So, uh, Detroit went bankrupt this week. That’s a bit awkward. The Motor City has become the Penniless City, and we’re wondering how it’s going to shake out, especially with regard to the three big automakers who call it home. Are taxes going to go up to compensate for the city’s lack of revenue? Are the automakers going to button down and take pride in their blue-collar Midwest roots even more? We simply do not know. All the while, the South continues to rise in the manufacturing industry, and the West Coast is ever-more becoming the innovation hot spot MoTown used to be. Can Detroit’s remaining infrastructure be long for this world?
There were other things that happened this week, too, which could explain why our Week in Review isn’t all about Detroit. Without much more yapping from us, here are this week’s big stories.
Monday, July 15
It’s been no secret that General Motors is bringing a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon to the market. It’s just been a matter of figuring out how. GM already has two incredibly popular full-size trucks, but its midsizers didn’t prove nearly as well-liked in their previous generation. Caught testing as prototypes in their the next generation, GM looks to be simplifying its small-truck offerings with engines that aren’t proprietary a handful of models, such was the case in the outgoing trucks. Power will be coming by way of a 3.6-liter V-6, per our spy shots, among other engines. The second-generation midsize trucks have been on sale overseas for a few years now, but it looks like our versions are just about ready for the spotlight.
Tuesday, July 16
The 2014 Lexus IS is already making waves. You know how it could make an even bigger splash? A second-generation Lexus IS F. What would be even bigger news? A Lexus IS F coupe, which would be an all-new model for the IS lineup, as a coupe model has never before existed. The current Lexus IS F uses a 5.0-liter V-8, but there’s a chance the car could be downsizing its engine to a turbocharged V-6 to better match up against the upcoming BMW M3/M4 and Cadillac ATS-V. If nothing else, the next-gen IS F shows us that Lexus is done playing nicely with the other kids in the sandbox.
Wednesday, July 17
When you’re rich, things don’t need to make much sense. Do you need to have an abundance of horsepower from your upcoming 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class? Sure you do, but 577 horsepower and all-wheel drive are even cooler. That’s why the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG is here. Debuting this week, the sedan, which will definitely exceed $140,000, is chock-full of the latest technology Mercedes has to offer, from an electronic air suspension to even available carbon ceramic brakes. And not that you need it, but the S63 AMG will be able to reach 186 mph. It makes no sense; it makes all the sense in the world.
Thursday, July 18
There’s a lot riding on the smallest car Honda sells in the U.S., the Honda Fit. Newly released are details on the 2015 Honda Fit, which will he heading to the U.S. sometime around mid-2014. We don’t have too many details on it yet, but we can tell you that overseas markets are at least getting a 135-horsepower hybrid powertrain that should be able to net around 55 mpg. We’re already pretty big fans of the current Honda Fit, so we expect this one to keep a good thing going: cheap, fun, sporty, practical, and economical in a way few can match.
Friday, July 19
After a month-long delay, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee is finally in production. The polarizing crossover SUV is the first Jeep to be created from the Chrysler-Fiat alliance, using plenty of parts from Fiat’s Alfa Romeo brand. But don’t think this is a dainty little mall runabout. Models with four-wheel drive in Trailhawk form are able to embarrass many a past Jeep where the road ends. And the new Cherokee will deliver much better fuel economy than the oldies, too. Jeep anticipates it won’t quite meet its 275,000-unit production target, but it should still have solid production numbers after everything gets going at full steam.