Photo Gallery: Highlights from the 2016 New York International Auto Show
Absent of major debuts, the 2016 New York International Auto Show displayed a mish-mash of refreshed models, performance offshoots of current vehicles, expansions of existing vehicle lineups, and concepts with a chance for production. On the pages that follow, we highlight the happenings in New York.
2017 Acura MDX
After a decade defined by its controversial shield-style grille, Acura relents and introduces a new company look on the updated 2017 MDX. Taking its cues from the well received Acura Precision Concept vehicle, this new “diamond pentagon” grille will appear on the rest of the company’s cars and SUVs in due time.
2017 Audi R8 Spyder
Take one Audi R8, peel off the roof, and you’ve got the R8 Spyder. The top drops in 20 seconds and at speeds up to 31 mph, Audi says, and the 540-horsepower, 5.2-liter V-10 gets the car to 60 mph in an estimated 3.5 seconds. A top speed of 197 mph ensures plenty of wind in your hair.
Bandit Edition 7T7 Trans Am
A company called Trans Am Worldwide transforms previous-generation Camaros into replicas of the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am. In New York, the company displayed the first Bandit Edition model, of which only 77 will be produced, all signed by Burt Reynolds and making 840 horsepower.
2017 Buick Encore
One of Buick’s most popular models gets a welcome update for 2017, adopting the company’s new grille design, signature lighting elements, and toned-down trim details. Next-generation infotainment technology debuts, too, including smartphone-projection technology.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Arriving in coupe and convertible body styles, the Camaro ZL1 is stuffed full of supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine cranking out 640 horsepower and 640 lb.-ft. of torque. Think of it as a Corvette Z06 with four seats and you won’t be too far off the mark.
2016 Ford Shelby GT-H
Five decades ago, car enthusiasts could borrow a high-performance Mustang from Hertz Rent-A-Car, hit the track, and return it (hopefully in one piece). Today, contractual fine print makes sure you won’t be doing laps in a rented car. But as Ford, Hertz, and Shelby American announced in New York, once again you can rent a Ford Shelby GT-H through the Hertz Adrenalin Collection.
Genesis Hybrid Sports Sedan Concept
If the rather stodgy Genesis G90 made you scratch your head, the rather stunning Genesis Hybrid Sports Sedan concept vehicle should make it clear that Hyundai’s new luxury brand is quickly getting itself together. The concept also previews a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain making about 240 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq
Hyundai takes on the Toyota Prius with the new 2017 Ioniq, which is offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric formats. Wrapped in rakish 5-door hatchback bodywork, the Ioniq is attractive on the outside, clean and contemporary on the inside, and poised for success just as soon as gas prices creep back up.
2017 Kia Cadenza
Redesigned for 2017, the Cadenza is Kia’s full-size family sedan. What’s that? You didn’t know Kia made one? Yes, and it’s quite nice, easily splitting the difference between mainstream and luxury in the same way that a Buick LaCrosse or Chrysler 300 does.
Lincoln Navigator Concept
Gas is cheap. Stocks are up. Unemployment is down. More people have more money. The time is right for a redesigned luxury behemoth, and Lincoln is getting ready to deliver with an all-new 2018 Navigator. The concept shown in New York had gull-wing doors and a power staircase to an unapologetically swanky cabin.
2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
Rumor had it that a new power-retractable hardtop version of the Miata would be coming to New York. What debuted was this “RF” model, for “retractable fastback.” Think Porsche 911 Targa meets Honda Civic del sol with a helping of 1968 Corvette thrown in for good measure.
2017 Mercedes-AMG E43
You know the drill. This is an E-Class that has been thoroughly reworked to deliver maximum performance. The twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 engine makes 396 horsepower, accelerates the car to 60 mph in a claimed 3.5 seconds, and hits a speed-limited 155 mph. You can bet on exhaust tuning that delivers an appropriate roar.
2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43
Using the same recipe as the AMG E43 but applying it to a different vehicle, the new AMG GLC43 is a crossover SUV built to excel on pavement. Its twin-turbo V-6 doesn’t make as much power as the massaged E-Class, but with 362 ponies it trots within the same corral as key competitors.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe
Another variation of the automaker’s popular new GLC-Class crossover SUV, the GLC Coupe isn’t a coupe at all. It’s a fastback, which chops into passenger and cargo space. Mercedes said: “It is both hot and cool.” You, of course, can make up your own mind about that.
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid
For years, Mitsubishi has been promising a plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander SUV. It could have been the first one to market, but development delays pushed it back, gas is cheap, and the Outlander arrives at the same time as the new Kia Niro. The bigger news might be the safety and infotainment technology coming for the 2017 Outlander lineup.
Nissan Skyline GT-R Display
If you’re a Nissan Skyline GT-R fan and you live anywhere near New York City, you are going to want to visit the show to drool over the collection of vintage GT-R models on display. They’re in town to celebrate updates to the more powerful 2017 Nissan GT-R, which boasts more aerodynamic design, a revised interior, new suspension, stiffer structure, and more.
2017 Nissan Titan Crew Cab
Built on a different chassis than the Titan XD, the new Titan half-ton truck debuted in New York in crew cab format. The styling is tidier and the wheelbase is a foot shorter, compared with the XD model, and the half-ton truck gets a 390-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8 engine. Single cab and King Cab models will also be available, as will a new V-6 engine.
2017 Porsche Macan
With the introduction of a new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in the 2017 Macan, this compact SUV is now the least expensive Porsche you can buy, at $48,550 including destination. Don’t worry, this new Macan is still quick, arriving at 60 mph in a claimed 6.1 seconds when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono package.
Scion Transition to Toyota
With Scion’s cancellation, last year’s models are folded into the Toyota lineup. The Scion iA sedan becomes the Toyota Yaris iA. The Scion iM hatchback becomes the Toyota Corolla iM. And the Scion FR-S sports car becomes the Toyota 86, which is what it is called everywhere else on the planet except for North America.
2017 Subaru Impreza
When it comes to delivering what people want, Subaru fires on every one of its horizontally opposed cylinders except for one, and that’s styling. With the debut of the redesigned 2017 Impreza in New York, it looks like someone with design flair is toiling away to resolve this issue.
2017 Toyota Prius Prime
Behold, the replacement for the Prius Plug-in! Now called the Prius Prime, this plug-in hybrid electric vehicle has different styling to clearly set it apart from your average, everyday Prius. It travels 22 miles on a single charge, reverting to gas-electric hybrid operation thereafter. Toyota expects a rating of 120 MPGe.
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
With the new Golf Alltrack, Volkswagen applies the Subaru Outback recipe to its Golf Sportwagen. Equipped with all-wheel drive, a slight suspension lift for added ground clearance, and SUV design cues, the Golf Alltrack doesn’t mess with what has proven to be a success for Subaru.