The Best Things to See at the 2017 New York Auto Show

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The Top Products and Moments From the 2017 New York Auto Show

The 2017 New York International Auto Show wraps up the auto show season as hundreds of automotive journalists descend on the Big Apple. High-end and mainstream manufacturers use the New York Show to promote the latest technology, designs, and one-of-a-kind vehicles.

The New York Auto Show has a heavy emphasis on new cars, SUVs, crossovers, and exotics. It’s not a town where manufacturers debut new pickups. They’re here, but they have debuted at other auto shows first.

The debuts in New York run the gamut from the low-cost, no frills 2018 Toyota Yaris to the Riac Automobili, a high-performance, high-priced electric supercar. At an even higher price comes the 1360-horsepower Koenigsegg Agera RS 1 that an American father and son commissioned. You can’t buy, but at least you can look at it.

Concepts also are on display. Subaru debuted its three-row Ascent SUV concept. Toyota is also presenting its FT-4X concept. It’s a rugged sub-compact version of the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser. Infiniti unveiled its QX80 Monograph, a design concept it calls the future of luxury SUVs.

Honda goes green at the New York Auto Show with the Honda Clarity PHEV and EV: two hybrid versions of its hydrogen-powered Honda Clarity fuel cell vehicle that debuted in December. Ford added some green to the thin blue line with the introduction of the first pursuit-rated hybrid police car. It’s a Ford Fusion Hybrid packed with all the equipment cops need and an EPA-estimated combined gas mileage of 38 mpg.

Befitting New York’s affluent demographics, there’s plenty of luxury to go around. Lexus debuted its 2018 LS F Sport, a powerful version of its top-of-the-line luxury sedan. Land Rover unveiled the 2018 Velar, a new luxury midsize SUV. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG E-Class Wagon combines poshness, performance, and practicality in one package. It’s a family hauler no one would mind driving.

Other family vehicles making their debut in New York include the redesigned 2018 Toyota Sienna, with a host of standard safety features, and the updated 2018 Ford Explorer with an available 4G modem. It includes a Wi-Fi hot spot supporting up to 10 devices at once up to 50 feet away from the vehicle.

Dodge had the most star-studded debut of the show with the 840 horsepower 2018 Dodge Demon. It’s a souped-up version of its already powerful 2017 Dodge Challenger Hellcat. The company claims the Demon is the fastest production car in the world, with a zero to 60 time of 2.3 seconds.

Dodge took over a pier on the Hudson River and smoked the Demon’s tires in front of hundreds. Then the OEM brought out American rapper Wiz Khalifa and dropped the keys to a 2017 Dodge Charger Hellcat in his grateful hands. Next, the manufacturer played up its ties to the just-released “The Fate of the Furious,” the latest installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise. Star Vin Diesel was introduced as the brand’s new ambassador.

Take a look at all of the best products and moments from the 2017 New York Auto Show on the following slides.

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