Day one of the 2019 New York Auto Show saw a slew of new world and stateside debuts that will be coming to an AutoNation dealership near you. Here are our favorite debuts from the first day of NYIAS.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS
Mercedes-Benz has a pretty large display of some outstanding debuts here at the 2019 New York Auto Show. One model we haven’t previously heard about is the all-new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS. Taking on the likes of the BMW X7 and Cadillac Escalade, the new Mercedes-Benz GLS now sits on a wheelbase that is 2.4-inches longer allowing for more interior space — especially when it comes to the second row.
Also, for the first time ever, a six-seat version with two luxurious rear seat captain’s chairs in the second row is made available as an option. Also available for the first time is the next-gen full-color heads-up display with a resolution of 720 x 240 pixels, which is really impressive.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS will go on sale in the United States at the end of the year and will be available as a GLS 580 4Matic and a GLS 450 4Matic. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 4Matic is powered by an electrified V8 engine with 48-volt on-board electrical system that allows for a total output of 483 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The 220 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4Matic, on the other hand, is powered by an in-line six-cylinder engine electrified with 48-volt technology, allowing for a total of 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.
2020 Cadillac CT5
The Cadillac CTS has always been an anomaly when it came to figuring out if it competed with the likes of a BMW 3-Series or 5-Series. Well, the brand hopes to put that confusion to rest with the debut of the new 2020 Cadillac CT5, which is making its world debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show.
Based on the Escala Concept, the 2020 Cadillac CT5 features a very bold and sleek fastback design language with an updated interior that includes the brand’s latest technologies like Super Cruise. The CT5 will be available with two engine choices including a 237-horsepower 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbo inline 4-cylinder, and a 335-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged V6. Both engines will be mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission. RWD is standard and AWD is available as an option.
Orders for the 2020 Cadillac CT5 will start this fall. At launch, the model range will include Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport, with a Platinum package being made available on Premium Luxury and Sport models.
2020 Toyota Highlander
Since the Toyota Highlander made its debut, each generation has gotten bigger and better than the last. Such is the case with the 2020 Toyota Highlander that is making its debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The fourth-generation of the Highlander now gets seven or eight-passenger options and is 2.36-inches longer than the outgoing model. Most of that length has been added in the cargo area for greater volume. The second seats can slide 1.2-inches to add more space between the 2nd and 3rd-rows. Looks wise, the 2020 Toyota Highlander does get a little bolder and more aggressive and I’m really liking the design language here.
Inside, the 2020 Toyota Highlander adopts some cues from new Toyota models and offers standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Waze, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Also standard is Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.0 suite of driver assist technologies. Depending on the model and options you pick, there is also a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen display.
Powertrain wise, the 2020 Toyota Highlander will be available with a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 295 horsepower. The hybrid Highlander will be powered by a 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine with two electric motors that make a combined 240 horsepower, and allow for an EPA-estimated 34 mpg combined.
The V6 2020 Highlander goes on sale this December while the hybrid model will arrive in February 2020.
2020 Lincoln Crosair
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Since Ford is celebrating the debut of the new 2020 Ford Escape here at the 2019 New York Auto Show, it’s only right that Lincoln shows up with its Escape-based luxury model — the 2020 Lincoln Crosair. Joining the successful debuts of the new Navigator and Aviator, the Crosair sits at the entry-level of Lincoln’s SUV lineup and goes head-to-head with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLC.
I honestly love the looks of the new 2020 Lincoln Crosair and am very impressed with Lincoln’s new lineup of SUVs. Are they enough to sway buyers away from its more proven rivals? Only time will tell. Nonetheless, this does look better than Lincoln’s crosstown rival — the Cadillac XT4/XT5.
Power for the 2020 Lincoln Crosair comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-banger making 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. The other engine choice will be a 2.3-liter turbocharged I4 making 280 horsepower and 310 lb-ft. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
2020 Mercedes-AMG A 35 / CLA 35
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is making its debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show. While we won’t be getting the hatchback A-Class in the United States, we will be getting the A-Class Sedan. Seen here is the 2020 Mercedes-AMG A 35 Sedan, which is powered by a 2.0L inline 4-cylinder turbo engine making 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a AMG SpeedShift DCT 7-speed automatic transmission that allows it to go from zero to 60 in 4.7 seconds. It does have variable AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive, so driving it all year round shouldn’t be an issue. There are also fiveAMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs including “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport +” and “Individual”.
The new 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA 35 is also making its debut alongside the A35. Powered by the same 2.0L inline four-cylinder turbo engine from the A35, the CLA 35 makes 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a AMG SpeedShift DCT seven-speed automatic transmission that allows it to go from zero to 60 in 4.6 seconds. There is a standard feature called RACE-START that allows maximum performance from standstill along with five driving modes including “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport +” and “Individual”.
2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary / GT-R NISMO
Nissan showed up to the 2019 New York Auto Show with two GT-R models including the 50th Anniversary Edition and the 2020 GT-R NISMO. Besides all the 50th Anniversary badging and exclusive color schemes, the 50th Anniversary Edition of the Nissan GT-R still makes 565 horsepower from its 3.8-liter V6 engine. Nonetheless, Nissan engineers did do some work with new turbochargers that increase the engine’s low rpm response. If you are going to get a 50th Anniversary Edition GT-R, make sure you go for the Bayside Blue with white stripes!
The 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO also gets a few upgrades and tuning improvements. While the GT-R NISMO still makes 600 horsepower, the six-speed dual-clutch transmission has been tweaked with a sharper ”R mode” that shifts faster and optimizes gear selection. The exhaust note has also been beefed up, and sports an upgraded titanium exhaust that has handcrafted burnished blue tips.