While it may seem that auto show season just began, it is now nearing its close with the annual New York International Auto Show. The Big Apple always serves as the commencement for the significant U.S. shows each year – its capstone status almost always yielding some big-name reveals. Fortunately, 2016 appears to be no different, with some note-worthy reveals.
The official reveals will begin next Wednesday (March 23th) out of Javits Center, however many of the reveals have (unsurprisingly) leaked out in advance as the automakers vie for press coverage. Thus far, here is the list of highlights:
2017 Subaru Impreza
Based on the company’s all-new modular platform, the 2017 Subaru Impreza is expected to bow in NYC. Not only has this car been in the works for awhile, it will also serve as the forebear of the brand’s new design language. According to the teaser (shown above) and the rumor mill, the production Impreza is expected to share many design cues from the recent Impreza Concept that Subaru has been showing. Additionally, the Impreza will launch with all-new engines and in sedan and hatchback form.
Mazda MX-5 Hard Top
Mazda is expected to debut a variant of its iconic MX-5 that features a folding hard-top. The hard-top version is rumored to be named “roadster” and is expected to carryover all other components from the soft top version, including the car’s 2.0-liter engine. Suffice to say, a hard-top version of the MX-5 is something that just sounds like a fantastic idea.
2017 Toyota Highlander
Already completely revealed, Toyota will be showcasing the 2017 Highlander in New York. The brand’s midsize crossover has received some sizable updates, including a new front fascia, the addition of an eight-speed automatic transmission and other new features.
2017 Buick Encore
Small crossovers are amongst the hottest sellers right now, so naturally Buick is trying to keep its Encore fresh. The revamped 2017 Encore features a new, more dynamic front fascia and a (mostly) new interior. The design changes are also allowing the Encore to keep up with the latest technology, meaning it will be gaining a touchscreen interface (finally!) and other gadgets we’ve come to expect from a 2017 model year vehicle. No word yet on if the Encore will receive any new powertrains.
Encore’s European cousin, the Opel Mokka X, is pictured above. Just squint and visualize a Buick tri-shield badge on the grille.
2017 Mercedes-AMG E43
The new E-Class is not news, however the range-topping (for now) AMG most certainly is news. Mercedes has already released the details of the new E43, which include a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6. The V-6 mill churns out a healthy 396 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, funneled through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The E43 is also equipped with 4Matic all-wheel drive, however Mercedes says that the system will bias torque to the rear wheels for enhanced performance.
To be clear, the E43 is not the end of the AMG-clad E-Classes. AMG will be churning out a replacement to the E63 later on. Consider the E43 a warm-up to whats to come.