The third rumored engine for the 2020 Ford Focus ST makes perhaps the most sense yet: Autocar reports Ford’s warm hatch will use a reworked version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder from the Ford Focus RS, detuned to 250 horsepower. A year ago, Autocar paired the ST with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder; a month ago, the site Ford Trend referenced a report about upping the current 2.0-liter EcoBoost from 252 horsepower to 280 or 290 hp; and last week, AutoGuide resurrected the report about the 1
It’s official, Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali confirmed to Top Gear magazine that the next-generation Aventador and Huracán will get plug-in hybrid powertrains. Autocar reported last October that the next Huracán would get “next-generation” batteries to aid its naturally aspirated V10 when it debuts around 2022. The fate of the Aventador S’s successor, however, was unclear beyond the certainty of it featuring a mid-mounted V12. Now we know it will get a naturally aspirated V12
This could be the last year to score a Jaguar with the carmaker’s 3.0-liter supercharged V6. Autocar reports that Jaguar deep-sixed the XE S and XF S in the UK due to poor sales and difficulty coping with European emissions regulation changes taking place this year. The mag expects the XJ and F-Pace to lose the V6, too, but suspects the F-Type might retain the engine. It’s possible, however, the bent-six with up to 380 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque might finally be retiring for a reaso
Volvo Trucks plans to share battery technology across its brands to tame development and production costs for the crucial but expensive component, as the world’s second-largest truck maker ramps up electric offerings, the company told Reuters on Monday.
Ford and General Motors signed an agreement five years ago to jointly develop nine- and 10-speed automatic transmissions as a way to lower costs and achieve higher fuel economy amid tightening federal rules. But now, Ford is saying no thanks to the nine-speed box developed by its crosstown rival.
BMW recently announced its intention to skip next year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, issuing a statement about re-evaluating its trade-show strategy that amounted to the age-old “It’s not you, it’s me.” Only this time it appears to be true: Bimmer is now planning to significantly pare back its presence at the 2019 show in Frankfurt, in its own backyard.
The BMW X3 M remains an open secret — open because we know many of its details and we’ve seen it testing on the Nürburgring already, secret because BMW still hasn’t confirmed it. What will follow, according to Spanish outlet Motor.es, is a slightly less-open secret: a Competition Package for the X3 M. Whereas the standard X3 M is expected to produce around 450 horsepower, the Competition Package would up that to 475 hp.
You could boil three years of coverage on the Hyundai Santa Fe pickup to a question mark. The “crossover truck” debuted at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show, then got swallowed in the executive turmoil at Hyundai Motor America. Reuters reported last year that the Santa Cruz would finally arrive by 2020 as part of the South Korean carmaker’s push into SUVs. Motor Trend recently spoke to Brian Smith, the CEO at HMA, and got a crucial detail on the eventual truck. Forget about the sleek, two-door concept
Digital Trends interviewed Porsche GT-car boss Andreas Preuninger, and asked whether the lightweighting Weissach Package could find its way to non-RS cars. Preuninger might have loosed at least a few worms from the proverbial can when he told the site, “I won’t rule out some lightweight package will find its way to other model lines in the future.” Even though Preuninger added, “We have nothing planned yet, we’re very busy; don’t expect to see the Cayenne Weissach next month,” the opening will h