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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: There's a new C-Class coming, and it's beautiful. It's also lighter, more powerful, with standard all-wheel drive, and packing several new high-tech safety features. Mercedes has already shown us the interior of the new C-Class and revealed some of the technical details, and so far the car appears to offer a level of luxury, quality and technology not previously seen in this segment. Its platform is also very advanced, featuring a mix of aluminum, high-strength steels and even some composites. This has helped engineers shed some 220 pounds off the weight of the outgoing C-Class, while also allowing the new model to be safer and more rigid.

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe: Cadillac’s award-winning ATS sedan is about to spawn its first spinoff, an ATS Coupe, which will make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show. The new coupe, which will target the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and new BMW 4-Series, will eventually go on sale in the summer, as a 2015 model. Further down the track, a high-performance ATS-V variant is expected.

2014 BMW 2-Series Coupe

2014 BMW 2-Series Coupe

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2014 BMW 2-Series: BMW’s replacement for its 1-Series Coupe, the new 2-Series, will make its world debut in Detroit next week. Two models will be available at launch in the spring, a base 228i rated at 240 horsepower and a sporty M235i which comes with 332 horsepower on tap. Fans are already dubbing the car the spiritual successor to the BMW 2002 of the 1960s and ‘70s, and we’re sure it will be a hit in years to come. Why? Because you can get a stripped-down version with a six-speed manual for just over $30k.

2015 Hyundai Genesis: We’ve already had a good look at the new Genesis sedan, but we’ll get our first look at a U.S.-spec car in Detroit next week. Hyundai estimates it will sell 62,000 Genesis sedans annually, split evenly between the Korean and international markets. Sales commence next fall, and pricing should stay close to the $35,095 starting price of the outgoing model. Four different engines make up the powertrain lineup for the 2015 Genesis. In the U.S., expect to see the base model feature a 3.8-liter V-6 rated at 333 horsepower and a range-topper powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 good for about 429 horsepower. Elsewhere, Hyundai will offer 3.0- and 3.3-liter units.

2015 Audi Q3

2015 Audi Q3

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2015 Audi Q3: Debuting this week at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show will be the 2015 Audi Q3, which the German automaker has finally confirmed will go on sale in the U.S. in the fall of this year. Unfortunately the version of the compact crossover shown in the supplied photos, presumably the one we’ll seen in showrooms, is about to be superseded by a facelifted model. Nevertheless, Audi’s Q3 can’t come a moment sooner. Its larger Q5 sibling is Audi’s most popular model in the U.S., and with demand for compact crossovers burgeoning the Q3 is poised to do well also.

2015 Mercedes-Benz S600: The latest generation of the Mercedes-Benz S Class has impressed us at every turn, from the 2014 S550 to the 2014 S63 AMG. This week, the V-12-powered 2015 S600 will join the range, and we expect just as much in the way of luxury, style, and competence from it, too. Yes, V-12 engines have a bright future at Mercedes-Benz, and the one in the 2015 S600 is sure to be a treat. It’s expected to deliver around 523 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque.

VL Destino convertible concept rendering

VL Destino convertible concept rendering

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VL Destino Convertible: American startup VL Destino, a company whose business plan is to sell slightly modified Fisker Karmas powered by Corvette V-8 engines, will show off a new convertible concept in Detroit this week. We suspect it may be a version of Fisker’s own Sunset convertible concept shown in 2009. Hopefully VL Destino’s version actually makes production because a V-8-powered convertible styled like the Karma should be one tasty ride.

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG: Following months of prototype spy shots and the reveal of a thinly-veiled concept version last year, the all-new 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG is finally here. Its power unit is a familiar one, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder already found in the A45 AMG sold overseas and the CLA45 AMG, Motor Authority’s Best Car To Buy 2014. With its rating of 355 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, the engine is the most powerful four-banger in production.

Hit the next page to see what else will be on display at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, and remember to follow our dedicated show page for all the latest updates.

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