2016 Lexus RX teaser image, enhancedEnlarge Photo
The Lexus RX is the cash cow for Toyota's luxury brand, and tampering with it is risky business. That's about to happen at the New York show, when the 2016 RX debuts with what may be a considerably more daring look than it's had since 2010. Lexus has released only this teaser shot of the new vehicle, which has more sculpting than the current model--even some cues that remind us of the new Nissan Murano. No tech details have been issued, but we expect the powertrains to include a new V-6 coupled to a six-speed automatic, and an improved version of the RX Hybrid's gas-electric drivetrain, both with an all-wheel-drive option.
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander front teaserEnlarge Photo
Mitsubishi is headed into a future that relies heavily on crossover SUVs, and in New York it ushers in its newest family wagon, a revamped Outlander. The 2016 Outlander's already been previewed in the form of a plug-in hybrid Concept-S, but New York will host the debut of the production version, which Mitsu says gets an improved interior, better performance, and better handling than the current edition. A plug-in hybrid Outlander is expected to join the U.S. lineup sometime in the middle of next year.
2016 Nissan MaximaEnlarge Photo
The new Nissan Murano crossover SUV has some of the boldest lines you'll find on a mid-size wagon. This year, the Murano gets its four-door counterpart in the new Nissan Maxima, an exciting-looking new mid-size sedan that will bow in the metal in New York, after being teased in Nissan's Super Bowl ads in February. The Maxima looks very much like last year’s Sport Sedan Concept, right down to its split C-pillar and canopy-style roof, but we expect the running gear to be a lot less experimental: here's betting the Maxima draws power from a 3.5-liter V-6 mated to a CVT and spinning the front wheels only.