Crossovers and SUVs take spotlight at New York Auto Show
Ian Callum, design director for Jaguar, holds the World Car Award for the 2019 I-PACE. Photo by Peter Foley/UPI |
The 2019 Mercedes Benz GLC Coupe on display. Photo by Peter Foley/UPI |
Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager at Toyota, introduces the 2019 Highlander SUV. Photo by Peter Foley/UPI |
Joy Falotico, president of Lincoln Motor Co., introduces the 2019 Corsair SUV. Photo by Peter Foley/UPI |
Falotico sits behind the wheel of the Corsair. Photo by Peter Foley/UPI |
A model poses in front of the 2019 Toyota Highlander. Photo by Peter Foley/UPI |
The 2019 Toyota Highlander in red. Photo by Peter Foley/UPI |
Klaus Zellmer, president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America (L), and Andreas Preuninger, Porsche’s director of the GT line, pose with the 911 Speedster for 2020. Photo by Peter Foley/UPI |
Carl Widmann, chief engineer for Mustang and Ford performance, introduces the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2.3L. Photo by Peter Foley/UPI |
The Ford pavilion. Photo by Peter Foley/UPI |
Visitors try out the virtual reality experience at the Ford pavilion. Photo by Peter Foley/UPI |
Tomomi Nakamura, president and CEO of Subaru, speaks. Photo by Peter Foley/UPI |
The 2020 Subaru Outback on display. Photo by Peter Foley/UPI |
The new 2019 Mercedes Benz GLS on display. Photo by Peter Foley/UPI |
The 2020 Hyundai Sonata. Photo by Peter Foley/UPI |
The 2019 Audi Q3 Quattro SUV. Photo by Peter Foley/UPI |
The 2020 Hyundai Venue SUV. Photo by Peter Foley/UPI |
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April 18 (UPI) — Several new vehicles have created a buzz at the New York Auto Show this week — including a redesigned Subaru Outback, the new Lincoln Corsair and Kia’s concept electric SUV.
Subaru debuted the new Outback in dramatic fashion with a backdrop showing Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park. The sport-utility vehicle rose from the steam, a reference to what Subaru said is the vehicle’s adventurous spirit.
Kia said its all-electric HabaNiro SUV has a battery range of 300 miles, butterfly wing doors and all-wheel drive. It also features a three-tone color scheme. There are no traditional knobs and buttons — all the controls are touch screen.
“We wanted this concept to be comfortable navigating city streets, carving turns on a coastal road and https://intranet2.upi.com/img/edit/link.pngoff-roading with confidence to remote wilderness adventures,” Kia vice president of design Tom Kearns said.
Lincoln introduced the Corsair compact SUV, which replaces the MKC, at the annual automotive exposition. In keeping with the brand’s luxury identity, the vehicle is loaded with new technology. Lincoln said it plans to electrify the vehicle with long-range plug-in hybrid versions, similar to the Ford Escape. The plug-in hybrid could be available within the first year of production, the automaker said.
Hyundai ditched its subcompact Accent in favor of the small new Venue SUV. It’s another acknowledgement , some experts say, that cars aren’t selling as well as they used to. Like many automakers, Hyundai will build the Accent on a bulkier SUV or crossover body.
Hyundai’s Genesis luxury brand showed off an all-electric concept car called the Mint. The “city car” is meant to navigate narrow roads, alleys and dense traffic in urban areas. The vehicle won’t actually go into production, but the minty green paint scheme and no-trunk design drew attention at the auto show.
Mazda debuted its CX-5 diesel crossover with all-wheel drive and a Skyactiv-D 2.2 liter diesel engine. The vehicle has been criticized by some people still weary after the Volkswagen emissions scandal — and the fact diesel fuel presently costs 30 cents more per gallon than regular gasoline.