New York City isn't the first place you think of when you think of car lovers. About half its residents don’t even own a car. Still, the city’s annual auto show is one of the most important on the automotive calendar, and it's the oldest in the country.
The first New York Auto Show was held in 1900, seven years before the first one in Detroit, and in the last decade the show has boosted the number of new vehicle announcements, broken attendance figures, and increased media attention to extraordinary levels. This year, New York's show will host the debut of almost 20 new vehicles and a slew of refreshed ones, as well as the usual dose of corporate news.
We’re expecting great things to be on display in the Jacob Javits Convention Center where the event is held--nearly 100 individual press conferences, industry forums, symposiums, award ceremonies, roundtables, and parties will be taking place during the press preview week.
The New York Auto Show opens to the media on Wednesday, March 27, and to the public the following weekend. We'll be on hand to report direct from the show floor, so make sure you're in touch with us every way possible--by bookmarking our auto show pages on The Car Connection, Motor Authority, and Green Car Reports; by following us on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram; and by staying in touch with the latest news on Twitter @carconnection @motorauthority @greencarreports.
In the lead up to next week’s opening press day, let’s take a look at many of the vehicles we know will be making their debut.
2014 Jeep Cherokee
2014 Jeep Cherokee: Jeep’s lauded Cherokee nameplate is back, though the vehicle it returns on shares little resemblance with any previous generation of the popular mid-size SUV. That’s because this latest model moves towards true crossover status, adopting the front-wheel-drive Compact U.S. Wide (CUSW) platform found in a variety of vehicles including the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Dodge Dart. The 2014 Cherokee serves as the replacement for the Liberty, and, as we’ve seen, it’s quite capable off the road.
2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG: Following the debut of the new CLA Class at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz is now ready to show us the car’s performance variant built by the men and women at AMG. The hot sedan promises to deliver 360 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission helping get that power to the ground. Expect 0-60 mph times under 5.0 seconds and a pricetag under $50k.
2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI, 2013 Geneva Motor Show
2014 BMW 328d: The diesel version of the latest F30 BMW 3-Series sedan will be making its U.S. debut in New York. Fitted with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine, the new diesel sedan will generate 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, which BMW says is enough for a 0-60 mph time of 7.2 seconds and fuel economy in excess of 40 mpg. Though it won’t be displayed in New York, word is that the BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon will also receive the diesel option here in the states.
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport teaser
The range-topping trim should feature Land Rover’s supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, good for 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet, while other options should include a naturally aspirated version of this engine with 375 horsepower on tap and possibly even the new 340-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that has just been added to the regular Range Rover for the 2014 model year. Look for styling similar to that found on the smaller Range Rover Evoque. 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
2014 Chevrolet Camaro
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
2014 Chevrolet Camaro: The latest generation of the Camaro has been around since the 2010 model year, and though we’ve seen a number of variants launched over the years the basic look of the car hasn’t changed at all. That won’t be true for long as a refreshed version is due to be introduced for the 2014 model year, and we’ll get our first look at the car in New York next week. All we know is that the refresh will “advance the design and performance attributes” of the iconic muscle car.
2014 Hyundai Equus preview
2014 Cadillac CTS
2014 Hyundai Equus preview
2014 Cadillac CTS: One of the most important debuts of next week’s 2013 New Auto Show will be the redesigned 2014 Cadillac CTS. This will be the third generation of the mid-size Cadillac sedan, and it should easily be its best one yet. The car benefits from Cadillac’s award-winning Alpha platform, as well as a new twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 that outputs as much as 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. If that wasn’t enough, the car also gets an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The 2014 CTS will also offer the current 321-horsepower 3.6-liter normally aspirated V-6 and the turbocharged 272-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder currently offered in the ATS.
2014 Acura MDX Prototype
That’s it for now, but remember to tune in next week for all the breaking news direct from the halls of New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center, and don’t forget to bookmark our auto show pages on The Car Connection, Motor Authority, and Green Car Reports.