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The original BMW 7-series made its debut in 1977 and has since been the top luxury model in the Bavarian company’s fleet.
The fifth-generation model, internally known as the F01 came out in 2009 and much to everyone’s delight, was a lot more pleasing to the eye than the outgoing E65 model.
However, just because something looks good, doesn’t mean the company should just leave it alone and not bother updating it; and BMW knows that all to well. So rumor has it that BMW will be launching an updated version of the 7-series later this year as a 2013 model.
BMW is staying tight lipped about any styling and mechanical upgrades at the moment, but expect a nip and tuck on its exterior, while under the skin it will benefit from all the newest engines and gearboxes the company has to offer.
Rumors also suggest that the ActiveHybrid 7 will be tuned to be more efficient, rather than be a greener and faster version like the current model. If BMW adopts a version of the ActiveHybrid 5, that’ll mean the big Beemer will swap its V8-hybrid powertrain in favor of a six-cylinder hybrid engine to further improve its fuel economy.
Along with the hybrid version, expect the revisions to be carried out on the rest of the range, which include the 740i, 750i and 760i. The new Alpina version, called the B7 will also likely be launched next year, based on the new, improved model.
Exact information is scarce, but expect BMW to drop some more details on the new 7-series at an upcoming motor show.
[Source: Car and Driver]
The Audi R8 is nearly five years old, which is amazing because the sports car still seems relatively new, however the first details are emerging regarding a facelift for the model.
The details regarding the possible facelift include a tweak in power. Sources suggest the 4.2-liter V8 will produce 444-hp up from 430-hp and the 5.2-liter V10 will produce 533-hp up from 525-hp. The R8 may also receive a seven-speed S-tronic transmission which would replace the current R-tronic unit.
Styling changes will include revised headlights, modest tweaks to the fascias and different rims.
[Source: World Car Fans]
The Cadillac CTS coupe might be new, but the wagon and especially the sedan has been around for a few years now. So it was about time for a mid life nip and tuck.
So for the 2012 model year, the CTS range will be sporting a new grille. According to Cadillac, premium finishes have been added to highlight the combination of mesh and grille better. A newly tweaked logo has also been introduced with brighter colors and raised ridges.
A touring package is also available which has a darker grille and 19-inch alloy wheels on the outside, while the interior gets suede inserts on the seats, shift-knob and steering wheel, plus some extra bits like dark sapele wood and steel pedals. Bluetooth is now standard and the curvy coupe model now gets a blind spot monitoring system.
A much more welcome upgrade is received by the motor. It remains a 3.6-liter, direct-injected V6, but whereas the old motor produced 304-hp and 273 lb/ft of torque, the new and improved motor will produce 318-hp and 275 lb/ft of torque. The power gains are modest, but since the aluminum motor now sports a composite intake manifold and a lighter front cover, this engine is 20.5 lbs lighter than it used to be. Fuel economy has slightly improved also, with EPA averaging 18-mpg for the city and 27-mpg for the highway.
There is some bad news for the enthusiasts though, Cadillac is dropping the six-speed manual option with the 3.6 motor, blaming lack of sales. Thankfully the V-versions will still be available with a manual gearbox, and we hope it stays that way.
Look for the facelifted CTS to hit showrooms very soon.
It seems that Jeep is having quite a busy year. First we got a redesigned Grand Cherokee; then an updated Wrangler with a new interior and now this. The Patriot, the brand’s entry level trail rated vehicle is receiving some improvements of its own. On the outside, the most obvious change is a revised front fascia, with driving lights now integrated into the lower bumper assembly, a body colored grille, new exterior colors, plus newly styled 17-inch wheels. Suspension changes include retuned shock absorbers and higher rate springs, a thicker rear sway bar, plus on 4×4 models an inch increase in ride height for better clearance out on the trail.
But like hardcore brother Wrangler, the changes on the inside are perhaps even more significant. Chrysler products in general have long been criticized for chintzy interiors and the Patriot, first introduced in 2006, was no exception. In response, the automaker has made significant strides for 2011, including better quality upholstery for the seats, soft touch door panels and a new steering wheel that incorporates audio, hands free communication and cruise control functions (the last now standard on all Patriots we might add). Other inside upgrades include backlighting for power window and mirror switches, plus on the Latitude X trim level, standard automatic climate control.
Although the Patriot is getting on in years, Chrysler is hedging its bets that these upgrades will give this little rig a few more bragging rights. And given that it’s one of the few, affordable car based SUVs that can actually work properly off-road, it’s not a bad strategy.