It’s up to you, New York, New York … to save the 2019 auto-show season. Following somewhat underwhelming to downright disappointing showings from the major automotive exhibitions in Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago, the industry’s last opportunity to awaken would-be car shoppers for this model year comes courtesy of The City That Never Sleeps. Fortunately, by the looks of things, automakers are decidedly in an Empire State of mind.
While this year’s lineup boasts all the requisite luxury and exotic offerings for all those “Gossip Girl” types on the Upper East Side, the show hasn’t forgotten about all of the regular folks elsewhere in the boroughs (assuming any regular folks can still afford to live anywhere in NYC), with a trio of exciting debuts from popular mainstream models. Perhaps most notable among this trinity is the cultishly adored Subaru Outback SUV/wagon, redesigned for the 2020 model year and ready to complete your rugged hiking/camping/fishing/mountain-biking/snow-shoeing self-actualization plan.
That’s in addition to overhauled versions for model-year 2020 of the Toyota Highlander SUV and Hyundai Sonata sedan. Elsewhere on the civilian-friendly front, Toyota will reveal its 2020 Yaris hatchback, and we suspect Nissan may even bring along the 2020 Versa sedan fresh off its Fort Lauderdale debut.
Meanwhile, a couple of all-new SUVs will make their big bows in the Big Apple. Hyundai will see if people flock to its Venue, while Lincoln will test the waters for its Corsair. The Hyundai is a subcompact city crossover, while the Lincoln is a compact Ford Escape-based MKC replacement, the latest in the Ford luxury brand’s adventure-themed model makeover. A pair of luxury sedans will also make their first appearances, one all-new model in the Cadillac CT5, the other a redesign of an existing model in the 2020 Jaguar XE.
After a conspicuous absence from much of the past auto-show season, Mercedes-Benz is back with a vengeance in New York, bringing along a host of new products. New SUVs include the 2020 GLC Coupe and the GLS SUV, while high performance is also on the call sheet as the German brand rolls out AMG variants of its A-Class sedan and CLA-Class “four-door coupe.”
Oh, but you’re not actually shopping the show? Just in it for some cool-ass cars, ya say? Gotham’s got you, bro. How ’bout the Bugatti Chiron Sport 110 Ans Bugatti, commemorating a century and one-tenth of no one you know being able to afford a Bugatti? Or perhaps a one-of-a-kind Maserati Levante GTS; or Nissan’s 50-years-of-performance display of GT-Rs and 370Zs; or a high-horsepower custom Mustang and F-150 from Roush; or a Volkswagen dune buggy concept; or an all-electric sports coupe concept from a manufacturer you’ve never heard of with a model name you can’t pronounce — and that’s just the stuff we know about in advance!
Nothin’ like waitin’ till the last minute, y’all.
Following media and industry preview days, the 2019 New York auto show opens to the public on April 19 and runs through April 28 at Midtown Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Convention Center, at 11th Ave. between 34th and 40th streets. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays, with official festivities kicking off at 8:30 a.m. on April 20.
Admission is $17 for visitors age 13 or older, $7 for children age 12 or younger, and free for anyone age 2 or younger; a $2 discount is offered on the general admission price for groups of 20 or more, as well as on child tickets for groups of 10 or more; early-access tickets enable entry an hour before the show opens on Friday and Saturday at a cost of $45 for adults and $17 for kids age 12 or younger. For more information, visit the show’s official website.
Cars.com will be there with our team of automotive journalists to bring you all the action straight from the show floor on April 17-18. So be sure to check back in with us often in the days leading up to, during and after for our comprehensive coverage.
In the meantime, here’s everything we expect to see, so far, at the 2019 New York International Auto Show:
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