May 23 2017

All-New 2018 Audi A4 Black Edition From £32,530 In The UK

Audi is revising the A4 range for the MY2018 in the UK by adding more features as standard and reviving the successful Black Edition version.

Audi A4 Black Edition

Audi A4 Black Edition

In fact the Black Edition spec proved to be so successful that more than 50 percent of UK buyers ordered one when it was available last time for the previous A4 generation.

The new Audi A4 Black Edition is available in combination with the whole engine range, from entry-level 1.4-litre TFSI all the way up to the V6 TDI Quattro.

The specification includes a set of 19-inch five-arm alloys finished in matt titanium, with Audi offering 18-inch gloss black alloys as a no-cost option, a titanium black styling pack that extends to the mirror housings, the singleframe grille and window surrounds, side skirts, rear spoiler and air intakes, rear privacy glass, acoustic front side windows and black roof rails for the Avant version.

The interior of the new A4 Black Edition also gains a flat-bottomed steering wheel, piano black inlays and up to £550 worth of equipment for free. All 2018 A4 models also benefit from Audi’s Safety & Service which offer emergency calls, online roadside assistance and Audi service request functions.

Sport models get a seven-inch full-color display for the instrument binnacle instead of the original five-inch monochrome version, front heated seats dressed in what Audi calls Twin Leather upholstery while S-Line models get a leather-Alcantara interior.

Audi UK also announced the offering of cruise control and rear parking sensors as standard to all of its models, starting from the A1. The rest of the updates include a revised Technology Pack that now offers the Virtual Cockpit, wireless charging and MMI navigation plus. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 19 2017

All-New 2017 Shelby F-150 Super Snake From $96,680 In The U.S.

Shelby has introduced the 2017 F-150 Super Snake which draws inspiration from the Mustang Super Snake.

2017 Shelby F-150 Super Snake Packs

2017 Shelby F-150 Super Snake Packs

Based on the popular Ford F-150, the Super Snake features a ram air hood, front fender vents, and a new bumper cover. The truck has also been outfitted with a four-piece ground effects package, honeycomb mesh grille inserts, and a painted tonneau.

Additionally designers installed extended fender flares, a Borla dual exhaust system, and 22-inch chrome wheels. Lastly, the company added the usual Shelby badging and stripes.

The interior receives a modest makeover which includes embroidered headrests and a Snake emblem on the center console. Rounding out the changes are special floor mats and an individually-numbered plaque on the dashboard.

Under the hood, the 5.0-liter V8 engine has been equipped with a supercharger, a high-performance air intake, a billet throttle body, and new fuel injectors. Thanks to these modifications, the engine’s output climbs from 385 hp (390 PS) to more than 750 hp (760 PS).

Shelby declined to say how fast the truck can accelerate from 0-60 mph, but the company confirmed the model will be offered with rear- or four-wheel drive.

Production will be limited to 150 units and pricing starts at $96,680.

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May 19 2017

All-New 2018 Subaru Forester Black Edition From $25,695 In The U.S.

Subaru has introduced the 2018 Forester Black Edition.

2018 Subaru Forester

2018 Subaru Forester


Based on the Forester 2.5i Premium, the Black Edition features a modestly revised exterior with black fog light surrounds and 18-inch alloy wheels with a black finish. The crossover has also been equipped with LED headlights and a unique grille with a blacked-out wing motif. Four different colors will be available including Crystal Black Silica, Crystal White Pearl, Dark Gray Metallic, and Ice Silver Metallic.

The unique styling carries over to the interior as designers installed special seats with exclusive upholstery and simulated leather bolsters. Drivers will also find silver contrast stitching and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters. Elsewhere, there’s silver metallic trim and gloss black accents.

Besides the unique styling features, the Forester Black Edition comes equipped with additional standard equipment including a rear cargo tray and welcome lighting. The All-Weather package is also standard and it includes heated front seats, heated mirrors, and a windshield wiper de-icer.

Power is provided by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine which produces 170 hp (172 PS) and 174 lb-ft (235 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a Lineartronic CVT gearbox and comes standard with X-Mode and Hill Descent Control.

The Black Edition will be a $1,150 option on the Forester 2.5i Premium which starts at $25,695.

Besides announcing the special edition model, Subaru confirmed the 2018 Forester will be priced from $22,795 which is a $200 increase over last year’s model.

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May 18 2017

All-New 2018 Acura TLX From $33,000 In The U.S.

Acura’s refreshed 2018 TLX is set to go on sale June 1st, boasting new premium features, a sportier design and an all-new A-Spec variant.

2018 Acura TLX

2018 Acura TLX

For 2018, Acura is offering the TLX with AcuraWatch as standard across all grades, as prices will start from $33,000 for the new TLX 2.4L, whereas V6-equipped versions cost upwards of $36,200.

“We’re enhancing the already outstanding performance of the Acura TLX by carrying our Precision Crafted Performance direction through to the exterior design,” said Acura VP & GM, Jon Ikeda.

“The addition of the new A-Spec further advances the TLX to a more distinctive position in the segment and enhances its appeal to a more performance oriented buyer.”

In terms of features, all TLX V6 models now have a new rear diffuser with exposed dual-exhaust outlets, whereas the Technology Package will add a chrome side sill garnish, leather seats with high-contrast stitching and piping, and a power-operated driver’s seat thigh extension. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 17 2017

All-New 2018 Volvo XC60 From $41,500 In The U.S.

Volvo has confirmed the 2018 XC60 will be priced from $41,500 when it arrives in the United States this fall.

2018 Volvo XC60

2018 Volvo XC60

Costing $550 more than its predecessor, the redesigned crossover is a major leap forward as it follows the successful formula laid out by the XC90.

Besides featuring an attractive design, the XC60 comes nicely equipped with LED headlights, a panoramic moonroof, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The model also boasts a ten-way power driver’s seat, leather upholstery, Iron Ore trim, and a 9-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibility. Other highlights include a power tailgate, a dual-zone climate control system, and an 8-inch display in the instrument cluster.

Power is provided by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 250 hp (253 PS) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard all-wheel drive system.

Buyers looking for something more powerful can opt of the XC60 T6 which starts $44,900. It features a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine developing 316 hp (320 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque.

Lastly but not least, the range-topping XC60 T8 Plug-in Hybrid begins at $52,900. It uses a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as well an electric motor to produce 400 hp (405 PS) and 472 lb-ft (639 Nm) of torque.

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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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