Upcoming Vehicles for 2015: Managing Editor, Amee Reehal, picks 10 worthy rides to keep an eye on for 2015 from the Toronto Auto Show.
Aside from the uncomfortable, early-morning media day grilling of Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, and his $3.6-billion proposal to continue manufacturing in Canada with assistance from tax-payer money (to produce both minivans and the Chrysler 300 sedan), the 2014 Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) opens it’s door to the public in Toronto, where consumers are treated to exciting, soon-to-be-released vehicles.
Canada’s largest auto show, CIAS never disappoints, showcasing the latest and greatest from the automakers; including exclusive auto premieres from the affordable to the not-so-affordable. Here are our Top 10 vehicles Canadian car shoppers should pay attention to (excluding the McLaren P1!).
1. 2015 Nissan Micra
Priced under $10,000…and it’s not ugly.
Affordability shouldn’t equate to ugly. Fortunately, the 2015 Nissan Micra gets that. Hitting Canadian dealerships this spring (not available in the US), the Nissan Micra, priced at exactly $9,998 CDN MSRP, makes this sub-compact Canada’s lowest-priced vehicle. Mixing European styling with Japanese craftsmanship, Nissan believes the Micra will make a significant impact on the automotive market, particularly, for the urbanites looking to make a statement. With several customization options, including an accessory package for less than $200 and other lifestyle accessories like ski/bike racks, the 2015 Nissan Micra is great for Canadians looking for an affordable, fun, fuel-efficient commuter. Trims available include the Micra S, SV (volume seller), and SR.
2. 2015 Porsche Macan
Small, Sexy, and 400 horsepower?
Porsche has come a long way since announcing to the world it’s entry into the SUV market back in 2002. Building on the incredible success of the Cayenne, coupled with the growing consumer popularity of the smaller utes, welcome the 2015 Porsche Macan. Small and sexy, the 2015 Porsche Macan will be available in two flavours: Macan S and Macan Turbo. The S finds a respectable 340-hp via the 3.0L V6 engine, accelerating 0-100 km/h in 5.2-seconds; the Turbo trim finds a 3.6L V6 producing 400-hp, with 1-100 km/h in only 4.6-seconds. The 2015 Porsche Macan hits Canadian dealers late 2014, priced at $54,300 for Macan S and $82,200 for Macan Turbo.
3. 2015 Subaru WRX STI
Even Better Handling & Agility…Yes, it’s possible.
Absolutely stunning (and still badass), the all-new 2015 Subaru WRX finds a brand new 4-cyclinder, direct injection turbocharged engine putting down 268-hp and 258 lb.ft of torque, and now comes equipped with a new 6-speed manual or an optional Sport Lineartronic. For the hardcore Subie-fans, the 2015 WRX STI now offers a stiffer chassis for increased handling and agility, if that were even possible. With firmer springs and quicker steering response, the 2015 Subaru WRX STI delivers 305-hp, available across Canada spring 2014.
4. 2015 McLaren P1
The Unattainable Hybrid Hyper Car
With only 375 to be produced world-wide and all accounted for (including 7 sold in Canada), the 2015 McLaren P1 won’t be on your grocery-getter short-list, even if you’ve got the $1,190,000 US MSRP to spend. The McLaren P1 weighs 3,073-pounds and propels to 187 miles/hr in under 17-seconds; producing 727-hp via a 3.8L engine. While the P1 Hybrid finds a combined power output of 903-hp, doing 0-100k in 2.8-seconds. According to famous driver Chris Harris (and coming from the Pfaff, the outfit selling the P1 in Canada), the 2015 McLaren P1 is the best car he’s ever driven. We won’t argue with that. The P1 will hit streets this March/April, and in Canada this June 2014.
5. 2015 Ford F-150
Now with an Aluminum Body = Lighter, Better
Canada’s best-selling pickup for almost 50-years, the 2015 Ford F-150 steps it up even further. Big-time. New is the F-150’s high-strength aluminum-alloy body, shaving off more than 313 kgs of weight. Coupled with an all-new high-strength steel frame and four engine choices, the 2015 F-150 is arguably the most impressive F-150 yet. A 2.7L EcoBoost engine with standard auto start-stop and a 3.5L V6 engine are both new offerings, alongside the available 3.5L EcoBoost and 5.0L V8 power plants. Inside, the 2015 Ford F-150 finds a 360-degree camera and 400-watt power outlets. The 2015 F-150 goes on sale in Canada late 2014.