Lexus has officially unveiled the entry-level NX crossover at the Beijing Motor Show.
Previewed by the LF-NX concepts, the production model has an aggressive exterior that will provoke love or hate it reactions. Regardless of which side you’re on, the model has a prominent spindle grille which is flanked by LED headlamps and LED daytime running lights. The model also has plastic body cladding and 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels.
The NX 200t can also be equipped with an F SPORT package that adds a new front bumper, a mesh grille, black mirrors and unique alloy wheels. The package also includes sport seats, revised instrumentation and paddle shifters.
Speaking of the interior, it features a three-spoke steering wheel, metallic trim and an angular center stack. Detailed specifications were not released but the model can be equipped with leather upholstery, wood trim and an optional Wireless Charging Tray which can recharge Qi compatible smartphones.
In the United States, two engines will be available. The NX 200t has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 235 bhp (175 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. Likewise, the NX 300h has a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine and an electric motor that produce a combined maximum output of 194 bhp (145 kW). Front-wheel drive will be standard but all-wheel drive wheel be optional.
The 2015 Lexus NX will go on sale in the United States this fall and pricing will be announced closer to launch.
Volkswagen is offering a sneak preview of a US-spec Golf estate with a near-production Sportwagon concept currently showcased at New York Auto Show.
We don’t understand why Volkswagen is calling this Golf Sport-wagon a concept since it looks like what you would expect from a production model. Designed for those who want a “sportier alternative to compact SUV s”, the Golf wagon will be offered with 18-inch wheels, automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof and bi-xenon headlights.
Customers will have the possibility of selecting from either a 4-cylinder, 1.8-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with 170 bhp (126 kW) or a more frugal 2.0-liter TDI rated at 150 bhp (111 kW). Opt for the gasoline engine and you will have to choose between a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission whereas the TDI engine can be coupled to a standard 6-speed manual or an optional DSG.
Although the New York show-car features a 4Motion system, Volkswagen says the AWD arrangement is currently “under consideration” for the production model.
The Volkswagen Golf Sport-wagon is slated to go on sale early next year.
A couple of fully revealing photos with the Peugeot 408 Sedan have emerged, prior to the vehicle’s debut on Sunday at Beijing Motor Show.
Attached images show the China-spec 408 Sedan but most likely the European version will look virtually the same although it’s not known whether it will receive the 408 or 308 Sedan moniker, probably the latter. The obvious changes compared to the hatchback are at the back where the sedan sports a longer overhang together with wider horizontal taillights sending out a bit of a pre-facelift E-Class vibe.
It will ride on the same EMP2 platform as the hatchback and wagon 308s and in China it will be manufactured by the Dongfeng-PSA joint venture. The China-spec variant will be powered by a 1.6-liter naturally-aspirated engine with 117 bhp (82 kW), a larger 1.8-liter with 140 bhp (104 kW), as well as a beefier 1.6-liter turbo rated at 163 bhp (121 kW).
The European version will make use of the same Euro 6-compliant engines as its two cousins and most likely Peugeot will offer the recently introduced economical three-cylinder 1.2-liter PureTech e-THP turbocharged gasoline engine that churns 130 PS (96 kW).
The China-spec model will be unveiled on Sunday at the Beijing Motor Show while its European sibling will likely be shown early October at the Paris Motor Show.
Source: Al Ain Japan
Infiniti has introduced this week at New York Auto Show the facelifted 2015 QX80 together with a new range-topping Limited trim level.
Joining the refreshed Q70/Q70L on Infiniti’s stand in NY is the updated QX80 full-size SUV featuring tweaked full LED headlights and taillights, a revised front grille, two new alloy wheel choices and three fresh paints. On the inside there are two new finisher colors along with two color schemes while the Tuscan Burl trim was replaced with darker Mocha Burl.
The biggest change is the addition of a high-end Limited trim which comes with three unique exterior paint schemes, bespoke 22-inch dark alloys, smoked headlights & taillights and a special Truffle Brown interior finish combining brown, black and silver leather with wood appointments and trim. Other updates include dark-finished upper and lower grille surround, side vents, roof rails, fog light surround, side mirror caps, door handles and crossbars.
Slated to arrive in dealerships this fall, both the 2015 Infiniti QX80 and QX80 Limited will be powered by a V8 5.6-liter delivering 400 bhp (298 kW) and 413 lb-ft (559 Nm) delivered to either the rear wheels or both axles through a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Source: Car Dealer in Japan
The New York Auto Show has revealed Infiniti will showcase the facelifted Q70 and QX80 on April 17th.
The show declined to go into specifics but said the 2015 Q70 will have a “fresh look” with changes to the front and rear ends. There will also be a new long-wheelbase model, named the Q70 L, which will provide more than five inches of additional legroom.
Engine options will apparently carryover as they are slated to include a 3.7-liter V6 with 330 bhp (246 kW) and a 5.6-liter V8 with 420 bhp (313 kW).
Likewise, the 2015 QX80 have revised styling inside and out. There will also be a new range-topping Limited model that features “special leather soft-touch and seating surfaces, unique new open-pore wood trim throughout, as well as dark-accent trim on the exterior.”
Source - Al Ain Japan