New Camry, a New Van, and a Qashquai!
By Ron Amadon
When the nation’s top-selling car undergoes a redesign that is news. So there was more than passing interest when Toyota displayed the 2018 Camry and its “Emotionally-Charged” design.
New powertrains will be offered such as a 3.5-liter V6 with fuel injection and a 2.5-liter inline-4, which comes with a new 8-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission. A 2.5-liter hybrid with battery assist rounds out the engine choices.
The new model sits slightly closer to the ground for a more sporty appearance, Toyota said, and the wheelbase is two inches longer for improved interior room. Also, there is a new Entune System with WiFi access for up to five devices. Look for the new Camry in late summer.
“It delivers on everything Camry owners have come to expect from America’s best-selling car, and adds to it, jaw-dropping design, more advanced technology, cutting-edge safety systems, and stirring performance that raises it to an unparalleled level of excitement,” said Bob Carter, Toyota senior vice president of automotive operations.
Nissan announced it will bring the Qashquai crossover to the U.S. in the form of the Rogue Sport that will go on sale here in the spring. It is 12.1 inches shorter than the Rogue and rides on a 2.3 inch shorter wheelbase. Standard power is a 141-horsepower 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder with a CVT. Look for S, SV and SL trim levels. . The Qashquai has been a good seller for Nissan overseas, and it is hoping for equal success here. The larger Rogue was the brand’s top seller here last year.
A futuristic concept vehicle that Nissan says “signals the company’s future sedan design direction and Intelligent Mobility technology” caught more than a few auto show eyes.
The Vmotion 2.0 sports Nissan’s “V-Motion” front design and a “Floating Roof” atop tall windows that flows from the steeply raked A-pillars to the trunk lip.
Inside, as you can see from the pictures, is a cockpit that looks like the space ship that one day may go to Mars.
The front and rear doors swing outward, creating a large pillar-less open space. The dashboard continues the “Gliding Wing” design theme, which integrates the instrument panel and infotainment system for both the driver and passenger. For rear-seat passengers, the center console features a smaller screen, which can serve as an extension of the main display. A multi-function touchpad controls the infotainment system.
Nissan’s Intelligent Driving helps provide a safe and comfortable driving experience through technology such as ProPILOT, which is envisioned to ultimately allow the vehicle to drive in autonomous mode – not just on the highway and in heavy traffic conditions – but also on urban roads with intersections. The concept is not a small car, coming in virtually the same length as the Murano at 191.3 inches. Interesting fact: Zebrawood is used as door trim.
Making its world debut was the second generation 2018 Audi SQ5 crossover with a 3.0-liter, 354 horsepower engine and a 0-60 of 5.1 seconds. It will hit the market next spring with an eight speed tiptronic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Inside there is more rear legroom and shoulder room as well as added cargo volume. Standard is an automatic emergency braking system that can help detect stationary vehicles and pedestrians, and if necessary, initiate full braking at speeds of up to 52 mph when a potential collision is detected.
Ever hear of a “Magic Slide” seat? Honda has included it in its revamped 2018 Odyssey minivan. It is an easily reconfigurable second row seat for people or cargo hauling and easy access to the third row seat even when one or two rear facing child seats are placed in the second row.
The driver faces a new 7-inch, full-color TFT display, and in the center of the dash there is an available 8-inch high-resolution Display Audio touchscreen interface (EX and above). In upper grades, stain-resistant leather first- and second-row seating surfaces and door trim and black carpeting and black seatbelts are designed to conceal stains, while a new grooveless lid on the center console resists the accumulation of crumbs and debris. CabinWatch lets the driver and front passenger keep tabs on passengers both day and night via the 8-inch Display Audio screen. CabinTalk – enables the driver to talk to second – and third-row passengers though speakers and rear entertainment system headphones.
Up front is a 3.5-liter V6 sporting 280 horsepower that will be mated to a 9-speed tranny in lower priced models, and a 10-speed in more expensive ones. While vans have not exactly been hot sellers in recent years, one must give credit to Honda for its redesigned Odyssey.
BMW announced pricing for the latest additions to the BMW 5 Series portfolio – The BMW 530e iPerformance Sedan and the BMW M550i xDrive Sedan. Both vehicles will be arriving in U.S. showrooms in spring 2017. The BMW M550i xDrive Sedan is the fastest 5 Series to date – 0-60 mph in under 4 seconds. It will start at $73,095. Less expensive is the 530e starting at $54,695.
Check back Tuesday morning for more show updates.