted in its production form for the first time. The SUV is due to come in showrooms by the summer of 2021.

As expected, this bodywork has more conventional SUV proportions than the ID. Crozz concept, on which the ID.4 SUV was based on. The concept was introduced at the Shanghai Auto Show last 2017. Instead of the concept’s coupe-inspired rear liftback, the ID.4 SUV has a practical tailgate, as well as B-pillars and wing mirrors, both of which are missing from the ID. Crozz concept.

Many features have been retained from the concept such as the trademark ID, LED headlights, daytime running lights, raked windscreen line, blanked-off radiator grille, and the rugged plastic moldings for the side skirts and wheel arches.

The ID.4 SUV is based on the MED platform. This means that Volkswagen will likely offer the SUV in a range of drivetrain options with probably different power outputs. The less expensive variants are expected to feature a single electric motor, two-wheel drive, and smaller battery packs while the more expensive ones will likely arrive with a pair of motors and four-wheel-drive.

The battery packs will range from 45kWh to 77kWh in size. It will offer an electric range between 200 and 300 miles.

Volkswagen has yet to announce the exact technical and performance specifications of the ID.4 SUV although the ID. Crozz concept features a pair of electric motors that have power outputs of 302bhp, a top speed of 112mph, an all-electric range of 500km (311 miles).

The production form gave us a peek of the car’s interior. It has that “floating” infotainment screen and digital instrument cluster. Since the ID.3 is expected to come packed with voice control and satellite navigation, we should see the same in the ID.4.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Spied in Full Camo

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Capitalizing on the success of its rival in introducing the Mercedes-Benz CLA in the market, BMW is getting its 2 Series Gran Coupe ready. Recently, the car was spied while making its rounds.

The prototype spied by Motor1 appears in a heavy camouflage so it is still hard to make out its features. However, we can confirm that it is indeed a BMW because of its distinctive kidney grille in front. We can also see some traces of the 1 Series in the design of the auto, but with a sportier stance plus some differences in the layout of the air intakes located at the bumper, lightings, and dimensions. Furthermore, the images hint that we might be looking at the high-performance trim of the car due to the blue brake calipers found on its wheels.

All we have right now are exterior shots of the 2 Series Gran Coupe but we expect that some of the tech found in the 1 Series will be carried over to the car. Meanwhile, it is likely that it will get the same engine found in the X2 crossover.

With that, the car might come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with at least 302 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission will be responsible for distributing its power to BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

Since BMW has no plans to ever introduce the new 1 Series in the US market, the 2 Series Gran Coupe might fill the void it created. The vehicle will go head-to-head with the CLA when it comes out next year.

4 Things We Can Expect From The Mid-Engined 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette

The mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette is finally going into production. It has been a long time coming… seven decades, in fact, for those who have been counting. It all started with the 1964 CERV II until the 1990 CERV III. Even after featuring radical designs that could change the game forever, Chevrolet never moved these concepts into production.

And yet, on July 18, Chevy is finally going to unveil the 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette. What are we expecting?

The Corvette Is Going To Be A Supercar

No matter what Chevy does with the mid-engined Corvette, one thing is for sure: the brand is going to wow us. There have been so many spy shots of the car it’s hard to imagine how it’ll really look like, though we expect a short nose because the engine is placed behind the front seats. It’ll also look more like a supercar than an American muscle car. It will also have the most advanced technology—a high-definition instrument cluster and screen—we’ll ever get to see in a Chevy.

The Corvette Is Going To Be Powerful

The C8 Corvette is powered by a traditional 6.2-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 that, by itself, can produce 850 horses. But rumors have it that the car will offer hybrid power, too, which means the possibility of an AWD setup and 1,000 horsepower or more. The sprint to 60 mph should take only three seconds while the top speed is at 220 mph. There’ll be no manual transmission and it will be dual-clutch only.

The Corvette Is Going To Try To Topple The Ford GT At The 24 Hours Le Mans

Sure, it might not be this year, but we’re betting the Corvette is going to try to put out the Ford GT at the 24 Hours Le Mans. It’s inevitable. Chevy didn’t wait almost seven decades to produce a car that won’t be able to battle it out with the likes of the Ford GT.

The Corvette Is Going To Wow Us During Its Debut

Chevy is going livestream its debut, and it’s also flying journalists all over the country to see the C8 Corvette in the flesh. Expect to see a great show that, much like the mid-engined Corvette, is seven decades in the making.

New 2019 Audi A3 Spotted In Standard Trim

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Wasn’t it just recently that we spotted the sporty S trim of the new 2019 Audi A3? Well, this time it’s the standard trim that has been spotted being tested on the road. The new generation of A3 is being prepared for launch later this year and it’s bound to go on sale in early 2020.

The spy shots showed that Audi will continue to reinvent the A3 to fit the brand’s new design language. The new model’s lighting design and front-end design are inspired by the latest A4 while the cabin should have features identical to the Virtual Cockpit setup in the Q3 SUV.

This new A3 will have a range of conventional and plug-in hybrid powertrains. Mechanically, it is expected to follow the footsteps of the Volkswagen Golf, including the plug-in hybrid powertrain that’s expected to be fitted in the new Golf GTE. Audi will also use the Golf’s regular petrol engines featuring 12-volt and 48-volt mild-hybrid systems.

What’s clear for now, though, is that Audi is not planning an all-electric version for the A3.

Another bad news is that the three-door A3 will likely to be discontinued because of poor market performance. Audi produced 7,818 examples of the three-door A3 and 167,741 units of the five-door A3 Sportbacks in 2017.

The company plans to come up with 12 pure-electric models by 2025. A car the size of the A3 has already been confirmed a part of this plan. It’s not the A3 per se. Rather, it’s going to be launched as an upmarket alternative to the Volkswagen ID. It will also use the VW Group’s new MEB EV platform.

We can expect A3’s lineup to include a Cabriolet, a Saloon, and a longer four-door coupe in the future. The latter would most likely be in competition with the new Mercedes CLA.

2020 Mini Cooper S E Shows Off Unique Features

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Mini’s latest electric car, the 2020 Mini Cooper S E, was photographed entirely uncovered by spy photographers. The Mini was caught in its full glory as it was doing a photo shoot, which was probably for press and marketing materials.

From the outside, the dealership-ready car isn’t all that different from the regular 2019 Mini Cooper hatchback and convertible. However, the spy photos did reveal some telling and unique features on this new electric Mini.

The front grille loses that mesh-like appearance. It has been filled in and a singular highlighter yellow stripe runs in the middle. The yellow highlighter stripe has a small opening to allow the engine to breathe. This was the same thing we saw on the concept, so it wasn’t much of a surprise that Mini decided to go with it. There’s also the circular medallion attached to the stripe, indicating that this is an electric version.

Aside from that, the only changes on the exterior are the debossed electric logo on what used to be the fuel-filler door. Obviously, this now houses the charging port. The wheels are also smaller versions of what was seen in the concept model. The panels, bumpers, lights, metal body, and windows were all similar to the regular Mini.

Details about the powertrain have not been made available, but here’s hoping it follows the footsteps of the 2009 Mini E, which produced 204 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. It also has a range of 150 miles.

We expect that the 2020 Mini Cooper S E will be ready for the market very soon. After all, Mini is already taking official photos of the car. We could probably see Mini’s latest electric car at the Frankfurt Motor Show a couple of months from now, though we won’t be surprised if the company decides to have an earlier launch.

2020 Nissan Titan Gets New Front, Rear, And Interior


Nissan is preparing its new 2020 Titan to go against the likes of the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ram 1500, and Toyota Tundra. The Japanese automaker’s new 2020 Nissan Titan pickup truck is expected to wear a new front and rear, as well as an entirely revamped interior.

Spy photographers have recently caught a prototype of the Titan testing on the roads of Michigan. The front and rear designs are wrapped in heavy camouflage but a quick look into the interior says Nissan is busy upgrading the truck’s cabin, too.

The current-generation 2017 Titan was expected to go head-to-head with the F-150’s and the Silverados of the light-duty pickup truck segment, but the Titan lags both in rugged capability and interior quality. This new look could be the break Nissan is looking for in terms of sales.

Nissan only said 9,700 units of the Titan and the larger Titan XD in the first quarter of 2019. That’s a decrease of 24% from the same period last year. The numbers lag behind Ford, GM, and Ram with more than 100,000 units sold. Toyota had 25,000 Tundra trucks sold during the same period.

Though the prototype has hidden its front headlights, taillights, and front grille well, the photos showed that the bumper grille appears the same as the current models. The Titan’s silhouette and body styling remain unchanged, too.


It is in the interior that Nissan seems to be apologizing to its market as it now removed, thankfully, the CD slot and upgraded that into an infotainment screen. The new truck will also have an eight-inch screen, a tad bigger than the five-inch and seven-inch screens the current generation has.

The current Titan falls below in engine options and high fuel-economy ratings but that might change with the 2020 Titan as Nissan could offer a 3.7-liter V6 as its base engine. The larger Titan XD may also come with the standard V8 engine or the optional five-liter Cummins turbodiesel to increase the towing capacity and driving range.

The BMW i4 EV Interior Is Just Your Average Joe

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The new BMW i4 EV has been spotted testing a couple of times before and its prototype gave us a good glimpse of how it will look like outside. These recent photos are going to give us more to talk about though. For the first time since we were first teased of its coming, the BMW i4’s interior came front and center.

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And does it really surprise us that it looks like an average BMW? In fact, it is so normal that there was nothing that stood out to us in the new spy shots. Since the BMW i4 looks like a regular BMW from outside, the fact that its cabin hasn’t been upgraded to a funky little number should not come as a shock.

We’re just a little curious why BMW did not follow the same path as the i3. Though the BMW i3 is a bit dated at this point, its interior is still funky cool and modern. But with the i4, even if it comes from its i division, the German automaker seems to want to return to being just a normal luxury car.

While most of the interior is still covered with camouflage, we now have a clear view of the infotainment screen, the climate control, and the gear shift. These major components of the car’s cabin are enough for us to judge that the i4’s interior is anything other than ordinary.

The direction that BMW took with the i4’s interior is in stark contrast to what the Tesla Model 3 is working on. Tesla is reportedly thinking of reinventing the typical car interior though we don’t have any proof that the EV maker is set on that path. Once both cars are on sale, we’ll see if BMW was right about keeping its EV’s cabin simple and practical.

There’s still a long way to go before we see the final production version of the BMW i4. The car is slated to enter production in 2021 and BMW has high expectations for it, promising a 372-mile range as the minimum. The car is said to be able to hit 62 mph from a standstill in under four seconds.

Porsche Taycan Spy Photos Revealed More of The EV’s Front End Design

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We have seen Porsche Taycan prototypes before but never the way these spy photos were taken. It feels like we have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Mind you, we only want to have a glimpse of how the Taycan will look like from the front end.

Luckily, one member of the managed to come across the electric vehicle from Porsche in its full prototype glory, with only a bit of camouflage covering the car. It is only now that we can have a glimpse of the true shape of the Taycan’s headlights and if these spy shots are any indication, we say these headlight units are very aggressive and almost un-Porsche like in its dynamism.

While we expect the headlights to flow naturally with the rest of the bodywork, this is not going to happen with the Porsche Taycan. Porsche has gone the route of an edgier design. The lightning units have been tucked away in a little nook, effectively distorting that image we have of the Taycan as having a singular flowing design.

The sculpting from the headlight units angles downward to where the lower front fascia is located. This created an aggressive look that’s distinct only to the Taycan.

The lower bumper is devoid of camouflage also and the spy photos showed that there’ll be a huge opening there. While we expect the opening to be large because this is an electric car, maybe the one on this prototype is a little too large for our liking. Still, we expect this one’s done for aerodynamic purposes or to help cool down the electric powertrain. If it’s going to make the Taycan easier to handle then, we suppose that’s a good gamble.

The final design for the Taycan should be ready in time for the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall. Then, the all-electric Porsche will start production for the 2020 model year.

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