AUDI TEASES E-TRON SUV
Audi’s released a teaser of its Tesla Model S fighter. Likely dubbed the Q6, the E-tron Quattro concept will go into production in 2018 as the brand’s first volume, electric car. According to Automotive News, it will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.
In a statement, Audi says the SUV will have a range of more than 310 miles and that its length is between that of the Audi Q5 and the Q7. It follows the Audi “Aerosthetics” concept, combining technical measures for reducing aerodynamic drag with creative design solutions. Movable aerodynamic elements at the front, on the sides and at the rear improve the air flow around the car.
We’ll see the real deal at its upcoming debut.
ACURA DELAYS NSX
We’ll have to wait awhile longer for the long-awaited Acura NSX Hybrid Supercar. It’s being delayed again. This time because Acura’s decided to change the layout of the V6 engine and add turbochargers. Instead of a transverse-mounted, naturally aspirated V-6 engine, the automaker is switching to a longitudinally mounted, twin-turbocharged V-6, according to Acura spokeswoman Jessica Fini.
We still don’t know exact engine output, but Acura has said that the three electric motors and 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V-6 will produce “at least” 550 hp combined.
The new NSX will now arrive as a 2017 model with prices starting in the mid-$150,000 range.
NISSAN AXES XTERRA
Well, it’s official. After fifteen years on the market, Nissan is pulling the Xterra from its lineup after the 2015 model year, without plans for a replacement. The company is offering these final words for the end of production:
“The Nissan Xterra has completed its current production cycle. After more than 750,000 Xterras sold since its introduction as a model year 2000 vehicle, the last Xterra will be sold in the fall of 2015.”
While the Xterra is leaving, new additions to the lineup include the latest generations of the Maxima and Titan. Plus, the Altima and Sentra are being refreshed and could get design cues from the latest Murano.
The Maxima is currently being recalled due to potential fuel leaks.
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