The next-generation Nissan Juke subcompact crossover has finally been revealed for the European market. And right off the bat, it's clear that it's a much cleaner, more broadly appealing car than its predecessor. The frog-like accent headlights have been moved into the main grille design, although the large round headlights below them remain. The ultra-rounded fenders have also disappeared in favor of more gently and gracefully widened fenders. The new Juke is still distinctive and concept-like, though. The accent lights are razor thin and swept way back. The illuminated section of the round headlights is actually a Y-shape that looks suitably tech-y and futuristic, and the Juke's funky profile that falls between conventional sedan and hatchback remains. It also picked up the contrasting roof that's en vogue right now. The interior is far more conventional. The odd center console designed like a motorcycle fuel tank is pretty much gone. The dashboard takes its design from the upcoming Nissan Sentra/Sylphy with three round air vents in the middle, a stitched and upholstered dash pad and an infotainment screen sitting above the vents. Only one engine has been announced for the Juke, a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine. It only makes 115 horsepower and 133 pound-feet of torque on a regular basis. Floor it, and it will provide extra boost that will bring torque up to 148 pound-feet for up to 25 seconds. It's also coupled to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. It makes far less power than the 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque the base Juke had in the U.S., not to mention the even more powerful 210-horsepower Juke Nismo RS. But in Europe, this turbo engine is replacing a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder that made just 110 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque. No replacement for the European Juke's 115-horsepower diesel has been announced. Nissan has also made no mention of the Juke returning to the U.S. Certainly with the European powertrain options, there wouldn't be much reason to offer it here when the Kicks is the same size with about the same power, and it would almost certainly be more affordable than the Juke. And of course the Kicks has a design that's easier for most people to handle, as opposed to the polarizing Juke.
We're sure you all remember that stunning Acura Type S Concept from yesterday. Acura said it's meant to influence the next-gen TLX's design, and lo and behold, here is the next-gen TLX. Of course, Acura has no intentions of letting us see the production car anytime soon, so we're treated to a heavily cladded prototype in the photos here. Looking at it in profile, the camouflaged car looks a whole lot like the Type S Concept we saw yesterday. The short rear overhang is similar, but the front of the production car looks like it hangs out over the front wheels a little further – it still shares the concept's overall long-hood/short-deck proportions, though. The roof tapers down into the decklid at a shallow angle, similar to the concept car. We're sad to see the same quad exhaust isn't protruding from the rear bumper of this tester. Instead, it gets a dual exhaust with wide, rectangular outlets on both sides. We think the car we're looking at here is likely a regular TLX, and not the spicy Type S variant most likely seen last year. There's one interior photo our shooter was able to snag, showing a similar infotainment screen as that used in the new RDX, something we fully expect for the production car. That touchpad system is far superior to Acura infotainment systems of the past, but it still isn't perfect. An analog tachometer is visible off to the left, indicating that the regular TLX trims probably won't introduce a fully digital instrument cluster. Not that we'd expect that; even the new RDX maintains analog gauges in its top spec. However the TLX story plays out, it won't hurt if the production car looks just like the well-received Type S Concept. It's unclear how long we'll have to wait to see the car in full, but we'll keep you posted.
Acura is bringing the Type S badge back with authority. While the Acura Type S Concept is, as its name implies, a concept, it looks and sounds a lot more like a design preview for the next-gen TLX in Type S flavor. Acura says it will debut two Type S performance variants within the next two years. The first will be the TLX, and our guess would be that an RDX Type S will follow. But let's dive into what Acura has given us today. From the company: "The Type S Concept sets the stage for re-introducing Type S performance variants to the Acura line-up after a decade hiatus, and will heavily influence the character of the upcoming, second-generation TLX Type S." If you were hoping for a design and powertrain preview, we're sad to report that Acura is not using this opportunity to showcase the engine coming to the TLX Type S. Not all is lost when it comes to mechanical details, though. This concept rides on 285-width summer tires on all four corners, which is positively huge for an Acura sedan. Four-piston yellow Brembo brake calipers are used, shining brightly through the 21-inch wheels. Instead of the fake vents all over the Civic Type R, Acura says the venting and grille space up front is functional, allowing air to get through to the "high-performance engine and brake package." Though again, we don't know what that high-performance engine will be just yet. Just like other Acura concepts of late, this one is a real looker. Its LED lights in front and back signal a new style for Acura that it calls "Chicane." The shape doesn't resemble much of a chicane in front with the DRLs/turn indicators, but it's much more plausible for the taillights. While the headlights may look a lot like those on the NSX, Acura says this fixture is the debut of its new four-lamp "Jewel Eye" LED lamps. Instead of squares, we get rectangular eyes, and they look even cooler than before. You'll notice a bunch of elements scattered throughout that look a little bit like carbon fiber. Acura says it's forged carbon, and it's visible on the front splitter, along the front vents, side sills, wheels, rear spoiler and rear diffuser area. While not as flashy as glossy carbon fiber, it looks even better in the photos we're scrutinizing here. The stunning blue paint is also special. Acura calls it "Double Apex Blue Pearl," and it uses nano pigments and a color-infused clear coat to enhance the appearance. The hue pays homage to the blue TL Type S offered in the 2007 and 2008 model years. If you want to see it sparkle in person, it'll be shown at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering on Friday and at the Pebble Beach Concours on Sunday.
This means that they’d need to load up the PS4 just to play the game, which can be a bit troublesome just for a single game, but the good news is that the game could be going cross-gen. During an interview with Game Informer, Square Enix’s President and CEO Yosuke Matsuda hinted that the game could be launched for current-gen and next-gen consoles.
According to Matsuda, “It’s the hottest topic at the moment and we thought you might ask us that. I believe that our teams have made it so that the game will support both the next generation and the current generation of consoles. I believe it is being developed so that it is going to be playable on both, so I’m not really concerned about that and I believe that the fans are also going to be able to enjoy it on both, including the next-generation of consoles.”
Here's our first look at what we think is the next-gen Nissan Rogue, and it looks like Nissan is shaking it up this time. The swoopy and swept-back design on the current Rogue's front end is nowhere to be found, as it's replaced by a blocky, straight up and down look. If not for the semi-visible V-Motion grille seen through the wrappings, it would be rather difficult to I.D. this car.
Much of that is due to the rather generic crossover shape seen through the camouflage. The closest thing to a Rogue-like concept car we've seen from Nissan as of late is the Xmotion, and this doesn't exactly take much inspiration from the wild concept. That particular car is much more rugged in appearance, while this one remains a staid crossover, making sure it doesn't rock the boat. One specific design element we can pick out is a separate headlight/driving light setup. Similar to cars like the Hyundai Santa Fe or Chevrolet Blazer, the Rogue appears to be splitting up the DRL from the main headlight. The size of the gap between the two visible headlight fixtures is just too large for it all to be one massive headlight unit. With headlights getting smaller all the time, and this design trend starting to take off, it's no big surprise to see it here.
Kia just launched the new three-row Telluride into the world, but that doesn't mean its original seven-passenger model is going away. Far from it. The camouflaged vehicle you see here is the next-generation Sorento caught testing in the Alps while undergoing some strenuous trials. One of those happened to be towing a BMW X5, as seen in the photos.
Due to the heavy amount of cladding and wrappings, it's difficult to pick out specific styling elements. However, we imagine the front fascia is going through a massive change up. It's tough to say what direction they're heading, but the openings do mimic what we see on the vehicle today. The current Sorento doesn't have an upright, tough appearance, and the prototype we see here doesn't appear to be a massive change in the status quo. Kia made the Telluride its big, butch crossover, so differentiation with that SUV is most likely necessary.
The Outback is Subaru's best-selling vehicle, and for good reason. It's capable, it's versatile, it wears inoffensive looks, and it offers plenty of modern tech in a relatively affordable package. So when it came time to rework the model and introduce a new generation, Subaru took the less-is-more approach to the aesthetic redesign, which only has subtle tweaks. The major changes come inside the cabin and beneath the sheetmetal by introducing a more premium interior, and an all-new XT trim with a new 277-lb-ft 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer engine.
Similar to the approach used to update the 2020 Legacy, Subaru refined the Outback at every level. That started with the car's bones and the Subaru Global Platform. Subaru says the 2020 Outback is 70 percent stiffer in torsional and front-suspension rigidity and 100 percent stiffer in front lateral flex and rear subframe rigidity. The improved structure is also said to be 40 percent more absorbent in front and side crashes.