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PostHeaderIcon Buick Regal Sportback

The Buick Regal actually has a pretty long history that dates back to 1973, when it was first introduced to the market. It also led to some amazing cars in the 1970s, including the Grand National and the GNX. It was produced continuously here in the U.S. until 2004 when Buick decided to call it quits, but it was brought back in 2009 as an Opel in other markets and as the Regal here in the U.S. again in 2011. That generation ran until 2017 when it was time for the sixth-gen model to make its long-awaited debut. Now available in both Sportback and wagon form, the Regal is now better than ever in modern terms and for 2018, the Sportback brings a lot to the table. Featuring a coupe-like silhouette with four doors and a rear hatch, it’s really a combobulation of several different body types but somehow looks attractive and sporty. For 2018, Buick made huge improvements to the Regal, including increasing cargo space by more than half. It’s powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for around 250 ponies and should prove to be an awesome family car. It is available with a new nine-speed automatic or an eight-speed automatic if you want AWD.

And, believe it or not, Buick is looking to take on the Germans, but aptly pointing out that the new Regal has more cargo space than both the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and the Audi A5 Sportback. Overall, the new Regal is also about 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor, and with the 2.0-liter it should offer up better fuel economy as well. It has a longer wheelbase which translates to better maneuverability and improved passenger space. A whole host of safety systems is available if you’re willing to pay for it, but you do get hood pedestrian safety as standard equipment. We still have a little while before the new Regal goes on sale, with its official launch slated for the fourth quarter of 2017. Until that happens, let’s take a better look at the new Regal and discover what all it has to offer.

PostHeaderIcon BMW 2 Series Coupe

A few years back, someone at BMW thought it would be fun to place the magical name game. Instead of the 1 Series being sold as a coupe, convertible, three-door, or five-door, BMW decided to take the coupe and convertible models and call them the 2 Series. It was a little confusing at first, but a lot of good came out of it. The 2 Series coupe is larger than the model it replaced and came complete with a four-cylinder that was more powerful and offered better fuel efficiency compared to the V-6 in the old 1 Series coupe. And, of course, don’t forget that we were also blessed with the gorgeous BMW M2. Come the 2018 model year, and the entire 2 Series lineup is due for an update. BMW’s PR talk would leave you to believe that we’re talking about a new generational model, but truth be told, the changes are quite thin for 2018. Exterior changes are limited to new lighting units, while the interior gets a mildly revised dash and updated iDrive infotainment system. As far as motivation goes, you’ll have your choice of three-, four-, and six-cylinder mills (depending on market) that deliver between 136 and 340 horsepower.

Just to be clear, BMW says the 2018 2 Series is a new-gen model, but all evidence points to the contrary. Changes are minimal, and the 2 Series has really only been around since 2014, so it wouldn’t make sense for a new-gen model to be ushered in so quickly. With that said, let’s take a closer look at what the 2018 model will offer when it goes on sale in July of 2017.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 BMW 2 Series Coupe.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Q50

The Infiniti Q50 hit the market for the 2014 model year, and just two years later, Infiniti refreshed it for the 2016 model year. Well, instead of ushering in a new generation, Infiniti has decided to do another mild update for the 2018 model year, which includes a slightly different look outside, a revamped interior, and some new driver assistance features not previously available. Engine options include a 2.0-liter gasoline mill, a 2.2-liter turbodiesel, the 3.5-liter V-6, and a hybrid setup that combines a 3.5-liter V-6 and a 50-kW electric motor – giving the car a power output range of anywhere between 168 horsepower and 400 horsepower. The Q50 also makes use of Direct Adaptive Steering, a feature that Infiniti says is a “key building block to achieving fully-autonomous driving.” But, what is more important, is that each trim level will have its own stand-alone features and styling that will help it stand out in the lineup.

Roland Krueger, the President of Infiniti, said, “Infiniti seeks to empower our customers on their journey through their experience with us – whether it is our products, our technologies, our services, or simply a passion for driving. There is no better vehicle that incorporates all the elements of the Infiniti brand than the Q50 saloon.”

Now that the 2018 Infiniti Q5 has made its debut at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, we have lots to talk about, so let’s dive on in and take a closer look at it and how it compares to the competition.

Update 7/21/2017: Infiniti has announced pricing for the 2018 Infiniti Q50. It starts out at $34,200, a $150 increase over last year’s model, and increases to as much as $53,000 for the Red Sport 400 – an increase of $2,300 over last year’s model. Check out the prices section below for all of the details.

PostHeaderIcon Honda Civic Type R Gets The One Republic Treatment

Yes, you’re reading that right. The Honda Civic Type R, the purveyor of hot hatch madness, just received a styling overhaul courtesy of One Republic, the American band that’s responsible for hit songs like “Apologize,” “Counting Stars,” and “Secret.” It seems like an ideal match from a popularity standpoint, and to the surprise of many, the finished product actually looks pretty good, save for a few complaints. Can’t have everything, can you, One Republic?

The one-off Civic Type R is actually part of Honda’s 2017 Honda Civic Tour where fans of the model will get a chance to see what’s new and cracking in the world of the Civic. One Republic has been tapped to headline this tour and that explains why Honda asked the band to design their own stylistic interpretation of the hot hatch. This is the result and, well, I actually like it. It’s not obnoxious in any way and the use of the matte black and red accents was done in a way that they don’t take away from the things that make the Civic Type R the desirable piece of machinery that it is. Whether you agree with me or not, we will get to see more of the One Republic-designed Honda Civic Type R in the coming months as it embarks on a cross-country tour in the U.S. alongside a custom Honda Rebel motorcycle that was also designed by the band.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Nissan Leaf to Get Magical “E-Pedal”

The debut of the second-gen, 2018 Nissan Leaf is just a couple short months away, so it should come as no surprise that Nissan is teasing its resident EV as much as it can. So far, we’ve seen a shot of the headlight, the grille, and a video that shows how the brand’s new ProPilot, semi-autonomous driving system works. And, based on spy shots we’ve seen, the next-gen leaf is going to be quite attractive in comparison to the current model. Now, Nissan has released yet another teaser, and dropped another bombshell on us – it’s known as E-Pedal, and it’s set to revolutionize your driving experience… or make you hate the future of driving even more.

Designed as a single-pedal system, the e-pedal automatically controls braking and acceleration based on foot position. So, when accelerating, it acts just like your normal, everyday accelerator pedal, but what it does beyond that is something else. See, when you begin to lift your foot off, the car will automatically begin to slow down, which one would assume has a greater braking effect than the usual coasting you get in most cars. If you take your foot completely off of the pedal in operation, the car will automatically stop itself, with the big selling point being that it will even stop and hold on a hill, all based on the input of your foot on a single pedal. You have to admit that it sounds pretty promising, and it’s another step toward fully autonomous cars, but will people actually make use of it and trust it? Well, that remains to be seen. Keep reading to see a short video and to learn more about the upcoming 2018 Nissan Leaf.

PostHeaderIcon Hyundai i30 Fastback

The third-generation Hyundai i30 arrived in 2016 as a significant makeover of the previous model. Redesigned inside and out, the hatchback gained Hyundai’s latest design language, as well as a host of new features and tech that moved the i30 a bit closer to the premium market. As usual, the hatchback also received a longer, wagon version, but for the very first time since its introduction in 2007, it also got a higher performance variant developed by the company’s N division. Come 2017 and the i30 also gained its first-ever sedan version.

Dubbed i30 Fastback, it’s not a traditional four-door sedan, but it’s the closest thing to a three-box design to wear the “i30” badge. The Fastback rounds off the i30’s largest vehicle lineup in history and enables the nameplate to better compete with the sedan version of the Ford Focus, as well as extremely popular four-door compacts such as the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic. Find out how it compared to some of the world’s best-selling vehicles in the review below.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Elantra Sport – Driven

The Hyundai Elantra is completely new for 2017, including its chassis, suspension, powertrain, and interior. But Hyundai didn’t stop there. The Korean automaker added two distinctive trim levels atop the standard Elantra compact sedan. In fact, it might be more appropriate to consider them sub-models thanks to their deep changes and laser focus. They are the fuel-sipping Elantra Eco and this, the road-hugging Elantra Sport. I recently spent two weeks with the Elantra Sport, driving it around familiar roads along my daily commute and throwing it around corners on quiet country roads.

This isn’t my first foray into Hyundai’s newest Elantra. Actually, it’s my third, having driven both the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited and 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco soon after the car’s launch. These three cars couldn’t be more different despite being cut from the same cloth. As their titles suggest, each has its intended function, with the range-topping Limited trim being the swankiest and most plush, the Eco being the most frugal with fuel, and the Sport being, well, the most willing dance partner of the trio. The 2017 Elantra Sport is up against some stiff competition, found mostly in the Honda Civic Si and Nissan Sentra NISMO. But perhaps the Elantra Sport’s biggest rival will be its own recognition in this niche segment. The Civic Si rules with the weapon of a household name – something Hyundai will have to establish for its compact sports sedan. Thankfully, the Elantra Sport has all the right makings for success. Keep reading to see what I mean.

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar E-Pace Sets Record For Farthest Barrel Roll in a Production Vehicle

It’s hard to have a more successful world debut than what the Jaguar E-Pace just had. You would think that being the second SUV in Jaguar’s lineup would be enough to catch people’s attention, right? Nope. Jaguar had to do something different, and it did just that by setting a new Guinness World Record for the longest barrel roll of any production vehicle, doing so by hitting a 50 foot-long jump and completing a 270-degree corkscrew in the process. The world record itself is impressive, but it’s really old hat for Jaguar, which has made a habit of setting world records upon the debuts of its new models. Remember, the Jaguar F-Pace also launched itself in the record books when it set the loop-the-loop record with a measurement of 62.6 feet during its launch in 2015.

Renowned stunt driver Terry Grant took the wheel of the E-Pace during the barrel roll attempt, which was an excellent choice as Grant owns 24 Guinness World Records. Think the E-Pace’s barrel roll record is his crowning achievement? That’s up for debate since he also owns the aforementioned loop-the-loop record with the F-Pace, not to mention his other records, including driving a Nissan Juke on two wheels and going 55 mph for 1.6 miles while piloting the Nissan Leaf. This new world record set by the E-Pace is the perfect showcase of the new SUV’s agility and performance capabilities. It’s hard to imagine any kind of real-world application as far as barrel-rolling is concerned, but then again, a record is a record and Jag’s new SUV can now be considered a legitimate world record-holder.

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar Pulls The Covers Off Of The New E-Pace, Officially Establishes SUV Family

The Jaguar F-Pace represents Jag’s first foray into the SUV market and it’s been an unbridled success. It’s received rave reviews, posted strong sales numbers, and was even named the 2017 World Car of the Year back in April. Needless to say, the follow-up model would have enormous shoes to fill. That model has now arrived, and from the looks of things, the all-new Jaguar E-Pace is going to do just fine slotting in below the F-Pace in Jag’s now-potent crossover and SUV lineup.

The entry-level premium crossover officially made its world debut in London and there’s already growing confidence among Jaguar execs that it has another hit on its hands with the new E-Pace. The crossover won’t have an easy time at it, though, because it’s entering a market that already features entrenched models like the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes GLA-Class, and Porsche Macan. Don’t expect Jag’s new crossover to shrink away from the competition, not when it has the F-Pace’s pedigree and some technical assistance from Jaguar’s sister company Land Rover, regarded as the godfather of today’s modern crossovers and SUVs. All things considered, the Jaguar E-Pace has all the tools to be as successful as its big brother. The more important question to ask is if it’s good enough for World Car of the Year consideration. It’s too early to say at this point, but the signs are there for the E-Pace to have a similar trajectory as the F-Pace. It just has to prove it’s worth all the hype.

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PostHeaderIcon Acura RDX

The Acura RDX was technically Acura’s first true compact SUV/crossover after the MDX completely outgrew the segment. The RDX came to be in 2007 and was replaced by a second-generation model in 2013. It took on a facelift in 2016, but for some reason, Acura stayed with its typical beak design – a big letdown for most – but it was at least brought up to speed with the rest of the models in the lineup. All of that is about to change in the near future, though, as Acura has been working on the third-gen RDX and we finally have proof thanks to this first round of spy shots that we have been blessed with.

Of course, Acura is trying to keep things as secretive as possible right now, so there’s so much camo and padding that we can’t make out much, but it should be quite revolutionary when taking into account the changes that have been brought forth with the new Civic, MDX, and the TLX. The most important aspect will be a new grille up front, but new engines should surface, and the interior should get a nice reworking as well.
And, while we can’t make out much of what the upcoming RDX has in store for us, it has to be something great because the competition in this segment isn’t a joke. We’re talking about names like the Audi Q5, the BMW X3, Land Rover Evoque, and the Mercedes GLC. So, we’re clearly talking about some heavy hitters, and Acura needs to come to the ring ready to box and go a full 15 if the third-gen RDX is going to have a fighting chance. So, with that said, let’s take a good look at this first round of spy shots, and speculate a little bit about what we’re going to see when the 2019 Acura RDX makes its debut next year.

PostHeaderIcon 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport: Highs & Lows

It’s hard to believe Hyundai has six generations of Elantra models on the road, yet, here we are. The latest model actually debuted for 2017, making it among the newest in the compact sedan segment. The sixth-generation also brings several distinct trim levels. These include the standard Elantra, the fuel-sipping Elantra Eco, and the road-hugging Elantra Sport.

The past two weeks have seen an Electric Blue Elantra Sport sitting in my driveway, so I’ve had plenty of time to develop a love/hate relationship. Fortunately, the balance sways far more to the love side of the equation. Hyundai has done a good job modifying the Elantra for spirited driving. In fact, the Elantra Sport gets an entirely different rear suspension over non-Sport models. Gone is the traditional torsion beam setup, swapped with an independent, multi-link system with stiffer coil springs and dampers. Oh, and the drivetrain is Sport-specific, too, with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 201 horsepower and backed by a six-speed manual or a dual clutch automatic. Hyundai then bolts on bodywork that’s more athletic and youthful. But not everything is rainbows and butterflies. Check out my list of Highs and Lows of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi TT Lighting Style Edition

The new-generation Audi A8 is understandably getting all the love today, but it’s far from the only Audi model making the news. Over in Japan, Audi has introduced an exclusive limited-edition version of the TT sports coupe. It’s officially called the TT 1.8 Lighting Style Edition, and it’s making us wonder (yet again) what we did to deserve not getting any of these special editions in the U.S.

The TT Lighting Style Edition features a steady diet of cosmetic upgrades. It has exclusive color offerings, aesthetic upgrades, and packages that come standard on the model. Audi also picked a good variant of the TT – the 1.8 – to dress up in the exclusive garb. The automaker didn’t say how many of the TT Lighting Style Editions it plans to roll out in the Japanese market, but it did say that the car will be priced in the market at 5.29 million yen, or around $46,200 based on current exchange rates. The price tag is surprisingly modest considering that here in the U.S., the 2.0 TT starts at $43,500. Fortunately, this is one of those times where we don’t really miss out on a special edition model since American customers can basically order the same thing. That said, it still would be nice if Audi sent more of its special edition models to the U.S. That way, we wouldn’t have to keep looking to the other side of the world to satisfy our SE fixes.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Audi TT 1.8 Lighting Style Edition.

PostHeaderIcon Fan Forum Renders Four-Door Ford Bronco

Remember the Bronco rendering that took the Internet by storm nearly a year ago? Well, the same folks behind it have now rendered a four-door version of Ford’s upcoming SUV. Bronco6g.com is a forum site dedicated to unearthing rumors and compiling speculation on the heavily anticipated, sixth-generation Ford Bronco. While nothing official has surfaced regarding the Bronco’s design, Bronco6g’s artwork has become the unofficial face of what’s expected in 2020.

What’s more, the new renderings show the Bronco’s backside and possible rear tire carrier. Insider information also suggests the Bronco will have removable roof panels. Called the “Air Roof,” the system is similar to the Jeep Renegade’s MySky roof, which allows for open-air driving and in-vehicle storage of the panels.

But wait, Ford never built a four-door Bronco. Why start now?

That’s a truthful statement and a good question. However, looking at history, it’s clear that four-door SUVs out-sell their two-door counterparts. The Jeep Wrangler JK is the foremost example. Jeep Wranglers and CJs all came with only two doors until 2007 when Jeep launched the Wrangler JK Unlimited. Since then Wrangler sales have skyrocketed, with the four-door Unlimited version accounting for roughly 80 percent of total sales. As for the Bronco, Ford has said it will ride on the Ranger T6 platform, which is also coming to America by the end of the decade. The Ranger is obviously offered with four doors, so why not capitalize on the platform and build an SUV with more interior space and the propensity to lead sales?

Continue reading for more on the 2020 Bronco rendering.

PostHeaderIcon A Hot Hatch Renauls Zoe RS Has Us Hoping It Becomes A Reality

We all remember the Zoe RS all-electric concept from the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, right? It caught our attention because it not only featured 460 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque, it also showed that it was capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. In other words, people immediately clamored Renault to build a production version of the concept. Now it appears that it’s exactly what Renault has been planning all along.

Speaking with Autocar, Renault Sport chief Patrice Ratti confirmed that his performance division has already developed a prototype of the all-electric concept that made its debut in Geneva back in March 2017. Ratti didn’t dive into any specifics about the car, but he did say that developed has progressed far enough that such a car is now feasible, something that “wasn’t the case a few years ago.” Still, Ratti’s optimism comes with a few caveats, particularly in the development of the batteries that will likely power the supermini hot hatch, not to mention the goal of ensuring that the car can uphold Renault Sport’s noted credentials in handling and drivability. These are some of the biggest issues that will be addressed if Renault really wants to send the Zoe RS to production. The good news is that there appears to be an optimistic and determined climate in Boulogne to make sure that it happens.

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PostHeaderIcon Faraday’s Future Looks Bleaker By The Day

From mounting debts to supplier lawsuits, and all-around mismanagement, Faraday Future’s once-promising trajectory has all but crashed. And now, after all the setbacks the California-based company has faced in the past year, the last straw appears to have snapped. The company is abandoning its massive $1 billion production facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. Might as well throw in the white flag and fade into the shadows because there appears to be no turning back after this latest debacle.

Of course, Faraday needs to keep a positive face and its chief financial officer, Stefan Krause, appears to be the one who’s doing it. In a statement to the Nevada Independent, Krause confirmed that the company remains “committed to the Apex site in Las Vegas for long-term vehicle manufacturing.” Hollow words at this point, but you have to admire the man’s dedication to the company’s increasingly fragile future. What’s clear is Faraday is in a lot of trouble and recent news from China revealing that a Shanghai court froze $183 million in assets of Jia Yueting, the company’s main financier, is another headache that it has to deal with. It is more than just a coincidence that the company abandoned its massive Nevada factory a week after Jia’s latest round of legal and financial woes made the news. It’s a shame because the car the company produced – the FF91 – has shown a lot of promise, even setting a record at the 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for its segment. Now it appears that Pikes Peak will be the only highlight of the FF91’s short life as Faraday Future teeters on the verge of collapse, if it isn’t there already.

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PostHeaderIcon Four Key Differences of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport

The Hyundai Elantra has seen some big changes for 2017. It’s completely new, in fact, with its new chassis having more high-strength steel and structural adhesives than before, new looks inside and out, and more trim options to choose from. One of these is the Elantra Sport– a surprisingly heavily upgraded version of the Elantra that focuses on providing a fun ride without killing its everyday livability.

I’ve spent two weeks with an Electric Blue Metallic example, racking up mile around town and rolling down the interstate. I’ve hauled people, drum equipment, and groceries like any average consumer, all the while getting a feel of how Hyundai engineered the Elantra Sport to behave. But I’m leaving most of my driving impressions for the Elantra Sport’s full review. Right now, I’m looking at what makes the Elantra Sport different than its non-Sport counterparts. There’s actually some surprising differences – not just some cosmetic revamp with Sport badges slapped on.

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PostHeaderIcon Peugeot 508

The Peugeot 508 hasn’t been around all that long, having been introduced as an all-new model for the full-sized segment in 2011. It eventually spawned an Estate version and a crossover-like vehicle shortly thereafter. Now six years later, it’s about time for something fresh. As such, Peugeot is planning to usher in the second-generation model, and we just received the first round of spy shots. Word has it that the new 508 will ride on Peugeot’s new EMP2 platform, which is also found under the 308 and C4 Picasso. More importantly, however, is the fact that it’s overall design is changing so much that it will actually look more like a four-door coupe than a traditional sedan. Motivation will come from a range of gasoline and diesel engines, and there’s a plug-in hybrid being planned as well.

The next-generation 508 should offer some pretty significant improvements, too. It should get a larger offering of driver assistance technologies and maybe even some semi-autonomous features as well. So, what will the new 508 offer in terms of looks, comfort, and technology? Well, take a little walk with me, and we’ll talk more about it.

Updated 07/10/2017: The next-gen Peugeot 508 has been caught testing in wild for the second time. It has yet to drop any camo or show off signs of DNA from the Exalt Concept, but this time around we do get a small glance at its interior.
Expect to see it out and about at least one more time, hopefully with less camo, before making its debut sometime in early 2018. Until that happens, check out the interior section below to find out what we can make out so far.

PostHeaderIcon Peugeot 508

The Peugeot 508 hasn’t been around all that long, having been introduced as an all-new model for the full-sized segment in 2011. It eventually spawned an Estate version and a crossover-like vehicle shortly thereafter. Now six years later, it’s about time for something fresh. As such, Peugeot is planning to usher in the second-generation model, and we just received the first round of spy shots. Word has it that the new 508 will ride on Peugeot’s new EMP2 platform, which is also found under the 308 and C4 Picasso. More importantly, however, is the fact that it’s overall design is changing so much that it will actually look more like a four-door coupe than a traditional sedan. Motivation will come from a range of gasoline and diesel engines, and there’s a plug-in hybrid being planned as well.

The next-generation 508 should offer some pretty significant improvements, too. It should get a larger offering of driver assistance technologies and maybe even some semi-autonomous features as well. So, what will the new 508 offer in terms of looks, comfort, and technology? Well, take a little walk with me, and we’ll talk more about it.

Updated 07/10/2017: The next-gen Peugeot 508 has been caught testing in wild for the second time. It has yet to drop any camo or show off signs of DNA from the Exalt Concept, but this time around we do get a small glance at its interior.
Expect to see it out and about at least one more time, hopefully with less camo, before making its debut sometime in early 2018. Until that happens, check out the interior section below to find out what we can make out so far.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The Mercedes entered its third generation when it made its official debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show as a 2015 model. The most important aspect of the third-gen model is by far the new Modular Rear Architecture (MRA) platform that – by the use of aluminum and high-strength steel – let to a pretty serious weight decrease of 220 pounds over its predecessor. After just a couple of years on the market, Mercedes has been devising a facelift for its resident compact luxury car, and we’ve finally caught it in sedan and wagon form doing some real-world testing. The facelifted model is expected to bring a revised grille, new headlight and taillight units, revised fascias, and some minor updates to the interior that includes a refinement of the infotainment system controls, an S-Class inspired steering wheel, and a revision to the instrument cluster, among other little things.

Don’t get too excited to see everything the facelifted model will have to offer just yet, though. See, Mercedes is playing the same game it did with the S-Class and is testing parts individually instead of all at once. That means that most of the car is uncamouflaged because it’s still sporting the current design cues. We do have a couple of good interior shots, so we can see what’s going on inside, but as far as the outside goes, there isn’t much new quite yet.

The facelifted model is expected to make its debut late next year as a 2018 model, so there’s still plenty of time for Mercedes to swap out parts and change things up on us. With that said, let’s take a good look at the shots we have now and talk a little more about the facelifted C-Class.

Update 7/6/2017: The facelifted Mercedes C-Class has found its way onto public roads again, this time wearing a near-production pair of fascias and a new grille. Check out the spy shots section below to learn all about it.

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The X3 has been on the market for 14 years as of 2018, and in its first two generations, its saw amazing success. 2018, however, brings about the third-gen model and BMW has somehow managed to make the X3 even better, with clear intentions to add greatly to the current 1.5 million X3 registrations on record. And, that’s saying a lot considering it has to compete against some pretty tough models. The Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC class aren’t exactly models to sneeze at, but the X3 is coming to the party with more under its belt than ever, including a 355-horsepower, 369 pound-food monster of an inline-six that can be found exclusively in the M40i. As such, the competition has a lot to worry about, and we’re mighty impressed.

Even in base form, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder offers up a decent 248 ponies and 258 pound-feet, enough to get it to 60 mph in six second flat while topping out at 130 mph. Meanwhile, it’s better-equipped brother hits the same benchmark in 4.6 seconds – that’s 0.2 seconds faster than the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 and 1.4-seconds faster than the 3.0-liter-equipped Audi Q5. On top of that, it has the modern looks necessary to stand out (no more round fog lights, either) and a pretty plush interior if you ignore the cheapish aluminum trim. Of course, a real man would opt for the ambient lighting package, but don’t worry we won’t judge 😉 With that said, we’ve put together a few of our favorite shots that will make perfect wallpapers for all of you X3 fans out there!

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