July 25, 2013
This week’s Sneak Peak roundup – practical news for car buyers. See what auto manufacturers have in store!
CHEVY SAYS “NO” CRUZE AND “YES” COOL COLORS
The popular Cruze, unchanged since 2011 is so popular that Chevy has decided to leave it alone and skip 2015 model. A 2016 model will be available in late 2015, allowing one extra year for significant mechanical changes.
If you’re looking for a bright-colored, zippy little subcompact, Chevy Sonic will be introducing some cool new colors at the end of 2013 and into 2014. Be on the lookout for colors like Deep Magenta Metallic, Cool Blue, and Dragon Green.
An all electric 2014 Chevy Spark EV – base $27,495 – is available for purchase now in California and Oregon. It boasts the highest EPA efficiency rating and depending on the charger, it has the capability for 80% charge in 20 minutes. Road tests report a surprising level of pep and refinement. Release for the rest of the 48 is not planned.
MITSUBISHI NEW MODELS
Pricing has been announced for the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. The popular sedan will cost $34,995. It will be largely unchanged save for interior upgrades: touch screen display, satellite radio, and a voice-commanded traffic navigation system.
The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander hits dealerships in August with a base price of $19,470 and a 10 year warranty. Other options include all wheel drive, variable transmission, and manual transmission. The new model offers improvements in steering, sound, touch screen display, navigation, traffic, leather seating, and roof embellishments.
ITS ALMOST HERE: MAZDA3
The 2014 Mazda3 will go on sale this September. It features a whole new architecture, Skyactiv, same as what’s in the CX-5 and Mazda6. The new grill gives a sportier look, and test drives report the compact is just as fun to drive as ever. An optional technology upgrade provides speed and navigation enhancements with a pretty nifty floating user interface. Note: the bigger 2.5 liter engine will not available with manual transmission right away, however test drivers claim the 2.0 is plenty good enough.
The base model starts at $16,945 for manual transmission. Various levels provide options for a 2.0 or 2.5 liter engine, 4 or 5 doors, technology, and interior/exterior add-ons. Standard to all models is push button start, USB and auxiliary input jacks.
WILL MINI SALVAGE THE CLUBVAN?
After pulling the failed Clubvan from the market, mini has re-appropriated the model into camper concepts named Clubman and Countryman. None are yet slated for release. Among the 3 different models, we see a rooftop sleeping tent with ladder, gas stove, water tank with shower, and iPad television.
AMERICAN TRUCKS SLIM DOWN
PORSCHE’S GREENER PASTURES
Porsche will be coming out with a hybrid version of its luxury sports sedan, the Panamera. Scheduled to debut in September 2014. The new S E-hybrid has a beefed up electric motor, and is designed for nightly plug-in. Projected at 26 mpg with a top speed of 167 MPH, it consumes 50% less fuel than its predecessor. $99,975
Porsche also announced it will create a hybrid version of the Spyder supercar.