The Jeep Grand Cherokee retains Jeep's legendary off-road prowess while providing many luxurious and technical amenities.
The Grand Cherokee is available in two-wheel and four-wheel drive configuration with five trims levels: Laredo, Limited, Overland, Summit, and SRT8 (four-wheel drive only). All trims (except the SRT8) are powered by a 290-hp 3.6-liter V6. The V6 can be upgraded to a 360-hp 5.7-liter V8, or even a new 240-hp 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6. The SRT8 trim features an exclusive 470-hp 6.4-liter V8 Hemi engine. All trims and engine combinations are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. Both V8 engines feature a Multi-Displacement System (MDS), which seamlessly deactivates four of the eight cylinders depending on engine operating conditions. Adaptive cruise control, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated leather seats, heated steering wheel, power liftgate, rear seat DVD entertainment system, rear parking camera, a multimedia infotainment system with hard drive navigation system, and UConnect wireless connectivity are available. The optional (standard on the 4x4 Overland and Summit) QuadraLift air suspension features full time four corner load leveling and improved off-road performance by increasing ground clearance. Standard safety features include seven airbags, electronic stability control, active font head restraints, brake assist, and tire pressure monitoring.
For 2014, the Jeep Grand Cherokee's interior and exterior receives a significant redesign. The 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine and eight-speed automatic transmission are new additions. Also, more features and advanced technology have been added as well.
The all-wheel drive Bentley Continental GT coupe features a luxurious handcrafted interior with a large variety of custom trim options, including aluminum and numerous types of wood veneers. A V8 trim joins the W12 trim for 2013 and is distinguished by a black gloss matrix grille with chrome frame and centre bar, a red enamel Bentley badge, a black matrix three-segment lower front bumper divided by distinctive body-coloured strakes, and unique chromed 'figure eight' exhaust tailpipes.
The Continental GT's flexible-fuel, twin turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine produces 567 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of torque and sends power through a strengthened ZF 6-speed automatic transmission with Quickshift steering column mounted gearshift paddles. The new-for-2013 direct-injected, variable displacement, twin turbocharged 6.0-liter V8 engine makes 500 horsepower and is mated to a new 8-speed ZF automatic transmission with Quickshift steering column mounted gearshift paddles. The standard all-wheel-drive system's power split has a 40:60 rear bias for a sporting feel in terms of handling and mid-corner acceleration. Continuous Damping Control (CDC) constantly monitors the car's attitude and poise, adjusting the suspension settings hundreds of times a second to provide a remarkably supple ride at low speeds and increased control as speeds climb. Optional light-weight carbon ceramic brakes offer superior durability and reduce brake fade, where the brakes become less effective due to overheating in extremely demanding conditions. Heated memory power seats, in a distinctive 'cobra'-design for added comfort and enhanced rear cabin space, are standard. Premium grade leather and genuine wood trim are used throughout the interior, and the V8 trim features a unique new Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus veneer. 21-inch aluminum wheels are available in chrome and painted finishes. The Continental GT's infotainment system features a high-resolution touch-screen interface for navigation and infotainment functions. An 11-speaker Naim for Bentley system, created exclusively for the Continental GT by British specialists Naim, employs Dirac Dimensions digital signal processing. A rear reversing camera is also available.
GM’s Acadia hits the family sweet spot with 7- or 8-passenger seating, front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive layout, and towing capacity of 5200 lb. The second-row Smart Slide system makes it easy to crawl in or out, and you don’t have to travel far down the option list to find a kid-friendly rear-seat entertainment system. Families who avoided the worst of the Great Recession’s carnage may want to examine the upscale Denali, which includes perforated leather seats with matching door trim, heated and cooled driver and passenger seats, a head-up display and Dual SkyScrape sunroof. GMC keeps things simple with a single powertrain configuration, a 288-bhp VVT V-6 with 6-speed automatic. For 2012, there are new colors and some formerly optional equipment is now standard.
Lamborghini is celebrating its history of building exciting sports cars with the introduction of the Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni. Balboni is the legendary test driver hired by the company’s founder Ferruccio Lamborghini. He has been in every Lamborghini prototype and production car since 1973. The special Gallardo Balboni comes exclusively in rear-wheel-drive form, with chassis and suspension tuned to allow a more dynamic handling character as compared to the all-wheel-drive models. The exterior of the Balboni is distinguished by white and gold stripes running the length of the car. The interior is also unique with mostly black leather upholstery again contrasted by white trim and stripes, and a badge bearing Valentino Balboni’s signature. Only 250 Balbonis will be built. The rest of the Gallardo models remain mostly unchanged.
From mild to wild, Mercedes offers E-Class models to suit everyone's fancy. The E350 sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon gain a new 3.5-liter 302-bhp direct-injection V-6 and 7-speed automatic. An unchanged BlueTEC diesel remains a sedan option. E550 models receive a new 402-bhp 4.6-liter twin-turbo V-8. A wagon joins the sedan for the hot E63 AMG treatment including a new 518-bhp 5.5-liter V-8 and 7-speed MCT transmission. The former also features a panorama roof and rearview camera. E-Class safety, infotainment and luxury equipment varies by model. Convertibles are fitted with a 2-piece Aircap wind deflector to help reduce turbulence with the top down. Wagons have standard 7-passenger seating, a power tailgate and rear air suspension.