2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-03 21:17
The heyday of fuel-efficient vehicles did not last long in the United States. Five Japanese SUVs are celebrating their premiere at the New York Auto Show - with a hybrid drive as a fig leaf.
North America's premier auto show is January's Detroit Motor Show. But the exhibition in New York attracts more viewers. And in terms of tradition, it is not inferior to the event in Michigan. On the contrary: it has been around for seven years longer. The automakers in the Big Apple have been showing their latest products since 1900 and are now driving seven-digit visitor numbers into the halls, while Detroit is already satisfied with 800,000.
There is not much space in the metropolis of New York, but SUVs are still very popular, both on the streets and on the exhibition stands, especially from Japanese manufacturers. Five world premieres are vying for approval, but mostly the offers are unlikely to get beyond the US borders. Subaru, for example, trumps with its first hybrid model in the form of the XV, and the luxurious Honda sister Acura, which is little known in Europe, brings the mighty MDX with front-wheel drive so as not to let fuel consumption get out of hand. But 3.5 liters of displacement and six cylinders have to be there for you to drive up here in a manner befitting your status.
Infiniti apparently sees it differently. The Nissan subsidiary, which has long been trying its luck in our regions, has given its giant QX60 crossover a hybrid drive train. Then the American forgives four cylinders. Here it is 2.5 liters of displacement, and a supercharger helps Otto on the jumps so that together with the 15 kW / 20 PS electric motor, a total of 183 kW / 250 PS are released. The manufacturer puts the consumption at around 9.4 liters per 100 kilometers.
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