Mercedes-Maybach S-Class: Maybach is back, only this time around it’s not a standalone brand but an ultra-luxurious, ultra-exclusive sub-brand of Mercedes-Benz. The sub-brand is known as Mercedes-Maybach and its first model is a stretched version of the S-Class that is debuting next week in L.A. In addition to this unique bodystyle, Mercedes-Maybach customers will also have more personalization options to choose from, such as unique seats, additional comfort and convenience features, and ultra-luxurious trim elements. Mercedes is keen to stress that Mercedes-Maybach is not an equipment line, but a sub-brand that in future will deliver additional models.
2015 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive Series
2015 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive SeriesEnlarge Photo
: Porsche has revealed a special edition Panamera that it plans to introduce at the L.A. Auto Show. The special edition is available only in range-topping Panamera Turbo S Executive trim and is targeted at high-flying businessmen that typically have a chauffeur among their staff. The Executive Panameras are slightly longer than the standard models and come with a pair of bucket seats in the rear plus plenty of available extras to keep those in the back happy.
2016 Audi A6 And A7
: Audi’s A6 and A7 have been updated for the 2016 model year and will be debuting in U.S.-trim at next week’s 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The changes include new styling, increased power and more tech features. The big news is that the S6 and S7 variants see output from their twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8s increased to 450 horsepower, a 30 hp again on the outgoing versions. Sadly, U.S. buyers still miss out on the RS 6 offered overseas but the RS 7 remains in the lineup. It also features a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 but its output is 560 hp.
2015.5 Volvo V60 Cross Country
: Volvo has revealed its all-new V60 Cross Country ahead of the vehicle’s debut next week in L.A. It’s similar in concept to the Subaru Outback and Audi A4 Allroad in that it offers buyers the option of going off-road without them having to resort to a more conventional SUV. Only one engine option is offered, a turbocharged 2.5-liter mill good for 250 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.
2015 Porsche Cayenne
: We’ve already seen the 2015 Porsche Cayenne but some important models from the lineup were missing. This issue will be remedied in L.A. where Porsche will introduce the base Cayenne as well as the sporty GTS. With the arrival of the base model, the 2015 Cayenne lineup will start at $59,295 with shipping. The base model sticks with a naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 300 horsepower. The GTS features a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 with 440 hp on tap.
2016 Acura ILX
: Acura had high hopes for its newest gateway vehicle, the ILX compact sedan, which was introduced at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The idea behind its creation seemed logical enough: by basing an Acura model on the Honda Civic, the automaker could lower the price of entry and attract a younger, hipper audience to the brand. Unfortunately, it hasn’t sold well, so Acura is introducing some updates for the 2016 model year. Those updates will include new styling, a new powertrain and a substantially upgraded interior.
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