As if we didn't already have ample reason to be excited by the arrival of a brand-new Ford Ranger pickup truck on American shores, we now have evidence that the Dearborn-based automaker has a jacked-up off-road variant in the works. Will it be called the Ranger Raptor? We don't know, and honestly, we don't really care ... just so long as it's real. There appears to be an aggressive grille hiding behind the camouflage, probably similar to the one seen on the larger F-150 Raptor. But we're more intrigued by the wide fender flares and the higher ground clearance than regular-grade Rangers. It's impossible to tell what kind of shocks this Ranger prototype is wearing – note the odd fringe hiding under the rear axle – but we'd hope it's something similar to the Fox shocks used for the larger Raptor. We're pretty sure we see a skid plate, too. This particular truck appears to be right-hand drive, but that doesn't mean it's not testing bits and baubles for a future US-spec … [Read more...] about Ford Ranger Raptor spotted testing in Michigan?
Jaguar is continuing development work on the I-Pace, its first all-electric model set to arrive in 2018. Today we're getting fresh spy shots of the svelte crossover being unloaded for testing at the Nürburgring, and the I-Pace looks almost identical to the concept model and a prototype we spied earlier this year. It's expected to debut next fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Despite wearing Slimer-green camouflage, the I-Pace's curves and creases are evident. It's fronted by a prominent grille that's mainly for looks, angled headlights, and short overhangs. Obviously, Jag wants you to know it's working on an electric car, as the test mule wears the hashtag #jaguarelectrifies on the sides and #ipace on the hood. Subtle. Jaguar hasn't confirmed US specs, but based on the concept car the I-Pace generates 400 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels from a 90-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. The crossover can hit 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds and has an … [Read more...] about 2018 Jaguar I-Pace hits the Nurburgring in all its electric glory
We're getting close to the full reveal of the Nissan Leaf, since Nissan itself released a teaser for the car. But thanks to one of our spy photographers, we're getting our best look yet at the next-generation electric hatch. This prototype was out testing with nothing more than a vinyl wrap, and it reveals that the new Leaf will be much more conventional-looking. Up at the front, the biggest change is the addition of a faux grille flanked by horizontally-oriented headlights. This look is a major shift away from the outgoing model, and toward the rest of the Nissan lineup. This new fascia also makes the front of the Leaf look lower and wider than the old version. There's another interesting detail at the front of the car, too, and that's the little bump at the top of the windshield. This may house sensors for Nissan's ProPilot semi-autonomous system that the company announced would be offered on the Leaf. In profile, the new Leaf is clearly descended from the current model. The side … [Read more...] about 2018 Nissan Leaf spied with hardly any camouflage
You may have seen these spy shots floating around of a wide-body Hellcat that looks strikingly similar to the new Dodge Demon (for the complete Demon story click here). Lots of wild guesses have been thrown around as to what it actually is. We finally have some hard intel, which when combined with other facts and off-hand comments by Dodge people, come together to make for some interesting scenarios.At the center of attention is an interesting set of photos taken recently by spy photographer Brian Williams. The images were taken outside of SRT’s building in Auburn Hills, MI this June. The undisguised vehicle is badged as an SRT Hellcat with a Hellcat hood and grille. It has Demon-style wide-body fender flares and extra-wide 20-inch tires in the 305 – 315 range. Clearly seen are the larger Brembo brakes from the current Hellcat. What you don’t see are the larger air-grabber hood scoop and accompanying air tract that would be required for the Demon’s 840 hp Hemi. … [Read more...] about 2018 Wide-Body Hellcat Truths & Rumors!
Each time we've seen the Jaguar E-Pace out testing, it has been covered in a variety of fake plastic body parts to obscure the actual body. Finally, Jaguar relaxed its camouflage campaign, giving us the chance to see the car's bodywork almost entirely exposed. The only disguise this car was wearing was a form-fitting vinyl wrap. The test car in question confirms a number of our suspicions. The rear hatch is, indeed, extremely raked, which gives the vehicle a sportier look, though will surely reduce cargo capacity. If this crossover was coming from one of the German automakers, they would probably call this a "coupe." The front and rear fenders are also rather exaggerated, and the rear haunches are accented by a rising window line that ends in a pinched-off quarter window. The nose and tail of the crossover are pretty standard Jaguar. The layout of the lights and grilles are generally what you would find on its big brother, the F-Pace. The headlights appear to have some sort of LED … [Read more...] about 2018 Jaguar E-Pace (almost) revealed in new spy photos
Last week we showed you Hyundai's newest and smallest crossover, the Kona. This week, we bring you the newest version of Hyundai's largest crossover, the Santa Fe, albeit beneath much camouflage. There's a bigger connection between these two vehicles than just timing and size contrast, though. They appear to share some styling cues. We can see through the vinyl draperies on the nose and tell that it has an aggressive version of the Hyundai cascading grille, much like the Kona. It also has the slender top headlight element combined with larger, separate elements lower in the fascia, again like the little crossover. The camouflage also fits closely enough to the body to reveal that the main grille will be flanked by large vents that encompass the lower headlamps. We also see some Recaro racing seats through the windshield, but we doubt those will make production. Prove us wrong, Hyundai! Moving to the sides and tail, there are fewer details to discern. The size looks similar to the … [Read more...] about Next Hyundai Santa Fe carries Kona cues
We've already seen the new generations of the plain 911 Carrera, as well as the base 911 Turbo, testing at the Nürburgring, so it was only a matter of time before we saw a version of the next-generation 911 Turbo S at the Green Hell. We know this is a Turbo S because it says so on the front lip spoiler. It also has the fixed rear wing of the current Turbo S. Those aerodynamic aids are leftovers from the current model, though. In fact, much of what we see here is current-generation Turbo S equipment, including the lights, bumpers, and the rear wing. Where this car differs is in the fenders. Porsche bolted up some very aggressive fender flares to widen the body and fit fat tires to this test car. This should help give the new Turbo S more grip and make it quicker on the track. The air intakes are much more aggressive on this car than the current Turbos, as well as the prototype Turbo we saw earlier. Outside of the wide body, there isn't much else to spot on this 911. We currently … [Read more...] about Next Porsche 911 Turbo S spotted at Nurburgring with wide body
One of our spy photographers caught Volkswagen testing out a mystery sedan in the desert. There are a number of reasons this is likely the next Jetta compact sedan, the most convincing of which is that the Jetta is way overdue for a redesign. But there are some parts of this car that seem out of place for a compact sedan. Before we start arguing one way or another, let's look at the car in detail. Overall, it's a much more rounded, sleeker shape than current, square-shouldered, slab-sided VW sedans. The nose is fairly raked, and the roof has a bit of a fastback look, which is enhanced by the short rear deck. Both of these styling cues are shared with the new Arteon sedan. The grille looks larger and more prominent than most current VW cars. The greenhouse looks fairly spacious, with the glass area extending beyond the back door into the D-pillar. The wheelbase looks reasonably long, as well. These details seem to indicate that this car is significantly larger than the current … [Read more...] about Is this the next VW Jetta?
Ford is hard at work on the next-generation Ford Focus, based on recent spy shots. Unfortunately, the company has been quite good at hiding the new compact's fresh sheetmetal. These latest photos show a car camouflaged about as well as the last one, but the photographer that caught this car got a great peek at the inside. What we can see is a really big LCD display brought right to the front of the dash, as opposed to the deeply sunken unit in the current Focus. Although it looks like the display has a large hood, we believe it's a red herring, since this screen, and much of the rest of the cabin, looks very similar to that of the new 2018 Ford Fiesta. In fact, if you compare the infotainment buttons, air vents, and climate control buttons between the two vehicles, and you'll find they're nearly identical. The main difference is that there's a bit more negative space between controls, which is unsurprising as the Focus is a notably larger car than the Fiesta. For reference, we've … [Read more...] about Ford Focus spy photos reveal a Fiesta-style interior
Jaguar continues to test its new small crossover, tentatively dubbed E-Pace, and that means our spy photographers continue to capture it in the wild. This time, we got some photos of the interior. From what we can see, it follows in the footsteps of the the F-Type sports car, rather than Jaguar's sedans and larger F-Pace crossover. From the air vents down, the center stack gently slopes toward the shifter. It also has a large grab handle on the passenger side like that in the F-Type. This also makes the center stack feel more driver-centric. The shifter is also F-Type-inspired. While the Jaguar sedans and the F-Pace use a motorized dial that rises from the center console for shifting, the F-Type uses a conventional lever, as does this E-Pace. These interior design choices seem to indicate that Jaguar will market this E-Pace as being a sportier Jaguar than its existing lineup. Our spy photographer also caught this E-Pace prototype with the hatch up. This clearly shows that the E-Pace … [Read more...] about Jaguar E-Pace has an F-Type-inspired interior
Almost a year after Cadillac showed its stunning Escala concept at Pebble Beach, we're finally seeing some of that car's influence on production cars. These spy shots reveal that the CT6 will undergo a mild refresh, and despite the camouflage, we can make out details that show it will have looks more in line with the concept. One of the defining characteristics of the Escala were narrow, horizontal headlights, while the current CT6 has long, vertical lamps that go up the tops of the fenders. This prototype seems to split the difference. The bases of the lights terminate higher up on the fascia, emulating the Escala, but still travel up the fenders. It also appears that the LED accent lights remain, but it's possible they've been separated from the main lamps to become more like the concept. The grille has also been revised. It's hard to make out the exact shape, but the insert is the same type of mesh as the Escala's, with little highlights that look like miniature Cadillac crests. … [Read more...] about Cadillac CT6 refresh has hints of Escala
The last vestiges of the controversial split Lincoln grille are slowly being removed as the company revamps its lineup. It started with the MKZ and Continental, with the most recent rhinoplasty recipient being the Navigator. Now, based on spy shots, it looks like the MKC crossover will be the fourth to get the new corporate grille. Under the heavy vinyl coverings, we can clearly see the proud Continental-inspired grille. We can also see that it will feature the same chrome mesh with Lincoln badge-shaped openings found on other cars with the grille design. We can also assume that the headlights will receive a substantial refresh, but the lower bumper doesn't look particularly different. The rest of this prototype MKC looks the same as the existing model. The back is covered, which indicates that the taillights may be updated. We wouldn't expect a radically different look, since the MKC already has a full-width taillight treatment. We also noticed that the wheels appear to be inspired … [Read more...] about Lincoln MKC crossover adopts the Continental’s grille
What It Is: Jaguar nearly went 100 years without building a single SUV or crossover, but now that the gates have opened by the F-Pace, they might as well be taken off the hinges. Following the enthusiastic reception given to that SUV, Jaguar is hoping to keep up the, uh, pace by fully committing to the trend. In the near future, Jaguar will triple its utility-vehicle presence by launching the all-electric I-Pace crossover, as well as the E-Pace pictured here: essentially a baby F-Pace, much in the same way the XE sedan is a smaller sibling to the XF. Why It Matters: Through May of this year, Jaguar has sold nearly as many F-Paces as the rest of the lineup combined. The crossover thirst is real, and as much as we love the F-type sports car, it’s not going to keep the lights on in the office. High-riding practicality will. In these camo’d spy shots, in which the E-Pace confusingly wears a Minnesota license plate, we get the clearest views yet of … [Read more...] about 2018 Jaguar E-Pace Spied, Including Interior
2018 Jeep Wrangler Interior: What We Can Learn There's an all-new Jeep Wrangler on the way, with some big changes for the legendary 4x4. Here's what we can deduce from the latest spy photos of its totally uncovered interior. Most Popular Brian Williams Jeep has been working hard to keep the all-new 2018 Wrangler under wraps until its official debut, but we've gotten plenty of glimpses at what's in store for the legendary 4x4 model. Our latest look gives us a pretty clear view of the upcoming Wrangler's interior. Here's what we can deduce from the latest spy photos. Like previous Wranglers, it seems from these photos that the all-new 2018 model will have a shallow, largely vertical dashboard. This kind of design harkens back to the flat metal dash of the earliest military and civilian Jeeps, and helps maintain a minimalist air in what is, admittedly, becoming a more and more luxurious 4x4. Related Stories CONFIRMED: 2017 Jeep Wrangler Gets a Stick … [Read more...] about 2018 Jeep Wrangler Interior: What We Can Learn
Iran's 21st Century Car Will Be Designed And Engineered By Pininfarina Since the entire Iranian car industry was pretty much built on the also Pininfarina-designed Peugeot 405, this $76 million deal makes a lot of sense. Most Popular Iran Khodro Author Created with Sketch. By Máté Petrány May 10, 2017 What you see above may look very similar to a Peugeot 405, but it isn't. Instead, it's a Peugeot Pars, and while the Pininfarina-designed and French-made original was launched in 1987, this local evolution only surfaced in 2001. The Middle-Eastern wundersedan certainly deserves further explanation, but first, here's why we thought of it: Modular platforms are all that carmakers can talk about nowadays, and since Iran's largest manufacturer has been using thirty-year-old French underpinnings for most of their vehicles, they decided it was time for an upgrade, especially if they intend to keep their multinational sales. Luckily, … [Read more...] about Irans 21st Century Car Will Be Designed And Engineered By Pininfarina
Noble Is Working on a Track Monster and a Beach Buggy Called the Exile, Noble's low-production road-legal track car will be powered by the Ford Raptor's engine, while the beach buggy should offer tons of fun on a budget. Most Popular Steve Hole, Total Kit Car Magazine Author Created with Sketch. By Máté Petrány May 8, 2017 Noble Automotive, the company behind the Noble M600, only managed to build 27 of their analogue twin-turbo supercar since production began in 2010. That's an important number to keep in mind, mostly because Lee Noble, the man responsible for extremely rapid former hits like the Ultima GTR and the Noble M12 has not managed to exceed that scale ever since. At least not with the ill-fated Fenix GT, nor with the Polish-made Arrinera Hussarya. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below But low numbers and failed car projects don't seem to break Noble's engineering spirit, and that's a good thing. Especially knowing … [Read more...] about Noble Is Working on a Track Monster and a Beach Buggy
This Sure Looks Like a Widebody, Non-Demon, Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat It appears the Demon isn't the only Challenger that will be available with a widebody. Most Popular Brian Williams Before the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was officially released, we had heard that Dodge would be building a widebody version of the Hellcat, possibly called the ADR. However, when the Demon was unveiled, we had assumed that car was the widebody Hellcat we had been hearing about. But what if it wasn't? Advertisement - Continue Reading Below These photos show a widebody Hellcat that isn't a Demon lurking around Chrysler's offices in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Why do we say it isn't a Demon? It has Hellcat badging and, more interestingly, a Hellcat hood, along with manufacturer tags. Brian Williams Most Popular So what is it? We have a few theories. First, it could be a Demon with a Hellcat hood to disguise it. But why? The Demon's been unveiled and the prototypes that have … [Read more...] about This Sure Looks Like a Widebody, Non-Demon, Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
A spy shot of the Hero Passion iSmart has surfaced on the internet, which shows the upcoming motorcycle parked at what looks like a company dealership. This means that the Passion is likely to receive Hero's in-house iSmart technology soon. This technology is aimed at increasing efficiency and reducing emissions. The source of the spy shots claims that Hero is gearing up to launch the bike on September 26, ahead of the upcoming festive season. The Passion iSmart is likely to be powered by the company's indigenously developed 110 cc air cooled engine that churns out 8.9 BHP and 9 Nm of torque, while being mated to a 4-speed constant mesh gearbox. This engine will be equipped with Hero's patented i3S technology, which is essentially an automatic start-stop system that helps in increasing the fuel economy of the motorcycle. This technology was first introduced in the Splendor commuter bike. Cosmetic updates on the bike will be limited to some new colour options and body graphics. It will … [Read more...] about Hero Passion iSmart spotted at dealership
TVR Has Already Sold More Than 400 of Its New Griffith After a private viewing for the depositors in March, the production-ready car is set to debut in September. Finally. Most Popular TVR Author Created with Sketch. By Máté Petrány May 3, 2017 Those familiar with the story of Saab's demise know that bringing back a defunct car company is almost as difficult as starting a brand new one, even if somebody only intends to crack the limited-production sports car business. TVR's Blackpool factory is long gone, the people who worked there have been doing something else for years now. The new company's original plan was to launch the new car last summer, but that has gone out the window once they decided to debut it as the more expensive carbon fiber version instead of the regular composite one. GIF YouTube TVR. Gif by Jason Torchinsky/Jalopnik Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Nearly two years ago, when I had a long … [Read more...] about TVR Has Already Sold More Than 400 of Its New Griffith
Why Is Porsche Testing the 918 Spyder at the Nurburgring Again? Four years after the 918 Spyder set a Nurburgring record, it's back during industry testing. Interesting. Most Popular YouTube Carspotter Jeroen Porsche stopped building the 918 Spyder in 2015, but for some reason, the company was recently testing a Weissach Package-equipped example at the Nürburgring. In fact, the 918 seen testing wears the same Martini livery as the car that ran a record-setting sub-7:00 lap back in 2013, though with a slightly different Stuttgart license plate. What's going on here? A Porsche spokesperson confirmed to Road & Track that this car is being used by Porsche as a reference point during testing at the 'Ring. Unfortunately, we're not sure what car Porsche is benchmarking the 918 against. The 680-hp Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid seems like a likely candidate, since it uses a similar hybrid engine concept as the 918. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below It's also … [Read more...] about Why Is Porsche Testing the 918 Spyder at the Nurburgring Again?