Porsche 911 Speedster
News, updates and launches from one of America’s biggest motoring events
The New York International Auto Show is home to some of the biggest US-market unveilings, as well as a chance to see some recently revealed European models in the flesh for the first time.
Held in one of the world’s most vibrant cities, the event always features some interesting new launches, and some outlandish concepts.
Autocar is on the ground to bring you all of the news and information as it happens. Here’s what is going to be revealed at the show.
It won’t be sold globally, as its German rivals are, but with a well-equipped interior, sleek exterior styling and starting price of around $46,000 (£35,150), it’s likely to make a big splash in its home market.
Chevrolet Corvette C8
Widely anticipated to make its debut at New York is the all-new, C8-generation Chevrolet Corvette. The Porsche 911 rival has yet to be seen undisguised, but it has already made headlines for what lies underneath the camouflage.
In a first for the 66-year-old sports car icon, the traditional 6.2-litre V8 lump will lie in the middle of the car, in the name of improved weight distribution and aerodynamics. Expect a focus on weight saving, handling composure and interior quality to match its European rivals.
New York provides Ford with an opportunity to show off the new US-market Escape SUV.
The Honda CR-V rival made its European debut recently as the new Kuga, sitting atop the same C2 platform as the new Focus and making use of a range of conventional and hybrid powertrains. A revised suspension set-up and new driver assist features make the crossover “a heck of a lot of fun to drive,” according to chief engineer Jim Hughes.
The mid-sized saloon is due in US dealerships later this year, with a raft of new interior technology and bold new styling. The Sonata is the first model to sit atop Hyundai’s new N3 platform, which has been developed to support a four-wheel-drive powertrain, meaning that could be a future option for the model.
Previewed here in an early design sketch, the Venue is an upcoming compact crossover from Hyundai that will sit below the Santa Fe SUV.
Hyundai says the new model’s name “embodies the characteristics of ‘the place to be’”, so expect a strong urban focus with an emphasis on interior quality and technology. One thing we do know for sure is that it isn’t planned to come to the UK.
Lincoln, Ford’s luxury arm, will unveil its all-new Corsair – the brand’s smallest SUV to date.
The model arrives as Ford shifts focus away from hatchbacks and saloons in the US in favour of crossovers, SUVs and pick ups. The Corsair will replace the MKC and is expected to share a platform and powertrain options with the new Escape (Kuga in Europe).
Mercedes-AMG A35 Saloon
The A35 Saloon is the new entry point into Mercedes’ range of AMG performance models. Packing 302bhp from its 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, it promises a 0-62mph time of 4.8sec and a top speed of 155mph.
Mercedes-AMG CLA 35
The range-topping performance variant of Mercedes’ new CLA boasts a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, multi-plate-clutch four-wheel drive system and the company’s 302bhp 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol powertrain.
Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé
Also appearing in the flesh for the first time is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé, which has been given a light styling update, new driver safety assistance systems and a new range of mild hybrid powertrains.
The BMW X6 rival can now be had in 207bhp GLC 200 4Matic and 267bhp GLC 300 4Matic guises, which come equipped with the firm’s EQ Boost 48V integrated starter-generator. It’s expected, however, that the diesel line-up, ranging in output from 161bhp to 242bhp, will form the bulk of UK sales.
In top-spec Maybach guise, the largest SUV in Mercedes’ range is expected to ditch two of its seven seats in favour of captain chairs throughout, boast autonomous driving features and be propelled by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 producing 462bhp.
Mullen Qiantu K50
California-based Mullen Technologies has teamed up with Chinese car maker Qiantu Motors to create the K50, an electric sports car that’s set to go on sale in the US next year.
Constructed mostly of carbonfibre and aluminium, the two-door coupé’s body-in-white weighs in at under 300kg, while a 375bhp dual-motor set-up makes it good for 0-62mph in 4.6sec, a top speed of 124mph and a claimed range of 230 miles.
Nissan 50th Anniversary Z and GT-R
Nissan’s ‘Ultimate Dream Garage’, on display in New York, is a collection that marks 50 years of the GT-R and Z sports car ranges.
Taking in models including the 240Z, R34 Skyline and limited-edition GT-R50 by Italdesign, it will celebrate half a century of Nissan performance models. No word yet, though, on whether a long-awaited new model from sub-brand Nismo will make an appearance.
Porsche 911 Speedster
As the first keys to the new 992-generation Porsche 911 are handed over to buyers, Stuttgart bids goodbye to the outgoing 991 with the limited-edition Speedster variant.
The model was confirmed for production last summer, and sports a retro-inspired rear roofline, 21in cross-spoke alloy wheels and the 4.0-litre flat-six engine from the hardcore GT3 variant.
Previewed as a three-dimensional scultpure in a video released by Toyota, the fourth-generation Highlander looks to evolve the overall design of its predecessor, while retaining a high-riding, seven-seat layout.
The Ford Explorer and Mazda CX-7 rival will sit between the 4Runner and Sequoia in Toyota’s US line-up, and is likely to sit atop the TNGA platform that underpins the new Corolla. The Highlander has not yet made it across to European shores, but the Japanese company is believed to be adopting a ‘never say never’ approach with regard to the new model going global.
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