That is the actual cab…two new entries from Ford and Nissan along with one from Karsan,  a Turkish company are revealed in New York Times.

In 1970, Mayor Lindsay ordered cabs to be painted yellow to keep those “gypsy” cabs away.

“By 2014, when the first new vehicles are expected to appear, the city’s taxis will bear more resemblance to the oblong, obsolete Checker cab than the fleet’s current stalwart, the Ford Crown Victoria, which is to be discontinued next year.”