While the 2010 model year is well underway, new cars continue to be unveiled by automakers. From sports sedans to sports cars and from utility vehicles to the ultimate in luxury, there’s something to suit every taste and price range within this collection of 13 more vehicles that are new or redesigned for 2010.
Acura’s popular five-passenger TSX sports sedan expands its appeal with the addition of a new 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 to the lineup, along with the available 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder. The TSX offers drivers an optimum balance of performance and efficiency. An advanced double-wishbone front and multilink rear suspension deliver excellent ride comfort, handling and control, and have been specially tuned in the V-6 for a sportier driving experience. Standard features include leather seats, dual-zone climate control, power moon roof, premium seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and more. Both models can also be equipped with a technology package that includes Acura’s advanced navigation system with voice recognition as well as a rearview camera to help TSX drivers maneuver more easily in tight locations.
Fresh new exterior styling cues, a new transmission and a host of other improvements distinguish the 2010 Acura MDX. Outside, Acura’s seven-passenger luxury SUV boasts a more aggressive look, with a bold, new front grille and other distinctive styling cues. Under the hood, a 300-horsepower, 3.7-liter, V-6 has been teamed with an all-new, six-speed automatic for improved performance and fuel efficiency. Equipped with Acura’s exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, the MDX delivers confident on- and off-road handling. Inside, the MDX offers a formidable list of standard luxury features that includes everything from premium leather upholstery and a power moon roof to a tri-zone climate control system and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity. State-of-the-art safety features include Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure and six airbags as well as stability control. An advance collision warning system is also available.
In addition to numerous upgrades, Acura’s RDX is now available with a two-wheel-drive option that offers improved fuel economy as well as a lower price point over the all-wheel-drive version. New exterior styling cues include bold new front and rear bumper fascia, Acura’s signature front grille, and revised headlights and taillights. Inside its five-passenger interior, luxurious leather seats combine excellent support with real utility. When folded flat, the 60/40-split rear seatback expands the cargo capacity to 60.6 cubic feet. For 2010, Acura has revised the controls for more intuitive operation and has also added numerous standard amenities and available options, including a rearview camera and an enhanced Technology Package. The Acura RDX is powered by a turbocharged 240-horsepower, four-cylinder engine with a five-speed automatic transmission with auto-manual mode. Safety features include Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, six airbags and active front-seat head restraints.
This winter, Acura launches its all-new ZDX four-door sports coupe. Designed to blend the best attributes of a coupe, sedan and SUV, its dramatic exterior styling features a panoramic glass roof, hidden rear door handles and bold fender flares. Inside, an elegant, five-passenger interior combines rich leather appointments with an impressive degree of utility, including 55.8 cubic feet of cargo room with the second-row seats folded flat. Available features include keyless access, an advanced navigation system and adaptive cruise control. The ZDX’s head-turning looks are matched with equally impressive performance. A 300-horsepower, V-6 and all-new six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters delivers excellent acceleration while enhancing fuel economy. Acura’s exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, which improves handling and all-weather traction, is standard.
An all-new Bentley flagship will join the lineup in mid-2010 — nearly 80 years after company founder, W.O. Bentley, launched the original Bentley 8.0-liter. Conceived, styled and engineered entirely at Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe, England, the new Mulsanne features a completely new platform designed to offer the pinnacle of luxury driving and grand touring. Outside, the Mulsanne expresses Bentley’s classic sporty styling cues in a fresh, contemporary manner. The look is powerful, elegant and agile. In order to deliver the effortless performance expected of a brand Bentley, the engineers completely redesigned its 505-horsepower, V-8 engine to incorporate the most advanced components and technologies available. Inside, the highest quality wood trim, leather upholstery and solid stainless steel accents combine a sense of exceptional refinement with unparalleled comfort.
Blending the best of Accord sedan features with true crossover utility, or CUV, functionality, the all-new 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour makes a distinctive statement. Positioned at the top of the Accord family, the new Crosstour is equipped with a standard 3.5-liter, V-6 and is available with four-wheel drive. From the outside, its sleek, aerodynamic form blends sporty contours with CUV versatility. Inside, its upscale, five-passenger interior is elegant and accommodating. In back, the rear storage area features an innovative, 8-inch-deep removable utility box with reversible lid. When extra cargo room is called for, the 60/40-split rear seatback can be folded flat using one-touch levers that are conveniently accessible from the tailgate opening. Befitting its status as Accord’s top-of-the-line model, the new Crosstour offers an impressive list of amenities, including an available state-of-the art Honda navigation system with voice recognition.
In addition to exterior styling enhancements, the 2010 Honda CR-V offers improved performance and fuel economy as well as some attractive new interior features. Its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 180 horsepower — up 14 from the previous generation. At the same time, city and highway mileage figures have improved across the board. Inside, new fabrics, wider front-seat armrests and a host of subtle refinements add to the CR-V’s comfort and functionality. Speaking of functionality, with the 60/40-split rear seat folded flat, there is 72.9 cubic feet of cargo room. The CR-V comes in LX, EX and EX-L trim levels — and all offer front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive versions. The EX-L adds amenities such as leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats and new auto on/off headlights, while Bluetooth hands-free connectivity is now included on all models equipped with Honda’s advanced navigation system. Standard safety features include Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure and six airbags.
For the 2010 model year, the Lotus Exige S240 introduces some key improvements designed to enhance its appearance and improve its world-class aerodynamic performance. A restyled front end and new larger, composite rear wing help reduce drag while giving the Exige a more muscular look. A new front integrated air intake helps funnel more air through the radiator for more efficient engine performance. Renowned for its exceptionally low weight, the Exige combines extraordinary power output with surprising efficiency. Equipped with a 240-horsepower, 2.4-liter supercharged engine, it posts a phenomenal zero-to-60 time of just 4.1 seconds. Yet, at the same time, the Exige returns an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in highway driving. Taking a cue from lessons learned on the track, Lotus has added a variable traction control feature, allowing the driver to adjust power output from a standing start as well as the amount of traction control desired.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has added another distinctive model to the lineup with a new, redesigned E350 4MATIC Wagon. Stylish and versatile, it shares the same expressive exterior design as the E-Class Sedan and E-Class Coupe. Offered in Sport trim with the latest-generation 4MATIC all-wheel-drive, the versatile E-Class Wagon pairs a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter, V-6 with an advanced seven-speed automatic transmission. A new suspension system with adaptive damping and self-leveling rear suspension helps ensure excellent ride comfort and handling — even when the E-Wagon is fully loaded with cargo. Customers have their choice of attractive options, including an AMG wheel package that includes five-spoke, 17-inch alloy wheels and a three-spoke sport steering wheel. In addition to nine standard airbags, the E-Wagon offers a number of innovative driver assistance programs, including the standard Attention Assist drowsiness detection system.
This year, Mitsubishi Lancer adds an all-new hatchback to its lineup. Available in GTS and Railliart trim levels, the Lancer Sportback shares front-end styling with the Lancer Sedan, but move to the back and it’s an entirely different story. Its rear liftgate is raked forward at an aggressive angle and is accented by a rear spoiler near the roofline. Inside, the Sportback can comfortably accommodate five people. And with the second-row seats folded, it offers 52.7 cubic feet of cargo room. The Lancer Sportback is available with a premium Rockford Fosgate audio system, advanced navigation system and Recaro leather sport seats. Power in the front-wheel-drive GTS model is supplied by a 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The all-wheel-drive Raillart’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder boosts output all the way up to 237 horsepower. Standard safety features include seven airbags and anti-whiplash front head restraints.
A new Porsche 911 GT3 RS with more power and a host of body and suspension improvements will go on sale early next spring. Track-ready and street-legal, the striking GT3 RS is the most dynamic 911 model to date. Key to its persona is a 3.8-liter, six-cylinder engine. It delivers 450 horsepower — 15 more than its 911 GT3 counterpart — and comes exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission that has been engineered for short gearshift travel, lower weight and high efficiency. Dynamic engine mounts are standard and serve to elevate the GTS RS’s handling to an even higher level. The GT3 RS will be available with an optional lithium-ion battery that reduces the car’s weight by 22 pounds. To further enhance its sporting nature, the GT3 RS comes with the standard Porsche Active Suspension Management, or PASM, system, a wider front and rear track and sportier bodywork.
Known for decades for designing compact cars and motorcycles, Suzuki enters a whole new arena with the all-new Kizashi premium sport sedan. It is powered by a potent 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine paired with a sporty, six-speed manual transmission. Also available is a continuously variable transmission that delivers added fuel efficiency without compromising the sedan’s dynamic driving experience. In addition to a choice of trim levels, the all-new Kizashi is available with two-wheel or all-wheel drive. Standard interior appointments include a keyless push start system as well as steering wheel-integrated controls, dual-zone climate control and eight airbags. Kizashi’s form-fitting sport seats are available with leather trim. Other available amenities include a 10-way power driver’s seat with three-position memory, three-stage heated front seats and heated side mirrors.
The Volvo C70 has been refreshed for the 2010 model year. New front and rear styling gives the C70 a bolder, self-assured look. Inside, there are new instruments and gauges specific to the C70 as well as new, super-soft leather upholstery. The Volvo C70’s innovative three-piece retractable steel roof allows it to transform from a stylish, four-passenger sport coupe to a convertible in less than 30 seconds. With the touch of a button it folds quickly and silently away, disappearing neatly into the trunk. The C70 is powered by a 227-horsepower, five-cylinder turbocharged engine matched to either a six-speed manual transmission or five-speed automatic. Engineered to be one of the safest convertibles on the market, the C70 comes with Volvo’s advanced roll-over protection system, featuring a unique, door-mounted inflatable curtain that provides added protection in the event of a side impact or rollover situation.