Welcome to the Hooniverse News – New York International Auto Show Edition! In this, the 27th post about the show this week, I’ll be going into detail about a handful of the more interesting and/or relevant cars that our overlords have already looked at. This week:
Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG is a small car with big performance
Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 returns with a face lift
Cadillac CTS is all new for 2014
Jeep brings back the Cherokee with an even bigger face lift
Plus full coverage from Autoweek
Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG 4Matic
First there was the CLA, and now there’s the AMG version. The CLA45 AMG 4Matic will be their smallest sedan when it goes on sale this November, accompanied by the also small A45 AMG hatch we saw just a month ago and eventually a new compact SUV that we’ll get to see this fall.
The new baby AMG will share a powertrain with the A45, so that means 355 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque out of a 2.0-liter turbo four-banger channeled through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. As the 4Matic denotes, all-wheel-drive is standard. All that combined with a fairly small and thus lightweight car means the CLA45 is capable of a 0-60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds, which isn’t too far off what some V8 performance sedans can manage. And since it’s still a four cylinder, fuel efficiency on the European cycle is rated at 34 mpg, but no word yet on official EPA estimates.
Handling-wise, the car benefits from a bespoke suspension setup with new springs, dampers, and a height reduction. A new 3-way traction control system is included and it’s aimed at keeping the car out of the guard rails without being too much of a nanny and ruining the driving experience.
The CLA45 also shares a number of aesthetic features with the A45, including the larger openings up front inspired by Formula 1 or something, its twin blade grille, a rear bumper with lots of holes in it, and 18″ multi-spoke wheels. The interior also features special gauges, aluminum and carbon fiber trim, sport seats with some leather, and red seat belts.
Benz has already announced we won’t see the A45 AMG over here, so consider the CLA45 as the next best thing. This next best thing can be yours for $48,375 with deliveries to North America beginning this November.
Source: Mercedes-Benz via Autoweek
2014 Camaro Z/28 plus face lift
Chevrolet is officially bringing the Z/28 back to life, and just like every other new Camaro variant that’s come before it, it’s the most track-capable Camaro ever. No, for real this time. It’s also coming back with a new face lift soon to be on all 2014+ Camaros, for better or for worse.
Beginning with the exciting bits first, a 7.0-liter V8 co-developed by Corvette Racing is the motor of choice, and it produces 500 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. Fun fact: the 7.0L (427 cid) LS7 was originally developed for the Corvette Z06, and it features titanium intake valves, CNC-ported cylinder heads, a forged steel crank shaft, and a 10.5 quart dry-sump oiling system, in case you were wondering. The only transmission available is a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission which works with a limited-slip differential to put the power down at the back.
The car also runs on Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires sized 305/30ZR19 and features a Performance Traction Management system to improve traction further. Its heavy duty suspension, Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes, and its 300 lb. weight loss compared to the ZL1 all contribute to its track-readiness, which is perhaps highlighted by its 1.05 G lateral grip.
As far as the face lift goes, it looks like the Camaro gets new headlights, taillights, some bumper work, and, uhhhm, maybe something else. They didn’t really talk much about that part. Just know that you’ll see those updates you see on every 2014 Camaro including the Z/28.
2014 Cadillac CTS
On the other side of GM’s plot of the Javits Convention Center, Cadillac had their all new
ATS XL CTS on display for the world to see. At a glance, it’s longer, lower, and leaner than the outgoing model and Cadillac hopes to once again shake up the midsize luxury market.
With the car’s new athletic proportions and modern “Art and Science” design philosophy, Cadillac hopes to attract a wide variety of new buyers and then retain them with the redesigned cabin with its 8 new interior environments and improved space thanks to its longer wheelbase. They also hope to attract enthusiasts with its powerful new powertrain, which consists of a 2.0-liter turbo 4 with 272 horsepower, a 3.6-liter V6 producing 320 horsepower, or a twin-turbocharged V6 with 420 horsepower available in the CTS Vsport (more on that in a bit) – all paired with either a 6-speed automatic or an 8-speed automatic depending on your engine and drive train of choice (RWD and AWD).
The CTS also went on a bit of a diet as they claim it to be 200 lbs. lighter than a BMW 528i, which to be honest, doesn’t say as much as it used to. That relatively light weight contributes to its perfect (according to them) weight distribution which also helps make this CTS the best-driving CTS yet. Until we get a full-fledged V model, Cadillac is giving drivers something to hold them over with the CTS Vsport.
The Vsport gets the twin-turbo V6 with an 8-speed auto mentioned above. It also gets Brembo brakes, Pirelli summer tires (or all-seasons), a quicker steering ratio, heavy-duty track cooling package, an electronic limited-slip differential, and Magnetic Ride Control with a special track setting. That magnet suspension thing is available on every new CTS, minus the track mode that nobody will ever use. 0-60 mph is estimated to take just 4.6 seconds.
Production begins this fall. The on-sale date and price have not been released yet.
Jeep Cherokee revived
We’ve finally been given a more detailed look at the all-new Jeep Cherokee (not to be confused with the Grand Cherokee). It sports an all-new design that Jeep claims to be designed for the future with a global appeal and it brings some new hardware into the Chrysler family for the first time.
For starters, it’s based off the same platform as the Dodge Dart, which means it’s as small as it looks, maybe smaller. That could prove to be useful on the trails, especially since they’re giving you three four-wheel-drive systems to choose from, those being Jeep Active Drive I with a one-speed power transfer unit, Active Drive II with a two-speed PTU and low range, and finally Active Drive Lock with a two-speed PTU, low range and a locking rear differential. A 56:1 crawl ratio and a 5-way traction control system help the Cherokee earn its Jeep Trail Rated badge that they put on everything.
Four trim levels are offered: Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. The Trailhawk level adds everything on the options list that might help out in the wild, like a 1″ factory lift for improved ground clearance, tow hooks, Jeep Active Drive Lock, and skid plates.
Power will come from either a 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir four-banger with 184 horsepower or a new 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 with 27o horsepower, both paired with a Chrysler-first 9-speed automatic. Yes, 9, because why not. With the V6, the Cherokee can town 4,500 lbs. or you can have 31 mpg with the I-4. To help with efficiency on both, the rear axle can automatically disconnect when not in use to prevent energy loss from the 4×4 system.
The interior features include a 7″ LCD configurable gauge cluster, an 8.4″ touchscreen with Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system, “thoughtful” storage, and premium materials.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee will go on sale sometime this fall at an undisclosed price.
Source: Chrysler, Autoweek
Complete Coverage from Autoweek along with our own crew
Between our pals at Autoweek and our overlords who have been posting their shenanigans all week, they’ve got the rest of the show covered. Click on over to Autoweek for their full coverage, including that of the Mitsubishi Mirage, a Shelby Raptor, an Audi A3 sedan, and an America-bound Volvo V60 wagon! For everything else, including live photos and whatever else our overlords and a young gentleman named Jack have been doing, check out our NY Auto Show coverage as well.