@NYAuto Show Round-up: Ram, Hyundai, Kia, Lexus, Subaru, Chrysler & Jeep

Here is a round-up of all the announcements from the New York Auto Show today. Announcements were made Ram, Hyundai, Kia, Lexus, Subaru, Chrysler and Jeep.

2025 Ram1500 REV

The all-new, all-electric 2025 Ram 1500 REV – the first battery-electric light-duty pickup truck from Ram Truck – makes its world debut today at the New York International Auto Show. The entire Ram lineup will provide customers with electrified solutions that deliver disruptive, leading-edge advanced technology in the years to come.

“The all-electric Ram 1500 REV is a monumental milestone on our continued journey to offer the industry’s best electrified solutions and further fortifies our award-winning lineup,” said Mike Koval Jr., Ram brand CEO – Stellantis. “We believe in bringing the right range of powertrain solutions to our customers and will continue to redefine the pickup truck segment. Our all-new Ram 1500 REV pushes past the competition in areas customers care about most including range, towing, payload and charge time.”

The 2025 Ram 1500 REV will offer customers two all-electric options including a standard 168 kilowatt-hour battery pack with a targeted range of up to 350 miles and an optional 229 kilowatt-hour large battery pack with a targeted range of up to an unsurpassed 500 miles. Both can add up to 110 miles of range in approximately 10 minutes with 800-volt DC fast charging at up to 350 kW offering customers quick and convenient charging solutions.

Vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-home and vehicle-to-grid bi-directional charging affords the Ram 1500 REV the flexibility to charge another Stellantis battery-electric vehicle or provide power back to the grid. With Ram’s mission to make lives easier, the truck can also send power to a home during a storm, run the tailgate party or provide power at the camp or jobsite. An on-board power panel in the bed can provide up to 7.2 kW while an available on-board power panel in the frunk provides up to 3.6 kW.

Other targeted performance figures include a 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds, 654 horsepower and 620 lb.-ft. of torque, up to 24 inches of water fording, up to 14,000 pounds towing and a maximum payload capacity of 2,700 pounds.

Ram is committed to innovation and powertrain leadership with a lineup that consists of anything and everything truck buyers want and need, meeting real-world demands. Today, Ram offers the most fuel-efficient 4x4s and the quickest, fastest and most powerful pickup truck straight from the factory.

The 2025 Ram 1500 REV is available in five trims including Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Limited and, introducing an all-new trim, Tungsten.

Ram 1500 REV is part of Ram’s significant contribution to Stellantis’ Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan to lead the way the world moves by delivering innovative, clean, safe and affordable mobility solutions. As part of Dare Forward 2030, Stellantis is investing more than €30 billion through 2025 in electrification and software to delivery battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) that meet customer demands.

The all-new Ram 1500 REV XR with class-shattering range will follow the introduction of the all-electric Ram 1500 REV.

Hyundai Intros 2024 Kona Electric Limited & N Line

Hyundai today revealed the all-new 2024 Kona Electric, Limited, and N Line models in its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show. The all-new Kona is positioned as an upscaled multiplayer in the small SUV segment, led by an all-electric variant that offers advanced safety, convenience, and outstanding electric range of 260 miles based on preliminary Hyundai internal estimates. The second-generation Kona offers one of the most comprehensive product packages in the small SUV segment, including the widest range of powertrains. Customers can choose from electric and internal combustion powertrains, including a sporty N Line version. The all-new 2024 Kona will arrive at U.S. dealers this summer, and the Kona Electric will be available late fall.

In an unconventional move, Hyundai developed the new Kona platform with an electrified powertrain first, in line with the company’s accelerated electrification strategy announcement that will bring 11 new Hyundai EVs to market globally by 2030.

“The all-new Kona and Kona Electric continue to build upon our extremely successful first-generation model, with outstanding efficiency, innovative technologies, distinctive styling, and comprehensive safety features,” said José Muñoz, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America. “The new Kona Electric represents the next step forward in eco-friendly mobility solutions, a key model in Hyundai’s rapid transition to clean mobility and progress for humanity.”

The 2024 Kona Electric is photographed near Yucca Valley, Calif., on Mar. 15, 2023. (v)

With its rugged, dynamic design and upscaled dimensions, the all-new Kona retains its iconic character, supporting active lifestyles for customers of all ages, while offering innovative technologies and convenience features that provide a safe, connected, and comfortable experience. Among the upgrades are dual, 12.3-inch panoramic display screens, Digital Key 2 Touch, Over-the-Air (OTA) software updates and Hyundai’s next-generation infotainment system.

Kona Electric, equipped with the 64.8-kWh battery, is estimated to deliver up to 260 miles of range based on Hyundai’s preliminary internal testing (ii). This battery system is internally estimated to recharge from 10 percent to 80 percent in approximately 43 minutes with available 400V fast-charging capability(iii). The standard battery is estimated to provide approximately 197 miles of range based on preliminary internal tests (iv).

The all-new model has unique proportions providing larger dimensions and interior volume. The Kona internal combustion version length is now 171.3 in., 5.7 in. longer, with a wheelbase of 104.7 in., a 2.3 in. increase, and its overall width is 71.9 in., a full inch wider than its predecessor.


EV-driven Exterior Design
For the 2024 Kona, Hyundai transitioned from a conventional ICE-to-EV platform development process and followed an EV-to-ICE development process, resulting in a futuristic, EV-centric exterior that accentuates the Kona’s unique look with an unexpected combination of sleek and rugged design.

With a drag coefficient of just 0.27, the new Kona Electric excels at aerodynamic performance without sacrificing style. Between the aerodynamic nose and rear liftgate, sculpted wheel arch armor and parametric surfaces add character to pure volume, with dynamic chrome lines connecting the belt line to the rear spoiler and integrated center high-mounted stop lamp. On the Electric variant, a Pixelated Seamless Horizon Lamp and Pixel graphics add a unique flourish. In addition, available vivid exterior colors further emphasize Kona’s iconic design, taking inspiration from the diverse lifestyles of a broad spectrum of customers.

2024 Kona Electric Specifications



Wheelbase 104.7 in.
Length 171.5 in.
Width 71.9 in.
(w/roof rails)
62.2 in. (w/ 17-inch tires)
(w/out sunroof)
39.9 (front), 38.3 in. (rear)
Leg room 41.7 in., 36.4 in. (rear)
Shoulder room 56.8 in. (front), 55.2 in. (rear)




Trunk space 25.5 cubic feet (SAE standard)
Front storage volume (frunk) 27 liters (0.95 cu. ft.)




Maximum Driving Range
(Hyundai internal estimate)
260 miles (i) (internal estimate w/ 64.8 kWh battery)(final range to be confirmed at a subsequent date)
Performance w/ 64.8 kWh Battery 2WD Power 150 kW (201 HP)
Torque 255 Nm (188 lb.-ft.)
Performance w/ 48.6-kWh Battery 2WD Power 99 kW (133 HP)
Torque 255 Nm (188 lb.-ft.)



Supported Charging Infrastructure Available 400V with 64.8 kWh Battery
Charging Approximately 10% to 80% in 43 minutes with fast-charging capability (iii)

Vehicle-to-Load (vi)


Maximum Power Output 1.7kW (North America)
Port Locations Vehicle charging port access with V2L adapter

Roomier and More Versatile Interior
Based on the model’s upscaled dimensions and EV-derived universal architecture, Hyundai designed a larger interior ‘living space’ to embrace a wider range of customer lifestyles. The driver-centric front row is accentuated by a floating horizontal C-Pad with integrated, dual 12.3-inch panoramic display screens that affirm Kona’s high-tech character.

As part of Kona’s new ergonomic layout, the shift-by-wire gear selector has been relocated from the center console to a stalk behind the steering wheel, allowing more storage in the open console area. The layout emphasizes Kona’s larger, wider interior, providing a versatile and comfortable space for driver and passengers. This impression is further reinforced by the relocation of driver controls around the steering wheel, allowing a multi-use center console storage area with a rotational cupholder design. Ambient interior lighting options are also available that correspond to drive modes, acceleration, or to suit the mood of the driver. The front seats are 30 percent slimmer to maximize rear passenger legroom and the second row Curveless Bench Seat also enhances available space. Even more, a two-stage latching system allows rear seat reclining.

The fully foldable second-row seat and rear compartment provide 25.5 cubic feet of rear cargo volume with rear seatbacks up and 63.7 cubic feet with seatbacks folded down, along with improved loading convenience. Loading anything from luggage to shopping bags is made easier than ever with the available Smart Power Tailgate that enhances cargo space access.

EV-Specific Features
In addition to the Pixelated Seamless Horizon Lamp and Pixel graphics, Kona Electric offers even more features for an improved customer experience. Available battery preconditioning ensures secure charging and power performance in colder ambient temperatures. A new charging port door lamp helps ensure visibility at night.

Kona Electric also comes with distinctive elements, including forward “frunk” storage, active grille shutters, exterior Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) capability, i-PEDAL driving mode, and Smart Regenerative System that adjusts regeneration according to real-time traffic conditions.

With a bi-directional onboard charger, the Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) (vi) function can power devices or charge electrical equipment, such as electric bicycles, scooters, camping equipment, or even power necessities during a power outage. From the front charging port, devices and appliances can be plugged in using an available V2L adapter to use battery power when the car is parked.

The new i-PEDAL enables a one-pedal driving mode that allows drivers to accelerate, decelerate and stop using only the accelerator pedal when desired. The Smart Regenerative System automatically adjusts the levels of regenerative braking based on real-time data from forward traffic flow, optimizing regenerative braking system efficiency.

Refined and Efficient Internal Combustion Powertrains
Kona powertrain offerings have top efficiency levels as a key target. Kona offers a choice of two gasoline powertrains. A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson engine produces an estimated 147 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 132 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm, paired with a Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) for maximum efficiency (vii). The Atkinson cycle design maximizes the effective cylinder expansion ratio (compression stroke vs. power stroke) for greater efficiency.

N Line and Limited trims offer a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder direct-injected, turbocharged engine generating an estimated 190 horsepower at 6,000 rpm (vii) and 195 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,700-4,500 rpm for confident acceleration in city driving. Peak torque delivery starts at only 1,700 rpm and holds through 4,500 rpm, for low-RPM responsiveness in everyday driving conditions. The Kona 1.6L turbo engine couples to an eight-speed automatic transmission for outstanding efficiency with smooth, seamless shifting and brisk acceleration.

Responsive and Refined Chassis Tuning
Kona was developed with a focus on enhanced driving dynamics and responsive performance for a variety of urban and multi-surface driving conditions. The long wheelbase, short overhangs and wide track create a planted stance that results in exceptional agility in urban environments with enhanced linear stability and ride comfort. Kona internal combustion models feature a MacPherson strut front suspension with coil springs and a hollow stabilizer bar design. Kona AWD models feature a multi-link rear suspension with stabilizer bar and FWD models feature a refined torsion beam rear axle design. Kona Electric models feature a MacPherson strut front suspension with coil springs and a multi-link rear suspension.

Kona N Line Sporty Variant
The N Line model boasts bodycolor cladding, 19-inch N Line alloy wheels, N Line rear spoiler, dual-outlet exhaust tips, Bose premium audio, sport seating with red accents, aluminum sport pedals, N Line scuff plates, and black mirrors. In addition, aggressive, wing-shaped front and rear fascia designs emphasize a lower stance for an even sportier appearance.

2024 Kona (ICE) Dimensions

Length 171.3 in. (N Line 172.6 in.)
Width 71.9 in.
Height (w/roof rails) FWD: 17/18 in. wheels: 62.4 in., 19 in. wheels: 62.6 in.
AWD: 17/18 in. wheels: 63.4 in., 19 in. wheels: 63.6 in.
Wheelbase 104.7 in.
Headroom (without sunroof) Front 39.9 in.
Rear 38.3 in.
Legroom Front 41.7 in.
Rear 38.2 in.
Shoulder room Front 56.8 in.
Rear 55.2 in.

Connectivity with Over-the-Air Updates
The all-new Kona takes connectivity to the next level with Over-the-Air (OTA) technology (viii) for software updates, allowing car owners to save time by having their cars updated with the latest software, providing a convenient, upgradable experience. OTA software updates will allow the owner to improve their Kona’s performance or experience new features using wireless communication. The Kona can improve overall vehicle performance and functions by updating the firmware of the various control units. OTA software updates also can be used for maps and multimedia software.

For even more convenience, the 2024 Kona offers Digital Key 2 Touch (ix), using near-field communication (NFC) on smart phones or smart watches, assuring an elevated level of security. The latest version of Hyundai Digital Key, Digital Key 2 Touch allows owners to leave their car key at home and use compatible smartphones to lock, unlock, and start their vehicle. Digital Key 2 Touch also allows secure sharing of keys with up to three persons and can be revoked at the owner’s discretion.

The new Kona offers an available next-generation infotainment system with advanced graphic user interface and seamless unity among various vehicle displays. Inside, dual 12.3-inch panoramic display screens are integrated into the audio-video navigation (AVN) system to give drivers an immersive widescreen digital experience. While parking, Surround View Monitor (SVM) displays the vehicle from various driver-selectable viewpoints for safe and easy parking, while efficient, wide-projection LED headlamps illuminate the way forward.

An available eight-speaker Bose Premium Sound System plus subwoofer delivers a rich and immersive listening experience. Driver and passengers alike have access to two USB-C chargers (including one with data support) and a 12V power outlet in the front, as well as two USB-C chargers in the rear and wireless device charging capability. Kona also offers available Wi-Fi hotspot capability.

SmartSense Advanced Driver Assistance
The second-generation Kona is offered with the next level of Hyundai SmartSense ADAS features not available on many small segment SUVs, providing elevated levels of safety and convenience. Available Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) (x) aids drivers in getting in and out of parking spaces remotely. A press of the smart key button can move the vehicle forward or backward out of various parking scenarios. Blind-spot View Monitor (BVM) (xi) can help when the driver makes a lane change by providing the driver with live video of the blind spot area in the instrument cluster.

Kona also offers additional safety features, such as enhanced Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA) (xii), with junction turning support. It also offers Highway Driving Assist (xiii), which can help drivers maintain the vehicle in the center of the lane and at a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.

The all-new Kona also offers other available SmartSense Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) features, such as: Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), High Beam Assist (HBA), Surround View Monitor (SVM), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Rear Occupant Alert/Safe Exit Warning, and Parking Collision Avoidance Assist-Reverse.

Kona also offers available driving convenience functions, such as Smart Cruise Control (SCC), Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC) with stop and go, Parking Distance Warning (forward/side/reverse with contour warning), and Remote Start.

Enhanced Bluelink+ Features
All Bluelink+ services (xiv) are offered complimentary with the purchase of a new Hyundai vehicle, the first year of ownership for certified pre-owned, and the first three months for used car owners. Key safety and maintenance features, previously included in the Connected Care Package, are now part of Bluelink+ Basic, which will be available for subsequent owners to connect with no associated fees. Essential key safety and maintenance features, such as Auto Collision Assistance, SOS Assistance, Remote Diagnostics, Maintenance Reminders, and over-the-air ECU Updates, are available with no trial period, and for the life of the supporting technology and 4G LTE network.

Kona Electric models are also available with the latest version of Hyundai’s connectivity technologies from Bluelink®. The Bluelink app displays the vehicle’s range, battery state and charging times when plugged into public or private charging points. Customers can access an advanced battery management system to select charging times that best fit their schedules and budgets by making the most of off-peak electricity rates. Remote Profile Management stores select personalized driver preferences in the Bluelink cloud and can remotely update and push data back to the vehicle. Vehicle Status Notifications inform owners if the vehicle has its doors unlocked or windows open. Maintenance Alert Enhancement tracks maintenance intervals in the multimedia system, with ability to reset.

In celebration of Disney’s 100th anniversary, Hyundai Motor America unveiled its special IONIQ 5 Disney100 Platinum Concept car at the New York Auto Show. The car features special Disney-inspired visual accents and entertainment including lighting and iconic Disney music. This is the first time ever that Hyundai vehicle designers have created a vehicle with visual creative input from Walt Disney Imagineering.

Disney Co0ncept Features*

  • Gravity Gold Matte exterior color
  • Disney-inspired wheel styles
  • Disney100 Platinum Edition exterior badging
  • Disney100 logo embossed on front seat headrests and center console
  • Disney100 logo on the floormats
  • Lamp screens with Disney sparkle animations across headlights and taillights
  • Moon roof etching details with a touch of pixie dust
  • Disney-themed intro on the interior screen upon turning the car on which features iconic Disney music, the Disney100 logo and pixie dust
  • Interior synchronized light show featuring changing light modes

*Features listed on show-car only. Actual production model may vary.

NA Debut Kia 9

Today, Kia unveiled the all-electric 2024 EV9 SUV for the first time in North America at the 2023 New York International Auto Show. As the first three-row EV SUV from Kia, the EV9 is the flagship of the global Plan S strategy, as well as a pioneer in its segment and the automotive industry.

“With the launch of the EV9, we are incorporating our experience in producing brilliantly designed, best-in-class SUVs with our deep expertise in developing the industry’s leading EVs,” said Sean Yoon, president and CEO, Kia North America and Kia America. “The EV9 is a credible, high-value SUV that encapsulates our approach to bringing innovative, consumer-focused products to market with a serious commitment to electrification.”

The EV9 is a beacon that points to the future of an electrified lineup for Kia as a mobility leader. Building on Kia’s reputation of delivering vehicles with segment-above excellence, the EV9 brings the three-row SUV into the EV era with available features that matter most: generous interior volume and cargo space, towing capability, leading vehicle dynamics, rich interior appointments, and fast charging capability. Inside and out, the EV9 exemplifies the Kia design philosophy of “Opposites United,” which masters the creative tension generated by the divergent values of nature and modernity to create a harmonious whole.

Developed on the proven E-GMP architecture dedicated to electric vehicles with fourth-generation battery technology, the EV9 enhances space with seating for up to seven passengers, with a long wheelbase and flat floor that provide both flexibility and comfort for all. Through integration of some of the latest in-vehicle technology, vehicle system over-the-air updates6, ultra-wideband-based Digital Key7, and Onboard Power Generator (V2L) functionality, the EV9 is enabled to continue to evolve throughout the ownership experience. The EV9’s standard 800V electrical architecture enables ultrafast recharging on high-speed DC chargers, designed to go from a 10 to 80 percent state of charge in under 25 minutes4. The EV9 is expected to arrive in the United States in Q4 2023.8

EV9 Exterior Design: A Triumph of Proportion
From first glance, the all-electric EV9 embodies the rugged yet sophisticated typology befitting a flagship SUV. Its muscular stance and dynamic character lines rise with smooth precision to pay homage to the Kia Design north star, the reimagined Kia logo. The EV9 brings to life the Concept EV9, which was guided by visualizing the simplicity of nature’s perfection through the lens of the elements of nature.

At up to 197.4 inches in length, the EV9 is slightly longer than the Telluride SUV and comparable in height (up to 70.1 inches) and width (77.9 inches). With all three rows raised, the EV9 offers 20.2 cubic feet of cargo space. When both rows of rear seats are folded, volume increases to 81.9 cubic feet.

“The exterior styling of the EV9 is a master class in simplicity of form and expression,” said Tom Kearns, chief designer, Kia Design Center America. “With a single unbroken stroke, just like that found on the Kia logo, we were able to define the character of the EV9.”

The boxy, triangular design language of the EV9 emphasizes the tension of its short overhangs and long wheelbase, pushed to the corners over the modular E-GMP electric underpinnings. At the front of the EV9 is the Tiger Face, a reinterpretation of the Kia “Tiger Nose” grille that highlights depth and dimensionality, flanked by slim LED headlights. The available Star Map LED animated Digital Pattern Lighting Grille can be personalized by the driver as part of five Dynamic Welcome Light formations, a first for Kia. Both fasciae exude a confident and recognizable front expression recreated with a futuristic touch. In the rear, slim taillights draw attention to the corners of the EV9’s body. Flush door handles with automatic deployment underscore the clean side profile lines.

Design is in every detail of the EV9, including the available wheel options, which range from 19 to 21 inches. For a more design-driven appearance, the EV9 GT-Line adds model-exclusive styling, raised roof rails9, and 21-inch, exclusive alloy wheels and tires. The EV9 will be available in a choice of gloss or factory matte finish paint options10.

EV9 Interior Design: A Modern Sanctuary
In keeping with the tenets of Kia’s “Opposites United” ethos, the interior of the EV9 infuses cues from nature through creative contrast, innovative use of materials, and the interplay between humans and their environment. This post-industrial approach introduces a new level of refinement of craft to Kia.

“Innovation in materiality is a subtle alchemy that has lasting results, and the EV9 unlocks the next level of our design identity,” said Jochen Paesen, vice president, interior design, Kia Design. “And thanks to clever packaging made possible by E-GMP, the EV9 features a spacious, three-row interior.”

The interior design philosophy of the EV9 introduces the “Ten Must-Have Items,” a new paradigm in Color, Material and Finish (CMF) that will also be applied to future Kia models. In the interior of the EV9, this CMF approach comes to life through the use of non-leather polyurethane seating surfaces, select BTX-free interior trim, and select fabrics and carpets composed of partially recycled materials. From the headliner of the EV9 to a variety of high-touch areas within the cabin, these forward-thinking materials offer a tactile quality to occupants in all three rows, and deliver a well-appointed cabin without the use of animal products.

Reductionism is a motif that envelops the cabin of the EV9. Centrally mounted, hidden-until-lit haptic switches for key infotainment features appear when the EV9 is turned on. The dual-level, floating center console stretches from the first to the second row, offering under-tray stowage to front passengers and cupholders and an available sliding storage console for rear passengers. Hidden in front of the driver is an optional, full-color head-up display. An available Full Display Mirror® replaces the traditional rear-view mirror with a camera view with a flick of the lower tab11. The optional 14-speaker, 708-watt Meridian® Premium Audio adds impressive levels of tonal clarity sand serenity12. Available steering wheel LED lighting illuminates the Kia logo.

Every seat inside the EV9 is considered executive-class, including the second row of seats. First and second passenger row occupants are treated to an available “Relaxation Mode” which offers comfort with power operated leg rests, and second-row creature comforts include 8-way power adjustments enhanced with heating and cooling. High-power USB-C outlets throughout the cabin allow for device recharging for all.

The EV9 will be available from launch in a variety of six- and seven-seat configurations. The EV9’s V2L outlet located in the cargo area can help power tailgating parties, and standard tri-zone HVAC ensures true temperature control in front and back.

EV9 Technology: Connected and Ultramodern
The EV9 features Kia’s next-generation, ultramodern Connected Car Navigation Cockpit (ccNC) operating system. Mirroring the exterior styling, the ccNC display interface takes inspiration from the rising strokes, smooth curves, and high contrast of the Kia logo. The ccNC operating system processes faster and in higher fidelity, with frequently used Quick Controls available with a swipe on the screen. The EV9 will also be the first Kia model to offer vehicle system over-the-air updates, a strategic move towards software-defined vehicles, as well as navigation-based charging guidance using arrival time and distance-to-empty estimates. The EV9 is designed to be a mobile power source, thanks to an Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU) and V2L13.

The EV9 will offer standard, advanced ultrawideband-based Digital Key, which allows customers to use their compatible Apple and Samsung smart devices or an NFC-enabled smart card as virtual vehicle keys to lock, unlock, and drive. Furthermore, these keys can be shared with friends and family over text messages on available devices. This latest technology allows the driver to unlock the EV9 without the need to hold a smartphone.

EV9 ADAS: Advancing the Art
The EV9 refines and expands Kia’s roster of standard and available Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Debuting on the EV9 for the Kia brand in North America are Advanced Highway Driving Assist (AHDA)14, and Lane Following Assist 2 (LFA-2)15. Standard Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA-2) is a driver convenience system that helps to maintain a predetermined distance from the vehicle detected in front, keep the vehicle within detected lane markers on certain highways, and assist in lane changes under certain conditions. LFA-2 is a driving convenience feature that helps the vehicle stay in the center of detected lane markers. Available AHDA utilizes lidar-based technology.

Central to the active driver assist technology on the EV9 is Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA-2)16, which is designed to help detect and prevent collisions from occurring under certain conditions. Standard FCA has been enhanced on the EV9 to, in certain circumstances, detect: vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists in front of the vehicle while driving (FCA-CPC); oncoming vehicles while turning left at an intersection (FCA-JT); and crossing vehicles while passing through an intersection (FCA-JC). The system is also designed to help provide a degree of braking and/or steering input to help prevent or minimize certain collisions if the system detects: oncoming vehicles while passing other vehicles (FCA-LO); vehicles in front of the car while changing lanes (FCA-LS); and obstacles, pedestrians, or other vehicles in front of the car while driving straight (FCA-ESA). FCA is designed to, in certain instances, help reduce collision damage with a direct oncoming vehicle through audible and visual warnings, as well as by applying the brakes (FCA-DO). Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM) are designed to help display and detect vehicles approaching from behind in the next lane and, in a variety of circumstances, applying brakes or steering to help mitigate some collisions while making lane changes (FCA-BCA).

The EV9 will also feature some of the latest features in the Kia Drive Wise active driver assistance suite17, including High Beam Assist (HBA)18, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA-2), Safe Exit Assist (SEA), Safe Exit Warning (SEW)19, and Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go (SCC).

Available Rear-View Monitor, and Surround-View Monitor20 are designed to provide a wider picture in reversing and parking scenarios, using cameras around the EV9 to display a 360-degree view. Optional Remote Smart Parking Assist 2 allows remote parking in, or exiting from, certain parking spots with the driver operating the EV9 from outside the vehicle, as well as smart parking while the driver is inside the vehicle21. Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist and Parking Distance Warning Forward and Reverse are designed to facilitate parking maneuvers in a variety of circumstances.

In addition to the active driver assist technology, the EV9 arrives standard with 10 airbags, including a front-row center airbag intended to reduce front-passenger impacts in certain collisions22.

EV9 Powertrain: Designed to Perform
The EV9 is the second Kia model based on the E-GMP platform, and the first to feature fourth-generation battery technology designed for improved energy density. From launch, the EV9 will be available with a choice of two powertrain options. Standard is a 76.1-kWh battery with a 160-kW (215-hp) motor that drives the rear wheels. An optional 99.8-kWh battery will be available in a single-motor configuration targeting 300 miles of all-electric range (AER), or a dual-motor, 283-kW (379-hp) torque vectoring all-wheel-drive configuration with 516 lb.-ft. of torque. The EV9 will offer four drive modes at launch on all trims: Eco, Normal, Sport, and My Mode.

With a maximum DC charging speed of up to 230kW, the EV9 can facilitate quick charging with compatible DC chargers, while the 11kW onboard charger enables expedient Level 2 charging, as well.

EV9 Availability
The EV9 is expected to debut in the U.S. in Q4 2023, and it is expected to be assembled in West Point, Ga., beginning in 2024, making it the first Kia EV to be assembled locally.* Pricing, timing for U.S. market availability, specific trim details, and EPA-rated AER for the EV9 are subject to future announcements.


Subaru of America today revealed to the world the newest member of the Wilderness family, the 2024 Crosstrek Wilderness, at the New York International Auto Show. Combining Subaru’s renowned Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with a revised drivetrain, standard X-MODE, elevated 9.3-inch ground clearance and exclusive body cladding, the 2024 Crosstrek Wilderness is the most rugged and trail-capable Crosstrek ever.

With an already impressive list of standard features, the Crosstrek Wilderness adds exclusive mechanical, design, and functional enhancements for added capability on the roads and trails less traveled. Critically, the rugged new model preserves the Crosstrek’s renowned blend of SUV capability and car-like ride and handling. Numerous exterior and interior details make the Crosstrek Wilderness especially suited to carrying outdoor gear, even when wet or muddy.

The Crosstrek Wilderness is powered by a 2.5-liter direct-injection SUBARU BOXER® engine, with 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque. Subaru engineered the Crosstrek Wilderness drivetrain for better off-road performance by installing a revised differential gear ratio and retuned Lineartronic CVT. The 4.111 final drive ratio (vs. 3.700) improves the SUV’s climbing ability and the new tuning for the CVT optimizes traction at low speeds and on slippery surfaces. Additionally, maximum towing capacity more than doubles to 3,500 lb. thanks to the addition of a transmission oil cooler.

Like all 2024 Crosstrek models, the Wilderness is equipped with the brand’s award-winning EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, which includes Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control; Pre-Collision Braking; Pre-Collision Throttle Management; Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and Lead Vehicle Start Alert. In addition, Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert are standard on the new model.

The Crosstrek Wilderness also comes standard with Automatic Emergency Steering. The feature works in conjunction with EyeSight and Blind-Spot Detection to assist with steering control to help avoid a collision at speeds less than 50 mph. Standard Reverse Automatic Braking adds an extra measure of safety in tight trail situations and while parking.

Design + Function = Unique Wilderness Style
Like the other Wilderness models, the Crosstrek Wilderness design blends trail-enhanced function with style that also turns heads. To visually communicate the more capable off-road performance, the Crosstrek Wilderness adds exclusive styling with all-new front and rear bumpers, bold hexagonal front grille, larger wheel arch cladding, metal front skid plate, unique hex-design LED fog lights and an anti-glare hood decal in matte-black finish.

Subaru Wilderness badges are emblazoned on the front doors and rear gate. A body-color roof spoiler and black side mirrors with integrated turn signals complement the SUV’s rugged look. Among the exterior colors offered, the Crosstrek Wilderness is available in Geyser Blue, which is exclusive to the Wilderness family.

The Crosstrek Wilderness features a versatile ladder-type roof rack system, with a 176 lb. dynamic load capacity and a 700-lb. static load limit, allowing safe use of larger roof-top tents. The roof rail design provides flexibility to fit a wide variety of carrying accessories, including Genuine Subaru Accessories available from Subaru retailers.

Off-Road Capability
Exclusive suspension components give the 2024 Crosstrek Wilderness 9.3-inch ground clearance, more than a half-inch increase over the other Crosstrek models, which already were among the highest in their segment. Longer coil springs and shock absorbers provide the added ground clearance, while special tuning helps maintain dynamic performance.

Longer travel strokes for the front and rear shock absorbers help keep the tires in contact with rough surfaces, increasing vehicle stability. In addition, a longer dampening compression stroke helps increase absorption on rough road surfaces, providing a smoother ride. Even with its added ground clearance, the Crosstrek Wilderness maintains a low step-in height for ease of entry.

The approach angle is increased from 18.0 degrees in other Crosstrek models to 20.0 degrees on the Wilderness; the angle of departure increases from 30.1 to 33.0 degrees, and ramp breakover angle moves up from 19.7 to 21.1 degrees.

The Crosstrek Wilderness comes equipped with Yokohama GEOLANDAR® all-terrain tires for optimal performance in mud, gravel or snow. Mounted on exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels in matte-black finish, the tires are embossed with raised white letters.

X-MODE for Maximum Control
The Crosstrek Wilderness is equipped with Subaru’s driver-selectable dual-function X-MODE. The system offers Snow / Dirt and Deep Snow / Mud modes. To help maximize traction in varying conditions, each mode specifically optimizes the engine output and CVT ratio positions, increases the Active All-Wheel Drive engagement and enhances the control logic of the Vehicle Dynamics Control with Traction Control System. The X-MODE display features a Roll-Angle Indicator to help the driver judge potentially hazardous situations.

This technology also helps make Crosstrek Wilderness a nimble climber. When the X-MODE system is activated, Low Speed / Low Ratio Gradient Control is automatically put on standby to sense when the vehicle is traveling on a steep incline at low speed. When it does, the system shifts the CVT to its lowest ratio (4.066:1). Combined with the Wilderness model’s lower differential ratios, the system also enhances rough off-pavement, low-speed drivability over rocks and other situations that require repeated on/off accelerator usage.

Standard Hill Descent Control will automatically engage individual wheel braking control on downgrades when the vehicle is driven under 12 mph with the accelerator pedal pressed less than about 10 percent, thereby helping to control vehicle speed. Active Torque Vectoring, standard on all 2024 Crosstrek models, enhances handling stability on road or trail.

An Interior designed for the Outdoors
Inside, Subaru equipped the Crosstrek Wilderness cabin for comfort and durability. The seats are upholstered in comfortable, water-resistant Subaru StarTex® material that features the Subaru Wilderness logo embossed in the front headrests. Bold copper colored contrast stitching accents the interior, complementing the anodized copper-finish accents on the shifter, gauge meter rings and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Upon entering the vehicle, the driver is greeted with a Wilderness logo appearing in the meter display at start-up.

Black pillar trim, assist grips, overhead console, and headliner pairs well with the Gunmetal Grey trim used on the dash, doors, and shifter plate. Standard all-weather floor mats feature a unique Wilderness design. In the cargo area, a removable water-resistant rear cargo tray protects the load floor from wet, muddy gear tossed in the back. The rear gate comes equipped with an LED light for better nighttime visibility.

The Wilderness comes standard with the SUBARU STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Plus system. The 11.6-inch high-resolution touchscreen is equipped with wireless Apple CarPlay® and wireless Android Auto™ with full screen display. Additional features include Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity; AM/FM stereo; rear vision camera; SiriusXM® All-Access Radio and SiriusXM Travel Link® (4-month free Platinum Plan); HD Radio®; and over-the-air updates.

The multimedia system also works as a center information display with combination meter integration and on-screen controls for audio, climate, and vehicle functions. The Wilderness is also equipped with a wireless phone charger in the center console.

Competitively Priced Adventure Compact SUV
Starting at $31,995, the Crosstrek Wilderness comes with an extensive list of standard features including Keyless Access with Push-Button Start; steering responsive LED headlights; SI-Drive engine performance management system; and Tire Pressure Monitoring System with individual tire display and automatic individual wheel ID registration. The SUV is also equipped with USB-A and USB-C ports in the front and rear of the center console; dual zone automatic climate control; and the All-Weather Package with heated front seats, windshield and exterior mirrors.

An available option package for Wilderness includes Power Moonroof; 10-way power driver seat with 2-way lumbar support; and a Harman Kardon® 10-speaker system with 432-watt equivalent amplifier for an MSRP of $2,270.

The 2024 Crosstrek Wilderness will begin arriving in Subaru retailers this fall. The Wilderness will be built at Subaru of Indiana Automotive in Lafayette, Indiana along with the other two Crosstrek 2.5-liter models, Ascent, Legacy and Outback.

2024 Crosstrek Wilderness
Model/Trim Transmission Applicable Option Code MSRP MSRP + destination and delivery
Wilderness CVT 21, 23 $31,995 $33,290
2024 Crosstrek Wilderness Option Package
Code Description MSRP
21 Standard Model NA
23 Power Moonroof + Power Driver Seat + Harman Kardon Amplifier and Speakers $2,270

Destination & Delivery is $1,295 and may vary in the following states: CT, HI, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, and VT. D&D is $1,445 for retailers in Alaska.

Crosstrek and Crosstrek Wilderness Compared

Exterior 2024 Crosstrek Base 2024 Crosstrek Wilderness Difference +/-
Wheelbase (in.) 105.1 104.9 -0.2
Length (in.) 176.4 176.4 0.0
Height (in.) 63.0 63.6 +0.6
Width (in.) 70.9 71.7 +0.8
Track, front (in.) 61.2 60.9 -0.3
Track, rear (in.) 61.2 60.8 -0.4
Ground clearance (in.) 8.7 9.3 +0.6
Approach angle (deg.) 18.0 20.0 +2.0
Departure angle (deg.) 30.1 33.0 +2.9
Breakover angle (deg.) 19.7 21.1 +1.4

Virtual Lexuses at NYIAS

It’s not hard to imagine your picture-perfect 2023 Lexus RX or 2023 Lexus RZ 450e luxury utility vehicle. But, it’s even better to envision it on your own terms – especially amid the hustle and bustle of the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS).

Through the power of artificial intelligence, guests attending NYIAS at the Jacob Javits Center from April 7-16 are able to type in a prompt for the Lexus RX or RZ, placing either vehicle in a setting limited only by their imagination, and manifest that vision into existence.

“Lexus is focused on creating innovative ways to connect with our guests, and this time, we’re using Generative AI technology at the New York International Auto Show to engage with them in a unique and very personalized way,” said Vinay Shahani, vice president of Lexus Marketing. “As we’ve shown with the recent launches of the all-new Lexus RX and RZ, intuitive technology is a key pillar of the brand, and this experience featuring these two vehicles provides guests the opportunity to explore what it would look like to have the RX and RZ as a part of their everyday lives and their dreams.”

At the Lexus display, guests are guided through prompts that generate images that appear on a 98-inch screen, featuring either the Lexus RX or RZ. Afterward, guests can send themselves their images via email, allowing them to bring their art home with them with nearly any backdrop they could fathom – even in a galaxy far, far away.

To develop the AI art tool, Lexus collaborated with data scientists and machine learning engineers at Toyota Connected North America (TCNA), a data, cloud, artificial intelligence, machine learning and software center of excellence headquartered in Plano, Texas. TCNA leveraged state-of-the-art Generative AI models such as Stable Diffusion and ControlNet architectures to train a proprietary Generative AI model to generate photorealistic or artistic style images – all by way of text input. The model was trained on more than 500 photos of each vehicle, capturing every detail imaginable.

Additionally, the stable diffusion model was trained on LAION-5B dataset from non-profit organization LAION to use for backgrounds, artistic styles and detailing.

“At TCNA, we are always looking at new ways to leverage data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other cutting-edge technologies to deliver value to our customers and engage with them,” said Shravanthi Denthumdas, vice president of Engineering, Mobility & Emerging Technologies, TCNA. “Generative AI is such a new field for most of the companies, and we’re enthusiastic for our partnership with the Lexus marketing team and utilize this technology to develop strong bonds with guests.”

This next-level engagement follows up on last year’s successful launch of Lexus Performance Driving School’s first non-fungible token (NFT), which provided guests who completed the program a digital keepsake. Embedded with performance data and hero images, more than 60 guests minted their NFTs to their cryptocurrency wallets, where they can keep them in perpetuity or use them to potentially unlock future experiences with the Lexus brand.

New 2024 Jeep Wrangler

The new 2024 Jeep® Wrangler, the most capable and recognized vehicle in the world, builds on its legendary history with an unmatched combination of off-road capability, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, advanced powertrains, superior on- and off-road dynamics and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology features.

The latest evolution of the world’s most off-road capable and most iconic SUV adds greater capability, new technology and advanced safety features, all while staying true to the Wrangler formula and delivering the freedom to go anywhere and do anything.

New for the 2024 model year, the Jeep brand is taking the Wrangler capability game to new heights with its first full-float Dana rear axle, available 100:1 crawl ratio, new factory Warn winch and increased 5,000-pound tow capability. Inside, customers get to experience more comfort and safety, with a new interior featuring available power front seats, standard 12.3-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen radio and standard side curtain airbags in the first and second rows.

“The Jeep Wrangler is the archetypal adventure hero, embodying the spirit and the soul of the Jeep brand,” said Christian Meunier, Jeep brand CEO. “Since its introduction, we have sold almost 5 million Wranglers around the world, setting new levels of 4×4 capability with each new generation. Today, we are raising the bar once again by combining the most capable Wrangler to date, with more technology, comfort and safety features. This is a no-compromise combination enhanced by the freedom to choose from four different powertrains, including our electrified 4xe, which is the best-selling PHEV in America.”

Building on its legacy of freedom and adventure, the new Wrangler is a testament to its loyal enthusiast fan base.

“The new 2024 Jeep Wrangler is an illustration of how powerful the Jeep community is and how they keep driving improvements based on their expectations of greater capability, advanced technology and more refinement,” said Jim Morrison, senior vice president and head of Jeep brand North America. “With the plug-in 4xe playing a lead role in the lineup, the new Wrangler takes the best and makes it better, with even more legendary 4×4 capability, thanks to our first full-float Dana rear axle that makes it possible for Wrangler owners to easily upsize tires; a more advanced and comfortable interior with a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen and available power seats tested for water fording; more safety and technology, including standard side-curtain airbags; and a stylish, fresh take on the iconic seven-slot grille that keeps the overall design true to the original.”

The 2024 Jeep Wrangler will be available in Sport, Willys, Sahara, High Altitude, Rubicon and Rubicon 392 models. Ordering is open now and vehicles will start to arrive in U.S. Jeep dealerships later in 2023. The 2024 Jeep Wrangler will also be available in markets around the world.

Chrysler Quietly Helps Those with Autism

– Chrysler and the Autism Society of America will announce a new long-term partnership initiative that supports the driving needs of individuals with autism and their loved ones, including through the creation of a new Calm Cabin package that can transform any Chrysler Pacifica into a sensory-supported mobile experience.

VW Atlas Peak Edition Goes to New Heights in NY

Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pleased to introduce the 2024 Atlas Peak Edition trimline at the New York International Auto Show. Inspired by the Basecamp Concept shown in 2019, body cladding elements create a more rugged overland look, while black-out detailing and a unique interior palette further elevate the model year 2024 Atlas family.

The face of Peak Edition models immediately stands out from other Atlas trims with a rugged front fascia and underbody cladding in silver. A gloss-black “X” design element stretches across the lower fascia, borrowed from Atlas Cross Sport. Two chrome strips pop on an otherwise blacked-out grille, flowing to either side of the illuminated logo.

Moving around the side of the vehicle, a large gloss-black badge adorns the front quarter panel with the Peak Edition logo in orange and chrome. Eighteen-inch black alloy wheels equipped with 255/60 all-terrain tires bolster the versatility of the Atlas, while rugged side sills in black and silver visually reinforce the look. Black mirror caps, window surround, wheelarches, and roof rails complete the black-out look in profile.

At the rear, a black tailgate strip meets a rugged black and silver diffuser with chrome exhaust bezels. New exterior colors for the Atlas family, and exclusive to Peak Edition models, are Avocado Green and Pure Grey.

Inside, Peak Edition models feature a signature look that pulls from the logo colors. Titan Black leatherette is paired with light grey accents and orange contrast stitching. Dash and door inserts in a black metallic check pattern further set the look apart from the rest of the Atlas family. A steering wheel clip bears the same logo as the exterior badging and ambient lighting with 30 color choices pairs with innovative backlit dash décor reading “Peak Edition.”

The Peak Edition trimline joins the 2024 Atlas lineup, which will be detailed in full closer to launch this summer.