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Here’s what to expect at the 2018 New York Auto Show

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Luxury and a dose of reality in Manhattan

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

The 2018 New York Auto Show may have been overshadowed by the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, but a number of the cars from that show have now landed in NYC, in case you couldn’t make it all the way to Switzerland.

The Verge is at the Javits Center covering the show as well as premieres of cars that haven’t been shown at all yet. It’s as if automakers robbed this year’s Detroit Auto Show of some excitement to save it for New York. Here’s what’s happening at the New York Auto Show.

Image: Volvo

Geneva, Part 2

A number of the new cars we swooned over at Geneva have made their way to New York, along with more details about their US specifications. The Volvo V60 is here, but the plug-in hybrids announced for Europe won’t come over the Atlantic when the car goes on sale early next year. Mercedes-Benz announced updates for its C-Class in Geneva, but the performance-minded AMG versions are being shown here. Audi also showed the RS 5 Sportback, yet another derivative of the A5 coupe and convertible line.

And then there’s the bonkers Rimac concept that also landed in New York after its Geneva debut, because what would New York be without some excess?

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

The way to Waymo

The production version of the Jaguar I-Pace electric is another Geneva reveal that showed up in New York. But Jaguar joined with Waymo this week to announce that it would buy 20,000 of the Jags as the second official vehicle in the robotic taxi fleet in a bid to challenge General Motors’ Cruise initiative. It just wouldn’t be an auto show without Waymo squeezing its way in.

VW Atlas Sport Cross concept.
Image: Volkswagen

SUVs, of course

It also wouldn’t be a new car show if it weren’t full of SUV debuts. Yet, for Cadillac, Lincoln, and Volkswagen, they’re much-needed boosts amid a sea of sedans no one seems to want to buy. Cadillac gets its long-needed smaller SUV in the form of the 2019 XT4. Lincoln gets a larger SUV and a much-needed plug-in hybrid in the form of the Aviator. VW, however, gets a not-so-needed sportier take on the Atlas SUV. The company is also testing the waters for a US-built pickup truck.

Because, if Detroit was any evidence, Americans just can’t get enough trucks these days.

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

The real world

The New York Auto Show this year is also about cars people still buy in large numbers. There are all-new versions of the Nissan Altima, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4 on deck — all of which sell in the hundreds of thousands every year. Nissan will give the Altima all-wheel drive, a trick new variable compression engine, and ProPilot Assist for a vehicle that will likely cost between $25,000 and $35,000.

The Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4, rivals in the compact SUV segment, are new and are expected to get upgraded driver assistance features, along with more efficient engines. It’s good news for Subaru and Toyota fans who keep coming back to these cars year after year.

After all, every auto show can’t be all about flashy concepts that will never get made. At least here, you’ll get a glimpse of a car you may buy, lease, rent, or subscribe to in the near future.