Detroit Auto Show: Next Week's Big Car Debuts
Monday marks the beginning of the 2014 North American International Auto Show press days, as auto journalists will descend upon the COBO Center in Detroit for automaker unveilings of new and refreshed models.
A fully redesigned 2015 Honda Fit subcompact car will be introduced Monday. Honda says that the redesigned hatchback features new styling and has a "more spacious and refined interior," than the outgoing model. The current Fit is ranked near the top in our affordable subcompact car rankings and hatchback rankings, but hasn't been fully redesigned since the 2009 model year. The current Fit earns reviewer praise for its cavernous interior and flexible seat design that allows it to haul lots of cargo in a relatively small package.
Many auto journalists expect a redesigned Chrysler 200 midsize car to debut in Detroit. Motor Trend published photos of the new car that leaked onto the Internet this week, and says that "the 2015 200 sheds the boxy and frumpy look of its predecessor, and is sporting a rather attractive and rakish roofline." Motor Trend expects the 200 to have an optional nine-speed automatic transmission and the choice of either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or optional 3.6-liter V6. The current Chrysler 200 ranks 21 out of 22 in our affordable midsize car rankings.
The 2015 Audi Q3 compact SUV will make its Detroit Auto Show debut next week as well. The Q3 slots below the Q5 and is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Audi says it will have 16.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a maximum of 48.2 cubic feet, which is in line with what competitors like the BMW X1 offer.
Sports car enthusiasts may be anticipating the introduction of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, which will also be revealed Monday. Chevrolet says the Z06 "will be the most track-capable Corvette ever."
Although Chevrolet hasn't announced any powertrain specs for the Corvette Z06, Jalopnik believes the engine will have 620 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. The 2013 Corvette Z06 has a 7.0-liter V8 that makes 505 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The 2014 Corvette Stingray’s V8 produces up to 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque with an optional performance exhaust system.
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