If you're tired of the current trend of crossover SUVs and yearn for something a bit classier, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee ($TBA) is the vehicle for you. Aggressive styling and a scalloped design pairs with a flex-fuel "Phoenix" V6 with variable valve timing and 280 horses, a 33% bump over the previous model (a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is also available). For the purists among you, rest easy: the GC is still suitable for off-roading. With a stiffened structure and a new powertrain, you'll be able to pick up the kids from school and go mudding on the way home.
It may remind you of a Tamagotchi, but the new Nissan Cube (from $13,990) is one of the best vehicles on the market — and we think it's the epitome of man-cute. (Think of man-cute like an iPod — not exactly a form inspired by razor blades, tattoos, and beer pong — but deeply rewarding and functional to use.) With its enthusiastic, "inspired by a bulldog wearing sunglasses" face and asymmetrical rear, at first glance the cube looks more like a punchline than a car. Its stats, too, are underwhelming: 122 horsepower 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed manual or CVT gearbox, and fuel economy around 28 city, 32 highway mpg. A Chevy Cobalt will do better. But dig deeper, and you've got a contender.
Read on for coverage and photos from the Cube launch in Miami.
To mark the 30th anniversary of the first G-Class, Mercedes has introduced a new hardcore model to conquer any terrain in Swat team style. With optional off-road packages, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class Edition30.Pur can be equipped with all-terrain tires on 16" aluminum wheels, flexible wheel arch flaring, protective grilles for the headlamps and lights, a large roofrack with ladder, a towing lug at the front and a two-section rear door. Inside is a load compartment with a wooden floor, an auxiliary heater and A/C, gray-and-black plaid or man-made leather seats, rubber floor coverings, spray-protected controls, and drains in the footwells. [via]