The Detroit Auto Show is one of the most important auto shows of the year for both automakers and consumers. What new vehicles do we have to look forward to in 2018 and beyond? Let’s take a look at some of the most significant debuts at this year’s show.
There’s no question that the focus of this year’s show was pickup trucks. The big three domestic automakers all had brand-new trucks to show off this year. GM started things off with their redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. Highlights include a new design with heavy use of aluminum and a new 3.0L Duramax diesel engine option. The 2019 Ford Ranger represents Ford’s return to the midsized truck market in North America. The new Ranger will compete against Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Toyota Tacoma. Finally, RAM unveiled the new 1500 pickup, which features new available hybrid technology, improved towing capability along with better fuel economy, and new technology including an available 12 inch touchscreen infotainment system.
As far as passenger car debuts go, highlights included the all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, as well as the 2019 Kia Forte, Toyota Avalon, and Honda Insight hybrid sedan. Some of the more interesting debuts as far as sporty/performance cars go included the Mercedes-AMG CLS53 and E53 Coupe and Cabriolet, which use a fascinating new 3.0L inline-6 engine with turbocharging and mild hybridization. Ford showed off the new Mustang Bullitt in snazzy green with a debadged look along with an upgraded 5.0L V8 engine with over 475 horsepower. Hyundai unveiled the overhauled 2019 Veloster hatchback, including the new Veloster N hot-hatch which uses a 275 horsepower turbocharged 2.0L engine, electronic limited-slip differential, and a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Finally, we can’t forget the SUVs and crossovers. The star of the SUV debuts was undoubtedly the 2019 Mercedes G-Class, which is the first all-new Geländewagen since the original debuted in 1979. Despite looking more or less the same, just about everything is new. The suspension uses a new double-wishbone front suspension and stronger lightweight chassis for improved rigidity and ride comfort. Off-road performance has been improved as well. The interior features a new upscale design with improved technology and dramatically improved conveniences such as actual cupholders. The other significant SUV debut included the 2019 Acura RDX. Acura’s popular crossover is now in its third generation, and features all-new styling, larger dimensions, a more luxurious interior with updated technology, and a new drivetrain featuring a turbocharged 2.0L engine matched to a 10-speed automatic transmission and Acura’s Super-Handing All-Wheel Drive.