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Hot models debut at New York Auto Show

Annual New York International Auto Show attracts more than 1 million visitors annually.
By DEE-ANN DURBIN, Associated Press Published: April 17, 2014
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— With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the U.S. auto industry. Here are some of the vehicles debuting this year. The show opens to the public Friday.

ACURA TLX

Honda’s luxury Acura brand calls the new TLX midsize sedan a “red carpet athlete” for its blend of elegance and sportiness. The TLX — which replaces the TL and the TSX for the 2015 model year — has two new engine options: A 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 206 horsepower mated to a new 8-speed transmission and a 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower that’s paired with a 9-speed. Pricing wasn’t announced.

LAND ROVER DISCOVERY CONCEPT

Land Rover confirmed that it will bring a new family of vehicles, called Discovery, to market starting in 2015 with a small SUV called the Discovery Sport. The Discovery concept vehicle is full of advanced technology. Drivers can fold down the seats and reconfigure the interior using a touchscreen, for example, or control the car remotely at very low speeds. The concept also hints at future Land Rover technologies. The doors, headlights and seatback screens can be controlled by gestures, and the headlights use lasers to track objects in front of them and lower their beams in oncoming traffic.

BMW X4

BMW has a new competitor in the red-hot small SUV segment. The X4 sits slightly longer and lower than its sister vehicle, the X3, and has a slanted, coupe-like roof. New features include a standard power tailgate that lifts if the driver waves a foot under it. The X4, which goes on sale this spring, starts at $45,625 for the xDrive28i, which has a 2.0-liter, 240-horsepower four-cylinder engine. The top-of-the-line xDrive35i starts at $48,925 and has a 3.0-liter, 300-horsepower V6. Both models have an eight-speed transmission and all-wheel-drive.

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