The New York Auto Show is the last auto show on US soil for the season until November when everyone rolls into Los Angeles. The Big Apple didn’t offer very many big announcements this year but it did bring in a few new redesigns. We take a look at ten of them. We’ll start with the boring ones first and work our way to the more exciting models.
Hyundai has sent the Sonata to finishing school and this is the result. The redesign still looks classy but looses all the stylish lines people loved about the previous version. The grown up model has filled out a little but retains its sporty look. The front and rear are more refined and muscular in appearance while the side lines are less pronounced. Aside from the new looks, the drivetrain options remain the same as the outgoing model.
Toyota has redesigned the beloved Camry once again in similar fashion as the Corolla. The Camry has lost its angular looks and is now gone sleek. The Camry has grown in length by 1.8 inches and in width (barely) by .4 inches to help give it a more dynamic driving feel. The electric steering and brakes have been retuned as well. The nation’s most popular car retains its old drivetrain options and well, it is still a typical Camry; an amazingly good but boring family sedan.
Scion has brought out a not se mellow yellow FR-S called the Release Series 1.0. The angry looking FR-S is mostly just special edition aesthetics with its body kit and big quad exhaust tips. The car has also been lowered which should make the car corner even better. Other upgrades include a TRD steering wheel and HID Headlights, the latter formerly only available on the BRZ. The downside? Still no bump in the power. Scion isn’t saying how much it will cost but do say it will still be under $30k.
Ford has been busy this past week with Mustang events all over the country and they still found time to pull out a new version of the 2015 Mustang. This one is the 50th Anniversary Edition. It will be available in Winbledon White and Kona Blue and will receive a few special touches that include louvred quarter windows, a classic horse corral in the grill, and badging. The interior will get special treatment as well with stitched two-tone leather and emblems in the headrests. Ford is only building 1964 of them and they say they will be amongst the first to roll off the line in Dearborn.
BMW chops the top off of the M4 and shows it off. The M4 Convertible is basically the same as the M4 Coupe. It uses the same turbocharged 3.0L straight 6 with 425hp and the same 7spd dual clutch transmission. Removing the top mean you can cruise down the boulevard and hear that sweet revving engine all the better! So what is the problem with it? It weighs a hefty 4055 lbs. On the plus side, it is lighter than the previous M3 Convertible by 90 lbs. Even with all that weight BMW says the car will still do 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds.
While it isn’t a new car anymore, Alfa Romeo is finally, FINALLY crossing the pond with this 4C Launch Edition. The 238hp 4C Launch Edition will be available in three colors and mercifully will not have those hideous bug-eye headlights. Stiffer suspension, a sport exhaust, carbon fiber mirrors and spoiler, and unique wheels will round out the 500 Launch Edition cars that will be available. An official launch date is still undetermined for the 4C but with such anticipation of the return of Alfa Romeo you’d better get in line quick if you want one sooner than later.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is considered to be one of the most luxurious cars in the world. It is actually the most popular amongst government agencies around the globe. The CL of old was the Coupe version of the car essentially. It may have looked a bit different but looks aside, it had all the luxuriousness one could want in a big, powerful Mercedes coupe. Mercedes-Benz recently decided to drop the CL and instead created an S-Class Coupe a few months ago. AMG has since gotten a hold of it a sprinkled of AMG goodness on it and what a machine! The S63 AMG Coupe is powered by a 5.5L V8 producing 577 hp and an earthshaking 664 lb/ft of torque! Even with 4,400 lbs of heft, Mercedes says the car will still hit 60mph in 3.9 sec thanks to the AMG Speedshift automatic transmission and 4matic, Mercedes all-wheel drive system.
Chevrolet brought out a new version of the C7 Corvette. Towards the end of the C6 Corvette’s life, Chevy created for the first time a topless version of the Z06 called the 427 Convertible. It was everything the Z06 was minus a roof. In New York, they unveiled the new version, the Z06 Convertible. It will be, just as the 427 Convertible, everything that is Z06 without the roof. It will be powered by a supercharged 6.2L V8 making 625 hp and should be a hoot to drive on the track.
Dodge took this opportunity to show a few new cars. This new Charger is one of them. Looking like a larger Dart, the Charger only sees an aesthetic redesign focusing on the nose, tail, and interior. The look is a refreshing change to the angular Charger from before. It also reminds us of the original Charger sedan concept from 1999. The interior gets new gauges, infotainment system, and the steering wheel from the Grand Cherokee. The drivetrain options will remain unchanged.
The other car Dodge unveiled was the refreshed Challenger. You may not notice the changes right off but they include a new front fascia, BMW styled halo headlights, and all new LED taillights. Unlike the Charger and Dart’s “racetrack” design these taillights remain unique to the car. Other changes include similar upgrades in the interior as the Charger and the return of the Scat Pack. The Scat Pack takes the SRT8 once step further and adds ported heads and high-flow headers to help give the car 485 hp and 475 lb/ft of torque. The upgrades will also be available on the RT model’s 5.7L V8 giving it a further 58 hp going from 375 to 433 hp.
That wraps up the 2014 New York Auto Show. The next show is happening now in Beijing which we will bring you coverage of in the coming weeks.