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2015 New York Auto Show: Preview

  • Familiar names, fresh looks
  • Lots of real cars, not just concepts
  • The 2014/15 car show season reaches its big finale

The 2015 New York Auto Show will not disappoint. Even though this is the last major car expo until the fall, we expect plenty of debuts and news stories. Perhaps because New York is such an exciting city, those in the auto industry want a good excuse to go there, so they’ve saved some headline-makers for this event. Whatever the reason, it’s the buyers and enthusiasts who’ll end up winning.

New Generations

One of the most significant aspects of this year’s show is how many new generations of established names will be launched in New York.

The most newsworthy of these new generations, perhaps, is the 2016 Lexus RX midsize luxury crossover. The RX has been a big seller, and there’s no reason why it’s fourth generation should be any different, especially since it’s expected to have a longer length that’ll accomodate a third-row of optional seating.

The 2016 Jaguar XF premium midsize sedan, rival to the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, will show off a completely new lightweight aluminum body (previously made of steel) and redesigned interior, and it’ll no doubt have updated engines, too. Jaguar will also announce revisions for the 2016 F-Type sports car.

There’s a pleasing consistency about the fourth-generation 2016 Kia Optima midsize sedan’s introduction at the 2015 New York Auto Show. The previous generation debuted at New York 5 years ago, and the mid-cycle face-lift was introduced in New York in 2013.

As for other midsize sedans, we’ll get to see the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. One of the latest Malibu’s more notable features is a system that promotes safer driving by teens. For example, it won’t play music unless the front occupants buckle their seat belts. The Malibu will be joined by the 2016 Chevrolet Spark subcompact hatchback.

Not New Generations, but Brand Spanking New

The 2016 Cadillac CT6 is the marque’s latest and greatest flagship sedan, set to compete with full-size luxury conveyances such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series. This is another car where aluminum will play a major part, and it’s power will come from a twin-turbo V6. The CT6 should have some enviable fuel consumption figures for its class, and we can’t wait to see it in New York.

On a humbler but no less exciting note, Scion’s latest will come to New York in compact-sedan form, called the iA. Alternatively, buyers can choose the hatchback iM.

McLaren, British racing team and maker of high-end sports cars, is apparently bringing not one but two new machines. That’s all we currently know from the automaker.

Not Totally New, but Considerably Perked Up

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE midsize premium crossover sounds like a new model, but it’s actually a new name attached to a face-lifted vehicle we’ve historically called the M-Class. Mercedes-Benz rationalizes its naming system with other members of the crossover SUV range that have G and L in their titles. The E comes from the E-Class, the car platform on which this vehicle is based. One anticipated version is a plug-in hybrid.

Another plug-in hybrid in New York will be wearing the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander badge. This midsize crossover has just received its obligatory mid-generation face-lift.

The vehicles mentioned here are enough to generate interest alone, but there are bound to be some cool surprises once the doors of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center are flung open. The 2015 New York Auto Show has its press days on April 1 and 2. You’d be an April fool to miss them, so check with Autotrader regularly. After that, the show is open to the public from April 3 to 12.

What it means to you: Exciting new cars and interesting new generations mean more surefire choices for buyers.

Colin Ryan
Colin Ryan specializes in writing about new cars. But he has also covered trucks, vans, 3-wheelers, even the occasional motorbike. That’s the kind of thing that happens while contributing to the Los Angeles Times, Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Popular Mechanics, Variety, Mazda and Lexus customer magazines, as well as many enthusiast sites and publications. He was also a staff writer at BBC Top... Read More about Colin Ryan

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  1. The cars and trucks of today are well made, nicely equipped and have all the necessary safety equipment. The problem, for me at least, is that they are all so darned expensive. For example, in 2002 I bought a four wheel drive Chevy Suburban. It had every available option at that time. It cost me $48,000. Today a similarly equipped Suburban would cost me $70,000 plus. That may be OK for some families, but that cost knocks me right out of the park.

    • You’re right, we think the new Tahoe and Suburban pricing are forcing many to look for other cars. However, in 2002, $48,000 was a good deal of money as well. Look for some alternatives like Ford Explorer or Nissan Pathfinder – so long as you don’t need to tow a lot…

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