BMW has announced it is bringing to America its new ( to us ) X1. Mercedes has gorgeously restyled its GLK. Acura has previewed its updated RDX, Land Rover has hit is out of the park with the Evoque. The trend? Small premium crossovers are the hot thing. Audi has the large and in charge Q7, the middle of the road ( read blandish) Q5, so next up is the striking Q3. Made primarily for the Chinese market, here we have an early example of another trend, that being China being an influential automotive entity. Both trends are expected to grow exponentially. And although Audi is dragging its feet on introducing it here – they weren’t/ aren’t completely sure that we Americans will embrace small luxury vehicles, they have committed to doing it. Think of it as a German Infiniti EX. Roomy ( for its size) on the inside, manageable and maneuverable on the outside. The usual peppy four makes it economical for a crossover. And stylistically, it incorporates Audi’s most modern touches and feels fresh and attractive. It looks confident, sporty and quite upscale. I fully expect it to sell in big numbers here in Los Angeles. In fact, I wouldn’t mind one at all. It is desirable. It makes sense. This is a trend is can get on.