Auto News March 2018
Crossovers and Crowd-Pleasers Make for Big Reveals in March
After the eventful North American International Auto Show, Chicago and Toronto Auto Shows, many new 2019 and future models have been revealed. March promises to be another busy month as well, with the Geneva Auto Show being held this week with many reveals, and the New York Auto Show later this month just before Easter. Freshly revealed this month, GMC has taken the wraps off of its 2019 Sierra SLT and Denali models at a private event last week. The new truck is all-new from the ground up and features many firsts in the pickup truck segment. The new Sierra has the first optional Carbon-Fibre bed to reduce weight and also has many new towing technologies that are a first. Plenty of new infotainment options as well as new powertrains make the Sierra even more competitive in the segment. A cool new tailgate design is also equipped with a dual-type tailgate opening for many different purposes. Other trims will be revealed at New York Auto Show this month. Buick also released images of the redesigned 2019 Buick Envision, which features a revised front and rear fascia, more in-line with the current Buick design language. A new 9-speed transmission has also been added to reduce fuel consumption and the base price has been lowered about $2000. We expect to see many other new models hitting showrooms this spring, such as the F-150 diesel and more reveals at the New York Auto Show such as the all-new 2019 Nissan Altima, the all-new 2019 Cadillac XT4 crossover, the Lexus UX crossover as well as potentially a new Toyota RAV4 reveal.
At Geneva, some other new models have made a reveal in Switzerland and while not all the new models released there will make it over to our shores, these vehicles will. Mercedes revealed the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, a beautiful sleek new exotic for the family. This beautiful sedan features a 4.0L twin turbo V8 with up to 630hp in the GT 63 S or a 3.0L turbo I-6 with 429hp in the GT 53. Mercedes wants this car to be viewed as a 4-door version of its AMG GT coupe and it certainly does well to appeal to the same buyers. BMW also followed suit, revealing a concept M8 Gran Coupe, a sedan version of their upcoming, unreleased 8-series coupe. This beautiful sedan, alike the Mercedes, is very striking but details are scarce about powertrain. The new M5 powertrain however is very likely. The 8 Coupe and Gran Coupe will be shown sometime next year. Lastly, Toyota previewed the vehicle many enthusiasts have been waiting for, the Toyota Supra. The concept shown at Geneva in race guise shows the new styling of the modern Supra, which has been co-developed with BMW on their new Z4 platform. The new Supra pays homage to the original with a turbo inline-6, now likely with 50-50 weight distribution but the drawback to many purists, no manual gearbox in the Supra. The production vehicle will make its launch sometime this year and expect a lot of interest when Toyota does so.