An all-new compact crossover, the 2012 Audi Q3 may be small, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less luxurious than other models in Audi’s lineup. With features such as ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and remote start, and, of course, Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive, the Q3 offers what consumers would expect from the automaker. Three engines, including TDI diesel, will be available at launch and all will have start-stop technology and regenerative braking. Q3 will be available in China and Europe this June but there’s no word yet on whether the smallest Audi crossover SUV will make it to the U.S. Nelson Ireson has more on the 2012 Audi Q3 in Motor Authority.
BMW M5 Concept
BMW aficionados know that M5 stands for performance sports sedans, and has for years. With the BMW M5 Concept the automaker revealed in Shanghai, which the company says is close to the final production model, we’ve got a good look at the car that will arrive in the U.S. in the spring of 2012. No word on final specs yet but, reportedly, the twin turbocharged V-8 engine will have more horsepower than the current generation’s 555-horsepower V-8. BMW says the M5 Concept, paired with seven-speed M double-clutch tranny will reduce emissions and fuel consumption by 25 percent. For more information, see Viknesh Vijayenthiran’s story on the BMW M5 Concept.
Buick Envision Concept
China is huge for Buick, where it sells more cars than in the United States. So, when Buick decided to show off its Envision Concept, it makes sense they’d do it at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show. Still, while Envision hints at future Buicks for the Chinese market, some variant of the car may wind up here. Highlights of Envision include its scissor-like doors, rearview camera, 3-D heads-up display, and high-tech gasoline-electric hybrid system in a lightweight carbon-fiber, magnesium and aluminum chassis. Nelson Ireson has more on the Buick Envision Plug-in Hybrid Concept in Motor Authority.