At The Wheel
What's New for 2007? How about 61 New Models!
by Les Jackson
We don’t want you to miss a thing so here’s a quick look at what the World’s automakers have in store for the 2007
model year and beyond:
Acura enters 2007 with the all-new RDX entry-level SUV, featuring Acura's first turbocharged engine that produces 240 horsepower and Drive-by-Wire. Super-Handling All Wheel Drive and luxury appointments abound in this premium vehicle. It's so well equipped that only one option package is available. The second-generation MDX features Acura's most powerful engine, a 3.7 liter V6 with 300 horsepower, carrying on its tremendous appeal in the marketplace. The TL has a revised exterior and interior as well as an improved NAV system, plus the addition of the new Type-S high performance model. The RL adds new interior features and is now available in three distinct trim levels. TSX continues its popularity, offering high fuel mileage along with impressive performance and the addition of tire pressure monitoring.
Aston Martin keeps its place at the high end of "civilized" performance cars. The flagship Vanquish S is the most powerful car ever offered by the company and its silky smooth V12's 520 horsepower will quite effortlessly propel the car to over 200 mph. The DB9 maintains its unique levels of comfort, refinement and performance in the GT class. The DB9 Volante features a 17-second transformation from top-up to top-down enjoyment. The "affordable" V8 Vantage offers impressive performance and hand-built quality to those who want an everyday luxury sports car.
Audi makes subtle changes all over the product line. The A3 2.0T replaces the Sport Package with an S line Package, receiving more aggressive front and rear fascias, and S line badging on the exterior. The A3 also has a new Technology Package and Sirius Satellite Radio. The S4 sedan receives the aggressive DTM exterior bumpers, including front/rear carbon fiber trim as an option. The redesigned Symphony radio on the A4/S4/RS 4 now has the ability to play MP3-encoded CDs in the integrated 6-disc changer, has a larger screen with larger font, and the deletion of the cassette player.
A4 2.0T Sedan/Avant models receive 4-spoke leather multi-function steering wheels. 2.0T S line Package keeps 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel, with shift paddles on automatic models. The A4 3.2 Sedan/Avant now has a standard sunroof and 17-inch,
5-spoke wheel. S4 Sedan/Avant models receive a standard sunroof and interior color combinations have been expanded. The new RS 4 model is loaded with luxury features and offers a sunroof delete option in all configurations. Also new for 2007, the A4/S4 Cabriolet models feature a noise-limiting Acoustic Top. An S-Package will now be available on the A6 Avant and other A6 models receive interior upgrades. The much-awaited S6 will feature the V10 FSI engine and stunning performance. The new Q7 enters the SUV market with a fully-optioned, 350 horsepower vehicle capable of moving 6 people in complete luxury and safety. The venerable A8 sedan keeps getting better and better, and a 450 horsepower version of the S8 now enters the marketplace. For those roadster enthusiasts, there will be no 2007 model of the Audi TT. The all-new TT coupe and Roadster will arrive as 2008 models. They will feature the 2.0T turbocharged four-cylinder and 3.2 narrow-angle V6 engines, and six-speed manual and S tronic® transmissions.
Bentley unveils the Continental GTC convertible, a stunning addition to the elegant, high-performance Bentley marque. A Diamond series limited offering of 400 will fill out the Continental lineup. Bentley will also create 60 Arnage models as the Diamond Series. Distinguishing features include 19-inch wheels and Mulliner accents. There are a few cosmetic changes to the Arnage R and T as well, and the Flying Spur continues to please those who only want the best.
BMW adds the all-wheel-drive 328xi Coupe to the much loved 3 Series and look for a convertible late in the new year. The M5 will now be available with a manual gearbox and Night Vision and HD Radio are new options. The 760i is dropped from the lineup and the Series receives "BMW Individual," options such as Merino leather, Alcantara headliners, illuminated doorsills, specialized interior trim, 20-inch wheels and unique exterior colors. The 7-Series also receives the Hydrogen 7, the world's first hydrogen-drive luxury performance automobile, capable of running on gasoline or hydrogen. X3 gets significantly refreshed for '07, with more power, safety features, exterior treatment and a new name: BMW X3 3.0si. X3 becomes the first BMW sports-activity vehicle to include Dynamic Traction Control. An all new X5 arrives at showrooms, having grown in size and luxury. Third row seating is now available along with a long list of other features.
Buick rushes into the new year with the new Enclave luxury SUV, with 275 horsepower and Buick's first 6-speed automatic transmission. Enclave is nothing less than the new face of Buick. The brand carries on with addition of OnStar Turn-by-Turn voice-activated navigation to every model in the division's lineup. The technology downloads complete directions, played through the sound system, to the customer after contacting an OnStar advisor. LaCross offers two powertrains, including a standard 200-horsepower V6, and interior features add sportier cluster graphics and Harvest Burl wood trim. Lucerne adds GPS/DVD navigation and optional heated steering wheel along with two new exterior colors. Ranier also adds two new exterior colors and features GM's fuel-saving Active Fuel Management technology. Rendevous adds more options for its CX trim level, including second-row removable captain's chairs, XM Satellite radio and a trailer hitch. Terraza now features GM's 3.9 liter V6 which generates 240 horsepower. Later in the year a FlexFuel version of the Terraza will be introduced.
Bugatti offers the Veyron 16.4 coupe, a sixteen-cylinder, four turbocharger, 987 horsepower supercar for very well-heeled and wealthy buyers. At well over 1 million dollars, owners can expect the highest level of craftsmanship and performance.
Cadillac has completely redesigned the Escalade family. Power now comes from a 6.2 liter all-aluminum V8, delivering 403 horsepower. Sleeker exterior styling is complimented by a distinctive-to-Cadillac interior that showers luxury and refinement to the occupants. The STS-V is now the most powerful Cadillac ever, with 469 horsepower coming from hand-assembled Northstar V8 engines. STS-V also features hand-sewn leather interiors, ushering in a new standard of quality. XLR-V remains the fastest Cadillac in the lineup, with sportscar handling and 443 supercharged horsepower accenting its retractable hard top. Two new special editions are now available; XLR Platinum and Passion Red. SRX comes into the new year with a completely new interior that takes advantage of Cadillac's new "cut-and-sew" craftsmanship process. DTS adds more standard equipment and new exterior and interior colors, along with a distinct new Cadillac keyfob. Its navigation systems adds maps for Korea and Taiwan. CTS adds OnStar's Connections and Directions to its NavTraffic service and CTS-V models continue to delight the performance-oriented driver. Also new is the 6L50 Hydra-Matic six speed transmission, standard for all front-wheel and all-wheel drive V8 models.
Chevrolet unveils the redesigned Aveo, its entry-level sedan. All new exterior and interior designs accompany a huge range of standard and value-oriented optional features. New for 2007 is a five-door version Aveo5, a more sporty version that offers a more European driving feel. Impala gets a new 3.9 liter V6 with Active Fuel Management and significant exterior/interior changes, plus OnStar Turn-by-Turn navigation. Malibu and Malibu Maxx receive engines from a new family of overhead valve, 60-degree V6's along with minor upgrades. Monte Carlo now offers a factory Rally Stripe package on SS models, accenting their 5.3 liter V8 performance, and E85 capability for its 3.5 liter V6 engines. America's sportscar, Corvette, blasts into 2007 offering the 505-horsepower ZO6, while coupe and convertibles receive some nice optional interior features that owners have asked for.
On the truck side, the all-new Tahoe enters the fleet, while other models receive Active Engine Management, E85 capability, upgraded interiors, more powerful engines and other important changes. HHR continues to be a hit at the showrooms and returns with more power and more color choices, inside and out. Trailblazer SS becomes a distinct model, available in two equipment package levels. Uplander gets four new exterior colors, new wheels and standard StabiliTrak.
Chrysler launches the Aspen, the first-ever full-size SUV for the brand, available in both RWD and 4X4 configurations. An all-new Sebring mid-size sedan also joins the product range, featuring upscale design and a host of electronic gadgetry, sure to please the most demanding of buyers. Three engine choices are available on the new Sebring, from a 2.4 liter four to a 3.5 liter V6. Chrysler 300 adds the W.P. Chrysler Executive Series long-wheelbase sedans with two engine options and all models offer new available features like adaptive cruise control and auto-dimming passenger side exterior mirrors. 300C SRT8 models receive new colors and optional rear seat video systems. Crossfire gets a unique monochromatic look and a new set of standard safety features including passenger front Occupant Classification System and multi-stage driver front air bag. Pacifica rolls out with an all-new powertrain featuring a 4.0 liter SOHC aluminum V6 that produces 253 horsepower and freshened interior and exterior appointments. PT Cruiser adds three new colors and upgraded interior materials, along with Boston Premium Audio. Town and Country minivans add three new exterior colors.
Dodge unveils the new Caliber, an entry-level crossover SUV available in three models: SE, SXT and R/T. Signature crosshair grilles and a long list of standard and optional features ensure major consumer acceptance. Also new for 2007 is the 5-passenger Nitro, a bold new mid-sized SUV, available in three models with two different powertrain choices and loaded with "must-have" features. The Charger lineup receives two new models, the SXT and R/T with all-wheel drive, along with exterior and interior features. Caravan models receive two new exterior colors. Dakota trucks maintain their position as the largest in their class, adding a standard dual-position tailgate, new exterior colors and stain resistant interior materials along with engine upgrades and E85 capability. Durango continues with new front and rear fascias and other trim details as well as optional quad bucket seats, a 115 volt power inverter (all with rear HVAC) and 45-state flex fuel capability. Magnum gets eight updated exterior colors, SIRIUS Satellite radio and standard Sunscreen privacy glass. Ram pickups add E85 compatible 4.7 liter engines and optional electronic stability program, as well as optional remote start. Heavy duty versions have an all-new 6.7 liter Cummins Turbo diesel with 650 lb-ft of torque. The commercial van market continues to be dominated by the Sprinter, known for its versatility. The high-performance Viper continues as an extension of the 2006 model with new exterior colors and interior accents, plus an additional 10 horsepower – now at 510. SRT10 versions will not be offered as a 2007 model but a 2008 model will come later.
Ferrari introduces the spectacular 599 GTB Fiorano to its impressive lineup. The V12, 611-horsepower supercar becomes the worthy successor to the legendary F40. It carries a huge list of high-tech components that make it the most advanced car ever produced by Ferrari. The 612 Scaglietti and F430 coupe and spider models continue delighting owners.
Ford continues the Mustang legacy by adding for 2007 the stunningly-fast Shelby GT500 version which, at 500 horsepower, is the most powerful Mustang every produced. Other Mustang offerings include the new GT California Special Package and a host of other goodies to continue the legend. The new Edge enters the crossover market with performance from a 3.5-liter V6 and innovative features like an MP3 player jack, console laptop storage and advanced safety. The venerable Crown Victoria now offers a simplified lineup with the Standard and LX, new premium Sport Handling and Performance Package and standard AM/FM CD on all models. Escape buyers will welcome the new, completely redesigned 2008 model later in the year while current models now offer the Silver Appearance Package, updated XLT Sport series and new exterior colors, while Escape Hybrid continues with outstanding fuel economy, achieving 36 mpg in the city. Expedition comes with an all new chassis and standard side airbags and RSC (rollover stability control). Explorer enters the new year with the Ironman Package for XLT models, availability of heated windshield and navigation on all models, and three new colors. The popular 500 offers simplified model lineup with SEL and Limited, standard side air curtain, standard 6-speed automatic and available SIRIUS satellite radio. Focus drives in with new exterior colors, an available Street Appearance Package and interior upgrade package. Freestyle now has standard side-impact airbags and side air curtains, along with new trim packages and two exterior colors. Fusion adds side airbags and air curtains, available all-wheel drive, optional wheels and new interior features. Ford trucks continue their dominance in the marketplace while offering new appearance and safety features. New, 2008 F-Series Super Duty models will come to dealerships later in the year.
GMC charges into the new model year with the Acadia crossover. Offering seating for as many as eight, car-like handling and plenty of storage space, the Acadia is powered by a 267-horsepower V6 and a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic. An all new Yukon lineup appeared in showrooms during 2006, featuring Active Fuel Management and E85 capability. Canyon pickups get larger displacement engines, both in the 2.9 liter four and 3.7 liter V6 versions. Tire pressure monitoring is standard and interior trim has been updated. Envoy offers a new 18-inch wheel choice and three new colors, while Savana now comes with E85 availability and more standard power, now at 295 horsepower.
Honda debuts the Accord Special Edition V6 sedan, featuring alloy wheels, steering wheel controls, a 6-disc CD changer and more. Civic adds the Si Sedan to its lineup, joining the Si Coupe in the high-performance arena, complete with 6-speed manual transmission and sport suspension. A Civic GX natural gas-powered version of the Civic also joins the fleet with a 39 mph gasoline-gallon equivalent. CR-V enters the new year with a completely redesigned body, featuring increased width and decreased length along with a more rigid structure and the latest noise-absorption materials. New standard features and options packages and a 10 horsepower increase make the CR-V more desirable than ever. Element gets an updated exterior and interior, more horsepower and safety equipment along with a new variation, the Element SC. The SC comes with a sport suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, unique interior and exterior features and a great new color: Root Beer Metallic. Fit, Honda's premium entry vehicle, adds a new audio system, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifter controls in the Sport model and a number of new features. Odyssey minivans continue their tremendous popularity and '07 additions include a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, center pocket coin holder, tire pressure monitoring and new exterior colors. Ridgeline pickups can now be had in a new trim level, RTX, that comes with a standard trailer hitch, alloy wheels and several other desirable features. Pilot adds new exterior colors.
Hummer extends its appeal with the addition of new H3 and H2 limited editions. H3 is fitted with a new 3.7 liter DOHC Vortec engine that produces 242 horsepower, and the new H3X enters as a "factory customized" model that first appeared as a concept vehicle. H2's new limited edition model comes in a Glacier Blue color and offers a rear camera system, carbon fiber interior accents, rear DVD entertainment and plenty of capability.
Hyundai introduces an all new Santa Fe, the second generation of the popular SUV. Upscale refinements and a plethora of safety items (stability control, anti-whiplash active head restraints, six airbags and more) make the Santa Fe more of a bargain than ever. Hyundai comes off a year of fresh introductions with additional refinements. Azera receives a tire pressure monitoring system, steering wheel audio controls and electroluminescent instruments. Elantra is all new for 2007, with a new body and interior and three models: GLS, SE and Limited. Buyers can expect far more for their money in the new Elantra. Sonata receives interior changes including XM Satellite radio and an Infinity audio system on the Limited model. Sonata's previous four models are replaced with GLS, SE and Limited. Tiburon now comes with cross-drilled front rotors, traction control and a redesigned front end treatment. Entourage minivans, introduced earlier in 2006, continue to offer maximum value.
Infiniti revises the popular G35 sedan, featuring an eye-catching exterior and feature-laden interior. A rear view monitor, touch screen navigation system with real-time traffic updates and a 300+ horsepower V6 engine give the G35 all the necessary updates to keep it at the front of the pack. The M sedan offers new options including Advanced Technology, Journey and others, along with new 18-inch wheels, standard HID headlights with Adaptive Front lighting. Infinit's FX crossover is pre-wired for iPod and folding sideview mirrors are made standard. Q56 gets more power and a new exterior color, Pacific Sapphire.
Jaguar unveils the new S-Type range as 2008 models, featuring an updated front end, new alloy wheel choices (including a 19-inch Barcelona). Interior upgrades include multifunction Sport seats, available mahogany veneer and all the elegance for which Jaguar is known. An exciting new sports sedan, the XF, will replace the S-Type line and makes its debut later in the year. The spectacular XK sports car, introduced in the spring of 2006, races its way into the new year offering uncompromised luxury, refinement and driving pleasure.
Jeep ushers in the new Compass for 2007, a completely different compact SUV that offers fun-to-drive featurers and a great price point for entry level buyers. Innovative interior features abound. Also new for '07 is the Patriot; a modern interpretation of traditional Jeep styling in a compact sport-utility vehicle. Wrangler enters the new year completely redesigned and touting three models: Wrangler X, Sahara and Rubicon. The Commander series adds the new Overland, featuring platinum-chrome exterior accents and wood, leather and suede interior accents. The Grand Cherokee just keeps getting better and for 2007 buyers can get a 3 liter common rail diesel engine or a flex-fuel-capable 4.7 liter SOHC V8. Five new colors and revised interiors keep the Grand Cherokee young at heart. Liberty models get expanded with the Sport and Limited 4X2 and 4X4 additions, plus a new Jeep Green Metallic color.
Kia launches the new 5-passenger Sorento, the third in a line of six new or updated models the company unveiled in 2006. Sportage models achieved a number of awards and, in addition to tire pressure monitoring, other minor refinements are added for the new year. Spectra and Spectra5 continue as high-value compact sedans with exterior and interior trim upgrades. The Rio and Rio5 models offer new alloy wheels, new manual and automatic transmission shifts and lots of performance for the money. Sedona SUV models continue to garner vehicle satisfaction and value awards. Kia also continues its industry-leading warranty coverage.
Land Rover adds the new Freelander 2 to its showrooms, redefining the compact premium 4X4 class. Designed from a fresh sheet of paper, the Freelander offers advanced technologies in a roomy, comfortable and totally functional package. Powered by a 3.2-liter i6 engine with 233 horsepower, the Freelander can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 8.4 seconds. Buyers can choose a 2.2-liter TD4 turbodiesel as well, and both engines are available with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Defender models receive a new 2.4-liter common rail diesel engine, new 6-speed gearbox, new facia and seating (with a full-sized forward facing third row option) and a new high-output heating system. Range Rover gets a powerful new V8 diesel that generates 272 horsepower and provides dramatic acceleration while maintaining excellent fuel economy. Added technologies include Terrain Response, electronic park brake and electronic rear "e" differential. More cabin stowage, enhanced finishes and cooled seat option make the Range Rover more desirable than ever.
Lamborghini excites enthusiasts with Murcielago LP640 Coupe and Roadster, giving breathtaking performance from 640 horsepower V12 engines that propel the beautiful cars from 0-62 mph in 3.4 neck-snapping seconds. The smaller – dare we say, less expensive – Gallardo and Gallardo Spyder give an awful lot of excitement for the money, with 500 horsepower engines and 0-62 times at 4.2 seconds. Discerning buyers won't be disappointed.
Lexus announces the GS 450h, all new for 2007 and the world's first full hybrid-powered luxury sport sedan. It's capable of operating in gas-only or electric-only modes or a combination, delivering impressive performance and fuel economy of 28 mpg on the highway. Lexus also brings in an all new, fifth generation ES 350 with a 272 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Stability control and eight airbags are standard, as is a power moonroof and all the features known by Lexus buyers. All new for 2007 are the LS 460 and LS 460 L, the company's first long-wheelbase model. The cars are powered by a new 380 horsepower, 4.6-liter engine and have the world's first 8-speed automatic transmission. IS 250 and 350 sedans receive a new X-Package option with sport suspension and 18-inch wheels, front spoiler and aluminum pedals. GS 350 replaces the GS 300, featuring a 306-horsepower engine. GS 430 receives an optional active stabilizer system and fifth-generation NAV system. SC 430 continues its reputation as a top notch hardtop convertible, with new driver and passenger knee airbags, passenger detection sensor, uni-blade windshield wiper and new exterior colors. RX 350 gets a new 3.5-liter V6 engine, acoustic glass windshield, Mark Levinson Premium Audio, larger 9-inch screen for the rear entertainment system, an upgraded NAV system with Bluetooth and voice activation and several other significant updates. RX400h, Lexus' hybrid luxury SUV, receives a wood-trim option on all interior colors, 9-inch screen for rear seat entertainment systems and direct-type tire pressure monitoring. GX470 receives an upgraded NAV system and available Mark Levinson Audio and an MP3/iPod input plug. LX470 receives a front passenger seat occupant classification sensor.
Lincoln follows the strong sales of the Zephyr by forging a new name, the MKZ. This entry-level luxury sedan now comes with a more powerful 3.5-liter V6, newly designed front end and available all-wheel drive. Big news for Lincoln is its first crossover SUV, the MKX. It offers ultra-quiet comfort, impressive fuel economy and a tuned four-wheel independent suspension system along with a full range of safety features. Town Car buyers will appreciate three new exterior colors, power adjustable pedals and standard climate control. Navigator adds the Navigator L, an extended version of the popular SUV that is 14.7 inches longer than the regular model and offers improved handling and roll stability control. Mark LT receives a new grille and headlamp design, standard auto-dimming driver sideview mirror, new wheels, interior accents and three new exterior colors.
Lotus introduces the Exige, a pure sports coupe that removes everything unnecessary for spirited driving for those who want the perfect platform on which to build driving skills. Balanced performance is the name of the game at Lotus, and the company continues to provide excitement and innovation in the delightful Elise roadster, a wonderful combination of light weight, impressive handling (over 1G on the skid pad), intense acceleration and comfortable ride, enhanced with a new engine management system.
Maserati brings us the latest Quattroporte Sport GT and Executive GT models. Both provide that elusive combination of comfort, style, profound luxury and sports car-like performance (0-60 in 5.2 seconds and a top speed over 170) that has been the hallmark of Maserati for over 45 years. The 2-Door Maserati Coupe provides 390 horsepower and impeccable manners to its owners while the 400 horsepower GranSport and GranSportSypder models deliver thundering performance without compromise in comfort and luxury.
Maybach 57 and Maybach 62 continue their tradition of build quality and materials choices, making their six-figure prices well worth serious consideration by discriminating buyers. The 57S comes as close to perfection as a car can approach these days, and the driving experience is nothing short of spectacular, with 604 horsepower, massive brakes and sports car handling.
Mazda refreshes the Mazda3 with interior trims and fabric and exterior details. Stability control becomes available on Touring and Grand Touring models. A new MazdaSpeed3 will come to showrooms, complete with 262 horsepower and a 0-60 time under 6 seconds. The Mazda5 adds a Grand Touring package and two new exterior colors. Mazda6 sedans and wagons see the addition of a new high-value Sport VE model and the new-for-2006 MazdaSpeed6 continues unchanged. Big news for MX-5 Miata enthusiasts is the addition of the Power Retractable Hard Top (PRHT) model that goes down or up in 12 seconds and takes up no trunk space. Enhancements for the RX-8 sports car include a standard 6-disc CD changer on Touring and Grand Touring models, plus two new exterior colors. The all-new CX-7 will be joined by a seven-passenger SUV, the CX-9, early in the new year. It boasts a 263 horsepower engine and available Torque Split all-wheel drive along with a long list of standard features. B-Series rugged pickup trucks receive two new exterior colors and standard tire pressure monitoring system. The MPV minivan will be discontinued for 2007 and an all-new Tribute will launch late in the year.
Mercedes-Benz introduces the GL-Class, the first large SUV offered by Mercedes-Benz. The 200-inch long, 7-passenger vehicle is powered by a 335-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 through a 7-speed automatic transmission. Luxury appointments, unibody construction and sophisticated chassis engineering abound in the new GL-Class. The new year sees the addition of an AMG rear spoiler to the C-Class sport models along with bird-eye maple interior trim. The C55 AMG is dropped from the lineup. CL-Class is completely redesigned for 2007, from its 5.5-liter V8 with 382 horsepower to its longer wheelbase. The CL600 gets 510 horsepower. CLK gets a new V8, now becoming the CLK550 with 382 horsepower and CLK63 AMG blasts out with 475 horsepower mated to a 7-speed automatic shifted through steering-wheel mounted paddles. CLS models receive more power and the supercharged CLS55 AMG becomes a normally-aspirated CLS63 AMG with 507 horsepower. E-Class cars receive new bumpers and grille, a lower air dam and headlights and taillights. SL models have revised retractable hardtops and a new grille and taillights. A new 5.5-liter V8 engine is under the hood and the active suspension system has been refined. Diesels are big news at Mercedes-Benz and the company demonstrates its nearly 100-year technological experience with the fuel-efficient and reliable engines in the E320 BLUETEC, R320 CDI and ML320 CDI models. The E320 Bluetec Diesel is offered as the world's cleanest diesel.
Mercury simplifies the Grand Marquis lineup with two models, the GS and LS, adding a new Palm Beach Edition to the LS. Two new exterior colors and a Flex-fuel version continues. Mariner unveils a redesigned 2008 model with innovative refinements, chassis upgrades, electric power steering and an updated Hybrid version. Milan adds V6 all-wheel-drive and Premier V6 all-wheel-drive models, standard front side airbags and air curtains, ABS and a host of new amenities along with three new exterior colors. Montego makes seat-mounted side air bags and air curtains and traction control standard, as well as available SIRIUS satellite radio, new 18-inch wheels and two new colors. Mountaineer SUVs offer standard side air curtains, auxiliary audio input jack, available heated windshield and three new exterior colors.
MINI is all new for 2007, with a larger body and standard 6-speed manual to go along with more powerful engines. The direct-injection 1.6-liter base engine gets 5 extra horsepower and the Cooper S pumps out 175 horsepower. Hill assist is added as a standard feature and all these changes are incorporated without changing the appearance or appeal of the MINI brand.
Mitsubishi adds an optional GT Sun and Sound Package to the Eclipse, and all models gain a new hood switch for the standard anti-theft system. Endeavor models are now equipped with standard rollover-sensing curtain side air bags, tire pressure monitoring, styling refinements to the exterior and interior and all the safety features that earns a NHTSA five-star rating in crash tests. Galant is completely restyled for 2007, and spearheading the model range is the Ralliart performance package that offers high value and exhilarating performance. Galant models add standard side curtain air bags and three models, the ES, DE and GTS. A next-generation 2008 Lancer comes into showrooms, delivering thrill and value along with safety and driving fun. A longer wheelbase and wider track combine with an all new 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC 4 cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower. Three levels of trim will be offered, the DE, ES and GTS. A new 2007 Outlander also arrives, with a larger, stylish body and five or seven-passenger versatility and more power from its 3.0-liter, 220 horsepower V6. Raider trucks have been streamlined for 2007, offering one extended-cab and three double cab models, all of which get new stain interior finishes and available SIRIUS satellite radio.
Nissan looks to the new Rogue crossover to wow visitors to dealerships in 2007 and details will be unveiled early in the year. Nissan also introduces the Versa, an entry-level car that comes with lots of features in both sedan and hatchback models. The Versa has a 122 horsepower 4-cylinder engine coupled to Nissan's advanced Xtronic CVT transmission. Altima enters 2007 completely redesigned, with next-generation VQ 3.5 liter V6 power (standard 4-cylinder), Xtronic CVT, a new 6-speed manual and a more rigid platform. A hybrid Altima will be available during the model year. Maxima gets a new interior, Xtronic CVT, new wheels, Fine Vision Gauge display, available Bluetooth and four new exterior colors. Sentra is all new for 2007 and the sixth generation adds 2.3 inches in length, 3.2 inches in width and an all new 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower and an available Xtronic CVT. Quest is redesigned inside and out with new grille and bumper fascia, lights, roof rack, wheels and a sparkling new interior. A new 5-speed automatic offers better acceleration and four distinct models fill the Quest lineup – 3.5, 3.5S, 3.5SL and 3.5 SE. Titan gets a horsepower increase (to 317) and SE and LE Chrome Packages. An LE Texas Titan Package is also added. Armada also gets a horsepower increase and a Flexible Fuel model is added. Frontier adds the Crew Cab SE and LE Long Bed models and a Value Truck Package for SE models that includes Active Brake Limited Slip, floor mats and more, and SE, LE and NISMO models improve to LEV2 ULEV for California. Pathfinder, Xterra and Murano receive minor upgrades, TPMS and seatbelt warning lamps. Sportscar lovers will be glad to hear that the new 350Z will hit dealerships in January, with new colors, Active Head Restraints and performance enhancements.
Pontiac keeps upping the ante on the popular Solstice, this time with a turbocharged, 260 horsepower version of the Ecotec 2 liter engine that powers the GXP performance model. The GXP is distinguished by exterior appointments and polished stainless exhausts. New for '07 is the G5, a sporty coupe that is available in base and GT trim levels. The GT adds more performance with 173 horsepower, and both models offer 5-speed manual gearboxes or optional 4-speed automatics. G6 adds a 3.6 liter V6 as standard equipment on the GTP model and the retractable hardtop convertible continues to delight owners with its all-weather capability. Grand Prix continues its popularity, especially the V8-powered GXP. Torrent gets safety and convenience enhancements including StabiliTrak, 4-wheel disc brakes and tire pressure monitoring. Vibe models continue, offering a wide variety of audio and information systems and a new optional ETR AM/FM stereo CD player.
Porsche adds horsepower to the Boxster, now rated at 245 for the 2.7-liter engine and 295 for the increased-displacement 3.4-liter engine in the S. The Boxster's tiptronic S has revised electronics and hydraulics and two-tone forged wheels are optional. The 911 Targa returns as the Targa 4 and 4S, with horsepower ratings of 325 and 355 and all-wheel drive. The 911 Turbo/GT3/GT3RS are all new, all-wheel drive and incredibly fast with 480 horsepower and all the handling performance expected from the legendary brand. An "entry-level" Cayman is now available, powered by a 245 horsepower 2.7-liter boxer engine.
Rolls Royce launches an extended-wheelbase Phantom, adding 10 inches to its aluminum chassis and plenty of luxury to its passengers. A yet-unnamed convertible will be seen at showrooms in mid-year.
SAAB moves in with new features and options for 2007. 9-3 models get updated with a new interior, featuring climate control and "infotainment" systems and nice details on the instrument cluster. New colors and wheel options, Bose stereo availability and standard XM Satellite radio on Aero models are welcome additions. 9-5, refreshed in 2006, enters the new year with few changes other than a mid-07 debut of the Anniversary Special Edition. The 9-7X SUV continues to bring the Saab "touch" to that market. For the new year a tire pressure system becomes standard and a new Crystal Blue metallic color is added.
Saturn is poised to be the "success story" for 2007 as the revitalized company launches five new vehicles. The Sky Redline blasts onto the highways with 260 turbocharged horsepower and plenty of sex appeal. The Aura sedan, just introduced, has garnered nothing less than great reviews and tremendous public acceptance for its high levels of fit-and-finish and driving characteristics. Vue adds the hybrid Green Line, the highest-mileage SUV on the market. The new Outlook crossover offers seating for eight, body-on-frame construction, lower step-in height and plenty of power, along with a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The Relay crossover sport van is upgraded with a standard 3.9 liter V6, a lower-priced Relay 1 base model, standard StabiliTrak and a number of other standard features. Ion models receive a horsepower increase with no sacrifice in mileage.
Scion continues its innovation with the launch of two new vehicles that will replace the current xA and xB during the new year. Meanwhile, the two current models will carry over and fill demand for the popular Scion nameplate. The new tC will roll in with a fixed glass roof, 16-inch steel wheels, new colors, updated seat fabric and a new Spec Package that features a urethane steering wheel, height adjustable driver's seat, power windows and a 12-volt power point. Power output is 161 horsepower from 2.4 liters.
Subaru releases the new Legacy 2.5 GT spec.B performance sedan with SI-Drive, allowing drivers to select engine performance levels. A limited-production WRX STI, featuring a 6-speed manual transmission behind its turbocharged 2.5 liter, 293 horsepower engine, all packaged in a "stealthier" appearance. Safety and comfort features are added to the B9 Tribeca, now with Rollover Sensor, rear vision camera, brake assist and a Special Edition model. Two new Sports versions of the popular Forester are also coming to showrooms, complete with features such as a 224-horsepower turbocharged engine and a long list of interior trim and components. Sports 2.5 X and Sports 2.5 XT models join the well-respected Forester lineup. Safety continues to be a hallmark of Subaru's philosophy and that's why all-wheel drive, ABS and several other critical systems are standard on all their products.
Suzuki introduces the all-new XL7 midsize crossover SUV, a larger and more powerful version of its flagship people-hauler. It offers all-wheel drive, impressive fuel economy and a car-like ride. The new value-priced SX4 compact sport crossover features standard all-wheel drive and a big list of standard features, all for less than $15,000 starting price. Aerio models add standard cruise control and automatic transmission (Premium) and an audio system with MP3. Reno offers one trim level and optional ABS and brake force distribution or Convenience Package. Forenza and Grand Vitara models continue with minor updates. Suzuki still offers what it calls "America's #1 Warranty" on all its models. That's a fully transferable, zero-dollar deductible 100,000 mile/7 year powertrain warranty, by the way.
Toyota's all new FJ Cruiser, Tundra and Yaris models continue to win new buyers and dominate dealer showrooms. Toyota adds to the Camry and Camry Hybrid lineup the new Solara Coupe and Convertible, with redesigned front fascia, standard LED tail lamps and rear spoiler plus two hot engines: a 2.4-liter four with 155 horsepower and a 3.3-liter V6 with 210 horsepower. Prius gets a new Touring Edition with 16-inch alloy wheels, larger spoiler, HID headlamps and fog lamps along with a European suspension. RAV4 continues its successes with an optional JBL audio system with Bluetooth, standard side airbags and two-row curtain side airbags. Highlander models receive a new front head lamp treatment along with standard side airbags. Highlander Hybrid models get a miles-per-gallon display on the instrument panel and an optional two-row model. Sequoia discontinues the Sport package and replaces it with a new, to-be-announced name that includes a seven seat configuration, 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps and skid plate. Sienna gets a new 3.5-liter V6 engine with 268 horsepower, along with redesigned 17-inch alloy wheels.
Volkswagen introduces the Eos, the world's first hardtop convertible with an integrated sunroof. The sporty car is filled with features and owners can choose between two 2.0-liter engines (one turbocharged) and a 3.2-liter engine coming soon. The GTI hatchback is on the roads and features all the fun-to-drive elements that make it so desirable. Jetta grows up a little, with a choice of a 2.5-liter, 150 horsepower or 2.0-liter turbo engine, MP3 readable CD player and other niceties. Beetle fans will enjoy the slightly redesigned '07 models, with sharper lines and a host of available features along with two new exterior colors and VW's advanced 2.5-liter inline five cylinder engine. Touareg returns with the V10 TKI ten-cylinder diesel engine, now able to meet current emission standards in 45 states and poised to handle stricter requirements starting in the new year. Arriving later in the year will be the 4.2 L FSI V8 engine that will produce 350 horsepower and yielding 19 mpg on the highway.
Volvo embraces change and the S80 has been completely redesigned, with now-available V8 power and a retuned chassis to accent styling inside and out plus innovative features like cameras used for "extra eyes" and frontal impact protection. All new for 2007 is the C30, the smallest car in the model lineup and one filled with smart refinements and turbocharged, T5-powered driving excitement. Two doors and a glass tailgate compliment the car's youthful image. The S40 and V50 enter the new year with three trim levels: the 2.4i, T5 and T5 AWD. All have standard DSTC (stability control) and option packages have been streamlined. S60 gets a new grille and front bumper treatment along with color coordinated features. A spoiler is now fitted to the S60 and all trim levels are turbocharged. S60R has 300 horsepower for those who want serious driving along with safety. XC90, introduced in 2006, continues to garner awards and a strong following.