The all-electric 2020 Kia Soul EV, with standard DC fast-charging capability, receives a new 64 kWh battery and zippier ride. The battery is being tested, so range details aren't available.
Nissan is giving the Murano a nip and tuck for the 2019 model year. The 2019 Murano comes in four trims, but the range-topping Platinum receives interior appointments that look similar to those of the Infiniti QX50. Outside, the Murano receives a revised V-motion grille and redesigned, crisper LED front and rear lights, as well as LED fog lights.
The redesigned 2020 Porsche 911 retains the automaker's venerable styling DNA but receives upgrades in horsepower, a new interior layout inspired by 1970s models, and 21st century driving conveniences. The turbocharged, flat-six engine on the next-generation 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S produces 443 hp. That's an increase of 23 hp compared with the outgoing model.
Bentley's redesigned Continental GT convertible closely follows the redesign of the Continental GT coupe from last year. The convertible will be powered by a 6.0-liter turbocharged W-12, the same engine found in the coupe, which has 626 hp and 664 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. The roof can retract in 19 seconds and it also can be customized with customers getting seven roof colors to choose from.
The new Range Rover Evoque retains the distinctive sloping roofline and slender head and tail lamps of the original model.
Normally, we like to wait for the full gallery of photos or an in-person look before passing judgment on a new or redesigned vehicle. But often the teaser photos that trickle out ahead of an auto show tell stories on their own about the messages automakers want to telegraph to the marketplace. Messages such as:
The 2020 BMW M340i and M340i xDrive sedans are equipped with an updated 3.0-litre, six-cylinder inline engine, M Performance chassis tuning, optional xDrive intelligent AWD and the standard M Sport rear differential. The updated engine produces 382 hp. The new models are expected to launch in July 2019. They're positioned between the high-end M3 and the standard 3 series.
The new Mercedes CLA will have a rounder roof line, a slightly extended rear overhang and a longer trunk. The camouflaged car is seen undergoing road tests in Stuttgart. Canadian sales of the CLA are off 14 per cent through the first 10 months of 2018
The second-generation R8 has been freshened for the 2019 model year. The biggest visual change comes with the front fascia, which has been completely redesigned, adopting a wider appearance along with a series of vertical wings extending to the front spoiler, in addition to a narrow three-sectioned inlet just above the hexagonal grille meant to evoke the fascia of Audi’s early Quattro cars. Power has been increased in the naturally aspirated V10 that will now churn out an estimated 562 hp and 406 pound-feet of torque, a gain of about 30 hp and 8 pound-feet of torque over the outgoing model. The refreshed R8 will go on sale in Europe in the first quarter of 2019. -- Autoweek
The latest creation from Aston Martin's bespoke program, Q by Aston Martin, is a DBS Superleggera that pays homage to the automaker's racing history. The "DBS 59" honors Aston Martin's 1-2 finish in the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. It features an Aston Martin Racing Green exterior, a black and tan interior and bronze detailing throughout the exterior and interior. Aston Martin will build just 24 examples.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Mopar brand intends to sell the Hellephant-- a giant, supercharged 1,000-hp crate engine, capable of generating 950 pound-feet of torque and related installation kits for enthusiasts for use in pre-1976 vehicles next year. The Hellephant represents a 41 per cent power boost over the 707-hp Hellcrate 6.2-litre supercharged V-8 crate engine Mopar introduced a year ago. The brand showed a concept 1968 Dodge Charger upfitted with the Hellephant and other accessories that it called the Super Charger at the 2018 SEMA show.
The McLaren Speedtail is the most extreme model yet to join the brand's rapidly growing portfolio. It features a gasoline-electric powertrain that makes 1,035 hp, which the automaker says can propel the vehicle to 186 mph in a blistering 12.8 seconds and can top out at 250 mph, making it the fastest McLaren ever. Only 106 units will be built and the automaker said all Speedtails have already been reserved. Prices start at around US$2.1 million with deliveries set to begin in early 2020.