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Honda Previews 2015 Civic Type R

Honda Previews the Upcoming Civic Type R; Sporty Hatchback Slated to Be a 2015 Model (Photos)

The Honda Civic has been going back and forth with the Toyota Corolla for the crown as the best-selling nameplate of all time, in large part because it offers its drivers a tremendous all-around value. From earning an IIHS Top Safety Pick to being named to’s “10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 of 2013” list, the Civic is able to deliver it all.

Including race car-like performance. Honda is planning to add a Type R hatchback to the Civic family for 2015, which would be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Prior estimates had the 2015 Civic Type R generating around 280 horsepower, but that number has jumped to 320 hp, according to recent reports.

Honda revealed photos of the Civic Type R, and you can get a sneak peek of it below!

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VW T-ROC Concept Debuts at Geneva Motor Show

Sneak Peek: Volkswagen Showcases T-ROC Concept Crossover at the Geneva Motor Show (Photo Gallery)

Whenever automakers bring a new concept to an auto show, they typically like to market it as a vehicle “unlike anything on the road,” or something along those lines. In Volkswagen’s case, that statement holds true with regard to the T-ROC Concept, which VW debuted at the International Geneva Motor Show. This three-door – and potentially five-door – crossover features a removable roof, an efficient diesel powertrain and three different driving modes, just to name a few of its distinct characteristics.

Volkswagen also showcased a reworked Tiguan and the CrossBlue SUV at the Geneva Motor Show. Back in January, VW confirmed that a seven-seat, plug-in-hybrid SUV based on the CrossBlue Concept would make its U.S. debut in 2016.

But Volkswagen’s highlight at the Geneva Motor Show was, without a doubt, the T-ROC. Here are some need-to-know details about the upcoming crossover:

  • The T-ROC Concept vehicle will be able to generate 184 horsepower and with the 2.0-liter TDI – the same engine found in the VW Golf GTD – and will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds.
  • An estimated 48 mpg (converted from 4.9 L/100 km) with the turbodiesel engine.
  • It will have three driving modes: “Street,” “Offroad” and “Snow.” It will also come with Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system for further assistance during difficult driving conditions.
  • Inside, the T-ROC crossover includes features like a rearview camera, touchscreen infotainment system and a digital climate control system.

Want to catch a glimpse of this unique crossover concept? Check out the photo gallery below!

Volkswagen CrossBlue Midsize Concept Will Arrive in 2016

VW Confirms CrossBlue Concept, Announces that the Plug-In Hybrid Midsize SUV Will Arrive in 2016 (Photos)

VW CrossBlue Midsize SUV Concept

The Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept midsize SUV is projected to get 89 MPGe in hybrid mode and 35 mpg in diesel-only mode.

A little more than a year ago, Volkswagen brought its CrossBlue Concept to the 2013 Detroit auto show, which detailed the automaker’s plans for a seven-passenger SUV. The CrossBlue Concept made another appearance in Detroit this year, only this time Volkswagen revealed more information about the vehicle – including its diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain – and announced that production for the midsize SUV will begin in North America in 2016.

According to Gizmag, the CrossBlue Concept’s powertrain will include a turbocharged four-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel engine, joining the likes of the 2014 VW Passat, Jetta and Touareg as Volkswagen models with TDI Clean Diesel engines.

The all-new midsize SUV is expected to have several driving modes – including Eco, Sport and Offroad settings – and its projected performance numbers are certainly impressive:

  • 89 MPGe combined in hybrid mode
  • 35 mpg combined in diesel-only mode
  • 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds

The CrossBlue Concept vehicle is designed to be slightly longer than the VW Touareg and will have a number of impressive technological features on the inside, such as a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system and iPad minis on the back of the front seat head restraints.

Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

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