Just as the latest "The Fast and the Furious" sequel is debuting, automakers at the New York International Auto Show clearly think some of their customers still have a need for speed.
Jeep proudly rolled out a 707-horsepower Grand Cherokee that it says can go from zero to 60 mph in a blazing 3.5 seconds. And Honda (HMC) says its new Civic Type R is "the fastest, most powerful Honda ever sold in the U.S."
For a different type of buyer, Lincoln introduced its stylishly redesigned Navigator SUV, which Ford (F) CEO Mark Fields said will "elevate family travel to first class." Buick introduced a wagon version of its 2018 Regal. And Hyundai showcased a redesign of its midsize sedan Sonata, which regains some of the design cachet it lost with the last version.
Along with its introduction of the speedy Type R, Honda also emphasized its green car portfolio. The Honda Clarity -- which has been available only as a pilot project fuel cell car -- is adding all-electric and plug-in hybrid versions. Like Ford earlier this week, Honda emphasized its commitment to electric cars. "Electrification is the future of mobility and the future of Honda," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of American Honda.
Here's a closer look at some of the more interesting vehicles at the show, which is open to the public from April 14 to 23.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
If you want to drag race your SUV, this is the one for you. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU) has put a 707-horsepower V-8 in this version of the Grand Cherokee. The result: an SUV that can go from zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds, according to company engineers. That makes it the quickest SUV ever, Jeep says.
And in case you can find a racetrack to try it out, this Cherokee also can hit a top speed of 180. If the trail instead of the track is where you like to go, it has the Jeep Quadra-Trac four-wheel drive system.
The Track Hawk is expected in showrooms late this year. No price has yet been announced. But the most expensive current Grand Cherokee lists for $66,985.
Honda Civic Type R
The speedy end of the Honda customer base has been wishing the company would bring the Type R over from Europe, where it has already been successful. Now it will go on sale in the U.S. by midyear. Equipped with a 306-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the Type R comes only with a driver favorite six-speed manual transmission.
But it will have some standard amenities like navigation, a 12-speaker stereo and both Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity for smartphones. The estimated price will be around $35,000.
Lincoln isn't aiming for you to race your SUV but to travel in comfort with the family. "The sleek styling, spacious interior and technology are all designed to make each trip effortless," said Lincoln President Kumar Golhatra.
Family-friendly technology includes standard Wi-Fi. Surrounding the three rows of seats are six USB ports and four 12-volt power outlets. A 450-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 engine powers the Navigator.
The exact on-sale date and pricing are yet to be announced. But expect list price to begin somewhere over $60,000.
Buick Regal TourX
Buick doesn't want to call it a station wagon, but that's what it looks like. Along with a redesigned 2018 Regal sedan, Buick is rolling out this wagon version. But all the promotional pictures make it look like an SUV competitor.
"The Regal TourX is definitely a station wagon with crossover design cues," said Patrick Min, senior analyst used-car price forecaster ALG. The TourX is powered by a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
On-sale date and price have not yet been announced. But the 2017 Regal sedan ranges in price from about $27,000 to $36,000.
When Hyundai brought out its 2009 version of the Sonata, its swooping, eye-catching design made it stand out in the normally staid midsize sedan class. But then for the 2015 model, it dialed back to a look more like the pack. An all-new revamp for 2018 regains some of that lost design cred.
Hyundai was so eager to get that message across that two of its designers recreated their original Sonata sketches onstage at the press preview. Much of the focus is on the front end of the new Sonata with bulging fenders leading down to a "cascading grille."
In addition to the new design, Sonata adds some valuable safety features, including rear cross-traffic alert to pick up oncoming traffic that you cannot yet see in the backup camera. Prices for the new Sonata have not been announced, but the 2017 Sonata is priced in the $21,000 to $34,000 range.