10 Most Important New Cars of 2016 – New York Daily News

Posted: Monday, June 08, 2015
lincoln continental concept new york auto showKevin Hagen/Getty Images

The 2016 Lincoln Continental is seen here, on display at the 2015 New York Auto Show.


Take a deep breath. Ah, there’s nothing quite like the smell of a new car, and for the 2016 model year there are about 50 new, redesigned, or significantly updated and upgraded models rolling into showrooms. Our team of auto experts has reviewed the full list of upcoming debuts, and decided that these are the 10 most important new vehicles of 2016. Check ‘em out!


Acura NSX


Acura desperately needs the new NSX sports car. Having lacked a true halo model for a decade, following the cancellation of the first-generation NSX, this upscale brand from Honda has struggled with how best to communicate what Acura means and why Americans should pay more for a car or SUV wearing its silver caliper emblems.

acura nsx front at new york auto showNick Kurczewski

The Acura NSX is hybrid-powered and has all-wheel-drive fitted as standard.

Every aspect of the interior was designed around the driver, from the increased outward visibility to the sensible and easy-to-operate drivetrain controls.Honda/Wieck

The high-tech cabin is fitting, given that the NSX is at the cutting edge of design and powertrain engineering.

Acura finally dropped the sheet on its all-new NSX supercar, which should offer Ferrari performance for a reasonable price, just like the original.Nick Kurczewski

Acura desperately needs the image boost that a sports car like the NSX can deliver.

  • acura nsx front at new york auto show
  • Every aspect of the interior was designed around the driver, from the increased outward visibility to the sensible and easy-to-operate drivetrain controls.
  • Acura finally dropped the sheet on its all-new NSX supercar, which should offer Ferrari performance for a reasonable price, just like the original.

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Representative of the meticulous engineering that goes into every Acura, and as worn on the new NSX, those calipers signal the most sophisticated vehicle the brand has ever built, a twin-turbocharged, sport-hybrid, all-wheel-drive sports car wrapped in aluminum, carbon-fiber, and high-strength steel. Starting in 2016, the NSX once again defines Acura.


Cadillac CT6


Based on what people actually buy, Cadillac is now a purveyor of SUVs, not luxury sedans. While the ATS and CTS are dynamic automobiles, and the overpriced ELR nevertheless provides an innovative alternative to traditional expressions of luxury, it is Escalade and SRX that sell in the greatest quantities.

2016 cadillac ct6 at new york auto showBrian Leon

The 2016 Cadillac CT6 made its official global debut earlier this year, during the 2015 New York Auto Show.

2016 cadillac ct6 side view at new york auto showBrian leon

The CT6 is going to reside at the top of the Cadillac range.

2016 cadillac CT6 interiorGeneral Motors

Cadillac has paid extra attention to getting the interior layout and finish spot-on in the upcoming CT6.

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Cadillac pivots with the new CT6. This luxury sports sedan introduces the company’s new naming convention for cars, refines Cadillac’s design language, debuts new powertrains (including a plug-in hybrid), and serves as the automaker’s first credible flagship car in decades.


Chevrolet Camaro


Redesigned for 2016, the smaller and lighter Camaro sits on the same critically acclaimed platform that Cadillac uses for the ATS and CTS sport sedans. This change, coupled with significant interior improvements, sensational styling, and refined driving dynamics, brings a new level of sophistication to the traditional American muscle car.

Chevrolet unveiled the 2016 Camaro during a special event held in Detroit, Michigan, on May 16.John F. Martin for Chevrolet

Chevrolet unveiled the 2016 Camaro during a special event held in Detroit, Michigan, on May 16.

With 455-horsepower, this is the most powerful Camaro SS of all time.John F. Martin for Chevrolet

With 455-horsepower, this is the most powerful Camaro SS of all time.

The 2016 Camaro has a choice of turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, 3.6-liter V-6, or 5.2-liter V-8.Jeffrey Sauger for Chevrolet

The 2016 Camaro has a choice of turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, 3.6-liter V-6, or 5.2-liter V-8.

  • Chevrolet unveiled the 2016 Camaro during a special event held in Detroit, Michigan, on May 16.
  • With 455-horsepower, this is the most powerful Camaro SS of all time.
  • The 2016 Camaro has a choice of turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, 3.6-liter V-6, or 5.2-liter V-8.

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Turbocharged 4-cylinder, V6, and V8 engines matched to manual or automatic transmissions and installed in a coupe body style will be available at launch, though a convertible is almost certainly in the works. Expect at least one, or perhaps two, high-performance variants to arrive later in 2016 or for 2017, providing stiff competition for all versions of the Ford Mustang. Let the Chevy vs. Ford battle resume!


Fiat 500X


A compelling entry in a hot segment, the new Fiat 500X is exactly what this brand has needed since its American re-launch several years ago. Sharing its underlying component set with the Jeep Renegade, if not the Jeep’s maximum off-roading capabilities, the 500X blends Italian style with genuine sensibility, giving consumers a good reason to visit a Fiat “studio” aside from nostalgia and big rebates.

Fiat has tuned the 500 to American tastes with the larger, roomier, and more powerful 500X.Fiat

Fiat has tuned the 500 to American tastes with the larger, roomier, and more powerful 500X.

Unlike the bulbous 500L, the new Fiat 500X has an exterior design that is much more cohesive and SUV-like.Newspress USA

Unlike the bulbous 500L, the new Fiat 500X has an exterior design that is much more cohesive and SUV-like.

  • Fiat has tuned the 500 to American tastes with the larger, roomier, and more powerful 500X.
  • Unlike the bulbous 500L, the new Fiat 500X has an exterior design that is much more cohesive and SUV-like.

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Available in a variety of color combinations and varying levels of equipment, the 500X is offered with a choice between two engines, two transmissions, and front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Attractively designed and priced, and roomy enough for a family, this Fiat has the potential to double the company’s sales in America.


Jaguar XE


With the XE, Jaguar aims to alter global perceptions. This new compact, entry-level luxury sport sedan takes on the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class with aluminum construction, a new family of powerful yet fuel-efficient engines, and the latest in touchscreen infotainment and safety technologies.

The Jaguar XE is not a radical compact sports sedan, nor does it need to be. But it may have the chops to take on the best Germany has to offer.Nick Kurczewski

The Jaguar XE is aimed directly at cars like the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes C Class, and Audi A4.

The interior of the Jaguar XE is understated in comparison to its competitors, but proves to be functional and classy in true British formJaguar

Jaguar has added the latest in touch-screen infotainment tech into the new XE sedan.

With a handsome design, a suite of potent powertrains, and interior quality to match, Jaguar is optimistic that the XE can take on BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi and beat them at their own game.Nick Kurczewski

The Jaguar XE is tasked with taking the British automaker more into the mainstream.

  • The Jaguar XE is not a radical compact sports sedan, nor does it need to be. But it may have the chops to take on the best Germany has to offer.
  • The interior of the Jaguar XE is understated in comparison to its competitors, but proves to be functional and classy in true British form
  • With a handsome design, a suite of potent powertrains, and interior quality to match, Jaguar is optimistic that the XE can take on BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi and beat them at their own game.

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Possessing the potential to double the company’s sales, Jaguar needs for the new XE to be a success. It must be brilliant to drive, it must be utterly dependable, and it cannot force concessions in exchange for exclusivity because, unlike other Jaguars, it won’t be exclusive. The XE takes Jaguar mainstream, and must deliver substance beyond the svelte styling.


Lincoln Continental


Members of our team characterize the new Lincoln Continental as a “make-or-break” car. Created to serve as a flagship model, one introducing yet another design language for the brand, one resurrecting a classic name out of step with current “MK” conventions, the Continental almost certainly shares underpinnings with the next-generation Ford Taurus.

Meet the new Continental Concept, and get used to the looks, as you'll be seeing it soon on all future Lincolns.Lincoln

The Lincoln Continental Concept, seen here, is strongly rumored to be very similar to the upcoming production model.

The Continental is a massive step forward for a brand that was severely lacking in the identity and quality departments.Lincoln

Lincoln is bringing back names, at least with the its new Continental flagship sedan.

Inside, the Continental is a fusion of new and old, with blue Alcantara seats echoing the velvet of days gone by, and intensive multimedia screens lining the dashboard.Lincoln

The Continental Concept featured an over-the-top cabin with tons of chrome and blue leather.

  • Meet the new Continental Concept, and get used to the looks, as you'll be seeing it soon on all future Lincolns.
  • The Continental is a massive step forward for a brand that was severely lacking in the identity and quality departments.
  • Inside, the Continental is a fusion of new and old, with blue Alcantara seats echoing the velvet of days gone by, and intensive multimedia screens lining the dashboard.

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Will this approach convince large luxury sedan buyers to return to Lincoln showrooms, or is this a Cadillac XTS in the making, a vehicle more likely than not to be painted black and used for shuttling people to airports? It will be fascinating to see how this plays out.


Mazda MX-5 Miata


More than any model in the company’s history, the Miata represents the essence and spirit of Mazda. For 2016, the MX-5 Miata is redesigned, engineers expertly shaving every last gram and millimeter to the barest possible minimum in order to ensure that the 2-seat sports car remains the quintessential embodiment of driving pleasure.

Mazda has managed to substantially trim the weight of the 2016 MX-5 Miata. This should make the two-seat roadster even quicker and more fuel efficient, too.Mazda

Mazda has managed to substantially trim the weight of the 2016 MX-5 Miata. This should make the two-seat roadster even quicker and more fuel efficient, too.

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is 25-percent more fuel efficient than the version it replaces.Mike Ditz/PR NEWSWIRE

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is 25-percent more fuel efficient than the version it replaces.

  • Mazda has managed to substantially trim the weight of the 2016 MX-5 Miata. This should make the two-seat roadster even quicker and more fuel efficient, too.
  • The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is 25-percent more fuel efficient than the version it replaces.

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Light, quick, and fuel-efficient, the new Miata is terrific fun, a street-legal go-kart equipped with modern infotainment and safety technologies. Purposeful design lends more aggression to the Miata’s looks, underscoring the car’s potential for performance. A masterpiece of minimalism, the new Miata perfectly underscores what makes Mazda different.


Tesla Model X


Is Tesla here to stay? It certainly seems that way, with the pricey Model S outselling every electric car on the market except for the Nissan Leaf. Naturally, then, an electric SUV is the next logical step for the company. Enter the Tesla Model X.

tesla model x suvTesla Motors

The Model X features gull wing doors and a fully-electric drivetrain.

The Model X is vital towards proving Tesla Motors is more than a one hit wonder car company.Jordan Strauss/Getty Images

The Model X is vital towards proving Tesla Motors is more than a one hit wonder car company.

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  • General view of the atmosphere during Tesla Worldwide Debut of Model X on February 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. 

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Tesla’s oft-delayed crossover is due in early 2016, featuring seating for seven people and “Falcon Wing” rear doors designed to make it easier to get into and out of the back seats. While the styling is not quite as upscale and dramatic as the Model S – think of an egg on wheels – the Model X is expected to feature the same powerful, extended-range electric propulsion technology that has made the Model S so appealing.


Toyota Mirai


Though it may not be the first fuel cell-powered electric vehicle, the futuristic Toyota Mirai might well be the most significant one. That’s because Toyota intends to produce more than just a handful of them, and plans to sell the Mirai at what is a contextually reasonable price. All the car needs now is a hydrogen infrastructure to fuel it.

You might not think it’s pretty, but the Toyota Mirai is irrefutable proof that fuel-cell technology has finally arrived.Christian Wardlaw

It’s not pretty, but the Toyota Mirai is proof that fuel-cell technology has truly arrived.

The Mirai’s dashboard design is retro-futuristic, looking like a Prius and a Lexus IS hooked up and produced offspring.Christian Wardlaw

The Mirai’s dashboard design is retro-futuristic.

  • You might not think it’s pretty, but the Toyota Mirai is irrefutable proof that fuel-cell technology has finally arrived.
  • The Mirai’s dashboard design is retro-futuristic, looking like a Prius and a Lexus IS hooked up and produced offspring.

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That’s underway in some regions of the country, but until hydrogen is available on a broader scale, initial demand for the Mirai will be light and spotty. When you do see one on the road, you won’t mistake the Mirai for anything else. Put kindly, it is about a visually appealing today as a Plymouth Valiant was in 1962. Revolutions aren’t necessarily pretty, though, and the Mirai is nothing short of a revolutionary automobile.


Volvo XC90


America’s economy has recovered from the Great Recession, and people with money are spending it again. But they are not buying Volvos. While nearly every other automaker has enjoyed robust sales gains during the past several years, Volvo is stagnant, idling in Neutral while waiting for new products to arrive.

The exterior redesign doesn’t exactly pale by comparison, as the new XC90 appears more muscular and defined in the hips and shoulders than before, with elements of Range Rover in its nose and tail.Jeff Jablansky

The exterior redesign doesn’t exactly pale by comparison, as the new XC90 appears more muscular and defined in the hips and shoulders than before, with elements of Range Rover in its nose and tail.

The interior of the 2015 Volvo XC90 features high-quality wood and leather and a large, intuitive touchscreen front and centerVolvo

The interior of the 2015 Volvo XC90 features high-quality wood and leather and a large, intuitive touchscreen front and center

  • The exterior redesign doesn’t exactly pale by comparison, as the new XC90 appears more muscular and defined in the hips and shoulders than before, with elements of Range Rover in its nose and tail.
  • The interior of the 2015 Volvo XC90 features high-quality wood and leather and a large, intuitive touchscreen front and center

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For 2016, the redesigned XC90 comes to the rescue, or so Volvo hopes. The seven-passenger SUV debuts a new design direction for the automaker, and is a showcase for Volvo’s engineering and technological know-how. It looks terrific, with clean Scandinavian styling and upscale detailing. Whether it appeals on a long-term basis to people who are not already loyal to Volvo remains to

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