NEW YORK — 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.
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 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.
Nissan has given the third generation of the Murano midsize crossover SUV a more modern design, nicer interior and better fuel economy than the previous version. The company says the exterior has sculpted sides, new lighting and a jet-inspired roof. The SUV, available in the fall, comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that will get about 24 mpg in combined city-highway driving. Price wasn’t announced.
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata, with its curvy, creased sides and upscale interior, elevated Hyundai as a brand and prodded competitors to improve their own designs. Now, the 2015 Sonata ditches the curves in favor of clean, taut lines and a more premium look. Inside, Hyundai redesigned the center stack and angled it toward the driver for better ergonomics. Noise inside the car is reduced with more sound deadening materials. New features include a trunk that automatically opens when it senses the driver’s key, optional blind spot and lane departure warning systems. It goes on sale this summer.
MERCEDES S63 AMG 4MATIC COUPE
The high performance version of the two-door S63 coupe has a 5.5-liter V8 that gets 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. The S63 AMG will come standard with an all-wheel-drive system. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it will top $100,000.