This week finally saw the covers come off Volvo’s new XC90
, which is the first all-new design for the popular seven-seat SUV since the launch of the original model back at the 2002 Detroit Auto Show. The new one debuts in October at the 2014 Paris Auto Show and features a tasteful design that should prove compelling in the luxury SUV segment.
Our photographers this week spotted a prototype for the mid-cycle update of Ferrari’s 458 Italia
. The updated model is expected to go on sale next year following a debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, and while the stunning lines of the 458 don’t appear to have been altered we hear the car’s 4.5-liter V-8 will make way for a new twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 based on the unit in the California T.
Another future vehicle spotted this week was the Maserati Levante SUV
. The vehicle is still in the early test mule stage, but the latest photos confirm the new SUV will share underpinnings with Maserati’s Ghibli sedan but feature a wider footprint.
Chevrolet announced this week that it is teaming up with Russian automaker AutoVAZ to build a new-generation Niva. This concept version
was shown at the 2014 Moscow Auto Show ahead of the production model’s arrival in 2016.
Subaru unveiled new versions of its WRX and WRX STI this week, the WRX S4 and WRX STI Type S
, but unfortunately both cars are limited to the Japanese market only for now. Both feature new styling and LED headlights as well as a series of body and chassis mods, and the good news is that the upgrades are likely to filter across to models sold here in the U.S.
Yet another future model spotted this week was the highly-anticipated Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan
(name yet to be confirmed). Like the Levante above, the Giulia is still in the test mule stage, but we can already gather a few important clues. Look for a reveal sometime next year.
Mercedes-Benz dropped prices on its SL-Class roadster for the 2015 model year, with the point of entry now coming in at just $84,925 including a $925 destination charge. The drop has come about due to the introduction of a new SL400 model
powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6. The car is no slouch, though, with its 0-60 mph time coming in at just 5.1 seconds.
Production of the 2015 Ford Mustang
2015 Ford Mustang production at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, MichiganEnlarge Photo
finally got underway this week at the car’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. Cars will be shipping out to dealers soon, with the first examples due in early November._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.