Automakers reveal 2019 SUVs at New York International Auto Show
Automakers revealed dozens of new 2019 models at the New York International Auto Show that opened last week. Leading the pack were a host of new compact and mid-size SUVs, which are the most popular sales categories this year.
Kicking off the show, Volkswagen unveiled a very finished-looking concept of a sport-oriented five-seat Atlas Cross Sport SUV, and teased show-goers with a concept pickup truck based on the same chassis. VW has not decided if the Tanoak (named after the American Tan Oak tree) pickup will be produced, but it could be manufactured at the company's Chattanooga, Tennessee factory where the Atlas is constructed. Both the Tanoak and the Atlas Cross Sport are based on the seven-seat Atlas family SUV launched last year.
Subaru followed up the release of its new Ascent mid-size SUV with an updated and larger version of the popular Forester compact SUV. Subaru's new Forester features a 2.5-liter engine rated at 182 horsepower and a continuously variable transmission. More important, however, is the fact that Subaru has made its advanced EyeSight safety and convenience system standard on Forester. This system enables automatic forward emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. The new Forester will offer an optional DriverFocus system, which uses a camera to monitor the driver for signs of fatigue or distraction.
Toyota revealed a revised RAV4 compact SUV for 2019. With over 400,000 RAV4 sales per year, this popular SUV may be the most significant launch of the show. The new RAV4 is powered by a 2.5-liter engine or by Toyota's advanced hybrid system. Exact specifications on the RAV4 have not been released, but they include an 8-speed automatic transmission. Toyota also unveiled the new 2019 Corolla hatchback, and reporters from the Portland Tribune will be among the first to drive the new Corolla in April.
Mazda offered the first updates to its subcompact CX-3 SUV, adding interior upgrades including an electronic parking brake as well as a more refined and fuel-efficient SKYACTIV-G engine to the vehicle.
Jaguar is giving show-goers their first look at the all-electric I-PACE compact SUV, and the exciting F-Pace SVR performance model, with 550 horsepower and a 0-60 time of just 4.1 seconds. Jaguar also announced a long-term partnership with autonomous driving leader Waymo, promising to collaborate to develop a driverless electric I-PACE for use by Waymo's personal transportation service.
The 2018 New York International Auto Show opened Friday, March 30 at the Javitz Center in New York City and runs until Sunday, April 8.