In the words of the old Rock N’ Roll DJ’s, the “Hits Just Keep On Comin’” and that is the case with new vehicle introductions today at the NY show.
We will start this update with:
2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback
A five door coupe with a 2.9-liter V6 with a potent 444 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm. Audi claims a 0-60 in under four seconds with a top track speed of 155 mph. It comes with Quattro permanent four-wheel drive and an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission. Unique RS displays in the virtual cockpit inform the driver of tire pressure, torque, a shift light indicator and g-forces. Look for the RS 5 to appear in showrooms in the second half of the year.
2019 Genesis G70
Available this summer, the G70 is the brand’s first jump into the entry-level luxury segment. A 2.0-liter four or a 3.3-liter V6 will be offered with the six good for a 4.5 second run from zero to 60. The 2.0-liter with rear wheel drive will be available with a 6-speed manual transmission.
Driver-focused features include Genesis Active Safety Control, limited-slip differential, Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires and Brembo brakes. The G70 represents the future direction of the Genesis brand’s “Athletic Elegance” design signature with its long hood and short overhangs, dynamic roofline, and high beltline. Inside look for a quilted Nappa leather seats, premium stitched soft-touch surfaces, and an optional 15-speaker Lexicon audio system.
Two new engines and new styling mark the renewed midsize sedan introduced this morning.
Replacing the previous-generation Altima’s 3.5-liter V6 is the first production-ready variable compression turbo inline 4-cylinder which, Nissan said, generates the performance of some V6 gasoline engines but with 4-cylinder level fuel economy.
The optional 2.0-liter four is rated at 248 horsepower with 273 lb-ft of torque on premium fuel.
Standard on all grade levels is the new 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder direct injection engine, which is rated at 188 horsepower (versus the previous 2.5-liter’s 179 hp) and 180 lb-ft of torque (versus the previous 177 lb-ft) and features 80% new or redesigned parts.
An exclusive launch edition based on the Platinum VC-Turbo will be offered in limited quantities and open for reservations in early summer 2018. The full lineup goes on sale in the fall.
It is being called the most extensive overhaul in a decade with an all new body and chassis, a 2.6 longer wheelbase, and 3.4 cubic feet of additional storage space.
A turbocharged 2.0-liter, 16-valve power plant is good for 272 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. Compared to the previous model’s V6, peak torque is up 28 lb.-ft. and available across a wider section of the power band, from 1,600 to 4,500 rpm. The transmission is a 10 speed, the first in its class, Acura said.
Four drive modes are offered: Snow, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ and not to forget the return of torque–vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. It can send more torque to the rear wheels, up to 70 percent to be exact.
Sport seats have been added with improved lateral support, with some models offering open pore Olive Ash wood trim, Ultrasuede and Milano leather.
The new model will arrive on dealer lots mid-year.
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
First, the matter of names. The five-passenger Santa Fe Sport will now be called Santa Fe. The current long wheelbase three-row, seven-passenger model called Santa Fe will be renamed Santa Fe XL for the 2019 model year. An all-new three-row, eight-passenger SUV is currently under development and will carry an all-new name. Perhaps Albuquerque.
The new model rides on a longer wheelbase, offers some additional interior space, but the power comes from two familiar sources.
A 185 horsepower 2.4-liter four or a 2.0-liter turbo four rated at 235 horsepower. Both are married to a new eight speed transmission.
In 2020 a diesel joins the fleet, a 2.2-liter four with 190 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque.
The non-diesels go on sale this summer.
We will have more on the show Thursday morning.