AUTO SHOW GALLERY
Buick Avista Concept
On the night before press days at the North American International Auto Show, Buick took the wraps off of its 2 + 2 coupe concept that pushes the brand’s design forward, but also moves the company back towards its rich performance past.
Performance credentials for the Avista concept include a respectable 400 horsepower coming from a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with cylinder deactivation and a stop/start system to be mindful about fuel efficiency. Power throws the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, while tight but comfortable handling characteristics should be present with the Magnetic Ride Control suspension that does wonders for numerous products in the GM portfolio.
Interestingly, the Avista’s wheelbase is 110.7 inches, which also happens to be the same as the latest Chevrolet Camaro, which naturally has us assuming the Alpha platform is underpinning the Buick concept.
2017 Genesis G90
Equus replacement under Genesis brand. Current Hyundai Genesis will change to the G80 this year.
Eventually, the Genesis brand will have a luxury crossover, a sports sedan to compete with theBMW 3 Series, and a renamed version of the current Hyundai Genesis sedan. First out of the blocks is the new 2017 Genesis G90 flagship, the large sedan replacement for the slow-selling (and mostly forgotten) Hyundai Equus.
While European prestige brands, like Audi and BMW, use their flagships to showcase weight-reducing aluminium or carbon-fiber-intensive bodywork, the 2017 Genesis G90 remains relatively conventional in its construction. Two different engines are available: a 375-hp, 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and a 430-hp, 5.0-liter V8. Both are mated to an eight-speed automatic, and both are available with optional all-wheel drive, addressing a shortcoming of the rear-drive-only Equus.
2017 Ford Fusion Sport (AWD)
The 2017 Ford Fusion benefits from an attractive facelift as part of its refresh, but the Blue Oval also hopes to lure customers with an extra dash of performance from the new Fusion V6 Sport trim. The automaker slots a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 under the hotter sedan’s hood, pumping out 325 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, and the power then routes through a six-speed automatic gearbox to an all-wheel-drive system.
The 2017 Fusion goes on sale this summer starting at $22,995, and the Sport arrives a few weeks later for $34,350
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
It will launch in the US with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The 241-horsepower and 273-pound-foot engine will be paired with a standard 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission. It’s unlikely US buyers will be limited to the E250 or E300 (or whatever MB ends up calling it) for long. Based on the official images – which already show the Euro-market E220d, a plug-in E350e, and an E400 – we expect Mercedes to flesh out the US engine range fast, with a new Mercedes-AMG E63 sitting at the top.