Annual International Auto Show, one of the main automotive events in USA, opens in New York this week. Among the most interesting 2012 premiers are Mercedes-Benz SUVs, renewed compact crossovers from BMW and Mitsubishi, as well as several business sedans.
New York Auto Show is one of the oldest similar events in the world – it was first held in 1900 and became the first Auto Show in North America. Since then it was held annually and visited by million New York residents as well as guests of the city. Usually there are being introduced a lot of “local” premiers, that will hit American market eventually. This year is special because of several interesting new compact class vehicles.
One of them is renewed BMW X1. Vehicle will hit American market at the price of $ 31,545 with a new front bumper, modified head optics and more modern radiator grill shape. Rear bumper and lights were modified as well.
Second German car maker premiere is BMW M6 Cabriolet, which technical characteristics are the same as M6 Coupe's: 8-cylinder engine, developing 560 hp power and 680 Nm turning moment.
Mercedes-Benz also decided to introduce in New York several major premiers at once. The main among them is a world premiere of GL-Class next-generation, similar to Mercedes-Benz ML and built on its platform, but more dynamic. Second Mercedes-Benz off-road premier is restyled compact GLK-Class with six engines at choice: three petrol engines from 170 to 306 hp and three diesel motors from 143 to 265 hp.
Among truly American debuts it is worth mentioning Lincoln MKZ, built on the Ford Fusion/Mondeo platform, having a largest panoramic roof and hybrid 2.0L engine and electric 188 hp motor.
Another American premier is Chevrolet Impala next generation with a new body and interior design and built on the Cadillac XTS platform.
Japanese car industry is represented in New York with Mitsubishi ASX, which is being sold in USA under the name Outlander Sport and in the future will be produced in America, and renewed Lexus ES sedan, built on the Toyota Camry next generation platform.
Korean car industry is represented in New York as well – with its new Santa Fe SUV with modified, more sportive exterior, new 3.3L engine and high-tech options.