Even though most folks in New York City perceive cars in shades of yellow or black, the New York International Auto Show is still a big draw for automakers—and this year was no exception. While there were no standout show-stoppers, there were many solid entries in key segments. In other words, it was more about what customers are going to buy next, rather than the cars of their dreams (well, OK, Porsche 911 Speedster…). Read on to see which vehicles caught the eyes of our editors.
sees white space to introduce tiny cars to the American market. Making a small car not feel cheap is a huge challenge, but the Venue manages to look quirky and endearing, but with enough presence that it won’t be intimidated by larger vehicles on the road. On the three-tone model on display, I especially like the way the gunmetal paint contrasts with the the white roof and side mirrors, as well as the pale gray detailing on the lower grille surround and wheel well arches. Power comes from a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated Gamma four-cylinder engine featuring Hyundai’s new dual-port fuel injection and mated to a new CVT, offered in front-drive spec only. It is expected to be a hit with millennials who will appreciate the ease of connectivity with their devices and a price tag that could start below $20,000. Comparison shoppers note: Despite similar appearances, the Venue is 10 inches shorter than the
The big daddy SUV from Mercedes always had the necessary presence but lacked the high-end materials inside to properly call itself the S-Class of SUVs. It was getting long in the tooth and looked it. Mercedes has addressed this with the 2020 GLS with soft pore wood, perforated leather seats (cream in color, and creamy in feel), a gorgeous, smooth steering wheel, and two large 12.3-inch screens. The GLS 450 has a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine and new 48-volt onboard electrical system with an integrated starter generator. The GLS 580 takes the 4.0-liter turbocharged V-8 and adds electrification. Both engines are paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It also has more luxurious second and third rows with entertainment systems and more room to enjoy them. – Alisa Priddle
Don’t mess with success. This former SUV of the Year winner is exactly what it needs to be: updated. Fresh interior, all the latest gizmos, and a cool new mild-hybrid V-8 for more power and better fuel economy. If it drives anything like the wonderful new GLE-Class, which it should, it’ll be another home run for Mercedes. – Scott Evans
design chief David Woodhouse’s team is on a roll. The Corsair is a wonderfully elegant and sophisticated take on a C-segment SUV that artfully captures the essence of Lincoln’s American-modernist design direction. Scaling down big-picture luxury details into a small vehicle is a difficult design brief; there’s simply less to work with. But the Corsair pulls it off, inside and out. The exterior’s strong horizontal gesture makes the Corsair look longer than it really is, and deep concave surfaces on the doors put muscle around the wheels. The interior looks plush and upscale, with a cleverly cantilevered pod for the HVAC controls, and air vents that stretch across the dash visually opening and widening the cabin. And there are some lovely little design touches, such as the Lincoln-logo puddle light underneath the HVAC pod that also lights the storage area in the center console when needed. Fun fact: Each of the Ls and each of the Ns in the branding across the gently curved back of the Corsair are slightly differently shaped so there’s no distortion in the Lincoln branding when read from behind. – Angus MacKenzie