Week in Review- January 3rd
BMW announced that it would be bringing back the 7series B7 for the 2010 model year. It now features 20 spoke wheels, with a 500 Horepower engine producing a massive 516 Lb-Ft of torque. The enite car sits about a cnetimeter lower than the average 7series. All the tech toys weve vome to expect from BMW are still there in the form of Dynamic Damping, Active Roll Stabilization, Dynamic Traction Control and Dynamic Stability Control, which is apparently what it takes to keep a 500 HP car that weighs 5,000lbs on the straight and narrow or, what it takes to make a car wearing 21″ wheels ride well.
Just when everyone else was catching up to Ford’s standard-bearing infotainment system, the propeller heads in Dearborn have unveiled their next-generation human machine interface, and based on what we’ve seen it’s really, ridiculously good.
The MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch are the next evolutions in Ford’s control scheme. It takes the navigation plus Sirius Travel Link system and simplifies and augments all aspects of operation. When Ford approached the problem of the human machine interface (HMI) they decided to resolve it into four distinct groupings, phone, navigation, entertainment, and climate. They put these four segment in the corners of the navi screen and made each report current conditions regardless of how deep you’ve dug into the file structure.
Like the current model, the new Cayenne will share its platform with the VW Touareg, the 2011 VW Touareg is scheduled for a Detroit Auto Show unveiling next week while the Cayenne is scheduled for the Geneva Auto Show in March.
Autocar says to expect a weight decrease of around 375 Lbs, largely thanks to Porsche ditching pretensions of off-road capability along with the low-range transfer case and and locking rear differential. Inside, expect a fancier interior in the vein of the Porsche Panamera, with a high center console and nicer materials.
These spy photos also reveal that the Cayenne will be wearing a Panamera like hood bulge while, like the 911, the Cayenne Turbo gains LED running lights and a larger grille to accommodate the intercooler.