The News for June 14th, 2013

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 Welcome to the Hooniverse News! This is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or the bull. I also throw in a little opinion of mine, just because I can. This week:

  • BMW 4 Series revealed in production trim

  • Cadillac prices the all-new CTS higher than before

  • Jeep prices the all-new Cherokee

  • Forza Motorsport 5 confirmed as Xbox One launch title

  • From Autoweek: Alfa Romeo 4C production video

2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe [UPDATE]

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BMW likes to send out their press releases a few hours after The News goes up on occasion. Actually, all the time. That was about to be the case today with the production-spec BMW 4 Series Coupe, but fortunately, some websites leaked that information early and our friends at Autoweek picked up on it. So I will too.

The 4 Series replaces the 3 Series we’ve known for a few decades now and it goes on sale later this year after a debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, where we’re also supposed to see the new M3 sedan (the M3 coupe will be renamed M4). The styling has been redone from kidney grille to taillights but it’s still very easy to spot the similarities between it and the F30 3 Series it shares a platform with. The hardtop convertible will also carry the 4 Series nameplate whenever that goes on sale.

A range of four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines are planned at launch, but the only ones confirmed for North America so far are the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 242 horsepower in the 428i and the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six in the 435i. A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive come standard on both, but an eight-speed automatic and/or all-wheel drive can be added to both. European buyers get to also choose from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel and a 3.0-liter inline-six diesel with two power outputs (254 horsepower and 309 horsepower). The suspension is reportedly lower than that of the 3 Series to improve handling, which BMW claims to be the best yet.

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As far as options go, I’d be willing to bet that the trim packages from the 3 Series, those being Sport, Modern, Luxury, and eventually M Sport, will carry over with most if not all of the same equipment. Those details have not yet been disclosed, but we’ll have more on this as the car’s launch draws closer. Same goes for pricing.

[UPDATE] The press release, tons of new images, and video have been uploaded to F30Post.com. The 4 Series will be available in Sport, Luxury, and M Sport lines only. The 4 Series Coupe will enter production this July and go on sale August-September followed by the 4 Series Convertible in December-January. The 428i’s base price is $41,425 and the 435i’s base price is $46,925 with xDrive all-wheel drive being a $2,000 option for both.

[Source: BMW via Autoweek and F30Post]

2014 Cadillac CTS priced

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Cadillac’s all-new CTS sedan will arrive in showrooms this fall offering more of everything, like power, comfort, and features, compared to the outgoing model. Unfortunately, that “more of everything” mentality is also reflected in the new price, which is $46,025 including destination charges. Overall the car is bigger yet lighter, more powerful yet efficient, and more sporty yet comfortable, which might justify the price bump. Since I haven’t driven it yet I’ll just have to take their word for it.

The base CTS will come equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 272 horsepower and a six-speed automatic. A 3.6-liter V6 is also available with 321 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic with rear-wheel drive or a six-speed automatic with all-wheel drive. The top-of-the-line engine offering is a 3.6-liter twin turbocharged V6 that produces 420 horsepower and is paired with an eight-speed automatic and can only be had in rear-wheel drive on the Vsport model, which starts at $59,995.

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Standard equipment includes CUE infotainment system with an eight-inch touch screen, a 5.7-inch driver information screen in the gauge cluster, an eleven-speaker Bose audio system, and several options for streaming portable media devices. Base models also feature front Brembo brakes and Magnetic Ride Control if the car is equipped with 18-inch wheels. Opt for the Vsport and they’ll also give you an electronic limited-slip differential and a track cooling package.

[Source: Cadillac]

2014 Jeep Cherokee priced

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The Cherokee nameplate will return to showrooms sometime in the third quarter this year for $22,995 plus $995 for destination. Jeep says the new Cherokee costs less than the Liberty model it replaces but offers so much more.

The only engine available at that price point is the 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark four-cylinder which produces 184 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque. Efficiency is rated at 31 mpg and the driving range on a full tank of gas is nearly 500 miles. Standard equipment on the entry-level Sport model includes an industry-first rear-axle disconnect, a nine-speed automatic transmission, Uconnect (which is the same name as some horrible online accounting homework tool I had to use…. ugh) infotainment piped through a five-inch touchscreen, a 60/40 split rear seat that also reclines, tire inflator kit, and everything in between.

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Three other trim levels are offered, those being Latitude ($24,495), Limited ($27,995), and Trailhawk ($29,495), each of which comes with a 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine producing 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque. Each one also comes with a different set of standard features that range from leather heated seats to one of three available four-wheel drive systems.

Whether or not the redesign is worth the price, I’ll leave up to you.

[Source: Jeep]

Forza Motorsport 5 headed to Xbox One

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This week, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) was being held in Los Angeles and gave many game developers the chance to show off the future of gaming. Attendees included Gran Turismo 6 who revealed Willow Springs Raceway as a circuit and a few new cars, but most of what you need to know about that was covered a few weeks ago.

This week, it’s Forza Motorsport’s turn for the spotlight as we’ve got plenty of new details about Forza Motorsport 5, which will be a launch title on the upcoming Xbox One ($499) this November. Our podcast friend, Blake Z. Rong, got the chance to play a demo of the game at E3 and has provided a detailed write up of his impressions, so rather than just tell you what the press release says, I’ll let Blake tell you what it’s actually like. That write up can be found over on Autoweek.

Come this November when all these new driving games go on sale, I have a feeling we’ll be fighting over who gets to review what.

[Source: Autoweek | Image Source: Microsoft]

From Autoweek: Alfa Romeo 4C assembly video

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I, for one, cannot wait until I get to see (and hopefully drive) an Alfa Romeo 4C in person. Those wanting to get their hands on the $78,000 Alfa will have to wait until later this year for it to go on sale, but in the meantime, our friends at Autoweek have published a video showing the assembly process in all its glory as well as some track time at the end.

The video can be found over at Autoweek and runs for about eight minutes.

[Source: Alfa Romeo via Autoweek

24 Comments

  1. The new Cherokee is growing on me.
    I am giddy for the new GT6.
    And I see the spider-eyed Alfa is still spider eyed.

  2. So… does anyone else thing GM's prices are getting a bit out of hand? Should we expect everything in their lineup to be around 15% higher in the next generation? Not even going to talk about the trucks that jumped $9000…

    1. I wonder if they pushed the CTS to make room for top spec ATS examples, especially the ATS-V? Or they realized they're building better cars…

      1. I knew as soon as I saw the ATS pricing that the CTS was going to take a big jump. I feel like they are building genuinely awesome cars and that they compare pretty damn favorably to the competition. In my gut, I feel like this is their home turf, they should focus on moving units until the vehicle that starts off the CTS name has been completely forgotten and then worry about upping profits.
        Maybe it actually costs that much more to make, I have no idea.

      2. ATS is the new CTS apparently.
        By the way, we need to get our hands on a Euro-market BLS and see what that's all about.

        1. The BLS hasn't been available for something like four years now… But I suppose a review would be interesting. I can't remember the last time I saw any kind of Cadillac that wasn't from the fifties or older.

      3. How does new CTS pricing compare to 5 series or A6? ATS pricing compare to 4 Series or A4?

  3. As someone who has refused to drink BMW's kool-aid in the past, I am already hard at work trying to hate the 4-series coupe. So far, those efforts have met with zero success. That looks to be one genuinely desirable car inside and out, with an attractive stat sheet and seemingly decent value for money. Damn.

    1. I'm with you there. The only four-wheeled BMWs I'd be willing to spend money on were made in the 1980s. This new design language, however, it works for me. Not as bulbous as the Bangled cars, and the front end looks genuinely good. Also, that interior? New hotness.

    2. the problem it and all other BMWs have is that they look alike. if i saw one of these, I would probably mistake it for a 3 series

  4. Am I understanding this correctly? There will only be a non-M sedan of the 3 series nomenclature? Or is the 4 series replacing the 3 altogether?
    Either way, I fail to understand the logic of BMW removing models from the 3-series lineup. Why would they not continue to bank on one of the most successful cars of all time? A continual member of C&D's top 10 list… The first car that anyone thinks of when they hear the name BMW…
    I guess this is why I'll never be a marketing exec, CEO, or other bean counter. Too much logic.

    1. From here on out all 3 Series models will be sedans or wagons. What we used to call the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible is now the 4 Series. The new M3 will be sedan only while the M4 will be coupe and convertible.
      I guess saying 4 Series is easier than saying 3 Series Coupe for the marketing department. Not too sure why they did that either. I mean they explained it a while back, but I just don't really care for the idea either. It'll grow on me though. Maybe.

      1. After searching a couple other places, this is the clearest anyone has said it. Thanks, Greg.
        I just don't think it makes sense from a marketing perspective. Name recognition goes a long way towards selling a product, especially for brands that have a reputation and history like BMW. Having no M3 coupe or convertible is just a weird decision.

    2. They maybe watched what Audi was doing with their A4/A5 naming scheme and decided that giving coupe versions higher number helps extract more money from buyers? Or, maybe it somehow goes better with the idea that 4 and 6 series are umm…different.
      I don't think 4 series will replace 3 series, but yeah, text above seems to hint so.

      1. The new BMW series numbers make a bit of sense but, like all current BMW model numbers, it soon all falls apart.
        3- and 5- series are sedan based, with touring/wagon option where available. The 4- and 6-series are essentially the coupe or cabriolet variations of each.
        7- series is sedan only: But is the new numbering a chance for a future 8-series coupe sister car?
        (You could even view X1, X3, X5 & X6 as parallel to the car range.)
        So far, so good. But now the 1-series makes no sense; sedan w/2 doors that they call a coupe, 3&5 door hatch/wagon, cabriolet. And don't get me started on the 3-series GranTurismo (clearly a 5-door hatch, but they call it a coupe, but it won't be turning into a 4-series) or the 5-series GranTurismo (which is a 7-series underneath, but they call it a 5-er) or the 6-series GranCoupe (which is a 6-series with 4 doors, but doesn't become a 5-series…). Anyway I am showing my age by talking about 3-series, 5-series these days; what i should really be talking about was the "2.0 litre 325d SE Xdrive with an M-sport pack etc. etc. etc." Who needs simplicity? Clearly not our Bavarian friends.

  5. <img src="https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/977448_533220830057652_2072850462_o.jpg&quot; ,="" width="640/">
    It's official, the price of the 2014 Chevy SS Sedan will be $44,470.
    For this price the SS will come a 415 HP V8, 6-Speed paddle shift automatic trans, a heads-up display, headed and cooled front seats, Chevrolet MyLink and a Bose audio system. The only options will be a $900 sunroof and a $500 full-size spare tire package.
    Source: Chevy Exchange – Lake Bluff, IL via their FB page

    1. Yep, that was in The News last week 😉 I thought that price was a little bit too high until the price of the CTS Vsport came out. Suddenly this seems like a bargain in comparison.

        1. The Vsport is a bit more than an M Sport. It's the only way to get the 420 horsepower twin-turbo V6 in the CTS. It also comes with better brakes, stickier tires, and an electronic limited slip diff.
          The best BMW I could compare this to is the 335is. It's based off the 335i but offers a bespoke engine/transmission package, yet isn't as fast as an M3 (or in the Caddy's case a CTS-V).

  6. What bugged me about the Forza announcement is they spent a lot of time talking about what happens when you aren't playing. I don't care about that part! It was a weird press conference as a whole actually, they're way more focused on stuff the console does which doesn't require your input at all.
    Ah well, at least GT6 is still PS3, so I only have to spend $60.

    1. The new console is so advanced, you don't have to anything at all. It plays the game totally on its own.

      1. I have the exact opposite; the console remains switched off and zero games have been played for 18 months.
        The exact same length of time I've had a mortgage. What an extraordinary coincidence!

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