VW has had some problems selling the Volkswagen Touareg in the USA. The midsize SUV was too expensive compared to the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, Chevrolet Traverse, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Honda Pilot. Also, the Touareg lacks a third row of seats.
Designed to be positioned between the Tiguan and the Touareg, the CrossBlue will nevertheless offer seating for seven, and will use a lengthened version of the modular MQB platform that now underpins the Tiguan and a range of other VW group vehicles.
The new Tiguan was the start for Volkswagen to get a whole new range of SUVs and Crossovers. This time the Touareg
The new generation SUV will get carmaker’s new and flexible MLB Evo architecture, which already made its debut with the 2016 Audi Q7. This means nothing but a huge shed of weight, likely over 500 lbs, and this definitely include a lot of aluminum, as well as more rigid chassis for sure. It’s not anything official, but we have found out that the new seven seats SUV should also get longer wheelbase, which will improve interior space. Speaking of the cabin, the carmaker will equip the vehicle with new safety aids and better infotainment, while the styling should exude more premium look.
Mercedes-Maybach has been tasked with building ultra-luxurious versions of regular Mercedes models, and so far we’ve seen a Mercedes-Maybach S-Class and a Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Pullman. However, more models are in the pipeline, for example the GLS and E class.
The Mercedes-Maybach E-Class will feature a window located behind the rear doors, just like on the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. And those blacked-out rear windows are likely hiding a pair of individual, executive-style seats.
The Mercedes-Maybach GLS will feature a lengthened chassis for extra comfort. The seat setup will be different too with two individual executive seats, instead of two rows of seats. Also all the best materials, technology and luxury features will be offered in this massive SUV.
The current (first) generation Insignia was a big improvement over the Vectra and was sold as a 4 door sedan, 5 door hatchback and 5 door wagon. The next generation will be sold only as a hatchback and wagon, whereas the USA will get a sedan. The next generation Insignia will feature the new design elements of the new Opel vehicles and Monza concept, but will still be recognisable as an Insignia. This trend was already seen with the Corsa and Astra and will continue with the biggest model of Opel.
The new Insignia will grow slightly in length sporting a stretched wheelbase said to be up to 100mm longer, according to some sources, to improve rear passenger legroom. Like the new Astra that dropped up to 200kg over its predecessor, the bigger Insignia will also benefit from a similar weight reduction.
The Insignia will feature a variety of petrol and diesel engines. There are also rumours that the 1.0 3 cylinder turbo petrol of the Astra and the Hybrid powertrain of the Chevrolet Malibu will be used in the Insignia
The current (first) generation Regal was a big improvement for the Buick brand and was only available as a 4 door sedan. However for the American market the Buick Regal will be sold for the first time as a wagon as well. The next generation Regal will feature the new design elements of the new Buick models and concepts, but will still be recognisable as an Regal.
The new Regal will grow slightly in length sporting a stretched wheelbase said to be up to 100mm longer, according to some sources, to improve rear passenger legroom.
The crossover segment is going smaller, and Audi knows that. First Audi had the A6 Allroad Quattro and the Q7. Then the Q5 and A4 Allroad Quattro were pushed onto the market. This year the Audi crossovers are going even smaller. Last month the Q2, and maybe an A3 Allroad Quattro too.
As usual, the corners of the body are protected by dark gray plastic armor, from the bumpers, to the arches and sills. Metal shields protect the front and rear drivetrains, and the ground clearance is increased. AWD will be of course available on this model.
VW is constantly experimenting with the idea of a smaller SUV. First there was a concept based on the up! city car and now also one based on the next generation Polo. The segment is also expanding quickly and taking a bigger margin out the sales of superminis and c-segment hatchback. Competitors like the Opel/Vauxhall Mokka, Renault Captur, Nissan Juke and Peugeot 2008 perform extremely well and new models from Toyota, Audi, Mini, Hyundai and Kia will be introduced this year.
The new mini SUV will be offered with four-wheel drive and a choice of manual or dual-clutch auto transmissions. Its engine line-up will skip the Polo’s naturally aspirated 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrols and start with a turbocharged version of the same engine, which is set to deliver around 109bhp. A lot of names are rumoured such as, Teracor, Tribue, Taigun and Terasun
The current generation X5 needs to receive its facelift, but we are already looking further into the future with the next gen X5. While the third generation X5 is based on a modified version of the second generation X5’s platform, the fourth generation X5 is said to be underpinned by the new CLAR (CLuster ARchitecture) rear-wheel drive platform that was first used for the new 7-series. The same platform will also be used for the third-gen BMW X3 and BMW X7. The CLAR gives BMW weight saving and modularity in powertrain application.
The styling will be more muscular, but stays true to the current design of the X5. Think of bigger kidney grilles and smaller headlights.
The new Audi A4, internally known as the B9, has just hit dealerships. However, I already had the idea to make a facelifted version of the current A4. The new ‘3D-Grille’, which are found on the new Q7 and upcoming Q5 has made its way to this facelifted A4 as well. At the rear the new OLED taillights are the biggest difference.
The headlights have a different inlay, new front and rear bumpers and a new tailgate complete the makeover of this car.
The new hypercar from Bugatti has just been unveiled at the Geneva Motorshow. This nearly 1500bhp car, will have to forget the old Veyron. However the Veyron had a roadster version, so it will not take long for Bugatti to make a topless version of the Chiron as well.
Even though the Veyron cost $1 million, the company lost money on every unit it made and sold. However, the Chiron costs about $2.5 million and that is the base price of the Coupe. So by adding $500,000 to the price for the convertible conversion and some +200 hp, you could be close to the specifications of the new roadster.