2007 Automotive Sneak Peek, Part 3!

Many 2007 model year vehicles have already reached new auto showrooms, beginning with several new SUVs built by General Motors. The upcoming model year is shaping up to be one likely to be filled with plenty of changes as automakers reshape their lineups and prepare for the impending invasion of cheap imports from China. Consumer choice has never been better and prices are actually lower for many models, so the competition is good and you’re the winner. Let’s take a look at five vehicles that are sure to draw a lot of attention when they hit the market this year.

Ford Explorer Sport Trac – Based on the Explorer body, the Sport Trac has a wheelbase nearly 17 inches longer than the Explorer and a composite truck bed. With four doors and a platform, the SUV/pick-up truck “Hybrid” fulfills a double pack with a lot of style. Powered by a 4.0-liter V6, the Expedition’s 4.6-liter V8 is also available. You can get the Sport Trac with either 2 or 4 wheel drive.

Mazda CX-7 – Mazda jumps into the crossover craze with its attractive looking CX-7. As a five-door/hybrid SUV, the five-passenger CX-7 is powered by a turbocharged 2.3-litre I4 engine that produces a remarkable 244 hp. Available with front- or all-wheel drive, the CX-7 combines the athletic looks of a sports car with the looks of a curvaceous SUV. Ford and Lincoln also get versions of the vehicle.

Suzuki SX-4 – Suzuki, one of the lesser-known Japanese brands, is trying to get a bigger slice of the pie by launching new and updated versions of its models in the North American market. The SX-4, a compact crossover vehicle, is Suzuki’s latest attempt to achieve its goals. Available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the five-door SX-4 is powered by a 2.0-liter I4 and is aimed squarely at Subaru enthusiasts. It is the opinion of this author that Suzuki must first work on the styling before success can be expected; most of the time, whatever the automaker produces is pretty boring.

Chevy Suburban – As part of a major overhaul of its mid- and large-size SUVs and trucks, the beefy Suburban debuts with many changes. All new sheetmetal, displacement-on-demand engineering and a remote-controlled rear tailgate are some of the major changes in this big SUV. Of course, given $2 or $3 a gallon of gas, the Suburban presents a thirsty proposition for owners. However, if you need a big SUV, the all-new Suburban can fill the bill for you.

Hyundai entourage – Sharing a platform with the Kia Sedona, the Entourage is Hyundai’s first minivan. Unlike the Sedona, there will only be the long-wheelbase version. Powered by a 3.8-liter V6, the engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. A key feature of the Entourage is the third row of seats, which fold flat into the floor.

Yes, the 2007 model year is already on the horizon for some models. Prices are very competitive and many vehicles feature the latest technology. Shop today and save on a model you’re sure to love!