Friday, June 16, 2017

2017 Summer Product Reveals: Part 4

Alexander Carabitses 

Today marks the three year anniversary of this website, so it is only fitting that I post an update. As you can tell by the title, there have been a series of new product reveals throughout the past two weeks and thankfully, most of these are not vinyl-wrapped special edition models that everyone will forget about in a week's time.  Let's take a look.

2018 Subaru WRX Type RA: This limited edition WRX STI features a carbon fiber roof and rear wing, new wheels (19-inch BBS alloys) and brakes, a high-flow performance exhaust, a cold air intake, an upgraded 6-speed manual with revised third gear ratios, a retuned ECU, and stronger pistons.  The suspension has also been upgraded with inverted front struts and Bilstein dampers.  With a new engine output of 310 horsepower and 500 units planned for sale, this car will surely make a great collectors piece for any Subaru enthusiast.
(Image credited to Subaru)

2018 Subaru BRZ Ts:  Also limited to 500 units, this special version of the BRZ features a series of mechanical upgrades including a V-brace in the engine, a new chassis sub frame and new draw stiffeners that will improve the steering feel, an STI tuned suspension, and some exterior modifications.  It is quite clear that Subaru took its latest batch of special edition models quite seriously, offering increased performance and the looks to match.  Expect both car to go on sale early next year.
(Image credited to Subaru)

Nissan Frontier Attack Concept: Unveiled in Buenos Aires, this special edition version of the overseas market Nissan Frontier features special graphics and trim both inside and out (yawn), along with many ECS systems that boost off road performance.
(Image credited to Nissan)

2018 Ford Expedition FX4: This off-road oriented version of the Expedition features a new electronic limited slip differential, body cladding, and a "sand shield" to protect the intercooler.  Expect it to launch with the rest of the Expedition lineup by the fall of this year.
(Image credited to Ford)

2018 Honda Fit: The Honda Fit receives a mild facelift for the upcoming model year, which includes slightly revised front and rear fascias, as well as a new Sport trim that featured unique exterior components that are more about form over function.  Honda has yet to announce if there will be any powertrain upgrades, but we should know by July when the new Fit hits showrooms across the US.
(Image credited to Honda)

2018 Citroen C3 Aircross: Due to hit showrooms in Europe around the same time as the Honda Fit, the new Citroen C3 Aircross is set to do battle with many sub-compact B-segment crossovers.  Much like its rivals, it features a bold design, a number of driver assistance systems, and the versatility that drivers in this segment expect.
(Image credited to Citroen)

2018 Hyundai Kona: Set to compete with the long list of sub-compact crossovers, such as the Chevrolet Trax and Toyota C-HR, this new offering from Hyundai features odd styling that mimics both the Jeep Cherokee and the Citroen C3 Aircross.  Keep in mind that the light by the hood is actually the fog lamp, while the one by the fender is the headlamp.  There is an endless amount of body cladding on the front fenders, which makes the vehicle look a little bit awkward, but with so many people not minding the Cherokee's look, I doubt that this crossover will have a problem.  It's nice interior and its range of fuel efficient engines should also help it succeed when hits US showrooms in late 2017/early 2018.
(Image credited to Hyundai)
2018 Lexus CT 200h:  First things first, although the CT receives a refresh for the 2018 model year, the car is being dropped from the company's US lineup, due to poor sales.  However, the rest of the world will be able to enjoy updated driver assistance systems, as well as new front and rear fascias when the car goes on sale by the end of the year.
(Image credited to Lexus)

2018 BMW 6-Series GT:  No longer does this rhinoceros on wheels bare the 5-Series name.  Actually, I take back that rhinoceros remark because I'm insulting to an animal that I actually like.  At any rate, this new car looks a bit better than its predecessor, while also continuing that car's formula formula of unique utility, albeit with a bit more room due to the longer body.  The engine range is the same as the rest of the BMW 5-Series line and the car goes on sale in November.
(Image credited to BMW)

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake:  Jaguar has just launched the station wagon version of the XF, the XF Sportbrake, and the best news is that it's coming to the US by the end of the year.  Aside from the different body, there are no significant differences between the station wagon and the sedan inside and under the hood.
(Image credited to Jaguar)

2018 Volkswagen Polo:  Riding on the company's MQB architecture, the Polo is all new from the ground up.  It features a new range of powertrains, the majority of which are unexciting.  The new Polo GTI comes powered by a 2.0 liter turbo-four cylinder that's good for 200PS. The exterior changes are evolutionary, while the interior receives some nice updates.  Expect the car to officially debut at Frankfurt in September, with sales to commence around the same time.  As of now, there are no plans to bring it to the US.
(Image credited to Volkswagen)

Fisker E-Motion Sedan: Henrik Fisker has just pulled the wraps off of his latest electric sedan.  He has made some intriguing claims regarding its 9 minute charge time that will give the battery a 100 mile range.  Apparently, we should expect full details on the sedan to emerge on August 17, so I will update all of you when I learn about the full electric range of the sedan.  However, I can already tell that this will be way more advanced than the Karma.  As far as its looks are concerned... well I'll be nice by saying that maybe I'll have warmed up to it by the August reveal date.
(Image credited to Henrik Fisker)

2019 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series: Revealed at some point last week, this limited edition Porsche makes an additional 27 horsepower form its 3.8 liter flat-six with total output now being 599 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque.  0-60 takes pace in 2.9 seconds and the top speed is now 205 mph. In edition to the powertrain changes and the unique paint color, there are some other dynamic and visual modifications.  For those who are interest, only 500 will be produced.
(Image credited to Porsche)

2019 Porsche 911 GT2:  I am honestly not all that thrilled about covering this car without any details being made available during its surprise reveal date along with the new Forza Motorsport 7 video game.  I promise to share details on the vehicle when they are made available, most likely at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.
(Image credited to Porsche and Forza)

With the list concluded, I want to thank everybody for reading this post, and any others that you have read throughout the past three years. Have a great weekend!

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