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Recapping New York: World Debuts & Top Unveils from the 2018 Auto Show

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We’re only three months into 2018 yet the New York Auto Show still comes on the heels of the other major events in LA, Geneva, and Detroit, kicking the new 2019 offerings into gear.

But that didn’t stop the automakers from showing up big in the Big Apple this year. We saw some major, significant debuts for best-selling vehicles including the Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4.

Plus, some first-ever world debuts like Lincoln’s new mid-size Aviator and Cadillac’s 2019 compact XT4 crossover. Along with some love for new pickups and sedans like the new CT6  V-Sport.

While we did get a look at a decent variety of products this year, the story again was all about the sport utilities. Which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone unless you’ve been living in your mom’s Camry since 2005.

Here are 9 major debuts from the 2018 New York Auto Show:

2019 Lincoln Aviator Mid-Size SUV (World Debut)

This was a big one. Considering mid-size SUVs make up a quarter of sport utility sales, and frankly, Lincoln didn’t really have a viable player in this space (we’re looking at you MKT), the spectacular designed three-row Aviator was long overdue.

Arriving sometime next year, the 2019 Aviator will offer a plug-in hybrid and twin-turbo powerplant – a Lincoln first. Plus, new technology allowing you to use your smartphone as a key fob.

We got an exclusive look at the Aviator ahead of its world debut:

Read the full 2019 Aviator feature + photo gallery

2019 Cadillac XT4 Compact Crossover (World Debut)

Cadillac joins the hypercompetitive compact crossover circus come this Fall 2018. But the 2019 XT4 checks most of the boxes including ample cargo (most in its class), a robust powerplant with its new 2.0L engine putting down an impressive 287-hp, and new cabin technology you’d expect in a newbie offering.

Sitting just below its larger, stylish XT5 sibling, the first-ever XT4 joins an impressive stable of Cadillacs the company continues to expand aggressively until 2021.

Read the full XT4 feature & photos

All-new 2019 Subaru Forester in new Sport Trim (World Debut)

The next-generation Forester might be all-new but it still retains that rugged look carried over from the outgoing model.

Subaru’s best-selling SUV adds new tech, advanced features, and that good stuff you’d expect. But the real story here is introduction of a new Forester flossing some attitude – something this long-running off-roader may have been missing.

The Sport trim still gets the same 2.5L engine as the other trims, but expect more distinct styling cues for the the exterior and interior.

Read the full 2019 Forester feature & photos

All-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 finally shows up

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Bold looks and more aggressive attitude, we’ll expect the all-new 2019 RAV4 to conquer the back trails as well as its muscular stance suggests.

But design alone, Toyota’s best-selling vehicle has never looked so good – and in a competitive segment, that’s a good (necessary) thing.

Read the full 2019 RAV4 feature & photos

2019 Nissan Altima grows up with beefier look

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If the design of the all-new 2019 Altima is any indication of future Nissan products, we’re on board.

The new 6th-generation Altima will sport the company’s first Intelligent All-Wheel Drive fitted in a North American 4-door. Paired to a either a 3.5-litre V6 engine with the world’s first variable compression turbo inline 4-cylinder we first got a look at up close in the all-new QX50 back in November, or the new 2.5-litre DOHC inline 4-cylinder direct-injection engine.

Sleeker and sportier than the outgoing model – or any Altima model, for that matter – the 2019 Altima gets a lower, wider, and longer stance riding on 19-inch wheels.

Finally, Nissan’s best-selling sedan sports the looks and attitude we think was missing these past 25 years.

2019 Lexus UX the latest compact crossover from Japan

Earlier this month, Lexus gave us a pre-debut look at their new 2019 UX compact luxury crossover.

Sporting three-rows, a bold and stylish design that may not be for everyone, and 3 trims including the UX 200 gas-powered model, the UX 200h hybrid offering, and the more robust 2019 Lexus UX F SPORT, Lexus’ new sport utility follows in the footstep of its larger RX sibling first hitting the scene 20 years ago.

Read the Lexus UX first look feature with photos

2019 GMC Sierra AT4 ditches luxury for adventure

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GMC’s best-selling pickup may be renowned for its Denali flavour for upscale pickup enthusiasts, but the brand chose New York to unveil something a bit off the beaten path with the all-new 2019 Sierra AT4.

As the company’s VP of Global GMC puts it, “The 2019 Sierra AT4 is designed for the customer who wants an elevated presence on the road and the capability to venture off life’s beaten path.”

A 5.3L V8 engine sitting on a 2-inch factory-installed suspension and 18-inch all-terrain tires comes standard. For more brawn, a 6.2L V8 or Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission might make more sense.

2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback for Dads who need speed

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Offered in a Sportback for the first time, this V6-powered RS 5 is the type of family hauler that puts permanent smiles on Dads faces. And for good reason when you’re piloting a 444-hp 4-door rocket to the grocery store.

The 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback sits low with an angry look slapped across that wide, flat single-frame grille.

With crossovers taking over the planet, it’s nice to see unreasonably fast and sexy sedans like the German rocket still rolling of the production line.

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS packing 520-hp of non-turbo goodness

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Let’s round out this list with the premiere of the most powerful road-approved high-performance sports car featuring a naturally aspirated engine. Why not.

Earlier this month, we got a look at Porsche’s new 911 machine but seeing this 520-hp green beast up close is another story.

Aside from the insane 0-100 km/h in 3-second marker, the new 911 GT3 RS is naturally-aspirated piece of genius that’ll hit 312 km/h if you need it to.

Read the new 911 GT3 RS first look feature

This post Recapping New York: World Debuts & Top Unveils from the 2018 Auto Show appeared first on TractionLife.com by Amee Reehal.


The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack for North America

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Volkswagen recently brought their all new 2017 Golf Alltrack to the New York Auto Show. The main attraction of this new Golf Sportwagen is that it will be using Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. Under normal driving conditions, the Alltrack sends power to only the front wheels, but the electronic all wheel drive system will kick in power to the rear wheels once it senses a loss of traction. The Alltrack is a milestone vehicle in that the Golf Sportwagens have never received an all-wheel-drive system in North America.

Nor surprisingly, the Alltrack will not be getting a diesel motor as Volkswagen still has a stop sale on that particular motor. Instead, the Alltrack will get the 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbo motor which pumps out 170 hp and 199 lb/ft of torque. Another difference is the Alltrack will get Volkswagen’s six speed dual clutch DSG automatic transmission, whereas the standard Golf Sportwagen only gets a normal automatic transmission or manual as an option.

The Alltrack has an overall much more rugged exterior look than the Golf Sportwagen. Lager fender flares, Alltrack specific bumpers, and a raised ride height all lend to the new look as well as the new function of the Alltrack.

More details on pricing will be released to the public closer to the time when the Alltrack hits showrooms which is around late fall this year.


Buick’s 2017 Enclave Sport Touring, Encore Facelift

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Buick took to the New York Auto Show to show off their all new Enclave Sport Touring. Following with he tradition of their Sport Touring models, the 2017 Enclave will receive primarily cosmetic improvements.

The Enclave Sport Touring will have a Satin Black Ice grille and 20-inch wheels, also finished in Satin Black Ice. The Enclave will be powered by a 3.6L V6 which pumps out 288hp. Power is sent through a six speed transmission and customers have a choice between a front wheel drive or all wheel drive model.

Also on the show floor is the facelifted 2017 Encore, featuring updated bumper, hood, fenders and headlights. Inside, an updated 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system hosts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, giving drivers seamless integration to their smartphone.

The 2017 Enclave Sport Touring will likely live on one more year in its current form. Plans are already in the works for a completely refreshed and redesigned Enclave for the 2018 season.

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BMW’s all New Alpina B7 xDrive

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BMW debuts their all new Alpina B7 at the New York Auto Show today. The B7 is uses a new 4.4L V8 with twin-turbos an cranks out an impressive 600 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. What’s even more impressive is the B7 can sprint to 100km/h in just 3.6 seconds. That’s a lot of mass moved in a very short amount of time, and the car will top out at 193 mph. The Alpina B7 uses a re-engineered and reprogrammed eight speed automatic transmission with close gear ratios allowing for quick and seamless shift creating a smooth run all the way to that 193mph.

On the outside, the B7 wears a set of 20 inch Alpina classic wheels which perfectly suit this luxury performance sedan. Alternatively, Alpina offers a set of forged aluminum 21 inch classic wheels as well. In traditional Alpina fashion, the car features custom Alpina aero, a sport tuned exhaust, and can wear Alpina’s exclusive blue metallic or green metallic paint.

The B7 is another beautiful from tuning house Alpina and we can’t wait to see it on the road.

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Koenigsegg’s Hybrid Regera

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Company owner Christian Von Koenigsegg has said it before, he refuses to use electric technology to achieve the hyper levels of horsepower in todays hypercars. So that made the announcement that the Regera will be using a hybrid power source very conflicting. But Koenigsegg himself will be the first one to correct you and say don’t call it a hybrid. And in Koenigsegg fashion, this isn’t your typical hybrid. It has no transmission, but we’ll get back to that later.

Onboard the Koenigsegg is a 5.0L turbo V8 “conventional” gas motor but there’s also three electric motors. The electric motors are powered by a 9kWh, 620-volt water cooled batter. There is one electric motors are assigned to move the drive shaft producing 215hp, and two separate electric motors powering each rear wheel making 241hp each totally nearly 700hp on just electric power. On full electric mode, the Regera has a range of about 22 miles. Once the gas motor kicks in, the combined power output bumps to approximately 1,500hp and 1,475lb/ft of torque. All of that power delivers a 0-100km/h sprint in a mere 2.8 seconds

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Mercedes-AMG Quietly Facelifts the CLA45

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With only 3 years of production under its belt, the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 gets a minor facelift with subtle updates to make the CLA45 even better. We test drove and reviewed the original CLA45 over in Las Vegas a couple of years ago and have grown to love the little four door coupe from Affalterbach, and it’s great to see Mercedes-AMG continue to improve on what is already an excellent car.

Starting with the exterior, the CLA45 gets upgraded aerodynamics in the form of an upgraded front bumper with the classic AMG A-Wing design, rear diffuser insert with 4 vertical fins, as well as a lip spoiler on the trunk. An optional aerodynamics package adds a larger front splitter, additional winglets, and a lip spoiler.

Performance wise, last year’s upgraded drivetrain consisting of a 25hp bump (now to 381hp) along with the shorter gear ratios installed in the AMG 7 speed DCT improves on the original CLA45’s performance. 0 to 100km/h now arrives in only 4.2 seconds using the RACE START launch control system.

The 2017 CLA45 arrives in showrooms this fall. Check out our gallery below and let us know what you think of the upgrades.

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MINI Clubman ALL4 and JCW Convertible Make World Debut

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The MINI Cooper Clubman ALL4 and the John Cooper Works Convertible that were announced back in January both made their world debuts in New York at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. The ALL4 all-wheel-drive system is a front-wheel drive system that will shift power from the front to the rear wheels whenever conditions warrant it. The power shift takes just a fraction of a second. The new ALL4 system is also lighter and more compact than previous all-wheel drive platforms for improved handling and fuel economy. Both the Cooper Clubman ALL4 and Cooper S Clubman ALL4 come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission but an 8-speed automatic is optional.

The MINI Convertible gets the John Cooper Works treatment with a stiffer suspension, redesigned body kit, 18″ wheels and red brake calipers. Under the hood on the JCW Convertible is a 2.0L turbo engine that pumps out 228 horsepower. Canadian pricing information is not available for these new MINIs but in the US the MINI Cooper Clubman ALL4 will start at $26,750, and the MINI Cooper S Clubman ALL4 will start at $33,330. The MINI Convertible John Cooper Works will start at $35,600.

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Spyker C8 Preliator Arrives in North America

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The Latest iteration of the Spyker C8, the Preliator is on display here in New York at the 2016 New York Auto Show. You may be thinking, didn’t Spyker go out of business? Yeah you wouldn’t be wrong but they resurfaced from bankruptcy with the help of an electric airplane company. That led many to believe that the next project from Spyker would be a full fledged electric vehicle of some sort but everyone was wrong. The C8 Preliator is not an electric vehicle, and in fact it still has the same Audi 4.2L V8 under the hood except this time around it has a supercharged strapped to it boosting output to just under 520 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque delivered to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual or automatic gear box.

The entire vehicle has been overhauled and improved compared to its predecessor. The all aluminium space frame has been redesigned and is 10% stiffer, the wheelbase has been increased providing a more stable ride and the interior has been revamped.

The Preliator name, which means fighter or warrior in latin not only pays tribute to their aviation heritage (fighter jets) but symbolizes the rocky past couple of years in which Spyker has fought and won many battles only to come out stronger than ever.

The C8 Preliator will be limited to 50 units and will begin production once the remaining units of its predecessor, the C8 Aileron are complete.

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Koenigsegg One:1 at the Heart of New York Auto Show

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The Koenigsegg one:1 made its way to the New York Auto Show and made a huge splash infront of an American audience. When the company produced six vehicles for the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, all units were spoken for before it even made its appearance before the public. Fortunately, Koenigsegg continued to build more of these super cars.

One thing the Koenigsegg does is blur the lines between what follows the other, form or function. Naturally, all Koenigsegg vehicles are build with function and purpose in mind, but you can’t deny that sometimes form creeps its way to the forefront. Regardless which follows the other, one can’t deny the beauty of a one off machined and cnc’d part made from aerospace grade aluminum like the paddle shifters which are engineered to give a specific clicking feel to convey gear engagement. With performance in mind, Koenigsegg managed to achieve the “dream” equation of 1:1 hp-to-kg curb weight ratio, hence the name One:1.

As the One:1 sits peacefully inside the New York Auto Show flanked on the right by a Spyker C8 Preliator, and snuggled up to Koenigsegg’s own Regera on its left, one can only stand back and embrace what it is they are seeing before their eyes. The One:1 is an engineering marvel. It exudes beauty across every inch of its body, and it expels performance out of every pore.

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Mercedes All New GLC Coupe and GLC43 on Stage in New York

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Mercedes has come out big at this year’s New York Auto Show. Among all the new vehicles they’ve debuted was the all new 2017 GLC Coupe. This particular SUV coupe has found its home in the silver arrows North American lineup. With coupe SUVs becoming commonplace, as well as the SUV market in North America continuing to strengthen, Mercedes will capitalize on this opportunity with their coupe SUV.

The proportions of the GLC coupe is essentially a regular GLC that has been stretched out and lowered giving it that unique shape. The rear end utilizes a hatch style back to gain access to the large cargo space. The profile of the coupe makes it stand apart from its counterpart. The front end changes are subtle with a single barred grille. With the hunkered down profile of the coupe, rear passengers will lose some headroom, although not as much loss as one might think.

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