When it came to trucks and SUVs, the Chicago show was a little on the quiet side. But we have heard that there are going to be a lot more truck, sport/utility, and even van introductions in New York this year. We know there are plenty of SUVs, ranging from classy crossover to bold off-roader, that are going to be there. There is one pickup truck that is going to be unveiled, new -- and very interesting -- powertrain choices are rumored to be announced, and much more is heading your way from the heart of New York City.
2013 Acura RDX
The RDX is all-new for the 2013 model year. Aside from styling that abandons the squat, eagle-beak look of its predecessor for more of a mini-MDX look, the new RDX also follows in its big brother's footsteps by abandoning last year's turbo four for a V-6. Although such a move may seem counter-intuitive when many other crossovers are going from V-6 to turbo-four power, the 273 hp 3.5-liter V-6 also improves fuel economy considerably over last year's turbo four, going from 19/24 for the front-drive model 20/28, and from 17/22 to 19/27 for the all-wheel drive model.
Although not as entertaining from an enthusiast's perspective as the 2012 model, the 2013 RDX is a better fit with Acura's upscale image, and a response to customer feedback on the last RDX on areas they would like to see improved.
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First Test: 2013 Acura RDX
Acura Trades Turbo Four for V-6 and Gets Better MP
2013 BMW X1
It's official. We're getting the X1 in the U.S. And for once, we're getting a model the Europeans aren't. Namely, the X1 xDrive35i, which packs BMW's turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. BMW's N20 2.0-liter turbo four with 240 hp and 260 lb-ft is the base engine in the rear-drive sDrive28i and all-wheel-drive xDrive28i.
Smaller than the X3 by a few inches in each dimension, the X1 is importantly substantially smaller at the bottom line, starting at a surprisingly competitive $31,545 for the rear-drive model, $33,245 for the all-wheel-drive four-cylinder, and $39,345 for the hot-shot xDrive35i six-cylinder. The X1 is built at BMW's Leipzig, Germany factory, and will go on-sale in the U.S. in the fall.
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First Look: 2013 BMW X1
BMW's Entry-Level Crossover Priced to Move, U.S. Gets Exclusive Six-Cylinder
2013 Buick Enclave
Changes to the 2013 Buick Enclave are subtle, but effective, giving the most stylish of the Lambda triplets a more sophisticated, upscale look inside and out. The 288-hp 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6 carries over unchanged, and other mechanical changes are minimal.
The big news is on the inside, where the Enclave gets a redesigned interior, and a center-front airbag for added safety, and GM's new IntelliLink multimedia interface system integrating Pandora and Stitcher streaming audio. Unlike some other models equipped with the system, you can also get IntelliLink with the optional navigation system.
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First Look: 2013 Buick Enclave
Most Subtle Lambda Makeover Also the Most Stylish
2013 Cadillac SRX
The big news for the SRX this year is Cadillac's new CUE multimedia interface, which allows simultaneous connection of up to 10 devices, as well as a haptic touch-screen interface for the audio and climate controls. The 308-hp 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6 carries over from 2012. Side blind zone and rear cross-traffic alert are now standard, and radar-based adaptive cruise control is an option.
Subtle styling changes inside and out include a new steering wheel, shift knob, available Raven Sapele wood interior accents, new 20-inch wheel designs, and an LED light pipe accenting the front fender vents.
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First Look: 2013 Cadillac SRX
Cadillac CUEs up the SRX Behind XTS, ATS
2013 Chevrolet Traverse
The Chevrolet Traverse is just getting a minor face-lift for the 2013 model year with new headlights and taillights, an all-new grille. The 2013 Traverse's interior has seen some major revamping as well, with Chevrolet aiming for a much more upscale look and feel with more soft-touch materials, new interior accents, and the MyLink system. Powering the Traverse is the familiar 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 281 hp with the single exhaust, and 288 hp with the dual-exhaust. Torque is pegged at 270 lb-ft.
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First Look: 2013 Chevrolet Traverse
Chevy's Jumbo Crossover Gets a Mid-Cycle Makeover
2013 Ford Explorer Sport
You may remember the name Explorer Sport from the early-to-mid '90s designating the two-door version of Ford's popular midsize SUV. The two-door model is long gone, but the name has been given a new lease on life, and giving the "Sport" name some real legitimacy in the form of EcoBoost V-6 power. This gives Explorer customers three potential powertrain options, starting with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost, the 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated V-6, and now the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Final power figures have not yet been released, but expect horsepower in the range of 355-365, and around 350 lb-ft of torque.
Pricing has not yet been announced for the hot-rod Explorer, but estimated fuel economy has, at 16 city, 22 highway, making it thriftier than its closest rival, the Hemi-powered Durango R/T, which gets 13 city and 20 highway when equipped with all-wheel-drive. The V-6 EcoBoost is mated exclusively with a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters and all-wheel drive. The Explorer Sport will go on sale later in calendar 2012.
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First Look: 2013 Ford Explorer Sport
Most Powerful Explorer Ever Combines Performance, Practicality
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe LWB
Hyundai surprised many by the announcement of two distinct configurations of the Santa Fe midsize crossover for 2013. It will be offered in a standard-length version, powered by either a 2.4-liter 190 hp naturally-aspirated four-cylinder, or an optional 2.0-liter 264 hp turbo four-cylinder. Both models get more than 30 mpg on the highway.
The long-wheelbase Santa Fe comes standard with a 290 hp 3.3-liter direct-injection V-6 shared with the new Azera. The introduction of the long-wheelbase model also signals the end of the road for the slow-selling Veracruz crossover.
All models are several hundred pounds lighter than their predecessors, and lighter than many competitive models.
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First Look: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
New Crossover Offered in Two Sizes, Available V-6, Turbo Power
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Photo Gallery
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2012 GMC Yukon and Sierra Heritage Editions
GMC is celebrating the centennial of the debut of the GMC brand name at the 1912 New York Auto Show with a special Heritage Edition trim package on the Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs and the Sierra 1500 pickup.
The package consists of special badging, embroidered floor mats and headrests, and unique equipment packages on the Sierra and Yukon. The package is available in three colors, Heritage Blue, White Diamond, and Onyx Black, the last being a no-cost option. The option package ranges from $1820 for the Yukon XL 2500, to $2645 for the Sierra 1500. The difference in price reflects the unique respective content for the Sierra and Yukon models.
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First Look: 2012 GMC Yukon and Sierra Heritage Editions
Special Trim Level Commemorates Centennial of GMC Brand Name
2013 GMC Terrain Denali
The Denali trim level trickles down to the Terrain for 2013, available with the 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder, or the new-for-2013 3.6-liter V-6, bringing 301 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque to the crossover party.
The Terrain Denali can be distinguished by the trim's signature holey chrome grille, with unique interior touches such as embossed logos on the front seats, illuminated door sill plates, and smoked mahogany wood accents. The IntelliLink multimedia interface carries over from the 2012 model, which includes voice command functionality and Pandora and Stitcher streaming audio integration. Navigation and rear seat entertainment are optional on the Denali.
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First Look: 2013 GMC Terrain Denali
Top-Line Trim Level Migrates Down the Line
Land Rover/Range Rover 25th Anniversary Concepts/Special Editions
Land Rover chose the 2012 New York Auto Show to celebrate its 25 years in the U.S. market. To commemorate the occasion, the company showed off four vehicles, two concepts, and two firmly bound for showrooms. The DC100 made yet another auto show appearance, making it seem like it may be production-bound in some form soon. The company also showed a convertible concept of the Range Rover Evoque Coupe, which looks nearly production-ready, but no firm production commitments yet.
Bound for U.S. showrooms soon are the 2013 Range Rover Sport Supercharged Limited Edition, which adds red exterior trim and brake calipers, carbon-fiber interior trim, and an 825-watt, 17-speaker harman/kardon sound system. Only 500 examples will be available in the U.S. market.
Not quite as exclusive, but still appropriately upscale is the 2012 Land Rover LR4 HSE Luxury Limited Edition. This model liberally lavishes leather throughout the interior, including the dashboard and door panels, adds dark Zebrano wood accents, and 20-inch "sparkle" alloy wheels. The 825-watt sound system in the Sport Supercharged model mentioned above is also offered on the HSE Luxury Limited Edition.
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First Look: Land Rover/Range Rover 25th Anniversary Concepts/Special Editions
Two Production, Two Concept Models Mark Occasion at New York Show
2013 Lexus RX
Typically we don't get too excited about new trim packages. But in this case, it's about more than just a few badges, ground effects and interior trim. The 2013 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport adds an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters to the mix. The F-Sport comes exclusively with all-wheel drive, and also features 19-inch wheels and tires, a unique mesh grille pattern and "F" badging inside and out to remind drivers they're in something special.
Besides the obligatory badging and big wheels, the RX 350 F-Sport also has sport-tuned suspension consisting of revised shocks and springs, and a lateral performance damper system to improve steering feel and ride comfort. The RX F-Sport goes on sale this summer.
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2012 Geneva: 2013 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h First Look
Top-Selling Lexus Crossover Undergoes a European Face-Lift
2013 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport Gets 8-Speed Transmission
Sport Package Previewed in Geneva Comes to North America
2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
The big news for the GL line is new engines across-the-line. The naturally-aspirated 4.7 and 5.5-liter V-8s of the GL450 and GL550 models are replaced with two versions of Mercedes' new 4.7-liter twin-turbo direct-injected V-8. The engine produces 362 hp and 406 lb-ft in the GL450, and 429 hp and 516 lb-ft in the GL550. The GL350 Bluetec 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 gets a 30 hp bump to 240 hp and an 55 lb-ft increase in torque to 455 lb-ft.
As was the case with the 2012 models, the GL bears a strong resemblance to its little brother GLK, which also received a styling update for 2013. And if you're still a traditionalist that believes a real SUV should have low range, Mercedes has you covered with an optional off-road package that includes a two-speed transfer case and up to 12 inches of ground clearance available on the GL450 and GL550.
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First Look: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Mercedes' Largest SUV Promises S-Class Level Refinement, Luxury
2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK
The big news for the GLK for 2013 is the addition of a diesel option for Mercedes' smallest SUV in the form of the GLK250 Bluetec. The 2.1-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder cranks out a respectable 190 hp and a substantial 369 lb-ft of torque. The GLK350 also gets an upgraded V-6 in the form of Mercedes' direct-injected 3.5-liter engine producing 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Both are mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The GLK has been updated inside and out, with liberal use of LED lighting on both the exterior and interior, and the gear selector moved from the center console to a steering column-mounted stalk, as on the S-Class sedans and other models in Mercedes' lineup. Official fuel economy figures haven't yet been released, but we're expecting highway fuel economy figures on the Bluetec to be well above 30 mpg. The GLK350 will go on-sale in summer 2012, with the GLK250 Bluetec following later in early calendar 2013.
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First Look: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350, GLK 250 Bluetec
Mercedes' Smallest SUV Gets Big Powertrain Upgrades
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
If the changes to the 2013 Outlander Sport look minor, you're right. A revised grille design is the most noteworthy change, with a few other minor changes inside and out. 18-inch wheels are now standard on all Outlander Sport models. The CVT transmission gets a calibration revision, and the multi-link rear suspension is revised for greater ride comfort.
The biggest news is that production of the Outlander Sport is moving from Japan to Mitsubishi’s plant in Normal, Illinois, where it will be produced for the U.S. as well as international markets.
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News: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Gets Refresh
Production of Mitsubishi's Entry Crossover Moves to Illinois
2014 Nissan NV200 Taxi
Nissan shared more details of its NV 200 "Taxi of Tomorrow" appropriately enough, just ahead of the New York Auto Show. The NV 200 will be the official taxi of the city starting late 2013. It features innovative technological advancements, including USB and 12-volt chargers for rear passengers, built-in navigation for the driver, an intercom system between the driver and passengers, anti-microbial upholstery and an odor-fighting headliner.
The NV sits on a 115-inch wheelbase with a 186-inch overall length, making it nearly three feet shorter overall than its immediate predecessor, the long-wheelbase Ford Crown Victoria. Power for the NV comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, although official output wasn't announced. Nissan is also working with the city testing an experimental fleet of electric vehicles for possible future electrification of the taxi fleet, and with specialized upfitter Braun for developing a wheelchair-accessible version to also be offered to taxi fleets in late 2013, when the NV will go on sale. The announced starting price for the specially-equipped NV is $29,700.
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First Look: 2014 Nissan NV200 Taxi
New Taxi to Offer Unprecedented Versatility, Technology to the Big Apple
2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel
Cayenne Diesel Packs 406 lb-ft of Torque, Can Tow 7716 lbs.
Porsche has officially announced that the Cayenne Diesel will be making its way to the States in time for the 2013 model year. The Cayenne Diesel was the first diesel ever offered by Porsche, and it will be Stuttgart's first diesel offering in the United States.
Powering the 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel will be a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6, good for 240 hp and a stout 406 lb-ft of torque. Porsche says its turbodiesel Cayenne will be capable of accelerating from a standstill to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds -- likely a conservative estimate. The Cayenne Diesel will be limited to a top speed of 135 mph.
The 2013 Cayenne Diesel will not only be decently quick, but it's also expected to return excellent fuel economy and tow up to 7716 pounds. Porsche expects the Cayenne Diesel to be capable of traveling 740 miles on the highway on a single tank of fuel, though official EPA numbers are still pending.
The Cayenne Diesel will hit dealers in September at a price of $56,725, including destination. The 2013 Cayenne Diesel will fit between the base Cayenne and the Cayenne S in the Cayenne model lineup.
2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
We already drove the XV in Italy back in December before it was officially announced it would go on-sale in the U.S. But we knew it was just a matter of time before it came to the U.S. Think of the XV as essentially the next-generation Outback Sport. Like it's Aussie-themed predecessor, the XV is Impreza-based, with a higher ride height and more aggressive styling to differentiate it from the garden-variety Impreza.
Although European customers get the option of a tasty turbodiesel boxer four producing 147 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, the sole engine for the U.S. market is the same 148 hp 2.0-liter flat-four as in the regular Impreza, mated to your choice of a five-speed manual or CVT automatic. The upside to the modest power train is a competitive 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg highway. The XV also has a slightly larger 15.9 gallon tank than the Impreza. Pricing has not yet been announced, but expect a slight price premium over the Impreza.
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First Drive: 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
XV is an Impreza Plus
2013 Toyota Venza
Changes to Toyota's stylish midsize crossover are minor for 2013. The big news is the availability of a black interior on all trim levels, and Toyota's Entune multimedia and app integration system as an option on the LE and XLE trims. The top-of-the-line Venza Limited only offers interior and exterior colors as options, and the choice of front or all-wheel-drive. Otherwise, it just comes one way, fully-loaded.
The LED-studded headlight teased several weeks ago by Toyota was that of the Limited as well, as it's the only trim level to offer the high-tech illuminated jewelry. The one other innovation on the Limited's exterior lighting is an automatic high-beam system that automatically switches to low-beams when it detects oncoming traffic. Engine and drivetrain options carry over unchanged from the 2012 model.
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First Look: 2013 Toyota Venza
Mild Refresh Adds Tech, Style to Toyota's Handsome Crossover
2013 Ram 1500
The Ram 1500 gets an extensive makeover for the 2013 model year, beginning with the expected availability of the Pentastar V-6 as the base engine. In the Ram, it produces 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. But even bigger news is the availability of an eight-speed TorqueFlite 8 automatic transmission, standard on the Pentastar, and available later with the Hemi V-8. The Hemi gets a 5 hp bump to 395 hp. Models equipped with the TorqueFlite 8 also get a rotary-knob shifter, replacing both the column shifter and console shifter on models so equipped.
Other noteworthy changes are an optional five-position air suspension, electric power steering, a new frame employing hydroforming and increased use of high-strength steel, a central locking function for the optional RamBox and tailgate, improved interior materials, a next-generation Uconnect Access system with smartphone app integration, a new Powernet electrical system, and the availability of a longer 6-ft 4-in bed on the Crew Cab model.
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First Look: 2013 Ram 1500
Much More Than a Typical Refresh
2013 Subaru Outback
The big news for the 2013 Outback is a new base engine in the form of the new FB 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder. Power gains are modest on paper, going from 170 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque to 173 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. But city fuel economy increases from 22 to 24 mpg, and highway mileage ticks up one mpg from 29 to 30. For those wanting more power, the 256 hp 3.6-liter boxer six-cylinder is still available.
The biggest news other than the new base engine is Subaru's new EyeSight driver-assist system, integrating adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and a vehicle lane-departure warning system. EyeSight employs a stereo camera system to provide a wider detection angle than comparable radar-based systems at a lower cost.
The top-of-the-line Limited trim level offers standard dual-zone climate control with rear HVAC vents, an optional driver's memory seat, and available voice-controlled navigation with the backup camera display integrated into the 7-inch LCD touchscreen.