Scouting the New York International Auto Show

Sit shotgun as we break down the hottest cars debuting at this year’s NYIAS.

The NYIAS (New York International Auto Show) always brings the excitement of the automotive industry to the place where people least expect it—New York City. Last year 63 new vehicles were unveiled, and this year they are expected to bring even more. Here are a few of the cars we’re excited to see before they become outlawed faster than smoking in a bar in the City That Never Sleeps.

Lincoln Continental Concept

We’re pretty excited for this Lincoln. Who says that, right? Seriously though, this may be one of the best looking American concept cars since the Cadillac Elmiraj. Not much information is available other than that it is powered by a 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine specifically spec’d for the Lincoln, and possibly an announcement of a V8 at the NYIAS.

Chevy Malibu

Chevy is anticipating that the new Malibu will become a best seller in the US market, besting sedans from Ford and Toyota. An expected hybrid model offering 45mpg or more, advanced technology to compete with more luxurious offerings, and refined styling could make this lofty goal a reality.

Ford Focus RS (United States Debut)

This AWD hot hatch will be showing the American public what they’ve been missing for years over in Europe. With “well in excess” of 315 horsepower and a brand-new AWD system championed by the Hoonmeister himself, Ken Block, the RS will not only become incredibly popular, but also steal away sales from the dominant players in the industry so far. (We’re looking at you, Subaru.)

McLaren 570S Coupe

The “baby” McLaren in the lineup will make its presence known during the show, bringing the Sport Series to the masses...well, the mass of millionaires. With a few horsepower shy of 570, the 570S will leave buyers with a tough choice between that and the vicious 650S. No word on pricing, but we think this is a sub-$200k supercar. Yes, now is the time to think about a second mortgage.

Infiniti QX30 Concept

CUVs are supposed to be utilitarian and useful for daily chores. Unfortunately, they’re not particularly beautiful when compared to a sports car. However, Infiniti’s new QX30 Concept seeks to change that with beautiful lines and a muscular stance that’s infinitely more beautiful than other vehicles being offered.

Kia Optima

Blake Griffin has certainly been bringing the Optima more mass market appeal with some of the best commercials out. But mainly buyers are attracted to the car's incredible bang for the buck. The 2016 model will offer even newer technologies and premium features to distinguish the Korean brand.

Scion iM & iA

Scion will be introducing two new cars for its younger demographic. This new line will consist of the iM and the iA. The iM will be a 5-door hatchback with practical utility space and driving dynamics. The iA will be a bit more outgoing, offering buyers the opportunity to have fun with the money they spend.

Range Rover Sport HST

You don’t need a massive V8 in a Range Rover to make a statement, but it doesn’t hurt either. The limited edition HST will come equipped with a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 making 380 horsepower. Other than the power increase, the HST will offer visual enhancements differentiating itself from the rest of the lineup.

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