Day two of the show begins with the naming of the World Car of the year award winner over breakfast. And New York even had a car named after it!
At the Genesis stand was a surprise – the “New York Concept” sedan that “hints” at the luxury brand’s future design direction. It is a hybrid with a 2.0-liter engine, eight speed automatic transmission and electric motor. Genesis rates the combo at 242 horsepower with 260 lb-ft of torque with an 8 speed automatic. It is believed to be rear wheel drive in keeping with earlier statements that Hyundai’s spun off luxury line made concerning its future lineup. Certainly, the 23rd century interior will not carry over to production, but it is eye catching with its floating 21 inch curved screen, open steering wheel design and full-length center console. It would seat four. Wild child stuff, but if the exterior styling were to be carried over to the real world car, Genesis should pack more than a few customers into its showrooms.
Jeep displayed two new Grand Cherokee models, one high lux and the other designed for some serious off- roading. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models get Jeep’s Quadra-Drive system with Electronic Limited Slip differential, air suspension, and Selec-Speed Control with Hill Ascent Control. The lower front fascia is removable if you really head to the outback. If worse comes to worse, tow hooks are available.
The Grand Cherokee Summit sports a Laguna leather interior with a leather wrapped dashboard, center console and door panels. Also a suede headliners, lighted door sill, Active Noise Cancellation, Berber carpet mats, and a 19 speaker, 825 watt audio system from Harmon/Kardon. Both will go on sale in late summer.
Mercedes celebrated the world premiere of the AMG C63 Cabriolet that will arrive in showrooms in the fall. Now you can tell by the AMG name that this will be a high performance model. Try this! A 4.0-liter V8 Biturbo with 469 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in the C63 Cabriolet with a top speed of 155 mph and a 0-60 romp of just 4.1 seconds. The C63S goes that one better with 503 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Standing start to 60 in an even four seconds with an Autobahn top speed of 174. Both come with a 7 speed sport transmission. Mercedes said the car’s “dynamic engine mounts” can quickly and variably adapt their stiffness to various driving conditions. “These measures enhance the vehicle’s precision when driven dynamically and make both steering response and feedback even more direct,” MB said.
There are vehicles at the show that are redesigned, and there are those that are refreshed. Acura said its 2017 MDX is both. There is a new “diamond pentagon grille” and AcuraWatch safety and driver assist technology will be offered as standard equipment on all 2017 MDX models. There is also the intriguing Sport Hybrid model, the third Acura to share the three motor powertrain along with the NSX supercar and the RLX flagship sedan. On the MDX this brings together a 3.0-liter V6 mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic with an integrated electric motor powering the front wheels, and a Twin Motor Unit with two electric motors providing power to the rear wheels. Total output comes to 325 horsepower or 35 ponies more than the non-hybrid model. Acura expects an EPA rating of 25 city, 26 highway and a combined 26 mpg. An “Active Sport Suspension” package offers four driving modes including Sport + along with Comfort, Normal and Sport without the plus. All this sounds interesting in an SUV that Acura claims is the “best-selling three-row SUV of all time … “ The 2017 MDX will go on sale this summer with the Sport Hybrid coming later in the year.
Moving downscale a bit, we find the 2017 Subaru Impreza that is all new from the wheels up. It rides on Subaru’s new Global Platform that increases body roll by 50 percent with a 70 percent gain in body rigidity. There is a new 2.0-liter four under the hood with 152 horsepower, a gain of four ponies from the current model. The new Impreza will hit showrooms later year in Premium, Sport, and Limited trim lines. The Sport model gets 18-inch wheels, Sport Suspension and Active Torque Vectoring, and of course, Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.