Top 8 Crossover Debuts From the 2017 New York Auto Show

Dan Ilika
by Dan Ilika

There’s no getting around it: The market has gone absolutely crazy for crossovers.

From big to small — and everything in between — crossovers are flooding the market faster than a carbureted engine on a cold day. And that mania had the New York Auto Show square in its sights this year, with plenty of concept and production CUVs being unveiled in the Big Apple. Here’s a selection of some of the most notable reveals.

Genesis GV80 Concept

Hyundai’s Genesis spinoff brand has been off to a slow start since it launched last year with the G90 sedan, and it’s hoping this GV80 Concept will help drum up some hype. Conceived with a fuel cell powertrain, the GV80 previews what a crossover from Hyundai’s luxury brand could look like.

Subaru Ascent Concept

Subaru’s ready to get back into the three-row crossover game, and it brought along a concept to prove it. The Ascent Concept is about the size of the Ford Explorer, and best of all, it’s just about production-ready. Subaru says it will be powered by a new turbocharged boxer four-cylinder.

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2018 Lincoln Navigator

Moving from concept to reality, the new Lincoln Navigator made its debut in New York, with Continental-like looks molded from an all-aluminum body. The first new version of the Navigator in 11 years is decked out in next-level luxury both inside and out and offers up massaging seats and interior ambient lighting, as well as a massive panoramic sunroof.

2018 Buick Enclave

Not quite as big as the Navigator is the new Buick Enclave, which gets a sculpted new look that is far less frumpy this time around. It gets its design language from the Buick Avenir Concept, with muscular, flowing lines outside and a handsome interior to match.

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid

Hot on the heels of the launch of the Kia Niro Hybrid, the automaker has unveiled a plug-in version that gets a bigger battery and 25 miles of all-electric range. Otherwise, there’s little distinguishing the two gas-electric crossovers, with the plug-in version getting some subtle accents outside.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Mitsubishi is also looking to make a splash in the small crossover segment with an updated version of the Outlander Sport for 2018. Updates include exterior and interior styling, as well as a new infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

The good folks at Jeep have finally delivered the family hauler we’ve all been waiting for, with the 707-horsepower Grand Cherokee Trackhawk debuting at the show. With power coming from the same supercharged 6.2-liter V8 found in Dodge’s duo of Hellcats, the Trackhawk can get to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds.

2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63

Not to be outdone by the Trackhawk, AMG has continued to stuff its twin-turbocharged V8 in everything it will fit in. The latest to receive the twin-turbo treatment is the GLC, which will sprint to 60 mph in less than four seconds. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 will also be available in coupe form.

Dan Ilika
Dan Ilika

Dan is's Road Test Editor, a long-suffering Buffalo Bills fan, and a car guy since childhood. He enjoys long walks on the beach and long drives just about anywhere the road, track or trail will take him. You'll see him driving around evaluating cars and in front of a camera talking about them. Dan is a member of the World Car of the Year jury.

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