Today’s blog is the second of three that highlight new or redesigned models for the 2015 model year. Part 1 covers the importance of new product to manufacturer growth plans and details ‘15MY introductions at a market level and by brand. Parts II and III will cover introductions of specific models by segment.

Luxury Large, Mid-Size, and Compact Utility Vehicles

2015 Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV offers an entirely new look for the fourth generation model with sharper lines.  Equipped with an even more powerful engine, 6.2L 420hp V8 and a quieter cabin.

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2015 Volvo XC90 is finally redesigned since its introduction in 2003 and it significantly looks the part.  Expect turbocharged engines to be available with more elegant styling inside as well.

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NEW: 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport is a handsomely designed compact SUV that shares a lot of its design elements from the sporty Evoque. It’ll replace the aging LR2 model and come equipped with third row seating.

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NEW: 2015 Lexus NX represents its first compact crossover for the brand and the introduction of their turbocharged gas engines.  Hybrid and F Sport versions will follow and should be available shortly.

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NEW: 2015 Mercedes GLA Class is based on the popular CLA Class. GLA uses the same 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine but everything else has been revised for the bigger body and increased room.

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NEW: 2015 Lincoln MKC is based on the Ford Escape platform but offers more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engines that are found in the Escape. The MKC boasts numerous high-tech features and plenty of modern cues. 

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NEW: 2015 Porsche Macan is the baby Cayenne and should impress like its bigger brother. This crossover will offer performance worthy of its Porsche badge and will be offered with a wide range of options and packages (as all Porsches do).

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NEW: 2015 Audi Q3 joins the Audi family as it expands its SUV lineup with this entry level crossover. The Q3 is based on the A3 sedan and will be offered in AWD and FWD forms.

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NEW: 2015 BMW X4 follows the “Sport Activity Coupe” styling first introduced on the X6.  With the swoopy X4 hitting the dealers, BMW now has five SUV/crossover variants for consumers to choose from.

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Luxury Compact, Mid-size, Large Sedans and Coupe Vehicles

2015 Mercedes C Class has become more “baby S Class” than ever before. Huge improvements inside and out, and even the powertrain is new with the turbocharged 2.0L four cylinder being available.

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NEW: 2015 Acura TLX replaces the entry-level TSX and the mid-size TL, as it promises to combine the TL’s luxuriousness and the TSX’s sportiness. Available in both four and six cylinder, and FWD and AWD.

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NEW: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe is not entirely new as the ATS sedan version debuted in 2013. But the coupe is wider than its sedan sibling and comes with more power from the base 2.0L four cylinder turbo.

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NEW: 2015 Lexus RC/RC-F is based on the IS sedan but this coupe is totally new. The only coupe currently available from Lexus, this sleek luxury-sport coupe should compare to the likes of BMW 4 series/M4.

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NEW: 2015 Kia K900 is a full-size luxury sedan becoming the new flagship for Kia. K900 typically undercuts its similarly sized competitors’ base prices even equipped with impressive list of super luxury amenities. Not to mention all Kia vehicles comes with their generous warranty.

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Luxury Sports Vehicles

NEW: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C finally arrives in the U.S. after years of planning. Featuring carbon-fiber tub and aluminum-intensive chassis making it very light and agile sports car.

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NEW: 2015 BMW M3/M4 joins the lineup this year as they follow the new BMW name configuration in their respective body styles. Both offered with the revised six cylinder, twin-turbocharged engines. 

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