The future is certainly here at the 2014 New York International Automobile. The Toyota ‘Car of the Future’ is a machine from the likes of blockbusters Minority Report and Training Day. High end exotic vehicles are on display alongside such trusted brands as Mercedes, BMW, and Jaguar. We spoke with representatives from Cadillac showcasing a beautiful concept and Infiniti that gave us an up close look at a luxurious SUV.
Cadillac Elmiraj Concept
The Elmiraj Concept is a modern two-door grand coupe with a combination of streamlined design and engaging rear-wheel drive performance. At 205 inches in overall length, it is a four-seat coupe with presence and poise. Elmiraj is powered by a 4.5-liter twin turbocharged V8 delivering an estimated 500 hp. The engine takes the baseline technology from the new Cadillac Twin Turbo V6 featured in the upcoming 420-hp 2014 CTS Vsport edition, and expands it to the classic performance format of a V8 engine.
2015 Infiniti QX80 and QX80 Limited
Leading off the parade of world debuts was the 2015 Infiniti QX80 Limited, an ultra-luxury full-size SUV that starts with every available feature of the standard QX80 and then adds subtle exterior upgrades and an interior that wouldn’t be out of place in an ultra-executive boardroom or private jet.
“In 2014, Infiniti enters its 25th year here in the United States and we’re going to make it a year to remember,” said Infiniti Americas President Michael Bartsch. “The new Q70L, with nearly six inches added to the length of the cabin, brings SUV levels of rear legroom to this type of sedan for the first time. And the new QX80 Limited answers the demand from QX80 owners for a vehicle that is more sophisticated but not over-the-top – and one that remains at its core pure Infiniti. These two new models should also attract many new ultra-luxury buyers to the Infiniti brand.”