November 29th, 2012 at 12:06pm
Fiat unveiled, for the American market, a larger version of the Cinquecento, called the 500L. Porsche pulled the silk off the all-new version of the Cayman that goes on sale next spring. Kia showed off the all-new 2014 Forte that has been upgraded inside and out. All that and more, plus guest host Christie Schweinsberg from WardsAuto tells us what’s coming up for Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition of 2013.
Hello and welcome to another episode of Autoline Daily. It’s Thursday, the 29th of November. I’m Christie Schweinsberg from WardsAuto filling in for John, who is still in LA covering the Auto Show.
By the way, if you didn’t catch yesterday’s live webcast from the show, you can watch it in full right now at Autoline.tv. It included interviews with Fiat’s Tim Kuniskis, Mark Reuss from GM who answered some of your questions about Corvette and Opel, and Subaru’s Tom Doll with an early look at the new Forrester. A lot of good stuff to be had there, so check it out.
And now a few more details about the latest reveals.
TOYOTA REVEALS 2013 RAV4
Toyota took the wraps off the all-new RAV4. The 2013 model is powered by a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The optional V6 in the previous model has been discontinued. Fuel economy for the front-wheel drive model is 24 miles-per-gallon in the city and 31 on the highway. With AWD the numbers drop by 2MPG in each category. The new model features new styling both inside and out and will feature a roof-hinged tailgate instead of a side-hinged one. The 2013 RAV4 goes on sale early next year.
FIAT 500L MAKES U.S. DEBUT
Fiat unveiled, for the American market, a larger version of the Cinquecento, called the 500L. The 5-door model is built on a separate platform and features 42 percent more interior room than the regular 500. It’s powered by a 1.4 liter MultiAir Turbo engine that can be matched to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual dry clutch transmission. The 500L will be built at Fiat’s plant in Serbia and will go on sale in North America in the middle of next year.
While we’re on the subject of LA, you should know that’s the location for tonight’s episode of Autoline After Hours. So, join John for the best insider information in the industry. That’s tonight at the usual time, 6PM Eastern, 3PM Pacific at Autoline.tv.
2014 PORSCHE CAYMAN
But let’s get back to the unveils. Porsche is showing off the all-new version of the Cayman. The company says the two seat coupe features a longer wheelbase and a wider track than before. The 2014 model offers two engines, a 2.7 liter flat-six cylinder that produces 275 horsepower and a 3.4 liter flat-six-cylinder that cranks out 325 horses. The 2.7 liter starts just under $54,000 and the 3.4 liter has a starting price of about $65,000. The 2014 Cayman goes on sale next Spring.
BMW i3 CONCEPT COUPE
BMW revealed a new electric concept called the i3 Concept Coupe. The 3-door model is developed for urban driving and features a carbon-fiber body. The i3 Concept Coupe is powered by 125 kilowatt electric motor and lithium-ion batteries that are stored under the floor of the vehicle. It has a range of 100 miles which is about 160 kilometers. Some unique design features include a steeply raked windshield and the removal of the B-pillar to allow easier access to the rear of the vehicle.
2014 KIA FORTE AND CERATO
Kia pulled the cover off the all-new 2014 Forte and also revealed details about the Cerato which is what the Forte is called in other markets. The vehicles have an all-new chassis that is longer, wider and lower than the previous model. And also comes with more legroom, features and better performance. The base Forte is equipped with a 1.8 liter engine, while the base Cerato features a 1.6 liter engine. Both vehicles share a more powerful direct-injected 2.0 liter engine. The engines can be mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. The 2014 Forte goes on sale in first quarter of next year in the U.S. while the Cerato goes on sale in the third quarter of the year.
And speaking of Kia it also unveiled, a redesigned version of the Sorento. It features an all-new chassis with a new independent front suspension system that improves the Sorento’s ride and handling. The 2.4 liter engine returns as standard equipment in LX and EX models, but it also features a new 3.3 liter direct-injected V6 that produces 290 horsepower and 252 foot-pounds of torque. That power is transferred through a 6-speed automatic transmission in front-wheel-drive or an enhanced all-wheel-drive system. The 2014 Sorento features new design elements inside and out and will be available in the first quarter of 2013.
Coming up next, a look at how Chevy tests its vehicles for different climates around the world.
GM TORTURE TEST
(GM Torture Test can only be viewed in the video version of today’s show)
Chevy sells cars in over 100 countries which means they need to withstand any kind of climate. Here’s a look at how the company tests its cars.
WARDSAUTO 10 BEST ENGINES
The scoresheets are coming in, and within a couple weeks WardsAuto will announce the winners of the Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition for 2013. It’s been another big year for new engine programs, and this year’s competition pits forty engines against one another, including last year’s winners. Last year we evaluated thirty four engines. What’s new this year? There’s something for everyone: 8 hybrids, 3 electric vehicles, 3 muscle-car V-8s and a whole lotta 4-cylinder engines, twenty four to be exact, both turbocharged and naturally aspirated. Speaking of forced induction, eleven entries are turbocharged and 4 are supercharged. 6-cylinder engines are well represented in this year’s competition with ten, and there’s even a 5-cylinder, the 2.5L engine in the Volvo S60. This year’s engine showdown demonstrates how rapidly powertrain programs are evolving as automakers position themselves to meet a 35.5-mile per gallon corporate average fuel-economy mandate by 2016. It’s not just engines that are getting better but transmissions as well. We’re evaluating dual-clutch gearboxes, conventional manuals, torque-converter automatics and continuously variable transmissions, and most of them have been tweaked to improve both fuel economy and shift quality. Stay tuned, the winners will be announced in mid-December.
And that wraps up today’s show. Once again, I’m Christie Schweinsberg from WardsAuto, thanks for watching and I will see you next time.