We came, we saw, we conquered. The 2018 New York International Auto Show is in full swing, here are some of the cars that caught our eye and have huge ramifications for industry, and the individual automakers relying on big sales.
2019 Cadillac XT4 (GM): This is an important debut for Cadillac as it tries to get the brand going in the right direction with a new midsize CUV. It’s a nice looking vehicle, but competition in the space is heated.
2019 Toyota RAV4 (TM): Here’s another big CUV release, this time coming from Toyota’s number one seller. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it seems to be Toyota’s mantra with the RAV4, as updates are evident but aren’t drastic.
2019 Genesis G70: The Genesis nameplate for Hyundai has been pumping out some well-reviewed cars lately, and the G70 looks to be hit—especially since it drives and acts like the Kia Stinger, which it is loosely based on.
Lincoln Aviator (F): Lincoln is betting big on the new Aviator, and initial impressions are quite promising. The mini-Navigator includes all the best parts of Lincoln’s commanding flagship SUV without the massive size. It’s too bad the Aviator isn’t coming sooner, as Lincoln says it will come sometime next year.
2019 Audi RS5 Sportback: Audicomes out swinging with the aggressive new RS5 Sportback. This one will be a beast. Check out my interview with Audi VP of product Filip Brabec for more on this car.
Mercedes Benz C300 Coupe and Cabriolet: Mercedes revealed some subtle tweaks for its C-class Coupe and Cabriolet for 2019. We’ll have to shake these cars down for review to see if there are any changes in how they ride.
2019 BMW X4:This is a big release for BMW in the hypercompetitive midsize SUV/CUV battlefield. The base model will pump out 240-hp, with the M40i variant pushing out 355-hp and hitting 0-60 in 4.7 seconds.
2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport (GM): Caddy is taking its flagship sedan and dropping in a 4.2L twin turbo V8 unleashing 550 horsepower. The engine is exclusive to the CT6 and was apparently designed with with the input of Cadillac’s racing team. Talk about American muscle …
2019 Nissan Altima: Nissan is the latest to refresh its mid-size sedan, hoping to take it to Toyota and Honda (HMC) who’ve each refreshed the Camry and Accord respectively. This is a tough spot for the Altima, though the car has a distinct look and the availability of all-wheel drive may send car buyers Nissan’s way.
2019 Jaguar I-PACE (TTM): What can you say about the all-electric I-PACE other than the fact that it looks stunning as an SUV. Jaguar pushed an aggressive development timeline for its electric offering, one that will go head to head with Tesla’s (TSLA) Model X and even Model S. For more on its stunning design, check out my interview with legendary Jaguar design director Ian Callum here.