Hot cars at the New York International Auto Show

The 2016 Lexus RX is introduced at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Mark Lennihan

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York International Auto Show opens this week with a mix of mainstream sedans and glitzier models from automakers across the globe.

With a nod to everyday car buyers, a handful of new midsize cars are being introduced, including the Malibu from Chevrolet and the Optima from Kia. Honda has kept its auto show offering under wraps, but the expectation is for a new Civic compact. The youth-oriented Scion brand is showing off its first-ever sedan.

Lovers of luxury and performance won't be disappointed. Among the introductions are the 2016 Lexus RX, the country's most popular luxury SUV, and the 570S, a high-performance sports car from Formula One racing company McLaren that's priced under $200,000.

Media days were Wednesday and today and the public is allowed in starting Friday through April 12. Here are highlights of some of the models to be introduced:

CADILLAC CT6: This is GM's latest effort to compete with the BMW 7-Series and the Mercedes S-Class in the big rear-drive luxury sedan category. Caddy's previous full-size model, the DTS, embodied old Detroit luxury — a spongy boat built for straight-line freeway driving. This time, though, GM says the flagship CT6 has an aluminum-intensive body with 11 different materials for strength, performance and efficiency. The car has a spacious interior, but the weight and agility of smaller cars. GM says it's lighter than the smaller BMW 5-Series. The CT6 is powered by a new 3-Liter twin-turbo V6 with 400 horsepower, plus two less-powerful engines from the previous generation. Safety features include night vision that helps identify people and large animals with heat signatures on a dashboard display. Pricing and gas mileage weren't announced.

LEXUS RX: Toyota's luxury brand revamps the top-selling luxury SUV in the U.S., the RX, for 2016, with a new aerodynamic look, an updated engine and a more spacious and luxurious interior. The sleeker outside makes the SUV quieter and more sure-footed at highway speeds, according to Lexus. The company says it upgraded the 3.5-Liter V6, pushing horsepower from 270 to 300. A new eight-speed automatic transmission boosts gas mileage. There's also the hybrid 450h. Lexus sold more than 107,000 of RXs last year, up 3.4 percent from a year ago. The new RX goes on sale sometime in the final three months of this year. Pricing and fuel economy were not announced. But the RX 350 now starts around $41,000.

JAGUAR XF: The sexy Jaguar XF sedan gets a makeover to look more like a coupe. Additional aluminum lightens the car by up to 265 pounds. The second generation of the car, which was shown in London last week with a high-wire journey across Canary Wharf, also gets a new supercharged V6 engine with 340 horsepower and 380 horsepower ratings. An updated suspension is designed to give the XF a more comfy ride, yet better handling than the current model. With an eight-speed automatic transmission, it can go from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. Pricing wasn't released, but the current model starts around $50,000. The XF goes on sale in the winter of 2015.

PORSCHE BOXSTER SPYDER: With the roar of 3.8-Liter, 375 horsepower flat six engine, Porsche introduced an open-top version of its latest Boxster model Tuesday night. Porsche says the Spyder is the fastest and most powerful Boxster ever. The car, with wide use of aluminum to make it lighter, can go from zero-to-60 in 3.8 seconds. That beats the 4.7 seconds of the Boxster GTS, currently at the top of the Boxster lineup. The sculpted mid-engine two-seat Spyder also has a top speed of 180 miles per hour. The Boxster Spyder starts at $82,100. Orders are being taken now in the U.S., Porsche's largest market. But it will take four to five months for delivery.

MCLAREN 570S: British supercar maker McLaren Automotive believes its ready to tackle the U.S. market with a decked-out luxury sports cars priced under $200,000. The 570S, a car that McLaren says will merge racing technology with day-to-day driving at a price around $190,000, goes on sale in November. McLaren, best known for Formula One race cars, says the 570S is critical to its long-term viability as a manufacturer. Even though it's cheap for a McLaren, the 570S is no slouch. The mid-engine, rear-drive 570S has a carbon fiber chassis and a 562 horsepower, 3.8-Liter turbocharged V8. It can go from zero to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 204 mph. Just what you need for the daily commute.

SCION iM, iA: Toyota is looking to a new sporty hatchback and a low-cost sedan to revive flagging sales of its youth-oriented Scion brand. The brand was started in 2003 to lure people 18 to 34 to the aging Toyota family. But the average age of the head of a Scion-owning household is 51. Brand chief Doug Murtha says many Scion buyers are parents of millennials. The hatchback iM, priced under $20,000, is aimed at those who want a sporty car that can haul things. The iA sedan, to cost around $16,000, looks more like a coupe but has enough room to tote people. The iA's 1.5-liter engine can get up to 42 miles per gallon on the highway. The sportier hatchback, with a 1.8-liter engine, gets up to 37 mpg. Both cars hit showrooms in September.

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