New York auto show world debuts list – VW Atlas Basecamp | Automotive Industry Analysis

New York auto show world debuts list – VW Atlas Basecamp | Automotive Industry Analysis

The press will be reporting from the floor of the show on 17 April

Even though AutoShanghai opens to the media on 16 April, there will still be quite a few important vehicle premieres on the following day at the New York International Auto Show. As ever, just-auto lists the debuts with a constantly updating roster of world first appearances. The latest additions are the Subaru Outback and Kia’s Habaniro concept.

Cadillac CT5

The third generation CTS sedan, introduced at the 2013 NYIAS, is replaced by the CT5. This car, new for the 2020 model year, should also be the successor for the smaller ATS and China’s extended wheelbase ATS-L. In North America, there will be turbocharged 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre engines, each linked to a ten-speed automatic transmission. There are reports claiming that the ATS Coupe will have a successor based on the CT5.


An electric concept has been confirmed for an introduction at the show but as yet there are no further details. Hyundai’s luxury division will likely gain an EV in 2021.


Hyundai Motor America will add a 4m long crossover-SUV to its range from later in the year. The production name for what is said to be have called the QX project had been expected to be Styx in some countries and Leonis in others. Instead, it is Venue, at least in the USA. The model will also use that name in India, with manufacturing set to commence there later in April. The Venue will be positioned below the Creta as a rival for the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Hyundai has now released a sketch of the Venue.


The SP-codename Compact SUV was at one time thought to be a low-cost SUV for Kia’s recently completed Indian factory but the latest intelligence says this model could be sold globally. In which case, rumours of this being the same vehicle as the one rumoured to be called ‘Trazor‘ or ‘Tusker‘ might be close to the truth. Kia Motors America would position this additional vehicle above the Soul and below the Niro and Sportage (the Stonic is not available in North America).

Kia Motors has had the Sorento and Mohave in its range for many years so creating a concept with what looks like a misspelling isn’t news. The Habaniro is about the same size as the Niro but unlike that crossover, the concept is a three-door vehicle. A bright red slash across the rear pillars is likely meant to link the name to a ripe chilli pepper. More details will follow.

Lincoln Corsair

The MKC successor will be closely linked to the next Ford Escape and use C2, the architecture introduced by the fourth generation Focus. Corsair production should take place at Louisville Assembly in Kentucky and possibly in China too. A Corsair Grand Touring (PHEV) will also be available.


The sports-luxury sub-brand will bring the CLA 35 4MATIC to New York as a world debut. The 35 is powered by the same 2.0-litre turbo as features in the A 35 4MATIC. A four-door version of that car, the A 35 4MATIC Sedan, is another world premiere. There are now three cars in the Mercedes-AMG A-Class range: A 35 4MATIC, A 35 4MATIC Sedan, and A 35 L 4MATIC, the last of these being a world debut at Auto Shanghai, one day ahead of the standard-wheelbase sedan).


It’s facelift time for the GLC Coupé exactly three years since the public first saw it in the same city’s annual motor show. Updated for the 2020 model year in the US and for Euro 6d standard regulations in the European Union, the GLC Coupe gains new engines too. The German make is also showcasing a new generation of the GLS-Class. There are no official images of this big SUV just yet and only a small amount of information.


A new Outback will be revealed in New York City. That follows a pattern set five years ago when the soon to be replaced Legacy appeared at the Chicago show, followed by the closely linked Outback at the NYIAS two months later: a new Legacy was revealed at this year’s Chicago auto show. What will be North America’s 2020 model year Outback should be in dealerships from October.


Given how old the Yaris is, it’s no surprise that Toyota Motor Sales USA is dropping the current shape hatchback for the 2020 model year and bringing in a restyled Mazda2 five-door as its replacement. The little hatchback is built in Mexico by Mazda.

The Highlander will be TMS USA’s big news at the show. Fresh for the 2020 model year, the fourth generation of this SUV premieres exactly six years after the current model.


The big Atlas SUV continues to sell well in North America and (as the VW Teramont) China, as well as in the Middle East. Now comes a modified version which is called Atlas Basecamp and while it is officially a concept, appears to be production-ready.

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