As a car enthusiast, January is usually pretty interesting as I get to start the year in style by checking out what automakers have in store for America and the world at large. Well, I am referring to the 2018 Detroit Motor show which is the first international auto show of the year. This show is special as it is held in the hometown of America’s two greatest automakers, General Motors and Ford. This year’s show will run from January 13 to January 29 at the Cobo Hall. According to the information we have, over 30 automakers will be showcasing their latest models and concepts. Following is a preview of what will be going down at the Cobo Hall:
The most interesting models at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show :
America’s love for rugged off-roaders is legendary, a reason why many American enthusiasts are waiting for the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class with bated breath. The new G-Class features an evolution of its iconic design which is loved by many. Inside, the G-Class is more spacious and flaunts new technologies.
Mercedes-AMG CLS 53
The G-Class will not be the only model with the Mercedes logo on the show; the German automaker will also be showcasing the more powerful iteration of the Mercedes-Benz CLS that was unveiled at the recent LA Motor Show. The AMG CLS 53 will slot between the 43 series and the 63 series. Unlike the 43 series and 63 series, the 53 series will be powered by a hybrid powertrain.
Lexus will also be in the house showcasing a crossover concept that will reveal a new design language for the automaker. Dubbed the “LF-1”, the concept is powered by a hybrid powertrain which is in line with Lexus’ goal of electrifying powertrains for all its models.
Honda Insight Concept
I bet many people do not know that Honda was the first automaker to debut a hybrid car in the U.S. in the late 90s when it released the Honda Insight. The model was however outclassed by the Toyota Prius. Honda tried to rival the Prius with a second-generation Insight but failed miserably and had to discontinue the brand. Now Honda is planning a comeback with a third-gen Insight in a sedan body, unlike its predecessors which were all hatchbacks.
Infiniti Q Concept
Infiniti is planning a new luxury sedan in future to more realistically compete with German-made luxury sedans. The automaker will be previewing the sedan with the “Q Concept”. Infiniti refers to the concept as a large 4-door coupe. The concept features sport fenders and a swooping roofline like that of a coupe. The concept will be powered by either a fully electric or a hybrid drive-train.
BMW has a new crossover that will slot above the X1.The crossover is christened the “X2”; the model is underpinned by the same platform that underpins the X1. However, unlike the X1 which has an upright design, the X2 has a raked design similar to that of a coupe; it is also more stylish. In the U.S., the X2 will be powered by a single petrol mill but international markets will get a diesel mill in addition to the gasoline one.
Hyundai will use the show to showcase the 2nd-gen Veloster, a car that is wild in its own right. The hatchback has a shooting brake design but what makes it wild is its design on the flanks where it has two doors on one side and one on the other. Inside, it has a 2+2 seating layout like that of luxurious sedans or hot coupes. The new model shares its underpinnings with the Elantra GT. This is one “hot” hatch to watch and I bet it will be quite successful in the market.
GAC MPV, sedan and EV
After consuming European and American automobiles for ages, the Chinese automobile industry has come of age and now looks to give the world a taste of Chinese automobile engineering. GAC, a Chinese automaker will be displaying an MPV, a sedan and an EV at Detroit.
Ford will be making a comeback into the compact pickup truck segment with the new Ford Ranger. The new Ford Ranger is based on the platform that underpins the Ford Endeavour. The Ranger will be reasonably priced to allow buyers who can’t afford other Ford behemoths like the F-150 to own a Ford truck.
Acura RDX Prototype
Acura, Honda’s luxury brand will also be around displaying an SUV prototype that previews the next-gen RDX. The prototype is based on the Precision Concept that Honda showcased in 2016.
After teasing it with hazy images, Jeep will finally showcase the revamped Cherokee to the public. The new model has a conventional look and has replaced most of the features that were subject to criticism in the current model such as the split headlights.