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Electric Ford Transit to Debut in Chicago

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Ford Transit Connect to in Chicago

The Chicago Auto starts next week, and the Second City plays fiddle to Detroit in terms of announcements, there’s still of auto news to go around.

includes the introduction of an electric Transit Connect. slated to hit the later this year. the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan have been getting of the EV buzz, but Ford had been a fleet of electric Transit in the United Kingdom for a while, via a with a British company Smith Electric Vehicles. And Ford now has a new partner working on a new electric drivetrain for the U.S. you can be sure the knowledge gained the Smith deal will be put to use in the North American market.


The electric Transit Connect first be available to commercial with a focus on those in locations. The vehicle is expected to a range of 70-80 miles and be using both 110- and outlets. Notably, the Transit EV will have a 1,700-lb. making it a perfect choice as a vehicle.

Following the heels of the Lincoln MKX. introduced at the show, the Blue Oval bring out an equally freshened Edge in Chicago. Some facelifting has been done to the new Edge’s grille fit in better the current Ford look, but the big here is under the hood.

The Edge is expected to offer a four-cylinder EcoBoost engine produces about the same numbers as the vehicle’s current V6, but also improves fuel by 20 percent. For comparison’s sake, the Edge, only available that V6, goes 18/25/20 on the city/highway/combined mileage rankings; the sized GMC Terrain. which a four-cylinder engine, can achieve

A 20 percent boost to the Edge’s would come out to about not quite up to the Terrain’s level, but the would also bring a power advantage over the even the six-cylinder model. The has been a good performer for and its distinctive wide-body styling sets it apart from the of the crossover crowd, but relatively mileage has had its effect on sales, the EcoBoost engine a welcome to the lineup.

Jeep will be the increased-efficiency angle at Chicago as but without quite the same The company is scheduled to introduce the Jeep Grand Cherokee at the and, as the first big post-bankruptcy from Chrysler. it’s to get plenty of attention.

Early images of the Grand show a vehicle that certainly live up to its positioning as the premium-level Jeep. The exterior, a bit bland for my tastes, could be subtle and sophisticated by some, and the looks to be loaded with touches. More importantly, the Grand Cherokee will to offer the kind of off-road one expects in a Jeep; in fact, two models showed up at the recent Jamboree to take on the Rubicon and from the pictures I’ve it was mission: accomplished.

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But here’s the This could be the best, luxurious 4X4 ever built, but you to wonder how many sales it find in today’s marketplace. The Cherokee will be getting an new V6 from Chrysler, and it will be for about an 8 percent increase in The current-generation V6 model with goes 15/20/17, so the new one should be for about 16/22/18; that’s about the same as an AWD Chevrolet .

It’s certainly an accomplishment for to coax essentially the same economy out of its Trail Rated Cherokee as Chevy gets its big soft-roader, but neither of these are likely to show up among the bestseller lists any time

In addition, the Blue Oval soon be launching the new unibody Explorer. effectively moving the into the crossover ranks. The won’t be able to compete the Jeep off the road, but I expect the new to leverage some of the EcoBoost news for segment-leading fuel and that, plus the Explorer could end up stealing some from the Jeep.

Another automaker hoping for a reception in Chicago is Honda. is slated to unveil the 2011 Odyssey minivan at the show. The Odyssey has suddenly become a launch for Honda, which has had its of troubles lately. The Honda Fit was by a big recall, the Honda CR-Z unveiled at Detroit was considered a and the Honda Insight hasn’t up to its sales expectations.

With the segment expected (by me) to grow year, and the new Toyota Sienna under that company’s of gloom, the Odyssey has a nice of opportunity here, especially if it some of the excitement around the SkyDeck concept. The SkyDeck up at last year’s Tokyo Show to much acclaim, a decidedly car-like silhouette along with front doors ‘” in a package offers full minivan

The door treatment will be left to the Lamborghinis, but if enough of the other features make it production, the vehicle could be to start Honda off on a new Odyssey success.

Ford Transit Connect Electric
Ford Transit Connect Electric
Ford Transit Connect Electric
Ford Transit Connect Electric
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