Lincoln Concept brings Big to the Big Apple

The “Domestic Three” had a subdued presence at the NYIAS with one major exception - the Lincoln Navigator Concept, which was the talk of the event floor.

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NEW YORK: The “Domestic Three” had a subdued presence at the New York International Auto Show with one major exception – the Lincoln Navigator Concept, which was the talk of the event floor.

Lincoln described it as a “a glimpse at what comes next for the brand’s best-known nameplate.”

Easily its most outstanding feature was the huge gullwing doors and three-step staircase entry into the most specious Lincoln ever with six, 30-way seats and custom wardrobe management system that holds gear “chosen for a day on the water.”

The driver can select from several ride and handling modes for steering, suspension and noise levels. Each mode is accompanied by a matching digital animation in the cluster.

It is powered by a 3.5-litre EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 with more than 400 hp.

To park such a big SUV, there is a 360-degree camera with enhanced park assist technology. It seamlessly integrates views from four cameras to create an overhead image that allows drivers to see all around the vehicle.


Simultaneously with the Vancouver Auto Show, Chevrolet staged the debut of the 2017 Sonic sub-compact with seven-inch MyLink system featuring segment-exclusive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and a fresh exterior with new LED signature lighting.

Standard engine is a 1.8-litre inline four-cylinder with an available more powerful 1.4-litre turbo and a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions driving the front wheels.

A rear view camera is now standard as well as 10 airbags and Stabilitrak electronic stability control with optional Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

The convertible version of the 2017 Camaro ZL1 made its appearance with all the same performance thanks to the Camaro’s modular and rigid body architecture which was designed from the outset to support a high-performance convertible.

The ZL1 Coupe and Convertible are both powered by a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 with 640 hp and a choice of six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission.

Going on sale later this year, it features GM’s Magnetic ride suspension and electronic limited-slip rear differential.


Claimed as “North America’s most popular small SUV”, the 2017 Buick Encore debuted in New York with a new front-end treatment and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto supported by a next-generation IntelliLink infotainment system featuring an eight-inch-diagonal colour touch screen.

It is also the third all-new or significantly updated Buick coming to Canada in 2016, joining the Envision compact SUV and LaCrosse sedan.

Despite its small outward size, Encore features seating for up to five and 1,371 litres (48.4 cu ft) of cargo volume with the 60/40 rear seat folded.

It also comes with Buick’s exclusive QuietTuning standard that uses Bose Active Noise Cancellation technology.


Jeep expanded its Grand Cherokee lineup with a new Trailhawk described as the most off-road capable factory-produced model ever.

Also shown was the Grand Cherokee Summit with an even more luxury interior and increased standard features for those looking for a full-performance full-size premium SUV.

And sharing the premium SUV stage at Jeep was the Cherokee Overland.


Dodge was showing its colours in New York with a return to a heritage paint job called Go Mango on the 2016 Challenger SXT and Charger SXT.

Go Mango was first seen on the 1970 Challenger.

Chrysler introduced new exterior and interior sports appearance packages on the 2017 300S.

More purposeful front and rear fascias with unique LED fog lamps plus sculpted side sills and deck-lid spoiler are included with the Exterior Sport Appearance Package.

A new Ceramic Grey exterior paint gives the 300S what Chrysler says is a “straight shade hue for a truly avant-garde look.”



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