2011 Jeep Compass unveiled
Jeep has officially unveiled the facelifted 2011 Compass. Borrowing a number of design cues from the Grand Cherokee, the Compass features a new hood, modified fascias, a revised grille, and restyled lighting units. Elsewhere, there's a body-color spoiler, plastic body cladding, and standard 17-inch aluminum wheels (18-inchers are optional). Inside, the cabin echoes the Patriot with soft-touch door panels, a new center armrest, an updated steering wheel, and improved seats. Under the hood, two engines will be available. The entry-level 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 158 hp (117 kW) and 141 lb-ft (191 Nm) of torque, which enables it to return 23 mpg city / 29 mpg highway. The optional 2.4-liter churns out 172 hp (128 kW) and 165 lb-ft (223 Nm) of torque. Thanks to dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT), it also returns 23 mpg city / 29 mpg highway. Regardless of what engine is selected, it is connected to a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is optional. Freedom Drive I is your basic all-wheel drive system, while Freedom Drive II adds low-range gearing, an increased ride height, and Trail Rated badging. No word on pricing, but the 2011 Compass will start arriving at dealerships later this month. Hi-res photos: http://www.worldcarfans.com/110121430020/2011-jeep-compass-unveiled
GMC Sierra All Terrain HD Concept revealed
GMC has unveiled the Sierra All Terrain HD concept, ahead of its debut at the North American International Auto Show. Designed to be one of the most capable trucks ever created, the All Terrian is a Sierra HD on steroids. Compared to the standard model, the concept is shorter, wider, and taller. Furthermore, it has been equipped custom control arms, Fox off-road shocks, front/rear jounce shocks, automatic locking differentials, and a beefy front stabilizer bar with electric disconnection. In terms of styling, the concept features a massive grille, bulging fender flares, LED lights and 20-inch aluminum wheels with 35-inch BFGoodrich KM2 tires. Out back, the bed has a composite liner and two compartments which house an air compressor and a 110-volt outlet. While no interior pictures were released, GM says the cabin has two-tone leather seats, satin chrome trim, and a next-generation navigation system with an 80 GB hard drive. Power is provided by a Duramax 6.6-liter V8 diesel engine with 397 hp (296 kW) and 765 lb-ft (1,037 Nm) of torque. Performance specifications weren't released, but GM estimates the All Terrain would have a payload capacity of 2,700 pounds (1,225 kg) and a towing capacity of 13,000 pounds (5,896 kg).
MINI Paceman Concept
With the North American International Auto Show just around the corner, MINI has released the first details about the Paceman concept. Essentially a Countryman coupe, the Paceman is designed to appeal to "young, modern, extrovert urbanites" that enjoy standing out from the crowd. As such, the crossover features a bold front fascia, a sloping roofline, and 19-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the four-seat cabin has leather upholstery, a full-length center rail system, and unique door panel trim. Under the hood, a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine produces 155 kW (211 PS / 208 hp) and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) of torque. It sends power to the ground through a permanent all-wheel drive system. While the Paceman is technically a concept, the company hinted it "could become another building block in the ongoing development of the brand and its product portfolio." Hi-Res Photos:
McLaren previews MP4-12C GT3 racer
As anticipated by last months spy photos, McLaren has announced plans to team up with CRS Racing to develop the new MP4-12C GT3. Details are limited, but "CRS Racing will build, sell and support the 12C GT3 cars in close collaboration with McLaren." Furthermore, as part of the car's development, McLaren will compete in a limited number of races in 2011. According to Martin Whitmarsh, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Team Principal, "Racing is in our blood - it was natural to develop a GT3 car alongside the 12C road car. We have a legendary history in global motorsport, including GT racing, and we aim to maintain that reputation with this GT3 program, and any future sports car projects that may evolve." The first fully-developed cars are expected to compete in the 2012 European FIA GT3 Series and will be offered to private racing teams at a "competitive price." Hi-res photo: http://www.worldcarfans.com/110121730097/mclaren-previews-mp4-12c-gt3-racer -video