What’s the holiday season without some magic, a wishlist and a little wishful thinking?
This week we present a list of Cars Coming Soon that encompass all those categories. It’s a special holiday edition roundup featuring cars that may end up in dealerships and driveways near you.
First off, we have an entry from Aston Martin. But don’t get too excited because somehow, for some reason, the much-mocked (especially here by our very own jgoods) Lagonda has magically reappeared on the company’s media Web site. This doesn’t make sense and can only be explained by a misplaced bit of Christmas magic. You see, in March of 2009 the Lagonda CUV concept debuted in Geneva but was received so poorly it vanished on the first day of the show. Poof, gone forever. Or so we thought. The guys at egmCarTech have the proof it’s back, and say the Lagonda could come to market by 2012. More rum-spiked egg nog, Aston Martin?
Kia is looking for its own piece of magic after watching big brother Hyundai earn attention and awards with its RWD Genesis sedan. In a case of, “Hey, I want to play too,” Leftlane reports on online rumors that a new flagship Kia, called the K9, could be based on the Genesis platform and even use Hyundai’s 4.6L V8 engine. Note to Kia: don’t do it. Stick with your Forte (Ha! Get it?).
As Honda prepares to release its long-awaited CR-Z, Hyundai may have plans to crash the party. Back in 2007 Hyundai showed a concept called the Veloster, a slick-looking 2-door hatchback. Now, MotorTrend says that Hyundai may use that concept to revive the Tiburon, and outfit it with a
140-hp 1.6-lited GDI (or, gasoline direct-injection) engine that promises both high fuel efficiency and a touch of athletic performance.
If fuel efficiency is a top concern in you sporty two-doors though, I suggest you turn your head towards the ultimate Christmas miracle: A Miata that could get 70 mpg. Yup, the Miracle Miata, as I call it, is a possibility for the 2011 model year. It seems Mazda has developed an engine it is calling the “Sky-G,” and may be between 1.3 and 1.5 naturally aspirated liters. Such astronomical mileage numbers seem a little suspect to me, but who knows. Maybe Mazda is ready to unleash a new eco-savior upon the world. We’ll keep our eye on it for you!
Finally, we get back to the real world and a car that has been on people’s wishlists for nearly 45 years: the Ford Mustang. The big news here is that the 2011 edition will offer an all-new 3.7-liter V6. It seems Ford had a mission to one-up the Chevy Camaro with this engine, literally. The new Mustang V6 will have one more horsepower and achieve one more mpg than the well-selling Camaro. The piece of news I’m most excited about though is that the V6 version of the famous pony car will have dual exhaust, just like its V8-toting big brothers.
I think InsideLine summed up the new V6 best though, with this telling description:
Oh, and the 3.7 V6 is not only 2 dBA quieter than the old motor but also it sounds decidedly less like the bleating of a dying donkey.
Less donkey noises from our cars is good. But until Ford loses that solid-axle in the rear, I’m not ready to declare the 2011 Mustang a Christmas miracle.
Are there any cars here you’d add to your holiday wishlist?