One of the largest and most important North American auto shows, the New York International Auto Show, is approaching fast, with the first media day commencing on April 15. The show is celebrating its 114th anniversary, and will attract both automotive manufacturers and enthusiasts alike to the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan’s central west side. The show will bring along with it the reveal of several significant and exciting new models, so we’ve compiled the most important five into one convenient list.
In New York, BMW will pull the wraps off of a ‘refined’ version of the eco-friendly X5 Concept eDrive SUV it unveiled at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The Stuttgart-based automaker has not said what these refinements might entail. The model unveiled last year utilized a 245 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a 95-horsepower electric motor. This system allowed the X5 eDrive to accelerate from 0-60 mph in a scant seven seconds and achieve up to 62 miles per gallon. The Concept e-Drive set to be unveiled next week will be closer to the production model, which is slated to enter production at BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina sometime next year.
Land Rover teased the Discovery Vision concept with a mysterious interior shot and a short preview video late last week. Land Rover has not disclosed many details on the new concept, which they will unveil at the New York Auto Show, but it appears to be a sleek new take on the current boxy Discovery we have come to know and appreciate.
Chevrolet announced it will bring a new variant of the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette to the New York International Auto Show. Chevy has been tight lipped about the new Corvette, although GTspirit reported in January a Z06 Convertible was possibly in the works, so they may reveal the drop-top Z06 at the show. That, or may only be a special edition variant of the American sports coupe, similar the Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition. We’ll have to wait until the show to find out!
In addition the X5 eDrive, BMW will pull the wraps off of the 2015 M4 Convertible in New York. The convertible variant of the M4 will share the 425 horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with the hardtop, but will see the addition of a three-piece folding metal roof. The announcement marks the first BMW convertible model to wear an ‘M4’ badge and is exciting news for any convertible or BMW enthusiast.
The long-awaited and highly-anticipated 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe will make its official debut in the flesh in New York. Mercedes first showed us images of the production version of the long and luxurious Coupe in March, which is powered by a potent 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine delivering 577 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. Although we’ve already seen photos of the car, we’re looking forward to its official debut in the Big Apple as well as its expected on sale date later this year.
GTspirit will have have full coverage of the New York Auto Show 2014, so be sure to check back for more information on these models and more as the shows April 15th start date nears.