The lights are back on and factory floors are buzzing. Hot metal is pouring out of car companies that are leaner, greener, and meaner than ever. We've driven many of their offerings and looked ahead a couple of years for the rest. What's next? It all starts right here with our 2012 Future Trucks, SUVs, Vans, and Crossover guide, an A-to-Z sampling of some of the most anticipated vehicles coming soon from the world's top automakers...

2012 Acura MDX -- Minor Updates

2012 Acura RDX -- Minor Updates

2012 Acura ZDX -- Minor Updates

Aston Martin Lagonda
When Aston Martin rolled out its Mercedes GL-based Lagonda concept at the 2009 Geneva auto show, no one was really surprised, but virtually everyone was horrified -- by its looks. Stung by the criticism, Aston retreated and rumors circulated the project had been killed. Now it appears Lagonda is back on, and one thing's for sure, it won't look anything like the monstrosity pictured here.

Audi Q3
The smallest of Audi's four-ringed SUVs reportedly draws its styling from 2007's Cross Coupe Concept (pictured), meaning it's compact, stout, and replete with the usual Audi bits like a prominent grille and LED running lights. Believed to be based on the VW Tiguan and powered by a version of VW/Audi's 2.0-liter turbo four mated to a eight-speed automatic, the featherweight should easily return 30 mpg when it arrives, probably late in 2011.

2012 Audi Q7 -- Minor Updates

2012 Audi Q5 -- Minor Updates