Cadillac has released details of its upcoming crossover vehicle called the XT5. It is 278 pounds lighter than the current SRX, and will feature a 3.6-liter V6 for power, an eight-speed automatic and a “twin clutch” all-wheel drive system capable of transferring 100 percent of available torque to either the front or rear axle. Cadillac also said it has “upgraded” the controversial CUE infotainment system. The XT5 will be one of four Cadillac crossovers to be added to the model mix. Look for it next spring.
VW will send a $500 prepaid VISA card, a $500 dealership card, and offer free 24-hour roadside assistance for three years to select owners. The owners of the 2-liter four cylinder diesel engines with devices the EPA said cheat emissions control tests. Yet Kelley Blue Book said the average auction price of those diesel models has dropped nearly $2,100 since the EPA announcement. VW said this is a “goodwill package” that is the first step toward regaining customers trust. Volks has until Nov. 20 to tell regulators how it will deal with the matter.
Hyundai has released a drawing of its first offering in the recently announced luxury lineup that will expand the Genesis name. The G90 will be a full size sedan and feature a new design language (Athletic Elegance) that will likely influence the luxury models to follow. All the tech stuff will come later. We do know that the G90 will top the new six model luxury line that will be completed by the year 2020. The G90 is schedule for launch early next month in Korea and is expected in the U.S. market in 2016.
The show doesn’t open until mid-January but set up work is already underway for the 2016 Detroit auto show. More than 40 vehicles will be displayed for the first time at the extravaganza.
A Fiat pickup truck? One was unveiled at the Dubai International Motor Show and it will join the European lineup sometime next year. The trucklet is called the Fullback with a design that recalls the old Subaru Brat. It will be offered with one of two diesel engines No word on whether it will be offered here in the states one day.