2016 NY Show Highlights: The Perfect SUVs for The Empire City

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At this year’s New York Auto Show, some automakers are still rely on SUV segment which may be perfect to cross New York streets that is always gets traffic jam. Honda’s luxury division, Acura, introduce the refreshment of MDX, Jeep showed off the latest variant for Grand Cherokee, meanwhile Lincoln surprised us with Navigator Concept, and Toyota unveiled the facelift of Highlander.

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Acura revealed the facelift of MDX at 2016 New York Auto Show. The latest SUV is very important for Honda’s luxury brand because this is the first model which beak-less grille. Moreover, 2017 MDX is the first car which adopts latest design language that was previewed in Precision Concept at 2016 Detroit Motor Show.

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Up front, we can see the redesigned headlights that features new Jewel Eye LED technology. Now, the grille comes up with diamond pentagon form. Moreover, the front bumper gets redesign which now features chrome accents and restyled LED fog lights. Meanwhile, at the rear Acura’s designers prefer to re-draw the rear bumper which is added chrome accents from left to the right, and change the dual-exhaust. Overall, the 2017 Acura MDX looks better than its previous model, but I don’t know why when I look at it from front side, it reminds me of the second generation of Ssangyong Rodius.

The refreshment MDX keeps the old engine, but Acura adds MDX Sport Hybrid with SH-AWD powertrain. It means that MDX is the third model using its latest technology  after New NSX and RLX. The hybrid system features three electric motors (one powering front axle and two motor electrics powering rear wheels) and combined with V6 3.0 liter DOHC with Variable Cylinder Management, so total output is 325 hp. And for the transmission, latest MDX comes up with 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. The automaker claims that its EPA fuel economy is 10.6 km/liter for city driving, and 11 km/liter for both highway and combined.

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All variants are equipped with the AcuraWatch suite of safety technologies that includes just about everything, from Lane Departure Warning to Adaptive cruise Control. The system can maintain a set speed and following interval, during freeway cruising, initiating throttle inputs and braking and adding steering input to help the driver maintain position in the current lane.

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Rumor has it that Jeep will introduce the Hellcat version for Grand Cherokee at 2016 New York Auto Show. But it never happen. Because the American brand just revealed Grand Cherokee Summit and Grand Cherokee Trailhawk.

“Our new Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit is in direct response to consumers who continue to ask for even more luxury, craftsmanship and standard premium features in a full-size SUV packed with capability,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand.

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Inside, now dashboard, center console, and door cards are wrapped in Nappa leather. Meanwhile, Laguna leather wrap the seats and offered in four color options. Other features include a suede headliner, lighted door sills, an acoustic windshield, an active noise cancellation system, thick Berber carpet mats and a 19-speaker Harmon/Kardon audio system.

Outside, Jeep updated the exterior design with a new front fascia, black color and chrome accent grille, LED headlights, and 20-inch alloy wheels.

The new 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit will also be offered with headlamp washers, Blind Spot Detection, Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and, for the first time, Lane Departure Warning and Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist as standard.

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Meanwhile 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk for those who wants the GC with a better off-road capability but you don’t wanna buy aftermarket stuffs.

Jeep has tweaked the Quadra-Lift air suspension specifically for the needs of their new off-road model to offer improved articulation and a longer suspension travel. The new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk still uses the company’s Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with rear ELSD as well as Selec-Speed Control with Hill Ascent Control.

Jeep has tweaked the Quadra-Lift air suspension specifically for the needs of their new off-road model to offer improved articulation and a longer suspension travel. The new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk still uses the company’s Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with rear ELSD as well as Selec-Speed Control with Hill Ascent Control.

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There’s always a surprise in every international show. And New York is no exception. At this year’s show, the surprise comes from Ford’s luxury brand, Lincoln which revealed Navigator Concept. Yeah, it could be the preview of the next generation of luxury full-size SUV.

Seems like Lincoln’s designers learn from their fault when designing the refreshment of Navigator back in 2015. The concept version looks elegant and luxury. Up front, the headlights at a glance reminds me of Continental Concept. A big grille with chrome accent is already become the latest Lincoln identity (even though I don’t expect to see that big thing in production-spec. I want it a little bit smaller). At the rear, you can see a clean and simple design. It’s just feature LED taillights that flows from left to right.

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“The all-new Navigator Concept reinforces our commitment to give every Lincoln client what we call quiet luxury – vehicles and experiences that are elegant, effortlessly powerful and serene,” said company president Kumar Galhotra. “This kind of quiet luxury sets Lincoln apart. Now, we’re showing fans of large SUVs how we can exceed their expectations, without being the loudest statement on the road.”

Maybe the most interesting stuff from the concept is gullwing doors. Yeah, I know Lincoln won’t bring it to production version, but it makes Navigator Concept looks even cooler.

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Inside, the concept car can accommodate up to six people. The interior is wrapped in light-blue leather and all seats are adjustable up 30 ways in order to offer the best position for all body types. Meanwhile the cabin design is simple with elegant and a little bit classic touch. The 2-spoke steering wheel reminds me of vintage cars. Lincoln has even installed a custom wardrobe management system which can hold all the gear you could want for “a day on the water” according to the company.

The production version is expected to make its world premiere at 2016 LA Auto Show.

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Toyota just updated the mid-size SUV Highlander and debut it at 2016 New York Auto Show. The update covers exterior, interior, engine, and safety system. The exterior design features new headlights, a new front bumper, a new grille with bolder lines, and new taillights.

For the powertrain, Toyota bis still offer petrol 3.5 liter V6 but with a new output (unfortunately, Toyota hasn’t announced the horsepower). Meanwhile, there’s nothing change for 4-cylinder 2.7 liter and hybrid version.

Toyota has also added the Safety Sense array of systems to the 2017 Highlander, including Pre-Collision System (with Forward Collision Warning and automatic emergency brake), Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, Pedestrian Pre- Collision System and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

2017 Toyota Highlander will go on sale this fall.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Acura, Jeep, Lincoln, & Toyota

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