SEMA News—November 2012
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Cadillac ELR Prototype
When It Hits: Cadillac is preparing the ELR for a ’14 model-year launch.
What Priddy Says: Cadillac is readying a production version of the ELR, similar to the ’09 Converj Concept and based on the Chevrolet Volt platform. The ELR will have a tweaked version of the Voltec powertrain that is expected to have more horsepower, a longer range and possibly quicker charging than its Chevrolet sibling.
When It Hits: Opel’s version of the cabrio is expected to be introduced at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.
What Priddy Says: With the Opel Astra taking a daytime spin in the United States, Priddy’s team is anticipating that General Motors will offer a Buick version of the sporty cabrio.
When It Hits: The Countryman is scheduled to hit dealerships in 2013 as a ’14 model.
What Priddy Says: The MINI Paceman is expected to hit dealerships as the Countryman Coupe. There is still no confirmation about what will power the new Countryman Coupe, but the Paceman Concept did sport a John Cooper Works-built, 211hp, 1.6L twin-turbocharged engine—and this prototype is clearly an “S” version—also badged “ALL4” on the side.
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
When It Hits: Sources say to expect an introduction at the North American International Auto Show, with sales to begin in the second quarter of 2013.
What Priddy Says: The ’14 SRT8 Jeep Grand Cherokee is getting a new front fascia, including the grille and lower air intake. There are also updates to the dash and console and touchscreens.