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Future Cars: New X2 Expands BMW’s Crossover Ambitions

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Sport utility vehicle sales are booming and most carmakers are cashing in on the craze - BMW is no exception. In fact, the German manufacturer is going all out expanding their lineup to cover everything from the small X1 sports activity vehicle, to the upcoming X7 large seven-seater.

Future Cars: The 2018 Holden Monaro That Could Have Been

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As many of you know, GM’s Australian subsidiary, Holden will cease local manufacturing Down Under in 2017, but what if it was given a lifeline, or more intriguingly, a chance to revisit the glory days of the Monaro Coupe?

Future Cars: Taking Subaru’s 2017 Impreza From Concept Into Reality

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Look through any automotive website that mentions the words ‘Subaru and Concept’ and you can almost guarantee the reader feedback. It will be along the lines of, ‘remember the WRX concept and how different the production version looked’ or ‘don’t get your hopes up, the real thing will look rubbish’.

Future Cars: 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Hits The Middle Road

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One may have noticed recently that Mercedes-Benz’s upcoming E-Class has been snapped left, right and center by eagle-eyed car paparazzi. These frequent sightings mean development is well advanced and that an official reveal is fairly imminent for Stuttgart’s latest BMW 5-Series-bashing rival.

Future Cars: 2017 Honda Civic Type-R Is The One Coming To North America

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Caught recently undergoing testing at the Nürburgring, it’s hard to believe Honda are already developing their next generation Civic Type-R. It only seems like yesterday that the current Type-R was boasting about its 7:50.63 lap time on the famous Nordschleife circuit. Yes - progress at Honda is rather swift indeed.

Future Cars: Jeep’s 2017 Compass & Patriot Crossover Replacement

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For those who considered Jeep’s Patriot and its unfortunate-looking twin the Compass, to be a bit stale - well we have some great news!

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?