2011 has arrived and already the assembly lines are working on full time bringing us bigger, better, faster, stronger cars than ever. I was doing a little “window shopping” for a SUV and came across some interesting models, new releases and captivating offers. Let’s have a look through five of the first releases in 2011.
Our first candidate is the GMC Acadia Denali and it deserves its title as “The High Ones” which is what Denali means in Eskimo. We’re looking at a reliable safe and sturdy car with a unibody construction that enables a lower gravity center making it very stable, equipped with a GM’s High Feature LY7 V66 , 288 horse power and to 270 lb-ft torque, is more than capable of climbing even the steepest of roads. A luxurious design with a unique front fascia is destined to steal the eyes of any passer-by, along with the chromed 22 inch wheels six spokes stile. But all the class and the safety comes at a high cost, a dicey $43,995.
GMC Acadia Denali
Next in line, the Subaru Forrester 2.0X newly introduced in Europe. The first thing that comes to mind when it came to this release was fuel efficiency, that’s why the engine design has been switched from “EJ” to “FB”. Now running with a FB25 2.0 liter engine which is both powerful and fuel efficient, Subaru Forrester became an instant hit in Hungary. This car, like its predecessors will surely be present on every difficult road which is the trademark of all Subaru cars endurance. This will be a definite hit during this year especially that the entire package comes at 30.988 €.
Subaru Forrester 2.0X
This one is a “classic” although everything about it is modern, the new and improved Cadillac Escalade, the Infinity QX56 4WD. This is a car with impact, a 3 ton of engineering capable of incredibly responsive steering for such size and weight with an astounding acceleration of 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. The credit goes to the massive 5.6 liter 400 hp V8 engine with an automatic 7 speed transmission and a whole lot of equipment: EBD, VDC, TCS, TPMS, VSS, HID, DSW, LDW, LDP, DCA, IBA, FCW, AAFS, and there actually are more embedded in that processor. It’s a big car so it needs a big “brain” to manage all that power and balance. This car clearly deserves its place as the third of top 5.
GMC Envoy SLE now this one is a truck more than an SUV. Using truck based underpinnings this car is more equipped for off road duty, heavy transport and big workloads. Not as efficient as other SUV’s in urban environment due to its size and noise volume, it compensates by having excellent crash tests and raw power on any type of difficult terrain. The 291HP, 4.2L engine is capable of towing its own weight up the mountain. If that’s where you’re pleasure or work lies, this is the only car that will take you there time and time again.
And finally the biggest, meanest of them all, the Cadillac Escalade 2WD is BIG, there is no way around it. Big power, huge comfort, tank engine is what this car is all about. A more than 400 hp beast resides within the 6.2 liter V8 cylinders which is literally screaming “Out of my way!”. The inside is as big on equipment as the outside, beginning from satellite navigation and multimedia and ending with an on board camera for the rear view. There’s nothing more to add, if you think big think Escalante and hope you have big pockets.
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