By Nat Shirley
Sunday, Mar 31st, 2013 @ 11:47 pm
 
The sheet has been pulled from the final new-model debut here in the Big Apple, bringing an end to our coverage of the 2013 New York International Auto Show. From fire-breathing sports cars to plush luxury rides to ultra-green, diesel-powered hybrids, there was something for nearly every kind of enthusiast at the show.

In case you haven't been able to catch all of the automotive action, check out our in-depth wrap-up of the show below.

Highlights

2014 Cadillac CTS
No longer a tweener tasked with simultaneously taking on BMW's 3- and 5-series sedans, the CTS has been reborn as a true mid-sizer with a refined evolution of Cadillac's signature Art & Science design language. Though its somewhat cramped rear seat and small trunk are potential liabilities, in most other respects the CTS seems like a worthy rival to the segment's leading German players - and we can't wait to get behind the wheel of the 420hp Vsport model.

2014 Jeep Cherokee
A dramatic departure from the boxy, mud-plugging original, the 2014 Cherokee brings the nameplate into the 21st century with a new FWD-based platform (shared with the Dodge Dart) and an efficient nine-speed gearbox. The big question mark, of course, is how the buying public will respond to the polarizing, futuristic look.

2014 Chevrolet Z/28
One of the few genuine surprises of the show, the 2014 Z/28 revives a vaunted nameplate that Camaro fans have come to associate with serious performance. Thankfully, the new model delivers on the promise of its badge, packing 500 horsepower of LS7 goodness along with carbon ceramic brakes and a number of weight-reducing measures. The ZL1 will undoubtedly be faster in a straight line, but we're willing to bet that the Z/28 will the driver's car of the Camaro lineup.

2014 Audi A3/S3
The entry-luxury sedan segment is really starting to heat up, and the new A3 range should be one of the more compelling examples of the genre thanks to a wide range of powertrains - including an efficient turbodiesel - and an interior worthy of the Audi name. But will that be enough to win over buyers cross-shopping the larger, arguably more eye-catching Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class?

Subaru WRX Concept
The WRX has languished without a redesign following the 2011 debut of its mass-market Impreza sibling, but we might just be willing to forgive Subaru if the new model looks anything like the WRX Concept that debuted in New York. Sporting a sleek "four-door-coupe" look blended with rugged wheel arches that hint at the sedan's rally heritage, the concept suggests that the dowdy WRX could soon become quite the looker.

Video Commentary by Jack Baruth:


Complete List of Introductions:

2014 Acura MDX

2014 BMW 328d

2014 Buick LaCrosse

2014 Buick Regal/Regal GS

2014 Chevrolet Camaro

2014 Dodge Durango

2014 Honda Odyssey

2014 Hyundai Equus

2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

2014 Jaguar XJR

2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT

2014 Kia Forte Koup

2014 Kia Optima

2014 Kia Soul

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

2014 Range Rover Sport

2014 Scion tC

2014 Shelby Raptor

2014 SRT Viper TA

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

2014 Toyota Highlander

2015 Volkswagen Golf/GTI

2014 Volvo V60