Spy Shots

  • 2019 Volkswagen T-Cross spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Almost a year on from the reveal of the compact T-Roc, another member of Volkswagen’s expanded SUV family has been spotted. The latest prototype is for a new subcompact SUV that VW previewed at the 2016 Geneva auto show with the T-Cross Breeze concept (shown below). The production model keeps the T-Cross name, just as we’ve seen with the transition of the T-Roc from concept to production. Although the T-Cross concept was in the form of a convertible, the production version features a conventional five-door SUV body. A convertible option hasn’t been ruled out, though. VW...

  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS spy shots

    Mercedes-Benz is committed to launching 10 electric cars by 2022. Some we already know, like the EQA compact hatchback and EQC small SUV, as well as electric commercials like the eVito and eSprinter vans. We now have the first spy shots of a large electric sedan to sit alongside the S-Class...

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class spy shots and video

    Mercedes-Benz engineers are approaching the final stages of testing prototypes for a redesigned B-Class minivan. The car represents just one of eight body styles Mercedes plans for its new-generation compact car family, the first two members of which are the redesigned A-Class hatchback and new...

  • 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Cabriolet spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Cabriolet spy shots

    Engineers from Porsche are out testing what appears to be a convertible version of the 911 GT3. We know the automaker is using the GT3 platform for the limited edition 911 Speedster set to debut later this year as part of Porsche's 70th anniversary celebrations, but it's possible there will also be...

  • 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 spy shots and video

    We've already seen spy shots of the redesigned BMW X5 M. Now we have spy shots of what's destined to be the BMW’s main rival, Mercedes-AMG’s redesigned GLE63. Mercedes-Benz is currently working on a new generation of the mid-size GLE, and once again there will be a high-performance...

  • 2019 Lexus RC facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Lexus RC spy shots

    A lightly camouflaged Lexus RC has been spotted testing in Germany and is likely a prototype for a facelifted version of the luxury coupe. The RC was introduced for 2015 so this facelifted model, expected on sale late this year or early next as a 2019 model, represents a mid-cycle update for the...

  • 2021 Lexus LC F spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Engineers from Lexus have been caught testing an early prototype for the long-awaited LC F. Rumors of the car circulated even before the LC made its debut, but things didn't really heat up until last year when a trademark filing for the LC F name was discovered. Now we have tangible evidence the high-performance LC is coming. The stacked exhaust tips at the rear confirm the car's membership in the Lexus F fleet. There's also a frame for a new diffuser at the rear while at the front there's a much more aggressive splitter compared to what you normally find on the LC. Huge intakes have also...

  • 2020 Aston Martin Vantage test mule spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    Aston Martin testing manual-equipped Vantage?

    If CEO Andy Palmer has his way, Aston Martin’s sports cars will always be available with a manual transmission—but right now none of its cars come with a third pedal. The good news is that Aston Martin looks to be in the process of rectifying the issue. Engineers are out testing a...

  • 2020 Mini Electric spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Mini Electric spy shots

    Mini is set to launch an electric Hardtop in 2019, and we've got the most revealing spy shots yet. The car was previewed by the Mini Electric concept at 2017's Frankfurt auto show and is only the first of 12 electric cars the BMW Group will roll out by 2025. As expected, Mini is using its signature...

  • 2020 Honda Civic Type R facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Honda Civic Type R spy shots

    If you're looking for a fast car with a reasonable price tag, Honda's Civic Type R is hard to beat. Despite its front-wheel-drive configuration, it manages to hold up well at the track and at the same time is comfortable and practical enough to drive every day. That's why we gave it the Motor...

  • 2020 Audi Q3 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Audi Q3 spy shots

    Development of a next-generation Audi Q3 is well underway as our latest spy shots confirm. The new compact crossover SUV is expected on sale in 2019 as a 2020 model, and so far it doesn’t appear Audi will be pulling any surprises regarding the design. The vehicle should resemble a scaled-down...

  • 2020 Cadillac XT5 facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Cadillac XT5 spy shots

    Cadillac's lineup will be overhauled in the coming months and years as the brand shifts its focus to SUVs and implements a new look loosely based on the stunning lines of 2016's Escala concept. There are new models on the way like the XT4, CT5, XT6, and the oft-rumored CT4. Meanwhile, older models...

  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Mercedes-Benz's GLC and GLC Coupe are about to come in for a minor facelift. We spotted a prototype for the updated GLC earlier this year and now we have the first shots of the updated GLC Coupe. The changes represent a mid-cycle update for the coupe-like SUV which first arrived in 2016 as a 2017 model. We should see this updated version in the second half of next year as a 2020 model. The GLC line is one of Mercedes' most popular, so don't expect the automaker to shake things up with this facelift. From our spy shots, it looks like there will be minor revisions to the grille and front fascia...

  • 2019 BMW X4 M spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 BMW X4 M spy shots and video

    Behold the latest spy shots and video of the first-ever BMW X4 M. Yes, the folks at the M division are bowing to demand pressures for more SUVs and will add the new X4 M as well as a new X3 M to join the existing X5 M and X6 M. This way the M division will have direct rivals for Mercedes-AMG's...

  • 2019 Renault Mégane RS Trophy spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Renault Mégane RS Trophy spy shots

    Renault's RS version of its Golf-rivaling Mégane hatchback (shown below) is already one of the fastest front-wheel-drive cars in production. Soon, a more hardcore version with extra power and fewer pounds will arrive, and we've just caught a prototype being pushed hard at the...

  • Mystery BMW M4 GTS spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    Spy shots and video of possible BMW M4 CSL

    BMW M engineers are testing an extreme version of the already hardcore M4 GTS at the Nürburgring and on some of the German race track's surrounding roads. It's impossible to say whether this is a new model in the works or just some routine testing of components, but there's been confirmation...

  • 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Porsche 911 Turbo spy shots and video

    Spy photographers have spotted a prototype for a new generation of the Porsche 911 Turbo, the everyday supercar. The new Porsche 911 is coming later this year, initially in Carrera and Carrera S guises. But you can count on there being multiple other versions to cater to Porsche’s discerning...

  • 2020 BMW 7-Series facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 BMW 7-Series spy shots

    The current BMW 7-Series is one of the most dynamic and technologically advanced offerings in its class, but its predictable styling and drab interior leave a lot to be desired. This is a six-figure car once you add a few options, yet to the average onlooker it’s hard to distinguish from the...

  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Prototypes for Mercedes-Benz’s electric SUV based on the Generation EQ concept from the 2016 Paris auto show have been spotted. Earlier test mules had been using the makeshift body of a GLC Coupe to hide the new mechanicals, but now we can see the true shape of Mercedes' first volume electric car. Due for a reveal in early September, the vehicle will be called an EQC. The C in the name reflects the size and positioning being in line with the C-Class. The EQ part represents Mercedes' new sub-brand for electric cars—the name stands for “Electric Intelligence”—and...

  • 2020 Buick LaCrosse facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Buick LaCrosse spy shots

    The Buick LaCrosse will soon come in for a facelift as evidenced by a camouflaged prototype spotted testing recently. The LaCrosse was last redesigned for 2017 so this facelift represents a mid-cycle update for the large sedan. Expect it to arrive in the second half of 2019 as a 2020 model. The...

  • 2019 Audi SQ8 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Audi SQ8 spy shots and video

    Audi has a new flagship SUV coming for 2019, and it's called the Q8. Today we have spy shots and video of the sporty SQ8 variant which should arrive in showrooms roughly alongside the standard Q8 later this year. Further down the track there will be a fully fledged RS Q8 joining the fold. Audi...

  • 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet spy shots and video

    Porsche is out testing a new generation of the 911, the 992, and the latest prototype spotted is for the car's Turbo Cabriolet variant. The new 911 will be revealed late this year or early next, initially in Carrera and Carrera S guises. The 911 Turbo should trail the basic models by six months to...

  • 2019 Audi RS 6 Avant test mule spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Audi RS 6 Avant spy shots

    Audi Sport is in the early stages of developing its next RS 6 Avant. Our latest spy shots show a test mule for the RS 6 using the makeshift body of the latest A6 Avant. You can tell it's the RS 6 because of the aggressive front fascia with enlarged intakes, the huge wheels housing carbon-ceramic...

  • 2019 Audi S7 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Audi S7 spy shots and video

    Audi’s A7 didn’t start the modern coupe-like sedan trend, but with its muscular proportions, beautiful surfacing and Kammback rear it managed to make us almost forget the segment’s progenitor, the Mercedes-Benz CLS. The handsome four-door has been redesigned for the 2019 model...

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