2016 Fiat 500X: First Look

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Competes with: Mini Countryman, Chevrolet Trax, Nissan Juke

Looks like: A perky hatchback

Drivetrains: To be determined engines with manual and automatic transmissions, front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: First half of 2015

Fiat fans have known since at least earlier this year that the Italian brand would build a small SUV. Well, the wait is over. Witness the 2016 500X, an all-new model that's based on the soon-to-go-on-sale-itself Renegade from Jeep, one of umpteen mashups to be expected in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' future. The 500X debuted at this week's 2014 Paris Motor Show, and a full reveal for the U.S. version will come at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

Related: 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio Automatic: Quick Spin

Roughly the size of the forthcoming Chevrolet Trax — and a bit larger than the Mini Countryman and Nissan Juke, two other micro-SUV competitors — the 500X is technically the longest current Fiat model in the U.S., eclipsing the 500L by about an inch. The 500X will come in both metro- and adventure/leisure flavors. Fiat says it will sell the car in "more than 100 countries," including the U.S. in the first half of 2015.

By Kelsey Mays | October 3, 2014 | Comments (3)

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept: First Look

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Looks like: Infiniti's take on the Porsche Panamera

Defining characteristics: Svelte hatchback profile, enormous wheels

Ridiculous features: No side mirrors, teardrop roof glass

Chance of being mass-produced: All but certain

Weeks ahead of October's Paris Motor Show, Infiniti revealed more details and one full image of a four-door coupe concept that previews a future flagship. It's the second time we've heard of the Q80 Inspiration, coming weeks after Nissan's luxury brand released a teaser image earlier this month. The latest image shows a sedan-meets-hatchback amalgamation with cab-rearward styling, a hybrid drivetrain and enormous wheels.

Related: Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Previews Fastback Flagship  

Absent side mirrors or door handles — substantial ones, at least — the Q80 Inspiration's lines run hollow along the sides but widen into a larger rear end with some interesting taillight visuals. Rear-hinged doors open at the B-pillars, and 22-inch wheels fill the fenders. The glass roof extends down the rear into a sort of teardrop window, and the profile magnifies Infiniti's forward C-pillar kick, which we've seen in subtler form on the Q30 concept and Q50 production cars.

By Kelsey Mays | September 23, 2014 | Comments (1)

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Previews Fastback Flagship

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Infiniti is gearing up to show off a low-slung, fastback concept car at the Paris Motor Show next month that the automaker says foreshadows an "audacious top-of-the-line model." The Q80 Inspiration isn't similar to anything in the current Infiniti lineup if it debuts looking like the sleek four-seat fastback in the above sketch. It also reminds us of the company's Essence concept car from way back in 2009. This time around, however, might be a little more significant since the Inspiration concept will be attached to a model "name," denoting firmer plans for it to become a reality.

Related: Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Little else was revealed of the Q80, but Infiniti wants the car to clearly be a high-end model at the peak of the Infiniti range with the style and technology to match. Current Infiniti Q cars include the Q50 sedan, Q60 coupe, Q60 convertible and Q70 sedan. Complete details on the Q80 Inspiration concept car will come at the 2014 Paris Motor Show on Oct. 2 when Infiniti reveals the Q80 Inspiration to the public.

By Joe Bruzek | September 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

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