How many versions of the new 3 series can they be? A sedan, a GT hatchback, a coupe (4 series), an X4 crossover. Now this. One of these "4 door coupes".
From these patent designs, it doesn't look that slick. It looks like what the regular 3 series should have looked like in the 1st place.
From the rear view, it seems like it could be a hatchback too. (?)
Then why the Gt version?
It does look like it could be the next E-Class sedan. And was taken in the US, obviously.
Unless it is something else. But I don't think there is another Mercedes Sedan coming out soon.
(C-Class Convertible, face-lifted CLS and B-Class, S-Class Coupe/Convertible and GLK seem to be the next ones coming up)
Or something totally different? The camouflage seems to be matching what Mercedes has been using for the past few years.
But who knows....
Which is pretty amazing. In a country that wasn't buying diesel cars just a few years ago. (Or just a few.)
And there will be selling much more next year. Since an all new Golf will come out. (I am sure it will be more popular than the current aging model.)
And the GTI will have its own diesel version, the GTD.
I have driven different versions of VW's DTI engine in the past couple of years. In the Golf, Jetta, Beetle and Passat.
For some reason, it is noisier in the Passat.
But great in all other models. Their DTI totally changed the way I used to think about diesels.
Mileage is always much better than advertised. (Never less than 50MPG on the HWY)
Still, it is old fuel. Not a new technology at all. But until everything goes electric, I think it is a really good choice to save gas.
This just an illustration. Looking just OK.
Let's hope the real thing is actually more original. As it should be.
There are now rumors about starting price at a bit over $30 000. Which could be slightly cheaper than the new C-Class.
This will share its new platform with the SUV we saw as a concept a few months ago. And although the SUV concept already came out, the production version of the sedan will be available before the SUV.
A coupe is also supposed to follow. And maybe a convertible since now even the C-Class will have one.
These are pictures of the Japanese version called the Vezel. (one of the worst car name in the past 102 years)
Not sure what they will call it in the US. This is the long rumored small crossover/SUV based on the new Fit. And just like the hatchback and new sedan versions, it will be built in Mexico for the North American market.
It is powered by a 1.5 Liter engine with 131 HP and a CVT (at least in Japan).
These pictures are of the higher end Hybrid version. Which gets a total of 152HP. (Rated at 63MPG in Japan)
I think it actually looks pretty nice. Much better than the new Fit.
And the interior, at least on this high end model, seems better than the CRV. The back seat looks really roomy too.
Just like the Fit sedan might prove to be a threat to the Civic, I think this all new model will make life pretty tough for the CRV...
Not sure if this will make it to the US as the Azera Hybrid or not.
But the Korean market is getting a Hybrid version. Powered by a 2.4 Liter with 159HP with a 35KW electric motor.
(Pretty much the same as the Kia Optima hybrid and the Korean K7/Cadenza.)
It it come here, its real competition would be the Toyota Avalon Hybrid.
Looks like Nissan was really considering a convertible version of the Altima coupe.
At least at some point.
I always thought it would ave been good competition to the Solara Convertible. Or Sebring.
They obviously decided against it. (Somehow, someone at Nissan thought a convertible version of the Murano made more sense...)
Since they don't even have a 2 door version of the Altima anymore, I guess we're not going to see a convertible anytime soon.
Finally, official pictures.
I think it looks great, It is closer to the S Class than ever, and seems to really work on the smaller scale.
And the interior is quite amazing. With original shapes and textures.
At leas tin pictures, it seems a class or two ahead of the competition.
The engine line up for the US should include a 4 and 6 cylinder engines.
But they are also offering an all new Diesel Hybrid option (At least in Europe).
The C300 BlueTEC HYBRID includes a 204HP Diesel engine and a 27HP electric motor.
Another plug-in Hybrid model will also be offered later.
The Targa option will return to the 911 next year. ( I think the last year was 1992)
And it does look pretty retro.
Porsche has hinted a few months ago about an all new kind of top. Not just a hard piece you need to store into the truck, like the Corvette.
So maybe there is a folding mechanism somewhere...
Which would make sense for a car in this price range.
No matter what, this will be another good looking car in the streets.