Small and sporty cars electrify California.
Carbon fiber makes it lighter than the standard SLS, while a 622 hp V8, retuned suspension and that big wing on the back makes it faster. Expect the price to be equally outrageous and much higher than the $200,000 tag on the standard model.
Fiat’s lineup is growing…literally. The 500L is a bigger version of the company’s microcompact 500 that mixes a small footprint with a large car interior. Power for the crossover comes from a 160 hp 1.4-liter engine connected to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission driving the front wheels. The Trekking model, shown here, gets special wheels and bodywork to give it a more rugged look, which you might expect from a car built in Serbia.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the king of rock crawlers, Jeep has created the the most capable version of the Wrangler Rubicon yet. The extreme off-roader features the highest ground clearance of any Jeep, nearly 11 inches, a black steel bumper with a winch mount and removable end caps on the front, electronic locking differentials, 4:1 ratio locking transfer case, rock rails, plenty of 10th Anniversary badges, unique red leather upholstery and three paint colors including an exclusive shade of grey called Anvil.
Hyundai has gone hipster. As if the asymmetrical three-door Veloster wasn’t already enough of an oddball, they’ve gone and turned it into a fixed gear bike. Not literally, but the Veloster C3 Roll Top Concept is said to draw from the same mix and match street style as a fixie, but with brakes. It also has a six-speed transmission and touches like a recycled fabric top that can open towards the back to create a sunroof or towards the front to create a pickup style bed that’s lined with broken skateboards and perfect for carrying, well, a fixie.
If you like the looks of this, you'll have to get it while its hot, and boy is it ever. The Jaguar XFR-S features the most powerful engine the automaker has ever made, a 550 hp supercharged V8 that will get the XFR-S's aero enhanced body to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Unfortunately for those with a the small fortune needed to buy one, only 100 will be sold in the U.S.
No, it can't fly, in fact it's not even very fast, but the Smart ForJeremy is real and goes on sale soon. Smart teamed up with fashion designer Jeremy Scott, best known for putting stuffed animals on Adidas sneakers, to create this avant garde version of its electric minicar. The tips of the wings light up when you hit the brakes, and the interior is just as snazzy, done up in white Nappa leather and chrome with a airplane style steering wheel that has the top center section removed. Unfortunately, the battery-powered car has a top speed of just 78 miles an hour and a per charge range of 76 miles.
Ford's smallest car now has its smallest engine. Hidden behind the bold, Ford Fusion-style grille of the new Fiesta subcompact is the company's first 3-cylinder engine. The 1.0-liter turbocharged unit good for 123 hp, more than the current 4-cylinder, and Ford promises best non-hybrid fuel economy, which should translate to more than 40 mpg on the highway. Interior upgrades bring the automaker's MyFord touch infotainment system to this Millenial favorite.
Call it a mini muscle car. Developed in Europe, the Fiesta ST packs a 197 hp turbocharged four-cylinder into its subcompact frame and gets styling and handling tweaks to go with it. Aimed squarely at the Mini Cooper S, the Fiesta ST is Ford's smallest hot hatchback to date, but still gets 34 mpg.
Taking its retro modern appeal to the next level, the Fiat 500 gets electrified in this California-only car, which has a range of 80 miles per charge while delivering energy efficiency equivalent to 100 mpg. A flat screen virtual instrument cluster replaces the chronograph style gauge cluster in the conventional 500, while the dot matrix style body add-ons reduce aerodynamic drag, helping you get the most out of every electron.
Fiat has also made it easier to cool down in its hottest car, the 160 hp 500 Abarth, which is now available with an oversized sunroof.
Chevy may have created the first battery-powered pony car with the tiny Spark EV, its electric motor generating 400 lb-ft of torque, which is nearly as much as the V8 in the Chevy Camaro. Fun and frugal is the game, and the Spark EV has that fast charging system that can fill up its battery pack 80 percent in 20 minutes.
Fitting of the makers of the Ultimate Driving Machines, BMW has unveiled a 3-door version of its upcoming five-door electric city car, the i3. With a more rakish look than the original, it sports the same 170 hp electric motor driving the rear wheels, futuristic "stream flow" styling and lightweight carbon fiber construction that should help it deliver a 100 miles of driving range per charge.
Its beauty isn’t skin deep, but the new Kia Forte compact sure looks good, with modern styling that’s much more upscale than the outgoing model and sure to turn heads, while a choice of four-cylinder engines and six-speed manual transmissions turn the front wheels.
Even though Ford won’t call it one, it’s a minivan that lives up to the mini part of the name. The seven-seat Transit Connect Wagon is the passenger version of Ford’s compact cargo van that can also haul up to 1,200 pounds. It will be available with either a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder or 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder expected to be good for 30 mph on the highway.
Larger than the current cold weather favorite, the new all-wheel-drive Forester is available with 2.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engines, plus Subaru’s new high tech EyeSight system that uses stereo cameras to provide automated braking, lane departure warnings and active cruise control.
Mitsubishi marks 30 years in the U.S. with an all-new version of its best-selling vehicle, the Outlander. Sporting a choice of four and six cylinder engines, it comes standard with seating for seven passengers and will be followed by a plug-in hybrid version in about a year.
The drop-top bug is back with a starting price of $24,995 and a choice of four-cylinder, turbocharged four-cylinder and diesel four-cylinder engines. It’s also available in special “decade” editions that hearken back to the styles of the 1950’s, 1970’s and this 1960’s model, with faded denim paint, two-tone seats and 5-spoke wheels.
Lighter and larger than the car it replaces, the “not a hardtop version of the Boxster” coupe nevertheless shares many of that car’s styling cues, including its interior, scooped sides and a spoiler integrated into the tail lights. A 275 hp flat-six powers the $52,600 base model, while a 325 hp version of the engine comes in the $63,800 Cayman S.
Small and sporty cars electrify California.