Two weeks ago, I travelled for the first time to the New York Auto Show in New York City at the Javits Center in Manhattan. This year, the show had plenty of great new reveals, from pickup trucks, crossovers and some new sedans as well. This show was the first auto show that the all-new 2019 GMC Sierra was on display, and the official reveal show for the all-new Sierra AT4 off-road model. The new Sierra was shown in the loaded Denali trim alongside the AT4 and they both featured the new, industry first Multi-Pro tailgate that is really quite unique and offers so many solutions. Jeep was also on location with their renowned Jeep off-road track, where you can experience the off-road capabilities of the Jeep products but in downtown Manhattan.
Volkswagen revealed two new concepts as well based off their Atlas crossover line. One is the Atlas Tanoak pickup concept, which competes against the Ridgeline but would bring a VW pickup to the North American market if they do decide to produce it. The truck is actually quite attractive, less conservative than what we have seen from VW as of late but that could change by production. VW is also keen on expanding the Atlas line in North America, also revealing the Atlas Cross Sport concept. This concept is heading to production and is a preview of a new 5-passenger crossover sitting above the Tiguan that will arrive in 2019. This vehicle also was quite attractive, but it can be expected to be toned down a lot by production. Nissan was also at the show with their all-new 2019 Nissan Altima. This Altima debuts the new design language from Nissan, some of which has been seen on the new Leaf already. The car is very handsome with a sportier stance alike the Maxima, but now features an available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and a new turbo 4-cylinder to replace the aging V6. The midsize segment has gotten tough, with tough competition like the new Camry and Accord, so this is Nissan’s answer to one of the toughest segments. Hyundai also revealed their new Santa Fe, which looks a bit Cherokee-like, and is very attractive inside and out. This new crossover is a big step over their last model. Lastly, Toyota was also at the show with their all-new Toyota Rav4 and the new Corolla Hatch which was released in Geneva last month. The new Rav4 is edgier and designed to be more masculine looking with more of an off-road appearance and the new Adventure trim. The new design is an improvement on the last generation as is everything about the vehicle. The design is quite busy however and features a lot of lines and edges. It grows on you the more it is looked at. The new Corolla hatchback is quite attractive however, with a sleek design and lines that flow. The new hatch reminds a bit of the Mazda 3 which isn’t bad at all.
The New York Auto Show is big for luxury, and the luxury automakers did not fail to bring great new releases. Lincoln showed off their Aviator concept, which previews the new Explorer-based crossover coming into the market along with a new Explorer. Cadillac also revealed their new Q3-fighter, the XT4 crossover which puts Cadillac luxury into a small package very well. This little crossover looks fantastic and in a more appropriate sizing than the larger XT5. The CT6 also received a facelift to use the Escala concept design language and also features a V-Sport model which includes a 550hp twin turbo V8 unique to Cadillac, the first since the Northstar. Mercedes showed off new facelifts of their C-class line, a minor change to fascias and grille and Buick showed off their redesigned Envision for 2019 which fits more into the new design language featured on the larger Enclave and new sedans. Jaguar has their new all-electric I-Pace at the show to sit in as well as the all new F-Pace SVR. Range Rover beside Jaguar had their new limited production Range Rover 2-door, which hints back to the original design and increases the price exponentially. Volvo is also doing very well in the market and had their new V60 wagon, alike their V90 wagon looks absolutely stunning and should come at a more affordable price point.
The New York show is one of the last big shows until late summer and fall, but expect more big releases throughout the year and towards the end of the year.