T-ROC a blend of old, new and maybe that funky Nissan Murano drop top

Die neue Volkswagen SUV-Studie T-ROCT-ROC makes debut with removable roof halves and digital instruments

Ten important facts on the world premiere of the T-ROC:

  1. The progressive design of the front end demonstrates a new approach to compact SUVs by Volkswagen.
  2. Cameras are at work at the front and rear, supported by LED spotlights in darkness.
  3. The roof halves can be removed and stowed in the boot.
  4. The T-ROC is powered by a 135 kW / 184 PS turbodiesel engine with 380 Nm of torque. The gearbox used here is a 7-speed DSG.
  5. The fuel consumption of the 2.0 TDI is a low 4.9 l/100 km.
  6. The concept has the latest version 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive with a Haldex-5 coupling.
  7. The T-ROC can be driven in three different driving modes: “Street”, “Offroad” and “Snow”.
  8. Only digital instruments and digital climate controls are used in the T-ROC.
  9. A portable tablet serves as the infotainment display.
  10. The T-ROC design is based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform. It is 4,179 mm long, 1,831 mm wide and 1,501 mm high.

BY GERRY MILES

There may be a new shape to the Tiguan. Maybe.

Sprung from the CrossBlue and CrossBlue Coupe concepts comes the funky T-ROC SUV.

Removable roof halves. The concept car being presented in Geneva follows a new design and interior line. In addition, the two-door car combines the talents of an all-wheel drive SUV – which does not shy away from rocky off-road trails (“ROCK”) – with the light summery air of a convertible. That is because the middle section of the roof consists of two halves, which can be removed with just a few hand movements and stowed in the boot. Incidentally, the “T” in T-ROC is a reference to the nomenclature of current and future Volkswagen SUVs such as the Taigun, Tiguan and Touareg.

Street / Offroad / Snow. The T-ROC, which is powered by a 135 kW / 184 PS direct-injection turbodiesel engine, is equipped with three different operating modes: “Street”, “Offroad” and “Snow”. Each mode modifies the parameters of the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, engine, 7-speed DSG (dual-clutch gearbox), ABS and hill start and hill descent assist systems. The modes are activated by an intuitively operated turn wheel on the DSG gear shift grip; the mode that is active is shown in a pop-up window in the fully digital instrument set.

Exterior – features and design of the T-ROC

Dimensions and weight. The T-ROC is 4,179 mm long, 1,831 mm wide and 1,501 mm tall. It is based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform, and thanks to its lightweight design, the SUV weighs just 1,420 kg. Visually distinctive and in part responsible for the SUV’s proportions are its relatively short overhangs (front: 811 mm, rear: 772 mm) and track widths of 1,578 mm (front) and 1,564 mm (rear), which are large relative to the body width. The wheelbase is 2,595 mm. Front and rear, the SUV is equipped with multi-part 19-inch alloy wheels; 245/45 tyres maintain contact to the ground both on the road and off-road.

Forward-looking design. The team at Volkswagen Design, led by Walter de Silva and Klaus Bischoff, has progressively advanced the brand’s SUV DNA in the T-ROC, but at the same time have preserved Volkswagen history. This is immediately apparent at the front end. Distinctive here is the 3D radiator grille designed with large, honeycomb-shaped openings – a new and dominant design element, high and wide in the middle, running out narrower on the sides. In an upwards direction, it is surrounded by a high-gloss black trim strip with a knife-sharp look; on the sides, it is bordered by the dual LED headlights, and at the bottom it is framed by a cross-member in aluminium look. This cross-member that progressively narrows towards the sides is more than just a decorative element; at its outside ends it houses the LED daytime running lights and LED indicators (when the indicators are activated, the white daytime running lights become orange indicator lights). If only the daytime running lights are active, then one LED light point is automatically lit at the centre of each of the dual headlights. The dipped beam light is generated by the out-board LED headlights; when the main beam is activated, this adds the adjacent LED headlights mounted in-board of them. Also visually prominent is the lower section of the front end: it is designed almost as if one were to place a mirror under the radiator grille with its contours reappearing in the lower air inlet. The side of the bumper facing the street is bordered by a rugged underbody protection element.

Multifunctional spotlights. A dominant element of the front-end design between the radiator grille and the lower air inlet is a cross trim piece in body colour (“Blue-Splash Metallic”). Towards the sides in this area are the large, round headlight modules, which are visually reminiscent of those of the legendary Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34. However, unlike five decades ago, the technology behind the glass covers can do much more than just generate light. Each of the two round headlights has a strip of three LEDs at its centre, with these LEDs forming the fog light. Above this light strip is a power LED which assumes the function of a swivelling spotlight. Beneath the strip of three LEDs, Volkswagen has integrated a movable camera. Whenever the driver activates Offroad mode, the spotlights and cameras can be activated. Here, the power LEDs and cameras follow the steering angle of the T-ROC; the image of the surroundings is transmitted to a large display (removable tablet) on the centre console, so that the driver can see the stones or potholes in front of the car and drive around them.

Die neue Volkswagen SUV-Studie T-ROCDesign of the side profile… The sides of the car give a clean and powerful appearance. At the top, the silhouette is defined by the contour of the high-gloss black roof which forms a dark line in the vehicle’s silhouette and together with the front windscreen, large roof spoiler and rear windscreen gives the T-ROC a coupé-like contour. Beneath the roof line, an aluminium strip that runs out into the termination of the C pillars makes the car appear lower to the ground than it really is at a height of 1,501 mm. When viewed from the sides, the C pillars themselves look like a roll-over bar that is set far to the rear. Integrated between this imaginary bar and the front windscreen frame are the removable roof halves. When they are removed and all four side windows are lowered, the T-ROC becomes a convertible, especially for those sitting in front.

…is clean and precise. The window line transitions into the engine bonnet and the wings at the height of the A pillar; giving the bonnet an especially long appearance which is further emphasised by the significant rear-ward offset of the front windscreen. In the area beneath the window line, there is what is known as the character line; this light-reflecting edge, upon whose line the door handles are also integrated, runs between muscular wheel arches, front and rear. The upper radius of the rear wheel arch transitions into a horizontal line that finally ends in the LED rear lights – so each line has its purpose. And that is typical of Volkswagen design. Also eye-catching in side profile are the spokes of the 19-inch alloy wheels with interior surfaces painted in body colour. The chrome side sills have a sophisticated look, while the wrap-around off-road accents of dark plastic in “Cool Granite” that protect the body are rugged.

Design of the rear body. The C-pillar elements of the boot lid and the roof spoiler are designed in high-gloss black. Beneath them is the consistently horizontal organisation of the rear elements. The LED rear lights have a three-dimensional shape; on the sides they are part of the rear wings, and towards the middle they are part of the boot lid. Like the daytime running light bars at the front end, the rear lights also have visually hovering aluminium elements. The elements of the rear lights adjoining the boot lid are also completely made of aluminium.

Rear cameras as well. At the front end, the outer contours of the radiator grille are repeated in the lower air inlet. In the rear body, it is the design of the rear lid lines that appears to be reflected on the surface for the vehicle licence plate. Large round elements are also integrated in high-gloss black trim panels to the left and right of the surface. As in front, three LEDs are integrated in these elements as well, and these form the reversing lights. The power LED above them assumes the role of the rear fog lights here. There is also a camera beneath the three LEDs, which is used to display visual images of the space behind the T-ROC. The images from the rear-view camera are also projected onto the tablet on the centre console. Beneath the round lighting and camera modules and to the sides are the exhaust tailpipes (aluminium, matt with a carbon frame) which are integrated in the bumper and the underbody protection with four aluminium elements.

Interior

Interior

Interior – features and design of the T-ROC

Designed for adventure. The T-ROC is a four-seater with a fully reconceptualised interior. In their functionalities, all elements are designed to match the off-road character of the T-ROC. That is, the features are rugged, with non-slip surfaces and are designed to be used on the move – such as the touchscreen in the centre console that was conceptualised as a tablet and the HD camera integrated in the area of the rear-view mirror. These features can also be used outside the T-ROC.

Blue and anthracite dominate. Stylistically, the low-profile dashboard exhibits a horizontal layout. A central element here is the dashpad painted in “Blue-Splash Metallic”. Volkswagen implements painted interiors in production as well, such as in the up! and Beetle lifestyle models. Also painted in body colour in the T-ROC are the door accent strips, the trim panel of the centre console and the trim accents of the leather-trimmed steering wheel that are arranged in the shape of wings. The other interior surfaces – with the exception of the seats – are designed in an anthracite named “Adamantium Dark”. The four leather-upholstered seats, meanwhile, exhibit a colour transition from blue to anthracite.

Digital instruments. The controls, status indicators and climate control functions in the T-ROC are all entirely in digital form. Accordingly, a 12.3 inch colour display is used as a combined instrument. Depending on the driving mode – “Street”, “Offroad” or “Snow” – it shows a range of colours and information that is adapted to the given situation. In “Offroad” mode, for instance, the speed range displayed by the speedometer ends at 80 km/h instead of 260 km/h. These interactions are displayed in a fascinating way with flowing transitions and clear animations; the information is visualised by an entirely unique form of digital aesthetics.

User-configurable infotainment screen. The touchscreen that is used for the infotainment system is a tablet. It is firmly locked into the dashboard with the upper two-thirds of the display extending out from the dashboard. The multitouch display (reacts to finger gestures) is user-configurable. Just like the instrument cluster in front of the driver, the range of colours and information displayed on the tablet also change according to the driving mode. In Offroad mode, the tablet also becomes a screen for the cameras. The HD camera mounted in the rear-view mirror bracket is also controlled from the tablet and can be used to take videos of either the outside or the inside of the vehicle.

Digital climate control. The climate control system of the T-ROC also has digital controls. A super-brilliant and high-resolution AMOLED display (Active Matrix Organic LED) is used here. The climate functions are set via this touchscreen. The AMOLED display is integrated into the centre console. Cutting-edge here is the “body-related” operating logic, where the user can set an individual “perceived temperature” – i.e. not just the temperature of the air stream – for different body areas. The climate control system automatically regulates the temperature and fan settings as well as the air distribution for this setting. Showing a love of detail, meanwhile, is the centre console panel; its design of integral straps was inspired by the motocross helmet.

 

Technology – drive system of the T-ROC

Strong and efficient. The T-ROC is powered by a torque-strong and fuel-efficient turbodiesel engine: the 2.0 TDI with 135 kW / 184 PS, the engine that is also used in the sporty Golf GTD. In the concept vehicle, the high-tech diesel delivers a top speed of 210 km/h, acceleration to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and a ample torque to the two driven axles (380 Nm from 1,750 rpm). This contrasts with a combined fuel consumption figure of 4.9 l/100 km (equates to 129 g/km CO2). A 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) handles the transmission of engine power to the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.

4MOTION all-wheel drive. In normal operation, the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, which is equipped with the latest Haldex coupling, transfers nearly all of the engine’s power to the front axle. That is very fuel-efficient. Nonetheless, even in this situation the 4MOTION system continues to be a permanent all-wheel drive solution, because the rear axle momentarily receives more power as soon as slip is detected at the front wheels or the sensors of the T-ROC detect an increase in transverse acceleration. 4MOTION utilises pre-control strategies depending on the specific driving state. This system variably engages the rear axle in fractions of a second via the Haldex coupling whenever necessary.

“Street” / “Offroad” / “Snow”. The T-ROC is equipped with three driver-selectable driving modes: “Street”, “Offroad” and “Snow”. Parameters of the running gear, engine-gearbox unit and hill start and hill descent assist systems are modified depending on the mode. The desired mode is activated via an intuitive turn wheel control on the DSG gear shift grip; the mode that is active is indicated in a pop-up window in the digital instrument cluster.

Die neue Volkswagen SUV-Studie T-ROC

Toyota sets 2014 prices for FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser, Prius v, Sequoia, Sienna, Venza and Camry

TORRANCE, Calif., August 2, 2013– -Toyota Motor Sales has announced product and price changes for a number of 2014 model year vehicles. Toyota products affected by these changes include:

  • FJ Cruiser
  • Land Cruiser
  • Prius v
  • Sequoia
  • Sienna
  • Venza
  • Camry

The vehicle content changes and average percentage increase in price are summarized below:

  • FJ Cruiser increases an average of $100 (0.4%)
    • For 2014, FJ Cruiser will offer Cement Grey as a new color option, and Cavalry Blue will be discontinued
    • The truck’s suspension has been improved with an available performance damper
    • A special edition version will be available in February 2014
  • Land Cruiser increases an average of $200.00 (0.3%)
    • For 2014, Land Cruiser is a carryover model with no changes from 2013.
  • Prius v increases an average of $100 (0.4%)
    • For 2014, Prius v is equipped with standard Daytime Running Lights (DRL) for all trim levels. In addition, the Panoramic View Moonroof (currently available as part of the Advanced Technology package on Prius v Five) will be offered as a stand-alone option on Prius v Three.
  • Sequoia increases an average of $711.00 (1.3%),
    • For 2014, Sequoia is equipped with the next generation Entune™ Audio system as follows:
      • SR5 – Entune™ Audio Plus is standard, Entune™ Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite optional
      • Limited – Entune™ Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite is standard, Entune™ Premium JBL Audio with Navigation and App Suite is optional
      • Platinum – Entune™ Premium JBL Audio with Navigation and App Suite is standard
  • Sienna increases an average of $248.00 (0.8%)
    • For 2014MY, Sienna receives the following updates across all grades:
      • Illuminated cruise control stalk (for both regular and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control)
      • Sienna now has 3500 lbs. towing capacity standard.
      • The Towing Prep Package equipment is now standard equipment across all grades (with the exception of Mobility grades).
  • L
    • Manual lumbar support no longer offered
  • SE
    • Blind Spot Monitor will become a standalone option on SE grade
  • Venza increases an average of $259.00 (0.8%)
    • For 2014, to better match our offerings with customer demand, Venza will no longer offer the following color combinations:
      • Cosmic Gray Exterior with Ivory Fabric or Ivory Leather Interior
      • Sunset Bronze Exterior with Black Fabric or Black Leather Interior
  • XLE
    • Adds power folding outside mirrors to the list of standard equipment
  • Limited
    • 13MY standard equipment, plus:
      • Power folding outside mirrors
      • Front and rear backup sonar

Camry and Camry SE Sport

  • Camry SE Sport will be re-introduced for 2014.  The SE Sport adds appealing equipment to the four-cylinder Camry that includes:
    • Standard equipment:
      • 18” Smoked Alloy wheels (currently standard on SE V6)
      • Power Driver’s Seat
      • Moonroof
    • Optional equipment:
      • The only option for Camry SE Sport is Display Audio with Entune App Suite
    • The SE Sport is value priced with an MSRP of $25,090 (without DPH) regardless of exterior color.
      • This reflects a discount of $435

Toyota vehicles and Destination, Processing, and Handling (DPH) fee 

The Destination, Processing and Handling (DPH) fees shall be increased for all vehicles except for the Large Trucks and Large SUV categories.

 

DPH Current ($) New ($) Change ($)
Passenger Car $795 $810 $15
Small Light Truck $845 $860 $15
Large Truck SUV $995 $995 $0
Scion $755 $755 $0


The DPH fee is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides.  Toyota’s objective is to set this fee at a level that is competitive with the amount charged by other manufacturers for similar services and takes into account such factors as fuel prices.

The Delivery, Processing and Handling fee for vehicles distributed by SET and GST may vary.##

Grade Current MSRP New MSRP MSRP Chg ($) MSRP Chg (%)
PRIUS v Two Model $26,650 $26,750 $100 0.4%
PRIUS v Three Model $27,415 $27,515 $100 0.4%
PRIUS v Five Model $30,295 $30,395 $100 0.3%
VENZA LE L4 FWD $27,850 $27,950 $100 0.4%
VENZA LE V6 FWD $29,670 $29,770 $100 0.3%
VENZA LE L4 AWD $29,300 $29,400 $100 0.3%
VENZA LE V6 AWD $31,120 $31,220 $100 0.3%
VENZA XLE L4 FWD $31,510 $31,810 $300 1.0%
VENZA XLE V6 FWD $33,330 $33,630 $300 0.9%
VENZA XLE L4 AWD $32,960 $33,260 $300 0.9%
VENZA XLE V6 AWD $34,780 $35,080 $300 0.9%
VENZA Limited V6 FWD $37,570 $38,120 $550 1.5%
VENZA Limited V6 AWD $39,020 $39,570 $550 1.4%
FJ CRUISER 4×2 SUV $27,030 $27,130 $100 0.4%
FJ CRUISER 4×4 SUV $28,210 $28,310 $100 0.4%
FJ CRUISER 4×4 SUV $28,620 $28,720 $100 0.3%
SIENNA CE V6 CARGO VAN $24,805 $24,920 $115 0.5%
SIENNA L FWD 7 PSGR $26,585 $26,920 $335 1.3%
SIENNA LE FWD AUTO ACCESS SEAT $36,370 $36,505 $355 1.0%
SIENNA LE FWD 7 PSGR MOBILITY $30,335 $30,690 $355 1.2%
SIENNA LE FWD 8 PSGR $30,135 $30,490 $355 1.2%
SIENNA SE FWD 8 PSGR $33,725 $33,860 $135 0.4%
SIENNA XLE FWD AUTO ACCESS SEAT $40,780 $40,915 $355 0.9%
SIENNA XLE FWD 8 PSGR $33,510 $33,645 $135 0.4%
SIENNA LTD FWD 7 PSGR $40,105 $40,240 $135 0.3%
SIENNA LE AWD 7 PSGR $32,465 $32,920 $455 1.4%
SIENNA XLE AWD 7 PSGR $35,950 $36,185 $235 0.7%
SIENNA LTD AWD 7 PSGR $41,475 $41,710 $235 0.6%
LAND CRUISER 4WD SUV V8 $78,555 $78,755 $200 0.3%
SEQUOIA 4×2 5DR SR5 V8 SUV $42,455 $43,595 $1,140 2.7%
SEQUOIA 4×4 5DR SR5 V8 SUV $45,680 $46,820 $1,140 2.5%
SEQUOIA 4×2 5DR LTD V8 SUV $51,940 $52,555 $615 1.2%
SEQUOIA 4×4 5DR LTD V8 SUV $55,165 $55,780 $615 1.1%
SEQUOIA 4×2 5DR PLAT V8 SUV $59,845 $60,295 $450 0.8%
SEQUOIA 4×4 5DR PLAT V8 SUV $63,070 $63,520 $450 0.7%
SEQUOIA 4×4 5DR SR5 V8 SUV $45,680 $46,820 $1,140 2.5%
SEQUOIA 4×4 5DR LTD V8 SUV $55,165 $55,780 $615 1.1%
SEQUOIA 4×4 5DR PLAT V8 SUV $63,070 $63,520 $450 0.7%
CAMRY SE SPORT PACKAGE $25,090

2014 Mazda3 Pricing starts at $16,945

All-New 2014 Mazda3 Makes Global Debut.   (Mazda North American Operations)

All-New 2014 Mazda3 Makes Global Debut.
(Mazda North American Operations)

BY GERRY MILES

If you want a positive “take away” for hitting the Dog Days of August, consider that you’re within a month of the 2014 Mazda3 officially go on sale in September.

The 2014 Mazda3 will be offered with two SKYACTIV engine choices:

  • 2.0-liter, 155 hp at 6,000 rpm/150 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm
  • 2.5-liter. 184 hp at 5,700 rpm/185 lb-ft of toque at 3,250 rpm

The smaller mill will be the standard engine on i trim levels (SV, Sport, Touring and Grand Touring).

As expected, the 2.5-liter motor is standard fare for s designated models.

The sedan-only i SV is available with either the SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual ($16,945 MSRP) or SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic ($17,995 MSRP) transmissions.

The 2014 Mazda3 i SV model offers such new standard features as: push-button start, automatic power door locks, a remote keyless entry system, daytime running lights and a USB connection port. Also standard are a matte-finish front grille, 16-inch full-cover steel wheels, body-color door handles and bumpers, dual-power folding outside mirrors, power windows with driver-side one-touch down/up, a tilt-and-telescopic adjustable steering column, air conditioning with a pollen filter, trim-specific cloth sport seats, a fold-down rear seat, a four-speaker AM/FM audio system and an auxiliary input jack.

Opting for an i Sport adds: illuminated steering wheel controls, a 60/40-split fold-flat rear seat, Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio connectivity, cruise control, a trip computer, a CD player, map lights, body-colored side mirrors and a tachometer.

Sport models are available in either sedan or new-for-2014 five-door form and can be fitted with either transmission. The Mazda3 i Sport 4-door  starts at $18,445 MSRP while an identically equipped 5-door adds another $500 to boost the MSRP to $18,945.

Optioning for the 6-speed automatic adds $1,050 for either sedan or five-door model.

A full laundry list of features and their prices follows below.

2014 Mazda3 4-DOOR
Effective Date: July 23, 2013
TRIM PRICE **
i SV MT SKYACTIV-G 2.0L ENGINE WITH SKYACTIV-MT 6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION 16,945$
i SV AT SKYACTIV-G 2.0L ENGINE WITH SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 17,995
i Sport MT SKYACTIV-G 2.0L ENGINE WITH SKYACTIV-MT 6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION 18,445
i Sport AT SKYACTIV-G 2.0L ENGINE WITH SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 19,495
i Touring MT SKYACTIV-G 2.0L ENGINE WITH SKYACTIV-MT 6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION 19,595
i Touring AT SKYACTIV-G 2.0L ENGINE WITH SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 20,645
i Grand Touring MT SKYACTIV-G 2.0L ENGINE WITH SKYACTIV-MT 6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION 22,745
i Grand Touring AT SKYACTIV-G 2.0L ENGINE WITH SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 23,795
s Touring AT SKYACTIV-G 2.5L ENGINE WITH SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 24,595
s Grand Touring AT SKYACTIV-G 2.5L ENGINE WITH SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 25,995
PACKAGES AND OPTIONS
CODE DESCRIPTION AVAILABILITY
1TE Technology Package (1) i Touring 1,600$
2TE Technology Package (2) s Grand Touring 1,600
JCP Paint Charge (Snowflake White Pearl 25D) All 200
JCR Paint Charge (Soul Red 41V) All 300
ACCESSORIES
CODE DESCRIPTION APPLICATION ***
CFD N/A w/ RBS 95$ Door Edge & Rear Bumper Top Paint Protection Film (3)
CFH Hood & Front Fender Paint Protection Film (4) All 325
CGM Cargo Mat All 70
CGN Cargo Net All 50
CGT Cargo Tray All 75
FLA Floor Mats, All-Weather All 100
FOG Fog Lights N/A on s Touring and s Grand Touring trims 370
ILK Interior Lighting Kit (5) All 250
MRC Mirror, Auto-Dim w/ Compass N/A w/ s Grand Touring trim; N/A w/ MRH 175
MRH Mirror, Auto-Dim w/ Compass & Homelink N/A w/ s Grand Touring trim; N/A w/ MRC 300
PSR Parking Sensors, Rear All 450
RBS Rear Bumper Guard N/A w/ Door / Rear Bumper Paint Protection Film – CFD 100
RSE Remote Engine Start A/T only 575
RSP Rear Lip Spoiler Requires i SV or i Sport trim 375
SCP Door Sill Trim Plates All 125
WLK Wheel Locks N/A w/ i SV or i Sport trim 55
(1) Technology Package (1TE): 7″ full-color touchscreen display, GPS navigation, multi-function Commander control, rearview camera, Bose® 9 speaker surround sound audio system with Centerpoint® 2 and AudioPilot® 2, HD radio, SiriusXM satellite radio w/ 4 month subscription, Aha Radio internet radio integration, Pandora internet radio integration, Stitcher internet radio integration, SMS text message audio delivery and reply, infotainment system voice command, E911 automatic emergency notification, dual zone (driver & front passenger) automatic climate control system, overhead console w/ sunglasses holder, illuminated vanity mirrors (driver and passenger), shark fin antenna
(2) Technology Package (2TE): i-ELOOP regenerative engine braking system, active grille shutters, High Beam Control (HBC), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Smart City Brake Support (SCBS)
(3) Door Edge & Rear Bumper Top Paint Protection Film (CFD): Coverage for all door edges, all door handle cups, and rear bumper top surface
(4) Hood & Front Fender Paint Protection Film (CFH): Coverage for hood leading edge, front fender leading edges, and door mirror painted surfaces
(5) Interior Lighting Kit (ILK): White LED footwell area illumination for driver and front passenger
** Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, including Dealer Preparation and Check Up required by Manufacturer.Vehicle M.S.R.P. does not include Destination Charge $795.00 (Alaska $840.00), State and Local Taxes or Fees or any other charges.
TRIM  PRICE ** 
i Sport MT  SKYACTIV-G 2.0L ENGINE WITH SKYACTIV-MT 6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION 18,945 $
i Sport AT  SKYACTIV-G 2.0L ENGINE WITH SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 19,995
i Touring MT  SKYACTIV-G 2.0L ENGINE WITH SKYACTIV-MT 6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION 20,095
i Touring AT  SKYACTIV-G 2.0L ENGINE WITH SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 21,145
i Grand Touring MT  SKYACTIV-G 2.0L ENGINE WITH SKYACTIV-MT 6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION 23,245
i Grand Touring AT  SKYACTIV-G 2.0L ENGINE WITH SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 24,295
s Touring AT  SKYACTIV-G 2.5L ENGINE WITH SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 25,095
s Grand Touring AT  SKYACTIV-G 2.5L ENGINE WITH SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 26,495
PACKAGES AND OPTIONS 
CODE  DESCRIPTION  AVAILABILITY 
1TE Technology Package (1) i Touring 1,600 $
2TE Technology Package (2) s Grand Touring 1,600
JCP Paint Charge (Snowflake White Pearl 25D) All 200
JCR Paint Charge (Soul Red 41V) All 300
ACCESSORIES 
CODE  DESCRIPTION  APPLICATION *** 
CFD N/A w/ Rear Bumper Guard – RBS 95 $
CFH Hood & Front Fender Paint Protection Film (4) All 325
CGM Cargo Mat All 70
CGN Cargo Net All (includes Cargo Tie Down Hooks) 60
CGT Cargo Tray All 75
FLA Floor Mats, All-Weather All 100
FOG Fog Lights N/A on s Touring and s Grand Touring trim 370
ILK Interior Lighting Kit (5) All 250
MRC Mirror, Auto-Dim w/ Compass N/A w/ s Grand Touring trim; N/A w/ MRH 175
MRH Mirror, Auto-Dim w/ Compass & Homelink N/A w/ s Grand Touring trim; N/A w/ MRC 300
PSR Parking Sensors, Rear All 450
RBS Rear Bumper Guard N/A w/ Door / Rear Bumper Paint Protection Film – CFD 100
RSE Remote Engine Start A/T only 575
SCP Door Sill Trim Plates All 125
WLK Wheel Locks N/A w/ i Sport trim 55
(1) Technology Package (1TE): 7″ full-color touchscreen display, GPS navigation, multi-function Commander control, rearview camera, Bose® 9 speaker surround sound audio system with Centerpoint® 2 and AudioPilot® 2, HD radio, SiriusXM satellite radio w/ 4 month subscription, Aha Radio internet radio integration, Pandora internet radio integration, Stitcher internet radio integration, SMS text message audio delivery and reply, infotainment system voice command, E911 automatic emergency notification, dual zone (driver & front passenger) automatic climate control system, overhead console w/ sunglasses holder, illuminated vanity mirrors (driver and
(2) Technology Package (2TE): i-ELOOP regenerative engine braking system, active grille shutters, High Beam Control (HBC), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Smart City Brake Support (SCBS)
(3)
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Volvo’s 2014 model pricing announced

2014 Volvo S 60

2014 Volvo S 60

New U.S. Volvo lineup features design enhancements, adaptive digital TFT display, new safety features, including cyclist detection

BY GERRY MILES

In Volvo’s own words, there are many model renewals for the 2014 year … that’s code for exterior freshenings, changing the styling on the outside and tweaking a few things on the inside. Adaptive digital TFT display as well as pedestrian/cyclist detection systems – another hook for Volvo’s vaunted safety connections are worthwhile additions.

Volvo offers but three engines in a move to simplify things, unless you’re angling for the more powerful R-Design and you get 325 hp under the hood.

Truthfully, the most erstwhile news Volvo has going for it right now is the assault on the 3,000,000-mile mark of Irv Gordon in his 1966 P1800 within the next few weeks.

The bones of the Volvo press release follow below:

 

2014 models arrive with new designs, upgraded features and new support systems. Volvo’s engine roster includes:

  • the 250 horsepower T5
  • 3.2-liter, 240 hp, naturally aspirated 6-cylinder
  • turbocharged T6 at 300 horsepower.
  • R-Design’s 3.0-liter, 325 hp, turbocharged 6-cylinder, owns 354 lb.-ft. of torque.

Bolder Design Features Across Lineup

The front of the S60 has been redesigned sporting all-new exterior panels from the A-pillars forward including a new hood, front fenders and fascia. A wider grille with a larger Ironmark is flanked by new headlights while a larger, wider lower front intake gains bright accents and horizontally mounted LED daytime running lights. New LED light guides on the taillights and new integrated exhaust pipes can be found.

The 2014 S60 lineup starts at $32,400 for the front-drive T5, while the T6 AWD lists for $39,250. AWD with Instant Traction is again available on the value-leading S60 T5 and can be added as a stand-alone option, with a price unchanged from 2013 at $2,000. A new sport package comprising sport seats, paddle shifters, 18-inch titania alloy wheels and dynamic chassis is standard on the T6 AWD and optional on the T5. The S60 T6 R-Design starts at $42,700.

For the XC60, changes begin on the outside, where the popular crossover sports a new hood, front fenders and fascia that emphasize a wider and more confident appearance. Redesigned headlights flank a bold new grille sporting a larger Volvo Ironmark. These significant exterior design changes emphasize the dynamic, capable nature of the XC60. With careful attention to detail, the designers have increased the XC60’s road presence. The popular XC60 crossover starts at $34,850 in 3.2 FWD and the T6 AWD starts at $39,250. The XC60 R-Design starts at $45,800.

Volvo brings the XC70 into sharper focus with redesigned front and rear styling, including a new grille with a bolder, wider proportion, a larger Iron mark and LED daytime running lights, updated front and rear matte silver décor trim, rear skid plate décor and new taillight design. This bolder XC70 starts out at $34,500 in 3.2 FWD and $40,950 in T6 AWD. Among the more interesting safety features on the XC70 are the dual, fully integrated booster seats in the rear seating area. They are height adjustable, so they adapt as a child grows. What’s more, they look like normal seats.

Changes to the S80 begin on the outside, with a new front fascia incorporating a new grille design with larger Volvo Ironmark and grille pattern. Below the new bumper, a redesigned lower front intake stretches the visual width of the car to create a bolder, wider horizontal stance. New LED daytime running lights are positioned at the outer edges of the intake while the headlights also receive a new look. Following up at the rear is a redesigned bumper and new taillight design sporting LED graphics. S80 starts at $39,900 in 3.2 FWD and $43,950 in T6 AWD. Dressed in optional Inscription package, featuring Sovereign Hide soft leather, ventilated front seats and branded interior touches, the T6 AWD with Inscription represents Volvo’s most luxurious offering.

With standard seating for seven, versatile cargo solutions, extensive safety features and a choice of front and optional all-wheel drive with Instant Traction, the XC90 remains an outstanding value. All XC90s are equipped with Roll Stability Control (RSC); Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC); Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) with side airbags and Inflatable Curtains for all three rows. XC90 starts at $39,700 in 3.2 FWD.

New Instrument Cluster Offers Driver Choice

Select models get a new Adaptive Digital TFT Display instrument cluster that allows drivers to choose between three themes with different configurations and functionality:

  • Elegance has a traditional appearance with a large, circular speedometer bordered by secondary displays.
  • Eco features green background illumination with an Eco meter displayed on the left.
  • Performance has red background illumination for a more dynamic look. A tachometer replaces the speedometer while vehicle speed is shown digitally. The right display includes a power meter gauge that informs the driver how much power is available and how much is being used at any given moment.

In the R-Design versions, the Elegance theme boasts unique blue instrument dials.

Paddle Shifters, Quicker acceleration with Advanced Quick Shift

New paddle shifters will be offered – standard on most T6 AWD and R-Design models and available on T5 – letting the driver shift manually with both hands on the steering wheel. Coupled with Advanced Quick Shift (AQS), transmission optimization software that improves the speed of each gear change, acceleration also improves, increasing the vehicle’s performance potential.

AQS is now available on all T6 engines and activated when the transmission is set to sport mode or when using paddle shifters. Gear changes are faster for models equipped with AQS – as much as 50 percent between first and second, and as much as 30 percent on gear changes two through six.

This bolsters the sporty impression of the T6 and also produces fantastic acceleration results. Zero to 60 improves 0.2 seconds on the S60 T6 R-Design – from 5.5 to 5.3 on model year 2014 with AQS – while the XC60 T6 R-Design sprints 0.4 seconds faster – 6.6 to 6.2 seconds on model year 2014 with AQS – compared to model year 2013.

Trim Levels Offer Customer Flexibility, New Features Reflect Safety Leadership

As in the past, each trim level contains previously available optional equipment that has been grouped together based on historical customer preference for pairing of specific features. Three trim levels, Premier, Premier Plus and Platinum builds upon the previous. Each model remains available without the new trim levels. Customers retain the flexibility to select stand-alone option packages as well as single options.

Key safety features debut on the MY14 lineup, including Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake and Cross Traffic Alert.* In certain circumstances, Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake helps the driver avoid collisions with pedestrians or cyclists. It is part of the Technology Package, priced $600 less than last year at $1,500.

A new radar-based Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)* also debuts for MY14. It uses sophisticated upgrades to monitor and alert the driver to rapidly approaching vehicles behind the car, while still informing the driver about vehicles in the blind spots on both sides of the car. Cross Traffic Alert is a new feature for MY14 that uses the radar sensors at the rear end of the car to alert the driver to crossing traffic from the sides when reversing out of a parking space. This is especially helpful in tight and crowded areas where the side view may be restricted.

New Volvos get warranty coverage for 4 years/50,000 miles, as well as free, factory-scheduled maintenance at 10,000 miles, 20,000 miles and 30,000 miles.

* On S60 and XC60 only.

Model

MSRP

S60

S60 T5

$32,400

S60T5 Premier

$34,900

S60T5 Premier Plus

$35,500

S60T5 Platinum

$38,250

S60 T6 AWD

$39,250

S60 T6 Premier Plus

$39,900

S60 T6 Platinum

$42,600

S60 T6 R-Design AWD

$42,700

S60 T6 RD Platinum

$45,700

S80

S80 3.2 FWD

$39,900

S80 3.2 Premier Plus

$41,400

S80 3.2 Platinum

$44,100

S80 T6 AWD

$43,950

S80 T6 Premier Plus

$45,450

S80 T6 Platinum

$48,150

XC70

XC70 3.2 FWD

$34,500

XC70 3.2 Premier

$37,900

XC70 3.2 Premier Plus

$39,450

XC70 3.2 Platinum

$41,950

XC70 T6 AWD

$40,950

XC70 T6 Premier Plus

$42,950

XC70 T6 Platinum

$45,650

XC60

XC60 3.2 FWD

$34,850

XC60 3.2 Premier

$37,950

XC60 3.2 Premier Plus

$39,250

XC60 3.2 Platinum

$41,950

XC60 T6

$41,550

XC60 T6 Premier Plus

$42,850

XC60 T6 Platinum

$45,550

XC60 T6 R-Design AWD

$45,800

XC60 T6 RD Premier Plus

$47,100

XC60 T6 RD Platinum

$49,800

XC90

XC90 3.2 FWD

$39,700

XC90 3.2 Premier Plus

$41,200

XC90 3.2 Platinum

$43,900

XC90 3.2 R-Design FWD

$42,700

XC90 3.2 RD Platinum

$45,400

2014 Lexus IS 250 begins at $36k, 350 at 40k

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BY GERRY MILES

The original IS 250 was a small, pocket rocket that was a blast to drive and with its shorter status reminded me of the tiny runabouts that gained recognition with the Nissan Sentra SE-R in its first iteration. It seemed that the folks at Lexus has tried to infuse, and succeeded, in the seat of the pants thrill that interactive driving provides with a small, sporty package.

Zoom ahead to 2013 and the 2014 model will arrive in showrooms this summer just shy of $36k for the RWD version and escalate from there with three packages and just eight options to customize it your way.

Power comes from a 2.5-liter, 204 hp, V-6 with 185 lb-ft. of torque in the base RWD model. Opt for AWD and you’re spending $38,485 that does not include delivery. But you’re buying a Lexus, so that’s not likely a considerable worry.
The IS 350, which produces 306 horsepower from its 3.5L V6 power plant, has an MSRP of $39,465 for RWD and $41,700 for AWD. The base price for the 2014 IS 350 is 2.1% lower than the model it replaces.

standard features

The new IS  carries standard features such as HID headlamps, L-shaped LED daytime running lights, Drive Mode Select, paddle shifters, a dual zone climate control system, a next-generation Remote Touch Interface, Display Audio, a color 4.2 inch TFT multi-information display and 10 airbags.

In an industry first, the all-new multimedia system delivers real-time traffic and weather information without a subscription.  Lexus claims that $1,400 in previously optional equipment has been made standard for the 2014 IS.

Premium, Luxury and F SPORT packages will be available across the model range.  The available Premium Package ($1,050 for RWD models) includes LED headlamps and heated and ventilated front seats.  The Luxury Package ($3,665 for RWD models) includes Premium Package features plus a perforated leather-trimmed interior, linear wood trim, electrochromic exterior mirrors with reverse tilt, rain-sensing wipers, driver seat memory, a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, center stack knee pads and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

A revamped F SPORT Package ($3,115 for IS 250 RWD and $3,620 for IS 350 RWD) offers a unique full-mesh grille and front bumper, LED headlamps, 18” split 5-spoke wheels, front sport seats, and a more aggressive sport-tuned suspension. Inside, all F SPORT models feature the attention-grabbing center-mounted tachometer with moving bezel adopted directly from the LFA. The IS 350 F SPORT adds standard Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) with a Sport S+ drive mode.   For the first time, the F SPORT package is also available for IS AWD models.

2014 IS Pricing:

Model Drive Type Engine Transmission MSRP*
IS 250 RWD 2.5L V6 6AT $35,950
IS 250 AWD 2.5L V6 6AT $38,485
IS 350 RWD 3.5L V6 8AT $39,465
IS 350 AWD 3.5L V6 6AT $41,700

Available Packages:

Package IS 250 RWD IS 250 AWD IS 350 RWD IS 350 AWD
Premium Package $1,050 $610 $1,050 $610
Luxury Package $3,665 $3,225 $3,665 $3,225
F SPORT Package $3,115 $2,675 $3,620 $3,180
Optional Equipment
Navigation System $2,085
Navigation System with Mark Levinson $3,225
Backup Monitor $350
Power Rear Sunshade $210
18” Wheel Package with All-season tires $935
18” Wheel Package with Summer tires $935
Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) $400
Intuitive Park Assist $500

*MSRP does not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $895.