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We’ve been hearing a lot about the so called “Taxi of Tomorrow,” but until recently we’d only seen renderings and prototypes. Now, on the eve of the 2012 New York Auto Show, following a special gathering in SoHo, Manhattan, Nissan has provided details on the actual version that will apply for hire on the streets of the Big Apple.
Features on the production version include a glass roof “presenting unique features of the city,” sliding rear access doors, easily reached grab handles, opening side windows, fully flat passenger floor, USB connectivity for the driver, a mobile charging 12 volt outlet and USB port for passengers, breathable antimicrobial (germ repellant) seat fabric and even a Hearing Loop System for the audibly impaired.
The NV200 is also the first New York City cab to be crash tested and certified with a full driver/passenger partition and sports front and rear occupant curtain airbags, with seat mounted units for the front row.
All NYC taxi NV200s will be powered by Nissan’s 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder engine and in anticipation of the severe use the cabs will be subjected to, the motor boasts a 150,000 mile warranty (NYC’s roughly 13,000 yellow cabs collectively travel around 500 million miles each year).
The production NV200 goes on public display at the New York International Auto Show from April 6, giving New Yorkers a chance to get up close and personal with the cab they’ll soon be riding around in.
More details on the updated Mercedes-Benz GLK are appearing today before the car’s official debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show. The updated compact CUV sports a revised look, new engines and more.
American consumers can expect two engines powering the GLK: either an updated 3.5-liter V6 in the higher-end GLK350, or a 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel in the GLK250 BlueTEC. The gas-burning V6 makes 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque while the diesel offers 190 hp and a 369 lb-ft.
The vehicles will be available in either rear-wheel, or Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel drive and every GLK will have a seven-speed automatic transmission.
To improve fuel efficiency, the GLK will have engine start-stop and an ECO display in the instrument cluster that displays consumption in real time.
The updated GLK exterior has adapted the brand’s new look, including LED daytime running lights and maintains good off-roading features like short overhangs, upright front end, slender roof pillars, and a steep windscreen, though there probably aren’t many GLK owners who take their CUVs wheeling.
Additionally, Mercedes-Benz tells us that there will be an AMG styling package that adds 19-inch rims, or an alterative but stylish body package. Mercedes updated the interior as well with round vents and the new COMMAND Online infotainment system.
Take a look at the full gallery below, and be sure to check back for more information about the 2013 GLK.
Gallery: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK
This newest teaser video shows the profile of the car and gives us a better idea of the overall styling. We can see a much more curve oriented shift in design than the previous Altima.
View the first, second and third teaser videos. When you add them all up you get a good sense of what the new Altima will look like. There is also an accidentally leaked image of the front quarter panel of the new car.
Check back for AutoGuide’s live coverage from the 2012 New York Auto Show.
Watch the teaser video below.