2017 Cadillac XT5Enlarge Photo
2017 Cadillac XT5: The XT5 is Cadillac’s replacement for the aging SRX, which means the vehicle will be competing in a segment that’s one of the most hotly-contested at the moment. Small to mid-size SUV sales are booming and the Cadillac XT5 will be facing some tough competition when it arrives in showrooms next year. Fortunately, it has a lot going for it such as lightweight construction, an advanced V-6 and one impressive looking interior. We particularly like the fact that, as with all the latest Cadillacs, the XT5’s interior is assembled with cut-and-sewn wrapped panels, rather than molded surfaces found in many rivals.
2017 Mercedes-AMG SL65Enlarge Photo
2017 Mercedes-Benz SL: Mercedes-Benz has introduced an update for its SL convertible that sees the car receive some much-needed cosmetic work. Official photos of the car have leaked onto the web and reveal a more streamlined front section with smaller, less odd-looking headlights. As this is only a mid-cycle update, we aren’t expecting major changes in the powertrain lineup. That means the base SL400 should continue with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6. The SL550 should continue with its twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 while the Mercedes-AMG performance variants, the SL63 and SL65, should also continue with their respective twin-turbo V-8 and V-12 mills.
2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque ConvertibleEnlarge Photo
2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible: Land Rover has just launched a convertible version of its Range Rover Evoque. It goes on sale next summer, as a 2017 model, and we think it looks much better than the last convertible SUV: the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. High-riding convertibles are still somewhat of an oddity in the automotive landscape, yet it’s a segment Land Rover sees potential in. Fortunately, Land Rover isn’t charging a huge premium for the drop-top option. The starting price comes in at $51,470, with shipping, which is only about $4k more than the price of a comparable Evoque three-door.
Teaser for 2017 Buick LaCrosse debuting at 2015 Los Angeles Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
2017 Buick LaCrosse: The LaCrosse isn’t really a luxury vehicle but the new version, which makes its debut in L.A., is expected to come with enough tech features and amenities to make buyers opting for a Lexus or Audi want to take a closer look. Buick’s stunning Avenir concept car hints at what’s to come, at least for the exterior. The internal structure, meanwhile, is a stretched version of General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] E2XX platform, which made its debut in the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. Buick confirmed that the platform has enabled engineers to make the new LaCrosse stronger yet lighter than the model it replaces.
2016 Audi A8 4.0T SportEnlarge Photo
2016 Audi A8 4.0T: If the new S8 Plus shown on page one is just a bit too extreme for you, then perhaps the A8 4.0T Sport will be more your style. It also gets a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 but a more modest output of 450 horsepower. Together with the extra poke from the engine, the A8 4.0T benefits from sportier bumpers, wider rocker panels and the choice of 20- or 21-inch wheels.
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