1997 New York International Auto Show


Velocity Staff

1997 New York Auto Show

The New York International Auto Show is one of the largest in the U.S., ranking in importance with the auto shows held in Detroit, Chicago, and L.A. The show, held from March 26 to April 6, is located at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, NY. The NYIAS carries on the theme of the Chicago Auto Show by emphasizing upcoming mainstream cars and trucks.


Ford's Lincoln-Mercury division debuted the new Town Car. The curvaceous Town Car has a more contemporary look that should increase its appeal. The standard 4.6L SOHC V-8 now produces 200 bhp. Higher level models boast 220 bhp and dual exhausts.


Audi extended the successful A4 model line with the introduction of the Avant. The new wagon shares most of its lines with the sedan. The new wagon offers a 5-valve 190 bhp engine.


The German automaker added the 911 Turbo S to its lineup. The Turbo S is a development of the standard Turbo. For $150K Porsche adds 24 bhp to the already generous 400 bhp offered in the Turbo. In addition, the Turbo S includes modified bodywork, for an even more intimidating appearance. Only 180 cars are to be produced.


A more performance oriented Impreza was the focus of Subaru's efforts. The Impreza 2.5 RS has the larger 165 bhp 4-cylinder offered in the Legacy. The new Impreza capitalizes on Subaru's international rally successes. A large spoiler and bigger wheels and tires are part of the RS package.


Mazda introduced the conservatively restyled 626. The new 626 has a 2.3 inch longer wheelbase for more passenger room as well as increased overall length. The 2.0L I-4 and 2.5L V-6 are carried over. In the area of the trucks, Mazda's restyled B4000 pickup borrows many cues from the recently updated Ford Ranger.


Mitsubishi showed a more aggressive Diamante SSC with aftermarket performance components. The modified V-6 produces 230 bhp, up from 210 bhp. Cosmetic upgrades and a lowered suspension lend a more sporty look to the Diamante.


The VehiCROSS was the new SUV shown by Isuzu. The new truck, based on the Trooper, is powered by a 215 bhp 3.2L V-6.


The first new Nissan pickup in over 10 years, the Frontier is the long awaited successor to the Hardbody line of trucks. The Frontier offers a 2.4L I-4 and a new 3.3L V-6 model.


The mildly restyled Prizm was the sole introduction for Chevrolet. The new Prizm offers 120 bhp from its 1.8L 4-cylinder.