Minggu, 25 Januari 2015

2015 NAIAS Highlights: 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country

Volvo revealed its latest experiment in car (sorry, this time isn’t a new safety tech). Its new car named, S60 Cross Country. S60? No, you don’t read a wrong name and I didn’t type a wrong name. Yeah, seems like Volvo is trying to explore further with its Cross Country after V70 Cross Country made success and has created a new segment. The carmaker said that it was the first premium sedan which had the same level of capability and rugged design cues of its Cross Country wagons.

The engineer increase its height of 65 mm and featured All-Wheel Drive system. But in Europe and selected countries, the S60 Cross Country will also be available in front wheel drive. The mid-size sedan is offered with 18-inch and 19-inch wheels with high profile tyres. Volvo claims that the tyre improves comfort and all-road capabilities and also reducing road noise. For the powertrain, Volvo offers 2.0 liter 5-cylinder petrol engine with turbo and produces 250 hp. There’s a diesel engine choice 4-cylinder D4 produces 187 hp. Later, Volvo is going to add another engine choice, D4 diesel 5-cylinder 2.4 liter.

2015 NAIAS Highlights: Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept

Once again, Volkswagen (VW) previews its mid-size crossover for US market at 2015 NAIAS. This time, the German automaker unveiled Cross Coupe GTE Concept. The concept car that’s built on MQB platform has 4,846 mm long, 2,029 mm wide, and 1,735 mm tall. It has an exterior design which is almost the same with two previous VW’s concept cars, CrossBlue and CrossBlue Coupe. But it only can take 5 passengers.

The four-door SUV concept comes with hybrid powertrain. Its conventional engine is VR6 petrol 3.6 liter produces 276 hp and accompanied by 54-hp electric motor in front and 114 hp electric motor in rear. Total horsepower that it can produce is about 355 hp and the top speed is 209 km/h. Driver can activate ‘E-Mode’ that enables shutting down the VR6 engine and let the 114-hp electric motor moves the car up to 32 km.

2015 NAIAS Highlights: 2016 Mercedes GLE

2016 Mercede GLE comes up at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. Like what I’ve said in previous post, for me it’s still an awkward car. It’s like Mercedes stole the BMW X6’s styling. You can see it from the its body line. Up front, Mercedes designer puts sporty design with headlights which reminds me to other latest Mercedes models. From side, it looks too high for GLE and make it even more awkward. At the back side, we can see a la S-Class Coupe tailights which doesn’t seem suitable.

Inside, Mercedes presents luxury design with high quality material. Sporty look is seen from 3-spoke flat-bottomed steering wheel, and using carbon fiber in some areas. Under the hood, there’s a V6 3.0 liter engine produces 362 hp and mated with 9-speed automatic transmission and Mercedes’ all-wheel-drive system, 4Matic.

2015 NAIAS Highlights: 2016 Audi Q7

Audi officially revealed the new 2016 Q7 at 2015 NAIAS. The second generation gets big changes. The big news is now Q7 is lighter about 325 kg than its predecessor, thanks to aluminum that’s used some parts of its body structure. Audi said that now doors, front fenders, hood, and tailgate were made from aluminum. Its new dimension is slightly shorter and narrower than the old Q7. But the company claims that the cabin is longer and offers more headroom. Moreover, the interior design is nice and looked modern with high-quality material.

Unfortunately, the exterior design is not like what I expected before that will have a spectacular design. It’s a plain design even though it comes with latest Audi design language. The new Q7 is more like bigger Q3. For the engines choice, Audi offers 3.0 liter V6 petrol engine with supercharged produces 328 hp and 440 Nm of torque. For diesel lover, there’s a V6 3.0 liter powertrain which produces 268 hp and 600 Nm of torque. Both of those engines are mated to 8-speed automatic transmission. For Asian market, Audi will offer 4-cylinder engine 2.0 liter TFSI produces 248 hp and 370 Nm of torque.

2015 NAIAS Highlights: 2016 Lincoln MKX

Ford’s luxury brand, Lincoln introduced its new crossover, MKX. Following the launched of its sibling, Ford Edge last year, Lincoln is ready for the luxury version. According to the automakers, New MKX is the most powerful, best handling, best riding, and the quietest thanks to the available of EcoBoost 2.7 liter engine, integral rear link suspension, and upgraded body structure and chassis components. Under the hood, Lincoln immerses EcoBoost twin-turbocharged 2.7 liter V6 produces 330 hp and 501 Nm of torque, or standard machine V6 3.7 liter V6 delivers 300 hp and 379 Nm of torque. Both of the engines are mated to 6-speed automatic tramssion with push button shift and SelectShift.

MKX is the first Lincoln that is featured adaptive steering and high-end Revel audio system. Another isnteresting feature is Lincoln Drive Control that optimize performance and offer three driving mode:Normal, Sport, and Comfort. The car’s exterior and interior design is almost the same with its smaller sibling, MKC.

2016 Lincoln MKX will be launched at USA this fall, followed by other markets, such as China, South Korea, Mexico, and Middle East right after that.

2015 NAIAS Highlights: 2016 Cadillac CTS-V

Cadillac warms Cobo Center floor with its latest high-performance sedan, 2016 CTS-V. The car that will make Audi RS6, BMW M5, and Mercedes E63 AMG freak out. Because it is powered by Corvette Z06 machine, LT4 V8 6.2 liter produces 640 hp and 855 Nm of torque and making it as the fastest Cadillac ever made and the quickest one in the executive sedan segment. Furthermore, it can run from 0 to 100 km/h 3.7 seconds and its top speed is 322 km/h. The beast comes with 8-speed automatic transmission (Sorry there’s no manual transmission option for ya).

The automaker features the four-door sedan with two-piece Recaro seats, 4G LTE connectivity, Bose Stereo, Siri Eyes Free, and Performance Data Recorder which enables driver to upload your performance on the road to social media.

2015 NAIAS Highlights: Buick Avenir Concept

If you get bored with 2016 Cascada, another world premiere maybe will make you smile. Yeah, Buick made a surprise at this year NAIAS revealing its newest concept car, named Avenir. It’s French means ‘future’. I don’t know whether it previews the future design language of Buick or not. But the concept car is perfectly beautiful and I hope it would be a flagship car in future. Avenir was developed by Buick’s global team and inspired by its previous concept cars, like Riviera.

Up front, there are LED headlights which has neat design. The grille comes with new design, combining Buick’s traditional waterfall and wing-shaped element. An interesting thing that we can find is the return of tri-shield insignia Buick’s logo with three-color; red, silver, and blue. Let’s hope it could be a new identity of Buick in future. Inside, the white color dominates its cabin combining with wood accent which makes it looked elegant and roomy. Under the hood, there’s a next generation V6 engine with Active Fuel Management and mated with 9-speed automatic transmission.
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