2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sedan
This is the first time Subaru has offered the flagship STI model in 4- and 5-door packages. Both models receive slightly revised bodywork, but no words on the availability of gold BBS Wheels. The 305hp boxer-four carries over from 2010, but suspension tweaks abound in the new STI, including stiffer springs, larger stabilizer bars, and lighter wheels.
2011 Hyundai Equus
The Equus is the latest push in Hyundai’s efforts to join the upper echelon of the auto world. Designed as an executive limo and aimed directly at the Lexus LS460 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, it has the looks and content to take the fight to the stalwarts from Germany and Japan. The sedan is loaded with tech and luxury items, including a lane-departure warning system, electronic car suspension, smart cruise control, and a 17-speaker 608W Lexicon stereo. Prices are expected to start around $50K. That is, about $15K less than an LS 460 and a massive $31K less than an S550.
2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon
556 hp and 551lb-ft of torque from a supercharged 6.2l V-8 make the CTS-V wagon the absolute quickest way to get to your nearest grocery store. Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes, sticky Michelin Pilot Sport PS-2 tires, and optional Recaro sport seats guarantee the CTS-V is as at-home on a country backroad as it is at the drag strip. The CTS-V Sport Wagon hits dealerships late in 2010, but get your name on the list now; supplies will be limited. Cadillac expects broader availability in 2011.
The 2011 QX provides 400hp and 413lb-ft of torque from its direct-injected 5.6l V-8. Customers have the option of rear-wheel drive, or Infiniti’s All-Mode 4WD. The QX is packed full of standard tech, including Infiniti’s hard-drive based navigation, Bose Stereo, USB Connectivity, Intelligent Cruise Control, Frontal Collision Warning, and Intelligent Brake Assist. Rather impressively, Infiniti is offering a majorly improved QX for the same price as last year’s model. The range starts at $56.7K for rear-wheel drive, and $59.8K for four-wheel drive.
2011 Scion tC
With a design inspired by the Toyota ST-86 concept, the Scion tC improves on its already handsome sheetmetal. The interiors have also received a much-needed F5 (refresh), with a new instrument cluster, radio layout, steering wheel, and seats that feature more bolstering. The 5-speed gearboxes are gone, replaced by 6-speed ones for the 2011. No word on pricing just yet, but under $20K could be a safe bet. Toyota expects the tC to be at dealerships and ready for customizations later this fall.