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We know it doesn’t look like a concept, but the Golf TDI SportWagen being shown at today’s New York Auto Show is not (yet) a production model. There will indeed be a production car bearing the same name coming to these United States early next year, and it will look very much like the showcar seen above, but there are decisions that still need to be made lying under the wagon’s skin before any of that can happen.
When the Golf SportWagen hits a dealership near you as a replacement for the departing Jetta Sportwagen, it will be equipped with one of two engine options, a standard 1.8-liter TSI four-cylinder unit running on gasoline and mated to either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission or an optional 2.0-liter TDI mill sending its torque-rich diesel drippings to the front wheels through a six-speed manual or DSG automatic gearbox. What’s questionable is whether or not we’ll see optional 4Motion all-wheel drive, as this concept version is equipped with, here in the US.
We wouldn’t hold our breath for 4Motion, honestly, but Volkswagen says it’s “under consideration,” so there’s that. In any case, check out the diesely goodness of the Golf TDI SportWagen Concept in our live image gallery above and read the press release below for all the details.
There has been much talk about Land Rover’s new concept vehicle, the Discovery Vision. The new car in Land Rover’s Discovery line, has a definite futuristic feel, and is also the official partner of Sir Richard Branson’s new Virgin Galactic space travel program.
The new model was unveiled ahead of the New York Auto Show, which takes place from the 18th to the 27th of April, at a special event held aboard the USS Intrepid in the Big Apple.
Just to add a bit of glamour and dramatics – and to tie in with the modern and futuristic feel of the Vision – the actual Virgin Galactic spaceship served as a (scene stealing) backdrop for the event.
Simply put, the Vision concept is stunning. Not that we would expect anything less from Land Rover.
The car is sexy and sleek and undoubtedly and unashamedly modern. The futuristic theme is evident throughout the design of the entire car, from the exterior to the interior and even the high-tech in car technology.
The lines on the discovery Vision are a lot smoother than that of it’s predecessors. It’s definitely a car that was designed to stand out from a crowd – and we are 100% sure that that is exactly what will happen, and, of course, what Land Rover intended.
The car offers seating space for seven people and it’s doors open to either side – almost like a limousine (or perhaps a spaceship?)
It has remote control drive and laser headlamps and features high-tech HMI (Human Machine Interface) technology. No doubt that this car is ideal for the modern, connected man (or woman).
There has been no official report on the power output of the car, however. But by the looks of it, we’re guessing it will be a very powerful beast.
Check it out for yourself:
After teasing us for more than a month, Land Rover finally unveiled – in the flesh – its Discovery Vision Concept a couple days in advance of the New York Auto Show. The glitzy event took place on the deck of the USS Intrepid, now serving out its retirement as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in the Hudson River in New York City. The venue was appropriate, as Land Rover and Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson’s commercial spaceline, have announced a long-term global partnership (thus explaining why a fullsize model of the VSS Enterprise suborbital spacecraft was in attendance).
Land Rover is touting the Discovery Vision Concept as “a vision into the future of Land Rover’s new family of leisure vehicles.” For the past decade, Discovery models sold in North America have been badged as the LR3 and LR4, but the Vision Concept marks the return of the Discovery nameplate to our soil. According to the British automaker, the Discovery is back to “redefine its territory in the leisure category.” The concept is intended to represent a future family of Discovery-named vehicles that will boast the new design language an introduce new technology.
Speaking of technology, the seven-passenger Discovery Vision Concept is loaded with innovation, including Gesture Control, Remote Control Drive, laser headlights, Smart Glass, Laser Terrain Scanning and Transparent Bonnet. Most, if not all of the technology will trickle out over the next decade on Land Rover’s production vehicles. Read more about the Discovery Vision Concept in the full press release below, and look for more of our pictures later this week when it arrives at the Javits Center.
Already weighing more than most other types of vehicles and with the space to accommodate the extra equipment, crossovers and SUVs arguably make for one of the more ideal platforms to transform into a hybrid. And there have been a handful of them – like the Audi Q5, Infiniti QX60/Nissan Pathfinder, Porsche Cayenne/Volkswagen Touareg, Lexus RX450h/Toyota Highlander and Cadillac Escalade/Chevy Tahoe/GMC Yukon – but by and large the majority of hybrids on the market are sedans and hatchbacks. BMW, however, looks poised to join the minority with the X5.
The Bavarian automaker showcased the X5 eDrive concept at Frankfurt last year, and as promised, has now revealed the followup it will present at the New York Auto Show in just a few days. The new Concept X5 eDrive, as BMW has now revealed, pairs a 2.0-liter turbo four good for 245 horsepower to a 95-hp electric motor to deliver a combined 340 horsepower. Its lithium-ion battery can power it for up to 20 miles and at speeds up to 75 miles per hour before the gasoline engine needs to kick in. All that without sacrificing the vehicle’s utility, maintaining an almost perfectly flat loading floor with 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats, and without sacrificing much on performance, either: with a 0-62 time of seven seconds flat, the X5 eDrive concept is quicker off the line than the production X5 with the 2.5-liter turbodiesel and just a tenth off of the 3.0-liter turbodiesel.
With the full technical details now released (you can delve into it all in the press release below), the only question remains when BMW will actually put the X5 eDrive into production. Given its appearance in New York, though, we gather that whenever it does reach showrooms, it’ll reach American ones as well.
If you are afraid to fly or just want to arrive at your ultimate destination in absolute comfort, then the Ford Transit Skyliner concept might be the perfect vehicle for you. Built by Galpin Auto Sports and based on a 2015 Transit, the van is basically a private jet on wheels. It even has a touch of Transformers about it with the ability to switch between four modes by pressing a button in a smartphone app.
Based on the long wheelbase, high-roof model with 487 cubic feet of cargo space and 6 feet, 9.5 inches of interior height, the Skyliner has movable captains chairs that shift around among four modes. In theater mode, the seats turn and recline to face a 52-inch retractable movie screen with 7.2 surround sound. For business, a motorized table unfolds, and the chairs gather around it. There is a mode for tailgating where the door opens four-feet wide, and, when traveling, passengers can recline back with footrests that extend for maximum comfort.
To make the ride even plusher, there is a satellite and media server to meet your entertainment needs, and there is even a built-in bar in the back. If this Ford had a bathroom, you could live in it. Of course, you would need to hire a driver to enjoy all the amenities in the back.
The exterior of the van wears a custom silver paint with contrasting gray on the lower portion and chrome trim. The Transit goes on sale this summer, and the Skyliner is going to be on display at the New York Auto Show. Scroll down to read the official announcement.
Toyota brought its new i-Road, a three-wheeled, all-electric low-speed vehicle that debuted in 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show, to the Capitol for some of our elected officials to test out. As easy as it is to forget that politicians are people, too, it was refreshing to see a human side to many of them as they zipped about one of the Capitol’s many meeting rooms.
We’d say their reactions were surprisingly positive. Of course, some were just down there because Toyota is a big presence in their respective districts, but the bulk of the senators and representatives seemed like they just wanted to zip about the makeshift indoor course on the leaning trike.
The other day we brought you the first image and initial details of Peugeot’s new concept car. Now the French automaker has presented the show car in full, revealing an innovative take on the automobile using a variety of unusual materials.
Picking up where the show-stopping Onyx concept left off two years ago, the Exalt concept adopts a similar approach, but applied to a four-door form. The elegantly muscular body stretches almost 15 and a half feet (4.7 meters) long but just 51 inches (1.31 meters) high, riding square on 20-inch wheels. But it’s what that bodywork is made of that sets it apart. The bare metal panels that form most of the vehicle’s surface are beaten into shape by hand just as they once were, while the back portion is covered in a unique sharkskin-like textile.
Inside it’s all bare metal with aged leather trim that’s clamped (not cut), with surfaces covered in a wool-based woven material, offset by ebony wood trim, basalt fiber (that’s said to be more environmentally friendly than carbon) and 3D-printed inserts that hide the speakers. Everything’s controlled by programmable toggle switches, and there’s even an air filtration system that disinfects the cabin’s surfaces when the vehicle is stationary and unoccupied.
The whole package weighs just over 3,700 pounds, making it a little bit smaller but several hundred pounds lighter than a Mercedes-Benz CLS, yet its hybrid powertrain makes it more potent than all but the V8 versions of the former. Under the hood is a 1.6-liter inline-four with 270 horsepower, while the back axle is powered by a 50kW electric motor to give the Exalt concept a combined output of 340 hp and through-the-road all-wheel drive.
Think of Peugeot and you’re more likely to conjure up images of a budget hatchback than an evocative sports car, but the French marque has been known to produce some rather tempting forms, from the RCZ to its Onyx concept from 2012. Now, it looks poised to do it again with the Exalt concept seen here.
Previewed ahead of its full reveal later this week, the Exalt concept adopts a svelte two-door form rendered in a combination of bare metal and a sharkskin textile, adopting what looks like a similar two-tone front-to-back color scheme to the 308 R hot hatch concept revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year. Its interior, meanwhile, is decked out in wool, leather and ebony and comes equipped with such features as Peugeot’s i-Cockpit system, black lighting and Pure Blue air purifier.
The final bit of information that the Lion marque is willing to reveal at this point is that the Exalt packs a gasoline version of its HYbrid4 gas-electric system with 340 horsepower on tap. We’ll have to wait another couple of days to find out more, but the concept is tipped to debut live at the Beijing Motor Show later this month.
Audi has become quite renowned for sneaky previews of their latest models. Just as they did with the ads for the S1, Audi has done it again by teasing us with sketches of the highly anticipated Q4 concept.
Audi’s Q4 is a concept SUV tat will combine both fuel and electrical motors. The company has labeled the all new Q4 as a ‘plug-in hybrid crossover’.
Luckily for us, the sketches won’t be the nay thing we will be able to see about the car for a long time. The Q4 will make it’s official debut at the Beijing Auto Show next week. So while it’s all good and well to look at the sketches, we only have a week to go to see the official, real-life model.
According to Audi, the Q4 was inspired by one of their most famous models, the Audi TT. It is also combined with their Allroad Shooting Brake concept to give the Q4 an unusual, yet very interesting edge.
It is believed that the Audi Q4 will feature a sturdy 2.0 liter turbocharged, four cylinder engine while also sporting 2 electric motors.
Nothing official has been released about the car’s performance, but critics are speculating that the Q4 will have around 402 horsepower output – a similar number to that of the Allroad Shooting Brake.
Check out Audi’s reader sketches below: