Published January/February 2014

In with the New

Take one of these 2014 – 2015 models for a spin

BYJim Prueter
It’s a new year and the auto manufacturers are rolling out their latest models — from SUVs and luxury sedans to sporty roadsters and even an electric vehicle or two. For those who held off for more choices, this new lineup promises great driving adventures with the industry’s latest and greatest.
 
Here’s a preview of 10 new vehicles coming your way in the year ahead.
 
2015 Lincoln MKC
This all-new compact luxury crossover is aimed at the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLK. Based on the Ford Escape, it will feature the new spread-wing grille seen on the Lincoln MKZ. It will also have a push-button gear shifter and touch controls instead of buttons and knobs. 
On sale: Spring 2014
Estimated price: $35,000
 
2014 BMW i3 
BMW enters the booming electric market with the i3, a small car that seats four. With batteries under the floor and a motor in the back, the electric range is 80 to 100 miles. 
On sale: Mid-2014
Estimated price: $42,275
 
2015 Kia K900
Kia will soon find out if its formula for selling good-looking cars, loaded with standard equipment at a value price, translates to the luxury car market. Buyers are flocking to Kia for their affordable models, but will they spend $50,000 to $70,000 for a Kia instead of buying a BMW, Audi, or Lexus?  
On sale: Early 2014
Estimated price: $50,000 to $70,000

2015 Honda Fit Crossover
Based on the urban SUV concept unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, this compact crossover is
9 inches shorter than the Honda CR-V and will combat limited cargo space with fold-flat Magic Seat® and by stashing the fuel tank under the front seats.
On sale: Summer 2014
Estimated price: $18,000 
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