Today’s blog wraps up the three part series that highlights new or redesigned models for the 2015 model year. Part 1 covered the importance of new product to manufacturer growth plans and details ‘15MY introductions at a market level and by brand. Parts II looked at changes in Luxury segments, while our final blog covers Non-Luxury models.

Large, Mid-Size and Compact Utility Vehicles

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban full-size SUVs are all-new, powered by a 5.3L 355hp V8 engine and optional Magnetic Ride Control. Inside, both feature three rows of seats with room for up to nine passengers.

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2015 GMC Yukon/Yukon XL models also get the 5.3L V8, while the upscale Denali model gets a 6.2L V8. The trucks’ frames are stronger and stiffer with the models come with a completely new exterior look and improved cabins, just like their sister Chevy models.

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The 2015 Nissan Murano has received a more striking exterior design with a more luxurious interior styling to go with the mix. Although the engine is a carry-over, the new model will have gobs of advanced technologies for its third generation.

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The 2015 Ford Edge has been completely revamped for this year with almost every dimension growing inside and out. Edge is built on a new chassis and receives three engine options, with the standard being the EcoBoost turbo 2.0L 240hp engine.

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NEW: The 2015 Honda HR-V is based on the entry-level Fit and should slot under the CR-V in the Honda lineup.  This crossover shares the Fit’s “Magic Rear Seat” cargo trick and should be highly competitive in the heated subcompact crossover segment.

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NEW: The 2015 Jeep Renegade is an Italian-built SUV, offered with a 2.4L I-4 and a turbo 1.4L I-4. Available with a 9-speed automatic, the Fiat 500L-based subcompact crossover is equipped properly for off-roading like most Jeeps and should be plenty capable for urban duties.

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NEW: The 2015 Chevrolet Trax is brought in after GM’s Buick Encore has shown success in the compact crossover market.  Available with a 1.4L I-4 turbo and the latest gadgets, this baby-Equinox will be offered with either FWD or AWD.

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Large and Mid-Size Pickup Trucks

The 2015 Ford F-150 gets the structural overhaul with the cab and bed made in aluminum, a first in the full-size truck category. A loss of almost 700 pounds and upgraded engine choices should help improve performance and fuel savings for America’s best-selling truck.

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The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is back after a two-year hiatus with extended and crew cab body styles, and two gas engine choices.  Slotting below the popular full-size Silverado, the Colorado will feature segment-first technology such as lane departure warning and forward collision alert.

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The 2015 GMC Canyon is the near-twin version of the Colorado, sporting similar handsome looks and body configurations. They will both go up against the ageing Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier in the mid-size truck segment. With a maximum tow rating of 6700 pounds, both models should be class leaders.

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Large and Mid-Size Sedans

The 2015 Subaru Legacy comes with a fresh look, a quieter and more spacious interior, improved fuel efficiency and torque vectoring braking system as standard. No manual is offered but the CVT transmission has been upgraded and Subaru’s famous symmetrical AWD system is standard on every model.

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The 2015 Hyundai Sonata has been redesigned inside and out with a stiffer structure, reduced NVH and available eight inch navigation screen. A new Sport 2.0T trim features paddle shifters and quad exhaust tips, while the Eco model can deliver up to 38 MPG.

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The 2015 Chrysler 200 is all-new and it sports upscale styling, refined interiors and modern powertrains. A 3.6L V6 with 295hp is optional while a nine-speed automatic is standard for all models. You can even option for AWD as well.

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The 2015 Hyundai Genesis has very bold styling up front with a huge grille and sloping roofline. Rich interior touches and luxury amenities continue to add to the list of features, as it grows in size and moves up the premium sedan ladder.

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Sports and Compact Vehicles

The 2015 Ford Mustang celebrates 50 years of the Mustang name and it promises to be more refined and sophisticated than before. A new turbo 2.3L I-4 Ecoboost engine is available and the rear suspension receives a multi-link independent configuration for better handling.  

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The 2015 Volkswagen Golf/GTi is improved for its seventh generation model, comes with new styling, new engines and additional safety features. An electric model will be introduced this year for the first time, and all Golf models destined for the U.S. will be built in Mexico.

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The 2015 Honda Fit receives a more powerful 1.5L 130 hp engine, available with a 6-speed or a CVT transmission. More passenger room, better mpg, and few other convenience options make the Fit a popular choice in the subcompact car segment.

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Mid-Size Van

The 2015 Kia Sedona is a bit of a surprise this year but a welcome one. Styling is handsome and the interior takes cues from the upscale K900 as it aims to stoke demand in the tough minivan market. A cool second row seat allows passengers to slide the seat back and deploy a recliner-style leg rest.

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