The Infiniti M37 successfully blends style and performance with luxury in this next-generation sedan.
Powered by a 3.7-liter, 330 horsepower V6 engine, the rear-wheel drive M37 is matched with a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual sport shifting. A variable valvetrain is included for improved power and economy; and Infiniti Drive Mode Selector and Hill Start Assist are there to help deal with varying road conditions. Heated leather front seats with 10-way power adjustment and power lumbar are standard. Safety features include six airbags, front seat active head restraints, individual tire pressure monitor, and rearview monitor. The M37 features Vehicle Dynamic Control stability control, traction control, advanced ABS brakes, Infiniti Intelligent Key, BlueTooth, and bi-functional (HID) xenon headlights. Available features include a hard drive navigation system, 4-wheel steering, 20-inch alloy wheels, and Bose Studio Surround Sound.
At press time, BMW hadn't yet shown the 3 Series replacement, but we've seen spy photos of it for over a year. Not surprisingly, the current generation has received little change for 2012, as all development is ongoing for the new car. The coupe, retractable hardtop convertible and sedan versions of the 328, 335 and M3 continue as they are with some package changes and the standard inclusion of Bluetooth. Gone for 2012, however, is the M3 sedan and turbodiesel engine option. A 328i Wagon remains the least expensive variant of the 3 Series. The M3 Convertible will receive a new $5000 Individual Composition Package option with four unique paint colors and interior trim choices to help make it more distinct.
R&T Overview:To serious SUV enthusiasts, the general popularity of their favorite segment led to too much gentrification. SUVs got "sissified." But there's still the Xterra, a no-baloney, truck-based (the F-Alpha platform) SUV for those ready for serious off-roading. As a perfect example, the rear compartment isn't just commodious—it has optional tie-down channels, cargo hooks and the most telling of all: an Easy Clean cargo area. Options include skid plates, a tow hook and first-aid kit. There's even an available hatch tent. Nissan gives you the power for this trekking with a 261-bhp 4.0-liter V-6, 6-speed manual (with 4-wheel-drive only) or a 5-speed automatic transmission with the option of 4-wheel drive. All this in three models: X, S and PRO-4X.
The Rolls-Royce Ghost is an exotic sedan built in England. The Ghost is more driver-focused and slightly smaller than the flagship Phantom, but that does not mean it skimps on luxury. The EWB (Extended Wheelbase) Ghost provides extra legroom for rear passengers.
The five-passenger, rear-wheel drive Ghost is powered by a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, producing 563 horsepower and 575 pounds-feet of torque. This ultra-luxury sedan features a handcrafted interior with flawless leather trim and a choice of wood veneers, reverse-opening rear doors, adaptive air suspension with automatic four-corner leveling, and a 600-watt sound system with navigation. Optional equipment includes night vision, lane departure warning, auto-dimming headlights, active cruise control with distance pacing, silver painted hood, dual-monitor rear entertainment system, panoramic sunroof and rear, front side and top view parking cameras.
From mild to wild, Mercedes offers E-Class models to suit everyone's fancy. The E350 sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon gain a new 3.5-liter 302-bhp direct-injection V-6 and 7-speed automatic. An unchanged BlueTEC diesel remains a sedan option. E550 models receive a new 402-bhp 4.6-liter twin-turbo V-8. A wagon joins the sedan for the hot E63 AMG treatment including a new 518-bhp 5.5-liter V-8 and 7-speed MCT transmission. The former also features a panorama roof and rearview camera. E-Class safety, infotainment and luxury equipment varies by model. Convertibles are fitted with a 2-piece Aircap wind deflector to help reduce turbulence with the top down. Wagons have standard 7-passenger seating, a power tailgate and rear air suspension.