2015 New York Auto Show Preview

The 2015 New York International Auto Show kicks off today at the Javits Center. Here’s what we can expect…

The all-new 2016 Lexus RX made its world debut this morning. With more than 2.1 million units sold globally, the RX is the brand’s best-selling model in its 26-year history.

Infiniti’s updated QX50 debut this morning with a 3.2-inch increase in its wheelbase and a 4.5-inch increase in its length.

The all-new 2016 Scion iA, the brand’s first-ever sedan, debuted with the all-new 2016 Scion iM hatchback. The Scion iA offers drivers the option of a 6-speed stick shift or 6-speed automatic and comes equipped with a 7-inch multimedia system with voice recognition.

Chevrolet introduced the all-new 2016 Malibu, equipped with an all-new hybrid powertrain and 300 pounds lighter than the 2015 model, providing for better fuel efficiency and handling. “Midsize customers tell us they want great fuel economy, connected technologies, wrapped in a gorgeous exterior. This is exactly what the 2016 Malibu was engineered to do,” said Jesse Ortega, Malibu chief engineer.

Leaked before its official debut, the first-ever 2016 Cadillac CT6 arrived with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine producing 400 horsepower. “The CT6 is nothing less than an entirely new approach to premium luxury – and an approach only Cadillac can offer,” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Cadillac. “It is a bold endeavor with unmatched dynamism that reignites a passion for driving in large luxury vehicles. In short, it is prestige luxury reimagined.”

General Motors (GM) introduced the 2016 GMC Terrain and Terrain Denali before their debuts in New York. With a laundry list of upgrades to the 2015 Terrain line, including a new power dome hood design and an updated instrument panel “center stack,” the 2016 Terrain makes “one of the strongest designs in the compact SUV market even more compelling,” said Helen Emsley, executive director, Global GMC Design. “They create a more contemporized appearance rooted in GMC’s professional grade precision.”

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club edition was introduced this morning, equipped with Mazda’s suite of SKYACTIV Technology and KODO-Soul of Motion design. “MX-5 is the heart and soul of Mazda, serving as a beacon for the rest of our lineup with its fun-to-drive dynamics, design and technologies,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations.

The all-new 2016 Jaguar XF, featuring Jaguar’s aluminum-intensive instruction, made a public display debut in New York. Drivers get to choose between rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, and between two V6 supercharged engines. Jaguar Land Rover also debuted its Range Rover SVAutobiography, featuring “a 550hp Supercharged V8 engine specially tuned for SVAutobiography paired with a sophisticated ZF eight-speed automatic transmission,” and the 2016 Range Rover Sport HST Limited Edition.

Lincoln debuted its Continental Concept, an all-new full-size sedan. “The Continental Concept showcases the promise of quiet luxury from Lincoln going forward. It also is a strong indication of what’s to come next year as we introduce our new Lincoln Continental full-size luxury sedan,” said Mark Fields, Ford Motor Co.’s president and CEO.

The all-new Ford Focus RS made its U.S. debut. The third-generation high-performance hatchback features a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that produces more than 315 horsepower and has the most powerful Ford RS braking system.

Porsche’s Boxter Spyder made its world debut, offering drivers “a traditional sports-car driving experience combined with truly exceptional performance.” The new Boxter Spyder comes equipped with a 3.8-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine producing 375 horsepower. This beauty goes 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds with a top track speed of 180 mph.

Returning to its best-selling SUV, the Mercedes-Benz GLE and Mercedes-AMG GLE63 4MATIC made their debuts. Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Cars describes the new SUV as “State-of-the-art and efficient drive technology, combined with superior ride quality and the versatility and robustness typical for SUVs – the new GLE has all the ingredients to continue the success story of our best-seller.”

Subaru unveiled its STI Performance Concept, representing an expansion plan for Subaru Technical International (STI) in the U.S. The STI Performance Concept showcases the engineering expertise and tuning abilities of STI, the performance division of Subaru, and features the racing engine developed by STI for BRZ Super GT racecar, chassis and suspension components and aerodynamic upgrades.

The all-new and refined 2016 Kia Optima made its global debut at this year’s show. The 2016 Optima gives driver’s the option of two turbo engine choices and five trims, including the U.S.-exclusive SXL.

Honda unveiled the Civic Concept today as the brand prepares to launch its reimagined 2016 Civic lineup this fall. The new 10th-generation Civic lineup will include the Civic Coupe, Sedan, and SI models. The new lineup will also include the return of the Civic hatchback and the launch of a new Civic Type-R as the performance flagship model. The 10-generation Civic includes a new 1.5-liter VTEC® Turbo engine with direct injection. Drivers will also be able to take advantage of the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Honda LaneWatch™, Lane Departure Warning, Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, and Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure.

Acura is showcasing its new ILX endurance race car along with the Acura NSX supercar, 2016 ILX Sport Sedan, 2016 RDX SUV, 2016 MDX 7-Passenger SUV, and the 2016 RLXFlagship Sedan.

Leaked early, McLaren debuted its first model in the Sports Series, the 570S Coupé. The 570S, a classic sports car with carbon fibre structure and mid-engine rear-wheel drive layout, features a M838TE twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 570PS and 600Nm.

The Aston Martin Vulcan will make its US debut after its global debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The Vulcan packs a punch with a 7.0-litre V12 petrol engine capable of producing 800-plus bhp.

Hyundai unveiled its all-new 2016 Tucson crossover utility vehicle which is said to hit showroom floors by July.

Appearing in the popular “With Dad” Super Bowl XLIX commercial, the 2016 Nissan Maxima will make its official world debut at this year’s show.

Volkswagen’s Golf SportWagen Alltrack arrived this year as well as four Beetle Special Edition concepts, including Beetle Convertible Denim, Beetle R-Line, Beetle Convertible Surfer, and Beetle Pink Color Edition, to celebrate the brand’s 60 years of Beetle history.

Mitsubishi confirmed the world debut of its 2016 Outlander, while its Concept GC-PHEV will make its North American debut.

Teasing a photo of the car’s rear end with a hybrid tag, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will make its world debut on April 2. Toyota will also showcase its Mirai and the all-new 2016 Tacoma, which now includes a GoPro mount for the first time ever. Show attendees will also have the chance to catch the Camry Driving Experience, an “outdoor ride-along program [that] operates on the streets around the Javits Center,” and the Commitment to Wounded Warriors Project, where Toyota donates a RAV4 to a chosen veteran through Wounded Warriors. Andrew Cuomo, New York’s governor, and the USMMA band will lead a procession of vehicles, including the RAV4 through Crystal Palace.

BMW will celebrate its 40th anniversary of BMW of North America, the company’s first major motorsports win in the U.S. at the 12 Hours of Sebring with the 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL, and the 50th anniversary of ALPINA. In celebration of its ALPINA anniversary, the 2016 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe will make its North American debut while a 1970 BMW 2002ti ALPINA race car will be showcased. According to BMW, the 2016 ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe is the fastest BMW on showroom floor in terms of acceleration (0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds) and maximum speed (200 mph, “electronically limited”). Other vehicles on display include the Sebring-winning 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL, a 1970 BMW 2002ti ALPINA race car, and a current BMW Z4 GTLM race car will also be on display. BMW will also provide demos of iHeartRadio integration.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has a number of vehicles that will be showcased at this year’s show, including the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Charger SRT Hellcat which will at the show for the first time. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Charger SRT Hellcat are considered the “world’s quickest, fastest, and most powerful” models within their segments. Other vehicles on display will include the 2015 Ram Laramie Limited and Rebel; the all-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider; the award-winning 2015 Chrysler 300; the all-new 2016 Fiat 500X; the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade; and the all-new Challenger 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker. Attendees also get the chance to experience the off-roading abilities of Jeep vehicles in an “18-foot high Jeep Mountain and the Trail Rated Pass three-wheeling demo.” Attendees will also have a chance to experience Chrysler’s “Beneath the Surface,” a 4D experience using the Oculus Rift DK2 showing how the 2015 Chrysler 200 is made; a 2015 Ram Truck off-road simulator; and a 2015 Dodge Charger racing simulator.