Despite what you see in the movies, New York isn’t all taxis. In fact, this year’s New York auto show was something of a hotbed for SUVs, vans and hybrid sort-of-utes. Given today’s truck-buying appetite, it’s no wonder that, even in the concrete canyons of Manhattan, these tough customers were among the most popular displays at the New York International Auto Show.
But perhaps the biggest truck news of the New York show was what wasn’t there. Ford had planned to bring its all-new full-sized Excursion sport-ute. The behemoth SUV, based on the 250 F-Series platform, was roundly criticized by a number of news sources, including The New York Times, for its largest-SUV-on-the-planet size and gas-guzzling fuel economy. So instead, Ford wisely sent the Excursion home for a rest from the media spotlight.
A line of bystanders was ready to take its place, anyway. Among the new SUV or hybrid vehicles now on display at the New York show are the following year-2000 models: Chevy Suburban, GMC Yukon, Subaru’s Legacy GT sedan and wagon, Mitsubishi Montero Sport, Isuzu VX-02, and the Nissan Tino concept. (The Infiniti QX4 shown below was revealed to a small group of journalists at a private press event and will not be on display.)
2000 Chevy Suburban
In what was clearly one of the most awaited moments of this year’s New York show, the General’s latest iteration of its popular Suburban
was revealed to the motoring press on Wednesday at Jacob Javits Special Events Hall. The Chevy Suburban that took to the lighted runway was a slightly disguised version of the actual 2000 production model scheduled to appear in dealerships by the end of 1999. The upcoming Suburban, which will feature Chevy’s new lineup of small-block V-8 engines and a new Autoride "Real Time Damping" Suspension, borrows the look of the stronger, bolder new ‘99 full-sized Silverado pickup. The latest version, with exterior dimensions that are roughly the same, boasts more maneuverability, efficiency, capability and comfort than its predecessors. New features include a sunroof, dual-zone climate controls, uplevel audio systems available with rear audio controls and headphones and a driver message center to reveal potential problems. Suburban’s spare has been moved from its cargo bay to underneath the vehicle to create more cargo room.
2000 GMC Yukon Show Truck
Roy Roberts, GM vice president and group executive of vehicle sales, service and marketing, introduced the all-new 2000 Yukon Show truck,
an exercise in innovations that will be available on the next-generation GMC full-sized SUV. Notable features are unique GMC styling, improved ride and handling, and enhanced safety and security attributes. The more aggressively styled show truck is an eight-passenger 4WD version that has highly muscular body contours with pull-bar door handles, running board step pads, recovery hooks and a high-strength aerodynamic roof rack. New are front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, a power sunroof, larger brakes, improved fuel economy and reduced emissions along with greater interior passenger and cargo room, a wider track and a new suspension. Luxury accoutrements include dual-zone climate control, a new nine-speaker audio system and extra-large heated power outside mirrors. Also new are unique amber turn signals and hazard lights and new halogen projector headlamps. Third-row seats now feature handles and transport wheels that allow them to be removed.