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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari Looks To Double Earnings By 2022 By Jumping On The SUV And EV Bandwagons

Ferrari is looking pretty good at the moment, posting solid numbers across the board. However, the brand hopes to pull down substantially higher earnings in the next four years, and will look to previously taboo segments to do so.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“One approach would be an increase in volume, but a move like that would damage the brand's exclusive image. Instead, Ferrari will step into uncharted territory with new technology and new segments.”

Ferrari shoved off from mothership Fiat Chrysler about two years ago with an IPO that ended up performing extremely well for the automaker. Sales are up and the money is pouring in, with the brand posting adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) in 2017 at 1.04 billion euros ($1.3 billion at current exchange rates), which is more or less in line with expectations. However, that isn’t stopping the brand from reaching for more, as the Prancing Horse recently announced its intentions to achieve 2 billion euros (roughly $2.49 billion at current exchange rates) in core earnings by at least 2022, giving it just four years to double the numbers from its current figures. It also hopes to become debt-free a year prior.

Models like the 812 Superfast and GTC4Lusso helped contribute mightily to Ferrari’s success this year, and it’s looking like continued demand for the brand’s supercars will help pad the bottom. However, in order to achieve the goal of doubling its earnings, it’s gonna need something more.

One approach would be an increase in volume, but a move like that would damage the brand’s exclusive image. Instead, Ferrari will step into uncharted territory with new technology and new segments.


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“There was a time when Ferrari said it would never create an SUV, but then again, there was a time Enzo said that aerodynamics were for those who couldn't build a proper engine, and look where we're at now.”

First up is a Ferrari SUV, which is due out in the next few years. While the purists will consider such a monster to be blatant sacrilege, it’s looking like an inevitability at this point. There was a time when Ferrari said it would never create an SUV, but then again, there was a time Enzo said that aerodynamics were for those who couldn’t build a proper engine, and look where we’re at now.

Hybrids and all-electrics are also a distinct possibility. Ferrari already crossed the line of the former with the LaFerrari, and with high-end performance models powered by batteries already flooding the market, an EV Prancing Horse is a distinct (and probable) possibility.


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““Whenever Ferrari does express itself in a fully electric vehicle, it will do so by making sure that both sound and handling are reflective of Ferrari's heritage,” Marchionne explained.”

Of course, each of these possibilities would require the right touch to pull of. In a conference call to analysts, Ferrari’s CEO, Sergio Marchionne, says any SUV from the brand would maintain the essential Ferrari sensibilities, as opposed to boasting about “being able to climb rocks.” It would also be highly exclusive, and only be offered to “the selected few.”

The same is true for a possible all-electric supercar. “Whenever Ferrari does express itself in a fully electric vehicle, it will do so by making sure that both sound and handling are reflective of Ferrari’s heritage,” Marchionne explained.

Either way, expect all Ferrari’s to still be built in Maranello, although extra shifts will be added to help bolster production.

In addition to the new segments already mentioned, Ferrari will continue to offer a plethora of special edition models, while also offering more in-depth customization services.

What do you think? Should Ferrari step into the all-electric and SUV segments? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

References


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Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Ferrari SUV.


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PostHeaderIcon The Four-Door Mercedes-AMG GT was Spied looking Sexy as Hell in Red

The Mercedes-AMG GT4 is coming, and it’s looking more and more likely that we’re going to see the performance sedan in full presentation mode at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. But, ahead of its banner unveiling, the AMG GT4 was spotted yet again doing some test runs. This time, AMG left little to the imagination when it sent out the GT4 wearing nothing but a thin red camouflage. If the GT4 is headed to Geneva as many of us expect, consider these new spy photos as the start of the sedan’s countdown towards Geneva.

#SPY La AMG GT4 si mostra su strada senza veli.
La nuova berlina-coupé della stella rimane fedele alla concept…

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There’s a long list of people who have been waiting a long time for the AMG GT4 to arrive. We’re going to have to wait a little while longer, but these new spy photos of the performance sedan are making the wait a little more bearable. There are a number of things that we’re noticing now about the GT4 that we couldn’t make out from previous photos. Blame the swirly camo for that. This time, the thin red camouflage the sedan’s wearing reveals a lot more of the car’s design.

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For instance, the front section revealed more than what we expected. The Panamericana front grille is there for the world to see. The headlights reveal themselves too, even with the cam strips preventing us from seeing the complete picture. From the looks of it, AMG designed the configuration of the lights so that LED running lights run along the top of the main projector. It’s unclear if that sliver of red camo separating the running lights is covering a blank space or if the configuration rests on one block. My guess is it’s the latter because separate LED projectors really don’t look good on any car, let alone a Mercedes-AMG.

Other pertinent details in the front are the three large inlets that have become synonymous with the overall look of AMG’s GT family. The GT4’s hood also reveals four dramatic creases, exuding a sporty and stylish look that fits its personality.

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The rear section doesn’t reveal much, but we finally get validation of the shapely AMG GT-esque rear end of the sedan. The taillights are still narrow in this new spy photo. Some people like how it looks on the AMG GT4, but I’m not as convinced that it fits stylistically with the car’s four-door profile. We’ll see how that turns out in a month’s time.

I do like the flowing roof of the GT4 and how it manages to slide that way without cutting its side profile too short. The result is a fastback silhouette that looks very promising. You might notice too that this new batch of spy photos reveal four square-tip exhausts. It’s a different configuration from the round exhausts we saw from previous spy photos, but this could be an indication that the AMG GT4 that we’re seeing here is closer to what the production model is going to look like.

Needless to say, I’m expecting big things out of the AMG GT4 when it officially makes its debut. Unless AMG has a surprise for us in the end, I’m confident that this is what the GT4 is going to look like as a production model. I wouldn’t change anything about it. I think it looks incredible. More importantly, it should be able to make good use of its 4.0-liter, biturbo, V-8 engine. Neither Mercedes nor AMG have said anything about the car’s power numbers but, if the sedan is as potent as it is attractive, I’d be confident in the GT4’s ability to challenge an established titan like the Porsche Panamera.

References


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PostHeaderIcon Hulk-Green 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Leaks Prior to Debut

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS may be the hottest sports car the German automaker has launched in 2017, but a revised version of the 911 GT3 RS is just around the corner. And based on a handful of photos that just surfaced the Interwebz, it’s just as exciting. Spotted testing many times last year, the facelifted GT3 RS is set to arrive sometime in 2018. An official date isn’t yet available, but this leak confirms that we’re just a couple of weeks — if not days — away from seeing it in the metal.

The photos were first posted by Australia’s Drive, but they have since been removed. Fortunately, the folks over at Motor1 managed to save them, and we can now have a closer at the upcoming GT3 RS. And it’s finished in a bright share of green that reminds me of old first-generation 911 models. So, what’s new? Read on to find out.

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Revamped Design


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“Styling-wise, not much has changed compared to the old GT3 RS”

Styling-wise, not much has changed compared to the old GT3 RS. We can see the same aerodynamic upgrades front and rear, along with vents for the front and rear fenders, and the big wing around back. Changes are subtle and of the 911 facelift (991.2) variety, and include revised bumpers, new daytime running lights, new headlamps, and taillights. The wing also sports some minor modifications, while the rear diffuser is decidedly more aggressive.

More Power and Updated Drivetrain


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“The new GT3 RS is expected to deliver a whopping 520 horsepower.”

The new GT3 RS is expected to deliver a whopping 520 horsepower. That’s 20 horses more than the previous GT3 RS and a much-needed upgrade now that the non-RS GT3 packs 500 horsepower. There’s no word on torque yet, but the 4.0-liter flat-six engine should crank out in excess of the current 339 pound-feet.

The sprint to 62 mph will take a tenth-second quicker, or 3.1 instead of 3.2 clicks. Top speed reportedly increased to 194 mph, a two-mph gain over the old model. Porsche has also retuned the rear-wheel-steering system, an update that should make it more precise on the race track. Don’t be surprised if the Germans unveiled a new Nurburgring lap soon.

The new GT3 RS should break cover soon, so make sure you stick around for an update.

References

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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS.


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PostHeaderIcon Hulk-Green 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Leaks Prior to Debut

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS may be the hottest sports car the German automaker has launched in 2017, but a revised version of the 911 GT3 RS is just around the corner. And based on a handful of photos that just surfaced the Interwebz, it’s just as exciting. Spotted testing many times last year, the facelifted GT3 RS is set to arrive sometime in 2018. An official date isn’t yet available, but this leak confirms that we’re just a couple of weeks — if not days — away from seeing it in the metal.

The photos were first posted by Australia’s Drive, but they have since been removed. Fortunately, the folks over at Motor1 managed to save them, and we can now have a closer at the upcoming GT3 RS. And it’s finished in a bright share of green that reminds me of old first-generation 911 models. So, what’s new? Read on to find out.

Continue reading for the full story.

Revamped Design


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“Styling-wise, not much has changed compared to the old GT3 RS”

Styling-wise, not much has changed compared to the old GT3 RS. We can see the same aerodynamic upgrades front and rear, along with vents for the front and rear fenders, and the big wing around back. Changes are subtle and of the 911 facelift (991.2) variety, and include revised bumpers, new daytime running lights, new headlamps, and taillights. The wing also sports some minor modifications, while the rear diffuser is decidedly more aggressive.

More Power and Updated Drivetrain


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“The new GT3 RS is expected to deliver a whopping 520 horsepower.”

The new GT3 RS is expected to deliver a whopping 520 horsepower. That’s 20 horses more than the previous GT3 RS and a much-needed upgrade now that the non-RS GT3 packs 500 horsepower. There’s no word on torque yet, but the 4.0-liter flat-six engine should crank out in excess of the current 339 pound-feet.

The sprint to 62 mph will take a tenth-second quicker, or 3.1 instead of 3.2 clicks. Top speed reportedly increased to 194 mph, a two-mph gain over the old model. Porsche has also retuned the rear-wheel-steering system, an update that should make it more precise on the race track. Don’t be surprised if the Germans unveiled a new Nurburgring lap soon.

The new GT3 RS should break cover soon, so make sure you stick around for an update.

References

Porsche GT3


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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS.


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PostHeaderIcon Honda Renews U.S. Patent for CDX Name

Acura has renewed its U.S. patent for the CDX name – one that belongs to a China-only crossover based on the Honda CR-V. While Acura has sold the compact CDX crossover in China since 2016, no official talk has emerged about Honda bringing the luxury-branded vehicle to the United States. Unfortunately, that remains the case despite the patent filing.

See, Honda originally patented the CDX name back in 2015 ahead of the crossover’s debut for the Chinese market. Since then, Acura’s U.S. branch has made do without an entry-level crossover below the RDX. In fact, the mid-size RDX and full-size MDX remain Acura’s only two crossovers. Now, especially more than ever, seems to be the right time for a third member in Acura’s crossover lineup.

The segment is getting increasingly more competitive with new entries and refreshed versions of existing vehicles. Both Lexus and Cadillac have new vehicles on the horizon for the segment with the UX and XT4, and vehicles like the Audi Q3, Volvo XC60, Jaguar E-Pace, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Lincoln Nautilus, Range Rover Evoque, and even the Buick Encore all enjoy strong sales.

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About the China-Spec Acura CDX


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“The crossover is certainly enjoying sales in China where the vehicle has single-handedly doubled the automaker’s annual sales.”

The compact crossover is base on the Honda HR-V and offers seating for five. Power comes from Honda’s 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. This is the same 1.5-liter used in the Honda Civic, CR-V, and Accord. An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission is the sole choice, though customers can choose between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

Here in the U.S., the Honda HR-V uses a naturally aspirated 1.8-liter four-cylinder that makes 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is actually standard, but most models come with the extra-cost Continuously Variable Transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. Naturally, it makes sense Acura would use the more powerful engine is its luxury-branded version.


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“Acura would be extremely wise to bring the compact luxury crossover stateside.”

While it’s unknown if Acura will bring the CDX to the U.S., the crossover is certainly enjoying sales in China where the vehicle has single-handedly doubled the automaker’s annual sales. Should Acura manage the same feat here, Honda’s luxury brand would be in a far better place. That’s especially true as the crossover market continues to gain steam as customers forego sedans for family transportation. Acura has to get more involved in the game before it becomes irrelevant.

Both Lexus and Cadillac are already doing the same. The UX Concept recently debuted by Lexus previews the automaker’s entry-level luxury crossover that slots under the current NX. Cadillac, on the other hand, is currently expanding its SUV line with the upcoming XT4. Already on the market for almost a year, the mid-size XT5 is selling like hotcakes compared to the ATS and CTS sedans. Of course, Cadillac continues to sell plenty of full-size Escalades, but with a cost upwards of $100,000, the body-on-frame SUV isn’t for the masses. The XT4, on the other hand, will aim right at the middle- and upper-middle classes.

While it would require getting the CDX past U.S. regulations, Acura would be extremely wise to bring the compact luxury crossover stateside.

References

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PostHeaderIcon FCA Has Filed a Patent for a Three-Screen Dashboard

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ interior designers are apparently obsessed with screens. A patent filing was just made public of an innovative dashboard design with three individual screens – one for the gauge cluster, the middle for the infotainment, and the right presumably for co-driving information. This comes after FCA’s recent debut of the 2019 Ram 1500 and its 12-inch, portrait-oriented infotainment screen in higher-end trims. Unfortunately, the three-screen filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had very little description or information about the dash or its intended use.

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“The passenger-side screen almost appears to depict off-road terrain, speed, and ancillary gauges for vehicle information”

Speculation on what vehicle(s) will utilize the dash is fueled by the rough images seen on the screens. The passenger-side screen almost appears to depict off-road terrain, speed, and ancillary gauges for vehicle information. The information is similar to what Baja and Rally teams use during races as the co-driver calls out obstacles ahead and monitors vehicle systems. As such, perhaps the new Wagoneer and/or Grand Wagoneer might have a three-dash layout.

Holistically, the dash design seems fitted to a cab-forward vehicle like a minivan, thanks to the steeply angled knee pads and its short top. Perhaps this will be used in the Chrysler Pacifica’s mid-cycle refresh. Conversely, the patent filing’s brief description does say the broken (dotted) lines represent portions of the drawings that are not included in the three-screen patent. That means everything surrounding the screens might be merely a placeholder.


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Note: Ram 1500’s 12-inch, portrait-oriented infotainment screen

Regardless of the facts, it is clear automakers are getting serious about including touchable technology in vehicles. The proliferation of the Internet of Things and society’s growing dependence on instant and constant connectedness is pushing the boundaries of where high-end technology can be located.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes Files Trademark for a New Naming Scheme

Mercedes has filed trademarks in Canada and other counties for a new two-digit naming scheme for its vehicles. This comes after the automaker revamped its nomenclature just a few years ago. The proposed new system dumps the three-digit system that corresponded to non-AMG models. Now all Mercedes models will have a two-digit name. Mercedes will use numeric names ending in 0 as markers for standard vehicles, while Mercedes-AMG models will end in 3.

As an example, the CLA-Class would have the Mercedes-Benz CLA 40 and the Mercedes-AMG CLA 53. Making the new nomenclature more confusion is the fact the numeric identifiers don’t actually mean anything; they don’t correspond to engine displacement or horsepower.

Mercedes’ patent filing in Canada includes the A 40, CLA 40, SLC 40, SLC 50, and GLE 50 for the “standard models” and CLA 53, G73, and S73 for those high-performance models with an AMG badge. Perhaps even more important than the new nomenclature is that S73 name. The 73 is new and, according to Auto Guide, likely signals the rumored performance hybrid variant of the S-Class is happening. The super saloon is expected to boast 805 horsepower from a 4.0-liter V-8 backed by an electric motor.

Auto Guide continues to speculate about Mercedes’ last Canadian filing of “Turbo 48.” The website theorizes the new name is a drivetrain variant that will combine turbocharging with a 48-volt mild hybrid system and be available in a wide range of Mercedes models. Apparently, the Turbo 48 designation won’t be constrained to specific engines, but rather just signifies their forced induction and mild hybrid system.

As for the G73 model, that would be the Mercedes-AMG version of the new G-Class. Mercedes has promised a new AMG-ified G-Wagen would arrive for the 2019 model year, so the patent filing makes perfect sense. AG speculates Mercedes will debut the new high-performance SUV at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show come March.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW X2 Convertible

Introduced in 2017 as a follow up to a concept vehicle launched in 2016, the X2 is BMW’s sixth crossover and the smallest of its kind alongside the X1. Although the even number in the badge suggests that this crossover is actually a smaller version of the X4, the X2 is far from being a coupe. Somewhat similar to the X1 in terms of shape and size, the X2 does have a few unique features that help it stand out. Already available in Europe and soon to be offered in the U.S. as well, the X2 could get a convertible version in the future. According to recent reports, BMW is already studying a business case for a competitor to the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

Not yet approved for production, the X2 Convertible is reportedly under serious consideration, with BMW having already conducted a study found that a significant number of drivers would buy such a model. A decision will be made later this year, but the X2 Convertible appears to be a solid proposition if BMW wants to further expand in the crossover segment. Should it get the green light, it will become the company’s eighth crossover, given that it will arrive after the flagship X7. Until BMW confirms it, let’s find out more about what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW X2 Convertible.

Exterior

  • Unique design
  • LED headlamps
  • Sleek look in convertible layout
  • Optional 20-inch wheels

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“The X2 Convertible will be identical to its standard sibling below the waist”

So how will BMW turn the X2 into a convertible? Well, it may sound tricky for an SUV, but it’s not that complicated. A quick look at the Range Rover Evoque Convertible and it’s pretty obvious that the process is similar to coupes: chop off the roof and redesign the bottom of the C-pillars. All told, it’s safe to assume that the X2 Convertible will be identical to its standard sibling below the waist.

This means it will also sports the design features that make X2 the first unique BMW design since the i3 and i8. While the headlamps are shared with the X1, the grille and the bumper have been redesigned specifically for the X2. Unlike other BMW-made SUVs, the X2’s grille is wider at the base than at the top, giving the front fascia a broader, more distinctive appearance. BMW also ditched the familiar horizontal side vents in the bumper in favor of triangular cutouts, while the center vent is rectangular instead of trapezoidal.


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“The B- and C-pillars will disappear with the roof”

It’s the profile that will change quite a bit without the metal top. The relatively clean lines and the extra cladding of the standard X2 will remain, but the B- and C-pillars will disappear with the roof. The short decklid and the tall beltline will make the X2 Convertible look very similar to the 2 Series compact. Of course, the rear doors will be removed altogether, while the front doors will become longer for easier access to the rear seats. I may sound strange, but I’d actually prefer an X2 Convertible with four doors. Why? Simply because no one is doing four-door convertibles anymore.

Both Land Rover and Nissan turned the Evoque and Murano into two-door vehicles for the convertible version and I’d very much like to see an automaker take things up a notch and keep all four doors. If it was possible back in the 1950s and 1960s, I don’t see why it can’t be done in the 21st century.


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“The X2 Convertible will lose the BMW roundels on the C-pillars”

Along with the roof, the X2 Convertible will also lose one of its most exotic features: the BMW roundels on the C-pillars. The X2 is the first X model to have them and we will no longer see them on the drop-top unless BMW chooses to move them somewhere else.

Around back, the drop-top should retain the X2’s unique taillights, which look sleeker and become wider in the lower area instead of the top. The tailgate that’s so neatly integrated into the body thanks to a lower crease that separates the badges from the upper section will be replaced by a more conventional trunk lid. On the other hand, the tall bumper that integrated the license plate recess, yet another unique feature, will remain in place.

So will the X2 still look good in a convertible body style? This rendering from X-Tomi suggests it will. I’m not a big fan of current BMW designs and I like it. This must mean something, right?

Moving over to features, expect the convertible SUV to be offered in the same four equipment trims. Full-LED headlamps will standard on every model but the base SE, while the M Sport and M Sport X versions will get optional 20-inch wheels.

Interior

  • Interior based on X1
  • Infinite headroom
  • Optional leather upholstery
  • Solid tech package
  • Smaller trunk due to foldable top

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“Don’t expect anything extra aside from the missing pillars and the infinite headroom”

Inside, the convertible will get the same interior as the standard model, which borrows everything from the X1. Yup, it’s all about development costs here so don’t expect anything extra aside from the missing pillars and the infinite headroom.

Around since 2015, the X1’s cabin layout is still relatively fresh and boasts the horizontal dashboard and door panel design we’ve seen in most current Bimmers. The A/C vents have a similar orientation, as do the control panels in the center stack, which makes the cabin seems roomier than it actually is.

One cool feature is the standard contrast stitching on the dashboard, center console, and the seats, giving the cabin a premium look even in the most affordable trim. The base model is equipped with fabric upholstery, but the M Sport version, also likely to be offered with the convertible, spices things up with a bit of Alcantara. Leather is also available, but only with the range-topping M Sport X variant. The fancy Dakota leather in Magma Red and Micro Hexagon fabric with yellow stitching will be added to the options list of the cabriolet too.

“The drop-top X2 should have plenty of customizing options on offer”

The drop-top X2 should have plenty of customizing options on offer, including trim in either high-gloss black, aluminium, and matte oak grain veneer. The optional ambient lighting package will include the same orange, lilac, mint, bronze, blue, and white colors. The only downside is that the big panoramic roof that comes with the metal-roof model will be gone. Sure, you can always open the soft-top for natural light, but this isn’t an option when it’s raining or during those sunny, yet cold winter days.

The technology package should carry over unchanged, so look for the same 6.5 inch touchscreen for the iDrive system with standard navigation. The full-color BMW Head-Up Display, which projects all important driving information and assistance system readouts onto the windscreen, in high resolution, will be optional, just like in the regular X2.


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“The soft top will reduce the amount of luggage room in the trunk”

Assistance systems will Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info with No Passing Info display, anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant, Collision Warning, and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function. The Driving Assistant Plus bundle will add Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function. Rear Park Distance Control and the rear-view camera will be standard so parking will be a breeze when the top is up and visibility isn’t that great.

When I reviewed the X2 I noted how the it offers a lot more luggage room than the Q2. The latter offers only 14.3 cubic feet, while the X2 can carry up to 16.6 cubic feet with the rear seats in place. Unfortunately, this will no longer be the case for the X2 Convertible, as the soft top will store in the trunk and take away some of the space. And you should also forget about folding the rear seats flat for enhanced space as this will no longer be possible. But hey, don’t forget about all the fun you will have during those sunny summer days with the top down.

Drivetrain

  • Same engines as X1
  • Optional all-wheel-drive
  • 2.0-liter with 228 horsepower in the U.S.
  • Hill Descent Control feature

2018 BMW X2 - image 740713
“The convertible will share drivetrains with the regular X2”

It’s safe to assume that the convertible will share drivetrains with the regular X2, so expect it to arrive with the same gasoline and diesel options. In the U.S., it will get the twin-turbo, 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Both FWD and AWD variants will be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission sending the power to the wheels.

In Europe, customers will have access to the xDrive20d model, which draws power from a 2.0-liter four-pot that generates 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of twist. The gasoline X2 sDrive20i and the diesel X2 sDrive18d and X2 xDrive18d versions are also on the table.

“U.S. models will get the twin-turbo, 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 228 horsepower”

The gas model will use a 2.0-liter four-banger rated at 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, but it won’t get all-wheel-drive. The sDrive18d model will deliver 148 horses and 243 pound-feet, and unlike the gas variant, it will have optional all-wheel drive.

How about an M version? Well, there’s no word about that, but given that all convertible cars have received one so far, I don’t why the X2 drop-top should qualify for the same treatment. But it depends on whether BMW is planning to launch an X2 M model alongside the upcoming X1 M. It would be cool to have a high-performance convertible crossover since the Range Rover Evoque’s most powerful version is rated at only 237 horses.

Prices

It’s definitely too early to talk about prices since the X2 Convertible is just a rumor as of this writing, but if it goes into production, it’s safe to assume that it will cost a tad more than the regular X2. The latter retails from £33,980 in the United Kingdom, so the Convertible could fetch around £40,000 before options. U.S. pricing for the X2 isn’t yet available, but it’s expected to start from around $29,000. This means that the X2 Convertible could retail from around $37,000. This is significantly more than the coupe, but still notably more affordable than the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

Competition

Range Rover Evoque Convertible


2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible - image 654611

The Nissan Murano was the first modern crossover to get a convertible version, but the Japanese vehicle was short-lived, being discontinued in 2014 after only three years in production. The segment was revived in 2017 by Land Rover with a drop-top version of the Range Rover Evoque, and it’s the only option you got until BMW launched the X2 Convertible. Essentially a standard Evoque with the roof chopped off, the Evoque Convertible comes with all the niceties you get with the regular model. The wedge-shaped front end, the two-door configuration, and the tall rear fascia work well with the convertible layout, making it a sexy proposition that actually looks more appealing than the regular crossover. Inside, you can find features like a 10.2-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a premium sound system. Thanks to a clever design compartment for the roof, the trunk offers 8.9 cubic feet of storage room. Only one engine option is available in the U.S., the 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 237 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque, The sprint from 0 to 60 mph takes 7.6 seconds, while top speed is limited to 135 mph. The crossover returns 24 mpg combined and 29 mpg on the highway. Pricing starts at $52,100.

Read our full review of the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

Conclusion


2020 BMW X2 Convertible - image 763598

Much like many crossovers out there, the X2 seems pointless, especially if you’re not a big fan of SUVs. But the convertible versions could be a different story. With the Range Rover Evoque Convertible already in showrooms, a similar version of the X2 would add some excitement to this really small niche. What’s more, the fact that it will look like a perched-up 2 Series isn’t necessarily bad. Let’s be honest here, a 2 Series with a taller ride height sound very practical. Not only compact, so ideal for the city’s heavy traffic and cramped parking spaces, the X2 is also a good option if you live just outside of town and the road that takes you there isn’t exactly smooth. The X2 Convertible would offer all that, but with all the perks that come with a removable top. It could also help start a trend among other carmakers, and we could get a few interesting designs in the future.

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BMW X2


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PostHeaderIcon BMW X2 Convertible

Introduced in 2017 as a follow up to a concept vehicle launched in 2016, the X2 is BMW’s sixth crossover and the smallest of its kind alongside the X1. Although the even number in the badge suggests that this crossover is actually a smaller version of the X4, the X2 is far from being a coupe. Somewhat similar to the X1 in terms of shape and size, the X2 does have a few unique features that help it stand out. Already available in Europe and soon to be offered in the U.S. as well, the X2 could get a convertible version in the future. According to recent reports, BMW is already studying a business case for a competitor to the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

Not yet approved for production, the X2 Convertible is reportedly under serious consideration, with BMW having already conducted a study found that a significant number of drivers would buy such a model. A decision will be made later this year, but the X2 Convertible appears to be a solid proposition if BMW wants to further expand in the crossover segment. Should it get the green light, it will become the company’s eighth crossover, given that it will arrive after the flagship X7. Until BMW confirms it, let’s find out more about what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW X2 Convertible.

Exterior

  • Unique design
  • LED headlamps
  • Sleek look in convertible layout
  • Optional 20-inch wheels

2018 BMW X2 - image 740849
“The X2 Convertible will be identical to its standard sibling below the waist”

So how will BMW turn the X2 into a convertible? Well, it may sound tricky for an SUV, but it’s not that complicated. A quick look at the Range Rover Evoque Convertible and it’s pretty obvious that the process is similar to coupes: chop off the roof and redesign the bottom of the C-pillars. All told, it’s safe to assume that the X2 Convertible will be identical to its standard sibling below the waist.

This means it will also sports the design features that make X2 the first unique BMW design since the i3 and i8. While the headlamps are shared with the X1, the grille and the bumper have been redesigned specifically for the X2. Unlike other BMW-made SUVs, the X2’s grille is wider at the base than at the top, giving the front fascia a broader, more distinctive appearance. BMW also ditched the familiar horizontal side vents in the bumper in favor of triangular cutouts, while the center vent is rectangular instead of trapezoidal.


2018 BMW X2 - image 740839
“The B- and C-pillars will disappear with the roof”

It’s the profile that will change quite a bit without the metal top. The relatively clean lines and the extra cladding of the standard X2 will remain, but the B- and C-pillars will disappear with the roof. The short decklid and the tall beltline will make the X2 Convertible look very similar to the 2 Series compact. Of course, the rear doors will be removed altogether, while the front doors will become longer for easier access to the rear seats. I may sound strange, but I’d actually prefer an X2 Convertible with four doors. Why? Simply because no one is doing four-door convertibles anymore.

Both Land Rover and Nissan turned the Evoque and Murano into two-door vehicles for the convertible version and I’d very much like to see an automaker take things up a notch and keep all four doors. If it was possible back in the 1950s and 1960s, I don’t see why it can’t be done in the 21st century.


2018 BMW X2 - image 740846
“The X2 Convertible will lose the BMW roundels on the C-pillars”

Along with the roof, the X2 Convertible will also lose one of its most exotic features: the BMW roundels on the C-pillars. The X2 is the first X model to have them and we will no longer see them on the drop-top unless BMW chooses to move them somewhere else.

Around back, the drop-top should retain the X2’s unique taillights, which look sleeker and become wider in the lower area instead of the top. The tailgate that’s so neatly integrated into the body thanks to a lower crease that separates the badges from the upper section will be replaced by a more conventional trunk lid. On the other hand, the tall bumper that integrated the license plate recess, yet another unique feature, will remain in place.

So will the X2 still look good in a convertible body style? This rendering from X-Tomi suggests it will. I’m not a big fan of current BMW designs and I like it. This must mean something, right?

Moving over to features, expect the convertible SUV to be offered in the same four equipment trims. Full-LED headlamps will standard on every model but the base SE, while the M Sport and M Sport X versions will get optional 20-inch wheels.

Interior

  • Interior based on X1
  • Infinite headroom
  • Optional leather upholstery
  • Solid tech package
  • Smaller trunk due to foldable top

2018 BMW X2 - image 740827
“Don’t expect anything extra aside from the missing pillars and the infinite headroom”

Inside, the convertible will get the same interior as the standard model, which borrows everything from the X1. Yup, it’s all about development costs here so don’t expect anything extra aside from the missing pillars and the infinite headroom.

Around since 2015, the X1’s cabin layout is still relatively fresh and boasts the horizontal dashboard and door panel design we’ve seen in most current Bimmers. The A/C vents have a similar orientation, as do the control panels in the center stack, which makes the cabin seems roomier than it actually is.

One cool feature is the standard contrast stitching on the dashboard, center console, and the seats, giving the cabin a premium look even in the most affordable trim. The base model is equipped with fabric upholstery, but the M Sport version, also likely to be offered with the convertible, spices things up with a bit of Alcantara. Leather is also available, but only with the range-topping M Sport X variant. The fancy Dakota leather in Magma Red and Micro Hexagon fabric with yellow stitching will be added to the options list of the cabriolet too.

“The drop-top X2 should have plenty of customizing options on offer”

The drop-top X2 should have plenty of customizing options on offer, including trim in either high-gloss black, aluminium, and matte oak grain veneer. The optional ambient lighting package will include the same orange, lilac, mint, bronze, blue, and white colors. The only downside is that the big panoramic roof that comes with the metal-roof model will be gone. Sure, you can always open the soft-top for natural light, but this isn’t an option when it’s raining or during those sunny, yet cold winter days.

The technology package should carry over unchanged, so look for the same 6.5 inch touchscreen for the iDrive system with standard navigation. The full-color BMW Head-Up Display, which projects all important driving information and assistance system readouts onto the windscreen, in high resolution, will be optional, just like in the regular X2.


2018 BMW X2 - image 740821
“The soft top will reduce the amount of luggage room in the trunk”

Assistance systems will Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info with No Passing Info display, anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant, Collision Warning, and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function. The Driving Assistant Plus bundle will add Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function. Rear Park Distance Control and the rear-view camera will be standard so parking will be a breeze when the top is up and visibility isn’t that great.

When I reviewed the X2 I noted how the it offers a lot more luggage room than the Q2. The latter offers only 14.3 cubic feet, while the X2 can carry up to 16.6 cubic feet with the rear seats in place. Unfortunately, this will no longer be the case for the X2 Convertible, as the soft top will store in the trunk and take away some of the space. And you should also forget about folding the rear seats flat for enhanced space as this will no longer be possible. But hey, don’t forget about all the fun you will have during those sunny summer days with the top down.

Drivetrain

  • Same engines as X1
  • Optional all-wheel-drive
  • 2.0-liter with 228 horsepower in the U.S.
  • Hill Descent Control feature

2018 BMW X2 - image 740713
“The convertible will share drivetrains with the regular X2”

It’s safe to assume that the convertible will share drivetrains with the regular X2, so expect it to arrive with the same gasoline and diesel options. In the U.S., it will get the twin-turbo, 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Both FWD and AWD variants will be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission sending the power to the wheels.

In Europe, customers will have access to the xDrive20d model, which draws power from a 2.0-liter four-pot that generates 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of twist. The gasoline X2 sDrive20i and the diesel X2 sDrive18d and X2 xDrive18d versions are also on the table.

“U.S. models will get the twin-turbo, 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 228 horsepower”

The gas model will use a 2.0-liter four-banger rated at 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, but it won’t get all-wheel-drive. The sDrive18d model will deliver 148 horses and 243 pound-feet, and unlike the gas variant, it will have optional all-wheel drive.

How about an M version? Well, there’s no word about that, but given that all convertible cars have received one so far, I don’t why the X2 drop-top should qualify for the same treatment. But it depends on whether BMW is planning to launch an X2 M model alongside the upcoming X1 M. It would be cool to have a high-performance convertible crossover since the Range Rover Evoque’s most powerful version is rated at only 237 horses.

Prices

It’s definitely too early to talk about prices since the X2 Convertible is just a rumor as of this writing, but if it goes into production, it’s safe to assume that it will cost a tad more than the regular X2. The latter retails from £33,980 in the United Kingdom, so the Convertible could fetch around £40,000 before options. U.S. pricing for the X2 isn’t yet available, but it’s expected to start from around $29,000. This means that the X2 Convertible could retail from around $37,000. This is significantly more than the coupe, but still notably more affordable than the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

Competition

Range Rover Evoque Convertible


2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible - image 654611

The Nissan Murano was the first modern crossover to get a convertible version, but the Japanese vehicle was short-lived, being discontinued in 2014 after only three years in production. The segment was revived in 2017 by Land Rover with a drop-top version of the Range Rover Evoque, and it’s the only option you got until BMW launched the X2 Convertible. Essentially a standard Evoque with the roof chopped off, the Evoque Convertible comes with all the niceties you get with the regular model. The wedge-shaped front end, the two-door configuration, and the tall rear fascia work well with the convertible layout, making it a sexy proposition that actually looks more appealing than the regular crossover. Inside, you can find features like a 10.2-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a premium sound system. Thanks to a clever design compartment for the roof, the trunk offers 8.9 cubic feet of storage room. Only one engine option is available in the U.S., the 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 237 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque, The sprint from 0 to 60 mph takes 7.6 seconds, while top speed is limited to 135 mph. The crossover returns 24 mpg combined and 29 mpg on the highway. Pricing starts at $52,100.

Read our full review of the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

Conclusion


2020 BMW X2 Convertible - image 763598

Much like many crossovers out there, the X2 seems pointless, especially if you’re not a big fan of SUVs. But the convertible versions could be a different story. With the Range Rover Evoque Convertible already in showrooms, a similar version of the X2 would add some excitement to this really small niche. What’s more, the fact that it will look like a perched-up 2 Series isn’t necessarily bad. Let’s be honest here, a 2 Series with a taller ride height sound very practical. Not only compact, so ideal for the city’s heavy traffic and cramped parking spaces, the X2 is also a good option if you live just outside of town and the road that takes you there isn’t exactly smooth. The X2 Convertible would offer all that, but with all the perks that come with a removable top. It could also help start a trend among other carmakers, and we could get a few interesting designs in the future.

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    • * Do we need more crossovers?

References

BMW X2


2018 BMW X2 - image 740705

Read our full review on the 2018 BMW X2.


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Read more BMW news.

PostHeaderIcon BMW X2 Convertible

Introduced in 2017 as a follow up to a concept vehicle launched in 2016, the X2 is BMW’s sixth crossover and the smallest of its kind alongside the X1. Although the even number in the badge suggests that this crossover is actually a smaller version of the X4, the X2 is far from being a coupe. Somewhat similar to the X1 in terms of shape and size, the X2 does have a few unique features that help it stand out. Already available in Europe and soon to be offered in the U.S. as well, the X2 could get a convertible version in the future. According to recent reports, BMW is already studying a business case for a competitor to the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

Not yet approved for production, the X2 Convertible is reportedly under serious consideration, with BMW having already conducted a study found that a significant number of drivers would buy such a model. A decision will be made later this year, but the X2 Convertible appears to be a solid proposition if BMW wants to further expand in the crossover segment. Should it get the green light, it will become the company’s eighth crossover, given that it will arrive after the flagship X7. Until BMW confirms it, let’s find out more about what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW X2 Convertible.

Exterior

  • Unique design
  • LED headlamps
  • Sleek look in convertible layout
  • Optional 20-inch wheels

2018 BMW X2 - image 740849
“The X2 Convertible will be identical to its standard sibling below the waist”

So how will BMW turn the X2 into a convertible? Well, it may sound tricky for an SUV, but it’s not that complicated. A quick look at the Range Rover Evoque Convertible and it’s pretty obvious that the process is similar to coupes: chop off the roof and redesign the bottom of the C-pillars. All told, it’s safe to assume that the X2 Convertible will be identical to its standard sibling below the waist.

This means it will also sports the design features that make X2 the first unique BMW design since the i3 and i8. While the headlamps are shared with the X1, the grille and the bumper have been redesigned specifically for the X2. Unlike other BMW-made SUVs, the X2’s grille is wider at the base than at the top, giving the front fascia a broader, more distinctive appearance. BMW also ditched the familiar horizontal side vents in the bumper in favor of triangular cutouts, while the center vent is rectangular instead of trapezoidal.


2018 BMW X2 - image 740839
“The B- and C-pillars will disappear with the roof”

It’s the profile that will change quite a bit without the metal top. The relatively clean lines and the extra cladding of the standard X2 will remain, but the B- and C-pillars will disappear with the roof. The short decklid and the tall beltline will make the X2 Convertible look very similar to the 2 Series compact. Of course, the rear doors will be removed altogether, while the front doors will become longer for easier access to the rear seats. I may sound strange, but I’d actually prefer an X2 Convertible with four doors. Why? Simply because no one is doing four-door convertibles anymore.

Both Land Rover and Nissan turned the Evoque and Murano into two-door vehicles for the convertible version and I’d very much like to see an automaker take things up a notch and keep all four doors. If it was possible back in the 1950s and 1960s, I don’t see why it can’t be done in the 21st century.


2018 BMW X2 - image 740846
“The X2 Convertible will lose the BMW roundels on the C-pillars”

Along with the roof, the X2 Convertible will also lose one of its most exotic features: the BMW roundels on the C-pillars. The X2 is the first X model to have them and we will no longer see them on the drop-top unless BMW chooses to move them somewhere else.

Around back, the drop-top should retain the X2’s unique taillights, which look sleeker and become wider in the lower area instead of the top. The tailgate that’s so neatly integrated into the body thanks to a lower crease that separates the badges from the upper section will be replaced by a more conventional trunk lid. On the other hand, the tall bumper that integrated the license plate recess, yet another unique feature, will remain in place.

So will the X2 still look good in a convertible body style? This rendering from X-Tomi suggests it will. I’m not a big fan of current BMW designs and I like it. This must mean something, right?

Moving over to features, expect the convertible SUV to be offered in the same four equipment trims. Full-LED headlamps will standard on every model but the base SE, while the M Sport and M Sport X versions will get optional 20-inch wheels.

Interior

  • Interior based on X1
  • Infinite headroom
  • Optional leather upholstery
  • Solid tech package
  • Smaller trunk due to foldable top

2018 BMW X2 - image 740827
“Don’t expect anything extra aside from the missing pillars and the infinite headroom”

Inside, the convertible will get the same interior as the standard model, which borrows everything from the X1. Yup, it’s all about development costs here so don’t expect anything extra aside from the missing pillars and the infinite headroom.

Around since 2015, the X1’s cabin layout is still relatively fresh and boasts the horizontal dashboard and door panel design we’ve seen in most current Bimmers. The A/C vents have a similar orientation, as do the control panels in the center stack, which makes the cabin seems roomier than it actually is.

One cool feature is the standard contrast stitching on the dashboard, center console, and the seats, giving the cabin a premium look even in the most affordable trim. The base model is equipped with fabric upholstery, but the M Sport version, also likely to be offered with the convertible, spices things up with a bit of Alcantara. Leather is also available, but only with the range-topping M Sport X variant. The fancy Dakota leather in Magma Red and Micro Hexagon fabric with yellow stitching will be added to the options list of the cabriolet too.

“The drop-top X2 should have plenty of customizing options on offer”

The drop-top X2 should have plenty of customizing options on offer, including trim in either high-gloss black, aluminium, and matte oak grain veneer. The optional ambient lighting package will include the same orange, lilac, mint, bronze, blue, and white colors. The only downside is that the big panoramic roof that comes with the metal-roof model will be gone. Sure, you can always open the soft-top for natural light, but this isn’t an option when it’s raining or during those sunny, yet cold winter days.

The technology package should carry over unchanged, so look for the same 6.5 inch touchscreen for the iDrive system with standard navigation. The full-color BMW Head-Up Display, which projects all important driving information and assistance system readouts onto the windscreen, in high resolution, will be optional, just like in the regular X2.


2018 BMW X2 - image 740821
“The soft top will reduce the amount of luggage room in the trunk”

Assistance systems will Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info with No Passing Info display, anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant, Collision Warning, and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function. The Driving Assistant Plus bundle will add Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function. Rear Park Distance Control and the rear-view camera will be standard so parking will be a breeze when the top is up and visibility isn’t that great.

When I reviewed the X2 I noted how the it offers a lot more luggage room than the Q2. The latter offers only 14.3 cubic feet, while the X2 can carry up to 16.6 cubic feet with the rear seats in place. Unfortunately, this will no longer be the case for the X2 Convertible, as the soft top will store in the trunk and take away some of the space. And you should also forget about folding the rear seats flat for enhanced space as this will no longer be possible. But hey, don’t forget about all the fun you will have during those sunny summer days with the top down.

Drivetrain

  • Same engines as X1
  • Optional all-wheel-drive
  • 2.0-liter with 228 horsepower in the U.S.
  • Hill Descent Control feature

2018 BMW X2 - image 740713
“The convertible will share drivetrains with the regular X2”

It’s safe to assume that the convertible will share drivetrains with the regular X2, so expect it to arrive with the same gasoline and diesel options. In the U.S., it will get the twin-turbo, 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Both FWD and AWD variants will be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission sending the power to the wheels.

In Europe, customers will have access to the xDrive20d model, which draws power from a 2.0-liter four-pot that generates 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of twist. The gasoline X2 sDrive20i and the diesel X2 sDrive18d and X2 xDrive18d versions are also on the table.

“U.S. models will get the twin-turbo, 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 228 horsepower”

The gas model will use a 2.0-liter four-banger rated at 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, but it won’t get all-wheel-drive. The sDrive18d model will deliver 148 horses and 243 pound-feet, and unlike the gas variant, it will have optional all-wheel drive.

How about an M version? Well, there’s no word about that, but given that all convertible cars have received one so far, I don’t why the X2 drop-top should qualify for the same treatment. But it depends on whether BMW is planning to launch an X2 M model alongside the upcoming X1 M. It would be cool to have a high-performance convertible crossover since the Range Rover Evoque’s most powerful version is rated at only 237 horses.

Prices

It’s definitely too early to talk about prices since the X2 Convertible is just a rumor as of this writing, but if it goes into production, it’s safe to assume that it will cost a tad more than the regular X2. The latter retails from £33,980 in the United Kingdom, so the Convertible could fetch around £40,000 before options. U.S. pricing for the X2 isn’t yet available, but it’s expected to start from around $29,000. This means that the X2 Convertible could retail from around $37,000. This is significantly more than the coupe, but still notably more affordable than the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

Competition

Range Rover Evoque Convertible


2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible - image 654611

The Nissan Murano was the first modern crossover to get a convertible version, but the Japanese vehicle was short-lived, being discontinued in 2014 after only three years in production. The segment was revived in 2017 by Land Rover with a drop-top version of the Range Rover Evoque, and it’s the only option you got until BMW launched the X2 Convertible. Essentially a standard Evoque with the roof chopped off, the Evoque Convertible comes with all the niceties you get with the regular model. The wedge-shaped front end, the two-door configuration, and the tall rear fascia work well with the convertible layout, making it a sexy proposition that actually looks more appealing than the regular crossover. Inside, you can find features like a 10.2-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a premium sound system. Thanks to a clever design compartment for the roof, the trunk offers 8.9 cubic feet of storage room. Only one engine option is available in the U.S., the 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 237 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque, The sprint from 0 to 60 mph takes 7.6 seconds, while top speed is limited to 135 mph. The crossover returns 24 mpg combined and 29 mpg on the highway. Pricing starts at $52,100.

Read our full review of the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

Conclusion


2020 BMW X2 Convertible - image 763598

Much like many crossovers out there, the X2 seems pointless, especially if you’re not a big fan of SUVs. But the convertible versions could be a different story. With the Range Rover Evoque Convertible already in showrooms, a similar version of the X2 would add some excitement to this really small niche. What’s more, the fact that it will look like a perched-up 2 Series isn’t necessarily bad. Let’s be honest here, a 2 Series with a taller ride height sound very practical. Not only compact, so ideal for the city’s heavy traffic and cramped parking spaces, the X2 is also a good option if you live just outside of town and the road that takes you there isn’t exactly smooth. The X2 Convertible would offer all that, but with all the perks that come with a removable top. It could also help start a trend among other carmakers, and we could get a few interesting designs in the future.

  • Leave it
    • * Not yet confirmed for production
    • * Do we need more crossovers?

References

BMW X2


2018 BMW X2 - image 740705

Read our full review on the 2018 BMW X2.


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PostHeaderIcon BMW to Launch an M2 Gran Coupe in 2019

A report is swirling around the Internet suggesting BMW is launching a new 2 Series Gran Coupe in 2019. The new sedan will also boast an M version, complete with the current M2’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six making 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque and will come with a six-speed manual and optional seven-speed dual-clutch.

For those not familiar, BMW’s “Gran Coupe” models are basically four-door sedans based on two-door coupes that have a hatchback rather than a trunk. For the 2 Series Gran Coupe, it will be an elongated 2 Series with four doors that is slightly smaller than the 3 Series sedan. BMW already does with the 4 Series and 6 Series. Making things even more confusing is BMW’s not-so-recent division of the 3 Series Coupe into its own model, the 4 Series. Then BMW gave the 4 Series (which is a coupe) a four-door version under the Gran Coupe guise. So in other words, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is a four-door hatchback version of a two-door coupe, which is a derivative of a four-door sedan. Yeah…

Continue reading for more on the rumored M2 Gran Coupe.


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“A 2 Series Gran Coupe would offer more room for people and space for cargo in a compact sedan while having a handy hatchback lid”

While it could be very easily argued that BMW is splitting hairs and flooding the market with cars that are too similar, the German automaker seems dead-set of the idea.

It’s hard to imagine a BMW customer wanting a premium-level, expensive 6 Series Coupe that has been transformed into a four-door hatchback, the same action makes more sense on the lower end of BMW’s lineup. A 2 Series Gran Coupe would offer more room for people and space for cargo in a compact sedan while having a handy hatchback lid. Better still is having that functionality but mixed with the M2’s 365 horsepower and slick transmission options.

An M2 Gran Coupe would compete directly against the Audi RS3 and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45. Both the Audi and Mercedes are established models, so BMW has some ground to catch up.

BMW has yet to confirm the 2 Series Gran Coupe rumors, but AutoCar reportedly has knowledge of the future plans. The website then says the new four-door hatchback coupe will arrive in showrooms sometime in 2019. It’s unknown if it will be a 2019 or 2020 model-year vehicle, however.

References

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PostHeaderIcon BMW to Launch an M2 Gran Coupe in 2019

A report is swirling around the Internet suggesting BMW is launching a new 2 Series Gran Coupe in 2019. The new sedan will also boast an M version, complete with the current M2’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six making 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque and will come with a six-speed manual and optional seven-speed dual-clutch.

For those not familiar, BMW’s “Gran Coupe” models are basically four-door sedans based on two-door coupes that have a hatchback rather than a trunk. For the 2 Series Gran Coupe, it will be an elongated 2 Series with four doors that is slightly smaller than the 3 Series sedan. BMW already does with the 4 Series and 6 Series. Making things even more confusing is BMW’s not-so-recent division of the 3 Series Coupe into its own model, the 4 Series. Then BMW gave the 4 Series (which is a coupe) a four-door version under the Gran Coupe guise. So in other words, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is a four-door hatchback version of a two-door coupe, which is a derivative of a four-door sedan. Yeah…

Continue reading for more on the rumored M2 Gran Coupe.


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“A 2 Series Gran Coupe would offer more room for people and space for cargo in a compact sedan while having a handy hatchback lid”

While it could be very easily argued that BMW is splitting hairs and flooding the market with cars that are too similar, the German automaker seems dead-set of the idea.

It’s hard to imagine a BMW customer wanting a premium-level, expensive 6 Series Coupe that has been transformed into a four-door hatchback, the same action makes more sense on the lower end of BMW’s lineup. A 2 Series Gran Coupe would offer more room for people and space for cargo in a compact sedan while having a handy hatchback lid. Better still is having that functionality but mixed with the M2’s 365 horsepower and slick transmission options.

An M2 Gran Coupe would compete directly against the Audi RS3 and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45. Both the Audi and Mercedes are established models, so BMW has some ground to catch up.

BMW has yet to confirm the 2 Series Gran Coupe rumors, but AutoCar reportedly has knowledge of the future plans. The website then says the new four-door hatchback coupe will arrive in showrooms sometime in 2019. It’s unknown if it will be a 2019 or 2020 model-year vehicle, however.

References

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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 BMW M2 Gran Coupe.


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PostHeaderIcon BMW to Launch an M2 Gran Coupe in 2019

A report is swirling around the Internet suggesting BMW is launching a new 2 Series Gran Coupe in 2019. The new sedan will also boast an M version, complete with the current M2’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six making 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque and will come with a six-speed manual and optional seven-speed dual-clutch.

For those not familiar, BMW’s “Gran Coupe” models are basically four-door sedans based on two-door coupes that have a hatchback rather than a trunk. For the 2 Series Gran Coupe, it will be an elongated 2 Series with four doors that is slightly smaller than the 3 Series sedan. BMW already does with the 4 Series and 6 Series. Making things even more confusing is BMW’s not-so-recent division of the 3 Series Coupe into its own model, the 4 Series. Then BMW gave the 4 Series (which is a coupe) a four-door version under the Gran Coupe guise. So in other words, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is a four-door hatchback version of a two-door coupe, which is a derivative of a four-door sedan. Yeah…

Continue reading for more on the rumored M2 Gran Coupe.


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“A 2 Series Gran Coupe would offer more room for people and space for cargo in a compact sedan while having a handy hatchback lid”

While it could be very easily argued that BMW is splitting hairs and flooding the market with cars that are too similar, the German automaker seems dead-set of the idea.

It’s hard to imagine a BMW customer wanting a premium-level, expensive 6 Series Coupe that has been transformed into a four-door hatchback, the same action makes more sense on the lower end of BMW’s lineup. A 2 Series Gran Coupe would offer more room for people and space for cargo in a compact sedan while having a handy hatchback lid. Better still is having that functionality but mixed with the M2’s 365 horsepower and slick transmission options.

An M2 Gran Coupe would compete directly against the Audi RS3 and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45. Both the Audi and Mercedes are established models, so BMW has some ground to catch up.

BMW has yet to confirm the 2 Series Gran Coupe rumors, but AutoCar reportedly has knowledge of the future plans. The website then says the new four-door hatchback coupe will arrive in showrooms sometime in 2019. It’s unknown if it will be a 2019 or 2020 model-year vehicle, however.

References

BMW M2


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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 BMW M2 Gran Coupe.


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Read our full review on the 2018 BMW M2.


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PostHeaderIcon Kia is Working on a More Extreme Version of the Forte and it Smells like Proceed

The all-new Kia Forte’s debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show was met with sighs of relief from a public that had gone tired and weary of the last-generation model. The third and current-generation Forte came with an updated styling that evoked similarities to the highly touted Stinger GT. It also featured an updated interior and new safety and tech equipment. As promising as the new Forte is, there might be more reason to celebrate because of reports that a hotter version of the Forte could be in the pipeline for performance-starved customers in the U.S.


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“"We’re not done with Forte, so we have more exciting products"”

We’re long overdue, aren’t we? I’d like to think so because we’ve so far been shut out of the 200-horsepower Kia ProCee’d GT, which is available in both the U.K. and European markets. On our end, the best we can get as far as an entry-level performance Kia is the Elantra Sport or, if we’re really reaching, the Soul Turbo.

A performance version of the Forte makes a lot of sense. The model’s product manager, Derrick Ty, seems to be of the same mind. Speaking with Motor Trend, Ty confirmed that there are more plans for the all-new Forte beyond the sedan that we saw in Detroit last month. “We’re not done with Forte, so we have more exciting products,” he said. “We have more exciting products that are coming that I can’t speak of… It’ll be pretty exciting for the next few years. I mean, I’m already excited as it is with the Forte the way it turned out. It’s a taste of what’s to come.”

If that’s the case, consider our appetites to grow in the coming months. There’s certainly going to be a lot of speculation on the model Ty’s hinting at, including what we think is a likely candidate: a performance version of the Forte5 hatchback.

The hatchback version of the Forte should follow in the sedan’s concept and debut in the coming months. This could be the model Ty is referring to because all the elements are there for a performance model. More importantly, a hot version of the Forte5 would slot in nicely in a Forte lineup that Kia appears to be expanding.


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“A hot version of the Forte5 would slot in nicely in a Forte lineup that Kia appears to be expanding.”

From a practical standpoint, the pieces are also already in place. Remember, the Forte already shares the same J5 platform with the Cee’d so building a hot hatch Forte5 based on the Pro_Cee’d GT isn’t going to be a start-from-scratch proposition. The latter has already proven itself as a desirable hot hatch, thanks in part to a 1.6-liter GDI engine that delivers a total of 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Those power numbers on a hot Forte5 would do well to satisfy the cravings of hot hatch aficionados here in the US.

Regardless of what Kia has in store for the all-new Forte, a possible performance model is the kind of shot-in-the-arm the automaker needs to get people in the U.S. excited about the model. We’ll have to make do with the Forte sedan for now, but if there is a hot hatch in the horizon, you can be sure that a lot of people are going to want a piece of that.

References

Kia Forte


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Read our full review on the 2019 Kia Forte.


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PostHeaderIcon Kia is Working on a More Extreme Version of the Forte and it Smells like Proceed

The all-new Kia Forte’s debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show was met with sighs of relief from a public that had gone tired and weary of the last-generation model. The third and current-generation Forte came with an updated styling that evoked similarities to the highly touted Stinger GT. It also featured an updated interior and new safety and tech equipment. As promising as the new Forte is, there might be more reason to celebrate because of reports that a hotter version of the Forte could be in the pipeline for performance-starved customers in the U.S.


Kia is Working on a More Extreme Version of the Forte and it Smells like Proceed - image 761778
“"We’re not done with Forte, so we have more exciting products"”

We’re long overdue, aren’t we? I’d like to think so because we’ve so far been shut out of the 200-horsepower Kia ProCee’d GT, which is available in both the U.K. and European markets. On our end, the best we can get as far as an entry-level performance Kia is the Elantra Sport or, if we’re really reaching, the Soul Turbo.

A performance version of the Forte makes a lot of sense. The model’s product manager, Derrick Ty, seems to be of the same mind. Speaking with Motor Trend, Ty confirmed that there are more plans for the all-new Forte beyond the sedan that we saw in Detroit last month. “We’re not done with Forte, so we have more exciting products,” he said. “We have more exciting products that are coming that I can’t speak of… It’ll be pretty exciting for the next few years. I mean, I’m already excited as it is with the Forte the way it turned out. It’s a taste of what’s to come.”

If that’s the case, consider our appetites to grow in the coming months. There’s certainly going to be a lot of speculation on the model Ty’s hinting at, including what we think is a likely candidate: a performance version of the Forte5 hatchback.

The hatchback version of the Forte should follow in the sedan’s concept and debut in the coming months. This could be the model Ty is referring to because all the elements are there for a performance model. More importantly, a hot version of the Forte5 would slot in nicely in a Forte lineup that Kia appears to be expanding.


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“A hot version of the Forte5 would slot in nicely in a Forte lineup that Kia appears to be expanding.”

From a practical standpoint, the pieces are also already in place. Remember, the Forte already shares the same J5 platform with the Cee’d so building a hot hatch Forte5 based on the Pro_Cee’d GT isn’t going to be a start-from-scratch proposition. The latter has already proven itself as a desirable hot hatch, thanks in part to a 1.6-liter GDI engine that delivers a total of 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Those power numbers on a hot Forte5 would do well to satisfy the cravings of hot hatch aficionados here in the US.

Regardless of what Kia has in store for the all-new Forte, a possible performance model is the kind of shot-in-the-arm the automaker needs to get people in the U.S. excited about the model. We’ll have to make do with the Forte sedan for now, but if there is a hot hatch in the horizon, you can be sure that a lot of people are going to want a piece of that.

References

Kia Forte


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Read our full review on the 2019 Kia Forte.


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Read more Kia news.

PostHeaderIcon Kia is Working on a More Extreme Version of the Forte and it Smells like Proceed

The all-new Kia Forte’s debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show was met with sighs of relief from a public that had gone tired and weary of the last-generation model. The third and current-generation Forte came with an updated styling that evoked similarities to the highly touted Stinger GT. It also featured an updated interior and new safety and tech equipment. As promising as the new Forte is, there might be more reason to celebrate because of reports that a hotter version of the Forte could be in the pipeline for performance-starved customers in the U.S.


Kia is Working on a More Extreme Version of the Forte and it Smells like Proceed - image 761778
“"We’re not done with Forte, so we have more exciting products"”

We’re long overdue, aren’t we? I’d like to think so because we’ve so far been shut out of the 200-horsepower Kia ProCee’d GT, which is available in both the U.K. and European markets. On our end, the best we can get as far as an entry-level performance Kia is the Elantra Sport or, if we’re really reaching, the Soul Turbo.

A performance version of the Forte makes a lot of sense. The model’s product manager, Derrick Ty, seems to be of the same mind. Speaking with Motor Trend, Ty confirmed that there are more plans for the all-new Forte beyond the sedan that we saw in Detroit last month. “We’re not done with Forte, so we have more exciting products,” he said. “We have more exciting products that are coming that I can’t speak of… It’ll be pretty exciting for the next few years. I mean, I’m already excited as it is with the Forte the way it turned out. It’s a taste of what’s to come.”

If that’s the case, consider our appetites to grow in the coming months. There’s certainly going to be a lot of speculation on the model Ty’s hinting at, including what we think is a likely candidate: a performance version of the Forte5 hatchback.

The hatchback version of the Forte should follow in the sedan’s concept and debut in the coming months. This could be the model Ty is referring to because all the elements are there for a performance model. More importantly, a hot version of the Forte5 would slot in nicely in a Forte lineup that Kia appears to be expanding.


Kia is Working on a More Extreme Version of the Forte and it Smells like Proceed - image 761803
“A hot version of the Forte5 would slot in nicely in a Forte lineup that Kia appears to be expanding.”

From a practical standpoint, the pieces are also already in place. Remember, the Forte already shares the same J5 platform with the Cee’d so building a hot hatch Forte5 based on the Pro_Cee’d GT isn’t going to be a start-from-scratch proposition. The latter has already proven itself as a desirable hot hatch, thanks in part to a 1.6-liter GDI engine that delivers a total of 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Those power numbers on a hot Forte5 would do well to satisfy the cravings of hot hatch aficionados here in the US.

Regardless of what Kia has in store for the all-new Forte, a possible performance model is the kind of shot-in-the-arm the automaker needs to get people in the U.S. excited about the model. We’ll have to make do with the Forte sedan for now, but if there is a hot hatch in the horizon, you can be sure that a lot of people are going to want a piece of that.

References

Kia Forte


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Read our full review on the 2019 Kia Forte.


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PostHeaderIcon Anonymous Report: 400+ HP Ford Explorer ST in the Pipeline

An anonymous source within Ford in conjunction with confirmed speculation suggests the next-generation Ford Explorer will return to a rear-wheel-drive architecture and come with four new engine options, one of which will offer more than 400 horsepower in a sporterized ST variant.

The news comes from The Truth About Cars, which speculated about the rear-drive platform some time ago. TTACs insider source then revealed details about the next-generation Explorer’s powertrain options, along with the new ST trim. This follows Ford’s recent release of the Edge ST – a two-row crossover gussied up by Ford Performance with 335 horsepower and a stiff suspension. The same is expected with the Explorer ST, but with the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 currently used in the Lincoln Continental and MKZ. In the Lincolns, the engine makes an even 400 horses and 400 pound-feet of torque. The insider source says power will likely increase since the V-6 will be longitudinally mounted in the new rear-drive Explorer.

Continue reading for more information.

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“Rear-wheel drive will come standard, but either a part-time 4WD or a full-time AWD system will be offered”

Beyond the halo trim, the ST, the new Explorer will have three other engines. According to TTAC’s inside source, they include the carry-over 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, the F-150’s new 3.3-liter V-6, and a gasoline-hybrid powertrain. Ford’s new 10-speed automatic is expected to be the sole transmission choice. Rear-wheel drive will come standard, but either a part-time 4WD or a full-time AWD system will be offered.

Power specs could easily change, but the current 2.3-liter EcoBoost is rated at 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The 3.3-liter V-6 in the 2018 F-150 makes 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque.


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“Despite being a rear-drive SUV, the 2020 Explorer is expected to ride on a unibody platform, specifically the CD6 architecture”

Despite being a rear-drive SUV, the 2020 Explorer is expected to ride on a unibody platform, specifically the CD6 architecture. That means we can expect a fully independent suspension system, as well. The insider also says Ford won’t be using vast amounts of aluminum on the new Explorer, but rather steel. That makes sense after reports of Ford’s slumping profits in the wake of rising aluminum costs.

Speculation on the next-generation Ford Explorer should come to an end at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show this coming November. The new three-row SUV will then arrive in showrooms sometime in 2019 as a 2020 model.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Lincoln Aviator

It seems Ford is busy developing new vehicles these days. We’ve seen spy shots of a refreshed Explorer, a new Focus hatchback, and this, which is a long-wheelbase SUV that is much larger than the Explorer yet smaller than the Expedition. Upon closer inspection, this test mule rides on reused Lincoln Navigator wheels, has a large vertical pillar in the center of its grille, and has taillights that somewhat recall the shape of the current Navigator’s rear lights. Could it be that Lincoln is preparing a second-generation Aviator? It seems to be happening.

This isn’t the first we’ve heard of the Aviator name getting a reprise. Several articles suggest Lincoln is working on the mid-size SUV. Looking holistically at Lincoln’s lineup, the Aviator would fit perfectly between the larger Navigator and smaller (and recently renamed from MKX) Nautilus. That means Lincoln would have three crossovers with seating for five in the Nautilus, seven in the Aviator, and seven in the Navigator. Of course, the Navigator would remain the flagship SUV with the Aviator targeting luxury-minded yet slightly more budget-conscious families needing three rows of seating. The two-row Nautilus would target small families and empty nesters.

Continue reading for more information and speculation.

Spy Video


Exterior


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“The Lincoln Aviator is definitely longer and lower-slung than the current Ford Explorer yet smaller than the new Navigator”

While we can’t be completely certain this is the Lincoln Aviator, it is definitely longer and lower-slung than the current Ford Explorer yet smaller than the new Navigator. It also wouldn’t make any sense for Lincoln to have a camouflaged Navigator at this point since it is already in showrooms.

Nevertheless, this SUV is clearly a three-row model with what appears to be generous amounts of second-row legroom and a smaller third-row seat – at least by judging from the wheelbase, rear door placement, and the roofline.

The grille and headlights are pretty well covered, but we’re still able to make out the vehicle’s overall proportions. A low-hanging air dam is present for aerodynamics and the bumper’s center section appears to have a large opening for cooling. The upper grille can’t be seen, but the camo has a rather pronounced vertical line, which hints at this being a Lincoln.


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Further adding suspension that this test mule is a Lincoln are the taillights. Their overall shape looks nothing like a Ford Explorer’s taillights, but rather connect across the tailgate like all of Lincoln’s current vehicles. The rear bumper also features dual exhaust cut-outs, further pointing to its upscale nature.

Of course, it’s hard to know anything for sure at this point, but we will certainly keep an eye out for what transpires.

Interior


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“We expect a cabin much like the one seen in the new 2018 Lincoln Navigator.”

Neither our spy photographer nor the guys at TFL Car were able to grab photos of this vehicle’s interior. Should it actually be the new Lincoln Aviator, we expect a cabin much like the one seen in the new 2018 Lincoln Navigator.

A Navigator-inspired interior would include a low, horizontal dashboard with a floating center infotainment screen and a digital gauge cluster. A push-button gear shifter would be present, along with high-end materials like wood, metal, and full-grain leather. Its really up to Lincoln to set the tone for the Aviator. The SUV could carry the same level of refinement and luxury as the Navigator, but be more family-friendly thanks to its smaller size, or it could use less expensive interior finishings and cater to lower price bracket. We’re hoping for the former. After all, Lincoln should leave the budget-friendly vehicles to Ford.

The rear seats will likely come in a 3+2 configuration, meaning the second row is a three-person bench seat and the third row has seating for two. We’d bet on an optional second-row captain’s chairs, allowing for walking space between the chairs for easier entry and exit from the third row. Expect cargo space to be less than Navigator but larger than the current Explorer.

Drivetrain


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“Given Ford’s current obsession with twin-turbocharging V-6 engines in the EcoBoost line, we’d bet big money the Aviator will also make use of an EcoBoost engine”

Given Ford’s current obsession with twin-turbocharging V-6 engines in the EcoBoost line, we’d bet big money the Aviator will also make use of an EcoBoost engine. While the full-size, body-on-frame Navigator uses the 3.5-liter EcoBoost with an impressive 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, we suspect Lincoln will use the standard-output version of the 3.5-liter that’s used in the F-150. In that application, it makes a still-respectable 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. That would give the Aviator the “premium” advantage over the Ford Explorer’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost and its output of 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

We suspect the second-generation Lincoln Aviator will take after the first-generation model and share its platform with the Ford Explorer. If that’s the case, the Aviator will use a unibody platform, a transversely mounted engine, and come with front-wheel drive as standard. If that’s the case, Lincoln will likely use the same automatic transmission used in the Explorer. The current 2018 model makes do with a six-speed gearbox, but we’d bet on either a new eight-speed or for Ford to develop a transverse mounting application for its new 10-speed automatic.

Regardless of engine or transmission offerings, an optional AWD system will be offered.

Pricing


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Given the Lincoln MKX (updated and renamed Nautilus for 2019) starts around $40,000 and the 2018 Navigator starts at $72,000, Lincoln has plenty of room to play with pricing. Conversely, the Ford Explorer’s range-topping trim, the Platinum, starts at $53,940. Lincoln could very well price the Aviator at $55,000. Of course, that is nothing more than conjecture.

The Competition

Audi Q7


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The Audi Q7 is completely new for 2018 and it boasts a sharpened appearance, a more technologically advanced in just about every way. Hinted by its name, the Q7 seats seven people in a 2+3+2 configuration. The dash features Audi’s swanky Virtual Cockpit and updated MMI infotainment system

The Q7 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 is offered and makes 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Regardless of engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels via the Quattro AWD system.

Pricing for the 2018 Audi Q7 starts at $49,900 for the “base” Premium trim with the 2.0-liter. The range-topping Prestige trim with its standard V-6 starts at $65,400.

Read our full review on the 2018 Audi Q7.

Volvo XC90


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The Volvo charts its own course in the luxury SUV segment with a reserved, clean-cut appearance that isn’t overly ostentatious. It offers seating for seven in a 2+3+2 arrangement and boasts features like built-in child booster seats in the second row and four-zone climate controls. Other niceties is Volvo’s massive touchscreen infotainment system.

Volvo gives XC90 shoppers a choice between three engine options. The first is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in the T5. The mid-range engine is the same 2.0-liter but with both a turbo and supercharger. The result is 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque in the T6. The third option is the T8 and it includes the T6’s engine mated with an 87-horse hybrid electric system that kicks out a final output to 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque while getting 25 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined.

Prices for the XC90 start at $45,900 with the T5 Momentum trim. The T6 Momentum starts at $54,350 and the T8 eAWD Momentum starts at $64,950.

Read our full review on the 2018 Volvo XC90.

Jeep Wagoneer


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An honorable mention is the upcoming Jeep Wagoneer. Little is known about this vehicle other than it will ride on a modified version of the Ram 1500’s ladder frame and will offer three rows of seating. It will be targeted toward the upper-middle-class range of vehicles, while its more luxurious brother, the Grand Wagoneer, will compete with vehicles like the Range Rover, Cadillac Escalade, and Lincoln Navigator.

Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Jeep Wagoneer

Conclusion


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Lincoln is fighting its way back into relevancy thanks to vehicles like the Navigator and Continental. New models with actual names, like the Nautilus, will further help the brand compete on the world’s stage. Adding a three-row crossover slotted between the two-row Nautilus and the full-size, three-row Navigator would give Lincoln a very strong lineup.

Only time will tell if we’re right about the Aviator – provide that’s even what we’re looking at. Obviously TFL Car seems to think this is the next-generation Ford Explorer, and they are not alone. However, due to its longer wheelbase, low-slung stance, and Lincoln-like features, we’re leaning towards this being the Aviator. Add to that we’ve seen at least one Ford Explorer running around in camouflage, suggesting it will only be receiving an update in the coming years. It could also be the rumored high-performance Explorer ST.

  • Leave it
    • * No real confirmation on identity
    • * Could actually be new Ford Explorer
    • * No official word for Ford/Lincoln

References


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PostHeaderIcon Video: Mercedes S-Class With “Digital Light” Headlights Caught Testing In The Wild

Mercedes’ up-and-coming four-door limo is hitting the streets early, this time to test out the German brand’s latest headlight technology. The large-and-in-charge luxury sedan was recently caught prowling the public streets emblazoned with a set of side graphics proudly declaring “Digital Light,” so it’s not exactly a secret Merc is pushing to get this tech into the hands of customers as soon as possible.

The “Digital Light” system first broke cover early last month, with Mercedes proclaiming a litany of benefits to safety. For example, the headlights can project road signs directly onto the road, like a stop sign at an intersection, providing an extra reminder to the driver and others. The headlights also provide the usual adaptive features, identifying other cars on the road and changing the beam pattern to refrain from dazzling oncoming motorists. The system will even modify the beam to keep it out of the eyes of pedestrians.

To accomplish this, each headlight in the S-Class will use more than a million “micro mirrors,” each of which helps to refine the headlight beam as needed, while a system of outboard cameras and radar systems scan the road for traffic signs, cars, and pedestrians. In addition to the updates to the new HD headlights, the S-Class will also get a pair of new taillights, although they won’t be nearly as tech-heavy as the lights up front.

Unfortunately, it’s uncertain whether or not the Digital Light tech will make it stateside, as outdated legislation could prevent it from being sold here, much like old adaptive headlight technology. Either way, look for it to hit dealers in Europe as soon as 2020.


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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Claims The Mission E is its Make-or-Break Model

The Porsche Mission E electric car is an important model for Porsche. It’s so important, actually, that Porsche CEO Oliver Blume describes at as the company’s make-or-break model. There might be some hyperbole attached to that statement, but the all-electric sedan’s importance to the automaker’s electrification effort cannot be understated. At worst, it could short-circuit Porsche’s dreams of an electrified future. At best, it could jolt that future to life.


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“he German automaker has invested more than $1 billion on these new technologies, and the Mission-E sits at the heart of that investment”

The industry is trending towards an electrified future, and almost all automakers are getting on board with that shift. Porsche is in on it, too. The German automaker has invested more than $1 billion on these new technologies, and the Mission-E sits at the heart of that investment. That’s a lot of money tied to the potential of one model to live up to expectations.

The good news is that Porsche has a good track record of innovation. It was one of the first companies to really strike gold in the luxury SUV market. It’s decision to build a four-door saloon — the Panamera — has opened plenty of doors, including the hybrid and plug-in hybrid markets. According to Porsche, the Panamera plug-in hybrid is now the best-selling variant of the sedan, accounting for around 60 percent of the Panamera’s sales volume. Countries like Norway and Belgium have even reported 90 percent sales of the plug-in hybrid, a staggering percentage even by today’s standards.


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“The goal now is to put the electric sedan in the best possible position to succeed”

The kind of success Porsche has had in the hybrid, and plug-in hybrid segments, is what the company’s hoping to replicate with the Mission-E. Albrecht Reimold, member of the Executive Board for Production and Logistic, called the Mission E the company’s “most ambitious project.” The resources Porsche put into developing the car, and the technology that comes with it adds weight to the statement.

The goal now is to put the electric sedan in the best possible position to succeed. Porsche is doing its part with the nine-figure investment. Of that sum, $870 million went to the production facilities near its headquarters in Zuffenhausen. There’s a new paint shop, a dedicated assembly area, and long conveyor bridge that will be used to transport the painted bodies and drive units to the final assembly area.

If the Mission E becomes a successful model, Porsche’s investments in electrification will spur the creation of a new line of pure electric models. If the Mission E is not a success, then Porsche will likely lose all the momentum it has generated in recent years.

No pressure, right?

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