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Mid-Engine Chevrolet Corvette Spy Shots

From: https://www.automobilemag.com/news/spied-detailed-chevrolet-mid-engine-corvette-gallery/

Fresh Mid-Engine Chevrolet Corvette Photos Show New Details
By: Collin Woodard | Photography by: Brian Williams February 22, 2019

We’ve seen tons photos of mid-engine Corvette prototypes and pieces over the past couple of years, but the cars are almost always wearing heavy camouflage. Because of that, it’s been hard to make out many details. Today, though, one of our spy photographers sent us a huge gallery of one of the least-camouflaged C8 prototypes we’ve seen to date.

One of the first things that stands out is the prominent rear spoiler, which represents a departure from past prototypes we’ve seen. That could mean this version is some sort of high-performance model, or perhaps sports an optional aerodynamics package, but only those inside Chevy know for sure. There’s also something new mounted on the driver’s side of the hood, which is probably just a testing device, but we’re holding out for an external tachometer or boost gauge or a GM stock-price ticker. This example appears to wear the same five-spoke wheels we saw on a car testing on the Nürburgring last year.

Even though most of the car is disguised with little more than a wrap, Chevrolet made sure to keep the front and rear ends under much heavier camouflage. Looking more closely, it’s still a little hard to make out the shape of the headlights, but they do appear to be LED clusters with a turn signal closer to the wheels. Around back, you can also get a good idea of what the taillights will look like even though Chevy tried hard to cover them up. Interestingly, despite the Corvette going mid-engine, it looks like the taillights are very similar to the ones on the current C7. And we have to wonder if the rearview camera will be so prominent on the production version.

If you haven’t been following the mid-engine Corvette saga, here are the basics: The C8 will likely be more premium than the C7, judging by the interior photos we published in January, and features a unique center console with buttons arranged in single-file. We’ve also seen what is very likely the mid-engine Corvette’s key fob, which hints at a power retractable roof option. Engine choices are still unknown, but rumors have swirled of a carry-over engine serving for a year before giving way to a new dual-overhead-cam V-8 design, possibly involving forced induction. We expect the highly anticipated car to finally be unveiled at a special event in May of this year.

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2020 Buick Encore Spy Shots

From: https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1120716_2020-buick-encore-spy-shots

By: Viknesh Vijayenthiran

Buick’s pint-sized crossover, the Encore, is about to get a redesign and we’ve just spotted a prototype.

The prototype reveals that the redesigned Encore, just like the current generation, will be twinned with an Opel Mokka X to be sold overseas.

Opel’s redesigned Mokka X has already been spotted and is confirmed to go on sale in markets where the German brand operates in 2020. The redesigned Encore is expected in Buick showrooms late this year as a 2020 model.

With the popularity of the current Encore, which racked up 88,000 sales in the United States in 2017 and expected to have sold even better last year, Buick’s design team was always going to go with an evolutionary look for the new model, and that’s just what our spy shots suggest.

What isn’t so clear is what platform resides underneath. Opel is thought to be using the CMP small car platform of parent company PSA Group for the new Mokka X. It’s possible Buick will also use this platform under license or stick with a platform from the General Motors portfolio. A redesigned Chevrolet Trax related to the new Encore is also due for 2020.

The current Encore’s 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 is likely to carry over, and buyers should once again be able to choose between front- and all-wheel drive. We could see the current model’s 6-speed auto swapped out for a 9-speed unit in the new model, though.

Also look for the new Encore to build on the current model’s abilities with new connectivity options and electronic driver aids. We’ll also likely see Buick launch an upmarket Avenir version this time around. Like Buick’s other Avenir models, the Encore Avenir should boast extra chrome detailing on the outside and better materials and seats inside.

Rival subcompact crossovers include the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Toyota C-HR, and the aforementioned Chevy Trax.

2020 Kia Soul Spy Shots

From: https://www.motor1.com/news/276314/kia-soul-teaser-familiar-backside/

Kia dropped a second teaser photo for the new Soul, this time giving us a glimpse of the crossover’s new eyes up front. The lights are definitely smaller than before, and frankly, we can’t wait to see the revised front clip in its entirety.

The two-week teaser campaign for new vehicle debuts at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show is underway, and Kia is keen to be part of the drama. The automaker just dropped the morsel above for us to ponder, showing a small portion of the new Kia Soul’s backside. As far as teasers go it’s a pretty safe one, since the new Soul is still easily recognizable from such a close-up angle.

The big news is that its underpinnings are all-new and shared with the Hyundai Kona, which means all-wheel drive should be an option – something Soul fans have wanted since the very beginning. It will also get an all-electric variant that should have a range of approximately 300 miles. It won’t be a performance beast like the offerings from Tesla, but the electric powertrain is expected to deliver around 200 horsepower (150 kilowatts) so it shouldn’t be boring, either. Gasoline-powered Souls should have a choice of either a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-pot, or a 1.6-liter turbo.

Kia will reveal the new crossover in just a couple weeks at the LA Auto Show, and we expect to see the electric version there as well. We’ll have boots on the ground to bring you all the latest news and photos from the event.