So far, 2015 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years for new cars in recent memory. After the rapid-fire unveiling of Ford’s new performance lineup, Chevrolet’s ambitious electric Bolt concept, and a host of new supercars, you could be forgiven for thinking that most of the major automakers have gotten all the major reveals out of the way.
Of course, you’d be forgetting about the New York International Auto Show, which begins this week. New York doesn’t have the wave of concepts like the first-of-the-season Detroit show, or the blockbuster supercar debuts like Geneva, but there are more than enough cars set to debut that could instantly alter the automotive landscape.
While automakers are offering a first look at new models expected to be high-volume sellers at the show, there’s a wave of new luxury and performance cars set to take New York by storm. With the economy recovering and auto sales booming, automakers are going bigger and bolder in their new models, and nowhere is that more apparent than in these ultra-competitive segments. Here are five luxury and performance cars that could steal the spotlight at the New York International Auto Show.
1. McLaren 570S
No other automaker in the world blurs the line between the road and the track quite like McLaren. From the F1, its first road car, to the fire-breathing 217-mile-per-hour P1 hybrid supercar, McLaren’s cars have always lived in that rarefied air far beyond the reach of most gearheads. Now, the company is set to unveil a more earth-bound car called the 570S. McLaren says the two-seater is the entry-level car in its new McLaren Sports Series, and will be powered by a 562 horsepower turbocharged V8 engine. The company has only released a teaser photo of the car’s B-pillar for now, but with that kind of power, it should be more than enough to worry Ferrari 458 Italia and Porsche 911 Turbo S owners.
2. Cadillac CT6
Cadillac is in the midst of one of the most ambitious reinventions in the automotive industry, and the upcoming CT6 sedan is an integral part of the brand’s future. Aside from a brief glimpse of the car during the company’s new “Dare Greatly” ad campaign, Cadillac has kept a tight lid on styling details, but we know the car will be rear-wheel drive, that it benefits from an all-new lightweight construction, and it’s powered by General Motors’ capable 3.6 liter V6 engine. As one of the most important new Cadillacs in years, expect GM to pull out all the stops at its unveiling in New York.
3. Lincoln Continental
While Cadillac has spent the past few years repositioning itself to take on Europe’s best, Lincoln has been fighting a losing battle with obscurity. That could all change in New York, as a Ford fansite called Blue Oval Forums reported on an unfinished page found on Lincoln’s website listing a 2017 Lincoln Continental under its “Future Vehicles” section. After staying quiet on the subject for about a week, Ford not only confirmed the unexpected Lincoln flagship, it released detailed photos and information on the car. Ford has been on a roll unveiling new cars this year, and if its ready to put serious effort into its Lincoln brand, then the American luxury landscape could change very quickly.
4. Nissan Maxima
We got a teaser of the new Maxima during Nissan’s big-budget Super Bowl ad, but the car is set to make its full debut in New York. For decades, the Maxima was considered to be one of the best entry-level sport sedans in the world, with Nissan pitching it as the “Four Door Sports Car.” Unfortunately, the current model seems to have lost the plot, as its bloated size and sluggish handling haven’t quite lived up to the car’s sporty heritage. Nissan is hoping to return to form with the new car, which looks remarkably similar to last year’s show-stopping Sport Sedan concept.
5. Jaguar XF
Jaguar may be taking its role as a Bond villain’s ride of choice a little too seriously. Last fall, it unveiled its BMW 3-Series fighter the XE by dangling it from a helicopter in London, and delivering it to its premiere in a high-powered speedboat. For the next-generation XF, the company unveiled the car by driving it across two wires suspended 60 feet over the River Thames in London. For those looking to get a better view of the car, its official debut is set for New York.
From world-beating performance from McLaren, to old-school American luxury from Lincoln and Cadillac, New York should prove to be one of the most exciting shows of the year. Information on these cars may be frustratingly scarce now, but stay tuned – we’ll have all the details direct from the show floor later this week.
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