Hatchbacks

  • 2021 Mini John Cooper Works GP spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Mini has confirmed plans to launch a new John Cooper Works GP in 2020 and now we have the first spy shots of prototypes. The JCW GP is a track-focused version of the Mini Hardtop, and the brand confirmed in January that the car will pack over 300 horsepower. A concept was rolled out at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show to preview the car, and judging by the prototypes in our spy shots, the production version will be virtually identical to the concept—right down to the oversized roof spoiler. The concept also wore an aggressive body kit, angrier front and rear fascia, and...

  • New Audi S7 Sportback
    New Audi S6 and S7 Sportback arrive with turbo V-6 power

    Audi has finally added spicier S versions of its redesigned A6 and A7 Sportback that launched last year, and the wait has definitely been worth it. As expected, the cars have ditched the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 of the previous generation in favor of a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6. Despite the...

  • 2019 BMW 1-Series hatchback spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 BMW 1-Series hatchback spy shots and video

    The current BMW 1-Series hatchback is somewhat of an oddity in the world of compact cars, because it comes with a sporty rear-wheel-drive layout and available inline-6 engines. This is odd because the rear-wheel-drive layout eats into interior space, making an already tight cabin even tighter...

  • 2020 Mini Cooper S E Hardtop spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    Electric Mini Hardtop will be badged a Cooper S E

    Mini will mimic Tesla's strategy of playing up the performance aspect of electric powertrains when it launches its first volume EV this year in the form of an electric Hardtop. As a result, the car will arrive as a Cooper S E Hardtop, Mini confirmed on Monday. The same designation is used for the...

  • 2020 Mini Cooper S E Hardtop spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Mini Cooper S E Hardtop spy shots

    Mini is set to launch an electric car in 2019, and we've got the most revealing spy shots yet. As expected, Mini is using its signature Hardtop model for its first volume EV. But there isn't much to distinguish the electric version from its gasoline-powered siblings, at least visually. The car was...

  • 2020 Renault Megane RS Trophy R spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Renault Megane RS Trophy R spy shots

    Renault is working on a more extreme version of its Megane RS Trophy hot hatch that was launched in 2019. The new addition is likely a successor to 2014's Megane RS Trophy R, which at its launch held the record for front-wheel-drive production cars at the Nürburgring. With the record currently...

  • Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept, 2014 Beijing Auto Show

    Last month, Volkswagen R division head Jost Capito said publicly the long-rumored Golf R with 400 horsepower was dead. Now, new information claims the spicier hot hatch is back on the table. Autocar reported Friday that a Golf R Plus model based on the next-generation Golf has the backing of Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess. Previously, VW R head Capito told Top Gear that a Golf R with 400 hp was ruled out and added "customers don't want it." We'd imagine Diess can tip the scales more so than Capito. The latest information cites sources inside VW that claim the so-called Golf R Plus would...

  • 2019 BMW 1-Series hatchback prototype
    BMW reveals first details on redesigned 2019 1-Series hatchback

    The BMW 1-Series Hatchback has always been somewhat of an oddity in the world of compact cars as it has always been offered with a sporty rear-wheel-drive layout and available inline-6 engines. That won't be the case for the third-generation model that BMW plans to unveil later in 2019. The...

  • 2020 Volkswagen Golf spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    New VW Golf's arrival pushed back to early 2020

    Volkswagen is out testing a redesigned Golf, the nameplate's eighth generation. The new Golf was originally due to start sales in Europe in late 2019, with a debut planned at September's Frankfurt International Motor Show, but VW has decided to push back the market arrival to early 2020. The car...

  • 2020 Volkswagen Golf spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Volkswagen Golf spy shots

    Prototypes for a redesigned Volkswagen Golf, the eighth generation of the popular nameplate, has been spotted. The car enters production in June and should be in local showrooms early next year, meaning we'll likely see it as a 2020 model—unless VW decides to delay it for the U.S. like it did...

  • Honda e Prototype
    Honda's cutesy Urban EV concept transforms into e Prototype for Geneva auto show

    Honda unveiled an adorable electric city car a couple of years back in the form of the Urban EV concept and upon the debut also confirmed that a production version was in the pipeline. Now Honda has provided a first look at the production version, albeit as a prototype. Called the Honda e...

  • Honda Civic hatchback production in Swindon, UK
    Honda Civic Type R production moving to North America as UK plant closes

    Honda will move production of the Civic's hatchback body style from a plant in the United Kingdom to North America, the automaker's CEO has confirmed. The news, which was widely expected, comes just a week after the automaker announced it will close its plant at Swindon in South West England in...

  • 2021 Audi S3 Sportback spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Audi is working on a new generation of the A3, the nameplate's fourth, and included in the range once again will be a sporty S3. Our latest spy shots show a prototype for the new S3 in Sportback guise. While we won't likely see the S3's hatchback body style in the United States, many of the details you see here will end up on the car's sedan body style that we'll receive instead. The new S3 is expected to debut alongside the new A3 in 2020, meaning we'll likely see them arrive in showrooms as 2021 models. Underpinning the cars will be an updated version of the Volkswagen Group's MQB modular...

  • 2021 Audi A5 Sportback facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 Audi A5 Sportback spy shots

    Audi's A5 range is about to receive an update, as evidenced by a prototype for an updated A5 Sportback. Similar updates will feature on the related A4 range, numerous prototypes for which have also been spotted. The updates represent a mid-cycle refresh for the cars and should be introduced for the...

  • 2019 Ford Focus ST
    New Ford Focus ST debuts with 276 horsepower, forbidden fruit status

    Hot hatch fans in the United States are likely still mourning Ford's decision last year to skip the new generation of the Focus locally, and now they'll have to suffer fresh salt in the wounds as the Blue Oval has just unveiled the car's sporty ST variant. The covers came off the redesigned Focus...

  • 2020 Volkswagen ID Neo spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Volkswagen ID Neo spy shots

    The first model from Volkswagen's new family of ID electric cars has been spotted testing in prototype form. The car is a compact hatch similar in size to VW's Golf, and its arrival will mark the start of VW's transition to an electric car manufacturer. The design was previewed in 2016 by the ID...

  • 2019 Lynk & Co. 04 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Lynk & Co. 04 spy shots

    The fourth model from Volvo sister company Lynk & Co. has been spotted. It's a compact hatchback set to reach the market sometime in 2019. Lynk & Co. is already selling its 01 and 02 compact crossover SUVs and 03 compact sedan in China. The models will soon be followed by this 04 hatch and...

  • 2020 Audi A1 Allroad spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Audi A1 Allroad spy shots

    Audi last June unveiled the second generation of its A1 subcompact sold overseas. Now we have spy shots of what looks to be a new Allroad version. Audi applies its Allroad label to standard models featuring a raised ride height and underbody protection. Referred to as soft-roaders, the Allroad...

  • Volvo 40.2 concept

    Volvo's handsome V40 compact hatchback sold overseas won't get a repeat. That's according to the Swedish brand's European boss, Lex Kerssemakers, who has revealed that Volvo will replace the V40 with a high-riding model of some sort. “We need to do something more creative, which is why we decided not to replace the V40 directly,” Kerssemakers told Autocar in an interview published Thursday. Volvo already sells the XC40 crossover SUV in the compact class. This means a new high-riding model will likely feature a different body style. A likely bet is a crossover with coupe-like...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
    Crank up the volume: VW reveals 286-horsepower Golf GTI TCR

    Volkswagen on Wednesday unveiled a tuned version of its Golf GTI inspired by the TCR race version of the car. It's called the Golf GTI TCR, and it was previewed by a concept at the 2018 Wörthersee Tour tuning fest held last May in Austria. The production version matches the concept car's...

  • 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line, 2019 Detroit auto show
    2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line hatchback is here because brandalism isn't exclusive to Germany

    The assimilation of the N performance sub-brand into the Hyundai borg didn't take long. On Monday, the automaker introduced the 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Elantra GT N Line is a rebadged Elantra GT Sport from last year that...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf
    2019 Nissan Leaf Plus comes with more power, range

    Nissan on Tuesday finally unveiled a long-range option for its Leaf electric car. The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus made its debut at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and will be in showrooms in the spring. Nissan didn't say how much the Leaf Plus would cost when it goes on sale. The Plus in...

  • 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
    Toyota could add Corolla TRD to challenge Golf GTI, Veloster N

    Toyota has a new Corolla on its hands, one that doesn't look like something your grandma would drive—and the car could be destined to receive some performance upgrades to back its racy looks. Australia's Car Sales reported Thursday that a Corolla GR hot hatch is being developed to challenge...

  • 2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 hatchback teaser
    Mercedes-AMG has a new A45 coming, and this is what its drift mode can do

    Mercedes-AMG has just revealed the new 302-horsepower A35 hot hatch, but the Affalterbach tuner still has the even hotter redesigned A45 in the hopper, and the car has just been previewed in a dramatic teaser video. The new A45 hatch is due for a reveal in early 2019, and while we won't see it in...

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