2019 New York International Auto Show preview

The New York International Auto Show is one of the largest motor shows in the US and usually has some of the most important unveilings (at least for the North American market) along with some recently revealed European models. This year, the show will open to the press on April 17, 2019 and to the general public on April 19, 2019.  We have compiled a list of the most anticipated unveilings that will take place at the 2019 edition of the motor show.

Cadillac CT5

The CT5 is Cadillac’s answer to German luxury sedans like the Mercedes E-class, Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series. The car is powered by either a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine or a 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V6. The CT5 will only be sold in the US market, unlike its German rivals.

Chevrolet Corvette C8


The Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most iconic American sportscars and the much-awaited C8 generation is going to be unveiled at 2019 New York auto show. The C8 Corvette is going to be an all-new car and for the first time, will feature a rear mid-engine layout. The car will continue to use a V8 engine, but will be more aerodynamic and performance-oriented than before.

Hyundai Sonata

The all-new Sonata is Hyundai’s first model to sit on the brand’s new N3 platform, which has been developed to support all-wheel drive. Hyundai’s flagship sedan rivals the Toyota Camry and gets bold new styling outside, with and a bevy of new technologies on the inside.

Hyundai Venue

The Hyundai Venue is going to be the carmaker’s first compact SUV and will be unveiled in India and New York simultaneously. So far, Hyundai has released a number of teasers, including an image of the badge. However, images of the production-spec Venue have surfaced in India, showcasing its exterior design (which is reminiscent of larger Hyundai SUVs) and interior layout (with bits and bobs borrowed from the larger Creta). The Venue is expected to go on sale in India in May 2019 and is also expected to have some segment-leading features. Hyundai will offer three engine-gearbox options – two 1.4-litre motors (a petrol and a diesel) and a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol mill. The latter will be paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which will make the Venue unique in its segment.

Jaguar XE facelift

Jaguar already revealed the entry-level XE Facelift luxury sedan in February. In a move to match the car’s dynamic ability, the XE mid-life refresh adopts a bolder look, a classier cabin and more technology. The car will be making its public debut at this year’s New York auto show. The new XE facelift gets both petrol and diesel drivetrains. The 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol unit is available in two states of tune – 250hp and 300hp. The 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine produces 180hp.

Kia SP2i SUV

Kia is expected to showcase a production-ready (or close to production) version of the SP2i concept SUV. The Kia SP Concept made its global debut at the 2018 Auto Expo and has since become one of the most awaited SUVs in our market. Kia recently showcased the SP Signature at the 2019 Seoul motor show, which was a near production-ready Kia SP SUV. The SP concept is expected to launch in India sometime in the second half of 2019. The SP is also expected to include a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. Both engine options are likely to be BS-VI-ready at launch. There will be a choice of manual and automatic gearboxes for both engines. Kia is apparently also working on a sporty version of the SUV which could have a 140hp, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with paddleshifters.

Lincoln Corsair

Lincoln is Ford’s luxury wing and its all-new Corsair will be the brand’s smallest SUV till date. The model arrives as Ford shifts focus away from hatchbacks and sedans in the US in favour of crossovers, SUVs and pickups. The Corsair will replace the Lincoln MKC crossover and is expected to share a platform and drivetrain options with the new Escape (known as the Kuga in Europe).

Mercedes-AMG A35 sedan

The Mercedes AMG A35 sedan is the brand’s new entry-level performance sedan and is positioned below the AMG C43 sedan in the international market. It is powered by the same 306hp, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit seen in the AMG A35 hatchback. Mercedes is also preparing the all-new A-class sedan for a launch in India, around 2020-2021. The A-class sedan is expected to be priced at around Rs 40 lakh.

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé

Mercedes-Benz will also showcase the GLC Coupé facelift at the upcoming New York auto show. The SUV Coupé facelift has already been unveiled and will make its public debut at this year’s New York auto show. It features restyled front and rear bumpers, new headlights and tail-lights, a new grille, and an updated interior sporting Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system. The car will also get new drivetrains with 48V mild-hybrid systems.

Mullen Qiantu K50

The Mullen Qiantu K50 is an all-electric sportscar made by California-based Mullen Technologies in collaboration with Chinese carmaker Qiantu Motors. The sports car has a two-door coupé layout and is mostly built from carbon fibre and aluminium. According to the company, it will be powered by a 380hp dual-electric motor setup capable of doing 0-100kph in 4.6sec and reach a 200kph top speed. It will also have a claimed range of 370km.

Nissan 50th Anniversary Celebration cars

Nissan will be celebrating 50 years of the GT-R and Z sportscar ranges. The Japanese brand will be displaying its ‘Ultimate Dream Garage’ at the show which will consist of all the GTR’s and Z cars that have been made over the years. The collection will include cars like the R34 GTR, the 240Z, the limited-edition GT-R50 by Italdesign, among others. It is still unclear whether a new model from the brand’s Nismo performance division will be unveiled.

Nissan Sunny (Versa)

The next-gen Nissan Sunny – called the Versa in some markets and the Almera in others – will also be unveiled at this year’s New York International Auto Show. Compared to the outgoing model, the new sedan will feature different interior and exterior styling. The new Sunny is expected to be 680mm longer than the Micra hatchback sold in international markets. It is also expected to have a 2,700mm wheelbase. Mechanically, the new Nissan Sunny is expected to be powered by a 114hp, 1.6-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, similar to the unit in the Kicks sold in the international markets.

Porsche Cayenne Coupé

The Porsche Cayenne Coupé was unveiled just a few weeks ago and will launch in India by October 2019. In essence, the car is a standard Cayenne SUV with a liftback tailgate and a coupé-styled rear end. At first, the Cayenne Coupé for India will launch with a 2.9-litre, turbocharged V6 petrol engine producing 340hp and 450Nm of torque, with the Turbo variant set to follow sometime in 2020.