Yesterday, we brought you a list of 5 cars you need to checkout at 2015 Detroit Auto Show and to find out what cars made our list, checkout the article here. Today, we bring you the second part of our top 5 list and it features the 5 SUV/Trucks you need to checkout at 2015 Detroit Auto Show. So, without any further delay, lets us find out who made the list, shall we?
Again, in no particular order of importance, here are 5 SUV/Trucks you need to checkout when the doors open to the 2015 Detroit Auto Show today, January 12th, 2015.
1) 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class
The SUV/Coupe hybrid segment has gained a new member into its small, but growing community with the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class. The main competitor for this new niche vehicle is the original vehicle that carved out this new segment back i 2008, the BMW X6. The underpinnings of the new GLE class is shared with the redesigned Mercedes-Benz M Class. This means most of the engines and transmissions available in the M Class will transfer to the new GLE. To find out the complete list of available engines and transmissions in the U.S. spec GLE Class, checkout our coverage of the GLE in the Spotlight section here. For those who are interested in owning something unique and different, the new Mercedes-Benz GLE is the vehicle to have in your 2015 car shopping list. Of all the GLE variants available in U.S., we will choose the high performance and giggle inducing GLE 63 AMG with its 4.0 L Twin-turbo V8 which is rumored to produce more than 500 horsepower and close to 600 lb.ft. of torque.
2) 2016 Toyota Tacoma
The Toyota Tacoma has been the go to mid-size truck for everyone from high-school graduates to business professionals. Who says you can’t drive a pick-up truck to a corporate office? In recent years, the competition of the Tacoma has been on a gradual decline as Ford and Dodge have stop selling the Ranger and the Dakota pick-ups in the U.S. However, the mid-size pick-up truck is not dead thanks in part to the reintroduction of the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon twins and the soon-to-be-released and redesigned Nissan Frontier pick-up. To compete with these new crops of mid-size pick-up trucks, the engineers at Toyota have either upgraded or completely overhauled many components in the new Tacoma. On the outside, the Tacoma gains a bold grill similar to its big brother, the Toyota Tundra. The interior of the Tacoma has also been upgraded with softer touch materials and give an overall premium vibe. One major improvement that everyone will notice is under the hood. Unlike the earlier generations of the Tacoma, the new 2016 Tacoma drops its thirsty 4.0 L V6 for a new, lighter, and more powerful 3.5 L V6 which produces 270 horsepower and 248 lb.ft. of torque. Backing this new engine is a new six-speed automatic transmission instead of the antiquated five and four-speed transmissions. If you are wondering what is the base engine in the new Tacoma, it is unfortunately the same four-cylinder engine as in the current Tacoma as Toyota has not hinted towards any replacement as of this writing. So, while you are visiting the Toyota booth, do make sure that you checkout this truck and trust us, you will not be disappointed with what this truck has to offer.
3) 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country
In recent years, the Cross Country model range has been really successful for Volvo around the world, so as a company, what do you do to ride this momentum?, add more vehicles to the lineup of course! If you are not familiar with the V60 Cross Country, it is basically a V60 sport wagon with a raised suspension, body cladding and meatier tires which transforms this family hauler into a mild off-roader. Like its corporate cousin, the S60 Cross Country, mentioned in yesterday’s coverage of 5 Cars you need to checkout at 2015 Detroit Auto Show, The 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country features a 2.5 L turbocharged inline five cylinder engine which produces 250 horsepower and 266 lb.ft. of torque. The lone transmission available in the U.S. Spec V60 Cross Country is a six-speed automatic which routes the engine’s power to all four wheels via a standard all wheel drive system. If you are currently in the market for compact wagon with mild-offroading capability, you definitely need to checkout the 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country.
4) 2016 Jaguar F-Pace Crossover
Better be late than never right? After years of ignoring the highly profitable and successful mid-size Luxury SUV market, Jaguar is finally releasing a new model into this highly competitive automobile segment with the interestingly named F-Pace crossover. This Brit has a big shoe to fill as it will directly compete with established players like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLK and GLC cousins. Unlike its competitors, the F-Pace’s body shell is constructed with aluminum intensive components. As of this writing, Jaguar has not announced any powertrain information, but considering that it is based on the new XE sedan, we believe majority of the engine and transmission combinations found in the XE will make its way into the new F-Pace which includes a slew of four and six cylinder engines backed by either eight or nine-speed automatic transmissions. The vehicle present at the auto show is just a concept, but when it launches at the end of 2015 as a 2016 model, do not expect any major changes between now and then. So again, who cares if you have arrived late to the party? Just make sure you stand out among your companions and Jaguar has done just that with the 2016 F-Pace Crossover.
5) 2016 Audi Q7
If you are still lamenting the loss of the Audi A6 Avant in the U.S. lineup, now is a good time to stop doing that and start looking at the new 2016 Audi Q7. Yes, we know that the Q7 is a SUV while the A6 Avant was a wagon. But if you just squint in the right angle, the new Q7 looks almost like a bloated version of the A6 Avant. Thanks to its new aluminum intensive MLB chassis, depending on the trim level, the new Q7 is almost 700 pounds lighter than the earlier version, which should make it feel more like a high riding wagon than a lumbering SUV. With this massive weight reduction, the current choice of engines and transmissions should perform more efficiently in the new model. This means that consumers can expect quicker 0-60 mph acceleration times while benefiting from increased fuel efficiency as well. Considering all the available engine options available in the U.S., we will option our Q7 with the 3.0 L TDI V6 and eight-speed automatic as the engine currently generates 240 horsepower and a massive 440 lb.ft. of torque.
With that, we end our two-part, top 5 list of vehicles you need to checkout at 2015 Detroit Auto Show. As always, if you have any vehicles (doesn’t matter what they are) you are interested in seeing at the show, please do share it with us in the comments below and enjoy all the other wonderful automobiles present at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.