This year's New York International Auto Show features plenty of enticing North American and world debuts, and a lot of redesigns and updates, including more new 2011 models than ever shown.
Updated, April 2, 2010— Despite continued turmoil in the auto industry, the 2010 New York International Auto Show is hosting a substantial number of global and North American premieres. Following a shortfall of new-model introductions at the Chicago Auto Show in February, the New York show includes a more exhaustive list of launches—though most are redesigns and updates, rather than brand-new models. More than two dozen debuts from 17 major manufacturers are on display at the oldest auto show in America, which dates back to the early years of the 20th century. We covered the New York show during Media Days on March 31-April 1 to give you a preview. It's open to the public from April 2-11 at the Javits Center.
ACURA introduced its all-new 2011 TSX Sport Wagon, which will join the current compact TSX sport sedan that was redesigned for the 2009 model year. Unlike the sedan, Acura says the wagon will receive just one powertrain, the same 2.4-liter, DOHC i-VTEC, inline four-cylinder engine as the base TSX sedan, and will be paired with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission fit with steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters. Acura expects the Sport Wagon to get 30 mpg on the highway, and to arrive at dealerships in late fall. Read our reviews of the 2010 Acura TSX V6 and 2009 TSX with the 201-hp four-cylinder engine, and visit our complete Acura Research Center for specifics on all Acura models.
BENTLEY is showing off its new Continental Supersports Convertible, which was unveiled at the Geneva (Switzerland) Motor Show in March. Like the Supersports coupe that debuted in 2009, the new soft-top model contains a twin-turbo V-12 engine that generates 621 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, driving a six-speed automatic transmission. Weighing almost 200 pounds less than a Continental GTC, the Supersports is called the world's fastest four-seat convertible, promising 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.9 seconds. Sales begin in July, priced around $300,000. See our 2010 Bentley Research Center for information on all current Bentley models.
BMW hosted three North American debuts on day one of the New York show: most notably, the "all-new" redesigned 2011 5 Series sedan. Seen early in March at the Geneva auto show, including a hybrid version, the 5 Series will come in two forms. A new twin-scroll turbocharged six-cylinder engine goes into the 535i, while the 550i gets a reverse-flow 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8. A new eight-speed automatic is standard, but the new 5 also will be available with a six-speed manual gearbox. All prior generations of the 5 Series could be fitted with manual shift. Pricing for the 535i starts at $49,650; the 550i pricing starts at $59,750. Check out our test drive of the current 550i sedan.
The German automaker also presented an updated 2011 BMW X5 sport-utility vehicle, offered with the new turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine (which goes into most "35i" models for 2011) or a 4.4-liter V-8. Diesel power is likely to be available again, as well. Standard X5 features will include a Lane Departure Warning and Active Cruise Control, along with BMW's ConnectDrive system. Nearly all 2011 BMWs go on sale early, in spring 2010. Read our test drive of the 2010 BMW X5 xDrive35d.
CHEVROLET introduced an Eco version of its new compact Cruze sedan, which first appeared at the Paris Motor Show in 2008. Introduced to North America at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2009, the Cruze goes on sale—replacing the Cobalt—later this year in four forms: LS, LT, LTZ, and Eco. All but the LS model get a new 1.4-liter Ecotec turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but the Eco edition adds several aerodynamic enhancements to help boost estimated highway fuel economy to 40 mpg with a six-speed manual transmission. A new RS sport appearance package for LT and LTZ models was also on display.
For the Cruze Eco, Chevrolet promises "hybrid-like fuel efficiency" at lower cost, yielding the best mileage in the compact segment, along with the car's "midsize presence." In the Eco, a lower front grille has shutters that close at higher speeds, to improve aerodynamics. Additional Eco modifications include a lower front air dam extension, extensive underbody panels, a rear spoiler, and lower ride height. Lightweight 17-inch aluminum wheels hold ultra-low rolling resistance tires. Equipped with 10 airbags, the Cruze is the first of an anticipated family of new small and compact cars from Chevrolet. Our Chevrolet Research Center includes photo galleries and features of all current models.
FORD CEO Alan Mulally kicked off the first of two Media Days, serving as keynote speaker for the annual breakfast hosted by show organizers. See LINCOLN, below, for Ford Motor Company's most significant New York reveal. Check out our Ford Research Center for access to pricing, photos, reviews and features, and read our review of the 2011 Ford Mustang V6.
HYUNDAI presented new 2.0T (turbocharged four-cylinder) and Hybrid Blue Drive versions of its redesigned 2011 Sonata midsize sedan. First seen at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December 2009, the regular '11 Sonata gets a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, promising up to 35 mpg on the highway. All Sonata engines will have four cylinders. In addition to fuel economy, Hyundai promotes the "Fluidic Sculpture" design language of the redesigned Sonatas. In addition to the Sonata 2.0T and Hybrid, Hyundai premiered a production Equus sedan. The new rear-drive V-8 Equus sedan has just about every luxury feature, including 17-speaker, 13-channel surround sound and an electronic air suspension. Bigger than the Lexus LS 460, it has a wheelbase 3 inches longer, and rides on 19-inch staggered tires (rear tires wider). With its 385-hp engine, the Equus is expected to get 16/24 mpg using regular gasoline.
INFINITI, Nissan's luxury division, hosted the global premiere of its QX full-size luxury sport-utility vehicle. Update: Billed as “the future of luxury SUVs,” the 2011 QX56 gets “a 25-percent horsepower boost (to 400), plus more than 10 percent greater fuel economy. Prices are the same as 2010 models. Substantial exterior restyling is expected to help make the latest QX a competitor to the Range Rover.
KIA had a busy morning on the second media day, featuring four models, including world debuts of the Optima and the Forte five-door. First up was the Sorento SX, which goes on sale this summer. It's been lowered slightly and has unique 18-inch alloy wheels, along with leather seating. Next: the Sportage, with a 2.4-liter, 176-horsepower engine and six-speed automatic transmission. A few months after its summer launch, a turbo Sportage will be added. The new Kia Forte five-door, and all Fortes, get a redesigned front bumper, and a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Optima comes with a choice of two engines: 2.4-liter direct injection, rated around 200 horsepower, with 24/35 mpg expected fuel economy; or a turbo rated at 274 hp. A hybrid powertrain joins early next year. Optima's all-new platform has a 3-inch longer wheelbase.
LEXUS will show its brand-new CT 200h premium compact hybrid model, which goes on sale early in 2011. It's the first dedicated hybrid premium compact from Toyota's luxury division. A 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine works in concert with Lexus Hybrid Drive, using two motor generators and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The hybrid battery pack fits under the rear cargo area (within the car's wheelbase).
LINCOLN revealed their first hybrid, a gasoline/electric version of the MKZ sedan. Ford expects up to 41 mpg on the highway, and the MKZ Hybrid can go up to 47 miles on battery power alone. Sales begin this fall. Parent-company Ford also announced a new connection with Microsoft, to use its hohm system to work together on development of electric vehicles, integrating them into the owner’s home.
MAZDA offered final details on the coming-soon Mazda2 subcompact during its presentation, and also discussed future environmental plans. On sale in Europe and elsewhere in the world since 2007, the five-door hatchback will reach American dealerships in early summer. Two years ago, the Mazda2 was named World Car of the Year. In U.S. trim, the Mazda2 will hold a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The Mazda2 will start at $13,980. Sport and Comfort versions will be available. Mazda also featured its forthcoming series of Sky powertrains, which first appeared at the Tokyo Motor Show. Read our review of the 2010 Mazda3 and the 2010 MAZDASPEED3.
MERCEDES-BENZ hosted the world debut of the redesigned 2011 R-Class. First introduced as a 2006 model, the original R-Class was a blend of minivan and wagon, with luxury trappings, but sales have not met expectations. Update: The German automaker also hosted the North American premiere of its E350 4Matic (all-wheel-drive) wagon, and announced the price of its SLS AMG supercar ($183,000), and showed a new racing version. See a photo and read more about the SLS AMG.
MINI Cooper coupes will remain as is. The company showed the reworked Cooper convertible model, but the main attraction was the new Countryman, which is built on a new platform, different from the one used for all other MINI models. Back seats are said to be adult-sized, and the Countryman may be equipped with all-wheel drive. Seats adjust fore/aft, too. Planned for sale here next February, it's considered a completely new line for the automaker, and it's the first MINI that's longer than four meters. Research current models in our MINI Research Center.
MITSUBISHI will unveil a new "entry-level" crossover wagon. Originally rumored to be dubbed the Outlander Sport, Mitsubishi made no mention of the new model's name. In fact, they're having some kind of contest where people can guess the name. Built on the same wheelbase as regular Outlanders, it's more than a foot shorter overall. The CVT includes paddle shifters, and they predict 31-mpg highway fuel economy. Seven airbags include a driver's knee airbag. Sales start in October. Mitsubishi also announced that it will have a new global small car in 2012 and soon will provide details on its "eco-savvy" product direction.
NISSAN introduced its brand-new Juke crossover vehicle at an off-site event. Seen in European guise at the Geneva (Switzerland) auto show in March, the curvy compact was inspired by Nissan's Qazana concept model. Nissan says it offers a sporty crossover alternative to traditional small hatchbacks. Nissan promotes the Juke's "robust stance, high waistline, complex curves [and] coupe-like profile." Inside, a wide center console is said to be inspired by a motorcycle fuel tank.
PORSCHE premiered the next-generation Cayenne, including the company's first Hybrid version, which debuted at the Geneva show. Slightly longer this time, the latest Cayenne promises more interior space and has lost almost 400 pounds of weight. Cayenne S and Turbo models go on sale in July; base and Hybrid editions in the fall. What Porsche calls its "Intelligent Performance" philosophy promises greater sportiness along with more fuel and emissions efficiency. The new Hybrid model uses a 47-horsepower (34 kilowatt) electric motor, mated with a 333-horsepower supercharged V-6 gasoline engine.
SAAB, which is now under new ownership (separated from General Motors), exhibited its redesigned 9-5 midsize sedan but cancelled their planned news conference. Spyker, a Dutch high-end sports car maker, bought the ailing Swedish automaker in February. By late March, the plant at Trollhattan, Sweden was operating again after a hiatus while the prospects for a sale of the company proceeded.
SCION revealed the production iQ, and it was indeed the main attraction. Measuring 120.1 inches long and 59.1 inches tall, it's called the "new premium micro-subcompact vehicle" and "the world's smallest four-seater." A 1.3-liter engine works with a CVT. Ten airbags include the world's first rear-window curtain. Scion also showed the world debut of its redesigned "all-new" tC, which has gained 19 horsepower and looks considerably different, with a distinctive fastback profile. The tC goes on sale this fall; iQ, early next year. Also on the show floor is the 2011 xB, with a fresh front-end look.
SUBARU highlighted the new wide-body Impreza WRX. In essence, Subaru has given its regular WRX sedan and hatchback the same wide-body design as the hot WRX STI model, increasing front and rear track by 1.5 inches. WRX sales begin this summer. As expected, Subaru featured the new four-door WRX STI—the first time the STI has come in two body styles. Both STI models get new suspension tuning and lighter 18-inch wheels, and are powered by a 305-horsepower turbo engine. "The wing is back!" they said, referring to a new new "large, striking" rear spoiler, specially designed for the STI.
VOLKSWAGEN introduced the Touareg Hybrid—the German automaker's first gasoline/electric model. First seen at the Geneva auto show early in March, the second-generation Touareg sport-utility vehicle has a freshened appearance and a fresh choice of powertrains. With a combined output of 330 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the hybrid powertrain promises highway fuel economy near 27 mpg. With its parallel hybrid system, the gas/electric Touareg could travel on battery power alone for just over 30 miles.
VOLVO launched an "all-new" version of the S60 sedan, which has not received a full redesign since it debuted as a 2001 model. Volvo stopped offering the previous S60 after the 2009 season. Notably more sculpted and sporty in appearance, the 2011 edition will include such safety features as Pedestrian Detection with full automatic braking. American versions will be offered with a choice of comfort or dynamic chassis tuning, while Europeans will get only the latter. Shortly before show time Ford Motor Company announced that the Volvo company, which has been exporting cars from Sweden to the U.S. since the 1950s, would be sold to Geely, a major Chinese automaker. Update: The redesigned S60 comes in T6 trim with all-wheel drive, with 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The most prominent feature is Pedestrian Detection, which can avoid collision with a person at up to 22 mph.
Also at the show, Confederate Motors will show off its line of high-end motorcycles. Chrysler did not exhibit any new models, since the company awaits fresh products as the fruit of its recently concluded alliance with Fiat, of Italy. At an electric-car news conference, the THINK company announced that they will start selling cars here this fall, and building them in Indiana (rather than Finland) next year.
During Press Days, the winner of the 2010 World Car Award was announced. Volkswagen Polo received overall honors, beating the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Toyota Prius. Separate awards were given for World Performance Car, World Green Car, and World Car Design of the Year. Competing against the Ferrari California and Porsche 911 GT3, Audi's R8 V10 is this year's World Performance Car winner. Contenders for the Design award included the Chevrolet Camaro, Kia Soul, and Citroen C3 Picasso. Chevrolet's Camaro was bestowed the winner. Finally, up against Honda's Insight and Toyota's Prius, Volkswagen's BlueMotion diesel group received the award for World Green Car.
Here are other New York auto show posts:
2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon
2011 Chevrolet Cruze, Eco, Cruze RS
2011 Lexus CT 200h Hybrid
2011 MINI Countryman
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3
2011 Nissan Juke
2011 Porsche Cayenne S, Turbo, Hybrid
2011 Scion tC
2011 Subaru WRX STI Sedan
2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport
2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid