The New York International Auto Show has a healthy list of new-vehicle debuts. And in keeping with the industry’s dramatic shift from cars to sport utility vehicles, most of the new models are SUVs.
Here are some of the new vehicles being rolled out on the show’s press days Wednesday and Thursday. The show is open to the public from Friday through April 28:
The popular midsize family-hauling SUV gets a complete revamp with a roomier interior, a redesigned gas-electric hybrid power system and added safety features. The Highlander, with a more sculpted look, also keeps three rows of seats that can be configured to carry as many as eight passengers.
The new Highlander will be in dealerships sometime next winter. Pricing was not announced.
The luxury version of the Ford Escape small SUV makes its debut at the New York show.
Ford says the Lincoln Corsair looks like its larger siblings, the Navigator and Aviator, setting it apart as a luxury vehicle in the fastest-growing part of the U.S. market.
To give the Corsair more of a luxury feel, electronic alerts are replaced with chimes recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. They warn drivers about issues such as an open fuel-filling door or an unbuckled seat belt.
The Corsair will be available in the fall. Prices were not announced.
The Korean automaker adds a seventh SUV to its lineup, this one at the low end of the size and price spectrum. The Venue, due in the fourth quarter, gives the brand an entry-level utility vehicle to compete with Honda’s subcompact HR-V, Ford’s EcoSport and others.
The Venue, which will resemble Hyundai’s larger SUVs, will be available in the fourth quarter of this year. The price wasn’t released.
The Japanese brand, which has seen sales rise 60 percent in the past five years, is now unveiling a new version of the Outback wagon, its top-selling vehicle.
Subaru estimates the 2.5-liter Outback will get 33 mpg on the highway, while the 2.4-liter version will get 30 mpg. Price wasn’t announced. The new Outback will reach showrooms in the fall.
Even though luxury buyers are shifting rapidly to SUVs, the General Motors luxury brand wanted to stay in the sedan market, but do it with fewer models. So it’s unveiling the CT5, one of two new cars in addition to the CT6 full-size sedan that Cadillac will introduce to replace the discontinued ATS compact, CTS midsize and XTS full-size sedans.
The fastback CT5, which looks like a shrunken version of the larger CT6, will be the second Caddy to get Super Cruise, General Motors’ hands-free driver-assist system that can handle most tasks on a freeway. The system comes in calendar year 2020.
The new Caddy will be available in the fall. Price and fuel economy were not announced.
Volkswagen Tarok concept
The Tarok concept from VW is a stylish little pickup truck with a short bed that looks like a modern version of the old Subaru Baja.
Although VW has no plans to bring it to the United States at present, the Tarok will go on sale in South America sometime soon. The company says it’s showing the truck at the New York show to gauge U.S. interest.
Price and gas mileage weren’t announced.
Mazda CX-5 diesel
Even though the Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal has cast a pall over diesel engines for passenger vehicles, Mazda is rolling out a new one for its top-selling U.S. vehicle.
The 2019 CX-5 small SUV
starts at $41,000 and is available for ordering now.
Kia HabaNiro concept
This futuristic-looking SUV has winged doors, and Kia says it will be able to go more than 300 miles on a single electric charge.
It also has a bunch of electronic features that use artificial intelligence to tailor the cabin to the driver’s emotional state or elevate a 180-degree rear video display when the driver looks at the rearview mirror.