Electrifying Debuts at the 2006 New York Auto Show

Our spies deliver a first glimpse of the year's hottest new rides

The press previews at the New York International Auto Show ran the gamut from glitzy-see the Mercedes E-Class debut-to downright dirty, as in the mud-soaked reveal of the four-door Jeep Wrangler. Either way, there was plenty of technology on view, as automakers continue to tread the fine line between high performance and high efficiency.

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by Joe Brown

Here's an interior shot of the slick new Toyota F3R. Heck, we're ready to just move in.Joe Brown

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The new, beautifully resculpted Audi TT was one of our favorites at the show. It´s longer and wider than its predecessor but also lighter, thanks to the predominantly aluminum chassis. Due out in 2007, the car will feature the same two engine choices available on the A3-a 2.0-liter, 200hp direct-injection four-cylinder or the 250hp V6. We just wish Audi could have figured out a way to fit a sunroof on the TT´s tiny, sloping top.Joe Brown

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Chrysler, living up to its recent history of flashy introductions (it launched the redesigned Jeep in Detroit in January by driving it through a plate-glass window in the convention center) unveiled the four-door version of the Wrangler, dubbed the Wrangler Unlimited, by calling on New York firefighters to hose it out of 6,000 pounds of mud.Joe Brown

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Entering the ring with tuner favorites such as the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo and the Subaru WRX STi, Honda unveiled its four-door Civic Si.Joe Brown

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The redesigned Infiniti G-class sports tourer comes with Rear Active Steer, which adjusts the rear suspension's geometry based on speed and steering position, and Intelligent Cruise Control, which automatically maintains distance from vehicles ahead.Joe Brown

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The Camaro debuted in Detroit in January, but we couldn't resist showing it off again. Cool, eh?Joe Brown

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The new E-Class features technology that has trickled down from the S-Class, including a powerful new 5.5-liter V8 engine and the Pre-Safe system, which activates protective measures for its occupants before an anticipated collision such as tensing the seat belts and closing the windows.Joe Brown

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The redesigned Outlander boasts plenty of high-tech goodies, including an electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system, Bluetooth connectivity and a 30-gigabyte hard drive for music and navigation data.Joe Brown

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Mercedes says its new Bluetec Diesel E320 uses technology that significantly reduces nitrogen oxide emissions, making it the world´s cleanest diesel vehicle. It will consume 20 to 40 percent less fuel than comparable gasoline-powered vehicles.Joe Brown

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Before unveiling its next-generation TT coupe, Audi warmed up the crowd with another kind of design show-fashion, from the collection of designer Doo.Ri Chung.Joe Brown

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Although it won´t be available for a few more years, the Land Rover E-Terrain is a refreshingly progressive step for a company that prides itself on â€treading lightly.†The hybrid system features an electronic rear axle that can either power the rear wheels alone, combine with the engine to power the rear wheels, or spin up the components in the all-wheel-drive system to ease transitions from two-wheel to all-wheel drive.Joe Brown

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Bentley chopped the top off its exotic Continental GT to create the fastest four-seat convertible out there, capable of 195 mph with the top up or 190 mph with it down. We can't wait to try sitting in the back seat at a buck-ninety...Joe Brown

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Saab's Aero-X, unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show, shows that those fighter-jet-making Swedes still have some tricks up their sleeves-check out this outrageous cantilevered roof/door.Joe Brown

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Here's the new the VW Rabbit. After a 22-year hiatus, the hordes of Rabbit enthusiasts can finally buy new cars.Joe Brown

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Mercedes warned media attendees to stay at least 40 feet back for the introduction of the redesigned E-Class-especially if they had pacemakers. A metal-clad acrobat suspended from the ceiling and attached to a Tesla coil shot arcs of electricity to the vehicle in a dramatic show. Didn´t seem to hurt the paintâ€Joe Brown

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The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is the first four-door Wrangler, about 20 inches longer than its two-door companion. Seats four but retains the Jeep's open-air character with a removable hard top or soft top.Joe Brown

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The redesigned Golf emerges with a newly revived badge.Joe Brown

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It's the "value hybrid"-Saturn's new Vue Greenline SUV will be priced about $4,000 less than any other hybrid on the road.Joe Brown

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The world's first rear-wheel-drive hybrid sedan, the 450h claims gas mileage comparable to a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine but with 0-60 times under six seconds. We can hardly wait.Joe Brown

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Behold, the next generation of minivan-maybe. The Toyota F3R's six doors and three rows of seats can be reconfigured or completely hidden away. The driver's seat even swivels around to face the rear (though not while driving).Joe Brown