Automakers get real in New York. There were a few glitzy concepts, but the big deal is all of the factory fresh production models shining under the lights. From a gull-winged SUV to 640 horsepower Camaro and Nissan supercar, here are the highlights from the New York International Auto Show:
Lincoln Navigator Concept
Inspired by yachts, and maybe the Mercedes Gullwing, Navigator Concept mashes Range Rover with Continental for a next-generation luxury SUV. The cabin features middle row lounge chairs, Revel audio, light blue leather, and a built-in wardrobe. Head restraint monitors with Wi-Fi allow music sharing. The 400 horsepower 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 gets it moving.
Genesis Hybrid Sport Sedan Concept
Hyundai's recently-separated Genesis brand issues a contemporary sport sedan with sleek aggressive body over 21-inch wheels and a fully leather-wrapped interior boasting floating screens. 3D gesture controls let operators throw content from one screen to the next. The hybrid powertrain taps a 2.0-liter four-cylinder enngine and 8-speed transmission. Genesis promises an exciting future.
2017 Buick Encore
Buick's little crossover gains a sportier face with elegant wing grille, angled LED headlamps, and LED taillamps. Inside, the elegant wing-style dashboard cribs the new LaCrosse. A new 8-inch touchscreen accesses 4G LET Wi-Fi and compatibility with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. All this makes a great little crossover even better.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Heaven and Hades comspire for the ZL1, available as a coupe and convertible. Between fenders is a supercharged 640 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 connected to a rev-matching six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission. Magnetic Ride Control, dual-mode exhaust, and Drive Mode Selector go with bulging body mods to deliver what it promises.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe
Hot on the trail of the new GLC crossover is a sexier coupe version that's 3.2-linches longer, 1.6-inches lower, and sports a shapely rump. Designers amped the exterior with diamond radiator grille, LED headlamps, spoiler lip, and up to 21-inch wheels. Chooose the GLC300 with 241 horsepower turbo-four and off-road suspension or GLC43 AMG and enjoy a 362 horsepower Biturbo V6. A 9-speed automatic transmission, air suspension, and full sutie of crash avoidance systems are available. Sales begin early 2017.
2017 Mazda MX-5 RF
I adore the Miata's elegant manual cloth top, but see this: A hard top for touring, but with the flip of a switch, converts into an open roof targa. Fastback styling gets pulses quickening -- as does a choice of SKYACTIV 1.5- or 2.0-liter gasoline engines. The RF is sure to please MX-5 enthusiasts while enticing a new fan base. Beautiful.
2017 Toyota Prius Prime
The best-selling hybrid plugs in to deliver efficient performance. Prius Prime is estimated to achieve 120-MPGe -- the highest rating of any plug-in hybrid. One 11.3-gallon tank plus a full charge takes the car 600 miles. Flashier styling and interior with 11.6-inch center screen, head-up display, and wireless phone charging take it higher.
2017 VW Golf Alltrak
Meet the German Outback. Volkswagen takes the Golf SportWagen, jacks it up, slides 4MOTION all-wheel-drive under it, and adds an off-road mode with hill descent control. Body cladding gives it a rugged look. The wagon channels a 170 horsepower 1.8-liter turbo-four. Adaptive cruise, forward collision warning, and auto braking enhance safety.
2017 Subaru Impreza
Check the production-ready Impreza that comes from Subaru's expanded Lafayette, Indiana plant. Riding on a new global platform, the body is more dynamic and chiseled while the powertrain includes a 152 horsepower 2.0-liter Boxer four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission. All-wheel-drive remains standard. Apple CarPlay, android Auto, and Harman/Kardon audio join a refined interior harboring Subaru's EyeSight crash mitigation and adaptive cruise system. Sales begin later this year.
2017 Nissan GT-R
Nissan's supercar receives its first major updates since 2007. Start with an additional 20 horsepower (565 total), available hand-selected Nappa leather interior, refined seat design, and 8-inch touch panel with app suite. Nissan's corporate V-motion grille and hood with pronounced character lines gives the car visual stimulation. Sales begin this summer.
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