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The engine lineup for the revamped E-Class will be even more significant than the styling changes. The 5.5-liter V-8 fitted to the recently revised SL will replace the old 5.0-liter. The E350 also will benefit from a small increase in power.


Spy Shots: ’07 Mercedes-Benz E-Class by Hans Lehmann/Hidden Image (3/13/2006)
Smoothed over and powered up for its golden years.


Lexus LS600h

2007 Lexus LS460L

2007 Lexus LS460L

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2007 Lexus LS460L

2007 Lexus LS460L

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Lexus is determined to outdo its German rivals - that much became apparent at the world launch of the LS at this year's Detroit show. The new 203-inch long-wheelbase LS gets a raft of tech equipment and a 380-hp V-8. But to New York audiences, it's the hybrid model that will be on world-first display. Toyota promises the hybrid version will be "the ultimate Lexus." Count on an appearance by Andy Roddick or another collateral celebrity.





Acura RDX


2007 Acura RDX

2007 Acura RDX

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2007 Acura RDX

2007 Acura RDX

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Acura revealed the production prototype version of its RDX performance-oriented crossover SUV in Detroit, and a production version is due at New York. The RDX is said to combine sports-car handling with serious performance from a new 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine - Honda's first turbocharged engine for North America and Acura's first ever. Aided by the turbocharger and an i-VTEC system, the powerful engine turns out 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, running through the automaker's
Super Handling All-Wheel Drive
(SH-AWD) system, which can redistribute torque quickly fore-aft and left-right. A five-speed sequential-shift transmission comes with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.


The raked-back stance, dual exhaust tips, HID headlamps, and big 19-inch wheels give the compact crossover an aggressive and elegant appearance. The interior has seating for five, with fold-down rear seats and a cockpit theme for the front, along with a deep center console that allows laptop computer storage. The RDX also features a navigation system with voice recognition, real-time traffic alerts, and a hands-free phone link. There's also a DVD audio system for entertainment. Front, side, and curtain airbags are standard, and the system is aided by rollover sensors.


Scion Coupe Concept

Toyota, famous for its press-release brevity, says a new Scion sport-coupe concept is coming. The new concept will make its premiere at the New York Auto Show in April. Toyota plans the Scion press conference for Wednesday, April 12 - stay tuned for more from TheCarConnection on this and more New York launches, including the Audi TT and Benz E-Class, as the show nears.

Spy Shots: 2008 Scion xB by TCC Team (2/20/2006)
Bigger and boxier?

Scion's tC Release Series 2.0 Coming to N.Y., Too

Scion's latest Release Series 2.0 will show off its goods at the New York show, too - but this time the special edition is based on the brand's two-door tC coupe. On sale in mid-April, the tC 2.0 gets Blue Blitz paint, 17-inch wheels, side and curtain airbags, and a new stainless-steel grille. A Pioneer sound system is outfitted, too, and comes with three months of standard XM service, along with an iPod jack. Scion says only 2600 copies will be built, to be sold for $18,260 each.

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