May 17 2017

All-New 2017 Renault Espace From €40,600 In France

2017 Renault Espace

2017 Renault Espace

Renault have taken the new generation Espace into the 2017MY by adding a new petrol engine.

Developed by Renaultsport and available on the Zen, Intense, and Initiale Paris flavors, the lump delivers 225PS (222hp) and 300Nm (221lb-ft) of torque, which is 25PS (25hp) and 40Nm (30lb-ft) of torque more than the TCe 200 that it replaces.

It works in conjunction with a 7-speed automatic gearbox, and despite the extra oomph, it uses up just 6.8 l/100 km (42 UK mpg / 35 US mpg), in the NEDC cycle, and emits 152 g/km of CO2.

The 2017 Renault Espace has also received other upgrades, including 18- and 19-inch wheels and a new exterior color called Titanium Gray, while inside, it gets Sand Grey leather upholstery, ventilated seats, and the R-Link 2 infotainment system, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Renault have already started taking orders for the revised MPV in France, where it can be purchased from €40,600 (equal to $44,792), with other markets to will follow shortly.


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May 17 2017

All-New Infiniti QX80 Signature Edition From $68,330 In The U.S.

Infiniti QX80 Signature Edition

Infiniti QX80 Signature Edition

Infiniti is now offering the QX80 in special Signature Edition spec, boasting extra standard equipment and unique design features.

The new Infiniti QX80 Signature Edition comes packed with features like an exclusive Saddle Tan leather interior, chrome rearview mirror caps and a set of dark-finish 22-inch forged alloys, wrapped in 275/50 all-season tires.

The Japanese flagship SUV also benefits from a wide array of standard driver assistance systems, including Backup Collision Intervention, Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control, Distance Control Assist, Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention.

Customers will be able to choose between a seven- or an eight-passenger configuration and between 2WD and 4WD versions. All models are equipped with a 400hp 5.6-litre V8, paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission.

“The QX80 continues to set records, with deliveries up more than 30 percent this year through April,” said Randy Parker, vice president, Infiniti Americas. “With the Signature Edition’s exclusive content and distinctive appearance, we expect QX80 traffic in our showrooms to remain strong throughout the spring and summer.”

Pricing for the 2017 Infiniti QX80 Signature Edition starts from $68,330 (destination and handling fees included), with the 4WD version priced from $71,430.


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May 16 2017

Audi Tweaks Packaging, Pricing For its Entire 2018 Lineup In The U.S.

We’re only five months into the year but that hasn’t stopped Audi from announcing a series of changes to its 2018 model lineup.

Starting with the A3, the 2018 model gains additional standard equipment including heated front seats and an Audi music interface with two USB ports. The sporty S3, on the other hand, can be equipped with a new S Sport package which includes red brake calipers and a magnetic ride control system.

The 2018 A4 has additional equipment on higher-end variants as well as a newly available Black optic plus package. The latter includes red brake calipers, gloss black mirror caps, a rear spoiler, and 18-inch wheels with a gloss black finish. Buyers will also find an upgrade interior as the package adds a flat-bottomed steering wheel, piano black trim, and red contrast stitching.

Bigger changes occur with the 2018 A6 and A7 as both models have an upgraded 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine that produces 340 hp (345 PS) and 325 lb-ft (440 Nm) of torque. Both models can also be equipped with a Competition package which adds black mirror caps, red brake calipers, a sport suspension, and a quattro sport differential. Other highlights include brushed aluminum trim, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and S sport seats with either contrast or diamond stitching.

The next-generation Audi A8 is right around the corner so changes to the current model are relatively limited. However, the entry-level variant is offered with a new Executive package which boasts a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a panoramic glass roof. The package also includes 20-inch alloy wheels and an assortment of driver assistance systems.

The A8 4.0T goes even further with an Executive plus package which adds power rear seats with ventilation and massage functions.

Moving into crossover country, the 2018 Q3 gains heated front seats and an S line exterior with sportier bumpers. Premium variants can also be equipped with a new Convenience package which adds aluminum satellite trim, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power tailgate, and an Audi advanced key.

The Q7 goes largely untouched as the only notable addition is a standard Audi advanced key. The Q7 Premium Plus gains a standard 3D BOSE Surround Sound system, while the range-topping 3.0T Prestige now comes with power door closers.

At the other end of the company’s lineup, the TT gets standard parking sensors as well as an optional competition package which adds a sport suspension, a sport steering wheel, and leather/Alcantara sport seats.

The range-topping Audi R8 has a modestly revised exterior as the quattro badging on the front grille has been replaced by an Audi Sport logo. Elsewhere, there’s new puddle lights, an Audi smartphone interface, and Anthracite trim (Carbon sigma trim on the V10 plus). Buyers looking for something more unique can order the new Black optic package which includes a gloss black exhaust, titanium black exterior trim, and special 20-inch forged alloy wheels.


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May 16 2017

All-New 2017 Dacia Duster SE Summit From £28,800 In The UK

2017 Dacia Duster SE Summit

2017 Dacia Duster SE Summit

Summit Special Edition models of the Duster, new Sandero and new Logan MCV Stepway will be available in the UK this June, with prices starting £10,995.

The SE Summit range is based on the top-level trim for each of the previously mentioned vehicles, while also bringing extra equipment to go with the existing Stepway & Duster powertrains.

Buyers opting for either the new Sandero Stepway or new Logan MCV Stepway in SE Summit trim, will get a new metallic color called Nordic Grey. Those opting for the Sandero can also get it in Magma Orange, as both colors are complemented by 16″ Dark Metal flex wheels.

Inside the cabin, Summit special edition models feature unique upholstery, Burnt Orange piping and top-stitching, plus the ‘Stepway’ logo embroidered into the fabric using the same color. Then you’ve got the same Burnt Orange shade found throughout the cabin, including on the center console cover and air vent surrounds.

In terms of specs, SE Summit models (based on Laureate trim) add a rear parking camera and a front central armrest, to go with standard features such as air-con, Media Nav Evolution multimedia system, sat-nav, DAB Radio & Bluetooth connectivity, rear parking sensors, cruise control and speed limited.

However, those looking to purchase the base spec Sandero Stepway or Logan MCV Stepway, need only spend upwards of £8,995 or £11,495 respectively.

As for the Duster SE Summit, it’s based on the flagship Duster Prestige and comes with a new Nordic Grey metallic paint and 16″ diamond-cut black ‘Cyclades’ alloys. This new spec also adds a body kit with wheel arch guards and protective side moldings.

Inside, you’ll find the same Burnt Orange features you get in the SE Summit versions of the Sandero and Logan MCV Stepway, but also a rear parking camera, MediaNav touchscreen with sat-nav, DAB radio and SIRI ‘Eyes Free’, plus electric front and rear windows as standard. Read the rest of this entry »


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May 16 2017

All-New Toyota GT86 Club Series Orange Edition From £28,800 In The UK

Toyota GT86 Club Series Orange Edition

Toyota GT86 Club Series Orange Edition

Toyota are keeping the GT86 competitive by launching the Orange Edition in UK, which follows in the footsteps of a similar version that debuted in Japan six months ago.

Part of the ‘Club Series’, which celebrates the brand’s motorsport heritage with limited editions of the two-door coupe, the Toyota GT86 Orange Edition goes on sale now at UK dealers, with prices starting from £28,800 ($37,167) with a stick shift, and £30,270 ($39,064) with the six-speed automatic transmission.

As you might have guessed already, this GT86 comes finished in a triple-coat Solar Orange, with metallic black details applied to the side mirror casings, and rear spoiler tips. The Anthracite 17-inch alloy wheels contribute to its special flair and round up the list of exterior visual updates.

Inside, the sports seats are dressed in black leather and Alcantara, with contrast orange stitching, and black suede with matching stitching for the dashboard and door panel trims. Other features include the heated front seats, aluminum pedals, and Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system, with DAB Radio, and Bluetooth.

The Toyota GT86 Club Series Orange Edition is also equipped with a limited slip differential, and performance brake discs and pads, and uses the same 2.0-liter boxer engine as the rest of the lineup, rated at 197hp.


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May 15 2017

All-New 2017 Honda S660 From ¥ 1,980,000 In Japan

2017 Honda S660

New 2017 Honda S660

Liberty Walk have stepped out of their comfort zone of modifying higher-end machines and created a special upgrade package for the Honda S660.

Instantly recognizable as a car tuned by the Japanese company, the mini roadster has received a bunch of visual mods.

These include new bumpers on both ends, large side skirts, boot lid spoiler, diffuser, and bolt-on fender flares that make room for a set of aftermarket wheels, wrapped in performance tires.

The tuner is offering two versions of the complete body kit, both made from FRP and priced at 648,000 yen ($5,715) and 475,000 ($4,190) yen, respectively, in the Land of the Rising Sun, and will be joined, in the near future, by two more variants. An optional air suspension can also be ordered from 580,000 ($5,115)

Despite appearing all muscular, Liberty Walk’s tuning upgrade for the Honda S660, which is officially called the SSX-660R, lacks the grunt to match its looks, and retains the stock 0.66-liter turbo’d three-banger, which makes 64PS (63hp).

Honda are still keeping the S660 limited to the JDM, where it’s part of the kei-car segment and can be had from 1,980,000 yen ($17,465).


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May 13 2017

All-New 2018 Seat Ateca FR From £24,960 In The UK

British customers will be able to order Seat’s sporty Ateca FR starting July 3rd, with £24,960 OTR landing you the FR 1.4 Eco TSI model.

The UK line-up will feature a total of four available engines, including the new 2.0 TSI 190 PS unit. The others are the 150 PS 1.4 Eco TSI, and the two 2.0 TDI diesels with either 150 PS or 190 PS.

In order to further differentiate the FR from other Ateca models, Seat has added a high gloss black front grille, 18″ ‘Performance’ alloys, body-color wheel arch surrounds, unique FR front and rear bumpers, dark-tinted rear windows, side skirts, a rear spoiler and aluminum roof rails and door moldings.

Inside, you get sports front seats with Alcantara upholstery and progressive steering, which Seat says weights up pleasingly at speed. Other specs include the automaker’s Full Link smartphone integration, with Mirror Link, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Furthermore, there’s dual zone climate control, a rear-view camera and auto-folding door mirrors.

In terms of safety, the Ateca FR gets Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and pedestrian detection, Tiredness Recognition and Hill Hold Control, plus seven occupant airbags, ISOFIX child seat fixings, ABS, ASR traction control, ESC and the XDS electronic differential lock.

As for the optional extras, buyers can opt for a panoramic sunroof, a Connectivity Hub with wireless phone charging, Park Assist and a more sophisticated sat-nav package with dynamic route guidance.

Other Ateca FR versions are priced as follows:

1.4 Eco TSI 150 PS (DSG auto) – £26,340
2.0 TSI 190 PS 4Drive (DSG auto) – £29,760
2.0 TDI 150 PS 4Drive (manual) – £28,410
2.0 TDI 190 PS 4Drive (DSG auto) – £30,930


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May 12 2017

All-New 2017 Honda Civic Si From $23,900 In The U.S.

Honda’s first-ever turbocharged Civic Si Coupe and Sedan will become available at Honda dealerships across the U.S. starting from tomorrow.

The new 2017 Honda Civic Si is priced from $23,900 MSRP for either the Coupe or the Sedan bodystyle.

Under the bonnet lives Honda’s turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol with direct injection and dual-variable cam timing, producing 205hp and 192lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a short-throw six-speed manual transmission.

The new generation is also significantly lighter from previous Si models, with the Si Sedan being down 96lbs from the previous model with a curb weight of 2,906lbs and the Si Coupe being 113lbs lighter from its predecessor, at 2,889lbs.

The more rigid chassis benefits from sport-tuned suspension with two-mode adaptive dampers, a limited-slip differential, larger brake rotors and more rigid stabilizer bars, among others. The front upper control arms are ultra-rigid and come straight from the Civic Type R.

The exterior look is enhanced with a gloss black fascia, larger lower air intakes, 18-inch alloys and a chrome-finished center-mounted polygonal exhaust. The Si Coupe further adds a rear full-width light bar and a raised rear spoiler.

The cabin features bolstered sport seats with red stitching that runs across the interior. The red detailing continues onto the driver’s TFT meter as well as the audio illumination.


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May 09 2017

All-New 2018 Honda Civic Type R From £30,995 In The UK

The current fastest front-wheel drive production model around the ‘Ring, the new Honda Civic Type R, is set to arrive in Honda UK dealerships this July.

The entry-level version will cost upwards of £30,995, with the GT version asking for an additional £2,000, priced at £32,995.

GT models come with features like blind spot monitoring, cross traffic monitor, dual zone climate control, auto dimming rear view mirror, Honda’s Connect infotainment with Garmin Navigation, wireless charging, high power audio and LED front fog lights as standard.

Honda’s latest hot hatch is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol unit that pumps out 316hp (320PS) and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of peak torque. Mated exclusively to a six-speed manual gearbox, the new Civic Type R managed to reclaim the title of the fastest front-driven production vehicle around the Nurburgring by posting a 7min 43.8sec lap time, nearly 5.5 seconds faster than the VW Golf Clubsport S and 7 seconds faster than its predecessor.

The chassis is now longer, lower and wider and gets a revised McPherson front suspension along with a multilink rear setup, with torsional rigidity increasing by 39 percent when compared to the outgoing Civic Type R.


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May 07 2017

All-New 2018 Honda Civic Type R Spot From $35,000 In The U.S.

As Americans prepare to get their first taste of a Type R branded model from Honda, it appears as though one reservation holder has tried to make a serious buck before the 2018 Civic Type R’s launch.

A couple of days ago, Tire Meets Road discovered a Craigslist ad (since deleted), where the seller was looking to off-load his spot for a new Type R for a crazy $85,000. To put that into perspective, the world’s fastest front-wheel drive production around the ‘Ring is expected to start at $35,000 in the U.S.

In the advertisement, the seller claimed that delivery of the car was scheduled for June 15th or potentially sooner and that strangely, it was unknown what color the car will be.

“I am solely selling this vehicle because of an opportunity to make money to fund my other interest. I am absolutely in love with this car and have no problems keeping it if I am not satisfied with the offers,” the seller said.

Craigslist is full of trolls and there’s a very good chance the seller doesn’t even have a Type R on order. However, if the advertisement was real, it could be just the first in a number which are likely to appear prior to the car’s local launch.


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May 06 2017

All-New 2018 Seat Ibiza From £13,130 In The UK

Launched exclusively with five doors and offered in five trim levels, the new generation Seat Ibiza can now be ordered in the United Kingdom, with deliveries starting from July 21.

Prices kick off from £13,130 ($16,922) for the base S version, which features Bluetooth, air conditioning, electric front windows, automatic headlights, and Front Assist.

Next comes the SE grade, with a Media System Color multimedia package, ambient lighting, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights with cornering function, and 15-inch alloy wheels, whereas the SE Technology brings an 8-inch touchscreen, voice recognition, DAB digital radio, navigation system and two USB ports.

Buyers looking into a sportier model can go for the FR, with chrome bodywork details, 17-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension, rear disc brakes, Seat Drive Profile with four selectable driving modes, sports front seats, flat-bottom steering wheel, and rear privacy glass.

Topping the range is the XCellence, which adds 16-inch machined alloy wheels, Atom Grey side mirror casings, keyless entry and go, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, dual-zone climate control, and Alcantara upholstery.

The engine lineup includes the naturally aspirated 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit, with 75PS (74hp), along with turbocharged versions that deliver 95PS (94hp) and 115PS (113hp). The latter is reserved for the FR, and works together with a 6-speed manual or a dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

The sporty FR will also get a 1.5-liter lump with 150PS (148hp), while diesel engines will be added to the family later in the year.


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May 04 2017

All-New Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon From £81,130 In The UK

Mercedes announced the pricing and range details of their super-fast and super-cool E63 Estate for the UK market.

Powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8, the long-roof version of the E63 gets the same, eye-popping numbers with its four-door sibling, meaning 571hp for the regular version and 612hp for the E63 S.

For the first time in the model’s history, power will be transmitted to all four wheels as standard, thanks to the newly developed 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system with fully variable torque distribution between axles and a dedicated Drift mode for the range-topping S model.

The 612hp version can also hit 62mph from naught in 3.5 seconds, with top speed being electronically limited to 155mph, unless you specify the optional AMG Drivers package which lifts the limiter to a more Autobahn-suited 18 6mph(300km/h). Read the rest of this entry »


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