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2012 Subaru Impreza Revealed

2012 Subaru Impreza

At this month’s New York Auto Show, Subaru unveiled the 4th generation of its Impreza model, bringing the 4-door and 5-door variants. The new model has the same exterior dimensions as the outgoing model, but offers a more spacious cabin and better fuel economy. Subaru also said that the new Impreza is more fun to drive; we’ll have to wait and see about that.

2012 Subaru Impreza

The wheelbase of the 4th generation Impreza has grown by 25 mm, while the bottom end of the A-pillar has been extended 200 mm toward the front. In addition, the door structure has been modified and all of these changes have brought more elbow and shoulder space, along with more room for the passengers in the back and the driver now benefits from an improved field of vision. Cargo space has also gone up and Subaru says that in the sedan you can put in four golf bags, while in the hatchback version you can store three.

2012 Subaru Impreza

The U.S.-spec version comes with the company’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system and is powered by the third generation of Subaru’s 2.0-liter boxer engine, which will be linked to either a standard 5-speed manual gearbox or the new Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission.

2012 Subaru Impreza

This new engine produces 148 hp, which is 22 hp less than the previous one; and 145 lb.-ft (197 Nm) of torque. This smaller engine has managed to do 36 mpg in the preliminary in-house tests, which is a record for a U.S.-market all-wheel drive production model. To achieve this figure, the engineers over at Subaru had to implement a few weight saving techniques, managing to drop the Impreza’s curb weight to only 2,910 lbs (1,320 kg), and also they’ve optimized the car’s aerodynamics and fitted it with low-rolling resistance tires.

2012 Subaru Impreza

As far as the design is concerned, it looks pretty boring if you ask me, although Subaru said that they have used the “Smart & Classy” concept. Inside, we find a 3-spoke steering wheel, a round speedometer and rev counter, not that exciting at all.

2012 Subaru Impreza

No word about availability and price list yet.

2012 Subaru Impreza

Source: Subaru via Carscoop

New York Auto Show – U.S.-spec 2012 Hyundai Accent

U.S.-spec 2012 Hyundai Accent

The price of fuel is on an ascendant trend so the sub-compact segment is starting to become more and more attractive to car buyers. One of the newest offerings is the North American version of the Hyundai Accent which was revealed last week at the 2011 New York Auto Show.

U.S.-spec 2012 Hyundai Accent

It will be offered in both 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback body styles, and promises to deliver 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, the best in its class, with a highway-only driving range of up to 456 miles, according the South Korean car manufacturer.

U.S.-spec 2012 Hyundai Accent

Wearing the company’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design outfit, the new generation of the Accent is powered by a 1.6-liter Gamma engine that has direct-injection technology and produces 138 hp and 123 lb.-ft of torque. This power unit can be mated to either a 6-speed automatic gearbox or manual transmissions.

U.S.-spec 2012 Hyundai Accent

Both of the aforementioned body styles will feature a 101.2 inch wheelbase, making it 2.8 inches longer in comparison to the outgoing model. The overall length of the 4-door version has increased to 172 inches, while the 5-door model measures 162 inches in length. The 2011MY Accent measures 66.9 inches in width, while the new one is 0.2 inches bigger.

U.S.-spec 2012 Hyundai Accent

The base price for the 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS (4-door model) is $12,445, while the 5-door GS can be yours for $14,595, without the $750 freight fee.

U.S.-spec 2012 Hyundai Accent

Source: Hyundai via Carscoop

Fox Marketing Lexus CT200h

Fox Marketing Lexus CT200h

I never liked the idea of a tuned Lexus and this latest package developed by Fox Marketing is another reason why cars like these should stay stock. This one-off CT200h was unveiled during the New York Auto Show and it is a bespoke model that packs a wide bodykit with modified fascias, updated side skirts and an awful-looking very aggressive rear diffuser. Those 20-inch alloy rims are not that bad, along with the Cinnamon paint job and the tinted headlights, but that diffuser ruins the car.

Fox Marketing Lexus CT200h

Nothing special going on inside the cabin, where we find Yonaka Ronin racing seats, illuminated “Lexus” logos in the door panels and an aluminum trim.

Fox Marketing Lexus CT200h

The car’s 1.8-liter engine has been fitted with an Eaton supercharger, a high-performance intercooler and a Climax Racing intake manifold. No performance figures have been revealed but the Japanese automaker says that the power plant should deliver about 300 hp (304 PS / 224 kW).

Fox Marketing Lexus CT200h

Source: Lexus & Fox Marketing via WCF

New York Auto Show – 2012 Jaguar XF

2012 Jaguar XF

This week at the New York Auto Show, the British car manufacturer Jaguar has revealed the 2012 XF, probably one of the most attractive cars that we’ve seen this year. This updated model borrowed some design cues from the XJ, featuring a brand new front fascia that incorporates a redesigned grille and bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. They’ve also modified the bonnet a little bit, along with the front fenders and the LED taillights.

2012 Jaguar XF

The XF’s cabin now features better seats, a digital instrument cluster, and new switchgear, along with a new infotainment system that sports a 7-inch touchscreen display.

2012 Jaguar XF

The 2012 model will be available with the same engines as before, plus a new addition; a 4-cylinder 2.2-liter diesel power unit that produces 187 hp (190 PS / 140 kW) and 332 lb.-ft (450 Nm) of torque. This engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, enabling the XF to do the 0-60 mph sprint in 8.5 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 140 mph (225 km/h). With this new power unit, the XF can do 43.5 mpg and has CO2 emissions of 149 g/km.

2012 Jaguar XF

Source: Jaguar via WCF

New York Auto Show – 2012 Mazda3

2012 Mazda3

The Mazda3 got its official debut yesterday during the New York Auto Show, featuring a couple of mild exterior and interior updates, along with the company’s SKYACTIV fuel-saving and performance-oriented technologies, a first for the North American market. Under that bonnet is a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter SKYACTIV gasoline power unit that can be mated to either an all-new 6-speed automatic gearbox or a 6-speed manual transmission, both of them belonging to the SKYACTIV series.

2012 Mazda3

This new engine is about 4.4 pounds lighter than the current MZR 2.0-liter unit (which is still going to be available), and it benefits from multi-hole injectors in order to enhance fuel spray characteristics, achieving a high compression ratio of 12.0:1. The engine produces 155 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 148 lb.-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm, in comparison to the MZR engine that cranks out 148 hp and 135 lb.-ft.

2012 Mazda3

Matted to the aforementioned 6-speed SKYACTIV manual transmission, the 2012 Mazda3 does 27 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Fitted in the hatchback model, the car can do 27 mpg city / 38 mpg highwaywith the manual transmission and 28 mpg city / 38 mpg highway with the automatic.

2012 Mazda3

Other goodies that these SKYACTIVE models have been fitted are the bigger underbody covers, along with an increased rigidity of the front tire deflectors.

2012 Mazda3

In addition, the cars equipped with this new engine also benefit from some exclusive features, like the brand new engine cover that sports a deep blue metallic paint finish, new headlamps that have a transparent blue ring around the center lens, along with the appropriate SKYACTIVE badges.

Source: Mazda via Carscoop

New York Auto Show – Jeep Wrangler Mojave

Jeep Wrangler Mojave

Jeep brought to this year’s edition of the New York Auto Show a special edition for its iconic Wrangler model. Dubbed “Mojave”, it was named after the western desert Mojave Trail and features a lot of goodies, both inside and out.

Jeep Wrangler Mojave

Based on the Sport version, it features a desert theme with a body-color hardtop, along with fender flares, lizard decals on the bonnet and rear, and the Sahara model’s side steps. The car sits on 17-inch rims covered by massive 32-inch tires, giving it a very rugged look. In addition, it packs taillamp guards and a black fuel filler door. It will be available in Black, Bright White and Sahara Tan hues.

Jeep Wrangler Mojave

As far as the inside is concerned, this special edition features dark saddle leather with a lizard logo that has been embossed on the seats, along with a front-passenger grab handle, door-handle inserts, steering-wheel spokes, bespoke driftwood surrounds on the air vents, as well as overhead grab handles and Mopar tread pattern slush mats.

Jeep Wrangler Mojave

Set to hit the U.S. dealerships this June, the Jeep Wrangler Mojave will have a base price of $29,195, without the $750 destination fee.

Jeep Wrangler Mojave

Source: Jeep via Carscoop

New York Auto Show – 2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8

2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8

In the inaugural day of the 2011 New York Auto Show, Chrysler has revealed the SRT8 version of its 300C model, packing a HEMI V8 6.4-liter engine that develops 465 hp (471 PS / 347 kW), mated to a 5-speed automatic gearbox. There aren’t many details about the car yet, but the manufacturer said that it can do the 0-60 mph in almost five seconds or so, before hitting a top speed of 175 mph (282 km/h).

2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8

The car has been lowered by 13 mm in comparison to the standard model and rolls on 20-inch forged-aluminum rims. Inside the cabin, the 300C SRT8 features carbon trim highlights, a new blue-lit instrument panel and a leather steering wheel.

2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8

Set to go on sale in Q3 2011 in North America, it will be available with an optional Black Chrome package.

2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8

More information should be revealed in the following days. Stay tuned.

2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8

Source: Chrysler via WCF

Suzuki Kizashi Apex And EcoCharge Concepts Revealed

Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept

Today at the New York Auto Show, Suzuki unveiled two new concepts: the Kizashi Apex and EcoCharge.

Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept

The first one is powered by a 2.4-liter engine that produces between 275-300 hp (205-224 kW). This power unit features a Garrett/Honeywell 2871 R ball bearing turbocharger, along with an air-to-liquid intercooler. Taking into consideration that the automaker wasn’t able to say exactly how much power this 4-cylider 2.4-liter DOHC produces, it means that they haven’t really tested the car a lot.

Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept

As you can see from these photos, the Apex Concept sports Euro-spec HID headlights, LED fog lights and sits on 19-inch rims, covered by Yokohama S.Drive tires that measure 245/35/R19 on all four wheels. Inside the cabin, they’ve fitted the concept with a black leather finish that is complemented by a laser blue Alcantara trim for the steering wheel and the sport seats.

Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept

Moving on to the EcoCharge, it is a hybrid concept that couples a 2.0-liter engine (144 hp / 127 lb.-ft) with a tiny 15 kW electric motor. With the help of a 15 kWh lithium-ion battery, the fuel consumption drops by 25%.

Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept

The Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge has a luminescent white-satin paint finish, with a light blue undercoat. It also sports new headlights, aluminum rims with low roll-resistance tires, and LED fog lights.

Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept

Source: Suzuki via WCF

2013 Ford Taurus Revealed

2013 Ford Taurus

With all those China-only models invading the automotive industry, it’s good to talk about an all-American car. This week at the New York Auto Show, Ford will bring the 2013 Taurus model, which will feature a couple of mild exterior upgrades here and there, along with a new look for the dashboard and better materials inside the cabin. In addition, there are going to be some modifications in the engine department, but we’ll talk about them a little bit later.

2013 Ford Taurus

As you can see, the front of the Taurus has received a new inverted trapezoid grille as well as an updated front bumper and a more muscular bonnet. Out in the back, you’ll notice that the quarter panels have been raised and they’ve added generous LED tail lamps. The top-spec SHO model comes with a black mesh grille and matching mirrors, a decklid-mounted spoiler and sits on 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped around in 255/45 ZR19 tires.

2013 Ford Taurus

As far as the cabin is concerned, the 2013MY Taurus features an updated dashboard with a new instrument panel, center console and steering wheel and as we mentioned in the beginning, better materials. In comparison to the outgoing model, the new one doesn’t have that many buttons and knobs thanks to the fact that the Blue Oval has updated its MyFord Touch technology and now most of the controls are only a touch of the screen away.

2013 Ford Taurus

The most important modification brought to the facelift version is under the hood, where we find a new 2.0-liter Ecoboost turbo power unit to choose from. This 4-cylinder power plant will produce about 237 hp and a peak torque of 250 lb.-ft. Fuel economy will be of at least 31 mpg on the highway.

2013 Ford Taurus

The automaker also tweaked the V6 3.5-liter Ecoboost engine which now produces 290 hp (263 hp in the current model) and 255 lb.-ft. In addition, this updated version improves fuel economy by 3%, according to Ford. The 3.5-liter Ecoboost engine available in the SHO version hasn’t received any updated, which means that it still outputs 365 hp and a peak torque of 350 lb.-ft.

2013 Ford Taurus

All these power units will be linked to a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Source: Ford via Carscoop

NY Auto Show Preview – 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

At the beginning of this week Dodge revealed the first details of its upcoming Avenger R/T model, which will make an appearance at the upcoming New York Auto Show. Aimed at young drivers, it comes with a body-color grille, exclusive 18-inch alloy rims and tined headlights. On the inside, the car has been fitted with fabric/leather sport seats, an updated instrument cluster that has a center-mounted tachometer, and a Boston Acoustic sound system.

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

The 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T is powered by a V6 3.6-liter engine that churns out 283 hp (287 PS / 211 kW) and a peak torque of 260 lb.-ft (352 Nm). This engine is linked to a 6-speed automatic gearbox, enabling the car to do 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

The automaker did not reveal any information about the price tag, but they’ve said that it will be available at dealerships very soon.

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Source: Dodge via WCF

U.S.-spec 2012 Fiat 500C Revealed

U.S.-spec 2012 Fiat 500C

A couple of days ago Fiat revealed the first official images with the U.S. version of the 500C, and as you can see, it looks identical to its European sibling. The car will get its official debut at this month’s New York Auto Show when we will be able to provide more information.

U.S.-spec 2012 Fiat 500C

Until then, we can tell you that it will be available in 14 exterior color choices, three soft-top designs and 12 upholstery options. The 500C will be powered by a MultiAir 1.4-liter engine that produces 101 hp (102 PS / 75 kW) and 98 lb.-ft (133 Nm) of torque. Customers will be able to choose from either a 5-speed manual transmission (as standard), or an optional 6-speed automatic gearbox.

U.S.-spec 2012 Fiat 500C

Source: Fiat via WCF

2012MY Kia Soul, Heading To The NY Auto Show

A newsletter sent out by the organizers of this year’s New York Auto Show says that the Korean automaker Kia will bring to the event the facelift version of the funky Soul hatchback. Aside from an updated front look that will feature LED running lamps, the car will also get some powertrain updates for the upcoming model.

The most important modification would have to be the new 6-speed gearbox, both in its manual and automatic versions. Kia says that the Soul will be able to do 35 mpg on the highway, which is considerably more than the current model that can do 24/30 mpg city/highway, the one fitted with the 2.0-liter engine, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

Another car at Kia’s venue in NY will be the 2012 Rio, a model that will feature a brand new direct-injection technology and excellent fuel economy ratings of more than 40 mpg. More details will be revealed next week. Stay tuned.

Source: New York Auto Show via AutoBlog | Photo: CarPix

Chevrolet Unveils Z-Spec Accessories For The Sonic

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Z-Spec Accessories

Chevrolet is aiming towards the dealer-as-aftermarket industry with the new Z-Spec upgrade line of parts and accessories. The first model that will benefit from these accessories is the highly-anticipated 2012MY Sonic. The line of customs parts will be officially unveiled next week at the New York Auto Show and are going to be available towards the end of this year. This Z-Spec line consists mostly of visual accessories and is based on the Z Sonic Concept that was revealed along with the production model at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.
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Suzuki Will Bring Two Kizashi-based Concepts To The NY Auto Show

2007 Suzuki Kizashi Concept

At this year’s edition of the New York International Show, the Japanese automaker Suzuki will bring two concepts based on the company’s Kizashi sedan. The first one is going to be a hybrid version, while the other will most likely be a tuned model with various styling cues inspired from Suzuki’s motorcycle division.
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2012 Nissan Versa, Heading To The NY Auto Show?

2011 Nissan Sunny

Back in October last year Nissan teased the forthcoming 2012 Versa model and now various reports are indicating that the new generation of the model will make an appearance at the New York Auto Show. Although nothing is set in stone at the moment, the car will most likely be highly influenced by the Nissan Sunny (pictured), which was unveiled last year at the China Auto Show. In other words, the car will probably be significantly improved as far as the styling is concerned and it will sport a traditional sedan body style.
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