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The New York International Auto Show opens this week with a mix of mainstream sedans and glitzier models from automakers across the globe.
With a nod to everyday car buyers, a handful of new midsize cars are being introduced, including the Malibu from Chevrolet and the Optima from Kia. Honda has kept its auto show offering under wraps, but the expectation is for a new Civic compact. The youth-oriented Scion brand is showing off its first-ever sedan.
Lovers of luxury and performance won’t be disappointed. Among the introductions are the 2016 Lexus RX, the country’s most popular luxury SUV, and the 570S, a high-performance sports car from Formula One racing company McLaren that’s priced under $200,000.
Media days are on Wednesday and Thursday and the public is allowed in starting Friday through April 12.
Here are highlights of some of the models to be introduced:
CADILLAC CT6:This is GM’s latest entry in the big rear-drive luxury sedan category, competing with the BMW 7-Series and the Mercedes S-Class. Caddy’s previous full-size model, the DTS, embodied old Detroit luxury — a spongy boat built for straight-line freeway driving.
LEXUS RX: Toyota’s luxury brand revamps the top-selling luxury SUV in the U.S. for 2016. The RX gets a new aerodynamic look, an updated engine and a more spacious and luxurious interior. The sleeker outside makes the SUV quieter and more sure-footed at highway speeds, according to Lexus.
JAGUAR XF: The sexy Jaguar XF sedan gets a makeover to look more like a coupe. Additional aluminum lightens the car by up to 265 pounds. The second generation of the car also gets a new supercharged V6 engine with 340 horsepower and 380 horsepower ratings.
PORSCHE BOXSTER SPYDER: With the roar of 3.8-Liter, 375 horsepower flat six engine, Porsche introduced an open-top version of its latest Boxster model. Porsche says the Spyder is the fastest and most powerful Boxster ever.
MCLAREN 570S: British supercar maker McLaren Automotive believes its ready to tackle the U.S. market with a decked-out luxury sports cars priced under $200,000. The 570S, a car that McLaren says will merge racing technology with day-to-day driving at a price around $190,000, goes on sale in November.
SCION iM, iA: Toyota is looking to a new sporty hatchback and a low-cost sedan to revive flagging sales of its youth-oriented Scion brand. The brand was started in 2003 to lure people 18 to 34 to the aging Toyota family.