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.
Nissan is preparing a mid-cycle update for its Titan pickup truck, of which we caught our first glimpse of in the beginning of May. That truck had its grille and rear fully wrapped in camouflage, but this one rips much of that off. This truck appears to be the more capable XD version of the Titan, whereas the previous truck was just a normal Titan — the Cummins logo on the side is a dead giveaway if all the other "heavy duty" truck elements weren't enough already.
The grille looks like it actually loses some of its bite from before, which is opposite the trend of big-ole grilles on trucks nowadays. Instead of the strong, vertical bars on the previous truck, Nissan has made the whole thing into a cleaner horizontal bar and honeycomb design. Its shape has changed a bit, with the squared-off sides getting a slight kink toward the bottom.
A new Toyota Tundra is around the corner, and our spy shooters think they caught a hybrid model out testing. We previously wrote about a rumor that the truck would get a hybrid powertrain, but there was no evidence of it at that point. Now, we feel a bit more confident that Toyota is at least testing the Tundra with a hybrid powertrain.
The photographers say they heard the hum of the electrics, followed by the noise of an engine kicking on around 25-30 mph on multiple occasions while tailing the truck seen here. Our previous story speculated that Toyota could use a hybridized version of the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 we saw make its debut in the Lexus LS500. Another possible powertrain option could also be borrowed from the LS500h. That one uses a naturally aspirated V6 and an electric motor for a total system output of 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. If it's the former, we'll expect significantly more power, with the powertrain likely being considered for a flagship version of the truck. Our guess would put a hybridized version of the twin-turbo V6 at about 450-500 horsepower.
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 looks. That has to be the number one reason most folks get turned off the Honda Civic Type R. Fake vents, a giant boy-racer wing, and enough wild scoops and diagonals to make any sculptor look on with horror. But hey, it's a Type R, and it drives like one. Therefore, we sort of forgive it.
These new spy shots of what might be a minor facelift of the Type R show things are changing, but just a little bit. We saw shots of this refresh last year, and there are a couple new details, with a whole lot of carryover from before. For one, that's a yellow Type R circling the Nurburgring. It's no guarantee that Honda plans on giving the U.S. market a Phoenix Yellow Type R, but it sure does bode well for our chances. That yellow Type R curiously has camouflage on the roof, too. It's pure speculation, but Honda could be hiding a carbon fiber roof under there. We like the low price of the current Type R versus its competition, but an optional carbon roof would be sweet. The air scoop in the hood is also covered in a camouflage surround, so we'll be looking out for something different there, too.
One of our spy photographers has caught the next-generation Honda Fit out testing again. There's less camouflage on this model, and we even get a look at the interior. Overall, the car looks sleeker and cuter than the chunky, aggressive current model.
In profile, the new Fit has a more swept back windshield. The nose stands a bit more proud than before, and the hood doesn't blend quite as seamlessly into the windshield pillars. Acres of glass are still present, though, so visibility should still be remarkable. Looking closely, there appear to be plastic fender flares over the wheel arches, which might indicate Honda will offer a crossover-inspired model.
The next Nissan Sentra is coming soon, and it's looking a lot like the handsome new Altima sedan in these spy photos. We're probably looking at the 2021 model-year Sentra in these shots, as Nissan has previously teased that the next-gen Sentra could be unveiled as early as sometime this year.
Under the intense, patterned wrappings, it's relatively easy to see some shapes and lines forming on the front of the car. The "V-Motion" aesthetic is visible, along with what looks like skinnier headlights that stretch back further into the fender than before. There are some blocked-off coverings on the front bumper to hide any sculpting or sharp angles Nissan wants to keep under wraps for the time being, too. Just from this largely disguised car, it's clear Nissan is adding a bit of needed pizazz to the styling of the Sentra.
Toyota hasn't done so much as breathed upon the Sienna for what feels like eons, but here's our first hint that something new is finally around the corner for the big minivan. The vehicle pictured here is a test mule, presumably for the 2021 Toyota Sienna, with a body that doesn't quite match up to the chassis. Note the wheels that poke out beyond the wheel arches, revealing what is almost certainly a wider track courtesy Toyota's TNGA platform that continues to be permeate throughout Toyota's lineup. We'll assume that it's the longer version of TNGA currently employed by the Avalon and Lexus ES.
The Sienna is definitely going to be bigger than before, showing off both that wider track and a stretched wheelbase. Toyota even modified the body panels on this mule in order to fit the wheels and tires underneath it all. Patchy work is noticeable around the front door and longer rear overhang. The mirrors are then haphazardly stuck onto the doors, instead of the A-pillars where they live now.
A new Toyota Highlander is on its way, and this is the second time one of our spy shooters has caught it out testing. Initially, we saw a Highlander with bizarre cardboard cladding, but this prototype is outfitted in more traditional car camouflage. And boy has Toyota covered it up.
Some details are still recognizable through the camo such as the grille and headlights. It's easy to tell the grille on this generation of Highlander apart from the grille on the old, especially when they're lined up right next to each other. There appear to be curved ridges showing through the black, unlike the straight bars we see on the Highlander directly behind it. Much thinner, LED headlights are displayed alongside the new grille, poking through their shrouding. The side mirrors have new mounting points and are shaped differently, too.