The 2017 New York Auto Show and the 51st annual East Jeep Safari are coming soon this April. Everything from hyper fast GT-Rs to hot rod Jeeps are being unveiled, and heres what TFL is most excited about.
New for 2017, Nissan will debut the GT-R Track Edition in New York. Powered by a 565 horsepower 3.8 liter twin turbo V6, the new track edition delivers less power than the top dog NISMO, but more than the entry level Premium. The price represents this power difference at well with the Track Edition starting at $127,990. Although it costs more than the $109,990, it is nearly 50 grand less than the NISMO.
The Track Edition benefits from several features of the NISMO like suspension, structural rigidity and even front fenders. NISMO wheels and new carbon fiber spoiler finish off the new mid range GT-R.
But that’s not the only vehicle to be introduced this year in New York. Toyota teased with could be a replacement for the FJ Cruiser. Called the FT-4X, Toyota describes this vehicle simply as “Four Wheeling Scene Stealing.” Almost nothing else is known about this new concept apart from a closeup of an aggressive Goodyear tire.
Several other teasers have been released ahead of the show. A preview from Buick and Acura shows headlights of several new models including the face-lifted Acura TLX.
Finally, FCA is showing the world the Dodge Challenger Demon and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, two uber high performance versions of two American icons. Andre Smirnov is headed to New York to cover the latest and greatest reveals happening soon.
Roman Mica, Nathan Adlen and myself are heading to Moab Utah to preview and drive the new Jeep Concepts. Perhaps the coolest being the Jeep Quicksand concept.
Powered by a 392 cubic inch V8, this hot rod inspired Wrangler promises to be loud and fast. Open headers dump the V8 rumble straight downward with a cutout available for when a more subdued tone is wanted. Jeep chopped the top on this crazy concept and finished off the design with a mock parachute out back.
Perhaps more interesting still is the Jeep Safari Concept. The grill on this opened air concept is different than the current one found on the Wrangler JK, perhaps a nod to the upcoming Wrangler JL. Clear doors and roof mean an airy feel. Four aggressive buckets mean all members of the family can soak in the sun!
Finally, the Grand One concept is a retro throwback to the first generation Grand Cherokee. A stretched wheel base and 5.2 liter V8 should mean this ZJ can keep up on the trail. These are just three of the seven concepts Jeep is bringing to the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari.
Be sure to stay tuned to TFLcar.com for the latest and greatest of auto show news and Jeep drives! Check out this video below to see what’s coming to New York and Moab next week!