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Future Cars: Hyundai's Prius-Punching 2017 Hybrid Electric Compact

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Once the disdain of fossil-fuel burning car enthusiasts, Hybrid vehicles are now starting to find place within hearts of those whom once despised them. You can thank the McLaren’s P1, Porsche 918 and Ferrari LaFerrari for helping shift old perceptions; that hybrid cars are for eco tend-setters and hypermiling fans.

Future Cars: Shredding The 2018 Toyota Camry’s Beige Cardigan Image

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When it comes to automotive white-wear on wheels, nothing else springs to mind more than the name 'Camry'. Sure there is nothing really wrong with Toyota's mid-size sedan offering - it does everything one expects of it; i.e. comfortable and dependable motoring.

Future Cars: 2017 Mazda CX-9 SUV Sharpens Up Kodo Style

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Mazda’s CX-9 has become the faithful old friend in the Japanese carmaker’s lineup - a byproduct from Ford and Mazda’s past platform sharing days.

Future Cars: VW Sends All-New 2016 Tiguan SUV To The Gym

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Volkswagen’s Tiguan has largely been a success for the German manufacturer. One could put this down to its solid dynamics, reasonable performance, and typically inoffensive, but handsome VW styling. In other words, for the enthusiast amongst us, it was as practical as a plastic bucket and exciting as a potato.

Now for those who appreciate some degree of visual intrigue in their daily school-run mode of transport - we have some great news! The VW boffins in Wolfsburg have been hard at work testing their next-generation Tiguan, and first indications look very promising…

Muscular Germanic Styling:

When the current Tiguan was revealed, it was a breath of fresh air compared to the seemingly junky alternatives of the same era - its taut, yet reserved styling was akin to wearing a tuxedo to the local pub.

For 2016, that tux has become brawnier and more athletic. Following on from other recent VW debuts, the styling is very clean with sharp creases and folds across much of the bodywork. Frontal aspects have strong doses of latest EU Passat and Polo, whilst the DLO (daylight opening area) follows on from the out-going car; albeit in a sharper, more refined nature.

An Upscale Interior:

Sitting inside the departing 2015 Tiguan is rather pleasant - if a little dated, and arguably behind the current pack. Good news for 2016 is that there will be two versions; a 5 seater and larger 7-seat offering. Noticeable improvements are said to have been made to ergonomics, cabin space and driver assistance technology.

Interior design is believed to mimic shades of the latest European-market Passat, VW CrossBlue Coupe and Cross Coupe GTE Concepts. Here one can expect strong horizontal styling, contemporary detailing, premium materials, and impressive build quality.

What Will Drive It:

As it’s based on the MQB modular platform, the next Tiguan will likely use existing four-cylinder engines shared with the Golf; so cue either an 2.0-liter TSI petrol, or 2.0-liter TDI diesel unit for North America, with other markets such as Europe getting a broader lineup. The question remains if Volkswagen will add hybrid and/or plug-in hybrid powertrains.

Market Positioning:

VW’s Tiguan sits within the school-run segment of compact SUV’s. Here it battles for soccer-mum chariot of choice against Honda’s CRV, Toyota Rav 4, Ford Escape, Mazda CX5, Kia Sportage, Nissan Rogue and Subaru Forester.

All of the above are very competent and worthy competitors, however I suspect Volkswagen may just trump the lot by having upper-class 5 and 7-seat versions when it comes to reveal time later this year.

Tell us what you think of the all-new Tiguan in the discussion area below.

By Josh Byrnes

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Future Cars: Honda's Baby NSX Could Go Porsche Cayman Hunting

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Fans of the Honda S2000 may soon have a reason to rejoice. Why, you ask? Because the Japanese carmaker is secretly working on an all-new, mid-engined sports car that’s tipped to be the S2000’s modern-day successor.

Future Cars: 2017 Audi A5 Coupe Shows Off Its Teutonic Evolution

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Ladies and gentle folk, welcome to the same sausage, different model year approach to automotive design. The car in question here is the all-new Audi A5 Coupe; and like its new A4 Sedan sibling, progress has been rather subtle, if almost continental drift-like.

Future Cars: Mitsubishi’s 2016 Pajero Sport SUV Struts Its Rugged New Suit

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In recent years, Mitsubishi has rather languished into obscurity; apart from the rally-bred Evolution X, there’s nothing in their lineup that I would call remotely desirable.

Future Cars: Porsche Reboots 2017 Panamera In Pursuit Of Beauty

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When Porsche CEO Matthias Müller admits that the current Panamera is not a looker, you know that it’s a car which has polarized the public - and generally, not in a good way...

Future Cars: 2018 Dodge Challenger Visits...Weight Loss Camp

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New Camaro - recently unveiled; new Mustang - on sale; new Challenger - well not quite yet. Why, you might ask? Dodge’s muscle coupe gained a fairly recent MY2015 refresh which saw the introduction of the thunderous Hellcat model and many other improvements, however it was too early in its lifecycle for an all-new makeover.

Future Cars: GM Goes Focus ST Hunting With New Opel & Vauxhall Astra GSI

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Opel’s (and Vauxhall's) Astra has been a love-hate affair for myself; see I quite fancy the more recent OPC/VXR twins of recent years due to their rapid performance and uber-slick styling.

Future Cars: Putting The SHO Into Ford’s All-New 2016 Taurus

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Ford’s Taurus is one of those vehicles that has seemingly slipped from the automotive writers circuit - a vehicle you don’t hear about much, because, well no one really needs to. Sure, it’s still selling away in the background over the past few years, however its success is not a patch on the glory days of the 1st generation Taurus.

Future Cars: Transforming Hyundai’s Santa Cruz Concept Into A Pickup Truck For The Masses

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There are many combinations in life that should never happen; ice cream and raw mince, guns and children, Kardashians and…well anything - all things we’d rather not think about. Yet there are some matches that should be considered; and in this instance, I’m talking about a Hyundai illustrated in ‘Pickup Truck’ format.

Scoop: New Mercedes GLC Plug-in Hybrid Coming This Fall

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It’s no secret that Mercedes is currently working on the overhaul of its SUV line-up, with our spies catching the Germans during some winter-testing of what appears to be the new GLC.

Future Cars: 2018 Lincoln Continental as a BMW 7 and Cadillac CT6 Fighter

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Quickly name a few luxury large sedans on the market and ask yourselves this; out of the established BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar offerings, did you recollect an American luxury automaker?

New 2016 MINI Clubman Scooped and Rendered

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As MINI continues to peel off the camouflage from its next Clubman, we took advantage of these new spy shots to create a render of the production model.

Future Cars: BMW’s All-New 2016 7-Series Struts its M-Sport Cloak

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Recently, we brought you the scoop on the 2016 BMW 7 Series, snapped completely undisguised. Unfortunately, the nature of such spy-shots is that the photography can sometimes be a tad unflattering; with odd-lighting, low image quality and angles that can skew the overall proportions.

Future Cars: Mini Superleggera Roadster in Production Clothing Eyes MX-5

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It’s hard to believe that the Mini sub-brand has become so diverse in its offerings. Compared to when the British icon was first launched, the BMW-owned automaker now has a vast array of models to suit the needs of most people.

Future Cars: Mercedes's 2016 GLC Compact SUV

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School runs these days are often battlegrounds for those who like to flaunt their social status. You’ll see double-parked SUVs ranging from humble Ford Escape’s up to towering behemoths like Cadillac’s Escalade and Mercedes-Benz’s GL-Class.

Future Cars: Nissan’s New 2016 Maxima from Concept to Reality

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When Nissan revealed its stunning Sports Sedan Concept back at the 2014 Detroit Show, I was genuinely intrigued with where the Japanese brand was heading in terms of corporate design language.

The 2015 Murano CUV was one of Nissan’s first models to showcase a change in styling direction, and news of the next Maxima adopting this new corporate aesthetic sounded tantalizingly promising. Finally, a carmaker with the plums to stand out from a sea of beige FWD large sedans.

With that in mind it was decided to remove the horrible tape, cladding and camouflage of those spy-shot caught test mules and digitally reveal the Maxima of 2015.

Brash New Design:

Comparing old with new, one will immediately notice its sleek, avant-garde styling. While the outgoing ‘max’ was never really a bad looker, its Volvo-like grille and awkward headlights could have been better resolved.

For 2016, the look is much more dramatic at the front end; with redesigned boomerang headlights, ‘V-shaped’ grille and air intakes. Much of the show-car’s character lines starting from the fenders leading into the doors have made production, as has the floating roof.

On The Inside:

Whilst many of the Sports Sedan Concept’s elements have made production, the overall proportions are less coupe-like in exchange for better interior packaging.

Cue better rear head and legroom with an overall ambience of improved perceived quality, materials and switchgear. Along with a raft of technical goodies to be best in class, one can only hope the fresh exterior theme is mimicked on the inside.

What Could Drive It:

Powertrain options should follow on from the MY2014’s; so cue a 3.5-liter V6, mated to an Xtronic CVT for optimum fuel economy…and not much else. Sadly, power will still be fed to the front wheels, however expect Nissan to tweak suspension geometry for an more engaging driving experience.

There also has been rumor of the Pathfinder’s hybrid system making an appearance. This setup would combine an supercharged 2.5-liter, four-cylinder petrol with an electric motor for an output of 250 horsepower plus.

Market Positioning:

Nissan potentially has a major advantage compared to the opposition; the larger sedan market is not the healthiest, with opponents merely making do with staid redesigns and little boundary-pushing. The 2016MY Maxima could carve out an niche, with stunning sports-car inspired styling that breaks from tradition.

Competitors such as Toyota’s Avalon, Hyundai Azera, Ford Taurus and Buick LaCrosse aren’t exactly the most inspirational sedans out there. Sure, they’re roomy, however they’re more for those whom prioritize golf clubs and cigars than carving up mountain roads. This is Nissan’s opportunity to pounce and lure people back to the sedan segment.

A full reveal is expected early next year, before it goes on sale in the third or fourth quarter of 2015.

Tell us your thoughts in the discussion area below.

By Josh Byrnes

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Future Cars: A Modern Take On Aussie Ford Falcon Coupe

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When people think muscle cars, generally, icons of America’s most noteworthy V8’s come to mind - Camaro, Mustang and Challenger to just name a few. However down under in Australia, where most things that crawl into your shoes will try and bite you; there are two RWD V8 arch rivals. Holden’s Commodore and Ford’s long-serving Falcon.

Sadly for our Aussie fans, both are a dying breed; Ford is stopping local vehicle production in 2016 and Holden in 2017. In Ford’s case it means killing the Falcon nameplate (one of the longest running in automotive history) and bringing an end to the blue oval’s last RWD V8-powered sedan.

Obituaries aside, what if Ford reversed their decision and even better still, revived Mad Max’s most favoured drive - the Ford Falcon Coupe? Great you say? So let's illustratively explore with a proposal I’ve put together: