What's this? A new Jaguar... station wagon? Yup. Feast your eyes on the new family friendly Jaguar XF Sportbrake ($TBA). Fittingly, we know more about the Sportbrake's rear — which features cubby compartments, remote fold levers for the rear seats, LED lighting, a soft-close tailgate, and three sections in the floor to keep small loads in place — than we do about things like engine offerings — 2.2L and 3.0L diesels will be on offer, paired to an eight-speed automatic — or that most mysterious aspect of unreleased cars: pricing.
We have no idea whether it will ever make it to the U.S., but that won't stop us from lusting after the Volvo V40 ($TBA) just the same. As you'd expect from the Scandinavian automaker, the V40 is loaded with safety features, including Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, a world-first pedestrian airbag, an aid to keep you in your lane — complete with haptic auto steering — a low-speed collision avoidance system, and Park Assist. It's also quite drivable, with a range of powerplants delivering up to 254 hp, braking energy regeneration, and your choice of manual or automatic gearbox.
With a name like that, you might expect this SUV to be all black. And though that's not really the name — in fact, it doesn't even have a name yet — you'd certainly be right. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Stealth ($TBA) drags the company's Laredo X package into the shadows with a black paint job, black grille surround, black headlamp bezels, a black liftgate light-bar, 20-inch glossy black aluminum wheels, and a black interior boasting heated seats, a 9-speaker sound system, rear-view camera and park assist system, keyless entry and start, and over 50 safety and security features. Visit jeep.com/namemyride to give it a proper moniker — and for a shot at a free GC of your own.
It's not "all-new", but when a product just celebrated its 60th anniversary, perhaps it doesn't need to change so much. The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser ($TBA) retains the 5.7L, 381hp V8 of its predecessor, as well as the six-speed automatic transmission, full-time four-wheel drive, and Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, but adds a refreshed front with a new grille, LED running lamps, and HID headlights, as well a spruced up interior with a new HDD-based navigation system and Entune infotainment system with JBL audio.
Ho Ho Ho-ly shit. The Hennessey Jeep Grand Cherokee HPE800 ($235,000) takes Jeep's top-of-the-line SUV and turns it into a veritable speed demon by expanding the factory Hemi V8 from 6.4 to 7.0 L and adding in a twin-turbo forced induction system to achieve 805 hp and a 0-60 time of 3.1 seconds. Of course, all that power isn't useful if you can't harness it, which is why it also boasts an upgraded transmission system, 15.1-inch Brembo brakes in the front and rear, and a lowered, more sporty suspension, and to make sure no one mistakes it for the "regular" version, it also packs lighter alloy wheels, a carbon fiber front end, and a custom leather interior with an Alcantara steering wheel. It'll arrive in 24 well-appointed garages next year.