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Cars Coming to an Auto Show Near You

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/29/2014 Alex Nishimoto

The best place to see the newest sheetmetal is at an auto show, and while not everyone is able to make it to the venues on the international circuit, you can still catch the latest and greatest at your local auto show. Here are some of the cars you might see at a show near you, and a few to watch for from the bigger shows.

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Previously Debuted: Mercedes-AMG GT

2016 Mercedes AMG GT© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mercedes AMG GT The spiritual successor to the SLS AMG, the new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT is poised to challenge the higher-trim models of the Porsche 911. The GT debuted with two models, both powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, including a base version making 456 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, and a GT S model producing 503 hp and 479 lb-ft. A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox will be the only transmission choice, and the gullwing doors of the SLS have been traded for traditionally hinged units. We've heard that an even more extreme Black Series model is in the works, so look for that to debut at a future auto show.

Previously Debuted: Volvo XC90

2016 Volvo XC90© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Volvo XC90 The 2016 Volvo XC90 offers a taste of what we can expect from the Swedish automaker in the future, which includes a clean design language, a series of powerful yet efficient drivetrains, and as usual, a bevy of advanced safety systems. The new SUV will be available in the U.S. with a choice of two turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter I-4 engines. The standard T6 model makes 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, while the top-trim T8 makes 395 hp and 472 lb-ft thanks to the addition of a plug-in hybrid system. All-wheel drive is standard on both models.

Previously Debuted: Jaguar XE

2016 Jaguar XE© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Jaguar XE The XE will be Jaguar's answer to the BMW 3 Series and has been called Jaguar's most important car. The sedan utilizes a chassis that's comprised mostly of aluminum, which contributes to its relatively low weight. The XE S, with its supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 sourced from the F-Type, is said to weigh in at 3249 pounds, which is a good deal less than its competitors from BMW and Lexus. A base model with a turbocharged 2.0-liter Ingenium I-4 is also planned, but details have yet to be announced. In addition to being powerful and lightweight, the XE also benefits from Jaguar's characteristic sharp styling.

Previously Debuted: Mazda Miata

2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata The fourth-gen Mazda MX-5 Miata will be the smallest yet, even shorter than the original 1989 model in length. In addition, the new car will shed 220-plus pounds from the current model's weight. Power for U.S.-spec roadsters will come from a Skyactiv 2.0-liter I-4, though exact output is still unknown. The Miata won't arrive until late 2015 as a 2016 model, but you can catch it at an auto show near you to get a feel for its miniscule dimensions.

Previously Debuted: Chevrolet Corvette Z06

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 We're counting the days until we get to drive the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The American supercar is set to arrive in early 2015, a full year after its debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show. We don't use the term "supercar" lightly, either. The Z06 boasts a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 making 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, which allows for a GM-estimated 0-60 mph time of 2.95 seconds. To put that into perspective, we've clocked a Lamborghini Aventador at 2.9 seconds to 60. The Z06 will be on the streets shortly, but you can see it first at one of the many upcoming auto shows.

Yet to be Revealed: Scion iM

Scion iM Concept Teaser for 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show© Provided by MotorTrend Scion iM Concept Teaser for 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Scion teased a new concept called the iM ahead of the L.A. Auto Show. The car looks remarkably similar to the Euro-market Toyota Auris, sporting the same headlights but a unique grille and front fascia. The Auris is a Corolla-based hatchback that could replace the slow-selling xB. Scion is in the process of shifting its target market, aiming for a slightly older crowd than originally intended. Replacing the quirky xB with a more conventional hatch could be a step in the right direction. Though it's billed as a concept, expect the iM to debut in production trim shortly after L.A.

Yet to be Revealed: Acura ILX

2016 Acura ILX teaser photo© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Acura ILX teaser photo The Acura ILX arrived in 2013, and now it's due for a refresh. The Honda Civic-based entry-lux sedan will get a face-lift along with at least one new powertrain. Acura also says the revamped ILX will offer a "sharper performance focus," which has us intrigued considering the current top-trim model with its standard six-speed manual and 201-hp 2.4-liter I-4 borrowed from the Civic Si is no slouch. Expect styling cues to trickle down from the new RLX and TLX.

Yet to be Revealed: Audi Concept

Audi LA Auto Show Concept teaser© Provided by MotorTrend Audi LA Auto Show Concept teaser Though it's unknown exactly what Audi will reveal in L.A., we think that whatever it is will preview a new A9 flagship sedan. The teaser image released suggests a sedan with a sloping roofline and flared fenders. The car is expected to be based on the next-gen A8, but feature sportier styling like the A7 four-door coupe. We'll have to wait to find out more about what Audi has planned, but so far this teaser has our attention.

Yet to be Revealed: Chrysler 300

2015 Chrysler 300 prototypes© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chrysler 300 prototypes The Chrysler 300 will undergo an extensive makeover similar to the 2015 Dodge Charger, which received revised bodywork and a restyled interior. The 300 is expected to debut with mostly carryover drivetrains, except with eight-speed automatic transmissions now across the board. It's unknown whether an SRT version will return, though we have seen prototypes that hint at a future performance-oriented 300. The 300 will be unveiled in Los Angeles on November 19.

Yet to be Officially Revealed: Cadillac ATS-V

2016 Cadillac ATS V Coupe Spied© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Cadillac ATS V Coupe Spied Caddy's long-awaited M3-fighter will finally be revealed in L.A. The performance-tuned model will rely on the standard car's already capable Alpha platform for driving dynamics, but will also receive a unique suspension. Power is expected to come from a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6, and is likely to match the BMW M3/M4's 425 hp. We've also heard the C7 Corvette's seven-speed manual will be available as an option, and that eventually an even more extreme ATS-V variant will debut with more than 625 hp.

Scion iM Concept Teaser for 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show© Provided by MotorTrend Scion iM Concept Teaser for 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show
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