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With the current model, neé Zephyr, getting quite long in the tooth, Lincoln is getting ready to launch its successor, with a concept scheduled to be unveiled at the 2012 North American International Auto Show.
The next generation MKZ will utilize the same architecture as its high volume stablemate, the Ford Fusion, as well as the European Mondeo, which means it will retain front-wheel drive, with AWD likely available as an option. As for powertrains, a Hybrid is rumored to be part of the mix (the current model has proved quite popular) along with a V6 and turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder.
However, the new MKZ, expected to be introduced as a 2013 model, will likely break the mold in terms of styling. Lincoln’s new design boss, Max Wolff, who worked at Cadillac before moving across town, reportedly arrived in time to leave his signature on the latest Z, so expect something a little edgier and more distinctive.
In addition, look for the introduction of MyLincoln Select Drive, with adjustable settings for the steering, throttle response and suspension system.
Further down the road, there are rumors circulating that Lincoln could get a version of the platform that underpins the rear-drive Australian Falcon, which could make for some very interesting vehicles, though the brand doesn’t have enough clout yet to be asking for such things. However, provided Lincoln gains some solid ground with upcoming new or revised products, such an idea isn’t beyond the realms of possibility.
[Source: Car & Driver]
Some believe that if you are a true petrol-head, you have to have owned an Alfa Romeo at least once in your life. Taking a look at their history, its easy to see why. This Italian brand has produced some of the most gorgeous automotive designs ever, like the Montreal, GTV6 coupe and the 8C Competizione.
Now Alfa fans will soon have another model to lust after, the 4C. Previewed at the Geneva Motor Show in concept form, now it seems that Alfa Romeo will be unveiling a near production model at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.
To start us drooling, Alfa Romeo has released a teaser picture of the new 4c. The head-on shot reveals that it’ll look very much like the concept version, which is no bad thing.
Mechanically, it will use a 1.75-liter, turbo-charged, four-cylinder motor that is capable of producing 230-hp. Since the car is expected to weight just over 1,900 lbs., it should be a rapid car.
European sales for the 4C are expected to start next near, although US-sales will like commence in 2013, along with a full range of other Alfa Romeos. We cant wait.
GALLERY: Alfa Romeo 4C Concept
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BMW has announced that it will be ending production of the E90 3-Series sedan this October, as the company gears up for the next generation of its volume seller.
Internally coded the F30, the 2012 3-Series is expected to be built off a modular platform, though will keep much the same dimensions as the outgoing model. Styling is said to be more toned and ‘muscular’ adopting many of the cues seen on BMW‘s more recent offerings, including the current 5-Series (F-10).
In an effort towards increasing efficiency, the 2012 3-Series will employ such technologies such as aerodynamically tuned wheels, a solar roof panel, a stop/start engine feature and re-generative braking.
Powertrain options are said to include a range of four and six-cylinder engines, both normally aspirated and turbocharged, as well as the possibility (however unlikely) of a three-cylinder engine for the first time. Look for the entry level 328i model to toss its straight-six in favor of a newturbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder making 245-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
A new M3 model will also make it’s debut, powered by a twin-turbo inline six, slated to make as much as 450 horsepower. Watch this space for further developments.
[Source: BMW Blog]