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The next Smart ForTwo and ForFour are scheduled to be revealed later today, but images of the cars meant to showcase their JBL speaker systems are revealing them early.
General Motors is about to re-enter the mid-size truck segment with its Chevrolet Colorado, which you can see today even though it was meant to debut tomorrow.
It was bound to happen… Images of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade just leaked online via screenshots of a promotional video.
Lamborghini Urus — remember the name. It’s the Italian supercar manufacturer’s second foray into the utility vehicle market and the object of much media attention leading up to its debut at the Beijing Auto Show next week.
Photos leaked onto the internet early today giving us the gory details about what sort of styling to expect from the newest fighting bull, but we’re still without verified specifications. It might make sense for the veritable V10 engine powering the 575-hp Gallardo to find a new home as the Urus’ heart, but it’s only a guess.
Czech site autoforum.cz leaked these pictures early on today, and the images show off the Lamborghini Urus’ edgy character with its sharp lines that remind us of the Lamborghini Aventador. It’s also worth taking a look at that interior, which certainly brings the full Lamborghini package, including jet-fighter-like switches and displays.
We still don’t know what’s the power behind the Urus, but we hope to hear they’ve managed to put one of the brands famous V10s in there, presumably the V10 that’s in the Gallardo, making 575-hp.
GALLERY: Lamborghini Urus
Ahead of the New York Auto Show, we can now report three price points for the 2013 X1. Set to arrive in U.S. dealer lots this Fall, pricing will start at $31,545 for the rear-wheel sDrive28i model with a 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four cylinder engine. Tack on an extra $1,700 for the xDrive28i which offers BMW’s all-wheel drive system.
For the hotter, 300-horsepower all-wheel drive xDrive35i, customers can expect to pay a starting $39,345 MSRP. All three prices include the $895 handling and destination fee.
As we reported earlier today, the 2013 X1 doesn’t look terribly different over the 2012 model it replaces, but there are some subtle styling updates. Recessed fog lamps, silver accents around the lower front fascia and undertray with repositioned reflectors and LED-based headlights are among the updates.
The interior remains largely unchanged, though the cockpit equipment is not slightly more angled toward the driver.
GALLERY: 2013 BMW X1
Changes to the 2013 X1 will be relatively minor, but include new recessed fog lamps, a silver paint-accented front bumper and slightly redesigned headlights. New silver side sills and redesigned taillights, complete the exterior facelift along with new paint colors.
The interior is only a little different from its predecessor with a slightly revised lower center console and dash trim, though the rest looks essentially the same as the 2012 model.
Expect the same 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four cylinder to power the U.S. model, making 242 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
Watch for more details on the 2013 BMW X1 this Wednesday during out live coverage in New York.
GALLERY: 2013 BMW X1 leaked
Courtesy of Eastern European publication AutoForums.cz, we can now report that the upcoming MKZ has little changed from the concept car released at last January’s Detroit Auto Show.
The side-view mirrors got a little bigger, as did the headlights, though most of the styling stayed the same. An interior shot also reveals that much of the concept was accurate to the production model, with scant wood–stlye accents with mostly black and chrome trim throughout.
Smaller alloy wheels also seem to be a part of the production model, though the key feature we’re most curious about isn’t detailed in the shots.
That means we’ll still have to wait until April 4 to find out about the fully-retractable panoramic roof which has been confirmed for the sedan despite few specific details being available. We do know that it will feature 100 spf UV protection to keep occupants from getting sunburned, but we’re still not sure how much it will cost as what we’re assuming will be an option.
Check back during our live coverage for more details on the flagship vehicle of what will be a refreshed Lincoln lineup.
GALLERY: 2013 Lincoln MKZ leaked
Images of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe leaked today, giving us an idea of what features to expect in the upcoming model.
While there have already been teaser images spread across the internet, the brochure pictures show LED head and tail lights and indicate that the new model will have lane departure warning, parking assist, knee airbags and BlueLink.
[Source: The Korean Car Blog]
It’s been a leaky autumn so far in the motoring universe. Supposed actual pictures and specs have been “leaked” on Toyota’s upcoming FT-86 coupe (FR-S to us in North America); as well as details on Honda’s new generation CR-V crossover.
Now, Saab has joined the fold, with a picture uncovered by Swedish website SVD Näringsliv, which reportedly shows the next 9-3. The image was originally part of a presentation which Saab gave to the European Investment Bank last year as it made attempts to remain financially afloat.
Now that Da Pang and Youngman have agreed to buy the Swedish Automaker lock, stock and barrel (for a price of 100 million euros/$142 million U.S.), Saab can now get on with what it does best, namely making quirky cars.
Although the Chinese government has yet to give it’s approval stamp, it appears things are moving forward. Production at Saab’s plant in Trollhattan, is rumored to restart in the next several weeks and a number of new models are apparently in the pipeline, including an updated 9-3, which will reportedly come in fastback (which the sketch above illustrates) and convertible variants. Other planned models include an entry level 9-1 and possibly an executive express (9-6 or 9-8 anyone?).
Although some might say that the Saab-China deal wasn’t agreed under the best of terms (Saab’s owner Swedish Automobile was under intense pressure to get a major lifeline, or else bankruptcy protection would end), there are others that are glad one of the world’s most interesting and alternative car manufacturers is still around.
It’ll be interesting to see if under Chinese stewardship; the blasted brand can finally make some money. Time will no doubt tell.