Sunday, October 21, 2012

Toyota RAV4, The New Car Will Come in 2013

What It Is: An extensively camouflaged prototype of the next-generation Toyota RAV4 compact crossover, the current version of which debuted in 2006. The RAV4 was mildly refreshed for 2009, but it’s ripe for a redesign. These spy photos show that the next RAV4 is going to change quite a bit from its current form and move closer to the crossover mainstream. 

Why It Matters: The compact-crossover segment is a cash cow, and despite its age, the RAV4 still is one of the more popular offerings out there. When the RAV4 first went on sale in the U.S. in 1996, it was a quirky little SUV powered by a tiny four-cylinder engine. Each successive generation of the RAV4, however, has grown larger and heavier. The contemporary RAV4 can be had with a hairy-chested 3.5-liter V-6 that puts out 269 hp, and a third row of seats is available. The next iteration of the crossover, however, will need to compete with the new Ford Escape, the Mazda CX-5, as well as the venerable Honda CR-V. That means it will need to retain a roomy cabin but deliver the fuel economy buyers facing down $4-a-gallon gasoline expect. 

Platform: Based on these spy photos, don’t be surprised if the new RAV4 arrives on a modified version of the current model’s platform. That’s because in addition to some drastic stylistic changes, it looks like a size increase may be in store for the 2013 as well. Although most of the car in the photos is covered up, the sweeping roofline and fast windshield make it clear that the new RAV4 will abandon its off-road pretensions and embrace its crossover roots.

The mule in the photos lacks a tailgate-mounted spare tire—the RAV4 is one of the last small SUVs to retain such a feature. (Certain “Sport” versions on sale today get spare-less tailgates, but the tailgate mounting position is the current RAV4’s default configuration.) Given the long, horizontal, Camry-like taillights on the prototype, we expect all versions of the production car will also go without the old-school setup. Up front, additional Camry-inspired touches peek through the camo, including the headlights, grille openings, and fog-light nacelles. 

Powertrain: The changes to the RAV4’s powertrain should be much more evolutionary than those made to the crossover’s styling. Unlike many of its mid-size competitors, the latest Camry sedan retained its optional six-cylinder engine instead of moving to a four-cylinder-only lineup. Therefore, we expect the RAV4 to keep its brawny six; the current base engine, a 179-hp, 2.5-liter four, should carry over as well. The current RAV4’s four-cylinder still utilizes a four-speed automatic—whew, that’s a lot of “fours”—and it’s possible that Toyota will drop in a six-speed to improve fuel economy. The same upgrade could be in store for the V-6, which presently backs up to a five-speed auto.

Competition: Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, GMC Terrain, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5.

Estimated Arrival Time: The redesigned 2013 RAV4 likely won’t appear at an auto show until later this year. It could go on sale as early as this fall

2009 Ford Flex, The Best Reasons to Buy American

It’s comfortable. It’s accommodating. It has tons of family fun stuffs inside, including optional DVD entertainment, Sirius Travel Link with real-time gas-price monitoring, four sunroofs, and, in all likelihood, some sort of live feed from the International Space Station. There are all sorts of things we like about the 2009 Ford Flex. But the thing we like most is that all those things are creatively combined in an inspired package, one that is futuristic and familiar, conservative and brazen, original and derivative—all at once.

Besides, the Flex has a lot going for it other than its looks. Once people take a look inside, they might forget about the wrapper altogether. Is it fun to drive? Not really. Will it scuttle the fam around with tons of comfort and space, but without sucking down every dollar in your budget at the gas pump? Yes. And that sort of clever all-things-to-all-families capability is exactly what this kind of vehicle should be, even if its packaging isn’t all things to all families but is all things to an enthusiastic few. Among all family-hauling SUVs being sold today, we judge the Ford Flex to be one of America’s very best

The Best New Car Waiting in 2013

2013 SRT Viper
When: December 2012
How Much: TBD
Our Guess: $100,000 

With a 640-hp V-10 and a body made of magnesium, aluminum, and carbon fiber, we're expecting greatness from Chrysler's supercar. And at 100 grand, it'd better be great—there's already a Corvette ZR1 in this price range that can eat Ferraris, and the C7 will only up the ante. Plus there's a certain new Mustang that's far cheaper and should be mighty impressive too. And even if the Viper is faster than the Ford or Chevy in a straight line, it must improve its handling over the outgoing model. While SRT folks are claiming a scorching 0-to-60 time of 3.5 seconds and a 206-mph top speed for the new car, the last Viper was time-warp-fast too—and also saddled with unpredictable handling and frequent maintenance headaches.

Haunted by those ghosts of Vipers past, Chrysler engineers started over. They lowered the car's weight by about 140 pounds and made its chassis 50 percent stiffer. (That alone tells you how far Chrysler had to go to make a Viper that's world class.) The Tremec-supplied six-speed manual (no automatic, at least not yet) is said to have far lower clutch effort, while bringing tighter ratios and more precise feel. The suspension is entirely new, again with the aim of more predictable handling. And there's a multi-setting stability-control system with a full-off mode for the track. That could be great, but only if the car doesn't actually need the electronic assist to handle like a supercar.

That will be key. This Viper is designed to challenge cars that can reach nine tenths of their potential without technological guardrails. The SRT needs to get in that ballpark to be a real winner.

Toyota Venza Come to Indonesia in 2013

Toyota Venza Back With a New Face. Toyota Venza is rumored to be out in the Indonesian market in June 2012 but its price is given in the last month. new car price is still uncertain.

New car price named in the 2013 Venza is priced tag of $ 27,700. This price does not include shipping costs and services. 2013 Venza’s price has increased by $ 275 than the Venza models last year. But this increase was due to 2013 Venza is more sophisticated than its predecessor.

2013 Toyota Venza is a car that has all the luxury Toyota Camry. For this type of new Venza, Toyota provides three color choices are Black, Cypress Pearl and Cosmic Gray Mica. To be sure this car will not make the buyer regret it because the engine is no less cool with her appearance

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