The last-minute postponement, then cancellation of the 2021 New York International Auto Show left many shoppers and enthusiasts hungry for the chance to experience all of the new vehicles on the market. One year later, the show returns to the Big Apple to satiate that hunger with a full menu of vehicle debuts and interactive activities to engage a diverse group of showgoers from the adventure-oriented to the family-focused and electric-vehicle-curious. Media preview days are Wednesday and Thursday, preceding the show’s public opening Friday.
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The City That Never Sleeps will shine a spotlight on two vehicle categories for the 2022 show: SUVs and EVs. Highlights among the full list of vehicles are a pair of refreshed three-row SUVs from related brands Kia and Hyundai. And for city dwellers looking to escape the urban jungle, Nissan will show off its off-road-oriented family hauler. Battery-powered vehicles from household names including Kia, Volkswagen and Nissan, along with lesser-known automakers like VinFast, will also take their bows. Plus, an EV-dedicated section and test track will serve to educate the public about battery-powered options, allowing showgoers to experience many of them first-hand.
Family and Adventure SUVs
Cousin SUVs the Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride are getting a refresh for 2023, and the pair are making their debuts in New York. Hyundai teased the updated 2023 Palisade, revealing a facelift with a wider grille and new headlights. And according to Kia’s teaser, the 2023 Telluride gets improved capability, a new X-Pro model and technology upgrades. We’ll know more about each when full details are available after their debuts Wednesday.
The desire for rugged SUVs is alive and well, leading to a surge of new adventure-inspired trims. Nissan is joining in with the 2023 Pathfinder Rock Creek, set to be introduced at the show. The Rock Creek variant will be offered exclusively with four-wheel drive and features an off-road-tuned suspension, unique front-end styling and 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires.
Electric Vehicles: Present and Future
All-new battery-powered vehicles will take center stage at the New York show. The 2023 Kia Niro is expected to debut with redesigned versions of its hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric models. The Nissan Leaf was one of the first all-electric vehicles on the market; now, Nissan gives the all-electric hatchback a mild refresh for 2023 before it goes on sale for the new model year. The 2023 Leaf will arrive in New York sporting new front-end styling and a new wheel design.
In addition to current models, a handful of future EVs will convene at the show. Volkswagen will give attendees a closer look at the ID.Buzz, an electrified version of the iconic Microbus we saw in Detroit in 2017. Chrysler will bring its all-electric Airflow Concept SUV to New York following its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. And a fresh face to make an appearance at the show is VinFast: The all-electric brand will showcase its two inaugural SUVs, the two-row VF8 and three-row VF9. The Vietnamese-based automaker reportedly plans to produce its EVs and batteries in North Carolina.
EV Test Track
Showgoers interested in learning more about all-electrics can take a ride in a handful of battery-powered models. An entire floor dedicated to EVs will include a test track for multiple brands. On-site test vehicles are slated to include the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Kia EV6, Nissan Leaf, VinFast VF8, VW ID.4 and Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin.
Dates and Ticket Information
Following media preview days, the 2022 New York auto show opens to the public Friday and runs through April 24 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, at 11th Ave. between 34th and 40th streets. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m Sunday. General admission is $17 for attendees age 13 or older and $7 for children age 12 or younger.