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Sick of sitting in the automoive luxury market’s second tier, Infiniti is launching a product offensive aimed at competing more directly with Germany.
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The Panamera has undergone a lot of changes for 2014; enough for Porsche to claim this is the second generation of the four-door model. The big news this year is that for the first time ever, the Panamera will be available in two body styles: regular and long-wheelbase “Executive.”
No, this isn’t the Maybach replacement that’s been making the news blog rounds recently.
Indian-owned British car firm Land Rover is about to launch their new Range Rover Evoque in the North American market in a few months time. However, these days almost everything is available in extra-large sizes (especially fast food servings) and hence Land Rover is already planning for a extra-large version of its baby-SUV to not only appeal to a wider demographic (no pun intended), but also to bridge the gap closer between it and the Range Rover Sport.
Being referred to as the Grand Evoque at the moment, this model will be around 12-inches longer with half the space going towards extending the rear-seat legroom and half going towards a longer cargo bay. It will also gain about 4-inches in height over the standard Evoque.
Land Rover is predicting that such a model will be especially appealing to North American and Chinese buyers, where bigger is still considered better.
Not many technical details are currently available, but expect the same 2.0-liter, turbo-charged, four-cylinder engine being offered in either as a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive package.
Considering Range Rover Sport prices start at around $60,000 and the Evoque will be priced closer to $40,000, expect the Grand Evoque to split that difference clean in half.
Rolls-Royce is testing an extended wheelbase version of their “entry level” Ghost sedan (the term being relative, since the car starts at a mere $245,000).
The car is expected to add 6 inches to its wheelbase, mostly via the rear suicide doors, which will allow passengers to stretch out a little more. If the idea seems a little redundant in light of the larger Phantom, it’s worth noting that long wheelbase cars are hugely popular in Russia and China, two crucial markets for high-end luxury cars that Rolls needs to corner to ensure its long term health.
The stretched Ghost is expected to command a $30,000 premium over the base car, but we may not even see it in North America.
[Source: Auto Express]
BMW and Chinese automaker Brilliance have joined forces to create a plug-in hybrid version of the 5-Series long wheelbase sedan sold in the Chinese market.
Set to be revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, the 5-Series plug-in will back an unspecified displacement turbocharged engine making 215 horsepower and a 94 horsepower electric motor. The car can travel 47 miles on pure electric power at a speed of 37 mph. The 5-Series plug-in will be produced in 2013, but it will not be sold in other markets, as the car was specifically designed for the Chinese market and their needs.
Hyundai shocked consumers in the North American market by introducing the Genesis last year and is set to do so all over again as the flagship Equus luxury sedan is scheduled to go on sale here next year.
At the time of the announcement the Equus was slated to get the company’s largest engine, the 4.6-liter V8 found in the top-trim Genesis sedan. Now it appears Hyundai has an even bigger engine in the works, to be paired with an even larger version of the Equus.
These spy photos, taken in Ulsan, South Korea, show a long wheelbase Equus sporting a VL500 badge, indicating that the limousine will be powered by a 5.0-liter V8. With the 4.6-liter unit making 375hp, the five-liter should certainly produce as much as 400 ponies.
The new flagship for Hyundai will get several other enhancements, including LED headlights and, no-doubt, numerous lavish luxurious features.
GALLERY: Hyundai Equus VL500