The New York motor show has given us new supercars, SUVs and concepts galore. Here's our look at the best on display

Picking a single theme from the 2015 New York motor show is difficult, but one word keeps springing to mind: definition.

Brands at the show all seemed to be on a mission to define themselves and their offerings. McLaren showed off the first entry in its new Sports Series, the 570S, and thus defined itself as a three-tier sports car maker with global ambitions.

Land Rover further defined its SVO brand, bringing the super-luxury Range Rover SVAutobiography to market and likely worrying rivals from Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Mercedes-Maybach.

Elsewhere, US-centric brands such as Lincoln and Cadillac defined their luxury offerings, with Cadillac unveiling its new S-Class rival, the CT6, and Lincoln showing off a concept version of the upcoming Continental.

Plus we had the new Porsche Boxster Spyder, which is the lightest and most powerful version of the roadster yet made, Kia's new Optima, the Lexus RX SUV and a conceptual version of the next Honda Civic.

Here are some of our star cars from the New York motor show.

Lincoln Continental - Hilton Holloway

This concept is a world away from the sharp-edged homages to the classic 1961 Lincoln Continental that marked previous attempts to re-invent the brand. It’s a lush, unashamed and heavily chromed attempt at reflecting first class travel in a car, but the production car has to deliver on this promise.

Cadillac CT6 - Matt Burt

Cadillac says its cars must be bold and expressive, and the CT6 certainly fulfils that. I'll have mine as a 400bhp twin-turbo, 3.0-litre V6 please, although I'll need parking sensors because at 5184mm long it looks like an absolute beast. Not convinced it's the car that will help Cadillac crack Europe, but it isn't exactly lacking in presence. 

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Chrysler Ypsilon

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McLaren 570S Coupé - Nigel Donnelly

A new McLaren is exciting enough but the fact that the 570S is democratising the technology developed for the P1 hypercar bodes well for how it will drive. I can't wait to see if it matches up as favourably to its Audi and Porsche rivals on the road as it does on paper.

Range Rover SVAutobiography - Darren Moss

I admire many of the innovations coming out of Jaguar Land Rover at the moment, but I’m pleased to see the firm being the first to jump the gun with a modern, super-luxury SUV. Yes, it costs £148,900 and includes some interesting additions - ‘event’ seating, anyone? - but I have no doubt that Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Mercedes-Maybach will have been over to have a close look themselves.

Porsche Boxster Spyder - Aaron Smith

A Porsche Boxster that is 105kg lighter and 45bhp more powerful than the already potent Boxster GTS has to be my show star. With all Cayman GT4s coming to the UK already accounted for, die-hard purists will have another opportunity to own one of Stuttgart’s most focused three-pedal sports cars.

Subaru STI Performance Concept - Tom Langan

It's no secret that Toyota has sold far more examples of the GT86 than Subaru has of the BRZ, but this concept could prove to be the moment the tide turns.

The STI moniker is held in high regard, with hoards of devotees loyal to the brand to the point of madness. The same can't be said of TRD fans. A strong offering in the form of a BRZ STI could sell in vast numbers, becoming the enthusiasts choice for cheap thrills.

Jaguar XF - Matthew Burrow

2015 promises to be a big year for Jaguar. The XE will arrive in showrooms in May and the new XF will join it before the year is out. The XF has its work cut out but its impressively low running costs, improved interior space and high-tech infotainment system show how serious Jaguar is about knocking the class-leaders off the top spots

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2 April 2015
That Optima looks like a 5 series clone,Lincoln Cont?,is this a Bentley?,liked the BMW's,the 6 series,just awesome!

3 April 2015
The Lincoln Continental concept look like the original. 2 actors I knew who Lincoln fan were the late William Conrad who drove in 2 TV series Cannon & Jake & the Fatman. Hogan Hero late BoB Crane drove in all of his movies. Now if Denzel Washington reprise his Equalizer role I expect him to drive this car.

3 April 2015
"Range Rover SVAutobiography" - are you serious? In amongst the glut of significant new models you choose a modifed car that costs £150k and probably would kill its occupants in a crash. Seriously losing the plot.

3 April 2015
Could Darren Moss please reveal which company paid for his flight & accommodation in New York this week? I suspect it is JLR, but happy to be corrected.

3 April 2015
Is the Merc GLE supposed to be a replacement for the ML or a different model? Please tell me its a replacement because it looks almost identical to the current ML.

3 April 2015
It is beyond me how a pick-up, the size and weight of a Dodge Ram, can be considered green in any sense, except perhaps the colour of the paint.

3 April 2015
... not a Wraith.

Well there is half a Wraith.

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