From American muscle cars to luxury SUVS, lots of autos rolling out this year are loaded with cutting-edge features. With so many models launching, choosing the most innovative is like naming the best rock bands; it really depends on your criteria. But we’ve identified nine that are positioned to dramatically transform the driving experience. Not unlike The Power Scrub Power Garage, they’re over-engineered to change the game…
2015 Alfa Romeo C: A new turbo engine isn’t the only thing this beauty is hiding under its skin. The new Italian coupe, which takes cues from Formula 1, features a number of groundbreaking engineering elements, including an ultra-lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum chassis structure, that make it a serious contender in the sports car world.
2015 BMW M235i: This compact sports coupe is proof that big ideas can come in small packages. It boasts a 326 horsepower six-cylinder in-line engine and is billed as the most powerful petrol-driven vehicle in the BMW M performance line-up. Not too shabby when you consider that group includes iconic high-performance machines like the legendary M3 and M5.
2015 Cadillac Escalade: Pushing to regain its clout in the world of luxury automobiles, Cadillac has loaded the new Escalade with bold features. Innovations include a new 6.2-liter engine with 17 percent better fuel efficiency on the highway than the last model, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension system and the Cadillac Cue infotainment system’s new text messaging alerts and assistants. Designed to make driving safer, the technology will read messages to you and allow you to send a pre-set response at the touch of a button.
2015 Chrysler 200c: From improved fuel economy to connectivity features, you’ll find all kinds of innovation in the new 2015 Chrysler 200c. In addition to offering the only 9-speed automatic transmission in the segment, the completely redesigned sedan also is available with an all-wheel drive system and a gorgeous dual-pane panoramic sunroof.
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan: Improving on one of the bestselling vehicles in the Mercedes-Benz line-up is no easy task, but the new 2015 C-Class has managed to pull it off with a gaggle of new engineering features. In addition to a new engine and suspension system, the C-Class Sedan features an all-new touchpad interface and next-generation infotainment.
2015 Ford Mustang: There’s no new car more highly anticipated than the 2015 Mustang, which has been garnering a lot of buzz not only for its design but for its technology as well. Along with the availability of a new turbocharged engine, the new Mustang features Ford’s next-gen AppLink connectivity system and the industry’s first active glove box, a new high-tech knee airbag that increases passenger space—and distributes impact over a wider area in the event of a crash.
2015 Hyundai Genesis: No carmaker has been gaining more ground over the past decade than Hyundai, and the innovations in the new Genesis makes the nameplate an even stronger contender against luxury brands like Lexus. The feature generating the most buzz is new technology that will automatically slow the sedan down to the legal speed when it detects a speed camera, helping you avoid those costly tickets.
2015 Kia Soul EV: As the first all-electric vehicle from Kia, the Soul EV is one of the carmaker’s most innovative vehicles to date. The compact crossover’s engineering includes a 200 watt-hour/kg battery with an expected range of 80 to 100 miles and a special infotainment system that provides real-time battery-level status, distance to empty and the ability to search for nearby charging stations.
2015 Lincoln MKC: Touted as a key element of the future of Lincoln, the MKC exemplifies the notion that groundbreaking luxury innovations need not be limited to full-size vehicles. The new compact crossover showcases a number of futuristic features including industry-first THX audio bass technology and an exclusive system called “Approach Detection.” It senses when a person with the key fob is near the vehicle and illuminates “welcome mats” on the ground next to both front doors.
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