What can you expect from the 2018 New York Auto Show? That’s all coming up right now
Live from New York, it’s…well, not the show you’re thinking of. In fact, it’s the 2018 New York Auto Show! Press days aren’t actually coming on Saturday, but TFL will come to you live from New York next week to cover this year’s event. Manufacturers have been releasing a lot of new information prior to the show, so we now have a pretty good idea on what you can expect to see.
The show will be open to the public from March 30th through April 8th at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Check back to this list often as we update it with newly-unveiled previews and live reveals from Manhattan!
Last October, we received a spy shot of the 2019 Acura RDX testing in the wilds of Columbus, Ohio. Then, in January, we saw the RDX “Prototype” debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Now, it’s time for the real thing. The new Acura RDX will make its official debut at this year’s New York Auto Show. As with the prototype, there’s a new platform, powertrain, and design language. On that last front, the RDX represents what Acura is calling their most extensive redesign in the past decade.
After unveiling the 2019 A6 in Geneva earlier this month, Audi’s midsize sedan makes its American debut in New York. It carries edgier styling than its predecessor, and packs a 340 horsepower turbocharged V6 engine with 369 lb-ft of torque. In the spirit of its larger siblings that debuted before the A6, the latest generation model brings a host of tech upgrades as well.
Audi RS 5 Sportback
Earlier this month, a TFLcar reader sent us some spy photos of a very interesting looking Audi. Turns out it was the RS 5 Sportback, and Audi may debut just debuted the model at the New York Auto Show. Essentially a four-door hatchback version of the RS 5 Coupe, the Sportback fires 444 horsepower from its 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 to all four wheels. Practicality? Meet performance.
Cadillac’s going one smaller with their new XT4 crossover. It will be the brand’s smallest offering, next to the larger XT5 and the full-size Escalade. They’re moving into hotly contested territory, as every other luxury manufacturer is bringing something to the table. Mainly, the XT4 will duke it out with the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi Q3, Volvo XC40, and the Infiniti QX30.
Cadillac CT6 V-Sport
Cadillac’s bringing V8 power to its flagship model with the 2019 CT6 V-Sport. The 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 under the hood of this model is the brand’s first exclusive engine since the Northstar engine went out of production in 2010. It produces 550 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque in its most powerful configuration. However, there will be a detuned version in the normal CT6 with 500 horsepower. Despite earlier rumors, this is exclusively a Cadillac engine, and won’t make its way into the Corvette or any other GM product at the moment.
After showing a prototype in Detroit, Honda’s ready to bring the Insight back to market, showing it off in New York. Unlike the previous Insight, which bowed out in 2014, the new version is a sedan based on the 10th-generation Civic platform. It’s smaller than the Accord Hybrid, naturally, and promises 55 MPG in the city. The Honda Sensing safety suite will also be available in the 2019 Insight, as will Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support.
Hyundai Kona EV
Hyundai unveiled an all-electric version of their new Kona crossover. Hyundai’s claiming 250 miles of all electric range, just edging out the Chevrolet Bolt and handily beating the Nissan LEAF’s current 150-mile range. The Kona EV will go on sale later this fall, but pricing hasn’t been revealed just yet.
Hyundai Santa Fe
It was officially unveiled in South Korea last month, but now the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe makes its way to our shores. Sporting an all-new diesel powertrain, this five-seat crossover’s set to take the fight to rivals like Toyota, Honda, and Nissan. The Kona-esque styling might be a bit contentious, but it certainly stands out from the old model, as does Hyundai’s omission of the 3.3-liter V6 engine. Hyundai’s dropped the Sport model and the seven-seat version of this Santa Fe, instead developing an all-new seven-passenger model.
After Arctic performance testing in Sweden and its world debut at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this month, the all-new electric Jaguar I-Pace makes its way to the Big Apple. This car is Jaguar’s first foray into the EV world, and they’ve pulled out all the stops to market this car as much as possible. There’s reason to take notice: the I-Pace produces 395 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque from its electric motors. Not only that, but the company confirmed you can charge the car from dead to 80 percent charge in 45 minutes on a 100kW fast charger.
Jaguar F-Pace SVR
The I-Pace isn’t the only Jaguar to pounce on this year’s New York Auto Show. There’s also the high-performance F-Pace SVR. While that car is all about clean running, zero emissions, and efficiency (with some power, mind you), the SVR laughs at electricity. Why? Because this mid-size luxury SUV has a massive 5.0-liter supercharged V8 making 550 horsepower. That makes it pretty brisk: 0-60 comes up in 4.1 seconds, according to Jaguar. The F-Pace SVR is set to go on sale this summer from $79,990.
The current generation is older than you might think. It’s actually been around since 2012, even though it’s only been sold in the U.S. since 2015. It hasn’t exactly been a huge seller here, but that hasn’t stopped Kia from updating it anyway. A leaked Korean brochure showed pictures of the new K900, as well as its powerplants. In the U.S. market, this car’s likely to have Kia’s signature 3.3-liter V6 as well as the 5.0-liter V8 found in the Genesis G90.
Lexus leaps into the fray of luxury subcompact crossovers with their all-new UX model. This segment is searing hot right now, and the UX joins the competition alongside Volvo, BMW, Audi, Infiniti, and Mercedes-Benz. Two variants will be available: a front-wheel drive UX 200 variant with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, and a UX 250h all-wheel drive hybrid variant with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and an electric motor.
Lincoln’s contentious MKT has been around for nearly 10 years now. Alongside the new Navigator, the current model looks…well, stodgy. It’s time to put the MKT out to pasture, and Lincoln agrees. Now, the Aviator – a nameplate that’s been absent since 2005 – is returning to the fold. This concept model, at least, will appear at the New York Auto Show next week. We expect the Aviator to sit in the middle of Lincoln’s SUV range, between the larger Navigator and the smaller Nautilus (formerly MKX) and MKC. The Aviator should hit the showrooms around the same time as the new Explorer.
Mercedes-Benz has updated their C-Class lineup for 2019. They revealed the coupe and cabriolet versions of the ordinary C-Class as well as the C 43 models. C300 versions will come with a 255 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, with rear- or all-wheel drive. C 43 models will be all-wheel drive only, packing a 3.0-liter, biturbo V6 engine. We’ll also see North American debuts of the AMG GT 4-door and the AMG G63 as well.
While crossover demand has exploded, the same can’t be said for sedans. Despite that, and the fact that the current Altima stretches back to 2012, the Altima is still a steady seller. The Camry, Accord, and Mazda 6 have been or are getting an update for this model year, so Nissan can’t sit on the Altima much longer. To that end, they’ve redesigned it, and the 2018 version will be on display at the New York Auto Show.
The styling is edgier, but we don’t expect anything too radical from the Altima. That would just be out of character. We don’t know too much more past this sketch at the moment, but the new Altima should have an inline-four option as well as a V6, as in the present model.
Subaru has just provided a glimpse of the 2019 Forester, set to debut at this year’s show. This is all we’ve seen so far, but we’d expect the new model to retain most of its boxy characteristics compared to the rest of Subaru’s lineup. Apart from the more stylish taillights, we know Subaru will build the new forester on their global platform. That design does look like it borrows cues from the larger Ascent. The revised Forester has a more powerful 2.5-liter, f0ur-cylinder Boxer engine, making 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque.
Toyota teased this image of the brand new RAV4 debuting in New York. From what we can tell, it will have a more aggressive front end, as well as a more steeply-raked rear glass area. It looks like it borrows several design cues from the FT-AC concept we saw in L.A. It’s also built on Toyota’s “TNGA” (New Global Architecture) platform. That means it will share hybrid powertrains with the Prius and the new Auris (also known currently as the Corolla iM in our market). The RAV4 is one of the best selling crossovers on the market, and its been around in its current generation since 2012.
Toyota Corolla Hatchback
Toyota will hatch (almost literally, based on their earlier tweets) a new Corolla hatchback at this year’s New York Auto Show. It’s riding on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TGNA) platform, and comes in two trim levels: SE and XSE. It still has a six-speed manual – small miracles! – and supports Apple CarPlay, thanks to inclusion of Entune 3.0.
Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept
Volkswagen is unveiling a five-passenger Atlas variant at this year’s New York Auto Show. The larger Atlas was designed to replace the expensive Touareg in our market. The smaller Tiguan was enlarged to fill the gap, but now VW’s planning to bring the Atlas Cross Sport to market as well. This Atlas variant will make it to production in the coming years, and will be built at the company’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, alongside the Atlas and the Passat.
Volvo’s sub-V90 wagon made its debut last month in Stockholm, but now it’s headed for its U.S. debut in New York. Built upon the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, the V60 shares much of its fundamental design with its larger cousin. As with the V90, Volvo’s V60 is also limited to just two powertrain options. There’s either the front-wheel drive T5 version with 250 horsepower, or the all-wheel drive T6 model with 316 horsepower. The V60’s sedan variant is scheduled to debut this summer at Volvo’s new South Carolina plant.