Best Buy: 10 Cars,Trucks, SUV’s in 2015 for Louisville Kentucky, KY and Southern Indiana

10 Cars, Trucks, SUVs Coming Your Way in 2015 to a Dealer near Louisville Kentucky, KY – Get your Brochure and Test Drive Scheduled now!

APRIL 19, 2014

The Automakers of the world are teasing us with their 2015 model year vehicles, many of which should be available to the public by the end of December. It’s always fun to see how new models take shape, and so far, 2015 is setting up to be a good year for buyers in just about every category.

Truck enthusiasts have Ford’s new, aluminum Ford F-150 and General Motors’ Canyon and Colorado to look forward to, while the more performance-minded can look forward to the new Subaru WRX, or BMW M3 and M4. Those looking for a spot of leather and creature comforts, seek no further than Cadillac’s new ATS Coupe or Escalade, while the more practical and frugal can wait on Honda’s new Fit or Chrysler’s new 200 sedan.

Here are ten new cars hitting American showrooms this year (or next), out of the several scheduled for release. It appears that it’ll be a solid year for luxury vehicles and crossovers, as well as fuel-efficient models that continue to push the envelope for lesser consumption.

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1. Ford F-150

Ford’s F-150 is easily one of the most anticipated new vehicles for the 2015 model year, not just because it’s America’s perennial best-selling vehicle, but because Ford has flushed out considerable amounts of the F-150′s steel body and replaced it with high-strength aluminum alloy, making it lighter, better handling, more fuel efficient, and stretching each horsepower further. Its new module design also ensures that the F-150 will be easier to repair and take far less time — thus saving significant amounts of money over similar repairs being made to the previous generations – Used Ford F-150 in Louisville KY.

 

2. Cadillac Escalade

It’s been a few years since Cadillac’s Escalade has gotten any real attention (the same could be said about the rest of GM’s large SUV lineup), but 2015 will change all of that. Aside from the drastically different look, the Escalade promises be better performing, more comfortable, more fuel efficient, and just as decadent as it has been in the past — perhaps even more so. Its interior is likely one of the most refined that we’ve seen from Cadillac in a number of years, with options for genuine wood trim, premium leather, and so on.

3. Chrysler 200

Chrysler’s 200 sedan — and its Sebring sibling — needed some desperate attention if the car was going to compete with, well, anyone. Fortunately, under its new Fiat ownership, the 200 has been given the breath of life it so badly needed, and the 200 once again has a fighting chance at regaining some needed market share in the small sedan segment. The new 200 boasts a far sleeker profile and form and looks far more in-place among the newer generations of sedans. The convertible won’t be seeing a 2015 model year, however, so you’ll have to spring for the conventional hardtop.

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4. GMC Canyon

American manufacturers all but abandoned the small truck segment, but with the new GMC canyon and Chevy Colorado, GM is looking to even the score with Toyota’s reigning Tacoma pickup. The trucks will have two gasoline options — an inline four and a V6 — with a diesel option slated for 2016. The segment is aimed at some aggressive growth in the nearer future, with Honda teasing a new Ridgeline, VW toying with bringing its Amarok Stateside, and a new Nissan Frontier before long.

 

5. Honda Fit

Honda’s little Fit hatchback is among the favorites in its class and has established itself as one of the leading subcompacts on the market. However, it has been starting to age as models are wont to do, and therefore Honda is promising a brand new model for 2015, which may become of the most tech-laden competitors in the subcompact segment. It will offer more space than its predecessor, a new face, better aerodynamics, and a slew of other improvements.

6. Subaru WRX

Subaru’s new WRX has taken a lot of abuse from Subaru enthusiasts for not living up to the standards set by the company’s striking concept model, but underneath the skin, the 2015 WRX is promising to be Subaru’s best driver’s car yet. For the STI (pictured), the hallmark boxer engine churns out 305 horsepower to all four wheels, routed through an increasingly rare manual six-speed. Larger front and rear anti-roll bars provide 67 percent faster steering response, according to the company, and 16 percent less body roll thanks to tweaked suspension. Unfortunately, there won’t be a hatchback version this time around — perhaps the greatest complaint – for additional hatchbacks look at the Chevy Spark and Chevy Sonic.

7. Porsche Macan

Porsche’s (POAHF.PK) Cayenne helped bring the brand from a niche sports car maker to a mainstream luxury company, and Porsche is aiming to build on that with its Macan crossover. At a shade under $50,000, it’ll be the most affordable Porsche available, but those looking for some extra oomph can check out the Macan Turbo S, which costs over $72,000 but generates a hearty 400 or so horsepower.  Quite a difference from the Ford Escape.

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8. Lincoln MKC

Lincoln’s revival isn’t quite off the ground yet, and the MKC is coming along later this year to help give the brand some lift. The MKZ has been carrying most of Lincoln’s weight, but the growth prospects in the luxury crossover segment should help Lincoln pull its brand back from the brink. The MKC, which will feature a 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine at base and have the option of Ford’s new Edge with the  2.3 liter EcoBoost that’s rated for 285 horsepower, is likely going to do very well in China when the brand launches there this Summer.

9. Audi Q3

Though it’s seen service in Europe for some time now, the Audi (VLKAY.PK) Q3 will be all-new to the U.S. when it debuts for 2015. The Q3 is intended to fill the gap for those looking for a small car like the A3 but need a bit more cabin room, and will go head-to-head with the forthcoming Mercedes GLA Class. Chances are the Q3 will be available with the same powertrains as the A3, so look for a 1.8 liter turbo, a 2.0 liter turbo, and possibly Audi/VW’s terrific 2.0 liter TDI diesel engine.

10. Cadillac ATS Coupe

Cadillac’s ATS has proven to be quite popular, and the brand is hoping to recreate the magic with two fewer doors. While many attempt to make coupes more flashy than the sedans on which they’re based, GM has taken a simple, crisp approach to the ATS Coupe, letting straight, angular lines and clean, vent- and duct-free sheet metal do the talking. The ATS Coupe will be available with a 2.0 liter four or a 3.6 liter V6, but it’s the ATS-V Coupe that we’re really interested in.  For more information on used & preowned car, truck, suv dealer in Louisville Kentucky, KY.

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The Lincoln MKC 

The Lincoln MKC concept crossover could be the brand’s next shot at relevance, but it likely will have to wait another year–until at least spring of 2014–to make the transition from Detroit Auto Show dream to showroom reality.

The MKC is the Ford Motor Company brand’s version of the compact crossover introduced recently for the 2013 model year. The Escape has been both widely praised for its handling and design–and noted for a series of early recalls, including two related to a fire risk with its available 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Lincoln guesses that there’s still potential in a crowded market niche that’s been created and populated heavily by established luxury brands for the better part of the past decade. More new nameplates are on the way, too. Compact to mid-size crossovers like the Audi Q5, Acura RDX and Cadillac SRX are in or approaching their second generations, while newer, smaller entries like the Buick Encore will have had a year or more head-start on the eventual production version of the MKC.

Part of the plan to mint new buyers: sell Lincoln MKCs to China, where the Ford brand will set up shop in the second half of 2014 on a limited basis.

Distinguishing the MKC from the Ford Escape takes the concept version down the same path as the larger MKX and its near-twin, the Ford Edge. It’s the same issue confronted more recently by The Car Connection’s Best Car To Buy 2013, the new Ford Fusion, and the resulting spin-off Lincoln MKZ sedan. The MKC has to look different enough to command the price premium of the Lincoln nameplate, while keeping mechanical changes to a minimum.

From a styling perspective, the MKC carries on the MKX’s look, with some subtle evolution, though it’s hard to miss the generic crossover shape behind the winged grille, and in front of the thin ribbon of taillamps. With its low stance and trim grille, the MKC Concept owes as much to the Infiniti FX as it does to any of its current stablemates, especially on its concept-special 20-inch wheels. Just as in the MKZ, the MKC Concept’s cockpit is mostly notable for what’s not there: a conventional shift lever, left behind for pushbutton controls and a touchscreen-dominated interface–the place where the complex MyLincoln Touch infotainment system will live.

As for any details on performance, Lincoln declines to provide those–but if the MKZ sedan gives any clues, we’re expecting both the 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinders from the Escape to be available. While the MKZ gets a V-6 unavailable on the Fusion, it’s unlikely the Lincoln MKC will get a non-four-cylinder powertrain, but it’s feasible that the hybrid powertrain from the related 2013 Ford C-Max could bow on the production version. All-wheel drive is expected to be an option.

All those predictions are based on the assumption that the MKC Concept makes it to dealers next year. Lincoln’s sales fell last year to just 82,150 vehicles from a high of more than 200,000 vehicles a decade ago–a total about one-third of that of sales at brands like BMW and Mercedes. Lincoln attributes the 4-percent fall in 2012 to the loss of perennial fleet models like the Town Car, though other near-luxury brands watched their sales rebound. It’s banking on the MKZ sedan to begin to turn its sales numbers around, but the MKZ launch has lagged, with cars just now reaching some dealers.

It’s a safe bet the MKC will show up on a lot near you next year–but whether it can carve out a bigger niche for the brand, with entries like the Mercedes GLA and Audi Q3 on the way, isn’t nearly as clear.

 

Lincoln MKC Concept shows real promise

Lincoln MKC Concept - front three-quarter view

 

Ford’s efforts to resuscitate its moribund Lincoln luxury brand began in earnest with the introduction of its2014 MKZ sedan, a model many labeled as the marque’s make-or-break offering. Of course, one model does not a comeback make, and with the MKZ just now starting to trickle into dealers, it will be some time before America’s jury of consumers comes in with their judgment. More to the point, it’s likely to take better than a decade’s worth of products and sustained marketing effort to even begin to figure out whether Lincoln has a shot at redemption or if it will die of Mercury poisoning. After all, rival General Motors has been pouring resources into Cadillac since the late ’90s, and if the sales charts are any guidance, it’s still probably too early to declare its rebirth a success.

Lincoln MKC Concept - rear three-quarter viewCertainly, a brand with Ford’s resources, free of distractions (read: the now-defunct Premier Auto Group and various other side projects) should be able to successfully market a single luxury brand, particularly one with such a rich – if distant – history. Especially now with the Blue Oval enjoying more consumer goodwill than at any time in recent history. So let’s all give Alan Mulally and friends a little room to work, eh?

We can start by focusing on the compact crossover seen before you, the Lincoln MKC Concept. Riding atop the same global C-platform that underpins theFord C-Max, Escape and Focus, the MKC showcar here presages a production small CUV that will stick its distinctive nose into one of the auto industry’s fastest-growing segments.

Lincoln’s future hinges on first impressions as much as anything else, and to that end, the MKC Concept makes a darn good one. We’ve had the chance to spend some up-close time with this vehicle ahead of its Detroit Auto Show debut, and it’s a surprisingly handsome machine. We say “surprisingly” because, by general consensus, the Autoblog staff has been less than complementary about t 1938 Lincoln Zephyr. The MKZ sedan was the first clean-sheet Lincoln we’ve seen that incorporates this feature, and while distinctive, our team remains split on its aesthetic he brand’s new design language – mainly its split-wing grille said to hark back to the success largely because of its.

That’s why we’re so glad to see the MKC – to our eyes, the two-piece split-wing setup works beautifully here. It’s at once distinctive and harmonious, with two distinct textures lending it more nuance and richness than its sedan counterpart. The grille’s added height (or that of the headlights that buttress it on either side) may also deserve some credit here, as might the deep-draw creases on the hood, which give the design directional thrust, drawing the eye from the base of the windshield across the bonnet, through the grille and down into the lower fascia.

The side view is no less attractive, with deep-draw sheetmetal and an aggressively raked backlight. Aside from an interesting matte-chrome cutout along the rocker panels to cut visual bulk, the profile’s most interesting feature is the cutline created by the wraparound liftgate. The rear is likewise positively impacted by the hatch design, which features a beautifully uninterrupted full-width taillight treatment that’s almostPorsche Panamera Sport Turismo in execution, along with nicely detailed exhaust outlets and lower fascia.

Dimensionally, the MKC Concept isn’t far off of the Escape, thought there are some important variances. At 106.9 inches long, this Lincoln rides atop a slightly longer wheelbase than the Ford (105.9), and at 179.3 inches overall, it spans 1.2 inches longer, too. In typical showcar tradition, it’s also a fair bit wider (76.1 inches sans mirrors), where the Escape is 72.4 inches wide. Likewise typical of the exaggerated aggressiveness in the concept car genre, the MKC is 63.2 inches tall, a full 3.4 inches shorter than the Escape. Some of that is likely from a chopped-down greenhouse, but it might ride lower as well (no ground clearance figures have been released).

So we’re probably not looking at the exact Lincoln MKC production model, even if you factor in realistically sized side mirrors and add door handles and such. However, this is far from pie-in-the-sky territory; there are realistically sized wheels marking out the corners (stout 20-inch seven-spoke pieces), though we assume they’ll need to decrease the windshield rake a skosh and put frames on the windows. The big question is whether engineers will be able to keep the clamshell liftgate, a feature other models using the C-platform don’t have.

The interior is flat-out gorgeous, with a clean and modern aesthetic that doesn’t resort to a lot of showcar trickery like center-mounted floating seats and improbably shaped instrument panels in order to wow. It also avoids the trap of being too austere – there’s a warmth to this design.

With the exception of the full-length center console that makes this a four-seat vehicle, we think the production MKC’s interior could survive largely intact, even the panoramic roof (sans center rails). Strip away the leather covering every surface and you’re still left with a lot of interesting details that could see production, including air vents that mimic the vanes on the split-wing grille up front and subtle Lincoln Star-pattern detailing repeated everywhere from the stitching to the speaker grates. Even the seats are built on production frames borrowed from the MKZ. We particularly like the artful control stalks (they remind us of a saxophone’s neck and mouthpiece), though we don’t expect them to make production. The unusual reconstructed real wood trim, which is comprised of layers of compressed endgrain finished with a bit of metal flake to draw out the ridges, however, just might. Rich, labor-of-love details like this could make all the difference to potential buyers looking for a reason to splurge on a Lincoln over entrenched premium brands like BMW or Mercedes-Benz. Other showcar-like details including the pushbutton shifter and minimalist center stack with capacitive-touch switchgear is already a production reality on the MKZ, too.

Lincoln remains mum on what powers this showcar (if indeed it even has one at all), but the production model will likely arrive under four-cylinder EcoBoost motivation, skipping the Escape’s base 2.5-liter Duratec engine altogether. It is here that we hope Ford will splash out a bit – upscale design and nicer accommodations are great, but we feel strongly that luxury customers want greater power and technology underhood than what is found in their more common Blue Oval-badged counterparts. Thus far, Dearborn has yet to demonstrate that it feels the same way.

Make no mistake. Lincoln has a long, tough climb back to relevance ahead of it. Not only does it need to continue to radically renovate its product range, it must boldly recast its public image and fundamentally reinvent its dealer experience from brick and mortar to customer relations. The MKC concept isn’t radically innovative in any particular area, but it does suggest that Lincoln’s design language has legs. It also helps that the production model is poised to move into one of the industry’s fastest growing segments, one that lacks a truly dominant player. As places to reinvent a brand go, the small premium crossover segment ain’t a bad place to start.

 

Just the Facts:

  • The Lincoln MKC Concept, the brand’s first small vehicle that takes dead aim at the Acura RDX, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, debuts on Sunday ahead of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
  • Based on the Ford Escape platform, the MKC is part of Lincoln’s plan to remake its brand image and appeal to younger buyers.
  • The Lincoln MKC Concept takes its design cues from the 2013 Lincoln MKZ.

 

DETROIT — The Lincoln MKC Concept, the brand’s first small vehicle that takes dead aim at the Acura RDX, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, debuts on Sunday ahead of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

Based on the Ford Escape platform, the Lincoln MKC is part of Lincoln’s plan to remake its brand image and appeal to younger buyers.

The “small utility concept signals future Lincoln entry into the industry’s fastest-growing segment,” said Lincoln in a statement. No word yet on production plans, but a real-world version of the MKC is not expected in showrooms before calendar year 2016.

The MKC Concept rides on a 106.9-inch wheelbase and has an overall length of 179.3 inches.

The Lincoln MKC Concept takes its design cues from the 2013 Lincoln MKZ.

The styling of the MKC is pure Lincoln, the first all-new vehicle from Design Chief Max Wolff since he moved to Lincoln from Cadillac in January 2011. The split-wing grille, a distinctive Lincoln feature since the Zephyr of the 1930s, and the familiar four-pointed star clearly establish the MKC’s brand identity.

But other exterior features signal Lincoln’s desire to update its image and ultimately reduce the average age of its buyers from 65 to 57. LED lighting, muscular lines and aggressive wheel arches contribute to an effect that, according to Lincoln, transcends “typical luxury automotive standards, furthering the brand’s transformation.”

Inside, observers will find the kind of appointments expected in luxury vehicles, including high-end materials, leather seating and wood accents. Lincoln has also loaded the MKC with some of the latest technical features now demanded by modern consumers. Part of what the company calls the “Lincoln Experience,” these include programmable ride control, personalized lighting, a push-button gear selector and a variety of highly customizable functions.

Just the Facts:

  • The Lincoln MKC Concept, the brand’s first small vehicle that takes dead aim at the Acura RDX, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, debuts on Sunday ahead of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
  • Based on the Ford Escape platform, the MKC is part of Lincoln’s plan to remake its brand image and appeal to younger buyers.
  • The Lincoln MKC Concept takes its design cues from the 2013 Lincoln MKZ.

Based on the Ford Escape platform, the Lincoln MKC is part of Lincoln’s plan to remake its brand image and appeal to younger buyers.

The “small utility concept signals future Lincoln entry into the industry’s fastest-growing segment,” said Lincoln in a statement. No word yet on production plans, but a real-world version of the MKC is not expected in showrooms before calendar year 2016.

The MKC Concept rides on a 106.9-inch wheelbase and has an overall length of 179.3 inches.

The Lincoln MKC Concept takes its design cues from the 2013 Lincoln MKZ.

The styling of the MKC is pure Lincoln, the first all-new vehicle from Design Chief Max Wolff since he moved to Lincoln from Cadillac in January 2011. The split-wing grille, a distinctive Lincoln feature since the Zephyr of the 1930s, and the familiar four-pointed star clearly establish the MKC’s brand identity.

But other exterior features signal Lincoln’s desire to update its image and ultimately reduce the average age of its buyers from 65 to 57. LED lighting, muscular lines and aggressive wheel arches contribute to an effect that, according to Lincoln, transcends “typical luxury automotive standards, furthering the brand’s transformation.”

Inside, observers will find the kind of appointments expected in luxury vehicles, including high-end materials, leather seating and wood accents. Lincoln has also loaded the MKC with some of the latest technical features now demanded by modern consumers. Part of what the company calls the “Lincoln Experience,” these include programmable ride control, personalized lighting, a push-button gear selector and a variety of highly customizable functions.