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Subaru’s Tribeca is plan­ning a new Ascent: Nearly all ve­hi­cles sold by the Ja­pan-based au­tomaker have en­joyed rous­ing success over the past decade, but the seven-pas­sen­ger Tribeca wagon that dis­ap­peared af­ter the 2014 model year wasn’t one of them. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to The Sleuth’s sources, Subaru will give it an­other go with the 2018 all-wheeldrive Ascent (its cur­rent work­ing ti­tle) that’s ex­pected here as early as this fall. Clues as to the Ascent’s looks were re­vealed last Novem­ber at the Los An­ge­les Auto Show in the shape of the Subaru VIZIV-7 SUV Con­cept. That ve­hi­cle’s bold look will be vis­i­ble on the Ascent, but mod­i­fied (toned down) a bit. Subaru’s 3.6-litre six-cylin­der en­gine will han­dle the propul­sion, but a hy­brid driv­e­train is also pos­si­ble op­tion, at some point.

Kia’s lineup comes up with a Stonic tonic: The Sleuth can now con­firm that the au­to­mo­tive world has of­fi­cially gone cross­over crazy with the im­pend­ing launch of the Kia Stonic. It’s an odd name for a small and tall wagon, but hey, if that’s what sells, then why not. The 2018 Stonic will fol­low the usual for­mula for such carry-alls; the plat­form is bor­rowed from Kia’s Rio small car and so is the base 138-horse­power four-cylin­der en­gine. Man­ual and au­to­matic trans­mis­sions will be avail­able as will all-wheel-drive. Among the crop of com­peti­tors the Stonic will cer­tainly butt heads with is the 2018 Ford Fiesta-base Ecosport. An­other un­veil­ing from the (play) book of Gen­e­sis: The Spy Guy’s op­er­a­tives have sniffed out some ad­di­tional info con­cern­ing a new model for Hyundai’s premium Gen­e­sis brand. The G70 sedan will join the G80 and G90 for the 2018 model year and will go head-to-head with the a num­ber of ri­vals that in­clude the Audi A4, BMW 3-Se­ries and Cadil­lac ATS, to name just a few. De­sign-wise, the G70 will bor­row some el­e­ments of the coupe-like Gen­e­sis New York Con­cept that Hyundai un­veiled in 2016. Rear­wheel-drive will also be stan­dard on the G70, with all-wheeldrive avail­able. A tur­bocharged four-cylin­der en­gine will also come with the base ver­sion, while Hyundai’s hot twin-tur­bocharged 365-horse­power V-6 is ex­pected to be op­tional.

The next new Cadil­lac takes the com­pact route: The success of the size-large Buick Encore hasn’t gone un­no­ticed by an­other Gen­eral Mo­tors divi­sion, thinks The Sleuth. His Mo­tor City Moles re­port that Cadil­lac is hatch­ing what will be called the XT4 that’s due out for the 2018 model year. The wagon will be a stepped-down from the cur­rent XT5 and will share that model’s square-ish ap­pear­ance. A tur­bocharged four-cylin­der en­gine con­nected to an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion is the likely power source. All-wheel-drive will head the list of op­tions as will nu­mer­ous lux­ury fea­tures and dy­namic safety tech­nol­ogy. Ap­par­ently the XT4’s pri­mary com­peti­tors will be the BMW X1, Lin­coln MKC, Mercedes-Benz GLA and up­com­ing Volvo XC40, in­di­cat­ing that a high-$30,000 base price is likely.

CADIL­LAC A new XT4 will be smaller than the XT5, pic­tured, although they’ll have sim­i­lar shapes.

SUBARU The Tribeca was never the hot seller it likely should have been, so Subaru is headed back to the draw­ing board.

HYUNDAI A new Gen­e­sis model — the G70 — will bring the sedan to­tal to three.

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