Cars Coming Soon: BMW 4 Series, Lexus IS Range, New Maserati Plans

BMW 4 Series

BMW 4 Series.

The name has an odd ring to it, doesn’t it? While it might sound funny to say, the new coupe looks absolutely sinister, and I don’t think it’ll be long before the name slips off the tongue like we’ve known it for years. The 4 Series replaces the 3 Series coupe and has a 2-inch-longer wheelbase, adds 1.7 inches of width, and is a half-inch shorter. The resulting look is somewhat like a smaller 6 Series and incredibly sleek compared with the more conservative 3 Series.

Just guessing here, but it’s probably safe to assume power will come from the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4 and the 3.0-liter turbo 6 from the 3 Series sedan. The BMW 4 Series will debut at next month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Also debuting in Detroit will be the new range of the Lexus IS.

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Ambitious Maserati Plan for Three New Cars, Plus Alfa 4C

Maserati Kubang

Fiat’s Maserati brand has gone a little crazy. It just announced a plan to build 50,000 units by 2015, including three new cars. Last year the company sold 6,159, mostly GranTurismo coupes.

Like other heady optimists (Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn, VW’s Martin Winterkorn), Maserati’s faith in the global car market knows no bounds. The Big M plans to expand to an ex-Bertone plant in Turin, investing some $660 million.

There it will produce a new version of the Quattroporte sedan, a smaller sedan possibly called Levante and the 2013 Kubang Concept SUV (above)—yet another high-end barge for schlepping the kids to dance class. I hope they have the good sense to rename it.

To be fair, I would love to have any of these cars. Maserati, which has always produced some of the world’s best, has also announced it will build up to 2,500 Alfa Romeo 4Cs, the small, RWD lightweight coupe “that will likely lead Alfa’s return to the United States next year.” I’ll take three, two for resale. Photo after the break.

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