The wide variety of trucks and SUVs taking over the Big Apple during the 2019 New York International Auto Show proved that automakers turn in many directions to develop larger vehicles.
The vehicles introduced this year ranged from plush to adventurous. They were powered by gas motors, electric batteries and twin-turbo diesel engines. There were family haulers, hipster movers and many special editions.
Here are the top Trucks.com picks from the 2019 New York auto show:
2020 SUBARU OUTBACK
Subaru is reaping the benefits of its rugged reputation with record sales in 2018, in large part due to the success of the Outback. The redesigned 2020 Outback station wagon adopts a lighter suspension and moves to the Subaru Global Platform for improved rigidity and fuel efficiency. It also gains an 11.6-inch touch screen on most trim levels, the standard Eyesight advanced safety technology features and a new turbocharged engine.
The main takeaway from the 2020 Outback is that it changed only as much as needed. The vehicle has a loyal fan base for its unique dimensions and adventurous spirit. Subaru did not mess with that formula. Instead it accentuated the Outback’s strengths and updated its technology. The automaker gave new buyers a reason to consider the vehicle. Fans of the Outback have even more reason to stay.
2019 AUDI Q3
The Audi Q3 is a small crossover grown larger. The second-generation Q3 increases its height by 1.5 inches and its length by nearly 4 inches. It also has a redesigned front fascia with an octagonal front grille to attract buyers to the brand. The engine is a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder making 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
The interior of the 2019 Q3 is packed with eye-catching equipment. Behind the striking modern dashboard is an 8.8-inch touch screen that can be optioned up to 10.1 inches and available safety equipment from lane-departure warning and stop-and-go adaptive cruise control to a 360-degree camera view. Cargo space is tight in the subcompact SUV so Audi includes flush roof rails as standard on the Premium trim.
2020 LINCOLN CORSAIR
Lincoln Motor Co. is again turning heads with its SUVs. Following positive reviews for the luxury brand’s Aviator midsize SUV introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the automaker debuted the 2020 Corsair compact crossover in New York. The vehicle offers sleek styling, a dazzling interior and the choice of two turbocharged four-cylinder engines.
The 2020 Corsair replaces the outgoing MKC model with a new approach to the compact crossover segment. While competitors like the Acura RDX, BMW X3 and even the Lexus NX emphasize driving fun, Lincoln is touting the Corsair for traditional luxury features such as comfort, ride quality and a quiet interior. All-wheel-drive is available, and the Corsair has an “Excite” driving mode, but its key selling points are attractive design, a well-appointed cabin and technology that includes standard advanced safety equipment.
Volkswagen seems to be having a lot of fun, considering it is a massive global automaker. The company introduced two concept vehicles that, while very different, take a similar approach to combining work and play. The Tarok midsize pickup truck has a modular cabin that can fold down to extend the length of the bed floor. The ID. Buggy is an off-road dune buggy with an electric motor and BFGoodrich all-terrain tires.
The twin Volkswagen concepts show a playful side of future models that may come to public roads. VW is actively exploring a unibody truck based on the MQB platform in its Atlas SUV. The ID. Buggy borrows the MEB platform in the upcoming I.D. Buzz van and I.D. Crozz crossover. Whether the Tarok and Buggy are ultimately produced, VW is stretching the limits of its chassis to eye-catching extremes.
2020 MAZDA CX-5 DIESEL
Mazda spent years developing a diesel engine to use in the U.S. for its most popular models, and the result has arrived. A twin-turbocharged 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D will be available in the CX-5 crossover on all-wheel-drive models. The engine produces 168 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. It is rated by the Environmental Protection Agency at 27 mpg in city driving, 30 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg combined. Later it will go on the Mazda 6 sedan.
There is a catch. Starting price for the CX-5 Diesel is $42,045 including the destination charge. That’s more than $4,000 over the similarly equipped CX-5 Signature trim with all-wheel drive at $37,935. Mazda hit a high note with the CX-5 to the tune of 150,000 units sold in 2018. The automaker is now betting a diesel engine will help its customer base continue to grow.