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The new truck and a truckload of new crossovers were jammed into the Javits Center last week. Here are our notes on the noteworthy debuts.
Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak
Vehicle type: Midsize pickup concept Engine: 276-hp V-6 Who designed it: VW chief designer Klaus Bischoff What's cool: A unibody pickup based on the MQB platform, sliding rear cargo platform for large items such as canoes Will it be built: Depends on whether sufficient sales are possible Reaction: Great design, fun looking, but probably too big
Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport PHEV concept
Vehicle type: Midsize crossover Engine/motors: 276-hp V-6; 54-hp front electric motor; 114-hp rear electric motor Who designed it: VW chief designer Klaus Bischoff What's cool: PHEV powertrain has five operation modes, including one that allows driver to save battery power for regulated electric-only areas Will it be built: Yes, in Chattanooga at the end of 2019 Reaction: Powertrain could offer slight differentiation in a crowded segment.
Vehicle type: Compact crossover Seats: Five Base engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged, 237-hp and 258 pound-feet of torque On sale: Fall Base price: $35,790, including shipping What's cool: Debuts a new design language and trim strategy for the brand and marks the beginning of a new product offensive for Cadillac through 2021
Vehicle type: Large premium crossover Seats: Seven Base engine: Twin-turbocharged gasoline engine with plug-in hybrid option On sale: 2019 Base price: Unknown What's cool: Ability to leave the key fob at home and use your phone to lock/unlock and start the vehicle
Hyundai Santa Fe
Vehicle Type: Compact crossover Seats: Five Base engine: 2.4-liter four-cylinder On sale: Late summer What's cool: Safety exit assist won't let passengers open their door if a vehicle is coming; rear-seat occupant alert warns the driver if there is movement in the back seat after he or she exits, intended to prevent leaving children and pets in the vehicle.
Audi RS 5 Sportback
Vehicle type: Five-door high-performance coupe Seats: Five Base engine: 444-hp 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 On sale: Late this year as a 2019 model Base price: $71,000, estimated What's cool: Body flares are more pronounced and the front grille is flatter, but mostly it's about the power. The Sportback promises a "track speed" of 155 mph, although a Dynamic Plus option will boost that to 174.
Hyundai Genesis Essentia
Vehicle type: Electric GT/coupe concept Motor: Battery-powered electric Who designed it: Genesis design head Luc Donckerwolke What's cool: Long, low sleek carbon-fiber body; dual bands of LED taillights; scissor doors; and old-school retro embossed leather seats Will it be built: Hyundai says no. Reaction: The “build it now” folks were loud on this one.
Vehicle type: Compact crossover Seats: Five Base engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine, 182 hp On sale: October Base price: Unknown What's cool: The DriverFocus feature uses facial recognition software to spot driver fatigue and distraction. It can recognize up to five drivers and remember their presets for seat position, climate and infotainment.
Vehicle Type: Compact premium crossover Seats: Five Base engine: 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder On sale: Summer What's cool: Edgy styling, panoramic sunroof, super handling package with all-wheel drive
Vehicle type: Sedan Seats: Five Base engine: 1.5-liter four-cylinder On sale: Early summer Base price: $26,000, estimated What's cool: Fuel economy in the mid-50s, upscale interior, aerodynamic styling
Toyota Corolla hatchback
Vehicle type: Five-door hatchback Seats: Five Base engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder On sale: Summer Base price: $19,000, estimated What's cool: 2.0-liter Dynamic Force engine, 8-inch center screen, dual chrome contoured exhaust tips, optional six-speed manual transmission
Vehicle type: Compact crossover Seats: Five Base engine: 2.5-liter, four-cylinder; output not given On sale: Late 2018 for the gasoline version, early 2019 for hybrid Base price: Unknown What's cool: Chunky SUV styling, multiple versions with two-tone paint schemes
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