The New York International Auto Show kicks off this week in Manhattan, and as usual much has leaked or been released beforehand. We now know that Mercedes will unveil the newest edition of its massive GLS SUV, complete with 48-volt electrical system to help manage all the driver-assist options and its active suspension. This is one of seven models coming from the German bigfoot brand this week, and we’re particularly excited to see the AMG version of the new A-Class sedan, which should be a certifiable pocket rocket.
We’ll also see the new Subaru Outback, the new Toyota Highlander, a special Q50 Signature Edition from Infiniti, a concept pickup from Volkswagen called the Tarok, the production version of the Porsche 911 Speedster, a new concept car from Genesis, and the Hyundai Venue, a small crossover. Lincoln will look to revive its flagging resurgence with the Corsair, a small SUV, that should be a stunner in person, if the company’s recent other design efforts are any indication.
Of course, electrification and driver-assistance will be huge messages with most brands, but the real take-home will be an open-mindedness to really any approach to staking a claim in an increasingly picky and conscientious market. Witness a surprising engine strategy from Ford and the arrival of a new electric pickup, both among some other anticipated reveals included below:
Acura TLX PMC Edition
Hand-built in the same Ohio factory that produces the NSX supercar, the TLX is Acura’s nod to exclusivity for enthusiast drivers. It’s distinctive and nuanced red paint job takes five days to apply rather than a more common one-day application, and it’s packing a host of trim details not available on other models, including 19-inch gloss-black wheels and Milano leather sport seats. It’s powered by a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 mated to a 9-speed automatic, itself mated to Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. It’s not that much pricier than the top TLX, with an anticipated price tag of around $50,000 against the regular model’s $46,000.
The Ford Escape will arrive in New York with a streamlined look that’s a distinct departure from its usually cubic configuration–and an unconventional base powertrain. The Escape will now have startling three-cylinder turbocharged engine rather than the usual four, but it will produce a healthy 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. There will also be hybrid and plug-in hybrid options, and an all-wheel-drive option that runs just the front wheels under normal use, only kicking in the rears as needed. Given that Ford removed cars from its lineup, these changes are intended to keep those customers in the family, via a fuel-efficient compact crossover.
Cadillac will debut the replacement for its long-running CTS mid-sized sedan. The CT5 comes in just under the flagship CT6 sedan, and will feature styling that isn’t as dramatic as its predecessor, but which is a solid evolution of the Cadillac design language. Power will come from a 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder or a twin-turbo V6 displacing 3 liters. The 10-speed automatic will help maximize fuel efficiency. Will it meet or exceed the CTS’s crisp interior look and premium luxury feel? Very likely.
Rivian R1S and R1T
This will be startup electric carmaker Rivian’s New York debut, having unveiled its astounding R1T pickup truck last fall, followed by its R1S, a seven-passenger SUV. The battery-electric machine offer some tantalizing promises: a 0-60 times of 3 seconds, and ranges of more than 400 miles. They’re also beautifully styled, and packed with cool details. The big question, of course, is what prospects an EV startup holds. Tesla has proven it can be done, but its still has a long way to go to being a fully matured, mass-production carmaker. But Rivian has a tremendous start, with a factory, hundreds of employees, and great timing, given that Tesla has borne the brunt of the market’s reaction to both EV’s and startup carmakers. It will be fascinating to see how NYC reacts to the new player.