THE New York Motor Show has to battle it out with Los Angeles and Detroit for the crown of best motor show in America.
But while it’s on a relatively small scale compared with some of the European shows like Frankfurt, it still manages to cram a lot of big debuts in to the Jacob Javits Centre, located right in the middle of Manhattan. This year we’ve picked out five of the biggest show stars:
Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept
This concept doesn’t just preview a new Discovery, it previews a whole new generation of Discovery models, including the replacement for the Freelander which will now be called Discovery Sport.
This car aims to make Discovery less practical and more premium, and features plenty of technology. There’s even a smart windscreen that can project an image of what’s underneath the wheels so it looks as though the bonnet is transparent.
BMW M4 Convertible
The M4 Convertible is based on the M4 Coupe, but comes with an extra 250kg of weight thanks to its complicated folding roof mechanism.
It’s still an extremely quick car, though, capable of sprinting from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds with the manual gearbox or 4.4 seconds with the dual-clutch auto. Prices will start from £60,730, which is a £4,000 premium over the Coupe.
Last seen in the UK in 2010, Nissan has now unveiled a new Murano, which is designed to sit above the Qashqai. As with its precessor it’s boldly styled and Nissan bosses have even hinted that they want to see it re-introduced to the UK.
This time around, though, it’ll come with a hybrid option – that’s good news for company car buyers.
Mercedes S63 AMG Coupe
Designed as a replacement for the CL63 AMG, the S63 AMG Coupé is an absolute stunner.
It’s got plenty of power to back up its looks, too, thanks to a 577bhp 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8. Go for four-wheel drive and the S63 AMG can hit 62mph in just 3.9 seconds – that’s quicker than almost any 911 you can buy.
It should handle nicely, too, as it comes fitted with a ‘curve tilting function’, which Mercedes says works in the manner that a motorcyclist would lean in to a bend.
MINI Countryman facelift
Yes, this one is a bit of a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it job but the Countryman is a very important car for MINI and some of these changes are important.
All the engines, for instance, are now Euro 6 compliant, while the Cooper S model has seen emissions cut and fuel economy improved.
There are four new colours – including a camo-style Jungle Green – and the models fitted with four-wheel drive now come with metal scuff plates for a slightly more rugged look.