What to Expect: 2018 New York Auto Show
Updated: Mar 25, 2018
It’s still auto show season, and this year's New York Show is ramping up to be a good one. Important global reveals are expected from many manufacturers along with all the best high end luxury and supercars that recently bowed their heads at the Geneva Motor Show. While most shows tend to have a standout “theme,” its still too early to take a gander at what may be prevalent as the big theme for this years show. Seeing what has been rolling out in the past few months though, the show looks to be a good one, including all the best new trucks , SUVs, and high end performance and luxury vehicles.
Here are some notable mentions.
General Motors has big plans for this year’s show, showcasing new models from Buick, GMC, and Cadillac. While GMC and Buick have no official planned conferences at the show, the 2019 GMC Sierra and Buick Envision will show their faces at an auto show for the first time. The biggest news comes from Cadillac though, with its debut of the all new XT4. The XT4 is the first of the next generation of Cadillac vehicles that were built entirely under the leadership of its President, Johan de Nysschen. Set to showcase the new
design language of Cadillac, similar to what appeared on the Escala concept in 2016, it is Cadillac’s first step in redesigning the brand. The XT4 was featured in a few Oscars commercials, so we have a pretty good taste of exterior styling, although what's inside is still unknown. Rumors have it there will be NFC smartphone connectivity removing the need for a key fob, but we will see if this is true in just a short time. While Chevrolet has a handful of refreshes and new vehicles in the works, no conferences are planned from the brand.
Unfortunately, no big debuts are set from Fiat Chrysler at this year’s show, although they do have lots of new product to see from the past few shows, such as the new Ram 1500 and Jeep Cherokee and Wrangler.
Lincoln will be revealing the Aviator, an SUV slotting between the Nautilus and Navigator. Wait, haven't we heard this name before? Yes, Lincoln use to have a model with this exact name, its now making its comeback.
news what we will see from Ford yet, but they just announced their plans for the brand over the next several years, so some exiting new models may show their face, such as the 2019 Ford Explorer or 2020 Mustang GT500.
The Japanese auto manufacturers have been busy, all ready to showcase vehicles that are important to their current, and future, lineup.
From Toyota, the all new Rav4 will be shown, which remains one of the most important, and best selling vehicles in their lineup. Some renderings of the vehicle have seemed a bit “scary” to the press, as the vehicle appears to be very boxy, yet we will
see what takes fruition in a few weeks. Toyota will be teasing the vehicle up to its reveal at the show, so keep your eye peeled in the coming weeks. Over at Lexus, the new UX Crossover will be shown for the first time on US soil.
From Nissan, the Altima is all new, with styling that will reminisce that of its sibling, the
Maxima. Rumors have it the Altima will have available all wheel drive for the first time. With the sedan segment shrinking, taking a move like this could keep interest in the sedan a bit longer. We will see how this pans out.
Over at Acura, the new RDX will take production form. First shown in prototype form in Detroit, the RDX features loads of new technology, a new 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder, and a 10
speed transmission. The prototype featured in Detroit looked VERY production ready, so don’t expect much to changes in the styling front.
Subaru is also set to take wraps off the all new Forester. Like Toyota, they are already teasing spy shots, so stay tuned.
While not much is specifically known about what the German brands will be showcasing,
they have a lot to show off from their latest reveals in Geneva, some of which include the new Mercedes AMG GT 4 door coupe, the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Concept, the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo concept, and more. Supercars will also be prevalent, so stay tuned for all the big reveals!
Some other honorable mentions would include first time US appearances from the Land
Rover SV coupe, Jaguar I-Pace, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Genesis G70. Kia also has big plans to reveal its new k900 flagship sedan, which was recently spied totally un-camouflaged on a transport truck.
For more big news, stay tuned as we attend and cover the 2018 New York Auto Show!