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Maserati Unveils 2017 Quattroporte Update

Sedan gets interior, exterior updates, new tech, added trim levels.

by on Jun.13, 2016

The 2017 Maserati Quattroporte GranLusso (l) and the Quattroporte GranSport (r)

It’s been nearly four years since Maserati rolled out the complete remake of its big Quattroporte sedan, so it’s time for the requisite, mid-cycle refresh.

Set to roll into showrooms this month, the 2017 Maserati Quattroporte goes through a number of tweaks, including updates to its exterior and interior. There are a number of new safety, mileage and infotainment technologies – such as Emergency Auto Braking, grille shutters and Apple CarPlay. And there are now two new trim levels.

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The current-generation Quattroporte has been one of Maserati’s most successful models ever, only outsold by the smaller, more affordable Ghibli. The maker says it has delivered over 24,000 of the larger sedans since its 2013 launch, with buyers in 72 different countries.


First Look: 2016 Volkswagen GLI

Adding more performance to VW’s compact sedan.

by on Jun.10, 2015

The VW Jetta GLI is the 4-door equivalent of the German maker's sporty Golf GTI.

After putting the emphasis on its broad “family” of small hatchbacks, Volkswagen is turning its attention back to its compact sedan line with the launch of the 2016 Jetta GLI.

The four-door equivalent of the Golf GTI, the sedan is based on the sixth-generation Jetta first launched in 2011. According to VW, the goal was to come up with “a compelling blend of value, performance and practicality.”

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On the powertrain side, the 2016 Volkswagen GLI will carry over the current turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four making 210-horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. The GLI is one of only two Jetta variants to offer buyers the option of a six-speed manual, as well as a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox.


Jaguar Offers First Look at Next-Gen XF

New sport sedan set for high-wire intro.

by on Mar.18, 2015

A birdseye view of the 2016 Jaguar XF.

After an eight-year run, Jaguar plans to replace its mid-range XF sport sedan later this year with an all-new model. And while we’ll have to wait until the New York Auto Show to get a full look at what’s coming, the British maker is offering a couple images designed to tease the imagination.

That said, Jaguar intends to build some excitement ahead of the official public launch. British stuntman Jim Dowdall, a veteran of numerous Bond, Bourne and Indiana Jones adventure flicks, will drive a new XF across two 1.3-inch wires suspended high above water in London next week.

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As with other recent additions and updates to its line-up, Jaguar confirms it will opt for an all-new, aluminum-intensive architecture for the new XF, a platform that will be shared with the upcoming Jaguar XE sedan.


Sneak Peak: 2010 Acura ZDX

Is it a crossover or a coupe or a sedan or a SUV?

by on Apr.08, 2009

Good looking is good looking no matter what you call the four-door hatchback.

Good looking is good looking no matter what you call this Acura four-door hatchback.

Every company is looking for the next big thing as traditional SUVs continue to free fall from fashionable shopping lists with sales diving 30% or more this year. There’s a prototype four-door on display at the New York International Auto Show that is looking like a fresh Japanese take that admittedly emulates BMW’s X6 crossover that debuted a year ago — just in time for the SUV sales disaster. 

Since the production version of  this stylish prototype of a sports sedan goes on-sale in the fall of 2009, we’ll have to figure out how to characterize it by then.  Acura claims that the concept was well underway before the BMW appeared.

It is not surprising in the fashionable, faux world of automotive marketing that Acura claims  the ZDX is “segment bending” with “stunning coupe-like styling.”

Well, okay, but four doors are four doors, even if the rear door handles are hidden in the C-pillar.  And then there’s the all glass tailgate. The  new, err, hatchback model will be priced somewhere between the MDX sport ute, which it is based on, and the  $55,000 top-of-the line RL sedan. This likely means in the high $40,000 range, we are guessing.

“The ZDX is truly a luxury performance coupe – plus,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. “The emotional coupe styling coupled with a luxurious and dramatic interior and surprising versatility, allows the ZDX to define its own segment and attract an entirely new customer.”

Well, we’ll see about that.  (more…)