The 77-year-old Suburban has developed multiple personalities in its lifetime. One is a massive, luxurious station wagon, historically favored by Texans. Optional equipment includes power-operated running boards and a body that's refined with no gaps between bumper panels and sheet metal. The next personality is a butch off-roader, with a locking rear differential, big tow hooks in the front and a front skid plate. The base Suburban comes standard with a 320-bhp 5.3-liter V-8 and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine has an iron-block in rear-drive models, while the 4-wheel-drive models get an aluminum version of the V-8. The heavier-duty 2500 model gets a larger 352-bhp 6.0-liter V-8, plus a more robust frame and suspension.
The Passat is the largest passenger car in the Volkswagen line-up. It has all the refinements and technology expected of a sophisticated German vehicle, but is now built in the USA specifically for the North American driver.
The Passat is offered as a front-wheel drive four-door sedan with four engine choices; a 170-hp, 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder, a 170-hp, 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder, a 140-hp, 2.0-liter TDI diesel four-cylinder, and a 280-hp 3.6-liter VR6. Numerous transmissions are available, a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic with the 2.5L, a six-speed auto with the 1.8T, a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG with the TDI, and a six-speed DSG is standard with the VR6. Standard safety features include six airbags, four-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring, engine immobilizer and an intelligent crash response system that unlocks all doors, shuts off fuel and electrical supply and turns on the hazard lights. Standard creature comfort features include front and rear center armrests, trip computer, keyless entry, automatic headlights with coming home function, cruise control and Bluetooth phone connectivity.
For 2014, the big news is that a new 1.8T four-cylinder engine will be gradually replacing the 2.5-liter. Also, a rearview camera has been added as standard to SE and up trims.
The BMW 640i is offered in both coupe and convertible versions; both showcase performance paired seamlessly with elegant styling. All of this exclusivity is offered in one very dynamic vehicle.
The rear-wheel drive 640i is powered by a 315-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection, mated to an eight-speed Sport automatic transmission with manual mode and shift paddles. The 640i is equipped with a sport-tuned suspension, Dynamic Driving Control, 18-inch aluminum wheels, adaptive bi-xenon headlights and Comfort Access keyless entry/start. Inside its lush cabin, the 640i provides seating for four, with high-quality leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control and genuine wood trim. A voice-activated hard drive-based navigation system, including 12 gigabytes of dedicated media storage, HD radio and Bluetooth wireless connectivity are also standard. Safety features include anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and traction control, front and rear parking sensors with rearview camera, active anti-whiplash front head restraints and up to eight airbags. A Driver Assistance Package is available, providing more advanced systems such as lane-departure warning, blind spot detection, head-up display and an automated parking assistant. The 640i can also be outfitted with active cruise control and night vision, while other options include full LED lights and Integral Active Steering.
The BMW 640i now comes with more standard equipment for 2013. The list includes ECO PRO automatic start/stop function for improved efficiency, heated front seats, and satellite radio
The Cadillac CTS offers a range of vehicles to suit any lifestyle. The amazing CTS Coupe, practical Sport Wagon, and respected, award winning Sedan all offer optional all-wheel-drive, an impressively finished interior and a large dose of style. For 2014 the CTS sedan is all-new with an available 420-hp twin-turbo V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. The sedan will be released in the fall of 2013.
Depending on model, the CTS is available in Base, Luxury, Performance, and Premium trims. The CTS comes standard with either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels and 19-inch polished alloy wheels are optional. The standard engine is a four-cam, 3.0-liter V6 with direct injection and variable valve-timing generating 270 horsepower. A direct injected 3.6-liter V6, now with 318 horsepower, is available. The transmission is a six-speed automatic, and a variable-torque full-time all-wheel-drive system can be added to either engine. With seating for four the CTS Coupe includes the 3.6 liter engine as standard equipment. The Sedan and Sport Wagon include seating for five. Feature highlights include a standard Bose audio system with XM Satellite radio, eight speakers and auxiliary input jack. A power sunroof, keyless access, rear camera, and an upgraded radio with DVD-Audio, Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound, 40 gB Hard Drive, and a USB port are available.
For 2014, the CTS coupe and wagon are carried over from 2013, the sedan is all-new.
The Audi TTS brings S-level performance to the iconic sports car in the Audi/VW AG family, and is aimed directly at the segment leading cars from BMW and Porsche.
The TTS blends the original Bauhaus styling with Audi's current modern design theme and advanced technology. The coupe's spaceframe is 69% aluminum and 31% steel (roadster = 58/42%), with most of the steel in the rear to offset the weight of the engine and better balance the car. All TTS's are powered by a 265-hp TFSI turbocharged direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic S-tronic transmission. The all-wheel drive quattro system has been customized specifically to the TTS for faster response time. Unique body treatments, 19-inch wheels and black brake calipers provide the visual differentiation from the TT and safety features include front, side and knee airbags, tire pressure monitoring, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes and stability control.
For 2014, the Bose surround sound system, headlight washers, heated seats and adaptive headlights have been added to standard equipment.