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The New York International Auto Show will host over 1,000,000 people at the 118-year-old automobile show, which runs from March 30 – April 8 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, New York.

The New York direct-market area is one that sees a higher proportion of luxury and premium brand sales; according to IHSMarkit, in 2017, 22.7% of registrations in the region were luxury brands, compared with 12.4% on a national level.

This difference may be why BMW has joined Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, LandRover, Volvo, Mazda, and Porsche in pulling out of the Detroit Auto Show next year. There have been rumors that the auto show is trying to move to the fall to distance itself from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that has been throwing a shadow over the Detroit Show in January.

It is also why the 2018 NY auto show will show such luxury brands as
Jaguar (see below),
Cadillac (Premium Compact Utility Cadillac XT4 – possible electric, possibly super cruise?),
Lincoln (Lincoln Aviator ~ think luxury Ford Explorer),
Mercedes-Benz (C-Class coupe and convertible)
Genesis Essentia

Watch out Tesla, Jaguar, Ford, Lincoln, and Cadillac are all saying they will be bringing out electrified vehicles in the next couple years.

Jaguar F-PACE SVR – the fastest version yet of this award-winning model – makes its global debut at the New York International Auto Show

– All-electric Jaguar I-PACE production car delivering sustainable performance, all-wheel agility, and five-seat SUV practicality, makes its first stateside appearance

– Hand-assembled, limited-edition Range Rover SV Coupe – the world’s first full-size luxury SUV coupe – will make its North American debut

– Jaguar Land Rover celebrates the grand opening of new North American headquarters ahead of New York International Auto Show

2019 Cadillac XT4 (World Debut)

Cadillac is hoping to take advantage of the Premium Compact Utility segment craze with the introduction of the XT4 crossover at the 2019 New York auto show. Cadillac first teased consumers with a 30-second ad during the Academy Awards showing off the stunning exterior. With a sedan-heavy lineup, the baby crossover will help expand Cadillac’s product offerings. Expect the XT4 to offer the latest safety and technology features such as automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and their latest CUE infotainment system.

At the press event Cadillac’s President, Johan de Nysschen, confirmed that Cadillac would have an electric vehicle in its line-up. A timeframe was not given. de Nysschen also hinted that since there was the Super Cruise feature available on 2018 CT6 models, it wouldn’t be that far of a stretch to see an XT4 super cruise. Super Cruise is Cadillac’s version of Autopilot, designed for hands-free highway driving.

Lincoln Aviator plug-in hybrid

Finally, it seems that Lincoln could be finding its footing! Ford Motor Company’s Executive Vice President and president, Global Markets, Jim Farley, introduced the Lincoln Aviator, named to pay homage to an automotive design that was inspired by aeronautics.

“In Aviator, the lines of the vehicle are streamlined,” says Lincoln Design Director David Woodhouse. “You have the stature and presence of the grille at the front, then the body and tail taper off – creating a distinct aerofoil analogy.”

Farley said that a twin-turbocharged engine could be coupled with the first advanced plug-in hybrid technology for the Aviator, the first time Lincoln will offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain mated to a twin-turbocharged engine. The combination of power and electrified capability will help Aviator deliver Lincoln’s quietest, smoothest, most powerful drive yet.

John Batchelor and I talk about more unveils

There will be a midsize pickup made in Tennessee from Volkswagen (think one that would Compete with new Ford Ranger),
a hatchback from Toyota,

2019 Nissan Altima (World Debut)

The sixth generation of the Nissan Altima will make its world debut of the all-new 2019 Nissan Altima at the New York International auto show. This debut is slated to capture the new design language Nissan of its future sedans, taking cues from the Vmotion 2.0 Concept shown last year. Nissan says that ProPilot assist will be on the new Altima and that all-wheel drive is in the works. This refresh has to be notable as both Toyota and Honda refreshed its best-selling sedans, the Camry and Accord respectively. (think V-motion concept with a pro-pilot assist) Variable Compression turbo 4cylinder (248 horsepower) in one of the two new engines and the first vehicle to have all intelligent all-wheel drive. The new Nissan includes Nissan safety shield 360. The Nissan Altima is built in the United States.

A crossover called UX from Lexus with an electric all-wheel-drive system – will there be the F sports level for Lexus?

the 2019 Audi A6 to make U.S. debut in NY

Genesis Essentia concept

Essentia is the brand’s first battery electric vehicle and features a lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque, a robust, multi-motor electric powertrain, and a custom-tailored interior. Essentia is the brand’s initial concept for a true GT car and challenges the status quo as the ultimate manifestation of Genesis design and engineering.

Cadillac is debuting a revision to the CT6 sedan and an all-new V8 engine exclusive to Cadillac.

2019 GMC Sierra AT4 (World Debut)

Earlier in the year, GMC unveiled the GMC SLT and Sierra Denali with the industry-first MultiPro Tailgate and the 62-pound lighter CarbonPro, an industry-first carbon fiber box. Before the New York International Auto Show GMC had a party to unveil the Sierra AT4 off-road version of its all-new full-size pickup. Elon Musk has BFD, GMC has BFW; Big Ferocious Wheels! While the truck is larger than the previous truck in virtually every dimension, the wheels pushed closer to the corners give the truck an even larger stance.

During press days at the New York International auto show, GMC also unveiled its 2019 GMC Terrain and GMC Acadia Black Editions. The crossovers will feature a new trim offering, due out in the summer of 2018, that include darkened trim elements and a factory blacked-out appearance.

Volkswagen Debuts Atlas Cross Sport Concept

Volkswagen is bringing out a concept that will be a shorter stylish five-seat version of the midsize Atlas SUV. The near-production concept car features a coupe-like sportier profile. Volkswagen is building on Volkswagen’s modular transverse matrix (MQB), making the Atlas a vehicle that can be built with multiple drive systems, including a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. The Atlas will be built in the United States.

Volkswagen Tanoak pickup truck concept – “the most American car design ever.”

An extended Atlas modular transverse matrix (MQB) it is eleven inches than the Atlas. Klaus Bischoff called this vehicle “the most American car design ever. An authentic truck that is all about function with German precision with details of an upscale sedan.”

Volvo will show-off two more vehicles at the New York International Auto Show – the Volvo V60 station wagon and a luxury trim of the XC40 compact SUV named Inscription.

A revised Ford Fusion will also be shown, though I’m not sure what they will change since the one I just drove at home was great and I got 35-40 mpg with the hybrid.

Stephanie Brinley from IHSMarkit gave the history on the Corolla, “The Corolla Hatchback had been known as the Corolla iM, inherited by the Toyota brand with the close of the Scion brand, and is based on the European Auris, revealed at the Geneva show a few weeks earlier as well. Corolla Hatchback will offer more safety and infotainment in a youthful package.”

Hyundai will show the 2018 Hyundai Kona car, crossover, the SUV or the vehicle and announced they will bring out a Kona BEV!

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.

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