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2006 Detroit Auto Show Preview


2007 Ford Edge

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Detroit’s annual auto show is a love-it and hate-it event. The timing couldn’t be worse: the city’s settled into the bleakest trough of the winter, and though the downtown renaissance continues apace, there’s still more to recommend Motown in the middle of summer than in the earliest days of a new year. And to top off the indignity, there’s the Japanese-subway jostling for press kits and oversubscribed press conferences to boot.

But enthusiasts and industry types have to love the annual North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), this year open to the media from Jan. 8-11 and to the public beginning the Friday after. Like no other show, Detroit puts a huge variety of hardware on display — much of it never seen before. Concepts and production cars alike fire off almost on the hour, so rapidly that it often takes a team of reporters just to make it to the newsworthy events.

TCC’s team will be doing just that in Detroit. Starting Sunday, Jan. 8, we’ll be reporting non-stop from the show floor to bring you the very latest product introductions, concept car reveals, and newsmaking quotes from the top industry executives. Until then, stay tuned here as we update and add to this preview of what we expect to bring you from the Cobo Hall floor:

Dodge Has Challenger Coupe for Detroit

2006 Dodge Challenger

2006 Dodge Challenger

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2006 Dodge Challenger

2006 Dodge Challenger

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A new concept coupe to be shown at the Detroit auto show in January will take the name of Challenger. The long-expected two-door will take on the Ford Mustang directly with a chassis derived from Chrysler's 300C/Magnum twins, along with a 425-hp version of the HEMI V-8 in the most thrilling versions. Chrysler is expected to show the car as a concept at the show, but insiders suggest the vehicle will be in production as early as 2009 on a new version of the 300C platform. Chrysler has only offered this official sketch of the concept prior to the January auto show debut, but these spy shots were taken last week as the vehicle was prepared for its auto-show debut. Stay tuned for more information on the Challenger as TCC previews the Detroit auto show on December 15.

Spy Shots: '09 Dodge Challenger by Brenda Priddy (11/21/2005)
A Detroit concept first, a production Mustang challenger second?

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Imperial Concept from Chrysler

2006 Chrysler Imperial concept

2006 Chrysler Imperial concept

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While Chrysler has already confirmed that it will have a Dodge Challenger concept for Detroit , the company's been considerably more tight-lipped about another concept that will be on display at Cobo Hall. An anonymous tip to TCC says this Chrysler Imperial concept will be shown off in Detroit , reviving the nameplate for the most luxurious Chrysler vehicles that died away in the 1990s. Drawn off the 300C body, the stretched-wheelbase Imperial concept is said to evolve the 300C in a Rolls Phantom direction-much as the current 300C has been dubbed the "baby Bentley."

'07 Dodge Caliber Bets On CVT, AWD

2005 Dodge Caliber Concept

2005 Dodge Caliber Concept

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The Chrysler Group is letting out some more details about the 2007 Dodge Caliber its plans to have ready for showrooms by the middle of 2006 - and on the Detroit show floor in January.

Eric Ridenour, the Chrysler Group's executive vice president of product development and chief operating officer-designate, said the new Caliber will feature a continuously-variable transmission and all-wheel drive, as well as the new four-cylinder global engine that was designed jointly by Chrysler, Mitsubishi, and Hyundai. Tests aren't anywhere near complete yet, but the combination of the CVT and new engine should raise fuel economy by 8-10 percent over the fuel economy of the Neon, the Chrysler group's current offering in the small-car segment.

The Caliber will come only in a two-box bodystyle that borrows design elements from sport-utility vehicles, the larger Dodge Magnum, and the hatchbacks of the 1970s and 1980s. Chrysler has no plans for a three-box sedan model, Ridenour said during a briefing on the powertrain for the next-generation small cars.

"The idea is for something a little more aggressive in the marketplace with those proportions," he said. "It's very, very impressive the way it has stood out at auto shows. That's what we're trying to do with our cars. We make sure they catch your eye," he said.

'07 Dodge Caliber Bets On CVT, AWD (8/7/2005)
New Dodge compact crossover takes Neon's place next year.

Mercedes Plans GL-Class forDetroit

Mercedes-Benz will show the new GL-Class sport-ute at the Detroit show, the company confirmed on Thursday. The name of the new full-size SUV hints at the legendary G-Class that will be going into its 26th year of production-but while the GL is a successor to the G-Class, Mercedes also plans to keep the G-Class alive until 2009.

The wheel base of the GL-class measures 121.1 inches; it sits 200.4 inches long, is 75.6 inches wide and 72.4 inches tall. The GL-Class can accommodate seven passengers on three rows of seats. The third row has 32 inches of leg room and 38.5 inches of head room. When that row is not in needed, one or both of the split-bench seats can be fully automatically lowered to create a flat floor. Luggage space measures 43.8 cubic feet when the third row is not in use and can be expanded to 75.1 cubic feet.

Engine choices depend on the market where the GL is sold. There are two diesel engines, the 320 CDI V-6 with 224 hp and the 420 CDI V-8. The GL 450 will be available with a 4.6-liter V8 with 340 hp and the GL 500 will come with the 388 hp V-8. AMG versions are expected. All engines are teamed with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The new Mercedes-Benz will be equipped with 4Matic full time all-wheel drive, ADS adaptive damping, standard air suspension and Airmatic automatic leveling, as well as Trailer Stability Assist (TSA). Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) and off-road ABS will help the driver in rough terrain.

Just like the ML- and R-Class vehicles, the new GL-class will be built in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Mercedes expects to sell 70 percent of GL-Class production in North-America, where it will go on sale in spring.-Henny Hemmes

2007 Mercedes-Benz S-Class by Bengt Halvorson (11/30/2005)
Still the king of the road, now more street-smart.

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Jeep Wrangler Gets Frigid Reception

2007 Jeep Wrangler

2007 Jeep Wrangler

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2007 Jeep Wrangler

2007 Jeep Wrangler

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After many years and unexpected delays, Jeep will finally redesign the aging, yet classic Wrangler. And in an auto-show first, the Wrangler will be launched outside Cobo Hall, on a display built outside in the latest iteration of Chrysler's Camp Jeep theme.

A redesigned Wrangler will debut for the 2007 model year in both the traditional two-door configuration as shown here, as well as a new four-door variant sitting on a longer wheelbase. A pickup derivative is a likely addition sometime during the next Wrangler's lifecycle. Codenamed TK, the upcoming Wrangler may have a fixed top with removable panels, instead of the soft and/or hardtop offerings. A fold-down front windshield and removable doors, of course, are expected.

We are also expecting the new Wrangler to be powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 150 horsepower, or an optional 3.7-liter SOHC V-6. A 4.7-liter V-8 may follow a year or so after the Wrangler's launch.

Chrysler Group also is expected to show a production version of the Jeep Compass at its Detroit display.

Lincoln Takes Flight with '07 MKX

2007 Lincoln Aviator

2007 Lincoln Aviator

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2007 Lincoln Aviator

2007 Lincoln Aviator

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Ford has already released the first shot of the 2007 Lincoln MKX ahead of the launch next year in Detroit. The Aviator - along with the mechanically similar Mazda CX-7 and Ford Edge crossovers - will join the luxury lineup next year as an '07 model aimed squarely at the likes of the Lexus RX and Nissan Murano. Though not confirmed by Ford, a 245-hp V-6 and all-wheel drive are the likely powertrain for the ritziest MKXs. Stay tuned to TCC for more pictures of the MKX - and for previews of the Detroit auto show during the holiday season.

 
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