Spy Shots

  • 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Work on Rolls-Royce’s new SUV due in 2018 continues, as evidenced by recent prototype sightings. It was in early 2015 that Rolls-Royce announced plans for an SUV, but the sighting of a test mule a few weeks later confirmed that work on the automaker’s first “high-sided, all-terrain” vehicle was already well underway. Two years on, and development has reached an advanced stage. The SUV was originally only code-named the Project Cullinan (the name is shared with the world’s largest diamond, now found on the British Crown Jewels). However, Rolls-Royce last week...

  • 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS spy shots and video

    The track weapon that is the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is about to be sharpened just a little bit more. Our spy shots and video reveal a prototype for an updated GT3 RS that we’re expecting to be revealed next month at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Official photos of the car have already...

  • 2019 Maserati Levante GTS spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Maserati Levante GTS spy shots

    The Maserati Levante currently tops out with the 424-horsepower S but a high-performance GTS is being developed as an alternative to the likes of the BMW X6 M, Mercedes-AMG GLE63 Coupe and Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Prototypes for the Levante GTS are already out testing and reveal only subtle changes...

  • 2019 Hyundai Elantra Electric spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Hyundai Elantra Electric spy shots

    An electric version of Hyundai's popular compact sedan, the Elantra, has been spotted testing in the extreme cold of a northern Sweden winter. The prototype sports the same low-drag wheels and tires of Hyundai's Ioniq Electric, and parts of the grille appear to be sealed off too. Hyundai and sister...

  • 2019 Kia Niro EV spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Kia Niro EV spy shots

    The Kia Niro compact crossover SUV is already available as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid. Soon, there will be an electric option too. Kia previewed its electric Niro at last month's 2018 Consumer Electronics Show with the Niro EV concept. We now have our first spy shots of the production version...

  • 2020 BMW X5 M spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 BMW X5 M spy shots and video

    A new generation of the BMW X5 is just around the corner, and once again there will be a high-performance model developed by the M division. A prototype for the high-performance model, the X5 M, has been spotted once again. It features the large intakes typical of an M car, as well as lowered...

  • 2020 Cadillac CT5 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Behold the first spy shots of Cadillac's CT5, the closest embodiment of the brand's stunning Escala concept we're likely to see. First confirmed by Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen last summer, the CT5 is a mid-size offering that will replace the ATS and CTS when it lands in showrooms in 2019. Sedan sales are waning so Cadillac smartly sees the need to streamline its offerings in the segment. The CT5 will sit center in a new three-tier sedan lineup at Cadillac, with the full-size CT6 replacing a soon-to-be-discontinued XTS at the top and a new CT4 to round out the trio in the compact...

  • 2019 DS 3 Crossback spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 DS 3 Crossback spy shots

    The next vehicle to join the growing lineup of DS has been spotted testing for the first time. The vehicle is a subcompact crossover SUV related to the C3 Aircross from sister brand Citroen, and will likely be known as the DS 3 Crossback when it reaches showrooms sometime next year. DS is the...

  • 2020 Audi TT Roadster facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Audi TT Roadster spy shots

    Audi engineers have been spotted testing prototypes for a facelifted version of the TT Roadster. Prototypes for the coupe were spotted a year ago. The TT is into its third generation with the current model, which was introduced for 2016. We’re expecting the facelifted version to arrive in...

  • 2019 BMW Z4 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 BMW Z4 spy shots and video

    It was in 2011 that we first caught wind of BMW and Toyota’s plans to jointly develop a “mid-size sports car platform” to spawn replacements for their respective Z4 and Supra models. Today we have new spy shots plus video of a prototype for the BMW model, previously thought to be...

  • 2019 Cadillac CT6 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Cadillac CT6 spy shots and video

    When it arrived as a 2016 model, Cadillac’s CT6 ushered in a new naming strategy for the brand and marked the first use of the lightweight, aluminum-infused Omega platform for large, rear-wheel-drive cars at General Motors. While the CT6 was never meant to be the true flagship sedan Cadillac...

  • 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Hyundai Santa Fe spy shots and video

    Engineers from Hyundai have been spotted testing the next generation of the Santa Fe mid-size SUV. The prototype is for the redesigned version of the larger 3-row model, though it’s a safe bet Hyundai is also at work on a redesigned version of the 2-row Santa Fe Sport. We've heard that...

  • 2020 Audi Q8 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    We got a preview of it at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in the form of a concept, and a year on prototypes for Audi's upcoming Q8 have been spotted and they're wearing almost zero camouflage gear. The Q8 is a new range-topping SUV that Audi will reveal in the coming months. It will likely reach the United States in early 2019, as a 2020 model. The prototype in the spy shots is similar in size to the Q7, ruling out the possibility that we might be looking at the smaller e-tron electric SUV. The e-tron is also due for a reveal in 2018. 2020 Audi Q8 spy video from Motor...

  • 2019 Mini Hardtop facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Mini Hardtop spy shots

    Mini’s third-generation Hardtop is encroaching on the midway point in its life cycle and will soon be updated to keep it looking and feeling fresh. A prototype for the updated model has just been spotted ahead of a likely debut early next year. We should see it arrive in showrooms as a 2019...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Touareg spy shots - Image via SB-Medien
    2018 Volkswagen Touareg spy shots

    Volkswagen is in the midst of an SUV onslaught that will see existing models like the Tiguan and Touareg not only redesigned but joined by several all-new models. It all started with the Atlas that debuted at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show and has continued with the redesigned Tiguan at the 2017...

  • 2019 Toyota Corolla iM (Auris) spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Toyota Corolla iM (Auris) spy shots

    Toyota is out testing the next generation of its Corolla iM compact hatch. The vehicle is not yet confirmed for sale in the United States but elsewhere it will be marketed as either a Corolla or Auris. It’s being developed alongside the new 12th-generation Corolla sedan which is due out in...

  • 2019 Ferrari 488 GTO spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Ferrari 488 GTO spy shots and video

    A Ferrari 488 GTB-based mule has been spotted racking up laps on the Nürburgring and some surrounding roads. The car is thought to be a tester for a hardcore version of the 488 to mark the end of the mid-engine supercar’s run. Recall, Ferrari is also running test mules for the...

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

    Ford’s working on a redesign for the Focus and one of the prototypes has just been spotted. The prototype is for the new compact's wagon body style which is unlikely to be offered in the United States. Instead, we’re likely to receive sedan and hatchback body styles only, just like with...

  • 2019 Audi A6 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    A prototype for the redesigned, fifth-generation Audi A6 has been spotted again. The car has been developed alongside the new generations of the A7 and A8, two models with which it shares much in common. Common to all three is the latest evolution of Audi’s MLB platform for front- and all-wheel-drive vehicles with longitudinally-mounted engines. It promises some weight savings as well as new plug-in hybrid options. The current A6, despite featuring aluminum in its construction, still weighs over 4,000 pounds in some guises. Also common is the styling, which was previewed with...

  • 2019 Ford Focus Sedan spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Ford Focus Sedan spy shots

    A prototype for a redesigned Ford Focus Sedan has been spotted again. It follows recent sightings of the new Focus' hatchback and wagon body styles. The new Focus will be launched in 2018, as a 2019 model, and this time around Ford will source the popular compact from a plant in China. The current...

  • 2019 Cadillac XT4 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Cadillac XT4 spy shots

    Cadillac’s rival to the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA premium compact crossover SUVs has been spotted again. The vehicle is confirmed to be called an XT4 and is due on sale in the second half of 2018, as a 2019 model. The prototype is heavily disguised but the general shape is similar...

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

    A prototype for the next-generation Ford Focus has been spotted again, and this time it's wearing its final skin. This suggests the reveal is coming up soon. The car represents the fourth generation of the Focus nameplate and is expected on sale next fall, as a 2019 model. And this time around Ford...

  • 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 spy shots and video

    Engineers from Mercedes-AMG have been spotted testing a prototype for an updated version of the C43 sport sedan. The C43 replaced the C450 for the 2017 model year and is priced from just over $50k. It’s one of the tamer "AMG Sport" models offered by the Affalterbach tuner and like others in...

  • 2019 Hyundai fuel cell SUV spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Hyundai fuel cell SUV spy shots

    Hyundai’s new hydrogen fuel cell-powered SUV has been spotted testing for the first time. The vehicle is due on sale in early 2018, so its reveal can’t be far. This is backed by the lack of camouflage gear on the test vehicles. An appearance at next week’s 2017 Los Angeles Auto...

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