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 yr, the occasion strikes to June. And whereas this yr’s present might be smaller than earlier years by way of 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 quite a bit to speak about in Detroit subsequent week. As well as, we’ll be saying our 2019 Shift Awards, highlighting our editors’ picks for car, disruptor, security tech, cabin tech and driveline tech of the yr. Here is a have a look at what to anticipate.

Cadillac’s three-row XT6 may have slim headlights and lengthy, vertical LED working lights.



Cadillac will convey the brand new XT6 crossover to the Detroit Auto Present. Slotting between the five-passenger XT5 and full-size, body-on-frame Escalade, the XT6 will provide three rows of seats, permitting Cadillac to lastly compete with autos just like the Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60 and Lexus RX L.


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 principally the identical. Ford moved the Explorer over to the rear-wheel-drive platform that can even underpin the upcoming Lincoln Aviator, stretching the SUV’s wheelbase by 6.Three inches within the course of. Which means the Explorer might be much more spacious than earlier than.

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

Along with the common 2020 Explorer, Ford can even present the Police Interceptor variant, in addition to the Explorer Hybrid and high-performance Explorer ST.

After all, that is not all. Ford will present the Shelby GT500 on the Detroit Auto Present — probably the most highly effective model of the present Mustang vary. Rumor has it the GT500 will provide round 700 horsepower. Sizzling diggity rattling.

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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 is not any stranger to the Detroit Auto Present, having had a presence there on and off since 2013. This yr, the corporate is again, and it is displaying the brand new Entranze idea, one thing the corporate calls “a hyper-modern household car” with the groundwork for autonomous driving.

GAC can 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 vehicles within the US, it is getting ready to open a brand new analysis and improvement heart outdoors of Detroit, to hitch its different two US-based services in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.

No matter Hyundai brings to Detroit, we wager 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 instructed to count on some information associated to the corporate’s N efficiency division. Maybe Hyundai will present an N Line mannequin — the title that’ll be assigned to sporty vehicles that do not get the full-on N therapy (suppose 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 provide electrification choices throughout its whole portfolio starting in 2021.

The QX Inspiration is extra of a high-riding hatchback than precise crossover, and it is not essentially meant to sign an precise manufacturing automotive. We have no 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.



Though we first noticed the production-spec Kia Telluride at New York Trend 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 small print about its new large boy.

For the reason that Telluride shares its structure with the Hyundai Palisade, we will 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 section staples just like the Chevy Traverse, Honda Pilot, Subaru Ascent and Toyota Highlander.

The LC Convertible seems to be 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 prime idea suggests future route of LC flagship,” which is a fairly critical 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 possibility.

Lexus can even present the refreshed RC F coupe in Detroit, full with a brand new Monitor Version package deal.


Lincoln does 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 just planning to construct 80 of those vehicles initially, priced above $100,000.

Nissan teases its Detroit-bound idea with this picture. So… yeah.



Nissan is planning to indicate some form of EV idea. It is unclear if the Nissan debut will preview a brand-new mannequin, or simply form of showcase a future styling or powertrain route. Both means, a brand new idea automotive debut is at all times one thing to stay up for. Try Nissan’s temporary teaser video for extra.

Additionally, for those who missed its debut at CES 2019, Nissan will present the brand new, long-range Leaf E+. Due to its bigger, extra highly effective battery, Nissan says the E+ can journey as much as 226 miles on a single cost — a pleasant enhance over the 150-mile vary of the present Leaf.

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My, what large headlights you might have.



Following the profitable launch of the 1500 half-ton pickup in 2018, Ram will present the new Heavy Obligation variants on the Detroit Auto Present. Anticipate to see 2500 and 3500 HD variations take the stage, with single- and dual-rear-wheel setups, and in response to the teaser picture above, some enormous headlights. Massive engines — each fuel and diesel — will seemingly be discovered underhood, with immense energy and towing capability. There will be a wealth of luxurious and tech contained in the vans, too, together with all of the goodies that debuted on the 2019 Ram 1500.

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 have no 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 below 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 affords extra energy than the 310 horsepower discovered within the present STI Sort RA.


Supra. It is the Supra. We’re seeing the Supra. In truth, we have already seen the Supra. We have pushed the Supra. We have heard a lot concerning the Supra we’re nearly freaking sick of the Supra.

So sure, Toyota will lastly, formally spill the beans concerning the hotly anticipated Supra, the rear-wheel-drive coupe that shares its underpinnings with the BMW Z4. We all know to count on turbocharged inline-6 energy, and based mostly on our prototype drive and our check of the BMW Z4 M40i, we all know it will be fairly entertaining — although perhaps a little bit softer than the Supra trustworthy may count on.

We’re so very prepared for this infinite tease to be over.


The 2020 Passat sedan will make its debut on the Detroit Auto Present, and we’re not anticipating it to be radically completely different from its predecessor. We drove a prototype of the brand new Passat late final yr, and although our time with that automotive was temporary, we discovered the brand new four-door to largely keep the course.

All Passats might 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 might be discovered inside, however we cannot see Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit gauge cluster. Womp womp.

In enterprise information, Volkswagen is anticipated to announce an alliance with the Ford Motor Firm on the Detroit present, presumably sharing electrification and autonomous driving improvement efforts.

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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