Subaru's first-ever hybrid vehicle comes in the form of the XV Crosstrek Hybrid. Subaru's target customers tend to be more adventurous and eco-conscious, so a greener XV based on the Impreza makes sense.
Subaru's 2-liter boxer engine will be paired to a 13.4 horsepower motor and a CVT. While there aren't many other specs available yet, Subaru does say that drivers will be able to operate in full EV mode and that fuel economy numbers will fetch their hybrid the title of "most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive crossover in America." If successful, we wonder if the XV's sister, the Impreza, could get the hybrid powertrain as well.
2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will be the second EV from a major automaker to be powered by Tesla components (Toyota's RAV4 EV was the first). The battery is 28 kWh and will produce a range near 115 miles.
The B-Class has long been sold in European and Canadian markets with a gasoline engine, but in the U.S. it will be an electric-only model. The electric motor powering the B-Class is rated at 134 horsepower and 228 lb-ft of torque. With those numbers, Mercedes says that 60 miles per hour will come in less than 10 seconds. Top speed will be limited at 100 mph.
Even though the B-Class Electric Drive will be powered by Tesla, there was no mention if Supercharging will be available for this model. A Level-2 charger will be good for 60 miles of range after 2 hours of charging. We expect a full charge to take more than double that amount of time.
2014 Honda Odyssey
It's not often we feature a minivan on TRANSLOGIC, but we took notice when Honda developed a brand new feature to tackle in-car cleanliness.
Honda teamed up with ShopVac--the well-known maker of garage vacuums--to integrate a small unit into the back of the new Odyssey. Dubbed HondaVac, this dust buster will only be available on the Touring Elite trim, but Honda reps say they are considering making it a Honda Accessory.
The rest of the Odyssey gains new safety equipment like lane-departure warning and forward collision warning. Also, Honda's infotainment, HondaLink replaces the old controls with the ability to make restaurant reservations while on the road.
2014 Cadillac CTS
We couldn't leave out Cadillac's new CTS; it has grown in size and now better competes against its 5-Series and A6 rivals, and the styling is decidedly futuristic (our favorite type). An all new 3.6-liter twin turbo engine connected to an 8-speed transmission will showcase GM's ability to compete with the stellar powertrains available from German carmakers.
Cadillac's "Art and Science" design campaign continues with CTS, but adds more organic, fluidic curves to the otherwise angular design. The CTS is lower and more aggressive, and its new integrated vertical LED tracking lights offer a refreshing take on the LED craze.
Inside, all of the best technologies in the GM portfolio can be had. An updated version of CUE infotainment comes standard, featuring more refined controls. In an interview with Jim Vurpillat, Director of Global Marketing at Cadillac, Vurpillat said that CUE's development is ongoing and that Cadillac is always looking ahead to refine the system. Updates will be available at dealerships.