2019 New York Auto Show: Cadillac, Hyundai, Subaru and more make big debuts – Roadshow
The 2019 New York Auto Show kicks off this week. And unlike the Geneva Motor Show from March, this month's expo is a little more grounded in reality. The New York Auto Show is full of cars you can actually buy, and soon. From crossovers to sports cars, there's something for everyone — with a cool concept car or two thrown in for good measure.
Here's a look at what to expect from this year's show, which opens to the public on Friday.
Acura TLX PMC Edition
This might just look like a TLX painted in a fetching shade of red, but there's more to this 2020 PMC Edition than meets the eye. Sure, the Valencia Red Pearl paint is borrowed from the NSX, but that's not the only connection this TLX has with Acura's hybrid supercar.
All 360 examples of the TLX PMC will be hand-assembled at Acura's Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, which is where the NSX is built. (Hence the PMC in the car's name.) Pricing for this limited-edition TLX is expected to be around $30,000, and the first models will roll out of the PMC this summer.
Cadillac's new CT5 is less of a CTS replacement and more of a true competitor for the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It also introduces a revised design language for Cadillac, with sharper creases and a more rakish roofline.
Engine choices include a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, good for 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, as well as a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, with 335 horsepower and 400 pound-feet. A 10-speed automatic is standard with either engine, and both rear- and all-wheel drive are available.
Inside, a 10-inch touchscreen display sits atop the dash, which can also be controlled by a rotary knob on the center console. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, and Cadillac's partially autonomous Super Cruise system will be available as an option.
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Dodge Challenger and Charger Stars & Stripes Editions
Dodge says it has more active military customers than any other brand, and to that end, these Challenger and Charger Stars & Stripes Editions are a thank you to all who have, or are currently, serving in the US Armed Forces.
The Stars & Stripes pack is just a visual updo, adding a center stripe, 20-inch black wheels, bronze interior accents and some American flag decals on the fenders. The package costs $1,995 and can be added to GT, R/T and Scat Pack models.
Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition
The Urbana Edition starts with the 124 Spider's Classica trim, and adds new 17-inch wheels, performance tires, different exhaust tips and some piano black exterior accents. Fog lights come standard with this pack, too. Otherwise, it's the same 124 Spider we know and love, powered by a 164-horsepower, 1.4-liter turbocharged I4 engine. The Urbana Edition package only adds $995 to the roadster's bottom line.
The Ford Escape gets a pretty radical makeover for 2020, adopting a more curvaceous, almost car-like shape that's longer, lower and wider than before. The latest edition of Ford's compact crossover also adds hybrid power, in addition to two different gas-only engines.
Ford's CoPilot 360 suite of driver's aids will be standard on all trims, with adaptive cruise control and a lane-centering system as optional extras. Inside, you'll find an optional, digital, 12.3-inch customizable gauge cluster, plenty of charging options and a large head-up display.
No word on pricing just yet, but the 2020 Ford Escape will reach dealerships this fall, with the plug-in hybrid model following in spring 2020.
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Ford Mustang EcoBoost High Performance Package
Just when it seems like the Blue Oval has run out of Mustang niches to fill, along comes the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost High Performance. This new model features the 2.3-liter turbocharged heart of the recently (and dearly) departed Focus RS, along with a bunch of performance bits raided from elsewhere in the Mustang parts bin.
Conceived in around 10 months, the Mustang EcoBoost High Performance delivers 330 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque in a package that's around 200 pounds lighter than the V8 GT. With a standard active exhaust and aero, and braking bits borrowed from the aforementioned GT and GT Performance Pack, 0-to-60 mph is estimated in 4.5 seconds. Ford is hoping the new model will attract a few import buyers, not just muscle car traditionalists.
You can even order an optional EcoBoost Handling Package — yes, a package on top of a package — with wider, stickier tires, MagneRide dampers and a 3.55:1 Torsen limited-slip differential. Pricing hasn't been released, but the model will arrive in dealers this fall in both Coupe and Convertible flavors packing either a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic.
Genesis Mint concept
Luc Donckerwolke, head of Hyundai Group design, told Roadshow the Genesis brand would have some sort of electric concept car in New York. That turned out to be the Mint concept, a small all-electric city runabout with neat details like upward-opening doors. Hypothetically at least, it boasts a 200-mile range and the ability to use 350-kilowatt fast-charging to juice up its battery pack. Will something like this come to dealers? "We really hope to see this in the very near future," said Manfred Fitzgerald, global head of the Genesis brand.
Not only have we already seen the 2020 Hyundai Sonata, we've driven it, too. But the car hasn't officially debuted in the US, and it's one of two new Hyundai models that'll take the stage in New York.
We've been pretty stoked about the Sonata since we first saw it in photos — it's certainly a looker (though the turbocharged model isn't quite as pretty). The super low nose, rakish roof and huge LED light signature certainly give it presence on the road.
The 2020 Sonata has a number of driver assistance aids, including Hyundai's Highway Driving Assistant and a smartphone-based digital key. The thing can even park itself.
US-spec Sonatas will be powered by a naturally aspirated, 2.5-liter I4 engine, or a 1.6-liter turbocharged I4, both of which are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is all that's available for now, but all-wheel drive — as well as higher-output versions — could come online soon, too.
Following the launch of its three-row Palisade, Hyundai will expand the opposite end of its SUV lineup at the New York show. The 2020 Venue will be the brand's smallest utility vehicle yet, slotting below the already subcompact Kona.
We've only seen the Venue in sketches so far, and it's clear the small SUV takes inspiration from the Korean automaker's other crossovers. Given its size, we expect some quirky styling bits, which should only help give the pint-size SUV some appeal with budget-minded shoppers.
Infiniti Q50 Signature Edition
Infiniti's big debut this week is actually happening in China, where the Qs Inspiration Concept makes its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show. But Infiniti didn't want to show up empty-handed in New York, so it's bringing the Q50 Signature Edition you see here.
The Q50 Signature Edition doesn't change the Q50 mechanically, and instead brings a number of aesthetic updates to the table. Sportier front and rear fascias join a set of model-specific 19-inch wheels, and inside, you'll find special aluminum trim. Look for it to arrive in Infiniti showrooms later this year.
First shown at the Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar brought its refreshed 2020 XE sedan to the New York show for the updated model's US debut. The car has visual tweaks on the outside and a whole heap of new technology on the inside, including a new touchscreen-based climate control system, wireless phone charging and a camera-based rearview mirror.
Mechanical changes are less involved, with the 2020 XE offering US shoppers a choice between two different outputs from a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine, labeled P250 and P300. The former serves up 247 horsepower, while the latter packs 296 horsepower. The updated XE goes on sale in the US this summer.
Much like the Genesis EV concept, we don't know a thing about Kia's New York-bound show car. Hyundai's Luc Donckerwolke said we can expect Kia to show some kind of new hotness, but as for what it is, your guess is as good as ours at this point.
Ten bucks says it's something SUV-shaped.
Lincoln introduced the 2020 Corsair, an entry-luxury crossover that essentially replaces the MKC in the brand's lineup. With a design language that matches other new Lincoln models and a plush, well-trimmed interior that features genuine wood and soft leather, it looks to be a strong contender against cars like the Cadillac XT4 and Lexus NX. Powertrain choices comprise 2.0- and 2.3-liter turbo-four engines, while tech features include the ability to use a smartphone as a key and a long list of active-safety technology. The Lincoln Corsair goes on sale this fall.
The CX-30 crossover made its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, but we're expecting to see it in New York, as well. At the time of the SUV's debut, Mazda's US officials couldn't confirm if the CX-30 would come to the US, but it's almost certainly going to happen.
The CX-30 slots between the CX-3 and CX-5 in Mazda's lineup (think of it as a CX-4, we suppose) and goes on sale in Europe this summer.
Whether or not the CX-30 does show up in New York, Mazda has a press conference on schedule, so expect something to show up.
Mercedes-Benz GLC300 Coupe
The latest coupe-ified version of the GLC-Class comes to the US with a few exterior tweaks, like new headlights and taillights, but it's what's inside that really counts. The old COMAND infotainment system is gone, replaced with Mercedes' latest MBUX tech, housed on a 10.2-inch touchscreen, complemented by a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster just to the left.
The GLC gets a bump in power for 2020 as well, with its 2.0-liter, turbocharged I4 mill putting out 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Curiously, the GLC Coupe is only available in 4Matic all-wheel drive — rear-wheel drive is not on the table.
Look for the 2020 GLC300 Coupe to arrive in Mercedes dealers later this year.
If you like your Mercedes sedans small yet mighty, the AMG A35 is for you. The turbocharged, 2.0-liter I4 engine is good for a very healthy 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Power goes to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, and with a stiffer suspension, recalibrated steering and beefier brakes, the A35 should be a blast to drive — more so than the already enjoyable A220.
Inside, you'll find Mercedes' excellent MBUX infotainment system, plenty of expensive-feeling leather and a 64-color ambient lighting system that's sure to impress. We're pretty stoked to drive this one.
See above, just swoopier. The Mercedes-AMG CLA35 is nearly identical to the A35, just with a more rakish roofline. The CLA35 uses the same 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine, same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and same 4Matic all-wheel drive system. The suspension, steering and brakes are all identical to the A35, well.
Sure, the CLA35 has a bit more of a jaunty roofline, but only drivers with an ultrasensitive butt dyno will notice the 0.1-second difference in the CLA35's 0-to-60 mph time: 4.6 seconds in the CLA, versus 4.7 in the A35.
Pricing has not been announced but we expect the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA35 to hit dealerships in late 2019 — just like the A35.
Mercedes' biggest SUV, the three-row GLS-Class, has been fully redesigned. While it's still plenty spacious, capable and luxurious, the GLS now also packs even more features to amp up the model's tech and luxury offerings. It also has a 2.3-inch longer wheelbase than its predecessor, providing more rear legroom.
Design-wise, the 2020 GLS doesn't look too different from before, though there are updated styling elements and, notably, you can now option wheels up to 23 inches in diameter from the factory. Moving inside, you'll find twin 12.3-inch displays with the automaker's MBUX infotainment software, tons of active safety gear and even Mercedes' E-Active Body Control semi-active suspension system. And don't forget the special secret car wash mode!
Powertrain choices include a new GLS580 option with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 with Mercedes' EQ Boost mild-hybrid tech. The engine alone is capable of putting out 483 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, and the 48-volt starter-generator offers supplemental oomph of up to 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet.
Every version of the 2020 Nissan GT-R has updates this year, including the Track Edition, the Nismo version and 50th Anniversary Edition model.
For the Nismo, changes include improved aerodynamic parts and reduced weight, as well as a new turbocharger. Then there's the 50th Anniversary model, which brings back the R34-generation GT-R's "Bayside (Wangan) Blue" paint, an Alcantara headliner and embossed seats. As to the Track Edition, it gets the Nismo's 600-hp engine (up from 565 hp previously), while a carbon-fiber roof and carbon-ceramic brakes become available as options.
Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition
The current Nissan 370Z is an old, old car, but we still rather like it. Nissan's pretty fond of its two-seat sports car, too, and to celebrate the model's heritage, is presenting this 50th Anniversary Edition 370Z in New York.
Mechanically speaking, the 50th Anniversary Edition is the same as any other 370Z; this update really just amounts to a trim-and-tape appearance package. You get a racing stripe, a spoiler delete option, unique 19-inch wheels, an Alcantara steering wheel, unique seat stitching and, of course, logos galore.
Nissan is also tipped to bring a GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition to New York, which we should know more about in the not-too-distant future.
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