The 117th running of North America’s original motor show opens its doors to the press on 12 April, kicking off with the World Car of the Year presentation, before public days begin from 14-23 April.
As well as some big-name reveals from Dodge, Jeep and Buick, there will be a series of US debuts and 2018 model year introductions. Read on to see what will be making the headlines at NYIAS 2017.
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Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
Dodge has been teasing the Challenger SRT Demon for so long, it could give Dita Von Teese a run for a her money. It started back in January, when Dodge promised it would be “raising the bar again” with the SRT Demon, before proceeding to release a series of teaser videos and images.
No performance figures have been released – yet – but it will almost certainly have a million horsepower and enough torque to send the earth spinning in the opposite direction. It will also be more than 90kg lighter than the Hellcat, thanks in no small part to the fact that there’s only enough seating for one.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
If the Demon is a little too hardcore – or you intend to carry a passenger or two – the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk could be the next best thing. It’s likely to be powered by the same supercharged 6.2-litre V8 lump found in the Challenger and Charger Hellcat models, making it considerably more powerful than the Grand Cherokee SRT.
Like, properly powerful. How does 707hp grab you? That’s 232hp more than the SRT. But don’t expect it to stop there, as Jeep is expected to pull out all the stops in making this one of the most track-focused SUVs ever built.
It’s not new and unless you’re one of the chosen few, you can’t buy it, but the Ford GT will be one of the stars of the New York Auto Show. Besides, seeing Matt LeBlanc taking one for a spirited drive along the Pacific Coast Highway and then Laguna Seca has only served to heighten the anticipation for Ford’s supercar.
It comes with five different drive modes, including ‘Wet’, which must have been designed with British buyers in mind. “We focused on simplifying the experience,” said Derek Bier, Ford GT manager. “Optimising this car for just about any situation was critical, because ensuring owners always enjoy driving it was a top priority.”
Lexus LS 500 F Sport
Lexus is promising “the most engaging LS driving experience yet” with the new LS F Sport. Available on the LS 500 and LS 500h, the F Sport is likely to boast stiffer suspension, new alloy wheels, subtle exterior tweaks and a revised interior.
“The all-new LS is based on an extended version of the brand’s premium global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA-L) platform – the stiffest that Lexus has ever developed,” said Lexus. Ideal if you’re hunting down the odd S-Class.
Buick Regal TourX
Move over Volvo V60 Cross Country, Subaru Outback and Audi A4 Allroad, because the Buick Regal TourX is coming through. The all-wheel drive estate car rides higher than the standard model and features standard roof rails and rural-friendly body cladding.
Looks great, doesn’t it? Should be familiar, too, given that it’s based on the Buick version of the new Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer. Power is sourced from a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine developing 250hp, while an eight-speed automatic transmission is fitted as standard. The Buick Regal TourX is yet another reason not to buy an SUV.
Nissan GT-R Track Edition
Sliding sideways into the Jacob Javits Convention Center is the Nissan GT-R Track Edition, which is making its North American debut. It’ll occupy the middle ground between the entry-level Premium model and the flagship Nismo, with some juicy Nismo bits to make up for the standard 565hp output.
The Track Edition is available by order only and offers increased body rigidity over the Premium model, Nismo-tuned suspension, along with reduced weight and additional roll stiffness versus the Premium. The tyres and wheels are also Nismo-spec. The price: $127,990.
Range Rover Velar
Fresh from its first public appearance in Geneva, the Range Rover Velar will make its American debut in New York. The Velar slots between the Evoque and the Sport and is, according to Land Rover, “the avant-garde Range Rover”.
It’s already available to order in the US, with prices starting from $49,900. A limited edition First Edition model is available in the first year of sales.
Nothing has been confirmed, but we’re expecting to see a new Jaguar F-Type in New York. Rumour has it the new version will be powered by a four-cylinder Ingenium engine.
Last year, the Jaguar F-Type hit the headlines when the 200mph SVR model was driven through New York’s Park Avenue Tunnel as part of its big reveal.
Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4Matic+
Whatever you think of the styling, it’s hard not to be impressed by the performance figures. Thanks to its 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4Matic+ will sprint to 62mph in just 3.8 seconds, or 4.0 seconds in the slightly less powerful non S model.
In S guise, the power output is 510hp, while the ‘standard’ model has to ‘make do’ with 476hp. These new models sport the AMG Panamericana grille, something previously reserved for the AMG GT family.
Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4Matic+ Coupe
If you’re after something even less aesthetically pleasing than the GLC, and you’re prepared to sacrifice a little in the way of practicality, the Coupe version is the car for you. The power outputs and the performance figures are the same, even if the GLC Coupe is a touch heavier than the GLC.
Opt for the S model and you’ll be treated to a ‘Race’ drive mode, “in which all the parameters are configured for maximum performance.” Mercedes-AMG takes its hot SUVs rather seriously.
Honda Civic Si
The all-new 2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan will make their first appearance ahead of the New York International Auto Show, in a “dynamic video reveal” on Honda’s YouTube channel.
According to Honda, the new car will be the “sportiest and most agile Civic to ever wear the renowned Si badge.” Power is sourced from a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine which is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Following its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the all-new Volvo XC60 will take a bow at the New York International Auto Show. The success of the outgoing model owes much to its popularity in the US, so this is an important reveal for Volvo.
American buyers will be able to choose from a 250hp T5 turbocharged engine, a 316hp T6 twin-charger engine, along with the 400hp T8 twin-engine plug-in hybrid. The 2018 S90 will also make its debut in New York.
Audi TT RS
The 2018 Audi TT RS is the most powerful production TT ever built and it’s making its debut at the New York International Auto Show. Its 2.5-litre TFSI engine develops 400hp and produces the unmistakable sound of a five-cylinder engine.
The quattro all-wheel drive system has the ability to send nearly 100% of the torque to the rear wheels, allowing the TT RS to sprint to 60mph in 3.6 seconds. Four driving modes are available: comfort, auto, dynamic and individual.
The Subaru Crosstrek – known this side of the Atlantic as the XV – is making its American debut in New York. Subaru is promising a “fun-to-drive” SUV, helped in no small part by the same active torque vectoring system you’ll find on the WRX STI.
A new range of driver-assist technologies are available, along with a new multimedia system which adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Big news this, with an all-new Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Honda Clarity Electric set to pull up alongside the Clarity Fuel Cell. Honda claims it makes the Clarity the first vehicle to offer fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains in one series model.
Details are thin on the ground, but we do know that the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will be launched in 50 states and will offer an electric driving range in excess of 40 miles.
“Four wheeling. Scene Stealing.” Toyota isn’t giving much away, but this teaser image gives us hope that it might be about to launch an FJ Cruiser for a new generation.
Concept or production vehicle, consider our interest well and truly piqued, Toyota.
Acura is promising a “more aggressive, sporty and alluring look” for the “refreshed and enhanced” TLX performance saloon. The styling is inspired by the Acura Precision Concept of 2016 and will follow the lead of the MDX.
“We’re pumped to show how we’re elevating the TLX experience”, said an excitable Acura vice president. Stay pumped, Jon Ikeda.
Hold the front page, because a new Toyota Yaris is in town. Don’t go too excited, because it’s more of a refresh than a revamp, with a bold new look and a few cosmetic upgrades.
Inside, all models feature a three-spoke steering wheel with audio controls and a “sporty” analog instrument cluster. Contain yourself.
Kids, it might be safe to come out from behind the sofa, as this teaser image previews the next generation QX80. It’s fair to say that the current model is a little cosmetically challenged, but the new version – which will be revealed in concept form – looks more appealing.
The styling brings it in line with the QX60, which will be more familiar to UK buyers. In the US, the QX80 is priced from $63,850 and is powered by a 5.6-litre V8 engine producing 400hp. Unsurprisingly, it’s not the most fuel efficient SUV in the world.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
Fresh from its reveal in Geneva, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is making its North American debut in New York. The roof can be open or closed in 20 seconds when travelling at a speed of up to 30mph.
With a 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbocharged engine, the Cabriolet will be available with 4Matic all-wheel drive – a first for the topless E-Class. US buyers will be available to cruise the boulevards of America by the end of 2017.
Hyundai is expected to unveil a new Sonata in New York, which follows the launch of the updated version in Korea. The styling changes are designed to bring it in line with the Hyundai’s current corporate look, with a face that’s not too dissimilar to the cars on sale in the UK.
The Sonata is a strong seller in the US, with prices starting from $21,950.
Important car, this, given that it has been the top-selling minivan in the US for the past two years. The Toyota Sienna is built in Princeton and offers a choice of seven- or eight-seat cabin configurations.
For 2018, all models will feature Toyota’s excellent Safety Sense package, with a new multimedia system fitted across the range. The styling is also updated to include a larger front grille.
Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition
And still the Nissan 370Z soldiers on. The replacement for the 350Z was first shown in Los Angeles back in 2008 and this Heritage Edition is designed to celebrate the impending 50th anniversary of Japan’s first commercially successful sports car.
The special edition previews the styling changes to the 2018 370Z and will be offered in two exterior colours – Chicane Yellow and Magnetic Black. Power is sourced from a 3.7-litre V6 engine producing 332hp.
Mercedes-AMG GT Concept
Having wowed the crowds in Geneva, the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept is set to make its North American debut in New York. The concept car is part of AMG’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
We’ll be in New York to bring you the latest news and the hottest reveals. Stay tuned for more information.