Photo Gallery: Highlights from the 2018 Detroit Auto Show

Photo Gallery: Highlights from the 2018 Detroit Auto Show

By Christian Wardlaw, January 17, 2018
  • 2019 Ram 1500 introduction at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show photo

    The annual North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is currently taking place in Detroit, and the 2018 extravaganza is loaded with compelling trucks, SUVs, and yes, even a few cars. We’ve got all of the details gathered in this gallery, the vehicles listed in alphabetical order. Enjoy!

  • 2019 Acura RDX Prototype photo

    2019 Acura RDX Prototype

    Literally, Acura goes back to the drawing board—and its roots—with the redesigned 2019 RDX. The RDX reflects a new design approach, inside and out, and is equipped with a turbocharged engine, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, and a new infotainment system.

  • 2019 BMW X2 photo

    2019 BMW X2

    With the new 2019 BMW X2, the automaker reaches down market for younger, less affluent buyers who seek style over practicality. Featuring a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive, and a new approach to SUV design, the X2 is poised to woo youthful professionals looking for adventure.

  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ photo

    2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

    Chevrolet has redesigned its full-size Silverado 1500 light-duty pickup truck for 2019. More cab space, more cargo bed volume, improved V-8 powertrains, and a variety of trim levels to serve a variety of customer needs are highlights of the stout new truck. Additionally, it will be available with a turbocharged, 6-cylinder diesel engine, as well as in off-road-ready Trailboss specification.

  • 2019 Ford Edge Titanium photo

    2019 Ford Edge

    Ford’s midsize, 5-passenger crossover SUV gets a makeover for 2019, but the big news isn’t the vehicle’s styling tweaks, or its new 8-speed automatic transmission,  or its updated infotainment system. Rather, Ford has made structural enhancements and safety system upgrades in order to improve the 2019 Edge’s safety ratings.

  • 2019 Ford Edge ST photo

    2019 Ford Edge ST

    In addition to improving the Edge’s safety, Ford is debuting a new ST-badged version of the crossover SUV. It replaces the Sport trim, and continues with a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that is more powerful than before. Ford has also honed the 2019 Edge ST’s handling to a sharper edge, making it more enjoyable to drive than ever, the automaker claims.

  • 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt photo

    2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

    A four-wheeled homage to the dark green 1968 Mustang fastback driven by Steve McQueen in the film Bullitt, the new 2019 Mustang Bullitt is based on the Mustang GT, massaged to make 475 horsepower, and equipped for maximum handling capability. It gets unique exterior and interior details, too, and if you don’t like Dark Highland Green paint, it is also available in Shadow Black.

  • 2019 Ford Ranger photo

    2019 Ford Ranger

    Ford returns to the midsize pickup truck party with the new 2019 Ranger. Based on Ford’s global model of the same name, the North American-specification Ranger has different exterior styling and a turbocharged, 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It comes only as a crew cab model, too. For maximum off-roading capability, the FX4 package is a must.

  • Honda Insight Prototype photo

    2019 Honda Insight

    Honda kicked off the trend toward hybrid vehicles with the original Insight back in 1999. Now, a third-generation version of the car arrives, looking all grown up and professional. The 2019 Insight features Honda’s latest thinking on hybrid drivetrains, and is offered only as a compact 4-door sedan with premium pretensions. Honda says it will get at least 50 mpg in combined driving.

  • 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo photo

    2019 Hyundai Veloster

    Hyundai has redesigned its Veloster sports coupe for 2019, and the result is impressive. The car looks meaner, and it comes with more sophisticated engineering than before. The list of available technologies is impressive, too. When the 2019 Veloster arrives, buyers may choose between standard and Turbo versions, each continuing to offer a trademark rear-seat access panel on the right side of the car.

  • 2019 Hyundai Veloster N photo

    2019 Hyundai Veloster N

    Take one 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo, tune it up to 275 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, rip it around Germany’s Nurburgring racing circuit to hone the steering, suspension, and brakes, and you’ve got the new Veloster N, which looks like it’s going to be a ton of fun to drive. This is the first in a series of N-badged vehicles that Hyundai is planning to introduce.

  • Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept photo

    Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept

    Infiniti has developed a new variable-compression, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (VC-Turbo), a compact and efficient power plant that offers the power of a V-6. Small engines free up space on a vehicle platform, and the Q Inspiration Concept explores what Infiniti could then do with a flagship luxury sport sedan featuring its new VC-Turbo technology. It also debuts a new styling language for the company.

  • 2019 Jeep Cherokee photo

    2019 Jeep Cherokee

    Daringly, Jeep launched the current Cherokee with dramatically different front styling that set the SUV apart from the crowd. Apparently, that approach didn’t work, so the refreshed 2019 Cherokee gets a new, more conservative look. Real excitement is added, however, in the form of a 270-horsepower, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. A next-generation infotainment system is aboard, too.

  • Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept photo

    Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept

    For a long time, Lexus has been trying, to varying degrees of success, to inject some personality and excitement into its products. As of late, with the debuts of the Lexus LC and LS, as well as its track-tuned F-badged GS and RC, the automaker has finally found its design and engineering mojo. It culminates in the Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept, a devastatingly handsome flagship SUV that they should built immediately.

  • 2019 Kia Forte photo

    2019 Kia Forte

    People talk about how consumers don’t want cars anymore, but compact cars are actually doing rather well, in spite of a roaring economy and a shift in preferences to SUVs. Kia is well positioned to capitalize on this with the new, roomier 2019 Forte sedan. Taking styling cues from the new Stinger, the redesigned Forte is likely to appeal to a broader audience than the outgoing model.

  • 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS53 photo

    2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS53

    Equipped with a new turbocharged, inline 6-cylinder engine, the new AMG CLS53 ushers in a new era of performance for Mercedes-Benz. The engine is both turbocharged and light-electrified (EQ Boost), supplying 429 horsepower and 384 lb.-ft. of torque sent to all four wheels through a 9-speed automatic transmission. According to Mercedes-AMG, 60 mph arrives in 4.4 seconds.

  • 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe photo

    2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe and Cabriolet

    With the arrival of its new turbocharged and EQ Boosted 3.0-liter, inline 6-cylinder engine, Mercedes-AMG sees fit to install it in the recently redesigned E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models. The previous-generation E Coupe and Convertible received no better than AMG styling and wheels. That is changing with the new 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 models.

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 photo

    2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

    For the first time since 1979, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is completely redesigned, though you might need to look closely in order to tell. Inside, the changes are more evident, the legendary SUV continuing to prioritize utilitarian minimalism, but with nicer materials, modern technologies, and a bigger rear seat to make this vehicle’s primary clientele happier campers.

  • 2019 Mini Cooper Convertible and Hardtop photo

    2019 Mini Convertible and Hardtop

    Can’t tell the difference between the 2019 Mini and the current one? That’s not surprising. Minor changes accompany the car into 2019, and they’re primarily limited to lighting, colors, wheels, trim, and equipment. The infotainment system’s Mini Connected subscription services are updated, too.

  • Nissan Xmotion Concept photo

    Nissan Xmotion Concept

    Through the Xmotion Concept vehicle, Nissan showcases what it calls the company’s next-generation design language for SUVs. If anything like this actually makes it into a Nissan dealership’s showroom, the company will need to start taking advance orders for it. Rumors are flying that the Xterra is coming back, but this styling ethos would certainly cure much of what ails the midsize, 3-row Pathfinder.

  • 2019 Ram 1500 photo

    2019 Ram 1500

    Ram has redesigned its full-size, light-duty pickup truck for 2019, and there are two key developments to mention. First, it comes standard with mild-hybrid light-electrification in order to conserve gas. Second, it is available with a huge 12-in. infotainment system, just like a Tesla or a Volvo. If you’re wondering, it tows up to 12,700 lbs. and hauls up to 2,300 lbs. of payload.

  • 2019 Toyota Avalon photo

    2019 Toyota Avalon

    Toyota doubles down on the full-size sedan segment with a redesigned 2019 Avalon. More stylish inside and out, the new Avalon moves to the same platform as the Camry, stretched for lots of added interior space. A V-6 engine is standard, with a hybrid drivetrain available as an option. Oh, and this is the first Toyota to offer Apple CarPlay.

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta photo

    2019 Volkswagen Jetta

    If you’ve ever spent time in a new Volkswagen Passat, you know the car is absolutely huge inside. It’s a tweener, falling between midsize and full-size sedans. Now the redesigned 2019 Jetta gets the same treatment, growing in size and moving to the same platform that underpins the enjoyable VW Golf and Audi A3. Turbocharged power, new technologies, and a nicer interior await.

  • 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT photo

    2018 Volkswagen Passat GT

    Speaking of the Volkswagen Passat, here it is in limited-production GT format. Taking a page out of the Golf GTI playbook, the new Passat GT includes a V-6 engine, sport-tuned suspension, 19-in. wheels, and red accents inside and out. Not a bad package for around $30,000.

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