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.
When Spyker bought Saab from General Motors, it happened at the time the venerable 9-5 sedan was finally being replaced. That means the new “big” Saab is GM-based, having the same basic Epsilon II architecture as Buick’s LaCrosse. Yet the Saab 9-5 is quite different, with its “fuselage-inspired” design, Saab grille, wraparound windshield and sloping tail. Ditto with the Saab influence inside, right down the start button being in the center console. Seat and dashboard shapes are simple and reflect Saab heritage. There will be two engines, a 200-bhp inline-4 or 300-bhp V-6, both turbocharged and from GM. The four can be had with front- or all-wheel drive, whereas the V-6 is awd only. Both standard and Aero versions are available.
R&T Overview:Cadillac continues to whittle away at the midsize STS luxury sedan lineup. Last year it discontinued the STS-V high-performance model. For 2011 the standard STS continues, albeit without a V-8 engine option. The simplified lineup is now reduced to a 302-bhp 3.6-liter V-6 engine with a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive. This is not necessarily a bad thing since the direct-injection V-6, shared with the CTS, is strong enough that few will miss the V-8. However, it doesn’t bode well for the future of the STS, which has been eclipsed by the more popular CTS, since there is nothing left to cut. Yet for those who still need larger accommodations than the CTS provides, the STS obliges with greater passenger volume and a larger trunk to boot.
After getting a major refresh last year, the 2011 Endeavor, which is a crossover built on the same platform as the Galant, receives no changes this year. However the touch-screen navigation system with back-up camera, power sunroof and cargo cover are now included as standard equipment on the SE model. As before, the SE is available with all-wheel drive, while the LS model is only offered in a front-drive configuration. Both models continue to be powered by the 3.8-liter V-6 that delivers 225 bhp and is coupled to a 4-speed automatic transmission. Like all Mitsubishi models, the Endeavor carries a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty, making it the only company to match the generous warranty offered by Hyundai and Kia.
The LR2 is Land Rover's premium compact SUV, offering a combination of excellent off-road capabilities and classic Land Rover creature comforts.
The LR2 is available in one well-equipped 5-passenger trim level. It is powered by a new 240-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with CommandShift manual shift control; all-wheel drive and Land Rover's unique "Terrain Response" system help the LR2 tackle a wide range of off-road conditions. Standard features include a panoramic sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control passive keyless push button start, Bluetooth telephone connectivity plus audio streaming and a Meridian audio system with CD player and MP3 capability. Optional equipment includes three-position memory seating, navigation system, adaptive xenon headlamps, and rearview camera. The LR2 is also equipped with a comprehensive array of safety features, including four-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist, electronic stability control with traction control and roll mitigation, seven airbags, rear park assist, rear LED brake lights and tire pressure monitoring.
The Land Rover LR2 receives many updates for 2013. The exterior and interior have been refreshed; the powertrain has been upgraded, as well as new technology being offered.