Hatchbacks

  • Teaser for Honda electric city car prototype debuting at 2019 Geneva auto show

    Honda unveiled an adorable electric city car a couple of years back in the form of the Urban EV concept and confirmed that a production version was coming upon the debut. Now the automaker is close to revealing a prototype for the production version. Honda on Wednesday confirmed that a prototype of the electric city car will be unveiled in March at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, and showed a teaser of the prototype's dashboard. The dashboard appears to be one massive screen, though it's unknown if it's one or multiple screens. A tiled interface can be seen as well as a few hard...

  • 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 V40 hatch will likely be replaced by a crossover

    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...

  • 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

    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 marks the first N Line entry into the U.S. Although it shares the "N" badges with the Veloster N and i30 N (the latter not available in the U.S.), the Elantra GT N Line is mostly an appearance package without significant hardware upgrades such as a new engine. It is on sale now and costs $24,185...

  • 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...

  • 2020 Mini Electric spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    Mini will reportedly position electric Hardtop as performance car

    Mini will mimic Tesla's strategy of playing up the performance aspect of electric powertrains when it launches its first volume EV next year in the form of an electric Hardtop. That's according to Autocar's sources in Mini's engineering department, who claim the car will be positioned as a hot...

  • 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...

  • 2019 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop
    2019 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop and Convertible make debut

    Mini launched an updated version of its Hardtop earlier in the year and on Wednesday the covers came off the car's John Cooper Works performance variant. Both the updated JCW Hardtop and Convertible have been revealed. The updates represent a mid-cycle update for the current third generation of the...

  • Bitter Shooting Brake

    Bitter is a German tuner of Opel cars that made its mark on the world in the 1970s when it produced a shooting brake called the CD. The car was based on an Opel sedan and came with a Chevrolet V-8, and it had the full blessing of General Motors, which owned Opel at the time. In fact, legendary GM designer Charles M. "Chuck" Jordan did some of the preliminary work. Bitter fell into obscurity by the 1980s but the lack of limelight didn't stop the company from continuing to churn out modified Opels, as well as some other novelties. More recently, Bitter has developed custom versions of the Opel...

  • Nissan Leaf Nismo RC concept
    Nissan reveals Leaf Nismo RC race car that won't actually race

    Nissan in 2011 graced us with a race car concept based on the first-generation Leaf electric hatchback. Nissan built the concept to draw attention to the seemingly untapped performance potential of electric cars, though the concept wasn't particularly fast, its electric motor generating just 107...

  • 2019 Mazda 3
    Mazda CEO: No plan for Mazdaspeed 3, rotary sports car

    Mazda on Wednesday unveiled a stylish new generation of its popular 3 hatchback and sedan but fans pining for a high-performance Mazdaspeed version are set for disappointment. Speaking to Drive at the reveal of the new 3 at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show, Mazda CEO Akira Marumoto said the company...

  • 2021 Audi A3 Sportback spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 Audi A3 Sportback spy shots

    A prototype for Audi's next-generation A3 compact has been spotted in Germany. The prototype is for the hatchback body style, referred to as the A3 Sportback, but development of a new A3 sedan should be taking place alongside it. The new A3, which represents the fourth generation of the nameplate...

  • 2019 Mazda 3, 2018 LA Auto Show
    2019 Mazda 3 brings premium look, tech to compact segment

    These days, buying an affordable car doesn't mean you have to drive something whose reflection you'd rather not see when passing a wall of glass. This is thanks primarily to brands like Mazda which in recent years has been really pushing the design envelope for non-premium cars. The Japanese firm...

  • 2019 Honda Urban EV spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Honda Urban EV spy shots

    Honda is about to treat EV fans with a high-tech, design-led electric car based on the Urban EV concept unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show. The production version has just been spotted in prototype form, and judging by our spy shots the car will be a virtual carbon copy of the uber-cute...

  • 2019 Audi A1 Sportback

    Audi in June unveiled the second generation of its A1 subcompact for overseas markets. Unfortunately, a sporty version to succeed its predecessor's S1 model is “not foreseen” on the current platform. That's according to Audi spokesman Peter Oberndorfer, who in an interview with Car Advice published Tuesday said the high cost and difficulty of getting the previous S1 in production meant the chances of a successor were slim. He also mentioned that the current focus on other areas of development, such as electrification and self-driving technology, meant it was now even more...

  • 2019 Mazda 3 hatchback spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Mazda 3 spy shots

    Mazda will unveil its next-generation Mazda 3 at the end of this month at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show, but a prototype has just been spotted and reveals many of the details. The prototype is for a Mazda 3 hatch but a sedan is also coming. Both body styles were previewed last week in a teaser...

  • 2019 Hyundai Veloster N
    Hyundai Veloster N TCR race car being prepped for 2019 Michelin Pilot Challenge

    Hyundai currently offers an i30 N-based race car for customer teams competing around the globe in TCR competition. But in markets where the i30 N isn't available, such as the United States, local teams have been seeking a race car based on the related Veloster N. Hyundai last week finally confirmed...

  • 2019 Hyundai Veloster N
    2019 Hyundai Veloster N priced at $27,785

    Hyundai's first real step into the hot hatch segment, at least in the United States, will come with a competitive base price. The Korean brand on Tuesday revealed the 2019 Veloster N will start at $27,785, including destination. The base price will net buyers a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that...

  • Teaser for next-gen Mazda 3 debuting at 2018 Los Angeles auto show
    Next-gen Mazda 3 to debut at 2018 Los Angeles auto show

    Mazda on Thursday provided a glimpse at the next-generation Mazda 3 sedan and hatch and confirmed the reveal for this month's 2018 Los Angeles auto show. Apart from a teaser photo and video, there aren't any additional new details to go on. However, Mazda has been dropping plenty of hints about its...

  • 2019 Honda Civic Type R
    2019 Honda Civic Type R receives round of updates, $36,595 starting price

    The Honda Civic Type R soldiers on into the 2019 model year with limited changes, but buyers will have to shell out $1,000 more over 2018's model. Honda revealed pricing and details for the Civic Type R on Thursday, which included the price bump. For 2019, the hot hatchback will cost $36,595, an...

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