Alfa Romeo previews upcoming Giulia sedan with hi-per Quadrifoglio performance model - w/video

To say that the Giulia sedan is important to Alfa Romeo and FCA is the proverbial understatement. The Giulia sedan is leading the charge towards the "new" Alfa Romeo, a relevant Alfa for the 21st century. Sized to compete with the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, and the Mercedes C-Class, the Giulia is certainly a good-looking car in Quadrifoglio high-performance trim (shown) that will compete with M, RS, and AMG branded versions of the previously named Germans. The Quad Giulia will feature a V6 that's been breathed on by former Ferrari and Maserati engineers to produce 510 hp, a 0 to 60 run in under 4 seconds, and an engine that makes incredible noises (listen to the car in the video after the jump). Being a modern Alfa, the Giulia sedan will get all the "good stuff," like the V6, 50/50 weight distribution, extensive use of lightweight materials, Chassis Domain Control, torque vectoring, rear or all-wheel drive, and much more. Final specs aren't in place at this time, but the Giulia should be competitive especially in Quadrifoglio trim. It's a looker. No interior shots were available. but from the spy shots I've seen, the layout is more Fiat 500 than BMW, so more work is probably needed. Don't get me wrong, the interior isn't bad, it just doesn't live up to the rest of the car. Lots more to come... Fo mo info, make the jump.

Source: Alfa Romeo - Press release and video after the "read more" jump.

All-new 2016 Chevy Cruze gets new look, larger size, more equipment and less weight - w/videos

Chevy's Cruze is a very important car for the automaker since it has become Chevy's biggest seller since its 2008 introduction. As a result, model updates take on increased importance. Chevy has nothing to worry about with this all-new Cruze with its dramatically improved looks, increased sophistication, and lighter weight (250 lbs. which should provide a fuel economy boost). There is lots of good stuff here, but the looks alone could sell this car. At intro in early 2016, the Cruze will feature a 1.4-liter turbocharged four (153 hp, 177 lb./ft. of torque on regular gas) mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. In 2017, the turbo diesel engine option will reappear for even better fuel efficiency. Available equipment includes Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Alert, Chevrolet MyLink with smartphone integration capability (including a standard seven-inch-diagonal screen or an available eight-inch-diagonal screen {eight-inch screen available later with Apple CarPlay" and Android Auto}), OnStar, 10 airbags, Wi-Fi, and much more. The new Cruze will come in four flavors: L, LS, LT and Premier with an available RS package (shown). Chevy should sell a lot of these. For more info, check out the extensive press release, videos, and spec charts after the jump.

Source: Chevrolet - Extensive press release, spec charts, and three videos after the "read more" jump.

Hennessey Performance recreates a new Excursion gigga 'ute with the 2015/16 VelociRaptor SUV

If you've been Jonesing for a new Ford Excursion but forgot that they've been out of production for years, Hennessey Performance may have the answer...the 2016 Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV. Modeled after Ford's Excursion, Hennessey takes a new F-250 Lariat truck and converts it into the monster you see here. The conversion includes the new bodywork that includes the enclosed SUV body, four full doors, tailgate cargo doors, middle row Captain's chairs, folding third row bench, bumper upgrades, and of course, VelociRaptor badging. The F-250's 6.2-liter V8 (411 hp) is standard but may be updated to a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with either 600 or 650 hp. A heavy-duty six-speed automatic handles the power. An available 6.7-liter PowerStroke diesel creates 440 hp and an astounding 880 lb.-ft. of torque. Other options include an O-road suspension upgrade, wheel and tire upgrades, a Warn front winch, and basically anything your checkbook can handle. Hennessey needs six months to build one of these and prices start at $159,900 (plus taxes, license, fees, options). If you're not worried about an increase in gas (or diesel) prices and you really need a giant SUV, then Hennessey has got you covered.

Source: Hennessey Performance - Brief  release after the "read more" jump.

Hyundai intros all-new 2016 Tucson with bolder styling and new features/safety - w/video

Compact crossovers, and crossovers in general, are big business and constant changes and updates are necessary to stay competitive. Enter the new 2016 Hyundai Tucson. The all-new Tucson comes to market with bolder styling, upscale features, and improved safety. Hyuundai's new Tucson has a curvy body with all the right sculpting for a modern look (even if the grille design reminds one of the Ford Edge). New safety equipment includes advanced safety technologies such as Automatic Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Lane Departure Warning System, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Backup Warning Sensors and standard rear-view camera is available. The standard engine is the 2.0-liter four (164 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque) mated to a six-speed automatic and the optional 1.6-liter turbo four (175 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque) is matched to Hyundais' new seven-speed EcoShift® dual-clutch transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. The chassis has been stiffened for improved feel, handling, and improved NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness). Interior materials have been upgraded for a more premium feel. The new Tucson will also offer ventilated front seats, LED lighting, and more to complete the upscale perception. Hyundai should sell a lot of 'em starting in July. For more info, check out the release and video after the jump.

Source: Hyundai - Press release and video after the "read more" jump.

Cadillac to offer plug-in hybrid option on the all-new CT6 flagship sedan - w/videos

Perception. That's Cadillac's biggest hurdle in today's marketplace. The car's Cadillac offers are competitive, but not segment-besting. The CTS, for example, lead the charge for the "new" Cadillac offering a stylish car that was bigger than it's "perceived" competition (the 3-Series BMW, C-Class Mercedes, etc) with good handling and power at a decent price. Enter the ATS and suddenly the CTS is a 5-Series and E-Class competitor with a jump in price. Perception is everything remember? And now Cadillac is bringing out the new CT6 (hate the naming convention) flagship to take on the 7-Series and S-Class...hefty competition indeed. Will the CT6 warrant the expected prices? We shall see. The CT6 has presence. It looks like a luxury flagship and has the technology and features to back it up. I find the front end a bit fussy with odd angles, but the rest is nice, although the new CTS sedan is still the automaker's nicest design to date. The CT6 will get it all, lightweight aluminum intensive structure, CUE infotainment, Bose Panary premium audio with 34 speakers, leather and power accessories everywhere and numerous powertrain options like the Turbo four, regular V6, Twin-Turbo V6 (with eight-speed automatic transmissions) and the recently announced plug-in hybrid option that will match the turbo four and the hybrid system for a total power output of 335 hp. All-wheel drive will be available on select models. Expect class-leading MPGs from the PHEV model. Specifics and pricing will be announced closer to the CT6's on-sale date early in 2016. For more info, check out the press releases (including the intro release) and videos after the jump. Should be interesting now that Lincoln's new Continental seems to be coming to market as a quasi Bentley...

Source: Cadillac - Press releases, pics, and videos after the "read more" jump.