NEW YORK – In case you missed it, this year’s New York Auto Show was held after being canceled in both 2020 and 2021 due to Covid. Lots of manufacturers have appeared in the force, but not everyone has. Never mind, we’ve been there, bringing you news, photos, and scoops from the floor throughout the show’s run. All of our New York-related stories can be found in our central hub here, but if you’d rather just a simple tasting of everything in a quick and easy-to-understand format, keep scrolling.
Kia revealed the Telluride’s first major update in New York, and it makes the three-row crossover somewhat desirable without spoiling what we used to love about it. There’s a new X-Line and X-Pro trim for someone who might want more off-road capability, and a number of technical improvements. Notably, the newly designed dashboard features new and larger screens.
Hyundai’s Telluride sister car has been treated to a similar update. Like the Telluride, Hyundai gave the Palisade a slightly revised look, new off-road trim (called the XRT in the Palisade case), more technology inside and a new dash design with full-width air vents. If we had to choose, we’re a little more impressed with the Telluride update, with a number of us on the staff preferring the Palisade design before the update over the new one.
This was inevitable. Jeep revealed the taller, more spacious versions of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer in New York, and they are identified with the letter “L” at the end of their names. Overall length grows by a foot, and the wheelbase rises by 7 inches versus standard Wagoneer models. Jeep has essentially dedicated all that extra space to the cargo area, now offering a staggering 44.2 cubic feet of space behind the third row.
Alongside the L, Jeep has announced that its new Hurricane inline-six engine will find its first home in the Wagoneer. Efficiency gets a little boost, and power is more than enough at 420 hp (standard output) or 510 hp (high output version) from the twin-turbo I-6.
The Stellantis party continues with slightly revised Chrysler and Airflow. Redesigned for the New York market after debuting at CES in Las Vegas, the Airflow concept gets new paint, changed colours, a slightly changed interior and a new interpretation of the Chrysler logo.
This was our first chance to get a good personal look at the new Kia Niro models that were on our way, and we loved it. It gets an all-new design, a massaged powertrain in all three variants and an EV6-inspired interior. We also got a little in-depth look at the premium Aero Blade design feature seen on all new Niros hardware.
This was one of the secondary appearances of the show – Subaru did not hold a press conference. But Outback was on the show floor, showing off her new wilderness-inspired look. The livery is more prominent, it has new lights up front, and Subaru has equipped it with a number of new technical features.
A year after the all-new Pathfinder was made, Nissan has just added a Rock Creek look for its off-road focus. It gets a slightly revised suspension, more power when running on premium fuel, all-terrain tires and a fairly comprehensive design package. We liked its look on the show floor, and while it might not be a super capable SUV, having a more rugged SUV option seems like a good thing at dealers these days.
Electric vehicles outperform The Leaf with much greater range, better technology and more power, but that hasn’t stopped Nissan from giving it a small boost. You get a new grille, an illuminated Nissan logo, new wildflower wheels and a pair of aerodynamic improvements.
This special edition Ford GT honors the car that finished third in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. It recreates the look of that car with matching paint, red accents, and a number of other small details. Ford showed it alongside the car that raced at Le Mans in 1966, making it an excellent display for any racing history fan.
A collaboration between Williams Engineering, Italdesign and Deus, this electric supercar was planned for extremely low production, but incredibly high performance. Output is supposed to be “over 2,200 hp” and has a 0-62 mph time of 1.99 seconds. Only 99 are supposed to be built, but we know it will be a tough and uphill battle to achieve. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll see Deus outside the New York Auto Show one day.
Yes, it is another type of Huracan. This part steals a lot from STO’s quick parts, but pairs it up with a quieter look. It’s nice to make the look different from other Huracáns, and the 631 horsepower sent to the rear wheels feels like super Italian bliss.
BMW didn’t bring it to the show floor, but we still have to see the updated X7 in New York this week. The design inside and out gets a major revamp. Its appearance is certainly not for everyone, but no one can deny that the car catches the eye. We’re fans of the new interior, and the base xDrive40i powertrain gets a huge performance boost, giving the entry-level X7 a whopping 375 horsepower.
The Alpina XB7 debuted alongside the regular X7 which received its own design tweaks to keep it up to date. It also adds 8 hp to reach 621 hp from the twin-turbo V8 engine.
He wasn’t on the show floor, but Genesis still revealed him in New York during auto show time. The X Speedium Coupe Concept is the most beautiful thing ever. Its Shooting/Fastback brake design is long and wide, and its proportions make it absolutely stunning. The concept is electric, and while Genesis hasn’t committed to putting it into production, we can hope to see it hit the roads one day.
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For whatever reason, Fiat brought Europe’s only 500 electric car to New York, where Joel Stocksdale took a closer look at it, and made an argument for why the Stellantis should bring the small electric car to America.
Radwood appeared with a large selection of epic cars from the 80s and 90s. They were easily the coolest part of the show, and if you’re in town, it might be worth going to see this collection of cars at the Javits Center.
Finally, Alpha brought the Tonale for us to check out this gorgeous Montreal green paint. It’s a sharp little crossover in the flesh, and we’re really looking forward to seeing how this Alfa drives.