Cars Coming Soon->Smaller Engines for BMW and Mercedes, Something Exciting From Chrysler?

2011 BMW 740i

2011 BMW 740i

We’ve been pretty hard on Chrysler in this blog over the past year. From endless mocking of the Sebring to questioning its use of bailout money, there hasn’t been much positive to say about the struggling Pentastar. And I’d like to make it up today. Well, maybe not all of it… but this is a start.

While the fact remains that Chrysler is falling way behind its crosstown Detroit rivals in terms of new model launches, there appears to be some hope in the form of an all new Durango.

More accurately, I should call it a Durango replacement, since the new full-size CUV will probably have an all-new name. Here are some details, courtesy of Leftlane:

Powertrains for the Dodge should be identical to the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, with the next-gen, Pentastar 3.6L V6 and the 5.7L Hemi V8 on tap. A Fiat-sourced diesel motor, as well as a dual clutch transmission, may eventually find its way into the Dodge. Other features we expect to see are optional 3rd row seating, power lift gate, adaptive cruise control and parking sensors.

Here’s to hoping news like this keeps coming and Chrysler finds a way to come back to life.

BMW, on the other hand, is a company that teems with life. Now we have news that the Bavarians are bringing a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 to the U.S.-bound 2011 740i and 740Li. The 315-hp engine will be offered when the car goes on sale in the spring of 2010.

Even Mercedes-Benz is getting into the turbo game. MB’s AMG division is said to be dumping its 6.2-liter V8 next year and replacing it with a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 that produces similar horsepower. In 2011, all the V8 engines in the Mercedes range are expected to be downsized and turbocharged.

Aston Martin Cygnet

Aston Martin Cygnet

Finally, images of the Aston Martin Cygnet have been officially released. While this Toyota iQ-based mini car probably won’t see release in the U.S. for quite some time (if ever), I thought it was worth mentioning to see what you think. We brought up the possibility of this car a while ago, and now it looks like it could go into production in 2010. I like it, and look forward to the day when James Bond gets behind the wheel of one!

Will smaller displacement engines (and even smaller cars) catch on in the U.S. if prices don’t fall, too?

-tgriffith

1 Comment

  1. I can see some real possibilities for mini and micro cars, but they need to get their prices under control. The sales of the Smart Four-Two have collapsed. I looked at them when they first started importing them, and concluded that the car was not a “smart” buy– The price was about $5K higher than such a car should be. I ended up buying a new Aveo for about half the price of the Smart.

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