2014 Acura MDX Prototype
Despite its age, the Acura MDX continues to be the luxury brand's most valuable player, ruling the sales chart year after year. With so much riding on the seven-passenger SUV (especially with the Infiniti JX gunning for it) Acura must keep the MDX feeling fresh. The 2014 Acura MDX Prototype debuting at the 2013 Detroit auto show demonstrates how the automaker plans to keep the third-gen MDX as successful as the first two generations...(Read More)
2014 Acura MDX Prototype First Look
The Orlando is another model that our Northern neighbors get, and has proven to be quite popular in the Canadian market. With an overall length shorter than an Equinox, but with seating for up to seven passengers, the Orlando hits the sweet spot of practicality and size for many. There was some speculation earlier on that the Orlando would replace the retro-wagon HHR in the U.S. Chevy lineup, but that plan never materialized. Like the Trax, the Orlando is available with a six-speed manual for those shifty Canucks. This is one practical, efficient model we hope GM might have a change-of-heart with, offering an interesting alternative to the Mazda
If the Chevrolet Trax looks vaguely familiar to you, that's because you're looking at the bowtie-brand's version of the Buick Encore. And while "world" models usually mean outside of North America, our friends to the North can actually buy this model. That's right, the Trax is sold in Canada. Like the Encore, the Trax is offered with the 1.4-liter, 138-hp EcoTec turbocharged four-cylinder. But unlike the U.S.-spec Encore, the Canadian-spec Trax is available with either a six-speed automatic or manual. However, the slushbox is mandatory with the available all-wheel-drive.
Dodge Blacktop Package
On the Durango, Journey, and Grand Caravan, the Blacktop Package brings unique Gloss Black accents to the wheels, grille and grille surround, as well as darkened headlight bezels, and a few unique interior touches.
The $595 Grand Caravan Blacktop -- available in five colors and based on the SXT model -- includes 17-inch wheels with black accents and fog lights, with a black headliner and silver stitching on the black cloth seats, door panel trim, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The $295 Durango Blacktop -- offered on the new Rallye trim, and R/T V-8 models -- adds 20-inch Gloss Black wheels (with gloss black center caps) and the matching black grille with a choice of five colors.
Go for the $995 Journey Blacktop (based on the SXT model) and you can start with a five- or seven-passenger model and go for I-4 or V-6 power. Available in seven colors and in black leather or cloth seats, the Journey Blacktop adds black 19-inch wheels, the 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen, and Gloss Black on the side mirrors, headlights, and lower front fascias.
The Dodge Durango Blacktop should arrive in dealerships soon while the Grand Caravan Blacktop and Journey Blacktop roll into dealers starting in the second quarter of 2013. All three Dodge Blacktop vehicles debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Dodge Durango, Journey, Grand Caravan Get Blacktop Treatment
Aggressive Styling Package Expanded to SUVs, Minivan
Jeep Wrangler Dragon Concept
It seems showcasing one's international product offerings was the theme of this year's Detroit show, as evidenced by Chevrolet's display of the not-for-U.S. Chevrolet Trax and Orlando. Chrysler got in on the game as well by showing the Jeep Wrangler Dragon Edition. First shown at the Beijing Auto Show last April, the Wrangler Dragon is mechanically the same as the Wrangler Rubicon, but features unique graphics, upholstery and trim exclusive to the Chinese market. Officially still a "concept," the Dragon could be put into production fairly easily. Despite sensationalistic and inaccurate news reports about "Sending Jeep production to China," Chrysler has vowed to keep Wrangler production in Toledo, Ohio, although other Jeep models, such as the Compass and other models, could be manufactured in China for local and regional sale...(Read More)
Unleash the Dragon: Jeep Wrangler Dragon Concept Debuts in Beijing
Special Edition Wrangler for China Captures Symbol's Power over Nature
2013 Ram 3500 HD
The 2013 Ram 3500's towing capacity even comes within a few hundred pounds of the next closest competitor's Gross Combined Vehicle Weight rating of 30,500. The GCWR of the 2013 Ram 3500 is 37,600 lb...(Read More)
2013 Ram 3500 Offers Class-Leading 30,000-lb Maximum Towing Capacity
New Rated Capacity Tops Next-Closest Competitor by Nearly 7000 lb
2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S
The 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S has made its debut in Detroit, bringing with it more power and an even heftier price tag compared to the standard model. Starting at $146,975, the Turbo S will deliver 550 hp and a manufacturer-estimated 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds when it goes on sale this spring...(Read More)
2013 Detroit: 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S
Boasts 550 hp, is Even Pricier
Nissan Resonance Concept Hybrid
While the Resonance likely previews the next-generation Murano, we had to wonder about the seven-passenger Armada's future. Palmer wasn't willing to discuss the Armada's future (or lack thereof), but said there's no reason why styling cues from the Resonance wouldn't carry over to the larger SUV as well. The all-wheel-drive hybrid Resonance concept is our first glimpse at Nissan's next-generation Murano crossover...(Read More)
2013 Detroit: Futuristic Nissan Resonance Concept Hybrid
Previews Next Murano
VIA Motors introduced three new vehicles that use the company's E-REV powertrain: a pickup called the X-Truck (based on the Silverado), an SUV called the Presidential (based on the Suburban), and an Express-based van. The Presidential is the most luxury-biased of the trio...(Read More)
2013 Detroit: VIA X-Truck First Look
This Truck has 402 hp and 4WD--and it's Electric
2014 Ford Transit Connect
First seen at the L.A. Show in November, the Transit Connect Wagon made an encore appearance in Detroit. The 2014 model marks a major shift in marketing strategy for the Transit Connect, with a much greater emphasis on the general consumer market with the new seven-passenger Wagon model. With a new six-speed automatic transmission and optional EcoBoost power, the new TC promises to be a much more efficient, refined, and fun-to-drive successor to its capable, but dated predecessor. But don't fret, caterers and handymen (and women), a sheetmetal-sided commercial version will still be offered, with propane and natural gas upfit kits available, too...(Read More)
2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon First Look
A Transit for the People - Seven of Them
2014 Ford Transit
We've seen the photos, and have been given a lot of the specifications of the new full-size Transit, but this is the first time we've seen it in the flesh. Not everyone is a fan of the tall, narrow look, but as we detailed in our By the Numbers feature of fullsize van capacity, the Transit dwarfs the Econoline in overall cargo capacity and utility. All three of the available engines, a 3.7-liter naturally-aspirated V-6, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, and the 3.2-liter Power Stroke I-5 diesel, all promise to deliver substantially-improved fuel economy over the Econoline, while still delivering sprightly performance, for a van. We're eagerly looking forward to getting an up-close look and drive of Ford's new fullsizer...(Read More)
2014 Ford Transit First Look
Details Emerge: Three Engine, Roof Height, and Length Choices