Monday, May 22, 2017

2017 Summer Product Reveals: Part 2



Alexander Carabitses

Following last week's debut of the refreshed BMW 2-Series lineup and a series of other special edition models, we have a slew of new models that have just made their debut in the last week and a half.

Volkswagen Concepts:  Volkswagen decided to release a total of five one-off models for the SOWO European Experience Festival in Georgia.  The models include the Beetle Post Concept, the Jetta GLI Nardo Concept, the Golf GTI RS Concept, the Golf R Heritage Concept, and the Golf Alltrack Country Concept.  It is unlikely that any of them will be built, but they certainly are lookers.
(Image credited to Volkswagen)
(Image credited to Volkswagen)
(Image credited to Volkswagen)
(Image credited to Volkswagen)
(Image credited to Volkswagen)


2018 BMW M240i M Performance Edition: After showing seemingly nothing throughout the duration of the auto show season, the onslaught of new BMW models this summer continues with the launch of this new special edition model.  Although it features many M Performance parts as standard equipment, you'd have to be insane to buy one, reason being that it features accessories that you can buy separately and unfit them to your car on your own.  If you are one of those people who really doesn't care about this, just know that only 750 are being produced, with sales commencing this July.
(Image credited to BMW)

2018 Subaru Forester Black Edition:  Yes, that's the name that Subaru has chosen for their special edition black Forester.  No creativity or effort has been placed in naming it in the way that GM has with "Midnight Package" and "Nightfall Package"; Subaru is just saying it like it is. So what's new about it? Well, it has a few more standard features (even though it's already based on the Premium trim) and it has black appointments and paint, inside and out.   That's it.
(Image credited to Subaru)

2018 Fiat 500L: There have been many problems plaguing the Fiat 500L, such as poor styling as well as a somewhat large concern regarding occupant safety and reliability. With that in mind, I am pleased to report that for the car's 2018 mid-cycle refresh, none of those issues have been addressed.  Sure, the front and rear fascias are new, but at a glance, one wouldn't notice.  The interior also gets a few upgrades.  Keep in mind, these changes are for the European market so far, and we have yet to see if the 500L will receive these updates in the US, or if it will survive, period.
(Image credited to Fiat)

2018 Fiat Argo:  The Fiat Punto is officially dead and being replaced with this little B-segment hatchback in Brazil.  It looks sharp, but I don't see the Italian design flare or a cute personality that I would have thought this car would feature.
(Image credited to Fiat)

2017 Shelby F-150 Super Snake:  Forget the Raptor, this is the most insane pickup truck the world has ever seen.  Shelby has essentially taken a 5-liter V8 and uplifted it with a supercharger, a high performance air intake, a billet throttle body, and new fuel injectors.  The truck makes around 750 horsepower and power can be sent to either the rear or all four wheels.  Of course, there is also Shelby's usual host of visual upgrades and aero upgrades, although the latter is pretty much limited to some intakes to feed the engine more air.  Only 150 units will be made and they'll all cost $96,680.
(Image credited to Shelby America)

2017 Shelby Super Snake Concept:  Featuring the same engine and power as the F150 Super Snake, the Super Snake Concept also adds new 16 and 14 inch Brembo brake caliber's (front and rear respectively).  There is also an adjustable coil-over suspension and a new lower control arm for the back of the car, while both the front and the rear benefit from a wider track (4 inches and 2.5 inches).  Again, this is only a concept, but my money is bet on them producing it within a year's time at the most.
(Image credited to Shelby America)

2018 Skoda Karoq:  Remember the Skoda Yeti?  Well, according to some sources, it is to be replaced with this new C-segment crossover, which features a new name and a more sensible design than the Yeti, albeit not as unique.  Essentially, this is Skoda's version of the standard wheelbase Volkswagen Tiguan that were are not going to receive.  It features many engines and safety features that aren't worth going over, as Skoda does not sell cars in the US, but I will mention that this is the first Skoda to feature a digital instrument cluster.
(Image credited to Skoda)

2019 Volkswagen Up! GTI:  A few weeks ago I mentioned that the Volkswagen Up! is a vehicle I want to see come to the US.  I can now say that my wish has become a plea, as Volkswagen has just revealed a "concept" version of a hot hatch GTI model, which they say is about the same same size as the Mark I Golf GTI.  The car will reportedly make 113 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque, which is more than the Mark I GTI as well.  It is remarkable how much the size of cars have increased over the years.  I don't think anybody would have thought that a modern A-segment car would be as large as an older C-segment hatchback, but consumers always demand for their cars to get bigger, while safety regulations have also contributed to the increase in size.  Expect a production version of this car to show up next year, but don't expect it in the US.
(Image credited to Volkswagen)
So that wraps up this past week's product news  Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.

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