Mazda Compact Crossover
From the looks of the development mule our spy shooter found testing in the Alps, Mazda is eying the compact crossover segment. This junior CX-7, which probably will be called CX-5, will likely ride on a plus-sized Mazda3 platform, offering front- and all-wheel drive, powered by the automaker's new Sky series low displacement gas and diesel engine options. Mazda is showcasing a concept called Minagi at the 2011 Geneva auto show in March, which could serve as the basis for the small crossover. It is expected to arrive late in 2011 or early 2012.
2012 Mazda CX-7 -- Minor Updates
2012 Mazda CX-9 -- Minor Updates
2012 Mazda Tribute -- Possible Redesign/All-new
2012 Mercedes-Benz G-Class -- No Change
2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class -- Minor Changes
2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class -- Minor Updates
2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class -- Minor Updates
2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class -- Minor Updates
2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter -- No Change
2012 Mini Countryman -- Minor Updates
Resembling a cross between the Mini Coupe and Countryman, the Paceman is built on the same platform as the Countryman and designed to use the 211-horsepower, turbocharged, 1.6-liter I-4 engine from the John Cooper Works model Minis. The adaptation of Mini's ALL4 all-wheel-drive system allows owners to feel as rugged as a flannel shirt while cruising mall parking lots in washed-silk comfort. The suspension system is also lifted from the Countryman using a MacPherson strut in front with a multi-link system in back. Mini states that the Paceman delivers typical Mini agility and confidence while maintaining the compliant and comfortable ride customers expect in this segment. Mini announced at the 2011 Detroit auto show that the Paceman will see production. Expect it sometime in 2012.