Mark your calendars, as the Motor Authority team is headed to New York for the city’s annual auto show, which kicks off on April 16. Our coverage this year will be particularly intense as taking place within days of the New York Auto Show’s opening day will be this year’s Top Marques Monaco (April 17) and Beijing Auto Show (April 20), which all means more sneak peeks, more brand new '14 & '15 production models and more concept vehicles than ever before.
Here’s a rundown of what you can expect in New York this coming week, and don't forget to bookmark our dedicated New York Auto Show hub as well as follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates.
Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept: British automaker Land Rover recently confirmed that it will be using its Discovery nameplate for a family of vehicles going forward. In New York next week we’ll be treated with a new SUV concept that previews the look of the future Discovery family of vehicles. The first vehicle in the family will be the replacement for the LR2, and it should be followed shortly by a replacement for the LR4. Incidentally, the latter is already labeled a Discovery overseas. We're still waiting for the concept's reveal but we already know it will feature innovative 'see-thru' hood technology.
Updated BMW Concept X5 eDrive: BMW will present a “further refined” version of the Concept X5 eDrive at this week’s event in the Big Apple. We first saw the plug-in hybrid SUV concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, and since then we’ve also seen prototype versions in testing. BMW’s chosen drivetrain for its X5 plug-in hybrid pairs a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor integrated with the transmission. Claimed fuel economy is 61.8 mpg for the European combined cycle, using a mix of gas-only, electric-only and hybrid modes.
2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Chassis: Though it’s yet to be confirmed, Mazda will reportedly showcase the chassis of its upcoming, fourth-generation MX-5 Miata sports car in the Big Apple. Compared to the outgoing model, a major change in the floorpan and locations of hard points are said to have been necessary in order to accommodate a new SKYACTIV engine and gearbox. The smart money is on Mazda going with a four-cylinder SKYACTIV-G gasoline unit, possibly displacing as little as 1.5 liters. Recently, we also heard that the new MX-5 will feature radically different styling to its predecessors.
2015 Dodge Challenger, Charger: Dodge has confirmed that its updated Challenger muscle car will be shown for the first time at the 2014 New York Auto Show. Visual updates to the car’s styling will be minor but we can expect a revamped interior and more powerful V-8 engines. An eight-speed automatic will also be available, and word on the street is that a new supercharged HEMI V-8 delivering more than the Viper V-10’s 640 horsepower will be offered. A teaser image of the car has been released, showing a new instrument cluster with a digital screen. Interestingly, there's an image of a bee featured on the teaser, hinting that a new 'Super Bee' could be in the works. But the good news doesn't end there; we're also getting a substantially updated Charger in New York as well.
Alfa Romeo 4C: Italy’s stunning Alfa Romeo 4C sports car is about to touch down in the U.S. after months of delays, and it will do so this week at the 2014 New York Auto Show. The 4C’s unveiling also marks the end of the Alfa brand’s absence from the U.S. market since 1995 (not including the limited number of 8C Competizione supercars sold here in 2008), and, we hope, is the start of a new chapter filled with sporty Italian cars built with superb styling, strong performance and, most important of all, filled with passion.
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible: Destined to be one of the stars of the show is the convertible version of the all-new 2015 Corvette Z06. Due to go on sale alongside the coupe version early next year, the Corvette Z06 Convertible is simply stunning. But it’s not just a looker as residing under its sculpted hood is a supercharged 6.2-liter ‘LT4’ V-8 engine good for at least 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque.