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2017 New York Auto Show: Preview

  • German flash, Japanese thrift, American muscle
  • Excitement spills out beyond the show’s doors
  • Bring a protein bar, it’s going to be hectic

Hooray, the 2017 New York Auto Show is happening. Boo, the 2017 New York Auto Show is happening. The reason for such apparent schizophrenia is that it’s an exciting event, with manufacturers holding back some of their good stuff until they can launch it here. But it’s also the last show of the current phase. The next one isn’t until the start of the next “season,” which is Frankfurt, Germany, in September.

The automotive industry is making the most of it, though, with world debuts, North American debuts and the World Car of the Year awards. Here’s a rundown of what we know so far.

There’s No Business Like Car Show Business

Honda’s going to be busy. As well as sedan and coupe versions of the fairly hot Civic Si, it looks like two more models under the eco-friendly Clarity umbrella are coming to town, an all-electric version and a plug-in hybrid. Plus there’s the decidedly hot Civic Type-R hatchback.

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan is showing off its mid-generation revamp. While Kia is turning up with its 2018 Rio subcompact and a plug-in hybrid version of the Niro small crossover.

Speaking of small crossovers, we’ll also see the world debut of the second-generation Subaru Crosstrek. The 2018 Mini Countryman goes through the sporty John Cooper Works transformation. And Volvo celebrates 90 years of car production by showing the 2018 Volvo XC60 to North America.

File these next two under “just because you can means you probably should.” Jeep is introducing a more extreme version of the 475-horsepower Grand Cherokee SRT, the Trackhawk, with the same crazy powerful 707-hp supercharged V8 found in the Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

Over at the Nissan stand, next to the 370Z Heritage Edition, is the GT-R Track Edition. This 565-hp limited run is lighter and stiffer than the regular GT-R Premium sports machine.

On the luxury side, Genesis (Hyundai’s high-end marque) has a concept to unveil; the latest generation of Lexus LS flagship sedan spawns an LS 500 F Sport variant; a fresh Lincoln Navigator SUV will find its way to NYC; the re-designed Infiniti QX80 full-size SUV is a definite; the all-new Range Rover Velar should make an appearance.

Porsche is making it a Panamera-fest with the wagon-like Sport Turismo version plus a plug-in hybrid. But the hard-core 2018 911 GT3 should also please the purists.

Mercedes-Benz goes full-on with the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 and GLC63 S in both regular crossover and “coupe” forms, along with the E-Class cabriolet, AMG GT sedan concert, the super-cool E63 S AMG wagon, and possibly a face-lifted S-Class.

An air of mystery still swirls over the offerings from Ford, Cadillac and Chevrolet, although Chevy might bring an updated Tahoe and/or Suburban. And an air of “oh, that’s not bad” might permeate Toyota’s stand when it unveils facelifts of the Sienna minivan and Yaris subcompact. The FT-4X concept should liven things up, though. From the teaser pics, it looks like it might be an off-roader.

Not the 2017 New York Auto Show

A growing trend at car shows is for manufacturers to host off-site events on the run-up to the main event’s press days (April 12 and 13, in this instance), knowing that much of the world’s media will be in town and they can attend something more than a 10-minute press conference before running off to the next one. So here are some vehicles whose official introduction will not take place at the Jacob Javits Center, but are still part of this particular vortex of publicity. And no doubt they will be on the stands.

For example, the revamped 2018 Acura TLX sport sedan makes its world debut on April 11. At the same time, the 2018 Audi RS3 and the 2018 Audi TT RS (the most powerful TT ever, with 400 hp) make their North American debuts. That evening will also mark the first appearance of a refreshed Volkswagen Golf.

The new 2018 Buick Enclave full-size crossover comes to Manhattan with the high-end Avenir trim treatment. The 2018 Dodge Charger, meanwhile, arrives in SRT Demon form — lighter than the Hellcat version.

Autotrader will be covering all the highlights, so be sure to check back as often as possible without getting into trouble at work.

What it means to you: It could be your next purchase, or maybe your new dream car. There’s a chance it could among the debuts at this year’s New York show.

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