There will be dozens of new cars hitting dealers this year, but some won't look or sound familiar at all. That's because many of them have all-new names that either haven't been sold here before, or have been out of production for so long that you forgot about them.
Sure, there will be redesigns of current vehicles, like the Chrysler 200 and Ford F-150, but those are names you know and vehicles that already exist on dealer lots today. The cars discussed below are all-new from top to bottom: new styling, new features and new names that might not ring a bell with you yet.
That's why we have assembled this alphabetical list of all-new cars headed your way, along with their projected on-sale dates, price ranges and likely competitors.
2015 Acura TLX
Packaged and sized to replace Acura's current TL midsize and TSX compact sedans, the TLX will join Acura's lineup starting this summer. It will offer a choice of either a four-cylinder base engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission or a V6 paired with a nine-speed automatic. Both front- and all-wheel drive will be offered, along with a long list of technology and safety features. Pricing will likely range between $38,000 and $46,000. Competitors to the TLX include the Hyundai Genesis, Infiniti Q50 and Lexus GS.
2014 Acura RLX
Replacing the previous RL sedan in Acura's lineup, the RLX is an all-new model that features revised styling, new technology features and an optional hybrid model. The standard RLX uses a 3.5-liter V6 to power the front wheels, while the hybrid adds an electric motor to the same engine to drive all four wheels. Pricing starts at $49,345 for the base model. Competitors include the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
A small, nimble, two-door sports car, the 4C is expected to arrive in the U.S. this summer. Since there haven't been Alfa Romeo dealers in the U.S. since the early '90s, the 4C may be sold in either Maserati or Fiat dealers. Fiat owns both Maserati and Alfa Romeo. The 4C is powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated to produce 240 horsepower. It's not much, but thanks to an ultra-lightweight body, the 4C promises to deliver supercar performance. Pricing is expected to start in the $60,000 range. Competitors include the BMW M4 and Porsche Cayman.
2014 Audi RS 7
If you want the ultimate in performance from a four-door Audi, then the 560-hp RS 7 is your sedan. Its twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 can propel it from zero to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds with the help of an eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard Quattro all-wheel-drive system. An adjustable air suspension and track-ready brakes are also part of the package. Pricing starts at $105,975. Competitors include the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG and the Porsche Panamera Turbo.
2014 BMW 2 Series
This all-new compact coupe replaces the previous 1 Series coupe as the entry point into BMW's lineup. The 2 Series will offer a choice of two turbocharged engines and either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission when it goes on sale in the spring. Prices range from $33,000-$44,000. Competitors include the Infiniti Q60 and the Mercedes CLA.
2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo
A hatchback version of the 3 Series sedan, the 3 Series Gran Turismo is designed to offer an extra level of utility without sacrificing any of the driving dynamics that the 3 Series is known for. Both four- and six-cylinder engines are offered and both come standard with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Pricing starts at $42,375. Competitors include the Audi Allroad and the Mercedes-Benz GLA.
2014 BMW 4 Series
Formerly known as the 3 Series coupe, the 4 Series is the next step up in size and price from the 2 Series in BMW's lineup of sporty coupes. Two engines are offered along with both manual and automatic transmissions. A convertible 4 Series will be added to the lineup this spring. Prices range from $41,000-$50,000. Competitors include the Audi, Infiniti Q60 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe.
2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe
It may be called a Gran Coupe, but this is actually a four-door sedan. The Gran Coupe designation refers to the low roof line that gives this four-door the appearance of a stretched coupe. BMW has already applied this formula to its 6 Series sedan with great success, so now it's trying the same formula with its smaller 4 Series. Competitors include the Audi A3 sedan and the Mercedes-Benz CLA.
2015 BMW M4
The 2015 BMW M4 is an all-new, rear-wheel-drive, high-performance luxury coupe. It's the successor to the previous-generation M3 coupe sold from 2008-'13, and like that car, it will eventually have a convertible companion. In place of its predecessor's V8 engine, the M4 will use a more potent twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with roughly 425 hp. It's also longer, wider and lighter than the old coupe, which should open up more legroom in the cabin while preserving the engaging handling characteristics for which BMW's M cars have long been known. Pricing will likely fall in the mid-$60,000 range. Competitors include the Audi RS 5, Cadillac CTS-V Coupe and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.
2014 BMW i3
This is BMW's idea of the perfect electric city car: small, maneuverable and capable of going 80-100 miles on a single charge. If that's not enough range for you, a small, range-extending gasoline engine is available as an option that will effectively double how far you can go. Pricing starts at $41,000 before federal tax credits. Competitors include the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf.
2014 BMW i8
Unlike the small, hyper-efficient i3, the i8 is a high-performance, four-seat, two-door plug-in hybrid. The all-wheel-drive exotic utilizes a 1.5-liter three-cylinder coupled to an electric motor to power the rear wheels while another electric motor powers the front wheels. Combined output is 362 hp, which makes it a capable performance car. It goes on sale this summer with a price tag that starts at $136,000. The only real competitor to the i8 is the much larger Tesla Model S sedan.
2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe
A high-performance version of the standard 6 Series Gran Coupe, the M6 gets a twin-turbo V8 engine with up to 575 hp. A retuned suspension, more powerful brakes and an optional manual transmission are also part of the package. Pricing starts at $117,225. Competitors include the Audi RS 7, Mercedes-Benz CLS63 and Porsche Panamera Turbo.
2014 BMW 740Ld
The numbers are familiar but the last letter might look a little odd. That's because BMW typically doesn't offer a diesel engine in its biggest sedan, at least not in the U.S. That changes this year, as BMW has added a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel engine to the 7 Series lineup. Rated at 255 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, the new engine is capable of getting the big sedan from zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds while returning roughly 25 percent better mileage than a comparable gasoline-powered 740Li. Available in long-wheelbase models with all-wheel drive only, the 740Ld starts at $83,425. Its main competitor is the Audi A8L TDI.
2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe
Given the popularity of Cadillac's ATS sedan, it's no surprise that the company decided to build the two-door ATS coupe. Only two engines will be available: a 2.0-liter turbo-4 paired with a six-speed manual or automatic and a 3.6-liter V6 paired with a six-speed automatic. Rear-drive is standard, but all-wheel drive will be optional, though only with the automatic transmission. Sales begin this summer, with prices likely to range from $35,000-$45,000. Competitors include the Audi A5, BMW 4 Series and Infiniti Q60.
2014 Cadillac ELR Coupe
This is an ultra-luxurious, plug-in hybrid coupe that shares much of its technology with the Chevrolet Volt. It's slightly more powerful than the Volt, however, and its amenities far exceed the more utilitarian Chevy sedan. Expect 37 miles of all-electric range from this hybrid before the onboard generator kicks in to push range well over 200 miles. Pricing starts at $76,000. Competitors include the BMW i8 and the Tesla Model S.
2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
Designed for hard-core enthusiasts who want a Camaro they can bring to the racetrack, the Z/28 model is upgraded with a more powerful 7.0-liter V8 engine and a completely revised suspension. This Camaro also deletes many comfort features like carpet and a stereo to reduce weight. Pricing starts at $75,000 and deliveries are expected to start this fall. Competitors include the Dodge Challenger SRT8 and the Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca.
2014 Chevrolet SS
This all-new full-size performance sedan features a standard V8 engine and a performance-tuned suspension. Similar in size to Chevrolet's Impala sedan, the SS is a rear-wheel-drive-only sedan that comes in only one well-equipped trim, with pricing starting at $46,000. Competitors include the Dodge Charger SRT8 and the Ford Taurus SHO.
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV
As its name implies, this is an-electric version of the standard Spark hatchback. It promises roughly 80 miles of range on a full charge. Pricing starts at $27,495 before electric vehicle tax credits are factored in. Competitors include the Ford Focus EV, Honda Fit EV and Nissan Leaf.
2014 Ferrari LaFerrari
That's no typo. The name of this supercar is simply LaFerrari. It's the latest flagship sports car from the Italian automaker, and like some of its rivals it uses a hybrid drivetrain to deliver more than 900 hp. Top speed is said to be over 215 mph. Despite the fact that it commands a $1.4M sticker price, all 499 LaFerraris destined for production are already sold. Competitors include the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder.
2014 Fiat 500L
A four-door version of the standard Fiat 500, the 500L has considerably more interior room thanks to a slightly wider body to go with its additional overall length. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter, 160-hp four-cylinder that drives the front wheels. Pricing starts at $19,995 for the base "Pop" model. Competitors include the Chevrolet Sonic, the Honda Fit and the Mini Cooper Countryman.
2014 Ford Fiesta ST
For those who like their small hatchbacks with a little kick, the Fiesta ST is the high-performance version of the standard model. It comes with a 197-hp, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine hooked to a six-speed manual transmission. A retuned suspension, quicker steering and more powerful brakes are also part of the ST upgrades. Pricing starts at $21,225. Competitors include the Fiat 500 Abarth and Mini Cooper S.
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
Following the redesign of the standard sedan for the 2013 model year, Honda introduced the Accord Hybrid for 2014. It combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors to help deliver as much as 47 mpg in combined driving according to the EPA. Pricing starts at $29,945. Competitors include the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid.
2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid
Available only in California and New York, the Accord Plug-in offers up to 15 miles of pure-electric range before switching over to hybrid operation. Like the standard Accord Hybrid, the plug-in Accord is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine and two electric motors. Pricing starts at $40,570. The most direct competitor is the Ford Fusion Energi, also a plug-in hybrid sedan.
2014 Infiniti Q50
Late last year Infiniti introduced the Q50 as a replacement for its midsize G37 sport sedan. The new Q50 offers more modern styling and an upgraded interior. A V6 engine is standard, but if you want more power there's also a V6 hybrid model. Both come exclusively with automatic transmissions. Pricing ranges from $38,000-$49,000. Competitors include the Acura TL, Audi A4 and BMW 5 Series.
2014 Infiniti Q60
Infiniti changed its naming scheme for the 2014 model year. Q60 is the new name for last year's G37 coupe and convertible. Other than the name change, the Q60 did not receive any upgrades. Pricing starts at $41,755. Competitors include the Audi A5, BMW 4 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe.
2014 Jaguar F-Type Convertible
This two-seat, soft-top sports car is the spiritual successor to Jaguar's famous E-Type roadster of the '60s and '70s. Available with either a supercharged V6 or a supercharged V8, the F-Type delivers its power through the rear wheels and an automatic transmission only. Smaller and lighter than the XK convertible, the F-Type is also cheaper, with a base price of $69,895. Competitors include the Chevrolet Corvette convertible and Porsche Boxster S.
2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe
The F-Type Coupe is the hardtop version of the F-Type convertible introduced for the 2014 model year. Three power levels are available from two engines, both paired with an eight-speed automatic. Output peaks at 550 hp in the V8-equipped R Coupe. Sales begin this spring with a starting price of $66,000. Competitors include the Audi S5, BMW 6 Series and Porsche 911.
2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT
Consider this the ultimate Jaguar XK. It features the same 550-hp supercharged V8 as the XKR-S, but the GT also adds a revised track-ready suspension, unique 20-inch wheels, carbon-ceramic brakes and various carbon-fiber trim pieces. Only 25 will be sold in the U.S. and all will be white with black stripes. Pricing starts at $174,895. Competitors include the Audi R8 V10 Plus, BMW M6 and Porsche 911 GT3.
2014 Kia Cadenza
Slotting above the Optima in Kia's lineup, the front-wheel-drive Cadenza was designed for shoppers looking for a large, fully equipped sedan with classic styling and a comfortable ride. Only one engine is offered, a 3.3-liter V6 with 293 hp and a six-speed automatic. Two levels of trim are offered (Premium and Limited), both featuring an extensive list of standard equipment. Pricing starts at $35,900. Competitors include the Chevrolet Impala, Hyundai Azera and Toyota Avalon.
2015 Kia K900
This is an all-new large luxury sedan from the Korean automaker. It's expected to start at around $50,000 when it goes on sale this spring with a 420-hp V8 only. As the most expensive car in Kia's lineup, the K900 will offer every last feature the company offers, most of which will come as standard equipment. Competitors include the Acura RLX, BMW 5 Series and Lexus GS.
2015 Lexus RC Coupe
This is an all-new midsize two-door from Lexus. Based on the IS sedan, the RC will offer two different engine choices: a 3.5-liter V6 in the RC 350 and a 5.0-liter V8 in the high-performance RC F model. No pricing has been announced, but expect the RC 350 to start above $40,000 when it goes on sale later this year. Competitors include the Audi A5, BMW 4 Series and Cadillac ATS Coupe. The RC F will likely sticker closer to $70,000 when it arrives this fall. Likely competitors are the Audi RS 5, BMW M4 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG coupe.
2014 Maserati Ghibli
An all-new midsize luxury sedan from Maserati, the Ghibli slots below the company's more well-known and larger Quattroporte sedan. Designed to compete with the likes of the Audi S7, BMW 550i and Mercedes-Benz CLS550, the Ghibli offers a choice of two V6s, both of them turbocharged to deliver V8-like power. The standard engine comes with rear-wheel drive only, while the upgraded version adds all-wheel drive. Both engines come standard with an eight-speed transmission. Prices start at $67,000.
2015 McLaren P1
With a price tag well over $1 million, this hybrid super sports car joins an elite club of exotics that offer world-beating performance and the ultimate in exclusivity. Boasting a total of 903 hp through a combination of a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V8 and an electric motor, the P1 is one of the most powerful road-going cars ever built. Only 375 P1s will be built. Competition includes the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder.
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA
An all-new entry-level sedan, the CLA replaces the C-Class as the brand's least expensive model. It features either front- or all-wheel drive and a standard 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 208 hp. A high-performance CLA45 AMG model uses a 335-hp version of the same engine along with suspension and styling upgrades. Pricing for the standard CLA250 starts at $30,825. Competitors include the Audi A3, BMW 320i and Infiniti Q50.
2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe
Replacing the current CL coupe in Mercedes' lineup, the new S-Class Coupe takes all the latest features from the S-Class sedan and packs them into a striking two-door grand touring coupe. Everything from a semi-autonomous cruise control system to a fragrance dispenser is on the options list along with a choice of either a 449-horsepower or 577-hp twin-turbo V8 engine. Pricing has not been announced but expect around $120,000 for the standard S550 Coupe and roughly $200K for the high-performance S63 AMG model. Competitors include the Bentley Continental GT, BMW 6 Series/M6 and Maserati Gran Turismo.
2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series
As if the standard SLS AMG GT wasn't enough already, the limited-edition Black Series takes the gullwing coupe one step further toward supercar status. Power is bumped up to 622 horses, while weight is cut down by 154 pounds. Ceramic brake rotors and a specially calibrated transmission are also part of the track-bred package. Competitors include the Ferrari F12 and the Porsche 911 GT3.
2014 Porsche 918 Spyder
With its unique hybrid drivetrain, radical styling and $845,000 sticker price, the 918 Spyder is the most extreme production car the company has ever produced. The combination of a 4.6-liter V8 and two electric motors delivers roughly 900 hp to all four wheels. It can run on electricity alone for up to 18 miles before switching into hybrid mode, which will take the car up to a top speed of 211 mph. Competitors include the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1.
2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith
Based on the Ghost sedan, the two-door Wraith coupe is designed to provide a slightly sportier feel. It features a turbocharged V12 engine that sends 624 hp to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Pricing starts at roughly $285,000. Competitors include the Bentley Continental GT and the Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG.
2015 Volkswagen E-Golf
A fully electric version of Volkswagen's latest Golf hatchback, the E-Golf promises up to 90 miles of range on a single charge. Recharging takes four hours using a 220-volt wall charger or up to 20 hours on a standard household plug. The batteries reside under the front and rear seats, so the E-Golf has roughly the same cargo capacity as a standard Golf. The E-Golf comes as a four-door only and will be priced closer to its on-sale date at the end of 2014. Competitors include the Ford Focus EV, Honda Fit EV and Nissan Leaf.
2015 Volvo V60 Wagon
This is the wagon version of Volvo's midsize S60 sedan. It offers three engine options ranging from a very fuel-efficient 2.0-liter, 240-hp four-cylinder all the way to a performance-oriented V6 with 325 hp. All come standard with automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive. Pricing will start at about $36,000 when the V60 goes on sale early this year. Competitors include the Audi Allroad and the BMW 3 Series wagon.