I wouldn’t normally sing the praises of a Volvo Cross Country model, but in the absence of an XC40, this is as close as you’ll get to a compact SUV from the Swedish car maker, ready to take on the likes of Audi’s Q3 and BMW’s X1.
BMW has announced the official launch of its M135i xDrive at next week’s Paris motor show and although it won’t be available here in the UK, we were curious to find out how it compared with Audi’s RS 3 Sportback – the enthusiast’s choice for those seeking the ultimate in high performance and all-weather traction.
Forty-four millimetres doesn’t sound like a lot, but that’s how much wider the new 911 Carrera 4 models are than their two-wheel drive siblings.
If you’re one of those people who believes Subaru’s BRZ (nee Toyota GT 86) needs more power, then fear not, it’s already in the pipeline – turbocharging, all-wheel drive and even bigger capacity engines are all on the product team’s to-do list.
Last year’s Paceman Concept, shown at the at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, was well received by the motoring press and public alike, so much so that BMW signed it off for a late-2012 production slot and deliveries in early 2013.
The one remaining question was , “what would it be called?”
MINI’s four-door Countryman becomes the sixth member of the range to join the JCW family, and the first to combine the extra fizz with MINI’s ALL4 all-wheel drive system.
If you’re a UK Audi customer, then you’ll need to petition loudly if you hope to park a new A1 Quattro on your driveway, but will many of you bother? Just 333 examples of the A1 Quattro are scheduled to be made, but they’re all left-hand-drive and bound for mainland Europe in the second half of 2012.
It ‘really’ is another week, another Porsche – since this is the 3rd week in a row that the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer has launched a new product – this time its an all-wheel drive version of the 911 Carerra GTS which went on sale in two-wheel drive form last December.
Are you getting tired of these yet? At Mini the fun never stops..
BMW says “Fun has no limits”, but you might choose to disagree with its new Mini Countryman.