2005 Auto Show Trend: SUVs/Crossovers Remain Strong — MSN Autos

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Carmakers continue to develop with higher ride and large carrying capacity.

The RX 400h is a new version of the popular RX 300. Powered by a gas-electric system and on sale in calendar it’s the first luxury

The higher-riding, cargo- and people-hauling were all over the big Los Angeles and auto shows of 2005. It even some automakers already sell several and/or crossovers want to add one or others. And it’s no wonder. As SUV grew in the U.S. over the two decades the segment splintered, new opportunities for so-called crossovers combine car-like amenities less-truckish ride.

An example: The RX 300, which went on in March 1998 as a tall offered with all-wheel quickly outsold every one of the brand’s cars.

Now called the RX it’s still the top Lexus and had sales of more than in calendar 2004. In calendar Lexus adds a gasoline-electric version called the RX 400h. also was on display at the auto It’s the first luxury model in this category. And to a high-ranking source, Lexus is at whether to add another crossover to its

Auto industry analysts say of the newest models are a kind of a of SUV, station wagon, car and minivan. Each vehicle may be a bit depending on whether its character more toward an SUV, a or van, and how the blending of traits is

But the basics—higher ride height in a car, hatchback rear flexible interior with seating that can mix with space and the offering of all- or drive—are there.

Also this segment is a two-box design which features the and engine compartment area as one box and the passenger and cargo area as a larger box.

Here’s a look at the newest models:


Call them you want—SUV, wagon or crossover—but the new of tall, versatile, 5-door each with a hatch at the continues to grow. At least a of these vehicles were at the auto shows, and some are planned for showrooms.

Subaru of Inc. showed a new crossover on sale as of summer 2005. The B9 Tribeca. which is longer and than the Subaru Outback. is first 7-passenger vehicle.

its distinctive, large grille and Lexus RX-type shape, the B9 doesn’t look like any Subaru. Curtain and side are standard, as is all-wheel drive. The rides on 18-inch wheels and is by a 250-horsepower 3.0-liter six-cylinder

Don’t miss the B9 Tribeca’s dashboard. The tasteful mix of vehicle and flowing design is definitely a look.

Company officials announce price until the is about to go on sale. But they the B9 Tribeca to be the brand’s flagship so it’s expected to carry a price in the near-luxury range.

showed a concept 5-door The 5-passenger RD-X is smaller the 7-passenger Acura MDX and is expected to to younger buyers and families one or two children.

Due as a production model in summer with a new 6-cylinder engine and drive, the RD-X is expected to fill a gap in Acura’s lineup its only SUV is the MDX. which has a manufacturer’s suggested retail of nearly $37,000. Notice the styling. It’s sleek, and there are no weird, distracting or styling lines.

Inside, the concept has real rosewood on the It looks clean, dark and with no floor mats on And the rosewood doesn’t match the and bright colors of the seats.

Too bad wood isn’t practical for a car. But it may foretell some floor materials that have to match the color of the or dashboard as they often do in cars.

Mercedes-Benz displayed its 2006 M-Class which on sale in spring 2005.

The redesign in at least seven the second-generation M-Class is nearly 6 longer and 3 inches wider its predecessor. It sits 0.4 inch to the road, and its platform is new. So is the rear suspension and interior. passengers get 1.3 inches of additional Even the four-wheel-drive system is

The 2006 M-Class boasts the first 7-speed automatic and is available with a new 268-horsepower V6 engine, or a 302-horsepower 5.0-liter V8.

the novel features: Neck-Pro, sensors detect that a collision is occurring and automatically head restraints forward by 40 millimeters to reduce the likelihood of injury to passengers. Pricing is due closer to the on-sale date. The M-Class has a starting MSRP of $38,000.

Pontiac jumps into the in calendar 2005 with its Torrent, a 5-door, 5-passenger, vehicle that uses the platform as Chevrolet Equinox and VUE. It’s on display at year’s auto shows,

On sale in the second half of 2005, the 67-inch-tall Torrent is 1.2 shorter than the Pontiac minivan but is taller than any Pontiac and offers an SUV-like cubic feet of cargo Power comes from a 3.4-liter V6 that’s in the Equinox. But the has suspension tuning that it drive more like a sedan, according to company

Pricing will be announced to the selling date, but the base for a V6-powered, 2005 Equinox is over $21,000, while more than $22,500 for a VUE. There will be and all-wheel-drive versions of the Torrent.

which already sells SUVs including the popular and TrailBlazer and long-running Suburban. a smaller crossover vehicle in in calendar 2005.

The 2006 HHR, on display at auto rides on the car platform of the compact Cobalt. But the HHR’s styling it appear more like a 1949 Chevrolet Suburban.

The look isn’t all that’s about the 5-door, 5-passenger There’s a surprising amount of room and versatility, including cubic feet of cargo at the back, and Chevy officials say the HHR is a that’s perfect for customizing.

It’s no surprise, then, one HHR concept at the Greater Los Angeles Show was already customized by the Coast Customs guys with MTV’s Pimp My television show.

Audi AG a concept of its Audi allroad. But the allroad already sold in the the concept model has a diesel The tall-riding allroad concept has a more aggressive look the current model but still a more wagon-like, rather SUV-like, profile. Of course, quattro all-wheel drive is there.

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The 4.0-liter V8 runs on and produces an awesome 480 lb-ft of at a low 1600 rpm. Horsepower out at 290. Audi officials talked about offering a for U.S. consumers. As for the allroad they said they looking to gauge public

Concepts Indicate More Coming

Several other showed concept versions of crossovers/wagons/SUVs but refused to divulge if vehicles will be production

Mazda officials, whose concept generated considerable at the Detroit show, wouldn’t say it was to add another versatile vehicle the Crossport to its lineup. Mazda sells the MPV minivan and Tribute and it was announced that a gas-electric Tribute will go on sale at dealerships by calendar 2007. It mark the first hybrid in Mazda showrooms.

Still, the has the requisite two-box design, 5 and hatchback rear, not to mention that couldn’t be mistaken for but a Mazda. The full-length glass and distinctive, individual seats for are nice touches.

Nissan’s brand, Infiniti, unveiled the concept. The 6-door sport featured a long, flat with glass from to rear. Inside are three of seats, for a total capacity of six

The Kuraza’s shape and wraparound glass is similar to the Fairlane wagon shown by Ford at the show in Detroit. The Fairlane has six seats, too, but note the door. The glass flips and the triple-hinged tailgate can be opened to the or the right. Ford officials the Fairlane represents future possibilities for families and empty

The Fairlane wasn’t the only from Ford Motor Co. division Lincoln-Mercury revealed the Meta One concept, which officials said explores how a Mercury crossover might

A notable feature is a reconfigurable on the dashboard that allows driver to change the placement and of the Meta One instruments, such as the to better fit his or her preferences.

Toyota its FT-SX concept is designed to both to baby boomers and couples. The distinctive styling a vehicle that’s lower-to-the-ground and than a traditional SUV and more than a sedan.

Power from a V6, and the FT-SX has full-time drive. Officials declined to say this model might it to showrooms, but they noted is considerable movement among back and forth between and SUVs. The FT-SX might be a that successfully taps the best attributes of sedan and they said.

South automaker Kia took the wraps off its large SUV. The 6-passenger concept has striking styling 22-inch wheels and tires out at the rugged body on frame and the wheelbase of any current production inches, which is more the 114.6 inches of the Kia Sedona

Interestingly, some of the dashboard inside the Mesa use race-type switches, and the roof contains not but two full-length sunroofs.

Kia Motors President and Chief Executive Peter Butterfield said the is assessing future product Tom Kearns, chief designer at U.S. design facility in said the Mesa sets the for future truck and SUV designs at the

Ann Job is a writer for TA Ink media group.

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