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2016 New York Auto Show Preview

2016 New York Auto Show Preview

By Christian Wardlaw, March 14, 2016
Awash in yellow cabs, black cars, and a cornucopia of Uber drivers, subways writhing beneath its concrete canyons, New York City is the American model of mass transportation. Yet, it serves as the center of the largest automotive market in the nation, making the annual automobile exposition held within the heart of the city one of the most important in the country.

Starting on March 23, several car companies are holding press conferences to introduce new models at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. This is what we know will be shown, and what we expect could be planned for those introductions.

Acura is introducing a prototype of whatever is next for the MDX luxury crossover SUV. It would be soon to redesign the MDX, so the vehicle coming to New York is likely a substantial refresh wearing the new face of Acura, patterned after the successful Acura Precision Concept.

Audi is going to introduce something in New York, but what will it be? The company rolled out the new Q2 subcompact luxury crossover in Geneva, and could bring that to the Big Apple. However, the A5 coupe and the Q5 crossover are both overdue for a redesign, and Audi has been spotted putting the final touches on its R8 Spyder.

Chevy’s full-size crossover SUV, the Traverse, is due for a redesign, and could be moving to a smaller platform shared with the redesigned 2017 GMC Acadia in order to put some daylight between it and the Tahoe. Performance variants of the Camaro are also due. But rumor has it that perhaps a new Sonic subcompact car will show its face in New York.

Hyundai is promising a full range of models for its Genesis luxury brand, and has already shown the G80 midsize and G90 full-size luxury cars. So what’s next? An SUV is a good bet.

Honda has a redesigned CR-V small crossover and Odyssey minivan waiting in the wings, and showed a prototype version of the Civic 5-door hatchback in Geneva. Performance versions of the Civic are also coming soon. What will we see in New York? That remains to be seen.

Hyundai has already rolled out the 2017 Ioniq in South Korea and in Geneva. Next up: New York City. It comes in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric versions. The Ioniq Hybrid is equipped with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine, an electric motor, Lithium-polymer battery, dual-clutch transmission, and regenerative braking. We should get greater detail about the U.S.-spec model at the New York Auto Show.

Jaguar now has a brand new entry-level XE, new midsize XF, and a new F-Pace crossover. The F-Type just debuted in Geneva in performance-tuned SVR trim. All has been quiet on the flagship front, though. Could Jaguar use New York to announce news about whatever comes next for the XJ?

Jeep is reportedly planning to introduce a redesigned Compass model that will slot between the Renegade and Cherokee. It will replace both the existing Compass and the Patriot, which will be discontinued.

Kia is rumored to be working on a production version of its GT Concept vehicle, a luxury-themed sports sedan that could prove more successful than the K900 flagship at attracting buyers with money.

Land Rover
Land Rover’s entire lineup is either new or refreshed, with the exception of the aged LR4. A return to the iconic Discovery name is rumored to be coming. Will it be slapped on a redesigned SUV, or a refreshed SUV?

Though it’s just a couple of years old, the compact MKC crossover is based on the Ford Escape. That model is updated for 2017, so it is likely that the MKC will get a refresh along similar lines.

Maserati is expected to bring the 2017 Maserati Levante to New York. This is the company’s new SUV, sized like a Porsche Cayenne and equipped with a choice between two twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engines. Maserati has announced that it will also sell a plug-in hybrid version using the same technology developed for the Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

Now that Mazda’s entire lineup has been redesigned, it is time to start over, but it is also too soon to show a redesigned CX-5. Therefore, Mazda could use New York to re-launch its Mazdaspeed performance brand.

Mercedes-AMG is unleashing a new 2017 E43 in New York, based on the redesigned E-Class sedan. It has a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine making 396 horsepower and 384 lb.-ft. of torque, and features all-wheel drive. It requires 4.5 seconds to reach 60 mph, according to Mercedes, which is just 1.8 seconds quicker than the new E300 model.

Honestly, what Mitsubishi could be up to in New York is a complete mystery. Rumors abound that a new Montero SUV could return to the lineup, introducing a fully realized version of the brand’s new design language.

Most likely, Nissan will show a restyled and updated 2017 Pathfinder SUV at the New York Auto Show. The Nissan Sentra SE-R has also been rumored to return to the lineup, injecting some energy into the automaker’s compact car lineup.

Porsche is revealing the 2017 Macan in New York. It continues in S, GTS, and Turbo trim levels, but a new entry-level model debuts with a new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 252 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. Porsche quotes acceleration to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. The base price is $47,500, making it the least expensive Porsche you can buy—by $8,500.

Subaru will debut the 2017 Subaru Impreza in New York City, wrapped in a new design language that sets the stage for future models. Expect the 5-door hatchback and 4-door sedan to return, as well as the Crosstrek version, which is equipped with a raised suspension and SUV styling cues.

Toyota introduced the 2017 C-HR in Geneva, but did not release specifications for the vehicle. Expect more information in New York. Toyota is also planning a refresh for the 2017 Corolla, and the Camry is due for a complete redesign. This could be a very big auto show for Toyota.

Volvo showed the new V90 station wagon in Geneva, and is likely to discuss this model in New York. However, the 60-series models (S60, V60, XC60) are ready for a redesign, and they could be shown, even if in conceptual format.

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