Cars Coming Soon->Audi A9, Next-Gen Chevy Colorado, Maserati Quattroporte Replacement

Audi A9 concept

Audi’s impressive lineup of vehicles continues to grow, with the A9 about to become the latest flagship to sit atop the four-ringed stable.

The car, which will look nothing like the concept above (though the LEDs in the wheels would be cool), will add a whole new level of awesome to the Audi brand, since the A9 is rumored to be based on the same underpinnings as the coming Lamborghini Estoque sedan, the next Porsche Panamera and maybe the Bentley Continental GT.

AutoBild, according to our Google Translator, says coupe and convertible versions will come by 2014. We can hope a sedan version follows and, dare we ask for it, an S9 sedan? That’s something that should give the Aston Martin Rapide and Maserati Quattroporte a run for their money!

Maserati will debut its Quattroporte replacement, though, at the upcoming 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show along with a new midrange sedan. This news comes from InsideLine, which says the Quattroporte successor will share design cues with the super-sleek GranTurismo Coupe and Cabriolet. However, the car’s power will still come from the same 4.7-liter V8, albeit tweaked to offer better fuel economy.

The “entry-level” Maserati could be priced around $75K, with little change expected for the Quattroporte’s replacement.

Finally, we’ve spent ample space here lamenting the fact that the next Ford Ranger won’t be sold in the States. Perhaps Chevrolet will step up and bring its new Colorado here, which recently debuted in Bangkok. While not quite as striking as the Ranger, the new design improves greatly on the current Colorado and, overseas at least, will offer a 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine.

But the big question remains: Will GM bring it to the U.S.? Autoblog doesn’t know for sure, but says,

The automaker has made it clear that the Shreveport, Louisiana plant that manufactures the aging Colorado/GMC Canyon isn’t long for this world, though we have heard rumors that the automaker isn’t planning on killing the pickup all together.

Interpret that however you want, but I will continue to hope that a decent compact pickup enters this market soon, even if the odds aren’t looking good.

Do you understand why a case can be made for more top-end sedans, but not for a good, economical and inexpensive truck? I don’t get it.

-tgriffith

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