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New Jaguar XE Could Spawn Coupe, Wagon and Crossover

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Jaguar C-X17 crossover concept

Like its German rivals, the new Jaguar XE compact sports sedan will spawn a crossover and likely a coupe and station (estate) wagon.

“The body shop has been equipped to be flexible. We can put more than one body style in it. It’s not a problem. In the future we’ll be able to show you other products off this architecture, but we’re not talking about it now,” Nick Miller, the XE’s chief program engineer, revealed to Australian website CarAdvice in an interview.

While an XE coupe will definitely be offered in North America if green-lighted, the family-friendly wagon will almost certainly be a Europe-only affair, seeing that Americans and Canadians generally shun wagons.

An XE-based crossover has already been confirmed for production and was previewed by the C-X17 Concept (pictured above) that was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Aimed at the likes of the BMW X3, the crossover is expected to look very similar to the C-X17 and share most of its mechanical components with the XE, including powertrains. Miller hinted that it will launch in either late 2015 or early 2016.

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Chevy Corvette Gets Big Price Increase For 2019

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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Supercar, black

The C7 Corvette remains a popular sports car even though sales are declining. If you’re hoping to get one, you better act fast.

Kerbeck Corvette in Atlantic City, has revealed that some versions of the 2019 Corvette are getting a for the 2019 model year. The starting price of the base Corvette Stingray has increased by $405 to $55,900, a small differential that gets much bigger as you move up the Corvette range.

For example, the 2019 Z06 coupe now starts at $80,900, representing a $1,405 price hike, while the range-topping ZR1 shoots up by $2,500 to $125,400. Have a look at the price differential for each model…

2019-Chevy Corvette Price increase chart

Chevy has also raised the price for the 8-speed automatic transmission, which now costs $1,995 compared to $1,725 previously.

It’s not clear why the prices were raised across the board, especially since Corvette sales continue to decline.

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You Might Be Able To Afford The New Toyota Supra

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New Toyota Supra Sports Car

Pricing for the Japanese sports car will be “acceptable for Toyota fans.”

Although the new Toyota Supra has a German heart — it was co-developed with BMW — it probably won’t be priced through the roof.

Fewer and fewer people are buying sports cars, but it’s still a fiercely competitive segment. Speaking with Australia’s , Toyota Supra Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada stated:

“The segment for this Supra is very competitive, there are so many other competitors as you know in this segment. So, to compete with that, it has to be so much more fun than its competitors. So, it’s a lot of pressure, and that’s why we have to limit the price as well.”

It’s not clear what an “acceptable” price means to Tada, but leaked documents have revealed that the Supra will launch with a starting price of $63,500 price in the United States.

When asked on how the success of the new Supra will be measured, he said the company would look at the reaction it garners from fans of the car rather than sales performance.

How much should the revived Supra cost? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Porsche 718 Cayman T, 718 Boxster T Arrive For Driving Purists

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New Porsche 718 Cayman T

The two sports cars are the purest examples of the 718.

Driving enthusiasts, rejoice! Porsche has finally introduced the 718 Boxster T and Cayman T, the highly-anticipated alternative for those who want a 911 T but can’t afford one.

The 718 Boxster T and Cayman T slot between the base and S models, and similar to the 911 T, do away with several key creature comforts to offset the weight added by the gasoline particulate filter, most notably the infotainment system, which has been replaced with a large storage compartment.

Visually, the German sports cars are distinguished by 20-inch alloy wheels painted in high-gloss titanium grey, gray mirror shells, model-specific decals on the bottom of both doors, and black sports exhaust outlets that stick out from the middle of the rear bumper.

Buyers have several color options to choose from, but if you want something special, we recommend the Lava Orange or Miami Blue.

Inside, the doors have fabric door pulls and the seats feature black Sport-Tex center sections, with a “718” logo embroidered on their headrests. Although the infotainment system has been removed, buyers can choose to re-add it at no extra cost.

The 718 Boxster T and Cayman T are powered by the same 300-hp 2.0L turbocharged engine as the base 718, with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission channeling 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. Accelerating from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) takes 5.1 seconds and top speed checks in at 170 mph (274 km/h). Opting for the dual-clutch automatic gearbox lowers that first figure to 4.7 seconds.

Despite not packing extra power, both models should be a little more fun to toss around corners thanks to the application of Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) chassis. They also sit 20 millimeters lower to the ground and come standard with the Sport Chrono package.

The 2019 Porsche 718 T is on sale in Europe with a starting price of 63,047 euros for the Cayman T and €65,070 euros for the Boxster T, which convert to $72,000 and $74,000 USD, respectively.

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