Top 6 Standouts from the 2017 New York Auto Show

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Top 6 Standouts from the 2017 New York Auto Show

One of the most anticipated debuts of the New York Auto Show was the unveiling of the 2018 Dodge Demon, with its 840-horsepower Hellcat engine and 9.65-second quarter-mile capability. But given its almost singular focus on the past and the fact that only about 3,300 will be built, the much teased Demon wasn’t really the big news of the show. The future, at least for now, is in SUVs, both traditional full-size models and modern car-based crossovers. Here's a good look at the best of tomorrow from New York.

Subaru Ascent Concept

Top 6 Standouts from the 2017 New York Auto Show

Back from the future to a more near reality proposition is the Subaru Ascent Concept. An evolution of the Viziv-7 show car that debuted last fall in Los Angeles, the Ascent is the actual name of the 3-row, 7-passenger SUV that Subaru will be bringing to the market next year. Slated to be built in America at Subaru’s Lafayette, Indiana, plant, the Ascent will be powered by a new version of the company’s 2.4-liter horizontally opposed 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. Among the interior features shown off in the concept are a panoramic sunroof and high-end perforated two-tone leather interior. More pics

2018 Lincoln Navigator

Top 6 Standouts from the 2017 New York Auto Show

This year is truly the year of the luxury SUV as Lincoln prepares to launch an all-new Navigator. While the concept turned heads with massive gull-wing doors and a folding staircase used to access the cabin, the much more traditional production model boasts a bold grille that’s more in line with the new Continental and MKZ. The sleek sheetmetal houses an interior that boasts a 12-inch digital dash, front seats with no less than 30 different power adjustments, and a premium Revel Audio system touting 20 speakers. Power will be prodigious: 450 horses from a 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged V6 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. It is set to go on sale in the fourth quarter. More pics

Infiniti QX80 Monograph Concept

Top 6 Standouts from the 2017 New York Auto Show

Although labeled a concept, it’s believed that the Infiniti QX80 Monograph Concept is a thinly disguised version of a redesign in the pipeline for this flagship of Nissan’s luxury division. Clean lines give the vehicle an updated appearance and the huge grille maintains the presence enjoyed by the current model. Further aiding the vehicle’s sleek appearance are pop-out door handles and rear-view cameras in place of conventional outside door-mounted mirrors. We’ll probably see another iteration of this concept theme, perhaps with a better idea of what can be found inside, before the production version of this full-size SUV debuts. More pics

2018 Buick Enclave Avenir

Top 6 Standouts from the 2017 New York Auto Show

Aside from a couple of facelifts, not much had changed on the Buick Enclave, a 3-row crossover introduced as a 2008 model. In this first major makeover, the Enclave adds a slightly larger and more usable cabin to complement its stunning good looks. As icing on this well-baked cake, the new Enclave will be the first Buick to offer the brand's new upscale Avenir treatment, featuring classy interior appointments like genuine chestnut wood accents, rich leathers, pearl nickel 20-inch wheels, a distinctive mesh grille treatment and loads of custom LED lighting inside and out. It will again offer buyers a choice of front- or all-wheel drive and will come with a new 3.6-liter V6 making 302 horsepower delivered through a new 9-speed automatic transmission. We expect the 2018 Enclave and Enclave Avenir in showrooms this fall. More pics

Toyota FT-4X Concept

Top 6 Standouts from the 2017 New York Auto Show

Toyota presented this one-off as a pure show car, but after spending time looking at the FT-4X Concept, this is one vehicle the Japanese company should definitely build. Its rugged good looks recall the recently departed Toyota FJ, a vehicle that has seen its resale value skyrocket after it was axed from the lineup. But unlike the Toyota 4Runner-based FJ, which was tall and really truck-like with its body-on-frame construction, the unit-body FT-4X is smaller, closer to the ground and much more approachable than its more macho counterpart. And yet it has that ‘70s vibe that is resonating with younger buyers to the point where even Ford is talking about bringing back the Bronco. Another promising sign is that the FT-4X Concept features more realistic conventional doors instead of B-pillarless suicide doors, leading us to believe that there may be a green light in its future. More pics

Genesis GV80 Concept

Top 6 Standouts from the 2017 New York Auto Show

A bit more speculative than the Infiniti QX80 Monograph Concept, but not completely out of the realm of possibility is the Genesis GV80 Concept. Hyundai has high hopes for its new luxury division, aiming not only at rival Infiniti and Lexus, but also storied names like Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. This striking design offers a 4-door coupe take on the traditional sport-ute and incorporates such interesting design features as pillars and wheels with a structural truss theme. While the shape of the SUV takes a stylish yet conventional approach dictated by the vehicle’s function, its hydrogen fuel cell powertrain is a more iffy part of the equation. Hyundai said it is committed to the technology, but if Genesis hopes to crack the luxury market, it probably needs a more traditionally powered GV80 in its lineup sooner than later. Read more

 

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