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Previewing the 2016 New York Auto Show

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What will the New York Auto Show have to tell us about the direction of future releases?

The New York International Auto Show opens this weekend, with some US-centric new releases and international debuts expected. There's also a healthy supply of wild and wacky concepts and specialist metal from tuners and small scale manufacturers. The show is held at Manhattan's Jacob Javits Convention Centre from 25 March - 3 April.

Most anticipated vehicles at the New York Auto Show

Jaguar F-Type SVR

After a static debut at Geneva earlier this month, Jaguar's spectacular new high performance F-Type will take to the streets and tunnels of Manhattan for the New York Motor Show. This will be the first time the car is seen - and heard - in action. The F-Type SVR won't quite hit its 200mph top speed in New York but should be able to show off some of its 567bhp and four wheel drive system.

Mazda MX-5 hard top

Mazda has yet to confirm the identity of its promised new specialist sports car for the New York Motor Show but industry speculation suggests we'll be introduced to a hard top version of the latest MX-5. The latest generation roadster coupe MX-5 will use a folding hard top, like the previous model, to allow for open top fun in the summer and a warm and cosy cabin in winter.

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

The standard SUV version of the GLC is in contention for the World Car of the Year award to be announced on the eve of the show and Mercedes-Benz will be using the event to showcase a coupe version of the GLC. The coupe has been spotted testing in disguise but the New York show will mark its official public debut before a late 2016 release. The GLC Coupe SUV will take on the BMW X4.

Nissan GT-R

Little is known about the updates Nissan has visited upon the GT-R thus far, but the Japanese firm has released an enigmatic teaser image showing a shadowy silhouette which is only recognisable as a GT-R from the taillights. The GT-R is refreshed on a regular basis anyway as Nissan aims to ensure it remains competitive with new supercar releases. The New York show will probably introduce some extra horsepower, some suspension alterations, new tyres and a few cosmetic updates. The tech heavy GT-R is also likely to gain a few new gadgets and gizmos as part of its standard kit.

Genesis concept

Hyundai is progressing with plans to separate its Genesis luxury offshoot from its mainstream line with a preview of a new four door sports saloon model in Manhattan. Predicted to wear the badge 'G70', to indicate its place in the brand's line-up below the larger G80 and G90 models, the car is aimed at fans of the BMW 3 Series and the Jaguar XE.

A teaser image introduced a muscular looking front end which Hyundai claims indicates its future design language for the Genesis brand. While Genesis is not yet available in Europe, the US market is an important part of Hyundai's plans for the brand, which it is expected to introduce here at a later stage.

Toyota Prius Plug-In

Following Nissan's lead, a teaser image of the new plug-in hybrid version of the Prius showcases the lit up taillights within a shadowed rear end silhouette. The car's aerodynamic profile is likely to remain intact, with the plug-in distinguished by some minor cosmetic tweaks. Toyota hasn't revealed mechanical details but assume a sub-40g/km CO2 emissions figure. The car is set to reach showrooms by the end of the year.

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