New York Auto Show

New York Auto Show

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Luxury manufacturer Infiniti has just announced it will be introducing two updates for the 2015 model year at the New York Auto Show this week, including a revised version of the QX80 full-size SUV , which remained unchanged for 2014.

With only a few days left until the big event begins, the manufacturer wasn’t too keen on sharing many details, but did say that the QX80 will gain modifications inside and out. However, you shouldn’t hold your breath for something big, as a brand-new model is probably being designed as we speak.

The more important news is that Infiniti is rolling out a new, ultra-luxurious version of the current QX80 in New York. The range-topping model will be sold as the QX80 Limited and, from what the company is telling us, it will be offered with special exterior and interior appointments.

These will include a "dark-accent trim" on the outside, special leather for the seats and high-grade, soft-touch materials. Additionally, the cabin will be fitted with a unique open-pore wood trim.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details on the 2015 Infiniti QX80.

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Nissan has a lot riding on the success of the Murano . That’s not an easy position to be, seeing as the Murano is considered as the halo vehicle for the company’s range of crossovers and SUVs, but also has such a polarizing look. So it figures that Nissan is using the New York International Auto Show as the event to introduce to the auto world the new 2015 Murano.

Far more than just a debut of the vehicle, the Murano’s attendance in New York will also serve as a showcase for the automaker to introduce its new design language, one that will be used on future production vehicles. Big stakes involved here for Nissan, if people haven’t already noticed.

As far as the 2015 Murano is concerned, the SUV’s new look isn’t the only thing that’s worth paying attention to. Far from it, actually. A spacious premium interior is also being offered, as are a host of new safety and connective technology features.

As we anticipated, this new generation for the Murano moves it away from its unconventional look of today and gives it a more mainstream look.

Updated 04/14/2014: Nissan unveiled the official details on the 2015 Murano - with just a few days before the car’s official debut in New York.

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Introduced in 2005 for the 2006 model year, the Dodge Charger was in dire need of a facelift. We already knew Chrysler was working on a refreshed four-door muscle car for the 2015 model year, but the big question was when will we see it? Well, the Detroit-based company has confirmed that the 2015 Charger will be showing its facelifted body and underpinning at the New York Auto Show next week, also releasing a teaser in the process.

Dodge refrained from going into specifics, but said the new Charger has received "a full-body makeover with nearly every single body panel being resculpted." This can only mean one thing, the sedan will get more than just a mild facelift, and the adjacent photo showing the vehicles new front grille and headlamps comes to back that claim.

No longer embedded in a front bumper that goes all the way up to the hood, the crosshair grille is now narrower and previews a sleeker look. The redesigned headlamps are also smaller and slimmer, with LED daytime running lights integrated above and below the main bulb.

No longer rounded above the grille, the new hood extends a bit above the headlights in an attempt to bring the looks of the early 1970s Charger into the 21st century. The teaser shows the new blacked-out grille continues into the upper part of the redesigned bumper, but that’s about all we get so far.

There’s big news under the hood as well, where a much-rumored supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine will be dropped in for some serious power. Word has it the new mill, reportedly dubbed "Hellcat", will pump out at least 640 horsepower. Of course, the 2015 Charger will also be available with updated versions of the existing units, which include the 3.6-liter, Pentastar V-6; the 5.7-liter, Hemi V-8; and the naturally-aspirated, 6.4-liter V-8.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details on the 2015 Charger and Challenger from the New York Auto Show. We’ll be back to report it as soon as Dodge spills the beans.

Updated 04/14/2014: Ahead of its debut in New York, we’ve created a quick rendering of what we think the upcoming Charger will look like.

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The 2015 Ford Focus Sedan looks different, doesn’t it? That’s because Ford really went into detail on giving the sedan a refreshed look, at least much more than what you would expect when the word "refresh" is thrown around. But that’s been a Blue Oval strategy for the past few years and with that increased emphasis on keeping the car looking as fresh as possible should translate into renewed interest from the market.

In a lot of ways, the 2015 Focus Sedan is the latest example of that because the car is essentially the same save for the new face and a few interior updates. It’s hard to go against this strategy because Ford has been doing it in some capacity in the past few years and there have been occassions when other brands have adopted the same mindset.

But the real question is whether all these changes are enough to compel a new wave of buyers to be interested in the Focus Sedan, especially when you consider that it’s got some notable rivals in the form of the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla .

Ford’s banking on it and to its credit, it’s putting a lot of chips on the table to do it.

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The 2014 New York International Auto Show is nearly upon us, with the media preview days set to kick off on April 16 before the grand event opens its doors to the public on April 18. More than 50 vehicles will be on display at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, just about anything from city cars to heavy-duty trucks and track-prepped race cars. About 14 global debuts are expected to happen at NYIAS, with six more vehicles to show their metal to North American enthusiasts for the very first time.

Dodge , Ford , Acura , BMW , Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are all set to shows us their latest creations, be it new-generation cars or facelifted versions of existing automobiles. As usual, we’ll be providing you with tons of information from New York, so be on the lookout for more details and in-depth reviews on the most recent apparitions on the automotive horizon.

Meanwhile, we compiled a list with the most important cars and SUV set to be unveiled next week. While some are still under wraps, others have been revealed and detailed ahead of their world debut.

Click past the jump for the 2014 New York Auto Show Preview.

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With nine months of year-over-year sales gains during 2013 and off to a great start in 2014, the tiny Fiat 500 is becoming increasingly popular nationwide, mostly because of its classic look and affordable price. Its 101-horsepower, inline-four engine won’t break any speed records, but this is where the brawnier Abarth version comes in. Yes, the Fiat 500 Abarth is being readied for the 2015 model year as we speak, with the high-performance city car scheduled to be showcased during the New York Auto Show later this month, in both hatchback and cabrio guises.

To keep the 500 Abarth appealing for 2015, the Italians have operated a number of interior and powertrain updates without altering the vehicle’s sporty character. In fact, the new transmission the 500 Abarth is set to receive promises to offer "an even more engaged driving experience."

Last time we drove the Fiat 500 Abarth we dubbed it "mini Ferrari" . Now let’s find out if this little, turbocharged hatch is ready to carry its legacy even further.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio.

Fiat is using the New York Auto Show as the perfect opportunity to showcase its entire 500 lineup, beginning with the 2015 Fiat 500. While the changes to the 2015 500 are mostly limited to the interior, the aggressive manner by which Fiat is promoting the 2015 500 in the U.S. goes to show just how serious the company is in establishing a presence in this market.

Apparently, it’s not enough that the 500’s already selling like ice cream on a blistering summer afternoon, as Fiat is planning a full-court press here. This is likely just the tip of the iceberg too, as we expect to see a lot more buildup ahead of the summer release of the 500 and its other variations.

That’s why the New York Auto Show is as good a time as any for prospective buyers to get a first look at the 2015 500 to see whether it’s a car they’ll have their eyes on later on down the road.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Fiat 500.

The details are scarce as Dodge teases its all-new 2015 Challenger ahead of the New York Auto Show happening April 17th, but the image chosen to tease the car tells a lot about Dodge’s high-horsepower intentions. What’s more, the automaker says the car will include a new powertrain combination that will get enthusiasts “abuzz.”

Perhaps Dodge is referring to the heavily-rumored ‘Hellcat’ engine — that supercharged version of the 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 we’ve told you about before.

The bee logo seen in the center TFT display only adds to those rumors’ validity. Thinking back to the late 1960s, the bee represents big V-8 power, fast 0-to-60 mph times, and green-light drag races on Friday nights. A "Superbee" edition Challenger would be the perfect home for the Hellcat engine.

Besides the two-door Challenger, , Dodge will also bring a totally reworked four-door Charger to New York. In the press release below the jump, Dodge says the 2015 Charger receives a “full-body maker with nearly every single body panel being re-sculpted.”

It’s likely both cars will share the same powertrain options, including the Hellcat. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, and the naturally-aspirated 6.4-liter V-8 will likely carry over to the new cars, though some updating with higher power outputs and better fuel economy will probably happen.

The New York Auto Show will be an important place for Dodge this year, with the company celebrating its 100-year anniversary this summer. We expect more than a few Dodge models will be getting limited edition anniversary packages for the 2015 model year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Challenger.

Much has being made about the BMW Concept X5 eDrive following its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show last year. Shortly after its debut, a prototype was seen testing out on the road. Now, a refreshed version of the concept is headed to the 2014 New York Auto Show .

Whether this is a production model labeled as a concept or simply another prototype is a question that only BMW can answer. For the most part, there have been a few changes from the first concept we saw back in September last year.

What we do know is that there appears to be a future for the Concept X5 eDrive at some point. It may not be in the coming months, but years down the line, we expect this vehicle to be out on the road. The hybrid, luxury SUV market is still growing, and its only a matter of time before BMW jumps into the picture and announces its plans to be a strong competitor in it.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW Concept X5 eDrive.

Korean automaker Kia Motors has officialy released details of the 2015 Sedona , its newest competitor in the minivan segment set for its global debut at the New York Auto Show happening April 16.

The news of a new minivan is good news for soccer moms everywhere since the market has grown stale over the last few years. Once the Sedona hits the market, it will be the newest game in town by a long shot with the second newest competitors – the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna – both being new for 2011.

Minivan sales have been relatively good with both the Sienna and Odyssey selling roughly 120,000 vans each in 2013. The Kia, on the other hand, has struggled. Only managing to roll 7,079 units off the lot last year, the Sedona is obviously in need of some help. Considering how well Kia’s other products are doing (think Optima ), the automaker is capable of a home run here, if they’ll cater to its audience with the right features, space, available options, and priced at the right dollar amount.

Even with an all-new van, it’s hard imagining Kia raising the Sedona’s price much past its current $25,900 starting slot, especially if it want to compete with the Odyssey, Sienna, and Grand Caravan. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for the complete coverage of the 2014 New York Auto Show in the coming weeks.

Updated 04/14/2014: Kia announced today the official details on the 2015 Sedona with just a few days before the car’s official debut in New York Auto Show.

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