We all know the Super Duty is a rugged workaholic but, this year, Ford gussies it up for a night on the town with an available new Platinum series that will exceed even the Lariat and King Ranch for upscale content. It's available in Crew Cab only, and powered by either a 6.2- liter sohc gasoline engine or the amazingly quiet 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel. The Platinum has unique exterior touches like a perforated satin-chrome mesh grille and 20-in. polished aluminum wheels. Inside are 10-way-power leather captain's chairs, a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a navigation system viewed on the 8-in. screen of MyFord Touch, which is new throughout the Super Duty lineup and optimized even for users who may be wearing work gloves.
The 2013 Maserati GranTurismo is a four-passenger Italian grand touring exotic, available as a coupe and convertible. The coupe is available in two trims, the MC and the new Sport, and the convertible is also available in two trims, base and Sport.
The GranTurismo Sport coupe is powered by a 454 horsepower 4.7-liter V8 engine with a 6-speed ZF automatic transmission, while the MC coupe's and Sport convertible's 4.7-liter V8 puts out 444 horsepower and the base convertible 4.7-liter V8 produces 433 horsepower. An electronically-controlled Skyhook suspension automatically adjusts to the conditions of the road. Standard features include Brembo brakes, directionally-adaptive bi-xenon headlights, heated power sport seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and a Bose sound system with hard drive and navigation system. The MC includes revised transmission shifting, a tuned exhaust system, sport suspension combined with a special stability program, and unique front and rear fascia and side skirts. The Sport convertible features a modified Skyhook sport suspension, 20-inch alloy wheels, slotted brake discs, a revised exhaust system, and black headlight assembly. The new-for-2013 Sport coupe includes a Sport Skyhook suspension, unique front and rear fascia, redesigned xenon headlamps now incorporating bright LED daytime running lights, dark-tinted rear taillamps, front and rear parking sensors, new front and rear seats, unique interior trim and a redesigned steering wheel. A wide variety of alloy wheels, brake caliper colors, and leather and wood trims are available on all trims.
For 2013, the GranTurismo coupe Sport trim replaces the S Automatic trim. The GranTurismo convertible is carried over.
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.
It's in the exterior design, of course, but there has always been something quite solid looking about Nissan's Armada. This Mississippi-built full-size SUV backs that look of strength with a 5.6-liter V-8 that provides 317 bhp and 385 lb.-ft. of torque, matched to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Properly equipped, the Armada can tow up to 9000 lb. Being a proper SUV, the Armada can be ordered with 2- or 4-wheel drive, with a limited-slip differential and standard Vehicle Dynamic Control. Armadas come in three forms: SV, SL and Platinum, and the minor changes for 2012 add a standard power liftgate on two models, heated front seats on SLs, and heated second-row seats for the Platinum.
The Ford Edge is a five-passenger crossover sport utility that answers the call for a roomy vehicle with utility and style. It isn't a truck. Nor is it a minivan. Yet it's more than a car.
The front-, or all-wheel drive Edge is powered by a 285-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, while the Edge Sport adds a 305-hp 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6; both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission, the Sport adds steering wheel shift paddles. Available on the front-wheel drive SE, SEL and Limited trims is a 237-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine which boasts enhanced fuel economy. Standard safety features on all models include six airbags, four wheel anti-lock brakes, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, auto-locking power locks, an occupant classification system and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Optional safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control, collision warning, blind spot detection, rear-view camera and rain sensing wipers. MyFord driver connect technology manages all the information the driver needs, with minimal distraction to actually driving.