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2018 New York Auto Show Preview: Production Cars in the Big Apple

Though only a few weeks have passed since the Geneva Motor Show, we’re preparing for another onslaught of new product in New York. But while Geneva mixed in a lot of concept cars with actual road-going machines, the New York Auto Show is where production cars will reign supreme.

As you scan the list below, take note of just how many production models will be unveiled in the Big Apple over the next week. There’s a ton of important things to see, and we’re excited to bring you all the latest news live from New York.


Acura made a big deal out of its “concept” RDX in Detroit this year, but anyone who looked at it closely could see the production car underneath. To that end, Acura is showing the actual production version in New York, and we’re expecting great things.


We’ve heard a new Audi Sport model will be making its debut in New York, and while we don’t have official confirmation just yet, we’re betting it’s a version of the RS5. Maybe a convertible. Or perhaps a super-hot Sportback version. That’d be nice, right?

What we do know for sure, however, is that Audi will show US customers the 2019 A6 that recently debuted in Geneva.


Look for another Geneva carryover here. BMW confirms it’ll debut the refreshed X4 crossover-coupe in sporty M40i guise. As for the M8 Gran Coupe concept that we saw earlier this month in Switzerland, well, it’s unclear if it’ll be shipped across the Atlantic for the New York expo. BMW doesn’t mention it in its New York Auto Show announcement, so probably not.


The Chiron Sport is making its way to US soil for the first time ever and we’re excited. The Sport takes the normal Chiron’s 1,500 horsepower drivetrain and adds torque-vectoring. It also adds stiffer suspension, more aero and loses 40 pounds. It only adds $400,000 to the cost of a Chiron. Bargain, right?


Cadillac will show the CT6 V-Sport , which is cool and all, but it’s what’s under that sedan’s hood that excites us most. This will mark the debut of the twin-turbocharged 4.2-liter V8, Cadillac’s first bespoke engine since the Northstar V8 that powered many a front-wheel-drive retirement car.

That’s not all, though. Cadillac will unveil its new XT4 at the New York show, a crossover the company teased during the Super Bowl and Oscars.


Ford will be wheeling out the lightly refreshed 2019 Fusion in New York. The Fusion doesn’t see a lot of changes in the aesthetics department, but the plug-in hybrid version gets more EV range and becomes the first car in Ford’s lineup to get the Co-Pilot360 driver assistance package as standard equipment.


Not that long ago, Genesis boss Manfred Fitzgerald told us the Korean luxury brand has something big in store for the New York show. We haven’t heard anything since, though. So your guess is as good as ours as to what it might be.


Honda showed off a pre-production version of its new Insight Hybrid back in January at the Detroit Auto Show but now, for New York, it’s got the production version ready and its planning on making some waves. Positioned between Civic and Accord, the Insight Hybrid looks a little like both but also has its own unique vibe, which we like. Honda is estimating that the Insight Hybrid will average 55 miles per gallon in town, so this will be a big deal when it hits showrooms later this year.


Though Hyundai first showed an all-electric Kona in Geneva, the Korean automaker refused to confirm its availability in the US. But at a recent event in Hawaii, a Hyundai exec told us we’ll get an American-spec Kona EV after all, and it’ll debut in New York.

Aside from that, Hyundai will use the NY expo to show its 2019 Santa Fe to US buyers for the first time. We’ve also heard a slightly updated Tucson crossover will be on Hyundai’s show stand, too.

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