Luxury segment lookers

18:07, Oct 22 2012
Mercedes-Benz AMG 6.3 CLS Shooting Brake
Power unit: Gives the Shooting Brake Ferrari performance and a sound signature that will raise the hairs on your neck.
Mercedes-Benz AMG 6.3 CLS Shooting Brake
Edition One interior: A bit over the top compared with the standard AMG car.
Mercedes-Benz AMG 6.3 CLS Shooting Brake
Restrained styling: For all its performance, the Benz doesn't shout its presence visually.
Mercedes-Benz AMG 6.3 CLS Shooting Brake
Mercedes-Benz AMG 6.3 CLS Shooting Brake: Possibly the quickest, sexiest wagon of all.
Mercedes-Benz AMG 6.3 CLS Shooting Brake
Best angle: Some say the car looks even better than the four-door coupe on which it is based. We agree.

In the year that BMW released its latest 3 Series, Audi undertook a minor facelift of its A4 and A5 ranges, and Jaguar introduced a more cost-effective XF line-up, sporting the headlights it should have received originally.

But it was the 3 Series that took centre stage in 2012, and the new model, which introduced an eight-speed auto, and adaptive damping for the first time, didn't disappoint and will be a front-runner in the luxury segment of the Autocar Car of the Year awards.

Volkswagen subtracted the "Passat'' name from the restyled CC, so the new car is now known by just the four letters, "VW CC''.

Further upmarket, Lexus introduced a more aggressive looking GS range, although the top petrol engine reverted to V6 status. It's impressive to drive, yet is still a pampering Lexus in every sense. The line-up, however, expands with a trio of F Sport models.

Mercedes reprised its CLS line-up with a modern interpretation of the originator of the four-door coupé sector, while BMW added an equally swoopy, long wheel base version of its 6 Series Coupé, in the form of the four-door Gran Coupé.

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BMW 335i
The new BMW 3-Series
BMW 335i
The new BMW 3-Series
Jaguar XFR.
Rear space: The coupe-like roofline might tighten headroom, but otherwise there's plenty of space for legs and large people in the back.
Jaguar XFR.
Unmistakeable: Jaguar may have eschewed wood and replaced it with machined metal for the XFR, but it couldn't be any other brand's interior.
Jaguar XFR.
The shape says it all: Jaguar wording is disappearing from all models, with just a leaping cat cameo and the look of the car allowing identification.
Jaguar XFR.
Jaguar XFR: British-built performance sedan is every bit as good as and in some cases better than the AMG, M5, Audi RS and Lexus ISF offerings out there.
BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe
Big coupe: The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe is due to arrive in New Zealand.
BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe
Big coupe: The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe is due to arrive in New Zealand.
BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe
Longer view: The front and rear of the 6-Series Gran Coupe are the same as the two-door model, but 113mm has been added to the wheelbase for more rear-seat room.
BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe
Luxury interior: The 6-Series Gran Coupe offers a luxurious and potentially high-performance ride.
BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe
Turbocharged power: Both the diesel and petrol models have twin-turbocharged engines for superb performance.
BMW 328i.
LUXURY: BMW 328i.

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