Who doesn’t like surprises? Especially when those unexpected arrivals are totally new vehicles offering tantalizing improvements in performance, luxury, styling, comfort, convenience, and all the rest. While there are a lot of potential new vehicles on the horizon, some have yet to be confirmed. Still, here are four that we can highlight as 2012 new cars sporting new names. Best news yet is that they’re all family vehicles of one sort or another.
Not a bad way to start off the look ahead toward spring.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Unveiled at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2012 Range Rover Evoque is the smallest vehicle ever for Land Rover’s upscale arm. The three-door Evoque premium compact SUV made its debut at last year’s Paris Motor Show in September, joined by the five-door in L.A. Both models go on sale this fall in the U.S. Range Rover says pricing for the five-door Evoque will start around $45,000.
Just to prod the memory banks a bit, the Evoque started off as a concept vehicle, the Land Rover LRX. So, when automakers come out with concept cars they show off at the main auto shows, they’re gauging public reaction and planning whether or not to go ahead with production plans. In the case of the Range Rover Evoque, the impression was obviously positive.
Power for the five-door Range Rover Evoque comes from a 240-horsepower turbocharged direct injection 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Full-time all-wheel drive (AWD) is standard. See more on the 2012 Range Rover Evoque here.
2012 Buick Verano live photosEnlarge Photo
An all-new compact in the luxury segment, the 2012 Buick Verano, which shares a platform with the recently introduced 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, goes on sale this fall. With a wheelbase that’s three inches shorter than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, the Verano slots in between the Audi A3 and A4 in the compact luxury sedan segment. Power comes from a 177-horsepower Ecotec 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated with six-speed automatic transmission that’s expected to deliver 31 mpg highway fuel economy. Safety and convenience technology includes 10 standard airbags, next-generation radio, touch-screen navigation, and OnStar advanced connectivity.