Looking ahead to spring and summer – maybe even fall – for some of the new cars debuting at this year’s winter auto shows? Continuing our two-part story on hotly-anticipated new cars, FamilyCarGuide takes a look at five more products from automakers that we can’t wait to sit in and drive.
2012 Buick Verano Turbo
Making its debut at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, the new 2012 Buick Verano entry luxury sedan is compelling just by looks alone. Although the compact shares design with the all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, the Verano features Buick quiet tuning and a high-quality cabin. But the real excitement – and the one we can’t wait to drive – is the upcoming 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder version that’s expected to make 220 horsepower. Find out more details in High Gear Media's Buick Verano preview.
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2011 Chrysler 300
As an entry-luxury sedan, the upgraded 2011 Chrysler 300 combines attractive exterior design with an elegant interior that’s sure to please. Base powerplant (in Touring and Limited models) is a 292-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine, but the 363-horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 in 300C models is much more desirable. The Chrysler 300 has available all-wheel drive, which makes the sedan a good choice for cold-weather driving. See more about the refreshed 2011 Chrysler 300 at The Car Connection.
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2012 Hyundai Veloster – It’s a cross between a coupe and hatchback in compact form, with the fuel economy of a sporty hybrid (Hyundai says up to 40 mpg highway), and the 2012 Hyundai Veloster is just getting started. Power comes from a direct injected 138-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine mated with either a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual gearbox or six-speed manual transmission. Lighter than a MINI Cooper, Hyundai’s Veloster should be a hoot to drive. Get more information by checking out the Veloster preview and Detroit Auto Show Veloster quick look.
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2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class – Looking for a less-expensive entry-level luxury sedan from Mercedes-Benz will get a bit easier with the automaker’s introduction of a C250 model for 2012. The base version C250 will be powered by a 201-horsepower 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 229 pound-feet of torque. There’s also the next rung up C350 with its 302-horsepower six and direct injection. For more information on this newest Benz, read Nelson Ireson’s first look.
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2012 Volkswagen Passat – Redesigned for 2012, the Volkswagen Passat mid-size sedan is now bigger and more affordable, starting around $20,000. Consumers can opt for one of three different powerplants: a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter five-cylinder, a 280-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6, or a 140-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel that gets a projected 43 mpg highway. Read what MotorAuthority editors had to say in the Passat Preview and see live photos from the Detroit Auto Show.
Missed part one? Be sure to check it out. Of course, there’s just not enough space here to do justice to all the hotly-anticipated new cars on the horizon. Not to worry. FamilyCarGuide will be covering many more in the months to come.
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