40 vehicles to get Canadian launch at 2016 Canadian International AutoShow

February 2, 2016 | Industry News

The world’s leading automotive manufacturers will be unveiling 40 vehicles new to the Canadian market during Media Day at the 2016 Canadian International AutoShow on February 11, 2016.

Among the vehicles to be launched are:


2017 RS7 Performance
The new Audi RS 7 performance is a dynamic car with intensified force. Powered by a 4.0-litre V8 TFSI engine that pumps out 605 horsepower, it can go from zero to 100 kilometres an hour in just 3.7 seconds with superior power delivery and acceleration. The design of the new RS7 is unique to the smallest detail, boasting a sporty bumper with large air intakes drawn forward and strongly profiled diffuser insert at the rear, the RS-typical glossy black honeycomb grille and flared skirts.

2017 R8 5.2
Faster, more efficient, and more capable both on and off the racetrack, the all-new 2017 R8 is the most powerful Audi production model ever. The R8, with its breathtaking performance, high-revving naturally aspirated motor, precise handling and driver-focused interior, embodies the automotive distinction that has become synonymous with the four rings. Featuring the same naturally-aspirated V10 engine found in the R8 LMS racecar, a completely new application of quattro® all-wheel drive, and a more functional yet technologically advanced cabin, the R8 is the pinnacle of performance for Audi, with no other model bearing a closer tie to racing.

R18 E-Tron Quattro 
Audi Sport, the racing arm of the family, has always had an impressive record at Le Mans, and the R18 is one of the reasons why. The R18 e-tron Quattro racer takes efficiencies to the extremes, creating a racing car few can match. The new R18 features significantly altered aerodynamics, including a raised nose similar to pre-2014 Formula One nose designs, air scoops above the front fenders, integrated mirrors, and other body modifications. The KERS for the 2016 R18 has also been changed from a flywheel system to a lithium-ion battery, and has been upgraded to the 6MJ class from the 4MJ class. The engine remains the same 4.0L turbodiesel V6. Audi plans to race two R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 racecars in the 2016 season.


2017 LaCrosse
The all-new 2017 Buick LaCrosse is the new face of Buick, influenced by the dramatic cues of the award-winning Avenir concept and inspired by a concept car from the mid-20th century. The LaCrosse features a new grille design with a large opening distinguished by the return of a three-colour – red, silver and blue – Buick tri-shield insignia, accented by wing-shaped elements set against darkened waterfall grille bars inspired by the 1954 Wildcat II concept.


2016 CT6 
The 2016 CT6 creates a new formula for the prestige sedan through the integration of new technologies developed to achieve dynamic performance, efficiency and agility previously unseen in large luxury cars. CT6 marks Cadillac’s long-awaited return to the global prestige luxury segment, and is one of eight all-new vehicles the brand will launch by the end of the decade. The CT6 features one of the industry’s most advanced automotive body structures, an aluminum-intensive architecture that incorporates 11 different materials to achieve strength, performance and efficiency thresholds practically unmatched among the world’s elite luxury performance sedans.


2017 Bolt EV
The 2017 Bolt EV fulfills Chevrolet’s promise to offer a long-range, affordable electric vehicle for the masses. Going into production by the end of 2016, the Bolt EV offers more than 320 kilometres of range on a full charge. It also features advanced connectivity technologies designed to enhance and personalize the driving experience. The Bolt EV is capable of using the latest mobile app technology to enable car sharing, advanced GPS routing and gamification. The motor is capable of producing up to 266 lb.-ft. (360 Nm) of torque and 200 hp (150 kW) of motoring power. Combined with a 7.05:1 final drive ratio, it helps propel the Bolt EV from 0-96 km/h in less than seven seconds.

2017 Cruze Hatch 
The 2017 Cruze Hatchback was developed with all the technologies and dynamic driving attributes of the all-new 2016 Cruze sedan, adding a functional and sporty choice for customers. It joins Colorado and Trax as the latest Chevrolets to push into new segments. An all-new, more rigid and lighter architecture is the Cruze’s foundation for driving dynamism, while also playing a significant role in safety and efficiency. It is 91 kilograms (200 pounds) lighter than the previous-generation model due largely to a body structure that is 45 kilograms (100 lbs) lighter and an engine that’s 20 kilograms (44 pounds) lighter.


2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Making its Canadian debut at the 2016 CIAS, the all-new 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio brings Italian style, with benchmark levels of performance and precision, to the premium mid-size sedan segment. This rear-wheel drive, ultra-high-performance model mixes muscular proportions, simplistic elegance and high-quality surface finishes with extensive use of lightweight materials, a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio, near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution, segment-leading torsional rigidity and the most direct steering available.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica 
As the creator of the minivan more than 30 years ago, Chrysler will again transform the segment with the all-new, Windsor, Ontario- built 2017 Pacifica. Making its Canadian debut at the 2016 AutoShow, Pacifica brings nearly 40 new minivan-first features and unprecedented levels of functionality, versatility and technology. It is the most technologically equipped minivan of its kind, with features like the exclusive Uconnect Theatre rear seat entertainment system, with two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens. The re-engineered Pacifica brings class-leading ride and handling, 100-plus available safety and security features, best-in-class horsepower, an-exclusive nine-speed transmission and unsurpassed fuel economy.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
A Canadian debut in Toronto, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the industry’s first electrified minivan. Built in Windsor, Ontario it delivers an estimated range of 50 kilometres on zero-emissions, electric power from a 16-kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery. In city driving, it is expected to achieve an impressive efficiency rating of 2.9 gasoline litres equivalent per 100 kilometres (Le/100 km) or 97 Imperial miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe). When the battery is depleted, Pacifica Hybrid becomes a part-time electric vehicle, like a conventional hybrid.

2016 Dodge Viper ACR
Simply put, this is the ultimate street-legal racecar. Making its Canadian debut, the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer) is certified for public roads, but engineered to wring every last hundredth of a second out of road course lap times. It combines the latest in aerodynamic, braking and tire technology and comes to Toronto with certified lap records at 13 road courses, including the world-famous Laguna Seca. At ACR’s heart is a handcrafted, all-aluminum 8.4-litre V10 engine, rated at 645 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque – the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports car engine in the world.

2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland
The Jeep® brand is introducing its new 2016 Cherokee Overland at this year’s CIAS. Expanding the brand’s midsize SUV lineup, the new model is a direct response to Canadian consumers looking for benchmark 4×4 capabilities that only Jeep can offer, in a stunning, more luxurious package. The exterior is highlighted by body-coloured fascias, door cladding and wheel flares, plus new 18-inch wheels.

2016 75th Anniversary Jeep models
Born in 1941, the Jeep brand celebrates 75 years of 4×4 leadership, military history and open-air freedom and adventure in 2016. As a tribute to this rare diamond anniversary celebration, Jeep has created distinctive 75th Anniversary special-edition models of each vehicle in its lineup – Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Renegade, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited – a selection of which will be on display in Toronto. Each model will be available in Jeep dealer showrooms in the first quarter of 2016.


2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew
Ford is introducing the all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor SuperCrew, adding agility, versatility and roominess to the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 Raptor ever. Still unmatched, the all-new Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew is North America’s favourite high performance off-road pickup truck and is the newest addition to our Ford performance line-up. The all-new F-150 Raptor starts with a purpose-built fully boxed frame – the backbone of the truck – that is the strongest in the F-150 lineup, featuring more high-strength steel than the outgoing Raptor. The all-new high-output 3.5-litre EcoBoost, all-new 10-speed transmission, and torque-on-demand transfer case make F-150 Raptor even more powerful, efficient and easy to drive off-road.

2017 Fusion
The new 2017 Ford Fusion continues to be a game changer among midsize sedans. With the smartest, fastest, broadest, most technology-packed Fusion ever, it is engineered to leave other family sedans in the dust. Customers are given the power of choice as the Fusion V6 Sport and the new Fusion Platinum add to a lineup featuring three EcoBoost® engine choices, along with Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid.

2017 Lincoln Continental
The Lincoln Motor Company heralds the return of its flagship – the all-new Lincoln Continental – an elegant, effortlessly powerful, serene full-size sedan that delivers quiet luxury to the industry’s most discerning customers. Continental delivers first-class travel for clients. This full-size sedan is designed to appeal to culturally progressive clients who define luxury on their own terms, craving superior quality, craftsmanship and safety. The all-new Continental’s design is thoroughly modern, with Lincoln’s new signature grille and an athletic profile that is dynamic, elegant and progressive. It also offers available technologies that help create better and safer drivers. Under the hood, you find Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-litre V6 engine with twin turbochargers that produces a projected 400 horsepower and 400 lbs.-ft. of torque designed for smooth and responsive, yet quiet power.


2017 Acadia 
The all-new 2017 Acadia is a reimagined crossover aimed at the heart of the midsize segment, designed to offer great versatility and refinement, with more advanced safety technologies and right-sized for Canada. The new Acadia offers more-efficient powertrains, while continuing to offer three rows of seating on most models. The premium Acadia Denali returns, along with a new All Terrain model offering enhanced off-road capability. The strategic re-scoping of the 2017 Acadia offers customers a midsize crossover positioned between the compact Terrain and full-size Yukon. Depending on the model, it is available with five-, six- or seven-passenger seating, while offering greater maneuverability than the first-generation model.


Genesis G90
The first of six Genesis luxury vehicles set to launch by 2021 is making a debut at the Canadian International AutoShow. The Genesis G90 will take its place as the full-size, luxury flagship sedan under Canada’s newest automotive brand and set the tone for all future Genesis models.


An interesting vehicle if only because it’s a Jaguar — and it’s an SUV. The all-new 2017 Jaguar F-PACE is a medium luxury SUV designed and engineered to offer the agility, responsiveness and refinement that Jaguar cars are renowned for, together with the exceptional dynamics and everyday versatility of an SUV. But even as an SUV, it is first and foremost a Jaguar, with exciting proportions, a dynamic stance, pure surfaces and a beautiful sensuality about it. Its progressive, purposeful appearance should draw your eye from 200 metres away — as any Jaguar should.


Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna
An automobile of extreme beauty, the Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 is an all-wheel drive beauty that possesses sleek and dynamic lines. The traditional Maserati grille, with its vertical slats, is a modern take on the GranTurismo’s front grille and those of other Maserati classics from the past. The eye is drawn over the imposing engine hood and new LED daytime-running lights, aesthetic details that reflect an elegant and forward-thinking design. This Quattroporte features exclusive Ermenegildo Zegna specially fashioned interior trim package. Designed in collaboration with the legendary Italian fashion brand, these silk interiors are specially outfitted and woven, much like a fine Italian suit.


2016 Mazda CX-9
The CX-9 is among the most efficient vehicles in its class. Its cachet is elevated with a proud front fascia that cascades into crisp lines that flow to the rear. Its interior is nothing short of breathtaking, with available Auburn-colored Nappa leather, Japanese rosewood and aluminum. The focus was on authenticity; an experience rather than simply another commodity conveyance. Just as CX-9 did nine years ago when it debuted, the second-generation redefines expectations, aiming for no other target than to be uncompromising in any aspect a family may need or an individual may desire.


2017 Mercedes-AMG S 63 Cabriolet
The S-Class Cabriolet makes its first debut since 1971 with a new evocative design and a wealth of cutting-edge and state-of-the-art technologies. This new addition to the S-Class portfolio represents an attractive alternative for automobile enthusiasts with a desire for top down performance and luxury. As the class leader in aerodynamics, Mercedes-Benz’ latest flagship sets a new benchmark with an optimized exterior that effortlessly carves through the wind. With just a touch of a button, AIRCAP technology reduces turbulence to maintain an incredibly draft-free drive. The 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine under the hood of the S 63 4MATIC Cabriolet delivers 577 horsepower and a peak torque of 664 lb-ft. A 0-100 time of 3.9 seconds is proof that acceleration does not need to be sacrificed for style.

2017 Mercedes-AMG SL 63
The Mercedes-Benz SL is the top performer in the widest variety of disciplines: an elegant roadster for relaxed, comfortable cruising or a dynamic coupe for a sporty and spirited drive.   The Mercedes-AMG SL 63 scores on all levels with an all-aluminum body set against a powerful AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine with 577 hp. The front-end features a completely new design, with a radiator grille that broadens out towards the bottom and the A-wing front spoiler. The stylish light signature and the highly comprehensive scope of standard equipment and appointments complement the high-performance roadster’s self-assured character.

2017 Mercedes-AMG SLC 43
The SLK now goes by the name SLC and has been significantly optimized in terms of technology and looks just in time for its 20th birthday. The Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 succeeds the SLK 55 AMG as the new top model in its class. With its long hood and passenger compartment repositioned to the rear, the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 shows characteristic race car attributes. The silhouette continues the sporty styling with details like air inlets with fins in silver chrome. The interior shows the same stylistic continuity as the exterior. Every detail conveys functionality, aesthetics and enjoyment.

Mercedes-Benz S 550e Sedan
Ground breaking innovation, peerless comfort and dynamic performance are just a few of the hallmarks of the S-Class. With a complete suite of the most advanced safety and driver assistance technologies on the planet, the new Mercedes-Benz S 550e plug-in hybrid Sedan will impress with its exceptional dynamism and efficiency. The S 550e offers a system output of 436 hp and 479 lb-ft. torque and sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds. Key elements of this impressive output are the V6 biturbo and the intelligent hybrid drive. The new high-voltage lithium-ion battery with an energy content of 8.7 kWh can be externally recharged via the charging socket in the right side of the rear bumper.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS
High-end refinement meets high-tech advancements in the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS. Formerly known as the highly-respected GL, the GLS delivers the ultimate combination of sumptuous space, top-of-the-line safety, and world-class sophistication. Best-in-class safety provides the confidence to take on snowy and icy streets, rough roads, or parts unknown.

2017 smart fortwo cabriolet
At the touch of a button, the new smart fortwo cabrio is transformed from a closed two-seater into a car with a large sliding canvas sunroof, or a full-fledged cabriolet with the soft top completely open. This enables the fresh air driving experience to be adapted to the weather or the driver’s mood in 12 seconds – even when driving at top speed. With its ultra-short overhangs, clear lines and tridion safety cell, the new smart cabrio is clearly recognizable as a member of the new smart generation.


2017 Porsche 911 Carrera
The 911 has been the world’s best-selling sports car for decades and the new generation has arrived to further extend this lead. With innovative turbo flat engines, an advanced chassis with even greater spread between performance and comfort, and a new infotainment system it is exceedingly well positioned. Thanks to over four decades of experience with turbocharging – in both racing and production sports cars – the new engines in the latest 911 Carrera set benchmarks in terms of performance, driving pleasure, and efficiency. The rear-axle steering available as an option for the Carrera models for the first time further extends the range of driving dynamics.


2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune
Making its Canadian debut in Toronto, the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune is inspired by the classic Baja Bugs. The Beetle Dune has a bold new look thanks to the fitment of new front and rear fascias and pronounced black wheelarch extensions that flow into the bumpers. Additionally, the Dune’s raised ride height of 10 mm and a body track that is 14 mm wider give it a more rugged stance.

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The Canadian International AutoShow will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre between February 12th and 21st.

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