Archive for March, 2018
Class: Premium Large Car
Miles driven: 210
Fuel used: 7.8 gallons
Volkswagen provided a preview of the forthcoming five-seater version of its Atlas midsize SUV when it unveiled the Atlas Cross Sport Concept at the 2018 New York Auto Show. VW calls the Atlas Cross Sport a “near-production” concept, and says the production version is scheduled to be launch in the U.S. market starting in 2019.
After unveiling a prototype version of its redesigned third-generation compact SUV a couple months ago at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Acura has debuted the production version at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The 2019 Acura RDX is new from the ground up, gaining a new engine, a more spacious cabin, a new performance-themed trim level, and many new technology features.
Hyundai unveiled a freshened version of its compact SUV at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The 2019 Hyundai Tucson gets a comprehensive mid-cycle refresh that nets it an exterior facelift, an updated interior, several new features, and a 2.4-liter available engine in place of the previous turbocharged 1.6-liter.
Subaru unveiled the all-new fifth generation of its popular compact SUV at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The 2019 Subaru Forester offers a bit more passenger and cargo room than its predecessor and gains an updated engine, several new technology features, and a new trim level.
At the 2018 New York Auto Show, Lincoln unveiled a “preview” version of the three-row SUV that is set to join its lineup next year, presumably as a 2019 model. The Lincoln Aviator revives an SUV name from the brand’s recent past, and will be built on the same rear-wheel-drive platform that is set to underpin the forthcoming redesigned Ford Explorer.
At the 2018 New York Auto Show, Hyundai introduced its second all-electric vehicle, the 2019 Kona Electric. Based on the recently introduced Kona small crossover, the Kona Electric promises more than 250 miles of range on a single charge.
The Kona Electric joins the Ioniq Electric 4-door hatchback in Hyundai’s EV stable. The Ioniq Electric has a 110-mile range. The Ioniq is also offered in Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variations.
At the 2018 New York Auto Show, Volkswagen introduced the Atlas Tanoak Concept, a unibody-pickup concept vehicle that, were it to be offered as a production model, would slot nicely into the hot North American midsize truck segment.
The Atlas Tanoak Concept (Tanoak is a variety of oak tree common in coastal California) is designed around VW’s MQB modular architecture, which accommodates a range of vehicles, including the Golf compact car and Atlas midsize crossover.
New powertrains, new names, new styling, and new tech features are all highlights of the redesigned 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, which made its debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show.
This new fourth-generation version of Hyundai’s midsize SUV is a two-row, five- passenger model that is simply named Santa Fe. Gone is the Santa Fe Sport monicker, which previously denoted the five-passenger variant. The 2019 Santa Fe grows 2.6 inches longer in wheelbase and 2.8 inches longer in overall length than the outgoing 2018 Santa Fe Sport.
At the 2018 New York Auto Show, Toyota unveiled a redesigned version of one of the most important vehicles in its model lineup. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 gets a new platform, updated powertrains, a new top-line all-wheel-drive system, and new technology features.