Amidst faltering car sales, gasoline prices slowly creeping up, and SUV sales and pickups are getting hotter the New York International Auto Show whetted the appetite with a broad spectrum of horsepower, fun and functionality, and clean energy.
New York is always bustling with activity, including running into Chris Barron, lead singer for the Spin Doctors.
Safety and technology were in the air but puppy dogs at the Nissan stand, the ten below handmade, homemade ice cream at the Infiniti stand and all the evening parties made it feel like fashion week for the car industry.
Here are some of the highlights of the New York Auto Show
2018 Acura TLX
Last year Acura changed the MDX grille. This year they refreshed the TLX SUV with the same diamond-shaped grille. Expect this grille to grace most of the Acuras getting a refresh from here on out.
A new trim, the TLX A-spec, offers more performance with better handling and drivability. The powertrain options are the same, a 3.5-liter V-6 or a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder.
The exterior design cues that differentiate this new trim are a spoiler, and upgraded wheels. The new technology suite is what will be appealing. According to Acura there are numerous technology enhancements;
The 2018 TLX is the first Acura to feature a refreshed dual-screen user On Demand Multi-Use Display (ODMD 2.0) interface that supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto™ and Sirius XM 2.0. New software improves the system response time and offers more intuitive menus and command structures for a seamless and quicker user experience – approximately 30 percent faster. An enhanced 7-inch touchscreen has a capacitive display that is more responsive to the touch and is positioned within easy reach of the driver and front passenger.
With its unique AcuraWatch suite of technologies, the 2018 Acura TLX is the only vehicle in its class with standard crash avoidance and active driving-assistive features. AcuraWatch includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with automatic emergency braking, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). AcuraWatch uses a millimeter wave radar and monocular camera sensing technology to detect other vehicles as well as lane markings and can help intervene to prevent or mitigate the severity of a collision. With Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Lane Keeping Assist, AcuraWatch can significantly decrease the driver’s workload during freeway cruising by maintaining a set speed and following interval, initiating both braking and throttle inputs, and adding steering input to help the driver maintain their position in the detected lane.