2016 New York International Auto Show
LAUREN MORRISON: “Spring has sprung, and that mean it’s the season for the New York International Auto Show! And we’re here on the show floor to see the big debuts from the Big Apple.”
And let’s start off with something really bold, this Lincoln Navigator Concept. While the massive gullwing doors are not likely to make production, they gave everyone a clear view of the alluring retro-futuristic interior of Lincoln’s next gen super-sized hauler.
We finally saw the latest Camaro ZL1 and got some tech-specs, too. With an LT4 supercharged V8, this Camaro enters the horsepower wars with 640, available with a six speed manual, or – and here’s the other big news – a ten speed automatic for coupe and convertible.
At Buick it was a freshened Encore. A less bloated look and more tech should keep this mini-ute’s sales going strong.
Jeep looks to continue its hot streak with additions to the Grand Cherokee. A new Trailhawk model brings increased ride height, and more off-road essentials, while this snow-cap white Summit model adds mild updates outside and inside.
“They’re not all hometown heroes, though, as there was plenty of news from import brands, as well…”
Let’s start here, too, with another concept: the Genesis “New York Concept”. This high style sedan foretells the new brand’s 3-Series fighter, and a rumored 242 horsepower hybrid powertrain.
Mazda had us talking about this MX-5 RF, or “retractable fastback”. This targa-roofed Miata brings a new zing to affordable sports cars.
Mercedes went on a run, with three world debuts: the GLC Coupe,…the C63 Cabriolet, and the E43 4MATIC…
High performance took the spotlight, with the Audi R8 Spyder, and Nissan GT-R showing off some fancy new duds. The GT-R also gets a slight bump in horsepower, to 565.
While Alfa Romeo showed the not quite high performance, U.S.-spec versions of their still stylish Giulia sport sedan.
Crossover news included a revamped Acura MDX, now available with the three motor hybrid all-wheel drive system drawn from the NSX and RLX.
At Toyota, the Prius Prime made its debut. This plug-in hybrid boast a 22 mile EV-only range and 600 miles overall.
Subaru pulled the wraps on the next gen Impreza compacts, both sedan and hatchback.
And for truck fans, Nissan revealed its full-size, half -ton Titan pickup, adopting much of the styling of the larger XD.
“Once again the New York proved to be a great way to wrap up the early 20-16 auto show season, and this week’s Motor News!”