It doesn’t quite feel like Spring here in Manhattan. But the chill in the air hasn’t cooled the world’s reaction to some of the latest and greatest new automotive models. NY seems bigger than ever this year, with a nonstop press conference schedule on Day 1. We’ve covered every inch of the floor. Here’s some of the best news from opening day of the 2018 New York International Auto Show!
Acura RDX A-Spec
The new Acura RDX was in need for a redesign. A new bolder look on the outside, and presence of a new A-Spec trim package adds some needed aggression. Inside, the RDX get a new touchscreen infotainment unit, which is a welcome improvement over their current system. Also new is a 2.0L 4 cylinder turbocharged motor with 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Look for the new RDX at dealers in the next few months.
Cadillac CT6 V-Sport
Cadillac has some big news under the hood of its CT6 sedan. While the current CT6 flagship made due with a twin-turbo 3.0L V6, the new V Sport performance model introduces an all-new, Cadillac-exclusive twin-turbo 4.2L V8. The new engine is rated at 550hp and 627lb-ft torque and will be connected to GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system. Other V Sport upgrades, revised suspension, Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes, and a mechanical limited-slip differential, are all included as well. The more aggressive styling suits the CT6. We can’t wait to hear the new V8 roar.
Cadillac has pulled the covers off a small crossover which will help appeal to a new segment of consumers. The brand is struggling to stay relevant in the luxury car segment with its sedan-heavy lineup. It’s similar in design to its larger sibling, the XT5. After a lot of negative feedback regarding the CUE infotainment system, Cadillac has made the change to a rotary dial instead of a touch based system. The XT4 will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine with cylinder deactivation, stop/start and will be paired with a nine-speed transmission. The XT4 will start at just under $36,000 and should be on dealer lots this fall.
Jaguar F-Pace SVR
You’ll quickly forget about the Mercedes Benz GLC 63 after taking a look at the new F-Pace SVR. Say hello to a supercharged 5.0 liter V8 with a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds and a Variable Valve Active exhaust. The SVR aerodynamic package provides front and rear bumpers, lower body sides and a rear lip spoiler. On the inside, you’ll find slimline sport seats with lozenge quilting, an SVR steering wheel with aluminum paddle shifters, and plenty of SVR logos. You can place your order this summer.
We drove the first generation Kia K900 and were impressed. Now, Kia has a new K900 and its longer and wider than before. Nearly everything inside is covered in leather or metal, and is even more upscale than before. Now standard is the 3.3L V6 corporate engine with 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. With refined looks and plenty of new tech to keep everyone inside happy, this new K900 continues to raise Kia’s luxury bar.
The name is back. Lincoln has revived the Aviator name for 2019 model year by building on a new rear-wheel drive platform. The Aviator will be offered with a turbocharged engine and a plug-in hybrid variant, with optional AWD making its way into upper trim levels as well. This model is technically a concept, but expect nearly nothing to change between now and 2019’s release date. More details to follow as its release nears.
The Mercedes-AMG C63 is the best selling AMG model line, and they decided to update it here in New York. You’ll have a hard time telling it apart from the 2018 model year cars, but if you look close you’ll see a new front bumper and slightly revised rear fascia. There’s a new 9 speed transmission and an optional digital dash and new center screen. Look for the new 2019 C63 coupe, sedan, and convertible at your local Mercedes dealer later this year.
The NYIAS started off with the all new 2019 RAV4. Toyota touts a bold design and exceptional driving experience. It’s also the first model to have Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect. The RAV4 has different personalities to meet your needs. Toyota has debuted an all-new sporty hybrid, the XSE. There’s also the more rugged Adventure. Its large over-fenders, high-rise roof rails, aggressive grille, fog light surrounds and different wheel design give it away. There’s also the more refined Limited trim level. The jury is out on the looks of the RAV4 Adventure. But given its history and the fact that its production as doubled in the last five years, it’ll do just fine.
VW Atlas Concepts
VW surprised everyone when it unveiled not one, but two Atlas concepts. The Atlas Cross Sport concept appears more production-ready, closely resembling the existing Atlas SUV. Expect the same 3.6L V6 powerplant from the current Atlas, but only 5 seats inside this sleeker Atlas. The biggest surprise was the Atlas Tanoak concept, a rugged mid-size pickup that hearkens back to the days of the VW Rabbit. With features like elevated rail system to mount cargo over the bed and cab and an integrated front winch, there’s definitely a lot to like about this concept. With enough interest, VW could bring this Atlas Tanoak to market.
-Danielle Assenheimer, Christopher Little, Scott Villeneuve