New York auto show debuts were bigger than ever this year, with automakers choosing the Big Apple to unveil more than 20 new models and concepts. Covering everything from volume sellers like the Chevrolet Traverse and Nissan Altima, to heavy-hitting halo sports cars like the SRT Viper, the 2012 New York auto show had a car for just about everyone. Take a look at some of the show’s highlights below.
The long tease leading up to the 2013 SRT Viper’s debut is finally over, and we at last see what the next super car from Chrysler Group looks like (pictured above). With new styling, improved interior quality, and 640 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque on tap, the latest Viper appears to be a worthy successor to the original.
Making its U.S. debut in New York, the M6 convertible offers all the high-performance thrills of the coupe in a drop-top package. The M6 convertible will be the U.S. market’s first taste of the 560-hp, 500-lb-ft drivetrain also found in the M5 when it goes on sale this June.
The V-12-powered SL is back, now boasting 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. Along with the twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12, a seven-speed automatic transmission and AMG-specific Active Body Control suspension help the SL65 AMG in the performance department, while unique exterior features and V-12 Biturbo badges set apart the car from lesser SL models.
The first vehicle from Project Nina and the second model to join the Fisker lineup, the Atlantic prototype is smaller than the Karma (said to be roughly the size of an Audi A5) but packs a similar range-extended EV drivetrain. Can the new sedan reverse the automaker’s recent troubles?
For Shelby American’s 50th anniversary, the specialty vehicle builder prepared the 950-hp Shelby 1000 to New York. As a follow-up to last year’s 800-hp GT500 Super Snake, the new custom Mustang promises massive power and formidable performance on the track.
Like the Crosstour, the RLX is close to production form. As a successor to the slow-selling RL, the RLX is intended to be Acura’s next flagship sedan. The top model will receive a 3.5-liter V-6 and Acura’s new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD electric wheel motor system with a combined output of 370 hp.
Infiniti is previewing an upcoming EV with the LE Concept. Based on the Nissan Leaf’s electric drivetrain and architecture, the LE’s design gives us an early look at the car you can actually buy in 2014.
GM is finally giving the Chevy Impala the attention it deserves. For model-year 2014, the all-new Impala will arrive with sharp exterior styling, a more refined interior, and more efficient engine options. Will it be enough to take on its full-size rivals?
Like the Camry on which it’s based, the 2013 Lexus ES played it safe with flat side panels and a predictable Lexus spindle grille. Available with two drivetrains including a 3.5-liter V-6 and 2.5-liter I-4 hybrid setup, the ES will likely offer the same comfort-focused driving experience when it goes on sale later this year.
Having undergone a radical design transformation, the new Avalon brings sharper styling to Toyota’s flagship sedan. The new Avalon sports paddle shifters and even a Sport mode, not something we expected from this full-size sedan.
We saw the MKZ in concept form earlier this year in Detroit, and the production version has changed very little on the outside. The raked roofline remains, and the new interpretation of the Lincoln grille is hard to ignore. The range-topping model gets a 300-hp, 277-lb-ft 3.7-liter V-6 estimated at 18/26 mpg city/highway.
Though the previous Altima was a surprise hit seller, Nissan’s 2013 Altima steps up its game with Maxima-esque styling, a revised 2.5-liter I-4 engine option, and an all-CVT drivetrain lineup.
With Subaru’s Impreza range now up to date, the brand is focusing on its midsize offerings. For model-year 2013, the Legacy and Outback receive revised front end styling, new 2.5-liter boxer I-4 engines and CVT engine options, plus an optional EyeSight safety system.
Crossovers, SUVs, and Trucks
After years of delays, BMW’s smallest crossover is finally coming stateside. Available in rear- or all-wheel-drive layouts, and powered by BMW’s new 2.0-liter turbo I-4 or a U.S.-exclusive 3.0-liter turbo I-6, the X1 could shake things up in the compact crossover segment.
Buick has given the Enclave a much-needed refresh. Though the drivetrain remains mostly untouched, the exterior has been updated to fit in with the rest of the lineup.
Like its Lambda platform-mates GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave, the Chevrolet Traverse is getting a refresh. Just as with its more expensive siblings, the Traverse gets exterior and interior touch-ups, with the drivetrain left alone.
Despite the concept label, this vehicle is close to what the production version of the refreshed Crosstour will look like. With a new grille and updated trim levels, the quirky crossover will carry over its wagon-like characteristics.
Besides the obvious exterior changes, the 2013 Santa Fe is now offered as two distinct models—the five-passenger Santa Fe Sport offering naturally aspirated and turbocharged I-4 drivetrains borrowed from the Sonata, and the three-row Santa Fe, which gets six-cylinder power and Hyundai’s BlueLink infotainment system.
Mercedes’ smallest crossover gets a nip-tuck, along with a new diesel model. Powered by a 2.1-liter turbodiesel I-4, the GLK250 Bluetec will offer 190 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, along with “extremely frugal” fuel economy, when it arrives in showrooms by early 2013.
On the reverse side of the Mercedes SUV spectrum is the GL, which also gets updated this year, which gets a more muscular stance and curvier styling, along with more powerful engines, including a 3.5-liter turbodiesel V-6 producing 240 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque.
Despite being a hot seller in the midsize luxury crossover segment, the RX is anything but sporty. Lexus hopes to remedy that with the RX 350 F Sport model, which inherits the new corporate spindle grille, F Sport suspension bits, an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and the company’s Active Torque Control all-wheel-drive system.
As one of the strongest models in Chrysler Group’s portfolio, the Ram gets a redesigned front end, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a new Pentastar V-6 option.