Cars Coming Soon->Fuel Economy Gets Sexy

2011 Kia Sportage

Cars Coming Soon has a special treat for you this week: A little bit of sexiness.

Regular readers know that I’m a big fan of power. In fact, the more horsepower a car can throw down, the sexier I think it is. The only thing unsexy about power is the sacrifice in fuel economy that goes with it.

Considering the state of our economy, I’m also starting to find things that save money pretty attractive, too… so when automakers start talking about turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder engines, I get a little excited.

Specifically, the Detroit News says Ford will unveil its 2011 Edge at the Chicago Auto Show, complete with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that could generate 240 horses, the equivalent of the normally aspirated 3.0-liter V6, while delivering very impressive fuel economy numbers.

Now that the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine exists, what’s to keep Ford from using it in the Focus, Fusion, and (hold on to your hats) Fiesta? Oh yeah, baby… talk about pint-size, super-sexy fun!

If I had to label one automaker as the least sexy, it would be Kia. But the all-new Sportage is definitely rockin’ it, at least in the looks department. We don’t have specs for it yet, but Autoblog expects it to flaunt the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder that’s in the new Hyundai Tucson. That’s cool. And so is the fact that the Sportage is now the hands-down best lookin’ little ute out there.

Last month Cars Coming Soon mentioned that the Dodge Durango would likely be reborn for 2012 as a Magnum. Now we have sketches courtesy of a U.S. Patent Office leak of what that CUV will look like. Leftlane even seems to think there could be a Fiat-sourced diesel option in the eventual future. Make that fantasy a reality, and Dodge could finally have a real winner on its hands.

Finally, we have news of some Trucks Coming Soon… to Haiti. The General Motors Foundation is donating 30 GMC Sierra pickups to the Haitian relief effort. According to the GM press release:

The pickups will arrive in Haiti mid-February at the request of Edmond Mulet, acting head of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Haiti. This is part of a coordinated effort of the GM Foundation and the William J. Clinton Foundation, in response to the dire need for trucks to transport supplies to survivors.

Kudos to you, General.

Which SUV would you rather have: the Ford Edge 2.0-liter EcoBoost, the new Dodge Durango/Magnum (diesel?), or the new Kia Sportage?


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1 Comment

  1. I’m not an SUV or Dodge fan, but I’d be happy to see more clean diesels available in the U.S. Not sure I want them to be Fiat diesels, though.

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