What: A smaller V-6 hits the G spot.
When: Fall 2010
Smaller And Smaller: We expect that the short-stroke, 2.5-liter V-6 will be smoother than Nissan's current V-6 engines. It will rev to well over 7000 rpm and make about 220 hp, close to the BMW 328i's 230 horses.
What: A mild-hybrid version of the M sedan.
Lean And Green: The most economical car in Infiniti's history -- says the manufacturer -- will use a 3.5-liter VQ-series V-6 and a 67-hp electric motor. That combination should ensure that it's also a quick green machine.
Hyundai's sister division has already taken the wraps off three upcoming new models: the sportage (on sale later this summer), the redesigned Optima (a 2011 model), and the Forte hatchback. Next year, Kia will roll out the Cadenza, a front-wheel-drive, V-6-powered sedan that sits above the Optima in size and price and replaces the current Amanti. Following the Cadenza comes Kia's first-ever rear-wheel-drive car, which -- no surprise -- is based on the Hyundai Genesis. Referred to as the K9 (although that name might attract some dog lovers, Kia won't use it in North America), the Kia will be smaller than its Hyundai counterpart and will use either a V-6 or a small V-8 engine. The K9 will get Kia's first eight-speed automatic, which will also soon migrate to the Hyundai Genesis and Equus.
What: A smaller, sportier Jag.
When: Convertible in 2013, coupe in 2014
Like the Porsche 911 it's gunning for, the new XE will offer six-cylinder-only powertrains. The base, 3.0-liter direct-injection unit is good for about 275 hp. A supercharger will raise output to roughly 350 hp, and a boosted, 450-hp 3.5-liter derivative could power an XER model. The front-engine, rear-wheel-drive compact Jag will get either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Jaguar is reportedly working on a common aluminum matrix for the XE and the next XK. The XE will make its debut as a convertible -- seen here in our spy artist's interpretation -- in 2013, followed by a coupe in 2014.
Reviving A Classic: In addition to the XE, Jaguar is discussing a program that would put modern mechanicals in classic body styles. While the C- and D-types are the current focus, an E-type redux is also possible.
What: The replacement for the Murcielago.
When: Early 2011
How Do You Pronounce It? Who knows? Ho-ta. Cho-ta. Yo-ta? Whatever-ta. The Murcie's replacement, rendered by our spy illustrator below, consists of a 700-hp V-12 bolted into a lightweight, carbon-fiber tub. The Jota moniker might not stick--and if it doesn't, we recommend finding some other unpronounceable name that means "up yours, mpg standards."
What: A Lambo four-door sedan.
Why? Look at it. Pronounced "Es-to-kay," the car you see here was just a concept. But Lamborghini can tap parent VW's resources for the new chassis that underpins the Audi A7 and the Bentley Continental, slip in a high-powered engine, and double its sales. Whether a four-door sedan has any right being in the Lambo lineup depends on one thing only: how outrageous it looks. And we'd say that the concept fits the bill just fine.