7 Car and Crossover Debuts at 2014’s New York Auto Show

With the Detroit and Chicago auto shows already behind us this year, the industry and its observers are now turning their attention to the next big American auto event, which will take place in New York City during the third week of April. Though Detroit proved exciting in terms of the product spread, Chicago left many feeling a bit empty.

Hopefully, New York will hold some surprises. So far, it’s looking like it will serve as a venue for more practical, capability-minded debuts, with a few standouts. Here are seven vehicles that are so far scheduled to reveal their new faces for the first time. Since the show is still further down the road, it’s likely there will be many more vehicles to pop up, so stay tuned.

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1. 2015 Subaru Outback

It’s a busy year for Subaru. It’s expected that the 2015 Outback — due out later this summer, alongside the Legacy — will be the outdoor enthusiast’s leading choice and will offer a few minor tweaks, but nothing substantially industry changing. It will likely be as impressively capable as the current model but may feature better gas mileage, a different exterior (taking more after the Legacy), and the same rough-and-tumble attitude for which the Outback is beloved.

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2. 2015 Kia Sedona

The Kia Sedona is, at this point, decidedly dated and needing a good makeover, at the very least. So it’s good news that Kia will be introducing its new people carrier at this year’s New York Auto Show, because frankly, its current offering is struggling to compete with the likes of the Toyota Sienna and the Honda Odyssey. From what some spy shots have revealed, the Sedona looks like it got the attention it deserved. The interior will also likely have gotten a makeover, and we’re guessing Kia’s been working under the hood, too.

 

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3. 2015 Nissan Murano

Though the Nissan (NSANY.PK) Rogue received a significant recent redesign, it’s been some time since Nissan’s larger crossover, the Murano, has gotten the same attention. That should change later this year, when Nissan releases the updated model, presumably based on Nissan’s Resonance concept (pictured) from last year’s Detroit Auto Show. The three-row option will be done away with (both the Rogue and Pathfinder have three rows, so Nissan’s bases are covered), and the vehicle will likely be built on the same platform as the Altima, Maxima, and Pathfinder. The Murano CrossCabriolet — a sort of weird attempt at a convertible SUV — will be discontinued, perhaps for the best.

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4. BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

The reasoning behind BMW’s decision to separate the coupes from the sedans with the new 4 Series nameplates was to, well, separate the coupes and the sedans. It’s a little bit puzzling, then, that BMW would introduce a new four-door model to its newly minted 4 Series line of coupes. Logistics aside, the Gran Coupe will be making its debut in New York, and from what we can tell, it looks like it might be a better 3 Series. The hatchback-type trunk lid allows easier access to the cargo space, and the car’s smoother, more flowing lines should make the 3 Series envious.

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5. BMW X4

BMW has an X3 and an X5, so the X4 seems sort of like a no-brainer. Essentially a smaller X6, the X4 is shaping up to be a coupe-derived X3, which tries to blend the sportiness of a coupe with the high-ground clearance and capabilities of an SUV. These cars have had mixed results in the past, but BMW seems to have found some success with the X6, so the X4 might just make it. Power is unclear but likely to focus around BMW’s 3-liter inline six, or possibly its new 2-liter turbo four.

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6. 2015 Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata is one of the more compelling entry-level midsize sedans, and it’s going to see some improvements for 2015, which will be revealed in New York. The extent of the changes are not yet fully known, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine that it will take after the design language being introduced by the 2015 Genesis sedan. The Sonata trailed its midsize sedan rivals in sales last year, but the new model should certainly help close the gap.

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7. Mini Cooper Special Edition

“Special edition” is sort of an abused term these days, as automakers justify making minor cosmetic or tuning changes to throw a premium on a model that has seen its sales grow stale. However, Mini’s latest special edition will be truly special, since it will have been designed and chosen (via an online vote) by fans. It’s down to the final 10 entries, and there are some pretty unique takes on Mini’s new Cooper hatchback.

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