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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Cybertruck

It was back in January of 2016 that Elon Musk admitted in an on-camera interview that Tesla is “quite likely” to build a truck in the future. Pressed for an explanation, the CEO simply remarked, “it’s sort of a logical thing for us to do in the future.”

Well, we decided to play with the idea of a Tesla pickup and what it might look like. Of course, no one outside of Tesla has any solid proof or knowledge of the pickup’s specifics, so this is pure speculation. Still, it’s a fun topic to throw around.

Tesla is currently working to fulfill orders for the Model X SUV while preparing the upcoming Model 3 sedan for its official launch. Aside from expanding its Supercharger network throughout the country, Tesla’s agenda seems free after the Model 3 hits driveways sometime in 2017. That leaves room for the all-electric automaker to take on the pickup truck segment. But why a pickup, you ask? Well the segment is experiencing impressive growth, especially in the mid-size class. Jumping into the fray could spell big profits for Tesla.

Obviously producing a pickup presents a slew of engineering challenges not faced with the sedans or crossover. In order to be competitive, the Tesla pickup will have to offer respectable towing and hauling capacities while maintaining a decent battery range, have the ability to traverse rough terrain, and yet maintain a similar battery range as the Model X when unloaded. Tesla engineers will undoubtedly be put to the test.

So let’s dive into what we foresee as the Tesla pickup.

Update 11/21/2019: The Tesla Cybertruck makes it’s long-awated debut tonight at 8PM PST or 11PM EST, so we’ve updated this speculative review with the latest information. Check it out in our “Update” section below!

PostHeaderIcon Could the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Signal Jaguar’s Return To The Supercar Arena?

It’s been 25 years since Jaguar discontinued its last supercar, the great XJ220 amid poor sales at a time when people really weren’t eager to buy $1 million mid-engined monsters. Nowadays, there are more millionaires than ever in the world and Jaguar, while focusing on expanding its EV lineup, could be planning a shock return to the world of high-performance supercars with something inspired by the jaw-dropping and all-electric Vision Gran Turismo presented late last month. This may well become the halo car for a new era of the Leaping Cat.

PostHeaderIcon Could the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Signal Jaguar’s Return To The Supercar Arena?

It’s been 25 years since Jaguar discontinued its last supercar, the great XJ220 amid poor sales at a time when people really weren’t eager to buy $1 million mid-engined monsters. Nowadays, there are more millionaires than ever in the world and Jaguar, while focusing on expanding its EV lineup, could be planning a shock return to the world of high-performance supercars with something inspired by the jaw-dropping and all-electric Vision Gran Turismo presented late last month. This may well become the halo car for a new era of the Leaping Cat.

PostHeaderIcon The PSA-FCA Merger Could Bring Some Cool Cars to the United States

FCA and PSA are merging; this much we know is true. With this in mind, and the reminder that Peugeot has been itching to get back into the U.S. market, we’ve realized that this new merger with FCA could streamline and speed up that process in a big way. Furthermore, it opens the door for brands like Citroen, Vauxhall, and DS to ease into the U.S. market without taking too large of a risk. So, if this all plays out in the most favorable way possible, what cool cars could end up on U.S. roads in the near future? Let’s dig into it and look at the possibilities.

PostHeaderIcon How Will the 2020 C8 Corvette Production Compare With Other Mid-Engine Sports Cars?

An additional workforce of 400 workers could have some severe ramifications on the production output of the Corvette C8 at its Bowling Green plan. Now with 1,300 workers in total, the plant is ready to achieve record production numbers and enable the Corvette C8 to make record-breaking sales. I will remind you that back in 2014, GM flipped more than 34,000 units of the Corvette C7. With the mid-engine layout, and, I hold my hopes, an affordable price, the C8 could topple that easily. To show you the sheer importance of the new Corvette C8, I will tell you how its production stack up compared to the most significant mid-engine cars in the world.

PostHeaderIcon How Will Additional Workforce Affect the 2020 Corvette C8 Production?

Just before starting the production of the Corvette C7 in 2013, GM added 150 new jobs at its Bowling Green Corvette plant. That number rose to 250 very next year. Right now, as the C7 spends its last days on the Bowling Green production lines, GM announced that it would add a new workforce of 400 workers just before the mid-engine 2020 Corvette C8 production starts later in 2019. The move of adding more jobs is a commonality with the introduction of the new cars. Especially ones that make a significant departure in terms of design and underlying architecture compared to its predecessors. The C7 was a significant departure compared to the C6. Actually, it shared only two parts with it – the cabin filter and the rear latch for the removable roof panel. On the other hand, I feel that the C8 will share more with the C7 despite such a profound change in its form. The added complexity of the new design could be a part of the reason for the significant workforce increase.

PostHeaderIcon Nissan Sentra

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Nissan unveiled the new Sylphy at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. The new Sylphy will most likely come to our shores as the new 2020 Nissan Sentra. Nissan has been selling the Sentra in the U.S. since 2013 and it has been quite a success for the Japanese automaker. Even though the Sentra has managed to create a market for itself as a value-for-money proposition, it does not appeal to the enthusiasts or anyone looking for a little ’life’ in their car. However, the company plans to change this with the 2020 model, and we must say, it has our attention! Disclaimer: I’ll be calling this car the Nissan Sentra throughout the article and not Nissan Sylphy because we’ll be getting it with the Sentra badge in the U.S. – and partly because Sylphy sounds quite funny.

PostHeaderIcon Will GM’s Strengthened Bowling Green Plant Work On Anything Beyond the 2020 C8 Corvette?

Chevrolet recently confirmed that the much-speculated and awaited mid-engine avatar of the Corvette is not a myth. The Chevrolet C8 will officially debut on July 18th. Since then, people have kept a keen eye on the proceedings of the C8. Now, Chevrolet has announced that it will add a second shift of workers, more than 400 hourly jobs, to its factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Although GM has added the additional workforce by speculating an unprecedented demand for the C8, will this strength be restricted to the C8 only?

PostHeaderIcon Would the Striking New 2020 Hyundai Sonata Look Better as a Two-Door Coupe?

For me, one of the big revelations of the 2019 New York Auto Show was the 2020 Hyundai Sonata coupe-like sedan, which we finally got to see in detail. I love everything about the design, including the crazy daytime running lights that go halfway up the hood, the car’s sleek side profile, and the tapered back too, but there’s one thought that keeps nagging me when I look at this new three-box Hyundai – this would make such a good coupe, with only small alterations to the formula (and the removal of the two rear doors, obviously).

PostHeaderIcon The Next-Gen R36 Nissan GT-R Won’t Be Here for a While, But That’s a Good Thing

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Nissan is currently celebrating five decades of the GT-R with the debut of the 2020 GT-R 50th Edition at the 2019 New York Auto Show. While we’re happy to see Nissan paying tribute to one of the greatest Japanese sports cars of all time, you’d be forgiven for saying the automaker is dragging its feet when it comes to introducing a new generation for Godzilla. However, recent comments made by a few folks high in the Nissan corporate food chain seem to suggest that the company is indeed working to pin down exactly what the R36 will bring to the table, including electric power options, handling upgrades, and possibly even self-driving capability.

PostHeaderIcon Ford’s Latest Patent Filing Hints at the Name of the New Baby Bronco

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The Ford Bronco is the next hot thing in the world of SUVs. Relying on the cache built up by the original Bronco that was discontinued in 1996, the new model is tipped to sell in big numbers if Ford gets the recipe right and revives an off-roader revered for its no-nonsense attitude. We’re now hearing that the name ’Scout,’ along with the ’Bronco Scout’ moniker are in the process of being trademarked by Ford through the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The ’Scout’ name can either refer to the upcoming ’Baby Bronco’ or just a trim level of the Bronco itself.

Information has been thin regarding the 2021 Ford Bronco, which is set to go into production this year. We’ve heard a lot of rumors, but few can be checked and considered as facts. For instance, we’ve heard that the Bronco will come with either two or four doors and a removable soft top option will be available as Ford plans to take on the Jeep Wrangler – a rumor backed by these patent fillings. We also reported that the 2019 Ford Ranger and the 2021 Ford Bronco will sport the same underpinnings and that the Bronco might be fitted with a seven-speed manual after all. Let’s let the rumor mill spin a bit more and talk about the Scout.

PostHeaderIcon Tesla’s Refresh for the Tesla Model S and Model X Will Infuse Model 3 DNA at their Core

Tesla is known for breaking from tradition, and that includes the way in which it updates its various model lines. Rather than creating an entirely new “generation” every five years like the rest of the industry, the California-based brand prefers a steady stream of incremental updates to keep things fresh. However, that could change with the forthcoming Model S and Model X, as rumor has it Tesla has a substantial powertrain update in the works, with tech bits pulled from the Model 3 compact sedan.

PostHeaderIcon People Can’t Quit Rendering the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette and We Love It

The 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette is almost here! After more than five decades of teasers and concepts, the Bow Tie is finally offering its iconic American sports car with a mid-engine layout, so it’s understandable that the hype train is now running at full steam. Chevy recently dropped a gallon of high-test into the mix by announcing the C8 would make its big debut on July 18th, and diehard fans are piecing together every scrap of info out there to figure out what’s in store. Plenty of folks also wanna know what the final production C8 will look like, so we’ve gathered up a few of our favorite renderings right here for your approval, all courtesy of MidEngineCorvetteForum.com.

PostHeaderIcon Is Lamborghini Planning To Resuscitate The Iconic 1986 LM002?

The Italian automaker, known for creating raging bulls that have been every child’s dream at some point in life, is actually known for much more than just the super fast hypercars it is known for lately. Speak to the Generation X folks, and they will reminisce Lamborghini as a company that once used to build a hardcore truck that made them go weak in the knees. Fast forward to 2019, and the company is actually considering the prospect of building an SUV that falls in line with the iconic LM002. Time to pop that bottle of 1986 Disaronno again!

PostHeaderIcon What Kind of Performance Can We Expect From the 2020 Tesla Model Y?

The 2020 Tesla Model Y is close to making its big debut, but before it does, let’s take a moment to speculate on what it’ll offer in terms of range, output, handling, and acceleration!

PostHeaderIcon Will the 2020 Tesla Model Y Offer New Advanced Autonomous Drive Features?

The debut of the 2020 Tesla Model Y is just around the corner, and while we’re still waiting on all the official specs, there’s no doubt it’ll come with the very latest technology the California-based automaker can muster. Chief among these should be an array of advanced autonomous drive features.

PostHeaderIcon Will the 2020 Tesla Model Y Offer New Advanced Autonomous Drive Features?

The debut of the 2020 Tesla Model Y is just around the corner, and while we’re still waiting on all the official specs, there’s no doubt it’ll come with the very latest technology the California-based automaker can muster. Chief among these should be an array of advanced autonomous drive features.

PostHeaderIcon 10 Reasons Why the Tesla Model Y Will Succeed

Tesla is about to welcome its newest member to the family when the Model Y makes its long-awaited debut this week at the company’s L.A. design studio. The Model Y’s arrival adds another model to Tesla’s growing lineup of electric cars. The crossover is expected to slot between the entry-level Model 3 and the larger, more expensive Model S and Model X. Detailed specs will be revealed during the debut, but this early, there’s already growing buzz that the Model Y could turn into Tesla’s most popular model so far. That’s what happens when you’re a crossover that’s tipped to fetch a rather inexpensive price tag.
For a number of reasons, the Tesla Model Y has the makings of a successful new offering for Tesla. Let’s take a look at some of those reasons.

PostHeaderIcon The Next-Gen Honda Civic Type-R Will Most Likely Be a Hybrid-Powered Performance Beast

Honda has not been doing well in the European market and has made some big plans to boost its sales. By 2025, the Japanese giant will electrify all of its models in Europe. And, this is where the Civic Type-R comes into the picture. Based on the comments made by a senior Honda executive at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the next-gen Honda Civic Type-R will be electrified alongside a drastic change in design direction from the sharp and angular image of recent generations. Will the Civic Type-R’s performance remain the same even then?

PostHeaderIcon Ford is Aiming for Non-Electric, Mustang-Based, Performance Crossovers

Ford’s obsession with building crossovers and SUVs is nothing new. Ford’s seeming obsession with using old performance nameplates for its crossovers is also, apparently, nothing new, as shown by a previous report indicating the company’s plans to develop an all-electric Mustang SUV, which followed an earlier report that the company was toying with the idea of using the “Mach 1” nameplate on a future performance SUV. Now, Ford is going all-in on this plan after a new rumor indicates that the Blue Oval is planning to create a fleet of performance crossovers that will be given the Mustang name. None of this is final at the moment, but even the simplest of hints that there’s something brewing over at Dearborn, Michigan suggests that Ford’s obsession with rolling out as many crossover and SUV variants as it can get isn’t going away anytime soon.

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