New York is typically where the last major auto show takes place before summer. On media days, it’s a suit and tie event for us. Instead of meeting enthusiasts and checking out project cars, we have to be on our best behavior to speak with representatives of different auto manufacturers so we can get you the scoop on what cars are coming and what we can look forward to. We sifted through all the minivans, trucks econo cruisers to bring you the best news here:
Scion’s biggest seller is back with a fresh face. The new tC isn’t miles different from the previous-gen, but gets a slightly more aggressive demeanor with redesigned headlights, grille and front bumper. There are some LED accents to both the head- and taillights as well, plus new 18" wheels come factory-equipped. Inside, the tC gets a 6.1" LCD touchscreen which will be standard on all models. The 2.5-liter four cylinder remains the same but the automatic tranny has been updated to change gears nearly double the speed, also said to rev match on downshifting—we’ll have a full report when we test it ourselves. Pricing will start at $19,480 and expect tCs to be hitting dealerships this summer.
For the last six months, we’ve had the opportunity to help raise awareness and money for the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. We teamed up with Kia and DC Comics to help build cars based off superheroes like the Green Lantern-themed Soul and Superman-themed Optima. At New York, all the Kia heroes united for the unveiling of the final Justice League member, Wonder Woman, which is based off the Sportage. For more info on the campaign and cars, visit wecanbeheroes.org.
Subaru dropped the curtains on this gorgeous concept. It’s lower, wider, sleeker and straight up sexy. Of course it’ll come with everything we love about the Subie brand—turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive, independent suspension and impeccable handling. But the design has got us sprung most with its carbon roof, aggressive aero, bold wheel arches, edgy lighting and BBS RI-D wheels. We are hoping…no, we are praying the next WRX will look close to this concept.
Maybe the coolest release series to date from Scion, all five models in the line-up will be offered in this Release Series 10 trim. It comes painted Silver Ignition—absolutely beautiful in person. It also receives LED emblems which turn on when you unlock your car. Solar-powered illuminated shift knob and silver seat belts are also added. For the FR-S, it gets HID headlights with LED DRLs (as seen on the JDM 86 model). The FR-S will also come with dual climate controls and a push-button start. 10,000 total units will be offered across the line—we recommend you put your deposit down now!
The new Mk7 GTI isn’t anything new for the world as they’re already roaming the streets of Europe. But New York marked the revealing of the North American model, which will feature an updated version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI motor pushing out 210hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. There’s also a chance that we’ll get an optional performance package as an option that gives the GTI a little more juice, bigger brakes and LSD