Auto show features new-look Mustang, Porsche SUV

The 2015 Ford Mustang is set to arrive in showrooms with a choice of three engines.
The 2015 Ford Mustang is set to arrive in showrooms with a choice of three engines. (   MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer)
Posted: February 09, 2014

This year's rendition of the Philadelphia Auto Show turns out to be a car cotillion of exceptional magnitude.

Nearly a dozen 2015 cars and trucks will make their regional debuts at the show, which opens its nine-day run Saturday at the Convention Center.

The debutantes range from the radically redesigned Ford F-150 full-size pickup and the brand new GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickups to the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan, the Cadillac Escalade large SUV, and the latest coming of the iconic Ford Mustang.

And are you ready for the Macan, Porsche's shot at a compact crossover SUV? How about the latest iteration of the WRX STI, Subaru's hot little sport sedan? Then there's Kia's latest lunge upmarket with the K900, its first true luxury sedan.

Well, you get the idea: Lots of new vehicles to be seen months before they take up residence in your local showrooms.

Let's take a quick look at some of the 2015 iron unveiled at Friday's press preview:

Ford F-150. The automaker has spent several billion dollars in design and tooling costs to dramatically redesign America's best-selling vehicle.

The first-ever use of aluminum in the cab and cargo bed helps shave up to 700 pounds off the truck. That weight savings, coupled with an economical new EcoBoost V-6, are expected to provide EPAs of nearly 30 miles a gallon, easily the best big pickup fuel economy in the business.

Ford Mustang. A sleek and sexy retro fastback, the all-new 2015 Mustang arrives in the showrooms late this year with a choice of three engines - and a newfound international presence.

For the first time, Ford's famous pony car will be sold globally, showing up on four continents.

"Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car," says Raj Nair, Ford vice president for global product development. "The visceral look, sound, and performance of Mustang resonates with people, even if they've never driven one."

Porsche Macan. This newest Porsche is a sporty variation on the Audi Q5 compact crossover. It will be offered in two flavors, the S and the Turbo, although that's a bit misleading, since both are turbocharged. The difference is in engine size and power - 340 horsepower in the S, 400 in the Turbo.

GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado. Since Ford and Ram don't have a midsize pickup in the U.S. market, the Canyon and its fraternal twin, the Colorado, will be the only domestic game in town.

The Canyon has some novel wrinkles, such as a torsion bar in the tailgate that makes lowering and raising it effortless business.

The truck can be fitted with a 193-horsepower four or a 302-horse V-6. A 2.8 liter turbo diesel arrives for 2016.

Chrysler 200. All new from the ground up except for its engine offerings, this attractive midsize family sedan benefits from a billion-dollar investment in its platform, which is a larger variation on the ones used in the Dart and Cherokee.

J.T. Delcamp, 200 brand manager, said the sedan will start at $21,700. The 200 will be built with a nine-spped - count them - automatic gearbox.

Cadillac Escalade. This is an all-new (but quite recognizable) Escalade that has placed an emphasis on the big SUV's craftsmanship and safety.

"The exterior is evolutionary," said Todd Brown, the Escalade's marketing manager. "But the big story is in the interior craftsmanship and all the safety technology we put into it."

The safety features include a comprehensive "driver awareness package" and a segment-unique center-mounted front-seat air bag that provides extra protection for the passenger on the side opposite the impact.


AUTO SHOW

The Philadelphia Auto Show will run from Saturday through Feb. 16 at the Convention Center. Hours are:

Noon to 10 p.m. weekdays

9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays

Tickets are $12 for age 13 and up and $6 ages 7 to 12, and may be purchased at phillyautoshow.com or at the show. Children under 7 are free.

Visitors 62 and older are $6 weekdays only, and the discount is available only at the box office.

For more information and the latest updates, please visit www.phillyautoshow.com.


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