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The 10 hottest new SUVs at the New York Auto Show

New York Auto ShowUnless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, you’ll know that SUVs are hotter than hot cakes right now. New car buyers simply cannot get enough of the high-ridin’ heroes of the high street.

The 2017 New York Auto Show offers everything from a supercar-taming Jeep to a crazy concept from Toyota. We check out 10 of the best SUVs on display.

Jeep Grand Cherokee TrackhawkNew York Auto Show

Jeep’s claim that the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the “quickest SUV ever” might ruffle a few feathers at Tesla, but there’s no doubting its performance credentials. The supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine delivers 707hp and 645lb ft, enough to keep that new Dodge Demon thingy on its toes.

The top speed is 180mph, while the 0-60mph time is polished off in 3.5 seconds. For reference, the Tesla Model X will sprint to 60mph in a claimed 2.9 seconds. But if the Tesla represents the future of the SUV, the Trackhawk is thoroughly old-school. A jackhammer to Tesla’s silent assassin.

Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S CoupeNew York Auto Show

Nearly 50 years of AMG history has led us here: to the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S Coupe. The 4.0-litre V8 biturbo produces 503hp and 516lb ft of torque, helping to propel the aesthetically-challenged SUV to 60mph in 3.7 seconds.

The Coupe shares many of its styling cues with the standard and more practical GL63 SUV, which means a bold AMG Panamericana grille at the front and an aggressive rear bumper featuring an integrated diffuser. The key difference is the sloping roofline, which gives it the look of a classic coupe. That’s if you squint. Like, really hard. No, harder than that.

Chevrolet Tahoe RSTNew York Auto Show

Keen not be left chasing shadows – or rather the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk – Chevrolet has released a Rally Sport Truck (RST) package for the Suburban and Tahoe. The RST delivers the obligatory styling upgrades and larger wheels, but it’s the Tahoe that has piqued our interest.

Tick the box marked ‘Performance’ and the Tahoe RST is treated to the 6.2-litre V8 engine lifted straight out of the Silverado. While 420hp and 460lb ft of torque might not seem like a big deal in a world where the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk exists, it certainly makes for an interesting SUV. The 0-60mph time of 5.7 seconds is more hot hatch than supercar, mind.

Lincoln NavigatorNew York Auto Show

Nobody does supersize SUVs quite like the Americans, and the new Lincoln Navigator has the potential to be the best of the breed. Lincoln claims that it will elevate “family travel to first class” and it’s certainly large enough to rival an airliner, with enough comfort and convenience features to challenge a first class departure lounge.

It’s lighter, too, with a new aluminium-alloy helping the new Navigator to tip the scales some 200 pounds lighter than before. That said, it’ll still weigh the equivalent of an out-of-town supermarket. Power is sourced from a twin-turbocharged V6 engine producing 450hp.

Volvo XC60New York Auto Show

If the Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade are prime examples of all-American SUVs, the Volvo XC60 offers a more European flavour. Introduced at the 2007 North American International Auto Show, the XC60 muscled in on the US market, quickly establishing itself as Volvo’s best-selling vehicle.

More than a million XC60s have been sold, which represents 30% of Volvo’s global sales, so there’s a lot of pressure resting on the shoulders of this good looking SUV. If it’s as good as the XC90 – which we suspect it will be – it stands every chance of picking up where the old model left off.

Buick EnclaveNew York Auto Show

The Enclave is as important to Buick as the XC60 is to Volvo. Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC, called the original model a “game-changer”: a reference to the fact that it arrived at a time when GM was in need of a hero. The outgoing model has been on sale for close to a decade: a testament to its success and popularity.

The new Enclave is bigger than before, but remains powered by a 3.6-litre V6 engine, with power increased to 302hp. Buick has used the new Enclave to launch the new Avenir sub-brand. Think along the lines of Ford’s Vignale, with plusher materials, improved tech and a higher price.

Subaru AscentNew York Auto Show

If Subaru wants to mix it with the big boys, it needs an authentic SUV. Something larger than the Outback, tougher than the XV and less niche than the Forester. The Ascent concept previews a future three-row SUV that will be called the, er, Subaru Ascent.

The good news is that the interior looks superb, complete with middle-row captain’s chairs and three seats in the third row. You also know that it will be formidable off-road. The bad news is that the Ascent will be sold exclusively in North America.

Infiniti QX80 MonographNew York Auto Show

To say that the Infiniti QX80 Monograph is slightly less ugly than the current QX80 would be like saying Freddy Krueger is slightly less scary than Michael Myers. While it might be true, it’s still going to give you nightmares. But don’t worry, it’s just a design study, so there’s still time for Infiniti to have a rethink.

Infiniti has issued many words to promote the Monobrow – 1,224, to be precise – but doesn’t give too much away. The alloy wheels, in case you’re wondering, are 24-inch in diameter and overlap the tyres to present the appearance of 26-inch rims. An SUV for the Middle East, perhaps, but not one for Middle England.

Range Rover VelarNew York Auto Show

The Range Rover Velar is old news. Fresh from its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Ellie Goulding was invited to take a tour of New York in the SUV that will sit between the Evoque and Sport in the Range Rover range.

Three engine options will be offered in the US, including a 247hp 2.0-litre petrol, 180hp 2.0-litre diesel and 380hp supercharged V6 petrol. “I have always been a big Range Rover fan”, said a starry-eyed Ellie Goulding.

Toyota FT-4XNew York Auto Show

Half-Blade Runner escapee, half-lifestyle accessory, the Toyota FT-4X concept is based on the same platform as the new CH-R. That makes it a potential rival for the Jeep Renegade – if Toyota builds it.

Inside, there’s an instrument cluster that looks like a smartphone, a removable radio and door handles that double as water bottles. There’s also a GoPro camera mounted in the door mirror. Young, outdoorsy types will love it. If only they could afford to buy new cars…

Nissan GT-R MY17

New York Auto Show 2016: all the key cars

All the big announcements and key cars of the 2016 New York Auto Show

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Volkswagen Golf SportWagon Alltrack

Volkswagen Golf SportWagon Alltrack to grip NYIAS 2016

Volkswagen Golf SportWagon Alltrack

Volkswagen will reveal an all-wheel drive Golf SportWagon Alltrack at the 2016 New York Auto Show, in response to customer demand that they want a more gripping Golf.

Dealers and customers demanded the brand add 4MOTION all-terrain capability to its Golf SportWagon, said Volkswagen of America vice president of product marketing and strategy Joerg Sommer; it’s responded.

“We are excited to introduce the Golf Alltrack to met the active lifestyle needs of our customers.”

Review: Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Powered by a 170hp 1.8-litre TSI petrol engine (no diesel is available!), Volkswagen will launch it in DSG guise; a stick-shift manual will follow later.

Already on sale in Europe, including the UK, Volkswagen of America reminds us of the differences between the Alltrack and a regular Golf estate (which is called SportWagon in the U.S.): body cladding, raised ride height, sparkling alloy wheels and, of course, the latest Haldex-5 all-wheel drive system.

There’s even an off-road mode that adds hill descent control and maximises traction, for those keen to take their estate car (with cargo space on a par with compact SUVs) green-laning.

On sale in the autumn as a 2017 model, the Golf SportWagon Alltrack is a North American debut for the New York Auto Show; it’s perhaps not the most exciting new car the brand’s ever brought to market, but it’s very customer-friendly and, in the current times of emissions scandal fallout, that may be just what’s required…

History of the New York International Auto Show: in pictures

Toyota at NYIAS 2018The New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) is the oldest auto show in North America, with the first event taking place at Madison Square Garden in 1900. A total of 69 exhibitors were in attendance, with approximately 160 complete vehicles on display.

This year, Nissan is celebrating 50 years of performance at NYIAS with what it is calling a “Nissan Dream Garage”. While we wait for the dream to become reality, join us as we take a brief look at the history of North America’s first automotive exhibition.

More from NYIAS:

Staged at New York’s Javits Center

History NYIAS

Along with Madison Square Garden, early events were held at the Grand Central Palace. In 1956, the NYIAS moved to the New York Coliseum, described by mayor Robert Wagner as “one of the wonders of the modern world.” It remained at the 323,000-square-foot Coliseum until 1987, when it arrived at its present home: the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

NYIAS: the early years

History NYIAS

At the first New York Auto Show in 1900 (the International part of the name didn’t arrive until 1956) the vehicles on display ranged from $280 – nearly six months’ salary at the average annual wage of $589 – up to $4,000. New York’s show followed in the footsteps of the world’s oldest automotive exhibition: the 1898 Paris Auto Show. At the turn of the century, there were fewer than 8,000 cars in the U.S., but a nation’s love affair with the automobile was beginning to blossom.

Evolved from bicycle shows

Auto shows evolved from bicycle shows, which were popular in the late 19th century. Indeed, the New York City cycle show of 1899 was the first in North America to use automobile in its title. It’s full name was the Fourth Annual Cycle and Automobile Exhibition. Development of the car was still in its infancy, as can be seen from this 1901 Renault.

First show held at Madison Square Garden

On show at the first New York Auto Show – held at Madison Square Garden were seven electric vehicles, two petrol-powered vehicles and a gasoline tricycle. This image shows an Australian bicycle from the period.

Curved Dash Oldsmobile

Making its debut at the 1901 New York Auto Show was the Curved Dash Oldsmobile, the first mass-produced car. Around 425 units were built during the first year, extending to 19,000 by the time it went out of production in 1907. It was the best-selling vehicle in America.

Longest drive in the US

The first Curved Dash Oldsmobile was driven to the New York Auto Show by Roy D. Chaplin, who started his journey in Detroit. At the time, this was the longest journey ever completed by a car in the USA.

Toledo Model A

Another car to launch at the 1901 New York Auto Show was the Toledo Model A, which is widely considered to be one of the best American-built steam cars. The 6.5hp twin-cylinder vehicle could trace its roots back to a bicycle, but the writing was already on the wall for steam-powered cars. Gasoline was taking over.

Cadillac Model A

In 1903, the New York Auto Show played host to the birth of one of America’s most famous automotive brands: Cadillac. The Model A was Cadillac’s first car and this image shows a car from 1904.

The first REO

The first car produced by the REO Motor Car Company made its debut at the 1905 New York Auto Show. The REO was a 16hp two-cylinder car with a detachable tonneau. Much later, REO would build the Speed Wagon, which of course inspired the name of the rock group, REO Speedwagon.

1906 Ford Model N

We often read about the Model T, but there was life at Ford before the Tin Lizzy. The Ford Model N was unveiled at the 1906 New York Auto Show and was the realisation of Henry Ford’s dream of making an affordable car. Nobody could quite believe that Ford could sell the Model N for $500 and still make a profit.

First Chevrolet to wear the ‘bowtie’

In 1913, Chevrolet co-founder William C. Durant introduced the signature Chevy bowtie on the 1914 H-2 Royal Mail and the H-4 Baby Grand, centered at the front of both models. For most people, the 1914 New York Auto Show was the first chance to see this famous badge.

Chevrolet Series M Copper-Cooled

Not all automobiles go on to become greats. The Chevrolet Series M Copper-Cooled car was unveiled at the 1923 New York Auto Show and featured a unique non-radiator grille. According to Automobile Quarterly, “the car was introduced to an intrigued but dubious public,” but a lack of testing meant they were destined for disaster. All but two of the 759 air-cooled engines built were recalled and scrapped.

Chrysler born at the 1924 New York Auto Show

Another famous American brand to make its debut at the New York Auto Show was Chrysler. There are many stories surrounding the marque’s NY debut, including Chrysler being banned from the show because its automobiles were not available for purchase. But while the company rented space at the Commodore Hotel, Chrysler also displayed three models of the Chrysler Six – or B-70 – in the main exhibition hall.

Duesenberg – back for the 1928 New York Auto Show

The Duesenberg name was revived for the 1928 New York Auto Show and the first car to be shown was the Model J. It was designed to go head-to-head with the most luxurious cars of the era, such as those made by Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz. Sadly, this was just before the Great Depression and the Model J sold nowhere near as many as had been forecast.

Cadillac V-16

The Cadillac V-16 – or Cadillac Sixteen – was one of the most luxurious cars in the firm’s history. It made its debut at the 1930 New York Auto Show and production would last right through the 1930s. Each one was custom-built to order.

Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow

By 1933, America was in the grip of the Great Depression and the luxury car brands were struggling for survival. Pierce-Arrow needed a showstopper for the 1933 New York Auto Show, so it turned to Phil Wright who created this masterpiece – the Silver Arrow. As the slogan said, “it gives you in 1933 the car of 1940.”

Chrysler Thunderbolt

The famous Chrysler Thunderbolt made its debut at the 1940 New York Auto Show. This was the era of flamboyant concept cars and the Art Deco-inspired Thunderbolt – with its retractable hardtop – was no different.

Jaguar XK120

Shortly after being unveiled at the 1948 London Motor Show, the Jaguar XK120 made its North American debut at the New York Auto Show. It overshadowed many of the exhibits on display and – much like it was in London – the XK120 was a sensation in New York.

Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe

It’s arguably one of the most beautiful cars ever to wear a Ferrari badge and it’s almost certainly one of the loveliest cars ever to appear at the New York Auto Show. This unique 1954 New York Auto Show Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe featured exclusive Michelotti-designed Vignale coachwork.

Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

In a break from tradition, Mercedes-Benz chose to launch its sublime 300SL Gullwing, not in Europe, but at the 1954 New York Auto Show. It was US distributor, Max Hoffman, who proposed an American unveiling. The rest, as they say, is history.

1956: a year of change

1956 saw a series of changes for the New York Auto Show. International was added to the name, reflecting the increasing popularity of European cars (photo shows the 1956 Geneva Motor Show). The New York show moved to the Coliseum.

Toyota and Datsun arrive

Toyota was the first Japanese carmaker to arrive in the US. In 1959, Toyota and Datsun made their New York International Auto Show debut. As history tells us, Japanese cars would go on to become incredibly popular in the U.S., causing many issues for the homegrown brands.

Jaguar E-Type rocks the New York Auto Show

In 1961, the Jaguar E-Type made its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show. It attracted record-breaking crowds, with 47,000 people squeezing on to the Jaguar stand on day one alone. Like it did at the Geneva Motor Show, the E-Type – or XK-E, as it was known in the U.S. – completely stole the show.

E-Type is joined by a Playboy model

A gold Jaguar E-Type coupe was joined on a raised turntable by Playboy model, Marilyn Hanold, who was dressed in a shimmering gown, long white gloves and a floor-length silk scarf. As can be seen from the image above, women and the E-Type would go hand-in-hand for Jaguar.

Gold-painted MGA

MG celebrated the 100,000th MGA by displayed a gold-painted version of an MGA 1600 MkII Roadster at the 1962 New York International Auto Show. It was transported to the show on the RMS Queen Mary.

Studebaker Avanti

The Studebaker Avanti was one of the most daring and radical cars ever to come out of America. Boasting cutting edge safety features, a supercharged V8 engine and a beautifully elegant body, it was the belle of the 1962 New York Auto Show. Ian Fleming, of James Bond fame, ordered a black Avanti and shipped it to countries he was visiting.

Goldfinger’s Aston Martin DB5

And speaking of James Bond, the famous Aston Martin DB5 that featured in Goldfinger was on display at the 1965 New York International Auto Show.

New York gives birth to the MPV

At the 1984 New York International Auto Show, Chrysler showcased its new range of minivans – marketed under the Dodge brand – thus giving birth to what we now refer to as the MPV.

700 cars at the 1984 show

In fact, 1984 was a bumper year for the New York International Auto Show, with no fewer than 700 cars on display. The likes of the Honda CRX, Nissan 300 ZX, Ford Mustang SVO and Pontiac Fiero all made their debut at the show.

The move to the Javits Center

In 1987, the New York International Auto Show moved to its current address at the Javits Center. Over the years, the New York show has had its fair share of world debuts, not least because it’s the final event of the show season and showcases cars that weren’t quite ready before.

Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Mercedes-Benz had one eye on the American market when it launched the ML – or M-Class –  in 1997. One half of production was destined for the American market and by the time the last of the first generation cars was built in 2004, 650,000 units had rolled off the production line.

Disabilities and lifestyle products

The 1997 New York International Auto Show featured a display of disability vehicles for the first time, whilst in 1998 we witnessed the changing face of the automotive industry when Mercedes-Benz and BMW showcased lifestyle products for the first time.

1999 Car of the Century exhibition

in 1999, the New York International Auto Show said goodbye to the last millennium with a Car of the Century exhibition. The display featured 28 cars, ranging from an 1886 Three-Wheel Benz Replica through to a 1999 Volkswagen Beetle.

Scion launches in the US

At the 2002 New York International Auto Show, Toyota launched its new Scion brand by unveiling two cars: the bbX and ccX. The aim was to appeal to a new group of motorists who weren’t interested in buying a Toyota.

Second generation Toyota Prius

The 2003 New York international Auto Show heralded the arrival of the “greenest production car on earth”, otherwise known as the second generation Toyota Prius. The green car sector has come a long way since then, but the Prius remains as relevant as ever.

Chrysler 300C Concept

Another car that’s still going strong today is the Chrysler 300C. Back in 2003, Chrysler launched the 300C concept in New York, a car inspired by the C-300 of 1955.

The most lacklustre year in recent memory

According to the New York Times, 2005 wasn’t a good year for the car industry. It called it “one of the most lacklustre years in recent memory”, but did admit the Shelby Cobra GT500 managed to brighten up an otherwise lukewarm New York show.

Suzuki Kizashi: 2009

We’ll now take you on a whistle stop tour of some other cars to make their debut at the New York International Auto Show, starting with this, the Suzuki Kizashi, which first appeared at the 2009 show.

BMW X6M: 2009

The 2009 show also heralded the arrival of the BMW X6M…

Land Rover Discovery 4: 2009

Along with the Land Rover Discovery 4 (LR4)…

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: 2009

And the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the first in a wave of new electric cars that would start to appear over the coming years.

Terrafugia Transition: 2012

One of the more unusual cars to make its debut at the New York International Auto Show was the Terrafugia Transition: a street-legal airliner that converts between flying and driving models in under a minute.

Nissan NV200 Taxi: 2012

The 2012 show also saw the unveiling of the Nissan NV200 Taxi, resplendent in its NYC yellow paintwork. Heralded as “New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow”, the NV200 was said to be designed using insight from NY cabbies.

Dodge SRT Viper: 2012

Billed as “America’s most important performance car of the decade”, the Dodge SRT Viper was unveiled at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, surrounded in a cloud of tire smoke and the sound of an 8.4-liter V10 engine. The GTS (shown here) followed a year later.

Subaru WRX Concept: 2012

Subaru hinted at the arrival of the all-new WRX STI when it launched the WRX Concept at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. Looking back, it remains a wondrous thing.

Jeep Cherokee: 2013

Jeep shocked the whole of America when it revealed the new face of the Cherokee in 2013. Six years on, we’re still coming to terms with the styling, but the facelifted version – unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show – is easier on the eye.

Jaguar XJR and XKR-S GT: 2013

Many years had passed since Jaguar stole the show with the XK120 and E-Type. Times change, so Jaguar went down the POWER route at the 2013 show, showcasing the 550hp XJR and 550hp XKR-S GT.

Nissan Murano: 2014

The American-built Nissan Murano was launched at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. It sits between the Rogue and Pathfinder in the Nissan SUV range, with prices from $30,800.

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept: 2014

Also unveiled at the 2014 show was the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept, a car that previewed the all-new Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Jaguar XF: 2015

Officially, the Jaguar XF made its public debut a week before the 2015 New York Auto Show when it was unveiled as part of a high-wire publicity stunt over the River Thames in London. It hit the floor – not literally – at the Javits Centre.

McLaren 570S: 2015

No trapeze artists or high-wires were required for the unveiling of the McLaren 570S. Six months after it was unveiled in New York we bagged a first drive. Our verdict: it drives wonderfully well and is heroically fast, but it’s the additional usability that will make the 570S.

Lincoln Continental Concept: 2015

Did the Lincoln Continental Concept upstage the 570S at the 2015 New York Auto Show? Sorry, McLaren, but we think so. Well, this is an American auto show. The best news of all: the production version is every bit as gorgeous and imposing as the concept.

Mazda Miata RF: 2016

Moving on to 2016 and it was the turn of Mazda to wow the crowds. The RF debuted a new retractable roof for the popular Miata and is now on sale with prices starting from $32,345.

Audi R8 Spyder V10: 2016

Lesson number one in how to make your new car stand out at an international auto show: paint it yellow. The Audi R8 Spyder V10 made a big impression in New York, and not just because it was the color of the sun.

Genesis New York Concept: 2016

The Genesis New York Concept previewed the future Genesis design direction and was powered by a 245-horsepower hybrid powertrain. As concepts go, it was OK. If it was really good, they’d have named it twice. That said, the Genesis New York, New York doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: 2017

If cars had egos, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon would have one the size of the Javits Center. The 840-horsepower, 770lb ft New York Auto Show star was banned by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) for being too fast for the drag strip, giving it instant notoriety. It was the undoubted star of the 2017 show.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: 2017

They went power mad at FCA, with the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk taking a bow with what is essentially a Dodge Hellcat in an SUV suit. Soccer moms in a hurry rejoiced because this superfast SUV packed a 6.2-liter supercharged engine developing 707-horsepower and 645lb ft of torque: enough to take it from home to the school gate in 3.5 seconds.

Lincoln Navigator: 2017

Lincoln promised to elevate “family travel to first class” with new Navigator, which was rather apt given that this thing is the size of something you might climb aboard to take a transatlantic flight. It has everything you’d expect from a Navigator, including six USB ports, wireless charging, standard wifi, ‘Perfect Position’ seats and a massage function. So it’s a bit like a first-class departure lounge, too.

Range Rover Velar: 2017

The Range Rover Velar made its debut ahead of the New York Auto Show, appearing alongside new brand ambassador, Ellie Goulding, at Hearst Plaza. “I have always been a Range Rover fan,” said the pop star. “I have always been an Ellie Goulding fan,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s chief design officer. Probably.

Toyota RAV4: 2018

Arguably the most important new car at the 2018 show, certainly in terms of sales, was the 2019 Toyota RAV4. Gone was the conservative styling of the previous model, with Toyota creating a bold and radical new look for its popular SUV.

New York International Auto Show 2019

The 2019 New York International Auto Show will throw open its doors on 17 April, with debuts including a new Hyundai Sonata, Lincoln Corsair compact SUV, Toyota Yaris and Mercedes-AMG A 35 sedan. We’ll be there to bring you all the latest reveals and the hottest concepts.

Hyundai Genesis

Genesis New York Concept headed to NYIAS 2016

Hyundai GenesisHyundai is to give 2016 New York Auto Show visitors an insight into the design direction of its new premium brand, Genesis, with the launch of a special ‘New York Concept’.

Described as a four-door sports sedan, there’s speculation the concept car could preview a Genesis compact executive rival to cars such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The teaser issued today shows a crisp, sporty-looking machine with tight lines and a seemingly more rakish profile than today’s Hyundai Genesis and more recent Genesis G90 models. The shutline and profiling of the bonnet is interesting and sculptural front end gives it status: we shall see with interest at New York.

In the meantime, watch the teaser video to see what else you can spot.

Officially, this is a styling preview that showcases the Genesis interpretation of ‘refined design’. Manfred Fitzgerald, head of Genesis brand, said: “The New York Concept is a progressive concept car that showcases the design quality of the brand.

“With its expressive volumes and refined design, the New York Concept truly embodies the athletic elegance, which characterises Genesis products.”

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43: 367hp AMG SUV to debut at NYIAS 2016

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43Mercedes-Benz will close the gap between high-performance versions of the GLA and GLE SUVs with a new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

The new performance SUV is the first mid-size SUV to get the full AMG treatment, and will go on sale shortly after NYIAS 2016 in April, with deliveries beginning in June.

Using the familiar AMG-tuned 3.0-litre biturbo V6, the GLC 43 produces 367hp and 381lb-ft of torque, good for 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and a restricted top speed of 155mph.

It emits 189g/km CO2 and averages 34.0mpg.

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

AMG has been busy beneath the surface, tuning the ABC air suspension, honing front and rear axle kinematics and developing stiffer new front axle knuckles. There are enlarged AMG brakes and 19-inch wheels as standard (they can go up to 21-inches).

The 4MATIC all-wheel drive system is retained, but given an enthusiastic-sounding 69% rearwards bias; a nine-speed automatic controls the power and also gains a new AMG-developed double-decluching function during downshifts.

Visually, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 is a subtle machine. None of the extrovertness of the big-winged Mercedes-AMG GLA 43 here. AMG changes are focused on new front and rear aprons, meatier exhausts and a sports makeover inside.

Saying that, the high-back sports seats look rather fantastic. And, satisfyingly, this is an SUV in which you can get red seatbelts.

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

WCOTY 2016

World Car of the Year 2016: Top Three in the World revealed

We’re getting close to the WCOTY 2016 awards. Which ones do you think will be the winners?

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Nissan GT-R 2017 NYIAS teaser

2017 Nissan GT-R to debut at New York Auto Show

Nissan GT-R 2017 NYIAS teaserNissan will reveal the latest iteration of its R35 GT-R at the 2016 New York Auto Show next week, set to boast even more power and even more prowess.

Reportedly drawing upon the boundary-pushing Nismo GT-R, engine power is likely to be boosted from today’s 550hp, potentially up to the same 600hp as the Nismo itself.

0-62mph acceleration may not necessarily be even more electrifying (today’s standard car does it in 2.7 seconds; the Nismo is no faster) but track times will be improved, while aerodynamics may also draw from the Williams-developed Nismo’s Nürburgring-beating F1 track pack kit to up its high-speed abilities.

There probably won’t be any great visual advances for the 2017 GT-R, though: it’s very much a case of improving further what’s already there. That’s why the teaser image released by Nissan seems so familiar.

The key change appears to be sharp new LED lights for the trademark four-roundel rear end lamp graphic.

We’ll find out just what’s in store at NYIAS 2016 next week: join us for opening press day on Wednesday 23 March, from where we’ll be reporting live on Twitter and Instagram.

Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe 2016

Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe facelifted for New York Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe 2016Mercedes-Benz will show the facelifted CLA Coupe at the 2016 New York Auto Show – and while the changes are far from extensive, Mercedes argues they’re just enough to polish a car that’s already doing good business in key markets.

Indeed, its debut in North America is no accident: this is the CLA’s single biggest market, with sales rising to nearly 30,000 last year. The smallest-ever Mercedes-Benz on sale in the U.S, Americans have quickly warmed to the CLA, hence the firm’s reluctance to change it too much.

Revisions are thus restricted to new, smoother bumpers front and rear, a black-finish diamond grille standard across the range and a larger selection of alloy wheel designs. There’s a new blue body colour too, pictured in our gallery.

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Inside, there’s more chrome, fresh seat trim and new instruments with red needles. Yes, detail changes indeed.

Perhaps the most standout detail change inside is the uprated infotainment screen. The surround is now slimmer and the glass cover has been uprated to make it look more modern and smartphone-like.

Under the bonnet, there’s an ultra-eco new CLA 180d BlueEfficiency Edition variant, whose 109hp turbodiesel emits just 89g/km. At the other end of the range, the Mercedes-CLA 45 AMG 4MATIC now produces 381hp (and gets a series of body styling tweaks to make it more aerodynamically efficient).

The Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe will debut at NYIAS 2016, with the CLA Shooting Brake following at the Laureus World Sports Awards in April. Ordering for both models will also open in April; first deliveries will begin in July.

Toyota Prius NYIAS 2016 Teaser

New Toyota Prius model to debut at New York Auto Show

Toyota Prius NYIAS 2016 TeaserToyota will reveal a new Prius model at the 2016 New York Motor Show – a model hotly tipped to be the much-anticipated new Prius plug-in hybrid.

The firm is saying nothing right now, only issuing a teaser image and a note that it will “reveal stand-out style and intelligent eco-technology at the New York Auto Show”.

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Described as the next development of the Prius line, a plug-in version would indeed be the logical next step for the firm, which has recently rolled out an all-new Prius based upon a flexible platform ready to take larger plug-in batteries.

The teaser image suggests the new model may have an enhanced aero-tuned rear end, both for more stand-out style than the more mainstream regular Prius, but also to reduce drag and further improve its fuel economy.

Toyota will be keen to take on the challenge of the impressive new Chevrolet Volt on home turf and a Prius plug-in would see it belatedly respond to the extended EV range of GM’s clever range-extender car, now on its second generation.

The firm will reveal the mysterious new Prius model early on the opening press day of NYIAS 2016: Motoring Research will be there to bring you all the news.