SEMA News—September 2015



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’16 Ford Mustang Ecoboost
’17 Fiat 124 Spider

Mustang Ecoboost


’17 Fiat 124 Spider


Porsche 911

  ’17 Fiat 124 Spider
The ’16 Mustang Ecoboost was caught running the streets of metro Detroit. Ford has revived the Pony Package with the 2.3L Ecoboost engine.

In addition to the standard Ecoboost Mustang, the ’16 Pony Package version adds 19-in. polished wheels, a chrome grille that looks more in line with such Ford offerings as the Fusion, some chrome surrounds along the windows, stripes along the sides of the car and a tri-color pony in the grille.

The ’16 Mustang Pony Package goes on sale at the end of 2015.


The ’17 Fiat 124 Spider was caught while out testing in metro Detroit.


The 124 Spider will be powered by the 1.4L turbo four-cylinder engine, and a six-speed manual is likely to be the standard transmission. Given that the engine is also mated to a six-speed automatic in the 500 Abarth and 500L, as well as a poorly-received six-speed dual-clutch transmission, one of those is also likely to be offered in the 124.


Expect the 124 Spider to be shown later this year, possibly at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.


Camouflaged Jeep Cherokee
’16 California Special Ford Mustang GT

Jeep Cherokee


16 California Special Ford Mustang GT

Jeep Cherokee


’16 California Special Ford Mustang GT

A camouflaged Jeep Cherokee prototype running on a test track provided a first look at the facelift due for the ’17 model year.

It uses the same nine-speed automatic transmission as the new Jeep Renegade. It also appears that the updated Cherokee will retain much of the polarizing design that first debuted on the model released in 2013.

A placard on the test vehicle announced that “VRT: Electronic Throttle Control” was being tested.

  All CS-equipped cars get 19-in. wheels with black-painted inserts. They also have a special faux gas cap in the trunk lid, reminiscent of the original Mustangs. A new black painted rear spoiler stands much taller than any Mustangs in recent memory, sort of a ’90s throwback. Up front, there’s a grille that’s also special to the CS with a smaller pony badge off-centered.

Inside, the black leather-suede seats have red stitching, with door panel inserts and carpeting to match.

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