Top 10 Cars and Concepts from the 2019 New York Auto Show

Philly Murtha | Apr 22, 2019

Not surprisingly, SUVs, particularly stylish small and midsize crossovers, dominated debuts at the 2019 New York International Auto Show as automakers previewed mainly production models. A few new sedans and concepts also were showcased at one of North America’s major auto shows. Dating back to 1900, the New York Auto Show is open to the public through April 28. A handful of debuts are highlighted in alphabetical order:

2020 Cadillac CT5 photo

2020 Cadillac CT5

Cadillac revealed a slick, fastback, midsize, premium CT5 sedan that replaces the CTS midsize and ATS compact models in the automaker’s lineup and will be available in premium luxury or sporty trims. A twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 engine is optional but the CT5 with European flair comes with a standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and 10-speed automatic transmission that puts out 237 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. It also features Super Cruise, Cadillac’s first hands-free driver-assist technology.

2020 Ford Escape photo

2020 Ford Escape

Smooth and good looking, Ford’s fourth-generation 2020 Escape compact SUV that goes on sale this fall is a redesigned stylish family hauler with longer and wider stance and enhanced, expanded cabin. The more carlike SUV, which is one of Ford’s best-sellers, has a revised back end and is offered with a number of powertrain choices, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants and a standard 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine.

2020 Hyundai Sonata photo

2020 Hyundai Sonata

A little daring and low with a jeweled front end and aggressive grille plus new hidden lighting describes Hyundai’s third-generation midsize sedan. Built on a new architecture, the 2020 Sonata arrives in showrooms later this year. If the standard model is too tame, a new performance variant is also coming and an 8-color palette selection will include Glowing Yellow.

2020 Hyundai Venue photo

2020 Hyundai Venue

The smallest Hyundai crossover with shades of Range Rover design will reach U.S. showrooms this year as a 4-door hatchback variant of the Hyundai Accent small car. The Venue is a fuel-efficient “urban” crossover with roof racks and sporty good looks powered by a 1.6-liter engine. Loads of features from a power sunroof to driver-assist systems are optional when the seventh SUV in Hyundai’s lineup goes on sale this fall.

2020 Lincoln Corsair photo

2020 Lincoln Corsair

Although it’s no “fighter jet,” the 2020 Corsair compact premium SUV receives attention with its modern looks, sloping roofline, and sculpted side panels that take cues from its larger siblings, the Aviator and Navigator. The Corsair goes on sale this fall and will be available with 24-way-adjustable seats and capability to unlock, start, and lock the vehicle with just a smartphone.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS photo

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

Lighter, a little bigger, and posher describes the new 2020 GLS that goes on sale near the end of 2019. New turbocharged engine choices, including a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 that produces 483 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque, can be selected. All include an electric boost system for extra oomph. A plethora of driver-assist systems are featured along with a 7-seat configuration and a two-screen infotainment outfit to make it the “S-Class of premium SUVs.”

2020 Nissan Versa photo

2020 Nissan Versa

The look of a small Altima gives Nissan’s 2020 Versa subcompact sedan a smoother and longer appearance. The redone Versa, which will reach U.S. dealer showrooms later in 2019, offers more rear legroom and lots of cargo space for its size as well as an updated cabin with modified touch-screen dash. Smartphone connectivity and many driver-assist systems are standard. Adaptive cruise control and a blind-spot warning system are optional.

2020 Subaru Outback photo

2020 Subaru Outback

Subaru’s sixth-generation, flagship, all-wheel-drive (AWD) Outback SUV is all-new but still features 8.7 ins. of ground clearance for outdoor adventures. A host of safety and tech features are standard with optional comfort features such as ventilated seats and a heated steering wheel on upper trim levels. A special Onyx Edition XT variant has been added for a little more fun.

2020 Toyota Highlander photo

2020 Toyota Highlander

Toyota’s midsize family sport utility is redone for the fourth time with refined lines. Sharper, sculpted lines that are similar to the smaller RAV4 give a more aggressive and less familiar new look. Slightly longer than the previous model, the new Highlander rides on a new stiffer platform and will be offered with a V-6 engine or hybrid powertrain in five trim levels when it goes on sale later this year.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Basecamp Concept

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Basecamp Concept

Volkswagen brought to New York the burly Atlas Basecamp Concept that features the midsize SUV’s SEL Premium trim modified with a custom body kit, a 1.5-in. lift kit, roof rack, bike mounts, LED roof light bars, plus 17-in. wheels and all-terrain tires. The Basecamp also features a HIVE EX cool camper trailer with queen-size bed and kitchenette. Nearly all add-ons for this vacay-traveler concept are available aftermarket.

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