2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

The 2015 Nissan Murano will look a lot like the Resonance concept from last year, and now the Japanese automaker has unveiled the futuristic-looking third-generation crossover in New York. With the 2015 Murano‘s new styling inside and out, along with its list of new features, Nissan hopes the midsize CUV will “elevate” customers’ experiences.

The design of the new third-generation 2015 Murano, according to Nissan execs, is to build on the striking looks of the first-generation Murano while retaining the much-improved interior of the version that’s replaced by this one.

Previewed last year by the Nissan Resonance concept vehicle, it has retained much of that concept’s striking looks. At the front, the grille and air intake continue the Nissan “V-Motion” frontal design, with accent lines in the hood sweeping down to a V-shaped center form outlined in chrome.

Optional toys will include an 8-inch touchscreen, panoramic sunroof plus Moving Object Detection (MOD), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) and Forward Emergency Braking. There’s also a new Cross Traffic Alert (CTA) system that “utilizes radar to detect a moving vehicle behind the Murano approaching from either side of the parking space.”

At present, the 2015 Nissan Murano has only been announced with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine developing 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. A CVT is standard. Further down the track, Nissan is expected to add a hybrid model…

2015 Infiniti QX80

2015 Infiniti QX80

The brand’s flagship SUV, new car model – 2015 Infiniti QX80 (formerly the QX56) at 2014 New York Auto Show. The new QX80 also gains new styling cues from the Q50 sedan, and loses some of its whale-like styling in the process.

Changes for the QX80: new headlights and taillights and a restyled grille designed to fit the full-sizer in with the most recent Infiniti design language. Full LED headlights, turn signals and fog lights should provide a bit more illumination, while the mesh inserts on the “double-arch” grille remind us of the Q50. Still, this is a rather bulbous, inelegant piece of design in our eyes. Out back, the shape of the taillights has been tweaked, and they now sport LED illumination. The new rear bumper is larger, as well.

Three exterior paint colors have been added to the palette: Hermosa Blue, Graphite Shadow, and Majestic White. New 20-inch wheels are standard, though large 22-inch wheels are available through the tire and wheel package. Two interior color schemes are available, and the wood trim has been revised for more “visual differentiation,” which basically means it’s finished in a darker color, making it look higher in quality.

Under the massive hood lies a 5.6-liter V8 delivering 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft to all four corners through a seven-speed automatic, while safety tech such as automatic-dipping headlights and Predictive Front Collision Warning System aim to deliver all inside safely to the office.

The base price for 2015 Infiniti QX80 may be higher than the $63,695 for the outgoing model when the new SUVs arrive in U.S. showrooms this fall…

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2015 Ford Expedition

In the almost 18 years since Ford’s Expedition first rolled into showrooms, there has been a sea of change in the SUV market. However, despite incremental sales over the past several model years, there remains the big-family, trailer-towing buyer in need of a capable SUV. And nothing says “towing” quite like Ford’s body-on-frame full-size 2015 Ford Expedition and long-wheelbase EL.

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2015 Lincoln MKC

The all-new car model – 2015 Lincoln MKC was quietly shown at the LA Auto Show at November 2013, surprising given how important this car is to the Lincoln Motor Company and that it’s rather good looking in person.

So, yes, the MKC shares its platform with a Ford product, or rather several of them, as it rides on the solid C1 bones that also underpin the Focus, the C-Max, and the one most closely related to this Lincoln, the Escape. But calling the MKC a rebadged Escape sells short the alterations that make it, if not a unique vehicle, somewhat more than a simple re-skin.

The MKC offers two turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The new one displaces 2.3 liters, so, as with the MKZ and its V-6, the MKC offers a powerplant unavailable in its correlate Ford (although a stronger version will find its way into the 2015 Mustang).

Compared with the 2.0-liter base unit, it receives unique intake and exhaust plumbing, including a three-port integrated exhaust manifold (as opposed to a single port); a new radiator, condenser, and air-to-air intercooler; larger valves; and its own twin-scroll Honeywell turbocharger that pumps at 15 psi.

Making 275 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 300 lb-ft of torque at 3000, it’s competitive with the German bogeys namely the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes GLK, the top-deck versions of which make 272, 300, and 302 horsepower and 295, 300, and 273 lb-ft.

The Lincoln Motor Company announced today that when the MKC goes on sale in summer 2014, it’ll start at $33,995. That gets you the 2.0-liter Ecoboost with front-wheel drive and stuff like paddles for the six-speed automatic, 18-inch wheels, backup camera and a numbered keypad on the driver’s door in the great Ford tradition. The top-shelf Reserve trim level starts at $40,930 and brings even more luxury features including the panoramic roof, navigation, cooled front seats and wifi access…