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Time stands still for no one, especially automakers. Today’s hot new vehicle is tomorrow’s also-ran product. Constant updates, tweaks and changes are mandatory in the car business. To keep up with ever-tougher competition Audi is giving its A6 range a facelift as our spy photographers have found.
Kia’s all-new Sorento crossover was just photographed while undergoing testing in Germany. Here’s what we can glean from these spy pictures.
The hardtop version of Jaguar’s heavily hyped new F-Type sports car was spied today again on the Nurburgring.
Expected to be available with the same engine options as the convertible, the car will likely come with two V6 powertrains and a V8 option. Jaguar initially showed the concept version as a coupe, and the production version is expected to arrive sometime next year,
More aggressive R and R-S versions of both the coupe and convertible are also likely in the future.
Currently, the base V6 offers 340 hp from its supercharged 3.0-liter V6. The F-Type S also uses a 3.0-liter supercharged six, but output increases to 380 hp. Finally, the range-topping V8 S makes 495 hp, but still sits short of what the brand’s powerplants are capable of.
GALLERY: Jaguar F-Type Coupe Spy Photos
Ever see the cars in our spy photos page and wonder why they look like that? New paint job trends emerge all the time, like gloss-less matte paint finishes, which are becoming more and more popular in recent years. Some companies like to dial it up to 11 with chrome finishes on their entire cars. But there is one look that is always intriguing: car camouflage. No, not the desert or arctic warfare kind, we’re talking about camera-camo.
If you’ve spent even a smidgen of time on our Auto News page then you’ve probably seen one of our spy photo stories. A recurring trend in these stories is the bizarre magic-eye look on the prototype vehicles that our spies track down.
The truth is that car companies deliberately make their cars look that way so that when and if these prototype cars get snapped by a photographer, certain incriminating details are not visible.
SEE ALSO: Check out the latest spy photos
Also, it’s worth noting that the look isn’t even a paintjob at all, but a vinyl application. The pattern on the application is perfect at tricking even the most advanced auto focus system on a camera. That’s because a camera’s auto focus system uses a subject’s colors to figure out its focus.
Dan Suszko from Graphik Concepts sells these vinyl wraps and confirms that it really works wonders to hide body work in photographs. “Car companies want to put an end to one person exposing their product to the world” Suszko said. “It really hides the way things look in low-res images,” he added.
Porsche‘s hard at work on their new Cajun, a smaller sibling to its popular Cayenne SUV, based on Audi‘s Q5 platform. The Cajun mule was recently spotted out testing in Northern Sweden, revealing little about its design.
What it does reveal is that Porsche plans to have a wider body than the Q5, noted by the black fender flares spotted on the test mule. Porsche will also surely fine tune the chassis and outfit the Cajun with bigger brakes, wheels and tires. And while the powerplants will come from Audi, Porsche is undoubtedly play with them a tad in order to give it more power output than the Q5 counterparts, as well as be more in-line with what Porsche’s all about – performance.
We can probably expect a hybrid Cajun with Audi’s 2.0L TFSI powerplant with 210-hp combined with a 44-hp electric motor. As of now, the Cajun will be produced in 4-door form but rumor has it that we can expect a sportier coupe version down the line.
GALLERY: Porsche Cajun Test Mule
With Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi offering wagon versions of their E-Class, 5-Series and A6 mid-luxury sedans, Jaguar is prepping a wagon version of its XF sedan, and like modern Jaguar‘s, it will take a slightly different approach to the traditional luxury formula.
In the UK, a “Shooting Brake” denotes a sports car converted into a wagon-like vehicle. Some were converted solely to meet the whims of wealthy owners, while others were used to hold hunting gear and other sporting equipment, giving the owner the best of both worlds. The XF Sportbrake will likely take after this tradition, placing an emphasis on style rather than practicality (in the same way that the 5-Series and A6 do, rather than the E-Class with its focus on cargo capacity).
A full engine lineup, ranging from the XF’s ultra-efficient 2.2L diesel engine, up to the 5.0L V8, should be available. The XF will also get Jaguar’s upcoming AWD system, but what you won’t see is a Sportbrake sold in America.
Gallery: Jaguar XF Sportbrake
Our spy photographers have done it again, this time finding the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class in the wild.
The S-Class is an important product for Mercedes, but this generation has the added burden of replacing the now-dead Maybach sedans, as well as acting as the flagship for Mercedes-Benz.
Expect to see VIPs, celebrities and African desposts chauffeured around in these starting in 2013. There’s a good bet your local hedge fund manager will have one, too.
Check out the video after the jump