2010 Detroit Auto Show in Review (cont’d)

12 Jan 2010 | 2,345 views | No Comment
The byword on the second day of press previews at the North American International Auto Show was luxury, as Lincoln and Cadillac unveiled new models to entice buyers to showrooms. lincoln-mkx While Lincoln’s sexy new commercials provided a film noir background, Ford’s finest rolled out a substantially redone MKX crossover. The current model has been a big seller for the company, and it was clear that the redo was a carefully measured one so as not to upset the consumer applecart in dealers across the country. The exterior changes on the new model are largely aimed at bringing the new MKX into a closer family tie-in with other models. That was particularly evident in the split-wing grille that dates back to classic Lincolns of the 30s and 40s. Other exterior changes included low key bodyside bright work, new taillights, and more prominent exhaust tips. In side, the interior has been updated, and a centerpiece is a console with the all-new MyLincoln Touch driver connect technology. Company officials said the emphasis was on making the connective relationship with the car much easier, and to enab le drivers to perform functions without taking their eyes off the road. The feature is standard equipment on toe 2011 Lincoln MKX. The MKX will now be powered by an all-new 3.76 liter Duratec V-6 engine with 305 horsepower and 280 ft.-lb of torque. Lincoln says it will provide class-leading performance, and highway fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon. 2011-cadillac-cts-v Down at the Cadillac stand, the new CTS-V coupe, with a 556 horsepower supercharged V-8 engine took center stage. The striking coupe will be available with a six speed manual or six speed automatic transmission, and comes with Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride control and Brembo brakes. The CTS-V has its own unique grille design that doubles the car’s air intake volume cadillac-xts-platinum But the star of the show on the second day clearly was Cadillac’s latest concept car, the XTS Platinum Concept. Word is that this car is a thinly disguised version of an all-new sedan that Cadillac will bring out for the 2012 model year to replace the STS Sedan and the DTS Sedan. The XTS Platinum concept has a brawny, sinewy look to it with full wheel well openings, with a short, high deck that is adorned with a rear spoiler with a vee-shaped stop lamp embedded in it. The car features a fashionably high belt line, and it rides on 20 inch, 11-spoke wheels with a brushed aluminum face. You’ll see Cadillac’s signature Art and Science design elements like vertical headlamps and tail lamps with integrated light pipes and rich looks. This car is powered by a 3.6 liter V-6 that is part of a plug-in hybrid system, which is Cadillac’s first. The system puts out 350 horsepower. The interior is designed to be a personal headquarters for the lucky owner, with an emphasis on smooth interfacing between the driver and the car’s electronics systems. Cadillac says the inspiration for the interior with its layered look came from the petals of an orchid. The interior is done in light cream contrasted with darker colors, and rich wood. The leather seats, Cadillac says, feature a new kind of automotive suede that has a laser-etched pattern. bentley-mulsanne
  • iToday’s luxury car showings were preceded by yesterday’s unveiling of Bentley’s new flagship, the Mulsanne, which features a tasteful redesign that combines traditional Bentley styling elements with contemporary expressions. It’s powered by a 505 horsepower, twin turbocharged V-8. As you can imagine, the interior was breathtaking, and, like the exterior, has familiar Bentley elements with a contemporary flair. There’s a lot more wood and leather in the Mulsanne than the previous model, and that was done to enhance an even more luxurious ambiance than the prior model.
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