The Lotus Elise admirers will be pleased to know that Lotus has unveiled the details and photographs of the latest facelifted Elise which will be sold as the 2011 model. Compared to its predecessor, you will notice that the 2011 Elise shuns the dual-teardrop front light cluster and integrates the LED daytime running lights into the main headlight. The extra fog lights are no where to be found on the 2011 edition of the roadster while the Evora-esque front fascia has been remodeled with a wider grille and an updated splitter that gives the car an all new look. On the rear, you will discover that the rear vents on the side of the outer taillights have vanished and the bumper now extends almost till the diffuser. Other than changes to the front and rear, the 2011 Lotus Elise gets better and cleaner engine options under the hood along with a new close-ratio six-speed transmission.
The Chicago Auto Show may not be playing the host to debut some internationally famous automobiles but the event is doing pretty good by unveiling commuters that really matter to the Americans, Chevrolet Silverado Heavy-Duty being one of them.
The truck’s facelifted 2011 model broke cover at Chicago reflecting the design team’s efforts which claims to have focused on 11 different points to improve the vehicle. Noticeable changes include stiffer frames which can now handle 16,000 lbs, a sleeker looking front chrome bumper, a new grille and a power dome-styled hood. The 2011 model will also see the return of the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine which commits reduced emission numbers. The overall improvement in the engine helps the truck dash to 60mph in less than 9 seconds.
Around for more than 17 years, Ford Mondeo is the company’s top-rated family car and plans to be for the future, too, as spy photographers have managed to click a few images of the facelifted 2011 Mondeo during its cold weather testing along the European route E45. Inspired by the Kinetic Design Language, the new model will feature a new front bumper, LEDs on the front and the rear, an all-new grille, new side mirrors and LED clusters. Experts also anticipate a different rear bumper and a reworked interior. The images also reveal that the car will feature a TDCi engine which may probably be the 200hp 2.0L Ecoboost mated to a six-speed dual clutch transmission or the 2.0-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel. A future model may also include a 4 cylinder 1.6L Ecoboost capable of churning 180hp. [via TMR]
The new Nissan Qashqai is expected to get a facelift next year in spring 2009, or at least that’s what Nissan UK has announced. Other than bringing a revised exterior that includes a new front bumper, a revised front grille, an all-new bonnet, and upgraded headlights, the 2010 Nissan Qashqai is also getting two new colors, Magnetic Red and Mineral Grey. And did you see those stylish 16-inch and 17-inch alloy wheels or the white LCD dashboard on the inside? Price wise, the standard 1.6-litre Visia 2WD manual costs £15,395, the Tekna 2.0 dCi AWD automatic goes for £25,745 while the Qashqai+2 Tekna 2.0 dCi AWD auto will make you spend £26,845.
The next generation Chrysler is still a dream and for the time being, the fanatics will have to be content with a 2010 upgrade. The very first spy shots of the upcoming model have arrived and to a naked eye, there isn’t much of a difference between the present and the upcoming model. The images were taken at the Chrysler Technology Centre in Auburn Hills, Michigan and they reveal that the present LX platform has not been tampered with, in terms of dimensions. What is also evident is that the pimp look is being shed for a more rounded exterior-a major visible change on the outside. There are plush changes on the inside using wooden panels and leather upholstery although the previous models also didn’t lack the class. The 2010 Chrysler 300 will come with a 22% improved fuel economy and Chrysler is yet to announce the powertrain for this luxury saloon. [via WCF]
The Ford Mondeo has been a heartthrob for millions of people across the globe and all four generations of the Mondeo have been successful. The last one came up in 2006 and since then a facelifted model has been eagerly awaited. For the very first time, the 2010 facelifted Ford Mondeo was caught testing on camera but unfortunately it was heavily camouflaged. The camouflage may ironically mean that the 2010 model — which will be showcased at the Geneva Motor Show next year — will be heavily updated. Apparently, it is been speculated that the Mondeo will come with a better engine that will be fuel efficient. From the look of things, new front and rear bumpers along with a new grille might also be on show in the Mondeo. [via WCF]
The facelifted SEAT Leon Cupra has only been around for sometime and JE Design did not exactly like what it saw and hence came up with a tuning package to make it an untamable racing machine.
The kit picks up the horsepower of the car to 285 hp with 380Nm of torque and this has been achieved thanks to a revised ECU module which solely costs €1,499. Consequently, the Leon Cupra can now pelt from 0 to 100km/h in 5.9 seconds and can hit a top speed of 261km/h. With a better engine, you need better cooling and hence there is a stainless steel sports exhaust system which individually costs €899. The suspension of the Cupra has been lowered by using a coilover technology which brings down the ride height by 40mm and 19-inch gloss black multi-spoke wheels equipped with high performance tires (all costing €2,930) complete the package.
The 2010 BMW 3-Series Convertible is supposed to arrive at the Frankfurt Motor Show and prior to the facelifted model getting showcased, the spy photographers did manage to click it again. Interestingly the convertible was still camouflaged at the front end signifying that BMW is coming up with something phenomenal. The known changes about the car include a new front bumper, fresh headlamps, LED lighting on the rear as well as a new rear bumper. Very little is known about what will be under the hood and the speculations is that a new 2.0 liter EfficientDynamics diesel engine that puts out 163hp and consumes 4.1litres for every 100kilometres will probably be there. [via WCF]