The ongoing 2018 New York International Auto Show, which kicked off on March 30 and will last until April 8, is one of the biggest motor shows not only in North America but the entire world.
This grand annual event held at Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, has, as always, attracted some of the world’s biggest car makers to showcase a whole range of products, including electric vehicles, concept cars, SUVs, production cars making their debut in North America and in the global market and more.
Here, we put before you a list of some the top cars from each of these categories.
2019 Nissan Altima
The all-new sixth generation 2019 Nissan Altima is way up there on our list as far as important debuts in this year’s event are concerned.
José Muñoz, chief performance officer for global Nissan, says, “Our goal with the Altima is to re-energize the sedan segment.”
Nissan is offering two engine options in this 2019 version of the Altima, which will also be the first passenger car from the Yokohama-based Japanese car maker that will have an All Wheel Drive option, as well.
To start with, the V6 engine has been done away with and instead you have the 2.0-liter, variable compression, turbocharged gasoline engine and the 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine.
Please note that only certain trim levels of the 2.5-liter options will offer All-Wheel Drive. Of course, the Front Wheel Drive is a given in all the 2019 Altimas.
Hyundai Santa Fe
This year’s New York International Auto Show saw Hyundai unveil, not one, not two, but three new, or updated vehicles.
We have an updated Hyundai Tucson, which is basically an update on the existing Tucson crossover, with a new kind of headlight signature and some new style.
Then you have the all-electric Hyundai Kona making its debut at the show. It’s a small entry-level crossover in the Hyundai lineup, with a range of up to 250 miles on a single charge, which is pretty much up there with the Chevy Bolt EV. A lot of other competitors are somewhere in the 100-150 mile per charge range.
But what we are most excited about this year is the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, entering its fourth generation.
Well, the car is making its North American debut and it comes in two versions – the five and seven-passenger versions.
Basically an all-new vehicle, the Nissan Santa Fe boasts a little bit larger dimensions, with relatively more interior space and, most importantly, brand new styling to take Hyundai to the next level.
The upper trim interior will have an 8-inch touchscreen, while lower-end models will have a 7-inch version.
However, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration will be a standard feature in both cases.
And, it does offer several engine options including a 2.2-liter turbocharged diesel engine with over 320-pound-feet of torque, which did come as a big surprise from the Seoul-based South Korean automotive manufacturer.
VW Atlas Sport
VW surprised everybody at this year’s show with the near production ready 5-seater version of the Atlas SUV – the Atlas Sport.
This time they unveiled the 5-passenger Atlas Cross Sport version of the vehicle, which is like the mid-size 7-seater Atlas SUV from last year, built on VW’s MQB platform, but a little bit smaller as far as dimensions are concerned.
This 5-seater cross-sport production-ready car, featuring a plug-in hybrid powertrain capable of delivering 355 hp (265 kW) and around 26 miles (42 km) of per charge range, will go under production within the next year and a half in the Chattanooga plant in the United States.
Okay, so what is Honda offering with its all-new Honda Insight?
One look at it and you’ll know straightway where this hybrid electric vehicle is coming from.
While there are several versions of this car, overall it looks like a cross between an Accord and a Civic with the familiar Honda styling.
This high-efficiency car boasts 50 MPG in so far as fuel efficiency is concerned, and with a big trunk and seating for five, it offers great utility, as well.
And, this is not a concept car we’re talking about here – well, not anymore.
With the latest Honda technology, including push-button transmission and the latest infotainment system, this fuel-efficient package from Honda is certainly something to look forward to.
Kia K 900 (K9)
Well, folks, Kia is back with an updated version of the K 900, which, again, was a kind of surprise in that one generally expects more affordable vehicles of smaller dimensions from Kia – more compact crossovers, if you will.
Having said that, there’s definitely a lot of value riding on this all-wheel K900 sedan; what with a brand new look to it and a ton of power under the hood.
It is being made available in 5.0-liter V8 engine, offering 420 horsepower, that combines exceptionally well with an 8-speed shift-by-wire automatic transmission to provide quick acceleration and fast, smooth shifting.
The interior has everything to write home about, as well. Different wood grains on the steering wheel and the center console and fantastic leatherwork, as well. In the back, you have the center armrest with all of your controls for infotainment, seat, comfort, and sunshades.
So, if you are looking for an affordable version of an executive style sedan, the Kia 900 may be the car for you.
VW Atlas 10 Tanoak
VW may have surprised us with the production-ready Atlas cross-sport plug-in hybrid, but the biggest surprise was its pick-up truck concept vehicle based on the Atlas platform – the VW Atlas 10 Tanoak.
VW has stretched the wheelbase by about 11 inches compared to the Atlas 7-passenger EV and have included a lot of cool features, such as a roof rack on the bed of the vehicle that kind of pulls out and a great interior with a lot of concept look and feel to it.
One wonders why VW said that they were not really planning to build it, because this is a great concept, plus we haven’t seen a pick up from VW in so many years.
Most VW fans, if not all, would sure like to see this vehicle hit the roads. Let’s wait and watch if VW has a change of heart.
Rimac C Two
Pictures and videos don’t really do justice to this sexy looking all new Rimac electric hypercar.
This next generation Rimac C Two from the Croatian car maker is making its North American debut and looks all set to give the Tesla Roadster 2.0 a run for its money – a sure game changer in just about every way.
With this vehicle, Rimac is, undoubtedly, making its presence felt among the fastest of the fast in the world of cars.
The Croatian brand impressed with its very first production vehicle as recently as 2013, managing to sell all eight units of its limited production run by 2014.
Bugatti Chiron Sport
Set to release sometime in 2019, the new version of the Bugatti supercar, the Chiron Sport is coming with major tweaks to the vehicle’s chassis.
The 2019 Chiron is at least 40 kilograms lighter than the previous gen model, made possible by increasing the number of carbon fiber components in this monster of a car, not to mention the use of lightweight wheels and glass.
The Bugatti Chiron is going to be available in new colors this time around with an exposed carbon fiber finish on the rear.
The interior – done in black anodized aluminum switchgear, black leather and black Alcantara – is indeed a visual feast, for want of a better description.
The massive 1,479 HP engine, however, remains the same as its predecessor.
One thing that can be said with utmost certainty is that with a price tag of around $3.26 million, this beauty of a beast will be way beyond the reach of lesser mortals.
Genesis G70 (The Genesis Essential Concept)
Now, this all-electric concept from Genesis is a 2+2 – basically, a version of the coupe with two smaller rear seats, ideally suited for children or for occasional usage.
Soon to become the third member of the Genesis family of G80 and G90, the G70 is being given a given a base engine of 252-hp turbo 2.0-liter inline-four, while a 365-hp twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 from the G80 Sport will be optional.
An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear- or all-wheel drive will be available on both the engine types on offer, while a six-speed manual will be optional with the twin turbo.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will be standard inside features of all the G70 trim levels.
Here’s another Pace from Jaguar – the I-Pace – the British car maker’s brand new all-wheel electric crossover.
Not only is this sexy-looking car all electric, but also has a really impressive inside with its array of three digital displays, allowing smooth control of the myriad features and functions. The space inside this 5-passenger vehicle is pretty decent as well.
I-Pace may be the first EV from Jaguar, but it has everything to make it the forerunner in the EV race. It is neat, smart and above all safe.