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It’s time for the 2014 Detroit auto show, when the Motor City opens its doors to the world and puts on an event competitive with the best anywhere. It’s like Christmastime for enthusiasts. This year’s show promises to be a good one, with everything from a new F 150 pickup to a new Lexus sports car to the mighty C7 Corvette Z06. Show organizers say they are expecting more than 50 concept and production car world debuts in what will be the show’s 25th year as an international event. The Detroit concept is thus far billed as a styling study, but Audi chairman Rupert Stadler said the Q1 will go into production in 2016.
The crossover concept has a traditional shooting brake like body with a long wheelbase and short overhangs. Also expect to see two long doors and an angled tailgate. Among the more prominent design elements is a new Audi single frame grille wearing a quattro badge. The concept is 165 inches long, almost 8 inches shorter than the Q3.
E tron identification indicates the concept will showcase a plug in gas electric hybrid system, most likely similar to that in the A3 e tron the company’s first plug in hybrid production model.
Z4 Pure Fusion, a special edition convertible with new interior options including napa leather trim and specially designed sport seats in ivory white. The lower dash will also have ivory white leather, in addition to the armrests, door panels, and passenger pull handles. The dash will also feature a horizontal trimline made of saddle brown napa leather with bright contrast stitching.
BMW will also show the 2 series coupe, M3 sedan, M4 coupe and i series. The 2 series will replace the 1 series coupes, conforming to the company’s naming scheme in which sedans have odd numbers and coupes have even numbers. BMW says it will be offered both as a 228i (240 hp) and a 235i (322 hp), meaning they’ll get the same turbocharged I4s and I6s as the outgoing 1 series. An M235i will sit atop the 2 series range, with go fast bits from the other M cars.
The 2 series will launch in the first quarter of 2014, with a $33,025 starting price. Detroit will also be the first time most of us get to see the new M3 sedan and M4 coupe up close and personal. The Ms will debut side by side, sporting 425 hp, 406 lb ft inline six engines, dual clutch or manual transmissions and 0 60 sprint times in less than 4 seconds.F 150s have been America’s best selling truck for 37 years, and its best selling vehicle, period, for 32. Some 750,000 will be sold this year, so the new truck has enormous shoes to fill.
We hear the new F 150 will look a lot like the Atlas concept from last year’s show and that it will be aluminum. The company wants to demonstrate aluminum’s toughness and light weight to pickup buyers. In fact, Autoweek sister publication Automotive News reports Ford asked Alcoa Inc., makers of aluminum blast shields for battlefield vehicles, to lend it some military grade metal for the automaker’s display.
At last year’s show,
Ford COO Mark Fields said the company would take some 750 pounds out of its next generation trucks to meet tightening fuel economy regulations. The next generation F 150 will probably offer a new 2.7 liter EcoBoost engine, part of a family of powertrains code named Nano. Ford hopes the new full size truck will approach 30 mpg on the highway.
new, third generation Fit small car. Honda says the 2015 Fit will build on the car’s innovative packaging, flexible cargo capability and fun to drive character. Honda also says the interior will be bigger and more refined and have connected car technologies. According to Honda, the new Fit will be more fuel efficient, though powertrain specifics haven’t been given. The platform is new, and Honda says it thinks the car will earn class leading safety ratings. Automotive News says the new Fit will have Honda’s Earth Dreams 1.5 liter inline four producing 127 hp and 111 lb ft of torque, as well as a CVT.
Over on the TLX sedan prototype. What’s the TLX? It will be the new name for Acura’s midsize sedan, replacing the outgoing TL and TSX. Acura says the TLX will have emotional styling with tidier, sports sedan proportions and two new powertrains. The production version will launch in the second half of the year, when TSX sales end.
Acura didn’t give powertrain specifics, only saying two new direct injected engines and a new transmission will be offered, and that the car will be available with front and all wheel drive.
new C300 and C400 sedans. The car is codenamed W205, and it looks like a baby S class. It will go on sale here in September, and it’s set to take on the BMW 3 series and Audi A4. Benz says the car has a new high strength steel platform and mostly aluminum body. The automaker also says the car weighs 220 pounds less than the car it will replace and should get 20 percent better fuel economy without any performance loss.
We haven’t seen the new car in person yet, but it sure looks pretty in pictures, with clear S class hints in the bold front end. The new car is 3.7 inches longer with a 3.1 inch longer wheelbase and is 1.6 inches wider than the outgoing C. Base C300 4Matic models will have a 2.0 liter turbo four developing 235 hp and 273 lb ft. The C400 4Matic will have a 3.5 liter turbo V6 with 329 hp and 354 lb ft. Both engines are mated to a standard seven speed automatic gearbox. green light). Also expect a new C class coupe and convertible the convertible tentatively scheduled for 2016. The new C class will also spawn the new GLK, planned for 2015. Look for the mighty C63 by the end of the year.
Mini says the concept is lighter, but has a longer wheelbase and wider track than the outgoing model. Look for new air intakes in place of fog lights, and a general reworking of the bumper all around. LED headlights and a black grille surround complete the package.
The Highways gray paint is made with a manufacturing process that gives it a brushed aluminum look. Red stripes run across the hood and rear, and there are red accents on the wheels, calipers, turn signal surrounds and contour lines.
The last JCW Mini came with a turbocharged 1.6 liter making 211 hp and 191 lb ft of torque, plenty for the 2,612 pound hatch. With upgrades all around, we’d be surprised if the engine compartment didn’t get a boost as well.
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