New York International Auto Show: Preview
"There are more all-new cars and trucks coming to the 2006 Show than we’ve ever seen before," said auto show chairman, John LaSorsa. "From the luxury new S-Class Mercedes and Jaguar XK Convertible to the nimble and fuel efficient Nissan Versa and Honda Fit, the Javits Center will be overflowing with completely new and re-styled 2006 and ’07 model year vehicles," he continued.
On display will be nearly 1,000 cars, trucks, minivans, SUVs and crossover vehicles ranging from just over $10,000 to more than $500,000. HEre’s a look at just some of the exciting new products that will be on display:
The seven-seater Audi Q7 4.2 quattro is equipped with a 4.2-liter V8 FSI engine with gasoline direct injection technology producing 350 horsepower. A six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and the latest generation of quattro all-wheel drive sends the power to the ground.
BMW Z4 Coupe
Powered by BMW’s proven 255 horsepower in-line 6-cylinder engine with its high output and lightweight construction, the Z4 Coupe promises superior agility and high performance.
Bentley Continental GTC
With a top speed in excess of 190 mph, a sophisticated all-wheel drive system, state-of-the-art 12-cylinder engine, advanced air suspension and ultra-stiff body structure, the Continental GTC 2+2 convertible displays all the poise, exhilarating performance and dynamic handling you’d expect from a Bentley.
The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen offers a choice of two V-8 engines, including the 5.7-liter HEMI(R) that features fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS). For added capability, two optional 4x4 systems enable Chrysler Aspen to tackle a variety of driving conditions.
Dodge Caliber is a five-door vehicle that combines a sporty coupe-like profile with the strength, stance and functionality of an SUV. Designed to appeal to owners who want Dodge attitude packaged with the capability and versatility of a sport-utility vehicle, Caliber is an affordable and fuel-efficient entry-level compact car.
The 2007 Dodge Nitro is the first mid-size sport-utility vehicle for Dodge and is available in three models: Nitro, Nitro SLT and Nitro R/T. Nitro and Nitro SLT come with a 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 engine that produces 210 hp and the R/T features a new 4.0-liter V-6 engine that delivers 255 hp. Nitro R/T comes with a new performance suspension and 20-inch tires and chrome-clad aluminum wheels, providing performance-oriented drivers with fun-to-drive handling and a firm ride.
The 2007 Ford Edge is equipped with an all-new 250-horsepower V-6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. The Edge will deliver performance, quietness and fuel efficiency and is packed with innovations such as a panoramic glass roof and laptop-friendly center console to fuel-saving engine and advanced safety features.
Ford Shelby GT500
Shelby GT500 features a 475-horsepower supercharged V-8, 6-speed manual transmission, race-tuned suspension, and four-piston Brembo brakes. The Mustang heritage with its aggressive muscular front-end, the Le Mans racing stripes, "Cobra" logo and Shelby nameplate make a potent and unmistakable combination.
The all-new 2007 Honda Fit, a subcompact 5-door hatchback, is a premium entry-level vehicle that emphasizes style, technology and value. The Fit features a 109 horsepower 1.5-liter 4-cylinder VTEC engine and over 90 cubic feet of passenger volume with multiple seating and cargo configurations.
Hyundai Santa Fe
The 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe features an all-new unibody SUV platform, bold new styling, a choice of fuel-efficient V6 powertrains, and Hyundai’s first SUV third-row seat. The Santa Fe includes a full set of safety features including Electronic Stability Control (ESC), anti-whiplash active head restraints and six airbags including side air curtains, which help protect occupants in all three rows during side impacts.
Jaguar XK Convertible
From its advanced aluminum chassis to its sophisticated transmission and exquisite interior the luxurious new Jaguar XK delivers a stunning blend of performance, luxury and style. The 2+2 convertible is powered by a naturally aspirated 4.2-liter Jaguar AJ-V8 engine, and uses Jaguar’s new Sequential Shift 6-speed ZF automatic transmission system that incorporates steering wheel-mounted paddles for manual gear changes.
The all-new Compass is the Jeep brand’s first front-wheel-drive-based product with a fully independent suspension for comfortable on-road ride and handling and fun-to-drive characteristics. The new Jeep delivers fun, exceptional fuel economy, and a long list of safety features and interior flexibility.
The ES350’s 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers 272 horsepower and 254 lb.-ft. of torque, resulting in an estimated zero-to-60 mph time of 6.8 seconds. The highly sophisticated engine uses electronically controlled sequential fuel injection, which optimizes the fuel mixture and creates a precise burn, higher output and lower emissions to aid drivability. The result is a substantial
improvement in engine efficiency with increased power and improved fuel economy.
The all-new 2007 LS460 combines new levels of performance, sophistication, contemporary styling and luxury refinements. The LS is powered by an all-new highly advanced 4.6-liter V8 engine that will produce approximately 380 horsepower. Combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a world-first, the LS 460 will travel from zero-to-sixty miles per hour in less than 5.5 seconds.
Lincoln MKX is a five-passenger CUV powered by a fuel-efficient 3.5-liter engine with a 6-speed transmission and fully independent suspension. On sale in late 2006, the new Lincoln MKX combines elegant design and a sporty stance,with a powerful engine and quiet interior.
CX-7 skillfully blends sports car verve with SUV practicality. Under the hood of the CX-7 is a version of the turbocharged and intercooled 2.3-liter four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine engineered to deliver high performance at all speeds, along with low exhaust emissions and excellent fuel economy.
The Mercedes-Benz GL is an all-new luxury seven-seater off-roader and is the first full-size SUV from the world’s oldest car manufacturer. The GL-Class offers first-class comfort along with excellent handling both on and off-road. If load space is more important than the number of seats, the rear individual seats can be stowed electrically, providing a completely flat load surface.
Featuring pioneering innovations for more safety, comfort and functionality, the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class offers the very latest six, eight and twelve-cylinder engines, superb handling, a unique anticipatory safety system as well as comfort and safety at the highest level.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
The Eclipse Spyder will be offered in two trim levels: the GS model is powered by a 162-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder and the 3.8-liter V-6 Spyder GT. The Spyder’s automatic cloth top folds completely out of sight under a flush-fitting powered tonneau cover in about 19 seconds.
The stylish new 2007 Versa offers a spacious cabin with exceptional rear leg room, a high quality interior, and comfortable ride. Versa is available with a standard 120-horsepower 1.8-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine and a choice of three transmissions, including Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) that provides smooth shifting and enhanced fuel efficiency. The Versa is expected to have a MSRP starting at around $12,000.
Toyota FJ Cruiser
The five-passenger FJ Cruiser is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine paired with a five-speed automatic transmission on both 4x2 and 4x4 configurations and an available six-speed manual on 4x4 models. Utility features include a two-part rear hatch with flip-up glass, black overfenders with mudguards, and silver painted bumper extenders, and skid plate. Easy rear passenger entry
into the two-door SUV is achieved with rear access doors.
The all-new Eos is the world’s first four-seater car with a five-section CSC (coupe, sunroof, convertible) roof. The folding hard top combines the characteristics of a coupe, sliding and convertible roof, thereby unifying three different car concepts to form a whole.
Volkswagen Golf GTI
Known for being a "wolf in sheep’s clothing," the new 2006 GTI shows a bit more fang with its distinctly, pleasantly aggressive, sports-car styling. Powered by a VW’s new 2.0T turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 200 hp, the new six-speed GTI can be ordered with VW’s unique automatic manual DSG(TM) transmission. Top speed is electronically governed at 130 miles per hour in the U.S.
The completely new Volvo C70 convertible features a power retractable three-section steel hardtop with glass rear window, advanced side impact and rollover protection, unique door-mounted inflatable curtain, and a 2.5-liter, 5-cylinder DOHC engine.
The all new Volvo S80 is the flagship of the Volvo sedan line, a completely new luxury car with elegant styling, two sophisticated new engine choices, and a long list of safety technologies - all packaged in an aura of ’Scandinavian luxury.’ The S80 is the first Volvo sedan to offer a V8 engine