If the Detroit auto show is any indicator, things are starting to improve in the automotive industry. A lot of SUVs and crossovers are on display at the most influential show in North America, and we’ve heard rumors that there may be some big surprises to be unveiled during this year’s event. On the crossover side, General Motors is revealing its GMC Acadia Denali and Granite concept. Ford offers the production version of the Explorer, based on the unibody Explorer America concept. Ford also has the 2011 Edge and its sibling 2011 Lincoln MKX. Mini’s got its Beachcomber concept, which is based on the Countryman crossover. And Chrysler is showing off several special edition vehicles, including Jeep’s Wrangler Mountain, Wrangler Islander, Liberty Renegade, and Dodge Nitro Detonator. To see all the trucks and SUVs as they are revealed.

Remember, we'll be bringing you live coverage straight from Cobo Hall January 11 and 12.

(Vehicle List)

2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Couture Edition
2010 Chrysler Town & Country Walter P. Chrysler Signature Series
2010 Chrysler Town & Country Image Vehicle
2010 Dodge Journey Express package
2010 Dodge Journey Hero package
2010 Dodge Journey Crew
2010 Dodge Nitro Detonator
2010 Dodge Nitro Heat
2010 Dodge Nitro Shock
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
2010 Jeep Wrangler Mountain
2010 Jeep Wrangler Islander
2010 Jeep Liberty Renegade

2011 GMC Acadia Denali
2011 Lincoln MKX
2011 Sienna Toyota Auto Access Seat

GMC Granite Concept
Mini Beachcomber Concept
U.S. Army’s Clandestine Extended-Range Hybrid-Electric Vehicle

Jeep Liberty Renegade

The Liberty Renegade model was launched in 2002, but disappeared from the lineup once the Liberty was redesigned in 2007. Like the previous Liberty Renegade, this iteration is meant to impart a rugged look and bolster its off-road prowess. Liberty Renegades will come equipped with aggressive off-road tires, skid plates, tow hooks, and fog lamps. Cosmetic changes include unique front and rear fascias, body side moldings, black headlamp bezels, and satin black vinyl hood graphics.

Inside, Jeep wrapped the steering wheel, shift knob, grab handle, center console lid, door armrests, and parking brake handle in leather. New premium cloth seats are also standard, as is an electronic vehicle information center, cruise control, and steering wheel-mounted radio controls.

From the official press release:

The "Renegade" name returns to the Jeep lineup for 2010. First used in 1964 on the inside door opening of the Jeep Wagoneer, the Renegade has always represented the rebellious heart and soul of the Jeep brand.

Positioned between Liberty's Sport and Limited models, the new Jeep Liberty Renegade expands the Jeep Liberty lineup, delivering renowned capability - highlighted by Jeep's Selec-Trac II full-time, shift-on-the-fly, active four-wheel-drive system - in a unique, premium and rugged new design.

Jeep Liberty Renegade is offered in a new, Renegade-exclusive Salsa Red Pearl Coat exterior, as well as Natural Green Pearl Coat, Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat and Stone White Clear Coat.

Standard Liberty Renegade exterior features include painted Mineral Gray Keystone 16-inch wheels that wear new, rugged all-terrain P235/70R16 outline white letter (OWL); dark neutral metallic wheel flares, lower side sills, front and rear fascia, body side moldings and rear license plate bar; black headlamp bezel; Argent Silver accent on the lower fascia applique and roof rack; Satin Black vinyl hood graphics; deep-tint glass; fog lamps; skid plates and tow hooks.

Inside, standard appointments include new premium cloth seats; leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, instrument panel grab handle and park-brake boot; new driftwood accent bezels; leather-wrapped center console and soft-door armrests; premium Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC); cruise control; security alarm; rear cargo cover and steering-wheel-mounted radio controls.

Jeep Liberty Renegade's standard Selec-Trac II active four-wheel-drive system offers customers the benefit of a fully electronic two-speed active transfer case and Brake-traction Control System (BTCS). It instantly anticipates wheel slip and redirects torque accordingly, which is ideal for off-roading or when driving in inclement weather.

This premium system offers a "4WD Auto" mode that is ideal for full-time driving. When in 4WD Auto mode, the system uses vehicle sensors to adjust and redirect torque between front and rear axles based on real-time driving conditions, providing the vehicle with responsive tractive performance.

For added capability when traversing steep grades, rough terrain or extremely poor traction surfaces, the transfer case includes a "4WD Low" mode. This second-speed gear multiplies engine torque 2.72 times and locks the clutch pack for maximum traction.

Electric shifting between 2WD, 4WD Auto and 4WD Low is accomplished with a console-mounted switch. A push-pin button is used to shift to Neutral mode.

A 3.7-liter V-6 engine is standard on all Jeep Liberty models, including the new Renegade. The 3.7-liter engine produces 210 horsepower (157 kW) @ 5,200 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. (319 N*m) of torque @ 4,000 rpm.

All Jeep Liberty models offer customers an "only-in-a-Jeep" open-air experience, courtesy of Jeep's industry-exclusive Sky Slider™ full-length open-canvas roof.

SOURCE: Chrysler Group LLC

Jeep Wrangler Islander

After a hiatus stretching more than 20 years, the special edition Wrangler Islander model returns for 2010. As was the case before, the Islander is mostly a cosmetic package, and adds a unique Surf Blue paint color. A "Tiki Bob" logo is placed on the hood, and is embroidered into the seatbacks (which also sport Surf Blue inserts). The Islander package is available on all Wrangler models, and adds approximately $1120 to a standard Wrangler model.

From the official press release:

After more than 20 years, the unique Islander theme returns to Jeep.

The limited-edition Jeep Wrangler Islander is available on Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited 4x4 models. Based on the Wrangler Sport model, the Islander's unique beach theme conveys open-air fun at first and every glance.

Jeep Wrangler Islander is featured in unique Surf Blue Pearl Coat, and is also available in Stone White Clear Coat, Bright Sliver Metallic Clear Coat and Brilliant Black Crystal Clear Coat.

Other exterior features include an Islander "Tiki Bob" decal on the hood with latitude and longitude coordinates that represent an actual location relating to the "Islander" theme of the vehicle, blackside steps and popular Moab 17-inch wheels shod with 32-inch tires.

Inside, Islander's seats are Dark Gray with Surf Blue inserts, blue stitching and an embroidered Islander "Tiki Bob" logo adorning the seat back. Blue stitching also has been added to the leather-wrapped steering wheel, with Mopar® rubber floor mats completing the beach theme.

The Jeep Wrangler Islander option package is available at a U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $1,120.

SOURCE: Chrysler Group LLC

2010 Jeep Wrangler Mountain

Another Wrangler special edition -- the Mountain - is a new twist on the classic Jeep and joins the lineup for 2010. Although cosmetic changes include special decals and embroidered seats, the Mountain also receives grey 17-in. "Moab" wheels, tubular side steps, black taillight guards, and a Mopar fuel-filler door. The Wrangler Mountain package is available on two- and four-door Wrangler Sport S models, and costs an additional $1820.

From the official press release:

Further expanding the iconic Wrangler brand's reach, Jeep delivers another high-impact, limited-edition model with the Jeep Wrangler Mountain edition.

The Jeep Wrangler Mountain edition is based on the Wrangler Sport S package, and is available on Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited 4x4 models.

Exterior features include a unique "Mountain" decal on the hood with latitude and longitude coordinates that represent an actual location relating to the "Mountain" theme of the vehicle; painted high-gloss Mineral Gray 17-inch Moab wheels, grille and bumper appliques; tubular side steps; 32-inch tires; black tail lamp guards; and a fuel-filler door from Mopar.

Available exterior colors include Rescue Green Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat and Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat.

Interior features include an embossed seat insert with embroidered "Mountain logo," and anodized graphite heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) rings.

The Jeep Wrangler Mountain option package will be available at a U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $1,820.

SOURCE: Chrysler Group LLC

2010 Dodge Nitro Detonator
2010 Dodge Nitro Heat
2010 Dodge Nitro Shock

In attempt to lend Dodge's soft-roader some attitude, the Nitro receives a few new cosmetic tweaks in addition to new trim levels. Standard across the board is a tweaked 4.0-liter V-6 (now producing 260 hp), tinted windows, U-connect phone, Sirius satellite radio, iPod controls, cruise control, and a premium audio system.

The Nitro Heat ($23,995) adds 20-inch aluminum wheels from Mopar, along with a body-colored grille with bright billet inserts. The Nitro Detonator ($25,995), which largely resembles the content structure of the outgoing SXT model, adds remote start, rear park assist, and color-keyed interior accents. Of course, the most notable feature has to be the side stripes, patterned after those on the Challenger R/T.

Dodge considers the Nitro Shock ($25,995) its own trim, but only differs from the Heat by adding leather seats and a sunroof.

Source: Chrysler

2010 Dodge Journey Express package
2010 Dodge Journey Hero package
2010 Dodge Journey Crew

Journey: An entry-level model doesn't need to be basic, and as such, the lowest Journey model ($20,995), equipped with the 2.4-liter I-4, receives 17-inch wheels, cruise control, sunscreen glass, and floor mats. A third-row of seating adds $1000 to the window sticker, while the Hero package -- which adds the 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic -- adds about $3000 to the price. If you're opting for the Hero package, you can also spring for all-wheel-drive for an extra $1000.

A new Journey Heat ($24,995) model, which sports the 3.5-liter V-6, adds Bluetooth, iPod controls, Sirius satellite radio, a Homelink controller, an upgraded audio system, and 19-inch wheels.

The Journey Crew ($25,995) is similar, but adds the seven-passenger seating, a 9-inch DVD system for rear passengers, and chrome accents inside and out. The Journey Uptown model, which stickers at $29,995, adds leather seating, a sunroof, navigation, and a rear-view camera.

2010 Chrysler Town & Country Walter P. Chrysler Signature Series
2010 Chrysler Town & Country Image Vehicle

Chrysler Town & Country celebrates its 20th year as the segment's luxury minivan with the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country Walter P. Chrysler Signature Series. The Town & Country Walter P. Chrysler Signature Series minivans feature a 3.8-liter V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission.

In addition, its interior has been upgraded with seating and trim combinations in Dark Slate Gray and Light Shale and Macassar Range wood trim is paired with satin finishes on the instrument panel and doors. The seats feature Dark Slate Gray bolsters, perforated leather, and are finished with French-seamed stitching. Additional standard features include the minivan-first Stow 'n Go seating and storage system, Media Center 430 radio with touchscreen and 30-gigabyte hard drive media storage, minivan-first second- and third-row nine-inch dual-DVD entertainment system, heated first- and second-row seating and LED lighting with ambient halo light ring.

Exterior equipment on the Walter P. Chrysler Signature Series includes an all-new Deep Cherry Red Pearl Coat exterior paint, seven-spoke 17-inch platinum-chromed aluminum wheels, chromed belt, fascia accents and body-side moldings, roof rack with cross bars and “Walter P. Chrysler Signature Series” front door badging.

Available features include SIRIUS Backseat TV with Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network Mobile, Media Center 730N with navigation and real-time traffic monitoring, minivan-first Blind-spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Path (RCP) accident-avoidance safety systems and the 4.0-liter aluminum V-6 engine that achieves a minivan-best fuel economy label of 17 city / 25 highway mpg.

MSRP for the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country Walter P. Chrysler Signature Series is $33,365 (including $820 destination) and will arrive at Chrysler dealerships nationwide in the first-quarter of 2010.

Source: Chrysler

Chrysler PT Cruiser Couture Edition

To celebrate "the romance of American automotive heritage", Chrysler's bring a the PT Cruiser Couture Edition. Based off a 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic, the Couture Edition features new exterior color with painted fenders and high belt-line painted in Bright Silver Metallic and Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl upper body and roofline with accent red pinstripe. Chromed body-side moldings, door handles, 16-inch polished aluminum wheels and grille highlight this limited edition PT’s level of detail and style.

The Chrome continues in the interior with detail rings highlight the gloss black instrument panel’s three gauges, rotating air vents and Chrysler signature analog clock. The Pastel Slate Gray interior is highlighted by Satin Silver instrument panel and console accents, with all-new Radar Red leather or Dark Slate Gray seats to deliver a premium look and feel.

MSRP for the 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Couture Edition is $19,995 (including $720 destination) and arrives at Chrysler dealerships nationwide in the first-quarter of 2010.

Source: Chrysler

2011 GMC Acadia Denali

GMC will bring Denali bling, bells, and whistles to its crossover Acadia this fall after its debut at the 2010 Detroit show with a choice of either front- or all-wheel-drive, bearing the familiar drilled chrome grilles, Xenon headlamps, monochrome fascias and cladding, chrome accents and special 20-inch chromed wheels with black-chrome centers.

Inside the 2011 GMC Acadia Denali, there's a mahogany steering wheel, perforated leather heated and cooled front seats, head-up display, dual sunroof, tri-zone climate control, special footwell lighting, chromed sill plates with red light-up Denali badging, and most every other creature comfort you can imagine (rear-seat entertainment remains optional).

A more meaningful upgrade is fitment of most of the Enclave's quiet tuning elements are fitted (extra mastic, triple seals, and acoustic windshield-the front door glass is not acoustic, as the Acadia's windows are a different shape). Maximum towing capacity is a class-leading 5200 pounds. Expect the price jump to be less than the $15K leap from Yukon SLE to Denali...

Click here to read the full First Look: 2011 GMC Acadia Denali!

GMC Granite Concept
The Loft Apartment on Wheels
By Frank Markus

Behold what may come to be the smallest GMC ever. Conceived as an "Urban Utility Vehicle," the GMC Granite Concept on display at the 2010 Detroit auto show is fully two feet shorter than the Terrain, it features a dramatically raked windshield and fat tires pushed to the absolute corners of the vehicle to maximize interior package space. Now that New GM's down to just four brands, each of those brands is hoping to broaden its appeal and reach into segments that even the defunct brands weren't reaching. This is one of those broader-reaching products. Its B-pillarless coach-style (don't-call-'em-suicide) doors open onto a swanky suede-like Nubuck interior, with a front passenger seat that can be reclined flat, then folded up against the center console to make room for a bike. Wider and lower than Kia's Soul, Granite is meant to appear (and be) considerably pricier.

Young urban professional type designers (don't call 'em Yuppies, as that's too Baby-Boomerish) sculpted the exterior with industrial-design and commercial-chic themes. We don't exactly know what that means either, but repeating it makes one seem savvy, and we're reliably informed that its "series of complex, intersecting planes and angles, create the impression of an industrial machine -- an object created out of necessity, but admired for its precision and functional aesthetics." Alrighty then. Naturally there's no chrome (just brushed metal finishes) and the footwear is low-profile rubber on honkin' 20s, bulging from exaggerated wheel arches.

These kids fancy themselves as social and active, more likely to take friends clubbing and lug outdoor gear on weekend jaunts than to schlep lumber or tow a boat. With those requirements in mind, they sketched a vehicle with rather unique dimensions. At 161.3 inches long, by 70.3 inches wide by 60.5 inches tall, it's too wide, squat and short in length to be a minivan; too short in the nose and close to the ground to be an SUV. Inside, the controls interface is totally PDA inspired, as kids these days are losing their patience with buttons. Professional-grade gear selection is via a rotary knob that turns with the precise clicks of a torque wrench. There's even a big floating compass incorporated in the barrel speedometer so nobody ever gets lost.

The suggested powertrain in this concept is GM's 1.4-liter turbo mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. At this point it is still just a concept, and we suspect those "carriage doors" are not likely to survive, but design director Dave Lyon assures us that "A pathway to production has been identified," meaning a platform has been chosen and drivetrain compatibility as been confirmed, but the program has yet to receive the green light.

Mini Beachcomber Concept

Mini is going to the Detroit Auto Show with a doorless, roofless concept car - the Beachcomber - that previews its all-new fourth model line. This will be a compact crossover available with FWD and AWD. It is launched at the Geneva show in March and on-sale as a 2011 model.

Obviously the real car will have doors and a roof. Unlike the existing Clubman, all four side doors will be conventionally front-hinged, and the car is symmetrical left-to-right. The B-posts have been removed only for the concept.

At 160 inches, this is the longest Mini ever but will still be one of the smallest crossovers on sale. It is also wider than a hatchback or Clubman and will be available as a five seater with a rear bench, as well as the four-chair layout seen in the Beachcomber.

The platform is closely related to the standard Mini's, although wider. It has the same transverse engine layout and the same choice of 1.6-liter naturally aspirated and turbo motors as the Cooper and Cooper S. Transmission is six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Euro models also get an economical 1.6-liter diesel.

But the crossover also has an optional add-on diff to channel power to the rear wheels when the fronts begin to slip. AWD will be optional with all engines and the FWD versions won't have any visual differences beyond badges.

This is very much a road-biased crossover, even in AWD form. Ground clearance is only about 4-in more than the existing Minis, and much of that is down to the tires - which by the way will be a lot less aggressive than in the concept.

The Concept does however show us the exterior sheet metal, and the production car's five-sided headlamp units and relatively tall hood line and vertical grille. It will likely have a conventional mesh grille though, rather than the grater pattern on the concept which is intended to evoke the classic Mini Moke. The production car will have a more vertical rear windshield than the concept.

The Beachcomber also gives strong pointers to the production car's interior. The additional circular dials either side of the speedo, and the blank circles at either end of the fascia, will of course become air vents in the real car, but otherwise we gather the fascia is pretty much as-is, bar the fancy concept colors and finishes.

The front seats are much like those on a Mini hatch, and the individual rear ones are a close match. They recline a little and have a significant fore-aft movement to expand trunk space. An aluminum rail runs the length of the centre of the cabin floor. Available accessories such as cup holders, screen and iPod mounts, storage boxes, phone holders and the like can be clipped anywhere along its length. In the five-seat version, the rail is truncated just behind the front seats.

Because of the transverse engine, space efficiency is excellent. This Mini has almost as much passenger room as the far larger RWD BMW X1, and more than the Volkswagen Golf, which is also larger. We understand the Golf will be the crossover's pricing benchmark, at least in Europe.

BMW has announced the Mini crossover (we don't yet have the actual model name) will be built not at the Oxford, UK plant that's the home of other Minis, but at Magna's plant at Graz, Austria. Graz has up to now built the BMW X3, which for its 2011 generation will move to Spartanburg, South Carolina. The X3 consistently came up in BMW's internal monitoring as the company's highest-quality model, so there are no fears for the quality of the Mini crossover.

The Oxford plant will get extra work when the Mini Coupe and Roadster hit the streets two and a half years from now. They will be almost unchanged from the concepts seen at Frankfurt last September.

The future does not look so certain for the Clubman. One very senior Mini insider told MT that though it is currently making the planned 20 percent of total Mini volumes, a direct replacement has not been signed off for the next Mini generation. The thinking is that its mission as the 'space Mini' could be effectively replaced by 2WD versions of the crossover.

First Look: Mini Beachcomber Concept, Set To Debut At The 2010 Detroit Auto Show

2011 Sienna Toyota Auto Access Seat
By Rory Jurnecka

Alongside its Dedicated Hybrid Concept, Toyota is showing a new optional feature for its all-new 2011 Sienna minivan that caters to the elderly and the disabled. Dubbed the Auto Access Seat, the feature lifts passengers into the Sienna that would otherwise have a difficult time climbing inside.

The special seat is a factory-installed option that Toyota says was aimed at making life easier for elderly people with walking disabilities, disabled veterans, and children with disabilities, along with the caregivers of such people. The Auto Access Seat offers one-touch operation via remote control that raises a passenger into the Sienna from as low as 19 in. off the ground. The seat is capable of rotating 90 degrees as well as 24 degrees of reclining ability. Built-in safety features include functions to prevent the seat from operating when the Sienna's sliding door is not completely open and allow for manual seat retraction in the event of a power failure.

The Auto Access Seat features a tether system that allows child safety seats to be used and the seat itself utilizes a link-driven operating mechanism that Toyota says is more durable and quite than comparable chain-driven systems. The seat fabric matches the interior of the Sienna and is treated with a stain- and odor-resistant process. The seat can carry a passenger of up to 330 lbs and the seat can be serviced by Toyota dealers with a comprehensive three-year, 36,000-mile warranty. Toyota says it is the first automaker to offer such a mobility feature as a factory option, allowing customers to purchase a vehicle that caters to special needs without turning to the aftermarket.

Toyota did, however, turn to the aftermarket for another specialty vehicle, the Sienna Rampvan. Converted by mobility solutions provider BraunAbility, the Sienna Rampvan features an automatic side-entry ramp, an enlarged sliding door area, and a lowered floor to allow wheelchair users to gain access to the Sienna.

The Auto Access Seat will be available at the 2011 Sienna's showroom launch next month, while the Sienna Rampvan will become available for order in the second quarter of 2010. Pricing information has not yet been supplied.

Keep up to date with all the latest Detroit Auto Show happenings with our live show coverage from Cobo Hall January 11 and 12.

Source: Toyota

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe

With the crossover segment establishing itself as the new hot trend in the U.S. auto market, Hyundai wisely chose to update the Santa Fe with more high-tech features and new, more efficient powertrains.

The most noticeable update hides beneath the Santa Fe's hood, where Hyundai has replaced both engine options with more frugal powerplants. Gone is the 185-hp 2.7L V-6 in favor of Hyundai's new 175-hp four-cylinder engine, which produces 169 lb.-ft. of torque. Though the four-cylinder takes a hit in the power department, down 10 hp and 14 lb.-ft., it makes up for it in fuel economy. Where the old six-cylinder could only manage 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway, the new four-banger returns 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

For those requiring more pull, the Santa Fe's top-range 242-hp 3.3L V-6 has been punched out to 3.5L and now pounds out a much more impressive 276 hp and 248 lb.-ft, up 34 hp and 22 lb.-ft. over the old engine. Where the four-banger's extra mpgs came with a power hit, the new V-6 allows you to have your cake and eat it too, with city fuel economy up by 3 mpg to 20 mpg and highway fuel economy up by 2 mpg to 26 mpg with towing capacity increased to 3500 lbs.

A pair of six-speed transmissions help both engines achieve better fuel economy. On the four-cylinder, a six-speed manual is standard while Hyundai's new Shiftronic six-speed automatic is optional. The automatic is the only transmission option for the V-6 engine. While FWD is standard, an AWD system is optional and can be locked to maintain a 50/50 front/rear torque-split in sticky situations.

Inside, the only obvious changes are on the center console, where the storage cubby has been moved from in front of the shifter to the side of it. There's more than meets the eye, though. Bluetooth connectivity and iPod and USB connections are now standard on all models, as are steering wheel controls, heated mirrors, and driver lumbar support. By popular demand, touchscreen navigation with XM NavTraffic and an optional back-up camera is now optional on all models, as is automatic climate control.

Though Hyundai hasn't announced any pricing changes for the updated 2010 models, the company says they're already available at Hyundai dealers.

Above the hood, Hyundai has performed some minor cosmetic surgery to usher the Santa Fe into the new decade. Front and center, a new grille adds a third bar and becomes body-colored with a chrome border to better match Hyundai's latest designs. Below it, a revised front fascia slightly modifies the lower air intake and creates new asymmetric cutouts for the fog lights. Hyundai has also given the sides of the car a minor tweak, and the rear appears to have gotten a minor fascia update and new taillights. New wheels finish the package.

U.S. Army’s Clandestine Extended-Range Hybrid-Electric Vehicle

You can always expect the U.S. Army to develop a crazy all-terrain vehicle, and at the 2010 North American International Auto Show, the Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center has its latest project on display: the CERV HE vehicle.

TARDEC’s CERV HE vehicle, or Clandestine Extended-Range Hybrid-Electric vehicle, represents the finest in alternative power and was jointly designed with Quantum Fuel System Technologies. The hybrid-electric vehicle combines a lightweight chassis with Quantum’s hybrid-electric diesel powertrain, which produces in excess of 5000 pound-feet of torque. The CERV has all-wheel drive, is capable of maintaining speeds up to 80 mph, and can climb grades up to 60%. According to TARDEC, fuel consumption is also 25% better compared to conventionally powered vehicles of the same size, fitting for a vehicle that was designed for fast-paced mobility operations including reconnaissance, surveillance, and target designation.

The CERV HE is on display at TARDEC’s booth as part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s MEDC ExoXperience at the Cobo Center.

2011 Lincoln MKX

On sale for four years now, the Lincoln MKX was due for a bit of freshening, and the updated second-generation 2011 model will make its debut at the 2010 Detroit auto show. In addition to fresh looks, the 2011 MKX carries some refinements, upgraded technology, and a new, more powerful V-6 engine.

Click here to read our First Look and to see more photos of the 2011 Lincoln MKX!