Some late additions from New York.
Imagine the demand if Genesis ever brings this concept car to market. It is called the Essentia Concept, an all-electric, high performance car that features a lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque, a robust, multi-motor electric powertrain, and a custom-tailored interior.
The battery pack is housed in the center tunnel in an I-shape structure, as opposed to underneath the passenger compartment. This allows Essentia to achieve a low, 50-inch roofline and spacious, GT-style cabin. And it is fast with an estimated 0-to-60 time of 3.0 seconds.
Maserati Levante Trofeo
If you don’t want to wait for the Essentia, Maserati has something fast and sexy that was unveiled in NYC.
The Levante Trofeo packs 590 horsepower with 538 lb-ft of torque and a 0-60 in just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph.
As you can see from the picture it is an SUV, and not a two seat sports car that offers all that power. The 3.8-liter Twin Turbo V8 is mated to an All-Wheel Drive system and Launch Control for even more fun. It is one of the most powerful engines ever offered by Maserati.
There’s top grade leather inside along with carbon fiber and a 1,280 watt, 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system, if you ever tire of listening to that V8.
Production begins this summer in Mirafiori (Turin) Italy. It is initially intended for overseas markets including the U.S.
Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Pickup
It is a concept named after a tree that VW produced to gauge public reaction.
Tanoak is a dual-cab, short bed pickup based on an extended wheelbase Atlas with an overall length of 214 inches or roughly the same as the Chevy Colorado or the Toyota Tacoma.
Power comes from a 276 horsepower V6 mated to an eight speed automatic, and with ten inches of ground clearance, it is good that AWD is offered.
VW said it will seat five with most functions operated digitally. The instruments, center console, and multifunction steering wheel are heavily redesigned from the Atlas SUV.
My prediction is that VW will produce it at some future date. The concept, after all, looks production ready.
The fifth generation Forester is said to offer more room inside that any of its predecessors, with higher levels of driving pleasure, agility, crash protection, ride comfort and quietness. It will arrive later this year powered by a 2.5-liter 182 horsepower four, with a CVT and, of course, All Wheel Drive. That is a boost of 12 hp over the existing model.
Forester will introduce DriverFocus that uses facial recognition software to identify signs of driver fatigue or driver distraction. And it recognize up to five drivers and remember their presets for seat position, climate, multifunction display and more.
In this writer’s estimation, the NYC show tops all others in the U.S. this exhibition season. Over a million visitors are expected to cram into the Jacob Javits Center when the show opens to the public starting tomorrow.
To get a full check of all the reveals, do scroll down for my earlier stories. Thanks!