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The Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar has confirmed that their new sports car will be called the F-TYPE, which naturally follows on from the iconic C-TYPE, D-TYPE and E-TYPE line-up.

The Jaguar F-TYPE is based on the C-X16 concept car shown to the public in September 2011 and will enter production later this year – with the first cars being delivered in mid 2013.

It will be built at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich plant, where the engineering prototypes have been built and are undergoing finial road-testing and evaluation.

The all-aluminium Jaguar F-TYPE will be launched as a convertible, and a strict two-seater with the focus uncompromisingly on delivering driver reward. A range of petrol engines will be available – including a new engine line-up.

We will of course bring you a full assessment of the Jaguar F-TYPE which we expected to have a price of around 50,000, when we know more details later in the year – Jaguar’s future looks very promising especially with the introduction the XF Sportbrake.

This car is one of our first views of the F-type V8, equipped with the same 5.0-litre lump you’ll find in an XF, XJ or XK. Note the quad pipes, a pair of exhausts nestling on either side of the rear valance with a deep recessed diffuser effect gap in the middle.

The twin-exhaust F-types, as revealed publicly by Jaguar in their own ‘studio spyshots’, with a centre-exit layout is the new 3.0-litre V6.

The F-type roadster arrives first in spring/summer 2013, followed by an F-type coupe roughly a year later.

It’s a new kind of Jaguar sports car to slot between the Porsche Cayman/Boxster duo and the 911, according to Jaguar. Cue a 55,000 estimated price point and the choice of a new 3.0-litre V6 in 340 or 375bhp tune, or a 5.0-litre V8 (no power outputs have been announced yet).

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2013 Chevrolet Trax first official picture

2013 Chevrolet Trax

Chevrolet will make a breakthrough at the Paris Motor Show to introduce their new vehicle, 2013 Chevrolet Trax.

The machine has not officially announced, but under the hood of the 2013 Chevrolet Trax planned to be powered by a 1.6-liter petrol is capable of producing power output of 113 HP, a turbocharged 1.4-liter petrol is capable of producing power output of 138 HP and 1.7-liter CDTI diesel that can generate power output of 128 HP.

Although only revealed in patent filings, Chevrolet Trax has an appearance not unlike Encore Buick and Opel / Vauxhall Mokka. That means the Chevy Trax has a familiar style but adopted changes to the front fascia with a draw with new headlights and a prominent grille.

2013 Chevrolet Trax to be released later this year and offered more than 140 countries. However, Chevy has no plans to offer the model in the United States.

The Trax is bound to share componentry and industrial underpinnings of the Vauxhall Mokka – putting it somewhere between the Nissan Juke and Qashqai in footprint – and is due in showrooms in spring 2013.

That would point to similar engines; the Mokka uses a 1.4 and 1.6 petrol, with the choice of a 1.7 turbodiesel. Most models in Europe would be front-wheel drive, but GM’s platform can serve up four-wheel drive to territories demanding better traction for slippery roads.

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The new 2013 Subaru Legacy mid-size sedan

2013 Subaru Legacy

Subaru car maker has announced new car with called 2013 Subaru Legacy. 2013 Legacy is powered by either a 3.6-liter H6 or a new, more efficient 2.5-liter 4-cylinder powertrain and debuts revised styling as well as the new EyeSight driver-assist system. Chassis enhancements improve both ride quality and agility in the 2013 Legacy, which also offers new amenities and audio capabilities.

2013 Subaru Legacy features new, sportier front styling with new headlights, grille and front bumper. The changes will further enhance the appeal of the Subaru Legacy, which has sold in record numbers since its 2010 redesign. With standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, the 2013 Subaru Legacy remains the most fuel-efficient midsize all-wheel drive sedan in America. At the same time, the Legacy rewards drivers with engaging performance and a high level of driving comfort and offers outstanding safety performance. For added safety, the 2013 Legacy adds a new Brake Override system.

2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i offers a choice between a standard 6-speed manual transmission and the second-generation Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission); the latter is standard on the 2.5i Premium and Limited. The second-generation Lineartronic CVT offers more responsive and quieter operation compared to the transmission it replaces.

2013 Subaru Legacy 3.6R exclusively features the Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) AWD system with a 5-speed electronic automatic transmission. A planetary center differential works with an electronically controlled continuously variable hydraulic transfer clutch to manage power distribution. The VTD system normally sends more power to the rear wheels (45:55) to enhance handling agility, and it can continuously adjust power distribution in response to driving and road conditions.

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2013 BMW X1 Comes to the US

2013 BMW X1

Sorry – but we have to continue to smother you with some BMW news today. Digging up some more information from our friends at Princeton BMW, the BMW X1 is now available to order with deliveries to start early next month.

The 2013 BMW X1 sDrive28i will be the only rear-wheel-drive model offered and will be powered 2.0 liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder making 240-hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel-drive choices include the X1 xDrive28i or the X1 xDrive35i. The X1 xDrive35i is powered by a 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder TwinPower Turbo producing 300-hp.

The new 560-hp BMW M6 will be heading into the dealer inventory next month along with the 640 Gran Coupe (650 Gran Coupe will come out later in the summer).

Prices for the 2013 BMW M6 start at $106,995 for the coupe and $113,995 for the convertible. The BMW 640i Gran Coupe will be powered by a 3.0 liter 6-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine making 315-hp with prices starting at $76,895.

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Volkswagen Golf R Cabrio Concept Revealed

Volkswagen Golf R Cabrio

What to do if you love the Volkswagen Golf R, but just can’t do without a drop-top car for summer? Get the Golf R Cabrio, of course!

Unfortunately, that might not be possible for Americans-the soft-top version of the Golf isn’t headed to the U.S. at all, so the R version is likely for European-only consumption, too.

If you’re not in the Cabrio fan club, you may be asking yourself, “What? Why?!” and that would be natural-except that Volkswagen recently took the wraps off the GTI Cabrio concept at this year’s W rthersee Tour. With the GTI Cabrio headed to production, it makes sense to drop in the hotter Golf R equipment and build it.

We can’t say we’re particularly jealous of this piece of forbidden fruit, but we know some of you will be. For now, all you can do is enjoy the images.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Released

2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The Mercedes-Benz Gelandewagen (now there’s a name that rolls trippingly off the tongue) is one of those over-the-top vehicles that you either don’t get at all – or embrace wholeheartedly for its utter ridiculousness. And the one we’re in, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG, has been fed a regimen of steroids.

Originally designed for military use, the iconic G-wagen’s 33-year legacy includes winning the 1983 Paris-Dakar Rally, the world’s most gruelling off-road endurance race.

As far as hardcore off-roaders go, the G-Class is considered one of the best – a nearly indestructible bushwhacker instantly recognizable for its boxy upright shape. Yet it’s rather unlikely that most will ever venture far from the pavement – the G-wagen being a niche favourite of the entitled set who probably has little interest in its formidable prowess, but plenty in its bragging rights.

And that recent cachet is a good thing – the death knell having come very close to sounding for the boxy ute more than once. Currently experiencing a surge in popularity with a double-digit growth in sales last year, the G-wagen returns with a modicum of enhanced style, yet the image that made it an icon remains relatively intact.

Our beast, the G 63 AMG, boasts a twin-turbo, 5.5L V8 that puts out 544 bellowing horsepower with 560 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a 7G-tronic automatic transmission, the G 63 has an official combined fuel rating of 13.0L/100km.

It also features a start/stop function while in C mode (for controlled efficiency). Switching the shift lever to Sport or Manual cancels the start/stop function, shortening the shifts and speeding up throttle response.

Its butch appearance boasts a little added bling with an LED strip under its distinctive round headlights and red callipers peeping through the spokes of its 20 rims. It’s dressed in gunmetal grey, with that sexy matte finish that’s been appearing throughout the brand’s lineup. The front end is treated to an AMG makeover, with the characteristic chrome-trimmed, twin-blade grille, and an aggressive bumper with large air inlets.

Hardcore on the outside, the cabin treatment is pure, upscale Designo – because every off-roader needs quilted, butter yellow upholstery, right? It’s complimented by carbon fibre trim and an enamel white centre stack. Despite its retro exterior, the G 63 boasts all the latest gadgetry: Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND multimedia interface, large touchscreen, blind-spot warning and adaptive cruise control, just to name a few.

With three electronically-controlled locking differentials, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class chugs effortlessly up the 45-degree inclines to the 3-storey summit of the rickety steel track like some chunky automotive version of the Terminator. Ludicrous, yet delightfully compelling, we’re still giggling about it later when we set out to conquer the Alps.

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2013 Lexus RX270

2013 Lexus RX270

The Lexus RX SUV range will expand to a third model in June, with a new four-cylinder petrol model giving the Japanese luxury brand a new lower price point to compete with the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

The new Lexus RX270 has yet to be officially confirmed, but CarAdvice sources say the model will follow the trend for SUVs that offer improved fuel efficiency by being two-wheel drive rather than all-wheel drive.

The Lexus RX is traditionally a rival for the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz, but the new base model could potentially be priced below $70,000 to give Lexus Australia a competitor against the Q5 and X3 while it continues its long wait for Japan to deliver a much-needed baby SUV.

The current Lexus RX range starts at $82,814 for the RX350 that’s powered by a 204kW 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine. It’s joined by the RX450h petrol-electric hybrid, which starts at $89,788 and has a combined power output of 220kW.

Lexus’s front-wheel-drive RX270 features a 2.7-litre four-cylinder engine that produces about 138kW of power (at 5800rpm) and 252Nm of torque (at 4200rpm).

Fuel consumption for the RX270 will be about 9.5 litres per 100km, according to overseas specifications, with emissions of 222 grams of CO2 per kilometre.

The figure makes the RX270 cleaner and more efficient than the RX350 with 10.8L/100km and 254g/km, though the hybrid RX450h remains the leader in this area with 6.3L/100km and 149g/km.

The absence of a four-wheel-drive system helps reduce the RX270’s weight by about 135kg over the RX350. The RX350, however, features a system that employs the front wheels only in normal driving before apportioning up to 50 per cent of torque to the rear wheels to deal with surfaces with reduced grip.

Lexus will also add F Sport variants to the revised Lexus RX range. The sportier-looking and more dynamically focused models have proved popular in other Lexus vehicles such as the CT200h hatch, IS medium sedan and GS large sedan.

The facelift for the third-generation Lexus RX range was shown at March’s 2012 Geneva motor show. The updated RX brings upgrades to the interior and exterior, with the latter including the brand’s new ‘spindle’ family face.

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The Next Audi S3 creates great competition to BMW M135i

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BMW’s latest M135i hatchback is about to get some hot competition with the upcoming release of the Audi S3.

Audi’s newest edition to the S models is reported to be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 5-cylinder engine, and is rumored to produce 276-hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. This will the replacement for the last S3’s ten-year old ‘EA113’ motor, and will be the first model to be powered by the updated ‘EA888’ engine. It will feature a freshly engineered turbo, Audi Valve Lift system to improve low-end response, and an estimated improvement of 15 hp and 22 lb-ft of torque.

In addition to the added power, the S3 will get larger by 22mm in length, 201 mm in width and 21mm in height. Still, the car will weigh roughly 176 lbs. less than its predecessor’s weight with the use of aluminum for select parts.

Reports suggest that the 2.0l-liter five-cylinder will be mated to a standard six-speed manual gearbox, with a seven-speed transmission dubbed DQ500 as an option.

Audi is anticipating a 0-62mph time of 5.5 seconds, which shaves 0.2 seconds off the previous generation’s time. Top speeds will be governed at 155mph.

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The New 2013 Honda Accord Sedan

2013 Honda Accord Sedan

While many think the Honda Accord has lost its way since the 1990s, the car continues to sell very well, finding a sweet spot of style, performance, and function for many drivers. The 2013 model looks to update the car with a fresher, more dramatic take on the Accord’s proportions and theme.

Previewed by the Accord Coupe Concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, the new car looks rather similar to the current Accord, but at the same time, blends its elements more harmoniously, presenting a more refined, modern look.

The spy shots show a car that’s still heavily clad in camouflage, however, keeping the changes from the Accord Coupe Concept to the production sedan from our view. Given Honda’s affinity for showing barely-disguised production models as concepts, however, we have every reason to think that what’s under the covers will closely resemble the Detroit concept.

Information on what sort of interior design changes, technology upgrades, or powertrain improvements might be in order remains closely held, however.

The 2013 Honda Accord is expected to arrive in dealer lots later this year, with the sedan preceding the coupe by several months to a year.

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2014 Lexus GS Coupe to Arrive Next Year?

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Lexus is said to be working on a new sports touring coupe to fill the spot that was left by the old SC 430. Dubbed the 2014 Lexus GS 350 coupe, the new model is expected to hit the showrooms some time next year.According to a recent report by Inside Line in the US, Lexus has all but confirmed that such a model will exist. The publication says that various sources have indicated that Lexus needs a new sports coupe.

Karl Schlicht, head of global product planning for Lexus, said in an Automotive News report earlier this year that Lexus needs a sporty coupe to sit beside the range of new sedans and crossovers that have recently been launched.

Introducing a GS coupe would certainly fit into the market well. At the moment Lexus doesn’t offer a direct rival for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe, Audi A5, and BMW 6 Series, however, the GS sedan platform is firmly targeted at the sedan versions of these cars.

As for the power, being a performance-oriented sedan, the current 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 in the GS 350 (review here) and GS 450h is expected to be swapped for a more serious unit, possibly coinciding with an introduction of a ‘GS-F’ badge. Maybe the IS-F’s 5.0-litre V8?

Either way, the new model isn’t expected to show up until at least 2013, possibly debuting in concept form at a major international motor show.

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