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New York 2018: Auto Show Kicks Off Today – Here’s Our Preview!

Some concepts, many new production models By ,

Spring has sprung, and it’s time for the annual New York International Auto Show, an unofficial rite of spring in the industry. The past few weeks have seen automakers release teaser images, bits of juicy pre-show info, and even put on pre-show launches. But today’s the big day, media day in NY. Here’s some of what we’ve reported on already and what we will be covering in the days ahead. This is nowhere near comprehensive and we fully expect to see some unexpected goodies be revealed! Enjoy:

Toyota – The Japanese giant will be debuting its once-a-Scion-then-a-Corolla-iM-now-the-Corolla Hatchback, as well as the new edition of its ever-popular RAV4 crossover.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Lexus – Toyota’s luxury division, meanwhile, will be showing its new UX crossover, which first debuted in Geneva. Also present will be its limited-edition RC Coupe Black Line.

Volkswagen – We’ve reported on the debuts of the Atlas, five-passenger edition, and the Arteon, R-Line edition, as well as a possible first sighting of the VW pickup concept so long talked-about.

Subaru – Outdoors enthusiasts have been waiting on pins and needles for the debut of the new 2019 Forester, and they’re about to get it. It’s said to be pretty thoroughly reworked…

2019 Subaru Forester
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2019 Subaru Forester

Nissan – The company’s big launch at this year’s NYC show will be the new edition of its Altima mid-size sedan. Will it withstand the SUV/crossover onslaught?

Mazda – The maverick Japanese manufacturer has kept its cards close to the vest regarding any new reveals in New York. It will be presenting its spanking-new Skyactiv-X engine, plus the gorgeous Kai concept, but there may be more.

Mazda Kai concept
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Mazda Kai concept

Ford – No major debuts from the American giant, except for a reworked Fusion for the 2019 model-year. This model will still come in a plug-in hybrid version, and become the first model in the Ford lineup to feature, as standard equipment, the Co-Pilot360 drive assist package.

Lincoln – The luxury carmaker, for its part, is showing up in New York with as its main drawing card its new Aviator SUV.

2019 Lincoln Aviator
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2019 Lincoln Aviator

Jaguar – the British automaker revealed its exciting new I-PACE electric crossover in Geneva last month, and this week gives it its North American premiere. It also made a splash this week with its announcement of a partnership with Waymo to test and develop an electric platform for an autonomous-driving car. We’re hearing they may being more to the NYC party, perhaps in the form of a new performance model.

2019 Jaguar I-PACE
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2019 Jaguar I-PACE

Hyundai – Expect to see the reworked Tucson and the 2019 Santa Fe in its North American debut at the New York show.

Honda – As we reported earlier, Honda is unveiling its new 2019 Honda Insight in New York (and Vancouver) this week, and hoping third time’s the charm for this venerable-but-so-far-unsuccessful hybrid that first saw the light of day way back in 1999.

2019 Honda Insight
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2019 Honda Insight

GMC - The big item for GMC this year in New York is the Sierra, as well as its Sierra AT4 off-road version, both of which make their official debut. We have a detailed report on this launch event for you right here. New special editions of the Terrain and Acadia models are expected to attend as well.

Genesis – The newly independent luxury brand is rumoured to be coming to NYC with a new concept in tow. Details have been few and far between…

Cadillac – The luxury automaker jumped the gun with an early pre-show event to unveil its new XT4 crossover. It is also presenting the V-Sport iteration of its CT6 sedan, equipped with a totally new 4.2L V8 engine.

2019 Cadillac XT4
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2019 Cadillac XT4

Audi – The 2019 Audi A6, first shown to the world in Geneva, gets its North American premiere at the 2018 New York show. There will likely be a new sport model debuting as well, though no official word on what it’ll be.

Acura – A virtually production ready new RDX concept was shown in Detroit earlier this year, but the real thing is now ready and will debut this week.

2019 Acura RDX
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2019 Acura RDX