It's the biggest city in North America, and as you might expect, they also have the biggest Auto Show. The 2019 New York Auto Show was packed with new model reveals and brands showcasing their best. Bringing to an end the domestic auto circuit tour until November, this year’s show has provided a surprising lack of the kind of fantasy we’ve come to expect. Although it was not devoid of magic. Both the Porsche and Mercedes stands, thanks to the Speedster and AMGs respectively, were a runaway success. Alfa Romeo and Maserati showcased their specialist paintworks, although resisted revealing new models. Both Volvo and BMW were noticeable by their absences. At the highest end, both Bugatti and Koenigsegg showed off some real beauty.
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The fastest growing car retail market at the moment is the small premium SUV market, and the Lincoln Corsair is firmly aimed at that demographic. This two-row, small SUV has an elegant, quiet interior, while still promising to deliver on performance. The standard 2 liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine makes around 250 horsepower, or you can choose to upgrade to a 2.3 liter which converts to 280 horsepower. This is undoubtedly going to be a popular car for the manufacturer.
For lovers of massive SUVs who also wanted some comfort, the Mercedes GLS has always been the model of choice. It's indulgent and extravagant in a way that other models have never quite handled. This time the GLS has a rebooted infotainment system - the new MBUX which was originally unveiled on the A-Class. Performance-wise, there's an electrified V8 engine, as well as a 48-volt on-board electrical system to power the new internals.
Range Rover have described their top tier offering as "the most driver-focused model in the range." This model boasts eight-speed transmission and a top speed of 170 mph, matching the Range Rover Sport. With its retuned steering software, AWD system, locking rear differential and eight-speed transmission, the Velar SVA is the sportiest vehicle Land Rover make.
With an expected starting price of $1.8 million, the Karlmann King is being touted as the world's most expensive SUV. The Ford F-550 chassis holds a coffee maker, champagne storage, and 45-inch flat-screen TV. Unsurprisingly with this price tag, it's not in manufactured in the US yet, but it looks like the company is unapologetically targeting the Kardashian market.
The punny Kia HabaNiro concept is one to love or hate, and Kia doesn't care how you feel. The crazy butterfly doors reveal a lurid, neon-red interior. It's sort of an SUV. It's also sort of an electric car. The windshield turns into a kind of computer screen, and the interior is lacking any recognizable buttons or controls. It's also got a unique take on all-wheel-drive - each wheel has its very own motor.
Unofficially the replacement to the CTS, the Cadillac CT5 is a sleek, powerful vehicle that was formally unveiled. It has a 2-liter four-cylinder engine as standard, and it's expected to drive as well as it looks thanks to the Cadillac's impressive Alpha platform.
This all-electric city car has taken the concept of sustainability and fashion and run with it. With its wide-set wheelbase and sloped roofline, the car looks bigger than it is, and the scissor-style doors open out to let you to the storage area. With the dash and bench seats pivot-mounted, the car has been designed for ease of use when zipping around urban spaces.
Announced as the winner of the World Car Award for Urban Cars, the Jimny has been huge across the global market. The next iteration of Suzuki's off-road SUV, this car began as an '80s Suzuki Samurai. The 2020 model has managed to marry its good looks with an unrivaled toughness, providing you with agility and torque when you need it most.
This electric hypercar has made some impressive claims on performance: from a 0-60 mph speed of 1.85 seconds, and 1914 horsepower. Combined with 2300 Nm of torque, this is enough to boast a top speed of 256 mph. Distance-wise, this electric car promises 403 miles, with all-wheel torque vectoring. If it can deliver all of this, it's going to revolutionize the game.
Another one on the list for all future lotto winners, the Bugatti Chiron Sport was on display to celebrate 110 years of Bugatti. Formally named "100 Ans Bugatti," if you wanted to get yourself one of these beauties it would set you back a cool $3.75m.
The Swedish supercar company has done it again, with what might possibly be the fastest road car ever built. Weighing just 90kg, the Jesko's V8 engine gives you 1280 horsepower on standard gas, with a flexfuel E85 choice promising 1600 hp. Torque tops out at 1500 Nm at 5100 rpm, and this may well be the first car ever to reach 300 mph.
The Jaguar I-Pace has been a massive hit on the awards programs this year, taking home the gold for World Car Design, World Green Car, and 2019 World Car of the Year. An electric battery SUV, Jaguar, is showing that you don't have to compromise on style to still want to look out for the planet, and it seems to be paying them dividends.
Not a wholly new car, we got the chance to admire the BAC Mono once more as it was featured in the British manufacturer's highlights. Popular with the future king of Britain, the BAC Mono is a single-seater race car which is also road legal. With prices starting at $161k, it's a chance for the haves to show off to the have nots!
One for the wish list, the Lamborghini Hurácan EVO Spyder is going to be selling for a cool $290k. With its sleek design and custom paint options, this car was a definite highlight of the show. The EVO Spyder boasts a V10 engine which has increased its horsepower and gives it a top speed of 202 mph.
Porsche unveiled its concept for the new Porsche 911 Speedster last year, to coincide with their 70th anniversary. The production version was revealed in New York. Based on the 911 GT3, it has a 4.0 liter flat-six engine, 502 horsepower, and 470 Nm of torque. With a 6-speed manual transmission, this car is going to be an absolute delight for aficionados and purists alike.
While this mid-size, luxury four-door isn't anything particularly new, the 2019 Maserati Ghibli is offering three models - the Ghibli, the S, and the S Q4. The option of bespoke paint and trims allow you to personalize your car, while Maserati takes care of the performance. A 3.0L V6 engine can reach 345 horsepower, and the eight-speed transmission promises you optimum performance.
In a busy market, Toyota always seems to know when to up the ante, and the Toyota Highlander is no exception. With a leaner, more athletic build, this Highlander has a 17 percent boost in gas efficiency. The Highlander still offers you V6 or hybrid powertrains, proving once again that Toyota knows how to do what they do - and do it well.