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Highlights from the 2022 New York International Auto Show

Check out six new 2023 models heading to Canadian showrooms later this year that debuted at this year’s New York car show.

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After taking a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, the New York International Auto Show returned for 2022. Held in the city that never sleeps and renowned for having some of the world's best restaurants, when it comes to its annual auto show, New York is strictly a meat and potatoes proposition. If you're in the process of looking for a new car, the show focuses on new or updated production vehicles due to arrive later this year instead of fanciful concept cars. Alphabetically, here's a wrap-up of some of the more popular new 2023 production model introductions from this year's New York show.

 

2023 Hyundai Palisade

Like its Kia Telluride platform-mate, the Palisade is getting a refresh for 2023. Outside, the mid-size 3-row SUV carries a blockier design theme—rigid vertical lines take the place of the few curves of the 2022 model. Inside, the new Palisade gets a more expansive, 12-inch central touchscreen. The rearview mirror is now a digital screen linked to a camera. The mechanical updates for 2023 are relatively minor. There's now a tow mode for the transmission. And while the Palisade already ships with advanced driver aids like forward collision-avoidance assist and blind-spot collision avoidance, the only safety upgrade for 2023 is an additional set of rear side-impact airbags.

 

2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L

The biggest Jeeps are getting bigger. For 2023, the Stellantis brand will add a long-wheelbase L model to its Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer full-size SUVs. The move allows Jeep to compete with the biggest SUVs on the market. The new L versions will come standard with Jeep’s also-new Hurricane twin-turbo inline-6-cylinder engine. This is the first announced use of the engine that Jeep and other Stellantis brands plan to use to replace the aging-but-legendary HEMI V-8. The Wagoneer will get the standard Hurricane, good for 420 horsepower. The Grand Wagoneer will get an upgraded Hurricane Twin Turbo 510, making—you guessed it—510 hp.

 

2023 Kia Niro

What could Kia do to make you notice this eminently livable little car? How about a flat-out strange redesign? Behind the new 2023 Niro’s C-pillar sits what Kia calls the “aero blade” that reminds us of the mid-engine Audi R8 supercar. It’s a chevron-shaped body panel stretching from roof to wheel well painted in a contrasting colour from the rest of the body. Mechanically, the Niro remains a front-wheel drive compact hatchback. It’s still available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or battery-electric vehicle. The hybrid makes 139 hp, the plug-in hybrid versions get a more respectable 180 hp and up to 33 miles (53 kilometres) of all-electric driving before the gasoline engine turns on. BEV versions are the swiftest, making 201 hp and a targeted range of 253 miles (407 km).

 

2023 Kia Telluride

As per the Palisade, the Telluride is getting a mid-cycle for 2023. The distinctive square yellow running lights that tell you a Telluride is in your rearview mirror have been replaced by two vertical slashes of light bracketing the grille. Inside, it gets the signature element of new Kia designs—a single curved housing that makes the driver’s instrument screen and central touchscreen look like one widescreen taking up much of the dashboard. A pair of new off-road-worthy trims appear for 2023. The X-Line sits higher for added ground clearance, and the X-Pro takes things further, getting all the X-Line equipment plus all-terrain tires and increased towing capacity.

 

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek

Like many of its rivals, the Pathfinder is looking to attract SUV buyers searching for a vehicle that can be driven off the pavement (or at least looks like it could). Enter the new 2023 Rock Creek trim, with off-road goodies like a lifted suspension, “beadlock-style” wheels mounted with all-terrain tires, a roof rack with up to a 220-pound (100-kilogram) load capacity, and leatherette/fabric seats with “Rock Creek” embroidery. Under its hood, the Rock Creek uses the same V-6 as other Pathfinders but, thanks to revised engine mapping, gets 11 more horsepower for 295. The additions won’t be enough to make today’s unibody Pathfinder a threat to true off-road-focused SUVs. But they should make it significantly more capable on the trail than other Pathfinders.

 

2023 Subaru Outback

The 2023 Outback isn’t an entirely new design. It’s what the automotive industry calls a “mid-cycle refresh.” Halfway through a new design’s lifecycle, engineers update its look and technology to keep it competitive. The 2023 mid-size wagon’s new look includes a wider hexagonal grille, angular LED headlights, and a reworked front bumper. The bumper now incorporates massive black plastic air intakes that somewhat ape the look of the black fender covers on the 2023 Solterra, Subaru’s first battery-electric vehicle. There are no mechanical changes to speak of. But inside, there’s an improved navigation system. The 2023 Outback also gains new standard safety tech at every trim level. Even base models now get blind-spot detection, and the lane-change assist and rear-cross-traffic alert functions gain automatic emergency steering assist.
 

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