New York Motor Show 2019: news round-up and all the cars
Everything from the 2019 New York Motor Show, with launches from Ford, Hyundai, Mercedes, Nissan and more
The 2019 New York Motor Show has passed, and we have your complete guide to everything that appeared in the Big Apple. Since 1987, the event has been held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, with the show taking place annually since the turn of the 20th Century.
As you might expect, the New York Motor Show is usually geared towards the American market. In previous years, V8s, SUVs and pick-up trucks have dominated the floor, with only a few models relevant to European buyers appearing. However this year, a broader range of segments featured, with everything from small, economical saloons to mid-engined sports cars.
Scroll down below for all the big news from this year’s show...
New York Motor Show 2019: A-Z
The all-new Ford Escape made its worldwide debut at New York. Due to enter the UK market in December this year, badged as the Ford Kuga, it features fresh tech, a redesigned exterior and a new range-topping 223bhp 2.5-litre four-cylinder plug-in hybrid powertrain, with claimed economy figures of 235.4mpg.
Watch out MINI! Hyundai's luxury brand, Genesis, revealed its plans to enter the city car market with the Mint Concept. The all-electric car was dreamt up by the brand's European, US and Korean design studios and, although no powertrain details have been released, it's claimed the Mint will be able to cover 200 miles on a single charge.
• Hyundai Sonata• Hyundai Venue
Hyundai has redesigned its Sonata Saloon, adding a range of new tech, a pair of fresh engines and an updated design language which adopts cues from the firm’s 2018 Le Fil Rouge concept. The eighth-generation Sonata won’t be coming to the UK, but the N3 architecture on which it’s based will underpin other, mid-sized Hyundai models, which will.
The Korean firm also debuted a new compact crossover, called the ‘Venue,’ marking the creation of the brand’s new ‘CUV’ segment. According to Hyundai, the CUV segment focusses on trendiness, with the Venue “embodying the characteristics of ‘the place to be.’”
Kia has unwrapped an all-new concept crossover called the Habaniro at New York. It previews the Korean brand’s future design language, and it potentially hints at the look of the next-generation Kia Niro, which is due in 2021. The Habaniro is fully-electric and boasts a range of over 300 miles on a single charge.
• Lincoln Corsair
Ford’s luxury subsidiary, Lincoln, took the covers off a new SUV at the Manhattan show. The Corsair, which is inspired by the Latin word "corsus", is Lincoln’s first attempt at a compact premium SUV. It will go on sale in the US later this year, and will sit below the recently-launched Aviator in the brand's 4x4 range.
Mercedes had a packed stand at this year’s New York Auto Show. Opening its display was new AMG A 35 saloon, marking the second model launched under the brand’s entry-level 35 range. It’s powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol as its cousin, the AMG A 35 hatch, producing 302bhp and 400Nm of torque.
The new Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 coupe-saloon also made an appearance. Like the firm's new performance A-Class saloon, it's based on similar underpinnings to the AMG A 35, coming fitted with a 302bhp four-cylinder petrol engine, all-wheel-drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
The Stuttgart-based manufacturer gave its GLC Coupe a mid-life facelift, too, pulling its styling, engines and technology from the recently-revised GLC SUV. Major updates include a new range of petrol-hybrid powertrains and the addition of Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system. Due to reach the UK later this year, it will act as the sole rival to the BMW X4.
Accompanying the GLC Coupe was the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63. The firm’s latest performance SUV comes with a 503bhp 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine in its fastest guise, offering a 0–62mph time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 174mph. It recently claimed the title of the fastest production SUV to lap the Nurburgring, with a time of 7:49.369 minutes, beating the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s time by more than two seconds.
Finally, the firm’s flagship seven-seat GLS SUV made its worldwide debut. Acting as a direct rival to the BMW X7, Audi Q8 and the Range Rover, it’ll likely feature a range of new combustion engines (potentially shared with the S-Class), 48-volt mild-hybrid electrification and a raft of new technology, including Mercedes’s latest four-wheel-drive system.
Nissan also had a packed stand at this year's New York show, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the firm's ‘Z’ and ‘GTR’ nameplates. An updated GT-R NISMO is the highlight, but special 50th Anniversary editions of the 370Z and GT-R are also on show as part of both badges’ greatest hits parade.
Porsche unwrapped the North American version of its 911 Speedster at this year’s New York Auto show. Based on the 911 GT3, this limited-edition convertible commemorates Porsche’s 70th anniversary, paying homage to the firm’s first production car; the 1948 356 Speedster. Just 1,948 examples will be built, each expected to cost north of £200,000.
Subaru America officially revealed the all-new Outback at New York. Like the previous model, it’s offered with a turbocharged flat-four engine, a slightly raised ride-height and all-wheel-drive. However, it’s doubtful we’ll see the new Outback on this side of the pond, with Subaru ear-marking it as a US-only model.
Finally, the new Toyota Yaris was unwrapped at New York's 2019 Auto Show. It’s been built in collaboration with Mazda, sharing its interior, engine and most of its panelling with the current generation Mazda 2 hatchback. This iteration of the Yaris is strictly for the North American market.
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