2012 New York Auto Show, Preview #1

By Keith Buglewicz | March 22, 2012
The 2012 New York International Auto Show is drawing ever closer, and as is the modern case, the "debuts" that used to be held for the actual show are trickling onto the internet faster than you can say "blown embargo." Of course, not everything showing up early is the result of overeager websites ignoring a manufacturer's request not to blab before a certain date. And as the show's press days get closer (April 4 and 5), we'll be letting you in on what's coming up, what we know so far, and what we think. Today, we have a pair of Chevy teasers, and two Mercedes-Benzes on full display.
2014 Chevrolet Impala

We're not 100 percent certain what Chevrolet has in store for the next-generation of its biggest sedan, and the above teaser image doesn't reveal a lot. But we have a few clues. The 2014 Chevrolet Impala will go head-to-head with big, front-wheel drive sedans such as the Ford Taurus and Toyota Avalon. It will have a much more luxurious interior, sharper exterior styling, and possibly even a choice between a turbocharged four-cylinder base engine and a 300-hp 3.6-liter V-6. All-wheel drive also remains a possibility, as the next-generation Impala has been seen doing a lot of winter testing. The one thing we are certain of though, is that Chevrolet desperately wants to shake the rental-fleet-special image the Impala currently has. We'll know soon enough if the new Chevy Impala has a chance.

2013 Chevrolet Traverse The Chevrolet Traverse is based off the same mechanical underpinnings as the GMC Acadia and Buick Encore crossovers. Seeing as how both of those have received (Acadia) or soon will receive (Encore) styling and interior updates, it's logical that the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse would get the same. Of the three though, the Traverse needed the updates the most. We don't know for certain what's involved, but from the teaser provided, we see a stitched covering on the dash, metallic-look surrounds for the air vents, a door grab-handle with a (probably fake) wood insert, and possibly the latest version of GM's navigation and audio system. What's completely unknown is what Chevy did with the Traverse's bland exterior styling, but we'll know soon enough.
2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class The Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class has proven to be a hot seller. When it hit the market a few years ago, gas prices were going through the roof, the economy was tanking, and the little Benz became very attractive to suddenly budget- and fuel-conscious status seekers. Now the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class is getting a facelift, with new front and rear styling, and interior updates as well. Chief among the interior revisions is moving the shifter from the center console to the steering column, which allows for more storage space between the seats in this small crossover. However, the biggest news is under the hood, as the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class will get a diesel engine for the first time, significantly improving fuel economy just as prices are going through the roof once again.
2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Auto shows are increasingly about practicality, volume models, green tech, and the like. But there's still room for a little crazy, and that's what Mercedes-Benz is doing with the introduction of the 621-horsepower 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG roadster. Powered by a V-12 engine augmented with two turbochargers, the new SL65 promises otherworldly performance at an equally otherworldly price tag. Slotting in above the already impressive SL63 AMG, the SL65 AMG is aimed at the select wealthy few for whom cost is no barrier, and neither is performance.