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Fittingly, Honda has chosen the Detroit Motor Show to show off the styling cues of its upcoming baby SUV via this neat little concept called the ‘Urban SUV’. Why fittingly? Because it’s all very RoboCop at the front; Detroit’s fictional crime-fighting champion.
Details are scarce, but we do know this Urban concept previews a small SUV based around the Honda Jazz platform; the Jazz remember, sits on Honda’s Global Compact Series underpinnings.
Interesting thing to note however, is how huge the actual concept is in size. Sure, it might preview a small SUV, but in reality this thing looks closer to a Mazda CX-5 in size. Honda tells us the urban concept is “designed to provide aesthetic cues”, and will eventually see service all over the globe.
Volkswagen has taken the opportunity of the Detroit Motor Show to showcase an American-only concept: it’s the CrossBlue SUV.
Weighing in at around the same size as an Audi Q7 - and thus, huge - Volkswagen reckons that should this ever make production, it will slot in between the Tiguan and the Touareg in VW’s SUV line-up.
Underneath the Tonka-truck exterior sits a diesel-electric hybrid setup mated to a DSG gearbox and four-wheel-drive, strapped to the VW Group’s new MQB platform (the same platform underpinning 10 million VW group products). So you’re looking at a 187bhp TDI engine with 295lb ft of torque, together with a lithium-ion battery pack - laying across the central tunnel - powering one electric motor on the front axle and one on the rear axle.
Altogether, the CrossBlue’s drivetrain - much like the Cross Coupe concept shown at last year’s Detroit show - produces 300bhp and a not inconsiderable 516lb ft of torque. 0-60mph is quoted as seven seconds, while the top speed is 127mph (or 75mph if running in electric-only mode).
It is with great regret that we have to inform you of the death of the Jaguar C-X75. The British hybrid supercar, first seen at the Paris Motorshow in 2010, and which you can listen to here, was due to enter production next year, the firm intending to build 250 cars each costing close to £1 million.
That now won’t happen, and economic reasons are to blame, principally the fact that Jaguar no longer believes it can make an “adequate return on investment”.
Linked to that, inevitably, is the current global economic situation. “By the time we got to market with this, we expected normality to have returned”, said brand director Adrian Hallmark, “and even though we could carry on and could fund it, it’s not a major part of our investment. When we look at the global environment and the austerity and the difficulties being faced out there, to bring to market an £800,000-£1 million supercar just feels wrong”.
The good news, however, is that development of the powertrain — including the insane turbines — will continue. For more deets, visit TopGear.com
It looks like it belongs in a broken society hell-bent on destruction, akin to 1987’s RoboCop. An uncomfortable, apocalyptic future, then. Look closely at those lines: remind you of ED-209, RoboCop’s arch nemesis?
No surprise then, the Ener-G-Force came from California, where the Hollywood water is rich with imagination. It was built for the upcoming LA Motor Show’s annual ‘Design Challenge’, which this year asks the question of what a 2025 cop car would look like.
Designers have to account for things like emissions, population growth, transport infrastructure and so forth, but it appears Mercedes has focused on the whole ‘scaring puny humans to death’ thing.
This is Volkswagen Taigun, and you don’t need a degree in English to decipher that name: it’s an anagram of Tiguan.
It’s been unveiled at the Sao Paulo motor show, previewing - what Volkswagen reckons - the look of a possible small SUV based on the ‘New Small Family’ platform. Confused? The platform’s shared with the Up, too. So it’s pretty handy.
The Taigun measures just 3.86m in length and 1.73m in width, with short overhangs and a 1.0-litre, three-pot turbo producing 107bhp and 129lb ft of torque, all pushed through a six-speed manual gearbox. 0-62mph takes 9.2 seconds - quicker than a Polo 1.2 TSI - while the mini SUV will top out at 115mph.
Oh, and because that engine is tiny and the SUV weighs hardly anything - just 985kg - Volkswagen reckons it’ll return 60.1mpg.
This is “the Lamborghini for everyday use, for the family,” we’re told. It is intended to be used as a daily driver, emit a lower CO2 figure than rivals, have space for four adults, for luggage and - shock! - for shopping. Thankfully, Lamborghini has tempered this utility by targeting a 600bhp power output and permanent four-wheel-drive with traction control. Best strap up those eggs, then.
The Urus also promises lightweight construction both inside and out, and will be “considerably lighter” than its competitors; the body will feature a height adjustable front spoiler that allows obstacle clearance, but also stability at high speed when lowered. There’s another adjustable spoiler at the back to better aid aerodynamics and handling, and you only need to look at the X6 and those of it’s ilk to know amazing feats of cornering are possible in an SUV.
Mercedes is about to do battle with the Audi A3 and the BMW 1-Series and their warhorse looks like this.
Here’s another car to be unveiled at next week’s Beijing Motor Show, and another one that is going to become reality. Mercedes is calling this the CSC or ‘Concept Style Coupe’, but you should call it CLA as that’s what it will likely be badged when you see it in your local showroom next year, or early the year after.
There’s the new turbo-four 2.0-litre under the bonnet - with 211bhp – that will make it to the showroom, and there’s also seven-speed double-clutch transmission. This version has 4Matic four-wheel drive, but Mercedes in the UK has never been too keen on that option (as opposed to the snowy bits of the USA where every model seems to have it).
These pictures of the French manufacturer’s hybrid-powered wagon have been delivered ahead of the N9’s debut at the upcoming 2012 Beijing motor show, hinting that Citroen’s DS sub-brand is about to get itself a new flagship. And we really, really hope it looks this good.
The styling flagellation begins with 21-inch wheels and ends just 1.27m later with a glass roof. But its massive 1.94m width and 4.9m length - only 1.79cm shorter than an S-Class - leave plenty of room to showcase that front-end. Citroen says: “It introduces the new identity of future models, along with an original light signature. The concept signals the styling cues of the next three DS line models: a premium sedan, an SUV and an executive saloon.”
Underneath the 1500kg shell, there’s full plug-in full-hybrid tech, which Citroen thinks will esteem to 166mpg, 50km all-electric range, 295hp, and 39g/km of CO2. There’s also a deliciously Turbo Outrun-sounding ‘boost’ function, which combines the power of the combustion engine and electric motor, dispatching all 295 horsepowers at once. This means 0-62mph takes 5.4 seconds and it’ll travel a 1,000m in 25.3 seconds from a standing start.
This is a one-off built specifically for the upcoming move The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble over here). We first saw this drop-top with Robert Downey Jr - aka Tony Stark - behind the wheel a few months back, but now Acura (Honda’s luxury US arm) has revealed this new pic on its website. No fanfare, no party poppers, no dancing monkeys with hats on: just a small note to say fictional S.H.I.E.L.D. agents get to drive a range of Acura vehicles, including a “convertible sports car”, that looks an awful lot like a new NSX Spider.
This tickles us greatly because the new NSX promises to be a proper TG car. Sans roof? Fine by us. Naturally, there aren’t any details on this, and considering the real thing - the coupe version - is still a few years off production, expect many lips to be fastened.