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BMW has unveiled their all-new X4 online instead of the Geneva Motor Show – where it was originally supposed to be revealed but now will debut at the New York Auto Show. BMW is calling it a Sports Activity Coupe, and like the X5 and X6, the X4 will be a sportier model.
It will be offered in two trims for the North American market – the X4 xDrive28i and the X4 xDrive35i. The powertrain options will be the same as the X3. The first option, the xDrive28i model will have a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Whereas the other model, the xDrive35i will push 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Both engines will send the power to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission using BMW’s own xDrive.
The X4 is 0.6 inches longer than the X3 and 1.5 inches lower to the ground that resembles the X6 model. Drivers will have an option of either 19 or 20-inch wheels. Inside, the X4 has from 17.7 to 49.4 cubic feet of cargo space. BMW says that even though the roof slopes down towards the rear, the X4 can still accommodate three passengers in the back. The X4 will also have a standard power-operated liftgate and with BMW’s optional Smart Opener system it can be opened simply by the movement of your foot.
BMW has not yet announced Canadian pricing for the X4, but pricing in the United States for the xDrive28i will be $45,625, and the xDrive35i will start at $48,925. The X4 is set to hit dealers this spring.
The Jeep Renegade was officially unveiled earlier at the Geneva Motor Show. The Renegade, which will be replacing the Patriot and Compass is set to be sold in over 100 countries.
The new Jeep rides on the same small-wide platform as the Fiat 500L and has compact dimensions and affordable pricing to go with it. It features a 101.2-inch wheelbase, which is the same as the Kia Soul, but the Renegade is 3.6-inches longer and 3.5-inches taller. Inside, there is approximately 118.6 cubic feet of interior volume, which is more than its competitors. When the second row seats are down it can expand to 30.7 cubic feet of storage. If more space is needed, Jeep says a five-foot ladder can be accommodated because of a fold-forward front seat.
Front-wheel drive is standard, but two four-wheel drive systems are offered as well. Jeep Active Drive is a full-time 4x4 system with a fuel-savings rear axle disconnect. The Jeep Active Drive Low has a 20:1 crawl ratio.
There will be up to 16 powertrain combinations in other markets, but North America may only have a choice between two engines and transmissions. The Renegade entry-level model is equipped with a 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine good for 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is exclusive to that model. Another option is the ‘Tigershark’ which is a 2.4-litre four-cylinder paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. That model can push about 184 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Both all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive can be had with either engine.
Inside, Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system is available with either 5.0 or 6.5-inch touchscreens. Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, rear cross path detection, a backup camera and heated seats and steering wheel will also be added options for the Renegade.
True to Jeep style, The Renegade can be ordered with a two-piece removable roof. My Sky, consists of fiberglass-polyurethane panels that can be removed and stored in the trunk.
The newest addition to the Jeep family will be arriving into European dealerships this summer before coming to North America in the winter.
Ferrari just got a lot sexier after they unveiled their new California T at the Geneva Motor Show. The bodywork, which is allegedly inspired by the Testa Rossa, isn’t the only good thing about this new beauty. The California T has a twin turbo 3.8-litre V8 engine under the hood, which is good for 552 horsepower and a whopping 523 pound-feet of torque. Aside from the power and looks, the car is 15 per cent more fuel-efficient.
The carbon-ceramic brakes can stop this bad boy from a 100 kilometres per hour velocity in 34 metres. But from a stop, the car can jump to 100 kilometres per hour in just a mere 3.6 seconds. The California T has an updated chassis design that allows for a new steering box and suspension setup. Because of the retractable hardtop, the coupe is able to transform into a convertible in only 14 seconds. For the interior, the Ferrari will have a new infotainment system and push-button transmission controls.
Celebrating their 20th birthday this year, Koenigsegg is taking their hypercar to the next level with the Agera One:1. The Swedish specialists claim that the car is the world’s first megacar, as it’s the first production car with 1,341 horsepower and a one-to-one ratio of power-to-weight. Those stats mean it should get status beyond a super or hyper car.
The Agera One:1 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.0-litre V8 pushing 1,341 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque. The car is also equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. When Koenigsegg designed the car, top speed was not a factor but it has a simulated top speed of around 440 kilometres per hour making it the world’s fastest production car. Unfortunately, the One:1 will never be able to hold a Guinness record, because only six cars will be built – and all of them are sold.
The One:1 is meant to be a track focused car. It has 2 Gs of cornering capabilities with road-legal tires and up to 1,345 pounds of downforce at 260 kilometres per hour from an active rear wing, and active left and right flaps. The chassis is able to predict the road ahead using a GPS and drivers can even calculate telemetry after with a 3G connection sending the data from the car to an iPhone app.
Koenigsegg had a pretty good idea for a 20th birthday present – and will have the One:1 at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
Aston Martin will be revealing two new special edition cars at the Geneva Motor Show. The V8 Vantage N430 will be available in both a coupe and roadster body style. It will push out the same 430 horsepower of the 4.7-litre V8 Vantage S. The car will be offered with a six-speed manual transmission as standard or an optional seven-speed sequential gearbox. From a stop, the car should be able to hit 96 kilometres per hour in 4.6 seconds, with a top speed of 305 km/h.
Aside from the speed, the car will have a carbon fibre body trim and 10-spoke alloy wheels. On the inside, it will be equipped with Kevlar seats, magnesium paddle shifts and some carbon fibre trim pieces. Buyers will also have an option of a 1,000-watt Bang and Olufsen sound system.
Aston Martin will also have Carbon Black and Carbon White editions of the DB9 that are equipped with additional carbon-fibre trim to compliment or contrast the exterior paint. Auto enthusiasts will have to travel to Europe to see the new Vantage V8 or DB9 carbon editions because both will not be coming to North America.
Volkswagen has revealed a new plug-in hybrid version of the performance Golf that will sit beside the GTI and the GTD. The GTE is set to debut in a little over a week from now at the Geneva Motor Show, but VW has started to announce details ahead of that date.
The GTE will push 201 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. And when in all-electric mode, the car can get up to around 50 kilometres in range. When the car is in ‘theoretical’ mode, the driving range is supposed to be about 940 kilometres.
The GTE will be holding a 1.4-litre turbocharged, direct-injected engine assisted by an electric motor via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. When the car is running on just electricity, the car will top out around 130 kilometres per hour, but if the gasoline engine is running, the car is capable of reaching 217 kilometres per hour. From a stop, the VW will reach 100 kilometres per hour in roughly 7.6 seconds.
In terms of re-charging the GTE, VW is similar to most other plug-in vehicles taking roughly 3.5 hours to be fully charged from a wall outlet. If owners use a specific home charging station or a public station, they can expect the time to be cut by an hour. Volkswagen’s new GTE will be making its official debut in early March when doors open for the auto show in Geneva.
Thanks to a McLaren tease, we were provided a glimpse of what to expect from the 650S when it heads to the Geneva Motor Show. The leak revealed that the 650S is pretty much what was to be expected, a more powerful car that will fit between the MP4-12C and the P1 hypercar.
Specifics have not been announced yet, but rumours suggest the car will have a 3.8-litre V-8 engine good for pushing out 650 horsepower and 485 pound-feet of torque. The 650S engine output has been raised 25 horsepower and 42 pound-feet of torque over the 12C.
It has a lot of styling features that follow in the footsteps of the P1. There are new LED headlights, a more integrated front splitter designed to increase down force, and the door blades allow the air to be directed around the car. The 650S and the 12C are essentially the same as far as aerodynamics are concerned. The 650S will have a new airbrake, which is an improvement from the one found in the 12C model. The car will also have lightweight wheels wrapped by Pirelli PZero Corsa tires and carbon ceramic brakes on all corners.
McLaren will officially reveal the 650S at the Geneva Motor Show when the doors open on March 4th.
The all-new 2015 Acura TLX Prototype performance-luxury sedan made its Canadian debut today at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. Developed around the theme of a “Red Carpet Athlete”, the TLX will deliver a compelling blend of luxury refinement and sports-sedan athleticism, with exhilarating performance enhanced by next-generation Acura powertrain and dynamic handling technologies. Available across Canada this summer, the TLX will join the ILX compact luxury sedan and the RLX luxury performance sedan as the third vehicle in Acura’s sedan lineup.
“The Acura TLX Prototype is an exciting new addition to our luxury sedan lineup,” said Jerry Chenkin, President and CEO, Honda Canada. “Combining sporty nimbleness with innovative and adaptive technologies, we aimed to create a personal and more connected driving experience for our customers.”
The TLX Prototype presents a lithe exterior form, taut body surfaces and sports-sedan proportions. Its sporting character is further highlighted by its low and wide stance, shortened front and rear overhangs, dynamically sculpted fender arches, and purposeful character lines. Acura’s signature Jewel Eye™ LED headlights imbue the TLX Prototype with an advanced and bright-eyed appearance while producing superior down-the-road illumination. Another prototype-exclusive feature is the tailor-made side mirrors. Keying off of the Jewel Eye LED headlights, each mirror has a row of LED lights fused into its base. Click on the turn indicator, and the LEDs come to life, spreading a moving glow around the bottom of the mirror for a high-tech, 3D appearance.
Dimensionally, the TLX Prototype is positioned neatly in between the smaller ILX and larger RLX sedans. The 2015 TLX sedan is 97 mm shorter in overall length (4831 mm) than the current TL, yet rides on the same 2775 mm wheelbase as the TL. Despite its more compact exterior footprint, the TLX design targets the most spacious interior in the midsize luxury sedan class with an open and airy greenhouse, commanding sight lines, ample cargo capacity and comfortable seating for five adults.
With its low and wide stance, rigid yet lightweight body, and nimble and responsive chassis, the TLX is designed to deliver confident, precise and refined ride and handling performance in almost any driving situation. It pairs power and efficiency with deft agility and is designed to be an intuitive and confidence-inspiring driving partner; a vehicle that epitomizes Acura’s dynamic concept of “performance at the will of the driver.”
The 2015 TLX Prototype also communicates the diverse range of advanced technologies and performance options that will be available to Acura TLX customers – including two-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations; two high-revving, highly fuel-efficient new i-VTEC® engines; new 8-speed and 9-speed electronic transmissions; and the next generation of Acura Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) and Precision All Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS™) dynamic performance and handling technologies.
The 2015 TLX will offer advanced new powertrains that will deliver highly responsive, refined and efficient power delivery. An all-new 2.4-litre 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine employs direct-injection and Acura’s i-VTEC® valvetrain, and is significantly lighter than previous Acura engines of similar configuration and displacement. The new engine is mated to an all-new 8-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) with torque converter. This new 8-speed DCT takes full advantage of the 2.4-litre engine’s broad power band, delivering incredibly quick and smooth gear changes, expertly matching engine revs on down shifts, and putting the power down in a responsive and intuitive way.
For even greater power and performance, there is a 3.5-litre SOHC V-6 that also employs direct injection and i-VTEC variable valve control and cam timing along with fuel-saving Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) cylinder deactivation technology. The 3.5-litre V-6 is mated to a new 9-speed automatic transmission with closely spaced gear ratios and a wide overall ratio range to further extend engine performance and fuel efficiency. Both the 2.4-litre and 3.5-litre TLX models will target fuel economy ratings at the top of the midsize luxury sedan class.
Two-wheel-drive models with either the 2.4- or 3.5-litre powerplant will utilize the next generation of Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS) technology with independent left and right rear wheel toe control. As four-wheel steering becomes an increasingly popular technology on high-performance automobiles, Acura continues to evolve and improve the capabilities of its cutting-edge P-AWS system, first launched on the RLX sedan in 2013, to deliver even more responsive handling, precise steering control and high-speed stability.
The TLX SH-AWD™, available exclusively with the 3.5-litre V6 engine and 9-speed transmission, employs a new generation of Acura’s signature Super-Handling All Wheel Drive™ technology that is 25 per cent lighter and incorporates new torque-vectoring control logic.
Understanding that customization is a key component of luxury, the TLX will feature an Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) to allow for further personalization and a sportier driving experience. The four driving modes – ECON (Economy), Normal, Sport, and a new Sport+ mode – take full advantage of the TLX’s high-performance capabilities. Depending on which mode the driver selects, the Integrated Dynamics System will adjust Electric Power Steering (EPS), throttle response, SH-AWD and P-AWS control logic, transmission shift mapping, Active Noise Control settings and HVAC control in accordance with the preferences of the driver.
Also in keeping with its luxury sedan status, the TLX was designed to deliver vault-like quietness in all driving conditions, with major improvements in noise reduction through enhancements to body stiffness, body sealing and sound insulation, and the application of electronic Active Noise Control.
The TLX utilizes Acura’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and is expected to achieve the highest available safety ratings – a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The TLX will be available with Acura’s most advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies including Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Blind Spot Indicator (BSI).
Electric cars are becoming more popular and Kia wanted to join the party. On press day at the Chicago Auto Show, Kia unveiled their first ever full EV, the 2015 Soul EV.
The EV is based on the second-generation Soul and has only a few differences from the gas-powered machine. The EV has specific paint colours, 16-inch wheels and LED lighting elements.
The Soul EV is powered by an 81.4kilowatt electric motor, which is good for 109 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque. It will also come with an air-cooled 27kilowatt hour lithium polymer battery that should allow a driving range of about 128-160 kilometres. The EV will max out at around 145 kph.
For the battery to reach full from completely empty, Kia says it will take approximately 24 hours from a standard 120-volt outlet. The higher of the voltage coming from the outlet, will reduce the amount of time to be charged.
Along with the green drivetrain, the EV also has an interior of eco-friendly materials. The Soul EV has an option for a heat pump, which will use power from the electric system to warm the vehicle.
Buyers will be able to choose from limited two-tone colours that are exclusive to the EV. Pearl White body with an Electric Blue roof, a Caribbean Blue body with a Clear White roof, and Bright Silver accompanied by a Clear White roof. Seating wise, both cloth and leather are available – they are both gray with blue accents.
The Kia Soul EV will at first only be available to a few EV-friendly states in the United States that have the proper infrastructure for it. Those include California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Maryland.
It will go on sale during the third quarter with prices to be announced closer to the sale date.
Subaru has leaked images of the 2015 Legacy before its debut at the Chicago Auto Show. The new look is sleeker and more appealing than the previous Legacy. The set of images show that the lines are similar to the 2015 WRX, as well as the hood and headlights.
Although no official numbers have been released on the Legacy, it will probably hold the same engine as before - a 2.5-litre boxer four-cylinder engine, which can push out 175 horsepower. The 3.6-litre six-cylinder that can push 256 horsepower could be offered as well. Only time will tell and there’s still a change that another engine option could be the turbocharged engine from the WRX.