New York City might seem like an unlikely location for a car show. The city has a high proportion of residents who don't own cars, and is renowned as having one of the best subway and public transit systems in the U.S. But it also happens to be one of the biggest luxury vehicle markets in the world. That makes it an appropriate locale for the debut of the 2014 Range Rover Sport. Land Rover says the New York metro area is the biggest market worldwide for the model. Land Rover also showed the nine-speed 2014 Evoque, which will be headed to showrooms later this year.
One of the originators of the premium crossover genre, the Acura MDX gets a complete bumper-to-bumper redesign, with direct-injected Earth Dreams V-6 power, full LED headlights, and more passenger room. The Dodge Durango, one of our favorite large SUVs, gets an eight-speed transmission and a refreshed interior to keep things fresh.
And let's not forget the stereotype-shattering 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Its styling alone has already had a big impact on the market, but if you're skeptical if it's a real Jeep, be sure to read our first look to check out all of the legit off-road hardware in Jeep's latest crossover.
Stay tuned this week as we bring you the latest truck and SUV debuts! Check out our full coverage of the 2013 New York International Auto Show below!
2014 Acura MDX
Honda and Acura aren't big on stylistic showmanship. Often their all-new models look only subtly different from their predecessors, but, from an engineering content standpoint, are truly all new from bumper to bumper. Such is the case with the recently unveiled Acura RLX, which is immediately recognizable as the successor to the largely overlooked RL. And at first glance, the 2014 MDX could be mistaken for a refresh of the current model. But make no mistake, the new MDX is truly all new, and the improvements are substantial and extensive.
At first glance, the new MDX looks like a larger version of the recently redesigned RDX, adding additional upscale touches such as Acura's Jewel Eye LED headlights first seen on the RLX, with an overall style notably smoother and shapelier than its somewhat chunky predecessor, but still immediately recognizable as an MDX...(Click Here To Read Our Full First Look!)
2013 Ford Shelby F-150 SVT Raptor
Here is the latest pickup truck endeavor from Shelby -- the Shelby Raptor. This is the first time Shelby has designed a full package for the Raptor. It's also the first time the company has offered a package for an off-road-biased truck. John Luft, president of Shelby American, explains, "As a native Texan, Carroll Shelby loved powerful trucks. He connected his love for trucks with his passion for performance on several projects, with the first one over 30 years ago. The latest Shelby truck was created to conquer any terrain with serious velocity." .... (Click Here To Read Our Full First Look!)
2014 Dodge Durango
It wasn't all that long ago that Dodge made the Durango a unibody SUV -- only three years ago, in fact. In 2010 the all-new 2011 Durango went on sale with a better look, new engines, and fewer compromises than people expected. The SUV still carried three rows of people, could tow up to 7400 pounds with the V-8 (and still came with a V-8), and had an improved chassis and suspension, which helped with ride and handling. The benefit was making the vehicle more fun to drive without losing the Durango's famous capability.
So now, a brief three years later, the Durango is getting spruced up, receiving updates similar to those in the 2014 Grand Cherokee. When it comes to performance, the most notable change is the use of the new ZF eight-speed automatic transmission behind the 3.6-liter V-6 and 5.7-liter V-8. This is a version of the same transmission found in the current Ram and the 2014 Grand Cherokee. In the Durango, it will be controlled through a dial on the dash -- just like in the Ram. This is the first SUV in its class to get an eight-speed, and that change alone is said to improve fuel economy in the Durango by 9 percent. There is also an Eco Mode for 2014.
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2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
The QX60 is the first of Infiniti's SUV models to undergo the corporate-wide name change, effective with the start of the 2014 model year. Name change aside, the QX60 is for all intents and purposes the same as the JX35. The standard model powered by the Nissan's tried and true VQ35DE 3.5-liter V-6 engine remains in the lineup...(Click Here To Read Our Full First Look!)
2014 Jeep Cherokee
Though it can upset loyal brand customers, discontinuing of a model for a year or two before introducing its replacement can be healthy. The forced break with continuity and tradition forces both product planners as well as consumers to examine their preconceived notions of that brand or model, and take a fresh look at a model they might not have previously considered. Jeep hopes that will be the case with the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which is a complete clean-sheet re-think of Jeep's small/midsize product strategy. Based on what we've seen so far, it's a galactic improvement over the outgoing Liberty... (Click Here To Read Our Full First Look!)
Wonder Woman Edition Kia Sportage
The red and blue exterior paint theme reflects Wonder Woman's outfit. Her eagle chest plate is represented by a custom grille with twin Ws for her initials, and her trademark weapon, the Lasso of Truth, represented by a gold stripe along the lower front bumper and the side of the vehicle. Her characteristic tiara is represented in a header graphic with a central star across the top of the windshield. Blue headlight lenses represent Wonder Woman's "piercing blue eyes," and the star theme is repeated with five-spoke wheels. Inside, the upholstery is inspired by her signature outfit, and the cargo area features a see-through compartment housing Wonder Woman's tiara, bracelets, and lasso of truth... (Click Here To Read More!)
2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
Typically, in automotive advertising, the highway fuel economy figure is the one that gets all the attention, whether in the starburst call-outs in the weekend dealer ads, or the "class-leading" claims on TV spots. Comparing the performance of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid using this yardstick compared with its conventionally powered counterpart, a modest 1-mpg improvement may seem anti-climactic. But the bigger story, and one that will likely be much more appreciated by consumers in the day-to-day slog, is the hybrid model's impressive combined mpg total of 26. This compares with the front-drive V-6 model's still-impressive 22-mpg combined total.... (Click Here To Read Our Full First Look!)