SEMA News - August 2009
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When it Hits: Production will begin in September at Honda’s factory in East Liberty, Ohio.
What Priddy Says: The CUV, called the Crosstour, is based on a modified Accord chassis and will offer Honda’s new VTM-4 all-wheel-drive option. Powertrains are still an unknown, but the 2.3L four-cylinder turbo from the Acura RDX is one likely choice.
When it Hits: According to Priddy, the M7 to debut later this year.
What Priddy Says: BMW will fit the new M with an aluminum hood for weight savings and improved handling. Under that hood, expect the dual-turbo V8 used in the current X6 or perhaps the 5.0L V10 from the M5 and M6. Either engine should be good for 550-600 hp, a marked upgrade from the 407 hp currently offered in the 750i as well as the 507hp unit powering the Alpina B7.
Dodge Ram Hybrid
When it Hits: A diesel-powered Dodge Ram 1500 has been delayed, but the hybrid Hemi version is definitely happening for 2010.
What Priddy Says: The two-mode hybrid powertrain was co-developed with GM, Mercedes and BMW and is the same setup found in the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra gas-electric hybrid pickups. The electrically variable two-mode transmission, supplied by GM, houses two 60kW electric motors that can power the truck on their own up to about 25 mph, depending on driving conditions.
When it Hits: GM’s forthcoming small car offering is currently scheduled to arrive sometime in 2010.
What Priddy Says: Insiders and enthusiasts have dubbed it both the next-gneration Chevy Aveo or the Chevy Lecetti, but recent internet chatter has pegged it as the Chevy Viva, reported to be an American-built GM answer to the Ford Fiesta.
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