2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class, 2012 New York Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
Mercedes-Benz's biggest, most tow-friendly utility vehicle, the GL Class, is also new for 2013
and first seen at New York. Building on some of the changes seen in the new M Class beginning last year, the new GL Class gets new powertrains, including a revised turbo-diesel V-6, in the GL350 BlueTEC, and the turbo, V-8-powered GL450 and GL550. There's room for seven inside, with better space for all, and there's a new “easy entry” system for the third row. Expect some significant improvements to interior trims and materials, as well as top-notch refinement.
2013 Buick Enclave launch event before New York Auto Show, April 2012Enlarge Photo
GM also revealed modestly refreshed versions of its full-size Buick Enclave
and Chevrolet Traverse crossovers. Both 2013 models included substantially redesigned interiors, with new connectivity features, combined with new details on the outside like LED taillights and running lamps. The 2013 Enclave will also come with an industry-first front center airbag system.
Lincoln is again struggling to define where it fits in the luxury realm, but the new mid-size MKZ sedan
that made its debut in New York is intriguing. Closer in appearance to the Detroit auto show concept
than we expected, the new MKZ has a more flamboyant look inside and out, with functional design details like a push-button transmission selector, as well as the latest version of MyLincoln Touch. There's plenty of new dvanced driving aids like a new Lane Keeping System, as well as a new driver-selectable Lincoln Drive Control system, and a massive, 15-square-foot panoramic sliding roof option.
Honda also showed an only modestly different version of its Crosstour fastback at New York. With more rugged cues than the current version, the 2013 Crosstour
might appeal somewhat more to the crowd that appreciates the Subaru Outback or the Volvo XC70. That, plus more efficient powertrains and more standard tech should make the Crosstour's packaging more enticing.
For more details on all of these vehicles, along with live photos from the show floor, see our main New York Auto Show page over at MotorAuthority.