Start spreading the news, it’s opening Tuesday, you want to be a part of it, the New York New York International Auto Show!
Okay, maybe that’s not quite what Frank Sinatra sang but that doesn’t make it untrue.
To clarify in a less extravagant fashion, New York’s motor show opens for press previews on Tuesday (April 11th) before welcoming the wider public from the Friday (14th), and there are bound to be loads of great cars there.
As is usual at this point of the year, the US has already hosted some high-profile car shows following January’s Detroit event and the Chicago Auto Show in February, so what can visitors to the Big Apple expect to see?
Mercedes-Benz GLC63 AMG
The most extreme Mercedes GLC will barge into UK showrooms after its New York unveiling, boasting 469bhp from a four-litre biturbo V8, while an S version takes it a step further with 503bhp.
Naught to 62mph is taken care of in four seconds in the standard GLC63 AMG with the S snipping a fifth of a second from the benchmark sprint. That’s much quicker than the 367bhp AMG GLC 43, which can hit 62mph in 4.9 seconds.
Both models are linked to a nine-speed AMG Speedshift MCT sports transmission and have a top speed limited to 155mph. A coupe version will also be available.
Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, said the GLC63 AMG is “an SUV that can be driven with high precision and agility and is equally at home on a high-speed lap of the race track”.
It isn’t uncommon for manufacturers to sell different cars under the same name in different markets. We’ve seen it with the Mondeo and Civic where European buyers get a very different car to that of American motorists, and it happens with the Yaris too.
A facelifted version of the current generation European Yaris was revealed in Geneva last month and New York will be the place we find out what shape it’ll take in the States.
Toyota has promised a sportier and more dynamic look than that of its European counterpart.
Honda will reveal the Clarity saloon in the form of a plug-in hybrid and pure electric car, as it pursues its target of having electrified vehicles make up two-thirds of its global sales by 2030.
It is already available as a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in the UK, but Honda reckon the all-electric Clarity will be the first affordable, midsize, five-passenger electric vehicle.
The plug-in hybrid Clarity is expected to make up the bulk of the nameplate’s sales in the US, with an electric driving range in excess of 40 miles.
Range Rover Velar
Sure, we all got the low-down on the new Velar a month ago in Geneva, but the car that will plug the gap between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport will be making its American debut at the New York Auto Show.
It’s already available to order in the US but that won’t stop us from seizing the opportunity to show you another picture of the stunning Velar…
Another car we saw at Geneva is the XC60 – a car that makes up around 30 per cent of the brand’s global sales. Like the Velar, it will also be making its US debut in NYC.
Over four years after its reveal at the Paris Motor Show, there are rumours we’ll see a new F-Type in New York. An all-new generation is very unlikely, but at the very least, there should be a new four-cylinder Ingenium engine announced for the sports car.
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