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Hyundai to steal some NYC lightning

by David Zatz on

Hyundai will be stealing some of FCA’s thunder — or, more appropriately, lightning — at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday. The company will be showing off not just one but three new “electrified” powertrains with the new Hyundai Ioniq.


Hyundai is the latest company to jump on the hybrid/electric train, and depending on its timing, may beat Chrysler to the PHEV punch — though not with a minivan, a segment still untouched by electrification even though many minivans are used for short trips in suburban or urban traffic, where a PHEV shines, and have more space for batteries than small cars.

FCA has not officially released its Jeep reveal for the show, which Mike Manley, some time ago, stated would be the Compass. He has since said that the Compass would be unveiled in Brazil. Since then, photos have revealed that the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk would be Jeep’s choice — the resurrection of a fairly recent model.

Maserati will also be showing the Levante for the first time in the US, after a Geneva reveal, and Alfa Romeo will once again show the Giulia, this time with a new Ti model. The Giulia has a 276 horsepower four-cylinder engine, which would be impressive if Ford Mustang buyers couldn’t get a 310 horsepower, 320 pound-foot four-cylinder. The two cars are about evenly matched in 0-60 times, thanks to Alfa Romeo’s substantially lower weight, which will likely also return better fuel economy and handling.

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