2015 Chevrolet Suburban
The Suburban started out way back in 1935 as a sort of bare-bones pickup truck/station-wagon hybrid, but effectively laid down the formula for what we today consider an SUV. 2015 will mark the introduction of the twelfth-generation Chevrolet Suburban. GM will completely redesign and re-engineer the large SUV for the 2015 model year, maintaining the promise of a capable body-on-frame SUV for off-loading, towing, and carrying passengers.
The 2015 Suburban will be the first redesign of the nameplate in eight years. While GMC puts all its full-size SUVs under one umbrella, the Suburban leaves the short-wheelbase duties to the Chevy Tahoe. The long-wheelbase model in Chevy’s portfolio is 130 inches long in wheelbase as it was in the previous generation and more than 220 inches long overall, slightly stretched from the last Suburban.
The 2015 Chevy Suburban debuts with the same 5.3-liter, small-block V-8 engine offered as the mid-level powerplant for the 2014 Silverado. It’s part of the same Ecotec 3 engine family based on the fifth-generation GM small-block engine, and gets the same variable valve timing, direct injection, and Active Fuel Management cylinder-deactivation feature as the Silverado’s mill.
Output stands at a prodigious 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque increases of 35 horsepower and 57 lb-ft over the outgoing Suburban’s 5.3-liter V-8. Power is again routed to either the rear wheels or all four through a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel-economy figures for the latest Suburban aren’t yet available, but don’t be surprised if the new truck improves on the old one’s 15 mpg city, 21 mpg highway EPA ratings…
Germany automaker Audi has just taken the wraps off the facelifted 2015 Audi A7 Sportback range including the current range-topping S7 Sportback. Featuring a host of subtle visual changes while also packing more power than ever before, the facelifted A7 and S7 Sportbacks are even more special than the outgoing models.
2015 Mercedes-Benz V-Class
Launched in Munich, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz V-class will be sold in Europe from this spring, and it’s possible that it will eventually be offered in the U.S., too. While the decision on the 2015 V-class has yet to be taken, it is clear that its Vito working-class brother will come to these shores to complement the bigger Sprinter.
The new luxury MPV offers two equipment lines, an Exterior Sports package and an Interior Design package for each line, two wheelbase options, three body lengths from 4985 mm to 5370 mm and a huge range of optional extras, making it perfect for families or luxurious VIP or hotel shuttle.
Under the hood, the V-Class will offer a 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine in three output levels: the V200 CDI with 136PS (134hp) and 330Nm; the V220 CDI with 163PS (161hp) and 380Nm; and the V250 BlueTEC with 190PS (187hp) and 440Nm. The last two versions return an average fuel economy of 5.7l/100km (41.3mpg US / 49.6mpg UK) and 6.0l/100km (39.2mpg US / 47.1mpg UK) respectively.
The interior of the new V-Class features high-quality appointments and reflects the style of Mercedes-Benz passenger car models. It thus very clearly embodies the unmistakable Mercedes-Benz passenger car design philosophy of ‘sensual clarity’. The typical contrasting interplay of organic surfaces and clear lines, along with warm and cool colour tones, conveys an exceptional sense of harmony and serves to underline the high-class feel of the vehicle.
The heated and cooled captain’s chairs are comfortable and supportive, with full electric adjustment, while the adjustable armrests help to give a relaxed feel at the wheel. Visibility from the driver’s seat is good, and there are front and rear parking sensors plus four cameras that give the V-Class driver a 360-degree view of what’s going on around the vehicle…
2015 Kia Sedona
The Korean automaker Kia has revealed the 2015 Sedona before the van’s official public unveiling at the upcoming 2014 New York Auto Show. A new engine, a fully redone interior and new styling on the outside make this Kia relevant in a market where if never really competed against the top players.