The 2019 Detroit Auto Present will definitely be one for the books. It is the final time Detroit will host its North American Worldwide Auto Present in January; beginning subsequent 12 months, the occasion strikes to June. And whereas this 12 months’s present can be smaller than earlier years when it comes to automaker presence, those that are coming are actually bringing the warmth.

From issues just like the 2020 Explorer SUV, to electrified ideas, to the OMG-it’s-finally-here Toyota Supra, we’ll have so much to speak about in Detroit subsequent week. As well as, we’ll be asserting our 2019 Shift Awards, highlighting our editors’ picks for automobile, disruptor, security tech, cabin tech and driveline tech of the 12 months. Here is a take a look at what to anticipate.


Cadillac will get a brand new crossover at this 12 months’s Detroit Auto Present: the XT6. It is a three-row, luxurious SUV designed to compete with the Acura MDXInfiniti QX60 and Lexus RX L, with a 310-horsepower V6, a 9-speed automated transmission and elective all-wheel drive.

The XT6 appears fairly sharp, with its slim headlights and lengthy, vertical taillamps. There’s an enormous quantity of onboard tech, too, together with adaptive cruise management, a 360-degree digital camera, night time imaginative and prescient, a rear-view digital camera mirror and a head-up show. Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system comes on an Eight-inch touchscreen, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a Wi-Fi hotspot normal.

Search for the 2020 XT6 to reach in Cadillac sellers in late spring or early summer time, with pricing more likely to begin within the high-$40,000 vary.

Cadillac additionally used the Detroit Auto Present to tease a brand new, electrical crossover idea. Normal Motors has stated that Cadillac can be its “lead electrical automobile model,” and this idea is seemingly the form of issues to return.


We introduced you the lowdown on the 2020 Explorer earlier this week — it is an enormous enchancment over the mannequin it replaces, regardless of wanting largely the identical. Ford moved the Explorer over to the rear-wheel-drive platform that may even underpin the upcoming Lincoln Aviator, stretching the SUV’s wheelbase by 6.Three inches within the course of. Which means the Explorer can be much more spacious than earlier than.

At launch, a 2.Three-liter turbocharged I4 engine can be normal, with a 365-horsepower, Three.Zero-liter, twin-turbo V6 obtainable as an choice. All fashions come normal with an Eight-inch, Sync Three touchscreen infotainment system, although a portrait-oriented, 10.1-inch display may even be obtainable.

Along with the common 2020 Explorer, Ford may even present the Police Interceptor variant, in addition to the Explorer Hybrid and high-performance Explorer ST. The Explorer ST ups the three.Zero-liter V6’s efficiency to 400 horsepower, whereas the Explorer Hybrid goals for 500 miles of vary on every tank of gasoline.

After which, in fact, there’s the Shelby GT500. The large information is that it is an extremely highly effective Mustang — like, 700-horsepower highly effective, all due to a supercharged, 5.2-liter V8. With its seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission (that is proper, no guide), count on mid-Three-second Zero-60 sprints. With its magnetic trip suspension, the Shelby should be no slouch within the corners, as effectively.

GAC Teaser

Along with the Entranze idea, Chinese language automaker GAC will convey its GM6 minivan and GS5 SUV to the Detroit present.



Chinese language automaker GAC isn’t any stranger to the Detroit Auto Present, having had a presence there on and off since 2013. This 12 months, the corporate is again, and it is exhibiting the brand new Entranze idea, one thing the corporate calls “a hyper-modern household automobile” with the groundwork for autonomous driving.

GAC may even convey its GM6 minivan and GS5 SUV, neither of which have been proven within the US. And whereas the corporate doesn’t but promote automobiles within the US, it is making ready to open a brand new analysis and growth middle outdoors of Detroit, to affix its different two US-based amenities in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.

No matter Hyundai brings to Detroit, we guess it will have an N badge.



We will not formally verify what Hyundai has within the works for the Detroit Auto Present, however we have been advised to count on some information associated to the corporate’s N efficiency division. Maybe Hyundai will present an N Line mannequin — the identify that’ll be assigned to sporty automobiles that do not get the full-on N therapy (assume BMW M Sport vs. BMW M). In any case, keep tuned for Hyundai’s full announcement in simply a few days.

The QX Inspiration idea will preview the design of Infiniti’s future EVs.



Infiniti’s Detroit debut is the QX Inspiration, an EV crossover idea that the corporate says previews the design language for its future electrified choices. Infiniti will supply electrification choices throughout its complete portfolio starting in 2021.

The QX Inspiration is extra of a high-riding hatchback than precise crossover, and it isn’t essentially meant to sign an precise manufacturing automobile. We haven’t any particulars on what kind of EV powertrain lies beneath, however we’re hoping to be taught all that and extra on the Detroit present subsequent week.

The manufacturing Telluride will not have all this… stuff… on it.



Although we first noticed the production-spec Kia Telluride at New York Vogue Week in September, we nonetheless do not know an excessive amount of concerning the model’s full-size SUV. That’ll change on the Detroit present, the place Kia is planning to disclose all the main points about its new massive boy.

For the reason that Telluride shares its structure with the Hyundai Palisade, we are able to in all probability count on a Three.Eight-liter naturally aspirated V6 underhood, producing one thing like 290 horsepower. The Telluride will face some fierce competitors when it hits the market, from the likes of the 2020 Ford Explorer, to phase staples just like the Chevy Traverse, Honda Pilot, Subaru Ascent and Toyota Highlander.

The LC Convertible appears superior, and people 22-inch wheels are dope.



Although Lexus is asking its LC Convertible an idea, we’re fairly certain this one will enter manufacturing. When the corporate revealed its new droptop earlier this week, it stated, “Open high idea suggests future course of LC flagship,” which is a fairly severe nod to manufacturing intent.

No official particulars have been confirmed, however we would count on the manufacturing LC Convertible to make use of the identical powertrains because the coupe. Which means a 5.Zero-liter V8 with 471 horsepower, in addition to a hybrid choice.

Lexus can also be bringing the refreshed RC F coupe to Detroit, full with a brand new Observe Version package deal.


Lincoln would not have an official press convention on the Detroit Auto Present schedule, however that does not imply there will not be one thing new on show. Search for Ford’s luxurious model to indicate the Continental Coach Door Version that debuted in December.

The Coach Door Version is a stretched model of the Continental sedan, with a big pair of suicide doorways — harking back to the 1961 Continental. Lincoln is simply planning to construct 80 of those automobiles initially, priced above $100,000.


Nissan’s Detroit debut is the IMs idea, a bizarre, kinda-sedan, kinda-SUV factor, with an electrical powertrain. The IMs can also be able to Degree four autonomous driving.

The idea is alleged to be powered by a 115-kilowatt-hour battery, good for 483 horsepower, 590 pound-feet of torque and 380 miles of vary. The IMs is about two inches shorter than a Nissan Maxima sedan, but rides on an extended wheelbase, and has an adaptive air suspension.

The IMs would not have any kind of fast production-intent future — as a substitute, the corporate will convey its IMx electrical SUV idea to the highway in some type. Nonetheless, the IMs appears to be one thing particular.

Again to actuality, Nissan introduced the brand new Leaf E+ to Detroit, with its extra highly effective battery and 226-mile vary. The Leaf E+ first debuted at CES, however is making its official auto present debut in Detroit.


This present era of industrial quality vans have some polarizing faces, however Ram got here to the Detroit Auto Present to show that it might probably make a giant ol’ truck that is each succesful and considerably straightforward on the eyes.

The 2019 Ram Heavy Obligation is modeled after the most recent Ram 1500, and it appears fairly good-looking. However an important a part of this truck is not seen from the surface — its new 6.7-liter Cummins diesel I6 places out a mind-bending 1,000 pound-feet of torque, greater than some other heavy-duty pickup. That permits it to hold almost Eight,000 kilos within the mattress and tow as much as 35,100 kilos.

It is not succesful from a truck-stuff perspective alone. The Ram HD additionally packs a bunch of tech, together with an obtainable 12-inch portrait infotainment display that may show a number of apps directly. It will also be geared up with security tech that features a surround-view digital camera system, automated emergency braking and a second digital camera that screens the payload within the mattress.

Scooby-dooby-doo, I see you.



The Subaru WRX STI will spawn an S209 special-edition mannequin in Detroit, with bulgy fender flares, an enormous wing and plenty of efficiency upgrades. We haven’t any particulars simply but, however count on an upgraded suspension, in addition to tweaked aerodynamics and bigger brakes.

The largest query we nonetheless have is, what’s underneath the hood? The older, not-for-US S208 particular version was powered by a 2.Zero-liter turbo H4 engine, however the US-market STI makes use of a 2.5-liter H4. We simply hope it presents extra energy than the 310 horsepower discovered within the present STI Kind RA.


We lastly — lastly! — have the official details about the 2020 Toyota Supra, the web’s worst-kept secret.

Energy comes from a BMW-sourced, Three.Zero-liter, turbocharged I6 engine, with 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. An Eight-speed automated transmission sends energy to the rear wheels, and the automobile is estimated to speed up to 60 miles per hour in four.1 seconds.

The Supra appears… like the photographs we have already seen. Which is to say, it isn’t precisely fairly. Faux vents are all over the place, and the rear three-quarter view is just a little bulgy for our tastes.

Search for the 2020 Supra to hit Toyota sellers this summer time, priced from $50,920, together with $930 for vacation spot. The primary 1,500 models constructed for the US can be Launch Version automobiles, priced at $56,180.


The 2020 Passat sedan is not all that totally different from its predecessor. We drove a prototype of the brand new Passat late final 12 months, and although our time with that automobile was temporary, we discovered the brand new four-door to largely keep the course.

All Passats can be powered by a 2.Zero-liter, turbocharged I4 engine, with 174 horsepower and a 6-speed automated transmission and front-wheel drive. A sporty-looking R-Line mannequin will roll on 19-inch wheels, and all fashions will get LED head- and taillights. An Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system can be discovered inside, however we cannot see Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit gauge cluster. Womp womp.

The 2019 Detroit Auto Present media days kick off on Monday, Jan. 14, and the present formally opens to the general public on Saturday, Jan. 19.

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