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Car Tech to Expect from 2015 Models – A Preview

April 3, 2014
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The latest in car technology will be rolling out with the 2015 model year vehicles that will be released later this year. These are expected to excite car buyers, as these help enhance—if not improve—the driving experience.

Without a doubt, new cars are being designed with connectivity as a major consideration. Though most automakers create in-car technology that accommodates smartphones, there are others that go a little bit further and enable consumers to connect to the vehicle through the use of other devices.

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan is the best example. Thanks to Hyundai’s cloud-based Blue Link technology, users can quickly access start and service information. The good news is that one need not use the smartphone to do it—information can be had through wearable devices such as the Google Glass.

Other upcoming models guarantee connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi hotspots. These include the 2015 GMC Canyon midsize truck and the 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe. Cadillac’s ATS is impressive with its OnStar system that comes with a hotspot that can connect seven devices at one time, but the Audi A8 gives it a run for its money with a hotspot that can connect up to eight devices.

Then there are the 2015 model year vehicles that have the technology that makes parking much easier for drivers. One such car is the 2015 Chrysler 200. The sedan, which is touted to have more horsepower than rivals Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, comes equipped with the Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist System. The system enables the car to park itself, as it manipulates the steering angle as the driver follows directions. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class also has its own Active Parking Assist automated parking system.

The upcoming Ford F-150 also has a feature that will help drivers park with ease—a 360-degree camera view. The system makes use of exterior cameras to help the driver maneuver in tight parking spots. With the push of a button, the large touchscreen inside the car will show a split view. The left side shows a panoramic view of the front of the vehicle while the right side reveals a bird’s eye view of the vehicle’s surroundings. Another push of the button will afford the driver a view of the truck’s front environment at a 180-degree angle.

Meanwhile, fuel economy is one factor that many car buyers also consider when choosing a vehicle, and the newest batch of rides do not disappoint in this department. Some of the cars that will be arriving in the showrooms soon have the technologies to enable them to go far without using a lot of fuel.

A good example is the 2015 Honda Fit. Equipped with a 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine with the continuously variable transmission, the car is expected to reach combined fuel efficiency of 36 mpg. The latest Fit weighs 57 percent less thanks to Honda’s use of high-strength steel.

In the case of the aforementioned F-150, it is high-strength aluminum that allowed the vehicle to be lighter by 700 pounds and improved its fuel economy. It is made more fuel efficient by the start-stop technology of its 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, which shuts off the engine when the pickup truck is stopped and thus reduces fuel consumption.

Photo credit: chrysler.com

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