Car News: Bentley Teases EXP 9 F, All-New BMW 3 Series Wagon Coming, and Fiat Teases 500X
- 07/10/2012 |
- by Terry Heick |
- Total Car News / Manufacturer
Bentley EXP 9 F Introduced
Interested in an all-terrain Bentley?
After debuting at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bentley is pushing their new idea further into the spotlight.
The “idea” is a Bentley that is (theoretically) capable of off-road transportation, taking their existing premium luxury brand image and moving into a very new market segment for the manufacturer.
Dubbed the concept EXP 9 F, the luxury SUV is a vehicle Bentley intends on making “the fastest and most luxurious SUV in the world.” Seemingly aimed squarely at the Porsche Cayenne, the move mimics other former niche market manufacturers’ movements to broaden their product line, including Porsche, Fiat, GM, and Subaru.
BMW Launching 3 Series Sports Wagon in Spring 2013
BMW is launching an all-new wagon based on their 3 Series sedan.
Arriving in Europe later this year, and in the United States in the spring of 2013, the all-new model offers wagon buyers four variants of Bavarian wagon product to choose from—the Sport Line, Luxury Line, Modern Line, and M Sport Line, just as with the standard 3 Series.
Powered by an available, technology-filled TwinPower 1,997 cc turbocharged engine married to an 8-speed automatic transmission, offering all-wheel drive, and tacking on the trunk space of a wagon, BMW seems intent on delivering performance, utility, and efficiency with the new model.
The 2.0 liter engine features Direct Injection, Double-Vanos cylinder head technology, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing, and a twin-scroll turbocharger that better separates the exhaust pulse from the 4-cylinder engine to improve spool and overall performance, contributing to a torque curve that’s relatively flat from 1250 rpm to 4800 rpm.
In European testing, the wagon averaged over 40 MPG.
Fiat 500X Crossover Revealed
While tending to their launch and sales of their pint-sized 500, Fiat has seemingly been busy working on a crossover that will help diversify the new-again-to-America manufacturer’s product offering.
Sharing the same market segment as the Mini Cooper Countryman, Fiat released a short video on YouTube that unveiled the new 500X, a vehicle that while still dimunitve, remains over 2’ longer than the 500.
The 500X is expected to become available in North America in 2014.