The Sleuth can confirm that the automaker’s XC90 flagship utility vehicle will arrive with a few minor exterior changes for the 2020 model year (including a redesigned grille), and will receive a significantly updated powertrain option that’s intended to boost fuel efficiency. More specifically, the available turbocharged and supercharged 400-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine gets an […]

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The latest tall-wagon trend is to market them as off-road capable machines, and in some cases actually equip them for such duty. The latest model to follow that route is the 2020 GMC Acadia. The seven-passenger vehicle’s mid-cycle makeover includes replacing the largely benign-looking front end with a more aggressive grille (similar to those attached […]

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In this case, N stands for Hyundai’s performance trim level that’s currently available only for the Veloster. The Spymaster’s intel gatherers report that the Hyundai Tucson compact utility vehicle will be the next in line to receive the N treatment for North America. The expected rating for the N’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine is 340 horsepower. […]

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And by changes, The Spy Guy is hearing from sources that a number of long-overdue alterations to the Charger’s sheetmetal are in the works for the 2020 model year, but likely limited to a slightly altered grille and rear end. Most noticeable, though, will be a wide-body option — similar to the Dodge Challenger — […]

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If you’re not familiar with Atlis Motor Vehicles, The Sleuth thinks you will be in the not-too-distant future. The Arizona-based company is planning an assault on General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler’s highly profitable truck business with the all-electric Atlis XT. The company says the $45,000 (starting price) pickup will have a 500-mile maximum range, […]

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According to The Sleuth’s sources, the name of the man credited with making Chevrolet’s iconic sports car the success it is today will be emblazoned on the all-new 2020 Corvette, or attached to a specific Corvette model. In a radical move, the engine of the eighth-generation Corvette — referred to as the C8 — will […]

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The Spymaster was blown away with the intel he received about the Italy-based company’s latest ultra-expensive, limited-production exotic. The unnamed model, which is rumored to look similar to the automaker’s Terzo Millenio concept, will reportedly be priced in the $3-million range. It will come with a hybrid powertrain consisting of a V-12 engine and at […]

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The Spy Guy’s sources have been flooding his email in-basket with info about upcoming models with electric running gear. One of the latest is from Toyota’s premium division, which is reportedly planning to launch an electrified version of the new-for-2019 UX compact utility vehicle. Dubbed the UX300e, the vehicle is rumored to come with solid-state […]

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A recent announcement from parts supplier ZF surprised even The Sleuth. The company confirms that it’s developing a exterior side-impact-airbag system that would deploy from beneath the bodywork if it senses an imminent collision. ZF claims the side airbags would reduce impact velocities and intrusions by more than 30 percent. What’s more, a ZF spokesman […]

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The recently revealed GT-R50 will actually go into production beginning in 2019. Each of the planned 50 models will be priced at — wait for it — $1.2 million. That’s a lot of coin for any Nissan, especially one based on the GT-R Nismo that sells for about one-tenth that amount. Italy-based Italdesign created the […]

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