4 SUVs you need to checkout at 2015 New York Auto Show

A new month and a new auto show. This time, the annual auto show circuit stops at the big apple for the 2015 New York Auto Show. The gates will open to the public this coming Thursday, April 3rd. As we have done in our previous Vehicles you need to checkout at an auto show series, we are going to cover four or five new cars/trucks/SUVs you need to checkout at a particular auto show.

Listed below are the 4 SUVs you need to checkout at 2015 New York Auto Show, and lets check them out, shall we?

1) 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class

For those who do not know this yet, Mercedes-Benz is altering their vehicle’s nomenclature for 2015 and beyond. The latest member under the new naming scheme is the former Mercedes-Benz ML class, now known as the Mercedes-Benz GLE class.

Out front, the new GLE has grafted the front end of the GLE Coupe, which debuted earlier this year at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. However, traditional Mercedes-Benz will not be completely taken aback since the side and the rear look very similar to the current ML class.

Aside from the new nose, the Mercedes-Benz GLE will also receive a host of updates under the hood. For starters, there is the new Mercedes-Benz GLE 300d, which replaces the current Mercedes-Benz ML 350 BlueTec and it is powered by a new 2.1 L turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine which produces 201 horsepower and 369 lb.ft. of torque. For those who are wondering, yes, this is the same diesel engine found in the new Mercedes-Benz C 300d.

Next up is the bread and butter of the ML…err…I mean the GLE class, the GLE 350 and GLE 350 4Matic. Both cars will be powered by a naturally aspirated 3.5 L V6, which produces 302 horsepower and 273 lb.ft. of torque. Next up is the GLE 400, in this car, the engine is upgraded to a 3.0 L twin-turbocharged V6, which pushes the power output to a healthy 329 horsepower and 354 lb.ft. of torque.

For 2016, Mercedes-Benz has added a new hybrid model in the form of the GLE 550e. Under the hood, the 3.0 L twin-turbocharged V6 engine found in the GLE 400 is paired a 114 horsepower electric motor. The combined output from these two units is a healthy 436 horsepower. According to Mercedes-Benz engineers, the GLE 550e has an electric-only range of 18.6 miles on full charge.

Sitting at the top of the GLE family tree are the AMG tuned duos in the form of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 63 AMG and the upgraded GLE 63 AMG S. The “base” engine in the GLE 63 AMG is a hand-built 5.5 L twin-turbocharged V8 which generates 550 horsepower and 516 lb.ft. of torque. For a few thousand dollars more, you climb into the king of the class, Mercedes-Benz GLE 63 AMG S (wow, what a mouthful). For the additional cost, the 5.5 L AMG-built engine generates an additional 27 horsepower and 45 lb.ft. of torque for a total of 577 horsepower and 561 lb.ft. of torque.

Regardless of the engine or trim level, all U.S. bound 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE models are backed by a 7-speed transmission. The gasoline and diesel models are backed by a traditional 7-speed torque converter automatic, while the hybrid and AMG models are backed by a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Sadly, the 9-speed automatic found in the European-spec Mercedes-Benz GLE 300d will not be coming state side.

2) 2016 Lexus RX

Since its launch in 1999, the Lexus RX has been the benchmark for entry-level luxury crossovers worldwide. For 2016, the RX receives a larger spindle grille and the overall body design is more angular than the current vehicle.

Based on the two artist renderings of the new Lexus RX below, it looks like the big brother has taken a lot of its design elements from its little brother, the Lexus NX compact luxury crossover.

For the first time in the history of the RX, Lexus will be offering third-row seating in its popular mid-size luxury crossover. Also, sources within Lexus mention that the interior design features have also been inspired by the compact Lexus NX crossover.

Aside from the new body design and the addition of third-row seating, not a lot has changed between the current and the upcoming RX models. So, expect the new RX to be powered by the same 3.5 L naturally aspirated V6 engine. However, for 2016, Lexus might be introducing a new 9-speed automatic, but as of this writing, this has not been officially confirmed.

At the moment, Lexus has not announced any pricing information for the 2016 RX models, but more information will become available next week as the crossover will make its global debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

3) 2016 Range Rover Sport HST

For 2016, Range Rover is upgrading its entire Range Rover Sport lineup and the newest member to the family is the Range Rover Sport HST. The crossover is powered by the same 3.0 L supercharged V6 found in the base Range Rover Sport, but in this trim, it is tuned to produce 40 additional horsepower, for a total of 380 horsepower.

Based on its power output, the Range Rover Sport HST is designed to slot in-between the base V6 Range Rover Sport and the V8 Range Rover Sport Supercharged.

To distinguish the Range Rover Sport HST from its cousins, the designers at Land Rover have added a contrasting black roof, gloss-black exterior trims, dark headlight/taillight bezels and dark-finished 21 inch alloy wheels. Because of the additional power, Land Rover engineers have also upgraded the brakes and the suspension components in the HST.

Everywhere you look, the inside of the Range Rover Sport is covered in either Oxford or Ebony leather. The interior of the Range Rover Sport HST also features “bright” sport pedals and darkened aluminum trim.

Official pricing for the 2016 Range Rover Sport HST has not been announced yet, but based on the pricing of the 2015 models, expect the pricing of the HST to start somewhere in the high 60 to low 70 thousand dollar mark.

4) 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander 

First of all, yes, Mitsubishi is still alive in America. Also, no, the Evo is not the only vehicle sold by Mitsubishi in America. Next week at the 2015 New York Auto Show, Mitsubishi will unveil its second most popular vehicle in the U.S., the Outlander.

When it debuts, the 2016 Outlander will feature Mitsubishi’s new design language. Based on these teaser images supplied by the company below, the new Outlander almost resembles the Outlander PHEV Concept S, which debuted last fall at the auto show in Paris.

Underneath this new yet familiar body shell, Mitsubishi engineers promise that the new crossover features over 100 engineering and design improvements, which also includes refined handling and quicker throttle information.

As of this writing, this is all I know about the new 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander. I am not sure what engine will be under the hood, how many gears the transmission will have and how much it will cost, but I am sure all of this information will become available next week, when the new Outlander makes its global debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Information and Image Source: Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Range Rover and Lexus.