Auto Shows 2018 Detroit Auto Show preview: Check the trucks, SUVs and tech
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Let’s get lifted, Bro!It's a one-of-a-kind show that's become so large, it's taken over the parking lot in recent years, and that's partially due to the hundreds of trucks that now show up each year.
Media previews for the North American International Auto Show, better known as the , kick off in earnest this weekend, and that means car shoppers and enthusiasts can look forward to a bevy of new sheetmetal. Mimicking industry sales trends, this year's event appears poised to emphasize new trucks and SUVs, but there's still a strong dose of passenger car debuts for traditionalists, and there's plenty of new tech to go round.
As an official partner of NAIAS, we at Roadshow will be out in force to bring you all the details. In fact, we're going to be checking out (and participating in) the show's AutoMobili-D future-of-transportation events and livestreaming the show's press conferences. , and beginning Monday, Jan. 15, you'll see everything as it happens. Plus, you'll get a front-row seat as we conduct dozens of interviews with the industry's best and brightest, from C-suite executives to leading engineers who are defining the future of the automobile.
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But for the moment, let's get geared up for the stars of the show: New cars, trucks and SUVs.
This year's NAIAS will be packed with make-or-break high-volume models that are the lifeblood of many automakers, including a bevy of new pickups. Chevrolet will show off its 2019 Silverado, Ford is expected to show off its long-awaited Ranger successor and talk up a diesel powertrain for its F-150, and Ram will muscle into Detroit's Cobo Hall with a new 1500 full-size truck.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado
General Motors actually gave members of the Bowtie faithful and select members of the media of its new last month at a special Chevy Truck centennial event, so we know that the Silverado will receive all-new sheetmetal and a scowling appearance. We also know that Chevy will launch a new off-road-minded model, the Trailboss, shown below. The model includes off-road-specific Z71 bits and adds a 2-inch suspension lift.
New Ford Ranger Rumored To Debut At NAIAS In Detroit
but don't get too excited.More Ranger News:
We should know more about what powers Chevy's range of new full-size trucks and what sort of new safety and convenience tech will be available as soon as late Saturday.
2019 Ford F-150 Power Stroke
It might not be an all-new , but that's alright, because the Blue Oval's defining vehicle was already the freshest full-size truck in the business. For 2019, Ford is adding a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine option that promises 250 horsepower and, more importantly, a bountiful 440 pound-feet of torque.
Backed by a new 10-speed automatic, the company's engineers are gunning for 30 miles per gallon on the freeway.
You can read more about .
2019 Ford Ranger
One year ago at the last Detroit Auto Show, to bring back its legendary Ranger pickup. Ford's kept its lips sealed since then, but time's certainly up. Don't expect a new compact truck like the last Ranger, today's market specifies that midsize is the way to go.
We're expecting a version of Ford's overseas Ranger truck tailored extensively to US market tastes -- that means more options, more power, more tech and better finishes.
While you wait, we know it's been a while since you've thought long and hard about the Ranger, so why not refresh your memory with our new ?
Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept Front End Teased
Teaser hints at polarizing faceUnderneath all the LED strips are what appears to be part of the crossover's lower front fascia, which make the headlights look like eyes. There's also another LED strip above the main headlights that gives the impression that the car has eyebrows. Front and center is a bright blue Lexus badge, further hinting that the LF-1 Limitless concept is a hybrid.
2019 Ram 1500
FCA has yet to telegraph what its all-new full-size truck will look like, but if we were the bettin' kind, we'd wager that the new will hold on to its barrel-chested hood and trademark drop-shoulder front fenders, albeit with a more aerodynamic and modern face.
We're expecting a comprehensive overhaul of the truck's feature set, too, including updated infotainment and new suspension and advanced safety features. Most interestingly, perhaps, rumors of a substantial diet and a mild-hybrid model refuse to go away.
We should know more by Monday.
Crossover SUVs for you and for me
If open-bed trucks aren't your jam, but you still need to carry lots of kit and kin, you're probably an SUV buyer -- or more specifically, a crossover shopper. Detroit will have plenty for you to gawk at, too.
2019 Acura RDX
Acura has already disclosed plans to reveal a new version of its popular RDX midsize luxury crossover. With this segment flourishing, it's very likely that the RDX will become Acura's biggest-selling model in short order, so expect Honda's luxury arm to ladle on the features.
Based on the teaser image below, we can expect a fairly dramatic new look, and with Honda's recent embrace of downsized turbocharged engines and high-ratio-count gearboxes, we'd expect an all-new powertrain, too. The vehicle displayed will technically be a prototype, but we know that's just Acuraspeak for "99 percent production ready."
Acura RDX Prototype Previews Bolder Luxury Crossover
Will debut at 2018 Detroit auto showThe model features an angular grille that we've seen on other new Acuras, ditching the thick silver bar that runs across the front fascia of the current SUV. A teaser image of the RDX prototype reveals a low-slung body, prominent window spoiler, and bold character lines that accentuate the vehicle's wheel arches. Its design is based loosely on the sculpted, planted Acura Precision Concept.
2019 Ford Edge
The Blue Oval is going to be busy at this year's show. Not only is it expected to reveal an all-new Ranger and a key new engine choice for the F-150, they've already revealed a substantially updated new Edge CUV, including fresh styling and with 330 horsepower.
It's the first ST-branded Ford SUV, so hopefully it's more engaging to drive than the similarly powerful but polished-to-dullness .
Read all about the .
2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
We'd say that the Three-Pointed Star's legendary Geländewagen is overdue for a redesign, but really, its old-school nature is . Expect the next-generation G-Class to look very similar to today's Jurassic throwback on the outside, but it should be a thoroughly modern high-end SUV on the inside and underneath.
If Mercedes is smart -- and we know it is -- it won't risk softening up their off-road icon too much just to chase sales of less committed consumers. Like everything from Harley-Davidson and like Jeep's Wrangler, the G-Class' charm is as much about what it isn't, as what it is.
Cars can still be the stars
Remember when sedans and normal passenger cars ruled the roost? The Detroit Auto Show does, and it's got you covered.
2019 Honda Insight
Yep, Honda is trotting out a new Insight again, only this time, the hybrid compact is going to take the form of an upscale-ish four-door sedan. That's right, the hatchback is dead.
Infiniti Previews Q Inspiration Concept Ahead of Detroit Debut
A small peek into the future of Infiniti designAt the moment, we're only privy to a single rear-three-quarter shot of the car. From the looks of things, it's still recognizably Infiniti, with distinctive cut-lines and drop-off edges toward the rear of the car. Beyond that, the Q Inspiration appears a bit slab-sided, with a noticeable amount of flat real estate around the doors and portions of the rear quarter panels.
The new model (a prototype is shown here) promises to deliver a laudable 50+ mpg on the EPA combined cycle and class-leading cabin room, all wrapped up in a sleek new mini- shape.
Read all about .
2019 Kia Forte
Have new-car ambitions, but saddled with a tight budget? Kia's next Forte might be your meal ticket.
Judging by these highly stylized teaser images , Kia's next compact sedan will inherit striking good looks from its big brother.
No word yet on any hardware changes underneath that tidy-looking sheetmetal, but Kia has delivered surprising refinement and strong helping of easy-to-use tech lately, so there's good reason for optimism.
2019 Hyundai Veloster
Hyundai's enigmatic Veloster hatchback will return for its second generation, and based on the glitzy video below, there's no reason to expect anything other than another funky funster.
We've always been kind of taken by the unconventional, asymmetrical Veloster, from its weird-but-functional single-side back door to its surprisingly strong infotainment for such an affordable model.
The Veloster was discontinued at the end of the 2017 model year, but it's apparently . with even sharper handling, advanced driver-assist systems, and hopefully, better ride compliance.
2019 Toyota Avalon
What have we here? Toyota will field a new full-size sedan at the Detroit show, and from the looks of , the Japanese automaker is keener than ever to lose the model's reputation as an AARP staple.
The next Avalon is expected to ride on the new Toyota Global Architecture Platform, the same chassis tool kit that underpins the brand's much-improved new , which itself has adopted a much sportier look.
Lexus to preview new range-topping SUV with Detroit-bound concept
Japanese firm says the concept car ‘seeks to redefine the boundaries of luxury’.The Japanese company says the car, which is thought to signpost the design language of the new SUV, ‘seeks to redefine the boundaries of luxury’ and ‘heralds a new genre of luxury crossover vehicles’.
Sales of full-size sedans have been on a precipitous decline for some time now, but judging by the presence of this new model, the Avalon will steadfastly look to outlast its rivals.
2019 Volkswagen Jetta
In full disclosure, it's been a good long while since the Volkswagen Jetta flicked our Bic (almost as long as it's been since you thought about).
That said, our man Antuan Goodwin has in a disguised version of the next-generation sedan, and we're newly optimistic.
Besides, this make the new compact four-door look awfully Audi-esque, and that's no bad thing.
You're a forward-thinking person, that's why you read Roadshow. You care about the future of motoring, and are interested in what's next. Us, too. That's why we're arguably as interested in the Detroit show's concept car contingent as anything else. We're expecting a fairly limited pool of talent, but what's been hinted at by automakers so far looks very compelling.
Here's what we're most excited about.
Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept
Dull name, yes. But just look at those curves! Nissan's premium division could use a hit right around now, and even if it's just destined for life on the auto show circuit, this teaser image suggests the Q Inspiration Concept could be just that. With its strikingly rakish rear end, it's not immediately clear if this show car is a sedan or an -like liftback, but it does seem to be 100 percent grand tourer.
So far, we hear that if nothing else, the Q Inspiration signals a new design direction for the brand, and we're guessing there's probably a brace of self-driving hardware and an electrified (if not all-electric) powertrain underneath its clean flanks.
Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept
Lexus' has been an industry staple and a cash cow for so long, it's amazing that the brand hasn't reached upmarket with an even-more-expensive crossover SUV already. That may be about to change, because this teaser for sure looks like just such a vehicle, and in its (admittedly limited) verbiage about the concept in the image below, the company used the word "flagship."
Hybrid? Electric? Self driving? We don't know yet.
In fact, we don't really have any concrete details about the LF-1 Limitless, and that's what makes it so exciting to think about. That said, based on this teaser, we wouldn't necessarily assume that "flagship" means their Detroit star will have three rows. After all, a new, more capacious version of the existing RX was just announced at last month's.
The raft of new vehicles above are just some of the vehicles we're expecting to see -- there's a lot to be excited about at this year's Detroit Auto Show.
Be sure to check back beginning this weekend, as we bring you all the latest reveals and analysis.
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