The New York Auto Show is one of the most important events on the US car calendar. It's traditionally a cosmopolitan mix of luxury and sports cars, with a few crazy concepts tossed in for good measure. It attracts high level executives, excites enthusiasts of all stripes, and is the last major auto show until the fall for consumers to get fresh information about the latest models.
The New York show is one of the oldest in the world – dating to 1900 – and we expect the 2017 edition to be one of the best. Here are some of the predicted highlights as we go into the show. As always, look for surprises and much more to come.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will be a show-stealer: So we'll lead off with the obvious. This Challenger will one-up the Hellcat, promising prodigious power for the street and the strip. One of the most elaborately teased new-car reveals in history, all of the speculation will finally end Tuesday when the Demon is revealed at Pier 94 in New York. It also will be on display at the Javits Convention Center during the show.
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk might actually be cooler: The Demon is a street-legal drag car. That's not for everyone. Jeeps have broad appeal, and as the current generation of Grand Cherokee begins to wind down, it will celebrate its longevity with a high-powered muscle version. Jeep boss Mike Manley confirmed the Trackhawk will be in New York, something we've long expected. He didn't say what's under the hood, but we've always figured the Hellcat engine would finally show up in a Jeep. It makes 707 supercharged horsepower in the Challenger and Charger Hellcats.
The Toyota FT-4X concept should be epic: Off-road fans, this is what you've been waiting for (in addition to the new Wrangler, Bronco, and anything GMC might be brewing up). The long-awaited successor to the FJ40, Toyota is finally getting a dedicated off-road model. Nothing is confirmed, but we expect this concept to preview something that will give the TRD line a true halo and take the fight to the domestic models listed above. Toyota built the retro FJ Cruiser from 2006 to 2016 with US sales ending in 2014, but we expect the FT-4X to spawn something with some real off-road cred.
The 2018 Buick Regal TourX is the American wagon you didn't think was possible: Buick slightly surprised the car world with the reveal of the 2018 Regal TourX last week. It's a stretched version of the regular Regal (which is now morphed into a liftback like some Audis) and offers more cargo space and a higher ride height. Buick hopes to capitalize on the current crossover craze without stepping on the toes of sibling brand GMC, as they often share space in the same showrooms. Worth noting: the TourX is not exactly a wagon. General Motors product chief Mark Reuss was reluctant to call it one, and with its all-wheel drive system, higher driving position, and plastic body cladding, it falls into that nebulous off-road/crossover space occupied by the Volvo XC60 Cross Country, Subaru Outback, and Audi Allroad. Call it a wagon if you like. Also, expect the new generation Enclave to make a splash at the show alongside the Regals.
The 2018 Subaru Outback is about the same, and that's cool: Speaking of wagon things, Subie is rolling out the refreshed Outback in New York. It's a light update with a freshened front end and other styling cues. It also gets more standard and optional equipment, and the ride is said to be better. Also, the Crosstrek, which we saw at the Geneva Motor Show, will debut in US trim, for Subaru fans seeking something a tad smaller and with a manual transmission.
Mercedes has some monster-powered 2018 GLC AMG models in store: The GLC line is getting the fire-breathing AMG treatment (which we fully support) and we'll see the GLC63, GLC63 Coupe, and GLC63 S Coupe all on display. We mentioned that New York often blends luxury, power, and SUVs – Mercedes does exactly that with the GLC range. The GLC63 S Coupe punches out 503 hp from the bi-turbo V8, while the non-S models serve up 469 ponies. Nice.