November is auto show season, and here in Tire Buyer’s hometown of Seattle, the yearly auto show draws lots of attention. This is the time of year that new releases catch the eye of shoppers and car fanatics alike. We went to check out what’s new, what’s redesigned for 2019 and what will be exciting in the car world this coming year. If you didn’t get a chance to check out this year’s show, no worries. We’ve got the scoop on some of the new and redesigned models we’re watching.
New SUVs were an attention grabber this year. After announcing earlier this year that Ford would stop production on many of its smaller cars and sedans, the brand showed off many of its new SUV offerings, including the newly redesigned Ford Edge. The popular SUV is now available as a performance-enhanced ST option. Nissan released an all-new SUV this year, and the Toyota RAV4 also showed up sporting a new design.
It’s looking like this will be the year of electric SUVs, with the long-anticipated Jaguar I-Pace and Audi E-Tron drawing crowds. Though the higher-end options were the most hyped of 2019’s EV releases, the more accessibly-priced Kia Niro and Hyundai Kona EVs also drew some attention. It’s looking like more and more manufacturers are offering electric options and EVs are larger and more practical than ever before. When they hit the market in the coming months, we’re sure we’ll be seeing quite a few of these new releases here in the eco-friendly Emerald City.
Kia Niro EV, Mustang Bullitt, BMW i8
As always, eye-catching performance and muscle cars are always better when seen up close. This year, visitors got to see Ford’s gorgeous 2019 Mustang Bullitt. Plus, BMW treated guests to two very cool i8s for the performance EV crowd.
As a bonus, Range Rover went all out with setting up an entire off-road test course for their SUVs. So if you ever wanted to off-road in the middle of downtown Seattle, this was your chance.
For those who wanted to get an up-close look at new releases, this was a great opportunity. The auto show brought together so many new vehicles under one roof, but showcasing new releases is really what this event is all about. These four new models were attracting lots of hype. While some we’d known to look out for, others caught us by surprise.
If you haven’t already heard that the Chevrolet Blazer is back for 2019, here’s your first look. The five-seat crossover SUV looks nothing like its early-2000s counterpart, but it’s a sharp-looking vehicle that’s well suited to the needs of family life. It falls somewhere between the Equinox and the Traverse in size. With a modern and spacious interior, the Blazer will probably invoke some nostalgia.
At long last, here it is. One of the most anticipated EV releases of 2019, the Jaguar I-Pace appeared to live up to the excitement. Tucked away in the upstairs portion of the Seattle Auto Show, this SUV attracted lots of curious EV lovers and new prospective drivers alike. Jaguar offered test drives, even though this vehicle won’t even be on the market until later in 2019. But it looks like this one is going to be a pretty neat option for those looking for a new EV, Jaguar fan or not. It’s really more than just an electric SUV–it offers a performance element, too. An SUV that does 0-60 in just 4.5 seconds and that will never use a drop of gas? I don’t know about you, but we’re intrigued.
Adding to the electric SUV excitement on the auto show circuit is the Audi E-Tron. With a 160-mile range, this battery-powered vehicle will be hitting dealer lots in 2019. Auto Show attendees got a first in-person look at the sharp E-Tron, which looks like it’s going to be rather spacious and loaded with all the luxe features you’d hope for in an Audi. It blends fairly seamlessly with Audi’s other SUV offerings, rather than being overly gaudy and futuristic about its EV capabilities.
This compact SUV made a quiet entrance, among much competition in the subcompact SUV segment. Created to replace Nissan’s small Juke SUV, the Kicks looks like it will be comfortable and spacious. Plus, it might just be perfect for life here in urban Seattle, with lots of space for adventure gear while still small enough for a weekend away at Mt. Rainier. It’s got the personality that those who are into subcompacts love. The Ford Ecosport and Hyundai Kona are getting more competition with this one. But only the 2019 Nissan Kicks has already reached dealer lots.