New York International Motor Show: The Future of Automobile and This Year’s Concept Cars
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As we move towards the future our advancements in the driving experiences are elevating too. Automobiles with amazing capabilities were displayed in the New York International Motor Show 2017 and most of them sure did blow our minds. Along with Dodge unveiling its 840-hp challenger SRT Demon drag car and a plenty more of concept cars making a debut in this season of the NY Motor Show, it was a great way of peeking into our future of automobiles.
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
Specifically built for drag racing it doesn’t fail to amaze with its 840 hp engine, it is born with a goal of outdoing its competitors of Chevrolet Camaro ZL LE and the Shelby Mustang GT350R. Packed with drag-racing technology it is targeted to cover 1,320 feet long road course at a 9.65 elapsed time at 140 mph.
2017 Honda Civic Si
Initially the Si stood for ‘Sport Injected’ has been synonymous with the high-revving VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Lift control) engine which is now changed as the Si uses Honda’s VTC (Variable Timing Control). It has 1.5 litre inline-four cylinder that gives the car 205 horsepower with 21.69 nm of torque. It’s direct rivals are Volkswagen GTI with 220 hp, Ford Focus ST with 252 hp and Subaru WRX with 268 hp. Exterior improvements are new adaptive dampers that are switchable between Normal and Sport driving modes along with a variable steering rack. Springs and anti roll bars are stiffer and front brake rotors (12.3 inches) are larger than 2017 standard Civic. Coming only as Sedan and coupe and the visual package is limited to 18-inch wheels, black trim for the front fascia, a center exhaust outlet and a few extra openings at the rear fascia. In the interior it comes with heated front seats, automatic climate control, rain sensing wipers with 7.0-inch touch screen with Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
2018 Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Sonata is all refreshed with a new look with the signature “cascading grille” of Hyundai that will be applied in all the lineup. Rear end gets a new trunk lid, fascia and taillamps. The license plate is in the bumper with trunk release button has been hidden with Hyundai Logo. Anti-roll bar stiffness has been increased by 12 percent providing for a more immediate response. The 2.0 liter direct-injected inline-four cylinder now has an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The interior has been uplifted and changes are remarkably noticeable automatic shift knob has been redesigned and Hyundai says that the knobs are of higher quality. Radio and HVAC buttons look classy. A 7’’ touchscreen is placed between redesigned vents. Apple Carplay and Android Auto, Qi wireless charging, blind-spot detection with rear cross traffic alert are standard on every Sonata. It works well with Amazon Echo and Google Home, cars with Navigation package get a 360-degree-camera view function with infotainment system is supposed to respond more quickly, lane-departure warning comes with lane-keeping assist with the rear seat having its own USB port.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
The third Fiat Chrysler vehicle to have the supercharged V8 stuffed under its hood and so the engine adds another 259 pounds to the car. Jeep claims it can reach 60 mph in 3.5 seconds so technically, it can do a quarter mile in 11.6 seconds and with no electronic governor, it is said to surrender atmospheric resistance at 180 mph. The winged Trackhawk badge on the steering wheel along with the 200-mph speed sets the Jeep apart. It has the same active noise cancellation, stitched-leather dashboard and door-panel coverings, Berber carpets, and 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment display same as the SRT are included. Apple Car Play and Android Auto are standard along with the adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors, lane-departure warning, and forward-collision warning. The most powerful SUV in the world, by far, with 707 hp and can be called the wildest product of Jeep ever.
2018 Lincoln Navigator
A new aluminum-intensive body while still keeping the body on frame construction, it is claimed to have dropped 200 pounds. With 3.5 liter V6 engine it has the output of 450 hp and 677.90 nm of torque, also a new 10-speed automatic, and rear or all-wheel drive are available. At the exterior, it has the turbine-style wheels and intricate chrome grille. In the interior, for the front passengers the Navigator offers optional new 30-way-adjustable Perfect Position Seats with heating, cooling, and massage functions. In the second row there’s a choice of a three-person bench or two captain’s chairs. The latter offer a tilt-forward capability that allows access into the third row even with an (unoccupied) child seat in place. The third-row seats feature power recline. The rear-seat entertainment system provides dual 10.0-inch screens on the front seatbacks and can play media that can be streamed wirelessly from Android devices. Sling Media subscribers can receive TV channels on the same system. The Navigator also comes with Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, six USB ports (two per row), four 12-volt power sources, a 110-volt AC outlet, and a wireless device charger. The top-tier stereo is a 20-speaker Revel II system. For the driver, there’s Sync 3 with Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility, a 12.0-inch virtual instrument cluster, and an optional head-up display. Available assist features include a 360-degree-view camera, Ford’s Trailer Backup Assist, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability.
2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63/GLC63 S Coupe
The GLC63 will be available as both a Crossover and coupe, with a V8 engine under the hood giving it 469 hp and 649.43 nm of torque. All GLC63 models are suspended on air springs with adaptive dampers, with GLC63 coupe having 19-inch wheels and GLC63 S coupe with 20-inch wheels. 21-inch wheels are also available as an option, even wider tire packages and variable exhaust system for people who want to feel the thrill even on a sunny morning. All feature AMG’s paddle-shifted nine-speed automatic and a performance-tweaked all-wheel-drive system that allows for full variability between rear- and all-wheel drive.
Subaru Ascent Concept
The Ascent has a front-end that features brand’s “Konoji” daytime-running-light design and a massive grille. A standard All-wheel drive and a turbocharged 2.4 liter flat-four engine with direct injection will provide the power. The wheelbase is 117.0 inches and length is 198.8 inches. Interior has brown and white leather and everything is on the touchscreen - even the window switches. The storage space seems more than enough with a pair of cup holders between the front seats and a large center console and seating capacity being 7, we can expect the new Subaru Ascent sometime by 2018.
Toyota FT-4X Concept
Toyota FT-4X seems about durability, lineage, charm and design simplicity and inbuilt capability. The concept’s upright windshield, flared front fenders, short overhangs, white-painted roof, and horizontal front face with block “Toyota” lettering in place of the traditional “T” badge connect the FT-4X to its Land Cruiser lineage. The window is removable and there are hidden rear door handles, a GoPro camera on the driver’s- side mirror, roof mounted power outlets and a special bi-mode hatch. Targeted to the outgoing people in their twenties it has water bottles built in the front and rear doors, a ceiling-mounted light in the rear that can be removed and used as a flashlight. A front dome light that also serves as an exterior beacon and sleeping bags that stores in central console to become a central armrest when not being slept in. Many more young and cool features are removable audio system and a glove box surrounded by rotating air vents that can warm up, cool down, or dry off items such as gloves or other clothing. Navigation functions are handled via the owner’s mobile phone, which slides into a socket atop the digital gauge cluster. The FT-4X has 103.9 inch wheelbase and with all other cool features and functions it has been unveiled at the motor show but there is still no word upon the engine.
2018 Volkswagen Golf, GTI and Golf R
Exterior changes are minute in the new Golf that are hard to notice. LED Daytime running lights, with full LED headlamps available as an upgrade. The front and rear bumpers have been restyled with even straighter lines. The S gets a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system and rain-sensing wipers. Golf SE models have a 8.0-inch touchscreen display, and the available forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking system and pedestrian-recognition. Golf SEL models have adaptive cruise control and an auto-dimming mirror. The engine remains the same 170-hp turbocharged 1.8-liter inline-four cylinder serving all non-GTI Golf models or to their transmissions— the manual offering only five forward speeds, while the automatic has six.
The turbo 2.0 liter four cylinder in the base and gets 220 horsepower at 4700 rpm with torque at 349.80 nm at 1500 rpm.
The turbo 2.0 liter inline four cylinder engine with an all-wheel drive, Golf R has 292 hp and 379.62 nm of torque the optional automatic transmission gets an extra cog and is now a seven-speed dual-clutch unit. Golf Rs equipped with adaptive dampers and navigation also come with pedestrian monitoring for the collision-warning and automated emergency braking systems.
With a lot of concept cars and new car reveals the NY Motor Show was on fire this year. The crazy Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was definitely the highlight of the show. The year 2017 is going to be geared up with a lot of amazing launches. Certainly, a remarkable presentation of the future of automobile industry and great exciting innovations for the future.