Thursday, August 03, 2006

2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR Summary

2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR Summary

The 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR is a 2-door, 2-passenger luxury sports car, available in one trim only, the McLaren.

Upon introduction, the SLR is equipped with a standard 5.5-liter, V8, 617-horsepower, supercharged engine that achieves 13-mpg in the city and 17-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard.

The 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR is a carryover from 2005.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

R-D6 Concept is the Future Jaguar Vehicle

A Beautiful, Fast Car
Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the R-D6 showcases Jaguar´s latest technology in a lightweight vehicle structure, as well as the performance and refinement of its new diesel engine range. The compact, four-seat coupe is the product of a select team of groundbreaking designers and signifies the "pure, sensuous and sporting design" that will mark all future Jaguars.

0-60 mph in Under 6 Seconds
Mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the twin-turbocharged V-6 diesel engine generates 230 bhp and roughly 369 foot-pounds of torque. It can rocket the coupe from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds with all the grace and agility of a true Jaguar. The cat´s top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

Smaller than the X-TYPE
The R-D6 is 13 inches shorter than Jaguar´s smallest car, the X-TYPE. Its wheelbase measures just 112 inches for a compact design, but its width and height ensure all the road presence of a genuine four-seater.

Exterior Styling and Dimensions
The R-D6 rides on 21-inch wheels that are machined from solid aluminum specifically for this vehicle. Set among sweeping lines and artistic shapes, its headlights are a modern interpretation of Jaguar´s classic twin-lamp style. Twin-pipe exhausts are centrally mounted at the rear, and just atop, the iconic leaper has found a new perch at the back of the car.

Inside the Cockpit
Aluminum is featured extensively, along with two types of rich leather draping across the interior: lightly grained, carbon-black aniline and 8-mm thick black saddle leather. Natural satin-finish Black American Walnut veneer sweeps not only across the door panels, dash and console, but also underneath your feet.

A Two-Layer Trunk Floor

Backseat passengers will find a surprising amount of room and comfort in the R-D6. When unoccupied, the rear seats can slide forward and almost interlock with the front seats to double the trunk space. What´s truly ingenious: the trunk floor is a two-layer design. Its upper layer moves with the rear seats to allow additional cargo space without rearranging the cargo. For access as practical as it is stylish, the R-D6 features a side-hinged tailgate reminiscent of Jaguar´s renowned E-Type coupe.

R-D6 Features in Production Jaguars
Anxious Jaguar drivers don´t have to wait for a production derivative of the R-D6 Concept to take advantage of the technology it showcases. Jaguar´s lightweight body architecture already is employed in the production XJ. In the European market, its high-performance 2.7-liter diesel is available in the 2004 S-TYPE sedan, and the new 2.0-liter diesel engine currently is fitted in European X-TYPE models, including the new X-TYPE Wagon.

Jaguar X-Type Overview

Classic bloodline. Classical countenance. Best-in-class amenities.
The X-TYPE represents a litany of firsts for Jaguar—first to feature all-wheel drive, first entry into the mid-sized luxury sports car category, and most important, first on the "most fun to drive" list of countless automotive fans. Which are all great reasons to be among the first to drive one this year

2006 X-TYPE Sport

Aggressive styling, along with numerous amenities.

• Sport-tuned suspension
• Full lower body kit with front and rear bumper valances and side-sill panels
• Bright mesh upper and lower grilles
• Body-colored trim
• Trunk-mounted rear spoiler
• 17-in Aguila wheels with all-season tires
• Sport-style seats with Alcantara® inserts
• 8-way power-adjustable driver´s seat
• 4-way power-adjustable passenger seat
• Leather-wrapped steering wheel
• Optional Dynamic Stability Control

What's New for the 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class?

Redesigned with a clean sheet of paper, the 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class includes a fresh skin; a sophisticated four-wheel-drive system; a choice between a 3.5-liter V6 and a 5.0-liter V8 mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission; a larger interior filled with higher quality materials; advanced safety features; and improved ride and handling characteristics.
Advantages of the 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class:

* Advanced safety features
* Roomy interior
* Muscular engines
* Car-like ride and handling
* Slick 4WD technology

Objections to the 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class:

* High prices
* Lackluster reputation for durability

AutoSite's Advice:

The original Mercedes-Benz M-Class was one of the progenitors of the luxury SUV movement, a vehicle that simultaneously offered the off-road capability of an SUV and the amenities befitting a Benz. Now completely redesigned, the 2006 Mercedes M-Class rides and handles better than the previous generation, and with a low-range transfer case, four-wheel traction control, and a downhill traction system that limits speed during descents, it may still hold its own when off-roading. Inside, upgraded materials and more passenger space make the M-Class more comfortable, while a redesign of the exterior results in a vehicle that looks more like a rugged SUV than a blobby minivan. And with an arsenal of safety technology on-board, coupled with powerful engines, the new 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is a compelling choice in an increasingly crowded luxury SUV segment.

2006 BMW X5 Summary

The 2006 BMW X5 is a 4-door, 5-passenger luxury sport-utility, available in 3 trims, ranging from the 3.0i Sports Activity Vehicle to the 4.8is Sports Activity Vehicle.

Upon introduction, the 3.0i Sports Activity Vehicle is equipped with a standard 3.0-liter, I6, 225-horsepower engine that achieves 15-mpg in the city and 21-mpg on the highway. A 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard, and a 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional. The 4.8is Sports Activity Vehicle is equipped with a standard 4.8-liter, V8, 355-horsepower engine that achieves 16-mpg in the city and 21-mpg on the highway. A 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard.

The 2006 BMW X5 is a carryover from 2005.

2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Summary

The 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is a 4-door, 5-passenger luxury sport-utility, available in two trims, the ML350 and the ML500.

Upon introduction, the ML350 is equipped with a standard 3.5-liter, V6, 268-horsepower engine that achieves 16-mpg in the city and 20-mpg on the highway. The ML500 is equipped with a standard 5.0-liter, V8, 302-horsepower engine that achieves 14-mpg in the city and 19-mpg on the highway. A 7-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard on both trims.

The 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is redesigned for 2006.