Spy Shots

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

    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 video. Mazda has been dropping plenty of hints about its new 3 over the course of the past 12 months. The Kai concept car (shown below) unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo auto show previewed the design and looks to closely resemble the production version. The concept was also built on the new SkyActiv-Vehicle...

  • 2020 Kia Soul EV spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Kia Soul EV spy shots and video

    Kia is working on a redesign of its Soul subcompact crossover SUV, and part of the plan is a repeat of the current model's electric option. A prototype for the new Soul EV has just been spotted at the Nürburgring and on some of the German racetrack's surrounding roads. We know it's the...

  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe spy shots

    Mercedes-Benz's E-Class family is approaching the midway point in its life cycle and a prototype for an updated member has just been spotted. The prototype is for the E-Class Coupe but similar updates should be bound for other E-Class members. We've also spied prototypes for the updated E-Class...

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

    Despite Mercedes-Benz having just launched a new A-Class compact sedan, the automaker's other compact sedan, the CLA, won't be disappearing after the current model runs its course. A redesigned CLA has been spotted once again, this time with minimal camouflage gear. The car is due for a reveal next...

  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain spy shots

    Mercedes-Benz's E-Class is approaching the midway point in its life cycle and a prototype for an updated version has just been spotted. This particular prototype is for the E-Class All-Terrain soft-roader which isn't sold in the United States, however many of the changes you see here will appear on...

  • 2020 BMW 1-Series facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 BMW 1-Series spy shots

    The smallest BMW sedan we get in the United States is the 3-Series, but over in China a compact sedan known as the 1-Series has been on sale since 2016. The car will soon reach the midway point in its life cycle and in BMW tradition will receive a round of updates to keep it looking and feeling...

  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Mercedes-Benz's E-Class is approaching the midway point in its life cycle and a prototype for an updated version has just been spotted. The prototype is for the E-Class Wagon but similar updates should be bound for the sedan as well. The current E-Class was introduced for the 2017 model year. In Mercedes tradition, we should see the updated version introduced for 2021. The face of the E-Class will be given a substantial makeover with this update, with the headlights taking on a design similar to the units found on the latest GLE SUV. This should provide further differentiation between the...

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

    Porsche is out testing prototypes for its next-generation 911, the 992, which will be hitting the market next summer as a 2020 model. The latest prototypes, which show both the Carrera and Carrera S, are almost completely devoid of camouflage gear, and they also reveal most of the interior...

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

    Mercedes-AMG's GT sports car is about to receive a subtle facelift, as evidenced by the recent sighting of a prototype sporting a few tweaks. The changes constitute a mid-cycle update for AMG's standalone sports car which first arrived as a 2016 model. We expect this updated version to go on sale...

  • 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 hatchback spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 hatchback spy shots and video

    Mercedes-Benz has a redesigned A-Class on its hands, and this time around there is both a hatchback and a sedan, the latter of which we'll see here in the United States. They're the first of eight body styles planned for Mercedes' new generation of compacts. Another is a redesigned B-Class minivan...

  • 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS spy shots

    Mercedes-Benz is working on a redesign for its GLS (formerly the GL-Class), and this time around there will be an ultra-luxurious Mercedes-Maybach model to challenge the Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan and potentially something from Aston Martin's rived Lagonda brand. Talk of the Maybach GLS...

  • 2020 BMW X6 M spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 BMW X6 M spy shots and video

    There's a new generation of the BMW X6 in the works, and like its predecessor it will spawn a high-performance X6 M variant. Today we have our first look at the high-performance variant from BMW M thanks to the sighting of a prototype testing in Germany. Clear give-aways that this is the BMW M...

  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Mercedes-Benz is working on a redesigned CLA, and like the outgoing model the new one will spawn a wagon variant known as the CLA Shooting Brake. A prototype for the redesigned CLA Shooting Brake has been spotted for the first time and reveals the sleek shape Mercedes' designers are planning. The face of the new CLA looks to resemble a scaled-down version of the latest CLS. You'll notice Mercedes' sportier Panamericana grille poking out of all the camouflage gear on the tester's nose. Inside, look for Mercedes' new cockpit design which pairs a digital instrument cluster with a large...

  • Potential six-cylinder Mercedes-AMG GT spy shots - S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    Mercedes-AMG planning 6-cylinder option for GT sports car?

    Mercedes-AMG is working on a mid-cycle update for its GT sports car due in time for the 2020 model year. At the top end, we know AMG is planning a so-called “clubsport” package for the GT R model. But judging by our latest spy shots we could also be looking at a new six-cylinder option...

  • 2019 Ford Focus ST spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Ford Focus ST spy shots and video

    Ford engineers have been caught testing the new Focus ST hot hatch set for a reveal very soon. Ford unveiled a new generation of the Focus in April, and we were meant to get one variant of the popular compact in the United States, a soft-roader called the Focus Active to be sourced from China...

  • 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar SVR spy shots and video

    Land Rover’s striking Range Rover Velar only recently arrived in showrooms but a more potent version is already in the final stages of development. Our spy shots and video show prototypes for what will likely be a Range Rover Velar SVR. There are enlarged intakes in the front bumper plus a...

  • 2020 BMW Alpina B7 facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 BMW Alpina B7 spy shots and video

    BMW's about to give its 7-Series a mid-cycle update, and by the time the car reaches showrooms late next year the folks at Alpina will have their own version ready. Alpina is a semi-official tuner that has been making BMWs go faster for more than 50 years, and the company's 7-Series-based B7 is one...

  • 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante spy shots and video

    A prototype for the open-top version of Aston Martin's Vanquish-replacing DBS Superleggera has been spotted. The latest tester was spotted outside Aston Martin's AMR Performance Center at the Nürburgring, and the video below features some footage of the high-speed testing on the German...

  • 2022 Ferrari Purosangue test mule spy shots

    An early tester for Ferrari's Purosangue SUV has been spotted within the confines of the Italian firm's Maranello headquarters. It may look like a GTC4 Lusso that's just escaped the panel beaters from hell, but the extra large wheel gap confirms the test vehicle has the raised suspension of an SUV. Ferrari's new CEO Louis Camilleri in September revealed the Purosangue name for the SUV, Italian for “thoroughbred,” and said the vehicle won't reach the market in 2020 like his predecessor, the late Sergio Marchionne, had envisaged. Camilleri stressed that the controversial addition to...

  • 2020 BMW X1 facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 BMW X1 spy shots

    BMW engineers have been spotted testing a prototype for an updated X1 due on sale next year as a 2020 model. When it was introduced for 2016, the second-generation X1 brought a much more handsome look than its frumpy predecessor, though it also switched to a front-wheel-drive platform in the...

  • 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 spy shots

    Mercedes-AMG's current crop of 45 series cars are little rockets. Their heavily breathed on 2.0-liter inline-4s makes otherwise ordinary cars quite lovable, not to mention shockingly quick. For its next generation of compact cars, AMG will offer two levels of performance, starting with the A-Class...

  • 2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible spy shots and video

    BMW's revived 8-Series coupe made an appearance in June at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where a dedicated racing version competed in the prestigious race's GTE class for production-based cars. We'll see the new BMW flagship arrive in showrooms in December, initially in $112,895 M850i trim. Soon, BMW...

  • 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 spy shots

    Mercedes-Benz is working on a mid-cycle facelift for its GLC and that means all versions of the small SUV, including those from AMG, will be going under the knife for a bit of refinement. Our latest spy shots show a prototype for AMG's updated GLC63 which should arrive alongside the updated version...

  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQB test mule spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 Mercedes-Benz EQB spy shots

    Mercedes-Benz engineers have been spotted with a test mule for a compact electric car likely to be badged an EQB. The test mule features the makeshift body of the recently revealed third-generation B-Class minivan, but the EQB's actual body is expected to be that of a compact crossover. We know...

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