The Truth About Cars » Future Vehicles http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:52:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Future Vehicles http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/news-blog/future-vehicles/ New York 2015: 2016 Hyundai Tucson Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-hyundai-tucson-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-hyundai-tucson-revealed/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:38:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1036721 Here it is: the new face of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, as revealed at the 2015 New York Auto Show The new look for the Tucson comes with LED lighting throughout the front, surrounding its new corporate grille. The wheelbase gains over an inch in length, LEDs can be found the door handles and taillights, […]

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Here it is: the new face of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, as revealed at the 2015 New York Auto Show

The new look for the Tucson comes with LED lighting throughout the front, surrounding its new corporate grille. The wheelbase gains over an inch in length, LEDs can be found the door handles and taillights, and 19-inch alloys surround all corners for the first time in the crossover’s existence.

Power comes from a standard 2-liter four-cylinder pushing 164 horses and 151 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed automatic to the front or all four wheels with optional AWD, the latter due after the crossover’s showroom arrival.Fuel economy for the FWD version is estimated to be 23 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined.

An optional 1.6-liter turbo-four — paired with a dual-clutch transmission — is available for Eco, Sport and Limited trims, bringing 175 horses and 195 lb-ft of torque to the Tucson. Economy figures range from 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway for the FWD Eco model, to 25 mpg city/30 mpg highway for the FWD Sport and Limited models.

The crossover’s interior takes its inspiration from the Hyundai Sonata, and includes leather-wrapped instrument panel, premium soft-touch materials, refined switchgear, and an available full-length panoramic sunroof. Cargo space is increased to 31 cubic feet, and the crossover is wider and longer overall with over an inch gained in the wheelbase.

Other features include: standard five-inch color LCD with rearview camera and touchscreen functionality; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connected-vehicle technology; blind-spot detection; tire-pressure monitoring; Hyundai Blue Link; and extensive sound insulation and improved aerodynamics for reduced NVH levels.

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New York 2015: Honda Civic Concept Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-honda-civic-concept-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-honda-civic-concept-revealed/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:17:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1036593 Want to know what the 2016 Honda Civic will look like? The Honda Civic Concept is a sign of what’s to come. The 2016 Civic lineup will include sedan, coupe and five-door hatchback styles, with Si and Type R trims coming to the party. Power will include a VTEC 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo-four paired with either […]

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Want to know what the 2016 Honda Civic will look like? The Honda Civic Concept is a sign of what’s to come.

The 2016 Civic lineup will include sedan, coupe and five-door hatchback styles, with Si and Type R trims coming to the party. Power will include a VTEC 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo-four paired with either a six-speed manual or CVT.

Other upcoming features include Honda’s Honda Sensing safety suite, as well as improvements in NVH levels and fuel economy.

The sedan will be first to hit showrooms this fall, with the coupe and hatchback to follow. The hatch will be the only Civic not made in North America, being shipped from Honda’s factory in Swindon, England.

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New York 2015: 2016 GMC Terrain, Terrain Denali Debut http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-gmc-terrain-terrain-denali-debut/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-gmc-terrain-terrain-denali-debut/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:42:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1036361 The 2016 GMC Terrain and Terrain Denali made their debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show, the brand aiming to bolster its success in the compact SUV segment. Both models feature new front and rear designs, power dome hoods, LED daytime running lamps, and a couple of new colors: White Frost Tricoat and Crimson […]

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The 2016 GMC Terrain and Terrain Denali made their debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show, the brand aiming to bolster its success in the compact SUV segment.

Both models feature new front and rear designs, power dome hoods, LED daytime running lamps, and a couple of new colors: White Frost Tricoat and Crimson Red Tintcoat.

The overall Terrain range has been restructured to four trim levels — SL, SLE, SLT and Denali — with a number of features available depending on the trim chosen. The Denali model rides upon 19-inch aluminum wheels, and offers a smoother ride via dual-flow dampers exclusive to the model’s suspension system. The other models ride upon 18-inch aluminum wheels, and come with premium cloth or leather, and chrome accents for the higher end trims.

Power for the compact SUV comes from either a 2.4-liter direct-injection four or 3.6-liter V6, the latter putting out 301 horses and 272 lb-ft torque while also boosting trailering capability to 3,500 pounds. AWD is available for SLE, SLT and Denali models.

Other features include: GMC IntelliLink connected-vehicle system; programmable power liftgate; blind-zone alert; rear parking assist; forward collision alert; and MultiFlex sliding rear seat.

No pricing was announced at this time, but General Motors says the 2016 Terrain will hit the lot this fall.

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New York 2015: 2016 Kia Optima Arrives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-kia-optima-arrives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-kia-optima-arrives/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:55:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1036065 Coming on the heels of the Sportspace Concept, the 2016 Kia Optima made its global debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Two engines carried over from the outgoing model will join a third engine for the 2016 model year. The carry-overs are a 2.4-liter direct-injection naturally aspirated four and a 2-liter direct-injection turbo-four, […]

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Coming on the heels of the Sportspace Concept, the 2016 Kia Optima made its global debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Two engines carried over from the outgoing model will join a third engine for the 2016 model year. The carry-overs are a 2.4-liter direct-injection naturally aspirated four and a 2-liter direct-injection turbo-four, delivering 185 horses and 247 horses through a six-speed automatic to the front. The third engine is a 1.6-liter turbo-four paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox found in the Hyundai Sonata Eco.

Inside, soft-touch materials, metallic accents, real stitching in the dash and door panels, and cloth or leather seating await occupants. Meanwhile, Kia’s UVO connected-vehicle system comes with four new features not previously found in the Optima, including curfew alert and geo-fencing. The Optima itself is the pilot vehicle for the brand’s introduction of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay systems, allowing iPhone and Android users to use their smartphones in conjunction with UVO.

Pricing wasn’t announced at this time, but Kia said to expect the 2016 Optima to hit showrooms in Q4 2015.

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New York 2015: Lincoln Continental Concept Live Photos http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-lincoln-continental-concept-live-photos/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-lincoln-continental-concept-live-photos/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:10:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1035889 Better late than never, here are a few live images from the Lincoln Continental Concept’s debut Monday evening prior to the 2015 New York Auto Show. The concept is meant to show the direction the brand will take when its new fullsize sedan — dubbed Continental — debuts next year.

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Better late than never, here are a few live images from the Lincoln Continental Concept’s debut Monday evening prior to the 2015 New York Auto Show. The concept is meant to show the direction the brand will take when its new fullsize sedan — dubbed Continental — debuts next year.

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New York 2015: 2016 Lexus RX Bows http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-lexus-rx-bows/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-lexus-rx-bows/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:28:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1035201 The fourth-gen 2016 Lexus RX arrived in the spotlight at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Power for the standard RX comes via 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 delivering 300 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic, while the RX 450h uses a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 in a hybrid setup, also putting out 300 horsepower. Styling is updated for […]

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The fourth-gen 2016 Lexus RX arrived in the spotlight at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Power for the standard RX comes via 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 delivering 300 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic, while the RX 450h uses a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 in a hybrid setup, also putting out 300 horsepower.

Styling is updated for 2016, with the premium crossover taking on Lexus’ Predator-esque design language. Standard 19-inch wheels with optional 20-inch aluminum wheels are available, while LED lighting flanks the front and rear.

Inside, rear occupants gain more leg and knee room, and have their choice of viewing the sky via a power panorama moonroof, or checking up on their Toyota shares via an entertainment system with a pair of 11.6-inch screens. The driver, meanwhile, has an available HUD keeping important details within sight, along with a 12.3-inch monitor with full-screen map.

Those who want more can opt for the AWD-only F Sport package, which includes 20-inch graphite-finish alloys, perforated leather trim, Sport S+ driving mode, and custom instrument cluster.

Other features include: the Lexus Safety System+ package, debuting with the RX; Michelin Premier tires; adaptive variable suspension; vehicle stability; and three driving modes — four with the aformentioned F Sport package.

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New York 2015: 2016 Infiniti QX50 Arrives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-infiniti-qx50-arrives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-infiniti-qx50-arrives/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:50:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1035105 Formerly known as the EX37, the 2016 Infiniti QX50 took Manhattan at the 2015 New York Auto Show. At a glance, the premium crossover looks like the outgoing model, but a closer look reveals a revised front bumper and grille, LED daytime lights, refreshed side mirrors, and a new rear. The QX50 is also longer […]

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Formerly known as the EX37, the 2016 Infiniti QX50 took Manhattan at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

At a glance, the premium crossover looks like the outgoing model, but a closer look reveals a revised front bumper and grille, LED daytime lights, refreshed side mirrors, and a new rear.

The QX50 is also longer than before, gaining 3.2 inches in the wheelbase and 4.5 inches overall for respective lengths of 113.4 inches and 186.3 inches. The increased length also lends to more interior room, jumping 8.3 cubic feet to 115.4 cubic feet inside. Rear passengers in the second row will notice the increase, thanks to a gain of 4.3 inches of legroom and 3.9 inches of rear knee room. Finally, the crossover is also higher, coming with a ground clearance of 6.9 inches for rear-driven models, 6.5 inches for the version with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

Power to the back or all four corners comes from a 3.7-liter V6 delivering 325 horses and 267 lb-ft of torque, paired to a seven-speed automatic. Handling is aided by independent double-wishbone front suspension and rear independent multi-link, paired with power-assisted braking, dynamic control and traction control. Available wheel sets include 18-inch 8-spoke aluminum alloys and 19-inch split 5-spoke aluminum alloys.

Other features include: Bluetooth; leather trim; heated front seats; push-button start; optional 11-speaker Bose system; blind-spot monitoring; driver’s seat memory; and Infiniti Personal Assistant, allowing drivers 24-hour access to book hotels and dinner reservations, receive directory assistance and weather forecasts, and more from a team of professional personal assistants.

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New York 2015: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Unveiled http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-mazda-mx-5-miata-club-unveiled/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-mazda-mx-5-miata-club-unveiled/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:15:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1035073 For those looking for a track-day special that can driven to the track, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club just might be what you need. Performance upgrades found in the Club model include limited-slip differential, Bilstein shocks, and shock tower brace, but only if one opts for the six-speed manual. Those who choose the six-speed […]

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For those looking for a track-day special that can driven to the track, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club just might be what you need.

Performance upgrades found in the Club model include limited-slip differential, Bilstein shocks, and shock tower brace, but only if one opts for the six-speed manual. Those who choose the six-speed auto will only have 17-inch gunmetal wheels, front air dam and rear lip spoilers going for them.

An additional package — pulling from the MX-5 Global Cup race car — adds Brembo brakes, functional side aero, and swaps the standard wheels for 17-inch black BBS forged alloys.

Other features include Mazda Connect, seatback bars, and piano black side mirrors.

Pricing and other details will arrive closer to the MX-5 Miata’s showroom debut this summer.

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New York 2015: 2016 smart fortwo Debuts In North America http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-smart-fortwo-debuts-north-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-smart-fortwo-debuts-north-america/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:54:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1034977 Having made its world debut last month in Geneva, the 2016 smart fortwo took the ramp in North America at the 2015 New York Auto Show. The third-gen version of the city car gets its power from a rear-mounted turbo-three putting 88 horses and 100 lb-ft of torque out of the back via either a […]

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Having made its world debut last month in Geneva, the 2016 smart fortwo took the ramp in North America at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

The third-gen version of the city car gets its power from a rear-mounted turbo-three putting 88 horses and 100 lb-ft of torque out of the back via either a five-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic. The car also gains 100mm-wider track than the outgoing model, while increased use of high-strength steel should improve occupant safety.

Pricing was not announced at this time, but the new smart fortwo is set to hit showrooms in the United States this autumn.

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New York 2015: 2016 Scion iM Debuts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-scion-im-debuts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-scion-im-debuts/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:37:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1034849 Coming straight from Europe, the 2016 Scion iM made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Power for the hatch comes from a 1.8-liter four with CVVT delivering 137 horses to the front corners via a six-speed manual or CVTi-S CVT with seven-step shifting. Highway fuel economy is 37 mpg, and electronic […]

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Coming straight from Europe, the 2016 Scion iM made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Power for the hatch comes from a 1.8-liter four with CVVT delivering 137 horses to the front corners via a six-speed manual or CVTi-S CVT with seven-step shifting. Highway fuel economy is 37 mpg, and electronic power steering and four-wheel independent suspension with rear double-wishbone help keep the 17-inch alloys planted on the road.

Other features include: 60/40 fold-down rear seating; Pioneer Display Audio connected-vehicle system; dual-zone automatic AC; heated power-folding side-view mirrors; TRD accessorization; pet-friendly accessories; and six colors from which to choose.

Price of admission for the “mono-spec” Scion iM begins at around $20,000.

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New York 2015: 2016 Scion iA Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-scion-ia-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-scion-ia-revealed/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:14:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1034729 With its angry looks and compact size, the Mazda-based 2016 Scion iA made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Power for the compact sedan comes from a 1.5-liter four putting all 106 horses to the front through either a six-speed manual or automatic. Fuel economy figures come to 33 mpg in […]

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With its angry looks and compact size, the Mazda-based 2016 Scion iA made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Power for the compact sedan comes from a 1.5-liter four putting all 106 horses to the front through either a six-speed manual or automatic. Fuel economy figures come to 33 mpg in the city, 42 mpg on the highway, and 37 mpg combined. A rigid steering mount for more direct input to the driver, MacPherson struts, torsion beam rear suspension, and progressive braking keep the 16-inch alloys in control.

Other features include: Display Audio connected-vehicle system with rear camera; low-speed pre-collision with laser sensor; optional GPS and voice-recognition; and push-button start.

Price of admission begins at around $16,000 for the “mono-trim” Scion iA.

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New York 2015: 2016 Jaguar XF Arrives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-2016-jaguar-xf-arrives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-2016-jaguar-xf-arrives/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:22:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1034529 Fresh from its high-wire act over London, the 2016 Jaguar XF made it over the Atlantic in time for its 2015 New York Auto Show debut. Based upon Jaguar’s aluminum-intensive architecture — which reduces weight by 265 lbs over the outgoing model — the second-gen XF will come in five trims: XF Pure/ SE, XF […]

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Fresh from its high-wire act over London, the 2016 Jaguar XF made it over the Atlantic in time for its 2015 New York Auto Show debut.

Based upon Jaguar’s aluminum-intensive architecture — which reduces weight by 265 lbs over the outgoing model — the second-gen XF will come in five trims: XF Pure/ SE, XF Prestige, XF R-Sport, XF Portfolio and XF S. Power is bestowed upon the sedan via three diesel and three gasoline powerplants, though only one — a supercharged 3-liter V6 pumping between 340 and 380 horsepower to the back or all corners through an eight-speed automatic — is available for the U.S. market at this time.

Zero to 60 comes in 5.0 seconds, while adaptive suspension, brake torque vectoring, and Jaguar’s new Adaptive Surface Response system — able to determine what type of road the XF is rolling upon and acting accordingly — keep everything in line.

Other features include: Jaguar’s new InControl Touch connected-vehicle systems with customizable interface; a smartphone app to allow the owner to run diagnostics, warm up the interior, and unlock the doors; intelligent speed limiter; and adaptive LED headlamps.

The 2016 Jaguar XF is set to hit showrooms in the winter, with diesel and higher-performance options following soon after. Pricing information was not available at this time.

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New York 2015: 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder Debuts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-2016-porsche-boxster-spyder-debuts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-2016-porsche-boxster-spyder-debuts/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:48:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1034433 Looking for something to drive during those hot Miami nights? The 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder just might be what you need. Revealed ahead of the first press day of the 2015 New York Auto Show, the new Spyder gets its power from a 3.8-liter flat-six pushing 375 horses to the back through a manual transmission. […]

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Looking for something to drive during those hot Miami nights? The 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder just might be what you need.

Revealed ahead of the first press day of the 2015 New York Auto Show, the new Spyder gets its power from a 3.8-liter flat-six pushing 375 horses to the back through a manual transmission. The engine helps the roadster head down the highway from zero to 60 in 4.3 seconds, topping out at 180 mph. Stopping is handled by brakes pulled from the 911 Carrera S parts bin, while suspension is firm with a 20mm ride height.

Other features — or lack thereof — include a manually operated top with electric clasp; a smaller steering wheel; standard radio- and AC-delete with no-cost optional audio and AC; sports seats; and optional connected-vehicle technology in the form of the automaker’s Porsche Communication Management system.

Price of admission begins at $82,100, with dealers taking orders now for delivery in October, when the first Boxster Spyders arrive in the United States from Germany.

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New York 2015: Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-volkswagen-golf-sportwagen-alltrack/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-volkswagen-golf-sportwagen-alltrack/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1033969 While we’re still waiting on powertrain specs for the Golf Alltrack, we know this – it will have AWD. The Haldex system and a 20mm raised ride height are they key specs we know right now. Jalopnik is claiming that a DSG will be mandatory but both gasoline and diesel engines will be offered. The […]

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While we’re still waiting on powertrain specs for the Golf Alltrack, we know this – it will have AWD.

The Haldex system and a 20mm raised ride height are they key specs we know right now. Jalopnik is claiming that a DSG will be mandatory but both gasoline and diesel engines will be offered.

The base Sportwagen is a great car.  Now, is this better or worse than an Audi Allroad?

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New York 2015: Cadillac CT6 Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-cadillac-ct6-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-cadillac-ct6-revealed/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:30:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1033897 Finally, our first look at Caddy’s new flagship. Full details tonight. H/T Carscoops

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Finally, our first look at Caddy’s new flagship. Full details tonight.

H/T Carscoops

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2016 Mazda Miata Comes In At Under $25k http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/2016-mazda-miata-comes-25k/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/2016-mazda-miata-comes-25k/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:43:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1032697 According to numerous media reports, Mazda has announced a base price of $24,950 for the next Mazda MX-5.   A current model MX-5 costs $23,970. Given that the new car is smaller, lighter and is only slightly down on power (not that it matters, thanks to the lower curb weight) and is a thoroughly modern […]

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According to numerous media reports, Mazda has announced a base price of $24,950 for the next Mazda MX-5.

 

A current model MX-5 costs $23,970. Given that the new car is smaller, lighter and is only slightly down on power (not that it matters, thanks to the lower curb weight) and is a thoroughly modern package inside and out, the $980 premium is a small price to pay. If anyone in Canada wants a gently used Mazda3 with very low lease payments, get in touch with me.

 

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Toyota New Global Architecture Key To Automaker’s Powertrain, Platform Plans http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/toyota-new-global-architecture-key-automakers-powertrain-platform-plans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/toyota-new-global-architecture-key-automakers-powertrain-platform-plans/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1032529 The culmination of Toyota’s Global Vision plan, the Toyota New Global Architecture is key to the automaker’s new powertrain and platform development plans. The automaker says the TNGA modular platform allows for better positioning of powertrain components for a lower center of gravity, as well as providing the basis for “attractive, low-stance designs, responsive handling, […]

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The culmination of Toyota’s Global Vision plan, the Toyota New Global Architecture is key to the automaker’s new powertrain and platform development plans.

The automaker says the TNGA modular platform allows for better positioning of powertrain components for a lower center of gravity, as well as providing the basis for “attractive, low-stance designs, responsive handling, a high-quality drive feel, and collision performance that offers safety and peace of mind.” Further, overall body rigidity with TNGA has been increased by 30 to 65 percent, with reinforcement from laser screw welding technology.

On the powertrain side, Toyota has improved thermal and energy-relay efficiencies to gain a 25-percent jump in fuel economy, and a 15-percent boost in power. Meanwhile, hybrids — such as the 2016 Prius, which will be among the first to use TNGA — could gain as much as 15 percent in fuel economy thanks to a better powertrain layout paired with smaller electric motors, batteries and inverters.

The TNGA platform is scheduled to arrive with “a midsize front-wheel-drive vehicle this year,” followed by new platforms made for compact and large front-drivers and rear-driven vehicles. Toyota plans for half of its global lineup to have the platform by 2020.

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New York 2015: Lincoln Continental Concept Revealed Ahead Of Show http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-lincoln-continental-concept-revealed-ahead-show/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-lincoln-continental-concept-revealed-ahead-show/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:51:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1032425 Here it is: the Lincoln Continental Concept, revealed ahead of its trip down the ramp at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Power for the concept comes from a 3-liter EcoBoost V6 made exclusively for Lincoln, while the brand’s ride-enhancement technology and adaptive steering help keep things under control. No power figures were given at […]

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Here it is: the Lincoln Continental Concept, revealed ahead of its trip down the ramp at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Power for the concept comes from a 3-liter EcoBoost V6 made exclusively for Lincoln, while the brand’s ride-enhancement technology and adaptive steering help keep things under control. No power figures were given at this time.

Inside, the occupants will be treated to a premium interior composed of Venetian and Alcantara leathers, rose gold and bright chrome trims, a satin headliner, soft-gold LED lighting, shearling wool carpet, and patented 30-way adjustable seating meant to adapt to a given occupant’s shape and size. The passenger-side rear seat can also fully recline when the front passenger seat is moved forward.

Other features include: Revel Ultima audio system; SPD SmartGlass tinting sunroof; tablet-supporting trays for the rear occupants; E-latch door handles; parking and pre-collision assists; 360-degree camera; and LED headlamps with laser-assist high beams.

The Lincoln Continental Concept is also a preview of the brand’s all-new fullsizer — to be called Continental — due next year

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The Best (Volume) Or Nothing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/best-volume-nothing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/best-volume-nothing/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:50:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1030497 A few days shy of April 1st, Mercedes-Benz has announced that they will build a luxury pickup truck for world markets. While M-B clearly has their eye on the VW Amarok, not to mention the countless markets where a pickup truck is a logical next step up from one of their vans, the whole thing […]

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A few days shy of April 1st, Mercedes-Benz has announced that they will build a luxury pickup truck for world markets.

While M-B clearly has their eye on the VW Amarok, not to mention the countless markets where a pickup truck is a logical next step up from one of their vans, the whole thing has the undeniable stench of “fuck it, we’re all out of ideas”.

The German luxury brands have been on an insatiable quest for volume over the past few years, and it’s led them down a strange path; front drive minivans, coupe-like SUVs, compact cars.

There is no bigger advocate in the automotive media for products that have a solid business case, but at a certain point, you have to wonder where the erosion of brand equity begins. In the world of quarterly results and responsibility to shareholders, these new products are a good idea. But when your barista is leasing a CLA at $299 per month, the very notion of luxury and exclusivity is gone.

Personally, I think the end game is going to be the inevitable rationalization of their model lineups, with unnecessary variants getting the ax. But go ahead, tell me why I’m wrong.

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Generation Why: Invasion Of The Bodystyle Snatches http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/generation-invasion-bodystyle-snatches/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/generation-invasion-bodystyle-snatches/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:32:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1030465 We don’t have the rights to run the spy photos of the Scion iA concept, but you can check them out here. The above rendering, from TopSpeed, is 99.9% accurate, for better or for worse. On the surface, it looks like an uglier version of the Mazda2 sedan, with the unfortunate catfish maw grafted on […]

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We don’t have the rights to run the spy photos of the Scion iA concept, but you can check them out here. The above rendering, from TopSpeed, is 99.9% accurate, for better or for worse. On the surface, it looks like an uglier version of the Mazda2 sedan, with the unfortunate catfish maw grafted on in place of the rather handsome Mazda front end treatment. The on paper sepcs aren’t exactly thrilling either.

We at TTAC estimate a 1.5L Skyactiv 4-cylinder making 106 horsepower, with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox. From what we’ve seen, the tablet-style screen present on all Mazdas will make its way over, and it’s possible that even the excellent HMI Commander knob will too.

On the surface, it seems like a cynical attempt by Scion to cash in on the low end of the market without building a car of their own. But this kind of thing has been happening for years and years in the Japanese Domestic Market. The Civic (well, really the Domani, aka the Acura EL) itself was lent out to Isuzu and sold as a Gemini, with literally no modifications beyond a couple of “Isuzu” emblems slapped on in strategic locations.

The iA will at least have a different front end (ugly as it may be), and the dealer network for Scion is a lot more extensive than Mazda.  106 horsepower seems a bit lackluster, but keep in mind that in hatch form, the car weighs 2270 lbs. The Skyactiv unit will almost certainly return outstanding fuel economy, and both gearboxes are among the best in the industry. It’s basically the Isuzu Gemini we never got – and it won’t amputate your legs in an accident.

And let’s not forget this either: Mazda can use ever dollar that comes its way. The deal with Toyota is probably a nice cash infusion for the company, and helps use some capacity at its new Mexican plant.

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New York 2015: 2016 Infiniti QX50 Ready For Debut http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-2016-infiniti-qx50-ready-debut/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-2016-infiniti-qx50-ready-debut/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1030185 It’s official: the 2016 Infiniti QX50 will make its debut at next week’s New York Auto Show. MotorAuthority reports the updated crossover will takes its cues from the Chinese-market QX50 Long-Wheelbase like the one in the image above. This means a longer wheelbase for additional rear legroom and cabin space. The updated model will also […]

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It’s official: the 2016 Infiniti QX50 will make its debut at next week’s New York Auto Show.

MotorAuthority reports the updated crossover will takes its cues from the Chinese-market QX50 Long-Wheelbase like the one in the image above. This means a longer wheelbase for additional rear legroom and cabin space. The updated model will also have a slightly higher stance than the current model.

Potential power for the QX50 points to the same 3.7-liter V6 found solely in the crossover now, rated at 325 horsepower. Price of admission is expected to be around $35,995, the base sticker price for the 2015 edition.

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Pulling From Volt Playbook http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/2016-chevrolet-malibu-hybrid-pulling-volt-playbook/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/2016-chevrolet-malibu-hybrid-pulling-volt-playbook/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1029809 Pulling a few pages from the Volt playbook, Chevrolet will offer a “strong hybrid” version of the 2016 Malibu set to bow in New York next week. Power for the Malibu Hybrid comes from a 1.8-liter direct-injection four-cylinder paired with a modified two-motor drive unit from the 2016 Volt meant to aid the engine during […]

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Pulling a few pages from the Volt playbook, Chevrolet will offer a “strong hybrid” version of the 2016 Malibu set to bow in New York next week.

Power for the Malibu Hybrid comes from a 1.8-liter direct-injection four-cylinder paired with a modified two-motor drive unit from the 2016 Volt meant to aid the engine during acceleration. Total horsepower comes to 182, and its estimated combined mileage is projected to be 45 mpg. Electric power comes from an 80-cell lithium-ion pack providing 1.5 kWh to the hybrid system, which can allow the Malibu to travel up to 55 mph on electric-only travel.

The gasoline engine is also Chevrolet’s first to have exhaust gas heat recovery, improving fuel economy and engine warm up as well as providing heat to the cabin. Further fuel economy improves come from exhaust gas recirculation, while its regenerative braking system — also shared with the 2016 Volt — helps maintain charge in the pack

The hybrid will leave Kansas City, Kan. for showrooms next spring.

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New York 2015: A Preview Of The Next Kia Optima http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-preview-next-kia-optima/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-preview-next-kia-optima/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:44:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1029881 This is all we’ve got on the new Kia Optima. You’ll have to wait until next week for official details, but expect the same specs as the current Hyundai Sonata.

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This is all we’ve got on the new Kia Optima. You’ll have to wait until next week for official details, but expect the same specs as the current Hyundai Sonata.

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New York 2015: Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Edition Set To Bow http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/nyias-2015-mazda-mx-5-miata-club-edition-set-bow/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/nyias-2015-mazda-mx-5-miata-club-edition-set-bow/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1029737 Coming next week, Mazda will unveil its most aggressive version of the new MX-5 Miata when it brings the MX-5 Miata Club Edition to New York. Though little information was given about what the Club Edition will bring to the party, Mazda says the model will amplify the driving experience already found in the standard […]

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Coming next week, Mazda will unveil its most aggressive version of the new MX-5 Miata when it brings the MX-5 Miata Club Edition to New York.

Though little information was given about what the Club Edition will bring to the party, Mazda says the model will amplify the driving experience already found in the standard model, “harking back to the early lightweight sports cars that inspired it, but serving as a beacon for the future as a thoroughly modern, sophisticated package.”

Speculation points to the Accessories Design Concept from the 2015 Chicago Auto Show for inspiration, as well as the current Club Edition, including black wheels, limited-slip differential, and an appearance package.

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Volkswagen Bringing Aggressive Crossover Styling To USDM Market http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/volkswagen-bringing-aggressive-crossover-styling-usdm-market/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/volkswagen-bringing-aggressive-crossover-styling-usdm-market/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1029713 Feeling its style isn’t metal as it could be, Volkswagen is unleashing a more aggressive language for its upcoming compact and midsize crossovers. Automotive News reports the crossovers’ styling will take cues from the T-Roc and Cross Coupe GTE concepts, including sharp-angled character lines, notch-tooth grills, and imposing faces. Design boss Klaus Bischoff says the […]

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Feeling its style isn’t metal as it could be, Volkswagen is unleashing a more aggressive language for its upcoming compact and midsize crossovers.

Automotive News reports the crossovers’ styling will take cues from the T-Roc and Cross Coupe GTE concepts, including sharp-angled character lines, notch-tooth grills, and imposing faces. Design boss Klaus Bischoff says the new language is needed to help make a stronger impact in the United States market, considering that the automaker’s 2 percent market share pales in comparison to the double-digits it enjoys in Europe, China and other global markets.

Bischoff admits that the more conservative Euro-centric approach to design had been the company’s philosophy “for a long time,” adding that while it did work in Europe, it didn’t seem to be “the remedy for the rest of the world.”

The first model to wear the new design language will be the seven-passenger midsize crossover — pulling cues from the Cross Coupe GTE — set to leave Chattanooga in 2016. This will be followed by a redesigned Tiguan and a Golf-based crossover — the latter taking its style from the T-Roc — both due in 2017.

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