SEMA News - November 2010
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2012 Acura TL
When It Hits: Production has been bumped up to September in order to have models available in showrooms by late spring or early summer 2011.
What Priddy Says: Due for a mid-cycle redesign for 2012, the TL could possibly receive Acura’s new six-speed automatic transmission to replace the aging five-speed. There’s also a possibility that it will receive one of the new family of V6s that Honda is working on.
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
When It Hits: All signs point to the ’12 Grand Cherokee SRT8 being available at dealerships late in 2011 as a 2012 model.
What Priddy Says: Looks like any burly V8 mill with a modern-day intake manifold, right? But this one is expected to make around 480 hp and 450 lb.-ft. of torque. The new Hemi is also rumored to link with a ZF-designed eight-speed automatic transmission.
2012 BMW 1-Series
When It Hits: The next-gen 1 Series is expected to debut next year as a ’12 model, but no word if the three-door will be in the mix.
What Priddy Says: Don’t be fooled by the fake seam line indicating a rear passenger door. This is, in fact, a three-door hatchback version of the next-generation BMW 1-Series.
Subaru FT-86 STI Coupe
When It Hits: Sources are mixed regarding the on-sale date for the FT-86. Some sources say it should be ready near the end of 2011; others say that setbacks have pushed the FT-86 to 2013.
What Priddy Says: This car, a joint project between Subaru and Toyota, is peppered with speculation. The chassis should be a modified Legacy type. It’s expected to be a 2+2 configuration with a 2.0L rear-wheel-drive powertrain and independent suspension. A 2.5L turbocharged mill is also likely.
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