Auto News for March 23 – New York Auto Show Preview

 The attention of the auto world turns to the Big Apple as press days begin for the big show. But some makers could not wait, previewing some “coming attractions” last evening. Among them a large new eye catching SUV previewed to a select group.

Gullwing doors provide greater access to the interior sanctuary, making entry and exit quicker and easier.

Lincoln, of all brands, should wow the crowd with its radical Navigator concept SUV. Yes those are gull wing doors, (take that Tesla), but they will not appear on the final product. Under the hood is a 3.5-liter twin turbo V6 delivering more than 400 horsepower to go with several drive modes. Lincoln said the new Navigator “provides the nameplate’s most spacious interior ever” with six seats adjustable 30 ways. The driver’s seat includes independent thigh supports for instance. Each rear seat has its own monitor with Wi-Fi connectivity. The fourth generation Navigator will hit the market in late 2017.

Buick Encore

Late yesterday afternoon, Buick released details of its 2017 Encore with an updated interior, and additional standard equipment such as push button start, key-less unlock on the door handles and an 8-inch touchscreen display. A new front end appearance, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also added. GM is moving cautiously here, as it should, not willing to make massive changes to a vehicle has been Buck’s best seller.

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype debuts in New York City


The Honda Civic Hatchback Concept, looking a lot like the actual car, made its North American debut also before the show opened. It features a 1.5-liter turbo with a six speed manual transmission. Hurray!!! Okay, a CVT is also available. It rides on the same platform as the sedan and the un-concept will hit showrooms later this year. At some point the Civic Type R will hit these shores to the delight of those of us who like to drive.


Mini said its all-wheel drive Clubman and John Cooper Works Convertible will make their world debuts at the show. The Clubman can shift power from the front to the rear wheels in just a quarter of a second and is lighter and more compact than previous Mini all-wheel drive platforms. The soft top convertible will come with the 2.0-liter, turbo 4 with 228 horsepower and Mini said it is the “fastest, most powerful open-top yet …” More details to come.

At the show itself, Toyota kicks things off with an updated Highlander SUV that will sport a new engine and transmission.

Acura will unveil a redesigned MDX.

Mercedes goes the performance route with the GLC.

On the upscale luxury end of the class, Maserati’s first sport utility, the $72,000 Levante, will make its North American debut.

Elsewhere, Subaru unveils a completely redesigned Impreza. We will also see an updated or completely new Nissan GT-R, and the 640 horsepower supercharged ZL1 Chevy Camaro with a ten speed transmission no less. This thing may burn rubber standing still.

Hyundai will reveal the next step in its new Genesis luxury line, the G70, and Jaguar should catch more than a little attention for its performance car, the F-Type SVR.

Kia will show off its full-size Cadenza sedan for 2017.

Toyota debuts a plug-in version of the new Prius that may get some styling changes just to stand out from its sibling.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn will deliver the keynote address.



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