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Audi, 20th Century Fox team up for 'Spies in Disguise' short featuring Will Smith, Tom Holland

Audi has once again teamed up for a promotional spot in a feature film.

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Earlier this year Audi was touting its inclusion in a Spider Man movie. Now, the German automaker has moved into a new animated feature called "Spies of Disguise" starting Will Smith and Tom Holland.

Ahead of the movie's December release, Audi has teamed up with 20th Century Fox to create a short feature called "Lunch Break", which both entertains and shows off the automaker's technology.

Here's the synopsis straight from Audi:

In the video, suave and smooth Lance Sterling and tech genius Walter Beckett find themselves in a high-speed car chase through the streets and underground shafts of Washington, DC. The unlikely duo are at an advantage in the RSQ e-tron with the concept car's fully automatic driving mode and additional boost capability, which is controlled via Functions on demand.

The electric and fully automated RSQ e-tron concept car, designed in close cooperation with Blue Sky Studios, features autopilot mode, as well as visionary design language and futuristic highlights including a hologram speedometer.

"The action-packed super-spy storyline provides us with a creative medium to showcase innovation and technology, and all that is possible with the future of mobility," says Sven Schuwirth, Vice President Brand Audi, Digital Business and Customer Experience.

"Spies in Disguise" opens nationwide on December 25.

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A new design era is about to emerge for Lexus.

Photo courtesy of Lexus

Lexus has signaled that a new design era is coming. The automaker, which is the luxury arm of Toyota, plans to reveal a concept car that points toward the future of the company on March 30.

Ahead of that reveal, Lexus has released some images of the concept under the cover of darkness. Let's take a closer look to see what they reveal. You can see a video of the vehicle below, provided by the automaker.

The front of the concept vehicle appears snub-nosed, with a smaller grille than what can be seen on current Lexus sedans like the ES and IS. The hood comes nearly to the edge of front end but sweeps back in dramatic fashion thanks o shapely curves that guide the eye up to the windscreen.

Lexus concept car preview 2021 The Lexus front end looks to feature a smaller grille.Photo courtesy of Lexus

Lexus concept car preview 2021

The hood features a bubble, perhaps alluding to a larger-than-usual engine under the hood. The 2022 Lexus IS F Sport Performance has a similar look.

Lexus continues to show its signature checkmark-light daytime running lights under a singular headlight housing, where they were moved during the most recent round of vehicle fascia refreshes. On the concept car, the Lexus "L" badge at the front of the car is illuminated like the emblems on the front of Lincoln, Cadillac, and Mercedes SUVs. Cadillac has most recently shown the illuminated emblem on the forthcoming Lyriq all-electric crossover.

Strong character lines sweep front to back on the concept car where a hatchback (fingers crossed) or fastback design takes hold. Unseen in the video that Lexus released, but slipped into the image pack they sent over was a look at the rear of the car.

A rear view of the Lexus concept made its way into the image pack but not the video.Photo courtesy of Lexus

There, long, slim taillights are illuminated relatively high on the posterior, just underneath what looks like it could be a wing/spoiler. Defined rear fenders and a large area with vertical features that takes the look of a diffuser.

Unique wheels give the car a futuristic look.

The entire shape of the concept has similar lines to the LF-1 Limitless concept that Lexus showed a few years ago at the North American International Auto Show. A version of that crossover was said to be in the works after the concept was received with tremendous enthusiasm by dealers and the public.

On digital film at least this new concept doesn't look like it's the same size as the LF-1, but rather rmore the size of the Honda Crosstour.

Whatever the future holds, as long as the interior of Lexus models evolves to (finally) get rid of the touch pad and retains traditional high reliability, Lexus customers are likely to be satisfied with the changes.

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The Kona N is designed to offer a commanding presence on the road and track.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai has revealed a few photos of the 2022 Hyundai Kona N, but they're not sharing the specifics that we really want to know about the car. Still, the company has let a few things slip out about the model along the way.

The Kona N will be Hyundai's first SUV N model. It's design (exterior and engineering) is meant to be reminiscent of a hot hatchback. It will retain much of the design language of the refreshed Kona, which is coming to the U.S. shortly.

"We're excited to expand the recipe for success we've developed with the i30 N and, most recently, with the i20 N to one of our most popular SUVs on the market today: Kona," says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President of Marketing & Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. "The addition of Kona to the N family will bring our high-performance brand to the next level."

2022 Hyundai Kona N The car has a triangular third brake light.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

2022 Hyundai Kona N

At the front, the car has large air intakes. There's a fresh light signature that is designed to give the SUV a more aggressive appearance. The lower grille and bumper fascia are inspired by aeronautic fuselage. The bumper cover wraps around the sides of the vehicle to enhance aerodynamic efficiency. It has a unique upper grille.

At the back, a large double-wing roof spoiler aids downforce and "gives spice to the rear view" according to a Hyundai press release. The wing includes a third brake light in the shape of a triangle, a customary addition for N models. Dual exhaust mufflers stand ready to express the car's spirit while a large diffuser sits between them. Body-color fenders make the crossover look lower to the ground than it is.

N badging is found on various points inside and outside the model.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

There are unique features and highlights in the Kona N, that are traditionally only for N models including alloy wheels and red accents on the side sills.

Hyundai will give the Kona N the same power plant that's in the Veloster N, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that's paired with an eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. Look for it to make around 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque in the Kona N.

Hyundai is promising that the model will come with a variety of performance centric equipment and features, not just exterior and interior design accents, including Launch Control and what they call "an emotional sound experience".

The rear features a double-wing design.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Expect the SUV to get a fresh suspension setup and bigger brakes, something that's pretty status quo for N models. The question of all-wheel drive is still pending.

"The all-new Kona N is the first 'hot SUV' from the N brand," says Till Wartenberg, Vice President and Head of N Brand Management and Motorsport Sub-division at Hyundai Motor Company. "As a 'hot SUV', it will have plenty of versatility as well as the driving pleasure like any other N vehicle. N-thusiasts will enjoy taking this car anywhere; from road to the track."

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